Above the Line Film Positions & How They Work in a Budget

If you are at all interested in the behind-the-scenes side of filmmaking, then you may have heard the terms “above the line” and “below the line” thrown around in interviews, articles, or BTS footage. In this article, we’ll be discussing above and below the line in film and breaking down exactly what above the line… Continue reading Above the Line Film Positions & How They Work in a Budget

The Ultimate Film Grants List for Every Filmmaker in 2021

Looking for funding for your film is often harder than making the actual movie. Waiting on your agent, producers, or anyone else to show up and give you the funds you need can leave you demoralized. But, finding film funds doesn’t have to be impossible! Because there are film grants for every filmmaker. Not only… Continue reading The Ultimate Film Grants List for Every Filmmaker in 2021

What is a Line Producer: Ultimate Guide to Duties, Salary and More

What is a line producer? What do they do? Great question. And not uncommon, even for people well-versed in film. The role of the line producer, like many inner-workings of the entertainment industry, is shrouded in secrecy.  We’ve got the “ins,” we’ve done the research, and right now we’re going to give you the ultimate… Continue reading What is a Line Producer: Ultimate Guide to Duties, Salary and More

What is Pre-Production in Film? A Blueprint for Success

Pre-production can be overwhelming even for the seasoned producer. It requires knowledge of many facets of production, as well as an ability to prevent potential crises down the line. It’s not always easy but if you stay organized, it’s pretty simple. So what is pre-production? When does it start and when does it end? This… Continue reading What is Pre-Production in Film? A Blueprint for Success

What is Below the Line in Film & Which Crew Members Qualify?

What is below the line? If you are at all interested in the behind-the-scenes side of filmmaking, then you may have heard the terms “above the line” and “below the line” thrown around in interviews, articles, or BTS footage. Today, we’ll be providing a below the line definition, explaining where the term comes from, and… Continue reading What is Below the Line in Film & Which Crew Members Qualify?

What is the Dood Report and How Can It Help My Budget

Modern film professionals are living and working in the midst of a golden age for audio-visual content production. Tools to streamline the production process are more advanced than ever and producers no longer have to rely solely on themselves.  In today’s article we’ll cover the basics of the DOOD Report, and why we need it.… Continue reading What is the Dood Report and How Can It Help My Budget

Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

EPISODE 1Budget BombshellMeet the team and watch how they must rework their script so that it will fit inside their limited budget. Subscribe for more filmmaking videos like this. Subscribe on YouTube ← Episode Guide Next Episode → EPISODE 1Art meets commerceYou have a great idea for a TV show. You’ve already written the pilot,… Continue reading Making It: Script Breakdowns and Budgeting — Pre-Production Process: Ep1

The Essential Guide for Crafting Film Budgets (with FREE Film Budget Template)

Film budgeting is an essential part of the filmmaking process. Anyone vaguely thinking of a career as a producer needs to know how to make a film budget. Since film budget software like Movie Magic Budgeting, Showbiz Budgeting, and EP Budgeting can run on the pricey side, we’ve created a free film budget template. Our… Continue reading The Essential Guide for Crafting Film Budgets (with FREE Film Budget Template)

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

Working With Celebrity Talent: How I Learned To Respect the Kardashians

Working with talent used to fill me with dread.  Celebrity talent was even worse. Dealing with handlers, agents, lawyers and even personal assistants can try any producer’s patience. But it’s part of the business. If you want to make movies you have to learn to work with demanding celebrities.Continue reading Working With Celebrity Talent: How… Continue reading Working With Celebrity Talent: How I Learned To Respect the Kardashians

13 Steps Towards Green Film Production We Can All Take

Filmmaking by its very nature is very counteractive toward sustainability. Sets and props are temporarily built, special effects cause chaos, and don’t get us started on plastic water bottles. But green film production is not a myth. Being sustainable with your productions may seem like a daunting task, but with the right steps, it’s very… Continue reading 13 Steps Towards Green Film Production We Can All Take

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