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  • Nicole Holofcener: Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker

    Nicole Holofcener’s films often focus on her fumbling protagonists’ neurotic tendencies, but her approach to moviemaking is a rejection of hopeless self-absorption. Fittingly, Holofcener grew...

  • click Criterion Crash Course: Moviemaking Lessons from Criterion’s The Tree of Life

    Whether you’re a moviemaker, critic, or devoted film collector, lovers of cinema can all agree: A Criterion Collection release is a stamp of cultural importance....

  • First Draft: Put Audiences in Your Characters’ Shoes With These Seven Ways to Elicit Empathy in Your Screenplay

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. How can screenwriters make audiences and readers care more about...

  • Eye Piece: DP Shabier Kirchner Lensed Skate Kitchen on Wheels, But Didn’t Skate Through His Demanding Shoot

    As DP on Skate Kitchen—writer-director Crystal Moselle’s first narrative feature about an all-female skateboarding crew coming of age in New York City—one of my major...

  • enter site Indie Law: Learn Why These Three Types of Attorneys Will Give Your Production a Boost, and How To Pick Them

    Selecting an attorney, or attorneys, to work with throughout the moviemaking process is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Likewise, investing in the right attorney can ultimately net great dividends and actual...

  • enter site Things I’ve Learned as a Moviemaker: Antoine Fuqua

    For Antoine Fuqua, every day as a moviemaker is training day. Since making the leap from helming music videos for the likes of Toni Braxton,...

  • How They Did It: Casting Unknowns Was Key to Finding the Laughs and Lived-In Feel of Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade

    Before I directed my first film, Eighth Grade, I had heard that 90 percent of directing is casting. I’m sure there are other directors who...

  • First Draft: Ten Ways Screenwriters Can Sidestep Writing for Free

    In partnership with Creative Screenwriting and ScreenCraft, “First Draft” is a series on everything to do with screenwriting. “You have to pay your dues, right?” That’s what novice—and...

  • Indie Law: Put the Green in Greenlight With This Guide to the Most Effective Film Financing Tactics

    You went to film school, not business school—yet all the sudden you’re confronted by a bevy of fancy financial terms as you attempt to assemble...

  • The Ashtray: Errol Morris Reimagines Total World Philosophy in Overwhelming New Book

    New from Errol Morris, The Ashtray (Or the Man Who Denied Reality) is the legendary writer-director’s first book since 2012’s A Wilderness of Error: The...