Recent Stuff

Breaking In with Ben Phelps: a film podcast

        I’m thrilled to announce my latest project. It’s called BREAKING IN WITH BEN PHELPS, a podcast about what happens when a filmmaker who’s never made a feature film, makes one. …

Teasing the Feature: Part 2

Previously I looked at inspirational clipomatics that have influenced the teaser Gabe and I are creating for our feature film. (Also known as ripomatics, sizzle reels and pitch trailers). Here are some pitch …

Teasing the Feature: Part 1

Clipomatic. Ripomatic. Sizzle reel. Pitch trailer. Tone poem. Call it what you want. In Los Angeles, clipomatics are as ubiquitous as Starbucks. But, for some strange reason, Aussie filmmakers haven’t embraced …

Standing up for Screenwriting

It’s been way too long since my last post. So I thought I’d write about a screenwriting habit I’ve recently adopted.Inspired by guru screenwriter, John August, I’ve been working at …

1,000 True Fans

Now, this is an interesting. We only need 1,000 true fans to finance ourselves as artists:I am suggesting there is a home for creatives in between poverty and stardom. Somewhere …

Festival vs Online Release

Another interesting blog about a filmmaker’s journey – to release festival or online?One of the key aspects of my work, at this stage, is building an audience, some might call …

Hollywood: Split screens

… film-going in America is not a growth business, especially now that people have so many media to distract them at home. The share of Americans who attend a cinema …

The Science of Netflix drama production

Interesting article about the strategy that went into the creation of House of Cards. Big brother is… programming.The company financed “House of Cards” after seeing many subscribers watched Oscar-nominated director …

How remarkable is your project?

An inspirational video that Chris Jones drew my attention to:Chris notes:Youtube is filled with videos that routinely get millions of views, videos that are remarkable back flipping cats, remarkable idiots …