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DIY Monday: Sol Negrin, Candid Cameraman, Shares His Tips On Teaching—And Learning—Cinematography
by Rebecca Pahle

Veteran cinematographer Sol Negrin, ASC understands the challenges of bringing cinematography from the set to the classroom. Now a professor at New York’s Five Towns College, Negrin’s six-decade-long career—during which he worked on projects like Coming to America and Superman—led to him being handed the 2010 President’s Award by the American Society of Cinematographers and, [...]

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DIY Monday: Film Financing 101
by Rory Owen Delaney

Today it’s Film Financing 101 at MovieMaker. As part of our continuing DIY Monday series, we are sharing an excerpt from the 7th edition of Louise Levison’s book Filmmakers & Financing: Business Plans for Independents. Louise is regarded throughout the industry as the guru of film business plans; her clients have raised money for low-budget [...]

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Crowdfunding Field Guide from Indiegogo is a Must-Read
by Jason Brubaker

Indiegogo’s Crowdfunding Guide is a must-read for moviemakers looking to self-finance their masterpieces. Jason Brubaker wrote this post originally for his helpful how-to website FilmmakingStuff.com, but he has graciously allowed MovieMaker Magazine to repost the content for our readers’ benefit. Crowdfunding is a great way to get word out about your project, test your marketing [...]

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Pussy Riot, Sofia Coppola & Film Education Roundtable in Summer Issue #104

In MovieMaker Magazine’s Summer Issue #104, look out for an interview by Timothy Rhys with Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, directors of the Sundance award-winning documentary Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer. The documentary tells the story of three young Russian women, two of them mothers, who face seven years in prison for their satirical performance in [...]

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We Make Movies (Better): Why you need to seriously consider REDucation-X
by Sam Mestman

While I have fond memories of film school, I also remember immense feelings of frustration. Why did I have to spend all of this damn time doing stuff that had nothing to do with filmmaking? Why did I have to go to classes I didn’t want to be in? Why did I have to wait [...]

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An Education on Education: Taking the pulse of today’s film schools

by Jennifer M. Wood | Published October 16, 2012 As a magazine written by, for and about independent moviemakers, film education is an important part of what we do here at MovieMaker. And, as you have by now discovered with this very issue, a topic to which we devote an entire annual edition. As a launching pad [...]

Fractured Atlas: Taking Care of Business for Moviemakers

Let’s face it—it’s tough to make a living as a moviemaker. Health insurance and funding competition are just two of the business challenges nearly every up-and-coming moviemaker encounters. However, Fractured Atlas, the country’s largest arts service organization, is here to help. Reaching more than 250,000 creative artists across the country, Fractured Atlas (which was founded [...]

The New Generation of Cinematographers

Stephen Lighthill, ASC began his career as a freelance news film cinematographer for “60 Minutes” and the CBS-TV Charles Kuralt “On The Road” television series during the mid 1970s. He was a co-founder of Cine-Manifest, a San Francisco-based collective of independent filmmakers who produced movies and documentaries during the 1970s and ‘80s. Lighthill earned his [...]

PT Anderson, Bong Joon-ho, and the Iranian Invasion

My aim in this column is to give my own take on recent news about a variety of upcoming projects, and I think you’ll agree that I’ve done just that. It’s not as easy as it looks, so feel free to leave a comment congratulating me on this accomplishment. Weinstein Picks Up Bong I can’t [...]

An Education on Education

As a magazine written by, for and about independent moviemakers, film education is an important part of what we do here at MovieMaker. And, as you have by now discovered with this very issue, a topic to which we devote an entire annual edition. As a launching pad for the moviemakers of tomorrow, film schools [...]