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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...
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...
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...
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...
*/   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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...