We filmed a new episode of Oceanfront Kings. We met with my colleague Adam Nelson and search for raw oysters on his private island in Maine. Check it out!
For several months now I’ve had the idea of developing a television show which focuses on the very best oceanfront property in the country. Just this past week I produced a short teaser. Going forward I plan to produce full length episodes and a syndicated show.
Contact me if you’ve got an oceanfront home you’d like to feature on the show. I hope you enjoy it!
I want to thank everyone who was involved in supporting this local film! I greatly appreciate your brilliant ideas, time, and generosity. The goal of this film is to inspire every American household to plant 5 fruit trees. Please help spread that message by doing the following:
1. Take 2 minutes to rate the movie YouTube or Amazon.com.
2. Please recommend the movie to 3 friends or host a screening at your house.
3. Most importantly, this spring, please dare 5 of your best friends to plant 25 fruit trees in their yard or local park!
Thanks for your support!
As I near the completion of my second feature film, I’ve decided to make some production notes. These notes are as much for your benefit as my own. I’ve made this list so I can learn from my mistakes and improve my future films. Sure most of these seem obvious, but I think they’re still very important.
BYRON’S FEATURE FILM CHECKLIST
- Study the most successful producers and directors, learn from them
- Write movie script
- Identify high and low points in script, adjust as needed
- Share script with close friends for peer review
- Storyboard script
- Incorporate feedback to script based on peer review
- Interview cast and crew
- Scout locations
- Create production schedule with deadlines for key milestones
- Select cast and crew
- Estimate budget
- Purchase and borrow gear
- Finalize film name
- Select film logo/image
- Create film website
- Create YouTube, Facebook, and other social media accounts
- Order business cards
- Develop strategic partnerships
- When recording on Canon Rebel cameras, ONLY use SD cards that are at least 80MB/s and 64GB (slower cards may freeze your camera)
- Commence filming
- Confirm all film times with interviewees at least 24 hours before filming
- Get Location Releases and Appearance Releases signed prior to filming any location or person
- Send thank you cards to all interviewees within 24 hours of filming
- Treat everyone in the film as a VIP
- Always bring a backup camera, microphone, batteries, and SD cards
- Rename all video and audio files IMMEDIATELY after filming, ie “003503.mov” becomes “JohnSmithTake1″. Keep each scene in a separate folder. Label all folders. ORGANIZATION IS KEY!!!
- Backup all movie files on at least two separate drives and store one remotely too (even if your computer crashes or your house burns down, the movie must live on!)
- Release 1st draft of movie trailer online
- Update website throughout production process to build a fan base
- Edit concurrently to filming (this will help you resolve major problems swiftly)
- Document all licensed footage
- Confirm spelling of names in the film credits
- Complete first edit of movie
- Once first draft of movie is done, invite friends over for peer review screening
- Make changes to the film based on the comments which were consistent in peer review screening
- Obtain a copyright by submitting the final film to the Library of Congress
- Complete final movie trailer and release it online
- Burn master Blu-rays (this took 16 hours for the 1st rendering)
- Burn 4:3 aspect ratio DVDs of movie (be aware of how titles get cropped)
- Review Blu-rays and DVDs for quality control
- Destroy all Blu-rays and DVDs that had errors
- Create closed captioning files
- Design artwork: movie posters (27×40 inches), promotional posters (11×17 and 8.5×11), DVD covers, DVD stickers, Blu-ray covers and Blu-ray stickers
- Ask peers to provide feedback on the artwork designs, adjust it accordingly
- Upload all poster designs to website, so they may be downloaded for screenings throughout the world
- Upload high definition movie to Vimeo.com and other video-on-demand platforms
- Review entire high definition movie online, to confirm it is free of errors
- Create passwords to high definition online copies, so you can share the film with distributors and film festivals prior to public release
- Upload master copy of film on WithOutABox.com
- Submit to film festivals
- Upload movie poster to IMDB.com (cost is $35 per poster)
- Submit master DVD to Amazon.com at least 6 weeks before releasing online
- Order proof of DVD from Amazon.com, review it for quality and approve it when ready
- Book movie theaters 60 days in advance
- Book interviews with media
- Book newspaper advertisements at least 2 weeks prior to premiere
- Send invitations to cast, crew and media at least 2 weeks prior to premiere
- Make concise notes of the film workflow, so that years from now someone can go back and easily edit scenes as if needed
- Store original film footage and all film documents in fire proof vault