5 Ways to Make Your Web Portfolio Look Professional


5 Ways to Make Your Web Portfolio Look Professional

If you're a filmmaker in today's world, then you definitely need an online web portfolio. This is the best way to get people interested in you and your projects and to let others know what you're doing.

Obviously, you want your web portfolio to be the very best that it can be and to stand out with a polished, professional look. Well, lucky for you, achieving that perfect look isn't difficult, not if you follow a few simple tips.

Tip #1: Update Regularly

First things first, know that there is nothing worse than a web portfolio that looks like it hasn't been updated in ages. This sends a sign to anyone who happens upon your site that you're not active and that the site has been abandoned, along with your career.

Even if that's not true, it's how it looks when you let your site go for long periods of time without updates. So, even if you think nothing exciting is going on, find something new or relevant to post to your portfolio at least once a week, preferably more, so that you don't lose touch with your audience.


Tip #2: Be Original

 One big mistake that people make when they want their web portfolios to look more professional is simply copying the ideas or site design of others. This is not fair to the people who they copy from, nor is it a good idea.

The whole point of being a filmmaker is to be original and to have something fresh and distinctive about you, and it's definitely hard to showcase that if you're copying other people's portfolios. So, be fresh and original with your portfolio; dare to do something different and unique!

Tip #3: Pick a Distinctive Domain Name

You might not think that your domain name really matters when it comes to your web portfolio, but it does! You'll want to have your own official domain name, something that is memorable and relevant.

People are a lot more likely to remember you and your portfolio if it has a simple but effective domain name.


Tip #4: Include Production Photos

Undoubtedly, you've heard the old saying, "a picture is worth a thousand words," and it's definitely true, especially when it comes to your web portfolio.

People do not want to stare at a wall of text; they'll get bored fast. So, make your site interesting by including production photos from your latest project. Choose fun, colorful photos that grab attention. For example, doTERRA's Instagram makes excellent use of professional, well-lit images to drive engagement and release product-related news. Make sure your production photos are similarly high-resolution and well-lit, and also convey a cohesive style that accurately and flatteringly captures your cinematography style.


Tip #5: Have Somebody Vouch for You

Finally, whenever possible, be sure to include positive information about yourself on your web portfolio. This could be reviews from people who've liked your films in the past, from people you've helped in some way, or just kudos from other people in the industry who can vouch for your abilities.

 If you can follow these simple tips, then there is no reason that your web portfolio can't be as polished and professional as possible.



360 Vids and You


360 Vids and You

Geek out time. Our friends over at Vimeo just published a terrific primer for getting started creating 360 videos and you've got to read it here.

From brand films to sci-fi, this exploding tech is an undeniable part of the future of video production and consumption. No other format immerses you so completely, allowing for endless storytelling possibilities while the technology continues to grow.

Want to see it all in action? Visit our friends at perception2.com, leaders in pushing the boundaries of video possibility - with incredible results.





Guest Judge Carlos Bernard Selects Three Diverse Shorts For Monthly Online Film Competition

(Canton, NY—May 7, 2017) St. Lawrence International Film Festival has announced its official selections for May, 2017 via the SLIFF Online format.

Establishing itself as a leader among online short film competitions, SLIFF Online tapped TV and Film star and director Carlos Bernard (24, 24: Legacy, Hawaii: Five-0, Criminal Minds) to guest judge its May round of digital screenings.

The three diverse short films screening online at www.stlawrencefilm.com are:

  • Documentary “Split by the State,” (6:20) Australia – Dir. Gina Shakespeare
  • Narrative “Foodie,” (4:22) US – Dir. Brendan Malone
  • Narrative “Echo Park Blues) (17:10) US – Dir. Michael Bofshever

Previous official selections include “Embers and Dust” written and directed by Patrick Biesemans (SLIFF Online April Winner), “Tears in the Rain,” from Christopher Harvey, documentary “Between Us” directed by Brad Rothschild, web series “Popp Over America” directed by Joe Popp and March winner “Ici ou La-bas (Right Here or Over There)” directed by first-time filmmaker Pauline Mabille.

