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Jack Plotnik at Outfest 2014To follow-up from last week’s 2014 Outfest kickoff, the festival has released a few more interviews from their Meet the Filmmakers series. Outfest asked me to conduct some interviews with some of this year’s filmmakers, allowing a glimpse into the minds of some really interesting directors working today. Including interviews with Marina Rice Bader, Jack Plotnick and Desiree Akhavan, and a compilation video of all their advice for other independent filmmakers. More »

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DeakinsI’m not sure that anybody necessarily needs to be reminded of why Roger Deakins is one of the greatest cinematographers of our era. Not only has he crafted the images in a majority of the Coen Brothers’ modern masterpieces, but he has been at the helm of many of the most gorgeous films of the past 20 years. But just when you think you couldn’t possibly admire the man and his body of work any more than you already do, something comes along that puts his prolific career into perspective, leaving you in awe. A recent tribute video from Plot Point Productions does just that. So sit back, relax, and prepare to experience Deakins’ cinematography like you never have before. More »

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CropperCapture[30]The basics of the film language are just that, basics. You’ve got your wides and mediums and close-ups, and all sorts of variances in between. You’ve got OTS shots and 2-shots, and of course some cutaways. Then you’ve got the insert, the simple, lowly insert. Usually inserts are used to provide a closer look at some detail in a scene. However, when the insert shot becomes an instrumental part of a film’s individual language, some interesting things can happen. For instance, David Fincher’s masterful and suspenseful thriller Zodiac makes extensive use of the insert shot, and it has a profound and meaningful impact on how the film’s language interacts with and supports the characters and story.  More »

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Stop Making Indie Films PetitionBack in February, a satirical petition was started by Kentucker Audley in response to some recent articles that essentially stated we have an overabundance of cheap films, and it’s devaluing the entire market. Audley, a filmmaker himself, and the creator of the website NoBudge, which promotes lesser-known indie films, decided that something needed to be done, and he started a “petition” asking 5,000 people to sign and promise to stop making their “mediocre” indie films. That “petition” has now failed, and Audley had some serious words to say about why he started it and how he feels about independent film in general. More »

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top_banner_indie_film-1“We believe if we can convince enough aspiring filmmakers to give up on their dreams, the industry will become solvent again, returning to a thriving and viable state.” Yes, you read that correctly. Actor/Director Kentucker Audley (who runs the NoBudge website and makes no budget indies himself) wants you to give up filmmaking and stop flooding the market with your mediocre films. Before you get out your torches and pitchforks (Audley is not being serious), let’s take a look at what’s actually going on in the independent filmmaking industry. Despite the satirical brashness of Audley’s request, there are legitimate economic concerns stemming from the influx of indie films into the market. Here’s a brief breakdown: More »

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Derek Freese Documentary FoundationDerek Freese was a budding film director who moved to Hollywood two days before passing away in 1995.  His family and friends have since created The Derek Freese Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization which grants up to $35,000 in finishing funds to “feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and a connection to Greater Philadelphia.” The first-ever Derek Freese grant will be awarded this fall. Application details and more information about this young filmmaker after the jump. More »

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Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, at age 104, is still making films. He is noted as being the only filmmaker whose career has spanned from the silent era through to the digital revolution. He’s come a long way since his directorial debut in 1931, and now as part of MUBI’s rotating repertoire of films, his 64-minute feature film from 2009, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, is available to stream online until April 19th. Hit the jump for more info, below: More »

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We’re back with another entertaining discussion from Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) section, this time with French music producer and director Quentin Dupieux, whose recent films Rubber (shot on the Canon 5D Mark II) and Wrong have both entertained and polarized audiences. Under his pseudonym Mr. Oizo (from the French oiseau, meaning ‘bird’), Dupieux joins us from a computer at the Drafthouse Village in Austin, TX. Read the transcript and get some DSLR advice after the jump. More »

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As artists, we know that to some extent all our creative ventures are based on what has come before. Although, much like the biological evolution, the utilization of creativity recombines and mutates what has been established, ultimately resulting in work that is uniquely yours. The same can be said about the wisdom of veteran filmmakers. It’s helpful to have a framework on how to approach the filmmaking process based on years of collective experience to build on and incorporate into your own approach to filmmaking. Here I’ve put together a list of videos from 10 well-known directors to help you do just that: More »

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Submissions for several of the Tribeca Film Institute Filmmaker Programs opened yesterday. If you’ve been following the site, our own Ryan Koo was awarded an All Access grant from Tribeca for his upcoming film Manchild. TFI programs now accepting submissions until Nov. 5 include: TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, TFI Documentary Fund, TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund, and Tribeca All Access. Got questions about the submissions process? Tune in today at 4 pm ET/1 pm PT for a live webinar on USTREAM UPDATE: the webinar is archived and available below. More »