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Creative Independent: On Learning How to Make a Film as You Make It

Filmmakers Amelia Trask & Sasha Hecht discuss the journey of making their first feature-length music documentary, learning as they go.

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Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang on ONE CHILD NATION

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang on their decision to make policy and propaganda active characters in ONE CHILD NATION.

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A Massive List of Fall 2019 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About

No Film School put together a massive list of fall 2019 grants that you should know about.

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How Do You Know Which Idea to Pursue? The First Feature: AMATEUR

Sundance alum, Ryan Koo, talks about his journey on AMATEUR and how to get your first feature made.

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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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LATE NIGHT: Director Nisha Ganatra Talks Emma Thompson’s Improv Skills and Portraying an Aspirational Writers Room

Nisha Ganatra talks about her inspiration as a director, story tone, working with actors, and the making of LATE NIGHT.

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Indie Film Casting Explained: From Casting Calls to Callbacks

The folks at Studiobinder put together this comprehensive guide of everything you need to know about the casting process from start to finish.

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First Time Filmmakers: 5 Things To Do Before Shooting Your Film

There are important tasks beyond the creative that first time filmmakers need to think about when prepping for production. Check out these top 5 tips.

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Breaking and Entering, Part One: How to Shoot Down Self-Doubt and Pay the Rent While Making It in the Film Industry

Big picture advice on how to persevere and make it in the indie film industry.

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Directing Challenges: How to Communicate Effectively with Actors

Tips for directors on how to collaborate effectively and get the best performances possible out of actors.

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The Ultimate Pre Production Checklist for Film & Video

Here's a helpful checklist that will keep you on track for all of your pre-production tasks.

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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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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

Check out this detailed outline from Indie Film Hustle of the 5 stages production.

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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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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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4 Ways Indie Filmmakers Can Empower Themselves Through Genre

Filmmaker, Emily Dell, shares her journey of creating a deeper connection with her audience as a first time, genre director.

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“I’m Just Not Interested in Polite Entertainment”: DESTROYER Director Karyn Kusama on Damaged Characters, Genre and the Challenge of Studio Filmmaking

When building out audiences for genre work, Karyn Kusama believes it's about finding one's own path as an artist, rather then checking as many boxes as possible.

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How the KEY & PEELE Comedy Star Became a Bonafide Horror Director with GET OUT

The story of how Jordan Peele made the leap from KEY & PEELE to GET OUT.

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Directing Actors: What Filmmakers Can Learn About Comedy from Gene Wilder

Lessons from the comedic craft of Gene Wilder that will teach you about directing actors.

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How the Coen Brothers Use Repetition to Create Comedy

Lessons on the use of repetition in comedy through the lens of the Coen Brothers.

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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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Here’s How to Shoot a Sci-Fi Film on a Low Budget

Teemu Nikki, the director and co-writer of “Lovemilla,” a Finnish science-fiction-fantasy-comedy-musical, shares how he and his team created a sci-fi film on a shoe string budget.

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Stand Out from the Pack: How to Apply for Grants

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