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Does CREATING YOUR OWN CONTENT actually help your career?

Oct 26, 2016 9:21AM




I spent a good portion of my adult life as a professional actor. I starred on Broadway, film and TV...and then I MADE MY OWN FILM.

DID IT HELP? wasn't cheap, it wasn't fast and it certainly wasn't easy.

The very first film I made was budgeted at $7,500...I spent $60,000, maxxed out every credit card, borrowed from family...and never made a dime of it back.

And yet...for me, it was the most lucrative decision I have ever made!

We went to Cannes with it and got to feel real fancy about ourselves, but the fact that NO ONE, who could actually help my career, cared about my film, is what proved to be the most useful wake-up call of my life.

That experience, with all of the steep costs, made me realize one thing: If I wanted control over my career, I needed to learn to do this the RIGHT way. And so began my journey through the business, repping writers and filmmakers, raising money, selling film and TV...

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TO SUCCEED, I needed to learn:

1) How our industry actually works (How are scripts actually bought and sold, how is film and TV financed, how does the entire machine work)

2) What value I can bring to people in the marketplace...consistently.

3) WHO I need to build relationships with...and HOW.

4) WHAT 'market-ready' material truly is...and how to create it.

When I clarified my goals, crafted a roadmap for achieving them, truly took seriously the job of a content-creator, built a company that could consistently provide value to others, and built a rolodex of people that were relevant to my particluar journey...the world changed for me.

SO...ARTISTS: Should you create your own content and/or bring your own material out?

If you're willing to see the process through, absolutely. BUT, remember, making a few calls or creating content alone will do nothing for you except drain your bank account and divert your focus.

Doing what it takes to leverage that content for your specific long-term career goals in a way that is in keeping with how our business that will change your life.

I recommend the latter!

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Oct 12, 2016 4:59PM

At NexTV, we work with artists who are tired of banging their heads against the wall that separates the BUSINESS from the ARTISTS....and we show them the way in.

Shoot Your Own Low-Budget Documentary With These Tips

Not all filmmakers have the budget for expensive cameras, state of the art sound tech and professional editing. The good news is, in this day in age, you can make films that look professional even on a slim budget. If you have a film in your head you've never pursued, now is the perfect time to make it happen, as technology has made filmmaking more accessible than ever. Here are some tips to get you started.

Inspiration In The Small

You might not believe it, but one of the most celebrated films of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was filmed on an iPhone 5S. "Tangerine" is a documentary about transgender prostitutes that live in a rough part of Hollywood. While many amateur films have been shot on iPhones throughout the years, "Tangerine" is the first to be featured at the Sundance Film Festival, which adds validation to a budgeted craft. So how did the filmmaker do it? Well, they used four simple tools. First, the iPhone. Since the iPhone 7 Plus is the latest model, this is the obvious choice for you, especially with its 12MP camera. Next you'll need the Filmic Pro app, which costs about $8. This app gives you control of aperture and color temperature of your shot. Your third tool is a Steadicam harness that holds the iPhone steady while attached to your body; because iPhones are so light, even the calmest hand will appear to shake the camera once you watch the footage. Lastly, you should make use of an anamorphic adapter lens, which will help to broaden the shot and make the footage look as though it belongs on the big screen.

How To Fund It

While wonderful documentary films can be shot on a minimal budget, there are steps you can take to boost your production with added capital. Crowd funding options like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter can earn you the kind of means that seem impossible without the help of fans. Of course, for this option you must estimate your costs ahead of time and reward your backers with behind the scene news and footage. You should also have a clear plan and reliable team dedicated to the project before you let your crowd fund campaign go live.

Another strategy to fund your project is a filmmaker grant. There are a huge number of grants specifically for documentary filmmakers given out by the likes of Netflix, the History Channel and documentary funds, like the Pare Lorentz Fund.


Once you fund your project, you may find yourself in a place where more extensive equipment can be obtained. RED cameras are widely-used by indie filmmakers. From set ups that cost over $100 thousand dollars, to some that cost as little as $7 thousand, RED has made digital film at a professional level much more accessible.


