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  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...
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...
In addition to being the CMO of ProductionNext, I’m also an Executive Producer and Producer’s Rep.  In my time at film markets, I’ve spoken with a lot of screenwriters.  Sometimes they were early in their careers, other times they were not.  As you would expect, Some of them went on the...
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...
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...
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...
June 30, 2016 | Community, Filmmaking, Blog, Producing
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...