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CasinoWhen a director as capable as Martin Scorsese makes a film, every one of its dimensions offers so much in terms of education. The editing, cinematography, use of sex and violence, and storytelling in his films have been studied before on NFS, but if you’re looking to add a new dimension to your Scorsese expertise, take a second to check out two separate video essays that explore the director’s representations of women by cutting together scenes from each of his films. More »

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HBOAccessHBO has launched HBOAccess, a 4-week program which gives diverse filmmakers the chance to receive not only valuable mentorship and learning opportunities, but actual short-form content for one of their many different platforms, including HBO Go, HBO, HBO’s YouTube channel, HBO.com, film festivals, charity screenings and other outlets as well. Applications are now being accepted, so continue on to find out more about the program, as well as eligibility. More »

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Dede AllenAs David Lean said, “The editor is the final author of the film.” These days, with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid, et al., the most indie, low-budget indie filmmaker has NLE options never before available, but prior to the mid-90s, every feature film was edited by hand. And, surprisingly for the “old-boys” world of Hollywood, many of films’ most prominent editors have been women. Of the old-school generation of female editors, perhaps no one exemplified the art better than Dede Allen, a trailblazer for editors like Martin Scorsese’s career-long editor, Thelma Schoonmaker. Continue on to hear some of your favorite filmmakers on the art of editing. More »

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Gender InequalityGender inequality in film is one of those topics that can be difficult for some to talk about, but given the massive disparity between the numbers of males and females in the industry, the subject deserves our attention. In light of the enormous success of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at the participation, wages, and depictions of women in film and have put together an infographic that illustrates their research’s findings. More »

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Women Film Pioneers ProjectThe history of motion pictures is full of amazing stories and memories of the pioneers of the medium: the Lumière Brothers scaring the bejeezus out of an unsuspecting audience with Arrival of a Train, the eerily incandescent glare of Bela Lugosi in Dracula, Hans Laube’s Smell-O-vision. Recently, Columbia University Libraries launched a website dedicated to researching and sharing information on a group of pioneers from the silent film era that are not often talked about or known, but have greatly influenced filmmaking with their work in all stages of production. Continue on to learn more about the Women Film Pioneers Project. More »

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1532737_FI_0920_gamechang_03_CMCData surfaced earlier this year that revealed that only 4.4% of the directors across the top 100 box office films were women, which left many in the industry wondering how to get that number closer to 50. Aiming to help balance the gender incongruity, a new film fund, Gamechanger Films, which targets narrative feature films directed by women exclusively, launched yesterday. Founded by a group of independent producers, Gamechanger plans on financing these films in hopes that it will turn the tide of film culture by changing perceptions of women in film, hopefully causing long-term change in the industry. More »

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IFP Film Week has brought us a roundup of investors and financiers who spoke candidly about best practices for wooing the moolah towards low-budget feature films (<$1 million). Carol Ann Shine, Co-Founder of The Blackhouse Foundation, James Janowitz, Senior Partner at Pryor Cashman LLP, James Belfer, CEO and Managing Director of the Dogfish Accelerator, Michael Hansen, Managing Director of Three Point Capital, and Amy Hobby, Producer and “Instigator” of Tangerine Entertainment gave us their tips for attracting investors and keeping them satisfied long after the returns come rolling in. Their best advice after the jump. More »

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Rachel MorrisonOne of the most talked about aspects of director Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Stationwhich won big at Cannes this year, is its subject matter — the film tells the true story of Oscar Grant who was shot by police in a Bay Area rapid transit station. However, the film’s cinematography has been said to capture the look, feel, and tone of needed to tell Oscar’s story. Director of Photography of the film, Rachel Morrison, shares with Filmmaker Magazine what techniques, gear, and thought process she utilized to achieve the gritty and realistic aesthetic that gave Fruitvale its authenticity. More »

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Female ScreenwriterI — love — screenwriting. I love it. And if you love it too, you’ve probably had dreams of selling a spec script to Hollywood and finally earning a living doing what you — love. And now might be a good time to start finishing up those drafts. Spec sales are on the rise — nearly doubling in the last two years. However, even though those numbers are up, the number of purchased female-written specs is down. In fact, a recent infographic shows that the percentage of sold spec scripts penned by women is the lowest it’s been in the last 2 decades. More »

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chicken-egg-pictures-logoChicken & Egg Pictures doled out $2.8 million in funding for women making documentaries over the past eight years, and they’re closing in on the big 3M this year with their three grants and two film funds. They’ve just sent out the open call for “women nonfiction filmmakers whose diverse voices and dynamic storytelling have the power to catalyze change, at home and around the globe.” Grants range from $5,000-$25,000 and come with mentorship, creative collaboration and access to the dynamic Chicken & Egg community. If you’re a woman making a non-fiction feature, short, hybrid, new media, or multiple-platforms piece (or if you’re working as Co-Director with a woman on one of these projects) read on for Chicken & Egg’s tips on snagging that cabbage. More »

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Amy Pascal SonyEarlier this month we opened up the discussion on female directors in Hollywood, sharing data that revealed that women weren’t finding as much directorial success in Hollywood as their male counterparts. The reasons for this were more speculative than conclusive, but a recent Forbes’ interview with Sony Head Amy Pascal, discussing the pay gap between men and women in the industry, offers an inside look into the business as well as insight into why incongruity between the genders exists. More »

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WadjdaSaudi Arabia is experiencing many firsts in terms of filmmaking, specifically with the film Wadjda, which follows an 11-year-old Saudi girl on her pursuit to obtain a bicycle. The movie is the first by director Haifaa al-Mansour, the first to ever be shot entirely in the country, and the first to ever be shot be shot entirely in the country by a woman. Her film premiered with standing ovations and rave reviews at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, and since then, al-Mansour has gone on record about what it’s like to be a filmmaker in a kingdom without cinemas. More »

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Filmmaking has gone through many great evolutionary events in its over 130 years of existence. It has seen technological advances: from Edison’s Kinetograph, (arguably) the first motion picture camera to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, from exhibiting films on a Kinetoscope, to exhibiting them on smartphones. However, one change that has yet to really be made in the film world is its presence of female directors. Fandor released an infographic that breaks down the distribution of women in both independent cinema and Hollywood, and the figures may surprise you. More »

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Last time I checked, there were at least seven (probably more) Sundance films currently in theatres. That is, if you live in New York. If you live outside of New York, there’s probably only one. Nevertheless, late August seems to have become the season of Sundance theatrical distribution for those films lucky enough to make their way to the big screen from the country’s most prominent independent film festival. Perhaps distributors see Sundance films as the antidote to big studio releases filling up the multiplexes all summer long, and decide to jam them into the theatres all at once. Riding this counterprogramming wave is Celeste and Jesse Forever, written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, directed by Lee Toland Krieger, and produced by Jennifer Todd. Thanks to the Academy Conversations video below, we get a brief glimpse into the story’s origin, shooting location ironies, and portraying real women on screen. More »

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For reasons much debated yet still unknown, women are severely underrepresented among screenwriters. The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting recently reported that out of 7,197 entrants this year, only 2,033 were women (that’s only 28% for you percentage people). Perhaps we need to see more working female screenwriters who in turn can illustrate a path for women who write to pursue a career in screenwriting. On that note, screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, We Bought a Zoo) not only provides a great example of a working female screenwriter, but also how to write believable workplaces in her BAFTA screenwriting lecture. More »