Filmmaker and writer John Ott on the set of independent film The Battle of Bunker Hill.

Filmmaker and writer John Ott on the set of independent film The Battle of Bunker Hill.

Founded in 2004 by writer and filmmaker John Ott, Making the Movie has become a top-ranked resource for independent filmmakers and movie producers. Ott and the other contributing writers post about the latest filmmaking news and review current films from a filmmaker perspective. They also maintain up-to-date information pages on topics such as HD Cameras for Independent Filmmakers, Film Tax Credits by State and Canadian Province and Free Movie Budget Templates.

Among the most popular series on the website have been the in-depth chronicles of the independent feature films The Battle of Bunker Hill and Rain in the Mountains as well as a step-by-step diary of making the short film “Stull”.

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