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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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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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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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126 Lessons On Independent Film Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production, Distribution, And More…

An indie filmmakers list of all of the advice he's learned throughout his career.

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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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Telling Globally Accessible Stories with Gurinder Chadha

Writer/producer/director Gurinder Chadha, best recognized for films such as BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and VICEROY'S HOUSE, is known for taking stories from underrepresented communities and bringing them firmly into the spotlight. Hear how she uses pop culture to tell narratives featuring people of color while finding mainstream success.

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Pure Nonfiction: Rachel Lears on Filming Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick talk about their journey following AOC while shooting KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE.

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Array's THE CALL-IN with Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule

Listen to this podcast where ARRAY filmmakers Samuel "Blitz" Bazawule (THE BURIAL OF KOJO) and Akin Omotoso (VAYA) call in for a candid conversation.

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Kirsten Johnson on Discovering New Ways to See

Kirsten Johnson shares the wisdom she's gained over the years working as both a filmmaker and cinematographer.

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Dispelling Myths About Submitting Your Short to Sundance

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Dangerous Documentaries: Resources for Filmmakers

The Center for Media and Social Impact put together this collection of resources to empower documentary filmmakers with the tools to help them navigate tricky, yet common situations.

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Shooting a 60-minute doc on a smartphone: How hard could it be?

BBC Academy's behind the scenes guide to shooting a documentary on a smartphone.

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Indiewire’s Ultimate Guide to Documentary Filmmaking

Indiewire curated a comprehensive list of articles that focus on nonfiction filmmaking to give you a sampling of advice from leaders in the industry.

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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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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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Doc Society Resources

The Doc Society put together this resource hub to help connect you with organizations that can help you get your project made and seen.

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MovieMaker Roundtable: Social Action Films that Matter

MovieMaker Magazine sat down with a group of documentary filmmakers to discuss how they measure the impact of their films.

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Meet the Trailblazers of Documentary Activism

Activism in documentary filmmaking has a longer history than we realize. Check out this compilation of advocacy and activism cinema landmarks compiled by PBS.

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DP Kirsten Johnson on Filming the Kronos Quartet Documentary A THOUSAND THOUGHTS

Sundance alumni, Kirsten Johnson, talks about the creativity behind filming the Kronos Quartet live.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Video Archive

Check out this amazing catalog of videos IDFA has captured over the years.

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Creative Types: Quiz

Take this fun Quiz by Adobe Create to find out what creative type you are and what types you should pair with in order to spark the best collaboration.

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Documentary Filmmaking: How to Make a Documentary in 5 Steps

From finding your subject to releasing your film, here are 5 essential steps to follow when making your documentary film.

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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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Film School by VICE

Have you ever been curious about how VICE makes their content? Check out this expansive hub of BTS and how to videos from VICE creators.

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