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How To Make Indie Filmmaking Profitable In The Age of Tentpole Franchises

Kathryn Arnold sits down with Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Co-CEO of MonteCristo International, an international sales agent/production company, and discussed with her the elements it takes to make a profitable film in this changing economic landscape Kathryn Arnold:  Does a certain director make a difference in making the decision to finance a film? Cindy Nelson Mullen:  Directors Read MoreRead More

Dear Aspiring Filmmaker, Here’s How To Get Our Attention

You’ve made a great movie – but how do you get the word out. One of the writers of Film School Rejects, Scott Beggs offers some advice on how to tap into movie discussion sites (including this one) without pissing off the people that run them. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, I’m one of the Read MoreRead More

Vimeo Introduces Rating System

Vimeo has never been a place that censored content, now they’re offering filmmakers a chance to let their audiences know what’s in store. As the home for exceptional original videos and the people who make them, we have an unflinching belief in the integrity of visual storytelling, including — in some cases — material that Read MoreRead More

Robert Rodriguez Sundance Q&A on El Mariachi Collection

After a Collection Screening of his film El Mariachi, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Robert Rodriguez reminisces about the film’s production and answers audience questions. Recorded January 19, 2013Read More

5 Distribution Cons that FIlmmakers Fall For

Elliot Grove lists five common scams that unscrupulous con artists pull on filmmakers. 1. The So Called Festival Consultant Who would ever think that you, a filmmaker, needs to employ someone to take you around to film festivals. You’ll be told that they have the necessary inside connections to get your film in, but at the Read MoreRead More

The Value of Test Screening your Indie Film

Sheri Candler presents her perspective on test screening and why she thinks it’s an important step of the Indie Filmmaking process. No amount of marketing will save a film that needs improvement. Many times I am sent films that need a few more editorial passes or maybe some reshoots to get it at the level Read MoreRead More

Without An Audience, It Can’t be Art!

Emily Best discusses the new transparency that the digital age has brought to filmmakers and society and how that impacts our relationship with the audience. I hold this apparently really unpopular view that without an audience, it can’t be art. “Art” is a social label, a negotiation between the artist, the object (or performance) and Read MoreRead More

10 Tips on Designing a Movie Poster

Chris Jones offers 10 tips for designing movie posters aimed at grabbing the eye of a sales agents, distributors or audience members. 1. The poster is NOT a piece of art… well of course it is art, and I love movie posters, they adorn my walls. But I suspect they never began life as artwork that Read MoreRead More

The Average Markup on Movie Theater Popcorn is 1,275%

Most theaters in the U.S. only keep on average 8% of ticket sales. The vast majority of their income is made at the concession stand. According to one Morningstar equity analyst, of every dollar spent on candy and soda in movie theaters, 85% is pure profit. In Yahoo Finance’s article “6 Outrageously Overpriced Products” they calculated the average markup Read MoreRead More

The MPAA Prohibits Blood in Trailers so it is Often Colored Black

Because of MPAA rules U.S. movie trailers cannot show blood, so blood is often colored black to gain approval. Trailers that do not obey this and other rules, such as; foul language and violent, sexual, or otherwise objectionable imagery may be issued a red band, which indicates approval for only “restricted” or “mature” audiences. These Read MoreRead More

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