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The Complete Guide to Mastering Script Breakdown Elements

Cast. Props. Animal Trainers. Child Actor Trainers. They’re all production elements that make up a scene breakdown sheet, which is an organizational document with categorized lists that you need for each scene of your film. (more…)

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How to Make Money on YouTube [Complete Video Monetization Guide]

I t isn’t easy to make money on YouTube. It can take years to build up your followers and to monetize the content you create, but there are some key steps you can take so that your channel can make money today. (more…)

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The Ultimate Guide to Auditions [FREE Casting Sheet Template]

The project’s been green lit. The script’s been finalized. I’m going to hold an open casting call! Not so fast. If you’re not careful, your open casting call can be disorganized and rushed, netting you less than amazing actors. (more…)

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What is Telos: The Ultimate Guide to Understand Telos for Video Marketing

Rhetorical EssentialsPathosethoslogosTelosKairosWant to make more compelling videos? Whether you’re directing a commercial, launching an ad campaign, or developing branded content, you need a clear purpose. You also have to appreciate that viewers approach your content with goals of their own. Meeting in the middle is where marketing and advertising magic happens. (more…)

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The Top Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2020

Filmmakers looking to get publicity for their films have a lot of festivals to consider. Understanding the full range of the top film festivals is critical to finding the best fit for your film. Each fest comes with its own vibe, history, and entry fee. But where do you start? With so many choices, finding the best film festivals for your film is like finding a needle in a haystack.Don’t worry, we’re here to be your metal detector. We've done the research, we've curated our findings, and today we’ll break down the 21 top film festivals in the world. Consider ...

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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. We’ll discuss how it can determine a great deal about our production, and help us cut costs in areas we didn’t previously realize. We’ll use StudioBinder to do it. Let’s get organized and see how to figure out what the heck we’ve been spending our ...

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

In 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 to keep a few things in mind before you start your location scouting. Today we’ll show you a few pointers that will get you ready to finalize the locations for your shoot. (more…)

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What Does an Assistant Director Do? Defining the 1st AD

The nuances of film terminology are extensive. And learning the lingo can get a bit much. Lingo like job titles are also a little overwhelming. 1st ADs, 2nd ADs, who does what and why? In this post we define an assistant director by answering the question what does an assistant director do?  (more…)

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Ethos, Pathos & Logos: Persuasive Advertising Techniques (2020)

HomeEthosPathoslogosTelosKairos Ethos, pathos and logos are techniques of persuasion that form the rhetorical triangle. A compelling argument, sales pitch, speech, or commercial ideally uses elements of all three strategies. We'll show you how to employ each of the techniques and present some awesome examples along the way. (more…)

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161 Creative YouTube Video Ideas to Try [with FREE Channel Ideas List]

YouTube has over a billion users worldwide. So it’s essential to make a YouTube channel if you want to build a following. But with so many video formats out there, it can be a struggle to know which YouTube video idea is best for your brand. Well struggle no more! We've assembled a list of the 165 most creative YouTube video ideas we could find — from channel collaborations to gaming videos. So get ready to tour through ideas that will reinvigorate your brand and leave your viewers wanting more. And make sure to capture the good YouTube ideas with ...

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How to Write a Montage in a Script — Formatting For Various Locations

You’re writing a script, and you’re ready to add a montage. So how do you format it? Figuring out how to write a montage in a screenplay the “right” way is a common concern. There isn’t one definitive way to write a montage. You have plenty of industry-standard options. We’ll share them in this post, along with a more efficient way: how to write your montage with an eye towards production. (more…)

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24 Best Pixar Shorts That You Need to Watch

Pixar shorts inspire imagination. They win awards. They deliver the goods. We’ve watched and compiled the best 21 Pixar short films right here, from the first Pixar movie to the most recent. They’re sure to entertain, trigger creativity, and — for filmmakers — spark short film ideas of your own. Storytellers, take heed: there’s a lot to learn on this list of animated short films. (more…)

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Instagram Promotion — How Does It Work and Is It Worth It?

Since 2016, Instagram has launched their business profiles. These have dedicated features like contact buttons and call-to-actions buttons just for company profiles. But more importantly, they allow you to advertise. Instagram Promotions are newer than ads, and way less of a commitment than an entire campaign. But are they worth it? Well let’s see what they are and learn from those who have actually launched one. (more…)

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The 8 Best Free Casting Websites

Casting websites have forever changed the production process. It used to be that the aspiring actor, with their trusty headshot in tow, would make the rounds to casting offices, not quite sure what to expect.Thanks to the wonders of technology, actors now have an abundance of online resources to find legitimate casting opportunities.Here’s a look at some of the best free casting websites out there. (more…)

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Instagram Ads: The Complete Guide to Advertising on Instagram

If you own a business, there’s no excuse for not running Instagram ads. They are by far the most critical piece of your campaign. You can run your campaigns on all other social platforms, but nothing will have the reach or engagement, quite like an Instagram ad. Why? Let’s check it out. (more…)

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Character Development: Write Stronger Characters [with FREE Worksheet]

If there’s one thing writers will agree on, it’s that character development is super critical to writing a winning script. (more…)

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6 Successful Kickstarter Film Projects & How They Did It

Kickstarter has helped plenty of filmmakers outside of Zach Braff bring their projects to life. It’s proved to be a great way for independent filmmakers to raise funds when other avenues may be closed off.If you think you might want to start a campaign for your own movie, then you need to look at some of the best Kickstarter film projects of all time. You can examine their Kickstarter pages for yourself to see how they convinced hundreds or thousands of strangers to give them money and then check out the films themselves to witness the final result. (more…)

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What is Post-Production? A Quick Rundown & Why Trust Matters

There are a ton of professionals involved in Post-Production, and trusting each other probably matters more in 'post' than any other time in the filmmaking process. These are the final steps and they’re the glue that holds the movie together, literally. So, what is Post-Production, who’s involved, and what should you consider before it begins? Let’s take a look. (more…)

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15 Best Inciting Incident Examples for Screenwriters and Directors

W e all know every story starts at the beginning, right? But what’s the thing that truly starts every story? The answer is the inciting incident. (more…)

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How to Schedule a Musical: Breaking Down La La Land

Musicals are a special breed of filmmaking that requires a LOT of preparation and planning to pull off. There is singing, and dancing, and music. And it all has to be presented in the script in a particular way. In this post we’ll look at some of the special considerations that go into making a musical using La La Land as our guide. (more…)