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Film Funding | How To's | New England

Filmmaker’s Guide to Equity-Based Crowdfunding

23 Jan , 2017 | Written by Evan Crean | Posted by:

Donation-based sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo aren’t the only way to crowdfund a film. You can also leverage equity-based crowdfunding, which is more complex, but allows you to raise much larger sums of money. Here, NewEnglandFilm.com explains how you can use this lesser known method to finance your project.

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Distribution | How To's | Technology

Does Your Website Suck?

26 May , 2016 | Written by James Franklin and Kieran Masterton with introduction by Peter Broderick | Posted by:

Your website can enable you to maximize your film’s distribution, build a powerful audience, and have a sustainable career. Unfortunately, few independent filmmakers understand the importance of having an effective website let alone how to build and maintain a great site. Hence, this invaluable guide—courtesy of Peter Broderick, James Franklin and Kieran Masterton.

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Film Funding | How To's | Kickstart New England | Massachusetts | New England | Reports | Vermont

Crowdfunding Advice from Veteran Filmmakers

2 Mar , 2016 | Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by:

NewEnglandFilm.com checks back with filmmakers featured in the Kickstart New England series to find out if their campaigns were successful and what they learned about crowdfunding.

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Acting | How To's | New England

Headshots How-To

7 Jul , 2015 | Written by Caitlin Arcand | Posted by:

Countless acting workshops, years of vocal training, a stacked résumé that has taken you months or years, but are you forgetting the most important thing? The headshot. Here’s a guide to how to find a photographer and get that perfect headshot to sell your look to the casting team.

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How To's | Technology

How to Utilize Slow-Motion Footage in Your Next Video Project

10 Sep , 2014 | Written by NewEnglandFilm.com | Posted by:

Adding slow-motion video can mean the difference between a rough draft and a polished film. VideoBlocks.com provides this list of tips on how to use stock slow motion video in your film. Republished with permission from VideoBlocks.com.

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How To's | Screenplay Doctor | Screenwriting

Top Tips on Evaluating Agents and Production Companies

1 Aug , 2014 | Written by Susan Kouguell | Posted by:

What happens when an agent or production company expresses an interest in your work? The Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell provides readers with some tips on how to proceed not only with excitement, but with caution.

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Acting | How To's

How to Be a Voice-Over Artist: Understanding Today’s Landscape

1 Aug , 2014 | Written by Kevin T. Cunningham | Posted by:

If you are thinking, “I’m a good actor, but I don’t necessarily have a great voice,” keep reading. First, the voice-over industry might be different than you thought, especially since recent technology has revolutionized the voice-over industry—changing both the work available and how we get work. Read on to learn about the scope, sound, and sourcing of today’s voice-overs.

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How To's | Screenplay Doctor | Screenwriting

Twenty Questions: Are you *really* ready to submit your screenplay?

1 Jul , 2014 | Written by Susan Kouguell | Posted by:

Before you submit your screenplay, get feedback from people who will tell you the truth and nothing but the truth. Here are 20 questions to ask them to make sure you're getting feedback that will help. To have your question answered in the next column, email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

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How To's | Screenplay Doctor | Screenwriting

To Pitch or Not to Pitch? Top 10 Pitching Tips from the Screenplay Doctor

3 Jun , 2014 | Written by Susan Kouguell | Posted by:

Should you pitch your script before it's written? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month and provide a list of ten pitching tips. To have your question answered, e-mail screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

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How To's | Screenplay Doctor | Screenwriting | Television

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: How to Pitch a TV Series

1 May , 2014 | Written by Susan Kouguell | Posted by:

How can you pitch a new TV series? Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell finds an answer to this question of the month with Jeff Greenstein, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of Dream On, Friends, Will & Grace, Parenthood and Desperate Housewives. E-mail your question to screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com.

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