3 Ways To Become A Better Filmmaker by Adam Davis

Film Courage: What do you think are your strengths? What do you think you could work more on in terms of filmmaking or storytelling?

Adam Davis, Writer/Director: I think my strengths are in thinking in visual terms. Definitely being able to put together a series of images into something that is cohesive and affecting I think is one of my strongest suits.

Working with actors I’ve definitely been getting better at. It’s something that I’ve wanted to work on just in general how to speak to actors, how to talk to them, how to give them what they need, having the confidence to work with that.

In terms of writing I think my character work is really solid. My dialogue is very good as well. It’s story structure that is probably something that I’m a little weaker at because of that sort of classic Aristotle/Plato sense.

I could stand to do a little bit more figuring out about what makes this structure work because classic structure works for a reason and I guess Shakespeare sort of shows it’s the basis of all good storytelling. So going away from the young man conventions of breaking conventions without really understanding the convention.

That’s something that I’ve definitely been working on and as something that I could…I’m a bit weak at.

Film Courage: Why do you think so? Has someone told you that or you just look at your work and you feel this way?

Adam: I think some of the reviews of BROKEN CEILING sort of brought that to light where they are like the directing is great, the acting is great, the dialogue but some of the story points where fumbled to the film’s detriment. That is a quote! I don’t know if it’s…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).


Writer/Director Adam Davis has created numerous short films and has half a decade of professional on-set experience. The short films that he’s written, directed, produced and edited have garnered first place wins in various film festivals around the country since 2002. In total, his short films have won 13 top awards.

In 2016, Adam self-financed his debut feature film that he shot in just 4 days. BROKEN CEILING found distribution in 2018 and opened to stellar reviews from The Los Angeles Times. The film is now available on iTunes, Amazon, TubiTV and many other VOD services where it’s receiving rave reviews from the public. 

Adam and his writing partner, Will Corona Pilgrim, successfully Kickstarted a horror/action short film titled NO TOUCHING, which stars Zoë Bell, Heidi Moneymaker, Jake Busey, Tracie Thoms, Kevin Daniels and Doug Jones. It has amassed over 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. 

Adam’s most recent project is a short film called LOSING SIGHT, about a man struggling with the new life he’s forced to live as a blind man.




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SAWGRASS on Youtube by Jack Peterson. Jack is an American filmmaker based in Chicago. He’s been featured in the New York Times, the Daily Beast, and ABC News for his work as an activist. His first feature film, Sawgrass, is a psychedelic journey through Florida, featuring an extensive interview with the brother of the Las Vegas shooter. Sawgrass also features a performance by the Rock-afire Explosion, a vintage animatronic band created by famed inventor Aaron Fechter. Jack’s next feature film, My Perfect Everything, tells the story of a magician chasing an imaginary woman he met in 1989. My Perfect Everything is currently in the early stages of pre-production.