The editing process of a film can make or break your final product. While you could spend thousands on a professional editing team, there are less-costly options. Adobe Premiere Elements and Corel Videostudio Pro X9 are both solid programs that cost just over $50. While you may take months, or even years, in the editing process, these tools have enough bells and whistles to give your film the professional look it deserves.

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Jul 5, 2016 7:59PM

Photography Pointers for Glasses Wearers

Getting sharp images in your photographs can be hard enough if you don’t have other factors to deal with outside of the subject. If you wear glasses, it can be even harder. Thankfully, with today’s technology and a few simple tools, it’s quick and easy to have everything that’s supposed to be in focus actually be in focus.


Start by making some minor adjustments to the viewfinder diopter, it might be enough to fix many of your problems. Any DSLR or other camera with an optical viewfinder, meaning you are looking through a piece of glass not a screen, will have some basic diopter adjustment available to you. These are generally able to adjust from -/+ 3 — if you need more than this then you can buy add-on diopters that screw into the viewfinder to give additional power. But glasses can get in the way of the viewfinder, so the diopter may or may not be comfortable to you, especially if you have to take them on and off.


If you find taking your glasses on and off to be an annoyance, consider buying a replacement eyecup. These eyecups snap onto the viewfinder and are larger than the default one. This gives a better seal around your eye, which helps to block out surrounding light and get you closer to the viewfinder.

By blocking out surrounding light, your eye will better be able to see the contrast of the scene in front of you. Better contrast means you’ll be able to tell if the image is out of focus. This tighter seal also prevents any light from coming in from behind you, which could affect your image by over exposing it. If an eyecup isn't possible, consider having various replacement lenses for your glasses, which can help you adjust the light in your surroundings.


A loupe is a small magnifying glass that can be attached to the LCD screen of your camera. This is great for cameras that do not have an optical viewfinder or only have the LCD screen. In essence, this turns your screen into the viewfinder, which has its own pros and cons.

One advantage of a loupe is that not only do they have diopters that can extend beyond the usual -3, but many come with magnification built in to help you see details in your photo — making it ideal to check that a shot is in focus. The loupes made by video accessory manufacturers like Zacuto are also designed around use with or without glasses because of the large eyecups.

The main disadvantage is the added bulk and that your optical viewfinder can’t be used at the same time. Still this is a viable option and can be especially good if you shoot video as well. The added magnification in live view ensures that you are always at critical focus.

Live View

Instead of using your optical viewfinder, using the LCD screen on the back of the camera is another way to make sure your images are in focus. Today’s live view autofocus technology is almost as quick as non live view autofocus.

Using live view with polarized glasses can be difficult due to the technology behind how LCD screens work. This is not the case with LED/OLED screens, which are starting to become more common as the technology matures.

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Quarter-Finalists of NexTV's Web Series & Indie Film Competition

May 11, 2016 1:11PM


We are proud and excited to present this talented group of filmmakers...and thank you for your extraordinary patience!!

Note: About 30 % of submissions move on to the Quarter-Finals. 



