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How to get film funding: A step by step guide on how to get your project, the money it needs.

November 11, 2014

Film Funding. Point 1.. Figure out what’s important. Ask yourself the honest question, do I really need that camera, lens kit or lighting rig? If you’re an indie filmmaker thinking big, great, but don’t allow the technical snobbery of a Director of Photography force you into thinking that you can’t afford to make films…you can. […]

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Lift-Off Launches New Exclusive Content : FOR SUBMITTERS ONLY.

March 13, 20140 Comments

“Value is what will define my decision as a filmmaker to submit my film to a festival. I would weigh up the chances of being screened with the value I will get from the submission fee alone. If it isn’t a fair investment, then I won’t submit.“ Since the 1st January Lift-Off has launched a […]

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Programme: Official Selections London Lift-Off 2014

November 22, 2014

Your programme is here… Look beyond the gloss. Put talent before technology. It is with great pleasure that we announce the programme for London Lift-Off 2014. Firstly we want to thank everyone who submitted making it all possible for our festival to continue to support the growth of indie film at the grassroots level. Our […]

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Making a feature film… Are you ready?

November 10, 2014

Are You Ready to Make A Feature? How to know when you are, and where to aim if you’re not… Are you ready to direct a feature film? Making a feature film The journey of any painters craft must always start with sketching. Trying out new ideas, developing a technique. I don’t think there has […]

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Creating Sound: Audio & Music for Film.

November 5, 20140 Comments

Creating Atmosphere, Depth, Purpose and Focus for Your Audience and Actors. What is the clapper board for? If you’re a filmmaker and you don’t know this – don’t worry – but understand that you absolutely should know. The clapper board syncs the picture to your external sound. The scene 1 take 2 chalk markings visually […]

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Casting Actors Correctly.

October 28, 20140 Comments

Casting Actors. Tips, tricks, and philosophical discussions for casting your next film. Every town, worth living in has a theatre of some shape or form. Theatres are the central hubs for live creative output for many people of all different shapes and sizes, playing make believe each and every week to a loyal crowd of […]

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Management Techniques: Getting the best out of your crew.

October 27, 20140 Comments

People management techniques for the project supervising filmmaker. Time slips away on a film-set quicker than you can say… “I thought it was lunchtime 30 minutes ago, why on Earth is it getting dark!?“ Time management on a film set is people management. And people can be very confusing. The number of times we have […]

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Emma Coates’ 22 Rules of Storytelling.

October 14, 20140 Comments

Simplify & Focus… 22 story structure golden nuggets. This week’s blog post contains advice from former Pixar story artist Emma Coats. This lovely set of advice was originally tweeted in 2011 in a series called story-basics.  In-case you missed it, here they are again. “Smart filmmakers don’t wait for doors to open. They move into communities […]

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Create Your Own Luck.

October 12, 2014

7 Tips. How to generate luck. In your filmmaking, and, perhaps, in life too..! After a good few posts on technical aspects and artistic management, we thought this week to take it back to something a little more philosophical/psychological. A post written entirely to open our submitters awarenesses to the power of luck, a look […]

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The Building Blocks of Writing.

September 30, 20140 Comments

………Tips, tricks, and philosophical discussions for writing your next screen play. Writing a great film is a tricky and elusive thing. We want… • A plot that will scoop our audience up in its arms transporting them through our story in the most elegant way possible. • Action that will be subtle enough yet dynamic. […]

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Creating character : Characterisation techniques for the artistic filmmaker.

September 20, 20140 Comments

It’s an artistic formula. As an indie filmmaker it is more than likely that you are the writer, director, photographer, editor and promoter of your work. Balancing your focus and time can be very tricky, especially when you have very strong technical voices on the project who believe they have priority over the not so […]

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How to use Twitter effectively as an Indie Filmmaker.

September 17, 20140 Comments

………How to use the fastest growing social media site on the web to increase exposure of your work to a worldwide audience including gaining the attention of film festival’s, VOD distribution channels, fellow filmmakers and large chunks of potential audience. How to use twitter to promote your film. 1. How to use twitter to promote […]

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Los Angeles Lift-Off 2014 – Winners and Review

September 10, 20140 Comments

This years festival was a great success. Thank you to all who attended and voted on the films we showcased. We were delighted by the turn out – fascinated by the feedback and the Q&A’s with our filmmakers. The scorecards proved yet again that true indie film rests on the power of the acting, direction […]

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How to get paid work as a filmmaker.

September 6, 20140 Comments

A guide to climbing the industry and getting paid work as a professional director.. “It’s a tough business…” If I had a penny for every-time I was told in my early career that I was – getting into a really competitive and ultimately challenging career in film -I’d have had enough pennies to build a […]

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How To Be Your Own Art Department.

September 3, 20140 Comments

……….Never overlook the powers of filling a frame with narrative. The importance of using an art director, and how you can be one yourself! As a film festival, we watch many films each and every week, and we are always stunned at how good the standard can sometimes be… Great acting, great directing, brilliant subjects […]

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Creating originality within a world of blah blah blah…

August 25, 20140 Comments

How to build the perfect creative engine. Yeah, you get what we’re on about: Kayne West and Kim Kardasian are the worlds most famous couple. The idea that self-selective, self absorbed psychopaths building a brand of obvious that doesn’t really say anything, or change a single ounce of humanity, is what the western world wants […]

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