Articles Tagged Making Films

Field Report

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STEP 1: GENERATE SUPPORT Talk to friends and acquaintances who share your thirst to support and make the local independent film and video projects. Seek media artists within the community. You’ll find them buying tickets at the local arthouse theaters, renting movies at video stores, and grousing over the latest releases at coffee shops. Post… Read more »

Site Seeing

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While cleaning out my attic in 1998 I had an idea for a short film. I found a box of notes I had passed back and forth with my high school friends. Aside from bringing back a flood of memories, I found many to be extremely intimate, present-day windows into the lives of adolescent girls,… Read more »

Living the Indie Life

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The notion of the starving artist is a romantic one. Sepia-toned images float through our collective minds of creative geniuses scraping together enough pennies to drink a pastis in a Boulevard Saint Germain cafe, tummies growling while masterpieces bubble up in their brains. But the reality of life in the twenty-first century requires serious cash—and… Read more »

Puerto Rico

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I did not come here to kill. I came here to die. – Lolita Lebrón On March 1, 1954, Lolita Lebrón and three men entered the United States House of Representatives armed with weapons. Her fist held high and wrapped in the flag of Puerto Rico, she fired four shots towards the ceiling in defense… Read more »

Beth Harrington

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It’s been said that every filmmaker secretly wants to be a rock star, and vice versa. Beth Harrington has been both. In what she calls “a former lifetime,” she performed with Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. She’s since worked on an array of documentary programs, from NOVA to Frontline to Health Quarterly. But her… Read more »

The Women Behind the Camera

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This was going to be the last article ever on woman cinematographers. It shouldn’t be news in 2003 that women are making movies—gorgeous, stunning, provocative movies—and with Ellen Kuras shooting big-budget Hollywood films like Analyze That, can anyone still argue that the gaze is male? But consider this: According to the annual “Celluloid Ceiling” study… Read more »

Should I script my documentary?

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Dear Doc Doctor: I’m shooting abroad and want to make sure I don’t miss anything since I can’t go back to reshoot. Is there a way I can know the “story” or “script” of my documentary in advance? You would be better off investing your time in learning a meditation technique than trying to write… Read more »

Getting To Know Lisanne Skyler

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Lisanne Skyler has been pretty busy lately. Between trips to European film festivals with her first narrative feature, Getting to Know You, and a move into a new apartment in Los Angeles, she’s also been cranking away on an edit of a new feature-length documentary. Finding time to talk in person about the path leading… Read more »

Land of Enchantment

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The filmmaking industry began in New Mexico as early as 1898 when an inventor named Thomas Edison arrived in the dusty desert with his newfangled "camera" to capture flickering images of Isleta Pueblo schoolchildren for the short Indian Day School. Since then, the Land of Enchantment has been home to hundreds of productions, big and… Read more »