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“Transformers”: Storyboards (Video)

I quickly notice thoughtful sketches of the production design. See how the artists visualize destruction? Blocking of the confused soldiers is very interesting, along with being a really pretty story board example. Scene: Blackout?s...

Use Facebook Advertising for Entertainment Projects

Facebook Advertising can be very effective when done correctly. I?ve?written about?this topic extensively in a number of places, but the main point is that you must understand what does and doesn?t work on Facebook....

“Gone with the Wind”: Storyboards (Video)

Did the colors in the storyboard help for the lighting schemes later? Shot notes help us understand the action. Lots of depth in slide three. Scene: Fleeing Atlanta Storyboards by William Cameron Menzies for...

“Inception”: Storyboards (Video)

How would you draw a rotating room?  The ceiling fan helps you stay oriented. See how the room is drawn the same across multiple slides? Scene: Rotating Hallway Storyboards by Gabriel Hardman for Christopher...

“Spartacus”: Storyboards (Video)

How many battle scenes took cues from Spartacus? Slide dedicated to arrows mid-flight. Lots of color in these is storyboard samples. Scene: Battle Plans Storyboards by Saul Bass for Stanley Kubrick?s Spartacus. Synopsis: The rebellious...

Be Smart With Press Junkets

Press Junkets are one of the movie industry?s most powerful publicity tactics. Essentially, these events fly as many key journalists, critics, and reporters to a location where, over the course of a few days,...

Why You May Not Want or Get a Foreign Sales Rep

These are reps/agents that are relatively established in the split rights world and specialize in the sales of foreign rights. Generally they take a higher percentage (25 percent) than producer’s reps for domestic deals,...

Distribution Tip: Shorts have an Audience Too

While short films may not have the same distribution opportunities as feature films, short filmmakers shouldn’t feel discouraged, as they are still invaluable in developing a filmmaker’s name and gaining an audience through limited...

“Salt”: Storyboards (Video)

This storyboard shows a scene where Salt is hanging from a rope and eventually lets go. Notice how the storyboard artist understand composition and how to create background imagery.  Scene: Rooftop Salt storyboard example...

Top 5 Local Marketing Ideas for Your Project (2020)

The digital revolution has drastically changed the landscape of entertainment by exposing even the smallest projects to a global audience. With relatively minimal effort and investment, virtually any project can sell online to anyone,...

“No Country for Old Men”: Storyboards (Video)

The Coen Brothers are known to storyboard their entire film before they ever begin principal photography.  Scene: Street Shootout No Country for Old Men storyboard example. Synopsis: While out hunting, Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin)...

30 Post-Event Survey Questions (Why They Matter)

Event surveys are a tool businesses and other entities use to capture valuable feedback before, during and after an event. What is an Event Survey? Pre-event surveys are helpful if your project is interested...

1917: Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of the movie ?1917.? Sam Mendes, the Oscar?-winning director brings his singular vision to this World War I epic. At the height of the First World War, two young...

“Deadpool”: Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of ?Deadpool.? Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein)...

10 Anchor Tools To Help You Make a Great Podcast

Podcasting has never been as simple?or accessible?as it is with Anchor. Whether you?re recording your fourth podcast or your first, check out 10 Anchor tools below that can ease you through the entire process....

Onward: Behind the Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of ?Onward” with Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Two teenage elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, go on an journey to discover if there is still a little magic...

Marketing Tip: Start the Conversation

Reach out to these influencers by developing meaningful, on-going relationships. Someone who mentions your movie acts as a recommendation?and if they do it more than once it?s very sincere promotion. Be sure your movie...

Distribution Tip: Don?t Just Bank on a Global Deal

These days, you will very rarely come across a film distribution company which has acquired global rights for a film. When they have options to select territories, countries and formats, why should you limit...

“Tomb Raider” (2018): Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of the movie ?Tomb Raider.? Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance,...

“Mulan”: Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of ?Mulan?. To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China.

“Tomorrow Never Dies”: Storyboards (Video)

You should always storyboard stunts for extra safety. It will help your coordinators too. Wardrobe decided to change both costumes. Scene: Banner Escape Storyboards by Martin Asbury for Roger Spottiswoode’s?Tomorrow Never Dies. Synopsis: Media...

