The Shindler Perspective: Looking Forward

In the 20+ years we have been providing advisory services to companies at all points on the entertainment and technology value chains, we have observed many common challenges that affect growing entrepreneurial organizations in the hyper competitive world of production, distribution and exhibition of movie and TV content.

Starting a new business or maintaining one, for that matter, can be risky. If it was easy, everyone would do it and they would all be successful. If only that was the case.

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Is The NAB SHOW Too Big?

It's just around the corner...our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas. But who can say they've ever experienced the whole event? I'll bet no one can--at least not in the last decade or so or maybe longer. The show has gotten bigger than ever--not that it was ever small! 

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The Downside of Streaming Video

So, it's touted as the newest media revolution: Streaming Video. Certainly, the proliferation of streaming capability is good for the independent content producer, though benefits for large networks and established media are very debatable. What about the consumer? This article from AP offers an alternate view of the future, entitled The Streaming Video Paradox: Why You May Miss Cable's Bundle Of Channels It's worth your time tpo read.

New Streaming Services Have Changed The Market

Well, Duh, you say. Of course they have. But in many ways more than you would first think. And it's affected our industry's labor market as well as the world of production.

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How Filming Differs in NYC From LA

Casey Mink, writing for Backstage online, interviewed Location Manager, Julie Sage, about how she finds greats spots to shoot Aziz Ansari's new Netflix series, Master of None. In the article Sage dispenses some interesting opinions on how NYC - Where Master of None is filmed - and LA differ, not just effecting the location manager's task but how the look of the city becomes part of the story.

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Are Journalists Exempt From Civility?

Reading with interest an article in the NYT, entitled "Rough Treatment of Journalists in the Trump Era," reminded me of how agressively some members of the media feel entitled to act. Having taken a few journalisim courses, worked in more than one television newsroom and observed first hand on many occasions (in the Big Apple of all places) a media scrum which can only be kindly described as militantly chaotic, I can project another possibility behind the headlines. Indeed, there are many in news who feel they are doing God's work and so with rightiousness feel justified in doing whatever it takes to 'get the story'. Unfortunately few if any journalists are working for the Divine, despite how they feel.

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An interesting article on VideoEdge (Available On RoundTables Media Headlines Page) reviews the new streaming service from YouTube.  It leads you to a Harry McCracken article on Fast Company which covers the Launch and basically says it's a work in progress! McCracken does a great analysis and given the fact that Cable networks and broadcasters are ever more challenged by these entertainment streaming services everyone in the creative content business would do well to stay abrest of what's happening!

NAB Survival: Is It The Shoes?

Gotta share a great article on NAB Prep...if you've been there you'll appreciate Chris Hurd's blog--If this will be your first NAB it is a MUST READ! It's on DV Info net with an intro below.

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Reverse Engineering Actors!

As a director I love working with actors! I want to help them create the most fascinating characters --within the bounds of the story at hand and the context of the other characters. But often the question for a director is HOW? Which is why I read and study the stuff actors read and study. I want --no, need-- to understand their methods, challenges and fears. What makes them tick?

It's easy for a director or (anyone else for that matter) to get caught up in their own goals and challenges, keeping their nose to the grindstone and plowing through obsticales to get what you want. And a director has plenty to worry about from scenery and costumes to camera, lighting and more. But, Hey, it's a PEOPLE business, and the people your audinece will relate to are the actors! The actors are not just a director's tools to tell the story (not to be confused with Hitchcock's 'cattle') they are THE emotional link to the audience. And as human beings, each very unique and creative, every actor in the show is an important collaborator with the director.

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38 Actors Audition Prep Tricks

A recent edition of BACKSTAGE daily has this article I think you should read.  You may have seen it on RoundTable.Media's HEADLINES page since BackStage is one of the almost 20 industry publications we update DAILY! It's great because the promise is fulfilled in a very straight forward manner--it is literally words straight out of the mouths of 38 significant actors. The diversity of opinion and experience about auditioning is striking. And Auditioning is a very important part of the process which can't be ignored. Of course it's important information for other actors but it's also very revealing for Directors, Casting Directors, Producers and others...which I will be blogging about in another article! Be sure to read 38 Actors Audition Prep Tricks from Backstage