Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Film Independent Office
Address: 9911 W Pico Blvd 11th Fl Los Angeles, CA 90035
Who: Members Only
Cost: Free to Film Independent Members (get tickets)
How can you find a fantastic cinematographer for your next project? Come to Indielink to meet and watch reels from a variety of talented cinematographers. If you are a producer or director, and whether your project is a short or a narrative feature, this is a unique opportunity to get to know a diverse group of cinematographers in just one night. All you have to do is reserve a spot to attend.
Following the event, there will be a networking reception. This event happens only once a year! For those wanting to present, further instructions will be available in your confirmation email.
CALLING ALL CINEMATOGRAPHERS! If you are a cinematographer wanting to show your work and meet working producers and directors, this is a great opportunity to showcase your talent. The first 15 cinematographers who request to show their work will be allowed to make a three-minute presentation. Details on presenting your reel on the night will be included in the confirmation email you receive after you RSVP to the event.
Parking: Validated parking in the building garage available after 5:30 pm.
Attention writers! Do you have material, but need some guidance on how to successfully pitch your project? CAPE New Writers Fellowship is the perfect program for you.
- 2 submission categories: Film and Television*
- Up to 10 fellows will be selected
- Fellows will receive:
- $1,000 stipend per Writer or Writing Team
- Intensive 11-session curriculum with industry professionals in Los Angeles from March to April (all finalists must be attend all classes and lab sessions)
- Exclusive opportunities to meet with successful entertainment agents, managers, producers, and executives
Produced in association with the Italian Cultural Centre, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Vancouver, the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada, the inaugural Vancouver Italian Film Festival includes five canonical classics and five modern films new to Vancouver, as well as an exhibition of drawings by Federico Fellini, music, Italian food and wine.
Jon Keller, a staff director at WCBS-TV in New York, has three decades of directing experience in America’s largest television market.
He’s seen the evolution of TV news into a “tapeless” environment that seamlessly integrates “live feeds” and sophisticated graphics.
He’s also seen robotic control systems begin to replace human camera operators.
Most of all, he knows the pressure of “live” television, where there are no re-takes or second chances to get a story right.
It’s 86 degrees out in Garyville, La., and the crew of the new movie Selfless is a sweaty mess. While star Ryan Reynolds and director Tarsem Singh perfect a shot inside an air-conditioned set, a small army of technicians dawdles outside, bitching about the humidity.
Not that anyone is listening. Producers are more than willing to trade crew discomfort for buckets of money, and the lucrative 35% tax credit Louisiana offers on film budgets is catnip to them. “If we had filmed it in L.A., we would have had to film it in way fewer days,” says producer Ram Bergman, who is working on his fourth movie in Louisiana in eight years. “The only advantage of L.A. is housing.”
The competition for Hollywood’s cash has become more and more frenzied in recent years as states and foreign countries increasingly try to outbid each other with tax incentives.
It’s become a race — some say, to the bottom — that now pits out-of-state programs not just against L.A. and California, but against one another as they battle for Hollywood’s business.
In its first meeting of the 2014 General Assembly, the Tourism Caucus this morning outlined its legislative agenda for the session, including promoting a proposed increase in tax credits available for film projects.
Senate Bill 46 and House Bill 460 would increase from $5 million to $25 million the total amount of tax credits per biennium the state can give motion picture production companies for filming in Virginia. Those companies can request reimbursement of up to 25 percent of certain expenses, depending on where in the state they film, if they spend at least $250,000 here.
Governor Jerry Brown may take moguls’ money for his upcoming re-election campaign, but it looks like he’s not planning on handing out any more cash to keep production in California.
Despite improvement in the state’s once-dire financial situation, there was no mention today of any increase to the state’s current $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit program in Brown’s budget proposal.
In fact, with one minor example, there was no mention of film or television at all in the 271 pages of the Governor’s $154.9B 2014-15 budget.
