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Open Dialogue: Meet the 2024 Film Independent Screenwriting Lab Fellows!
Wed, 17 Apr 2024 15:30:46 +0000

Exterior. Establishing: Film Independent HQ. Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. PRELAP the sounds of passionate conversation and laughter. CUT TO: Interior, Conference Room, Film Independent HQ. Seven new screenwriting FELLOWS are arrayed around a table, the Hollywood Sign visible on the distant hills outside the window. They’re here to develop six deeply personal and wholly original feature film projects under the steady...

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Video: Using Subjective Sound Design to Create Emotion and Interiority
Fri, 12 Apr 2024 15:30:15 +0000

Perspective is one of the building blocks of cinema. It’s often thought of as a visual tool, but it doesn’t stop there. The audience is forfeiting both their visual and auditory senses and it’s the filmmakers’ job to take them on a journey using both images and sound. In sound world, we aren’t simply creating the literal reality of where a...

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Six New Fellows Join the 2024 Doc Story Lab
Wed, 10 Apr 2024 17:30:16 +0000

It’s true! No, seriously: it’s true. And by “it” we of course mean the stories at the heart of Film Independent’s 2024 Doc Story Lab. A one-week intensive designed to provide support for filmmakers whose projects are in post-production, the Doc Story Lab is one of two Documentary Labs amid the larger Film Independent Artist Development umbrella of talent incubators, which...

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Fiscal Updates! Down Below, Surrender, Big Mike’s Cabin!
Fri, 05 Apr 2024 15:30:26 +0000

Film Independent’s Fiscal Sponsorship program supports an inclusive variety of projects, narrative and nonfiction, shorts and features, as well as the occasional new media project, special event or advocacy initiative. Each month, our Fiscal Spotlight column introduces three new fiscally-sponsored projects worth supporting. But maybe you’re curious how some of those prior subjects have turned out? That’s right: it’s time for...

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Interview: Jill James Teaches Creatives How to Be Better Businesspeople
Thu, 04 Apr 2024 15:30:39 +0000

If you’re as deeply immersed in the particulars of the independent film world as we are, you’ve probably sensed a sort of crisis of career sustainability recently boiling over. More and more, indie makers across all disciplines are finding it difficult to build protections around the financial aspects of their work. Why, it’s almost (almost!) like budding auteurs are flushed out...

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Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in April
Wed, 03 Apr 2024 15:30:08 +0000

The world is heating up out there, but the gusts and erratic temperature swings of early Spring can often be deceiving. One minute it looks sunny and warm, the next you’re stranded on a long walk in just basketball shorts when a sudden chill descends. Or it looks nasty, and all of a sudden you’re overdressed in 80-degree heat. It might...

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Script Supervisor Tips, Tricks and Tools for Better Continuity and Careers
Tue, 02 Apr 2024 15:30:54 +0000

Do you thrive on taking copious notes, observing minute details, and working closely on set with a director? Yes? Then you might want to consider a career as a script supervisor—the person who makes sure that the visual details in a scene (action, wardrobe, props, set dressing, hair and makeup—you name it) are consistent from shot-to-shot and even scene-to-scene. And you...

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Miami Film Festival Brings Film Independent Fellows to the Sunshine State
Thu, 28 Mar 2024 15:30:37 +0000

For the perpetually impecunious (see: poor) indie filmmaker, a well-executed short or feature project can often be your best passport to the larger world. Left to our own scant devices, our calendars are unlikely to fill up with myriad jaunts to such exotic locales as Cannes, Venice, Locarno or, erm, Arkansas (jk, we love you, Bentonville!). But with a piping hot...

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What Microbudget Means and How to Do It Right
Wed, 27 Mar 2024 14:30:44 +0000

Most filmmakers only really get going when the pain of not making a movie finally boils over to the point where it exceeds the pain of making a movie. And once this pivotal point-of-no-return is reached, the accumulated velocity of ambition will not allow petty inconveniences to impede the ultimate realization of its goal. Not even a punishing lack of start-up...

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ICYMI: Telling Stories about Technology in the Age of AI and ChatGPT
Fri, 22 Mar 2024 18:15:13 +0000

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following blog originally ran in July 2023. We’re re-posting it here with minor edit, special thanks to blogger Kristopher Hewkin. Stay tuned to our events page for more information about the Sloan Salon’s 2024 edition. *** “The visions of yesterday have all caught up to us and we must start looking towards the next visions,” stated moderator and...

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