Filmmaker

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall

A Knock on the Door
Ira Sachs sits down with writer-director Oren Moverman to discuss his debut feature, The Messenger, a powerful look at two soldiers who bring the pain of war to your doorstep.The two Iraq war soldiers played by Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson in Oren...
Better Living through Filmmaking
Tips on how to be a successful filmmaker during the recession.What do you do when all the news is bad news? Layoffs, bank collapses, credit constriction. Gloom is the swine flu of our media ecosystem, and it's hard to ward off infection and hysteria....
Beyond the Basics
The inside scoop on production incentives.Any producer who has shot a movie in the U.S. in the last 10 years is familiar with production rebates and tax credits. However in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the silent movie era, producers...
Buried Treasure
Whether it's an intimate look at the human psyche or a voyage into the outer reaches of the solar system, Stanley Kubrick was known to be an obsessive researcher on the subject of any film he was making. But he may have arguably been the most neurotic...
Civilization AND ITS DISCONTENTS
In Lars von Trier's latest film, Antichrist, the Danish auteur abandons the video aesthetic of his recent films to explore the horrors to be found in marital relations.It can be difficult to consider a new Lars von Trier film as anything other than the...
Class in Session
For nine years the students in MDIA 419, a narrative video class at Ohio University, have made short films selected from scripts written earlier in the school year. Teams are chosen, one per script, and over the course of two quarters, these students...
Community of Fear
With Ti West's The House of the Devil hitting theaters, Larry Fessenden's Glass Eye Pix has become one of the most active independent production companies around. By Lauren Wissot"I've always felt like a lone wolf creatively. I've been forging this odd...
Culture Hacker
Lance Weiler travels to the land of start-ups.It has been said that amazing things come out of difficult times. The recession of the late '70s saw the birth of Apple and Microsoft. One can only wonder what innovation is going on today in garages, studio...
Editor's Letter
At the beginning of the Coen brothers' excellent new film A Serious Man, the film's titular non-hero, Larry Gopnik, a physics professor, foreshadows the themes of the movie by explaining the Schrödinger's cat paradox to his students. For those of you...
Experience Needed
Roberto Quezada-Dardon learns why filmmakers should search out the most seasoned editors.Most DIY filmmakers aspire to work with a full crew at some point in their careers, even if only once. What a luxury, what a statement of having arrived, to employ...
Fest Circuit
Report from Toronto.Toronto International Film FestivalTo Die Like a Man tracks the demise of a middle-aged transvestite whose silicone implants have precipitated a fatal infection. In a scene in her backyard garden late in this visually compelling if...
Game Engine
Heather Chaplin gives kudos to Rockstar Games.On April 28, 2009, game developer-extraordinaire Rockstar North (a subsidiary of Rockstar Games) released the latest installment of its notorious Grand Theft Auto series. On that first day, 3.6 million people...
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
Riding on the momentum of his 2007 surprise hit Juno, Jason Reitman's third film returns to the corporate America world he explored in Thank You For Smoking, as it follows a "career transition consultant," played by George Clooney, whose lifestyle of...
Industry Beat
Why VOD is turning into a profitable avenue for indie filmmakers.If you're a filmmaker looking for an edge in today's new digital distribution universe, it can't hurt to come up with a title for your movie that begins with the letter "A" or "B."It may...
I Saw Her Standing There
For Jay DiPietro to make his award-winning play into a feature film he needed to enlist the talents of two actors who not only would respond to his love story told out of order but have a unique chemistry. You had to believe they were deeply in love...
Load & Play
Filmmaker's look at the season's DVD releases.Woodpecker Carnivalesque Films - In Stores25 New Faces alum Alex Karpovsky (The Hole Story) masters his self-proclaimed "fickumentary" style in his sophomore effort Woodpecker. A hit at SXSW that found fans...
Pushing Away
After finding success producing such titles as Monster's Ball and The Woodsman, and then receiving the worst reviews of his career with his directorial debut, Shadowboxer, Lee Daniels rebounds with his second directing effort, the Sundance and Toronto-winning...
Smooth Criminal
As a filmmaker, British writer-director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, In This World, A Mighty Heart) doesn't linger long in one place. Just consider the globe-hopping locations he shoots in (Scotland, Pakistan, Iran, Shanghai), the hyperkinetic...
The Payback
Ten years after making his last film Thick as Thieves, Scott Sanders returns with an homage to the blaxploitation genre, the Sundance hit Black Dynamite. By Jason GuerrasioWith their rank-filled soundtracks, rebellious commentaries on race, entertainingly...
The Super 8
Eight things that will keep you in the know.1 David Lynch's Other Passion David Lynch is best known as a filmmaker, but he is also an accomplished visual artist, having designed a 100-page CD booklet for Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, had a comic strip...
Upgrade
The technological transformation of the motion picture stretching over the past decade has pretty much reached its standardized plateau. All of the pieces are now in place. The major advancements have been made. It's now just a matter of refinement and...
Virtual Cutting
Editing We Live in Public winds up being an unorthodox filmmaking journey for Ondi Timoner.Ondi Timoner considers her decade-long experience laboriously building the Sundance 2009 Grand Jury Prize winning documentary, We Live in Public, a project "replete...
What Tomorrow Brings
Perhaps it's because we're all, collectively and individually, in the midst of a tough year that the tone and timbre of this year's Independent Film Week Project Forum and concurrent Independent Filmmaker Conference were a bit subdued and pared-down....