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Anthony Abaci Playhouse of Cards
Jay Adams Downward Departure
Noor Al Yaseen Yumma
Faulkner Allocco Easel R.
Jeremy Andorfer A Devil's Game
Gina Andreoli Gemini Rising
Roger Anthony Wackademia
Alicia Arinella What You Can Do
John Avino Nadia Knows
Talha B Film School Musical
Jamie Baer That Summer
Shaun Baer Humane Resources
Laszlo Barbo Light Games
Michael Barnett The Shades
Ryan Barton-Grimley Elijah's Ashes
Kenny Beaumont 'The Rub' Series Pilot
Emelia Benoit-Lavelle Quasars (Other People's Kids)
Natalie Beran SIDES
Phillip Berg Breathe
Jamal Blair Forgotten Kingdom: Genesis
Mary Bonney Break: The Musical
Christian Borman Charlie's Backyard
Julia Boyd Lightweights
Richard Boylan Timelike
Anthony Bradford The Traveler
Ryan Brooks Bernie Says So
Christopher Brown Those Damn Canadians
Patrick Buchanan Lunar Orbit
Bill Buckley Prank Invaders
Joaquin Caldeon Sarasate, The king of the Violin
Teddy Cecil Helio
Keith Chamberlain Herrings
John Chatwin Curious-City
Megan Chumbley The Interns
Brendan Cochrane The Grind
Fiona Cochrane Women are the Answer
Arielle Coleman Producer's Room
Giuseppe Conti Via Crucis
Kimberley Cooper Pillars of Eternity
Rasheda Crockett Yes And...
Kendra Cunningham Swagger
Kendra Cunningham I'm Not Buying It
Adam Davis Conference Call
Chris DeMacy Sidewalk Stories
Alexander DeMarco Caspero: The Return of the Storyteller
David Diez Florida Deep
Ryan Doris The Adventures of Time Slot
Addie Doyle Gluten Free America
Rhavynn Drummer Good Girls
Brett Duggan The Fireturtles an Indie Rockumentary
Sarah Eisenberg LAdies Season 2
Axel-Guillaume Eloa Dragon and Weed: Origins (S1)
Mel England Ron and Laura Take Back America
Suresh Eriyat Fisherwoman and Tuk Tuk
Sakina Fakhri 'Nullspace' Pitch Video
Norm Fassbender Toon Life Dating
Lainnie Felan Couch Potato Chronicles
Joe Ferrera Route Canal
Cameron Fife The Bellmen
AJ Files Where's Barry?
Katherine Fisher Her Story
Sara Fletcher Brooding
Natalie Fletcher 'Oh Beautiful' Painted Bodies Across America
Michael Flynn The Montana Boys
Juliana Forsberg-Lary Tiny For Two
Ellie Foumbi Avalanche
Laurie Foxx Caveman Theory
Bill Freas Shadow Hill
Michael Freeman Blood Run
Mark Friedman The Last Lift of the Leg
Sarah Gaboury I'm GAP
Karen Gall REDEMPTION 'People Can Change'
Tommy Garcia Discretion
Adam Garcia Conversations from the Afterlife
Reynaldo Garza Calamity
Florian Genal Daily
Lindsey Gentile Timber the Series
Mike Gerbino Dark Justice
Taylor Ghrist Sugar
Greg Gibson Chimney Chickens Pilot Episode
Mara Lee Gilbert What's left
Tony Gold Stray Cat Smut
Bryan Goldberg STRT1UP
Gemma Gracewood Jiwi's Machines
Troy Greenwood How to Survive (a Zombie Apocalypse) in Retail
Gine Therese Grønner Redo
Tom Hackett Mr. Richard Francis
Michael Hadley Web Series Knights of New Jersey
Jessica Hale The IP Section
Jessica Hale My Dream's A Joke: The True Story Behind The IP Section
Natasha Halevi Lunch Break Feminist Club
Drew Hall Aether: The Rise of Specter
Kharen Harper Highwater
Steve Harper Send Me
Eevin Hartsough Gemma &  The Bear
Ryan Herring The Olympians series Pilot
Olga Holtz The Zahir
Paul Hughes Ariana's Persian Kitchen
Tim Hurley Counterpoint
Zakh Hyman Love, Lex.
Kate Isenberg Dear Death
Doug Jacobson The Passion Preacher
Brooke Jacoby He Said What Now?
Marcy Jarreau Relationship Goals
C.S. John On Infertile Ground
Philip Johnson Einstein's God Model
Eric Jones Unfiltered News
Nick Jones The London Affair
Sarah Jorge Leon Remember Him
Eugenio Juarez Oliver's Landing
Dave Kabbe The Last River
Julie Kalceff Starting from Now
Sally Karam Kubo's Crickets
Lily Hayes Kaufman Rare Birds of Fashion
Alex Kellerman Preconceived Notions
Mark Kelley Hostile Living Colombia: The Escobar Incident
James Kelty Kateri
Jason Kemppainen Art Impossible
Paige King Step Up 40
Julian Klepper Free Therapy : Episode 1
Kyle Klubal Kick Paddle, Kick Paddle
Carolina Korth Rebranding Andi
Chris Kristina The One Web Series
Luciana Lagana LGBT United
Luciana Lagana Understanding Pain in Older Age
Luciana Lagana Dr. Luciana on Aging and Falling
Giovanny Lago Tau Tau
Kiley Lane Parker Mommies series pitch
Randolph Langenbach Rome Was! Ruins Eternal
Wilson Large Dark Darkness
Alison Larnder Kidz Time TV
