12 Tips How To Make A Documentary

Here are some top lessons I learned with my first feature documentary project. 12 Steps On How To Make A Documentary. 1) Make a trailer: If you have any need or desire to raise funds for your project, a trailer – a fantastic trailer — is essential. A trailer is also a wonderful tool for building an audience and creating buzz.

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How To Make Your Own Film Without Moving To Hollywood

How To Make Your Own Film. Many filmmakers fail to take action because they are fixated on all the reasons they can’t make a movie. Mostly, this relates to resources. Ask around and most filmmakers will tell you they lack the money, time, cast, crew, locations, gear…

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Three Tactics On How To Make Money In Filmmaking

Assuming you are serious – And assuming you want to make money in filmmaking – here are 3 simple tips that most filmmakers never consider: 1.) Pick a Successful genre. The best genres to make are not the depressing dramas or the edgy comedies. The best genres are either action, sci-fi, horror (with cast), and family friendly films.

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How To Become A Successful Filmmaker (Without Going To

Many would-be filmmakers waste valuable time trying to make everything perfect, when the true secret to becoming a successful filmmaker involves simply assessing your resources and making the movie you can make now. For some of you the answer to this question will only allow you to make a two-minute YouTube video.

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How To Turn Your Book Into A Movie

So you are seeking ideas on how to turn your book into a movie. First of all, congratulations on finishing your book. Writing requires every degree of discipline you can muster. And now that your book is complete, I can understand why you would want to turn your story into a movie. Going from a writer to a screenwriter to a filmmaker is a very complex process.

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Film QC: How to Deliver Your Film Without Going Crazy

Film Distribution Deliverables. When it comes to deliverables, most distributors will request a Quicktime ProRes 422. It usually okay to deliver a higher resolution. You can have ProRes 444 (a 4k film), but you can’t go lower. Even ProRes 422 LT …

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How To Sell Your Movie Idea (Without Movie Studio Connections)

How To Sell Your Movie Idea. While taking your own movie idea from script to screen is challenging, it is not impossible. Once you have an awesome story, your next step is to create a screenplay, a production schedule and then a budget.

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How To Create A Viral Web Series

You no longer need Hollywood to get your work distributed and seen. Thanks to the internet you have a readily accessible option for creating a web series and reaching a global audience. All you need is a camera, some creativity and internet access. How To Create A Viral Web Series. By guest Filmmaker blogger, Dan Williams.

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How To Find Film Buyers So You Can Sell Your Film

Most sales agents and distributors are at the markets. These markets include: AFM, Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and MIPCOM to name the main ones. If you attend any one of these markets, you could potentially meet film buyers there. But when it comes to trying to sell your film, you might be in better shape meeting a sales agent distributor than

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How To Find Indie Film Investors So You Can Make Your Movie

And they will be looking to see what you can do for them. The other thing to remember is, the motion picture business is a business based on personal relationships. So make sure you act accordingly. It’s your obligation to research prospective investors, qualify them, contact them, get a meeting and build a relationship.

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Filmmaking Stuff For Independent Filmmakers

The film finance articles at Filmmaking Stuff provide tips on how to view independent filmmaking as a business. Film Production: At Filmmaking Stuff, we are dedicated to providing filmmaking articles related to production, production equipment (cameras, lighting, audio), film scheduling, budgeting, casting and directing.

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How To Create a Press Kit For Your Indie Movie The Easy Way

Here are some things you’ll want to include as you create a press kit: 1. Cover sheet: The cover sheet is the top sheet that grabs everyone’s attention and promotes the hook of your movie. In some ways, it’s sort of like a mini-poster that includes the title, contact info, some good quotes from previous reviews, the same cast and crew

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How To Produce a TV Series That People Actually Watch

How To Produce a TV Series That People Actually Watch. I’m excited about a show from Canada called LetterKenny, which is now on Hulu. This is a great example of a content creator (in this case, an actor named Jared Keeso), who had an idea, shot it, and then got it on a network.

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How To Promote a Movie

In this guest filmmaking article, producer Doug Gritzmacher outlines the grass roots movie marketing strategy his team utilized for Soldiers of Paint A lot of filmmakers are asking me how to promote a movie. It was about a year ago while on a trip in Acadia National Park that I received a call from First Run Features saying they wanted to distribute my film.

