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Dec 07 2016

Peer Reviewed Staffing

When I was a young TV editor, I applied to a job for a huge national cable conglomerate. In the initial interview with HR, the HR manager asked me if I had experience with Avid Media Composer. The question caught me off guard. I had plenty of experience with Avid, but she had pronounced the name wrong. As much as I wanted to believe this HR manager knew who to hire (considering she had selected me for an interview), it struck me that someone who had a major hand in the hiring...

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Nov 30 2016

Budgeting for Film Festivals

So you’ve finished your film and you actually have some money left over. I know you’re just itching to transfer it to one dollar bills and swim around in it Scrooge Mcduck style, but you’re not done shelling out just yet. [caption id="attachment_20660" align="aligncenter" width="700"] We’re spending a lot on donuts. Who keeps buying donuts?[/caption] Regardless of what your goals are for your film, festivals are almost always the first step to get there for any completed independent film. Done right, it’s still the best outreach you can do for your film,...

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Nov 16 2016

Creating the Perfect Reel

You probably thought it as soon as you saw the title. There is no such thing as a perfect reel. And in a way, you’re right. Each person that sees the reel will have a different perspective on what makes a reel great. But if you know who is viewing your reel, you can make the perfect reel for them.  [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="630"] “Sure, I’ll consider hiring you. Do you do star-wipes? I love star-wipes”[/caption] First, let’s get this out of the way. When I say reel, I’m talking about work samples,...

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Nov 11 2016

“…the stories you tell”

"Marketing is no longer about the stuff you make, but about the stories you tell" -Seth Godin...

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Oct 28 2016

“Impossible to Convey”

"Videos contain an enormous amount of information that it would be impossible to convey in words alone" -Business Insider ...

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Oct 26 2016

Freelance Collective: A Better Way to Find Contract Staff?

Before we can address the advantages of using a freelance collective, we have to explain precisely what it is. What is it? A freelance collective is a hub. Within the hub are project managers. These project managers recruit high quality talent, creating a robust network of freelancers and crews. When a client brings a job to the collective, a project manager selects appropriate talent within the network to connect to the client or, if necessary, recruits additional talent for that position. Once a freelancer has been placed or a crew has started...

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