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Sending Video into the Wide Wired World

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After years of saving money, finding the best crew, and refining your filmmaking skills, you finally produce the short film that will prove your talent as a filmmaker. Unable to wait for festivals or other distribution, you want to share your work with the world immediately by putting the movie on the web. But what… Read more »

Opening With Style

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As anyone who has been to many festivals or film school screenings can attest, for most independent and student filmmakers, title design is a rushed process at the end of a busy editorial cycle. While it may be easy to type titles and credits into the standard titling tool in a nonlinear editing application, the… Read more »

3D Animation

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The world of 3D animation is slowly opening up to new artists. New training options, online communities of users, and lower prices now make the prospect of 3D animation more enticing for independent filmmakers. But for those who know little about the field, starting out in 3D animation is still laden with many tough decisions,… Read more »

Cleaner 5.1

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Delivering video over the Internet poses an interesting challenge to those who want to preserve the image quality of their video while giving the audience the best experience possible. Video delivered over the Internet must both look and sound as good as possible yet download quickly so that the audience does not become annoyed at… Read more »

Internet Video

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Exhibiting video on the Internet can be a quick way to show your work to producers, festivals, and potential audience members. Although the quality cannot even begin to rival the picture and sound of home video or theatrical distribution, Internet video can provide a representation of your work 24/7. As soon as you understand a… Read more »

Cast Off Your Costumes!

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My desk is festooned with the fruits of two previous Independent Feature Film Markets: a cupful of pens, buttons, a mousepad, a key ring. And that’s not counting the baseball caps and t-shirts that are given out by filmmakers each September to promote their work. Navigating the IFFM can be bewildering for newcomers. But the… Read more »

Film Festivals: How To…

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My desk is festooned with the fruits of two previous Independent Feature Film Markets: a cupful of pens, buttons, a mousepad, a key ring. And that’s not counting the baseball caps and t-shirts that are given out by filmmakers each September to promote their work. Navigating the IFFM can be bewildering for newcomers. But the… Read more »

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

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Picking a producer is like hiring your own boss. Indie veteran Gill Holland offers some words of advice to novice directors looking for that special someone to produce their films There have been many stereotypes of movie producers over the years, but the quintessential one has to be the fat cat smoking cigars with a… Read more »