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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

Click on either of the above images to download a full-size version of the file for printing. And you can read all of our Filmmaking Resources here.

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Posted on June 17th, 2013 by Spark | Leave a Comment (2)
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In the first part of “How to Get Your Film Seen: (Part 3) Your Website” we discussed why you need a homepage in addition to your social networking profiles, design, web hosting, domain names, and a few different styles that your website can take. Today I want to expand on what we talked about last time.

Not only is it a good idea to get a website, but it is an even better idea to learn just how to build a website. Websites can become very costly after you consider the yearly price of hosting and domain names and then take into the account of the actual design costs and maintenance. As a low budget filmmaker, you have already likely taught yourself how to edit and use camera equipment, why not also learn HTML and CSS coding? Just a little knowledge can get you a very long way. In the very least you can beg someone to do the initial design work on the site and you can comfortably edit the pages by yourself, successfully avoiding the costly maintenance.

Also touching on what I mentioned in the last column, if you create the website around a blog platform, like WordPress, then you’ll be able to easily edit all of the pages via an Online editor. WordPress themes are completely customizable and you can manipulate them into exactly how you want your website to look.

Posted on March 3rd, 2011 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Oh, what I wouldn’t give to go on location to a nice tropical place or anywhere that is beautiful and warm (and a little less smog filled than Los Angeles).

I just got off a shoot in Martha’s Vineyard – now I know what you’re thinking; “What an awesome place! Even the President stays there on vacation!” Yes, he does, but in the summer. We shot for two grueling weeks in the winter. We faced off with two blizzards, monsoon rain storms, flooding, roads made of pure ice, and every horrible weather condition that you can face in the middle of nowhere on an island in the winter.

Now, I don’t want anyone to get the wrong idea, I LOVE WHAT I DO. I think I’d just love it a little more if I were doing it in a nice warm (environment that doesn’t want to kill me) location. Maybe somewhere close by in California, like Del Mar. There are tons of possible locations in the city and in San Diego. And if you need to rent a Del Mar home for the crew and cast, the real estate isn’t that bad now a days for short term rentals.  Plus you’ll have dream weather. You can take a dip in the pool after a long day of shooting.

Now, I’d be down for some other locations also, how about Florida or Hawaii?  Florida you’ll have to face off with the random rain shower and it is a wet/sticky hot, unlike California’s dry heat. Hawaii is pretty perfect, Lost shot there. The new Pirates movie also shot on their islands. The big thing you’ll have to face with Hawaii is the long trip getting there and everything is a lot more expensive on the islands (don’t even get me started about the costs of gas – or milk!). The big thing is finding a place that is right for your script and is a nice area to be. A place that is friendly to your crew and will not having them running and hiding from the elements.

Posted on February 8th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on Shoot on Location – It’s Good for You!
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You could have just finished the best independent film ever made. It can be spot on perfect in every way.  But if you have no contacts and no one watches it, you’ll never get distribution. I know, I say this a lot, but networking is essential to the filmmaking process. Last week we had a Daily Filmmaking Tip that involved attending screenings, networking events, social gatherings, and parties to expand your networking base and to meet people in not only various areas of production, but to also meet possibly investors, vendors, and the press.  So, you have met a lot of new people and you have a ton of contact names and email addresses, what do you do next?

Like plants you’ll have to water these new relationships. You need to send them messages via email (or even Facebook) and make sure that you stay in their minds. The Holiday season makes this a lot easier. Don’t be the guy who text message blasts everyone in their phone with a canned message (the same goes for mass emailing everyone!). Be original, send people custom greeting cards with personalized messages to them and reference how you know each other (this is only for if there is a chance they might not recognize your name).  If you have a film, the seasonal greeting card could have a still from the movie or its poster. Remember, these Holiday cards aren’t just to wish them well, you want them to remember you as a filmmaker and to remember your film.

Posted on December 10th, 2010 by admin | Comments Off on Daily Filmmaking Tip: Happy Holidays!
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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 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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