The Top 13 Screenwriting Contests To Enter for 2017

 

The Top 13 Screenwriting Contests To Enter In 2017

To learn how to become a screenwriter, screenwriting contests are a great way to get started.

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38 Actors Audition Prep Tricks

A recent edition of BACKSTAGE daily has this article I think you should read.  You may have seen it on RoundTable.Media's HEADLINES page since BackStage is one of the almost 20 industry publications we update DAILY! It's great because the promise is fulfilled in a very straight forward manner--it is literally words straight out of the mouths of 38 significant actors. The diversity of opinion and experience about auditioning is striking. And Auditioning is a very important part of the process which can't be ignored. Of course it's important information for other actors but it's also very revealing for Directors, Casting Directors, Producers and others...which I will be blogging about in another article! Be sure to read 38 Actors Audition Prep Tricks from Backstage

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8 Ways For Small Business to Boost Profits

From a great article giving 8 classic ways for small businesses to boost profits I want to recommend to you the TOP THREE for folks working in media. The article is from NewsMax Finance and its worth reading the whole thing because all 8 tips are business-school-basic for any business. Of course if you're a freelancer, you often don't see yourself as a business but you are. So whether you market yourself under a banner or as an expert service provider and whether your a one-man band or a company with employees these three tips will be essential to your success. Here they are:

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3 Terms Directors and Editors Must Know Which Others Often Misuse

Accurate ommunication is important if for no other reason than it saves time. Unfortunately most people misuse three terms which are crucial to the relationship between Director and Editor. INSERT, CUTAWAY and B-Roll are common terms and most people don't know their real meanings. But you will after you read this.

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10 Bad Audio Habits To Avoid!

Well, happy New Year! I've got one great way for you to make 2017 the best year ever. It's to help you make fewer costly errors. You know, as the say for Doctors, "first do no harm!" So, I came across this super article by audio engineer, Blag Ivanov, in VideoMaker Magazine in which he covers both the sublime and rediculous. It's a great check list for anyone working in media. More than a list, really, its good advice and useful explainations!

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10 Steps To Writing A Movie Pitch: A Case Study

 

Exclusive Bonus: Click here to download the 8 screenplays you must read to learn how to write a screenplay (all scripts will be PDFs).

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4 Ways To Stop Wasting Your Video Editor's Time!

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25 Essential Modeling Terms

In a recent article in BackStage, author, actor, acting and modeling coach, Aaron Marcus offers a mini dictionary for anyone interested in modeling. The models I've met certainly feel they are acting when they pose and the photogs certainly act like directors. The terminology Marcus offers certainly overlaps with acting and other media jargon. While you may not focus on modeling or photography there's some terms here we should all be familiar with. Check it out, and as you do think about how the various forms of media have so much in common!

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Ten Tips To Save Time In Post

A lot of us thnk we're too advanced for time-saving tips but I've found that my most hyper-ego moments are when I need the most basic reminders! So when I came across Max McGonigal's article on www.ForScene.com I was intrigued. His main thrus is you save time by planning ahead!  So True!  And he gives 10 simple but important ways to do that. Some are so simple and obvious but most are good solid practices which we all need to follow--especially if you're like me, and sometimes in the heat of the battle move just a little too fast! Enjoy and let me know if you have any other tips to add to these.

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5 Reasons Why Many Read VO Scripts Too Fast

5 reasons many people read voice-over scripts too fast

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13 Frequently-Used Phrases That Make You Sound like A Hollywood Rookie

If you have looked for information about how to handle yourself in a pitch meeting, you know that there isn’t that much available. 

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Effective Social Media for Voice Talent

 

You might be surprised at the casting or lurking or “talent evaluation” that gets done on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc. You always want to make sure that you are poised to get your share of any potential work opportunities!

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1 in 5 Listen to Podcasts!

