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Legally Speaking, It Depends – Film Festival Rules

Entertainment Attorney Christopher Schiller discusses the rules imposed by organizers in regards to film festival submission. A brouhaha discussed among industry pundits was caused by the Toronto International Film Festival‘s director, Cameron Bailey’s gauntlet throw down statements a while ago. He in essence warned distributors and filmmakers that any submission to the TIFF that is Read MoreRead More

How to make Good TV for the web, According to Amazon

Amazon Studios director Roy Price explains why certain shows succeed, whether to launch every episode of a show at the same time, how much a good show costs, and the difference between good TV then and now. Two years ago, Amazon (AMZN) started developing television content. In the past year, the company produced 24 pilots, Read MoreRead More

Why Netflix Is Pushing ‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘House of Cards’ in 4K Ultra HD

With 4k TVs still a rare thing, Netflix’s push for delivering 4K content may have more to do with net politics than user experience. Virtually none of Netflix’s 45-plus million customers have a 4K Ultra HD television today. So why is the company bothering to expend cycles to offer “House of Cards” season two, “Breaking Read MoreRead More

Saturation Curve is the New Threat to Indie Filmmakers Online in 2014

Independent filmmakers looking to make money out of their films online need to be aware of a saturation curve that is set to alter the battleground for content success in 2014. SOCIAL NETWORKS DOMINATE DISCOVERY Back in December, Facebook made a significant algorithm change to their platform which has essentially put a restriction on reach Read MoreRead More

Why Web Series are Becoming the New Wild West

Web series producer, Amy Quick Parish writes about how web series have quickly become a new outlet for indie-filmmakers. She also describes her experiences producing her series Into Dust and how filmmakers are making up the rules as they go. As digital filmmaking becomes more accessible and higher quality every year, more and more would-be Read MoreRead More

Deliverables Demystified

If you manage to get a film distribution deal, you’re going to to receive a list of deliverables – Film Independent takes a look at the different kind of deliverables out there. Deliverables can come as an unpleasant surprise for indie filmmakers. When a distributor buys your film for release, they expect more than just 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

The Revolution Won’t Be Televised – 4 Reasons the Future of Filmmaking is Online

Jo Geaney offers up 4 reasons why web content is the present and future of independent filmmaking. With the likes of Harvey Weinstein turning his eye (and funds) online, there has been a noticeable change in the coverage of the web series. Industry websites have gone from ‘Is this the destroyer of Broadcast TV?’ to interviews Read MoreRead More

The Science & History of Popcorn – The Snack that Saved the Movies – IQ Lessoon

For some, Popcorn and the Movies just go together. But it hasn’t always been that way. We look at the science and mechanics that make popcorn pop and trace the history of this ancient snack that ultimately rescued the film industry. Full Lesson write up here.Read More

Why You Should Go To A Drive-In Theater

Russell from IndyMogul was in attendance at the Delsea Drive-in, the last drive-in movie theater in New Jersey. He met up with C.C. and Rana from the DRIVE-IN Film Festival, a group dedicated to getting the word out about drive-in theaters across the country, and he also got a tour of the grounds from owner, Read MoreRead More

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