Monthly Archives: February 2016

Are there any other alternative cities to start your career as a filmmaker besides L.A. and NY? The answer is yes. There are three cities where the Film Industry is growing such as Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco. Here are the Pros and Cons of each of these emerging cities:


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Depending on what you want to focus on, Atlanta is opening a lot of opportunities for new filmmakers in the production area.


  • According to the website, 77,900 jobs have been created in the film industry.
  • Features Films such as Hunger Games: Mockingjay was produced in Atlanta.
  • Tax incentives: there is a 20% base credit to productions spending at least $500,000, plus a 10% off for including the State promotional logo in the credits.
  • A need for quality below the line work


  • Estately Blog reports that Atlanta is the 8th most dangerous city in the U.S
  • Traffic and commuting time is the number one complain from residents
  • The cost of living is going up


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CHICAGO movieinsider.comchicago                                             Source:

Chicago’s film industry has been growing in the last 5 years. Over 543 productions were made in 2015. Feature movies, independent films and TV shows are being produced right now.


  • High demand for production crew and editors
  • Feature and Indie film projects grew by 18% in 2015
  • Tax incentives for film productions
  • Great city to get exposure and networking
  • It’s a very artistic city with a theater scene and its film production grows every year


  • The average rent for a small apartment or a studio is $1500, average utilities are $250
  • Commuting to downtown take at least 45 minutes from residential neighborhoods in the city
  • Weather in Chicago can be extreme (short summer, and long winter-like weather)                                             Source:


According to Fwd Labs, San Francisco is an iconic city for big pictures. It’s known for pictures like Bullitt and Blue Jasmine.

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  • Film companies love it, because it has its own tax rebate program. Actually, The program is one of few tax incentives in the United States that offers rebates up to $600,000 per production in city fees and payroll.
  • According To, The golden globe nominated film, Steve Jobs, was shot only for 21 days and the production spent 8 million dollars from wages to extras and crew to local expenditures.
  • Post Production sales tax relief for the equipment.


  • The weather might be a negative factor, if you don’t like cold weather
  • The costs of living are very high, especially for rent rates

By: Priscilla Rojas, Eduardo Aguirre, and Soufiane El Khalidy



10 Things you should have in your film utility bag on a budget.

By Nicole Caro, Miguel Escobar Ruiz, and Andrew Wallace.

Lets start first with something you must have in your kit no matter what. Yes, that’s right, a camera of course. Camera’s can get very expensive very quickly. Remember it’s simply a tool and what you do with it is key. We list these items because we have analyzed a lot of gear and we believe these items are the best for their value. We recommend you to shop around to see what best suits you. Your would be camera is your biggest investment.


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1 ) Panasonic GH4 – $999.99 BODY ONLY

The GH4 is a great little mirrorless camera with lots of cool features such as 4k, high frame rate modes and options for external high bit depth recording.


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2) Manfrotto Tripod – $175

An entry level tripod should hold all of these camera very well such as the one below. Make sure you get a nice fluid head for smooth pan and tilts though as this will be key in making good shots.

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3) Neewer Stabilizer – $79.99

Another great addition to any new set up is a stabilizer to help you get very good shots on the move. Although they may take a little while to get good at, these stabilizers to great with the small cameras above.



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One of the worst problems while on a shoot is maxing out a memory card or running out of battery. Make sure you always carry extras of both to relieve stress and make sure your project goes smoothly. Also make sure that the memory card is capable of recording at a high enough bitrate that your camera can record at.


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With a handheld field recorder you can use their internal microphones mounted on your camera or connect an external one. It is recommended that you use a directional shotgun mic and a boom pole.

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6) TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder $179.99

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7) ODE VideoMic Studio Boom Kit with windmuff- VM, windmuff, Boom Stand, Adapter, 25′ Cable $199.00



One of the most asked questions you hear from new filmmakers is “How do I achieve a film look?” and one of the first answer you hear around is “With Lighting”. Here are some options for you to add in your lighting kit and don’t starve to death:

8) Paper Lanterns (AKA China Balls)

Lantern = $5.96

Cord = $7.05

2x60w Bulb = $4.66

Total = $17.67


9) LED Panels  

256 LEDs, Bi-Color, Dimmable = $49.99


10) Tungsten Light


Spot and Flood Light 2400 watt light Kit = $149.99