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    Attention, Filmmakers: Here's Your Chance to Shoot a Music Video

    The first place recipient will have his or her video featured as the official music video for "Night & Day" and receive a $1500 cash prize.

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    How (and Why) to Wrangle a Volunteer Crew for Your Micro-Budget Movie

    Here's how (and why) to attract an unpaid crew.

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    The Best and Worst Advice LAFF Filmmakers Have Ever Received

    Indiewire had the opportunity to interview some of the filmmakers who showed films at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival. The interviews are part of the How I Shot That series, where many of these filmmakers were eager to disclose some of the best and worst advice they have received in their careers...

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Capturing the 'Right Feeling' of an Attempted Murder Scene in 'Los Ángeles'

    Director Damian John Harper and cinematographer Friede Clausz are screening their first feature film "Los Ángeles," about a young kid who tries to cross the border from Mexico in order to support his family, at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. The duo previously collaborated on the short film ...

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    What Cameras Did the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival Filmmakers Use?

    We interviewed several of the filmmakers whose films are showing at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. One of the questions that most interested us is what camera these visionaries used to create their masterpieces.

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Long Handheld Takes Weren't An Easy Feat When Shooting 'Uncertain Terms'

    Writer and director Nathan Silver is known for “The Blind” (2008), “Exit Elena” (2012) and “Soft In The Head” (2013). At this year's Los Angeles Film Festival he will premiere his new film “Uncertain Terms.”

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    How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Shooting a Marriage Equality Rally in the Rain for 'Limited Partnership'

    You have to be pretty passionate to work at something for 14 years. Thomas G. Miller certainly was. "Limited Partnership," his new documentary, was big deal for him, and rightfully so. The powerful piece documents the life and times of Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan, wh...

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    How I Shot That: A DP from 'True Blood' Explains His Toughest Scenes

    On the eve of the final season of "True Blood," cinematographer David Klein, ASC, gives us an inside look at Bon Temps and its inhabitants -- the live ones, dead and even the undead.

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    10 Filmmaking Tips from 'Legends of the Fall' Producer and Director Ed Zwick

    Attention, first-time filmmakers. Read these essential tips from Ed Zwick.

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    LAFF: Brother-Sister Filmmaking Duo Ravi and Geeta Patel on Filming Their Parents in 'Meet the Patels'

    Indiewire spoke with Ravi and Geeta about the inspiration for "Meet the Patel" as well as the influence that desi culture had on the film's narrative approach.

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