How to Make A Zero Budget Web Series

Posted Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

Two SP members, Rebecca Boey and Joseph Brett, of Jackdaw Films completed their webseries Jade Dragon last year completely out of their own pocket. In this blog post, they explain how they achieved it and offer tips for any aspiring filmmakers looking to do the same. Over to Rebecca and Joseph… We made our 19-episode comedy Jade Dragon, set in a Chinese takeaway, on zero budget. That’s not to say it didn’t cost us anything. Of course it did. It cost us

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#FilmmakersTell: Charlie Lyne

Posted Monday, March 9th, 2015

Making your first feature film is no easy feat. Since there isn’t a direct route to take to come out on the other side unscathed and on top, taking on a feature can seem like quite a daunting prospect. Luckily for you, Shooting People members are willing to share their experiences to give you insights on the reality of filmmaking – from development to distribution. Charlie Lyne is a filmmaker and freelance journalist. He directed and edited his first feature, ‘Beyond Clueless’, which is

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Day two of our viral extravaganza

Posted Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

And exciting things have been happening at the house of Fat Rat. Check out the video: and come have a chat with us about it over here: We want to hear your thoughts. Fred and Gemma, Fat Rat Films  

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Video Blog – our experiment in online distribution

Posted Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

This week we’re doing an online release of our new animated documentary, Act of Terror.  It’s about Gemma’s fight for justice, after she was assaulted by the police for filming them. You can watch it here. Act of Terror But the reason we’re here on Shooting People is that over the next week we’ll be publishing a video blog of our attempt to make the film go viral.  We’ll be talking about our campaign, sharing the successes and the failures,

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Adventures in self-distribution 2

Posted Friday, October 26th, 2012

Last year I wrote a blog entry about how we released Way of the Morris, our 64 minute documentary on Morris Dancing, in UK cinemas. I included a detailed breakdown of the exact amounts we spent. In it I argued that the reasons for self-releasing instead of trying to get a distributor boil down to the fact that if you go through a Sales Agent > Distributor on small scale projects you’ll probably never make any money. The basic advice

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MANCHESTER – Future Artists Film and Media Festival Nov 1st to Nov 4th 2012

Posted Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Future Artists’ Film & Media Festival ~ Thurs 1st-Sun 4th November ~ The Black Lion, Salford Opening LAUNCH PARTY @ THE SHARP PROJECT FILM STUDIO – YOU ARE INVITED!!!!!!!! Get your FREE Ticket here Future Artists’ Film and Media Festival is a collaborative project, bringing together a selection of both emerging and established entrepreneurs in the industry. Its aim is to explore how the next generation of media creators are breaking new ground in digital storytelling and to celebrate the

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Future Artists article : Activism and new UK Film: How The Underground Recreated The Hero

Posted Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Activism and new UK Film: How The Underground Recreated The Hero : Written By Jane Mcconnell     Jane McConnell @janemcconnell  and @futureartists May 8th 2012, Salford, UK   In Emily James’ Just Do It, we watch news packages from major news outlets interlaced with POV footage from protestors scaling the giant cooler chimneys at the Ratcliffe Power Station. For a UK audience, a film like Just Do It is particularly subversive – even controversial. The protests were decade-defining – it

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Future Artists talkin up a digital revolution – The third way, time to change the beat.

Posted Monday, August 29th, 2011

Project lost generation – a project with a new beat This article a perfect introduction to a variety of future artists workshops that will take place in Leeds, Birminghamduring October and at Channel 4 in London during November. The digital campfire – a social revolution with its own beat. (By  Mark Ashmore FRSA 29/8/11) In this essay I will explore how social communications and convergence culture has put a greater emphasis on storytelling, creating a 3rd tier content distribution network, which is unrecognised by traditional

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Is the Market always Right?

Posted Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Is it time to lobby for a quota system for cinema films, as in France, Germany and Spain, to support our beleaguered UK Film Industry?

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