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THR Breathrough PerformancesIt’s always a treat when the greatest directors in the industry, from Scorsese to Jarmusch, offer up their wisdom and insight about filmmaking to independent filmmakers. However, another great pool of knowledge comes from the ones great directors direct — the actors. For The Hollywood Reporter’s sixth panel they bring together six of the years’ most exciting actors for their Breakthrough Performers Panel, in which they share how they grew as artists, as well as what directors can do to help them rise to the occasion. More »

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I’ll be moderating a panel on the future of distribution and content creation here in NYC on November 6th, featuring a number of heavy-hitters at prominent film companies. The panel will be presented by our friends at ScreenCraft, in association with WGA East and Hello World. We’ve got an exclusive discount for NFS readers (note: we are not profiting on this event, and will be releasing some free video of it as well). Read on to find out where to watch the livestream UPDATE: the venue’s internet connection isn’t robust enough to host a livestream, but we will release video of the event later. Here are the details: More »

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The differences between competing pieces of technology often become very, well, technical in explanation — but most of the time, we don’t get to use the term ‘organic’ as a qualifier. This happens to be true in the case of SmallHD’s new OLED HDMI and SDI monitors — and Organic Light Emitting Diodes are actually news to me in general. What’s even more exciting is that SmallHD is looking to provide very high-quality monitoring solutions for prices previously unheard-of. Read on for a more comprehensive specs readout and a bit on what makes OLEDs different from traditional LCD systems. More »

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DIY Days is “a roving gathering for those who create” — a free conference open to anyone (space is limited, however). DIY Days (which has traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia in the past) will be returning to New York City on March 3rd, and the full program was just announced. DIYD is the brainchild of Lance Weiler and includes many interesting workshops this year, including one by yours truly. Check out the full schedule and come on down if you’re in town! Here’s my workshop, Building a valuable relationship with your audience (4:15-5pm): More »

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Here’s an excellent panel from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, sponsored by Adobe and featuring Vincent Laforet, Rob Legato, Jacob Rosenberg, and Sharlto Copley. The 77-minute panel follows, in full, with some pulled quotes and highlights: More »

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I remember reading in the book My First Movie: Twenty Celebrated Directors Talk about Their First Film how Joel and Ethan Coen had raised most of the financing for their first film, Blood Simple, from dentists. The Coen brothers aren’t known for doing a ton of press interviews, so that was a rare treat — as is this hour-long interview from the brand new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. Here, the Coens talk with writer/director Noah Baumbach (auetur of one of my favorite Brooklyn-set films, The Squid and the Whale) about the opening scenes of their films. More »

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Thanks to your suggestions, I just finished packing the new and diminutive Canon XA10 camcorder (on loan from B&H) to take to NAB. I don’t know how many interviews I’ll be posting from Las Vegas or how quickly I’ll get them online, but I’ll be approaching the show with a relaxed demeanor given there are plenty of other great video/DSLR sites that will be covering the show top-to-bottom and I’m perfectly happy to share their coverage. If you’re going to be at NAB, please come up and say hi — I’d love to actually meet folks face to face (I look like this). On to the real news: every year Editors Lounge holds a pre-NAB roundtable wherein post-production pros discuss the latest trends in hardware and software. Here’s the very informative session in full: More »

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This panel from the Woodstock Film Festival features Richard Abramowitz, Bob Berney, Edward Burns, Ted Hope and John Sloss (for their bios, see this page and search for “New Distribution Paradigms”). It offers not only an opportunity to listen to industry titans talk frankly about the changing distribution landscape, but also to relay their own past experiences. Could you get all these guys together to give a guest lecture at a film school? Probably not. But here they are free thanks to the internet and the Woodstock festival: More »

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Scott Kirsner just posted a ton of videos from the recent film/tech conference The Conversation, and since I didn’t go (that would have been three panels in three weeks), I plan on watching them all and posting what I find to be the most interesting clips here. To start, here are the opening remarks from producer/professor Ira Deutchman. The audio quality isn’t stellar, but Ira makes some good points about how The Long Tail is great for aggregators but sucks for content creators, and about how making an independent film is arrogant (thus the titular quote): More »

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Part two of my notes from IFP’s Script to Screen conference last weekend. Some real-world filmmaking questions were answered on these two panels, including, “How do you make a living as a low budget film director?” and “Can you offer advice for someone who’s about to shoot a first low-budget feature?” Most of this is paraphrased, not word-for-word (often for clarity). More »

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Here’s part one of my notes from IFP’s terrific Script to Screen conference last weekend (well, it’s really part two, as I turned the panel with The Daily Show head writer Steve Bodow into its own post). I didn’t take notes on all the panels, just the ones I thought might be of interest to the NoFilmSchool readership. Also, my Macbook Old only lasts two hours before its battery dies; I need one of those newfangled ones with the 7-hour runtime. Included here are the panels Development Demystified and Networking & Notice – Workshops, Contests & Competitions. Some real-world screenwriting questions were answered on these two panels, including, “How long does it take to get a movie made?” and “Do you have a chance of getting into festivals and competitions if you’re not connected, if you don’t have an in?” Most of this is paraphrased, not word-for-word (often for clarity). More »