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5 Things You Need to Know About Filming Permits

Elliot from Reel Deel Film School explains what you need to film abroad. When filming in another country, it’s incredibly important to make sure you have the correct paperwork before you record anything… A full write up: The very first lesson I was taught on Day 1 as a Camera Assistant was to never assume anything! Read MoreRead More

The Pow! Bang! Bam! Plan to Save Marvel, Starring B-List Heroes

Devin Leonard profiles Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios and how he turned a cast of lesser superheroes into consistent box office gold. Hundreds of fans had been waiting for hours behind the police barricades on Hollywood Boulevard, in front of the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles. Many of them wore Captain America masks Read MoreRead More

The Mathematic Correlation between Quality of the FIlm and the Profit Potential

Keith Calder ran a mathematical analysis of a film’s MetaCritic score against it’s long term earnings – Quality does rise to the top, even if it’s not on opening weekend. This is a regression analysis of the correlation between the Meta Critic score for all Paramount wide-release films from 2010-2014 and the percentage of overall Read MoreRead More

7 Things that Automatically Kill Your Film Before It’s Even Made

They’re the things that break your film in a heartbeat - Iain Alexander lists seven deadly sins that can be avoided with good pre-production. 1. No marketing plan A lot of films get made and sit on the shelf straight after the edit. This is quite typical of a student or low budget short film, but Read MoreRead More

Thinking About Crew Prep

Shooting a movie is not just about the gear. Arthur Vincie writes about the often overlooked process of crew prep and how to approach and plan for working with a crew. One of the biggest mistakes I see first-time filmmakers commit is to think solely in terms of production time when it comes to crewing up.  The Read MoreRead More

Question the Client – How to Pitch Large Networks

Andy Baker, the Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director for National Geographic Channel answers some frequently asked questions about how production companies approach the network. What’s the biggest mistakes new production companies make? I think there are sort of two most common mistakes that production companies make when starting work with new clients. The Read MoreRead More

America’s next Wal-Mart: The Indie Film Industry

Beanie Barnes argues that cheap labor and subsidies have created an unsustainable bubble and that we need fewer indie films, not more. The indie film industry is cannibalizing itself. Manohla Dargis is right – there are too many films in the ecosystem. And this oversupply didn’t just happen. John Sloss warned back in 2007 that the industry’s problem was Read MoreRead More

The Best Career Advice From Top Producers in Hollywood

Jessica Radloff approached producers on the red carpet at the 25th Producers Guild Awards to ask them for a quick bit of career advice. Brad Pitt (Producer, 12 Years a Slave): “You gotta keep pushing. You just have to keep pushing.” (More from Brad, below!). Jerry Weintraub (Producer, Behind the Candelabra): “I never hear the word Read MoreRead More

Marketing Your Movie to Oscar Gold

How do you get your film in contention for the Oscars? Gregg Goldsteins shares a few tips and strategies producers use to get a film in consideration at award season. PLAN DURING PRODUCTION Although a film’s quality and reception are always uncertain until it’s released, producers looking to use potential kudos as a marketing hook Read MoreRead More

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