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  1. cameronchapman

    Shooting an entire feature in a weekend

    Haven't been on here too much lately. But I read an article a couple months ago over on Web Film School about shooting an entire feature film in a weekend. ONE weekend, not just filming on the weekends over the course of a few months or a year. And it was like a lightbulb turned on over my head...
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    One-sheet format?

    So, without going into details, I have a really awesome opportunity to send a one-sheet to an exec with a rather impressive development deal. Now, I know the basics of what it needs to include (name, email, script title, logline, synopsis, etc.), but I'm not really sure how I should format it...
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    Project Film Supply Entry

    Just wanted to let everyone here know about my Project Film Supply entry, Wildflower. While the grand prize is chosen by the people at The Music Bed, there are two prizes based on votes. So, if you like what you see, please vote. :) Here's the blurb about the film: Prizes for this thing are...
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    My successful failed crowdfunding campaign

    So I recently attempted to crowdfund for some new equipment on IndieGoGo (since Kickstarter doesn't allow non-project-related fundraising). Honestly, it was a half-hearted attempt at best, and I was more trying to use it to get more music video bookings. It failed miserably. BUT! Someone saw...
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    $150 to spend on accessories...

    So I got a little holiday bonus from one of my employers in the form of a $150 Amazon gift card. I want to spend it on various small accessories for making music videos (so no audio equipment required). Here's what I'm planning on getting: Opteka X-Grip - $20 DSLR Rain Coat (we're going to be...
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    Alternatives to h.264?

    I'm screening a music video at a local bar next weekend, on a projector with a fairly sizable screen. I've tried a few different bit rate settings with the h.264 codec, but there's one shot where it's making the compression artifacts in the original clip 800x worse. I mean, it's not great in the...
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    Imagine Magazine featured me!

    The November "Women Who Work in the Industry" issue of Imagine Magazine has a page and a half feature about me. I'm pretty pleased with the coverage they gave. Kind of strange to see my name on the cover, too. Anyway, you can check out the digital version here.
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    watch First music video!

    Just finished up my first music video for my friend's band. I've been running a production diary here on the site, but wanted to post it separately here, too. It's password-protected for right now, as we're going to enter a couple festivals with it and at some point have a real premiere. The...
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    Something's not quite right here (drone footage)

    I'm creating some fake "drone" footage for the end of the music video I'm producing, and something's just not quite right with it. I have a few ideas on what it needs, but this is kind of my first real attempt at compositing footage like this, so I'd like to get some more opinions before I spend...
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    Festivals for Music Videos?

    I'm looking for some festival recommendations that have music video categories. Right now we're looking at submitting to SXSW (we're in pretty good shape to meet the deadline on that one, even though it's right around the corner), NXNE, and the Los Angeles Music Video Festival, but I'm wondering...
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    PP/AE editing workflow for music video

    I've got a bunch of the footage for the music video I've been working on done, and I need to start editing. I've got basically three different kinds of footage: - h.264 files from my hacked GH1, 1080p, 24fps - 2.7K Cine files from my GoPro, 24fps - 4k files from my GoPro, 15fps (I realize now...
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    A few shorts for sale

    Since I'm focusing more on features and music videos at the moment, I decided to sell some of the shorts I've written in hopes that others will find time to make them. A couple are adaptations from public domain works, the other two are originals. I'm looking to do rewrites for others, at very...
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    Who to bring on during development?

    Just spent an amazing weekend at Stowe Story Labs and it's making me rethink my approach to producing my feature next year. For shorts I still want to do the zero budget thing (I love it!), but I'm now looking at doing the feature in the $500k range. My funding approach is currently looking...
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    Production Diary: Music Video

    I've mentioned it a few times in various posts here, but the music video I've been in pre-production on since spring is finally moving forward! Here's where we're at: - Location for the band footage is secured (it's a Cold War-era military installation on top of a mountain, completely...
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    Anyone else going to Stowe Story Labs?

    I know we have a few New England filmmakers here, and was wondering if anyone else was attending Stowe Story Labs next month? It sounds like it's going to be an awesome weekend, with five filmmakers offering workshops on development, outlining, pitching, and understanding the market. There are...
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    Music video basics - Crew

    I'm doing a music video for one of my close friends next month and I'm getting a little nervous about it. The guys in this band are really serious musicians (one of them has done some producing, and is the drummer for a really well-known regional band). The big shoot I'm worried about is the...
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    Help identifying a film? I need your collective wisdom!

    I watched a movie sometime in the past year or so (though it wasn't necessarily a new film) that had a quote about how everyone is better than everyone else at three things (or everyone is best at three things or something). So, like, I'm better at X, Y, and Z, but you might be better at A, B...
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    watch This is All You Left Me - final cut

    Some of you might remember this from a few months ago, but I've recut my first short and have now put it up online. I'd entered it into a few film festivals (didn't make it into any) last year, and decided to re-edit it and make it public at this point. I did the entire thing by myself...
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    Budget Equipment for a Remote Shoot

    I'm shooting a music video at an abandoned Cold-War-era air force station (with permission). The location is roughly 4.5 miles from the nearest non-private road, and roughly an hour from the nearest real town. There's no power, no lights, and no people around for miles. Access is pretty much...
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    Flycam Nano DSLR vs 3000 vs 5000

    Just sold my Nikon DSLR so that I can buy a stabilizer for an upcoming music video shoot. I'm pretty sure the Flycam is going to give me the best bang for my buck (I'm looking to spend between $200-$300) but I'm not sure which model to get, the Nano DSLR, the 3000, or the 5000. I'm using a GH1...
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