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    Watch: All 15 Split Diopter Shots in Brian DePalma's 'Blow Out'

    Brian DePalma was one of the first American directors to experiment with a split focus diopter. Vashi Nedomansky wrote about the director's use of the split focus diopter, specifically in "Blow Out." He created a video which features all 15 split diopter shots in the film.

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    Shooting Guerilla Style (At Your Own Risk): The 8 Tips You Need to Know

    L.A.-based filmmaker Noam Kroll is currently working on his second feature. He keeps a production blog at his website NoamKroll.com. Check out Kroll's blog here, and his production company post-production house Creative Rebellion here.

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    A Beginner's Guide to Drone Filmmaking: 5 Steps

    The shots of New York, Berlin and other cities from above, the slow motion poetic explorations of summer afternoons, the panoramic aerial glimpses of Burning Man... they're gorgeous, and they're all made possible with the help of tiny cameras attached to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones, sp...

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    How to Shoot with Natural Light: 10 Tips

    Filmmaker Noam Kroll is working on his second feature, and he's blogging tips for fellow filmmakers on his blog. Last week, we shared with you Kroll's five essential crew members for a skeleton crew, and this week, we're sharing with you his ten tips for shooting with available light. Below, he co...

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    The 5 People Filmmakers Need for a Tiny Skeleton Crew

    L.A.-based filmmaker Noam Kroll is currently working on his second feature. He keeps a production blog at his website NoamKroll.com. He wrote this entry after people asked him what the most important roles were to have if you only had money for a few crew members. Check out Kroll's blog here, and...

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    Watch: 8 Films That Show You What Drone Filmmaking Can Look Like

    As unmanned aerial vehicles become more robust and the ability to stabilize high quality cameras becomes more possible, the possibilities to cheaply create the crane shots and helicopter shots that so many indie filmmakers want to have but can't are exciting many filmmakers.

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    Attention Filmmakers: Get Your Free Music from New YouTube Audio Library

    Through its newly launched YouTube Audio Library, YouTube is offering any creator 150 royalty-free instrumental tracks you can use for free.

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    Watch: How to Shoot 100 Feet Off the Ground (Don't Try This at Home!)

    In the video, The New York Times videojournalist gives a glimpse of what he went through in shooting a story about a window cleaner in New York City (again, don't try this at home!).

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    Four TED Talks Every Filmmaker Should Watch

    Four TED Talks Every Filmmaker Should Watch

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    The 7 Questions that The Indie Film Community Is Grappling With Now: An IFP Film Week Overview

    Spending a week at the IFP Filmmaker conference, it's clear that the indie film community has a number of questions it's trying to sort out. There's a growing frustration at how money circulates in the community, how people can develop careers as filmmakers when there's so little funding to go arou...

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