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How To Build A Filmmaking Team You Can Trust

Find a handful of collaborators, and then assign roles based on their skills and interests. Then grab a camera and complete a few small projects, like music videos and short films. How To Build A Filmmaking Team You Can Trust. Your films do not have to be over the top. For example, here is a music video project my buddy Jared did one afternoon.

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How To Make Your First Feature Documentary

How To Make Your First Feature Documentary. Achieving success in the film industry is a challenging. For example, in Australia, the likelihood that you will make a …

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How To Start Your Own (mini) Movie Studio

How To Start Your Own Movie Studio. To start your own mini movie studio, you will need to: Create multiple titles over time. Build a very genre specific movie library. Have an in-house movie marketing guru …. While creating a mini-movie-studio may seem beyond the scope and scale of what you think is possible, setting your sights high is much

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How To Break Down and Schedule Your No-Budget Movie

If you're a first time feature filmmaker, you do not need a gazillion dollars to join the feature club. But you will need to learn how to replace money with ginormous creatively. And once your screenplay is complete, then the next step in the filmmaking process is …

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Film Distribution: New Rules For Selling Your Film

Film Distribution: New Rules For Selling Your Movie. When we released our first feature on Amazon and started making sales, it was hard to believe we could do so without a traditional film distribution deal. At first we did not understand the power of …

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How To Achieve Your Filmmaking Goals Fast

How To Achieve Your Filmmaking Goals Fast. 1. Set and write down your filmmaking goals with a clear deadline. For example, “Shoot, edit, and distribute my short film by August 1.”. 2. Write down all of the reasons why you want to achieve your filmmaking goals. …

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How To Become A Modern Independent Filmmaker

Many times an independent filmmaker considers indie film to be sacred and avoids working with studios. Other filmmakers think studio movies are the ONLY movies that count. They discount indies as a calling card to simply get noticed by the studios. And yet other filmmakers just want to get their film made! Years ago it was different. When a DVD market existed (we're going back like …

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How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker

How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker. As a filmmaker, you can use personal branding to build trust with your target audience. When people readily know you and they associate your brand with your face, it will be much easier to raise money for a new production or to sell your movie.. If you’d like make your personal brand stronger or to create a new one, you need to set goals for your public

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How To Start (and keep) A Career In Film

If you're looking for a career in film, you're not alone. Each year, thousands of ambitious Hollywood hopefuls arrive in Los Angeles, eager to climb the entertainment ladder. Unlike you, most of these people come unprepared to face the competitive landscape. Many never take time to create a plan. And many Hollywood hopefuls simply don't understand the golden rule of Hollywood Success.

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5 Ways to Promote Your Film Fast

With that said, here are five ways to promote your film fast: 1. Call your friends and family on the phone: I know. You think the idea of promoting your film through the phone is silly. But as mentioned earlier, the goal is to make lots of sales in a short time so you can rise in the rankings.

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How To Build A Solid Reputation In The Film Industry

ACTION STEPS. Shake hands with a firm handshake. Smile. Seriously, people forget to smile a lot. Talk about uplifting and positive topics. Do what you say, promise 100% and deliver 20o%. Never, ever, arrive late. Reputation. Your reputation and how you present and sell yourself is everything.

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The Screenwriters Guide to Option Agreements

If you're like most screenwriters, the scenario you're working towards, aside from on outright purchase of your spec script, is getting an option agreement. An option agreement is a deal that essentially ‘loans out’ or ‘rents’ the rights to your script to a producer or production company in hopes they can get the movie made. The idea of an option agreement seems great.

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Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling

Making a good movie starts with a good screenplay. And assuming you've written, or you control the rights to a fantastic script that you would like to produce, the next step creating a script breakdown and film scheduling.

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72 Awesome Resources for Distributing Your Film (For Indie

72 Awesome Resources for Distributing Your Film. The good news is, changes in film distribution technology now provides access to major online marketplaces such as Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes and more. So if you are looking to distribute and sell your movie, there has never been a better time.

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Who Else Wants To Sell A TV Show To The Networks

So you have a TV Show idea and you want to sell it. Before we get into some action steps you can take, it's important to understand how TV works in comparison to film. A lot of times people think TV is the same as producing feature films, where you can just make something and then sell what you've made. Unlike film, selling a TV Show to a network doesn't work that way.

