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After months of busting your hump making pitch videos, coming up with rewards, and tweeting like there was no tomorrow, (hopefully) you’ve found yourself celebrating a fully funded crowdfunding campaign. However, before you start reveling in your success, you might want to figure out just how much of those funds will make it into your production’s budget not only after you pay your platform’s fees, but after you pay the taxman as well. Yes, taxes can take a pretty substantial bite out of your funds, but here are a few ideas on how to run your Kickstarter campaign to make the bite less severe come Tax Day next year.

This is a guest post by Ben Henretig. More »

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Back in 2012, we covered the Kickstarter for a short film called Prospect, which would eventually go on to premiere at this year’s SXSW film festival. Besides using relatively inexpensive gear to create some fantastic visuals, the directing duo of Zeek Earl & Christopher Caldwell had quite a bit of help from enthusiastic volunteers who found out about the project after the Kickstarter campaign. The short film has finally been released to the public, and you can watch it below, and read about some of the lessons the team learned throughout the entire project. More »

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Scorpion LightAt this point, there should be little doubt that LED’s are going to play a crucial role in the future of film and video production, especially considering their benefits over traditional lighting technologies. It should also come as no surprise that we now have the ability to light with smaller fixtures as our cameras become more and more sensitive. It follows that small LED fixtures will be an essential tool for discerning cinematographers as time rolls on. A new company called Blind Spot Gear is taking this concept to a whole new level with the Scorpion Light, a tiny, high-intensity/high-CRI LED that can be easily modified and mounted anywhere (and I mean anywhere). Read on to see what all of the fuss is about. More »

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Veronica MarsKickstarter is slowly becoming a mainstay of independent filmmaking. Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has generated over $1 billion in pledges, funding everything from food to gaming projects, big names in filmmaking, like Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, and Zach Braff, have brought crowdfunding into the mainstream — somewhat. Kickstarter has created their very own iTunes channel that showcases films financed using the site, giving filmmakers’ movies more access to an audience and vice versa, and hopefully giving crowdfunding more mainstream exposure. More »

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Veronica Mars movie Rob Thomas OnStory Austin Film FestivalExactly one year and a day since launching the Kickstarter campaign that raised $2 million in twelve hours and ultimately raised over $5.7 million in 30 days, the Veronica Mars movie hits the big screen day-and-date with its VOD digital distribution. While Veronica Mars changed who uses Kickstarter to fund films and introduced many new people to the crowdfunding platform, series creator and film writer/director Rob Thomas explains that this movie simply would not have happened without the crowdfunding support of its ardent fans. Now with the film’s release, OnStory TV from Austin Film Festival provides an in-depth interview with Thomas to learn how he, Kristen Bell, and their collaborators solved the mystery of how to make the Veronica Mars movie. More »

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Having a two-camera set-up can have many great benefits. It can cut down on your production time/cost, streamline your work and make it more efficient, as well as provide much-needed continuity to the final product, which will ultimately raise your film’s production value. If you’re working with a skeleton crew, a multi-camera rig might be a good solution to having to hire more people, but be forewarned — there can be pitfalls to that set-up (e.g. Tommy Wiseau’s multi-camera/multi-format frankenrig that he used in The Room). Filmmaker Rubidium Wu puts this set-up to the test, mounting a Blackmagic Cinema Camera and a Canon 5D Mark III to a MōVI 10 gimbal stabilizer to see if he can cut down on costs, time, and even permit applications!

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Axis360Here at No Film School, we talk quite a bit about the dizzying array of technical methods for creating camera movement (and even the reasons for moving your camera in the first place). In the past year alone, a seemingly absurd amount of camera movement products have hit the market, everything from brushless gimbal stabilizers to updated versions of sliders, shoulder rigs, and beyond. Sometimes these new products are unique tools that enhance our storytelling potential, and sometimes they’re just more of the same. However, every now and again a product comes along that seems destined to change the way we move our cameras. The Axis360 Modular Motion Control System might just be one of those rare products. More »

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Have you ever considered making a film in a country that’s not your own? How about writing and directing a script in a language you don’t speak? In the interview below, Andrew Mudge talks to No Film School about doing just that in the awarding winning film The Forgotten Kingdom and touches on anything from why he gave up on DIY dollies to the inherent love/hate relationship a director has with a film. More »

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15th Story Beat More Lessons Learned from CENTS Kickstarter
If my research of Kickstarter campaigns for film and video taught me anything, I learned the final days of most successful campaigns are wild rides. The Kickstarter for my upcoming feature film CENTS was no exception. Near the end of our Kickstarter, I shared lessons learned from the 15 story beats of our campaign, but since our campaign wasn’t finished, the 15th story beat had yet to be written. Now that our Kickstarter is done, allow me to take you behind the scenes of our final week to share more lessons learned from the exciting conclusion of our crowdfunding campaign. More »

