DIY PR – How To Get Your Film Reviewed and Written About. Democratising The Filmmaking Process Volume 2. Making a film is but merely one of the many battles involved in the great movie-making wars. If you have already reached this stage you are likely acutely aware that not everyone is currently sharing your unbridled enthusiasm for your efforts. You (and we) know you've created a work of genius but sadly the rest of the world has not been given the opportunity to offer their
Democratising the Filmmaking Process Volume 3 : DIY Distribution : How to Get Your Short or Feature into a Film Festival This is our third DIY Distribution guide. Part 1 was how to make your movie available on Amazon Prime and Part 2 was how to get your movie reviewed and written about. Of course there are other options for getting your film seen by the public, and one of the most traditional is Film Festivals. In recent years Film Freeway has become one of the most useful di
We're delighted that Graham Hughes's latest film – Death of a Vlogger - will join Year Zero Filmmaking as Tartan Features #18. Graham has a very long history with Tartan Features, going way back to 2014 when Write-Shoot-Cut presented a revolutionary series of Scottish independent feature screenings, including A Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide. In fact, his history with us goes so far back that we can't actually remember why APGTASS was never a Tartan Feature in the f
Blood's a Rover is the debut feature from Tim Fraser-Granados, telling the story of a detective chief inspector, a millionaire's wife, a psychiatrist and a loner whose lives unravel in a labyrinthine plot of murder, blackmail and political conspiracy in Scotland's capital. We chatted to Tim about making a Scottish neo-noir, navigating first-time feature-filmmaking and the possibilities in micro-budget filmmaking shortly after he'd wrapped principal photography earlier this mo
Starcache is the debut feature from Glasgow actor Douglas Sannachan (That Sinking Feeling, Gregory's Girl, Taggart). The comedy horror follows the weekend of a group of geocachers (the collective term for a group of people partaking in geocaching - a GPS, smartphone enabled treasure-hunt) on the search for a $1,000,000 cache. The pursuit of the prize soon becomes a battle to stay alive; who is in the woods picking off the cachers one by one? Made on zero budget, with five yea
Red has a reputation for having a difficult, tricky or expensive workflow
This post will show one of the many ways to simplify it.
It's based around cheap and accessible tools so everyone should be able to make use of it.
For this example I'm using a 2012 Macbook Pro, the free version of Davinci Resolve 11 and two cheap external drives.
The first external drives holds your original Red footage and the second drive will hold your Avid ready footage.
With this model o
Everyone can back-up data. It's simple and you do it most days when copying photo's from your camera or phone to your computer (or online).
Backing up footage from film shoots is not that different but a little more care should be taken.
So here is a guide on how to do it safely, and to insurance bonded standards.
This is not a guide to becoming a DIT but it will make sure you don't loose your footage!
I'm going to keep it really simple and straight-forward. There are
Yesterday, I identified three problems I see currently facing Scotland's film industry. Today, I want to focus on the first of those problems - funding for emerging talent, and the promotion and nurturing of that talent. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN My personal belief is that for the film industry to flourish it has to become more accessible – to everyone. Barriers between the Existing Industry and everyone else must be broken. We live in a society where filmmaking is no longer
Brand new to Amazon - and Tartan Features - Darkness Comes is David Newbigging's debut feature film. The film's production acted as a crash course in filmmaking for a group of young people local to the film's set in Greenock. We chatted to him about the making of the film and inclusion in the industry. Tell us a little bit about Darkness Comes - how did it come about? Darkness Comes was originally titled Dying Light. I worked for years in community arts companies and third se
The last decade has brought with it what I refer to as a Year Zero moment in filmmaking. Every aspect of filmmaking has changed beyond all recognition from when I first started my career in the early 2000's. I think mostly for the better. Cultural movements of the 20th century which have also been referred to as Year Zero moments have mostly followed the same path of change, with those who adapt with the times moving forward, and those who don't stagnating. Times and circum