Producing Indie Films 

IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

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IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle I wanted to put together this episode to share with the IFH Tribe the amazing lessons I’ve learned over the past year and a half running both IndieFilmHustle.com and the IFH Podcast. I wanted to show you how these lessons can be applied to your filmmaking or screenwriting…

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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

By Corey Steib | Feb 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear You may be wondering why this article is called Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear and the reason behind it is that I feel today’s filmmakers rely more on technology than the technique of filmmaking itself. I recently wrote an article on why shot composition…

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IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 14, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson I speak a lot on IFH on how filmmakers should create their own ecosystem and revenue streams, today’s guest has done just that. Shaked Berenson is the co-founder of Epic Pictures Group, a film financing, production, and international/domestic sales company based in Beverly…

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Visual Effects: Knowing When NOT to Use Them in Indie Filmmaking

By Sean Falcon | Feb 14, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Visual Effects: The Sword and The Shield In the hands of an artist, cg and visual effects can be a beautiful display of elegance, subtlety and realism. The exact opposite effect, while equally as beautiful, can also be achieved. It can be rough and rugged, dirty, in your face, and completely devoid of any sense…

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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 13, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List 1) Indie Film Production: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking Indie Film Production explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it’s all…

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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints I’m always looking for success stories in the film business to study and analyze. Robert Rodriguez and El Mariachi, Kevin Smith and Clerks, and Oren Peli Paranormal Activity come to mind. A name you might not have heard of is Troy Duffy. Studying filmmaking success stories is…

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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?

By John Rodsett | Feb 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It? Now I know this is the sexy part of the film business byt stay with me here. In the late 1990’s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company…

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IFH 137: Jason Michael Berman – Producing 5 Sundance Films & Making it in Hollywood

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Jason Michael Berman – Producing 5 Sundance Films & Making it in Hollywood SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I had the honor of speaking to Jason Michael Berman at Sundance this year. He’s a Sundance vet. He has premiered 5 features at Sundance over the years and has the record for the highest…

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IFH 134: Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 30, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast We all hear stories of filmmakers working on films for years and years. Well, I don’t know about you but I’ve never met one until now. In my journeys at Sundance and Slamdance…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | Jan 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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IFH 132: Rebel in the Rye & How to Become a Producer with Jason Shuman

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Rebel in the Rye & How to Become a Producer with Jason Shuman SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast Every once in a while we get a real Hollywood producer on the show. Jason Shuman is a producer and director, known for Lone Survivor (2013), Role Models (2008) and Bangkok Dangerous (2008) and this year’s Sundance hit Rebel in…

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IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films with Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I wanted to do something special for the Indie Film Hustle Tribe this year. I’m in Park City, UT interview some AMAZING filmmakers, producers, agents and actors. In celebration of Sundance I’ll be…

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IFH 127: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 127: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff
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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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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 28, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials For many directors, storyboards are imperative to the filmmaking process. I created over 200 storyboards for my first short film BROKEN. For that project I found it to be extremely helpful. Check out how my storyboards ended up in the film. If you are new to directing and need a…

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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | Comments Off on YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films
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YouTube Audio Library: Thousands of Royalty-Free Tracks for Your Films “Royalty Free” doesn’t mean it’s free music for you to download and do with it as you please. It just means you don’t pay any royalty fees. Let me explain, once you purchase the track of music, you can use it in a Vimeo or…

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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films

By Pablo Carranza | Dec 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films Who knew you could take films with such titles as “Attack of the Crab Monsters” and “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent” so seriously? But that’s exactly what has happened for 50 odd…

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IFH 119: Ask Alex – E&O Insurance, Music Rights and Copyright Oh My!

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 2, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 119: Ask Alex – E&O Insurance, Music Rights and Copyright Oh My!
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E&O Insurance, Music Rights, and Copyright Oh My! So after last week’s huge success of the “Ask Alex” segment, I decided to bring it back this week. The IFH Tribe filled my inbox with tons of amazing questions, which I’ll try to cover in future episodes. If  you have a question that you would like…

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IFH 117: Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP!

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 23, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP! So this episode is going to be fun. I’m starting a new segment I call “Ask Alex.” Yes, I know it’s very creative = ) I asked the IFH Tribe to submit questions to ifhsubmissions@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to answer them. This week we have…

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IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 22, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film
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Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature On this week’s episode, I go way to a simpler time, the 90s, and discuss the lessons we can learn from some filmmaking legends. I’ll discuss films by Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, and Richard Linklater to break down and learn the techniques they used to make…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 18, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Don’t Only Hire a DP because they own a RED Camera!

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 11, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 111: Sean Baker: ‘Tangerine’ How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 1, 2016 | 5 Comments
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Sean Baker: ‘Tangerine’ How to Shoot a Sundance Hit on Your iPhone I’ve recently been looking and studying alternative shoot methods to shoot a feature film. One name that keeps coming up is Sean Baker. His ground-breaking film Tangerine made more noise at the Sundance Film Festival  than the winner that year. The film was also produced by…

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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas
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Aliens vs Predator: The Ultimate Behind the Scenes List of ALL the Sagas Are you an Aliens, Predator or Aliens vs Predator Fan? I thought I’d put together the ultimate behind the scenes documentaries, and VFX Breakdown List of EVERY Aliens, Predator, and Aliens vs Predator film. This crazy list is a film school in itself.…

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Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

By Cindy Clifford | Oct 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas

Killer Ways to Brainstorm Short Film Ideas Short films have become a lot more popular nowadays with the advancements in the field of media, but coming up with short film ideas can be challenging. Since short films are easier to make than the feature movies, the production cost is also a lot cheaper. One has…

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IFH 110: Doing the Hustle with Better Off Single Director Benjamin Cox

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 27, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 110: Doing the Hustle with Better Off Single Director Benjamin Cox
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Doing the Hustle with Better Off Single Director Benjamin Cox Today we have on the show the very talented writer/director Benjamin Cox. He is the founder of Red Square Pictures, a New York-based film production company. As creative head, Mr. Cox oversees all aspects of the company’s development, production, and content-related activities. A producer, writer, and…

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Legal Advice for Filmmakers Making Their First Feature Film

By Robert Heske | Oct 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Legal Advice for Filmmakers Making Their First Feature Film
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Legal Advice: 6 Tips for Filmmakers Making Their First Feature Film First question, Counsel. Who is Matthew Valentinas? I am a Boston-based entertainment lawyer, literary manager and producer. I provide production counsel for films, documentaries and reality TV shows from development through distribution. I am also co-founder of KV Media and own Mom’s Basement Management…

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5 Ways to Use Momentum to Make Your Second Indie Film

By Robert Heske | Oct 4, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Ways to Use Momentum to Make Your Second Indie Film
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5 Ways to Use Momentum to Make Your Second Indie Film You’ve drained your bank account. Alienated your family and friends. Had highs and lows with film festival awards/rejections and love/hate fan and critic reviews. You’ve been diagnosed with all the symptoms of indie film fatigue. What do you do? Go to Disney? NO!! Make…

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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 30, 2016 | Comments Off on IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets
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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets Sometimes I feel people believe IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) is the great and powerful OZ, and to an extent they are right. If you are a filmmaker, actor or anyone in the film business and your not on IMDB (owned by Amazon.com) you might as well be invisible.…

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Call Sheet Template: FREE Filmmaking Production Documents

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 29, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Call Sheet Template How do you make sure you and your crew know where they are going and what is happening on the day’s shoot. Enter the powerful Call Sheet. It is usually created by the assistant director, by using the film director’s storyboards or shot list. The assistant director issues the call sheet to the crew and actors…

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