Kristina Latour 'Temping: Cast Yourself'
Christine Lazorishak Old Soul
David Lee Starfinders!
Adriel Leff Breaking Britain
Lisa Levy Couples Therapy with Dr. Lisa
Jay J. Levy Freida's Turn
Austin Lewis Where The Devil Lies
Lisa Linke Dog Moms
Robert Livings Greenfield
David Llauger- Meiselman Strike One
Jonny Lucy The Paper Trail
Morgan Lynch Swept
Anna MacDonald Interference
Samson Madsen The Principal
Michael Maes Epiphany
Florencia Manovil Dyke Central
Deanna Markoff Gray Skies
Otis Mass The Incomparable Rose Hartman
Jessica Mathews Damon's Tiki Bar
Jeanette Maus Stealing
Preston Maybank The Agitated
Ralph Mayer Dating in LA
Ralph Mayer Coming Out
Collin McDowell Here Comes Godot
Laura Hart McKinny Ash Tree: Pig Helmet's Return
Radhika Menon Him
Grasie Mercedes The Group
Natalie Metzger Special Blood
Joel Michalak Falling Flat
Tess Middlebrook Hillbrook Gardens
Dru Miller Life on a Leash
Donald Milne The Ghosts of Light
Steve Miranda Sprinkles and Buttons
Olivia Mitchell Girl Band
Marla Mossman Kawomera: Plant, Pray Partner for Peace with Subtitles
Vick Moukoian Own Accord
Milly Naeger The Age of Information
Ryotaro Nakai How To Make A Guru
Dan Napoli Fifteen
Peter Navarro Crouching Tiger: Will There Be War With China (26 Minutes)
Brian Nesbit Pivot Point - Season 2 - trailer
Tom O'Brien Om City
Jaime Oliveira 'Tijuana Rhapsody'
Dilara Omur Trouble on Wheels
A.R. Pashayan The Mukuru Art Boyz
A.R. Pashayan Life's Fabric - TV Show Pilot
Sam Passer 2 minute celebrity movie talk
Sharad Patel Somebody's Darling
Pasha Patriki Dumb Luck
Angie Patterson Moctress
Ingrid Patzwahl Karma
Roger Payano Me, You & Him
Scarlet Perez Bipolar & Chees
Juan Francisco Perez Villalba De Ja Vu
Drew Perkins Dick Wonder TV
Tina Pfeiffer A World of Pleasure
Michael Pina El Gallo de Oro
Brian Pollack Caffe Etc.
Hana Porter Simple Littles Lives
Mike Pusateri Ella Gets a Promotion?
CJ Raef The Sprit of Iris
Rob Raffety Muck
Saile Ramirez Utterance
Marsha Rano 'Change the Heart Change the World: A Totally New Perspective on the Israeli/Palestinian-Arab Conflict'
Lukas Raphael Tryst
Eli Rarey Hard Decisions: an Interactive Movie
Anoushka Ravanshad Connected
Sean Reidy LatchKey
Mira Reiss Yoga with Olo the Cat and Master Cobra: The Lion Pose
Kevin Resnick Cloudy With a Chance of Sunshine
Alina Reyzelman It Girl
Alana Rinicella Amateurs
Sheila Marie Robinson Not My Flag
Matt Rocklin Dogs & Me: Season 2
Stan Rodarte VagaBond
Roberto Rosas Temptation of the Miracle Weaver
Michael Rosete Ty Burnham:  The Last Asian Cowboy
Leandra Ryan Bitch Please
Jorge S. Pallas In the night we spin
Mike Salva HG Chicken & the Chronological Order
Chris Santiago Booyaka!!
William Saunders The Penny Black (episodic series)
CD Schultz Bad Movie Idea
Amanda Serra Carbon Dating
Wendy Seyb How You Look At It
Tara Shayne Carefree
Darla Shoemaker-Gaige Shotgun Mythos
Daniel Siegelstein People with Issues: the Web Series
Justin Sisely Virgins Wanted
Susan Skoog What Martha Said
Anna Skrypka Behind The Blinds AKA Filmmaking 101
Tyler Smith Goodnight Jeffrey Pilot
Maura Smith Dear Santa
Martin Sofiedal Selfie Standoff
Les Solis Greta (and) The Chosen One
Kim Spurlock Livin' the Dream
Whitney St. Ours The Rape Joke
Vincent Stalba Job Interviews the Web Series
Lloyd Stein Fix Me
Donnie Stern Member of Parliament
Jaime Stickle Last Night's First Date
Mike Stivala You Are Nothing
Gregory Suffrin Cake & Opportunity
Paulek M. Taylor The Pen
Nell Teare Eve & Steve
Scott Thompson Breaking Through
Gemma Thornton Blood, Sweat and Tears.
Annette Tomlinson Two Sides
Lexx Truss Schema
Brandon Valencia Warpath
Zack Van Eyck Coitus of the Week
Zack Van Eyck Sweet Caroline half-hour pilot
Eric Vander Borght Fires: Buried Memories
Gia Vangieri How to Not
Maksim Varfolomeev Reconnection
Vincent Veloso Changelings
Ian Verdun Life's a Drag
Ri Versteegh 30, debt-free & far from happy
Ri Versteegh Lonely Lil
TJ Walker Phoenix Run: Home
James Walker Henry Haus
Adam Weiss Pretzel Brothers
Catherine Whattam Mark.
Curt Wilson Song In A Day
Riley Wilson Orange Bright
Ryan Wilson The Solution
Meredythe Dee Winter She Rocks The Planet! TV #SheilaEICON
Mashka Wolfe Lifelike
P.J. Wolff 9 Minutes
Kimberly Young Two Self Help Books Away From Being Perfect
Sandy Yu Miss Guidance


