Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How to Set Up a Website and Social Media

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A lot of people have been asking me about setting up a website, social media, and other internet things for them.

I am going to talk to my web development guys and figure out a price that this can be done for, but I'm also going to just show you how to do it for free.

The free way means you'll follow the video tutorials, which will not be exhaustive, but will cover the basics, and if there are things you don't understand, you will at least have the terminology to do further web searches to figure those things out. Expect to put in from several hours to days to do all this, depending on the amount of content you want to use as well as how much customisation you want to do to your website.

I'm going to figure out a pay scheme for people who don't want to do it themselves and would prefer to pay someone to do it for them. This pay scheme will have several points that you can pay for or opt to not do or to do yourself.

OUTLINE:

FREE WAY: 1) Sign up for a blogspot blog using your gmail account. 2) Customise your blogspot website to the degree allowed in the blogspot options. 3) Add your pictures and content to your blogspot blog. 3) Create your own social media accounts. 4) Create new posts on your blog as you want, and then share those blogs (as well as images and videos) to your social media channels.

THINGS SOME PEOPLE WANT WHICH COST MONEY:

- Custom domain address (yourdesiredname.com or .ca or whatever instead of yourdesiredname.blogspot.com).
- Hosting for your domain (all of these types of domains / websites pay a monthly fee to have their website "hosted," which means it is stored on the internet).
- Have someone else arrange for your domain address and hosting, and just pay them for the monthly fee for hosting and yearly fee for the domain. This includes having them fix problems when there are any with the server, website, etc, so the website won't have any problems and will always be "up."
- More customised website look (pay for a website appearance, or "theme," or have someone find an appropriate free theme for the look you're going for.
- Have someone else customise the website according to the general look and sometimes specifics you want to see (fonts, pictures, arrangement of website elements), sharing buttons, mailing lists, etc.
- Have someone else put your content up on your website for you (you just send the text, pictures, videos, etc to us by email).
- Have someone else create and set up your social media accounts.
- Have someone else update your social media channels with your new content (when you have new content created on your webpage or when you email an update, whether a message, picture, video, etc.

APPROXIMATE COSTS:

- Domain: Common domains like .com, .ca, .org, .net etc are around $20 or $30 per year. Hosting: Usually around $8 per month ($96 per year) for basic hosting, but we can do this for $50, which will cover most needs) We'll charge $20 per year to set this up (as well as take care of the site and hosting if anything goes wrong) and you can pay us for 1 year or more. The first year fee includes set up.
- Custom website: Many themes are free, but some cost between $20 and $70 (one time purchase fee). We'll try to find a free one (most cases possible). As long as the theme customisation is fairly basic (your choice of fonts, pictures, layout), we can do this for $50 (as long as there is a free theme). If you want special (which are unusual and require research as well as skilled work), we will charge more. If you later on want to change your theme or layout, we'll probably charge around $40 or $50 at that point, but you can also do the modifications yourself for free.
- Websites might also require special features to do special things. If you tell us what you need, we will figure out a cost and you can OK it or no-go it. NOTE: If you want a sales website - a website you can sell products from - this is a much more complicated thing, and will cost more: We'll figure out a cost and let you know.
- Content creation / management: Depending on the amount of content, we can probably do this for $50-$100, and you would just provide the text, images, video links, sound links, etc.) If you want us to do this on an ongoing basis after the website is set up, we will figure out a monthly rate for approximately how many items you want to do each month.
- Set up social media accounts: $20 each, and you will provide images and content. If we're doing a lot of these, we'll discount the fee.
- Manage social media channels (update them with content): Depends on the amount of content. Probably around $20 a month for basic needs, and you would email us what you want for updates.

Basically, to have us do everything, it would cost around $300 - $350 initially ($140 for the domain and hosting, $50 for an uncomplicated website, around $75 for content creation, around $50 for three social media accounts).

It would cost $140 each year thereafter for the domain and hosting.

If you had us doing your content and social media, this would mean another $50 or $100 per month.

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As you can see, the least you have to do to have a website and social media is tell us what you want, what it looks like, and then email us your content. This costs the most because it involves a lot of labor and skilled work.

The least you have to pay is free because you can set up everything yourself if you want.

>>> HERE IS THE WAY TO CONTACT US ABOUT DOING THIS WORK FOR YOU (CLICK HERE)

Note: This isn't the business of DFPS, -- we make our revenue otherwise -- so we're not going to try to make as much money as possible on doing this, but we will charge a fair rate in order to fairly compensate skilled workers assigned to doing it.












Monday, April 24, 2017

Website and Social Media - Hiring Us

This is the information we need to get started if you are wanting us to do anything for you as far as building, setting up, managing, etc. a website or social media.

Just copy and paste the following into an email and send it to douglasfirpublishing[a]gmail.com and we'll assess it and get back to you. Make sure every heading is followed by some information, preferably brief and to the point.

If you're on this page and wanting to hire us, you must have already read our website setup and social media blog post (if not click here).

Copy and paste the following (it is in capitals because they offset against the regular sentence case you will use for your information):

1. DO YOU WANT A CUSTOM DOMAIN (LIKE DFPS.CA)? IF YES, WHAT DOMAIN?

2. DO YOU WANT ANYTHING SPECIAL/SPECIFIC WHEN IT COMES TO THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR WEBSITE? IF YES, PASTE LINKS TO SIMILAR WEBSITES AND DESCRIBE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU WANT ON THE WEBSITE.

