#PitchChris Episode 030! The entertainment business,Short films and Filming in a public place!

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#PitchChris Episode 030! Breaking into the entertainment business, Making a short film and Filming in a public place!


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– On this episode of #PitchChris, what do you need to know to break into the entertainment business? What are the advantages and disadvantages of making a short film and what are the rules when you’re shooting a film in a public place? Hi and welcome to episode 30 of #PitchChris where you guys ask me questions about the entertainment business and I answer ’em for you. To ask me a question, find me on social media @ChrisDeBlasio #PitchChris and I’ll be happy to answer all the questions you guys have. This first question comes from MeMe. Let’s see what MeMe’s gotta say. – What’s up Chris? My name is MeMe, I’m from Orlando, Florida, and my question is, what do you need to know before you step into this business? – Hey MeMe, thanks for your question. So your question isn’t really specific, whether it’s in front of the camera or behind the camera, but here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter. The thing you need to know is if you’re gonna step foot in this business, it’s a process and most importantly, it’s a journey. Learn to enjoy the journey because sometimes, you may start out in a certain position in this business and end up somewhere else, but the key is, when those doors close in your face, and there are gonna be some doors that close on you, you don’t give up, you enjoy the journey, and keep pressing on. That’s exactly what you need to know. – [Ricky] What are the pros and cons to making a short film? – So there are a couple of different pros and cons of making a short film. Some of the things to look out for is, number one, a short film isn’t necessarily going to net you the type of returns, say, a feature film is. So if you’re looking to monetize it, unless it’s digital content and you’re just doing self-distribution, but, technically, it’s not the right suit for theaters, right. But some of the pros to it is that if you’re creating a short film to launch a feature film, so say you create a short film to help fund your feature film, use it as a pitch piece, or maybe, also, showcase some of your work, we’ve seen this in Hollywood. It’s been done on a couple of different films, that they created the short film first, they used that to pitch investors, and show that, hey this is what the vision is, and then, they launch their feature. That’s where it could be a great advantage for you. – [Steven] How do I get access to a public location to shoot my film? – ‘Kay, most importantly, if you’re shooting somewhere, you need to know what the laws are. And most importantly, you might have to apply for permits. If you’re shooting outside, you need to contact the local authorities, number one, for any type of permitting, but also, sometimes film makers don’t realize, if it’s an action film and you’re shooting guns out on the street, you need to notify the police because, if you don’t, something really bad could happen. So make sure you notify all the authorities and you have the proper paperwork to make sure that you’re shooting. There’s something called wide area releases, that if you’re shooting, anybody that walks inside the set or something like that, they know that they’re on film because it’s posted. You wanna make sure that you have your wide area releases posted, but, please, definitely have all of your documentation in order before you pick up a camera and just start shooting anywhere. Well that’s all for today’s episode. Thank you so much for all your questions. To ask me a question about the entertainment business, find me on social media @ChrisDeBlasio #PitchChris and I’ll be happy to answer all the questions you guys have. Make sure you subscribe and hit that notification button, so when I release new content, you guys are the first to know. Till next time.

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