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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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Great Visual Storytelling: 100 Movies to Learn From

Mubi shares 100 iconic films that teach the essence of visual storytelling.

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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 Story of INGRID: Making a Documentary on a 15k Budget

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How to Build Momentum in Your Screenplay

Tips on how to make your screenplay get noticed.

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Backstage Resources

Check out these resources from Backstage covering helpful tips and advice for directors and actors.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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