Articles Tagged Making Films

Building a Killer Press Kit

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The press kit is the most important tool for any filmmaker seeking media coverage, but many independent film press kits are either overstuffed with irrelevant information or seriously lacking vital data. The killer press kit does not have to be elaborate, nor does it require fancy packaging and gimmicks. All it needs is basic, clear… Read more »

Getting Coverage

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One of the great truths of media is that there is no such thing as bad press, but how to get even bad press can be a mysterious process for filmmakers without giant, studio publicity machines behind them. There are filmmakers who seem to produce very little work, but are constantly finding their way into… Read more »

High-Tech Homebrew

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The past few years have seen significant advances in the tools for creating visual effects with desktop computers. Yet these tools cost at least a few hundred dollars and can quickly move into the thousands with the addition of plug-ins and ancillary tools. For the independent filmmaker interested in creating the illusions of visual effects… Read more »

The Strange and Wonderful World of "American Splendor"

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From American Splendor’s first shots, you know you are watching something unusual: It’s Halloween, 1950, and the neighborhood runts are trick-or-treating, all done up as their favorite superheroes—except for one rebellious runt, who has stubbornly donned his street clothes. “I’m Harvey Pekar,” he tells a curious neighbor. “I ain’t no superhero, lady. I’m just a… 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 »

Field Report

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Tucson, Arizona, has a long history of filmmaking, dating back to the good old days when Old Tucson Studios was built, in 1940, for the epic western "Arizona". There is a clique of skilled filmmakers that still try to eke out a living making feature films in Tucson, and some of them, looking for word… Read more »

Field Report

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Over the past six years, the New Jersey Salon has been hosting networking events and screening works from local filmmakers. In the first couple of years, it was difficult for the Salon to gel, as it bounced around local coffee shops before finding a permanent home three years ago in the offices of Salon leader… Read more »

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 »