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Location scouting can be a lot of fun when you’re spending time imagining the potential production value of a place you’re visiting for the first time. It’s very rewarding to report it all back to the production department heads, introducing the exciting visions of “what if?” for ground zero of principal photography. However, unless you’re an experienced, local scout with a laundry list of locations and contacts, you’re also going to spend a lot of time searching, driving, cold-calling, and negotiating to find that perfect fit for the project. If only there were a platform to make this entire process easier, especially for indie filmmakers. But there’s not, so I better end the article here – kidding! Say hello to Set Scouter, which Anila Gill of Tribeca says “hopes to be the AirBnb of location scouting.” More »
Last month, we shared a some tips for strengthening your production resume from Robyn Coburn. While having a solid resume is crucial to landing a job, it’s only half of the package that you send out to potential employers. The other, and arguably more important half is the cover letter. If you want employers to even glance at your awesome resume, your cover letter has to shine. What are some of the cover letter mistakes that get applications tossed out? And more importantly, how can you avoid these mistakes? More »
Sure, as filmmakers, feedback and collaboration is an essential part of the art. However, sometimes when your best friend/cinematographer/cousin with questionable taste in movies tells you that he just doesn’t get why your main character does [insert crucial plot point here], you may wonder if this is exactly the feedback you need to grow as an artist. Participate in the 2014 Film Independent Directing Lab, and along with stipends, rental packages, and a community of peers, you can get a year of mentorship from seasoned film professionals — if you can get your application in by October 7th! Keep reading to find out what you need to submit to be considered for this year’s FIND Directing Lab. More »
After posting about the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting now accepting applications for 2013, one of our NFS readers asked which screenwriting contests I recommend. Well, I recommend screenwriting opportunities that will further your career – namely, making contacts in the industry or finding ways to turn your writing into films yourself (that’s why you’re here at NFS, right?). Beyond making industry contacts, I think there are a few screenwriting opportunities worth considering. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships is one. The Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab is another — a long-standing program known for championing emerging voices in screenwriting and helping those writers turn their words into films. Sundance Institute has now opened applications online for the January 2014 Screenwriters Lab. More »
First of all, industry standard screenwriting software Final Draft is $70 off until Sept 30. But thanks to @navesink on Twitter, I found out about a new screenwriting program that brings some appealing changes to the table. Movie Draft SE is available through the Mac App Store for just $30 (“for a limited time,” though I don’t know how limited of a time we’re talking) with some very promising features. It’s also available for Windows and Linux. Chiefly I’m interested in the modularity of the scenes and the navigation sidebar, as demonstrated in this video: More »
When the iPad was announced in January, I wrote a piece at FreshDV employing some contrarian thinking — everyone else was saying “the iPad and HTML5 will kill Flash!” — and stated, “Flash is suddenly valuable again:”
With Flash, you can develop your rich-media experience once, and then output to web, iPhone, iPad, set-top boxes, and Blu-Ray platforms all at once… For productions with smaller budgets, being able to output to several different platforms without incurring huge costs will be… well, huge. And the iPad, I suspect, will be the crown jewel in Flash’s cross-platform strategy.
One of the supposed benefits of using a Mac is “it just works,” and I’ve generally found this to be true (as a relatively recent convert from years of problem-laden PCs). However, no matter how solid a computer’s foundation, once it’s got a few years worth of added applications, hardware changes, and operating system upgrades, there’s bound to be some virtual gunk that needs cleaning. My Macbook Pro is four years old and I’m asking it to edit 1080p video; to do this, it needs to be in midseason form, and the gym I’ve been sending it to is Titanium Software’s Onyx. Onyx allows you to “verify the Startup Disk and the structure of its System files, to run misc tasks of system maintenance, to configure the hidden parameters of the Finder, Dock and of some of Apple’s own applications, to delete caches, to remove a certain number of files and folders that may become cumbersome and more.”
Know of an alternative that’s better than Onyx? Let me know!
Are you a first-time feature filmmaker? Are you in post-production? Then you should really apply to IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs. What exactly goes on in the labs? From the horse’s mouth:
Through five days of workshops, mentorship, networking opportunities and creative guidance on their project, Lab filmmakers are able to gain editorial feedback, assess strategic partnerships & marketing opportunities, and evaluate their options for maximizing the reach of their film via festivals, traditional theatrical roll-outs or through innovative, DIY distribution methods. Filmmakers also meet with cutting-edge technologists to build their brands, as well as explore the myriad of modern web and promotional tools necessary to build engaged audiences for their projects.
Documentary applications were due February 12th (I’m a bit late with this) but narrative entries aren’t due until March 26th (the lab itself takes taking place June 7-11). As a panelist at last year’s (or was it two years ago’s?) Independent Film Week, I saw several work-in-progress screenings and shared drinks with many of the lab participants; across the board, they were full of effusive praise for the program. If you’ve got a project in the rough cut stage, by all means check out this year’s lab, and if not, definitely keep the labs in mind for a future project.