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Dear Producer: Producer Rate Sheet

The Producer Rate Sheet has been created as a tool for producers who are striving to build a sustainable career. A producer’s knowledge and time should be adequately valued and compensated by stakeholders who are reliant on our participation and expertise. Whether you lead a non-profit organization, run a film festival, teach at a university, or are a filmmaker trying to get your project off the ground, we ask that you reevaluate your beliefs about sustainability and your policies on compensation using this Producer Rate Sheet as a guiding star.

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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance. We find ourselves in an unprecedented moment of creative and financial opportunity for the documentary film industry, if we engage with authentic disabled storytelling and talent, make our media genuinely accessible, and better understand and cater to the world’s 1 billion D/deaf and disabled people — currently a seriously underserved audience for film.

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Black Film Archive

Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming.

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Documenting Survivors of Trauma: Ethics and Consent

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How To Get Your Social Impact Project Festival Ready

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Rewriting Tips for Filmmakers

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Hispanic and Latino Representation in Film: Erasure Behind the Camera (Report)

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Wonderland Podcast

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Write Inclusion: Resources (List of Underrepresented Writers)

Looking to hire underrepresented writers? Check out this page of grassroots initiatives led by TV writers, curated by TTIE.

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What I Wish I Would've Learned In Film School

Dear Producer and the Documentary Producers Alliance have teamed up to bring together fiction and documentary producers to reveal what they don’t teach you in film school. From the truth about funding and distribution, to how to earn a living while making your films, and taking creative risks, these producers will teach valuable lessons whether you are currently in film school, never attended, or now a notable alumni.

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AMP Better Futures: Visioning In A Time of Crisis

Writer and activist Walidah Imarisha discusses the work of visionary fiction as a way of imagining a better future, and how organizing in itself is a type of science fiction.

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Collab Takeaways: Jason Blum’s Five Recommendations for Launching Your Film Producing Career

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Chicana Director's Initiative

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1in4 Coalition's 10 Ways To Support Disability Representation in Hollywood

1IN4 is an intersectional coalition of disabled creatives currently working in Hollywood focused on long-term institutional shifts to increase employment and authentic representation of disabled people. This resources outlines 10 ways film professionals can start supporting disability representation in Hollywood.

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FICM Mexican Filmmaker Directory

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Film Fatales Directors Database

A directory of directors for Film Fatales.

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Collab Takeaways: The Power of Cinematography: DP Kirsten Johnson Shares Her Filmmaking Philosophy

Kirsten Johnson

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Creative Capital's Livestreaming for Artists Online Workshop

This workshop, hosted by Creative Capital, explores how livestreaming can serve as a powerful tool for artists that are currently looking for ways to maintain their artistic practice and livelihood, especially as we continue to reimagine art making in a COVID world.

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The Creative Independent's Applying for Artist Grants Overview

Applying for a grant is not only a chance to share your work and have it be seen—it’s also a great exercise to put into words what it is that you’re seeking to create. Every grant is a chance to open up a relationship with a potential funder, curator, or peer. Use this guide to help you apply to grants.

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Restoring the Future: Building a More Abundant Media Arts System Through Restorative Values Practices

The Restoring the Future reports maps out systemic harm in the arts ecosystem and then, using a worldbuilding practice, creates a framework of provocations for implementing and operationalizing restorative values in the work of artist support and art production. Download the report and learn how to create a restorative arts practice whether you're a creator or cultural worker.

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Collab Takeaways: Brit Marling on the Art of Writing, Acting, and Collaboration

Brit Marling

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Collab Takeaways: Five Tips for Creating Strong Comedic Characters

Jenny Bicks

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COVID-19 Housing Assitance Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent or mortgage payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should know that they are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Information is available at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's mortgage and housing assistance site on available resources.

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FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit

The FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit focuses on the processes of collaboration and audience engagement in documentary filmmaking with a view to social impact. This disabled-led resource offers empowering and practical information and best practice examples, focused on the crucial topic of engagement: engagement with disabled colleagues and expertise, and engagement with audiences.

