Stine Olsen playing the lead in Saranne Bensusan's film

Lavender’s Blue released publically after a year on festival circuit

Lavender’s Blue

After a year on the festival circuit, Lavender’s Blue, the Anthropocene Chronicles prequel, has been released to the public. So far on its festival run it has been selected for BAFTA qualifying festivals along with speciality festivals and been nominated for awards, we are still hoping for a lot more from this film.

 

 

Saranne Bensusan

Film director Saranne Bensusan updates her Special Effects, Art, & Set Building gallery

Saranne Bensusan, director of The Snark, our upcoming work Orpheus and Eurydice and many more, has updated the Special Effects, Art, & Set Building gallery on her website to include some of her more recent effects and prop making work. read more

Crime related short films

On the lookout for your Police and Crime related shorts

In our ongoing efforts to help you earn from your work, we at From the 3rd Story Productions are wanting you to send us your Police and/or Crime related short films a new compilation. Again we aim to distribute this far and wide to all reaches of the universe and numerous VOD channels, just like Chunks of Horror. read more

Short Films for distribution

ongoing call for short films to distribute

following the success of Chunks of Horror, From the 3rd Story Productions is continuing its call for short content to distribute, this round has an emphasis on documentaries, but all genres are welcome.

To learn more about short film distribution with From the 3rd Story Productions, watch our slideshow here

Don’t forget to see our Distributon Checklist

 

 

 

film distribution checklist

Film Distribution Checklist

Distributing a film, even a short can involve a lot of paperwork, we have created a checklist of what is required from you to go about selling your work.
Everything from a copy of the film, to subtitles (now a legal requirement for VOD in both the UK and the US)

Download checklist

film distribution checklist

Distribution Checklist

☐ Film in the best available format

☐  Trailer (if available)

☐ Posters (preferably as unflattened .psd, this may need to be reformatted for different exhibitor’s requirements or have text changed for different languages)

Any available subtitle files (preferably in .srt format) even if you embedded them (they may be used to translate to other languages)

☐Music Cue sheet (if applicable)

☐  Statement from you saying that music in your film is licenced/original composition/public domain

List of Festivals

Main cast/crew and Production company info. also tell us who owns the copyright

Social media and Marketing info. (and the imdb page)

Stills and publicity shots

There may be other film-specific requirements, depending on the content of your film.

Anthropocene Chroicles Part I

Read The Anthropocene Chronicles free courtesy of Groupon

The nice guys at Amazon are currently running an offer for sixty day free access to kindle unlimited, which should be more than adequate time to allow you to read The Anthropocene Chronicles, the anthology of short stories that we recently published with contributions from Saranne Bensusan,Carman Radtke, and Emma Pullar in Part I. Part II will be published later this year with tales from Rachel Howard, Nick Jackson and Fiona Leitch.

The Groupon offer can be found here: http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/60-days-kindle-unlimited?preview=true

If you don’t have a kindle reading app, then you can get one here

Disc for Saranne Bensusan's Ménage du Trois

Self-promotion tips for actors

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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