One of the best ways for film professionals to stay informed of industry news is to subscribe to film production publications. There are many publications, trade journals and newsletters available that cover current trends in the film industry; but rather than inundate yourself by subscribing to them all, you may want to pick and choose the ones that best meet your business's needs.
There is a huge selection of movie production trade publications to choose from. Where some are very limited and cover specific topics, others give an overview of the whole industry and offer a variety of resources. The trick is to get the most information out of the fewest resources, thus saving you money and keeping you well informed without consuming all your valuable time. When choosing books, journals and articles on film production, remember the following:
1. Some movie production publications offer free trial subscriptions so you can better determine whether the publication is for you.
2. When subscribing to a film production publication, find out what period your payment covers. Make sure you receive any back issues within the time period you're paying for. Some publications may just begin subscription with the current issue.
3. If possible, subscribe through a publication's website, rather than a magazine subscription site. You may receive additional tools and resources with your subscription.
Subscribe to film production magazines and take advantage of the perksMany publishers offer discounted pricing with subscriptions, in addition to other perks. Check to see if they offer free trial subscriptions or copies. You may even be able to cancel your subscription without payment or penalty if you are not absolutely satisfied.
Take advantage of online film production articles, newsletters and magazinesE-mags and web publications have evolved for the better, and there are many benefits to taking advantage of them. Not only are they readily available, the medium also allows publishers to compliment articles with multimedia resources. You may be required to sign up as a member, but that can be an added bonus. It could get you access to free sample copies or journal archives.
Join a professional association for free access to film production trade publicationsIf you work in the film industry, you may consider becoming a member of an association for film production professionals. As a member, you'll receive access to free publications, as well as other informational resources. If you sign up as a company, you can extend these services to your employees as well.
- Check with your local library for publications, as many subscribe to online databases that may include film production journals, magazines and books.