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10 Tips for Pulling a Film Crew Together

By: Richard Bailey So you want to be an independent filmmaker, but don’t yet have a film made. To do so, you need to find a production crew. This can be tricky for anyone, but it gets even trickier when you have a small budget or no budget at all. And just like no two films are the same, no two production crews are the same. So here are a few tricks and tips to go about finding and keeping a good production crew. 1. Create A Budget Okay, so this …

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15 TRICKS TO BE MORE CREATIVE

By: Richard Bailey In today’s world, if you’re not at least a little bit creative, pretty soon a robot will be doing your job. But coming up with those artistic flourishes or inventive solutions isn’t all that easy. Sometimes that muse just won’t talk. This isn’t an inspirational list meant to convince you that you’re a unique and creative snowflake. Rather, this is for when you’re stuck in a creative bind and need some extra oomph to make your project work. So here are 15 tricks to help get those …

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15 Things Every Business Person Can Learn from Film Production

By Richard Bailey Film production is glamorous, easy and fun, filled with beautiful people and constant explosions, right? But you’ve got a “real job”, so what could you possibly learn from a bunch of artsy “film people”? Quite a lot, actually. A surprising number of lessons learned in the film world apply to the business world. Here are 15 of them. 1. Your Resume Is Never Enough Everyone has a resume, and it’s easy enough to apply for any given job online. I’ve never met anyone who was hired simply for their …

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What a Producer Does, or ‘How to Herd Cats’

By: Richard Bailey Many people are confused by the term “producer”, and most people don’t actually know what it is a producer, you know, does. I’ve learned that it is so complicated that it’s really not good conversation fodder at a bar, either. Now, maybe if I were an actor…but I digress. Although the term producer is nebulous, murky, and mostly considered all-inclusive, everyone seems to agree that there are different types of producers, even though they disagree as to how they’re divided up.   TYPES OF PRODUCERS The industry standard line is …

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5 Reasons You Need an Online Video

by: Candice Heath. Look around you, everyone’s online one way or another. People have got their heads down checking their email, scrolling through Facebook on their phones, opening links to webpages for three different sites at once. There’s no avoiding it, staying current means being active online but here’s the catch: it’s not enough. Tweeting updates about your company’s latest sale just doesn’t cut it anymore. Video is crucial to your online presence for five simple reasons… Internet users are busy people, they don’t have time to waste. How do …

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Sprocket Media Works Loves the River City

These days you don’t have to fight L.A. traffic or the New York subway to work with a professional video production company. Technology keeps racing ahead and now that high quality production equipment is more accessible than ever, media professionals are fleeing the pricey Hollywood Hills just as fast as they came. Now you can go anywhere to make your video at a cost that works for you! So you’ve got the whole world at your fingertips, why work in Richmond? Of all the locations to choose from, Sprocket Media …

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4K Video, So What’s the Big Deal?

So if you’re a media nerd or full-blown techie, you’ll notice that there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding 4K lately. But for those of you who don’t spend hours keeping up with the latest trends, we’re here to give you the basic lowdown. Don’t worry, it’s simple. 4K vs HD What is 4K? When people talk about 4K, what they’re really talking about is pixels – all of those little boxes that make up images. All you need to know is that 4K = more pixels. A LOT more …

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Digital Media Placement: Online and On Target

Picture it. A world before we could pause live television, let alone fast-forward or rewind! It sounds like a millennial horror film. Interestingly enough, some of you may remember the reality of this world all too well; only in recent years have we become so accustomed to this kind of flexibility and control. computerWe live in a new era where online servers like Netflix cultivate increasingly temperamental audiences. Over time, all of these digital media outlets offering up ad-free viewing experiences has made us extremely annoyed in the face of …

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Patrick speaking at SMAD Connect at JMU

SMAD Connect – Making It in the Film Industry jmu_logo2 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Harrison Hall – Room 102 Patrick Bedall, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sprocket Media Works, discusses the intangible components for making it in the film industry. As the former Chief Operating Officer of Metro Productions, this SMAD graduate has worked in just about every capacity of the business with over 16 years of success. Now, he’s back at JMU to share the secret of how he rose to the …

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