Education, the environment and healthcare all saw big increases in the proposal that leaked Wednesday but nothing for Hollywood.
As well, citing that “wisdom and prudence should be the order of the day,” the fiscally tight-fisted Governor also plans on slashing the state’s long-term debt by $11 billion over the next year and putting $1.6 billion in a rainy day fund for a future possible downturn.
As the year comes to a close, it’s always nice to take a look back at the important state tax credit issues that arose during the past 12 months. The year started out with the ‘fiscal cliff’ and its associated drama. In the end, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA), which extended tax incentives for alternative energy producers. The credit for wind energy facilities was extended another year to Jan. 1, 2014.
The New Zealand Government intends to encourage a stronger domestically-sourced screen industry that will become less dependent on taxpayer incentives.
According to Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce: “There has been a sharp downturn in international production activity in New Zealand for both film and TV. This is due to a combination of factors, including [the] increasingly generous grant rebates and tax relief offered by other countries.”
In response, the Government has announced that the Large Budget Screen Production Grant (LBSPG) and Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF) will be combined to form a single scheme, the New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG). The existing rebates of 15 percent for the LBSPG and up to 40 percent for the SPIF will be replaced.
Entertainment attorney Matt Galsor from the firm Greenberg Glusker recently gave an interactive talk to Film Independent Members, including producers, directors, cinematographers and writers. Here are the top take-aways from the Q&A:
Can you please explain the difference between optioning a screenplay and buying the rights to a screenplay? “When somebody buys a screenplay, they own it. When somebody options a screenplay, you own it,” said Galsor. The question is how much they pay you to keep it off the market, he added, when it gets optioned.
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To be eligible, payment and entry information must be submitted via our online system at that time.
Hard copy materials can arrive no later than Wedneday, December 11.
The Gracie Awards encourages the realistic and faceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news and other programs.
Entry Site and Categories All entries must be submitted through our entry site, where we also provide category listings and prices. We are pleased to now offer Interactive Media entry types, as well as new categories in both Television and Radio.
Lights, cameras — tax credits! That’s the way New York’s distorted tax system now works. But that can change if Gov. Cuomo pushes reforms proposed by one of his own tax-reform panels.
The governor asked his panel, the New York State Tax Reform and Fairness Commission, to find ways to simplify the tax code, make taxes fairer and lighten the load. The panel is now suggesting good reforms. These include a cut of $50 million in film-industry credits, which are meant to push companies to make more movies and TV shows here.
New Hanover County could see an estimated loss of more than $10 million in tax revenue if the state’s film incentive expires at the end of 2014, according to initial findings of a study released Monday.
The study, commissioned in September by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission with the assistance of other state entities, is being conducted by researchers at N.C. State University and looks at the financial impact of the film industry in the state. The current film incentive, which has a “sunset” expiration date at the end of 2014, gives qualifying productions a 25 percent refundable tax credit on money spent on certain services in the state.
The DC Film Office interviews Melissa Houghton, executive director of Women in Film & Video of Washington, D.C. (WIFV) to talk about her organization and the media industry in D.C. She gives pertinent advice to those women and men who are working as media professionals in the District of Columbia.
Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is wasting no time making clear that he is intent on expanding the tax break designed to help his hometown industry, the movie business.
“We’re going to go up to Sacramento and storm that place like we never have before,” Garcetti told a Hollywood Chamber of Commerce gathering last week, as reported by the trade publication, Variety.
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo late Wednesday vetoed legislation that would have expanded a film-tax credit to the Hudson Valley and Albany area, saying he’s concerned it would hurt efforts to drive productions to areas of upstate.
In March, the state Legislature included in the 2013-14 state budget an additional 10 percent tax credit for productions in 40 counties outside the New York City area, Hudson Valley and Capital region. The areas include western New York and the Southern Tier in an effort to push movies and shows to be made outside the New York City area, where most of the productions have been located.
