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Cast & Crew

Crewing Calls

It’s been said directing films, commercials, TV shows and industrials is like commanding a small army.

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Getting Your Movie Greenlit

p3 update _350It’s time to get your movie greenlit. You have a polished screenplay and you’ve just sat down with the gatekeepers: studio execs. The opening of their big gate can lead to big audiences and bigger rewards. You want them to go forward with the movie — your movie — and all eyes are on you. You’re tense and fear the one wrong remark that will sabotage the meeting. This is crunch time.

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21st Century Music Video Casting

castingmusicvideos_renitagaleBelieve it or not, music videos have been around since the 1930s when Warner Bros. launched The Spooney Melodies, a series of musical shorts created to promote songs from the studio’s music-publishing catalog. Both then and now, casting directors have been challenged by the unique demands of this genre.

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Expert Advice for Scriptwriters

Writer_Michael_ArndtIn a recent panel discussion equipped with an incredible line up of writers including Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing and Friends With Money), Billy Ray (Breach, Shattered Glass and State of Play) and moderator Robin Swicord (Memoirs of A Geisha and Little Woman), hot topics were discussed on characters, feedback and ambition.

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Crewing and Gearing Up for Preproduction

Crewing_Img1147Robert Massey is a cinematographer and the president of Pulse Media, Inc., a full-service video production company. He recalls a producer once telling him, “I have a high-maintenance client, and I don’t need a high-maintenance vendor.” The message was clear: bogged down by pressures to cut costs and satisfy the often contradictory demands of clients, today’s producers have enough to worry about in preproduction. This is why the one-stop shop provided by many crew companies is more needed than ever. “Producers want things to be easy,” explains Massey. “We provide that.”

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