28 Jun 2014

Three Must Read Filmmaking Blogs

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If a blog can be regarded as indicative of the blogger's personality, then editor Vashi Nedomansky's blog on VashiVisuals, his promotional site, reveals intelligence tempered with a quirky sensibility. (His site is also an excellent example of how to promote yourself.) An experienced editor of "hundreds of Broadcast Ads, Short Films, Documentaries, Web Content, Reels and eight Feature Films," his blog is a fascinating mix of forgotten nuggets from movie lore, insights into present-day Hollywood productions, and a showcase of his work, often giving readers the lowdown on how it's done.

Nedomansky is equally adept at taking readers on a photographic and video tour through the FOX Studios Lot as he is revealing the complete post-production workflow of his passion project, The Grind, a crime thriller starring the late James Avery (TV's Uncle Phil of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). This step-through is especially helpful for anyone migrating from Final Cut Pro to Adobe, but a great read for anyone interested in a clear, detailed explanation of the post process, from ingest to final delivery.


Nedomansky publishes new blog posts in spurts, so you may get a week or two without new content. But when he shares his perspective on filmmaking, it's likely to brighten your day and enrich your workflow.

Film Strategy

Similar to Nedomansky, Danny Jiminian's blog Film Strategy won't overwhelm you with the sheer volume of posts, but what's shared is enormously valuable to filmmakers. A director, producer, and entertainment attorney based out of New York City, Jiminian delivers solid advice and a wealth of resources, much of it focused on producing and the business of filmmaking. The blog's Filmmaker Toolkit is a massive list of document links covering all phases and aspects of production, everything you'll need to build your production, form by form. Jiminian rounds out the blog with Script to Screen, chronicling the journey from the page to finished, distributed features, Production Journals, Production Tips, and Case Studies, i.e. lessons learned from the industry.

It would be great if Jiminian posted more often, but sometimes things like family and career get in the way of blogging. But what's already available on Film Strategy represents a great deal of information and advice, much of it you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

So, there you have it. Three excellent filmmaking blogs. Check back in the coming weeks for more of our favorites.

Patrick Jong Taylor

Patrick Jong Taylor is former North American Editor of RedShark Media. He is currently the Director of Strategy at bigSTORY, a consultancy specializing in story-based analysis, strategy and production for corporate clients.

Website: bigstorybiz.com/

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