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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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What Is It Like to Write a Movie for Marvel?

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FilmLA Filmmaker Resources & Tools

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The Ultimate Slasher Film Screenplay Beat Sheet

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EXPLAINER: Guns On Movie Sets

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THE TIME IS NOW: The Power of Native Representation in Entertainment

This guide can serve as a resource for writers, producers, directors, creators, and others in the entertainment industry who seek to develop accurate stories and characters by and about Native people in television, film, and other forms of media. This guide incorporates the learnings and insights of nearly two dozen Native creatives who participated in in-depth interviews to discuss the opportunities, barriers, and experiences of working within the entertainment industry.

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DISCLOSURE Toolkits & Discussion Guide

The DISCLOSURE toolkits and discussion guide have been assembled to help folks engage in conversations about trans representation that connect family, friends, classmates, colleagues, and communities. The DISCLOSURE team wants to make sure toolkits are accessible to all, so if you are interested in purchasing a toolkit but cost is a barrier, you can use the discount codes on the website to purchase at a reduced cost or email the team at info@disclosurethemovie.com.

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Wscripted Platform

Wscripted is a talent discovery marketplace for content written by women. Wscripted facilitates the discovery and hiring of women writers by decision-makers in the entertainment and literary industries worldwide. Wscripted aims to bridge the gap between storytellers and industry professionals by offering a secure platform for women writers to showcase their literary works available for option in different languages and to curate excellent content submissions for Film, TV and Publishing worldwide.

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Collab Takeaways: Simone Ling’s Four Tips for Navigating Labs, Grants and Resources in the Independent Film Space

Simone Ling

Creative Producer / Story Consultant / Educator

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A Thousand Cuts: Female Editors on Stitching Stories and Creating Magic

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The Director's Cut: A DGA Podcast

Brought to you by the Directors Guild of America, "The Director's Cut" will bring you the behind-the-scenes stories of today's most talked about films. Each episode features a different director interviewed by one of their peers, leading to revealing conversations about the grueling, but rewarding process of bringing their films to life.

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Lunch & Learn: Legal Advice for Indie Filmmakers

Indie filmmakers wear a lot of hats — sometimes too many. When it comes to the best legal practices for production, cutting corners can get you into hot water, and fast. On this panel, Seed&Spark talks with entertainment lawyers and creative professionals fluent in legal practices to provide insight and advice to independent filmmakers on the best legal practices for indie productions.

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Research as Activism: Studying the Documentary Ecosystem

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How to Create the Most Social Impact: Case Studies and Strategies

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Collab Takeaways: Directing Actors: Judith Weston’s Guide to Successful Relationships On Set

Judith Weston has been coaching directors on working with actors for nearly 30 years. Here, Weston shares insights for up-and-coming directors on the importance of establishing meaningful relationships with actors through auditions, rehearsals and filming and maintaining honest communication throughout the process.

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Dear Producer: Producer Rate Sheet

The Producer Rate Sheet has been created as a tool for producers who are striving to build a sustainable career. A producer’s knowledge and time should be adequately valued and compensated by stakeholders who are reliant on our participation and expertise. Whether you lead a non-profit organization, run a film festival, teach at a university, or are a filmmaker trying to get your project off the ground, we ask that you reevaluate your beliefs about sustainability and your policies on compensation using this Producer Rate Sheet as a guiding star.

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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance. We find ourselves in an unprecedented moment of creative and financial opportunity for the documentary film industry, if we engage with authentic disabled storytelling and talent, make our media genuinely accessible, and better understand and cater to the world’s 1 billion D/deaf and disabled people — currently a seriously underserved audience for film.

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Black Film Archive

Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming.

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Documenting Survivors of Trauma: Ethics and Consent

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How To Get Your Social Impact Project Festival Ready

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Rewriting Tips for Filmmakers

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