18 Commonly Used Sound Terms and What they Actually Mean

Creating videos is half about the visuals and half about the sounds. But when you’re just getting started, there is a ton to figure out just on the visuals side, and when you add in audio, it can be overwhelming to say the least. This month, we’re on a mission to help you get your audio bearings … More 18 Commonly Used Sound Terms and What they Actually Mean

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Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film? Part 1: The Search – In Which I Can't Find Much of Anything

From IndieWire.com:  Last month, Tim League and Ruth Vitale, founder of and CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the Executive Director of CreativeFuture respectively, released an op-ed they jointly penned. In this post that appeared on Indiewire, they argued strongly that piracy is a danger to indie film. It’s a post that’s very impassioned. It’s also … More Is Piracy a Danger to Independent Film? Part 1: The Search – In Which I Can't Find Much of Anything

How a Director Made a Sci-Fi Marvel in Five Days With No Script and No Budget

From IndieWire:  “Coherence” is not just smart science fiction: it’s a triumph of crafty independent filmmaking, made with few resources and big ambition. Director James Ward Byrkit stripped his vision down to the barest of bones to achieve a mind-shifting, metaphysical freakout about a dinner party gone cosmically awry. This film explodes with ideas, and … More How a Director Made a Sci-Fi Marvel in Five Days With No Script and No Budget

Russia's Obscenity Law Will Crush Independent Film

New legislation is being so quickly adopted in Russia today that anyone tracking it is bound to be suffering from a case of whiplash. Hundreds of new legal initiatives have already been ratified this year alone. Among the more frustrating and misguided laws to be adopted is the law that bans swearing in films, books and music. Although the swearing legislation technically only bans four obscene words … More Russia's Obscenity Law Will Crush Independent Film

VOD Options for Independent Films and Series

From DouglasHorn.com:  Vimeo has just launched its new VOD service that offers an exciting new potential for independent filmmakers to release their works online for pay.  But how good is the deal really and where does it fit in the landscape of existing services?  Let’s take a look. Why VOD matters Not long ago, VOD … More VOD Options for Independent Films and Series

Tentsquare, The First Crowdsourced Production Studio, Launches Inaugural Project

From IndieWould/Hollywouldn’t:  TentSquare is the first completely crowdsourced production studio with an integrated social network.  From the earliest development phases all the way through post-production, members are able to weigh in on virtually every aspect of their film’s development.  TentSquare is a forum for creativity. Whether looking to gain exposure, jumpstart careers, meet fellow filmmakers … More Tentsquare, The First Crowdsourced Production Studio, Launches Inaugural Project

11 Things your movie’s website needs

From Platypus Underground: These days everything is online. Basically, if information about your movie isn’t online, it’s almost like the movie doesn’t exist. You can hand out flyers and postcards around town to drum up some attention, but your hometown is only a small area. The internet gives you immediate access to millions of people around … More 11 Things your movie’s website needs

Attention, Filmmakers: There's a New Indie Film Fund That Wants to See Your Project

From IndieWire:  A new film funding initiative launched today, promising to invest $12 million. However, as with all good things, there are a few strings attached. “Thunder Funder” from Thunder Studios plans to provides $12 million in services, not capital, at a rate of $1 million per film. To create Thunder Funder, Rodric David, CEO … More Attention, Filmmakers: There's a New Indie Film Fund That Wants to See Your Project

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nudity Clauses, But Were Too Shy To Ask

From FilmIndependent.org: Okay we’re all adults here… right? We all understand that in the movie business sex sells. But before audiences flock to the theaters, or are titillated into a Twitter tidal wave by a trailer, even before the cameras roll on set, filmmakers and actors (with their agents close by, no doubt) need to … More Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Nudity Clauses, But Were Too Shy To Ask

What net neutrality means for independent film

By Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post: As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether to move forward with new net neutrality regulations, much of the discussion has focused on the ongoing dispute between Netflix and Comcast. At issue in the clash between the streaming-video titan and the soon-to-be-even-bigger cable company is the speed at which Netflix’s content … More What net neutrality means for independent film

How To Write A Press Release For Film

From Raindance.org : One of the most challenging aspects of being an independent filmmaker is promoting your film. Standing out amongst your peers is an enormous challenge, even for seasoned indie filmmakers. You could have an award winning film, but without a viewing audience your movie is worthless. Therefore, advertising and marketing are extremely important … More How To Write A Press Release For Film

Women in Hollywood Seeking to Help Out New Female Filmmakers

From Jezebel.com:  A group of high profile Hollywood women are joining a new initiative that seeks to help the next generation of female directors. “Females First” is a project that looks to established industry names to select work from women they think deserve to be highlighted. Jane Campion and Helen Mirren are among those participating … More Women in Hollywood Seeking to Help Out New Female Filmmakers