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What Is Important While Casting Actors?

Every director will tell you something else about what is important to them while casting. Everything you will read below is based on my own experience while working with the actors. 1. Trust. Can you trust one another? I know it’s hard to say after a fifteen-minute conversation but you can feel pretty much instantaneously whether you are comfortable with someone or not. 2. Is the actor listening when you give them direction? 3. Is the actor co-operating with other actors? Are they giving their 100% to make the other actors look good too? 4. Does the actor look the part (in the mind of the director)? 5. Do you feel comfortable with that actor? (Sometimes some people make me so incredibly uncomfortable that I shut down) 6. If you send the script to the actor, do they read it, do they have any questions? 7. Is the actor confident within the role and themselves? 8. Does the actor seem to feel comfortable around you? I don’t like the traditional casting process, asking actors to …

Questions I Hate Being Asked as a Filmmaker

1. Are you a professional filmmaker?  – I always want to reply: No I’m just bored and have too much time on my hands. 2. Have I seen any of your films? – Well, how can I know? If you are asking whether my movies were screened in the theatres, this is a different question altogether. 3. What is your favourite film? – And before I even get a chance to say anything, those people usually take over the conversation and start telling me about the film XYZ (in short, they are not interested in what I have to say) 4. What are the top three films have you ever watched? – How could I even begin to answer such a question? Top three in which genre? I’ve got a lot of top threes, top fives, etc. 5. Why do you want to make films? – When I hear such a question I always want to ask: why do you want to breathe? 6. Is making short films waste of time? – ?!?!?!?!?!?! 7. Have …

What Support Female Filmmakers Need From You To Change Our Film Culture?

1. Watch films made by women at the theatres, preferably during the opening weekend, at film festivals, on TV, and online. 2. If a woman filmmaker runs a crowdfunding campaign, support her. Every penny counts so don’t think your contribution won’t make a difference. Your spared morning coffee could make or break our campaign. 3. Recommend films and shows made by women to your friends and your family. 4. Ask your local theatre and/or film festival if they are planning to screen films made by women any time soon. If they do, try to take your friends with you. 5. Spread the word about female filmmakers and female-driven films on social media as much as an often as you can. 6. Leave positive reviews on rotten tomato or IMDB (of course if you like the film). People do rely heavily on ratings and reviews. 7. Share the trailers and spots to films made by women on social media and amongst your friend when those are out. 8. Buy DVD or online films made by women; …

List of 10 Ideas To Make Your Film’s Self-Distribution Successful

1. Setting up your distribution goals is as important as assembling a team of creative minds to help you achieve them. If you are working with an issue-driven film, like my feature film “Anna & Modern Day Slavery”, you should see how you can use the subject matter to attract an audience and create impact with your film and campaign. 2. While looking for collaborators make sure you work with people who understand your goals and your film. Don’t work with assholes, it’s not worth it. 3. While looking for consultants for your film, see what they specialise in, i.e.: action films, indie films, impact films etc. 4. Are you planning on broadcast release? Think carefully about your distribution window and don’t agree to anything you cannot deliver on. 5. DVD and BluRay sales can be pretty lucrative, especially for small-ish productions, so don’t dismiss this outlet entirely. 6. Digital marketing includes: managing social media accounts, social media asset creation, ad creation and ad management. 7. Often the most popular screenings of indie films are when …

7 Things You Need to Do Before Going Live With Your Crowdfunding Campaign

1. Have your campaign video ready, and don’t make it longer than 2,5 – 3 mins. There is plenty of content online, and the audience has a short attention span, so you need to pitch them quickly and efficiently, and the research shows that 2 minutes for doing that is ideal. But I’m suggesting a bit longer because people will know that this is a campaign video so will be prepared to devote another minute of their time. 2. Have your campaign page clean with only relevant information about your project or product on. Don’t overcrowd your campaign page with graphics or information that are irrelevant. 3. Have your social media outreach plan ready. If you are tweeting a lot, have your tweets ready and scheduled. Try to incorporate visuals such as pictures or/and graphics to enhance audience’s curiosity and engage them in a conversation. 4. Set realistic financial goals for your campaign. Think about your budget and make sure that this funding will cover your needs. If you ask for too much, you may …