Film Business

How ‘Not’ to Get Hired… And Why You Should “Never Say No.”

by Jack Anderson   You’ve got a chance at a job and you’re just reading the script—maybe for the second or third time. You’re preparing yourself for the crucial meeting with the director and maybe the producer. Now might be a good time to bring up a piece of vital …

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Getting Financing for Your Independent Film: Ensuring Distribution and Choosing Scripts

by Christina DeHaven   There are many different ways to fund a film, and not necessarily out of your own pocket. You have to start by preparing yourself for an effective fundraising campaign. Arm yourself with a few basic tools: 1. A strong business proposal, complete with references and samples …

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What Does a Production Designer Do for Film Production? | A complex job description revealed.

by Tushar Unadkat   It’s easy to identify the job of a cinematographer or a fashion designer, as the titles are obvious. A cinematographer may be a man with the camera and the fashion designer would take care of the fashion commonly in the clothing industry. However, the title of …

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Traveling with Your Video Gear: Knowing When to Take It, Leave It… or Carry It on the Plane

by Carl Filoreto   Video production and air travel have had an uneasy coexistence for a long time. Excess baggage charges, varying weight restrictions, and the most penal indignity – delayed or even lost baggage – create high anxiety for any video crew. Many times I’ve anxiously waited at the …

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On the Set, In the Studio Film Biz Lingo: A Short Guide to Some of the Most Frequently Questioned Terms

by Chris Cavallari   Some of the first episodes of my former podcast, The Martini Shot: Moviemaking for Beginners, dealt with the terminology you are more than likely to encounter on a movie set. This four episode series was also the most downloaded set of episodes in the yearlong run …

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What Are 3 Ways Networks Acquire Programming? | Here’s a Fast Look

by Stacey Parks   (1.) They acquire a finished program. This is usually the least expensive option for a network, and where you, the producer stand to receive the lowest acquisition price (the exception being if you’re a Sundance Film Festival winner or something like that). Networks acquire their programs …

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7 Mistakes You Can Avoid While Working On Staff: A Television Writer’s Tale of ‘The Staff from Hell’

by Pamela Douglas Recently, a student on the verge of graduating asked me what was the single most important lesson I’d learned in writing for television. Her question started me thinking. Of course, I’d acquired writing skills, some insights into what works on screen, and a few experiences negotiating the …

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STUDENT Filmmaker, with the Emphasis on “Student” | Important Details to Check Out Before You Choose a College

By Fred Ginsburg, CAS, Ph.D. Most of the time, contributing authors such as myself focus on aspects of filmmaking and share technical knowledge with you, Hollywood’s next generation. But this article addresses the “student” side of academic life; in other words, FILM SCHOOL. As I write this, the Spring 2018 …

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