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Finding the 'One Miserable Tiny Spark' That Experimental Legend Lucrecia Martel Believes All Creativity Relies On

Lucrecia Martel is back—and she wants you to be uncomfortable.The purpose of cinema for director Lucrecia Martel has never been escapism. Her films …

Books

Watch: Hollywood's Greatest Trick is Not What You'd Expect

Hollywood is throwing its most dedicated workers under the bus.<p>Invisibility has long been the characteristic of great visual effects. Being unseen is …

Animation

Let Kai Wong Give You 10 Tips on Better Smartphone Filmmaking

Kai Wong serves up a bunch of free/cheap tips and hacks for those making movie magic on their smartphone.Smartphone filmmaking has many benefits, …

Videography

No Film School

The No Film School Podcast is the audio channel of nofilmschool.com, the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent …

Independent Film

Watch: The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker

How much do you know about the history of women in film?Cinema has a rich history of visionaries, dreamers, and movers and shakers, from Eadweard …

Filmmaking

Blade Runner: A beautiful, Horrible Future

Any great science fiction story will be layered with important contemporary issues, either subtly or overtly and <i>Blade Runner</i> is no exception. With</i> …

Tribeca 2017 Lineup Features Marion Cotillard, Al Pacino, Jon Hamm, Cate Blanchett and More

The VR and Storyscapes selections will be announced tomorrow, March 3rd. In addition to the films announced today, the festival will reveal the …

Win This Unbelievable Load of Gear for Your Short Film from My RØDE Reel

$500,000 worth of prizes are up for grabs in this year's My RØDE Reel competition, open now.<p>What happens when over 20 top filmmaking brands get …

Tutorial: Learn How to Create Text Bubbles in After Effects

Need to add a text conversation to your live footage? Here's how to do it in After Effects.<p>If you've ever wondered how visual effects artists add …

'Logan': How Director James Mangold Wrested Complete Creative Control

As the superhero genre begins to run stale, both director and studio agree: it's time for something different.<p>As independent and low-budget …

Movies

This $250 LED Lighting Kit Is Ideal for Filmmakers on a Budget

If you need a light kit but don't have the funds, this $250 LED kit might be right up your alley.<p>Even though there are many ways to save money on …

Saving Cinema: Why Film Restoration is So Important

According to this video, these are the real unsung heroes of cinema.<p>There are so many individuals that contribute immensely to the art and craft of …

Watch: Here's a Nifty Trick to Instantly Turn Any Lens into a Macro Lens

If you need to get some extreme close ups, don't buy an expensive macro lens until you try this little trick.<p>Getting close, and I mean <i>really</i> close, …

15 Beats of a Classic Story Structure Explained

How do Hollywood screenwriters structure a screenplay?<p>There's no such thing as "the right way" to write a script, but there are certainly …

How to Turn Old Soviet Glass into a DIY Tilt-Shift Lens for Just $30

Watch a vintage Helios lens morph into a tilt-shifting wonder with just $30 worth of materials.<p>Mathieu Stern, the Weird Lens Master himself, is at it …

Lens Guru Mathieu Stern Shows You How to Easily Remove Mold from Vintage Lenses (VIDEO)

We typically turn to lens guru Mathieu Stern for tips on cheap, vintage lenses that can be adapted for use with today’s modern digital cameras. But …

Watch: Basic Lighting Lingo for First-Time Filmmakers

These are some essential terms you need to know if you're new to lighting a film.<p>Lighting is a complex art form that requires a lot of practice to do …

Essential Elements You'll Need to Write a Great Surprise Ending

Does your screenplay call for a dramatic surprise ending or plot twist?<p>While films like <i>T</i><i>he Sixth Sense</i>, <i>The Usual Suspects</i>, and <i>Psycho</i> have managed to …

Do the Right Thing (1989)

<i>“Who told you to step on my sneakers, who told you to walk on my side of the block, who told you to be in my neighborhood?”</i> — Buggin' Out"Eight hours …

Soul Music

FujiFilm Officially Launches the G-Series of Medium Format Cameras

FujiFilm gets serious about large sensor imagery with the new GFX 50S, the start of an entire G-series system of medium format digital …

Watch: Disney Finally Confirms Pixar World is Connected

How many of these easter eggs did you find on your own?<p>It's no secret that Pixar has been hiding little nods at their hugely successful history …

This Video Will Make You Feel Better About Not Making Good Films

There's no such thing as a born filmmaker.<p>If you're a filmmaker, whether you've been at it for 20 years or 20 minutes, you most likely have some …

Amazon Video Direct Offers Sundance Films Up to $100K to Hurry Up and Start Streaming

Amazon gives Sundance filmmakers incentives to race to their streaming VOD window.<p>Amazon Video Direct launched its Film Festival Stars program at the …

Watch: Teaser for Kristen Stewart's Sundance Directorial Debut 'Come Swim'

<i>Come Swim</i> premieres at Sundance tomorrow as part of Shorts Program 1.<p>Kristen Stewart makes her directorial debut at Sundance this year with <i>Come Swim</i>, …

Watch: Learn the Power of Silhouettes from the Master Roger Deakins

What do silhouettes tell us about characters and their relationships?<p>The earliest memories I have of silhouettes are from children's books that …

Cinematography

RØDE Announces New VideoMic Pro+, VideoMic Soundfield for 3D On-Camera Audio

RØDE has unveiled the latest advancements in its VideoMic line including the first mic designed to capture 3D audio on-camera.<p>NFS is excited to have …

Watch: Create Spectacular Star Time-lapses with Syrp Genie & Magic Carpet

Award-winning photographer and VFX supervisor Mark Gee reveals his techniques for how to capture the wonders of the night sky.<p>New Zealand …

Filmmaking

Watch: Here's a Video That Will Demystify ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture for Beginners

Do you know how to use the three most important settings on your camera?<p>If you're just getting started on your filmmaking journey, one of the most …

Digital Photography