Affordable Options for Unique VisualsJanuary 1st, 2004 | Elizabeth Angell
Filmmakers are often touted for their visiontheir singular sense of how a movie should look, sound, and feel. But every film starts on paper, with a screenplay or even just an idea for a character or a mood. A director must partner with a cinematographer, a production designer, and others to translate that idea into a compelling, visually sophisticated narrative.
Dear Doc Doctor:
Is a short film the obligatory starting point of a filmmaking career? If so, what can I do with it when its finished? It doesnt seem to make financial sense to make a short.
Shaping a Story After the WrapDecember 1st, 2003 | Charlie Sweitzer
The word “edit” has a bad reputation. To lay folk, the word brings to mind overindulgence, censorship, and the property neighbored by “File” and “View.” But people in film know better.
Getting Your Film Noticed at FestivalsSeptember 1st, 2003 | R.J. Millard
Whether it’s Sundance or Seattle, Outfest or Newfest, film festivals are a powerful marketing platform for independent films. But many filmmakers, especially first-time filmmakers, do not fully take advantage of these opportunities created by festivals. Too often filmmakers make the mistake of thinking that the real work in making a film is, well, making the film.
The press kit is the most important tool for any filmmaker seeking media coverage, but many independent film press kits are either overstuffed with irrelevant information or seriously lacking vital data.
How to Win the Hearts and Minds of the PressSeptember 1st, 2003 | Maud Kersnowski
One of the great truths of media is that there is no such thing as bad press, but how to get even bad press can be a mysterious process for filmmakers without giant, studio publicity machines behind them. There are filmmakers who seem to produce very little work, but are constantly finding their way into articles, while other good works are passed over.
Independent programs on popular PBS strandsMay 1st, 2003 | Jason Guerrasio
Ever wanted to pitch an idea to one of the PBS strands but didnt know how? Well The Independent has put together this rundown of the programs that keep their doors open for ideas from indie producers.
American Experienceaccepts pitches
For almost every independent film its first exhibition space will be a festival screening room.
Be careful when and how you show unfinished work, the Documentary Doc advisesApril 1st, 2003 | Fernanda Rossi
Dear Doc Doctor: I have a fifteen minute cut of a one-hour documentary, and the editor and I are not sure about the main storyline and characters. Should I have a test screening? How many should I have?
You'd be better off taking up meditation, the Documentary Doctor saysDecember 1st, 2002 | Fernanda Rossi
Dear Doc Doctor:
Im shooting abroad and want to make sure I dont miss anything since I cant go back to reshoot. Is there a way I can know the story or script of my documentary in advance?