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Blockbuster Lighting for Your Low Budget Film

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Lighting for film is critical, not only for exposure but also to create a mood that best tells your story. In low-budget filmmaking, you may not be able to afford all the fancy lighting tools out there—a basic Arri kit can cost you close to $2,000 to purchase. So how do you go about lighting your small […]

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Screenwriting on a Budget

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A good script is the foundation of a good film. If you’re still scribbling notes and snippets of dialogue on Starbucks napkins because you’re afraid to shell out for proper screenwriting software, I can assure you there’s a better way. While the defacto screenwriting software is Final Draft, it’s currently going for $249. That can be a […]

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Why Your Film Didn’t Get into Any Festivals

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Despite a low indy budget, it’s possible to make films that get picked up by festivals (the ones that aren’t run by your friends) and that get word-of-mouth (other than your own social media). So, why didn’t your film get into any festivals or get any buzz? Why did the programming panel reject your film […]

Recording Amazing Audio for Your Low Budget Short Film

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You’ve written an incredible screenplay. Your actors brought the characters to life in unexpected ways. Your cinematographer captured the image through breathtaking compositions and lighting. There is only one hitch— Sound. Dialogue is garbled, wind and background noise obscures the vocals, levels are all over the place—your masterpiece is ruined. Here are some tips that […]

San Francisco Indie Film Co-op Presents Festival Featuring Top Local Filmmakers at the Castro Theatre

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Scary Cow Productions, the San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker cooperative, commemorates its fifth year by hosting the Prime Cuts Indie Film Festival—a one-night only special movie screening at the Castro Theatre. “The 5th Anniversary of the Scary Cow Indie Film Festival is proof of Scary Cow’s dedication to growing and supporting the independent film community […]

Scary Cow Films Invade a Film Festival Near You!

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What an incredible few weeks it has been for Scary Cow Filmmakers! An important thing to consider when thinking about where to make your next film is what happens to your films AFTER you’ve made it. So many folks focus on making a film they forget that the best films live long after it’s completion […]

Open Casting Call! Come be an actor for our films.

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 Actors! We encourage you to attend our open casting call on Saturday, March 12th at the SF PLAYHOUSE (533 Sutter Street)! This is a free event. This casting call gives actors the chance to audition for upcoming Scary Cow films. Our filmmakers will be watching from the audience, mostly casting for the films being screened at […]

Scary Cow Round 13 Awards Announced!

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The votes have been counted and our winners have been announced! Another $10,000 has been awarded bringing our total to over $140,000 in prize money. Special thanks to all of the great films screened this round – and looking forward to what our winning teams will do with their awarded budget dollars! Click HERE to see […]

Scary Cow article on the SFFS blog!

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 Just in case you missed it, there was a great article on the San Francisco Film Society blog, sf360.org. Check out the article which covers how Scary Cow works, some feature films currently in production, and a bit about our upcoming screening! You can read it by clicking here

What makes Scary Cow different than other film groups?

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We often have folks ask what makes Scary Cow different from other filmmaking groups. Scary Cow tries to blend the best of all of them into something that can really help you achieve your filmmaking goals – whether they be to just get your feet wet to fine tuning your already awesome skills. We’ve had […]