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Collab Takeaways: Casting Director Avy Kaufman on Three Steps to Finding the Right Cast for a Film or TV Show

Producers and directors often find it helpful to learn from the expertise of experienced casting directors to help them find the right actor for each unique role in a script. Here, casting director Avy Kaufman (The Ice Storm, Succession, King Richard) shares her insights into the process of scouting, auditions and building healthy communication skills with the production team after working on over 300 films and TV shows.

Avy Kaufman

Casting Director

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Berlinale's House of Talents Podcast: The Nature of Collaborations

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Filmmakers, Here’s The Top Things Festival Programmers Want You To Know

Film festivals are a vital part of the independent creative ecosystem. The Seed&Spark team has attended hundreds of film festivals — as filmmakers, jurors, programmers, and workshop facilitators — and in doing has compiled this short list of tips for filmmakers navigating the film festival circuit.

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What Is A Script Consultant? A Complete Guide for Aspiring Writers

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Producing a Docuseries with Steven Berger (SASQUATCH, LORENA)

In this webinar, producer Steven Berger (LORENA, SASQUATCH) shares advice for producing a docuseries, sharing his experiences with securing rights, working with the big streamers, building relationships with subjects while remaining impartial, and outlining how to tell stories about familiar people in ways they haven’t been told before.

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What Are Some On-Set Secrets and Advice from Film and TV Professionals?

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Collab Takeaway: Three Tips for Writers and Directors on How to Find Agents, Managers and Lawyers

Writers and directors in the entertainment industry often face a daunting task in finding representation in the form of an agent, manager or lawyer. Here, attorney Elsa Ramo shares a breakdown of the difference in types of representation and offers advice for filmmakers looking to build a team and advance their careers.

Elsa Ramo

Entertainment Attorney

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Brown Girls Doc Public Members Directory

Find collaborators from among Brown Girls Doc Mafia's large database of documentary film professionals who self-identify as both a person of color and as a woman or non-binary individual.

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A Guide to Using Patreon: Artists and Writers on Using Membership Platforms

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The Beauty of Villains (and How to Develop Them)

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How Do You Make a Living Being Creative?

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Indigenous Immersive Media Panel from Film North

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The Essential Guide to Production Insurance

Production insurance can make all the difference between a catastrophe or a manageable set-back on a shoot. From Vimeo's Video School blog, this guide outlines the essentials to production insurance.

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Collab Takeaways: Four Ways to Prep for Your Movie Pitch to Potential Investors

Finding funding is one of the most difficult aspects of a filmmaker's career. Here, Producers Ryan Zacarias (THE MOUNTAIN, GIVE ME LIBERTY) and Jennifer Dana (IT FOLLOWS, THE ASSISTANT) share tips and advice for filmmakers looking to pitch investors and find the money to bring their movies to life.

Ryan Zacarias

Producer

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Ethical Filmmaking: Tools for Creating Inclusive Film Sets

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Scriptwriting for Fiction & Nonfiction: Is It That Different?

From the Video Consortium, this workshop dives into the art of scriptwriting for both fiction and nonfiction with three extraordinary filmmakers who’ve learned to harness story in everything they write: Amanda Pisetzner (VICE News), Matt Wyatt (Daughter & Sons) and Jacqueline Castel (Director, Writer).

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Rough Cut Podcast

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Digital Security for Filmmakers

Developed and designed by documentary director and producer Laura Poitras in collaboration with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Field of Vision, these guides are an effort to answer filmmakers' digital security concerns, and address the needs of different risk and skill levels. This guide was built for people working in documentary film who need to overhaul their team’s digital security practice, or pick up advanced skills.

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FilmLA COVID-19 Resources for Filmmakers

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Collab Takeaway: Let Love Persevere: Five Insights from Marvel’s Victoria Alonso on Creating a Fulfilling Career in Hollywood

Victoria Alonso

Producer

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Lunch&Learn: Building an Environmentally Sustainable Set

Film production is a fast-paced sport of accomplishing a lot with very little, and such temporary, fleeting conditions as those on a film set inevitably lead to wasteful practices. How can we work to reduce our carbon footprint while still making creative strides? In this Lunch & Learn, Stephanie Dawson (founding member of Women Independent Producers, co-chair of the Producer’s Guild East Green Committee, and Climate Reality Leader) and Emellie O'Brien (Founder & CEO, Earth Angel Sets) will share their insights on introducing ethically conscious and environmentally sustainable practices to build environmentally sustainable film production sets.

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Guide for Documentary Edit Schedules

The Alliance of Documentary Editors (ADE) is creating a series of guides for documentary editing. This first guide is focused on one of the most pressing issues for documentary editors: Edit Schedules. This guide provides great insight into the documentary editing schedule process and helps editors, producers, directors, and distributors plan a realistic documentary schedule, ensuring the most efficient and cost-effective edit while maximizing the creative contributions of the edit team.

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How to Get Into Film Independent's Artist Development Labs

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