Filmmaking / Directing

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Locations!

So I do micro short budget films. So far I've been having great success filming mostly outdoors and apartment spaces. But as my ideas have been expanding, my locations are getting more complicated. This latest project I needed an office with a conference table, which I found a beautiful, free space...

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Julie Brett

These are excellent suggestions. I'll have to look into location scouts. I know I'm not the only one with this problem. And Erik I'm shocked you don't believe those birds flew through the shot coincidentally ;) Thanks guys for your advice.

Doug Nelson

The bane of my existence! I have several award winning short scripts that I can't produce for lack of suitable locations. I live out in the country so I have to rely young folk in town - they all want...

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Erik A. Jacobson

A lot of writer/producers reverse-engineer their films, basing their scripts/films from the very start on locations readily available to them. There are urban writers who would kill to have country lo...

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Mark Ratering

I was waiting for an orgy fantasy scene...oh well!!! Every location has 2 main problems, of course, sound and lighting. Your lighting at the office building was flat. But it gets by. Sound pretty good...

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Vanessa Bailey

Story first, location second! ;) The skill of writing for a low-budget film is to make it low-budget. Or develop negotiating skills! I used local businesses for my short in exchange for lots of promo...

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First Time Filmmaker

Hello,I'm starting off making my first movie, which will be suspense. I will be doing a lot of it myself with very little budget. I plan on renting a few lenses and lights, but is there any huge pointers for me? I really don't want this to look like a low quality production. Yes, a vague and all encompassing question, I know.

Bethany Brandt

Exactly what I was looking for! I will be sure to schedule in some time for ADR and a few days of sound.
Thanks!

JD Hartman

Recording sound on camera all but useless. Get a sound guy, buy a H6N zoom and rent mics., etc.

Mark Ratering

Yes, here is a huge pointer. Get a DP/Camera Operator that knows why they are doing. Cook em dinner watch his kids something. Two audio...make sure it's good or do not waste your time! Good Luck.

Martina Camatta

As above, sound is so important...but don't forget lights! They can transform your movie in ways that I couldn't believe. Great job on filming all by yourself, I did it a couple of times, hard work but the adrenaline goes on for weeks after wrap up! Good luck!

Vanessa Bailey

All of the above - yes! Sound is so crucial and it's true the audience will subconsciously forgive a lot of other issues if the sound is excellent. Bad sound = no film. Good lighting lifts your film's...

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Advice on "FILM CONNECTION" (apprentice / mentorship) training program

Hello, everyone. I'm David. I've become aware of this apprentice / mentorship training program called "FILM CONNECTION". https://www.filmconnection.com/ I am feeling pretty good about it, after looking through much of their website, and watching most of their promotional videos. But I do not think t...

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Ramon Richardson

I think they really will teach well, take a look at this link of my webseries, that is low budget..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YMwOBwNgls&spfreload=10

Good Places to Get Crew for No-Budget Short?

Hi, it's been suggested to me that making a short film would be useful in order to get funding for my feature film scripts. I have a short script ready, can you suggest any particularly good places to get crew who would be willing to work without a budget?

Also suggestions of vendors who might provid...

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Brian Alan DeLaney

Where are you located? There could be a meetup group in your area.

Storyboarding your movie - best apps or software?

Hi, Your probably a traditionalist - you use pen and paper to sketch out your ideas, thumbnails and storyboards. But if you are an early adopter or tech-savy person, perhaps you use an ipad app, online software or digital drawing program that works for you. Please do reply with your favorites - I'd l ...

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Theresa Clark

Hi Jean.. I'm new with storyboarding. I've played with a few apps here or there but normally print out templates and draw by hand. Guess I'm the traditionalist. Although there are so many to choose fro ...

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Live-action trailer

I'd like to have a live action trailer for my novel to boost up the hype for it - and to make it more professional. I'm still learning about the basics of film, and only been working in a theatre productions. Is there someone out there that can film a live action book trailer, or are there actual companys that specify in that kind of work? Thanks!