“Bad Boys For Life”: Behind The Scenes (Video)

Sony has released a brief behind-the-scenes video of franchise stars Will Smith (Mike) and Martin Lawrence (Marcus) sharing their memories of working on the films and their excitement about returning after so many years to do a new...

Pitching for Entertainment Funds With A PPM

A Private Placement Memorandum, or PPM, is one way to make sure you are giving investors accurate information about the film you are producing. ?It is a legal document (that you can prepare with...

Pre-sale Financing

Before or during production, a producer may go to various distributors for commitments to distribute the film after it is made. To work effectively, such commitments must include advances or minimum guarantees which may...

“Alien”: Storyboards (Video)

Ridley Scott did not draw stick figures here, and while he probably picked up some pretty slick storyboarding skills when he attended the Royal College of Art, it doesn?t mean you should throw in...

Distribution Tip: Hit The Festivals

First of all, you need to make a film that has a universal appeal if you want to venture out into the global market. After completely understanding the type and genre of film that...

Film Production Loans

Since most distribution agreements do not immediately result in up-front cash to the filmmaker to pay for the costs of principal photography and post-production, the production company must use the distribution agreement as collateral...

Movie Distribution Tip: Hire a Good Agent

Many-a-times it becomes absolutely impossible to find your market all on your own. You need to hire the right agent who can connect with markets all over the globe. This makes the film distribution...

First-Look Film Deals

In a ?first-look? deal, a movie studio, network, TV studio or production company may contract with an independent producer to get first dibs on the producer?s next projects. The first-look agreement gives the studio...

“Jurassic Park”: Storyboards (Video)

The notes help lead you into each new shot. Multiple slides (or cells) for can be used for a single shot, especially if you plan to linger a bit. Scene: Raptor Attack Storyboards by...

What is a Production-Financing-Distribution Agreement?

The Production-Financing-Distribution Agreement is used by a studio or mini-major to finance production of a film. In return for the financing, the studio acquires the distribution rights and substantial equity in the project. The...

Funding Tip: Form a Project LLC

We can?t stress enough that you are going to need real legal representation to help you through the process of garnering investors for your entertainment project.  This post will offer an overview, but the...

The 12 Slides you Need in Your Film Investment Pitch

There?s a certain formula for creating a successful slideshow for investors. These presentations (Generally referred to as ?Decks? in Silicon Valley) have been honed to tell the story of your company. Investors are used...

How to Identify, Grow, and Retain Your Fan Base

Your Social Media Channels can help you to filter for anyone who has a lot of activity and engagement in your digital media messaging.  How can you identify your multichannel audience? Try filtering for...

13 Tips to Get Your Film Noticed

For small businesses operating on a shoestring budget, it can be tempting to save money by not setting aside funds for marketing. But if your marketing strategy is to rely on word of mouth...

3 Tips To Grow Your LinkedIn Network

I am not worried if I haven’t met you in person when connecting on LinkedIn. After all, I am almost at capacity with nearly 10,000 LinkedIn connections.  1. Help Me, Help You If you...

“Get Out”: Behind The Scenes (Video)

A look behind the scenes of the movie “Behind The Scenes.” Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a...

Website Looks Aren’t Everything

Whether it be informational, transactional, or measured by leads and inquiries, every website has an objective. You might have the most stunning layout and site design in the world; the pride of your brand...

10 Tips to Get Financing for a Film Project

For entrepreneurs with not much experience under their belts, the most obvious place to obtain a business loan might not be the place to go.  1. Bootstrapping With bootstrapping, entrepreneurs launch their businesses using...

9 Best Chatbot Platform Tools for Your Project

These platforms simplicity make it ideal for entrepreneurs and marketers in smaller companies, while its technology makes it suitable for enterprise customers. 1. ChattyPeople Chattypeople is the best chatbot platform for creating an AI chatbot...

2 Tips Using Snapchat to Promote a Film Project

Does your small business’s target audience align with Snapchat’s user demographic. 1. Your target audience Snapchat’s demographic is users ages 16 to 24, but I predict this age range will drastically shift to 18...

4 Tips Film Projects Can Leverage Local News

Reporters and journalists are being filmed constantly and some of them have a large number of subscribers on their personal channels, as well as their news channel. 1. Leverage a news channel’s YouTube page...