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Press Kits to Die for

by Danny Draven

Press kits are promotional booklets for a film to be submitted to the festival with your entry form, or upon their request. It’s like a sales brochure promoting and informing people about your project. This can be done as a traditional hard copy press kit, or an electronic press kit (also known as an EPK),…

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: Andy Siege (Beti and Amare)
Turning Weaknesses into Strengths

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

Pretend that you own a guitar, and your name is Bob Dylan. You’re 16 and you move to New York to become a musician. But you can’t because you live in a world where pigs fly and the cheapest guitar costs $100,000 which no one will give you if you don’t have the right connections…

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Cinema 4D Apprentice VIDEO: Camera Control Basics

by Kent McQuilkin

Below is a video tutorial by Kent McQuilkin on Camera Control Basics. This video is only one component of the companion material for the book Cinema 4D Apprentice: Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist by Kent McQuilkin. Cinema 4D Apprentice Real-World Skills for the Aspiring Motion Graphics Artist By Kent McQuilkin “If you’re…

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Writing for the Green Light – The Genre You Choose Says A Lot About You

by Scott Kirkpatrick

The stereotype about Hollywood is that it’s filled to the brim with wannabe writers (and this stereotype is completely true). But contrary to popular belief, most of these wannabes are actually good at writing and the majority of them possess the endurance to deliver a quality 100-page script. The problem is that most screenwriters consistently…

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Audition Guidelines for Directors

by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

For a successful audition and to make the most of the search for the best actors, we recommend following the guidelines… Before the Audition Keep in mind that auditions are stressful situations both for the actor and the director. The audition can be held in any quiet room; a rented rehearsal hall is an ideal…

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You Need a Logline

by Xander Bennett

Screenwriting Tip #12: If you don’t know your own logline, you probably don’t know what your script is about. Some writers will tell you they don’t have a logline. Their screenplay is “too complex” or “too character-driven,” or they just didn’t bother to think of one before they started writing. These writers are either idiots…

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Defining Conflict

by Michael Rabiger

Conflict is essential to drama, but can be defined in different ways and take many different forms. Conflict can come from external factors, from within a character, or arise from a combination of forces. Person versus person (external conflict) Person versus environment or social institution (external conflict) Person versus a task they are compelled to…

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BIG BRAINS – small budgets: MJ Dixon (Creepsville, Slasher House, Legacy of Thorn)

by Andy Siege (Series Editor)

MJ Dixon was born in Sunderland, North East England. He started his career in film working as a PA on local low budget indie productions and soon grew to have aspiration of creating his own feature length films. Studying a degree in both filmmaking and screenwriting at the University Of Central Lancashire, as well as…

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How to Run an Efficient Film Production Meeting
and other Production Preparation Tips!

by Peter W. Rea and David K. Irving

Intangible managerial skills are as important as technical know-how in preparing successfully for production. The following are some general guidelines to help with the intangibles of preproduction. Keep a Positive Attitude. Lack of experience makes it difficult for beginning filmmakers to assess their day-to-day preproduction progress. There are so many elements (cast, crew, locations) that…

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Guerilla filmmaking – What to do when you don’t have a permit

by Anthony Q Artis

It’s always less hassle to do things by the book, but as many broke documentary filmmakers will tell you… it ain’t always possible. At the end of the day, there’s only one golden rule when making a Down and Dirty documentary—get the shot. Here are some of my stealth strategies for overcoming common shooting obstacles….

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