Guest Blog: Screenwriting with Michael Lengsfield

Posted Monday, February 29th, 2016

Michael Lengsfield is a Screenwriter, and Scriptwriting Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. We spoke briefly with him about teaching the craft, developing your writing process and the (free) online course he is launching with FutureLearn.

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Power to the Pixel’s Think Tank Report

Posted Friday, December 18th, 2009

The Think Tank was the culmination of 2009’s Cross-Media Film Forum, “bringing together Power to the Pixel’s participating experts for a day of discussion and debate with a view to defining practical steps in developing cross-media film practices in the film industry.” Download it free here.

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Digital Bootcamp Wiki – Help It Grow!

Posted Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

We’re really proud of the growing Digital Bootcamp Wiki. It started off as a companion to the workshops we have been conducting but it has now become a standalone resource on funding, distribution, marketing and so much more in the digital age. Wiki comes from the Hawaiian word for “fast” – and if you all collaborate to this wiki by adding to it we can help it grow even faster!

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Esther Robinson on Building a Creative Foundation

Posted Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Esther Robinson is da bomb! Seriously. She’s a brilliant filmmaker (A Walk Into The Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory) and a tireless supporter of artists and creativity. She used to work at Creative Capital and in that spirit of professional development and sustainability has recently founded ArtHome to “help artists build assets and equity through financial literacy, homeownership, self-sufficiency and the responsible use of credit.” Hear, hear I need help with all of that! You can read her

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Digital Bootcamp Wiki

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

I created a wiki – digitalbootcamp.wikispaces.com – for the Shooting People Digital Bootcamp workshop conducted on July 4th 2009 at the Frontline Club – taught by James Mullighan, Harriet Fleuriot and myself. Like the workshop itself, most of these resources are aimed at documentary filmmakers but narrative filmmakers can find lots of good ideas here too. Please add to the wiki if you have additional links, tips and tricks to share – we want plenty of collaboration in the spirit

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Chris Anderson’s Free available for, um, free!

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

You  can read a free version of Anderson’s Free: The Future of a Radical Price on this very blog! You can also download an audio version on his Long Tail blog. For a critical view read Malcolm Gladwell’s New Yorker review of the book. Gladwell concludes: “The only iron law here is the one too obvious to write a book about, which is that the digital age has so transformed the ways in which things are made and sold that

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A Beginner’s Guide to Viral Marketing

Posted Thursday, June 11th, 2009

The very smart and savvy Sakia Wilson-Brown has written a series of posts for IndieGoGo on viral marketing. You can read the 3rd post here and then follow the links at the bottom for parts 1 and 2 (the IndieGoGo blog is doing funny things to my browser which is why I’m linking to Saskia’s blog).

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Power Tools – a powerful wiki for audience building

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2009

Another great resource! Scott Kirsner, author of the incredibly useful Fans, Friends and Followers which I mentioned earlier on this blog, has set up a wiki called Power Tools for sharing much of the information he has collated on audience building, collaboration and commerce. There are already a bunch of useful links on there on things like social networks, analytics, blogging and online video – but like all wikis this will be much more valuable if filmmakers like you get

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DocAgora Webplex – funding, festival and distribution info all in one place!

Posted Monday, May 11th, 2009

The catch is you have to contribute some of this info! But check out the DocAgora Webplex website. There’s already a lot of great resources on there for documentary filmmakers and this is the sort of site that will only get stronger as more people use it and contribute to it (it’s early days yet so don’t expect a complete database at this stage). I was talking to a filmmaker at Hot Docs who said that he wished that there

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You’ve Got It Made – Scottish Screen Short Film Distribution Guide

Posted Monday, February 16th, 2009

Scottish Screen have provided a very handy downloadable guide to the world of short film distribution. It covers all the bases from festivals to sales agents to digital distribution. If you are even considering making a short film you should read this guide. One of the things I am learning is that thinking about distribution AFTER your film is made is usually way too late. You should be thinking about the goals you have for your film from day 1

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