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If you know me, you know that I’m a big proponent of using mobile apps and software to assist in the filmmaking process. And you also may know there are challenges and pitfalls navigating through the process of using such tools.Well I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be speaking on that topic at the IBC conference in Amsterdam on September 14th. I’ll be specifically talking about the new Production Minds Platform and how we used the beta version during pre-production of our film ‘Fruitcake’ (currently still in production). I’ll also be talking about how the PMP software solved such workflow problems and how it can assist other producers and filmmakers in their pre-production processes.

Bobby Marko at IBC 2013

I’ll be speaking at Hall 9 of the RAI Exhibition and Conference center beginning at 11am. If you’re planning on attending IBC please come out to Hall 9, Saturday September 14 at 11am and attend the IBC Workflow Solution Session, it would be a pleasure connecting with you!

To see the schedule and more info on my presentation (and other IBC Workflow Solutions sessions) click here: http://www.ibc.org/page.cfm/link=724

To find out more about Production Minds click here: http://productionminds.com

Production Minds Beta Preview

For the last month I’ve been beta testing some new software that for those who are in production, especially pre-production, I think will fall in love. It’s called Production Minds Platform and it’s designed to create, organize and unleash your production project. I’m working on a low budget short film with writer/director David Wilkinson so I thought it was a perfect project to test out the software.

After having the chance to get my feet wet with the software I asked the guys at PM if I could do a little preview video. I knew others would be just as excited as I am about the release of this software. They agreed.

I haven’t been able to utilize all of the features as we’re still in the middle of creating the short film. But as you will see, the software is a tool that you have with you from idea all the way to the first shoot day. The further along you get in creating the production, the more features you will use.

Ok, I’ll stop typing and let you get to watching. Couple of things first: I am sick so I don’t sound my best – I’m on medication so I’m a little flighty with my thought process, sorry if I ramble – and last… follow these guys on Twitter and Facebook and stay up to date, I know you will want this software the day it releases! Ok, now click play! :)

Develop Your Relationships

November 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

No one goes at it alone, especially in filmmaking and video production. It is vital to have strong relationships in different parts of the industry to help you further your craft and career. So this post will cover some key “must do’s” that I’ve found to help me and I know will help you develop your relationships in an industry where going solo is a sure way to end up just that, solo!

Develop Your Relationships

Keys to develop your relationships

Communicate WITH, not AT!

Email communication is such the norm these days, it’s become the replacement of valuable connection. However, in many situations, it has devalued the purpose of personal contact. Too easy is it to shoot off an email with a sentence or two with the intentions of it serving the purpose of it nurturing a relationship. The classic phone call still is and will be the best method to communicate with someone you intend to develop a relationship. When you choose to call, even leave a message and wait for a return call, all in an effort to just catch up, I promise, goes much further in the minds of those you are trying to reach than an easy effort of typing out a few words with a canned signature and pressing “send.”
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This was a busy week, I saw many items of interest so this weeks wrap-up may be a little long!

How Rejection Breeds Creativity

Wrap-Up: November 26, 201299U had a great post about how being rejected as an artist can breed creativity. It’s only in our failures do we see doing things a new way.

“Rejection happens, and when it does, how we respond to it matters!”

It’s a great read and highly recommend it for any creative because you, like I, will face rejection!

Read the full article


John Williams Scoring E.T.

When I was going to school for music (ions ago!) my goal was to score music for films. I still love and have a passion for music in film so seeing videos like this brings that passion to the forefront!


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Wrap-Up: November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 — 1 Comment

I’ve mentioned on past blogs that I get much of my info on the industry by subscribing to some industry blogs and news services, as well as other blogs and online magazines that hold my interest. Many times as I’m checking my feeds I don’t have time to read through every single article. So I add them to Pocket, a service that saves any URL in one place to catch back up with later. I love it! However I often don’t get to share what I read because I think it’s old news. But then I would see the same articles pop up several days later on other feeds. So maybe the news I get IS still relevant.

With that in mind I thought I’d create one blog post, a wrap-up you could say, that summarizes the news and articles I read from the previous week. They may not be breaking news but I’m sure there may be some things you yourself didn’t catch from the previous week. Maybe you, like myself, often have busy weeks and do not get a chance to get caught up on all the happenings around the industry. Well, I hope these wrap-up posts will give you a glimpse of what you missed and get you caught up.

Just FYI, this isn’t a comprehensive list so please don’t feel like you have to fill me on on the other happenings I don’t mention. These are just some things that I found interesting and may not be the most talked about around the web. Enjoy!
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