Resources and Advice

CASE STUDY: The Making of Short Term 12

CASE STUDY: The Making of Short Term 12 (12/17/2014)

SHORT TERM 12 is an award-winning drama about a young woman who works as a supervisor at a teen group home and struggles to care for her teenage patients while desperately avoiding the residue of her own dark past. Based on his short film of […]

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FIND Answers: How To Work With a Location Manager to Find That (Affordable) Dream Location (9/22/2014)

We asked location manager Kristin Dewey (Celeste and Jesse Forever, In a World…) to answer your questions about how to get the most out of working with a location manager, consolidating locations to save money, and understanding a location manager’s needs from pre-production through principal photography. What […]


FIND ANSWERS: A Top Line Producer Tackles Filmmaker FAQs (5/29/2014)

As a filmmaker, you know when you’ve hit the line producer jackpot: you can rest assured knowing that every “i” will be dotted, every “t” will be crossed. We asked freelance producer/line producer extraordinaire Angela Sostre to address filmmaker FAQs based on her years of […]

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LEGAL EASE: Get Your Crew to Sign on the Dotted Line (3/31/2014)

“The most important thing for a producer to think about when they’re putting their crew together and before they start shooting is to make sure everybody has signed an agreement that says that their work is a work for hire,” suggests attorney Lisa Callif, Partner, […]


FIND ANSWERS: How to Successfully Market Your Indie Film (2/11/2014)

“Oh, how times have changed” when it comes to marketing budgets, says Liz Ogilvie, Director of Marketing Programs at Fandor. Here, Ogilvie shares her expertise on putting together a budget, a team and a plan for getting the word out about your film. Prior to […]

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LEGAL EASE: How and When To Protect Your Screenplay (2/04/2014)

“One thing that I typically advise my clients is to not register a script until it’s done,” suggests attorney Lisa Callif, Partner, Donaldson + Callif. “Because one, you don’t want it to be public before it’s done. And two, it can get confusing if there’s […]

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LEGAL EASE: An Entertainment Attorney Answers Filmmakers’ Most Burning Questions (11/05/2013)

Entertainment attorney Matt Galsor from the firm Greenberg Glusker recently gave an interactive talk to Film Independent Members, including producers, directors, cinematographers and writers. Here are the top take-aways from the Q&A: Can you please explain the difference between optioning a screenplay and buying the […]

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FIND Answers: Joel Mendías, VFX Executive Producer (9/05/2013)

A 20-year veteran of visual effects, Joel Mendías knows how to bring a story to life. As Executive Producer for Scanline VFX, Mendías has overseen work on such films as: 2012 for director Roland Emmerich, Hereafter for director Clint Eastwood (which earned his team an […]


ASK A PRO: Producer Julie Lynn (8/20/2013)

Julie Lynn’s company Mockingbird Pictures is currently in post-production on Arie Posin’s The Face of Love, which stars Annette Benning, Ed Harris and Robin Williams. Recent films from Mockingbird include Rodrigo Garcia’s thrice-Oscar®-nominated Albert Nobbs, Mother and Child and Nine Lives, as well Robin Swicord’s […]

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FIND Answers with Entertainment Attorney Lisa Callif (8/13/2013)

Lisa Callif, named by Variety as one of The Best and The Brightest (2011), is an entertainment attorney at Donaldson + Callif whose primary focus is on representing independent filmmakers in all aspects of moviemaking, including development, production and distribution. As part of her practice, […]