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A Smart Artist’s Guide to Income Taxes

It's that time of year again and Creative Independent wants you to be prepared. Check out their helpful income tax guide for artists.

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No Film School: VFX Tips

With a little creativity, not only can VFX effects be affordable, but it can even save you money.

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What It's Like to Direct the First Scripted VR Series

Michael Lukk Litwak shares the excitements, challenges, and frustrations he faced when directing multiple episodes Invisible, the first major scripted series designed specifically for 360-degree virtual reality.

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Roundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic Fest

Expert genre filmmakers from Fantastic Fest share their tips and tricks for genre-specific filmmaking.

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What I Learned After Conducting 40+ Interviews for My First Feature Documentary

Oakley Anderson-Moore, a filmmaker and writer for No Film School, shares valuable tips she's learned through the numerous interviews she's conducted during her career.

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Christina Choe on What It Takes to Make a Movie

Christina Choe is a versatile filmmaker, traversing the lines between fiction and non-fiction. In this piece by Creative Independent, Christina highlights what it took to make her feature film Nancy.

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Don’t Fail Before You Start: Everything You Need To Know About Pre-Production

Noam Kroll shares some pre-production best practices, through chronically the process of making his feature film, White Crow.

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Creating, Releasing, and Marketing Your Short Film

Heather Ostrove interviewed Sundance staffers and established shorts creators to craft this helpful guide on making and releasing short films.

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How 'Parasite' Director Bong Joon Ho Built That Amazing House

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An Actor Prepares: 6 Performers Detail Their Processes

6 performers share character preparation techniques from some of their most memorable roles.

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Indie Law: Our Entertainment Law Expert Pulls Your Legal Questions From The MM Mailbag

Independent film counselor David Pierce of the Pierce Law Group Beverly Hills answers readers' legal questions.

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The Opportunity Agenda: Working with Cultural Influencers

A guide for how to work with cultural influencers of all kinds to encourage meaningful dialogue and spark change surrounding social issues.

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Attention, Filmmakers: 30 Moviemaking Tips from the Best Directors Working Today

Advice from 30 of today's master directors.

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7 Ways to Crack the Code of TV Writing

At Sundance, acclaimed TV and feature film writers, featuring writers of 'Transparent,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more, share essential tips for episodic writing.

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How to Build Momentum in Your Screenplay

Tips on how to make your screenplay get noticed.

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Vox: How a TV Show Gets Made

Check out this start to finish breakdown by Vox of how a TV show gets made

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What Are Your Rights as a Documentary Filmmaker? A Primer on Permission

Know your rights and having the appropriate documents on hand can set you up for success when capturing that big story.

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Creative Burnout is Not a Myth (And There’s a Way to Heal From It)

Writer and creative, Nathalie Sejean, breaksdown the phases of creative burnout and how to cope.

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Nancy Meyers Reveals the Secrets of Her Successful Writing and Directing Process

What makes Nancy Meyer films so entertaining? Check out this list of tips from the legendary writer and director herself.

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Who's Who on a Movie Crew

A useful description of the different crew members on a film set and what they do.

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Steven Follows: Advice for Filmmakers Trying to Navigate the Film Industry

Film industry data analyst, Stephen Follows, provides tangible advice for navigating the industry.

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How They Did It: The Farewell Writer-Director Lulu Wang Shares Secrets to Turning Your Life Story into a Memoir Movie

Lulu Wang reflects on her journey of making a deeply personal narrative film.

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