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Generate Date-Time for Podcast, Vodcast, or RSS feeds

By Dan Rahmel, posted 3 July 2006

Whether you are publishing a RSS feed, a Podcast, or a Vodcast, the RSS date/time format is a pain in the neck to create -- especially if you are building the XML in a text editor. To make things quick and simple, I created a single line of VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code that generates a properly formatted RFC #822 date/time string that you can use in your RSS feed file.

What Is A Pro?

By Sam Longoria, posted 3 July 2006

The word "Professional" is often bandied about by indy filmmakers, and I've heard and read many things I just wouldn’t expect a "Pro" to say, though the person writing or saying them claims to be one. Time for a definition of terms.

Just Do It! The Art of Zen Filmmaking

By Scott Shaw, posted 1 May 2006

Let's face it, many people want to make films. They have dreams, they have plans, sometimes they even put a cast and a crew together, but most of these films never get completed. The primary reason for that is that most people have the expectation of their low-budget film coming out looking like a high-budget Hollywood production. But, when the script is too difficult to film, cast members flake-out and quit the movie, or when the flaws of the footage are seen, many filmmakers toss in the towel, and there goes their production.

What if I haven't gone into production yet?

By Stacey Parks, posted 1 May 2006

I've gotten a lot of questions lately from filmmakers who haven't gone into production yet with their films, as to whether or not it's a good time to start thinking about distribution. My answer is always the same: it's a great idea to start thinking about distribution even BEFORE you make your film.

The Cannes Film Festival For Beginners

By Benjamin Craig, posted 1 May 2006

The Cannes Film Festival. The mere mention of this event conjures up images of red carpets, glittering premieres, and of course celebrity parties. Each year, the population of this small French town virtually triples overnight as movie fans, filmmakers, and of course the press, descend on the Riviera for a taste of the world's most famous film festival. But if you're a filmmaker, there's also a good chance that you've been told somewhere along the way that the festival is one of the most important business events of the year. So what's it all about?

Five Good Producer Skills

By Angela Taylor, posted 1 April 2006

You may believe a thorough knowledge of filmmaking and the entertainment industry is enough to make you a good movie producer. While it certainly helps to know the nuts and bolts of movie production, and even the details of financing and marketing a movie, that knowledge is not enough to create a good producer. It might make for a good studio executive, or other job out of the fray, but you need to develop specific skills, to help you make an independent film.

Don't Pay Rate Card!

By Angela Taylor, posted 1 April 2006

If you want to broadcast across Hollywood that you are an amateur, pay the rental company's published rate card amounts for your production equipment. No professional pays rate card!

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