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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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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How Steven Soderbergh Solves a Filmmaking Problem on Set

Something that is rarely talked about is the moment you get stuck on set, unhappy with the camera placement you initially picked, knowing there is a best way to film a scene but unable to come up with a solution. Filmmakers often talk about either the amount of preparation they have put duri ...

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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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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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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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By mentorless| 7 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Editing and Editors, Filmmakers Tools