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Starting a career on Youtube - filmmakers who have done it.

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Added by Les Butchart on April 18, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Funding Strategy / Web Strategy

I wanted to get this topic addressed early on because one of the first questions anyone asks about a movie project is "where will the money come from?" The purpose of this site is to promote filmmakers and their projects, but we do not want members to pester each other for funding.  

Funding is essential, and there will be ways MAF can help you raise funds - by hosting a fundraising party, for example - and by setting up your project for a crowdsale, or by showing you how to use…

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Added by Les Butchart on January 23, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

DSLR Filmmaking: Canon Rebel T2i/T3i/T4i Filmmaking Quick Guide and Recommendations

 

 

DSLR Filmmaking: Canon Rebel T2i/T3i/T4i (550D, 600D, 650D) Filmmaking Quick Guide and Recommendations



Now available as a downloadable pdf you can reference with your ipod touch or iphone during your next production. Download it …

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 15, 2016 at 4:57am — 5 Comments

Make-up artist needed THIS Sunday

Hello out there to all the MAF folks. 

If you or anyone you know is a make up artist, a group of filmmakers are in desperate need of your services this Sunday. They have a little zombie film shoot set up and their make up artist had to back out. 

Please respond here or contact me at markwingerter7@gmail.com if you are interested, or even if you can point us in the right direction of someone who might be able to do it. 

Thanks very much!

Added by Mark Wingerter on November 7, 2012 at 7:42pm — No Comments

FCPeffects.com - Final Cut Pro X Effects Plugin Source

A quick google search of effects plugins for Final Cut Pro X will reveal www.fcpeffects.com, among others, and I thought I'd spend a little time talking about some their effect plugins I've tried out.

 

Actually, I wish I would have discovered…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on May 2, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Interchangeable lens versus non-interchangeable lens cameras - Choosing one for your film

Interchangeable lens versus non-interchangeable lens cameras

The difference explained 

So you’re planning on making your film soon and you need a camera. There are tons of cameras out on the market, old and new, good and bad, and it’s very difficult to see through the haze of choices to find the one for…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 14, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Awesome Writing Tips

 Pen Densham’s 10 Secrets to Writing Success!

 

1. Write from your heart! As a writer, trust your instinctual creativity and write from your passion. When you don't value what you create, why should anybody else? When you chase a fad or a fashion that is not from your heart in an effort to sell something, there is a danger when obstacles come, you will soon abandon your efforts.  When you love what you are working on – it…

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Added by Les Butchart on June 4, 2012 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Three essential tools for shooting films with your DSLR

Three essential tools for shooting films with your DSLR 

 

Whether you're shooting with one of the original HD video DSLRs like the Nikon D90  or if you just picked up the new…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on April 30, 2012 at 6:45am — No Comments

LETTERBOXD.com

I was recently invited to join the social network Letterboxd.com and as a fan of social networking, a filmmaker and film lover, I am throughly excited and impressed by this site/web app. Basically Letterboxd is the best of…

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Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Smartphone Filmmaking

I have often heard it said that the best camera is the one you have with you and since smartphones, pocket HDs & point and shoots are so popular, chances are you have a camera in your pocket, right now. So, I believe that is the camera you should use, right now, today. Filmmakers can often let the lack of equipment, or the perceived lack of equipment, hold them back and prevent them from shooting and making a film. Sure, there are limitations with these kinds of cameras and you wouldn't…

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Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 4, 2012 at 10:26am — 3 Comments

BACK STORY - A KEY TO GREAT (AND EASIER) SCREENWRITING

Recently, I was asked to speak on the topic of adapting the novel Saints at the River into a screenplay, as part of Clemson University’s “Literature for Wisdom Project.”  In preparation for the talk I went back through the process.  Even though I was not the screenwriter, as the producer I was working with the screenwriter to help determine the dynamic of the novel that had to be retained for a successful screenplay.…

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Added by Les Butchart on April 2, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Made by Hand Film Series

Made By Hand

A project from the Bureau of Common Goods, Made by Hand was created out of the belief that the things we collect, consume, use, and share are part of who we are as individuals. For example, the food that we eat says something about each of us, as do the tools we use and the chairs we rest on. Objects that surround the space we dwell in tell stories, and not just about…

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Added by Seth Hall - Middle8Media on April 2, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Paradigm Shift Keeps Shifting

Okay, everyone knows that we're in the midst of a major paradigm shift, a digital revolution that is making it possible to produce great-looking movies for a fraction of what it used to cost ... remember the good old days of film cameras? Remember Kodak?

 

Of course, we're also experiencing a whole new delivery system for entertainment, in fact, you're using it right now. And now the paradigm shift keep shifting, with news that in the U.S. people are spending more on online…

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Added by Les Butchart on March 26, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cape Fear Independent Film Festival April 26-29

The Cape Fear Independent Film Festival is coming up in April! Check out screening times on the Cape Fear Independent Film Network website

Looks like a pretty good mix of documentaries, dramas and horror. The festival runs from the 26th to the 29th. 

Here they have a special time for showcasing local NC talent.

While I don't know for…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 22, 2012 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

New River Releasing

A new film distribution company just opened its doors this week, or its URL anyway. New River Releasing is a web-based motion picture studio focusing on digital solutions for film marketing and distribution, showcasing new talent, and generating funding for new…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 18, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments

My Take: Writing a Thriller

I'm currently writing a script in what I would call the thriller genre. 

I don't use a script writing guide or book to tell me exactly how to write my scripts, although I do refer from time to time to one or two script writing books for pointers and inspiration. I use Movie Magic Screenwriter software because it takes care of formatting…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on March 18, 2012 at 7:25am — 3 Comments

Canon releases Cinema C300 based on success with 5D Mark ii

Canon has recently released a professional video camera aimed at us filmmakers. You can view the details here:…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 10:21am — No Comments

How to copyright, or register, your scripts

Just a quick note to anyone wondering about how to copyright their script and why. 

If you're on the east coast the best, most official way is to go to the Writers Guild of America East website here: https://www.wgaeast.org/

For those on the west coast go here: http://www.wga.org/

For those of you in Kansas, I'm not sure. I don't think it matters because all you'll be doing is copyright your work,…

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Added by Lucas Butchart on February 24, 2012 at 6:18am — No Comments

Book Review - Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

SAVE THE CAT

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…

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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

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…

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

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