HOW DO I GET A FILMING PERMIT? Filming Permit Process The filming permit process is different for each film commission so you should check with them on the proper way they want it done. 5 Standard items you will need for a Filming Permit. .    1.Certificate of Insurance with specific wording for the location you […]

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Sound Design Sound Design involves adding in sounds and taking away sounds from your final movie track. This is done through adjusting the volume of the actors voices, adding in background noise, adding in sound effects and adding in a soundtrack. Adjustments to the Actor’s Voices Even though you have had someone mixing individual channels […]

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Finding an Editor Fortunately for you there are many editors out there that dream of working on a film. Just like yourself they too need additional work for their reel. If you are willing to put in the time you can find a decent editor that will either donate time to you or do an […]

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Lights are important to help set the mood in every scene Lighting is something that is often an issue on an independent film. I have seen many films that mixed lighting colors because they did not either have a real DP or a real Gaffer. You need to have your Gaffer and DP speak with […]

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With so many cameras on the market today, how do you know which one is right for your film? Here’s the simple answer. Pick the one that gives you the best look, that you have access to, and that costs you the least. The look verses the cost is the universal problem that everyone struggles […]

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Movie Budgeting Movie Budgeting is an often misunderstood world of fringe items and scale wages and all kinds of things that seem to be foreign to most people. Just trying to calculate the overtime, double time, bumps for stunts and all of these things is enough to drive a person over the edge. That is […]

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Ever watched the credits at the end of a movie and wondered what all of those people do? Well, here’s your answer. Below is a simplified list with a real world description for most of those positions. Production Sound Unless you are doing a throw back to Charlie Chaplin or your entire film is a […]

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Ever watched the credits at the end of a movie and wondered what all of those people do? Well, here’s your answer. Below is a simplified list with a real world description for most of those positions. Production Department There are many people who are involved in the production department on a movie and I […]

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History of the site IndependentFilmAdvice.com is a website that is set up for educational purposes for aspiring filmmakers. It was concepted and written by industry veteran Smithy Sipes, Producer/Director and owner of the film and commercial production company Studio Smithy, Inc. After many years of working in the film business on both the advertising side […]

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