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So you wanna make an indie film….

Our goal with these blogs is to take you through the filmmaking process, step-by-step, and help you to make your movie.

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Before your first Shoot

by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin Script breakdown for the Meat Man. Every thing we needed. Make sure your script breakdown is ready, organized in a binder by location and time of day. So for each scene/set up you’ll need to know: Location Actors props Wardrobe FX Special equipment Time of day All the info […]

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Props and Art Direction

by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin We’ve mentioned before that one of the major assets you have is your TIME. Wood, nails, paint and you got a spooky sign. Props and art direction are great examples of how to use your time effectively. Art direction involves the overall look of the props and set, so […]

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Audio Alert!!!

by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin Audio is very important. Do not overlook it. Again, audio is VERY important. DO NOT OVERLOOK IT!!!! John Gage, sound person for Drive-In Horrorshow, waits for the shot. You must hire a competent sound person. If you can record directly into the camera it is okay and saves time […]

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Locations

by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin A good location is a very inexpensive way to add production value to your film. Any location where you can show up and not change much in terms of props/furniture/decorations/etc will save you time and money, and let you focus your energy elsewhere. A good location makes the scene. […]

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Casting

by Michael Neel & Greg Ansin Know the characters in your story. The right actors will make your film. They will also make your life as a director much easier. Casting is an important step in making your film. Using your roommate or close buddy might work out but most people with little to no […]

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Crew

On an indie film, your crew is your backbone. On the set of “The Closet”. Some general notes about crew before we define each member’s role/job. You will have to wear many different hats so be ready to jump in. However, trying to everything at once will not work. On the day of the shoot, […]

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