Niagara Gazette — That bill that Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed late Wednesday in his second-floor office of the Capitol could have a sharp impact on the Western New York economy.
In fact, it may result in increased activity from film and television productions in and around the Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the nation. The governor’s veto message was welcome news to the Buffalo-Niagara area since the bill would have extended the coveted tax credits only to the Hudson Valley counties near New York City.
Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage.
First established under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the nationwide minimum wage was designed to lift millions of American workers out of poverty and to stimulate the economy. Unfortunately, however, it was not indexed to inflation, and big businesses — hostile from the start — fought, often successfully, to prevent congressional action to raise it. As a result, over the past 40 years, the purchasing power of the minimum wage has fallen sharply. If Congress had kept the minimum wage in pace with inflation over this period, it would today be $10.74. But, in fact, it is $7.25 — about two-thirds of its previous purchasing power.
Chances are strong that the Illinois Assembly will pass Senate Bill 1816 which amends the 30% Illinois film tax credit to include above-the-line acting talent, an act that is sure to boost Illinois into a top tier of entertainment production.
IPA president Jeff Crabtree, who was in Springfield during the recent short Veto Session, reports that SB 1816 was discussed and approved by the House Revenue and Finance Committee and put into the pipeline for a vote.
California’s relatively young TV and motion picture tax-credit program helped produce “Moneyball,” the exploration of pro baseball’s business side. Credits went to “We Bought a Zoo,” the Matt Damon comedy about a family’s foray into zoo ownership.
But perhaps the highest-profile production claiming the tax break was “Argo,” the 2012 rescue drama centered on a government agent posing as a movie producer.
Now the film credit has a marquee role in an “Argo”-esque Capitol bribery scandal involving an FBI agent posing as a film studio owner. Last week, cable news channel Al Jazeera America released an FBI affidavit, filed under seal in U.S. District Court, that detailed a sting targeting state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. Calderon allegedly received $60,000 in bribes from the agent in return for pushing legislation to make low-budget independent films eligible for the credit.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo now has to decide whether he wants Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady and other upstate counties to be eligible for the Empire State Film Production Tax Credit.
The proposed expansion of the credit, which currently can’t be applied to 14 counties, was put on the governor’s desk today and he has until Nov. 13 to act. The bill is sponsored by state Sen. Hugh Farley, R-Niskayuna, and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, D-Rotterdam.
About $5 million is currently available in tax credits under the program.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — It appears that film and theatrical productions will qualify for approximately $6.5 million in state tax credits during 2013, according to the executive director of the R.I. Film & Television Office.
State legislators and others who support Louisiana’s generous film production tax breaks are looking to keep those tax breaks and other entertainment industry incentives intact during the next 18 months.
“Louisiana has the best motion picture incentives in the country and possibly the world,” said Scott Niemeyer, a movie producer whose company is based in New Orleans and Santa Monica. “It is the third largest production center outside of California and New York.”
I have been a fan of FiOS television in the past, but never more so now that Verizon has launched a service that makes television viewing for persons who are blind, or who have vision loss, that much more enjoyable.
Verizon’s decision to include video described first-run feature films to its FiOS Video On Demand library is a groundbreaking move that is to be applauded in the industry. Today, FiOS TV customers in all FiOS markets can now take advantage of this new functionality.
Huh! Blind people watching TV?
Originally posted on Winter Film Awards:
FILM REPERTORY GROUP (FRG) is a collective of film artists devoted to producing small high-quality productions, presenting showcases for films, and providing networking opportunities for film-makers of all kinds. We are looking for contributing writers, directors, editors, DP’s, non-union actors, sound engineers, you name it. This is strictly a volunteer group, but we have worked around all types of schedules to accommodate dedicated artists. And, why not spend your free time doing something you love? You can learn more by going to facebook.com/filmrepertorygroup and clicking the ‘Like’ button or by e-mailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted on Seattle Country Music Radio, News, Artists, Gossip - 94.1 KMPS:
Hollywood seems to be hitting much closer to home recently. Earlier this month Transformers 4 stopped in Elma to film, six months ago a movie crew came Everett to film Seven Minutes, and now Everett is hosting another independent film called The Architect.
