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Lights! Fame! Well, a Job Would Do

I reckon there are four main ways in which you can get some film work and then carry on in your chosen career. Please don’t nail me to these, however, as they are only my own deductions. I am hoping, though, that they may give you some help. The Production Route The production route is followed by people who want to be junior or senior producers, or who want to get so far, and then veer off into directing. This ladder, of course, starts off with Production Assistant, progresses t…

Development Hell and How to Avoid It

I am sure you have all been here and have your own ideas on this subject, fellow toilers, but, here, today, is just my penny’s worth regarding what Development Hell is, why it occurs, how to avoid it, and some small suggestions for success in collab writing. The producer is the one with the fork. 1) What IS Development Hell? Development Hell is something I hear a lot about. What I hear from my friends and read about as well, is that projects sometimes get stuck.They go around an…

4 Solutions for No Budget Film Problems

Never mind solutions: the challenge is where to begin with the problems. This post is for all of you newbies, like myself. This coming year I intend to make my fourth and (possibly) fifth feature. They are No Budget features, as I still have another year at University and am thus skint. Apologies for teaching people to suck eggs, when I am but an egg myself. But you never know. There may be an odd but useful nugget in here. Here are my suggested solutions for no budget film problems: …

The Anthology Feature: And Why You Should Get Involved In One

I’m sure that you're all familiar with the “Feature Film” format. You have a single story (okay, it may be rather complex) with a single set of actors and characters and a single directorial team. The final product is a consistent product that draws you in and takes you through its “Oh sh..” moments until the end.   Smells like a human to me (Image courtesy of Arijana Rubin)   An “Anthology Feature,” on the other hand, is different.…

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