5 Tips To Make Your Independent Film More Viable

By Scott McMahon | September 10, 2013 |

We have a gluttony of film products hitting the market everyday. In business speak, there is just too much damn “supply”. So, how does an independent film rise above the noise? Audiences have more options to ingest entertainment in various formats than ever before. “Time” has become perhaps the most valuable commodity. We are asking…

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002: Bryce Fortner, Cinematographer of Portlandia (Part 1)

By Scott McMahon | September 5, 2013 |

BRYCE FORTNER, CINEMATOGRAPHER (PART 1) – FILM TROOPER PODCAST Pulling from the archives of an older podcast, listen to the first part of my interview with the cinematographer for Portlandia, Bryce Fortner.  This was originally recorded on May 24, 2011 at Dots Cafe in SE Portland.  Although this podcast doesn’t reflect the new format of the Film…

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IMDB Won’t Accept My Film Listing

By Scott McMahon | September 4, 2013 |

So, your film isn’t a real thing unless it’s listed on IMDB, right? Haha. Many people in the film business rely on IMDB as a major tool to justify their worth in the business. How many times have you checked IMDB before you were going to meet with someone to see if they were legit…

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Death of a Sales Agent

By Scott McMahon | September 4, 2013 |

So, is it true? Did a sales agent die? I don’t mean literally died, like in a fantastical tale of murder or something, but is the position of the film sales agent dying? Several years ago, I almost had an independent film greenlit.  The cast was in place, the reaction was strong, and the market…

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Hollywood Isn’t in the Film Business

By Scott McMahon | September 4, 2013 |

What business do you think Hollywood is in? The film business? Nope. They are in the business of LICENSE EXPLOITATION. This is a paraphrase from the book by Schuyler M. Moore entitled, The Biz.  Moore is one of the most respected entertainment lawyers in Hollywood and he cuts through the glitz and glamour of what he sees…

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