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    Project of the Day: 'Who We Were and Where We Lived'

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    Sundance and True/False Programmers Discuss Festival Economics at Full Frame

    This past weekend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival hosted a speakeasy chat around the issues raised in the series of Indiewire articles that followed my Fair Trade For Filmmakers piece in this space. Props. It's a queasy discussion for many festivals, evident in some of the defensiveness tha...

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    How to Keep Yourself Sane on Film Sets: Tips from 'The Little Blue Book for Filmmakers'

    In this excerpt from "The Little Blue Book for Filmmakers," Carl Gottlieb and Toni Attell explain how to stay sane on a fiction film shoot. The larger book is a series of chapters that provide a guide to navigating the day-to-day and the job ladder of the contemporary filmmaking world.

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    Danny Boyle Reflects on Shooting Amidst Real Dead Bodies on 'Shallow Grave' and Talks Budgeting at Academy Event

    In anticipation of his latest release "Trance," British filmmaker Danny Boyle sat down for a conversation at the Academy Theater in New York last week to reflect back on his hit debut, "Shallow Grave." The charismatic filmmaker shared his gratitude with the academy for honoring him with a screening ...

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    Project of the Day: Sundance Winner Ondi Timoner Points Her Camera at Tech Disruptors

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    Congrats to 'TEN,' Indiewire's Project of the Week!

    Thanks to your votes, psychological thriller "TEN" won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest!

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    Project of the Day: 'The Arrested Development Documentary' Goes Behind the Scenes of the Cult Series

    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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    To Pay or Not to Pay: Discussing Film Festivals, Money and What You Need to Know at Full Frame

    In his Indiewire article "Fair Trade for Filmmakers," former Hot Docs programmer Sean Farnel made the case that film festivals owe something more to filmmakers than the honor of being selected. They owe them money. His contention that festivals should give filmmakers a cut of the ticket sales yi...

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    The Dizzying World of Digital Cinematography: How New Cameras & Software Both Perfect and Complicate the Indie Filmmaking Process

    To select a camera for Scott Waugh's street racing film "Need For Speed," cinematographer Shane Hurlbut pitted nine cameras against one another in dozens of tests simulating every possible shooting condition. Then, Hurlbut had each camera’s footage color graded and presented with a 4K projector on a...

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