Articles Tagged Casting

10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2011

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It’s time for our annual 10 Filmmakers to Watch list. We’ve pooled our resources and brainpower to get the scoop on who’s who this year. This list brings together filmmakers of all backgrounds and media, including animation, shorts, Web series, narrative features and documentaries. Some of the names are already familiar to our site, while… Read more »

Facebook Exclusive Content for 10 to Watch

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Editor’s Note: This collaborative reporting effort was led by Nikki Chase, Maddy Kadish and Beth Brosnan. Be sure to check out our exclusive daily content on Facebook. We’ll also have daily updates right here, so you can keep track of the list, and a final feature story with background on all 10 filmmakers on May… 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 »

Film Journal: Survival Strategies During Production

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In my last installment of my film journal, I wrote about the importance of pre-production for laying the groundwork for principal photography. What I learned during principal photography was that no matter how much you prepare, how long you plan, things will change—locations fall through, actors’ availabilities shift, and you need to continue pre-production into… Read more »

Film Journal: The Importance of Pre-Production

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In my first two installments of my Film Journal for The Independent, I wrote about the philosophy behind the $200,000 independent film. In this installment, I will talk about laying the groundwork to make our film at this budget, the period known as pre-production, and how the making of Losing Control reinforced the film’s theme… Read more »

What an Actor Looks for in a Filmmaker

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He’s most recognized for his menacing role as Ethan Rom on Lost, most respected for playing the cheated-on, threatening husband in In the Bedroom, and most pitied as an innocent victim in The Grudge. Yes, William Mapother can play scary. But he can also play nice. Exhibit A: A charming scene in the light and… Read more »

AIVF: And What it Meant to Me

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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 »

Voices from Issues Past

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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 »

Recasting the Casting Director

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Producer Sandra Katz has tried for three years to raise money for Nothing Men, a film by first-time director John Serpe. “It’s a vicious cycle,” she says. “You can’t get all your financing until you get a name actor, and you can’t get a name actor until you get your financing.” Sound familiar? It’s a… Read more »