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Tom Cruise (Dot Com) Offers Guidance to Aspiring Filmmakers

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised that has a series of filmmaking posts and guides that cover a wide spectrum of information and resource links for anyone interested in a career in movies. [note title=”Pictured:” align=”right” width=”250″] Tom Cruise with director, Steven Spielberg on the set of Minority Report. Photo from [/note]Admittedly, I am a fan of Mr. Cruise’s films, but I’m not one that peruses actors/celebrities’ websites. I’ll credit for making me aware of these articles and guides when it recently published a post that referenced one of these articles from I greatly appreciate and sympathize the effort that the team at put into their accumulation of numerous links in their guides (similar to what I do here at Filmlinker).

The team wants to help you make your Hollywood dreams come true! Whether you are an aspiring actor, director and filmmaker, film editor, producer, screenwriter, stuntman or visual effects artist, we have complied guides for several of the most in-demand professions in the movie and television industry.” –

Check out the list of guides that they’ve compiled:
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  • Aspiring Directors and Filmmakers Guide – Find out about numerous filmmaking techniques (including mobile!), film festivals, contests and competitions that could give your project exposure, award much-needed funds or offer training programs to advance your career in films.
  • Aspiring Visual Effects Artists Guide – Tips, Training, and Resources for a job in the field of post –production. As technology advances at lightning speed, the need for visual artists is on the rise.
  • Aspiring Actors Guide – Resources, Training, and Tools to take you to the top. Including a guide to Mobile Apps for training in an acting career.
  • Aspiring Stuntman Guide – Tips, Resources, and Information to help you launch your career as a stunt performer.
  • Aspiring Visual Effects Artists Guide – Tips, Training, and Resources for a job in the field of post –production. As technology advances at lightning speed, the need for visual artists is on the rise.


Short Films find Digital Distribution via the new Go Social Film iPad Magazine

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Go Social Film Magazine is a new (free) iPad (only) monthly publication that showcases international short films – along with behind-the-scenes production content, exclusive filmmaker interviews, unseen footage, and interactive multimedia articles.  Subscribers can watch these short films in their entirety and filmmakers get exposure to a wider audience.

Go Social Film is a welcome addition to indie filmmaking. There are not that many platforms where shorts have a voice outside the festival circuit, Go Social Film is a great opportunity to be heard.”  – Alex Sufit, director “Gentlemen In Squalor.”

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Here are some of the featured short films included in Issue #2:
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  • “Slug Invasion” (IMDB) Animation – Director: Casper Wermuth, Denmark
  • “O-Ring” (IMDB) Drama – Director: Ondřej Hudeček, Czech Republic
  • “Gentlemen in Squalor” (IMDB) Musical – Director: Alex Sufit, United Kingdom
  • “Phlegethon” (IMDB) Drama – Director: Vadim Vatagin, Russia
  • “Finding Benjaman” (IMDB) Documentary – Director: John Wikstrom, United States
  • “Gravity of Belief” (IMDB) Comedy – Director: Martin Gooch, United Kingdom


The Go Social Film Magazine App is available for free download in the iTunes Store.


Thursday, June 28th, 2012

A much needed New York City indie film blog called, INDIEWOOD/HOLLYWOODN’T recently launched.  Believe it or not, New York independent films are rarely covered in the NYC local press (online or otherwise) unless there’s a “name” actor or director attached to the project.  Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t is now servicing that hole in the biggest media market – targeting filmmakers, industry pros and all-around movie enthusiasts.

“Our team of bloggers are out and about on the streets of New York digging up the latest scoop in indie news, reviews and festival coverage.  We understand filmmakers because we’re filmmakers ourselves – writers, directors, producers and editors with a passion for filmmaking and a love of independent cinema. Most other indie film related sites cover events on a widespread global scale. What makes us unique is our concentrated focus on New York City. I mean, who better to cover New York City events than native New Yorkers, right?” –  Stephen Reilly. Editor-in-chief @ Indiewood/Hollywoodn’t [official press release – pdf]

If you’ve got an indie film you would like them to feature on their site, contact ‘em at:

This Year’s Roy W. Dean Summer Grant Deadline is Approaching

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The deadline for applications for The Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30, 2012.  It is set up for documentaries, shorts and low budget features. The grant award is $1,000 cash and over $30K in donations for music, website creation, editing & post-production services – plus a lot more resources that are essential for you to make your film.  “We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society,” explains Carole Dean, president of From the Heart Productions – which manages the grants.  “We have been giving grants for 20 years and are proud of the films sponsored by us who have been shown on Discovery, Court TV, TLC and PBS.”  Full information on applying for grants and prior winners can be found here:

Carole Dean is also the author of The Art of Film Funding.  Her book is full of financing information along with guidance on music rights, legal requirements, fair use and other pitfalls that often cost filmmakers.  When you enter the grant you get a free 15 minute consultation with Carole Dean to improve your paperwork or discuss funding ideas.