Michael LaVoie

Google book trailers - First hit - http://film-14.com/

Why are shoot days 12 hours?

First time Writer/Director/Producer. Going to shoot in Manhattan NYC (Not Manhattan, Kansas). All exterior/interior scenes. All Union. SAG/AFTRA, DGA, ASC,PGA,ACE IATSE(and any other appropriate craft unions). Want to know the reason for standard 12 hour shoot days. Any links to articles helpful. FYI- It is a copyrighted script. It is 106 pages.

JD Hartman

I was talking crew here. My mistake, I put the work cast in my post.
Steven is working under the ULB agreement and unless his first feature is a rousing success, I doubt that he'll be paying the cast anything after permits, food cost, equip rental, transpo, crew payments, etc., etc.

Royce Allen Dudley

12 is a norm, not a rule. Some shoots are 10, 14, etc by contract or realm ( corporate is traditionally 10 but producers have been trying to change that). State and Federal labor laws apply to rates at...

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Steven Harris Anzelowitz

To all who have shared their experience , strength and hope on this topic I thank you. Amber Greenlee -Thank you for the link. It is great when someone shares that kind of info. God Bless you. Andrew Pe ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Good observation about the hat, Steven. You might know little about the movie business but you sure have a good memory. Keep working on your skills and pushing forward and you gonna get it.

Defining Nudity

In the next couple months I'll be casting for a short that involves shirtlessness. Females will be wearing bras. In the casting notice, should I say nudity is involved or does that not count? I'm inclined to say no, but I'm not familiar with industry standards.

Royce Allen Dudley

Lack of nudity disclosure in postings will get you in hot water. Scantily clad isn't nudity. Just make sure director doesn't even think about asking for more on set. You establish the parameters before the audition.

Emily Brown

Hey Tony! An actress here. Before submitting, I like to know what level of nudity would be required from me on set, if I were to book the role. This saves me from wasting your time during submission/a...

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Pippa Hinchley

Just say what it is - exactly as you have done here. Guys topless, girls in bras. That's it.

Tony Cella

@Emily: Thanks for the advice. I've acted in the past and would be pissed if I showed up and the director told me to take off my clothes. That's why I asked. @Pippa: Sounds almost too simple...Ha.

Royce Allen Dudley

Scantily clad, implied nudity, topless nudity, full frontal nudity, simulated sex are all terms understood and used in casting notice breakdowns.

Ryan Maelhorn

I hear that criticism about Anderson's early films a lot, C. I don't really get it. In many other mediums showing your proficiency, command of the medium, and knowledge of it's history is seen as a go...

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C Harris Lynn

He does a lot of unnecessary, overly-technical shots that go on forEVER - mostly just to show he can do them. I've yet to finish Magnolia because I fall asleep at the same spot every time - the long-a...

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Ryan Maelhorn

What did you think of the oner when Wahlberg first shows up at Reynolds house? The one that goes through the pool?

Michael LaVoie

Haha. I'd love to see a one sheet on Punch Drunk Love. Or The Master. They'd probably score worse

C Harris Lynn

Yeah, that's a great sequence. Most of the shots in Boogie Nights are - that was his first film, IIRC - but those three-plus-hour tracking shots and all the hyper-dramatic, 10-minute establishing shot...

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Which way to go

Hi all, I'm a writer who is wanting to take action on his work rather than try to get someone else to do it. I want to have something produced and completed for people to be able to watch when pitching not only my work but myself as a creative but I'm wondering what would be better, a proof of concep ...

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Daily rate for a Director

What is the average daily rate for a director? first time working on a budget. Just need some average numbers or a website that can provide me with those numbers. Personal message me if that works better for you

Arthur Hoang

sound good !

D Marcus

The DGA has their minimums. Average rates would be different depending on the experience of the director and the region. An experienced non-Guild director in New York with three or more features finis...

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Patrick Freeman

Are you looking to hire a director or are you a director looking to get hired? Here's the DGA rate cardhttps://www.dga.org/Contracts/Rates-2014-to-2017.aspx Anyone not in the guild can negotiate any rat ...

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