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An Indie Filmmakers Guide to Film Festival Submissions

If you are starting to consider a film-festival run for your project, here’s some tips on submitting your film. I have a bit of experience with FilmFreeway. I produced and scored a film, “As the Earth Turns” a 1938 never-released silent sci-fi film in 2018-19 (I own the film-estate). It was had an epic festival run with 122 festivals and won 136 awards/nominations. That film taught me quite a bit about the ins outs of FilmFreeway, a platform that allows you to submit …

The Magic of Networking: You Never Know Where Your Next Opportunity will Come From

This story is real, and hopefully will inspire anyone in the film industry to understand that serendipity is real. If you keep your eyes open, amazing things can happen. In 2017, I closed my music store in Seattle after 25 years. I moved my teaching to my house, in a building that already had been converted into a music studio by the earlier owner. I was able to attract students and transitioned away from retail. I have been composing music all my life, and had gotten very involved in s…

Music Licensing vs. Music Scoring

These days there’s a pretty interesting battle raging between composers scoring films, and filmmakers using prerecorded tracks in their projects. Both can work, and either one can be cheaper, or easier to use. As a composer who makes tracks for music libraries, and scores films, I can give you some ideas about when and why you might use one versus the other.     1. Hiring a Composer Hiring a composer can be cheap or expensive, depending on their experience, busines…

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