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Hiring Union Production Staff: Day Rates For Film Crew 2022: A Comprehensive Guide

In this article, we'll explore the day rates for film crew 2022 as set by the film crew unions, the tier system that establishes their minimum pay, and the difference between production and non-production cities.

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How to Find a Producer for Your Film, TV, or Theater Project

So you’ve finally written that screenplay, found the perfect theater piece, or have an idea for a new web series. Now what? Now you need to know how to find a producer for the passion project that you are ready to bring to fruition.

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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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Film Distribution Survival Guide (How To Actually Make Money)

Most filmmakers have no idea what to do when they get into distribution of their film. For this reason I put together this Film Distribution Survival Guide to help guide you through these uncharted waters.

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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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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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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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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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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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Dear Producer, DISTRIBUTORS FACT SHEET: 2022 Edition

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Free Safety Training & Legal Services for Your Independent Production

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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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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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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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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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ShotDeck: Largest Collection of Fully Searchable HD Movie Images

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Filmmakers Legal Clinic (Formerly Indie Film Clinic)

The Filmmakers Legal Clinic (FLC), formerly known as the Indie Film Clinic, provides free transactional, intellectual property, and First Amendment legal services to visual advocates, filmmakers and video journalists working to move the social justice needle and diversify the stories that are told through media.

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The Creative Independent: How to Make a Low-Budget Film in the Age of COVID

From The Creative Independent, this guide provides practical advice for producing a low-budget film in the age of COVID.

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The Whole Picture Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Mentally Healthy Production

From The Film and TV Charity, this step-by-step guide helps filmmakers create mentally healthy productions.

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Dear Producer: The Producing Methods Needed to Make Your Film Happen and to Make it Great

In this article from Dear Producer, Epiphany James outlines the key takeaways from Oscar-winning producer Ted Hope's masterclass on The Producers Code and the producing techniques he's developed to help elevate projects and ensure they gets made.

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Insights from the 2021 Sustainable Production Forum

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Our Professional Everest: A Panel Recap on the State of Indie Producing

A recap of Dear Producer's panel on the state of indie producing moderated by Avril Speaks (producer, JINN) with panelists Amanda Marshall (producer, SWISS ARMY MAN), Kim Roth (producer, BLUE BAYOU), Rachel Shane (producer, THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE) and Lizzie Shapiro (producer, SHIVA BABY).

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"More to Talk About" Podcast: Intimacy Directors Show Broadway a Gentle Way of Returning ft. Claire Warden

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"The Future of Independent Film in the Age of the Corporate Streamers" Interviews with Filmmakers, Programmers, Distributors, Exhibitors & More

From The Film Collaborative, a video interview series of informal 20-minute chats with filmmakers, programmers, distributors, exhibitors, distribution experts, and other industry professionals on pressing film-distribution-related topics in this these tumultuous and unpredictable times.

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Albert Planet Placement: Guidelines for Implementing Environmental Sustainability in Content

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Green Spark Group Sustainable Production Resources

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Green Production Guide

Sustainability matters. Created by studios and industry professionals, the Green Production Guide is a set of tools and resources to help filmmakers plan, communicate, implement and track sustainable production practices and reduce the environmental impact of their projects.

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Reel Green: How B.C.'s Motion Picture Industry is Promoting Sustainability On and Off Set

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Environmental Media Association Green Seal for Production Resources & Best Practices

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Hollywood Digital Climate Summit Action Guide for Filmmakers

From Young Entertainment Activists (YEA!), this collection of practical tools and impact resources was created for film students, conscious freelancers, young professionals, climate activists, scientists, and anyone interested in climate justice. It contains action items to make Hollywood more sustainable as well as tips for carbon footprint reduction in production and ideas for climate artists.

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From Women In Film - Filling the Gaps: Bringing History Alive on Screen

Part of the 2021 Women In Film TV Summit, this panel of female TV creators and performers focuses on unpacking the layers to developing and portraying historical narratives on TV. Featuring Zackary Drucker (EP & Director of THE LADY AND THE DALE), Joi McMillon (Editor of THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, Juliet Rylance ("Della" on PERRY MASON), Jurnee Smolett ("Leti" on LOVECRAFT COUNTRY), Amy Ziering (Co-Creator, EP, Writer & Director of ALLEN V. FARROW); moderated by Andria Wilson Mirza (ReFrame Director).

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Panel: Warner Bros. Executive Producers on Running Shows

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Eco-Friendly Practices in the Film Industry

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Black Film Space Podcast: Hannah Beachler on Production Design

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Reel Green Sustainability Toolkits

The Reel Green Sustainability Toolkits are resources and tools created by Reel Green™ and industry to facilitate and implement best practices on motion picture productions in British Columbia, and can serve as a model for other regions.

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2021 Hollywood Climate Summit: Hollywood's Footprint Panel

In this panel discussion, policy leaders, scientists, and activists weigh in on what it would take for the Hollywood film industry reach net zero status and how Hollywood can use its global power to infuse policy and scientific innovation into storytelling.

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Everything to Know About Intimacy Coordinators in Film + TV from BackstageFest

In the ever-growing call for on-set safety and consent in the groundswell of the #MeToo movement, intimacy coordinators have become an invaluable asset to performers while filming. This panel pulls back the curtain on the growing field and provides all the answers actors need to know, featuring professional ICs Amanda Blumenthal, Teniece Divya, Sasha Smith, and Claire Warden.

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Dear Producer: Producers Roundtable at Sundance 2022

Dear Producer brings together six producers who had films premiere at 2022 Sundance Film Festival. In this panel, producers Kara Durrett (HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL, Premieres), Ina Fichman (FIRE OF LOVE, US Documentary Competition), Amanda Marshall (GOD’S COUNTRY, Premieres), Nikkia Moulterie (NANNY, US Dramatic Competition), Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (TO THE END, Premieres), and Keith Wilson (I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE, US Documentary Competition) discuss their experience with the festival's last minute move to fully virtual, the role festivals play in the independent landscape, how festivals can improve to better serve filmmakers and the current sales market for independent films.

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How to Find Cast and Crew

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Where Should You Allocate Your Film’s Budget?

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