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Amazon Creating Original Titles in French Language

In a competitive expansion between the streaming services (notably Netflix and Amazon), Amazon is moving into original French language for France and French speaking Belgium. Amazon Prime Video is teaming up with Newen (through its Telfrance subsidiary), Bavaria Fiction and Deutsche Telekom for the brand new comedy drama Germanized. In French, the title will be Deutsche-Les-Landes. It…

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VIDCON acquired by VIACOM? Old Media Recognizes New Media Value

VIDCON.  In what could only be seen as a massive irony, Viacom has acquired the Vidcon Online Video Convention entity.    One may or may not recall that Viacom sued Google and Youtube at one point about copyright infringement.  But now the traditional media conglomerate has recognized that new online Media – centered around the…

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Apple Seeks to Dominate The Industry?

Vast change in the film industry is an understatement.   For the first time ever,  Apple’s App Store is set to overtake Hollywood in global revenue.    According to this Daily Mail article,  people will “spend $100 million a day on apps by the end of 2018.” So one has to decide what the “Film Industry” actually…

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Cinematic Movement Tutorial And Warp Stabilizer

Tom Antos does some great little tutorial, especially useful to get ‘Behind the Scenes’ between low budget filmmaking, the thinking process and the Post-Production process.  Tom uses Adobe After Effects  with its Warp Stabilizer effects. Don’t take these tutorials for granted.  It’s the same process (maybe faster with more money) that major filmmakers would also…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film Budget-Reason #4: Incentives

Films get made with Incentives in today’s financing structure – plain and simple.  Whether you are shooting in the United States in Georgia or another incentive state or the United Kingdom or France, then incentive financing structures have become not only the norm but a critical component for the successful financing of your project. Incentives…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#3: Inaccurate Perks

Perks. The word itself carries emotional connotations of either simple requests – or a vast array of pampered “Stars”.  Or “Rock Stars”.    In this case, the Producer might hire a Big Star – and not think about the impact of their perks on the budget.  And maybe they exceed the means of the budget.…

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Careers in Filmmaking : You’re Fit Into the Industry

Usually, finding your career in the film industry takes a little bit of time.  You try one position, hate it.  Try another position and love it.  But knowing that you’ll find your place in this exciting business is part of the Adventure. I did a lot of jobs on a movie set before going into…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#2: Inaccurate Estimate

Writers Need To Become Producers In numerous cases, I have had a producer or executive hand me a script, point to it and say, “You can do this film for $5 million.”  In reality, the math says almost $6.6 million.  “That script is $15 million.”  Wrong.  Closer to $22 Million.   “Not a hair over $8…

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