Articles Tagged Making Films

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 »

Exhibitor FAQ: Enzian Theater

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For 25 years, Orlando area audiences have flocked to the Enzian Theater to enjoy independent films in a unique atmosphere. Instead of the usual stadium seating, the intimate Maitland, Florida art house cinema has four floors with tables for two and four. In its front section, gorgeous purple velvet captains’ chairs and couches with coffee… Read more »

Film Journal: Philosophies for Financing Your Film

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In the last installment of my film journal for The Independent, I wrote about the various circumstances that facilitated the raising of $200,000 to direct my feature film, Losing Control, a quirky romantic comedy about a female scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is “the one.” In this installment, I write about how I… Read more »

30 Quintessential Books for Independent Filmmakers

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Ever wonder what, exactly, independent filmmakers – both aspiring and established – should be reading? Look no further than The Independent‘s 30 Quintessential Books for Independent Filmmakers. Here, we list the top must-owns, including Independent Feature Film Production, The Filmmaker’s Handbook, Sidney Lumet’s Making Movies, and From Reel to Deal. The list is broken down… Read more »

Capturing Controversy: A Look at Activist Filmmaking

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It’s been nearly 10 years since the streets of Seattle hosted the World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference and the subsequent chaos of the police response to the massive public protest, which turned into the so-called “battle on free speech in the name of free trade.” The event marked a significant phase of the anti-globalization movement—and… Read more »

Film-Friendly State: Shooting in Michigan

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From New Mexico to Massachusetts, from Michigan to California, state and local governments are luring film-production business by passing increasingly competitive tax-incentive policies. Michigan recently joined the party in April 2008, with an unprecedented 42 percent return. Getting money back is crucial, but it’s not the only reason to choose a destination for your shoot… Read more »

Sustaining Big Projects through Small Gigs

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A machine’s dial turns, and a white powder is added to a spinning beaker of water as a woman’s voice overhead talks about toothpaste and animal testing. It looks like a documentary you might find on PBS, but instead, it’s a commercial for Tom’s of Maine. Producer Gita Pullapilly and Director Aron Gaudet, of Dungby… Read more »

Film Journal: The Making of an Independent Feature

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Filmmaker Valerie Weiss will share her experiences of financing, making, and marketing her first independent feature film Losing Control in this monthly film journal. On May 20, 2009, I sent an email out to my friends and family announcing that I was raising $200,000 to make my first feature film, a quirky romantic comedy called… Read more »