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Writers on the Web: Veteran Producer/Literary Manager Gary W. Goldstein on Breaking Into Hollywood (Part Two)

Rebecca Norris is a writer, producer, web enthusiast, and creator of the award-winning web series Split with her production company, Freebird Entertainment.  She’s teaching an upcoming Writers Store webinar on Writing The Web Series on 11/17. Follow Rebecca on Twitter at @beckaroohoo.  Welcome to Part Two of my interview with veteran producer/literary manager Gary...

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Write, Direct, Repeat: Time to Make a Film!

There’s only so long you can talk before you need to get off your ass and do. And that’s where I find myself today, getting back on my filmmaking horse and heading out to make another film. When I made my first two short films, I made them back-to-back, just about as quickly as...

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Writers on the Web: Interview with Creator of Hit Web Series Wallflowers

Writer/Director Kieran Turner is no stranger to successfully producing his own work. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he wrote, directed, and produced the acclaimed documentary Jobriath, A.D., which played in over 50 festivals worldwide and was released theatrically earlier this year. His first feature film, 24 Nights, played at over 60...

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Writers on the Web: Dealing With Difficult Personalities On Set

If you’re producing your own work, becoming adept at dealing with difficult personalities is an invaluable (and often hard-earned) skill. Most people you hire will be wonderful collaborators who give their all to help you realize your dream. And if you’ve done your due diligence during pre-production and met every single person you’ll be working with...

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Writers on the Web: 5 Tips for Your Web Series Production

You finally made it. All that work in development and pre-production (and a year’s worth of articles on the subject!) and we’re finally here, your first day of production on your web series! Now is when the hard work you (hopefully) did in pre-production will pay off, and you’ll be grateful for all of those...

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Write, Direct, Repeat: Marketing Your Short Film, Part 2

In the current independent film scene, filmmakers are expected to do much of the marketing of their own films. Since the goals for a short film are often different than for a feature — with learning the craft and gaining exposure often trumping making a profit and securing your next project — short filmmaking...

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TV Writer Podcast 84 – Francis Tapon (Unseen Africa)

Author, Harvard MBA grad and world-renowned backpacker Francis Tapon is on a 4-year journey to all 54 African countries. How can he turn this into a 4-season TV series? By going a non-traditional route, of course! Click image to play video; more details are below. The TV landscape continues to divide into thousands of...