Level Up Your Filmmaking, Producing and Screenwriting in 2020

I’ve put together this list of handy resources for courses, podcasts and other materials that can help you to upskill your film career in 2020. While the title of this post references filmmakers, producers and screenwriters, the resources aren’t limited to these particular strands of the industry.

Wellington Film Folks: You Won’t Want to Miss This!

Over the years at Film Sprites PR I’ve had many people wanting to ‘pick my brains’ when it comes to social media for filmmaking. If you’re in Wellington, New Zealand on May 25th, here is your chance to do so!

Thanks to the Emerging Women Filmmakers Network, I’m bringing you Social Media Success: How to Make the Most of Social Media for your Film or Webseries. In this 1 hour presentation, I’ll be filling you in on the current research into where audiences in Aotearoa are finding out about films, as well as a solid formula for social media success that will connect you to your audience and bring new fans to your work. There will also be a Q&A where you can ask all your burning social media marketing questions!

Publicity Prep From Post-Production to Release

In the post-production period, many films opt to crowdfund for post-production funds to finish the film, and this in itself can prove to be another opportunity to grow your social media audience and media exposure whilst securing your funds. If you’ve prepped thoroughly during pre-production through filming, chances are you have a wealth of materials available that you can use to let people know about the film, both on your crowdfunding page and via social media and regular media. People don’t like being bombarded with constant links to crowdfunding campaigns on social media, so if you can keep the consistent tone you have developed on your social media platforms from day one, you don’t run the risk of having people ‘switch off’ or unfollow. Yes, you can direct people to your crowdfunding campaign, but it doesn’t have to be done in a ‘salesy’ way.

Cinema For Change: How Filmmakers Can Make A Difference With Their Films

When it comes to film I can honestly say I have a great love of documentaries. There’s something so magical about a filmmaker being able to show lives through a lens and present the viewer with unique true stories.

Recently, I watched the documentary I Am Jane Doe. Written and directed by filmmaker Mary Mazzio (who also serves as producer with Alec Sokolow), I Am Jane Doe is the powerful story of American mothers waging a war against online sex trafficking on behalf of their daughters who were trafficked. The film is narrated by Jessica Chastain (who is also an executive producer). I highly suggest looking at the film’s synopsis page to find out even more about this incredible documentary.

As the credits rolled on I Am Jane Doe, I was in pieces. I wanted to do something about this. I didn’t just want to be a passive viewer. What sprung to mind was the famous quote by Aung San Suu Kyi: “if you’re feeling helpless, help someone.” Making my way to the film’s website, I was pleased to see a section dedicated to actions that viewers can take themselves: actions like signing petitions, donating to organizations listed on the page, right through to spreading the world via social media.

The reason I wanted to talk about I Am Jane Doe is twofold: firstly, because it impacted upon me so profoundly, I knew I wanted to spread the word. The second reason is that I Am Jane Doe highlights the fact that filmmakers can make a significant social impact. I Am Jane Doe goes beyond just being a documentary- it is a call to action.

Greek Myths Come Alive on London’s Northern Line in The Northern Line Series

You’ll find them along London’s Northern Line: Aphrodite’s temple in Shoreditch, Athena’s temple attached to the British Library, Ares’ temple in Trafalgar Square…welcome to the world of The Northern Line Series, created by Jessica Burn and produced by Fall of the House Productions. Film Sprites PR is thrilled to be assisting publicity and digital marketing of The Northern Line Series in preparation for the crowdfunding campaign for the fourth short film in the series, Medusa’s Kitchen.

The Northern Line Series is a retelling of Greek myths, set around locations on London’s Northern Line.

Watch With the Lights Off: Oliver Park Brings you Horror Shorts VICIOUS and STILL

Film Sprites PR is thrilled to be working again with the multi-talented Oliver Park, actor writer and director. We have had the great privilege of working with Oliver since 2015 and since then he has written and directed the terrifying VICIOUS (which is now free to view on YouTube) and is now in post-production with the short horror follow up STILL.

Vicious has won eight awards internationally, including Gold Award for Best International Film at Toronto After Dark and Platinum Award at the LA Horror Competition. It was nominated for a further seven awards, including Melis d’Argent at Molins in Spain.