Independent Filmmaking; LESS is MORE, and here’s why.

Camera! Lights! Act- Hold on a second, I don’t own any camera equipment…yet.  So, you want to get into filmmaking? Lovely. But you have a limited supply of gold right? I can certainly identify with that. This beautiful square-shaped planet that we call Earth is overrun with creatives suffering from the same financial problem. If you’re […]

10 Items On A Film Crowdfunder’s Success Checklist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flPlbl9BW_w This video really shows what crowdfunding is about! Crowdfunding is, of course, one film finance source for your project. No film school is going to tell you not to do a crowdfunding campaign. I am going to tell you never, ever do a film crowdfunding campaign unless you have ticked each of these important […]

7 Things Screenwriters Forget About Filmmaking

If you are a screenwriter reading this you are likely wondering how to get your screenplay sold and turned into a movie. Join the club. For some reason many writers work along unaware of the basics needed to turn the script into a movie. Many writers are also afraid of accepting the creative collaborations of […]

Debunking The Talent Myth: 6 Ways

I’m traveling right now, and as I write this I am currently sitting in the Raindance Toronto office surrounded by the hardworking Toronto team. A punter just called up inquiring about the terrific events planned here in Toronto, and wondered if you needed to have talent to attend Raindance. Then on this past weekend, I […]

Porn: 6 Lessons For Filmmakers

It’s a common misconception that filmmakers making content for the porn industry are sleazy, money-grabbing geeky sex fiends. In actual fact, the porn industry had figured out low budget filmmaking and digital distribution yonks before any of their more cultured filmmaking colleagues. Many of the advancements in filmmaking and distribution techniques have had their birth […]

5 Independent Films With Great Sound Design

By Dan Powell of Soundsnap.com Sound design may be a less a recognized element of filmmaking than directing or acting, but it’s no less important. Both DIY productions and major motion pictures require a thoughtful approach to audio to tell their stories effectively. Here are five superbly-crafted independent films that inspire us with their sounds. […]

Share my Video: Pros and Cons of Video Platforms

Wanna learn more about online video platforms? Check out our FREE class on Monday 27th April – ‘Building Success on Online Video Platforms’ Since the launch of YouTube just over 10 years ago, video sharing has become an essential part of everyday life. Whether it’s simply sharing a video with family or uploading your next […]

Cinema 2.0 CASH GRAB – MicroMoney Mania

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide. You say […]

8 Reasons to Submit to Raindance Film Festival 2015

1. We  have a pioneering Web fest in which many filmmakers are negotiating cross over careers and hits. 2. We’ve been one of Moviemaker Magazine’s ‘Top 50 Festivals Worth the Submission Fee’ two years running. 3. All the short films screened at the festival stand a chance of winning Academy Award qualification. In the past […]

Cinema 2.0: DIY or DIE: 10 No Budget Musts

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide.   Changing […]

The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Filmmakers

There’s lots of advice out there for screenwriters and independent filmmakers. Film schools the world over are chipping in too.The question is – which of it is of any use? Who do you trust? I grew up on a hundred acre dairy farm just north of Toronto and have had no formal film school training […]