KOMO News reported that crew members rolled into a small neighborhood during the night to prepare for their first day of shooting. Parker Posey plays the wife opposite Will & Grace star Eric McCormack.
This film is a comedy, where the architect, played by James Frain doesn’t quite follow the couple’s dream in designing their house.
Originally posted on CJ's Corner:
The film industry is about to lose the federal tax program known as section 181 on January 1, 2014. This fiscal law allowed investors of motion pictures to expense out 100% of their investment in one year, compared to the normal amortization of investments over five years.
Not only did section 181 give the investor the ability to deduct the full investment in one year, but it also allowed the investor to use it two years prior to obtaining it or up to 44 years after obtaining it. In other words, if the investor needed to offset high incomes from 2011, they could file a corrected tax return utilizing the write off benefit from this year. Or, the investor could hold it until a higher than normal income year hit their books.
Originally posted on Black Chick Media:
The Columbus Film Council will host its annual Columbus International Film + Video Festival November 3-17. America’s longest running film festival will showcase exclusive screenings, workshops and other events.
Click here for a schedule of events!
Originally posted on the drone news:
The technology behind our unmanned spyplanes and bombers will soon help even microbudget filmmakers capture awesome overhead shots. It could also make movies a lot creepier.
If you’re a filmmaker on a credit-card budget, you probably can’t afford a helicopter to take those aerial shots of cityscapes and landscapes that big-budget filmmakers use to create a sense of panoramic grandeur. But you can afford the next best thing: a flying drone camera. That’s right: the same technology that allows the U.S. to spy remotely and to drop bombs from unmanned aircraft also allows you to capture killer bird’s-eye-view shots for your movie.
Drone cinematography is still in its primitive stage. For one thing, the UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) don’t have much range (about a mile) and only have enough battery life for 10 to 15 minutes of flight. Plus, the built-in cameras only have 720p resolution, or medium high-definition. (That’s about the quality you might get on a good smartphone.) But the latest drones also come with a camera mount so that they can hoist full HD (1080p) GoPro sports cameras. There’s still the little snag that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) does not yet permit private businesses to operate drones in the United States. (Non-commercial filmmakers may use them, but only below 400 feet and in sparsely populated areas.) But the agency will begin issuing drone licenses to businesses by 2015, and Hollywood could be the first set of private users.
Originally posted on Meg Medina's Blog:
I got a note from the National Coalition Against Censorship about their annual Youth Free Expression Film Contest. If you’re 19 years old or younger, you have until December 13 to enter a short film about censorship on video games. This year’s theme: “Video Games in the Crosshairs.” Here’s the pdf of info: NCAC Film Contest 2013
The winners get a cash prize ($1000, $500, $250), a scholarship to take classes at the New York Film Academy and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the awards ceremony. All they ask is that you bother to make something with more pizzazz than just a headshot of you talking into your phone.
Originally posted on Actionlytics:
Picked this up from the ISA on Twitter this morning. The Smart Scout mobile app looks like a very promising tool to help filmmakers find the locations they need. Check out the video here, and make an Indiegogo donation to help the developers if you can. As I write this, they’re still a long way from their goal.
Originally posted on whispersinthestreet:
There is more to being a film critic than focusing on star ratings according to world renowned Serbian film critic Nenad Dukic.
“Such a thing doesn’t exist when regarding film festivals especially not in Europe” he said when describing star rating systems. He was quick to dismiss the idea of ratings and with a shake of his head he said “these are for the kids and for the people that want to play.” Being a critic involves judging the value of films and making a selection of the best or most interesting films from a type of production from the particular production year.
Aspiring filmmakers no longer have to head for the hills of Hollywood.
