Martin Scorsese on Daring Greatly, Staying Singular and Cultivating Your Creativity No Matter What

 Who can dream of a better Honored Speaker to launch you into the real world than the grand filmmaker and ultimate film lover that is Martin Scorsese? In this heart-lifting 30 speech at Tisch School of Arts last May, Scorsese shared a great deal of his early beginnings as an aspiring ...

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Ava DuVernay on Her Creative Spark: From Observing to Writing for Low Budget

Indie filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who gave one of the most inspiring and memorable Keynote speech in the last few years empowering many of us to stop whining and start taking actions, was interviewed in the no less excellent Creative Sparks series run by the Academy and shared about what inspir ...

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Seth Godin on Processing Failure Emotionally and the Infinite Game

Since my recent obsession with podcasts, I've started searching podcasts from people I enjoy following on other mediums, and screenwriter Brian Koppelman is one of them. Koppelman recently did a podcast with a thinker I greatly appreciate, Seth Godin, and their hour-long conversation wa ...

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Overcome No and Beat the System with ‘Dear White People’ Director, Justin Simien

*UPDATED* The Full Conversation is Available Below and it's well worth watching. I'll get back to it soon but watch.Exciting prospect: 'Dear White People' Justin Simien will be interviewed today, online, for 1h30 by Chase Jarvis and will talk about overcoming No and beating the sys ...

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The Two Faces of January Making-Of Is a Unique Experience in Witnessing Acting and Feature Filmmaking

This is probably one of the most unexpected and exciting making-of I've seen, and if you're only going to read this one sentence, I'll make it crystal clear: I think every filmmaker and every actor should watch it.'The Two Faces of January' is an adaptation from Patricia Highsmith crim ...

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Composer Jeff Beal on Working With David Fincher to Create House of Cards Title Theme

If you have watched House of Cards you've probably noticed its (Emmy nominated) main title sequence that sets the mood and runs into different sub-themes during the whole Show. In a podcast with Song Exploder, composer Jeff Beal talks about how he got the job and worked with David Fincher not ...

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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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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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