Why We Need Movie Reviewers

When we first began making movies, I hated reviews. I considered movie reviewers “Filmmaker Enemy #1”. Any time we got a negative review, which was quite often in the early days, I cried, convinced the reviewer was just being mean. As we’ve continued in the industry, I’ve grown to appreciate and, yes, even love reviewers. I’ve…

Filmmaking Advice From a Film Critic

Tyler Smith Film podcast

Rarely do I hear filmmakers talking positively about film critics, and yet, if we're serious about improving our craft, critics can be our best advisors. We should be studying what the critics have to say not just about our movies, but other movies as well. It's not enough to hear what our friends and family…

Worth Watching – A Review of Reviews

Tyler Smith at International Christian Film Festival

It's not often you have opportunity to write a review of someone else's reviews, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Los Angeles film critic Tyler Smith has gathered his favorite movie reviews, organized them by genre, and then added in studies of brilliant filmmakers and what makes them great. He also examines Christian Social Drama…

Kirk Fernwood – Film Critic

I stumbled upon Kirk Fernwood's filmsite http://www.onefilmfan.com while looking for film reviews and was immediately captivated by his writing style. I loved both his summary of the movies as well as his analysis of what made each work or not work. I was honored to have him review Providence. Then he did an interview with…