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Legally Speaking, It Depends: One Theme, Two Movies

How do two movies which share the similar themes compare when it comes to execution? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explores how two movies can share ideas and be different. Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity Read MoreRead More

I Need You but Can’t Pay You: 4 Things to Remember When Asking for Free Work

Doing freebies is a part of life in the filmmaking world - Bobby Marko offers 4 tips of how to ask for help when money is scarce. We’ve all been there! The all too familiar passion projects, short films, documentaries, even feature films. And when we create these projects we know in order to pull them Read MoreRead More

Oliver Burkeman: The Negative Path to Happiness and Success

“Get motivated!” and “stay positive!” are common bits of self-help advice. But have we gone too far in our penchant for positivity? Leaning on research (including a story about Mount Everest climbers), reporter and author Oliver Burkeman shares the counterintuitive insight of how abandoning goals and allowing some negativity in can actually be helpful. “Theres Read MoreRead More

How To Make Your First Short Film

Lorenda Starfelt details the steps involved for first time filmmakers on crafting their first short. The goal with shorts is to keep it simple. Simple story, a handful of characters and just a few locations. If you do that, you can make your movie for under a few thousand dollars. How low you can get your budget depends Read MoreRead More

Breaking Into Hollywood: ‘No’ Is Just a Conversation Starter

Gary W. Goldstein has produced some of Hollywood biggest box-office hits (Pretty Woman, Under Siege, The Mothman Prophecies), generating well over One Billion Dollars in worldwide revenue, receiving multiple Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe and numerous other accolades. When I first drove into this sprawling metropolis – this City of Angels that seemed it Read MoreRead More

17 Awesome and Weird Bill Murray-Inspired Products

What can’t Bill Murray do? Here at mental_floss, we love Bill Murray, who is always doing awesome stuff—so when I decided to brainstorm art for our newly renovated office, it wasn’t hard to decide where to start. In the process, I discovered so many awesome Bill Murray-inspired things available for purchase, so I threw this Read MoreRead More

The Art of Noise – Why Some People Think Film Looks Better than Digital

It just won’t go away, will it? However much you can prove with specifications that digital video is indisputably better than film, there’s a stubborn feeling that there’s more to it than the simple-to-prove facts. RedShark News indentifies one, subtle, process that helps film to store more visible information than digital. Recently we asked for Read MoreRead More

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