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Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Filmmaker’s Guide to Music Licensing

A Filmmaker’s Guide to Music Licensing

Filmmakers often feel so attached to a song that it becomes a crucial and indispensible element to the story. A scene, or even an entire film, can revolve around a single piece of music. What many directors don’t realize is that the process of clearing that song can be very difficult and expensive. Brooke Wentz, [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0

Getting Lost in the Timeless World of Welcome To Me Starring Kristen Wiig

Getting Lost in the Timeless World of Welcome To Me Starring Kristen Wiig

Screenwriter Eliot Laurence, director Shira Piven, and actor James Marsden sat down with moderator Dana Harris after the Film Independent at LACMA screening of Welcome To Me, the story of $86 million lottery winner Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig). She’s a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who gets rich, quits her meds, and buys a talk show that talks all about [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0

The 7 Arts of Working in Film: On-Set Protocol

The 7 Arts of Working in Film: On-Set Protocol

This article about working in film production could easily be retitled “In Case You Left Your Common Sense at  Home: How to Act Professionally.” Kudos to Brandon Tonner-Connolly and Alicia van Couvering for writing it, and to Filmmaker Magazine for publishing it.  It’s the same kind of no-nonsense, you-wish-it-were-obvious-but-it-just-ain’t advice that I tried to inject [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0

The Benefits of Film Freeway (a film by Mark Borchardt)

The Benefits of Film Freeway (a film by Mark Borchardt)

A film by Mark “Coven” Borchardt extolling the virtues of submissions platform FilmFreeway. If you’re familiar with Borchardt this needs no further explanation; if you’re not, well, I’m not sure where to start except to encourage you to watch American Movie. [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0

Show Us Your Shorts!!! Spring Fling 2015

Show Us Your Shorts!!! Spring Fling 2015

Get ready to show us what you’ve got!!! The Ellensburg Film Festival’s semi-annual film slam is back for 2015: Show Us Your Shorts Spring Fling! Assemble your team and meet for the SUYS LAUNCH Friday, May 1st, 2015 at the festival offices in Gallery One at 5:00pm sharp. Teams will be assigned their film elements [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0

Saman Kesh's "Controller" Picked up by Fox

Saman Kesh's "Controller" Picked up by Fox

We at the DIY Film Fest like to honor and celebrate DIY Filmmakers when they knock one out of the park.Saman Kesh is a filmmaker who has taken his talents in DIY Filmmaking to the next level.And his “Proof of Concept” film has just been picked up for development at Fox.“Whiplash” – the multiple award winning [...]

May 13, 2015 admin Film Festival 0