Douglas Mackinnon – award-winning director | Balancing Act

Douglas is an award-winning film and TV director. You’ll recognise his name if you’re a Doctor Who fan: he’s directed eight episodes since 2008, a highlight being Listen, which Slate called, “the best episode in years” His skills behind the lens won him a Scottish…

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Here’s what to actually wear on a film set

Welcome back. This week I want to talk about a common question: what should you actually wear on a film set? Luckily it doesn’t matter what job you’re doing, the uniform is fairly standard. So let’s start with the basics. Jeans Jeans are a staple in my…

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Handling Stress: the missed rung on the career ladder

’The struggle doesn’t get easier, what improves is the way you handle the stresses’ I heard this during an event a couple of weeks ago, and it’s still stuck in my head. When you’re running your own business, everything depends on you. It’s on you…

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Daisie Panel: what I learnt about my industry in two hours with Maisie Williams, Savannah Brown, Savannah Blake and more

Last Friday I went to a panel hosted by Daisie, which was full of creatives. The real USP of the app, for me, is how all creatives are connected. Film can be quite an insular place at times, so it was amazing to talk to writers, illustrators,…

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How to Change the Diversity Game in Filmmaking

Diversity is an important issue in any industry, but particularly in filmmaking. I guess it’s pretty easy for people outside of it to judge because they watch them in the cinema, on TV, on Netflix. People can tell when there’s a lack of diversity in…

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Here’s what not to do if you want a job in film

Last week I talked about how I’d expanded my team. This week, I want to focus on some of the biggest mistakes I see people making when they’re trying to get a job (yes, I’ve made a lot of these mistakes too). Think about exactly…

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How to Crowdfund your Short Film: Part 4

So we are almost finished, this is the last part of how to crowdfund your short film! Last week we talked about drafting the campaign and starting to publicise it. This week, we’ll talk about (finally) launching your campaign, keeping it going and keeping people…

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How to Crowdfund Your Short Film: Part 3

Welcome to Part 3! We’re going to be focussing on actually drafting your campaign and what you can do to make it stand out. Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 before embarking on this section. Step 9 It’s time to find your…

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