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    How to Write a Rom-Com That's True to Life (and Love): Tips from the Screenwriter of 'What If'

    In a guest post, the screenwriter of "What If," the new romantic comedy starring Danielle Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, explains how to avoid clichés when writing a romantic comedy.

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    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.

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    Here's How to Cut a Green Band Trailer for a Red Band Movie

    "Premature" director Dan Beers explains how he got the MPAA's approval of a green band trailer for his very red band movie.

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    Guest Post: How I Made a Feature Film for Under $10,000 With A Crew of Two

    First-time filmmaker Lance Karasti explains how he made an indie feature for under $10,000 with a crew of two.

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    First Person: Why A Small Crew Can Actually Help You To 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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    First Person: 'Cheap Thrills' Director E.L. Katz's 12 Tips for First-Time Filmmakers

    The question of “How long did it take you to film Cheap Thrills?” often comes up in Q&As, and my answer sometimes gets a bigger gasp from the audience than from anything in the film itself. Now, to be fair, I know plenty of films that have been shot for even less, so I don’t consider this some impos...

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    First Person: How I Made 'The Face of Love' Look a Lot More Expensive Than It Cost to Make

    One the surface "The Face of Love," starring Annette Bening and Ed Harris, looks like a studio-made romance. But as writer-director Arie Posin recounts below in a first person essay, the film is anything but. Using some ingenious methods, and thanks to a great team, Posin was able to make his in...

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    Peter Wintonick's Daughter On Her Quest To Complete Her Late Father's Last Film

    This first person by Mira Burt-Wintonick details her quest to complete her late father Peter Wintonick's final film. Read more about Peter and his life's work here.

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    Playing With Guns: 'Banshee' Star Trieste Kelly Dunn on Society's Fixation With Guns and On-Screen Violence

    In the last couple years I've found myself working as an actress in two mediums – film and television -- and sending two very different messages about violence. I play the victim of a mugging in a new independent feature called "Loves Her Gun" (currently out in select theaters), a sober exploration ...

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