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How To Build A Powerful Network In The Movie Biz

Building a powerful network in the motion picture industry is essential for you to push your filmmaking career forward. This is something that I've stressed, multiple times. If you are in the right places and you meet the right people, and then you follow up with those people, that can lead to an incredible career and success for you. So let's talk about where you're gonna meet these people.

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How To Write A Film Press Release That Gets Noticed

A film press release is a marketing tool. And it’s a one to two page document that tells media outlets about something that’s newsworthy. In terms of a movie this could be a crowdfunding campaign, casting calls; screenings or festival wins. This helps people discover your movie, which in turn drives them to your web site and buy link. Think Like a Journalist Journalists are constantly on

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How To Uncover The Proper Target Audience For Your Film

One of the first places to find your audience is the local newsstand. If there are print magazines devoted to your movie subject, then those subscribers are part of your target audience. In addition to print, you will want to explore the Internet for online publications. Open up a spreadsheet and add these publications to your list.

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How To Create A Movie Marketing Plan In 5 Minutes

This means, if you sell a movie for $10 dollars, you’ll only net $5 dollars. So with this in mind, to recoup a $100,000 dollar budget, you will need to sell 20,000 units. Example: 20,000 sales multiplied by $5 dollars (net) equals $100,000. Once you complete your movie marketing plan, two …

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Write or Acquire a Screenplay

Do you write or acquire a screenplay? Think about it. Screenwriting is the heavy lifting for your movie. Without a good script you limit your chances for success from the onset. Your goal is to only work with the best material you can get your hands on. In your journey to bring ideas to life, you will want to decide if you will write your screenplay yourself, with a writing partner or if you

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Confessions of A Film Acquisitions Executive

Confessions of A Film Acquisitions Executive. The old model of film acquisitions meant that you would give up your film to a distributor for years at a time, in exchange for a cash advance and a back-end percentage. You would then move on to your next project, and the distributor would do “all that business stuff” and send you a quarterly

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Do Actors Really Kiss

Do Actors Really Kiss? Other actors and directors ask me all the time about on-screen kisses. Whether you are the actor, director or both, there are ways to keep the process painless.. 1. Be clear and ask – Make sure the actor is okay with kissing …

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The Indie Filmmakers Guide to Amazon Film Distribution

In a more-perfect world of Independent Film Distribution, iTunes would open the flood gates and allow all feature filmmakers to upload their work. However, at the time of writing, getting your finished feature film into iTunes is still a pain in the butt. With few exceptions, the company seems to favor traditional distributors over the indie producer.

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5 Screenwriting Secrets Every Writer Should Know

There really is no ONE answer. And not to digress too far, but here is my theory on how mediocre writing becomes successful screenwriting: Fact: Most screenplays are complete crap. Opportunity: If your screenplay is even marginally better, It will SEEM like it’s TONS better than it …

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How To Shoot A Pitch Trailer

How To Shoot A Pitch Trailer. I decided to shoot a “mock” pitch trailer. I would gather a bunch of my friends, a DP, and shoot a few scenes from the film to make it look like an actual trailer, like we already filmed the whole thing.

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Essential Filmmaking Advice For The Modern Filmmaker

Suffice it to say, it’s hard to get noticed as a serious independent filmmaker. 1. Stop Thinking Like An Artist. You need to stop thinking like an artist. This means you need to stop crying about how challenging it is to get your movies made, seen and sold. Instead you need to reshape your thinking.

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How To Write A Screenplay First Draft Like A Professional

What is the REAL first draft of your screenplay? A big mistake a lot of new screenwriters make is thinking the first draft is actually the final draft. It sounds silly, but many first time writers make it to 90 or 120 pages and say to themselves: 'It's ready to show to the world!' And that's a big mistake. While screenwriting is different for everyone, over the course of writing 20 plus

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Do You Make These Mistakes In Documentary Funding

To get a donation, you’ll have to ask for it. Find Out How To Sell Your Documentary To Netflix >>. This leads us to documentary funding mistake #3. 3. Talking too much – When people are nervous or they are super passionate about a subject, they tend to go on and on. Filmmakers make this mistake all the time.

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