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by Ben Yennie: September 7, 2017, 9:13 am | State of the Film Industry Report
Part 7 of this report is perhaps both the most interesting and the shortest.  It takes the biggest factors for success we’ve examined in the previous 6 parts and puts them head to head to see what makes the biggest difference in the life of the average filmmakers. Throughout analysis of our survey, we found that the 4 biggest contributing factors to finding success in the film industry were as follows. Being Male Identifying as a Producer Graduating from film school Investing more than 25,000 USD in equipment. All of our findings are corollary more than causal, and some of them ended...
by Ben Yennie: August 24, 2017, 4:12 pm
Film has always relied on Technology, and it will continue to do so.  It will also continue to require skilled craftspeople doing jobs that require highly specialized equipment.  While the barrier to entry for that equipment has been greatly lowered, getting all the equipment you need is still an expensive endeavor.  So does investing in equipment and technology increase your chances for success?  Let's take a look at the data. Is Equipment a Good Investment For filmmakers? from Ben Yennie On slide 2, we see that nearly 70% of Filmmakers use screenwriting software personally, however...
by Ben Yennie: August 17, 2017, 2:59 pm | State of the Film Industry Report
We all know relationships matter in film.  However, few think of romantic relationships when we consider the trope.  Even fewer ask whether or not getting married increases your chances of success in the film industry.  The question may seem counter intuitive, and honestly, it’s not something we thought we’d be asking until we started diving into the data.  We invite you to do the same now. State of the Film Industry Part 5 - Relationships and Filmmaking from Ben Yennie We all know relationships matter in film.  However, few think of romantic relationships when we consider the...
by Ben Yennie: August 10, 2017, 1:57 pm
*/ The topic of diversity in the film industry (or lack thereof) has gotten a lot of press lately.  There’s ample reason for it, as there have been many studies pertaining to Hollywood’s diversity problem.  While we can’t address any of the racial issues in the film industry since we didn’t ask about race on our survey, we can add a lot of data to the issue of the Gender pay gap in independent film.   Let’s take a look at the data.   State of the Film Industry Part 4 - The Not so Changing Face of Gender from Ben Yennie   As you can see from slide 2, our study was...
*/   We’ve all wondered whether or not film school is worth the money.  Whether the impetus for the question be Quentin Tarantino starting his career after a two-day film making workshop, or just not wanting to pay the sometimes outlandish tuition.  Despite the continual questioning, few studies have been done as to whether or not film school actually helps your career in a significant way.  That is, until now.  Let’s look at the data.   Does Film School Matter? - State of the Film Industry Report Part 3/7 from Ben Yennie As you can see on slide 3, film school graduates are...
by Ben Yennie: July 27, 2017, 3:55 pm | Filmmaking, Market Research, Repost
*/ The first thing anyone tells you about filmmakers is they’re broke.  However, that may not be the case, at least not as definitively as it’s usually stated.   I can see your skeptical look all the way through the series of tubes that make up the internet, but the answer as to whether or not filmmakers are broke is far more complicated than it would seem.  What do I mean?  Take a look at this data from section 2 of the State of the Film Industry Report. SOTFI Part 2/7 - Economics of Filmmakers from Ben Yennie As you can see, filmmakers have a household income slightly ABOVE the...
This project is something I’ve been working on for a few years now.  It started with market research, then lead to a seemingly simple goal that was much loftier than it initially appeared.  We wanted to answer some basic questions basic questions about the size our industry so entrepreneurs and filmmakers could make more informed decisions.  The complexity in figuring out these answers was much more than anticipated. However, after countless hours pouring over spreadsheets, survey exports and comparison reports, we have many of the answers we set out for.   So what were those...
by Ben Yennie: June 15, 2017, 10:48 am | Filmmaking, Resources, Time, Money, Indiefilm, Tips, PNOfficial
*/ Most of the time when filmmakers think of allocating resources, they’re thinking of money.  However, not only is money far from the only resource available to filmmakers, in many cases it's not even the most valuable resource filmmakers have at their disposal.   Since a big part of what we do at ProductionNext is to properly managing resources, here’s a prioritized list of the most valuable resources available to any filmmaker as we see them.         1.    Time   In order to be successful in any entrepreneurial endeavor, it’s important to learn to manage your time...
There can be no drama without conflict.  You need to have opposing forces clashing to create enough intrigue to drive the plot forward.   However, while conflict is necessary to drive your story and pushes your characters towards their goal, it’s definitely not something you want behind the scenes.   All conflict comes from strong characters, but there are three basic settings to create conflict between the characters in your story.   You can have the most well fleshed out and deep characters in your story, but without a setting, your characters will go nowhere and neither will your...
Production Assistants hold a very interesting position in the film industry.  They’re the lubrication that keeps the gears of the set running, they facilitate communication of all the key members of the set, they set up the craft service area, and perhaps most importantly, they’re the runners that keep the set in coffee.  While nobody wants to be a PA for long, most people get their start there.   To celebrate the launch of the “Assistant” on ProductionNext, here are some rules to be a great PA on set.    1. There’s no shame in being a PA.   Everybody starts here, don’t...