Articles Tagged Making Films

Film-Friendly State: Shooting in Illinois

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In her role as managing director of the Illinois Film Office, Betsy Steinberg spends a lot of time talking with filmmakers on both coasts and overseas. “In Chicago, and around the state, the abundance of looks is never-ending,” she says. “Every filmmaker says it is the most under-photgraphed place in the movies.” Beyond blockbusters that… Read more »

10 to Watch in 2010… Plus Five Runners-Up

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Choosing The Independent’s 10 to Watch is like trying to predict the future, or the stock market, or the weather in New England. The films on this list are in all stages of production and the filmmakers range from seasoned professionals to debut artists. So you might wonder how we named this particular group. How,… Read more »

Facebook Exclusive Interviews with 10 to Watch in 2010

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Editor’s Note: This collaborative reporting effort was led by Nikki Chase with help from Maddy Kadish and The Independent’s associate editor, Cristina Sousa. BY WAY OF INTRODUCTION Ok, we grant you the fact that announcing 10 filmmakers to watch in 10 days sounds strikingly familiar to our recent fundraising campaign. Truth is, it worked! And… Read more »

Film-Friendly State: Shooting in Utah

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From New Hampshire’s “no filming permits” policy to Michigan’s 42 percent tax credit, states are fighting to stay competitive with low-cost international filming locations — and each other. For filmmakers, this means a slew of incentive programs that might make financing your next film a bit easier. Utah entered the fray last March, with the… Read more »

Film Journal: The Importance of Pre-Production

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In my first two installments of my Film Journal for The Independent, I wrote about the philosophy behind the $200,000 independent film. In this installment, I will talk about laying the groundwork to make our film at this budget, the period known as pre-production, and how the making of Losing Control reinforced the film’s theme… Read more »

Tech Report: Technologies That Are Changing the Film World

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It’s amazing how technology has evolved over the years. Here at The Independent, we dug deep to find the most ground-breaking technical tools that are helping the artists behind films fine-tune their craft and deliver their message in the most compelling manner to date. The Red One Manufactured by the Red Digital Cinema Camera Company,… Read more »

Borat's Aftermath: A Romanian Town Seeks Damages

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I had the pleasure of seeing Carmen Meets Borat at the International Women’s Film Festival in Seoul, and was deeply moved. Carmen tells the story of a young Romanian woman with big dreams but who lives in a poor town. Moviegoers may recall her village, Glod, as a stand-in for Kazakhstan in Sacha Baron Cohen’s… Read more »