That was the take-home message from producers at the inaugural Chicago Film and Media Summit held Sunday at the Cultural Center.
“We have talented people here who used to have to leave to work in the film industry,” said DePaul University producer in residence Steven A. Jones, whose credits include “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and “The Harvest.” “The filmmaking community in Chicago — it’s getting stronger.”
An estimated 500 people turned out for the free, all-day affair put on by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The summit featured a showcase of short films, small sessions devoted to casting and trailers, and larger panels on film financing, distribution and production. Veteran TV producer Dick Wolf (“Chicago Fire,” “Law & Order”) was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m.
In Brad Russell’s world, film is the currency of philanthropy. He’s a movie buff, a pastor, a family-man and the brains behind one of the region’s more unusual film festivals.
The Washington West Film Festival is scheduled to debut a range of independent movies, documentaries and short films this week at Reston Bow Tie Cinemas that attempt to capture the human condition.
The talks will begin on Nov. 4, well in advance of contract expiration and prior to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA negotiations.
Contract negotiations between the Directors Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are set to officially begin on Nov. 4, the organizations said Wednesday. The discussions for a new three-year contract will be hosted at the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks headquarters and conducted under a press blackout.
The October Oregon Production Investment Fund Auction is now open. This time the total amount of tax credits to be auctioned will be $4,000,000. The process will be exactly like the successful auction conducted in July. It’s important to know that there is only time for one more OPIF auction this year so we will be working hard to make sure all $4,000,000 sells out in the designated time frame.
DENVER – October 25, 2013 - Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) today opened online session proposals for the 3rd annual Creative Industries Summit, which will be held May 1-2, 2014 in Salida. Beginning Friday, October 25, a wide range of professionals in Colorado have the opportunity to submit their session concepts that explore the event theme Creative Convergence. Creative Industries Summit Conference attendees include creative entrepreneurs, emerging creatives, municipal and nonprofit cultural workers, and community leaders.
The Summit planning committee invites proposals that explore trends and developments in the creative industries, share best practices and innovative solutions, and utilize hands-on examples and case studies as a teaching tool. Sessions will be organized within three tracks representing: creative entrepreneurs, creative communities or arts innovation. We are seeking sessions from beginner to advanced that fall into one of six thematic categories: engagement and networking; financing, legal and licensing; implementing business principles in the creative industries; economic development, market trends and demographics; partnerships for success; and planning tools and technologies. Proposals will be accepted in a variety of formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions may not be used to sell a consultant’s services or products.
Submissions will be accepted online until December 6, 2013. A statewide program committee will review and recommend proposals. Proposal status notifications will be sent by email in January 2014.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Anna Crawford didn’t know it, but she was already dead. She moved desperately along the dark Atlantic City waterfront, her pursuer close behind, but soon her demons took her. In her last act of life, she pitched forward onto the dirty ground — but a little too close to the camera tripod.
So, back it went for take three, as the actress returned to her mark.
“We wrapped up filming Aug. 1, but I didn’t realize I didn’t shoot (the murder scene) until I was editing,” said Keith Vaile, director of the thriller “Urn,” shot in 20 different locations in South Jersey. “The scene’s 20 seconds in the movie, but it will take a few minutes to shoot.”
Smaller independent films such as “Urn,” shot for about $10,000 — and Vaile’s first film, “Jersey Devil,” which was featured at this year’s Atlantic City Cinefest — may soon be some of the only productions being shot in New Jersey, industry experts worry, after a state tax credit ends after one more year.
Admitting he received $971,418 for bogus Louisiana film tax credits, former Baton Rouge film producer Gregory M. Walker pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of wire fraud.
Walker, 46, could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison, fined $250,000 and required to forfeit more than $971,418, U.S. District Judge James J. Brady said before the guilty plea.
The judge explained a lengthy list of rights Walker waived in accordance with his plea agreement, which requires Walker to cooperate with government investigators and prosecutors.
