makers is our bi-annual magazine for the international production community. Featuring interviews, comment and opinion from leading figures in production from around the world, makers celebrates the very best in film, commercials and TV production. Packed full of production intelligence and beautifully designed, makers is a global briefing for creatives – covering everything a production needs in its journey from the script to screen.

Issue #8 is available to read online for free

Nearly two years since Covid-19 began spreading around the globe, the creative industries are finally busy again thanks to vaccination programmes and safe shooting protocols.
As we report in our Crew Crunch feature on page 136, the big headache for many producers is simply finding enough experienced crew for film, television and commercials shoots given the high levels of demand for new content. Prices are rising for crews, studios and kit as studios, streamers and broadcasters look to restock after the Covid-19 shutdowns.
To provide a truly global perspective, we examine how the post pandemic boom has affected countries such as Croatia and the Dominican Republic in our Bounce Back feature on page 23.
We also look at other ways the pandemic has left its mark on the industry. One prominent casualty seems to be the independent film industry, which has been hard hit by the closure of cinemas and the absence of film festivals. On page 104, we debate the future of indie film. 
Looking ahead, we discuss the outlook for festivals and markets in 2022 on page 98. Are they expecting participants to return, or is the future in hybrid? 
On page 30, we also weigh up the prospects for international commercials shoots. Encouragingly, overseas ad shoots picked up significantly during 2021 and seem set to grow even more during 2022, although environmental concerns about long haul flights may limit the numbers of people travelling. 
Elsewhere, makers provides advice for navigating two digital platforms that thrived during the pandemic: TikTok and Zoom. Our feature on the art of Zoom pitching (page 159) acknowledges that the video platform is here to stay, while our TikTok special (page 64) reveals how brands and independent creatives are making money from a platform that recently passed the one billion monthly user mark.
All this and more is rounded out by makers’ regular reports on some of the world’s best countries to film in, weighing up the infrastructure, skills and incentives on offer.

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