Underwire Film Festival: Freelancing 101

Last Friday I attended a full-day workshop run by Underwire Film Festival on freelancing.

The workshop was designed for those of us who have recently moved into film and tv freelancing. I recently quit my day job to be a full-time film producer. The freelance life is scary — I live in fear of months where I might not be able to pay my rent or afford to eat — but in surmountable from having a network of people in the same boat.

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The speakers covered topics that you’re not usually told about when you become a freelancer. A few things I learnt..

  • From the ‘Branding, Boldness, Being You’ talk on brand management by Katie McCullogh of FestivalFormula – you need to be able to sum yourself up in one tagline.
  • In the same talk, Alex Lightman, director/co-producer of ‘Tear Me Apart’, noted that our industry is based on audience. So make sure there is content on your film’s website.
  • Production Accountants aren’t accountants. Also, it appears my skillset matches what a Production Accountant does.
  • On the same vein, check out productionaccountingforum.com
  • One panel recommended watching Mark Duplass’ keynote speech at SXSW.
  • Findie.com is like a Spotify of short films.
  • “Short Film is a long game and is about exposure” – Ben Aston
  • I’m putting this link here so I watch it myself shortly … “Pitch Black Heist
  • Nicola Lees from WFTV says you can be your own mentor by spending 42 hours over 6 months.
  • “DONE is better than PERFECT.” – Sheryl Sandberg

I even got to catch up with Pauline Caletti, who I met in Cannes at the WFTV event.

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsHere’s a video from the event. My voxpop even made the cut!

Underwire Freelancing 101 from Underwire Festival on Vimeo.

Published by phetheringtonnz

Film Producer, Director, Lecturer. From NZ based in London.

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