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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...

Actor Christina Brucato and camera crew in a behind-the-scenes still from "Vivienne Again"

Write, Direct, Repeat: Marketing Your Short Film, Part 1

For many beginner writer-directors, short films are an ideal way to dive into the art and craft of directing. The stakes are much lower than with a feature film, allowing you to experiment and learn from your mistakes, without risking too much capital or your budding reputation. Just as a short can offer creative...

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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 to watch on...

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TV Writer Podcast 082 – Amy Berg (Caper, Eureka)

The TV Writer Podcast is back, better than ever! Host Gray Jones has moved permanently to LA, and the podcast now features exclusive in-person video interviews with Hollywood TV writers and producers. This week’s fun episode is with Amy Berg, co-creator of the new web series Caper, and producer/writer for Person of Interest, Eureka,...