"Indian orphan becomes rich on TV game show" - Free Willy 2 among others came up before Slumdog...
It depends. In most countries, you can use music for non-commercial purposes provided that you fully credit the artist. However, you should definitely check the rules around the festival you're entering too, as some of them require full copyright clearance/permissions if any part of the work is not your own. Hope that helps!
Great post. This is why film school appeals to me - being able to find and network with like-minded creators. Its not the degree that's valuable, its the connections that you make with other students and mentors for your future in the industry.
Doing work experience at a small production house, the first thing that my supervisor told me was "Use the scopes to get the blacks black and whites white". Basic correction, but not doing it can ruin your grade (unless super deep blacks or blown out highlights is a specific look you're going for).
Update - have done some tests using a car battery to power some worklights borrowed from a friend - looks better than I thought! I've also written in some torches in the scene to provide a little extra light where needed. Thanks for all the feedback, it's really helped.
Shooting this weekend. Wish me luck