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December 13, 2009


Have you ever considered purchasing a Drobo? They're great for local backups, and are incredibly simple to set up and use. Great for indie film-makers who want RAID-like protection, but don't have a degree in computer science.

Also, have you ever considered Carbonite for online backups? Obviously you can't back up all your media there - but you can at least backup all your emails, documents and Avid/FCP project files.

Back a few years ago when we were shooting everything on HDV, we actually backed up all our FCP projects to DV tape as well. Very good archiving solution!



Now days, we just have a couple of SATA drives for each individual project, plus a copy on a Lacie Rugged, plus a backup on the Drobo, as well as a daily copy of the project file stored up in "the cloud" (iDisk in our case).

LTO is really the way to go - but it's a tad expensive and time consuming if you're a real low-budget film-maker.

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    About Chris

    I am just like you. Passionate. Crazy mad. For movies that is. Can’t get enough. Watching movies. Making movies. Talking about movies. Drives my girlfriend Lucia nuts! So yep. Passionate, crazy and mad. And yes, I am a little schizo too. Thing is, I love making films as much as I do teaching film making. Hence, Make Film, Teach Film. I have spent my life making films and sharing what I have learned with those who, like me, have been infected with the 'film virus'... I've made three feature films, action thriller ‘The Runner’, serial killer thriller ‘White Angel’ and paranormal horror ‘Urban Ghost Story’. I also co-created and authored The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook series, and currently there are six editions! Most recently, I made the multi-award winning and Oscars shortlisted ‘Gone Fishing’. I run film making workshops and my offices are at Ealing Film Studios where I am currently plotting my next big adventure…

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