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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, -- continue reading →

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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 -- continue reading →

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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 -- continue reading →

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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 -- continue reading →

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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 -- continue reading →

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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 -- continue reading →

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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, -- continue reading →

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ASK A PRO: Title Design with Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee (8/01/2013)

Filmmakers. Designers. Collaborators. Spouses. Gareth Smith and Jenny Lee have made a name for themselves with their memorable title design work on Jason Reitman’s films (Thank You For Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult), as well as several documentaries (Love, Marilyn; Cinema Verite; -- continue reading →

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A New Way to Get Your Film Into Theaters (7/31/2013)

After realizing that myriad films weren’t making it to the multiplex or even independent venues across the country, Austin-based producer Nicolas Gonda (Tree of Life) and marketing executive Pablo Gonzalez developed a financially risk-free solution that was a win-win for both filmmakers and theater chains. -- continue reading →

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FIND Answers with Distribution Expert Peter Broderick (7/16/2013)

By Lee Jameson  / Film Education Coordinator As President of Paradigm Consulting, Peter Broderick helps filmmakers and media companies develop strategies to maximize distribution, audience and revenues. In addition to advising on sales and marketing, Paradigm specializes in state-of-the-art distribution techniques, including innovative theatrical service deals, -- continue reading →

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