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We talk a lot about designing the perfect websites for you as a filmmaker, for your production company, and a website for each of your films. Each should have its own distinct look and feel, along with their own domain names. Something that is very important is tying all of your websites together with links. If one website does very well and gets a lot of traffic, than linking to your other websites will also help them.

In the past we’ve also talked a lot about using the print medium to get people to your websites. Business cards, post cards, and posters are all great for networking and increasing your social base. You can also do a lot of electronic advertising via email and newsletters.

Today’s tip is how you can increase your seo (search engine optimization). You want your websites to be at the top of results pages in google, yahoo, and other search engines. The best way to make this happen is to have popular websites linking to your website. After you do all of the basic stuff, like making profiles for your websites on Facebook, Myspace, and other popular social networking platforms, you than want to create a strong Link Exchange with a variety of other websites, both like your website and different. Contact website masters and offer a link on your website for a link on theirs. Create a full page on your website for links and shoutouts. Use a Google PR ranker to check up on websites that you want to trade links with. The higher their PR, then the better the link is at helping your website’s seo. Target these websites and you’ll start to see an increase in your visitors from search engines.

Posted on October 15th, 2010 by admin | Leave a Comment
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daily filmmaking tips

So, lets say you spent the long amount of time it takes to make a feature film. You have worked your butt off to make it as good as possible. What comes next? Chances are, you have spent a mint getting it made. Whether you had an investor or just put everything on credit cards, feature films cost money. Even low budget ones. So, now do you hire a marketing firm for the film? A seo company for the film’s website? A public relations rep?

The first big thing to ask… is there an money left? Did you put aside some money to advertise your film or were you hoping that it would make it into a festival and a big studio would see it and snatch it up in a heartbeat? Well, that would be great, but it doesn’t always happen. While making the film it is a good idea to put some money on the side. You need cast for film festival entries, travel to be at said festivals, design work, a web site, and even a PR person to help your film get noticed. Those are the people that have ties to newspapers, blogs, and even festivals themselves. If you don’t have an agent, you just might need to hire someone to help you get the word out about your film. No matter how hard you work as a lone wolf, you just might not have the skills to do it alone. Plan ahead and put some money aside for advertising to help sell your film.

Posted on September 12th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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Photobie Editing Program

Photobie is a windows based editing software that lets you easily edit photos, create scrapbooks and animations, take screen captures, and convert image files. Best of all, it is completely free. The site also features a network of graphics enthusiasts and professionals along with a huge supply of tutorials, and resources to help with your photo needs.

You can check out the program and community here.

Posted on December 14th, 2008 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (1)
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This is an example of a free stock image from freephotosbank.com

Are you looking for an abstract picture to be the background of your new blog? How about a beautiful landscape to use as the background in your new movie’s poster? Having access to a variety of stock images at your feet is in very important when you don’t have much in terms of funds, but have big ideas. Continue reading to find free stock images.

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Looking to make a website for your film or production company? There are a lot of web hosting companies out there and it can be a very daunting task to find affordable web hosting that is reliable, dependent, and offers you exactly what you need. I have gone through multiple web hosting companies throughout the years and the one I use now, I’d highly recommend.

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