As filming of 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl” winds down, Cape Girardeau can boast it has hosted a major Hollywood production for several weeks.
In public interviews, some big names involved with the production of “Gone Girl” have praised the city for its geographical features and downtown attractions in serving as a stand-in for North Carthage, the fictional Missouri town on the Mississippi River that serves as a primary setting for the film and for Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” novel.
Please be advised that the 2011-2014 SAG-AFTRA Corporate/Educational and Non-Broadcast Contracts, which were set to expire on April 30, 2014 have been extended one year through April 30, 2015. The terms of the current contracts will remain in effect through the extension period.
More than $1 million awarded to support arts and culture activities in 26 counties
DENVER – September 23, 2013 - Colorado Creative Industries today announced recipients for the 2013 – 2014 Colorado Creates grant program. A total of 150 grants were awarded in 26 counties across the state totaling $1,125,000. The agency’s grants benefit both small and large communities, and over 50% of grant funds are awarded in towns and cities located outside the Denver metro area.
Colorado Creates is Colorado Creative Industries’ largest grant program, providing critical financial support that helps nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies produce and present arts and cultural activities, bringing jobs to their communities and enhancing their quality of life.
Grants are awarded annually on a competitive basis and provide a seal of excellence that helps organizations leverage local and national funds.
“These grants support the artists and creative entrepreneurs who are critical to Colorado’s economy,” said Margaret Hunt, Director of Colorado Creative Industries. “There are over 186,000 jobs in our state’s creative sector, making it the fifth largest employment cluster. By investing in this sector’s vitality, the state builds its reputation as a premier creative hub and reaps significant economic returns.”
The grant awards are for activities that take place between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. A complete list of this year’s grant recipients by county is available online at www.coloradocreativeindustries.org.
Top 13 Sites For Independent Filmmakers.
In recent years, the content of the internet has transformed itself from a controlled and manufactured environment to a vast expanse of user generated content. Internet users can log on and create their own subjects, themes, and arguments to the sites they frequent. This idea gave birth to sites like Facebook, and Twitter; as well as creating tools like wikis, forums, and blogs. This new type of social media forged specific online communities where people with similar interests could share and collaborate freely on ideas.
Independent filmmakers have an ever-growing presence on social media sites such as twitter, facebook, youtube, and various blogs. This presence has resulted in a wealth of shared knowledge for filmmakers worldwide. These sites have become a hub for the independent filmmaking community, and are a vital resource many young writers, directors, and producers alike.
Here’s a list of thirteen sites that are excellent resources for independent filmmakers in no particular order.
Filmmakers on a tight budget know perfectly well how difficult it is to stay on that budget. Filmmaker.com’s blog contains helpful articles regarding a wide array of topics from industry news, to new software updates, and to helpful tips. Members of the site can post on the forums and exchange information on filmmaking as well as their own projects. The forum is an ideal place for independent filmmakers to seek knowledge from their peers.
Film Riot is a video tutorial site with a comedic twist. Host Ryan Connolly covers every subject from how to make a music video, to using CGI, to how to cast your film. This site is a delightful departure from the typical monotonous tutorials usually found on the net as the humorous videos take a narrative structure making them actually enjoyable to watch.
Go Into The Story
Good screenwriters know how important it is to know every trick of the trade there is (even if they do not use them all). Go Into The Story ditches all the fancy graphics and cluttering advertisements and opts for the bare essentials of screenwriting. Blogger Scott Myers, a screenwriting professor at the University of North Carolina, posts advice and how-to-guides daily to aid young writers in the creative process. The blog also sports an extensive list of other great websites and blogs that serve as great resource as well.
Hope For Film
Hope for Film is the brainchild of the American independent film producer Ted Hope. His credits include 21 Grams (2003), American Splendor (2003), and Adventureland (2009) to name a few. Everyday Hope and various guest bloggers post advice and opinions concerning independent film. Like johnaugust.com this blog is a great opportunity for beginner filmmakers to seek and discuss insight of an industry professional.
