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MaleficentSound design is a multi-layered, rich, and complex art form that isn’t as self-explanatory as we might like. Which is why SoundWorks Collection can be your best friend if you’re trying to wrap your head around aesthetic concepts of sound design. In this new video, Michael Coleman brings us a profile of Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Tim Nielsen of Skywalker Sound, who worked on Disney’s live-action fairy tale Maleficent. More »

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RendermanIf you admire the animation of Pixar and are interested in getting your hands on the same software that they use to create all of those adorable characters (and not so adorable ones too, I guess), you are in luck, my friend. Due to a pricing restructure, the powerful VFX/3D rendering program RenderMan will be available for non-commercial use — for free — containing literally every single feature and capability of the commercial version, giving users (mostly) free rein to cut their teeth on the program free of charge. Continue on to find out when and where you can download it! More »

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Austin Film FestivalOne of the most important career skills a screenwriter should learn is how to take a meeting. New screenwriters may dread these meetings, but preparation and knowledge of the development process can help even the most reticent writers express their visions clearly to people with the power to turn their screenplays into film and television. Thanks to the 20th Austin Film Festival and Conference, we heard from a panel of development executives spanning film, television and animation who offered their advice to screenwriters on how to take meetings and explained exactly what the development process looks like from their perspectives. More »

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Paramount ExpansionJust when you thought filmmaking was migrating to the seemingly greener grass of independent film studios, a peculiar thing occurs: 3 major Hollywood studios, Disney, NBCUniversal, and Paramount are reported to have massive, long-term studio expansions in the works. In light of lower film counts and production going elsewhere, why are these studios initiating the “most aggressive growth spurt in recent Hollywood memory” and what, if anything, does this mean for independent film? More »