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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

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

How to Keep Clients Happy in the Video and Photography Industry

Andy Baker, the Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director for National Geographic Channel explores how to keep clients happy in the high stakes video and photography industry. YOU’VE BEEN HIRED – BUT WHERE’S THE BRIEF? Once you’ve been hired by a client, there is a little bit of a dance that goes on. Everyone 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

John Landis Rails Against Studios: ‘They’re Not in the Movie Business Anymore’

At the Mar del Plata fest, the “Animal House” director decried “vampire” tech giants and the state of the industry: “Now if a movie doesn’t make money its first two days, you’re f—ed!” MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – ”The studios are not in the movie business anymore,” said filmmaker and producer John Landis to a group of reporters Read MoreRead More

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