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Indie Film Academy™ #32: Horror Filmmaking Masterclass with Danny Draven

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Indie Film Academy™ interviews author Danny Draven about horror filmmaking. See the interview below.   For more from Danny Draven, see his book The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead!

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Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes: Taxi Driver

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Excerpt from Martin Scorsese in 10 Scenes by Tim Grierson Focal Press, 2016 TAXI DRIVER, 1976 V. THE SHOOT-OUT The shoot-out scene is memorable not only for its violence, but also for a sense of ambiguity in it. This ambiguity pervades the whole movie, largely due to Schrader’s refusal to shine any solid light on…

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Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing

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Producing feature films is an occupation fraught with danger, mishaps and misfortune. As Shakespeare said: many a slip twixt cup and lip. Here are the ten areas where new producers trip up. 1. Measure Success by More Than a Theatrical Release The times are a-changin’. The costs and associated risk factor of releasing a film…

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The Basics of Lighting

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Lighting is an essential tool for enhancing the video image. The subtle use of light creates atmosphere and mood, dimension, and texture. It can help to convey a plot line, enhance key elements such as set color or skin tone, and signals the difference between comedy and drama, reality and fantasy. Hard versus Soft All…

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Top Ten Tips to Improve Your Cinematic Compositions

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Top Ten Tips from Gustavo Mercado to Improve Your Cinematic Compositions 1. Use a director’s viewfinder, a still camera, or any other instrument that allows you to create a frame to see the world around you. Good compositions work not only because of what is included in the frame, but also because of what is…

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How to Run an Efficient Film Production Meeting
and other Production Preparation Tips!

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Intangible managerial skills are as important as technical know-how in preparing successfully for production. The following are some general guidelines to help with the intangibles of preproduction. Keep a Positive Attitude. Lack of experience makes it difficult for beginning filmmakers to assess their day-to-day preproduction progress. There are so many elements (cast, crew, locations) that…

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Three Ways the Film Industry Will Change

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I ask every single filmmaker I meet the same question: why did you want to make your film? The answers vary from filmmaker to filmmaker, from film school to no film school and from film to film. The most common answer is to make money. Next is fame (or to use the film as a…

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The Roll Edit with Final Cut Pro X

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Unlike the Ripple edits, which are automatically accessed when the Select tool moves to the edit point, the Roll edit needs to use a special Trim tool if you want to drag the edit. The tool can be accessed from the Tools menu in the Toolbar or by pressing the T key. The Roll edit…

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Sir Mix-A-Lot

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Mixing consoles used for dubbing are often large and intimidating, with hundreds to thousands of controls. Luckily,there is a great deal of duplication among the controls, so by learning just one area of a console one learns nearly all of the areas. Fundamentally, what goes on inside consoles can be broken down into two ingredients,…

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10 Tips to Getting Investors

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In my workshops on indie film producing and at every speaking engagement I have ever done on this topic, the number-one question is, “How do I get investors to invest in my film project?” I got asked the question so often that I sat down and wrote a short booklet that focused solely on this…

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