Michael Moore’s 13 Rules for Making Documentary Films

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

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Set Etiquette – 7 Things Not to Do on Set

Set Etiquette – 7 Things Not to Do on Set

Cover Photo Set Etiquette

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…

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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?

REEL EXPOSURE Entertainment Industry Networking Event — September 4 8pm

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.

REEL EXPOSURE Entertainment Industry Networking Event — September 4 8pm

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.

Hollywood’s 4 Biggest Lies

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…

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

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…

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Zero Budget Software Suite For Filmmakers

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…

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The Top Ten Crowdfunding Sites

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.

Read the details of each site’s pros and cons on Buzzfeed –> Related articles

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How To Determine Your Day Rate

How To Determine Your Day Rate

From RyanWalters.com: One of the most challenging aspects with any creative endeavor is trying to figure out how to price and charge for your services. This is especially true when you are first starting out. Price yourself too low and you will not have a sustainable business model, and price yourself too high and people may laugh at the rate you are charging in comparison to your experience…

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