Episodes
Often people talk about how the movie industry is really all about money. I don't agree with that - indie films in particular are fueled by something else all together. In this heartfelt session, I share what I think is THE magic ingredient that is the reason some scripts sell (and most don't), why some movies get made, and why some movies stand out. You'll learn a new way to think of your own work and you'll get inspired to do your best work ever. Are you ready?! PS To join my free...
Published 09/23/20
You've got a script and you want to make a movie. But where to start? In this session, I'll share with you the first three things you MUST do to create a solid foundation for your film's success. You'll learn about the importance of a doable script (and what that really means), why your script shouldn't be over 100 pages, and who you need to hire first. Get ready for thirty minutes of film fuel magic! And if you're ready to watch my FREE train The 5 Keys to Filmmaking Success, go to...
Published 09/17/20
This week I share 5 foundations of good directing - you'll pick up tons of tips on what this job really is and how to excel at it, from devising a compelling creative vision that will guide your every decision to what good leadership on set looks like. This episode will fire you up and give you tons of food for thought whether you've never directed before or a seasoned pro. For more info on the Shoot From the Heart Academy, go to www.dianebell.com
Published 09/09/20
So you know you want to direct but how do you get hired as a director? Quite simply: you hire yourself. For nearly every director in the world, that's how they started their career. In this episode, I explore what that means and how to do it. I'm also asked by a listener what good directing is - the answer might help you be one! For more info, go to www.dianebell.com
Published 09/03/20
It's natural to want to know if what we're working on is good, if we're doing it right, if we're wasting our time or if we're really onto something. But what's really going on when we seek validation for work that isn't even finished? In this episode, I dig into why seeking validation is often the last thing we should be doing - and the power in validating ourselves. For more info, go to www.dianebell.com
Published 08/26/20
Many of us would like to direct...but we think we don't have enough technical knowledge. Or that we would have to film school or work on a ton of other sets first. In this episode, I debunk 4 common myths about directing and share what the job is REALLY about. For more info, go to: www.dianebell.com
Published 08/20/20
Everyone knows that writing is rewriting...but how do you effectively rewrite a screenplay? In this episode, I guide you through the steps I take after writing THE END on a first draft, from working the structure to finessing the dialogue. You'll learn a ton of techniques and tips to take your screenplay from rough to perfectly polished and ready to sell. For more info, go to www.dianebell.com.
Published 08/12/20
Everyone experiences it - but how do we overcome it? Rejection can cause us to lose hope, get depressed and give up. But here's the deal: you can't avoid it so the sooner you learn how to process it, the better your journey as a creative person. In the episode, I share practical tips and techniques to help you overcome rejection and thrive. To get your FREE roadmap to writing a successful screenplay, go to: https://www.dianebell.com/the-roadmap-to-writing-a-standout-screenplay/ For more...
Published 08/05/20
Most screenwriters and filmmakers believe if they could just get the right representation, everything in their career would be golden.  The truth is slightly different from that, and I share it here.  Things we cover: what an agent or manager does and...
Published 07/29/20
Writing my first screenplay was HARD.  I'm not going to sugarcoat it.  Never mind the challenge of doing something I'd never done before and figuring it out as I went along - I also had the challenge of overcoming some epic levels of self...
Published 07/22/20
We want to create great work - but we also want to stay safe.  It's like wanting to swim, but not being willing to take your feet off the bottom.  You won't swim until you risk drowning.In this episode, I take a dive into what you must do if you want to...
Published 07/14/20
We all dream that if we do the work, one day someone will recognize our brilliance and give us tons of money for it and everything will be awesome.  But the truth is, no one is going to bet on you if you won't bet on yourself first.In this raw episode,...
Published 07/08/20
Some of you may know that just after I sold my first screenplay, I was hired by John McTiernan, the legendary director of movies like DIE HARD, PREDATOR, and THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER to rewrite a script with him.I spent many months on his remote ranch...
Published 06/30/20
"I am certain this mindset strategy works, but HOW do I get myself to believe?"  This is the question that I try to answer in this session, recorded live on Instagram.  If you've ever felt that changing your beliefs could help you get more success, but...
Published 06/24/20
In this episode, I share 5 ways to increase your income and allow more money into your life.  These are unconventional, surprising techniques.  They might blow your mind....but they work.  Pick one to try or adopt them all, and you'll soon start seeing...
Published 06/17/20
Most of us don't ever talk about money.  Creative people are especially bad for this.  We often think of artists who make money as "sell outs" and say things like "money isn't important to me, creativity is."  We glorify the idea of the "starving...
Published 06/09/20
Sometimes as creators, we downplay the effects of our choices ("I'm just making a little movie that no one will see") - but the truth is everything we create has an energetic effect in the world.  We must be conscious of our power and use it wisely to...
Published 06/03/20
Last week I shared 5 dangerous habits that will block your success, and so many of you wrote to me to say, "yes, I have that habit...but how do I change it?"  In this episode you're going to learn a simple and practical approach to do just that.  You...
Published 05/27/20
We often hear about the habits of successful people...but we rarely talk about the habits that so many of us engage in that will kill our chances of success.  In this episode, I take a dive into five of them that you might not be aware of.  If you're...
Published 05/20/20
Do you have five ideas for screenplays and don't know which one you should write?  Perhaps you're trying to decide which project you should focus on for your next movie, and you're torn?  In this episode, I take a deep dive into how to make sure you...
Published 05/13/20
Every day I receive a message that goes like this: "I've written my screenplay but I don't know what to do with it.  I don't know anyone in the industry and I don't have an agent.  Help!"  Here's the good news: you don't need an agent or previous...
Published 05/08/20
Have you ever heard yourself say, "I'll start when the time is right?"  And of course, it's not the right time now, is it?Spoiler alert: it's NEVER the right time - until you decide it is.In this episode, you'll learn a simple exercise to shift your...
Published 05/01/20
In this practical session, I share what you need to do if you want to write a screenplay.  If you've ever wanted to write one, you'll learn an actionable approach to getting started.If you'd like to dive deeper into how to write a screenplay...
Published 04/16/20
Published 04/16/20
In this episode, I share a recent livestream I did in my group, Unleash Your Creativity.  The subject is meditation.  To do your best creative work, you must be able to clearly hear your inner voice and guidance - and that is made possible by a simple 5...
Published 04/08/20