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I was wondering would you please tell me: is there a difference in “instalments” and “sequels”?

If there is a difference, would you please explain to me in a easy way that I can understand: wot is it?

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The implication of an installment is that it is one of several in a predetermined series.  A sequel is the follow-up to a previous story.  Harry Potter movies are considered installments because there are so many in the series, and the series was predetermined.  A sequel usually happens when a movie is made that didn't necessarily intend to have other movies follow it, but became so successful that they decided to make another.  The Karate Kid series are sequels because they were made based on the success of the first few movies - there was NOT a predetermined number of Karate Kid movies that was going to be made when they they released the first one.  Marvel Movies, on the other hand, are quite planned out ahead of time and are considered installments because they already know that they are going to make more movies along the same storyline.  I hope this helps.

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I am a professional filmmaker (since 1995) and a professional film instructor (since 2000). I am the co-owner of Imminent Entertainment LLC. I have worked on several low-budget feature films as well as hundreds of other projects including TV commercials, concert videos, live sports for TV, sports highlights, broadcast news, faith productions, large multi-media multi-camera productions, weddings, educational, corporate, promotional, short films, documentaries and more. I have written a book called "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" that will be more widely distributed in the near future. My expertise is in writing, shooting and editing. I can answer questions on Final Cut Pro, lighting, sound recording, scriptwriting, storytelling, directing, producing, editing, multi-camera productions, shooting sports, picture to video, using DTE hard drives, using video cameras. I am NOT an expert on how to sell scripts or movies, how to finance them, how to distribute them or how to get an agent. See my WEB PAGES: troyalexsmith.webs.com and www.youtube.com/troysmithpro

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I have been a professional filmmaker since 1995 and a film teacher since 2000. I am publishing a textbook for beginning filmmakers called "the New Filmmaker's Adventure". I have experience in the area of low-budget feature filmmaking, I am the co-owner of the production company called Imminent Entertainment, I have worked on hundreds of videos, TV shows, multi-camera events and low budget, professional productions, corporate and consumer videos, Final Cut Pro, scriptwriting, directing, videography and cinematography, sound, lighting, editing, and some producing.

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Independent Feature Project

Publications
I wrote "The New Filmmaker's Adventure" book that I use in my classes and will be publishing it abroad soon

Education/Credentials
Western Michigan University - Magna cum Laude BS in film/video/TV Maine Media Workshops ('02-'07)- Film Editor Master, Directing Actors for the Camera, Independent Filmmaking, Acting for the Camera, Camera in Motion, The Directors Craft

Awards and Honors
Audience Choice Runner-Up award for Best Picture at the Muskegon Film Festival in 2009 for Producer/editor on "Coffee Shop Kings." Excellence in Education Teaching award. Winner of 12 grants.

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Kellogg, Covance, Cytec, WWMT, Ralston, many, many more

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