The Art (and Importance) of Building Your Audience – Sundance Panel 2014

Tackling another panel from Sundance 2014 this week, this one about building your audience, a topic that should be the main concern of all storymaker/creative/filmmaker planning to produce work and share it until they die (boom. drama.) and wishing to cut through the noise to reach straight t ...

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Watch “Metamorphosis”, Black Swan’s Full Making-Of by Niko Tavernise

Fan of Darren Aronofsky and of great making-ofs rejoy, photographer and long-time collaborator Niko Tavernise just uploaded "Metamorphosis", Black-Swan's full making of that consists of three videos. And that's not it, Tavernise also made available complementary in a fourth video interviews ...

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Amateurs vs. Professionals: the Bob Lefsetz’s List that Clarifies the Distinction

Few days ago, Bob Lefsetz sent an email titled Amateurs/Professionals where he made a simple yet, powerful and crystal clear list of the main distinctions between what makes you either an amateur or a professional. I have been on the Lefsetz Letter's list for a few months now, and it is no ...

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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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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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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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