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Collab Takeaways: Five Strategies to Help You Begin a TV Writing Career

Rae Benjamin

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Collab Takeaways: Four Ways to Create Empathetic Characters

JR Cole

Writer / Producer

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Tech As Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium

From the National Endowment for the Arts, this report is the result of a two-year research initiative exploring the multifaceted creative practices of artists who engage with digital technologies. The research examines the creative infrastructure supporting tech-focused artistic practices and provides insight into the existing challenges and opportunities faced by artists and organizations working at the intersection of arts and technology.

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The Creative Power of BIPOC Editors

A conversation with Sam Pollard, Jean Tsien, Lillian Benson and Stanley Nelson, on the creative power of BIPOC Editors.

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How the Year's Biggest Movies Layer in Meaning with Symbolic Composition

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Explaining Hollywood: How To Get A Job As A Producer

This article outlines Siena Oberman's journey to becoming a producer and navigating Hollywood, providing insight for emerging producers on how they can do the same.

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How to Develop Your Voice as a Screenwriter

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The Future of Horror Is Female: Watch Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Reeder, and Prano Bailey-Bond Talk Genre’s Future

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A Step by Step Guide to NFTs for Creators

From the Creator Economy, this article outlines step by step how creators can use NFTs.

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Collab Takeaways: How Filmmakers Create New Worlds With Music and Sound

Music and sound design are two of the most powerful tools available to film directors. In their Master Class on Building Your Story Soundscape with Music and Sound, Sundance Institute’s Director of Film Music Peter Golub and Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, lead a conversation with award-winning practitioners on how composers and sound designers work with directors to build the world of a film and shape its story and overall message.

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Director, Film Music Program

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Social Media Best Practices for Artists

Building a social media following can be a daunting task, especially for those starting out. Many artists have made social media a natural extension of their practice, while others only use it when they have time or when they want to promote their work. Regardless of your experience with social media, communicating across different platforms can take time and some strategic thinking. Creative Capital created a guide of best practices for artists who want to gain a following on the most popular digital platforms.

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Collab Takeaways: Six Tips to Prepare for Your Big Pitch

This Collab Takeaway outlines six tips for preparing a successful pitch from Jackie Miller's Master Class, "Own Your Voice - Pitch and Present with Confidence." Jackie Miller is a communication and public speaking coach and the president and founder of Bespoken, which focuses on teaching communication and presentation skills to professionals and teams across many disciplines.

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NFT 101 for Artists

Check out this panel with industry experts from For Freedom to gain access into how to navigate the rapidly growing NFT marketplace and monetize your art pratice.

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Collab Takeaways: Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself When Beginning a Documentary Film

Dawn Porter

Filmmaker

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How To Start a Production Company In 2021: The Ultimate Guide

A short guide on how to start a production company and generate income.

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Listen to James Cameron and Steven Spielberg Talk About Their Favorite Moments in Sci-Fi

James Cameron and Steven Spielberg discuss their favorite moments in sci-fi, with insights into writing and directing sci-fi.

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Collab Takeaways: Film Producing: Leading Your Team Through Post

Simon Taufique

Producer

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BIPOC Doc Editors Database

The BIPOC Doc Editors Database is a searchable database for producers and companies to find and hire BIPOC documentary editors. The documentary community is overwhelmingly white and this database is an intervention to promote diversity in the documentary editing space.

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Collab Takeaways: How to Fail at Filmmaking (and Why You Must)

Heather Rae

Producer

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LEDs, Camera, Action—How to Work on Virtual Productions

What is LED virtual production technology, why is it changing Hollywood, and how can filmmakers best shoot on a next-gen LED stage? Read this article to learn more about this cutting edge technology.

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Collab Takeaways: Let Your Career Catch You Off Guard: Chloé Zhao on Navigating the Film Business

Chloé Zhao

Writer / Director / Producer

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AFM Sessions: Blockchain Royalties

Learn from a panel of experts how blockchain can help amplify your revenue streams through rights managements and royalty payments based on decentralized and transparent systems.

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