Similar to Filmmaker.com, IndieTalk is filmmaking community in which filmmakers share and exchange ideas in a forum. The forums are broken down into categories such as Cameras & Lenses, Screenwriting, Cinematography and Lighting, and Post Production. The members on the forum typically offer advice on how to get around problems in filmmaking while not doing damage to your wallet.
Similar to Twitch Film, IndieWire is convergence point filmmakers and film lovers alike. Fans of independent cinema receive information of films and festivals, as well as reviews and blogs. Filmmakers can read articles covering topics such as production, distribution, exhibition, and festival strategy.
John August is an accomplished screenwriter whose credits most notably include Tim Burton’s films Big Fish (2003), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Corpse Bride (2005). He started his blog back in 2003 as an encyclopedia of information about screenwriting. Since then it has expanded into a wealth of information ranging from career advice to the state of the film industry itself. Many of the blog posts are responses to reader-submitted questions, making it a great way for independent writers to get feedback from a working professional.
Besides being one of Britain’s largest independent film festivals, Raindance also offers a treasure trove of information and how-to-tips for independent filmmakers worldwide. Under the resources section of the site there are links to articles written by members of the Raindance team and industry professionals. These articles detail the tricks and traps for filmmaking on little to no budget at all. Raindance also runs a film school with am innovative postgraduate film degree in association with Staffordshire University and the Independent Film Trust. They also have 7 regional offices in six countries which gives them an unusual and valuable perspective on new trends in independent film.
Shooting People is a network for filmmakers based out of London. It serves as a means for independent filmmakers to connect with each other by using blogs, databases, newsletters, and podcasts. Members of the site have premiered at Sundance, been nominated at BAFTA and the Oscars, and screened at Cannes.
The world of independent cinema is so widespread around the globe it can sometimes be difficult to absorb it all it. Twitch Film compiles everything there is to know and creates a central hub for the lovers of indie, international, and cult films. Followers of the site can read news, reviews, and interviews regarding a huge library of international and independent films; as well participate in forums and comment on articles.
Philip Bloom has travelled the world as a successful maker of short films, documentaries. adverts and much more. He is part of the new breed of digital cinematographers, using DLSRs to achieve that film look. On his website you can see his wide range of work, from his adverts with Kevin Spacey to his 5D Cinematography on the WWII Lucasfilm Red Tails.
No Film School is a site for DIY filmmakers and independent creatives run by Brooklyn based filmmaker Ryan Koo. It offers solutions to how to get the most out of the things you create in order to sustain a long career as a filmmaker, writer, director, producer, editor, cinematographers and much more.
Film Maker IQ
Film Maker IQ is a group of filmmakers who discuss a range of topics. With articles on things such as Make-Up Tutorials to Camera comparisons, they answer both the whys and hows of filmmaking and help us understand the new media wave, without forgetting the old.
The hit AMC show Breaking Bad has been nothing but good for Albuquerque, NM. A recent LA Times article reveals the show has pumped upwards of $70 million into the city over five years.
That project, however, seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Many film and production studios are in Arizona, but they’re only passing through, heading to other states that offer TV and filmmakers better tax incentives.
“What we don’t have. What 40 other states do have is an incentive program,” says Hal Gibson, president of the Arizona Film and Media Coalition.
Gibson says Arizona has it all as a shooting destination, uninterrupted sunny weather, a vibrant metropolis and some of nature’s most majestic and picturesque scenes.
The lack of tax incentives, according to Gibson, is the chief reason Disney Studios shot most of The Lone Ranger in New Mexico as opposed to Arizona.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Cinematically, the streets of Portland would not pass for Manhattan. And Mount Katahdin, though majestic, is no Kilimanjaro.
Nevertheless, Maine is attracting increasing numbers of television and movie productions this year and cumulative spending has more than doubled….