Filmmaking

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

Five Creative Habits Every Filmmaker Should Adopt

It’s common knowledge that to master a craft you have to practice it every day. As Twyla Tharp says in her classic book <i>The Creative Habit,</i> “I’ve …

Filmmaking

Why Creative People Are Rarely Satisfied With Their Work

If you're not careful, three "gaps" can prevent you from putting your work into the world where it belongs.<p>Have you ever heard a business leader or artist gushing in an interview about how proud they are of a particular project, and how it perfectly captures their original vision?<p>There's a pretty …

Creativity

Videographer offers 5 tips for better fast-cut video editing

Why it matters to you<p>You can improve at fast-cut editing with these 5 tips that even a beginner can master.<p>As more and more people start to discover …

Filmmaking

Fiscal Sponsorship Explained - Film Independent

Fiscal sponsorship is a legal agreement in which a non-profit with 501 (c)(3) status sponsors a project with no exempt status; this allows …

Independent Film

The Reckoning: Why the Movie Business Is in Big Trouble

Anyone in the movie business who tells you they’re not scared stiff about the future is probably lying.<p>This story first appeared in the March 28, …

Movies

Carrying a Flying Camera Drone Results in Some Beautifully Stabilized Shots

A proper Steadicam rig that can capture smooth tracking and chase shots usually requires thousands of dollars (not including the camera) and a …

Drones

Why Action Scenes in Big-Budget Movies Have Become So Boring

More and more Hollywood action scenes are unbearable. There's a reason for that: Studios aren't hiring the right directors.<p>When Brett Ratner recently …

Filmmaking

One-Person Crew: The Pros and Cons of Making a Documentary By Yourself

How does being your own cinematographer change how you work as a director.<p>The world of nonfiction filmmaking continues to evolve along with its …

Filmmaking

The Key Role of the Director Off-set

It's true that a director's artistic and visual aptitude is best highlighted when the camera starts rolling, but the true crescendos of any qualified …

Videography

Advice for Shooting High-Profile Interviews from Veteran Cameraman Dave Roberson

When You Land the Big One. Veteran cameraman, Dave Roberson talks about his career in network news and gives us some wisdom in how to shoot the …

Videography

An inexpensive light that seems to work pretty well. And which matches my other lights...

<i>Aputure Amaran HR672W. A medium size LED panel that can run on battery power.</i> <i></i><br>Late last year I decided to upgrade all of my LED lights. I did my …

Imaging

Can't Afford a GoPro? You Already Own One. Just Add G-Form's G90 Indestructible iPhone Case

The iLeatherman* for filmmakers is very real. Case in point: let's say you can't afford the $400 GoPro HERO3 (or justify the purchase for whatever …

How to Pitch Your Film: A Step-By-Step Breakdown

“Nobody wants to be the first in on the project—everyone wants to get on a train that’s moving.”<p>The road to getting a film off the ground is never …

Filmmaking

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Start Recording Sound

Before recording sound on your project, it's important that you cover all of your bases.<p>Sound is one of the most important elements of a film, one …

Filmmaking

This 90-year-old producer found the magic formula for making money in Hollywood

Roger Corman is a Hollywood legend. He has directed more than 50 movies and produced over 400. He's widely renowned as the "King of B-Movies." He built his career on an ultra-efficient filmmaking style that demands low budgets and short shooting schedules.<p>The result is a career that spans six …

Movies

Kevin Spacey Teaches Acting

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This e-learning startup has created a series of courses taught by well-known celebrities

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff that we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>When studying the arts, be it acting, writing, or music, it’s always helpful to seek out advice from successful people in that …

Filmmaking

hijacking algorithms make this music video different each time you watch it

A British band by the name of Shaking Chains has taken a unique approach with its debut single, “Midnight Oil.” Rather than film a single music video …

Filmmaking

How to Create a Compelling Protagonist

Workshop your story’s central character in my 1-week online course.In almost every movie, the most critical character is the Protagonist.• Typically …

Storytelling

5 Alternative Ways of Happiness in Movies

On the 20th of March, the world is celebrating International Happiness Day. In 2012, the United Nations created this annual celebration to recognise …

Filmmaking

Can You Be Good at Video Editing with More Than One NLE?

Not just being able to operate another NLE, but be good at it, able to sit next to a paying client working under time pressure. Is theres a lot of …

Filmmaking

Divide Your Scene Into Two or Three Areas and Optimize the Exposure and White Balance for Each Area with the Sony Digital Filter

The possibilities for the future of sensor technology just became wide open — granted this is an in-camera app for Sony cameras, but it just blew my …

Cameras

Seven Ways to Make Your Own Luck in The Film Industry

HBO Director of Workflow, post-house founder, owner of the first two RED cameras, founder and developer of Endcrawl, technologist, futurist, …

Filmmaking

How to Go From Making YouTube Videos for Fun to Writing Feature Films

Success doesn't come overnight, but through slow growth.<p>In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Bryan Elliott sits down with comedy duo Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, best known for their YouTube channel Smosh, which currently boasts over 22 million subscribers. In December 2016, the pair also …

Filmmaking

Newswire: Brett Ratner says that Rotten Tomatoes is ruining the film business

Rotten Tomatoes is simply an aggregator. Although it <i>is</i> in the business of reporting movie news and interviewing celebrities about their movie projects, it technically has no critical opinions of its own. That doesn’t stop directors who have had to face the mathematical evidence that a majority of …

Movies

Master Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro in one $29 bundle

The Adobe Creative Cloud is a collection of ridiculously powerful design and digital artistry tools. However, its features and programs are so massive that it’s easy to get overwhelmed by its sheer volume.<p>To get the most out of Adobe, the Adobe CC Essentials Training Bundle (available now for 97 …

Photoshop

Only Have $150? Here's a Complete LED Light Kit That You Can Afford

If you've got almost no budget for lighting, this kit might just give you what you need for just $150.<p>Plenty of us are out there trying to ball on a …

Filmmaking

7 Ways to become a leader in your filmmaking (or any) community

In any community, there are members who get more done than others. Some people rise to the top of the pile, while others tread water and don’t move …

Networking

Apple just bought the app it once crowned 'most innovative' and made it free for everyone

If you can't beat it, buy it. That's what Apple did on Wednesday when it acquired an app called Workflow, an automation app that it had labeled "most innovative" in 2015.<p>Apple confirmed the acquisition to Business Insider on Wednesday but did not disclose the price or any other terms of the …

Apps