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Oakley Anderson-Moore Royal Robbins Interview

You’ve got a great idea for film, and it just so happens to be a true story. Best of all, the main character is fantastic and you can’t wait to get him or her on camera! But once you start rolling, and sit back and wait for the magic to happen — pfft. Your interview is a dud. What went wrong? Getting a person’s story on camera is an elusive process, and since I just spent over five years working on a short and a feature in which I conducted over 40 interviews, I thought I’d share a list of things that I picked up along the way that might help you. More »

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Citizen KaneCitizen Kane: the #1 favorite film of 100% of freshman film school students and young lovers of cinema. (Remember Michael Scott’s nephew, Luke? Case in point.) Though the title of “greatest movie ever” is impossible to possess, Citizen Kane’s praises have become so commonplace that, unfortunately, some tend to take its cinematic command for granted — even though the film proved Orson Welles and famed cinematographer Gregg Toland to be real pioneers of the craft. Take a look at these incredibly insightful documentaries about the making of Welles’ masterpiece, and renew your appreciation for a truly groundbreaking piece of cinema. More »

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Medora Basketball Team

Directors Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart have just released Medoraa documentary about a winless high school basketball team from a small town in Indiana. The filmmakers moved to the town for 9 months to document the lives of 6 teenagers, and the result is the most quintessentially American film I’ve seen this year. Read on for our interview with Andrew Cohn about the importance of committing to a project, the relationship of a filmmaker to their subject and their strategy for the release of the film. More »

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lazlo_vilmos01As November comes to a close, the holiday season is officially upon us. Alongside the decadent meals and retail shopping absurdity, most of us have a few extra days off to lounge around in our pajamas and watch movies. If you’re like me, however, the process of figuring out what to watch is way more daunting than it should be. For that reason, I’ve compiled a list of 10 excellent films about filmmaking, all of which are currently available on Netflix Instant. Now that I’ve taken all of the guesswork out of figuring out what to watch, grab some hot cocoa (or spiked egg nog), throw on your Snuggie, and settle in for two days worth of awesome filmmaking movies. More »

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Doin it in the park

Doin’ It In the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an unabashed success story for first-time feature directors Bobbito García and Kevin Couliau, who filmed basketball on 180 courts across New York City’s five boroughs. They shot the feature on the Godfather of DSLR cinematography, the Canon 5D Mark II, and took advantage of being a mobile production unit by biking to the majority of their locations. Following a theatrical tour the world over and a successful direct digital release using VHX, DIITP is available today on iTunes, Amazon.com, VUDU, Google Play, PlayStation, Xbox, and cable VOD everywhere. As a basketball player who’s spent plenty of time on outdoor NYC courts, and as a Kickstarter backer of the project, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sit down with the filmmakers to ask them how they did it. More »

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DollarRecently Catherine Rampell of the New York Times published a chart that should make documentary and horror producers smile. Horror has long been known as a cash cow for Hollywood, but documentary is rarely mentioned when it comes to return on investment. Rampell found that in her sample of films released in the past decade, documentary box office returns far outweighed other genres when expressed as a percentage of production budget. Sound surprising? Misleading, perhaps? Hit the jump to take a closer look at the numbers. More »