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So What’s The Deal With…Applying for Filmmaker Workshops?

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Writer/director Erin Li (Photo: Randy Blohm)

I first met Erin Li when both of our films screened at Urbanworld Film Festival in 2011. Her intriguing short “L.A. Coffin School” and vibrant passion for filmmaking convinced me she was definitely one to watch. I recently reached out to Erin because I wanted to pick her brain about her successful experience with filmmaker workshops. As a 2012 Film Independent Project Involve Fellow she directed and co-wrote  “To The Bone”, which played at LA Film Festival and Slamdance. “To The Bone” was chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick and recently featured on Upworthy. She’s now in post-production on “Kepler X-47” as part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. You can also catch her on Twitter at @MsErinLi. A big thank you again to Erin for sharing her insight! — Christina B.

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So What’s The Deal With…Film Collectives?


I used to be the film kid who didn’t play with others. My dream was to be the traditional auteur: writer, director and editor. A triple threat not to be messed with.

In reality, I was just too afraid to ask for help.
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Noteworthy Tweets from 2013 Atlanta Film Fest’s CINformation panels

I’m always grateful to film festivals that use Twitter or Facebook to include folks who can’t attend in person. This past week, Atlanta Film Festival did a fantastic job at sharing insights from their CINformation seminar series for established and emerging filmmakers. Man, I felt like I was IN the room.
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Steven Soderbergh

“If you’re sitting around thinking what other people think about your work, you’ll just become paralyzed.”
– Steven Soderbergh, Director (SIDE EFFECTS)


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Deepa Mehta

“I don’t see myself as carrying a placard with a message in my films. What motivates me are the stories. But those stories are usually issue-oriented. It has to be something I’m passionate about, because making a film is too much time and energy.”
– Deepa Mehta, Director (MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN)


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Gus Van Sant

“Something harder than making a movie is not making a movie.”
– Gus Van Sant, Director (PROMISED LAND)


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Martin Scorsese

“Make it as easy as possible for actors to take their time if they’re onto something. Even if you have to be outta there in 15 minutes.”
– Martin Scorsese, Director (HUGO, TAXI DRIVER)


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Charles Burnett

“For me, anyone who finishes a film I take my hat off to. When an audience sees a finished film, it doesn’t know the wars fought by the director to make his or her picture.”

– Charles Burnett, Director (KILLER OF SHEEP)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: John Frankenheimer

“Casting is 65% of directing.”

– John Frankenheimer, Director (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Peter Jackson


“The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.”



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THR’s Directors Roundtable: Typical Boy’s Club or Stellar Group of Artists Who Happen To Be Male?


Whatever your opinion, I hope that you will take the time check out the full interview. I prefer this style of Awards Season coverage because it finally intimately spotlights the artists, letting them speak for themselves about their work. I wouldn’t necessarily call either of these guys my favorite director, but I learned a ton from their roundtable. The moderator’s questions are insightful and egos seem to be checked at the door. Yes, I too am wondering why Kathryn Bigelow (ZERO DARK THIRTY) and Ava DuVernay (MIDDLE OF NOWHERE) weren’t included, but perhaps this is just another time to earnestly listen to who is featured.


My favorite moments:

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Edward Zwick

“There is no reason why challenging themes and engaging stories have to be mutually exclusive – in fact each can fuel the other.”


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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Jean Renoir

“A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it into pieces and makes it again.”


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First-Time Director Diaries from The Atlantic Online

If I had a dollar for every post here that was influenced by Twitter, well I wouldn’t exactly be rich but I’d have a good chunk of change. Last week another eye-catching tweet came my way that just screamed “unchained”. The online edition of The Atlantic will be featuring a new column by new filmmaker Neil Drumming as he embarks on directing BIG WORDS, his first feature (read HERE).

I was hooked from the introductory post, wonderfully titled “Wait, Why am I directing a movie?”. I don’t know about you, but it’s not everyday I have an inside look at the filmmaking process from a first-time filmmaker as the shoot is taking place. Neil opens the first entry with a recap of how he made it to the director’s chair. I felt his story was instantly very relatable. He went to USC for film, has a passion for movies and understands that a feature (especially one’s first feature) is a very ambitious project to take on.

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When A-Lists play Director

Opening remarks: To be completely honest, since joining in September, I have found Twitter is a great way to stay in the loop as an emerging indie in 140 characters or less once you get past its surface appearance of being just another addictive site with butchered english and random updates of strangers’ lives. I highly recommend it as long as you follow the smart folks in the room. 

It’s not necessarily a new thing that Hollywood actors – young and old- take a turn behind the camera directing. Clint Eastwood’s been doing it for decades and both the Hollywood and indie community just roll with. However, today is the new “Twitter” wave of filmmaking, where all things celluloid-related are spread by hashtag. When new Hollywoodites like James Franco decide to enroll in NYU film school, I might know what his first film is about before his mom. Continue reading

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