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Making Feature Films For No Money: How I Made My “★★★★ Intense and Tender Psychological Thriller” and Premiered in London’s West End

By Brian Barnes I have a confession to make.  I’m a terrible producer.  You’d think that after making films day in and day out since 1987 I’d have learnt the one key skill a producer needs.  But, no – still no further along that road.  That key skill?  Raising money. That means that, as a […]

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Extreme Shooting: Filming and editing ‘Burning Man’

Guest Post: Writer, producer Mike Mindel (Don’t Let Him In) is back with Top 10 Things Learned Making Burning Man :: Release! Tune in for Burning Man :: Release! which goes live on Sunday, December 20th at 8pm: http://ihippy.me/burning-man-release-is-live 18 months ago I (Mike) joined Camp Symposium and headed to Burning Man again, this time to […]

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Dragons, Reapers and Guerilla Filmmaking: Turning Writer to Director With My First Short ‘Brian & the Grim Reaper’

Guest post by Eben Skilleter Ahead of the final Guerilla Filmmakers 2 Day Masterclass next month, I asked past delegates to share their post event experiences. Here’s what Eben Skilleter got up to… Inspiration, Then Perspiration – Pre-production Trudging across a Hampshire field, in full retreat from the merciless weather, I wonder if I’ve gone […]

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Shooting ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ with DP’s John Seale and David Burr: 2 hour masterclass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWaM7eeCm8U I finally caught up with ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (having a newborn does kind of tale over). Wow. Seriously WOW. Just when I thought the movie could not get any crazier, it somehow managed to take me to even greater demented and deranged action heights. Much has already been written about the film, but […]

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5 Ways To Get Top Talent Attached To Your Screenplay by JK Amalou

Attaching top talent to your screenplay doesn’t guarantee that you’ll get your film made, but it certainly increases your chances. The questions asked in 99% of meetings with distributors, film financiers, and sales agents after you’ve pitched your screenplay or they have read your screenplay is: “Who is the director?” followed by “Who is in […]

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The Three Pillars Of Successful Low Budget Horror Film Production

Jen Handorf, veteran of five Brit low budget horror flicks, shared her experience at the London Breakfast Club today. It was an insightful conversation with a producer who has been prolific in production and effective in distribution and sales. Listen to the podcast below… Having worked on so many films, Jen has managed to distil […]

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Why producers WILL NOT READ YOUR SCRIPT – shocking case study from one exec

A producer friend at a production company recently shared this email interchange with a writer. It painfully illustrates why most producers will only accept solicited submissions or via a reputable agent. Irrespective of the talent this writer may show in the future, this bridge is burned. I have redacted certain details with XXXXXX’s and of […]

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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 (jadoomovie.com) and everyone who laughs and cries throughout the movie also […]

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Trust is the only currency in an untrustworthy business… stunning presentation from Producer with more credits than most DVD collections!

Last week we recorded and extraordinary session at the London Breakfast Club with producer Iain Smith – it was just crammed with wisdom and bite sized gems for filmmakers, writers and of course producers. My personal favourite anecdote? If audiences like your production after a year, it’s a movie. If they like it after a […]

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How to cut a budget, the secret illustrated directory of cheap big name stars, who really sells your movie… and more

Film producer buddy Stephen Follows recently presented this short masterclass in which he reveals… How to train ‘creatives’ into setting deadlines What’s your fault and responsibility How to cut a budget The secret illustrated directory of cheap big name stars How to reach unreachable people Why you should lose the negotiation every time Who really […]

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The secret illustrated directory of cheap big name stars for your movie

Do you want to know how to get big name stars in your movie? Producer Stephen Follows will share with you his cheeky sneaky tactic to get named actors to consider your project… And that’s just one of eight tips, tricks, tactics and strategies in this short Practical Producer video seminar. If you want to […]

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The Producer On An Indie Film… A Timeline

Ahead of the Producers Masterclass in June, I though I would share a chapter from my book, The Guerilla Film Makers Movieblueprint. It breaks down the jobs of everyone in a production and creates a timeline for their work… and here is the job timeline for the Producer. I hope it helps you make better […]

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How to communicate to get what you want, top strategies and pitfalls to avoid

As a film maker I am in the business of communication. It is the cornerstone of my business. Communicating big ideas with the world. Communicating stories with financiers, backers, actors, producers and broadcasters. And communicating with my community, sharing my journey and sometimes asking for help. As I write this I am downloading 79 emails. […]

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