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When My Hollywood Dream begin, it was a mix of entertainment opinions and reviews and filming tips. For the most part we ended up going in the full entertainment side and filmmaking tips became more scattered (never forgotten, but less of the site’s focus).

Back in 2009, I posted my personal storyboard template that I used for my own (at the time) short movies (now I am proud to say I also have a feature under my belt). I have two variations of this storyboard template (full screen and wide screen) and because of “popular demand”, I am more than happy to post these again. Feel free to download them and modify/use them however you want (if you repost them anywhere, please credit and link back to MyHollywoodDream.com). These files are a very basic template image that you can open and print in preview, word or any photo program.

Storyboard Template Full Frame   storyboardtemplate-wideframe

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Today’s Daily Filmmaking Tip is a bit different. Sometimes, to hype your completed film, the best thing to do is to party! Attend screenings, networking events, social gatherings, and the like. You have to get yourself out there and make as many contacts as humanly possible. Get to know other filmmakers, film groups, vendors, theater owners and employees, local businesses, etc. Everyone will be the key to getting a good word of mouth for your new film or webseries. Go back to your college or high school and see if they would be interested in screening your movie (or a few scenes) with a Q&A. Talk to the local theater to do pre-screenings and events.

Not only should you attend other people’s parties, but you should also throw your own party. Get creative. Have you ever been to any themed parties? Not only are they a lot of fun, but it sticks with people. I once went to a release party for a horror film DVD and all of the waitresses were dressed as “sexy zombies.” This caught a lot of people’s attention and gave strangers something to talk about.  I know people who have held decade parties, where everyone had to dress in the particular styles of a decade and all of the music and movies they had on fit the time. One of my personal favorite ideas was someone that held a “Heroes and Villains” party where everyone had to dress as a superhero or villain from movies, comics, or video games.

Anyone can gather people together and screen a film at a local bar or apartment. It is what you do to set your screening apart that people will remember. And they will not just remember your party, but also your film.

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Party! …?
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One of the most important parts of a film is its production value, which is achieved through the film’s designs, props, locations, costumes, and picture cars. Today I’m going to focus on the last one I mentioned, picture cars.

Picture cars can be used to tell the viewer what year the film takes place, to make the background seem a lot more busy than it actually is, and show the audience something about a character that they might not have known before (their social/wealth status, how cool they are — or their lack of cool, etc). The right picture car can elevate a film to a higher level. Could you imagine Back to the Future without the DeLorean?

Picture cars can be very expensive. Especially if you need a lot of them, and even more so if they have to be from a specific time period. So, what can you do to get cheap picture cars for your independent features and shorts? First, it is key to ask around. A friend or a friend of a friend could have the exact car that you need. Hit up your email contacts and send a message on Facebook to everyone that you think would be willing to help out. If that doesn’t work, you could put an ad on Craig’s List, but in my personal opinion the people that answer those ads tend to be shady. So if you don’t know anyone personally that would help you, I’d suggest going to a local used car dealership that has nice cars that might fit what you need.  Avoid chain stores and look for what that is personally owned. In exchange for a thank you credit or for filming a short commercial for the dealership they may be willing to let you borrow a car for your shoot. A buddy of mine did this for one of his shorts and got a slick BMW for his film. You might hear the word used and think that all of the cars they have must be falling apart and old, but that is far from true.

When you are looking for picture cars, think outside the box. And if you need a specific car, go on the hunt, I’m sure you’ll find it.

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Picture Cars for Indies
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One of the hardest parts of working in a highly creative industry is keeping the creative juices flowing.  Even if you are doing something that you truly love doing, after working seven day weeks and eighteen hours a day, it feels like work. Exhausting… tiring… never ending… work.  So, how do you keep going when your butt is being kicked? You have to remember why you are there and even more importantly, you have to stay inspired. This goes for working on set, writing, editing, fundraising, and every other part of the “business”. If you don’t find your inspiration and love what you are doing regardless of how much work is involved, than you will likely not “survive” working in the industry. You can make more money in less hours elsewhere (and have an actual life).

But you know what is funny? Inspiration can truly come from anywhere. In your office you might have a special coffee mug, or a cool wall clock or poster. It can be as easy as popping a favorite movie into your DVD player while you are writing or listening to music as you edit video. For me personally, in my office is a framed Superman poster that I have had since I was little.  It isn’t a really special poster, just a painting of Superman in the middle of a volcano trying to hold back the lava flow. Just seeing it puts a smile on my face and takes me back. It inspires me to keep writing, even when I have no idea where I am going with a story.

Find what keeps you going, because when your career is making films, you’ll need it.

Posted on November 17th, 2010 by ThePit | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Find Your Inspiration
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We talk about a lot of different (and at times unrelated) topics. From online advertising, to trailers, costuming, and different crew positions to general filmmaking and behind the scenes elements you wouldn’t think are that important. Today, I want you to think of your favorite movie studios and production companies. Think really hard. What do they all have in common? A really darn impressive logo and opening slug before all of their movies and television shows.

If you want to play with the big boys, then it is important to brand yourself and your company with a totally kick-ass and professional looking Business Logo Design. When people see that logo on movie posters, trailers, and finished movies/television shows, you want them to think of you. You want them to become familiar with your high quality brand. Which brings me to another point, be careful what you attach your company logo too. If something is very vulgar or racist, than that is how people will view your company and in turn you.  When you are ready to make your company known, make sure that you know what you want your company to be known for.

We have a few more Daily Filmmaking Tips coming up this week and we will be bouncing all over the world of filmmaking. Soon we are going to make an effort to talk with a few industry professionals and showcase different crew positions. Stay tuned!

Posted on November 16th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Okay, so I know I have shared plenty of tips for websites. We’ve talked about their importance in advertising (both your movie, company, and you as a filmmaker), link exchanges to network, and how they can make you look more professional. When someone is checking up on you, you can be sure that they will google search you and find your website.

There are a few key aspects that we have talked about to putting together a good website, including domain names, site design, and hosting.  Recently, one of my movie sites had a surge of visitors and while I thought everything was good [behind the scenes], the site crashed and then the interest in the site died.  What happened? I made a mistake by not monitoring my stats and monthly bandwidth. And because of this I did notice when I ran out of space and the site was taken offline by the host.

How can you fix this?  By finding the perfect web host. Your host is so important to not only keeping your website online, but also to keep it loading fast and with no missing images/glitches. A good web host will be easy to navigate and find all of the information that you need. You have to know how to control access to your website and its FTP, you need security and to know that no hackers will be getting in, you need multiple stats counters that break down your visitors along with their IP addresses and browsers they are using to get to you, easy access to a file manager, easy online bill pay with automatic reminders. It is also nice to find web hosts that offer a lot of perks, like full libraries of codes, CGI scripts, and advertising tools. Don’t just settle for any one, find the perfect host for the space you need and the visitors that you think you’ll be getting.

Posted on November 12th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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When making a movie it is important for all of the various departments to have all of the right tools to get the job done. To make this happen you need to have a detailed line by line budget divided by department. This is for all sized films, whether you have a 5 thousand dollar budget for a short film, or ten million dollars for a feature.

If your hair department needs chi flat irons, a hair iron, and hair shears, then you have to know how much money you can give the department to buy these (if you know early enough, buying products online usually saves you money) and how it effects how much money is left for other departments. If one department goes over budget, than you have to find the money somewhere, from another department. (and trust me, you’ll want to get that chi flat iron for the hair department)

Posted on November 5th, 2010 by admin | Leave a Comment
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