Online screenings begin the first of each month and run until the last day of the month. Rolling submissions for subsequent months open the first day of each month. Filmmakers can submit at www.filmfreeway.com/festival/stlawrencefilm or link to the submission site through the Festival website www.stlawrencefilm.com.

The objective of the new monthly online format is to celebrate and promote emerging and professional filmmakers with the greatest accessibility possible. Official Selections receive promotional laurels, promotion to the Festival’s database and on social media. Winning projects each month will be featured on the Festival’s Filmmakers to Watch page for the year, receive prizes from partners such as filmmaker networking platforms iPitch.tv and InkTip.com and are promoted to the Festival’s curated list of entertainment industry influencers.

ABOUT Carlos Bernard

A prolific actor and filmmaker (Hawaii Five-0, Criminal Minds, Your Father's Daughter), Carlos Bernard has starred in various films and television series, including Madame Secretary, Scoundrels, Castle and Dallas. However, he is probably best known for his portrayal of Tony Almeida in Fox's Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning series 24, and 24: Legacy for which he received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, two Alma Award nominations and three Imagen Award nominations. 

ABOUT St. Lawrence International Film Festival

The 2017 St. Lawrence International Film Festival (SLIFF Online) seeks to provide filmmakers of short-format works exposure to a global audience and a highly curated list of entertainment industry decision-makers and influencers on a monthly basis. The Festival advisory board is lead by industry notables Sara E. Johnson (Oscar-winning Executive Producer of “Birdman” and “The Hunting Ground”), Mark Valley (“CSI”), Aaron Woolf (“King Corn, Peabody Award-winner), Drea Clark (Programmer Slamdance Film Festival & Los Angeles Film Festival), Gloria Campbell (Managing Director of the American Pavillion at Cannes), Lenore VanderZee, Carol Smith Pynchon, Brian Hauser (Co-Editor of The Journal of Short Film), and Bob Penski (Founder of Penski, Inc) and actor/writer Scott Alan Smith.





Determining Responsibility for a Movie-Related Injury


Determining Responsibility for a Movie-Related Injury

As part of SLIFF Online's commitment to serving our filmmaker community, we're happy to present a new Blog section dedicated to tips and info we hope you'll find interesting whether you're a newb, old pro or a fan. As always, we welcome your feedback and hope you'll share posts you like - Ed.

Filmmaking can be both exciting and hazardous, especially with today's action-packed productions. In the event of an injury to a member of the cast or crew, someone should be financially responsible for damages. However, it may not be easy to establish exactly who is liable, which is why the victims of movie-related accidents need the assistance of a personal injury attorney.

The Many Risks of Making Movies

The scenes that bring thrills to movie audiences can involve great risks to those who work in front of and behind the camera. Motion picture production also involves many other potential hazards that are associated with transportation, construction, remote settings and the assembly of large numbers of people.

Common injuries occurring on movie sets include broken bones from falls, muscle strains associated with heavy lifting, burns related to the use of flammable materials and cuts stemming from the operation of machinery. Additionally, such health conditions as dehydration and hypothermia may result from the prolonged exposure to harsh terrain or climates.

What to do After a Movie Accident

The primary concern to everyone should be for the care of those who have been physically harmed. Even injuries that seem minor could present long-term problems if they are not properly diagnosed. The failure to seek proper treatment could also affect any subsequent legal action.

Those injured may be eligible for worker's compensation, but coverage is not universal and may depend upon where the accident occurred. Alternatively, it may be possible for the victim to take direct action against the studio, which should have its own insurance provider.

The Importance of Legal Representation

Compensation may be sought to cover medical expenses, lost wages and even the emotional pain associated with the injury. However, it will be necessary to determine the degree of responsibility and how a particular act of negligence contributed to the injury. It will also be necessary to determine who is most culpable among the many parties that are often involved in making movies. The responsible party may even claim that the victim should have been aware of the risks. It is for these reasons why it is important to obtain proper representation.

A lawyer will serve as the victim's advocate throughout the legal process, arguing the case before a jury if necessary. It is the personal injury attorney who can help ensure that the victims of movie accidents receive the justice that they deserve.



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