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PODCAST: From Idea To Finished Film: Making A Micro-Budget Feature In 6 Months

By Noam Kroll

While most studio level feature films take many years to produce, micro-budget films often come together far more quickly as there is less red tape involved at every stage. In fact, some filmmakers have realized their visions in as little as 6 months, which is virtually unheard of in filmmaking at other budget levels.

In this episode, I outline my optimal 6 month feature film schedule – from concept to finished product – and explain how this type of time constraint can benefit the creative process. I walk listeners through every stage, detailing how much time should be allocated to writing, pre-production, production, and post, in order to execute the strongest possible final product in as little time as possible.

Episode 27: From Idea To Finished Film: Making A Micro-Budget Feature In 6 Months

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PODCAST: An Interview With Literary Manager & Writing Consultant Whitney Davis

By Noam Kroll

Micro-budget films have increased in technical quality by leaps and bounds over the past decade, but many still fail to reach an audience as a result of underdeveloped stories and screenplays. This has ultimately become the achilles heel for so many micro-budget filmmakers, which is why it’s so imperative that every filmmaker, regardless of budget, places an equal weight on the writing process.

In today’s episode, I interview Whitney Davis – a literary manager who started in this business as a TV writer (represented by William Morris Agency), and later moved into script consulting and management. Over the course of this interview, Whitney pulls from her diverse background as a writer, consultant, and manager to share invaluable advice on screenwriting that is universally applicable to any filmmaker looking to strengthen their work.

Check out Episode 26: An Interview With Literary Manager & Writing Consultant Whitney Davis

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The Control Room app lets you control Lightroom from your smartphone

Need to spice up your Lightroom editing experience on the desktop? No need to wait for whatever Adobe has waiting for us at AdobeMAX, you can try out the Control Room app instead. Available for both Android and iOS, the app lets you control all of your Lightroom sliders (and more) from your smartphone, allowing you to lean back and edit the photos on your desktop without touching a mouse or keyboard.

The app was created by software engineer and photographer Aaron Vizzini, who only recently decided to share his creation with the general public.

Using Control Room, you can both edit and manage (rate, flag, create rapid collections) your photos using your smartphone as the control pane. Any changes you make on your device will update in real time on the computer through a companion plugin. It’s exactly as seamless as it sounds:

Whether or not this will actually help speed up your Lightroom workflow is entirely dependent on you, but the idea, at least, is pretty neat. To learn more about Control Room or get the $4 app for yourself, head over to the iTunes App Store or Google Play, and then visit the Control Room website to download that plugin as well.

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3 Story Structures Designed For True Micro-Budget Films

By Noam Kroll

Story structure is the backbone of just about every film, and a true mastery of stucture is critical to the success of any filmmaker. Many narrative features falter as a result of poor structure, and unfortunately this is true even of films that are built on very strong premises, characters, and themes. Ultimately, structure provides the connective tissue that brings all of the key ingredients of a great screenplay together, and without the right structural mechanisms it’s difficult to create work that is greater than the sum of it’s parts.

In this episode, I discuss the concept of strucutre from a top level, outlining why it is especially critical for micro-budget filmmakers that need to make the most out of their limited resources. I also provide 3 individivual examplles of unique story structures that can help filmmakers without much (or any) budget to ensure that their work is as original and engaging as possible.

Episode 25: 3 Story Structures Designed For True Micro-Budget Films

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PODCAST: When To Quit Your Day Job And Pursue Filmmaking Full Time

By Noam Kroll

One of the most universal struggles for filmmakers is knowing how and when to quit working at a day job. Making indepdnent films requires a ton of time and flexibility when it comes to scheduling, and many filmmakers believe that their current work-life setup is preventing them from having the time they need to reach their goals.

Over the course of this episode, I dive deep into the idea of leaving a stable career to pursue filmmaking full time, and explores a number of key questions that all filmmakers should ask themselves when making the leap. These questions are intended to guide filmmakers to wholly understand what the next logical step in their career should be, and from a top level standpoint, whether or not leaving their day jobs is in fact even the right choice.

Take a listen to Episode 24: When To Quit Your Day Job And Pursue Filmmaking Full Time

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