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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...
August 10, 2017
  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...
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...
  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...