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FREE! Everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 2, 2011 8:30 AM
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Reed Martin has kindly provided us with the opening chapter to his book The Reel Truth for free online. Subtitled "Everything you didn't know you need to know about making an independent film," it's a great resource for anybody involved in independent film. Read and enjoy.

NYFA's Consulting Program for Filmmakers

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 25, 2011 8:30 AM
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Matthew Seig informs of a helpful new program for New York Filmmakers. Don't miss out on it!

Gary Baddeley On "What One Learns About Film Financing From Film Financing Conferences"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 4, 2011 12:30 PM
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Sometimes it seems like there's more talk about movies getting made than there is actual activity. The question of how we all learn and remain aware of the actual practice of day will always loom large. Since knowledge and access (i.e. connections) will always be key commodities in the pursuit of getting it done, conferences that provide the two are always a lure.

First EVER US-based Killer/Hope Masterclass On Producing Indie Films In Trouble Times

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 2, 2011 1:39 AM
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Christine Vachon and I have toured the world, preaching the indie gospel. Well, okay, we've toured UK & Scandinavia with a stop-over in Amsterdam, but now we've succumbed to popular demand and are going to share a good deal of what we know and what we've learned in one one day session in NYC on Nov 5th. I hope you can join us.

The 99 Recommended Steps For Making Good Movies

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 29, 2011 12:30 PM
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This is how I do it, generally speaking.
More: Producing

The End Of The Auteur Era Of Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 9, 2011 12:30 PM
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People like to get credit for their work, but have they been getting the right credit for it? Are we able to recognize when something is a collaboration as opposed to a work of an individual who has hired a team to execute it?

Lynette Howell on "Producing Is Supporting New Talent Through More Than Just Production"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 2, 2011 3:00 AM
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If you are a regular reader of this blog, or follower of mine on Twitter, I think you know that for me a Producer only deserves that credit when they truly commit to support the project from beginning to end. You also probably know how challenging I find the calling of producing these days, when we are required to do more and more, and are rewarded, at least financially, less and less.

Jon Reiss on "What Are A Producer of Marketing And Distribution's Responsibilities?" Part 2 of 2

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 1, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday, Jon Reiss explained why indie films need a "PMD" -- and if words don't work for you -- just look at Tuesday's list of all the new tools and services available that we can't afford to miss. Today, Jon takes it further, and tries to lay out the job description for both experienced and aspiring marketing & distribution collaborators.

Jon Reiss on "Why A Producer of Marketing And Distribution?" Part 1

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 31, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday's HFF post on the plethora of new platforms & options for truly free filmmakers should have made you leap for joy and run for the cliff simultaneously. It is wonderful that filmmakers have SO many great tools and services at their disposal. But how does anyone take advantage of this situation. The choice is overwhelming. Sure the rewards could be great -- but so is the risk. Well, the answer, my friend, is... best explained by Jon Reiss.

How Much Does An American Indie Producer Get Paid?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 26, 2011 12:30 PM
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Even if we are not in it for the money, it does not mean we shouldn't be rewarded fairly for our knowledge, labor, services, expertise, relationships, and talent. It doesn't happen much. If you are either starting out or already at an expert level, what can you expect to earn producing in the American Indie Film Industry, circa 2011.

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