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How To Get Your Film Listed On IMDB

How Filmmakers Get Listed On IMDBFrom RainDance.org. By in Indie Tips: Right, you lovely Indie filmmakers out there! It must be very difficult to get your work out there, however a very good way of doing this would be to get your title added to the mother ship of all things film, IMDB.

Below are some helpful tips in order to get your film listed in their database, for the entire world to see!

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Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

During his keynote at the Toronto International Film Festival’s sixth annual Doc Conference, Michael Moore shared his advice to documentary filmmakers, beginning with the notion that they shouldn’t be called documentarians at all. “We are not documentarians, we are filmmakers,” he told the crowd at the start of his 13-point manifesto.

Michael Moore's "Roger and Me"
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Michael Moore’sRoger and Me” will celebrate its 25th anniversary at TIFF this year.

1. My number one guiding principle in making documentary films is essentially the “Fight Club” Rule.

What is the first rule of “Fight Club”? The first rule of “Fight Club” is: “Don’t talk about ‘Fight Club.'” The first rule of documentaries is: Don’t make a documentary — make a MOVIE. Stop making documentaries. Start making movies. You’ve chosen this art form — the cinema, this incredible, wonderful art form, to tell your story. You didn’t have to do that.

If you want to make a political speech, you can join a party, you can hold a rally. If you want to give a sermon, you can go to the seminary, you can be a preacher. If you want to give a lecture, you can be a teacher. But you’ve not chosen any of those professions. You have chosen to be filmmakers and to use the form of Cinema. So make a MOVIE. This word “documentarian” — I am here today to declare that word dead. That word is never to be used again. We are not documentarians, we are filmmakers. Scorsese does not call himself a “fictionatarian.” So why do we make up a word for ourselves? We do not need to ghettoize ourselves. We are already in the ghetto. We do not need to build a bigger ghetto. You are filmmakers. Make a film, make a movie. People love going to the movies. It’s a great American/Canadian tradition, going to the movies. Why wouldn’t you want to make a *movie*? Because if you made a *movie*, people might actually go see your documentary!

Read the rest at IndieWire.com –>

Set Etiquette – 7 Things Not to Do on Set

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The importance of Set Etiquette cannot be stressed enough!

The first day of any project is a clean slate for most people (unless you usually run with the same crew), so it’s always a good idea to show caution.  A while back we asked our Facebook fans to give us some pointers for Set Etiquette.  With their help, and a few tips of our own, we have compiled a short list of 7 Things Not to Do on Set.  Whether it is your first show, or you’re a veteran of the industry, these tips might just keep you around for the next project:

1) Don’t Unplug ANYTHING

Don't unplug on set

Especially if you don’t know what you’re unplugging.  Whether it’s a 1K, a practical or the DP’s cell phone charger, don’t risk it!

2) Don’t Ask the PM, PC or AD “When will we be done?”

Set Etiquette

Caution:  You won’t like them when they’re angry.  You’re most likely the hundredth person to ask them this.  If you do, you might find your name mysteriously absent from tomorrow’s call sheet.

Read the rest at StaffMeUp.com –>

250 seconds that will re-ignite the passion in any filmmaker or screenwriter

From ChrisJonesBlog: It’s often forgotten that we storytellers are in fact magicians.

In all the hullabaloo of egos, opinions, reviews, funding proposals, endless rewrites, never ending shooting days in the rain, bad food, overdrafts, broken relationships… we have all been there and have that T shirt right? But what keeps us going is that we recognise at some deep and fundamental level that what we do is transcendent.

REEL EXPOSURE Entertainment Industry Networking Event — September 4 8pm

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Calling all Actors, directors, models, photographers and producers. Come see and be seen!

Winter Film Awards is kicking off a brand new year of events with an entertainment industry networking mixer. Whether you are an actor, writer, musician, model, photographer, producer, make-up artist- anything pertaining to film or related industries, come and join us!

Have business cards handy and be prepared to network!

