HBO is making a killing; Netflix is the big loser

HBO is making a killing; Netflix is the big loser

The Home Box Office (or HBO for short) has been a huge player in TV and film for decades. Long before people were streaming content online, HBO was putting out what was considered to be ‘premium’ cable programming. Now with new entities such as YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu swallowing up eyeballs, HBO has had its...
Getting Balance In Creative Management

Getting Balance In Creative Management

Being a manager, in any sense of the word, can be tough, especially depending on the industry in which you are employed. Attaining Balance In Creative Management Being a manager, in any sense of the word, can be tough, especially depending on the industry in which you are employed. Being a creative manager is a...
Getting Actors to Perform

Getting Actors to Perform

Writers will often put textual cues or emotional directions into lines in an attempt to communicate with actors how they intend for the lines to be read. Instead of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be;” the modern writer will write “(pensively, slowly, with deliberation) To BE…or NOT to be.” Sometimes this is at the...
Film Marketing Via Social Networking

Film Marketing Via Social Networking

Film Marketing Via Social Networking In today’s world of social networking, it is important to set up social networking sites to promote your film. Search engines and social networks are the most common way people will get information about your film; most referrals are generated from friends spreading the word. At a bare minimum, you...
Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Earlier this year, DC comics announced that the acclaimed author Orson Scott Card was to contribute a script for an upcoming Superman anthology. This sparked an online campaign from Superman fans who claimed that Scott Card‘s prominent views against Gay Marriage go against all the things that Superman stands for. But should it matter? Can...
Connecting with Your Audience

Connecting with Your Audience

So you have your site up and running. Now what? How do you get people to visit it? You have many options: optimizing your site architecture for search engines, outreach via people you know, and social networking, outreach via organizations, via SEO keyword optimization, and finally, by making your site attractive to web surfers. What...
Nine Laws to Follow on a Movie Set

Nine Laws to Follow on a Movie Set

Making a movie, whether it’s a low-budget indie flick, or a multi-million dollar Hollywood extravaganza, is a process that must run as efficiently as a well-oiled machine. Each person from a make-up assistant to a leading director must play his or her part in order for the operation to continue uninhibited. Since the production relies...
Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Five Terrible Actors You Secretly Love

Everyone has an actor who they know is awful but secretly can’t stop themselves from loving. It’s simply natural that you nurture affection for someone who is unburdened by talent. When it comes to movies, the list goes on and on… Arnold Schwarznegger The eponymous Arnie launched his career off the back of Terminator, in...
Do Reboots Ever Work?

Do Reboots Ever Work?

Recently, you might have become aware of a hysterical spate of rumours about the return of hit 90s sitcom Friends. How would you even begin to market that? “Haggard and fat ex-superstars desperately flail for glory with a criminally uncalled-for comeback season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S”? Yeah, I’ve pre-ordered the boxset. Even though it was denied by...
Emotional Events

Emotional Events

“Something palpable is happening that the audience perceives and that is not the words.” –Mike Nichols   “It is inside, around, and under the words of the script.” –Sydney Pollack In life, even the smallest, most insignificant gesture can change our lives.  The storyteller- in this case, the director- isolates and elevates these moments, infusing...
Facts & Subtext

Facts & Subtext

Central Facts: Fargo In order for a fact to be central, it must be pertinent to the emotional identity of a character.  In Fargo, we can attribute two central facts to the character of Marge: she is pregnant with her first child and she is the chief of police.  Her husband, Norm, works as a...
Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different directors are used for separate TV episodes primarily because the production format for television is quite different from the cinema.  This difference in production formats can be attributed to the rapid pacing of a television show.   In television, the various production stages often overlap so that one episode is in preproduction, another is shooting,...
Partnering with Investors

Partnering with Investors

Raising money for independent films can be a painful process. Most people tend to turn to friends and relatives first as investors in the film because it’s often the easiest avenue; they may already know the ins and outs of the project, and may be willing to support you. However, at some point, you’ll likely...
Creativity in Film

Creativity in Film

Creativity is much more than just the ability to create.  It also encompasses an idea’s novelty , its usefulness or applicability, and its ability to evoke a reaction.  In the field of film the reactions are emotional. Using the above definition, creativity in film involves the emotional reactions, and thus interactions, of the producers, directors,...
Educational Sales

Educational Sales

There is an established network of educational distributors alongside an emerging path of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) educational sales. For most educational sales, you must provide a documentary (one that deals with specific, education-related subject matter) or you must have a narrative film that deals with educational subject matter in a manner that promotes discussion. What are...
Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Guidelines for Successful Rehearsals

Knowing Your Vision A director must have a clear vision of the show before beginning the rehearsal process. This does not mean that a director should push actors to match a specific vocal pattern or refuse to listen to the impressions and ideas the actors have regarding the piece. It simply means the director needs...
Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting The most important part of film production after writing, revising, and preparation of the script is casting. Find the appropriate cast, and you’ll likely create a great film. Alternatively, a bad cast, even with great cinematography, writing, or editing, is likely doomed. A bad cast does not necessarily mean bad actors; extraordinarily talented actors...
What the Big Movie Studios Have to Fear

What the Big Movie Studios Have to Fear

The first battles fought over data piracy are hard to pin down.   Ever since files have been capable of being copied, they have had the potential to be pirated as well.   The battle started getting real at the advent of Napster, and then later with file sharing websites and software that uses torrents to make...