Producing Indie Films 

IFH 127: No Budget Filmmaking with Mark Stolaroff

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
No Budget Filmmaking, 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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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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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 | 3 Comments
TANGERINE, Sean Baker, Filmmaker, Sundance Film Festival Winner, filmmaking, iphone filmmaker, FiLMiC Pro App, Starlet, Take Out, Prince of Broadway, Four Letter Words, IPHONE FILMMAKING,

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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IFH 026: Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Is Film School Really Worth the Cost…NO! Film school, is it worth it? Let me start by saying that I’m a big believer in education and constant learning throughout life. I believe that the only way to truly experience the amazing things the world has to offer is by educating yourself as much as humanly…

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How Mumblecore Films Are Changing the Hollywood Landscape

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 28, 2016 | 5 Comments
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How Mumblecore Films Changed Hollywood for the Better The core of what filmmaking is that it has always been there to entertain people with different audio and visual sources along with some cinematic techniques and professionals. This entertainment has been evolved from different phases and now it is revolutionized to a complete new picture of streaming,…

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IFH 102: How to Production Design Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 26, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 102: How to Production Design Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!
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How to Production Design Your Indie Film on the CHEAP! What if I told you you could production design an entire house with for a hundred bucks. Can’t believe it? How about if I throw in labor, delivery, setup and guys will come and pickup all the furniture when you’re done? I didn’t believe either until…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Dov Simens – Quentin Tarantino & Chris Nolan’s Film Teacher

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 23, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Dov Simens – Quentin Tarantino & Chris Nolan’s Film Teacher

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 such amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Mise en Scene: What the Heck is it & Why is it Important?

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Mise en Scene: What the Heck is it & Why is it Important?
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What the Heck is Mise en Scene & Why is it Important? Working in the film business you hear many “inside” terms on a set like Apple box, MOS, montage don’t cross the line (to learn about the 180 degree line in a past article), etc. One such term is “Mise en Scene” or the…

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IFH 101: How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 19, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 101: How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP!

How to Record Audio for Your Indie Film on the CHEAP! I was lost when it came time to record audio for my film. So since my podcast on How to Build a Pimp’d Out BlackMagic Cinema Camera Rig on the CHEAP! was such a hit with the tribe I decide to put a list of the…

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The Room: The Best WORST Film Ever Made!

By Cindy Clifford | Sep 19, 2016 | 1 Comment
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The Room – A Cinematic Disaster There are bad movies, there are worse movies and then there is The Room which is so terribly awful that it has transcended to being good. Though it has gained popularity as a cult movie, it is simply disastrous. And possibly the best worst movie ever made. The Room’s writer/director/star/producer Tommy Wiseau…

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IFH 100: Aaron Kaufman – Producing Robert Rodriguez & Directing James Bond

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 14, 2016 | 1 Comment

I can’t believe we’re here: Episode 100! This is incredible! Well, the first IFH Podcast episode went live September 2015. That’s a short time to be able to produce 100 podcast episodes, but what can I say I’m a hustler = ) I’m so glad I finally got around to launch Indie Film Hustle, because the podcast has…

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How to Sell Your Indie Film at Every Stage with Jenna Edwards

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
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How to Sell Your Indie Film at Every Stage with Jenna Edwards You’re going to have to sell your project at every stage. What? Sell?!?! Yes, sell. At least if you want your project to be the most successful it can be. After all, this is a business. Here’s the good news, selling isn’t as…

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Young, Hungry and Hustlin’ – Interview with Director Fernando Andrés

By Virginia Anzengruber | Sep 2, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Young, Hungry and Hustlin’ – Interview with Director Fernando Andrés Fernando Andrés loves the screen. Any hint of a discussion about film or TV and he’s off — talking to you about how Whiplash and Black Swan are the same film; why he’s hooked on the game show Billy on the Street, something he “never wanted…

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Why Indie Filmmaking is Like Being in a Horrible Relationship

By Robert Heske | Aug 31, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Indie Filmmaking is Unrequited Love (And Why We Do It) One of my favorite unproduced screenplays is a story called LOVE STUPID about a misguided bachelor named Mark Morone who – traumatized from a painful childhood romance – sabotages every adult relationship before it gets too serious. He literally believes that his love endangers women,…

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IFH 095: How to Break-Through Your Fear & Shoot Your First Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Aug 30, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 095: How to Break-Through Your Fear & Shoot Your First Feature Film
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How to Break-Through Your Fear & Shoot Your First Feature Film Fear, the one thing that stops most indie filmmakers from moving forward and following their dreams. Fear of shooting their fist feature film, writing that screenplay, making that short film or just taking the first few steps towards their goals. Fear has been a strange bedfellow…

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5 Step Method to Stay Motivated in Filmmaking

By Jess Palmer | Aug 20, 2016 | Comments Off on 5 Step Method to Stay Motivated in Filmmaking
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You’ve just come up with the greatest idea for a film. You know the what, where, when, why and how and you can’t wait to get things going, enthusiastic as hell, high on the prospect of success. Several excruciating weeks later… What the F just happened? Where did all that zest go? When did I…

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