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    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," which was recently released on iTunes and VOD by Tribeca Film. Here in a guest post for Indiewire, Sizemore explains how to create DIY special effects.

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    Watch: How 'Canopy' Director Aaron Wilson Pulled Off a Night Scene in the Middle of a Tropical Storm

    Director Aaron Wilson explains, in his own words, how he shot a specific scene for his film "Canopy." Check out the scene and then read his detailed account below. "Canopy" opens in New York today.

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    11 Tips for Starting Your Own Indie Film Festival

    Thinking of starting your own film festival? This is a must-read.

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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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