Articles Tagged Making Films

Maximizing Film Exhibition Quality at Festivals

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Many filmmakers forget that there are plenty of final touches to be made after the last edit is approved and digital formatting requirements are met for festival submissions. Even after festival acceptances flood your in-box, there are ways to maintain creative control over your film’s exhibition. Doing the proper prep work and building relationships with… Read more »

Film Journal: Navigating the Uncertainty of Post-Production

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In my last film journal, I talked about the production of my feature independent film, Losing Control, a quirky, romantic comedy about a female scientist who wants proof that her boyfriend is “the one.” I discussed the trials of production—locations falling through, lack of sleep, and stretching an already thin budget with an overly ambitious… Read more »

Greater Filmmaker Responsibility in the New Documentary Paradigms

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Anyone who cares about documentary filmmaking wants to know: In the current post-financial crisis, insecure-industry environment, how can filmmakers fund projects and reach audiences when traditional distribution models have crumbled…when even established filmmakers can’t secure the kinds of distribution deals, broadcast partnerships or investment/foundation funders they used to rely on? And perhaps more importantly, what… Read more »

All Signs Point North

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The Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) is a documentary-exclusive festival that takes place September 29th through October 3rd in a picturesque Maine coastal town. It’s a small, but growing festival founded six years ago by Ben Fowlie, who also programs and coordinates the event. Out of the 29 features, nine are international and five are… Read more »

Lessons in Perseverance

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With latent teen rocker angst and a career as a print music journalist threatened to the point of extinction, Geoff Edgers hit mid-life determined to shake things up. Part one of his plan: get the Kinks back together after a decades-long split between the band’s two lead figures, brothers Ray and Dave Davies. Part two:… Read more »

Do Canadian Indies Depend on American Celebrity?

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Barney’s Version is a Canadian film with a lot of stars, especially American ones like Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman. At a special tribute at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival producer Robert Lantos proclaimed that it’s not that he is opposed to working with a small budget, it’s that the ambitious stories he’d like… Read more »

Behind the Scenes with Six Masters of Design

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Chances are you didn’t know who decided to make Jimmy Stewart a stamp collector in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but it was the production designer, Henry “Bummy” Bumstead. You might also have forgotten who aged the wood in the bleak gallows from which the convicted killers in In Cold Blood are hanged, but that was another… Read more »

The Show Must Go Green

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Miranda Bailey’s recent film-within-a-film documentary, Greenlit, portrays the hopes and eventual challenges of making the production of The River Why “green.” There’s an initial hope that making the Why production eco-friendly is doable, and even money-saving. They’ve hired a sustainability consultant, the initiative is coming from the producer, and Bailey even watches Al Gore’s An… Read more »