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Producing for TV and New media

Top Ten Helpful Hints for Creating a Short Film from Sharon Badal

by Cathrine Kellison

SHARON BADAL is Tribeca Film Festival/Short Films Programmer; NYU Professor/Producing for Film; and author of Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution Navigating the film festival labyrinth…for most new producers, entering their project into the film festival circuit represents their first foray into the “real world” of the entertainment industry. Most of these…

Cinematography

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The Shoot – Set Etiquette for Cinematographers

by David Stump

As the cinematographer, you drive three departments: camera, lighting, and grip. It is your job to know at all times what is up next for all three departments. By staying in close communication with the first assistant director, the cinematographer can always be one step ahead of the director in setting up the next shot,…

Directing

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Making the Day

by Bethany Rooney and Mary Lou Belli

In an average 12-hour single-camera production day (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), most television shows average about 25 setups (individual shots) per day. It takes that long because each scene must be rehearsed, blocked, and shot. There is also time allotted for things like hair and makeup touch-ups. Uncomplicated shots take a minimum of 30…

Post Production

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DSLR Cameras and Location Audio

by Dean Miles

DSLRs have become the choice of many camera operators worldwide. The Internet is loaded with footage, good and bad, shot with these types of cameras. The pictures are great. The audio . . . not so much. With audio being an afterthought, the ability to record quality sound with any consistency is impossible. I’m having…

Screenwriting

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Transmedia Storytelling – Weaving the Universe

by Tom Dowd

Weaving the Universe Weaving the universe relates to the fact that any successful transmedia intellectual property is like a tapestry – many threads that are well-woven to create a beautiful pattern. This points to the concept that really successful intellectual properties tell many stories that weave into a larger picture or larger understanding of the…

The Film Business

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Seven Deadly Sins of Self-Distribution

by Elliot Grove

Getting your film made is easy, compared to the struggles filmmakers have in getting their films distributed. At Raindance Film Festival we work with countless filmmakers trying to get their shorts, features and documentaries screened to as wide an audience as possible. Of course the filmmaker’s wet dream is to have their film picked up…

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