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indiegogo distribution programIf you’re thinking about making your next film, you might be toying with the idea of crowdfunding some (or all) of the budget. If you thought picking your crowdfunding platform was about deciding which site’s design you like better, think again! During Sundance, Vimeo announced it was partnering with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Seed&Spark to help successful projects find audiences. A week later, Indiegogo announced a specialized Film Distribution Program with VHX and Yekra. Now, your crowdfunding platform could also get you a clear, discounted, or lucrative channel to distribution! Below is a look at what the changing distribution opportunities could mean for you. More »

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For over three weeks, I have been fully immersed in one of the best adventures of my filmmaking career: the Kickstarter campaign for my first feature film, CENTS. Running this Kickstarter has been a full-time job with so many unexpected twists and turns, you wonder who exactly is writing this script. One of the best parts about running a Kickstarter campaign is reconnecting with old friends and finding out that they will not only back your project, but they will pick you up with their words of encouragement. I have really enjoyed answering all of their questions about the film and the Kickstarter in particular. So I wanted to take this moment to share with you, the NFS audience, what I have learned so far from the 15 story beats of my CENTS Kickstarter. More »

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I'll See You in My Dreams Kickstarter Brett HaleyFinding an American film with a female protagonist in her 70s is a rarity these days. Now, discovering an American film with a female protagonist in her 70s in a relationship with a much younger man — that’s essentially unheard of. Yet, as I run my Kickstarter campaign, that’s exactly what I discovered in one of my neighbors, I’ll See You In My Dreams. After watching the pitch video and backing the project, I reached out to co-writer and director Brett Haley to learn more about his inspiration for the story, how attached actors Blythe Danner and Martin Starr have affected the script, and what he learned about his story after interviewing people in their golden years for his Kickstarter pitch video. More »

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When you launch a Kickstarter campaign and track its position on Kickstarter’s Discover page, you quickly realize you have Kickstarter neighbors. These are campaigns that launched around the same time as yours or happen to share the same popularity rating. Of course, I love checking out Kickstarter campaigns for films, and soon my Kickstarter neighbor Norman captivated me. After backing the project to help writer/director Joel Guelzo get funding to finish the film’s VFX, I realized his DIY feature project would resonate with the NFS audience. So, I asked Joel a few questions. Check out our interview below to hear Joel tell us the background of his sci-fi labor of love, Norman. More »

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vimeoIt has been a big week for independent films — especially for independent, crowdfunded films. Not only is 10% of this year’s Sundance slate made up of Kickstarter-funded films, but Vimeo made an announcement at the festival yesterday that they’re launching a program specifically for films that have raised funds through crowdfunding platforms, offering $500K in support for marketing. Continue on for more info. More »

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Last January, I posted 6 things I was going to do to write my best screenplay ever in 2013. I even reviewed my progress midway through the year. Did I achieve my goal? I guess that’s subjective. Am I satisfied? Never. So, this year, I am doing only 1 thing to write my best screenplay ever: I’m going to make my first feature film. Here’s why making my first feature film will help me write my best screenplay ever. More »

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Rock n’ roll is arguably an international language. A new documentary, Hard Rock Havana, currently in post, went to Cuba, a land not usually associated with face-melting solos, to profile Zeus (homepage in español), the country’s longest-running, most popular heavy metal band. No Film School talks to director Nicholas Brennan. Continue on and feel the noize! More »

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PaletteFor the filmmakers that have become accustomed to creating and editing footage and music digitally, it might be a welcomed change to do your work utilizing knobs, sliders, and buttons instead of a mouse and keyboard in order to get the pinpoint accuracy you’re looking for. However, if the thought of abandoning the systems you’re used to scares you, no worries. Canada-based engineers Calvin Chu and Ashish Bidadi have designed Palette, freeform modular controllers that allow users to build and design their very own hardware interface and designate their software functions according to their workflow needs. More »

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lenzhound wireless lens motor control system wireless follow focus kickstarter camera shooting filmmakingOur recent post on the Redrock microRemote made it pretty clear that the desire for an even more inexpensive wireless follow focus solution is very real. As it would turn out, there is a very affordable alternative with significant momentum on Kickstarter — the Lenzhound Wireless Lens Control System. Going for under $400, the Lenzhound is also notably based on the Arduino open source electronics system. With these powers combined, Lenzhound might just be the most affordable wireless lens control system aiming for ‘pro.’ Read on for the Kickstarter video and more details. More »

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HDMIPi PrototypesThere aren’t many inexpensive monitors out there, and when you do find them, they are often pretty low-res, usually below HD. That’s no good if you’re trying to use them to pull focus or double-check a take and see if it was in focus. But what if you could get a 9″ 1280 x 800 monitor for under $150? Alex Eames from RasPi.TV and Dave Mellor from Cyntech want to make it happen. The company is working on a monitor for the Raspberry Pi computer, but with the generic HDMI input, it can be used with virtually any HDMI device, including cameras. Here’s their pitch video: More »