Essential Series

As part of my essential series here are some excellent references any independent film-maker should have read or watched before embarking on making a film:

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Making Films

One of the best interviews you will ever watch, independent director Jeffrey Goodman, director of The Last Lullaby, is a guy that’s in the know. Jeffrey completed a high quality, well-regarded independent picture with name-branded talent Tom Sizemore and Sasha Alexander. He speaks openly about gaining rights, funding, casting, distribution, producing, directing and gives a full 360 degree video interview about making his début independent film feature. Truly insightful as Jeffrey educates us all, click play now!

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No Budget Film School

Film Director, David Gordon Green discusses the making of his no budget independent film masterpiece “George Washington” in this excerpt from the No Budget Film School’s class. Here he discusses the strategy behind shooting with no money.

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Beyond The Finishing Post

Writer and director Sue Everett of Screen Yorkshire’s most successful mainstream short film to date, ‘Mother Mine’, leads this insightful session on marketing.

How do you maximise your film’s potential on the highly competitive short film festival circuit and get it seen by people who can make a real difference to your career? Sue unveils her strategy for ‘Mother Mine’, which has so far screened at over 47 festivals across the globe, picking up 12 awards along the way.

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Film Marketing Distribution and Financing

New models of film marketing, distribution and financing for the digital era – thought leaders Jon Reiss, Sheri Candlerand and David Geertz talk about new ways to connect an audience to your film. This excerpt is taken from a panel discussion held in Winnipeg, Canada by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI).

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Investment Film Workshop

In readiness for producing a feature film, I have spoken to those who have done it before. Embarking on the feature film journey can be a daunting….

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MIA Films

Mia Bays, from MIA Films, was our hostess for the next two hours at Vision and media’s headquarters in Salford, Manchester. Having….

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Four Lions

Four Lions: Is it a comedy? Is it just controversial? Who knows if there is a clear genre for this film but there is a very funny scene with a bird and a plane. If only….

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This is Cinema

…a big dark room with a projector in the background. Actually there is more to cinema than that.

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Making Films That Matter

…. two facts remain prominent when working as an independent film-maker….

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The Producer

…..what does a producer do? Manages just about everything that needs managing.

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The Director

….What does the director do? Acts as the conductor of the orchestra. For a director its your responsibility….

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The Film Digital Media Revolution

Peter Buckingham breaks down the Digital Media Revolution. The difference between having a physical limitation like limited theaters, limited DVD shelves and limited TV channels. He then goes on to explain the power of digital and the longtail. He then explains that we are at a cross roads, where either we seize this moment for [...]

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Doritos Shoot Day 2

It’s Saturday and Day 2 of the film shoot. I’ve decided to arrive early, however I’m not 100% sure where I’m going. A couple of emergency calls later….

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Scriptwriters Conference

Bolton University are making waves – scriptwriting waves.

Today I attended the scriptwriters conference and joined at least one hundred others wanting….

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