How Long Should Your Short Film Be For A Festival?

As an independent filmmaker creating short films and looking to submit them to festivals, you’ve probably wondered how long your short film should be in order to get accepted.  Many festival programmers offer different opinions on this, and each festival has their own rules about what the cut-off length is between a short film and …

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The Coronavirus Survival Guide For Video Content Creators

All over the world, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit every small business pretty hard. And our trade as video content creators is no different. Personally, I’ve had all video shoots for clients canceled ‘until further notice.’ That sucks! That doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. It just means that we need to adapt. And …

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How To Remove Yourself from Mirrors In Real Estate Videos & Photos

Photos and illustrations by Otis Ryder One of the trickiest things that you may find when shooting real estate video or taking photos of a home is a pesky mirror that is found in that small bathroom or randomly down a hallway. You can’t get around the decorative pieces. But facing you down in that …

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How To Shoot Real-Estate Videos. A Beginners’ Guide

So, you are interested in producing real estate videos?! You are either most likely in one of two boats: The first is you have a camera and are, “as a business owner first,” exploring the ideas of how to make more money. Or, you have your eyes set on a new camera that has amazing …

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Strategy Guide: How To Submit Your Film To Film Festivals

As a filmmaker of any kind, you’ve probably wondered about film festivals and how they work. No matter what country or city they are in, film festivals are events that are for screening films. Whether its feature-length film premieres, blocks of short films united by similar themes or genres, or television and web series screenings …

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A Beginner’s Guide To Underwater Video

I have been taking images since the beginning of consumer digital imaging, however, it is only in the last 9 years that I have been regularly shooting underwater video. The reason I waited so long is that as a trained scuba diving instructor, I found underwater photographers somewhat irritating when I was leading dives and …

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How Do Short Films Make Money?

Whether you are a first-time indie-filmmaker or a serial short-film writer-producer-director veteran, you’ve probably found yourself asking the age-old question: how do short films make money? Or how about: Do short films ever make money? Or better yet: Am I wasting all my time and all my money making short films? If you’ve asked yourself …

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10 Instagram Tricks With Video You Should Be Doing

Instagram is an excellent platform for getting the word out about your product or services, even if your product or service is your videography, to aspiring filmmakers and business owners alike. In particular, a lot of filmmakers I respect have switched from other social media sites to Instagram almost entirely. This includes directors and cinematographers …

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10 Great Video Production Business Ideas – Pick Your Niche!

So you’ve been shooting videos for a couple of years and now want to narrow down your niche when it comes to clients and your career? Great! It is always a good idea to pick a niche whether you’re looking for clients or ideas. Take a look at our list and decide what type of …

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