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Many of us here on NFS will write screenplays for our own films that we plan to make ourselves. That said, it’s always good to know which scripts are selling in the marketplace: 1) to know what movies may be coming to a theatre near you soon so your script is different (or better); 2) to know the styles and genres of scripts that studios and financiers are buying should you want to sell your own spec; and 3) to know who represents and manages writers of scripts like your own to help you find representation. To shed some light on the spec script market, Scott Myers at Go Into The Story has been running a weekly series on this very topic, covering the history of the spec script market, the buyers of spec scripts, the spec screenwriter-representation relationship and more. More »

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It sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not. For a limited time, you can get Canon and Nikon lenses from B&H Photo Video at record-breakingly low prices. It may be a bit soon to call it the ‘sale of the century,’ but B&H is now offering up to $350 in savings on Nikon lenses, and as much as $300-$400 in savings on Canon lenses and flashes due to manufacturer-mandated discounts. So what are you waiting for? Read on for the links below. More »

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4/3 Rumors has been a neverending resource on all the official and unofficial news in the Micro 4/3 world, including information on price drops and sales on cameras and lenses. Now Ale -the site’s creator- has started a new venture called Slidoo; a website with a simple and slick interface that helps you find the filmmaking equipment (or pretty much anything else) you need at the price you want. Click through to check out how the site works and what it can do for you. More »

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Writers tend to be procrastinators. Maybe we kid ourselves into believing that we’re waiting for inspiration to strike. In reality, we’re usually finding new ways to avoid the fear of the blank page. Well, if you have been waiting for the right opportunity to buy Final Draft 8, arguably the industry standard for screenwriting software, your procrastination has just paid off. Final Draft 8 is on sale for $149 at The Writers Store today only, Saturday, December 8, as one of its 12 Days of December Deals. More »

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Back in September, you may recall we told you about The Writers Store’s sale on Final Draft 8 (arguably the standard when it comes to professional screenwriting software) where you could save over 30% off the sticker price. Well, good news to all you procrastinators out there (and if you’re a writer, you’re probably a procrastinator). The Writers Store has extended its Final Draft sale until Nov. 30, offering its Final Draft Platinum Package for $169 (a 32% savings off the Final Draft sticker price). Plus, NFS has an exclusive coupon to get you an additional 10% off most anything else purchased at The Writers Store. More »

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The RED SCARLET, with a Side SSD Mount and Aluminum Canon lens mount, is currently selling for $11,900 direct from RED. However, due to a project wherein a large number of Scarlets were needed to simultaneously shoot one shot, there are now a limited number of these cameras available [UPDATE: no more cameras available] with one minute or less of record time on them for $7,100 (that’s $4,800 off if you’re counting beans). The official word from RED’s Jarred Land: More »

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For many of us on NFS, we’re pursuing our filmmaking goals through the independent, DIY route. If you’re focused more specifically on screenwriting like myself, however, you may find yourself straddling the line writing content you can sell to the Hollywood studios and writing content you want to make as your passion project. Either way, it’s important to know what’s currently in development and production so you know what is selling and so you don’t get blindsided when you discover your current script is already in production as a major feature film. For decades, Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have been the standard trades for Hollywood. For the independent film community, IndieWire has established itself as the must-read sight. These publications typically cover done deals or finished films. For screenwriters that want to know what specs are heading out into the market before the deal is done, there’s TheGrid. More »

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My favorite magazine about independent film is, well, “the magazine of independent film:” Filmmaker Magazine. The quarterly mag, which always includes film festival reports, invaluable interviews with directors, and several must-read columns, is now only $10 a year. If you live in the digital realm, it’s only $6. Six dollars! It goes without saying, but this makes a great (and cheap) Christmakwanzakah gift for any filmmaker friends. More »

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Is your film playing at a film festival? Are you selling DVDs or T-shirts? What if you’re a photographer selling prints out of your home? Maybe you’re a street artist doing sketches of tourists, or an artist selling paintings or sculptures at a street fair. Hell, you could be mowing lawns for money. Now imagine you had a miniature cash register that takes credit cards, accept signatures, and send receipts automatically, all using the mobile device you’re already carrying in your pocket. For filmmakers and other independent creatives, Square is a big deal. More »

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For a musician to earn a meager living (defined here as a minimum wage of $1,160 a month), how many self-pressed CDs do they have to sell out of the back of a truck every month? If they have a record deal and their music is listed on a subscription service like Rhapsody (a former employer of mine), how many streams do they have to generate to take home the same amount? David McCandless, author of the book The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia, has published detailed statistics for musicians (included below). What if we had these same numbers for filmmakers? More »

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A lot of people are talking about Facebook and the social network’s usurpation of our formerly private data. Facebook’s personalization is now opt-out instead of opt-in, and this has irked many. Some of the ways this change affects us are subtle — you “like” something instead of becoming a “fan,” and now your friends’ Facebook pages are littered with more “so-and-so likes” posts — but what the Like button is really about, I think, is e-commerce. More »