Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees
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Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees
A collection of articles, podcasts and videos to help inspire and inform the work of trainees working in the camera, sound, editing, production and art departments of film and TV productions.
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Career Advice No One Tells You – The Mission

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We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. They’re the people who land executive level positions by their…
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How To Get Your On-Screen Credit

How To Get Your On-Screen Credit | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
A lot of names get omitted from final end credits. Make sure yours isn't one of them.
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VR: Doing it for real

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Televisual | The Business Magazine For The Broadcast And Production Community
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The Art of the Editor

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The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy

The Trailers for Ghostbusters (2016) and the Art of Editing Comedy | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of discussion on the Internet regarding the larger cultural forces and attitudes that are congealing around Paul Feig’s…
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Set Etiquette tips 

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This is a really useful guide to how to behave on set - it's aimed at runners but much of this is transferable to other departments
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Careers in Film: The Imposter sound engineer Paul Davies - Film4

Careers in Film: The Imposter sound engineer Paul Davies - Film4 | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Freelance sound specialist Paul Davies, who worked on Sexy Beast, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Film4's The Imposter, explains the technical ins and outs of the sound engineer's role in the filmmaking process.
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Endemol Shine’s Cris Abrego on “making it reality”

Endemol Shine’s Cris Abrego on “making it reality” | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Realscreen presents an excerpt from Make It Reality: Create Your Opportunity, Own Your Success, a memoir and motivational treatise from the co-CEO of Endemol Shine North America, released today (May 3).
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Ten tips for future creative leaders

Ten tips for future creative leaders | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Female leaders from advertising, arts, tech and social enterprise share their words of wisdom on getting to the top of creative industries
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Negotiation Skills 

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What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy? - CREATIVZ.US

What does it mean to sustain a career in the gig economy? - CREATIVZ.US | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
To support artists and creative workers in the future, we must reinvent and repurpose our arts infrastructure and prepare artists to be enterprising.
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21 Ways To Leave A Never-Ending Conversation Without Being Rude

21 Ways To Leave A Never-Ending Conversation Without Being Rude | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
How many times have you had an awesome conversation that’s gone on just a little too long?

You know what I’m talking about. There’s a point in the conversation when everyone knows it’s time to wrap it up, but somehow, the discussion keeps trailing on. (Or, worse, when the other person’s still goi
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The only way to achieve anything is to become comfortable with rejection. Here’s how | Linda Blair

The only way to achieve anything is to become comfortable with rejection. Here’s how | Linda Blair | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
From JK Rowling to James Dyson, famous creators have felt the pain of failure. When we know how to learn from it, it becomes fuel for success
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Cooke Optics TV | Cinematography Tips Spotlight

Cooke Optics TV | Cinematography Tips Spotlight | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Interviews with some of the worlds renowned cinematographers, who share their advice and behind the scenes stories from their experiences throughout their careers in movie making.
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11 Ways to Avoid Burnout

Be more productive, sleep better, and have deeper insights with a few simple precautions and regular treatments.
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Televisual | BLOGS & COMMENTS

Televisual | BLOGS & COMMENTS | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Televisual | The Business Magazine For The Broadcast And Production Community
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Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success

Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
A Los Angeles Film Fest panel of top women cinematographers reveal what it took to break through in a man's world.
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A UK-wide investigation into the cost of location filming: Part 1

A UK-wide investigation into the cost of location filming: Part 1 | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
In order to discover the cost of location filming in the UK I sent Freedom of Information requests to 793 UK public bodies. Part one looks at local councils
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Useful info for those of you who might have to locate/negotiate filming locations. 
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Guerrilla Sound—It's a Jungle Out There: How to Get the Best Sound in Any Conditions - MovieMaker Magazine

Guerrilla Sound—It's a Jungle Out There: How to Get the Best Sound in Any Conditions - MovieMaker Magazine | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
This article is for sound novices who want to prepare for run-and-gun moviemaking and guerrilla sound: to get the best sound, no matter what the conditions.
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Changing the Inside Story: The Story You Tell Yourself | QuintCareers

Changing the Inside Story: The Story You Tell Yourself | QuintCareers | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
If current story about yourself in your mind is negative, use these tips for rewriting, managing narrative of inside story for job, career success.
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A 10-step invoice checklist to help you get paid faster

