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American Indian Film Festival Coming to Richmond

Richmond soon will be home to one of the largest festivals for American Indian film on the East Coast.Organizers clinched the deal for the American …

American Indian

Asian-American Films Take Focus at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has always been a place where rising stars, directors, and films first begin to get noticed by a wider audience.<p>As artists from all over the world get ready to head to Utah later this month for the start of the 10-day festival on Jan. 19, here are the films with Asian and …

Sundance

Oscars 2017 : Which films should you watch ahead of the Oscar nominations?

The Best Picture nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards will be announced on 24 January and there is a sizeable pool of movies that are already …

2016 NoBudge Awards Winners: ‘Thunder Road’ Named Best Short Film of the Year

The annual awards celebrate the best short films and features released for free online.<p>As the new year starts, the annual NoBudge Awards are …

Lessons on Innovating the Movie Industry from an Old School Hollywood Exec

At CES, Barry Diller said “movie companies rarely make a lot of money.” So now what?<p><b>Barry Diller</b> is a media entrepreneur who needs no introduction. …

A movie about three black female mathematicians is beating Affleck and Scorsese at the box office

There are no guarantees in life, least of all in the movie business.<p>Megastars Ben Affleck and Martin Scorsese have reliably provided hits before. But both men’s films bombed at the box office during their wide releases. Over the holiday weekend, Affleck’s “Live by Night” brought in an estimated …

Box Office

5 Tips To Steer Your Directing Career In The Right Direction

Directing is hard. F*cking hard, as Tarantino would put it. It’s a hundred decisions you have to make every minute of the day – and that’s not only …

12 Secrets of Film Editors

When a film does well at the box office, the actors, director, and producers get most of the accolades. But film editors also play a major role in a …

6 Tips To Cope With An Exhausting Film Schedule

Working in the film industry is demanding and unrelenting, commanding a high level of work ethic over extremely long hours. The lengthy hours and …

Independent Film

It's never too late: The major directors who made their first feature film in their 30s and 40s

Filmmaking is such an involved and involving process that it may feel like, unless you’ve been to film school and been making lo-fi shorts in your …

Akira Kurosawa
Demonstration

How to Plan (and Diagram) Your Video Production Lighting Setup

Walking into a video production set without a lighting plan can throw your production schedule out the window. Here are some things that can help …

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Cinematography

Shooting on film could bode well for "La La Land" in the race for Best Cinematography.<p>READ MORE: 2017 Oscar Predictions<p>Four newcomers have broken …

Directors Guild Awards winner will be Oscar frontrunner

On Thursday (Jan. 12), the Directors Guild of America will announced the nominee for the 69th annual edition of its awards with the winner revealed …

Sundance 2017: 10 Must-See Shorts At This Year’s Festival

IndieWire reached out to some of this year's filmmakers, including Kristen Stewart, Jim Cummings and Laura Poitras, to ask about their inspiration, …

The Camera Technology That Turned Films Into Stories

A modest invention that prevented celluloid from tearing helped make modern cinema. An Object Lesson.<p>In the late 19th century, filmmakers had a problem they couldn’t have anticipated: how to make a film that lasted more than a few seconds without tearing. In film’s earliest days, this had hardly …

Intellectual Property

The Ideal Viewfinder for Directors

Looking for a viewfinder for directors (Director’s viewfinder or DVF)? Imagine this:<p>Not so cool now, eh? I’m sure if you’re a director or DP you’re …

MEET THE READER: What’s the (Back)Story?

In the past decade or so, movies have become enamored of backstory. Ray Morton explains the art of revealing backstory without excessive prologues or …

Writing

Are you ready for a Go Into The Story eBook series?

One released every month in 2017. And best of all, they’re free!<p>In the 8+ years I have hosted Go Into The Story, I have published over 20,000 posts. …

Writing

YouStar – Your Professional Video Editor

As video becomes the primary form of media content on the internet, many tools have been developed in order to make editing videos more personalized …

Videography

How Technology Has Transformed Cinematography

“In modern times, cinema became the tenth muse. Why? Because it’s nourishing itself from literature, from architecture, music, philosophy… What that …

Cinematographer Roundtable: Film vs. Digital, Working With Scorsese and Which Phone Takes the Best Pictures

Six top cinematographers from 'Silence', 'La La Land', 'Fences', 'Arrival' and more reveal the secrets that take their craft beyond "beautiful …

Thanks To Hollywood Economics, TV Diversity Wins Big At The Golden Globes

At this year’s Golden Globes ceremony, TV’s biggest winner wasn’t a cult Netflix show (say, <i>Stranger Things</i>) or multi-season HBO behemoth (<i>Game of Thrones</i> comes to mind), but the diversity across all winners, in terms of both content and actors.<p>“This is for all of the women, women of color and …

Entertainment

Golden Globes 2017: ‘La La Land’ Wins Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle's musical edged out steep competition from films including "Moonlight" and "Manchester by the Sea."<p>Writer-director Damien Chazelle’s …

'Star Wars' Brass Discuss Movies After Carrie Fisher's Death

Director Rian Johnson, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy will mull possibilities for Princess Leia in 'Episode VIII,' 'IX'<p><i>Star Wars</i> executives and …

Natalie Portman Is Celebrating Women In Film At Boston Calling Festival

Natalie Portman is set to be one of the most celebrated talents this awards season thanks to her performance in <i>Jackie</i>, and she's preparing for the …

Natalie Portman

Manchester by the Sea and La La Land Nominated for Writers Guild Awards

Check out the theatre folk and projects among the nominees.<p>Theatre-related films <i>Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea</i> and <i>La La Land</i> were all among …

McDonald’s movie ‘The Founder’ sparks Oscar buzz

Harvey Weinstein screened his awards season movie “The Founder” for VIPs in Gstaad, Switzerland, over the weekend.<p>The film, out Jan. 20, follows Ray …

‘Deadpool’ Nominated For Best Screenplay By The Writer’s Guild Of America