Zero Budget Filmmaking

Posted Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Shooters, Excuse the cross-posting with the Festivals blog, but we didn’t wany any of you to miss out on this – Mullighan recently presented a panel at the London Short Film Festival, entitled ‘Luck = Preparedness + Opportunity’. With him were the delightful filmmakers (and Shooters), Ben Slotover and Eva Weber. If you weren’t lucky enough to make it down to the Curzon for the event, no fear! Ben has kindly made his notes from the panel available to you

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A primer on Non-Theatrical Distribution – Part 2

Posted Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

This is the second and final part of a 2 part post on non-theatrical distribution by Rachel Gordon, a freelance marketing/distribution consultant specializing in the niche and educational usage of documentary films. Something to be aware of that many filmmakers don’t consciously think about when starting to get their work out is that it will take some time for your film to “hit” a place in the non-theatrical market – often up to a whole year.  You can’t count on

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A primer on Non-Theatrical Distribution – Part 1

Posted Monday, December 1st, 2008

This is the first part of a 2 part post on non-theatrical distribution by Rachel Gordon, a freelance marketing/distribution consultant specializing in the niche and educational usage of documentary films. Disclaimer – This article assumes that you are self-distributing and not working with a distributor.  The narrative below is solely from the perspective of educational, also known as “non-theatrical,” usage of film and does not refer to theatrical or home video distribution. Independent documentary filmmaking continues to rise after several

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Social Media for Filmmakers

Posted Monday, November 17th, 2008

Ted Hope’s new blog Truly Free Film is definitely one to add to your reader (if you haven’t started subscribing to blog feeds in a reader I highly recommend it – it saves time and allows you to keep track of loads of blogs and websites in one place. I use Google Reader but there are other options out there). I previously wrote about Hope’s Phoenix Rising speech here and his Truly Free Film blog follows on from this with

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Power to the Pixel videos online

Posted Monday, November 17th, 2008

I have been spending the last few days catching up on presentations and panels from the Power to the Pixel conference that took place in London last month – they are now online and free to wach. There’s some great info and ideas here, from Christy Dena on cross-media production, to Arin Crumley on collaborative filmmaking to Jamie King on distribution. If you are feeling worried about how the credit crunch is going to affect independent filmmaking (and let’s face

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Event – The Creators Guide to Going Mobile: a Digital Revolution Made Simple

Posted Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Another great event from Own It – The Creators Guide to Going Mobile: a Digital Revolution Made Simple. If you can get to it, this looks like it will address a lot of the questions that we all have about mobile content and how it will pay… Are you thinking of joining the next revolution in digital media and distributing your work through mobile phones or inventing software applications? This seminar will give you an overview of the legal framework

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Encounters Film School (22-23 November) – Shooters get 10% off

Posted Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Hello all, Am still trying to process the information overload that was yesterday’s very entertaining as well as informative Power to the Pixel forum (continuing today). I will write up the reams of notes that I produced throughout the day, I promise. Liz did say that videos of both days’ sessions would be available shortly so keep an eye on the website. In the meantime, let me make it up to you with an exclusive Shooters’ 10% discount on the

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Reelisor – connecting doc folk globally

Posted Friday, October 10th, 2008

I’ve just been having a look at Reelisor, a new initiative by Discovery Campus who are known for their fantastic training/mentoring events for documentary filmmakers in Europe, along with a string of key partners including BRITDOC and EDN. Reelisor looks like a mixture of an online marketplace, resource and network for doc folk. Savvy filmmakers are getting increasingly strategic about international partnerships when it comes to financing and distributing their films and this is a good place to start as

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Making short films? Download the Short Sighted book of contacts and tips

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2008

I wasn’t able to attend the Shooting People/BAFTA Short Sighted event in London earlier this month due to the very inconvenient fact that I was in New York! But all the feedback has been excellent and it sounds like filmmakers really benefited from the day’s panels and case studies. I particularly like this comment: “The event was motivating due to the knowledge of panel members as well as the clever filmmakers attending. Shooting People is ‘as yellow as the generosity

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Miss any panels at the Filmmaker Conference last week?

Posted Friday, September 26th, 2008

Catch up on some of them on The Film Panel Notetaker blog. All the good stuff is here including some really useful and indepth coverage of the No Borders International Co-Production Market presentation of the Case Study on Single Picture Financing with John Hadity, President and CEO of Hadity & Associates, Inc., a consultancy firm that specializes in risk management and production finance for film and television.

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