By Kathryn Giroux
Today, a host of platforms and mobile applications aim to broaden technology’s impact, offering support in the planning stages, as well as on set, in the hopes of saving the independent filmmaker time, simplifying efforts, and maximizing the results of those efforts.
Here, The Independent provides an overview of some of the leading planning software and apps for independent filmmakers.
By Maddy Kadish
From playing the giant piano inspired by <i>Big</i> to starting to fan stalk other media fans, Tribeca’s cutting edge Innovation Week brought all things transmedia (and more) to the forefront of the conversation, and better yet, to the hands-on Interactive Playground. Senior producer Maddy Kadish was on the scene.
By Brandon Walter
The Big Players and What Differentiates Them Though the phrase “crowd funding” technically refers to any method that raises money from a large group of people, often with a stipulation of reaching a proposed goal or budget, for independent filmmakers and artists, the phrase most often refers specifically to two competing websites, Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com…. Read more »
By Steven Abrams
South by Southwest (SXSW) has become a convergence of film, interactive media, and music, as the lines between these media have increasingly blurred. So it’s appropriate that David Dworsky and Victor Köhler’s documentary, Press Play Pause, was chosen for an opening night premiere. The film examines the impact of technology on music and film, and… Read more »
By Joi R. Wheatley
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 »
By Enette Ngoei
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 »
By Simone Swink
Indiepix and PixelTools Corporation recently announced that the 2,000 films available on Indiepix.net’s Download-To- Own system will be watermarked using a new technology called MPEG Escort. The invisible, digital watermark allows online purchasers to make copies, but prevents pirates from doing so, (the watermark makes it simple to trace who originally purchased and downloaded the… Read more »
What happened at AIVF over the last 30 years? Coming up with a coherent and entertaining way to answer that question was not an easy task. Instead of recounting the factual history—which would put most readers to sleep—we decided to let the voices (of past and present) speak for themselves. What follows is a conversation… Read more »
I first became aware of AIVF when Martha Gever was editor of The Independent. I marveled at this national organization that put out each month a magazine chock full of weighty, intellectual and critical articles on film and video. The magazine wasn’t glossy and was not determined to be a general “industry rag.” At that… Read more »
By Amanda Doss
Before shooting a film or video, long form or short form, narrative or documentary, before beginning development, fundraising, or even casting, there is one thing every filmmaker should have, a budget. It is a crucial part of every production. Its one of the few constants in every type of filmmaking. Its the thing that almost… Read more »