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Create Realistic Dialogue Now

Written by Sherri Sheridan
Keep the audience hungry for dialogue, using it only when you absolutely cannot show something visually. The more dialogue you use in your film, the less impact it will have on the viewer.
Here are 17 Fast Tips...
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Holly ShortsThe Academy Qualifying 17th Annual
HollyShorts Film Festival,

scheduled for August 12-21 2021 at the world famous TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and virtually on Bitpix, is accepting submissions. Late Deadline is May 14th. HSFF, 8 times named to MovieMaker Magazine "Top 50 Fests Worth the Entry Fee" lists, has featured over 400 projects annually showcasing stars and filmmakers including Academy Award winners Guy Nattiv, Rachel Shenton, Marshall Curry, and Rayka Zehtabchi. Other notable alumni include: Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Morrison, Anthony and Joe Russo, and Issa Rae. In 2020, HSFF virtually awarded prizes from sponsors such as Kodak, Panavision, Alter, Dust, Becine, Impossible Dream Entertainment, Bitpix, and many more. The 2020 HSFF included 7 2021 Academy nominations, including all five Short Live Action 2021 nominees!

HSFF is now Academy Qualifying for the following categories: Grand Prize Best Short, Best Short Live Action, and Best Animation. The Screenplay contest winner received a production deal courtesy of The Seattle Film Summit. www.hollyshorts.com

Script PipelineThe 2021 Script Pipeline Screenwriting
and TV Writing Competitions

connect talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers who can help launch their career. $55,000 awarded. All finalists receive long-term development and industry circulation. Last year, finalist Crosby Selander was introduced to reps at Kaplan/Perrone, and soon after sold his spec Bring Me Back to Legendary for seven figures—one of the biggest spec sales of all-time from an unproduced writer. Register for: Screenwriting | TV Writing

Cancer Support Community Film FestivalCancer Support Community
Film Festival

Get your film seen by Academy Award winners and top industry producers and filmmakers! Cancer Support Community San Francisco Bay Area is hosting their first-ever film festival. Submit your short film (up to 10 minutes)––with the theme "cancer and community"––and the top films will be chosen by a stellar panel of judges including Josh Cooley, Lyn Sisson-Talbert, Perri Peltz, Eric Ellenbogen, and Jeffrey Freidman. Make a difference in the lives of people facing cancer. Submission fee waived for students (code: CSCgala). Deadline is May 31, 2021.

handheld camera work

7 Ways to Maintain Sharp Focus
Filming Documentary Action

Written By Courtney Hermann
All documentary subjects move, often unpredictably, and you need to maintain focus if you want usable footage. When you’re collecting coverage of a process, shooting an interaction, or recording any kind of profilmic event, there are a few tools to help you avoid chasing focus around even when you're chasing people around. Here are 7 Ways to stay focused...
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DSLR filmmaking

Organization and Naming Your Shots

Written By Peter John Ross
Like so many of us with a desire to eventually work on bigger movies for a living, I like to view my DSLR shorts as a training ground. Even when making a 5-minute short, the kind where you are the all-in-one writer, director, producer, cameraman and editor, you can still prep for bigger shoots and develop good habits. One of these habits is creating and maintaining a shot list and naming your shots...
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production still photo contest

Production Stills Photo Contest 2021

Call for Entries. Open to All.
Production Stills are a valuable part of a filmmaker’s story. They capture moments behind the scenes that become great memories over the years, while the public can see the atmosphere and context in which the crew worked hard to create a great movie...
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