Why You Should NOT Shoot 4K if You’re an Indie Filmmaker

NAB might be behind us but the frenzy for the latest camera never seems to stop. Technical performances always make eyes shine, and with the equipment's price going down, there is a real temptation for indie filmmaker to listen to the 4k mermaid's song. Listening to the Post-Production Panel fr ...

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By mentorless| 19 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Filmmakers Tools, Interviews, Personal Buzz
Finally Understand What an Editor Does in Less than 2 Minutes

It is still fascinating to me how little people know about editing and how vital this part of the process is. Arguably, every part of the filmmaking process is essential, but editing is one of the stages when everything starts coming together and you can butcher or enhance everybody else's job. ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Editing and Editors, Filmmakers Tools, Personal Buzz
Casey Neistat and the Myth of the Overnight Success

Casey Neistat is becoming a regular source of inspiration on mentorless.com. Since his Nike viral video, and his talk at the Vimeo Film Festival, Neistat has kept releasing videos after videos that reached more and more people, his latest, Snowboarding in New York having been viewed more than 5 ...

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6 Things Gary King Does During A Film Shoot (Weekly Series) – Part 4

Good news peers, Gary King and his excellent guest column are back! If you want to catch up on the previous installments, you can read Part 1: Dreaming vs. Doing,  Part 2: Films Beget Films, and Part 3: 5 Things I Like to Do During Pre-Production here. Gary's Kickstarter campaign to fund U ...

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Freelance? Creative? Jonny Elwyn’s ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative’ Might Just Be for You

Last week, freelance editor Jonny Elwyn asked me if I would consider reviewing his ebook, 'How to Be a Freelance Creative' to which I said that I would love to, but it will be a fair review. Understand: if it's bad, I will either say it or won't write about it. Well, let's end the suspens ...

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Akira Kurosawa Gives Three Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers (Part 1)

In the last few days I watched the excellent Oscar nominated Documentary Cutie and the Boxer directed by Zachary Heinzerling, and the also excellent masterclass with Breaking Bad Show Runner Vince Gilligan curated by Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker. What Heinzerling and Gilligan have in ...

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5 Things Gary King Does in Pre-Production (Weekly Series) – Part 3

This is the third installment of a guest column written by Indie Filmmaker Gary King. You can read Part 1: Dreaming vs. Doing here, and Part 2: Films Beget Films, here. Gary just started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the post-production phase of his upcoming feature film, Unnerved. If yo ...

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Selling at Sundance: What Can the Past Three Years Teach Us?

In the back of the head of any indie filmmaker, there is a three steps program to reach heaven: step 1: getting into a Sundance Lab step 2: screening at Sundance step 3: selling at Sundance Steps 1 and 2 are opportunities that have always proven beneficial to any filmmaker because, ...

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William Nicholson’s 11 Priceless Advice on Being a Screenwriter

British screenwriter William Nicholson, which credits include Gladiator, Les Miserables and, more recently, Mandela, gave a passionate and genuine BAFTA Lecture, sharing what he has learned and what he feels is important to know as a screenwriter. Nicholson, who qualifies himself from the get- ...

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Gary King on Dreaming vs. Doing (Weekly Series) – Part 1

It is with great pleasure that I introduce today Gary King's weekly series 'Dreaming vs. Doing'. I discovered Gary's work a few years ago, during the L.A. test screening of his musical drama 'How Do You Write a Schermann Song'. We didn't actually meet that night, but I started following his c ...

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By mentorless| 1 Comment | Directing and Directors, Filmmakers Tools, Guest Post, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers