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GETTING AN INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT OFF THE GROUND

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GETTING AN INDEPENDENT FILM PROJECT OFF THE GROUND  Interview with Ben Wagner, Post-Supervisor by day & Director/Producer by all-the-time-he-can-find  By: Jessie Pickworth So, Ben…tell us a bit about the origin story of your most recent passion project. The name of the project is  SURVEILLANCE: CASTELEVARA . Many years back, my writing partner, Matt, and I wrote an action spy thriller set in a fictitious city-state on the verge of a coup. I'd been trying to get it off the ground as a feature project and I kept hitting this wall when I would present the project to actors where they didn't fully understand the visual style of what we were trying to do; how we intended to depict the gamesmanship of the rival surveillance teams by playing with the visuals from a subjective point of view. I couldn't communicate it very cleanly in a verbal pitch or a look book, so I realized the way to get over that hurdle would be to shoot a teaser showcasing what the visual style would be.
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OPENING DOORS: MARKETING YOURSELF AS AN EDITOR By: Roberto Cardenas   You can’t always rely on previous employers to land a new gig. To help you get yourself in front of a new audience (and make a good impression when you get there), we have put together an easily digestible list of tips: Do some market research…and keep doing it regularly.   ·        Check out what your competition, mentors and idols have been up to.  The skills they are demonstrating in their recent projects can tell you where you may need to shift focus. The companies they are working for may help you build your hit list for the next job. Their presence online may give you some ideas for how to market yourself and home in on your own value proposition. ·        Bookmark industry news sources.  Anything that will help you build your craft through education and build your network through knowledge of key players. Then, put a tickler in your calendar to read them at least once a week. If there’s an email subscription,

Post-Production Tips: Keeping the Workflow Flowing Despite COVID

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Post-Production Tips: Keeping the Workflow Flowing Despite COVID  By Michael French With so many health and safety limitations on production these days, a lot of the onus to bring a project to life falls on the post-production staff. Making something out of almost nothing is not an easy task, but we need to find a creative way to do so if we want to be working these days.  With this in mind, we have outlined 8 tips to help you keep the lights on and your output at top notch. 1.      You still need high quality equipment, so you have two options if your team doesn’t already own a workstation at home: One, find a post house that takes the COVID situation seriously and allows your team to come in to a safe, distanced space (ahem…we have that covered at 16:9 Post); Two, rent high-quality, customized workstations (we have that covered too). 2.      Map out team communication protocols with regular team calls/video conferences and set up communication platforms for group c

High Impact Social Justice Through Film

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High Impact Social Justice Through Film  By Jessie Pickworth 2020 has become a year of change – whether we like it or not. Change does open the door for more change, though, so this is good news for people seeking social change. With the world primed for movement, a strong way for your voice to be heard is through documentary film. But many documentaries fall through the cracks – for various reasons. If you want your documentary seen, here are some things to consider. Bigger Budgets Allow for Better Access Unless you are telling your personal story in your own backyard, you will need resources to get to your subject, help finding and following the facts, time in an edit bay, and so on. There are only so many favors you can ask, so the more money you have to spend, the stronger your project will be. Luckily, there are more than one way to skin this cat. If you have connections – anywhere – use them. Know a production company that might want to partner? Have a frie

POST-PRODUCTION TIPS: BREAKING INTO AR & VR

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POST-PRODUCTION TIPS: BREAKING INTO AR & VR  By Michael French AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality) and, the newest form of altered reality have had an obvious place in the gaming industry for a while now and is slowly making its way into the entertainment industry as better and better (and more affordable) user technology is developed. But, what you may not realize is the broader use of AR/VR in industries like healthcare, retail, marketing, education, military, travel/tourism, music, fashion, manufacturing and more. In short, entertainment-folk, learn AR and VR and you have amazing growth potential whether the entertainment business is flourishing or not! Let’s say that now you are intrigued. What’s next? You know nothing about AR and VR… Start with the basics: Augmented Reality  is the addition of digital element overlays to a live view of reality, such as filters that give you cat ears in social platforms or being able to catch a Pokemon 2 feet i