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What Can We Learn From SciFi Apocalypse Movie ‘Invasion Planet Earth’? Watch the Comicon Main Stage panel with cast and crew

Filmmaking is a team effort… but it also takes individual leadership, hustle, passion, vision, tenacity, grit and perhaps pathological optimism. Most filmmakers think they have. Not all do. But Simon Cox does. Simon spent nearly two decades making his passion project, a movie postcard back to the kid inside him, the one who fell in […]

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I promise you, World Record Breaking film ’50 Kisses’ is going to be MASSIVE in Birmingham! Tracey Flynn

Following a suggestion by local filmmaker Brendan O’Neill of Stickleback Productions (@Stickleback_Pro) Tracey Flynn is now organising  a screening in at The Giant Screen in Birmingham. Tracey, one of the screenwriters from 50 Kisses, has taken it upon herself to get 50 Kisses played on the BIGGEST screen in the midlands… She is also on […]

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How one filmmaker secured a UK distribution deal for their £30k horror movie WITH advance! Six tips to success

Guest blog by producer Bethany Clift We have read a lot about how hard is to get independent films out there, especially films on the kind of budget we made Heretic for (£30k), so I wanted to counter this with our good news story. Yup, after three years of toil, tears and tragedy our no-budget […]

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What ONE thing MUST you get right in your next film?

Guest blog by Richard Holmes The Kid/Food/Baby/Horse Stays In The Picture “There’s always ONE, isn’t there” Or, in filmmaking it’s, “There’s always THE THING.” In Jadoo it was, of course, The Food. And lots of it. We’re warming up for Jadoo’s release right now ( and everyone who laughs and cries throughout the movie also […]

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How to run your own micro theatrical release in London: Case Study

Last week, filmmaker Greg Hall laid out his plans for his own London theatrical release for his micro budget movie ‘Communion’ (blog here). He is halfway through and I promised I would share his experiences, so here they are… On the first night we sold out! We are halfway through our London cinematic run. So […]

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How To Self Distribute A Film: Masterclass with Marcus Markou (Podcast)

‘Create your own power…’ That’s one key piece of advice from filmmaker and now self distributor Marcus Markou. ‘Disrupt’ is another central idea his. If the system doesn’t work for you, create a new system, disrupt the old. This is how future thinking Marcus managed to get his low budget family comedy drama ‘Papadopoulos and […]

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Dynamo Player shuts down.

This morning I got this email from Rob Millis from Dynamo Player with the news they are shutting down. I wrote about the shock waves Dynamo sent through the distribution world a few years ago, after which Distrify and Vimeo also joined the game by offering pay-to-view services. It’s a sad day as Dynamo were […]

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HMV and Blockbuster deserved to fail

HMV and Blockbuster both had it coming, we should not be sad about their passing, we should study their failings and learn from their arrogant and blundering mistakes. I have be reading lots of messages with people reminiscing about the past, and how the internet had killed both companies – some blamed changes in customer […]

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Worst performance at US box office in 10 years… what does this REALLY mean for filmmakers?

I am sure you have seen the headline “Worst performance at US box office in 10 years” ( and maybe you saw this as further proof of disaster for our industry. I asked Stephen Follows to do an analysis of this article as some of it felt a little headline grabbing to me. Over to […]

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How Caine conquered the web

Film marketeer Sheri Candler presented a great session on Sunday at the Practical Producer Masterclass, on new-media and the way we can now connect with audiences. She showed this video as an example of how a filmmakers work caught the imagination of the web, but also how much prep went into it too. For filmmakers, […]

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