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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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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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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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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In NYC? Join a FREE (Space Limited!) 2 days Filmmaking Workshop with Philip Bloom

This is a unique opportunity: 25 filmmakers in NYC will have a chance to attend a  free two days workshop with renown filmmaker Philip Bloom, shoot on a Sony a7s in 4k -each filmmaker will have access to a camera (!) and work on editing the footage gathered during the first day.Below ar ...

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5 Things Cinematographers Can Do to Make the Editor Happier

Anybody successfully working in the arduous art of filmmaking will confirm it: it's a collaborative process. And yet, because so many people are involved at very different stages, effective communication can sometimes be tricky. Two of the most important position in the filmmaking crew are ...

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Watch “High Maintenance” the Web Series Soon to Become Vimeo First Original Series on Demand

The Guy's intervention - Cycle 1 Episode 2: HeidiMeet 'High Maintenance', a game changer in the world of both web series and Vimeo. Recommended by Jenji Kohan during her latest THR Roundtable, (which is how I was made aware of its existence), High Maintenance is comprised of 13 episodes ...

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Chase Jarvis Rule to Stay Creative While Handling a Busy Life

Self-taught professional photographer Chase Jarvis did a morning Q&A over Coffee where he answered one question that concerns all of us: How do you take time for yourself?Even though we all have 24h in a day, today more than ever it seems that the difference between two good artist ...

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