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In Their Own Words: Indie Directors Share Essential Filmmaking Tips

In Their Own Words: Indie Directors Share Essential Filmmaking Tips

When you’re making a film, it seems everyone’s got advice for you. But who better to listen to than someone who has paved a path before you? Below you’ll find first-person stories from indie directors written exclusively for Indiewire. They share tips about almost every element of your film’s production including casting, collaboration, special effects and even how to shoot a sex scene. Read on to learn from the pros.

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5 Tips to Attract Talent to Your Low-Budget Feature: Want to attach top talent to your indie project? Read these essential tips from Kane Sanes, the writer-director of “Echoes of War.”

Here’s the 12-Step Guide to Co-Directing: Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, co-directors of the recently released “Spring,” work so closely together that they are known as Moorhead&Benson. What’s the secret to their collaboration? If you’re even thinking of co-directing, you must read this.

Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Casting: Award-winning filmmaker Sean Mullin talks about casting his feature film debut “Amira & Sam”: “The best kept secret in the casting world is that all truly great actors are dying to challenge themselves with an exciting role.”

‘Cheap Thrills’ Director E.L. Katz’s 12 Tips for First-Time Directors:  E.L. Katz shares 12 lessons from the experience of shooting “Cheap Thrills” in 14 days and other tips for filmmakers about to dive into a breakneck schedule on their first film.

4 Tips for Shooting a Sex Scene: Sex is about as natural of a human act as one can imagine, but making it look and feel natural in a movie can be incredibly challenging. The director and DP of “Appropriate Behavior” share their tips for how to do it right…

How to Make a Monster: Tips for Creating DIY Special Effects: Director/producer/co-writer James Sizemore taught himself from scratch on how to do the makeup and effects for his film “Demon’s Rook.” In a guest post, Sizemore explains how to create DIY special effects.

15 Tips on Making Your First Micro-Budget Feature: Here’s how this first-time director without any connections got his first micro-budget film made and into theaters.

Why A Small Crew Can Actually Help You Get the Shot: Writer-director Jeff Jeffcoat writes about how he shot “Big in Japan” a semi-fictionalized rock and roll road movie about a struggling Seattle band, in Japan with a microscopic crew and non-actors.

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