88 cinematographers and ASC members reveal thoughts, advice, tips, and tricks they’ve received that helped them throughout their professional careers. Their responses range from the simple to the complex, the obvious to the specific, and the easy to the hard – but all of them stand to help you make the most of life in the film industry.
Focal points is a weekly summary of the best around the web from the filmmaking community. From videos to articles to apps and everything in between, focal points focuses on the greatest filmmaking resources available – starting with these seven awesome filmmaking articles.
As the summer sun shines bright and brings productions heavy on exteriors and in desperate need of a longer magic hour, film crews come from all corners of the world to swelter in the heat — some shirtless — and hustle below the line. All will suffer. Many will sweat. Most will thirst. It is within this context that we take a look at a crucial aspect of filmmaking: bottled water.
Generally, the more experience you have on a film set, the bigger your bag of tricks. The bigger your bag of tricks, the faster you can come up with novel answers to complex questions. So if you haven’t started building one yet, now is the best time to start — and I’m here to help you.
Yesterday I posed a simple question to those who like The Black and Blue’s Facebook page and, within the hour, dozens of responses poured in.
Today we’re going to time-travel into… the future! “Is it a good future?” you might ask. Well, that depends on how well you follow the advice in this post — we’re going to talk about how to better prepare yourself for doing your taxes for next year.
I’ve got three quick questions for you: Do you like money? Do you like saving money? Do you wish you could get money back from the stuff you’ve already bought? If you answered “yes!” this post for you — because we’re going to talk about tax deductions.
Filing taxes isn’t as intimidating as it may seem, but that doesn’t mean you won’t make a mistake. When you’re filing as a freelancer for the first time (or the fifth), there are a few pitfalls you’ll want to steer clear of to avoid paying more than you need to or to avoid an audit from the IRS.
Sometimes the hardest part about doing your taxes is summoning the will to start. If you’re like me, you’ll do anything else on your long list of “To-Do’s” before you’re willing to do taxes. I don’t blame you.
When you’re a freelancer, paying taxes can seem like a huge burden. There’s more paperwork to handle, calculations to make, and money on the line. If you don’t wade through the ocean of tax rules carefully, your filing could end up being a tidal wave of epic proportions.