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APPLY: Pitch Your Project to Film Financiers with Film Independent’s Fast Track


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(Photo: Malta Film Commission)

Fast Track (a Film Independent artist development program)

Deadline: February 24

Fast Track is a film financing market that takes place during the Los Angeles Film Festival designed to help narrative and documentary filmmakers move their current projects forward.

During three days of intensive meetings, Fast Track connects filmmakers with financiers, production companies, and other industry professionals. This highly selective program is open to established as well as up-and-coming filmmakers with exceptional projects still seeking funding.

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“Getting started in freelancing (as a videographer)” by Zoe.D


My advice: don’t quit your day job.

In fact, get a small side job!

I moved to my current residence after studying in college so when I got here, I had ZERO contacts. And having no contacts is the worst possible thing for a videographer. It means no clients, no work/projects, no income. But more importantly, it means no challenges, no growth and development as a freelancer/artist.

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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: John Williams


“So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.”
– John Williams, Composer (the most nominated composer in Oscar history with 42 Best Original Score noms)
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Kathryn Bigelow


“I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.”
– Kathryn Bigelow, Director (HURT LOCKER, ZERO DARK THIRTY)
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Spike Lee


“Any time you talk about the look of the film, it’s not just the director and the director of photography. You have to include the costume designer and the production designer.”

– Spike Lee, Director (RED HOOK SUMMER, DO THE RIGHT THING)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Stanley Kubrick


“A film is − or should be − more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.”

− Stanley Kubrick, Director (EYES WIDE SHUT, THE SHINING, DR. STRANGELOVE)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Lisa Rinzler


 

 

“You can read, you can watch, you can study, and one should do all those things, but it’s the physical reality of doing it that makes a difference. You need to make mistakes to really learn and move forward.”

− Lisa Rinzler, Cinematographer (MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, POLLOCK, DEAD PRESIDENTS)

 

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Mark Duplass


 

 

“There’s one lesson that we would recommend to people which is basically, bring your films in as cheaply as you possible can. It’s the under-forecast and over-perform model because then people will be excited by you and be excited to work with you.”

– Mark Duplass, Director (JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, CYRUS, BAGHEAD)

 

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Mike Nichols


“The only safe thing is to take a chance.”

– Mike Nichols, Director (CLOSER, THE GRADUATE, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: David Lynch


“All my movies are about strange worlds that you can’t go into unless you build them and film them. That’s what’s so important about film to me. I just like going into strange worlds.” 

 

– David Lynch, Director (MULHOLLAND DRIVE, BLUE VELVET, ERASERHEAD)

 

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Frank Capra


 

 

“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins. And the cardinal sin is dullness.”

Frank Capra, Director (IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON)

 

 

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Robert Rodriguez


“If you can keep the budget small enough, you can really do anything for the amount of money that you have – it’s just your approach. What you don’t show becomes more important than what you show.”

Robert Rodriguez, Director. His debut film, EL MARIACHI cost $7,000 and won the Audience Award at Sundance in 1993 and Best First Feature at the 1994 Independent Spirit Awards.

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Spike Lee


“I’ve been very fortunate. Some people might call me a hardhead, but I’m not going to let other people dictate to me who I should be or the stories I should tell. That doesn’t register with me.”

– Spike Lee, Director (DO THE RIGHT THING, MALCOLM X, RED HOOK SUMMER)

Wishing everyone a happy Turkey Day! Inbetween the festivities, don’t forget to catch Spike’s latest documentary BAD 25 on the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album airing tonight on ABC.

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Win $1 Million in Doritos Superbowl Ad Competition (Enter by Nov. 16th)


2013 Doritos “Crash the Super Bowl” Video Contest
“The great Super Bowl ad-venture is back. This year, if you make a DORITOS ad you might see it air on the Super Bowl and win not just $1 Million but a prize that’s twice as explosive: a gig with high-octane Hollywood hit-maker Michael Bay on Transformers 4. To participate, create a 30-second Super Bowl-worthy Doritos spot. The top two finalist entries will air during the Super Bowl XLVII CBS broadcast on Feb. 3, 2013.”

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Indie on a budget? Try Film Independent online resources!


I’ve noticed that although there are so many great support networks for new filmmakers of all backgrounds, many are nonprofits and therefore require a steep membership fee. Luckily for those of us on a budget, some film organizations make the same resources for paying members available online to the public. My current favorite freebie goldmine is Film Independent. Their annual membership costs $95, but the “Resources and Advice” page is a mighty fine substitute if you’re not able to commit with your wallet. The homepage covers a vast range of topics to fit all of your indie filmmaker needs. Many posts are recaps from their monthly members-only events. Helpful categories include:

ASK A PRO:

Sound Advice 

Post Production

Film Budgeting

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