Ménage du Trois selected for Tenebra Film Fest

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Saranne Bensusan‘s short film Ménage du Trois has been selected  for the Tenebra Film Fest in Guadalajara which runs from the 13th to the 28th of October. This follows the selection of Nicola’s Shedim at last year’s festival.

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Director Showreel Day approaching next week

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The next Director Showreel Day is nearing and will take place on August the 9th, so you have the weekend to get your showreels in place.

The event is a chance for filmmakers, to show off their work on a day when agents and other filmmakers will be on the lookout for the work being posted.

To take part there are a few of rules:

  1. upload your showreel to social media on August 9th
  2. use the hashtag #DirectorShowreelDay in your post.
  3. if you tag @SaranneBensusan, creator of the day, in your posts on Twitter, she’ll retweet your post!

Post-Production services at just £4/min. of footage

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After two years of holding prices, From the 3rd Story Productions have finally taken the step of repricing our award-nominated post-production services, and as of April 2017 these now cost £4/min. of footage. Alongside producing and promoting our own content, we’ve always provided post-production services to other independent filmmakers. In recent months they have started to receive recognition for their post-production work, with award nominations for both Sound Design, at the Portsmouth International Film Festival, and Best Editing, at The Maverick Movie Awards. In both cases the movie in question, The Hunting of the Snark, also won best animated feature. Editor Saranne Bensusan has a vast amount of experience with both features and shorts, having provided color-grading, and audio services as well as having edited many films.

 

Don’t forget to check out some of our work on Vimeo and YouTube

Rachael Howard talks Anthropocene Chronicles

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With our latest project, The  Anthropocene Chronicles rapidly coming to fruition, author Rachael Howard has been discussing how she became involved in the project in a guest blog that she wrote recently.

Rachael takes the opportunity to talk about how she was approached, and why she took the opportunity as well as why such collaborations can be important to writers.

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August Festival Dates

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1st ScreamFest (Melies) – Deadline

1st Palm Springs International Film festival (Oscar) -Deadline

1st Leuven (Oscar) – Deadline

1st Wales International Film Festival -Deadline

2nd -12th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL -Festival

3rd – 20th MELBOURNE IFF – Festival

7th –Sundance – (BAFTA,Oscar) Early Deadline – (Shorts)

30th -09/9 LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA – VENICE FF – (BAFTA,Oscar) Festival

31st Raindance Film Festival – Notifications

Self-promotion tips for actors

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We work with lots of different actors, and often give new actors opportunities to shine in front of the camera. So what if you are new and don’t know much about how to promote yourself?  Here are a few tips to help you get your name out there:

1 – Get a website for yourself. There are many companies that do free or really cheap web pages with easy-to-fill-out templates that will give you a professional look. Some examples are Wix and GoDaddy. These make it easy for you to put photos up, share videos and allow you to blog about what you have been up to.  These sites are easy, even for technophobes!

2 – Have some professional headshots done. You don’t have to fork out for an expensive studio shoot, but having a couple of professional photos will go a long way to getting your face in front of casting directors. Also you can upload these to your website, and social media pages. Secondly, make sure that they are up to date and represent you as you look now, not you from seven or eight years ago.

3 – Have a showreel cut together. You will need to ask the producers of the films you have worked on for the footage that has you in it, especially if you have dialogue. Asking your editor to download the film from YouTube isn’t that great in terms of quality, and you are asking him/her to wade through the whole film to find the 30 seconds where you are speaking.  If you have worked on something where your payment has been ‘showreel material’ make sure you get it off the film makers as this is your currency to securing further work. Also, if you don’t get the showreel material from the film maker you are just working for free with no benefit to yourself.  We can edit a showreel together for you at a great price. Email us on Contactus@fromthe3rdstoryproductions.co.uk

Secondly, make sure you have a reel that you can upload to Twitter directly. This will enable you to participate in the #ShowreelShareday phenomenon started by @KateDaviesSpeak. You can find out more about #ShowreelShareday here.

4 – Think about payment. As a professional actor, you will want to be paid for your work, so make sure that you have familiarised yourself with creating invoices. Admin is part of the business side of acting. You can find templates for invoices and other useful information here.

5 – Promoting other people on social media. If you would like people to like and share your posts to help you get ahead, then you will know that other people need that too. Promoting other people’s work raises your own profile within the film making and acting community, and creates networking opportunities. If you are lucky enough to get an agent, promote your agent too and remember to thank people for giving you opportunities. Engaging people on social media platforms makes you more employable as producers and directors want to work with actors that will raise the profile of their film. This will attract fans, viewers and build an audience that makes the film attractive to funders.

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Anothropocene Chronicles Facebook Page Created

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Today we created a Facebook page for the Anthropocene Chronicles series of books, this is a collection of short stories that will be released in two volumes later this year.

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