How They Did It

  • How They Did It: Eliza Sherman’s Revenge Made, Then Ripped Off a Prosthetic Arm Without Paying an Arm and a Leg

    No-budget indie moviemaking is hard enough as it is, but when you decide to throw in visual effects, it can really test the limits of...

  • follow url From Russia With Love… and Money: How Moscow Never Sleeps Secured Funds By Any Means Necessary

    The Nazis reached the outskirts of Moscow. Napoleon entered it. Stalin loomed over it for decades. Monuments to past glories and tragedies are spread throughout...

  • How They Did It: The Director of One Less God Used "Re-Voicing" Tricks to Fine-Tune Foreign-Language Performances

    The attacks of November 2008 in Mumbai brought India and much of the world to a standstill. Although India has endured repeated terrorist attacks, this...

  • How They Did It: Burning Annie Arrived at Distribution After a Long, Long Decade Of Catastrophes

    If an indie film is lucky enough to get distribution at all, the release is its one shot, a match you can’t strike twice. Yet...

  • How They Did It: Take Me Trusted Test Crowds to Cut a Tighter Story and Get More Laughs (Exclusive BTS Photos)

    It all looked good on paper. And during shooting. And even during the first month or so of editing. But during the first feedback screenings...

  • go to link How They Did It: DP Daniel Levin Spent a Year Embedded with the FBI For the Series Inside the FBI: New York

    We circle an abandoned building in a giant field. I have a seat belt on, but the door is wide open and I cannot seem...

  • enter site How They Did It: Directing a Film in the Pacific Ocean From 5,000 Miles Away in Losing Sight of Shore

    The quote goes: “You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” That idea stuck with me...

  • How They Did It: Surviving British Columbia Downpours and an Errant Cow to Make Even Lambs Have Teeth

    Finance globally, shoot locally is the mantra at Random Bench, the L.A.- and Vancouver-based production company and boutique creative agency we founded. Even Lambs Have...

  • watch How They Did It: One Week and a Day’s Eulogy Scene Was Staged and Shot to Mirror Its Protagonist’s Mental State

    The heart of my film One Week and a Day takes place at the very end. From writing to production to the very last moment of editing,...

  • How They Did It: To Juice Its UFO Scenes, Phoenix Forgotten Used Air Vacuums, Taxidermied Animals and Other Practical FX

    Before directing Phoenix Forgotten, I started out my career as a graphics guy, doing titles and animation with Adobe After Effects and later stepping up...