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    Aspiring Filmmakers, Ava DuVernay Thinks You Should Lose the Desperation and Just Make Something!

    This weekend in Los Angeles at the Film Independent Forum, Ava DuVernay, the Sundance award-winning director of "Middle of Nowhere" and the upcoming MLK biopic "Selma," was one of the event's keynotes. While she warned that her speech would not be as newsworthy as that of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos...

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    29 Lessons Learned As a First-Time Feature Director on the Festival Circuit from 'Musicwood' Director Maxine Trump

    Below is a first-person article from filmmaker Maxine Trump, on what she learned while attending film festivals and self-distributing her debut documentary feature, Musicwood. On November 1, 2013, Musicwood opens in NYC at The Quad Cinema and will be available on iTunes and other platforms. For mo...

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    How Screenwriters Can Hand Actors a Script They Can Sink Their Teeth Into

    It took me several years, two feature films, and a number of shorts before I truly came to a better understanding of how actors work. Like a lot of filmmakers, I have control freak tendencies, so I was convinced for a long time that my cast was just there to channel my ideas and characters.

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    Congrats to 'Why Horror?' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

    Thanks to your votes, the expedition to uncover the psychology of horror in "Why Horror?" won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest!

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    Calling All Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wants You to Star Opposite Scarlett Johansson

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is putting a casting call out for male artists who want to contribute their voiceover talents to the voice of Bill, opposite Johansson's Olivia in a short animated film he co-wrote.

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    5 Elements of Transmedia Storytelling in Infographic Form

    There's a lot of talk about transmedia, but not so much guidance about how to do it successfully. Here we share an infographic about transmedia storytelling.

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    Vote for Project of the Week! Will It Be 'Of By For,' 'Brainwashing,' 'Horror' Or 'Water'?

    The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute!

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    Crowdfunding is a Full-Time Job: Here's How to Make It Pay

    Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine, who have two successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belt and a third in the works, explain why crowdfunding is a full-time job and how you can make money at it.

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    Watch: How to Capture the Giant Bubble Explosions You Didn't Know You Needed to See

    We're big fans of resourceful filmmakers who are all about taking to the Internet to share their tips for how to make DIY versions of crazy effects that look professional.

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    What Are the Ethics Behind Documentary Recreations?

    On the second of its inaugural three days, the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI)/A&E Films Feature Documentary Storytelling Workshop at the newly opened Made in NY Media Center by IFP turned its discerning eye to the issue of recreations in a form that presupposes a measured degree of honesty.

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