Brace Yourself: Here is a 1h30 Masterclass with Darren Aronofsky

 This was long overdue, but it finally happened, and just like for Steve McQueen, we have to thank a museum for programming a masterclass with Daren Aronofsky and for sharing it with the world. So thank you, New Museum.Like Christopher Nolan, Aronofsky launched his career with ...

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Are You Ready for ‘The Pixar Theory’? I Wasn’t. My Brain Exploded.

Nothing has quite prepared me for the Pixar Theory, and I am saying that even though I have read the theory about Andy's Mom in Toy Story by Jon Negroni, and when I clicked on the video below, I actually thought it was an animation of that said theory, so I wasn't expecting much.Turns o ...

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J.J. Abrams on The Best Advice He’s Received and What He Learned Really Early On

 J.J. Abrams, one of the men who revolutionized network TV and has directed many of the recent blockbusters that feeds our summers, is always generous with his knowledge and great to listen to. In yet another BAFTA Guru video, Abrams answers a question that should be mandatory to an ...

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John Malkovich Malkoviches Us All With Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters

It's hard to imagine how much more creative John Malkovich could have been with his last name. After his collaboration with Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman for Being John Malkovich in 1999, that gave birth to the unforgettable 'Malkovich Malkovich' scene, the American actor is back, this t ...

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Everytime Might Just Be the Friendliest App for Filmmaking Teams to Collect and Share Visuals

You are working on a project and just found the perfect shot on Vimeo or Youtube to explain to your cinematographer what you just found and why you think it can help you. Up until now, to do all that you had three options:- take a screen cap and email explanatory notes along with it - ...

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3 Things Storytellers Can Learn from MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel

In case you missed it, the 2014 list of MacArthur Fellows, a.k.a, the genius grant, was announced last week, giving over $600,000 to 21 humans whose work in various areas has helped make the world a better place. And even though there is a filmmaker this year, Joshua Oppenheimer, the person ...

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The State of Film Distribution: Many Opportunities to Upload Your Film, Far Less to Make Money

The digital revolution has put a spin on about everything regarding filmmaking, from the actual shooting to the film distribution. Understanding what is available for indie filmmakers, and how we can make the best use of it is an on-going and evolving conversation. Nobody knows what will ha ...

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Download a Free Crowdfunding Planner to Keep Up With Intense Multi-Tasking While Raising Money for Your Film

Within the last five years, the art of crowdfunding has become a central conversation in the life of any indie filmmaker and artist really. By now we've all read anywhere between a dozen and a hundred articles about crowdfunding, and on this site only, several filmmakers wrote guest posts wh ...

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The Art and Power of the Opening Shot: an excellent video essay on SHAME

Opening shots are rarely deal breakers, they can make History, but you're unlikely to stop watching a film right after an opening shot, just like you're unlikely to stop reading a script after the first line. And yet, an opening shot sets the tone and plants seeds in the back of the audie ...

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How to Pick the Right Focal Lens

Although this video is primarily intended for photographers, if you are an indie filmmaker who just got your hands on a DSLR and are trying to familiarize yourself with your camera and its lenses, I believe there is some good insight to get from Steve Perry's tutorial. Whether or not you're ...

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