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How Might the Future of Film Festivals Look Like?

In 2020 film festivals had no other choice but began moving their programming online. Covid-19 has already changed the face of many sectors and how the business will be conducted in the future. Will film festivals follow the suit and adjust to changing trends and audience expectations? The sudden move online has already allowed for wider international accessibility to films and knowledge that was reserved only a year ago for the privileged few, who could afford to splash out on those expensive events. Before the pandemic, to attend A-list film festivals you needed quite a substantial budget, and if you were a parent you also had to sort out childcare, which film festivals still don’t have on offer. If your project was a part of the competition, the expenses were justified. However, if you were going as an audience member or a freelancer, the costs were often too excessive to rationalise. It more often than not was nothing less than an expensive, thematic holiday. Online screenings, virtual meeting rooms or parties, and educational events and …

This Is What I Did While Making “Anna and Modern Day Slavery”

I started my IndieGoGo campaign during the first week of March and finished in the middle of April. Towards the end of March, my production designer and I began thinking about building a set while still looking for locations that had all we needed. From the very start, I knew that the actual production would have to be no longer than ten days. When we couldn’t find the locations I needed, I turned my parents’ house into our primary location. At that time we were still hoping to shoot some of the scenes up in the mountains. However, pretty soon, it became clear that moving the whole production miles away from our main location was unrealistic. Time was commodity we didn’t have. So having no other choice we needed to use whatever we had within our reach to get the mountain feel for those few scenes. Rafal, our production designer, came up with a brilliant idea to double up my parent’s house as a countryside/mountain cabin. He was going to build the interiors. We just needed to …

Choose to Commit to Writing No Matter What

If you are like me and struggle at times to find the courage to write the tips and advice below from Natalie Goldberg should help you navigate the stormy waters. 1. You must decide in your heart that you are going to write, and write. Even if you write for ten minutes a day, you are still a writer. 2. You have to be willing to give it as long as it takes. So, commit yourself and don’t pay any attention to attention-grabbing headlines about 20 under 20 etc. This kind of comparison can only have a negative impact. 3. Let yourself burn, let yourself want something bad. It’s a life force. It is the same with your characters; they need to want something very badly to start taking actions and moving forward. Without that desire, your characters will fall flat. 4. Let passion burn all the way, heating every layer of the psyche, the conscious and the unconscious. Don’t let anything take it away. This is both for your passion for writing and your characters’ …

Pre-Production of My Low Budget Feature Film

At the early stage of production, my husband and I were covering all the production needs. At the same time, I was re-writing the script while running the campaign and working on my director’s notes. I’m one of those directors who need to have everything in place before going into production. I believe that the more prepared I’m, the easier it will be to adapt when the unexpected happens. The budget was still up in the air as we needed to wait for the outcome of our campaign, to know what we could afford and what we couldn’t. ACTORS My usual work on the script includes: script breakdown and analysis, working on improvisation exercises that I can use during the rehearsals, working on character’s background stories, coming up with questions for the actors about scenes and actions that the characters take. I’m not an actor and don’t have the tools the actors have to help them develop their characters. I try to help them as much as I can and give them the push in …

10 Writing Tips How to Get Unstuck When You Don’t Know What to Do

1. Keep your hand moving. Regardless of your doubts and insecurities try to keep on writing, even though you think that what you’ve written makes no sense. 2. Lose control, don’t censor or edit your own writing, keep on writing whatever comes to your mind. 3. Be specific. Write a very specific description of a house your character lives in or a dress she is wearing to the New Year’s Eve party. The detail and specific description help with narrowing down your focus. 4. Don’t worry about punctuation, spelling, or grammar. Don’t fixate on that while writing your story, script or blog. This will come much later, while you are wearing the editor’s hat, not the writer’s hat. 5 . You are free to write the worst junk you want. No one must see it. It’s for your eyes only. 6. If something scary comes up, while you are writing, go for it. 7. Hemingway said that if a writer knows something, even if he doesn’t write it, it’s present in his work. Remember that while …