Articles Tagged Making Films

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 »

From Mags and Gates to Bits and Chips

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In 1976, Jean-Luc Godard began dreaming of a 35mm camera that would be small enough to fit into the glove compartment of a car. He wanted a camera, in other words, that he could cart along and use to shoot images spontaneously, as he came across them, rather than have bulky equipment determine the time… Read more »

Something Old, Something New: Archival Research Online

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In the olden days (three or four years ago) producers in search of film footage of a particular subject–say, Alfred Hitchcock–would call a series of archives to find out if they had any. If so, the producer/researcher would go to the archive to look through hours of videotape. If the project was about, say, the… Read more »

thefutureishere.com

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Documentary filmmakers often struggle for years doing whatever it takes to finish our labors of love, only to find one roadblock after another thrown up between the completed work and the audience we know is out there. Now comes the Internet, with its extraordinary power to target and reach potential viewers, as well as broadband,… Read more »

Mary Katzke: Between Us:

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Mary Katzke got both the idea and the money for her latest documentary unexpectedly: via a life-threatening illness. Misdiagnosed in 1991, Katzke later found she had advanced breast cancer, requiring massive chemotherapy. Dropped by her insurance company, she sued her doctor to cover medical bills, promising herself that if she survived five years, she’d make… Read more »

Viva la Revolucion DV!

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Filmmakers are mixing and matching a wide variety of options – in their choice of cameras, transfer methods, and final format. For a digital round-up see sidebar. ALMOST OVERNIGHT, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY has landed firmly the hands of the indie film community. Thousands of us who had previously been working in isolation have found we have… 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 »

War Stories

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When the year was young, the hot topic was Monica, not Kosovo. So at the Sundance Film Festival in January, war was the furthest thing from most people’s minds — unless they happened to catch Regret to Inform,Rabbit in the Moon, or Return with Honor,three documentaries dealing with war and its aftermath. Ten years in… Read more »

DVD Unbound: Blowing Up the Small Screen

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We’re trying to get rid of the film print as a distribution format," explains James Boyd, the man responsible for No Dance, one of a number of micro-fests that screened in the shadow of the 1999 Sundance Film Festival–but the only one presenting films on DVD. "DVD is a finishing format, like a print, only… 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 »