Film Production Essentials: Why Engaged Team Members Are Key

Advice / Tips & Tricks Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Film crews work in conditions that are more demanding compared to many other occupations. Production staff members often work under highly stressful conditions. They often work long, irregular hours in changing climates and environments under tight deadlines. Of greater significance, however, film crews work with other staff members who are under similar stress and pressure. On any given day, entire crews are wound up, tired and may lack the focus and engagement to produce work to their full potential. The combination of all these factors can lead to fatigue and dissatisfaction.

Looking at the Evolution of Car Scenes in the Film Industry

Advice / Tips & Tricks Monday, April 09, 2018
Whether characters are talking or deeply immersed in action, the car scene has become a staple of movie production. Placing characters in a fixed place against an active, moving backdrop not only advances them in a physical sense but provides unique opportunities for story exposition. Shots like these have now become a director’s staple to transition a film from one plot point to the next.

Networking: Gain Clients with an Elevator Pitch

Advice / Tips & Tricks Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Production teams work in competitive, fast-paced environments where quick responses and first impressions are major components of success. Before flawlessly completing a project and thrilling a client with your production abilities, you have to earn their business. There are more clients than ever looking for production teams, but the competition is still stiff. The question becomes, “How do we stand out? How do we gain their attention above all others? How do we make a lasting impression?”

Streaming’s Effects on Episodic Television

Advice / Tips & Tricks Friday, March 09, 2018
Network television had a pretty good run. For decades, TV producers perfected their formulas to maximize viewership through scheduled weekly episodes. Streaming services have permanently disrupted television’s model by dropping entire seasons at once, adding an entirely new dynamic to the game. There’s no turning back the clock; television as we know it is changing forever, and streaming services are taking the lead.

What to know if you’re going to DIY Your Film’s Publicity

Advice / Tips & Tricks Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting with and speaking to incredibly talented independent filmmakers in various stages of their filmmaking careers. Some of whom are innately new media savvy and they understand the value that publicity brings. In addition to having an entertaining or powerful story to tell, they understand that marketing and publicity are essential to premiering at a film festival, finding distribution, and selling tickets as well as to building a long-term film career. The most astute filmmakers are those that budget for and hire a publicity team. Others want to take on publicity themselves. If you’re going to DIY your film’s publicity, keep these things in mind:

The Reality of Virtual Reality Growth

Advice / Tips & Tricks Monday, February 26, 2018
Virtual Reality is dead. Dead, out, gone. That is what the skeptics love to say in the many articles pointing to the minimal adoption and fiscal progress the industry has made overall. What these skeptics seem to overlook is the fact that this young technology has only just begun the long road of development, and as additional technologies such as augmented reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and hands-free capabilities get factored in, VR will become the next great technology cycle.