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Since we’re releasing our new animatic generator, we thought we’d give you a guide on how to create storyboards and animatics you can really use.  That all starts with a shot list.  So, how do you create a great shot list?   Step 1: Director and DP have a meeting.    After the UPM or AD has made the preliminary schedule, the director and DP sit down and figure out the coverage for the script.  If possible, it should be done after the location is locked, and diagrams and shot lists should be made based on the location in which you will shoot the scene.   It’s also possible to...
by Ben Yennie: August 2, 2016, 8:36 am | Producing, Skills, Line Producing, Networking
Photo Credit: Rob Cottingham via flickr, CC Attribution - Share Alike 2 - Mods: Title and Logo Added In almost all things related to filmmaking, the buck ultimately stops with the producers.  Since they control the purse strings, they hold much of the fate of the films in their hand.  The number one job of any producer is to ensure the shoot goes smoothly.  Doing that well requires a whole lot more than simply scheduling and budgeting.   Here are skills necessary to being a producer that aren’t the first ones that come to your head.   1. Being able to be a therapist. Filmmaking is...
by Ben Yennie: June 30, 2016, 2:46 pm | Community, Filmmaking, Blog, Producing
In any community, there are members who get more done than others. Some people rise to the top of the pile, while others tread water and don’t move their projects forward. Some people are only tolerated in their community, while others become leaders. It’s not random, the people who become community leaders do certain things to set themselves apart from the pack. Successful entrepreneurs and filmmakers have a way of becoming leaders in their communities. The qualities required for both are remarkably similar. What are those qualities you ask? Fear not my intrepid reader, what follows...
by Ben Yennie: June 14, 2016, 2:52 pm | Budgeting, UPM, Line Producer, Tips, advice, education
Creating a realistic budget is one of the most important steps in getting your independent film financed.  It’s a skill that takes decades to master, but you can’t always afford an experienced UPM to help you get the project ready to shoot. That’s why Producer Foundry teamed up with Debbie Brubaker the UPM of Blue Jasmine and Big Eyes, to bring you the Build a Better Film Budget Workshop.  The whole presentation is available here, but since our goal is to make this sort of information available to the masses, here are some important pieces of advice for creating a more realistic...
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