Director Dan Dobi Talks About Making Money On YouTube In Please Subscribe

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While many filmmakers focus on producing features and distributing through iTunes, Amazon, Hulu, and other outlets - YouTube is providing a way for short content producers to earn a full time living. Director Dan Dobi’s documentary Please Subscribe portrays the popularity of full time YouTubers. These are creators who’ve abandoned the typical 9-5 work week in favor of making … [Read more...]

How to Break Into The Film Industry

How To Break Into The Film Industry

If you're wondering how to break into the film industry, you're not alone. Nearly every successful filmmaker has started from nowhere. The problem is, there is a big catch 22 in the industry. Unless you're known, nobody will take your calls or read your screenplays or produce your ideas. And unless you get your work produced, it is really tough to become "know." When I … [Read more...]

Making A Short Film: 5 Tips For New Filmmakers

Making A Short Film

Making a short film is the rite of passage for many new filmmakers. If you have never made a short film, now is the time. Seriously. Not only are there a gazillion film festivals that offer a short movie program, but with websites like YouTube, you have the ability to reach a global audience. This is better than the old days. Back then, making a short film meant that … [Read more...]

Who Needs Traditional Distribution?

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As a filmmaker, selling your movie usually involves traditional distribution - film festivals, schmoozing, phone calls, follow up and a whole bunch of NOs and crappy distribution offers. And even when you get your movie into the market, there are still no guarantees that your movie will be a success. This can be discouraging. Earlier today I spoke with to David Branin and … [Read more...]

Building Your Filmmaking Team

If you look at my movie credits, you'll see that I've been working with the same crew on almost every project. This is not by accident. The truth is, making movies is challenging. And from my perspective, bringing unknown people into the process makes everything even more challenging and (often) complicated. But you have to start somewhere. So for those of you planning to … [Read more...]