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By Ken Roy | Best tips from around the Web for today's Independent Filmmaker

One-Minute Tip: Visually Set Optimum White Balance with Your Camera’s Live View Mode

One way to avoid unnecessary processing time is to set the optimum white balance for your scene before shooting a photograph. That typically involves …

Tutorials

5 Questions Filmmakers Should Ask Themselves When Establishing Their Brand

Branding your production company, your media business, or even yourself can be a difficult road to navigate, but these tips should really help you …

Filmmaking

The Broke Filmmaker's Guide To Making Movies

So you really want to make a movie but you are broke, right? Join the brigade of broke wannabee filmmakers. Here’s the downside: you’ll be getting …

Watch: 10 Films That Really Nail Story Structure

If a movie is a journey, then story structure is the roadmap.<p>Around here, we like to acknowledge the fact that story is the main course of a movie …

Photographer’s Ephemeris 3D Brings Sun Tracking to a New Dimension

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is a popular app that allows you to plan a landscape shoot by showing you the position of the Sun and Moon. Essentially, …

Video pros share 8 essential Adobe Premiere Pro Tips for beginners

From rising YouTube stars to big Hollywood blockbusters, Adobe Premiere Pro has long been an industry standard when it comes to video editing. But …

Adobe Premiere

Watch: 5 Major Staples of Film Editing Explained

Every filmmaker should have these basics in mind.<p>Walter Murch once said, “The invention of editing is the thing that allowed film to take off.” And …

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4 Ways to Get Your Film Accepted into Film Festivals

I did it, and so can you.Entering your film into festivals can be a long and emotionally draining journey. As filmmakers, we pour our heart and soul …

Filmmaking

Why You Should Go to Film School & How to Rent Your Gear for Profit [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly weighs the benefits of film school against its rising cost, and debates the merits of renting out your own gear.<p>Jon …

Filmmaking

The $49 Platypod Ultra is a Mini Tripod That You Can Mount Virtually Anywhere

This small but mighty accessory will let you mount and stabilize your mirrorless and smaller DSLR cameras pretty much anywhere.<p>There are a lot of …

Filmmaking

Vimeo Staff Picks: How to Get Your Film Seen By Hollywood Producers and Brands

Want to join filmmakers like the Daniels and Jordan Vogt-Roberts by securing a coveted Vimeo Staff Picks badge? Here's how.<p>With more than 240 million …

Filmmaking

Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck

Shooting high-quality video has never been easier and cheaper than it is today. Most digital cameras offer at least high definition 1080p quality and …

Pitch Perfect: Seven Lessons on Getting Your Actor to Nail That Tricky Accent, From Dialect Coach Erik Singer

Having come from an acting background himself, dialect coach Erik Singer understands the integral role accent and speech play in the credibility of …

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Green Screen Lighting Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Shooting a character on a chroma screen provides creative freedom and often allows you to save money. By using a chroma key, your actor can be in a …

Chroma Keying

Interactive Moviemaking Technology to Be Unveiled in July in Hollywood

Kino Industries formed to create these films.<p>A new technology is being developed with an aim of allowing filmmakers to create participative, …

Entertainment

Reader Question: Could you explain how writing credits work?

Peering into the mystery of screenwriting credits.From Courtney:While you’re shooting around the topic could you shed a little light on credits? From …

Writing

Notes on Bad Documentaries (Or, Can a Documentary Be So Bad It’s Good?)

by Penny Lane<br>in Columns<br>on Jun 19, 2017<p>Let’s talk about bad documentaries.<p>I don’t mean mediocre or boring documentaries; I mean documentaries so bad …

Documentaries

BREAKING & ENTERING: 7 Writing Tools You Can’t Live Without

Barri Evins dishes up Seven Writing Tools key to cooking up a delicious story: dehydrator, blender, food processor, knife, popcorn popper, and taste …

Writing

The Coen Brothers’ Rules: 4 Filmmaking Practices That Give ‘Fargo’ Its Cinematic Consistency

Cinematographer Dana Gonzalez breaks down the key elements of FX's homage to world of the Coens.<p>Although the Coen Brothers jump to a new genre with …

$15 Follow Focus Camera Adapter (video)

Photographers searching for an affordable solution to smooth focusing may be interested in the new $15 adapter called the Follow Focus, created by a …

Cameras

10 Things You Don’t Need to Write A Screenplay

by Gordy HoffmanPeople are always telling you what you need to write a screenplay. Even I will tell you what’s required or demanded or unavoidable in …

Writing

Know Your Crew 2017: The Script Supervisor - Film Independent

In the latest in our series focusing on key below-the-line positions, we welcome back Script Supervisor <b>Aprill Winney</b> (<i>Jobs</i>, <i>Lovelace</i>, <i>Tim and Eric’s</i> …

Filmmaking

13 essential camera movements to get amazing footage with your gimbal

A motorised gimbal is one of the most useful tools you can get today for camera stabilisation. They’re much easier to get to grips with than a …

Filmmaking

3 Ways Steven Spielberg Builds Nail-Biting Suspense

This video essay is an examination of three important scenes in Steven Spielberg’s canon of great films. Each scene is a prime example of his ability …

Portrait Photography

How Film’s Top Composers Push Past Constraints Of On-Demand Creativity

The doc “Score” explores film’s intrinsic connection to music and pulls the veil back on the creative processes of the best composers in the business.<p>There’s a scene in director Matt Schrader’s documentary, <i>Score,</i> where film composer Joe Kraemer lays out a frank truth: “When you’re a film composer, …

Creativity

ART OF THE CUT – Editing Wonder Woman

Martin Walsh won an Oscar and an Eddie for Best Editing for <i>Chicago</i> (2002). His editing credits go back to the mid-‘80s and include films like <i>Bridget</i> …

Filmmaking

How to use X-Rite ColorChecker charts

X-Rite ColorChecker charts have been around for some time now, but I thought our audience would like to see just how useful they are for making sure …

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5 Secrets to Casting Your Film From a Top Indie Casting Director

Here’s how Vicky Boone, casting director of ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’, finds the best possible on-screen talent—even on a …

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