Monthly Archives: February 2014

Who Gets Your Oscar Vote?

February 24, 2014

The 86th Annual Academy Awards are less than a week away and film enthusiasts everywhere are wondering who will win. Let’s focus on the Best Picture category. It’s been called the closest Oscar race in recent history. The three front-runners, American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave, have all been equally acknowledged at other […]

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5 Rules of Successful Crowd-funding Campaigns

February 19, 2014

Everyone wants to crowd-fund to raise money for their film projects… but few people know how to put a good campaign together. Here’s everything you need to know! Set the Smallest Goal Over the Shortest Period of Time Sorry if you want to raise a million dollars, but remember: $10k is the tipping point with […]

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The NBC Shortcuts Experience!

February 19, 2014

In August 2013, I attended the NBC Short Cuts film festival. This is an event that was created to showcase the work of a variety of artists from diverse backgrounds who might not otherwise get much exposure. At first, I was wary of anything NBC. The last time I’d been involved with them was for […]

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4 Rules for Writing Your Screenplay

February 12, 2014

Writing seems both mysterious and easy. That’s because, to anyone other than the writer, the work is pretty much invisible. In reality, the easier a script was to write, the worse it probably is. Here are four simple rules to make your screenplay the best it can be. 1. Test your concept The hidden work […]

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The Devil's in the (Editing) Details

February 12, 2014

Johnny Depp, playing the part of producer-writer-director Ed Wood in Tim Burton’s movie Ed Wood, states at one point in the film that “Filmmaking is not about the tiny details. It’s about the big picture.” Unfortunately, Ed Wood, while a very upbeat and positive person, was never considered a serious filmmaker. One reason why he […]

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