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Forum: Festivals 04-27-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,277
Posted By IndiePaul
Really like DC Shorts - they give feedback with...

Really like DC Shorts - they give feedback with every entry

http://dcshorts.com/
Forum: Newbies 04-19-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 646
Posted By IndiePaul
For feature and TV productions in Canada,...

For feature and TV productions in Canada, Vancouver or Toronto are the places to be.

Vancouver is crazily expensive though: rent is higher, so too buying a place ($1.2m for a small townhouse,...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-25-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,871
Posted By IndiePaul
There are also various screenplay review...

There are also various screenplay review companies you can use.

Also some screenplay contests include some degree of feedback for free as part of the entry fee - the Bluecat Screenplay contest...
Forum: Screenwriting 11-25-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,110
Posted By IndiePaul
You have lots of good advice from the folks...

You have lots of good advice from the folks above.

For honest and constructive script feedback I can highly recommend:

http://reelauthors.com/

... Note I do plenty of work for them.

They...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-18-2014, 11:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 912
Posted By IndiePaul
Some helpful articles: How to Write Great...

Some helpful articles:

How to Write Great Dialogue
http://reelauthors.com/script-analysis-coverage/how-to-write-great-dialogue.php

'On-the-nose' Dialogue...
Forum: On The Set 10-09-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,054
Posted By IndiePaul
Yep, I have 8x Canon batteries on set with 2x...

Yep, I have 8x Canon batteries on set with 2x double rechargers and 1x single recharger - all on set. The Canon DSLR with battery grip takes 2x batteries. Our SmallHD field monitor takes another...
Forum: Equipment 10-09-2014, 01:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By IndiePaul
Great advice AudioPostExpert, thanks. ...

Great advice AudioPostExpert, thanks.



I monitor the audio so when a mower/shower starts, neighbor calls out etc I merely stop the take and wait for quiet to return. It can be a 30 second wait...
Forum: Equipment 10-08-2014, 01:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By IndiePaul
As always, great advice. Noted. Thanks Alcove...

As always, great advice. Noted. Thanks Alcove Audio.
Forum: Equipment 10-07-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By IndiePaul
The biggest issue is the fact I am behind the...

The biggest issue is the fact I am behind the camera and working on audio at the same time, so cannot boom. I wear one of those Petrol audio bags with my 302, Tascam, wireless receiver etc inside. I...
Forum: On The Set 10-07-2014, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Posted By IndiePaul
Great advice Sweetie and Alcove Audio, much...

Great advice Sweetie and Alcove Audio, much appreciated.
Forum: On The Set 10-06-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Posted By IndiePaul
Audio: Lavs on bras - avoiding talent's heart beat

I had much fun and games on a recent shoot.

Due to the micro budget nature of our shoots, I wear both the DOP and 'audio guy' hats. I am not an audio pro, but am learning as much as I can about...
Forum: Equipment 10-06-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By IndiePaul
Advice on recorder to use with Sound Devices 302

Audio, audio, audio... With two micro budget shorts and features now under my belt, I can attest to what Alcove and APE et al regularly say: capturing good audio is key to your production and is...
Forum: Screenwriting 10-01-2014, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 957
Posted By IndiePaul
Stopped after the first page. Your dialogue...

Stopped after the first page.

Your dialogue is far to on-the-nose.

Read these articles:

How to Write Great Dialogue...
Forum: Newbies 09-30-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,900
Posted By IndiePaul
Personally I would 100% not do that. Our...

Personally I would 100% not do that.

Our first shorts (and features actually) were ultra low budget affairs. Basically we gained a huge amount of experience. One short was excellent, the rest...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-28-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Posted By IndiePaul
Does not do it for me. If you plan on...

Does not do it for me.

If you plan on trying to sell the screenplay, the concept would be a very tough sell.

If you want to direct yourself: go ultra-low budget, and see if you can write...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-28-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By IndiePaul
Have lots of interests. Read a lot. ...

Have lots of interests.

Read a lot.

Think out of the box.

Also relax too, sometimes the best ideas will come then.
Forum: Screenwriting 09-28-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By IndiePaul
Writing an engaging feature is not easy to do. ...

Writing an engaging feature is not easy to do.

There's a reason why the top tier screenwriters are paid mid to high six figures (or sometimes 7 figures) for their screenplays.

This holds true...
Forum: Distro/Marketing 09-25-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By IndiePaul
It's better to get written consent but would...

It's better to get written consent but would someone actually sue if you do no harm, merely film? I would think not, but sure there is always a risk hence the reason for getting consent and...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-21-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 871
Posted By IndiePaul
Forget the theory, just write a short that keeps...

Forget the theory, just write a short that keeps people glued to their seats, involved and interested in the storyline. Sounds easy - it's actually very difficult.

As Filman noted there are...
Forum: Equipment 09-21-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,693
Posted By IndiePaul
AA and APE are the audio experts here. Your...

AA and APE are the audio experts here.

Your audio tech has a lot of really nice gear but his low budget recorder is a surprise.

Saying that, I now have a SD 302 as well (I also have a SD MM1). ...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-21-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By IndiePaul
There are various ways to do this. Probably the...

There are various ways to do this. Probably the most common method uses INTERCUT.

They are detailed in the screenwriting format guides.

You will find three such guides (all free) here:
...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-21-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By IndiePaul
Not just common sense, but assume your reader is...

Not just common sense, but assume your reader is very intelligent.

Write tightly. Non-pro screenwriters typically detail far too much - that slows and spoils the read and screams amateur.

If...
Forum: Hollywood 09-20-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 723
Posted By IndiePaul
The Chair - show about two first-time feature directors

Is anyone watching The Chair. A show about two folks given an opportunity to direct a feature.

I have been glued to the show. It shows their highs and lows during pre-production, filming and...
Forum: Screenwriting 09-20-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,232
Posted By IndiePaul
Okay, that's good to hear. Micro-budget is...

Okay, that's good to hear.

Micro-budget is the best way to do it. But a feature is a big undertaking.

We shot a feature but shot it 90% in our own place. So that kept the costs hugely down....
Forum: Screenwriting 09-20-2014, 12:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,232
Posted By IndiePaul
Best to start with a short H44. You know this...

Best to start with a short H44. You know this already. Write a good short script, and film that.

99.99% of people's first short will actually not be very good.

Your film making will get...
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