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by Ben Yennie: May 22, 2018, 12:45 pm
In a follow-up to last week’s post on the difference between ego and confidence, I thought I would give you some pointers on how to do that.  However, before I do, I’ll restate that the real goal of overcoming your ego is to live in reality.  Not everyone is good at that.  Take the...
There are many things that filmmakers lack.  Most filmmakers lack money (though not as much as you may think.) Most filmmakers lack knowledge of marketing and distribution, and still more lack ability to get their first feature done.  One thing most filmmakers do not lack is Ego.  I’d argue...
by Ben Yennie: May 8, 2018, 1:08 pm
A few weeks back we listed our favorite IndieFilm podcasts. We would list our favorite books, but since not everyone has time to read, this time I’m listing some of our favorite audiobooks on the film industry. Not all of these are going to be directly about filmmaking. Some of them will be...
by Ben Yennie: March 20, 2018, 4:07 pm
I appear on a lot of podcasts, and listen to even more.  So this week, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.  In order to qualify for this list, podcasts must impart filmmaking, film marketing, or screenwriting skills in the majority of their episodes.  As such, you won’t be...
by Ben Yennie: March 13, 2018, 3:39 pm
  Since I’ve developed a bit of a following due to my projects, blogs, podcast appearances, books, and speaking I regularly get people asking me for my time and expertise. Generally, I’m more than happy to share some basic information and help fellow travelers along the journey to making a...
by Ben Yennie: February 28, 2018, 12:52 pm
  Everyone has trouble finding paid work when they’re starting out.  But in order to get that paid work, you need both the connections and the skillset to prove yourself valuable on set.  Generally, in order to get those connections and skills, you have to spend a fair amount of time...
by Ben Yennie: February 20, 2018, 3:02 pm | Filmmaking, PA, Indiefilm, Kit
As we’ve stated before, everyone starts out as a PA.  The biggest thing that will help you move up the food chain on set is staying prepared.  As such, a good PA will not only bring themselves and their car to set but also a kit of things that people might need.  We've even included some...
by Ben Yennie: February 13, 2018, 3:59 pm
No matter what set you’re on, be it a student project, a short, or a union feature you have to feed your crew.  As we said in our 5 places to spend money to ramp up production values blog keeping your crew well fed can add a lot of value to your production.  Unfortunately, not everyone can...
by Ben Yennie: February 6, 2018, 10:50 am | Budgeting, Scheduling, UPM
Last week we talked about the top 5 Places you can SPEND Money to ramp up the production value of your film.  This week, we’re listing Debbie’s top 6 places you can CUT the budget to save money on production, and bring your film in at a lower cost.  Just as with last week, I’ve expanded...
by Ben Yennie: January 30, 2018, 1:57 pm
Since one of the core features of our platform is an indie film budgeting tool, we thought we’d give you some advice on how to allocate your money so that you end up with the best film possible.  I reached out to our friend Debbie Brubaker (UPM of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and Tim...