How to Plan a Movie Shoot: 11 Essential Location Scouting Tips

I n the process of video production, you’ll eventually need to start location scouting. But considering permits, fees, and logistics, it can be daunting to find locations that work for your budget. But the importance cannot be overestimated. Worry not! There is hope. You don’t need a Hollywood budget to get good locations. What you need is… Continue reading How to Plan a Movie Shoot: 11 Essential Location Scouting Tips

15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule

L et’s face it, shooting schedules can be super complicated. Who’s available when? How do we shoot the most expensive elements? It’s easy to forget that a production schedule is as much a psychological tool as it is a logistical one. Here’s how to make a schedule for your shoot that will increase the productivity and… Continue reading 15 Pro Tips to Create a More Encouraging Production Schedule

Video Production Process Explained: How to Make a Movie in 5 Phases

So you want to make a movie? Delivering a film is a LONG, involved process. Going through development, pre-production, production, post, and the festival circuit to eventual release? It can be daunting.If you still want to make a movie, this is the post for you. I’ll show you how to make a movie from end… Continue reading Video Production Process Explained: How to Make a Movie in 5 Phases

Social Media and Digital Communications for Successful Short Films

Navigating our uber-connected, tech-driven world can be overwhelming for filmmakers. Making a successful short film is exhausting enough. But keeping your crew — and followers — up to date, minute by minute, might feel like one step too many. All of the mediums might overwhelm you, but deep down you know you using them will… Continue reading Social Media and Digital Communications for Successful Short Films

Crowdfunding Movies: The Best Crowdfunding Websites for Your Film

Y ou’ve assessed your short film idea and determined that crowdfunding is the best fundraising tool for you. Great! Now you just pick one of the crowdfunding websites and go, right? Well, not quite. Building an effective crowdfunding campaign can be a daunting process. We’ll tackle it step-by-step, starting with the question: which crowdfunding website is right for you?Continue… Continue reading Crowdfunding Movies: The Best Crowdfunding Websites for Your Film

Crowdfunding Movies: How I Raised $18,617 in Short Film Funding

M ost filmmakers I know have tried and failed at crowdfunding. I failed, too, on my first attempt. But every time I researched shot film funding, crowdfunding was one of the first recommendations. It has become a ubiquitous film funding technique. So, I tried crowdfunding again. I studied successful crowdfunding campaigns and took courses on strategy. Ultimately… Continue reading Crowdfunding Movies: How I Raised $18,617 in Short Film Funding

How to Write a 4-Part Film Business Plan That Gets You Funding

Y ou’ve got an awesome concept for a short film.  Congratulations!  Now you need a short film business plan. Perhaps your idea just came to you out of the blue, perhaps you’ve developed it with my systematic process. Either way, you want to know what the first step towards turning your idea into an actual movie is. Well,… Continue reading How to Write a 4-Part Film Business Plan That Gets You Funding

Shooting Schedule Pro Tips for a 10-Page Shoot Day

Today, I’m going to show you how to schedule a ten-page shoot if you’re looking to maximize your budget constraints. Shooting ten pages in a day is a worst-case scenario, but sometimes those worst-case scenarios can happen on your production. When they do, your shooting schedule needs to be very precise and prepared.Continue reading Shooting… Continue reading Shooting Schedule Pro Tips for a 10-Page Shoot Day

The Daily Production Report Explained (with FREE production report template)

Abbreviated DPR or just PR, the daily production report might be the most important documents a producer looks at every day. From video agencies to indie productions, having a up-to-date DPR is necessary for assessing progress, catching inefficiencies, and tracking each production daily expense. In our post, we cover the process with our free production report template… Continue reading The Daily Production Report Explained (with FREE production report template)

Fiscal Responsibility on a Short Film (with FREE Petty Cash Template)

If you want to know how to make a successful short film, stop and consider a few words on fiscal responsibility. Even if you have an award winning short film script, and a short film budget some features would drool over, you could see it all fall apart. This is why knowing about every financial… Continue reading Fiscal Responsibility on a Short Film (with FREE Petty Cash Template)

How to Make a Short Film: 3 Proven Steps to Master Pre Production

So you’re financed and ready for pre production. But with so many steps in the film production cycle (casting, shot listing, insurance), how do you get organized? Where do you start? Never fear. Pre production is a linear process. You just need to check off the boxes in the right order. In today’s post I’ll detail… Continue reading How to Make a Short Film: 3 Proven Steps to Master Pre Production