Script Development for the Beginner Writer-Director

Kim Garland offers 5 steps for the beginner writer-director based on her own experience developing her first script turned film. 1) BEGIN AS A SCREENWRITER When you’re first developing your script, give yourself the freedom to think like a screenwriter and not a director. You’ll have plenty of time in later drafts to reign in the Read MoreRead More

Four Tips for Festival Rejectees

You didn’t get the acceptance notice you wanted? Now what? Sheri Candler offers four tips for the rejectee though some of these may be good to think about while you’re in development. Your film didn’t get into the A-level fests so far? With Sundance, Berlin and SXSW having already been announced — or come and Read MoreRead More

Freelance Negotiations In The Real World

Saw this on the Pro Tools blog. Sadly sometimes things are funny because they’re true. Can you relate? VIA: zeorge497 Produced by Scofield Editorial, Inc. Casting Agency: Artistic Enterprises Casting Director: Michelle Moore Video Store Customer: David Meek Video Store Clerk: Nick Krcek Restaurant Customer (Male): Andy Guerdan Restaurant Customer (Female): Andrea Gregory Server: Landon Read MoreRead More

Fundraising Your Micro Budget Film

Money does make the world go around – and it oils the gears of filmmaking. Where do you turn to get said cash? Dale Newton and John Gaspard break it down. …When we made Resident Alien and Beyond Bob (for $28,000 and $26,000, respectively), we thought we’d gone about as low as you could go, Read MoreRead More

America’s subsidies for filmmaking

This article (“The money shot”) from The Economist explains why government handouts to Hollywood are growing. …All but seven of America’s 50 states now offer incentives to lure filmmakers. Some states refund a portion of in-state production costs, which may include actors’ salaries. Others issue rebates against state taxes that can be sold to local Read MoreRead More

Indie Filmmaking: 35 Tips From Experts

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood compiled a list of 35 great pieces of advice by experts from “Produced By” Conference. Here are a few examples: …1. Change the title of your indie film to begin with an “A” or a number to get higher placement on iTunes. 10. Financiers basically want a return on their Read MoreRead More

DIY DAYS Philadelphia – New Models of Funding

NEW MODELS OF FUNDING: BEYOND THE BIG SCREEN As traditional indie film finance dries up, filmmakers are on the lookout for new sources of funding. In a content-saturated market, enabled by new technology and amplified by social media, could extending the story experience hold the answers to a new wave of creative expression? ANITA ONDINE Read MoreRead More

How NOT to use the internet to find film investors

Entertainment attorney Gordon Firemark offers some words of caution to all those looking to use the internet to find investors for their film. …In recent weeks, I’ve begun to see more and more independent filmmakers and theatre producers using forums, chat rooms, and other internet-services to seek out investors for their projects. In most cases, Read MoreRead More

588 Free Film Contracts and Forms

Looking to make a film but need a little help with the paperwork? We’ve painstakingly searched the internets and collected 588 free forms and contracts to help get you started. Now before we start, everyone repeat after me: “THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PROPER LEGAL ADVICE” You probably won’t need all of these Read MoreRead More

Legal Fictions

Eric M. Greenfield of Flowtv discusses the real legal facts filmmakers and producers must consider for “Based On a True Story” dramas and “Reality TV.” …Based on a true story.” “Inspired by actual events.” “The [insert name of real person here] story.” Well, maybe. Networks love to market a telefilm’s roots in actual events and Read MoreRead More

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