“The Best Education in Film is to Make One” or How Edwin Nieves Followed Kubrick’s Principle

I am pleased and honored to introduce today's guest post by none other that @eanieves, the filmmaker and peer behind the excellent tumblr A Bitter Sweet Life who is currently in post-production for his short film, 'The Gift'. The making of The Gift follows a personal and rich journey that Edwi ...

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The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You’ll Get What You Need

If you ever had to shoot a video for a client, whether  a documentary or a more corporate one, there is one thing you probably quickly realized: B-Roll is key and getting good to great B-Roll is as important is it can be tricky. You need to stay alert and take quick decisions, and the bes ...

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8 Tips From Ken Loach to Capture Spontaneous Performances

Iconic British filmmaker Ken Loach has developed a very particular talent throughout his 20+ films: capturing performances that ring so true that it always feels like Loach has simply put on a invisible coat and shot real people living their life without asking them permission. If you've seen a ...

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What to Expect From Werner Herzog’s Film School? (Along With Required Reading & Watching)

UPDATE 12/04/2014: Dates for Herzog's fifth seminar have been shared. The three days seminar will be in LA from August 22 to August 25. There is a $25 non-refundable fee to apply and, if accepted, the seminar is $1,500. Apply here or read more here. Werner Herzog, the Bavarian filmmaker who ...

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Submit Your Screenplay to The Black List for a Chance to Get In the Walt Disney Writers Program

The Black List is back with a significant announcement: a chance to become one of the Walt Disney Studios Feature Writers Program paid resident for a year. This partnership, which is only the first of more announcements, puts the insiders-list-turned-screenwriters-site as a front runner for ...

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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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Watch: Best Picture Winner Steve McQueen About The Power of Cinema

The timing is impeccable. As Steve McQueen and his third feature film, 12 Years of Slave, won Best Picture at the Academy few hours ago, filmmaker, friend and A-Bittersweet-Life's founder Edwin Nieves a beautiful editing of Steve McQueen talking about the power of cinema, extracted fro ...

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Watch ‘Life After Pi’, a Raw Look at the VFX in Hollywood Through Rhythm & Hues’ Journey

You probably all remember the green screen movement that took over twitter last year, right after Rhythm & Hues, the VFX company that pretty much made Life of Pi went on winning an Oscar 11 days after filing for bankruptcy. Everybody was in a bit of a shock: weren't VFX the thing going on ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Documentaries, Editing and Editors, Personal Buzz
Sustaining the 4K Gaze: Godfrey Reggio Uses Technology to Reveal and Simplify

I rarely mention technology as a 'selling point' on mentorless and when I do, it is either because I feel it might have an impact on our industry in the long run or, like today, because I believe technology is used to tell a story that can only be told that way. The first films that come to m ...

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1h30 with Walter Murch and The Art of Journeying Through the 10,000 Questions

Editor and storyteller maestro Walter Murch is one of 'those', the generous ones who share their knowledge and experience through books, documentaries, and encounters. And the talk below, that Murch gave at the Sheffield Doc/Fest right before the screening of his latest work effort, Particle Fe ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Editing and Editors, Interviews, Personal Buzz