I travel about five times a year to foreign countries for my film projects. And as a filmmaker I always want to bring my own gear that I’m so accustomed to. The problem is, if you travel internationally with your equipment that is worth $25,000, you can be penalized up to $7,500 in customs fees, taxes and penalties by crossing from one country to another.
Even if you would bring all your sales receipts with you in order to prove your purchases, you still have a good chance of paying fees if you don’t show the customs officers what they need to see.
We, as film and video producers, have to show potential clients what we and our work is all about, right? That way they will know what we have to offer. There are many ways to present ourselves: websites, portfolio, DVD, PDF and Keynote presentations. But what is the right one? And what do they all have in common? I want to break down and share with you what makes a good presentation and what to look out for. Because, if you mess up your presentation, even though you might be the right fit for the big budget film project, you will not pass this first “door” to get your foot in.
A few months ago I switched my entire camera system from Canon to Sony. I used to shoot on a Canon 5D Mark III and had a lot of Canon L lenses. But then slowly, surely, my Canon glass was falling apart. I also was unhappy with the way that Canon treated their DSLR line for filmmakers. They wanted us to buy the bigger cameras but I love shooting on small cameras and being unobtrusive.
Has it been your dream to have one of your films being distributed in theaters? This can be a grueling process. You start planning your film, then you produce it and then there’s no assurance that your film will make it to the theaters or not. I asked people in the industry who know better than I do, and they say that 99% of all movies produced will NOT make it to theaters. That’s quite disheartening. But wait… there is hope. And it wouldn’t be EntreFilmmaker if we would just walk away and accept this discomforting truth.
Interviewing Eric Bugbee
Today I share with you an interview with a feature film director who just closed a deal to get his film distributed here in the U.S. and internationally. It’s also his first film, and therefore it makes it even more interesting for me how he actually did it. His name is Eric Bugbee, and his film is an awesome BMX film called “Heroes of Dirt”.
We are heavily dependent on our film and photographic gear, right?
Having the best camera available is very crucial to our success as
filmmakers and video pros.
The one thing I have been quite upset about is that camera manufacturers
add certain features and leave out others in various camera models so that you keep chasing and buying them and wasting your money.Today I want to whole heartedly announce that those days might be truly over. Canon has abandoned the DSLR video market with horrific small or no relevant upgrades in their DSLR camera line. That makes sense for them because they want your money to sell you the overpriced video cameras.