Pre-Production Overview

You’ve written a script and now decide to make an independent film. Even if your script is sold to a studio, it’s important to understand the pre-production process. The steps of pre-production can be daunting, but the more prepared you are before you start filming your movie, the easier the production schedule will be. Your cast and crew depend on the producers ability to create a great work environment for them to create the art that is your film. Learn the ins and outs of pre-production to aide in the collaborative process.

Legally Speaking, It Depends – Clearances

The savvy writer should be aware that an important aspect to the cost of production is the procedure of clearing the script to ready the project for production. This isn’t a process of making sure the script is short enough to pass through a doorway. These are the legal and business...

From The Lens: 9 Visual Styles In One Shot

An important lesson I’m sure many film and videomakers have come to learn is that no matter how simple a shoot seems… It’s never really simple. I’d like to share my recent experience on a seemingly “simple” sketch comedy video I did for Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, which is available...

Writers on the Web: Casting a Web Series, Part 1

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! Casting is one of my favorite subjects to discuss, because I have worked professionally in casting in the past and have also been the casting director on all of my own independent projects. As a writer, your script is the blueprint,...

Writers on the Web: Crowdfunding Advice from Award-Winning Filmmaker and founder of POTA, Cindy Baer

Befuddled by financing? Confounded by crowdfunding? Perplexed by… okay, I’m going to quit while I’m ahead. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to interview Cindy Baer, a critically-acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of Patron of the Arts (POTA), a non-profit organization that believes that art and film are vital parts of a healthy...

Writers on the Web: Crowdfunding Your Web Series

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It’s time to get down to brass tacks, the nitty gritty, the bottom line. How are you going to fund your web series? As I suggested in my last article on Reverse Budgeting, you may be funding it yourself out of...