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Pre-Production Meeting RE: FILMMAKING WORKSHOP - DFS (3/3)


Director & Crew Sign-up Sheets are now available for download on the DFS crocodoc site in the 'DFS Workshops' folder.

To sign-up as a director download from, fill out & upload the sheet into the 'Directors' folder

If a position in the crew is desired download from, fill out & upload the sheet into the 'Crew' folder.

Sign-up slots for Directors are limited. All Director positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information & guidelines are included within the Sign-up sheets.







Filmmaking became accessible for virtually everyone. Shooting on film is beautiful and as a Director/Writer I love it but I've seen remarkable Motion Pictures shot on cell phones and DSLRs. There are many ways to make it in the Film Industry: Write a screenplay - hand it to an agent; make a short - send it to a festival; go to film school - make commercials/music videos; the key is MEET PEOPLE, WORK HARD TOGETHER, BE TENACIOUS - and

most importantly: shoot and practice.

The Filmmaking Workshop is a opportunity for every member of the DFS to actively be part of and learn the in and outs of a film production.

  • As a director you can get a feeling on how to work with actors, direct a scene from your favorite movie or experiment with camera movements or sound.
  • As a DP you will get to work with your gear.
  • As a crew member you'll see actors and directors interact and experience how it is to be & work on set.


As we want to give opportunity to as many applicants as possible we give each director a 2h time slot in which he/she can realize a chosen scene.

Other members of the group will crew on this set.

As the directors are the driving force in this project we decided it would be appropriate for them to provide the crew & actors with craft services.

Here are the Guidelines for the WS:


For questions feel free to contact Dennis Greenberg using the contact form to your left.


MeetUp description below.


We are currently reading and reviewing all screenplays online and discuss their realization at our weekly meeting.

Feel free to add you Screenplays as PDFs. Also consider to copyright them.

Once you selected a screenplay that you want to review click the "<<" in the upper right corner and enter your name. You can now make comments and highlight the screenplays.
All other members will be able to see your comments.

We will always work on the most recent version of a screenplay. All screenplays are organized by "date added" hence newer versions will appear on top.

Here's the link:


Please bring screenplays and/or notes of your own ideas of projects that you want to realize within the DFS to the meeting.


Collective Filmmaking - The DFS

At our weekly meetings we often discover new members. Personally impressive is the amount of individual skill that members express in screenplays, trailers and narrations that we review.

Towards the end of the meeting we agreed on the concept of Collective Filmmaking: Writers, Directors, DP's, Actors and everybody who wants experience in Filmmaking is welcome in the DFS and will ultimately be part of our crew in production.

  • The most interesting aspect about the concept of Collective Filmmaking is that it offers lots of opportunity for creative expression, meaning that we can have each of our Projects directed/photographed/produced etc. by different members of the group.
  • And if a director happens to be interested in acting or let's say the photography of another project he can rotate to be an actor or cinematographer or another [maybe minor but nevertheless] essential role in our production that collectively will make the film happen.

  • In this concept several Projects can be in production simultaneously. We will also reuse locations and actors in our projects, i.e. if a location happens to match scenes in two separate projects we will combine the shooting schedules of both projects. Additionally we will cast globally, meaning one casting call will serve many projects at a time.


The most important aspect in this collaboration is that we present roles and compromise where it is necessary. Obviously our films will have no, to a very low budget and an aspiring Director/Actor/Producer/DP or Screenwriter could at one point have the task of sweeping the floors or carrying heavy equipment or working late into the night, hardly getting any sleep at all. All of this has to be understood and accepted in order for the project to be made.
Regardless our Projects can turn out to be professional looking independent films of incredible performances, both in front and behind the camera and a strong, supportive crew if:


We will work hard and do whatever is necessary to make each other's lives and production easier in order for our Projects to be successful.



I encourage everybody to work on stories that you want to tell, read screenplays in order to learn how to write them.

Think about profiles and backstories for your characters and also possible shooting locations.
If you need an extraordinary/exotic shooting location propose it with your project and our members will get thinking if they or somebody they know lives or has access to a location fitting the proposed description.


Also keep in mind that your life is short, the TV not your friend and that you have to work, observe and educate yourself in order to create something of social value (which is everything anybody in our society likes & loves).
Remember that you are not a Superhero who has been given extraordinary power that makes you stronger, more talented and better then everybody else.

After all the process of making a film after all is real and not like the film itself fiction or imitation of reality.


In the Dead Filmmakers Society we work for each other.
Here your work and time is a precious currency.




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  • Chris

    Bryant park room is closed. Any info for relocation ?

    February 10, 2013

    • Dennis H.

      Today's meeting is cancelled, Chris.

      February 10, 2013

    • Chris

      I see. Didnt get the memo. See you all next week hopefully.

      February 10, 2013

  • Dennis H.

    Hey Members,

    For several reasons I will not be able to attend today's meeting.

    It is likely that I will cancel next week's workshop and we'll start the next cycle with the Workshop on March 24th.
    This will give us more time to prepare the workshop & let both directors and members sign up for it.
    I'm looking forward to work with you all.

    Thank you all,


    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is really a maybe, the weather has made a dent in my plans

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'll be out of town. Looking forward to the workshop next weekend!

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out that I have this weekend free.

    1 · February 1, 2013

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