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A List of Film Production Job Sites 2022

List of links to find work in the film industry worldwide

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5 Artists on How to Balance Work and Mental Wellness

We asked some of our contributors to share how they balance their creative freelance life with mental wellness.

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Ask the Coach: How Can I Build a Consistent Writing Routine?

How to manage your time and creativity as a writer.

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2 or 3 Things About The (Future of) Cinema that I learned from Godard

Thoughts on the great Jean-Luc Godard and his lasting influence on filmmaking

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Embracing Genre In Your Storytelling

Genre is how we choose to relate that drama. It is the flavour that helps set the tone and offers audiences a familiar landscape that you, the screenwriter and filmmaker, can use to your advantage.

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COVID-19 Insurance Battles Could Help Hollywood Bolster Production Policies

As we move through COVID-19 and focus on other risks like geopolitical instability and extreme weather, policyholders should consider the issues raised during COVID-19 claims and review their policies in planning for how to maximize coverage in the future.

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How to Create a Shooting Schedule (Template Included)

A film schedule is the single most important document used for a production, as it provides the foundation for what is needed to be accomplished on each shooting day and who is required to accomplish those needs.

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Watch rare footage of Steven Spielberg and John Williams composing 'E.T.'

John Williams’ film themes are some of the most beloved and instantly recognisable of all time. His long-running collaboration with director Steven Spielberg saw him compose music for Jaws, Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones trilogy. Here, you can see the duo working on the iconic music for E.T.

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How to make movies without a huge carbon footprint

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From Forrest Gump to Dune with Oscar Winner Eric Roth

Alex Ferrari speaks with Oscar winner Eric Roth

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Women in Media Parity in Action

Women in Media encourages and acknowledges productions that reach parity (at least 40% – 60% women). Any production that signs the #ParityInAction pledge and submits documentation proving they reached parity across all departments, above and below the line (and in post) will receive this recognition in the form of the Women in Media #ParityInAction Badge.

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Organizations focused on supporting women filmmakers

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12 Best Short Stories to Read for Screenwriting Inspiration

Want to adapt a short story into a screenplay? Here are some fantastic short stories to get your creative wheels turning.

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It’s time for the disabled community to take center stage

Disabled actors and representatives in the media industry are unfamiliar to the masses. Increasing their prominence requires a conscious mindset shift, particularly in the media, where the power to publicize the unique narratives of that community resides.

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Rules of Shot Composition in Film: A Definitive Guide

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How to Identify Your Filmmaking Voice and Expand Beyond It

Filmmaker, actor, and writer Cherien Dabis shares how navigating clashing cultures and embracing multiple perspectives expanded her voice and helped grow her career.

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The Ins and Outs of the Cam Agreement

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The Art of the Emmy Submission

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Digital Distribution Guide

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Script Lab Podcast: Weiko Lin, author of Crazy Screenwriting Secrets - How to Capture a Global Audience

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The Hollywood Commission

The Hollywood Commission resources for producers were created to provide all productions with access to state-of-the-art practices, resources, and guidance, including a sample policy to promote safe, equitable, and harassment-free workplaces. Additional resources include minimum system requirements and employer checklists, and template policies and procedures for managing high-risk situations.

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IDFA Industry Session: Co-Productions and Film Financing in the US and EU (Part 1)

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Decentralized Pictures: Democratic Film Financing and Production Support

decentralized pictures (DCP) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based on an idea that artistic talent may be discovered in innovative ways. Through user consensus we have set up a democratic film fund, online community of creatives, film-fans, and industry professionals who will decide who is most deserving of our support. Submit your idea, and if the world agrees with you, we’ll help you make it. We’ll help finance it, and introduce you to the people who will help you execute it in a professional way. We love to discover great talent and curate content.

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The Video Archives Podcast with Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary

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101 Epic Adventure Story Prompts

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Dear Producer, DISTRIBUTORS FACT SHEET: 2022 Edition

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How Do You Raise the Stakes in Your Screenplay?

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Free Safety Training & Legal Services for Your Independent Production

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself When Rewriting Your Screenplay

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5 Ways to Calculate and Track Your Artistic Progress

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Game On: How Tech Companies Are Betting On The Metaverse

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Six Adaptation Steps Before You Adapt That Book

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

IFTA’s Practical Guide to Copyright Protection provides a road map to better understand how to protect your works and enforce your rights.

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You Are Going to Fail at Filmmaking More Than You Succeed—How to Deal with It

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Documentary Budgeting for Emerging Filmmakers

A HotDocs overview on budgeting that helps you enact best practices for your next project.

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How To Refine A Shooting Script (And Still Adapt On Set)

Here are some things to keep in mind when revising a shooting script on a film set.

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In Depth Cine: Using Colour To Tell A Story In Film

This video from In Depth Cine, examines the idea of colour in filmmaking by going through an introduction to colour theory, looking at how filmmakers can create a specific colour palette for their footage and taking a look at some examples of how colour has been used to aid the narrative of different stories.

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The Art of Documentary Storytelling Podcast

In this podcast, documentary story consultant Karen Everett advises filmmakers on how to improve their works-in-progress.

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Paths to Becoming a Professional Screenwriter

A ScreenCraft guide on making your way in your screenwriting career.

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Entertainment Partners: U.S. State Production Incentive Guide

Finding the right production incentives can be overwhelming but, it can also mean a big savings in production budgets. Tax benefits can make the difference in whether a project gets made, but it’s important to understand which ones best suit the production’s needs. Entertainment Partners' team of experts has done the research for filmmakers and put together a free state-by-state guide to production incentives.

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Behind the Scenes: The State of Inclusion & Equity in TV Writing

Four years ago, Think Tank for Inclusion & Equity (TTIE) began examining the state of inclusion and equity in TV writing. In this report, TTIE identifies the barriers to entry and career advancement for historically excluded¹ writers, as well as obstacles to authentic, inclusive, and responsible storytelling. The report digs deeper into how these persistent barriers and seismic shifts in the industry (e.g., the rise of streaming platforms, the proliferation of mini-rooms, the impact of a global pandemic) affect hiring and, ultimately, storytelling on a profound level.

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The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit

From RespectAbility, this toolkit is a guide on disability inclusion in the entertainment industry. Storytellers often make glaring, yet easy to avoid, errors when covering the disability community, America's largest minority (one-in-five Americans have a disability) and third largest market (valued at more than $1 trillion). The purpose of this toolkit is to help entertainment professionals ensure their stories are as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible.

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Color Grading 101: Everything You Need to Know from Film Riot

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10 Pieces of Screenwriting Wisdom from Taika Waititi

Taika Waititi is one of the newest and most in-demand screenwriting voices in the film and TV industry today. His journey to this point in his career can teach us so much about the craft. In this article, Screencraft features some of his greatest quotes on directing, writing, and cinematic storytelling as a whole - nuggets of wisdom for any aspiring filmmaker.

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The Film Collaborative: Distributor ReportCard

From The Film Collaborative, the Distributor ReportCard™ collates real experiences from real filmmakers in an anonymous, “Zagat-type” format, so that filmmakers can make informed decisions about which distributor might be the right fit for their film. Recently launched with 5 distributors listed, The Film Collaborative will be updating the list to include another 35 distributors over the coming year.

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California Lawyers for the Arts

California Lawyers for the Arts helps artists find qualified legal counsel to assist with the legal matters they may encounter as artists.

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ShotDeck: Largest Collection of Fully Searchable HD Movie Images

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