Industry Guides

A Step-by-Step Guide to Pre-Production for Film and Video

Concept This is where you develop your story, its structure, and plot points. Ideas often are drawn from personal experiences or ripped from the headlines. Maybe it’s a story you were told as a child, or a product of your own wild imagination. At its most basic level, a concept should be able to be … Read more

Filmmaking Tips for Students

1. Start Young Steven Spielberg made his first film at the age of 12. Get the jump on your rivals by having a showreel of 4-5 films by the time youʼre 18. Start now! 2. Just DO it Thereʼs no better way to learn filmmaking than getting out there and DOING it. And you donʼt … Read more

Tips for Finding a Great Film Location

1. Go Digital While having an official location scout is still necessary for big budget productions, you may be able to virtually scout a location. Using this approach is also useful for doing a preliminary look before you go and see a location in-person. Here’s a few online location tools that you can access from your … Read more

Quick Production Tips for Film and Video Professionals

1. Don’t Scout a Location By Yourself Location scouting is a very important part of the production process. When you’re ready to scout your next potential film site, make sure you take the production manager/designer, cinematographer, and audio supervisor. You want these members of the crew there in order to judge if the location is manageable, … Read more

Tips on starting a career in film and TV

What are the biggest dos and don’ts when emailing CVs and cover letters? Keep CVs short and specific to the job you’re applying for. If you haven’t gripped them in the first half page they may not read the rest. Follow up, build a network and always be professional no matter how frustrated you may … Read more

Tips on Crowdfunding and Promoting Your Film via Social Media

Your Project is Made Real Launching a campaign brings it into the world. It doesn’t just exist in your head anymore, and you become accountable to supporters, backers, and the reality you’ve created to step into. You Build and Deepen your Community A Kickstarter campaign broadens and deeps the dialogue with any pre-existing audience; it … Read more

Ten quick tips for a great animation

• Gather as much information as you can When you’re trying to imagine what the future will look like find all the information you can from sources such as books, magazines, films and documentaries. • Make your content different There’s no shortage of material about the future. It’s better to make your content different from … Read more

Beginners Tips for Video Post Production

After spending a lot of time improving your photography and filming skills. To film something well is almost the same as taking a good photograph. The same values apply. First of all learn how your camera works. Think about how to take a good photograph or video clip, If you can’t do that then no … Read more

Top tips on getting into the animation industry

Animation is probably the best industry to be in, attractive also! Many people are wanting to get into it because it’s exciting, full of adventures and let’s not forget, super cool! How do you do it? Read below for the route into the industry! • Play around with animation. • Whilst studying in school or … Read more

Tips on How to Distribute a Movie as an Independent Filmmaker

1. Distribute via the Internet Most independent filmmakers choose to start the journey to distribution there film by posting their films online. Filmmakers are interested in the fact that posting a movie online is a simple process and can give you a potentially international audience. Your film could also be picked up for distribution at … Read more

Best animation tips & tricks

Animate acting shots one phrase at a time It’s best to have clear full-body posing in your phrases at the expense of smooth transitions, especially early on. Animation follows beats and phrases, each with its own purpose. For a scene in which a store clerk is helping a customer, one phrase might be him waving … Read more

How do I get my film into distribution?

The ICO is frequently approached by filmmakers who wish to see their films distributed and screened in cinemas. There is no single route to the cinema screen and with over 300 theatrical distributors of all shapes and sizes, from Warner Brothers to self distribution models, in the UK alone, it can be daunting for filmmakers … Read more