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Since it’s Festivals month at ProductionNext, we thought we’d give a guide to our readers who are approaching completion of their first feature film on how best to use festivals in order to get the most out of them.  We’re not trying to replicate the 50 film festivals worth the entry fee...
It’s March, so the Oscars are old news, but if you’re a Savvy Filmmaker, you’ll be planning on how to build your audience for the future.  Nothing does that quite like saying that you’re an Academy Award nominated (or winning) filmmaker.  But how do you actually qualify for the best...
In general, there are only a couple of viable ways to start out your filmmaking career.  One is to join the studio system and hope you have what it takes to rise through the ranks.  The other is to build an audience, raise the money you need to make the films yourself, and do your damnedest to...
Being successful as an indie film entrepreneur requires you be able to draw from a wide array of tactics from successful and unsuccessful companies.  Being a filmmaker, you aren’t a huge fan of reading business books, but probably are a big fan of watching movies.  So, in honor of filmmaking...
Entrepreneurship in filmmaking has recently come into vogue.  There are more channels and resources devoted to helping filmmakers build brands, communities and companies out of their work than there ever has been before.  There’s good reason for this, as you’ll be able to see in THIS BLOG...
We here at ProductionNext are all about supporting TRULY indie filmmakers.  We’re not a platform for hobbyists, more one for those intrepid filmmakers among us that want to build a career outside the studio system.   As such, we acknowledge that there are a lot of filmmakers who are forced...
While we’re proud of our film budgeting software, we know that we’re far from the only game in town.  So, we thought we’d list our major competitors for film budgeting software, list their pros, cons, and cost in one single blog for easy access. Movie Magic Movie magic is the industry...
While we’re proud of the scheduling and stripboard features, we know there are others in the game.  So, we thought we’d acknowledge what our competitors do well, point out their flaws, and show how we compare in price.   Movie Magic Movie magic is the industry standard, and if we’re...
Last week we talked about some of the most heavily used props and wardrobe in Hollywood.  This week, we’re taking a look at locations. As you’ll see, there are absolutely no shortage of used and re-used props and wardrobe.  Every Filmmaker knows that good sets are in short supply, and when...
It’s not just indie films that have to make the most out of a props budget.  Eagle-eyed moviegoers will occasionally see a prop repeated across multiple films.  Since we make it easy for you to keep track of all your real-world props and wardrobe using the tools in the forever free company...