Every week, I hear about another major media company increasing its hours of original content. In 2018, according to Variety, Netflix is estimated to spend $8 billion, and TechCrunch reports that Apple will invest $1 billion into the original content scene. This has created an "arms race" for original programming at traditional cable media companies. For those in the production game, all of this investment in original content should be music to our ears, but in reality, it hasn't been. How come?
Smaller budget features often have a limited number of shoot days for what a higher budget film might have double or triple the time to shoot. On top of that, a shooting schedule with multiple locations may require moving locations during the course of each shoot day.
Here’s a HUGE issue that my contemporaries and I see all too often. Productions just know that they “need a drone” and lump all UAV’s into the same category. Now pay attention class because this is important: What you need is a skilled and licensed pilot/company that has the correct camera/drone/team combination for your production.
In Hollywood, filmmakers assume huge risks when making blockbuster movies. If a film performs poorly at the box office, it can lead to big losses and write-offs. These professionals leverage hundreds of millions of dollars for marketing, production and other movie making related expenses.
Most people have a love/hate relationship with networking events. We come up with any excuse we can to avoid making small talk and circumvent the potentially awkward interactions while we wait for a plastic cup of cheap wine. We’ve all been there; we’ve all done that. But, there’s a better way and it’s what we like to call “How to Work a Room (and Not Hate Yourself in the Morning),” or, more simply, “Networking for Introverts.”
The culinary industry is one everyone takes part in – even if they’re in the dining room instead of the kitchen. Everyone appreciates good food, and this means food-related companies are in high demand. Restaurants, catering organizations, specialty food stores, and even the mom-n-pop grocery store plays a role in keeping stomachs full.
In the short history of drones, acquiring authorization to fly has been a real hassle. FAA regulations require that you provide advanced notice and be cleared before take off—even for a flight under 400 feet. But a new app called LAANC promises to make life easier for drone pilots and operators who want the freedom to launch with ease at a moment’s notice.
Oscar-nominated, Sundance and Cannes winning director/filmmaker Jessica Sanders talked to ProductionHUB about the challenges of breaking into the production industry and gave a behind-the-scenes look at her film, End of the Line, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year.
For most film crew, the first step to working in the industry is through getting a job as a production assistant. It can be pretty tough work, and can serve as a test to filter out those who are not going to be able to withstand the hardships and long hours that come with working in the film industry.
Unless you’re shooting out of your buddy’s garage with an iPhone camera, making a film isn’t cheap. Crowdfunding is a great way to raise the money you need to create a quality film. Film and performing arts represented 12.2% of the total money raised with crowdfunding in 2017. With the wide variety of campaigns on Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platform, those numbers are significant.