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Recently here on NFS, we have written about the strategies of making a short in the hopes of leading to a feature and making a teaser before shooting the feature to build an audience and generate interest. Sometimes, however, a short is made to be a short, and only after acclaim garnered from various film festivals and critics does a filmmaker consider the possibility of expanding it into a feature film. Such is the case of Short Term 12, a feature-length film written and directed by Destin Cretton from his Academy Nicholl Fellowship winning screenplay, which was based on a film school thesis he never intended to make as a feature. Check out a short vignette on Cretton, as well as an interview with the writer/director to learn more about his personal journey and how his critically acclaimed short became a critically acclaimed feature. More »
The filmmakers behind the new, entirely found-footage documentary Our Nixon weave an eclectic portrait of one of the most peculiar American Presidents and best Futurama talking heads ever: Richard Nixon. This doc is no historical snooze-fest, but an “Anti-Nixon-Film Film” revealing never-before-seen private Super 8 movies filmed by Nixon’s youthful White House Aides. (The contemporary version might be like stumbling onto Malia Obama’s iPhone with two years of Vine videos that had never been uploaded.) While waiting for a delayed flight to the SXSW film festival, Producer Brian L. Frye sat down with NFS to give us insight about how they pulled off the film, from before-and-after 4k scans, to standing up for your fair use rights as a filmmaker. More »
The Digital Bolex D16 has been one of the most anticipated products in recent memory for the indie film community. Since it was first announced via Kickstarter over a year ago, and since it blew past its funding goal, Joe, Elle, and the team at Ienso Electronics have been incredibly busy taking customer feedback and zeroing-in on additional features for the camera. While it has taken quite a bit longer than those involved with the product design had anticipated, the finalized version of the D16 appears to be right around the corner. Joe and Elle were at South by Southwest last week showing the final design of the camera and fielding questions. Below is a quick video of Mike from the Digital Bolex team with the final version of the D16. More »
It’s the stuff of dreams. Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq started out on a no-budget journey to make their first film about one man, a non-proselytizing humanitarian in Pakistan named Edhi. The film, These Birds Walk, just premiered at SXSW to sold out crowds, with Oscilloscope Laboratories coming on board in their first-ever producing role; the film will probably play in theaters later this year. Our Q&A follows. More »
If you’re like me, you probably weren’t at this year’s SXSW festival — but through the magic of the internets we can still reap some of the knowledge shared there. Filmmaker Magazine’s blog covered two filmmaking related panels, “The Great Cinematography Shootout” and “Making it Happen: Financing an Independent Film”, and boiled each down to 10 ponderable tips. The first panel looks at how cinematographers handle low budget constraints while the second provides insight into what independent producers face while putting films together: More »
I’m sure you’re aware that the music/film/interactive superfest SXSW is currently underway in Austin, Texas. Given this is a film-specific site, you’d expect me to cover the film festival portion of the festival, right? Well, it’s being well-covered by those who are actually in attendance. But I did want to share something related to the interactive side of the fest: a bundle of applications and software tools for startups and web entrepenuers. I get a fair number of questions from readers about monetizing a web site, so I figured this would be of interest to some of you: More »
As the SXSW music/interactive/film superfest kicks off in Austin this weekend, I was reminded of a comment made by this week’s interviewee Barry Jenkins. His film Medicine for Melancholy originally premiered at SXSW ’08, and later kicked off Independent Film Week (where I saw it). During the Q&A, Barry was asked where he’d found all the wonderful independent music in the film. His answer (I’m paraphrasing here): “I keep a playlist of songs in iTunes by unsigned bands that I think might work in a film.”
In this vein, SXSW offers a great opportunity even for those filmmakers who aren’t attending the conference. Bands playing at the festival typically release a free MP3 in advance of the show for promotional purposes; every year for the past five years, these MP3s have been collected and released as an unofficial torrent. This is a great opportunity to listen to a lot of music, from bands signed and unsigned. Of course, there’s no guarantee that an unsigned band will agree to let you use their music in your film, but the chances are certainly better in the situation where you can ask them directly, rather than deal with a label.
It’s my understanding that, because all of these songs have been publicly released gratis, this torrent is legal. I may be wrong, but either way no one’s going to get mad at your for downloading this compilation of over 1,000 free and current MP3s. If you need a bittorrent client, for the PC try uTorrent and for the Mac try Transmission.
Start that iTunes playlist in preparation for your next project, or just enjoy the tunes!
Link: SXSW Torrents