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The first day of shooting is always chaotic, and generally comes soon enough that you wish you had more time to prepare.  But just because you haven’t had as much time as you might like in preproduction, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t hit the ground running on the first day of principal...
December 11, 2018
If you’re a filmmaker, you’re probably thinking about how you can get your next project made.  For your first few projects, that’s fine.  You’ve got to figure out what sort of stories you want to tell, and what your personal style is.  However, you should also be thinking about how to...
December 4, 2018
Last week I wrote about how despite this company being primarily run by two CisHet white guys, we still think that diversity in film and media is absolutely vital.  Well, the same is still true, but our advisory board is 100% female, so we practice what we preach when it comes to the topic of...
While we acknowledge that ProductionNext is primarily run by two CisHet White guys, we readily acknowledge that the lack of diversity in the film industry is a pretty major problem.  While as far as we can tell the diversity problem is generally trending in the right direction given the...
October 25, 2018
Being a great independent filmmaker requires constant growth.  That’s part of why we have this blog.  But we’re not the only ones sharing information on how to build a successful film company.  So in a follow-up to our post about our favorite skill-building podcasts, we’re sharing some...
October 16, 2018
Every good movie has a theme to it.  In Spider Man, it’s that with great power comes great responsibility.  In Star Wars, it’s that great power can come from humble beginnings.  Themes can also be found as commentary about the world we live in.  So with that in mind, we’re sharing a...
October 9, 2018 | Screenwriting, Finding a Theme, Story
Most of us are more than a little tired of the constant talk of politics on social media.  However, as something of a political junkie and an executive producer of 8 films in the past 4 years I can tell you with some degree of certainty that following and understanding politics will make you a...
September 25, 2018
Before I was CMO of ProductionNext, I hosted filmmaking events in San Francisco as well as a few other cities.   In fact, the way I met Jim (The CEO) was at an event I hosted.  Over the years, I’ve hosted well over 50 events across 4 cities, and a lot of that is how I began to expand my...
September 18, 2018 | Networking, Event, Filmmaking, Groups
We all know that that being a successful filmmaker is just as much about who you know as what you know.  But if you’re just starting out, how do you grow your network of filmmakers so you can grow your independent film career?  Well fear not, we’re here to share 6 ways you can get out...
September 4, 2018 | Networking, Groups, Podcasts, social media
If you’re in the film industry, you’re pretty much always learning and expanding your skill set and knowledge base.  That being said, I’ve been out of Film School for longer than I’d really care to admit.  In retrospect, there are a few things that I may have done differently if given...
August 28, 2018