Indie Filmmakers: Can We Help Each Other Daring Greatly?

Indie Filmmakers: Can We Help Each Other Daring Greatly? Today is a change-of-plan day, instead of posting the article I had prepared, I've opted for a personal blog post/call to action to you, my fellow filmmakers, storymakers and storylovers. I'm not sure if it's the best day to post this; T ...

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Why Xavier Dolan Doesn’t Stop Rolling to Give Actors Notes

After the first installment of Xavier Dolan's masterclass that focused on the three questions he asks himself while filming, this installment focuses on Dolan's preferred method to work with actors. As you might recall, Dolan is an actor himself -he actually started as an actor- and knows o ...

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7 Tips to Shoot Like an Editor

After the five things cinematographers can do to make their editor happier, and the art of shooting B-Roll, another way to ensure that the transition between production and post-production is as smooth as possible is to think like an editor while you shoot. DSLR Video Shooter gives out 7 ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Personal Buzz
Capturing Super Heros in Flemish Paintings, the Surprising Universe of Sasha Goldberger

Expanding on our collection of articles about Art and movies (see full list below), meet French photographer Sasha Goldberger and his  photo series paying homage to both Super Heroes and Flemish Painting in an uncanny mashup that turns out to be very pleasing for the eye....

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Whale Creator Marco North on Working Way Outside the Box

This is the first part in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Marco North who created, wrote and shot Whale, a sci-fi episodic narrative with a different take on the 'webseries' genre.  I offered Marco to share with us his experience on his journey to make and release Whale : WHALE – ...

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John Cleese on the Two Elements You Need to Empower Your Creativity

How to fight procrastination and nurture creativity are two ongoing topics and will remain so as long as we -humans on planet Earth- breathe and want to make something that didn't exist before. Everybody has their own techniques, developed over time, after trials and errors, and it's alway ...

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How To Enhance Your Chance of Guest Blogging on Mentorless (and Anywhere Else)

As promised in my newsletter, here comes the post about guest blogging.I have never addressed this until now because it has always worked organically, but I've started receiving more and more requests from storytellers to write on mentorless.com, and if I always welcome the idea of shar ...

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Brain Pickings’ Founder, Maria Popova, on Finding Balance Between Productivity and Being Present in her Daily Routine

If you blog and/or are into learning, growing and expanding your horizons thanks to the world wide web, there is a fair chance that you know of Brain Pickings and its creator, Maria Popova. Popova, who has been curating Brain Pickings for almost eight year now -a site that receives 7 mill ...

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Paul Schattel’s Ten Tactics for MicroBudget Success

This is a guest post by American filmmaker Paul Schattel. Paul has been working for years on both independent films and commercial videos, and is currently hard at work making his fourth feature, American Breakdown. He shares with us some of the knowledge he has acquired to success making a ...

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Casting Kids? Check How Spielberg Realized He Had the Wrong Lead for E.T. and Switched for Henry Thomas

Casting might be an underrated job without Oscar recognition, but it's also a key moment in the filmmaking process and about everybody agrees to say that a good story with bad casting won't go far. And if casting adults can be tricky, casting kids requires one fine nose and a good bag of act ...

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