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Manage Your Crew, Script, & Schedule All in One Place (Save 25% with Exclusive NFS Code) Managing a production takes Herculean effort in order to collaborate efficiently.

Manage Your Crew, Script, & Schedule All in One Place (Save 25% with Exclusive NFS Code)

EventDV.net: The Event Videographer's Resource. Passion Pays Off In the March 2010 issue I wrote an article called Recapturing My Roots as a Filmmaker: An Open Letter to the Industry about my decision to pursue the production of cause-driven and inspirational films as the core of my business.

EventDV.net: The Event Videographer's Resource

Since I decided to focus on this kind of work, I’m happy to report that except for one wedding and four photographer promos, every project I produced in 2010 fit into one of the three categories: inspirational, cause-driven, or nonprofit organization. A few were done pro bono, but I wouldn’t still be in business if they all were. As I wrote in that last article, nonprofit doesn’t mean nonpaid. In fact, a few of the projects we produced were five-figure deals.

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Direct Distribution. Going to the American Film Market This Year? Here Are 5 Useful Tips. Every year thousands of sales agents and distributors meet at the American Film Market in Santa Monica to make movie deals.

Going to the American Film Market This Year? Here Are 5 Useful Tips

But as the sands of distribution rapidly shift, many filmmakers are getting the short end of the stick with out-dated distribution deals. Distribution & Curation's Love Child: Yekra Becomes the First 'DIY Digital Movie Theater' For independents and studios alike, the online distribution of movies is a game that's heating up rather rapidly.

Distribution & Curation's Love Child: Yekra Becomes the First 'DIY Digital Movie Theater'

There's already a handful of players in the game, so the first question I always ask to new platforms is: what are you offering that the others aren't? Funded with $3M in venture capital last year, YEKRA launched today, and they have a lot to say about online distribution. They have a really interesting affiliate program in which you can earn money by curating or sharing movies that are hosted on their platform. However, instead of trying to solely funnel people into their streaming platform, they are bringing their platform to you. Cinephile: Interview : Roger Corman. Director, producer and B-Movie king with well over 400 credits to his name, Roger Corman remains a force to be reckoned with in independent cinema.

Cinephile: Interview : Roger Corman

With another of his Poe cycle pictures, The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) released as an exquisite Blu-ray next week by Arrow Video, I sat down with the legendary filmmaker to talk about his remarkable career in cinema.What was so exciting about the times in which you came to prominence as a filmmaker? What was most exciting was that low-budget films and medium-budget films, which are more or less my specialty, had full theatrical releases throughout the world. We could open a small film and know that we were going to play major circuits in the United States and most foreign countries.

Today, low-budget films are, not completely but almost completely, frozen out of theatrical distribution in the major countries. The Producer as Salesman- Jeremy Thomas, Film Promotion and Contemporary Transnational Independent Cinema. How to Craft the Perfect Pitch for Project Film Supply & Make Your Dream Movie a Reality. If a great pitch is all that stands between you and thousands of dollars in film equipment and software, you'd probably want to get really good at pitching, right?

How to Craft the Perfect Pitch for Project Film Supply & Make Your Dream Movie a Reality

As you might know, The Music Bed is offering just such a handsome booty to the filmmaker who sends in the best film idea to their contest Project Film Supply (of which we're also a sponsor). In other words, the best pitch wins. But, how can you ensure that yours is a $50K pitch? Here are a few thoughts from The Music Bed on what they think about when scouring submissions, and what makes a pitch really stand out. Even if you're not planning on participating in The Music Bed's contest, the tips they share are pretty universal.

Below are the areas that TMB says, if done well, make a great pitch: The Synopsis One of the main issues I see in not only other people's synopses, but my own, is that they're too fluffy. Road Kings is a film about four friends, documenting their lifestyle as traveling hitchhikers. The Mood Board. 'Menthol' Micro-Budget Film Case Study Part 6: Post-Release & Post-Production. Now that Menthol was finally released online last week, let's check in with the release status and watch the 3rd part of our interview series with the makers of the film.

'Menthol' Micro-Budget Film Case Study Part 6: Post-Release & Post-Production

This post will complete my 6-part series on releasing the film with a $0 marketing budget. With direct distribution I've learned that what appears to be the end of a long road usually leads to be the beginning of a new one, but for this post I've selected some big takeaways and put them together in a Direct-Distribution Lesson Roundup. Read on. Release Day + The Following 2 Weeks. The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film. Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values.

The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film

At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M. This is a guest post by Matthew Helderman of Buffalo8 and BondIt. We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with disappointment during the process. Through our experiences we’ve gathered and built a manifesto for the do’s & don’ts of making low budget projects. Some are obvious, others are elements we picked up after handfuls of wrong turns.

We’ve even written a full 50 page eBook on the subject that has provided insight for the indie community (linked here). Guide. how to produce your independent film and actually make money. How to Make a Great Crowdfunding Video That People Will Actually Watch. Emily Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, an alternative crowdfunding platform to Kickstarter and Indiegogo with a decidedly different approach, has some words of wisdom about how to make the best crowdfunding video possible and avoid the mistakes so many people make (thanks to Film Courage for another fantastic interview):

How to Make a Great Crowdfunding Video That People Will Actually Watch