I get asked a lot about the correct way to slate.

If it’s not a professional production and you’re just wanting to make sure the sound syncs then you can keep it simple with a clap.

You can move up a notch with things like slate apps for your iPhone (they’re fun to play with at home but drain your battery like crazy).

But, ultimately, I believe it’s always a good initiative to learn like the pros and make that your practice. Then you’ll look like you know your stuff when you get on that first big set.

And luckily for you there is a video (by RocketJump Film School) that can show you!

TIP: Stay watching to the end because the what-not-to-do section is pretty entertaining…

For those of you out there that are trying to source funding for their next production, you’ve most likely considered crowdfunding at some stage. Whether it will work for you or not is debatable, but it will certainly depend entirely on how much research/groundwork you do first.

Personally I have crowdfunded before to different levels of success. One of my campaigns would not be considered a financial success by any means, but the campaign connected me with people who provided free access to equipment and people who became part of the crew. So it was a success in a different way.

It can be stressful creating a crowdfunding campaign, and making the pitch video can often be most daunting. What do you put in a 90 second video that will attract people to your production? Hopefully this video will help you there:

Good luck to all of you creating campaigns. Make sure you send me a link. wink

Your production is complete. Now what?

festivals-laurelsUnless you are one of the very few people that create for themselves, you will want to find an outlet for your short film.

The fairly tradition route is to the film festival circuit. But where to start? The first step can be quite daunting. There are so many festivals listed online; how do you know which to trust, and which are worth your money?

Well, to start off with you need to familiarise yourself with these websites:

  • Withoutabox – the world’s largest independent film community. Online application submission service for film festivals. 
  • Film Freeway – submit to hundreds of film festivals and screenplay contests in one simple place. Free and easy for filmmakers. Fair and simple for events.
  • Reelport – entry platform facilitating fee-based online submissions for various festivals worldwide. Manage your film submissions and save time and money. Our mission: No more mailing of DVDs and no more shipping of analogue screening copies.
  • Short Film Depot – enter your films easily into the major festivals around the world using one single form.

They are all platforms to submit to festivals but some are easier (and cheaper) to use than others. FilmFreeway is the newest but also the easiest to use. Withoutabox was the site to use, it’s not super easy to work your way around the site, and people have turned against Withoutabox in recent years.

You’ll find what suits you and what festivals suit your film. (Helpful hint: I like to aim at short film festivals first and expand from there).

For the past three years, I have been wandering through these websites and have developed my own personal festival list. Yes, it was time-consuming to create, but I am a producer so you learn to love paperwork. I’ve even gone so far as having separate spreadsheets for alphabetical and chronological order, short film festivals, and Australian festivals. One day, when I think it’s complete, I plan on sharing it with you all. Until then, you can see my formatting in the picture below.

Festivals - Screen Shot smll


Best of luck to you all.

I was going to skip past this video, but then I thought it has some really useful information that you may not yet have discovered for yourself… and that is how to fill a set with fog without having those pesky little fire alarms go off.

So watch and learn:

Book to film adaptations… some tangents… and some trailers.

If you haven’t already come across the Periodic Table of Storytelling let me introduce you to a brilliant storytelling resource…

Storytelling Website ScreenShot

Check it out here.

There seems to be this on-going debate over whether making short films is good for your career or a waste of time and money.

Some fun facts about the Australian screen industry…

I’ve been M.I.A. for a while now because my blog decided it didn’t want to publish anything. But I believe I’ve finally fixed it so there’ll be more posts to come.

Of course every great action film should end with AC/DC!

Anatomy of Films


This graphic reminds me of those movie poster pictures that circulated social media a while back. Remember those? The ones that showed how movie posters from the same genre are practically identical. If not, you can check it out here.