Let's say you're an inexperienced film director who has been granted 25K to spend on preparation for directing a short film. ("Preparation" in this case meaning, skills-acquisition, experimentation or any sources of inspiration.) Since you can't spend the money on actual production costs, what would you spend the money on? Several conditions apply, after the jump. [more inside]
I'm applying for jobs right now and some ask for experience in light bookkeeping. Hoping some of you with experience can shed some light on what they really mean? [more inside]
Does anyone know of a current list of film production/directing MFA programs, and maybe forums with former student reviews of them? I have the book "Film School Confidential," which is great, but it is 9 years out of date. I'm interested in both US and international programs. Thanks! [more inside]
Looking for as much information/anecdotes as possible [more inside]
When it comes to film and media production, be it the technical or the creative aspects of the industry, what are some of the jargon and words that are used by the professionals in the field? I am trying to compile a list of the common as well as the unique vocabulary for these specific domains. Absolutely anything, no matter how trivial you think it is, is welcome.
TV shows and movies frequently feature characters with five o'clock shadows or a day or so worth of beard growth. Given that production schedules often require long shooting days, how do they keep a five o'clock shadow from looking like 8 am the next morning? How are actor's beards kept at the couple of days growth look when a sixteen hour shooting day could easily have them well on their way to looking like one of the Boston Red Sox? [more inside]
I have two dream jobs: one is working as a producer at a small independent production company in NY, the other is being a casting director. I don't want to be some big hollywood producer, but I'd love to work at a smaller media company. Whenever I've managed to get a foot in the door somewhere, I've done well. There are two problems. One is I have no idea how to land an entry level position in such a company. The other is that I'm starting out late at the age of 29. [more inside]
I'm going to be producing a low-budget feature film, and hopefully more in the future. I'm considering setting up a company via LegalZoom or similar and just want to know if there are any "gotcha"s before I start. [more inside]
What should we rename our film production company to? We mostly do stylized short documentaries at the moment but it shouldn't be something that pigeonholes us.
Where can we find a large (almost) empty parking lot in or near Downtown Toronto tomorrow? [more inside]
Is there a resource online for searching films/shows by time period depicted? [more inside]
What are some good books/sites/etc. about viral movie marketing? Most of the film marketing books I've found so far were printed before viral marketing really became popular. [more inside]
Free or cheap CRM / PIM / wiki that imports and exports vCards with pictures? Suitable for film production?
Is there a free or cheap shared PIM that imports and exports vCards with pictures? Preferably something suitable for film production? [more inside]
What Does Pre-Roll Mean? [more inside]
What are the challenges that independent filmmakers + people working in the industry (actors, crew, etc) face today? What tools do you use currently for the different stages of your production? What do you like about them, what do you wish for? [more inside]
Working in the US film industry as a foreigner. Please explain... [more inside]
Where can I find a list of standard rates for crew and equipment for Video and/or film production? [more inside]
I'm looking for two freelance camerapeople for a documentary-style shoot in San Francisco... [more inside]
TVFilter: I caught the tail end of a reality show on the Discovery Channel and noticed a continuity person in the credits. Continuity? On a reality show? [more inside]