Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring

Attention Grabber
It's axiomatic among black cinephiles that, regardless of what barriers still exist to getting larger audiences for character-driven African-American films that don't have huge stars or fit easily into cookie-cutter genre-centric marketing plans, the...
Balancing Act
Writer-director Azazel Jacobs(THE GOODTIMESKID, MOMMA'S MAN), steps away from the typewriter to collaborate with novelist and iirst-time screenwriter Patrick deWitt on his latest film, TERRI. Jason Guerrasio talks with them about their collaboration.There's...
Charitable Cinema
Founded a decade ago during the apex of American independent cinema's boom years, Artists Public Domain is a not-for-profit production company that has relied on an unusual partnership between some of New York City's most-lauded independent film producers....
Dialing It In
JAMIE STUART ON COLOR CORRECTION TOOLS FOR DIY FILMMAKERS.Hey, want to know the single most important trick to color correcting your footage? Sure? All right then. Here goes: SHOOT GOOD FOOTAGE IN THE FIRST PLACE!It's that simple.If you properly light...
Does Size Matter?
DAVID LEITNER EXAMINES THE LATEST CROP OF LARGE-SENSOR HD CAMERAS.If you're reading this, it's probably because you know that a wave of exciting new large-sensor cameras is upon us, each more affordable than the next You're wondering, should I buy one...
Editor's Letter
This Editor's Letter is the last thing I write before the magazine is shipped off to the printer. Usually I begin by surveying the issue and seeing what themes or trends emerge from all the copy that you're about to read. As always, there's a lot here,...
Eight Things That Will Keep You in the Know
1 FCP Every once in a while (often when Sony/Avid/Adobe have updated their editing software, or message boards on appleinsider. com become so filled with rumors it threatens the capacity of the Internet), Apple will release a new version of Final Cut...
Finding a Sense of "Play"
AMANDA MCCORMICK LEARNS HOW THREE CINEMATOGRAPHERS FIND THEIR FOCUS USING DSLR CAMERAS.Most people don't think a lot about focus in movies because when it's done well, you don't notice it. You will just be looking at the gorgeous visage of your favorite...
International Film Festival Rotterdam
A crayon-colored "XL" was the inescapable logo of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam (Jan. 26 - Feb. 6), emblazoned across posters, T-shirts and commemorative bags to herald both the festival's 40th year and its extremely EXTRA-LARGE status....
I Wanna See Your Hands in the Air
Both actor and bona fide Hollywood star, Mark Ruffalo has made a surprising directorial debut with SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, a bold fable about religion and rock & roll, betrayal and friendship. By Scott MacaulayWhile business how-to books will caution,...
Let's Take the Audience Outside
The search for the next big thing - an idea, product or service that profitably nails the Zeitgeist - drives many businesses. Entrepreneurs, developers and programmers all seek to develop a product that fundamentally changes the ways people interact,...
Marrakech Film Festival
That movie stars are the common currency of film festivals is a point too obvious to even mention, but it bears some repetition when discussing the Marrakech Film Festival's 10th edition (Dec 3-11, 2010). This North African festival borrows a page from...
New Day Looks Back
Okay, you've finally finished your documentary. You've poured your heart and soul into it. But when you meet with distributors, you're told with disdain that nobody is interested in seeing your film. And then the door is promptly shut in your face. What...
Sundance Film Festival
"Everyone's so happy" a colleague said to me at this year's Sundance Film Festival (Jan. 2-30). People did seem kind of giddy, I had to admit. Usually as those 11 days in Park City wind on, a potent mixture of fatigue, bad tempers, disappointment, envy...
Sxsw Film Festival
"The attention economy." That's the new media term for companies that monetize not content but rather the ways - sharing and link exchange, recommendation engines, etc. - in which we connect to content. Content may be king, but given the choice of investing...
The Healing
Fashion designer turned artist and now filmmaker, Cindy Meehl compiles a documentary dream team to help bring BUCK her Sundance Audience Awardwinning documentary about inspirational horse trainer Buck Brannaman, to the screen.One of the most moving films...
The New Studio Indies
When Paramount and Lionsgate unveiled new low-budget film initiatives, independent filmmakers were abuzz with anticipation. Had Hollywood decided to get back into the indie business, just 18 months after shuttering all their specialty divisions? Did...
The Real World Is Still Here
I don't even know where to start. I just finished reading Jane McGonigal's Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Group), and I feel like my chest might explode in frustration.The premise of the book is...
The Verdict on Truth and Fiction
JURORS OF THE CINEMA EYE HETERODOX AWARD OPEN UP THEIR PROCESS. INTRODUCTION BY ESTHER ROBINSONLike all the filmmakers I know, when I'm making a film - trying to weed and trim that beast into some semblance of coherence - I rely heavily on the advice...
Time Management
Christian Marclay's The Clock is many things. Structurally, it is a 24-hour video installation in which film clips from across the history of cinema are meticulously edited together so that the fictional time inside each clip matches exactly the time...
Today Is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Director Gus Van Sant sits down with Mike Mills to discuss fathers, small-crew filmmaking and the emotional autobiography behind his honest and inventive new feature, BEGINNERSThere are no classes in life for beginners; right away you are always asked...
Tribeca at 10 Years
"It's evolving well - I hope it will be an American institution that's part of the culture of New York City, something that people will want to be part of every year," Robert De Niro tells Filmmaker on the occasion of the Tribeca Film Festival's tenth...
TV Wars
HOW THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRUST IS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET... AND INDIE FILM. BY DAVID ROSENThe TV wars are underway and their outcome will do much to determine the future of non-theatrical film distribution and the Internet.Traditionally,...
We Are the Night
THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER has seduced audiences from Austin to Cannes with the intimacy of its look at a group of teenagers during one long, magical summer night. Writer-director David Robert Mitchell and his team discuss the film's journey...