April 2011 News Posts (10)

Getting Your Film in Front of an Audience

I recently came upon another article by Stacey Parks at FilmSpecific. FilmSpecific concentrates on the business and marketing sides of filmmaking. 

In the article she talks about what you do as a producer to get your film to an audience. To me, and probably to most filmmakers, this is the big mystery. What seems to happen with most independent filmmakers in the process of trying to sell their film is they become business…


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 29, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Book Review - Save the Cat by Blake Snyder


by Blake Snyder


"Save the Cat" seems to be the everyman's screenplay book, but at the same time it's a book for beginners and seasoned pros alike.  It teaches you to define WHO your screenplay is about and walks you through the process of writing a log line that will capture everyone from a stranger in line to a studio executive.  It also helps define the genre of your screenplay, therefore establishing parameters…


Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 22, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Book Review - How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime


by Roger Corman (with Jim Jerome)


I know this title sounds a bit sensational, but the funny thing is, when it comes to Roger Corman, it's true!!  For those of you who don't know who Roger Corman is, he was and arguably is the most successful independent film producer in…


Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 22, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Red Introduces the Epic - the professional solution to filmmaking

Let's face it - video DSLRs are excellent cameras and work well for many projects, and they're affordable and available enough for most low-budget filmmakers to get their hands on them, but we all yern for something more. It's human nature to want more. The Red Epic gives it to us. Well actually, the Red One gave it to us too, but the new Epic is loaded with many more cool features. 

If you go to Red's website here and read the…


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 22, 2011 at 4:25am — No Comments

Nikon to Announce New AF-S 50mm f1.8 G lens

Nikon will soon announce their latest version of a 50mm lens in the Nikkor AF-S 50mm f1.8 G. (For clarification, the "Nikkor" brand is a subsidiary of Nikon) 
I got the news about this lens at my favorite online photography resource, …

Added by Lucas Butchart on April 21, 2011 at 5:57am — No Comments

MAF Book Review: Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger

MAF Book Review: Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger


Title: Making a Good Script Great, 2nd Edition (There's a 3rd Edition now)

Author: Linda Seger

Length: 242 pages


Get it for about $10 …


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 14, 2011 at 6:11am — 1 Comment

Screenwriting Contests - An Easy First Step on the Screenwriting Journey

Screenwriting Contests 


Believe it or not there are contests for screenwriting. And while the promise of a chunk of cash or a deal with an agent are tempting reasons for submitting your work, another reason could be just to get your feet wet in a highly competitive market. Many of the contests also have second and third place prizes, as well as honorable mentions. The Zoetrope contest features ten of the top scripts judged by Francis Ford Coppola himself.…


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 14, 2011 at 5:54am — No Comments

"Unique Screenwriting"

There's a pretty cool screenwriting website out there called "Unique Screenwriting," created by Pauline Kiernan in England. Her primary focus is on writing screenplays that are less formulaic, as her website's title suggests. She also has a book, "Screenwriting They Can't Resist," available on…


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 12, 2011 at 10:42am — No Comments

Canon and Nikon target amateur filmmakers with their latest HD video DSLRs

Canon and Nikon, two of the industry's leading DSLR makers, have both announced new entry-level DSLRs with HD video capabilities. 


As if Canon needs another entry-level DSLR to add to their already bulging repertoire! As of today Canon already offers the…


Added by Lucas Butchart on April 8, 2011 at 8:28am — No Comments

Indie Musicians & Songs wanted for HWY29 web drama "THE HIVE"

Hey guys,


We are gearing up for the next 7 episodes of "THE HIVE" and as editor and music supervisor I am in need of songs from indie bands who want exposure and who have a desire to collaborate with Highway 29 Motion Pictures and our web series.


To get an idea of the music so far, check out songs featured in the first 7 episodes here:


Also, you can watch episodes 1-7 at…


Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 6, 2011 at 4:49pm — No Comments

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