Shit Indie Filmmakers Say

A Film By Ken & Jun Plas, With Kishor Krishnamoorthi and Danesh Chowdhury. Starring Ian Johnson and Kate Bayley

Hollywood’s 4 Biggest Lies

From Raindance.org:  The film industry is pretty simple to break into, if first, you understand some basic concepts. The basic concepts can be learned pretty quickly, despite what industry moguls tell you.

However, there is some basic bullshit that surrounds the industry that keeps first-timers away from writing, directing, producing or starring in a movie.

1st Lie: Filmmaking Is An Art

If filmmaking was an art, you would go get some film stock, rent a camera, make your ‘art’, and then line up on Piccadilly on a Sunday morning with the other buskers and try to sell your art to a passers-by – or give it away for free for others to enjoy. But we both know that it doesn’t work like that.

To make a movie you need to write cheques–and lots of them. When your movie is finished, you will want to negotiate the best possible deal for the greatest amount of revenue. Therefore, filmmaking could be discussed as writing cheques, negotiating and revenue potential. To me, that sounds like a business. And everything in the British film industry is about business. The sooner you realise this, the sooner you are likely to succeed.

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PRODUCTION TIPS: It’s Better to Avoid a Lawsuit Than to Win One pt. 3

From FilmStrategy.com:  In parts 1 and 2, we covered the reality of being sued and ways to minimize the chances of that happening (and losing) by essentially displaying common sense, taking the time out to make sure ‘things are what they seem’ and getting everything in writing.  Producers and filmmakers with money hire lawyers and others to do all that work for them so they can focus on the fun stuff like directing scenes or hobnobbing with actors and financiers. The true no-budget filmmaker can’t hire a lawyer to do the work but the work still needs to get done somehow.  This series has been an attempt to provide no-budget filmmakers, like you, some guidelines to help you organize and minimize your risk.*

  1. INTERNS.  ‘Everyone loves PA interns cuz they work for free, right?!?’ Wrong. The Blackswan case was a wake-up call for the industry; your interns are not a way to get free labor.  For far too long, interns have been used in abusive manners (even if the producers didn’t intent to abuse the interns). The clearest rule to remember regarding the use of an intern in your production is that they are there for THEIR benefit. The job they do should be something that benefits them because they learned something or gained a valuable experience.  And a big no-no is using an intern to replace someone you would actually hire.  It’s ok to use interns in your no-budget production but use common sense and provide an actual opportunity that benefits them. If you want some tips on using interns… here you go.

Read the rest at FilmStrategy.com –>

Zero Budget Software Suite For Filmmakers

From Raindance.org: Money is, by definition, always a difficult issue for the low budget filmmaker.  The challenge is in getting as much of your meagre budget up on the screen as possible.  With that being the case do you really have the money to throw around on overpriced software packages?

Luckily, by the wonders of open source development, just about every £500 software package has its freebie equivalent.

These packages give you an entire office set up for every stage of the filmmaking process, from drawing up budgets and schedules, writing your script right through to advanced editing and special effects.  All for a most reasonable price.  Free.

The Office


Open Office – Equivalent to Microsoft Office

Lo-to-No Budget Filmmaking
MAC/PC/LINUXWord and Excel, absolutely essential in running your office but at an annoyingly high price.  Not to mention the need to buy it all over again to run on a Mac.  So why bother?  Open Office has all the features of the Office package in a nicely familiar layout.  As a bonus it’s compatible with Mac and PC and can work with Microsoft files.  So long Bill Gates.
Get Open Office here

Celtx – Equivalent to Final Draft

If you’re going to get anywhere as a writer then you’re going to have to make sure your scripts are properly formatted.  Final Draft’s £200+ price tag mocks the penniless writer, whereas Celtx welcomes him with open arms.  Celtx’s range of features is very impressive, functioning perfectly as an intuitive screenwriting package and also offers a complete scheduling and scene breakdown solution.
Get Celtx here

See the rest of the list, including suggestions for Editing and Graphics, Audio, Animation, Web Development and Handy Tools at Raindance.Org –>

The Top Ten Crowdfunding Sites

CrowdsUnite, a resource for the crowdfunding industry and the largest review site in the world, has ranked the top top ten crowdfunding sites based on user reviews. By Alex Leibowitz, PR and Marketing at CrowdsUnite.


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