3. WHAT CONTENT DO YOU HAVE THAT YOU WANT TO PUT ON THE WEBSITE? (FOR EXAMPLE, 100S OF PICTURES, DOZENS OF PICTURES, THREE VIDEOS, 10 ARTICLES, 10 AUDIO FILES FROM SOUNDCLOUD, ETC.) DO YOU HAVE A TINY AMOUNT OF CONTENT OR A LOT?

4. DO YOU WANT US TO HANDLE YOUR CONTENT AFTER THE WEBSITE IS CREATED, AND YOU JUST EMAIL STUFF TO US? OR ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT YOURSELF?

5. WHAT SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS DO YOU WANT US TO SET UP FOR YOU? (FOR EXAMPLE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, PINTEREST, YOUTUBE, DEVIANTART, TUMBLR, ELLO, ETC.)

6. DO YOU WANT US TO HANDLE POSTING NEW CONTENT TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS AFTER THEY ARE CREATED? OR ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT YOURSELF?

7. ANY OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION BEFORE WE GET STARTED OR THAT WE WILL LIKELY WANT TO KNOW AS WE PROCEED?

8. IS THERE A MAXIMUM BUDGET (WE'RE NOT GOING TO BASE OUR RATE ON THIS NUMBER, WE'LL GIVE YOU A FAIR RATE, BUT IF THERE IS A MAX WE CAN TELL YOU WHAT THINGS CAN BEST BE DONE FOR THAT NUMBER)?














Sunday, April 16, 2017

Film Process

A lot of people wonder what all is involved in the creation of a film or TV show.

I've put together this list of the stages and the elements of each stage involved in the making of a film. Depending on the size of the film, a lot of these elements can be cut out. For example, in indie film all you need is an original script (or not), actors (or not), and a director/camera person. You then want to add a sound person, an editor, a producer to arrange everything, and legal and accounting help. And it goes on from there.

Here's the list of stages of making a film and the elements within each stage:

Pre-production

Production
   Securing rights
   Choose screenwriter
   Financial
      Private and foreign investors, TV companies, lottery, government, product placement
   Planning / scheduling
Legal
   Contracts
   Shooting limitations / requirements
   Tax regulations (with production)
Accounts and payroll
Production design
   Locations
   Editing room
   Equipment and power
      Cameras
      Sound equipment
      Lights
      Booms
      Dividers
      Cover / umbrellas
      Generators
      Batteries
   Transportation
      Vehicles, insurance, fuel, maintenance
   Catering
Art direction
Costume design
Make up and hair
Staffing
   Director
   Assistant director
   Camera operator
   Sound production
   Lighting / gaffer
   Director of photography
   Editor
   Colorist
   Sound designer
      Sound effects
      Synths, samplers, plug-ins
   Second unit
   Stills photography
Casting
   Actors
   Extras
   Stunts
Animation



Production



Film is complete



Post-production

Editing
   Directors cut
   Final cut

Marketing
   Marketplace knowledge, cultural trends,tracking
   Marketing strategy (prime target audience and USP) (with Distribution for preview screenings, social response)
   Posters
   Trailers and 30-second TV spots
   Press kit
   Interviews
   Talent visits
   Photographs
   Industry kit
   Press
   Festivals and awards (with Distribution)
   Social media graphics and videos
   Crowdfunding (with Distribution)
   Groupon
   Promotional merchandizing
   OST
   Arrange portfolio
Advertising
Events management
   Promotional, business, and social events
   Researching and booking venues, contacting suppliers, negotiating prices, listening to clients, ensuring health and safety, publicising events
Distribution
   Logistics
   Know who's going to show up opening weekend
   Find the right opening weekend
   Industry screening (cast and crew)
   Preview screenings
   Free and advanced public screenings
   Find distributing agents, nationally and internationally
   Screenings in theatres (Community, Arthouse, Multiplex), TV, DVD, Netflix, BFI, online, (YouTube, Vimeo)
   Future backers
   Festivals and awards (with Marketing)
   Crowdfunding (with Marketing)
 

More information at: Sideplayer,

Film Production Group Organization

Besides the independent films we'll be doing, we'll also be organising people interested and skilled in the various roles of film production. This will serve ourselves and also other people who want to spearhead or be involved in film projects in the area.

Anyone in the area can put their name down for whatever roles they would like to take on. Once the roles have enough participants, we'll set about organising people to produce films.

Click on the role(s) listed below and then comment on the page with any relevant information, such as skills, location, availability, interest.

Actors

Directors

Writers

Sound (mics)

Camera operator (videographer)

Lighting (gaffer)

Editor

Sound designer (post production)

Distribution (exhibition)

Events manager

Producers

Investing (film finance)

Accounting (payroll)

Legal (financial)

Marketing (advertising)

Planning (scheduling)

Animation (and special effects)

Stunts

Art director

Costume design

Make up and hair

Still photography

Casting director

Colorist

Production design




Thursday, April 13, 2017

Social Media and Other Links

https://www.facebook.com/Douglas-Fir-Publishing-153313085200230/
https://plus.google.com/u/0/115510491856036545585
https://twitter.com/DouglasFirPub
https://www.instagram.com/douglasfirpublishing/

How to Set Up a Website and Social Media

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