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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell I always talk about not counting on the “lottery ticket” mentality that so many filmmakers today count on. Winning Sundance is not a distribution plan. Well, I was involved in a project, written and directed by Diane Bell, that did just that. It won not one but two…

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How to Build a Hackintosh Editing System on the CHEAP!

How to Build a Hackintosh Editing System on the CHEAP! You want to build a Hackintosh to edit your film or video projects? First of all, what is a “Hackintosh?” A hackintosh is simply any non-Apple hardware that has been made—or “hacked”—to run Mac OS X. This could apply to any hardware, whether it’s a manufacturer-made or…

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Film vs Digital Shootout: Can You See the Difference?

Difference Between Film and Digital – Can You See the Difference? So the debate between Film vs Digital is a long and kind crazy one. I personally have shot every film format imaginable, except for IMAX, and I loved the image. The magic of celluloid is something that you can’t explain without experiencing it. I’ve…

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Pete Docter: How to Craft a Remarkable Story the Pixar Way

The Pixar Way: How to Craft a Remarkable Story with Pete Docter I’ve been a fan of Pixar Studios films ever since I first saw “Toy Story.” The ability that Pixar has to tell an amazing story in uncanny. After that film I started studying every Pixar movie that came out. It seemed that they had…

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IFH 129: 5 Rules to Make Money Selling Indie Films

Making Movies for Fun and Profit! I feel that one of the reasons I was put on this earth was to help filmmakers and artist make money selling their films and art. There’s no reason why filmmakers shouldn’t be able to make a steady income from their films. You can here my inspiration rant on…

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6 Tips To Cope With An Exhausting Film Schedule

6 Tips To Cope With An Exhausting Film Schedule Working in the film industry is demanding and unrelenting, commanding a high level of work ethic over extremely long hours. The lengthy hours and grueling film schedule can test people’s patience, strain relationships and push people to breaking-point when they are stressed and pressure is applied…

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IFH 128: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes & Film Distribution with Nick Soares

Film Distribution: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & iTunes We have all heard the horror stories of indie filmmakers getting a “film distribution deal” with a traditional distributor and never receiving a dime. In today’s digital world there are many options for indie filmmakers to monetize their content. In the film distribution game there’s iTunes,…

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20 Film Terms You Need to Know to Survive On-Set

20 On Set Film Terms You Need to Know A film set is a wacky place full of nicknames, strange film terms, and abbreviations. There’s been so many days when someone has asked me to do something and I’ve enthusiastically responded “Copy that”, before realizing I don’t fully know what they even asked. Before long…

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Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor

Confessions of a Post Production Supervisor There’s humor in filmmaking. To wit … What’s the difference between a DP and God? God doesn’t think he’s a DP. Why is thunder after lightning? Even God has to wait for sound. How many grips does it take to change a light bulb? “Not my department” How do…

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IFH 127: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff

No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff I’ve been trying to get today’s guest on the show for months. Mark Stolaroff is a No Budget Filmmaking maestro. Here’s a bit about our guest. Mark Stolaroff is an independent producer and a founding partner of Antic Pictures, an LA-based production company producing a slate of low-budget, high-quality digital…

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