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CASE STUDY: Thunder Soul (7/31/2012)

Los Angeles Film Festival Alum Mark Landsman hosted a Live Case Study of the making of his breakout documentary feature Thunder Soul with our members. Here are some of the experiences he shared about taking his project from its origins as an NPR story to -- continue reading →

Best publicity investment for your film? Clips and trailers.

HOW TO: PUBLICIZE YOUR FILM AT A FESTIVAL (5/23/2012)

With so many of today’s indie filmmakers going the DIY route, tackling publicity and marketing responsibilities has become an additional part of the indie filmmaker job description. Here is a brief outline of what you should know, courtesy of Film Independent’s “Publicizing Your Film at -- continue reading →

Script supervisor Tecia Esposito

FIND ANSWERS: Tecia Esposito on Script Supervision (5/14/2012)

In our Ask A Pro series, script supervisor Tecia Esposito shared advice for those interested in script supervision as a career gleaned from her work on such films as Miranda July’s The Future, Azazel Jacobs’ Terri, and Ben Lewin’s upcoming Sundance hit The Surrogate. Tecia -- continue reading →

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ASK A PRO: Mary Jasionowski, Production Accountant (5/10/2012)

Mary Jasionowski majored in film at Boston University. After moving to Los Angeles and working her way up in production, she had every intention of becoming a line producer. Somewhere along the way she realized that production accountants had better hours, if smaller paychecks. Better -- continue reading →

David holding Flora's tusk

TRICKS FOR MASTERING THE DOC DISTRIBUTION CIRCUS (5/08/2012)

During the live case study of their acclaimed “father-daughter interspecies love story,” also known as the poignant documentary One Lucky Elephant, director Lisa Leeman and producer Jordana Glick-Franzheim walked our members through the process of getting their labor of love funded, premiered at major festivals -- continue reading →

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CROWDFUNDING CLIFF NOTES (4/24/2012)

By Erikka Yancy / Documentary Producer / @yanseepants Over the last thirty or more days I’ve had several talented filmmaker friends venture into the big scary world of crowdfunding, using a variety of platforms. There’s the “Kleenex” of platforms, Kickstarter. Then there’s its gentler, more -- continue reading →

Peter Horner, Skywalker Sound

ASK A PRO: SOUND ADVICE FROM SKYWALKER’S PETER HORNER (4/18/2012)

Pete Horner is a sound designer and re-recording mixer at Skywalker Sound. His recent credits include The Queen of Versailles for Lauren Greenfield and Safety Not Guaranteed for Colin Trevorrow. Pete also worked on Tetro for Francis Ford Coppola. Today, he shares his wealth of -- continue reading →

Line Producer Angela Sostre

PRODUCING LINE BY LINE WITH ANGELA SOSTRE (4/17/2012)

Line producer Angela Sostre found time to spare from her busy shooting schedule to stop by our offices and give our members the low-down on breakdowns and budgeting for films near the $1.5M range. Here is some of her advice: Prep With Your Line Producer -- continue reading →

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BE A PUSHER: DIY DISTRIBUTION, GET YOUR FILM OUT THERE (4/04/2012)

In preparation for their DIY class, we asked indie film marketing geniuses Jennifer Dubin and Cora Olson to give us a sneak peek of what we could expect from their two day class. They were gracious enough to give us a little—and I mean little!—taste. -- continue reading →

Tecia Esposito on set of "Pathlights", a short film by Zachary Sluser

ASK A PRO: TECIA ESPOSITO, SCRIPT SUPERVISIOR (3/27/2012)

Script Supervisor Tecia Esposito has carved out an indie niche for herself, having worked on several critically acclaimed independent features, such as Miranda July’s The Future, Azazel Jacobs’ Terri, and Ben Lewin’s upcoming Sundance hit The Surrogate. Drawing from her experiences on low-budget projects, Tecia -- continue reading →

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