The Film Business

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Film Markets – Advice from a Filmmaker

by Louise Levison

Knowing how to attend and network at film markets is critical. You do not want to be carrying around business plans, handing them to everyone who says, “I can get you a deal.” Common sense will stand you in good stead in attending markets. There is no trick to meeting and greeting, no secret handshakes…


Trimming that Budget

by Arthur Vincie

The first drafts of the budget are likely to be horrifying. You trimmed out the fat, kept your crew size down, compressed the schedule until it hurts, and you’re still 30 percent over budget. Or 300 percent. At this point, you have five steps to take: Give it another go. You may have missed a…


VIDEO: Elliot Grove Interview – Film Festivals, Independent Filmmaking and Social Media

by Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove founded Raindance Film Festival in 1993, the British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance.TV in 2007. He has produced over 150 short films and 5 feature films. He has written eight scripts, one of which is currently in pre-production. His first feature film, TABLE 5 was shot on 35mm and completed for…


Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing

by Elliot Grove

Producing feature films is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film…


Four Common Budgeting Mistakes for Your Documentary

by Anthony Q Artis

When it comes right down to it, budgeting is an exercise in guesswork. But there is a difference between blind guessing, as in the lottery, and educated guessing, as in the stock market. Nobody knows what lottery ball will pop up, but with stocks you can see certain things coming if you know what to…

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Indie Films End First Quarter on a High Note

by Louise Levison

The independent film segment of the domestic theatrical boxoffice started slowly but had a blockbuster March, ending the first quarter with $1.2 billion, 7 percent ahead of the same time last year. The total domestic box office for 2014 was $2.4 billion. March was especially busy, with a $508 million increase over February 2014. In…

The Business of Show Business

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by Anne Marie Gillen

Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage.” I have found the vast majority of filmmakers are passionate to tell their story – this is primal. And now more than ever, that stage on which to tell your story/show your film has never been more crowded. On average there are: 500,000 filmmakers worldwide 10,000 films made…

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Pitching Guidelines for Original TV Series

by Neil Landau

Here are my guidelines for preparing and delivering a great pitch for an original series. Every pitch needs to be customized, so these guidelines are not rigid and do not have to be in this precise order. In fact, depending on genre and format, some of these rules may not apply. 1. Your pitch presentation…

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An Educator’s Guide to Video Production

by Michael O’Donoghue

Think of video, television or film production, and what comes to mind? Perhaps a studio bustling with busy but focused production staff and intensely bright lights; or maybe actors or presenters rehearsing their lines whilst make-up artists brush their faces with powder to remove imperfections; or perhaps the image of the director, omnipotent and omniscient,…

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Lighting for Makeup

by Gretchen Davis

Lighting can be one of the most important tools for a Makeup Artist. It is always a good idea to know what type of lights are being applied as well as the kind of gels or filters that will be used in front of the lights or the camera lens. Makeup is often adjusted to…

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