 

The magazine is quoting findings released from Edison Research's Infinite Dial 2016 study, conducted in partnership with Triton Digital. The “That increase is some of the largest growth for the medium that we have observed in more than a decade of our podcast research, and represents an estimated 57 million Americans,” Edison VP of strategy & marketing Tom Webster says. You can read the article on Inside Radio here:

http://www.insideradio.com/free/podcast-consumption-surges-to-one-in-five-americans/article_bce00ee0-e4b1-11e5-9077-9f119ab66694.html

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10 Must-Read Video Editing Articles

10 Must-Read Video Editing Articles

As usual, i found another article I couldn't pass up!  This one is on Premium Beat. It's a site that curates royalty-free music and sfx—it's a pretty good library with some good packages at low prices.  Anyway, their blog covers a wide range of topics and this one was chock full of good information (that is, links to other good articles) not just for editors but anyone involved in film or video. My favorite is #6 Editing Techniques to Make Scenes More Dramatic. Among the 10 articles you'll like more than a few--no matter what your level of skill as an editor! Check it out at: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/video-editing-must-read-articles/

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The Ten Commandments Of Pitching

 

The Ten Commandments Of Pitching

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5 Steps to Optimize Your Video Content

5 Steps to Optimize Your Video Content

I came across this great article on the website for the Content Marketing Institute and just have to share it. It's by Michael Litt and was posted back in 2014, but the advice is evergreen and worth looking at a over and over. It's really about SEO - Search Engine Optimization - and how to get there when creating video content. But it's also about Marketing. If it's not pure entertainment you're trying to create in your video, it's very likely got a marketing purpose behind it. Litt's 5 steps are basic and important and worth reading more than once.

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5 Reasons To Say NO To A Job

 Five Reasons to say NO to a job:

1) When you have questions about the people. Life and work is all about people! if you have any questions about the boss or the crew that can't be resolved— whether it's trust or personality issues— you should consider saying NO. Working with the wrong people will make you unhappy a lot faster than doing work you don't like. Remember the old adage: When you lie down with dogs you should expect to get fleas!  The opposite is also true: working with good people, you can always learn something!

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7 Ways To Make Your Online Presence More Impressive

Acting teacher, Mae Ross, runs 3-2-1 Acting Studios in LA and is a regular contributor to Backstage. She posted 7 Ways to Make Your Online Presence More Impressive back in December and it stuck with me.

Of course, if you're not a performer you will have to do a little interpolation to apply her 7 ways. For example, when she says, Use the Same Headshot Everywhere (#3) what she's talking about is consistency. For the rest of us, this means not only using the same logo and slogan—and using them everywhere—but any important images that we use to represent us or our business. Many creatives and freelancers in the production field (from director to writer, gaffer, sound operator and beyond) work under a business banner. This helps give our business, which is really a professional service, the impression of a being larger entity, perhaps more substantial and more legitimate. We sometimes forget that people who want to hire us for our services are more interested in our personal skill, attitude, work ethic and credits than the need to feel secure with a bigger business. So it's a good idea to promote yourself as a talented individual as actors must. Our 'headshot' might be a staged photo that looks like a production still--for a director, sitting behind a camera; for a gaffer, focusing a light; for an editor, sitting at the computer...you get the idea.

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10 Tips to Target your Demo (and VO Biz!) for Success

These potential customers may have varying degrees of experience in hiring voiceover talent, and the more you can help to educate them in the process, the closer you will be to booking the job!

Here are ten tips to help you to reach your target market for a successful 2016!

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100 Podcasts That Will Make You Smarter, Better and Wiser

I've always been a fan of Inc. Magazine. It's been around since before dirt was invented and of course now it's not just a rag but a multimedia digital content provider (say that fast 10 times.) It's aimed at business with a decided edge toward growth and entrepreneurship. Many articles are for individuals, not corporate bureaucracies, despite...
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11 Ways to Take A NEW Look At Your Story

As a writer, I'm always looking for techniques to help me hone my prose and improve my output. I know, I know, it's called, 'find a good editor'! But even before that you really need to transform each version into a better version—whether you do it chapter by chapter (or scene by scene) or from start to finish. One of my resource sit...
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21 Apps for Post Production —iPad and iPhone

Special thanks to Susan Zwerman, VFX & Animation Producer who originally researched and compiled this list.Susan is the co-author of "The Visual Effects Producer—Understanding the Art and Business of VFX," published by Focal Press {www.focalpress.com} and available on Amazon. She is the president of Crystal Rain Media Entertainment http://www.c...
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Top Ten BLOGS by D.P.s

There are tons of great Directors of Photography out there but not that many have great blogs of websites. So it wasn't all that hard picking out our top ten. All these guys are talented beyond belief and some are filled with information more than others. Check them all out and let them know where you saw them first!10. ​http://www.harveyglen.com ...
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