INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: How To Survive The Waiting Game
By Stacey Parks
We've been talking a lot about financing and packaging lately but one thing is for sure when you're in the thick of those things and that's at some point you'll be sitting there asking yourself - What Can I Do Next? What can I do now that all my irons are in the fire and I'm waiting to hear back from people (both on the talent and financing fronts)?
Look, I hate the waiting game as much as the next person but it's a part of the process I've learned to tolerate (begrudgingly of course!) so I wanted to share with you a few of the things I do during the inevitable waiting period to keep being proactive and see if maybe it can help you at all.
So here's the situation - let's say you have a script and you're going out to talent to try and attach someone for the lead role. Congratulations you got past the gatekeepers... they are going to read the script, pass it on to their client, and get back to you. So what do you do in the mean time then? Here's a few suggestions:
1. Go out to other talent for the same role - I never just go out to my first choice for a role, I go out to 3 or 4 actors simultaneously. Remember, renegade producers do things simultaneously, NOT sequentially!
NALIP Discount for World Congress of Science and Factual Producers
Network with the who's who of the science and factual industry, and enjoy a full slate of lively conference sessions and social events as part of the 19th annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP), taking place November 29 to December 2 in Paris, France.
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is a member-run, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to celebrating the best in science, history and other factual television genres. The Congress' annual event has become a must-attend gathering for producers, broadcasters and distributors working in the field.
To register, access more information on this year's event, and sign-up for the WCSFP eBulletin, visit www.wcsfp.com
When filling out the registration form apply discount code NALIP2011 to the appropriate field on the payment page to receive a 15% discount!
Call for Submissions: Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship
We are now accepting submissions for the 2012 Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship. Awarded annually, the Fellowship was created to honor the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer.
The Fellowship is a year-long experience that encourages and champions the talent of an emerging editor. It creates opportunities to help cultivate an editor's artistry and craft, and expand his or her professional and creative community.
The deadline to apply is September 30, 2011. The 2012 Fellow will be notified in January 2012.
Download the application from from the Fellowship's website.
Deadline Approaching: All Roads Seed Grant Program
The All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling. Submission deadlines are quarterly on the 15th of each March, June, September, and December. Award notifications are made approximately six weeks after each of these dates.
Deadline: September 15, 2011
Click here to apply
Deadline Approaching: Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, the premier venue for nonfiction film in
the American West, is seeking submissions for its ninth annual event. From
February 17-26, 2012 the festival will screen 100+ films, including world
and U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works on Montana's
largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana.
In addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature many public
and VIP events including panel discussions, galas, receptions and networking
The competitive event is open to non-fiction films and videos of all genres,
subject matter, lengths and production dates. Awards and cash prizes will be
given for Best Documentary Feature (over 50 minutes), Best Documentary Short
(15-50 minutes), Best Mini-Doc (under 15
minutes) and best documentary about the American West (the Big Sky Award).
Regular Deadline: Postmarked by September 9, 2011
Final Deadline: Postmarked by October 17, 2011
Enter via Withoutabox.com or download entry form in PDF format here.