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Business, Financing, Producing
8 steps to writing a successful business plan for your film
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

Each year there are hundreds if not thousands of films made worldwide. Somebody had to finance them. For most creatives, looking for money is not an easy task. You have the script, now you need the fu

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9 steps on morphing from Creative to Film Marketer
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

So, you've mortgaged your home, received a little money from a Kickstarter campaign, begged and borrowed from family and friends, all the while hating yourself for having to do so. You've made your fi

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Business, Industry
Master these 6 personal attributes if you want to make it in the film industry
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

"In the film business, when you're young, you just want to work. But when you're older, it has more to do with who's involved with the project - who you're going to get in the boat with." Alec Baldw

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Acting, Marketing
5 Keys To Marketing Yourself As An Actor
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

“A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn it by doing things well.” Jeff Bezos Promotion and marketing yourself is not an easy task, especially for neophyte actors. Knock

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Acting
10 useful tips to becoming an actor
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

"Without wonder and insight, acting is just a business. With it, it becomes a creation." -Bette Davis Film, TV, Theatre, Broadway, Hollywood your name in lights, the smell of the greasepaint and

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Business, Marketing
5 critical reasons film industry members need to create professional websites
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

The explosion of social media over the last few years has been a boon to getting the word out. From all over the world, people can sell anything, buy anything, have thousands of followers to help mone

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Screenwriting
7 Key takeaways newbies need to follow to get their script read.
Michael Franklin
Michael Franklin
Producer, Writer

Appeasing the Gatekeepers. There are many. A wise man once asked, "If your script falls in the forest and nobody reads it, any chance you get the job?" You've spent months agonizing over plot, chara

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Business, Distribution, Filmmaking, Marketing
Why Film Festivals Matter To Indie Filmmakers
Samantha Benson
Samantha Benson
Creative Producer

Every year, there are over 200 major film festivals in North America, drawing thousands of fans who come to see the best in independent filmmaking. Most are open to international submissions, some cel

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Screenwriting
5 Essential Scriptwriting Suggestions
Kweku Hayford
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer, Business Man

It’s trite to say that a great script is one that sells, but the hard truth is that there are thousands of interesting stories living their lives in underwear drawers and filing cabinets because they

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Filmmaking, Financing, Producing
Don’t Forget The Waffles: Building A Realistic Film Budget
Kweku Hayford
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer, Business Man

Building an accurate budget can be an enormous challenge for many new filmmakers. There’s a temptation to think that once you get started on your project, “someone else” will figure out how to allocat

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Business, Distribution
Distribution: What’s The Deal?
Kweku Hayford
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer, Business Man

When it comes time to sign a distribution agreement, you’re going to want to take a close look at the fine print and get some knowledgeable advice about what’s in there. Chances are, you’ll be signing

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Filmmaking, Producing
10 Sage Tips For New Filmmakers
Kweku Hayford
Kweku Hayford
Executive Producer, Business Man

Every successful director has been asked at some point or another to share their wisdom with an new generation of eager hopefuls, and they all have their own take on how to get started in the business

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