Dean’s From the Heart Productions (a 501c3 non-profit) recently partnered with Indiegogo to support films that are fiscally sponsored by the organization.  Fiscal sponsorship is an ideal approach for financing documentary films.  This is a way for artists to apply for funding through a company that has a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit status, which can make donations tax deductable.  Unlike Kickstarter, Indiegogo campaigns do not have to reach their full goals to receive the contributions.  So far, From the Heart Prod. has successfully helped filmmakers raise over $150,000 through Indiegogo.


Blackmagic Cinema Camera Wows at the NAB

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

It’s NAB week, where 90,000+ media and entertainment professionals gather in Las Vegas – so it’s the ideal place to showcase the latest cameras for filmmakers. One standout is the Blackmagic Cinema Camera – priced at $2,995. With its 2.5K image sensor and wide dynamic rage, it claims to offer the sought after “feature film look from a true digital film camera.”

The back has a 5″ touchscreen that lets you see the shot and playback your sequence. You can also enter the shot info and metadata – which gets stored in the files & can be accessed by non-linear editing software (compatible with Final Cut Pro X and DaVinci Resolve). Their camera housing can also take Canon and Zeiss mount lenses.

Here’s the official press release.

Other reviews of this camera: Gizmag, DP Review.

The 1st Annual Vimeo Festival and Awards

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

There are two weeks left to enter your videos into the first-ever Vimeo Festival and Awards. If your video premiered online within the past two years, you should head over to and submit it ASAP! The grand prize includes a $25,000 grant to produce your next film/video. These awards are open to ALL videos online, not just videos on Vimeo. Judges include David Lynch (Blue Velvet ) and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me).

Free Access to the NAB Show

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

If you are interested in attending the NAB Show in Las Vegas this month (April 18-23), Tuvel Communications is offering Filmlinker readers FREE access to the show. Below is a special registration code that will give you a FREE exhibits-only registration.

*Free Exhibits Passport Code: TP01

This pass includes access to the exhibit floor and the opening keynote – a $150 value. Visit to redeem your admittance.

When there, check out their Post|Production World Conference which includes seven different Adobe, Apple, Avid and Mac Certification Courses.

*PLEASE NOTE:  the pass code provides free access to the NAB Show exhibit hall and the opening keynote ONLY, not any of the conferences being held in conjunction with the NAB Show.

Best Practices for “Green” Filmmaking

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

A new Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking was just released by the American University School of Communication’s Center for Social Media and Center for Environmental Filmmaking.

…filmmakers create carbon debt with our work. However, as in other industry sectors, we can take action immediately to reduce consumption and waste in our profession; to educate peers, employees and interns; and to support policies that register the true environmental costs of production.” [from]

This initiative also includes tools such as Checklists (actions needed to create a sustainability plan), Carbon trackers (track production activities that use energy and produce carbon emission) and some relevant web resource links. Check out the “downloads” below:


Storybids Connects Content Creators with Advertisers

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

Storybids is an interesting site that looks to give content creators a link to the product placement marketplace. Storybids provides an outlet for auctioning online content to advertisers to include their products in online video content. Their tool provides an option for filmmakers/content creators to off-set production costs and even make a profit on their creation. If this endeavor is successful, it will lay a foundation for independent filmmakers to bridge to monetization resources traditionally only available to big budget productions.

Now advertisers are turning to the Internet and shifting their budget to online videos, product placements and viral videos. By 2010, experts estimate online advertising will grow to an $11 billion business. Agencies just aren’t geared for these types of media – and there is a new generation of computer savvy film and video makers out there who have great ideas that need a distribution channel. That’s what is all about.” [from]


DV Cameras Comparison Guides

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Are you trying to decide what DV camera to use/buy/rent on your next film? Check out these valuable sources which sort numerous options for you.

+ Slash Cam has 83 models in a database with sort able filters for you to compare different camera models. It has every conceivable category for you to choose from.

+ HD Cinema: HD and Digital Cinema Camera Blog has another CHART. This is a straight up list from cameraman, Ben Cain which includes some of the higher end DV cameras like the VariCams, The Red One and the Genesis. He also adds another list from Fletcher Camera (PDF file).

And last but not least… Zacuto, the Chicago based camera house has a great ‘comparison’ video (via Vimeo) that compares all of the new HD cameras on the market to each other in a same scene, same lighting set-up comparison test. Check it out (below):

+ “Zacuto’s Great Camera Shootout ’08”