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Apr 1, 2016 1:05PM

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Social Media 101 for indie filmmakers

Marketing is one of the trickiest parts of making a film. If you don’t do anything, no one is going to see it, but if you do too much, you run the risk of alienating your base or overhyping it to the extent that it might come off as a flop in comparison. Learning how to post, where to post and what to post makes your production seem professional, and you will see a return on investment if you market it properly.

Networks to Use

The best networks to use based off of their traffic levels are Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. When you are developing a project, it's a good idea to secure accounts on these platforms. You don't want to announce your project and then find out the URL or handles you wanted have already been taken by someone else.

While these three networks might be the most popular at the moment, you need to watch for upcoming networks as well. Snapchat, for instance, is a newer way to give content to younger crowds. However, these trends shift quickly, and what may be good for one project might not be as good for the next. This applies for demographics as well. Younger users tend to use fast-paced platforms like Snapchat, Tumblr and Instagram over sites like Facebook. Know who your audience is, and then research what platforms you should put time and money into.


Posting content on a regular basis ensures that your followers can keep up with how the project is going and see any important information, such as release dates and screening locations. While it is important to have a lot of content that is given to your followers, you don't want to overwhelm them. Too much content comes off as spam and may drive away your followers.

Research the times that are most effective to post content on the various social media sites for your audience, so you can make a bigger impact. You also should share your content more than once so new followers don't miss important information and don't feel like they missed any updates on how your production is going.

Going to each site to schedule posts isn’t efficient or a smart way to use your time. Instead, use an aggregation program, like Hootsuite or Agorapulse, which lets you post to several networks simultaneously and gives you access to calendars and metrics to see what's working and what isn’t.

What Content to Post

As tempting as it may be to post every single thing you’ve done on your film, you need to find the balance of what to post and, more importantly, what not to post.

The larger your project is, the more control you have to exert over what is posted. The crew may want to post what they are doing to their personal social media accounts and this can be managed. However, you should state at the beginning of the project that any social media content should be cleared with your media specialist. Or, if you're concerned about confidential information getting leaked, enforce a flat out ban on posting before a specific date.

Limiting who can post information also limits the amount of "bad" content that makes it off-set. This includes everything from plot details, to blurry or dark shots, to actors not at their best. If you have a dedicated social media specialist on set, providing him or her with good equipment is a must. While a DSLR might be more "professional," your followers may feel like it's less authentic or special because it seems staged. A smartphone that can focus and take good pictures in low lighting, such as the LG G5, strikes a good balance between what seems posed and what gives a good impression of the project.

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