Mark Tapio Kines was the first person to employ online crowdfunding to finance a film.
Documentary filmmaker and multimedia storyteller Christian Payne shares his tips for producing professional-quality audio and video.
In our opinion there are six key steps to getting your film finished. It is our belief that you raise the odds of finishing your movie, of pulling off your shorts, if you tackle a project of reasonable size.
On the new and up coming feature film, The Judge, directed by David Dopkin, staring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Melissa Leo, Dax Shepard, and Vincent D'Onofrio.
There are thousands of film festivals of various sizes and popularity around the world, and several thousand more independent films are submitted to these festivals each year.
This is a question I’m often asked, and there is no right or wrong answer.
Your first day of film school is right around the corner and maybe you’re already thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to make the most of it.
When Loretta and I were looking to move back to San Francisco from Chicago we were searching for 2 bedroom apartments, but what we found for the same price was a house with plenty of space.
When you approach someone to invest in your film, you are really asking them to invest in you.
Food is the most treacherous thing on a film shoot.
“Cotton String” is a feature film about two lower class, middle-aged men who decide to invest half their life savings in an idea that’s in the works by a drug dealer.
When creating your own job, you’ll most likely want to create a company name that you work under.
A Letter From A Film School Graduate
Dear Film School Student,
Welcome to the adventure of your filmmaking career! Your family and friends have probably been questioning you on your decision to get an art degree in a declining job economy.
This is not some clever original title. It is a play-on-words reminiscent of a book by Joseph Heller titled, “Easy and Hard Ways Out.”
It’s pretty obvious: filmmaking is expensive.
Now that I’m finally done with grad school (with the exception of finishing The Jog) it’s time to get to work; and this is the first time that I’ve been a full-time freelancer.
This question has become more acute in our current era, where many film students graduate with significant student loans.
We all love movies right? In this article we will discuss what you can learn in film school.
How long should your short be? An interesting question.
Preparing future movers and shakers for the film and television industries involves introducing them to the often painful negotiation between art and commerce.
Story Development In this four-part series on How to Make a Documentary, we will first look at Story Development,
Once you are bitten by the documentary bug, you might see all sorts of stories you think you can make a doc on.
Almost everyone who has a story to tell dreams about making a documentary at some time. Bringing that dream to fruition can become a reality now that the democratization of video has truly leveled the playing field.
These days, it seems that every man and his dog wants to run a film festival.
It was my own fault. I answered the add on Craigslist for a “video editor”.
Prep work and communication with festival staff can ensure a top notch film debut.
So you’ve decided to come out to your parents. No, you’re not declaring your sexual preference, but instead your decision that will define you and your future.
You can make great movies if you find out what makes you different.
If you’re moving to Los Angeles or New York or just getting out of school and trying to make it on your own for the first time, do you have enough seed money to pay for rent, utilities, phone, car maintenance, auto and health insurance, food and miscellaneous expenses for several months until you can generate an income?
With less and less funding available for the arts in educational institutions of all levels, Monte Zucker Education (MZed) takes on the responsibility of producing creative educational materials for individuals of all skill levels interested in the creative arts.
The best piece of filmmaking advice I have ever received was… “Just Keep Shooting.”
Learn how movie sets are constructed to create both a convincing environment and a workable production setting.
A good film set is like a well-oiled machine. All of the parts must work together for everything to go properly.
Lighting is an integral component of professional imagery - photographers, broadcasters, and cinematographers rely on ideal lighting to convey meaning and evoke emotion within their chosen medium.
The Boom—Why, Isn’t That Old Fashioned?
The Brave Journey of Nicholas C. Smith, A. C. E.
As the old cliché´goes, the only constant is change. This couldn’t be more the case with the film industry than in the past five years.
Technology is an ever changing landscape, and as educators, our challenge has always been to teach the most current technology without the budget to properly bring this technology to the classroom.
Welcome to your first day on a film set.