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    Advice to Doc Filmmakers from Albert Maysles: Establish an Empathizing Relationship

    Jessica Edwards recently published a book of essays she edited, where she asks documentary filmmakers to tell her something -- specifically, some words of advice for other documentary filmmakers. In this excerpt, direct cinema hero Albert Maysles shares his advice for other doc filmmakers.

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    Filmmakers, Use This 10 Step Casting Checklist to Cast Your Low-Budget Indie

    Slated Editorial Director Colin Brown is back with another essay in his series on packaging films. This one's a two-parter about casting. Below is the second installement, which includes a ten-step checklist for how to cast your feature. Check out the first part of this exploration of casting her...

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    Filmmakers, There's Still a Chance for You to Be a Part of Spitfire's Ambitious Crowdsourced Documentary Contest

    Tongal, the company that has made a name for itself by encouraging the production of television and moving image web commercials through crowdsourcing ideas and production, is onto the next step of its partnership with Oscar-winning production company Spitfire Pictures. Spitfire Pictures is the doc...

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    Playing the Casting Game: Finding the Next Jennifer Lawrence or Raising the Money to Hire Her

    “More than 90% of directing a picture is the right casting,” suggests Martin Scorsese in the revelatory documentary "Casting By." Producers might well reach a similar assessment for financing a picture as well since actors remain by far the most enticing lures to potential investors. But settling on...

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    Aspiring Filmmakers, Ava DuVernay Thinks You Should Lose the Desperation and Just Make Something!

    This weekend in Los Angeles at the Film Independent Forum, Ava DuVernay, the Sundance award-winning director of "Middle of Nowhere" and the upcoming MLK biopic "Selma," was one of the event's keynotes. While she warned that her speech would not be as newsworthy as that of Netflix chief Ted Sarandos...

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    Watch: How to Capture the Giant Bubble Explosions You Didn't Know You Needed to See

    We're big fans of resourceful filmmakers who are all about taking to the Internet to share their tips for how to make DIY versions of crazy effects that look professional.

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    Why Were There Two Drastically Different Versions of 'The Square' at Sundance and Toronto?

    "The Square," the new film from Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim ("Startup.com," "Control Room") about the last few years' protests in Tahrir Square in Egypt, won the Audience Award at both the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. But the film was drastically recut between Sundance and To...

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    How Safe Is Drone Filmmaking?

    Local New York news recently featured the story of an unmanned aerial vehicle (a UAV or drone) with a camera attached to it that crashed to the ground near Grand Central Station, in the middle of a busy part of midtown.

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    How to Create a Budget Investors Will Appreciate

    The following article, from Colin Brown, Editorial Director of the film financing and dealmaking website Slated.com, is a tough-love look at crafting a budget to show to investors. It proposes that maybe smaller budgets are sometimes better for some projects. To read more from Colin, check out h...

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    How to Shoot Video for Film: 9 Things to Pay Attention To

    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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