Invoicing is a vital part of running a business. Without accurate and timely invoicing your cashflow will suffer. Use this checklist, the latest in a series of business guides from Xero, to help you do it right.
Invoicing: More than just a request for payment

An invoice isn't just a request or demand for payment for goods or services, it's also a contact point with your customers. If you invoice well, you’ll get paid faster. But you'll also build up a better relationship with your clients.
1. Agree payment dates and amounts with your customers in advance

A written statement of work is a good way to ensure there are no misunderstandings. You can provide estimates or quotations in advance for the goods or services you provide. Good accounting software can convert your quotes into invoices.
2. Invoice for everything and don't let anything fall through the gaps

You need to be thorough and invoice for all your costs. It's OK to give away freebies like minor expenses to generate goodwill. But do it sparingly, as your customers might expect the same treatment next time.
3. Ensure your invoices are comprehensive and itemised, with all the necessary details

If you want your invoices to be paid quickly you need more than just your company name and the total amount due. Be sure to include:
Your business contact information, including name, address, email, and phone

Any legally required information, like tax numbers or company number

Your client’s name and contact information. Make sure you address it to the correct person in their organisation

A list of the services or goods provided and the prices for each. Use clear descriptions so there are no misunderstandings

The quantity of each service or item purchased, then a column of sub-totals

The date of invoice

A unique invoice number. Your accounting software can generate this for you

Your client's purchase order or sales order number (if they've supplied one)

If you are invoicing a foreign company, indicate which currency you want to be paid in

Your bank details for direct deposits. This needs to include your bank's name and address, account number, and other codes

Any other methods of payment you offer, like PayPal or credit cards. Be sure to account for transaction fees, so you don't lose out

Your payment terms, such as 14 days from date of invoice. Make sure you include the date due as well so they don’t need to work it out. People typically pay two weeks later than required by the payment terms, so make the term shorter to compensate

A request that direct payments include references, like your invoice number. Then you'll know who has paid


4. Every invoice is a branding opportunity, so use a good design and add your company logo

Spend some time finding an invoice template that shows your business at its best. Choose accounting software with customisable invoice templates to help you do this easily.
5. Send your invoices as soon as the work has been completed

For healthy cashflow, invoice as soon as you can. Every day you wait means another day before you get paid. If you're on a retainer, it’s a good idea to invoice on the last Monday of the month.
6. Set reminder alerts to notify your customers that payment is due

Focus on the importance of reminding your customers but tread carefully. Automated reminders are often ignored but a human touch can make a difference and improves relationships.
7. Talk to late payers politely, but be prepared to act decisively if necessary

Cashflow is the lifeline of your business, so if reminders have been ignored, pick up the phone and talk to your client in a friendly and constructive way. If they persistently fail to pay on time, you might need to consider dropping them as clients.
8. Build invoicing into your business workflow using add-on applications

There are more benefits to online invoicing software than simply issuing invoices. It can tie in with project management tools, inventory solutions and POS (point of sale) software. All of this helps you improve your workflow.
9. Keep your invoices and other financial data safe using online applications

Online accounting software stores your data securely on remote servers. This keeps your invoices and other financial information safe from loss. It helps protect your business against fire, flooding, earthquakes and other disasters.
10. Consider outsourcing invoice management to your bookkeeper or accountant

If you don't have time to manage invoicing yourself, outsourcing can be a good option. With online accounting software, you can give secure selective access to your bookkeeper or accountant. You can still see every transaction at a glance.
Invoicing is one of the most important aspects of running your business, so take the time to get it right. Your cashflow will be much healthier as a result.
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An essential guide to using a bookkeeper to help your business
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Free Business Communication - Fundamentals of Business Writing Online Course | ALISON

Free Business Communication - Fundamentals of Business Writing Online Course | ALISON | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
The course Business Communication - Fundamentals of Business Writing introduces you to the theory and practice of writing in the modern business environment
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Professional Communication Essentials - Udemy

Professional Communication Essentials - Udemy | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Fundamentals of communicating in the workplace, including effective email and letter-writing techniques, and web search. - Free Course
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A free online course that explains the principles of professional communication
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Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life

Fear is boring, and other tips for living a creative life | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
"Eat Pray Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert shares 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.
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How much are Assistant Directors paid?

How much are Assistant Directors paid? | Inspiration for Sara Putt Associates Trainees | Scoop.it
Following on from last week's look at the number of Assistant Directors (ADs) on UK and Hollywood films, today I'm turning to a more comple
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