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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: 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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Being Rejected By A Film Festival Sucks


As a film kid at heart, the bittersweet part for me about attending any film festival is knowing there are countless films that didn’t make the cut.

Obvious fact: Rejection sucks.

I’ve been there. With my short film in college, I said a silent prayer every time I hit submit on Withoutabox.com or dropped a DVD in the mailbox. It’s perfectly human to want to know why some mysterious gatekeeper didn’t like your work. The feedback I received ranged from your standard form email to a hardcopy notice mailed to my apartment. Thanks, I guess.

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Filmmake Quote of the Day: Darren Aronofsky


“If you want to be a filmmaker, the best thing you can bring to the world is your own story.”
– Darren Aronofsky, Director (BLACK SWAN)


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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: 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: 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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Make A Short Film About Underground Music For Nokia Music And Sundance London


Nokia Music Short Film Competition

“To grasp this exciting opportunity, filmmakers need to simply upload a short video trailer (15 to 30 secs) visualizing the underground music scene in their chosen city. If you’d like to get involved, think of this trailer as an audition, which showcases your concept. Nokia, in association with Sundance London (2013), is looking for creative ideas that really push the boundaries of the camera and the possibilities of mobile filmmaking. We are open to all styles and approaches, just make sure you clearly describe what you intend to create.

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Do You Budget For Life Expenses During Pre-Production?

Remember back in the day when indie filmmakers was mortgaging their homes, maxing out credit cards and borrowing money from every person they’d met in life just to get films made? Yeah, that’s not cool anymore, especially to producers. So what’s a director to do?

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Roger Deakins

“Someone said to me, early on in film school… if you can photograph the human face you can photograph anything, because that is the most difficult and most interesting thing to photograph.”

– Roger Deakins, Cinematographer (SKYFALL)

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Oscar Who? Don’t Miss the Spirit Awards This Saturday (Feb. 23rd)


Did you know that there are two major film award shows happening this weekend? Before you head out to your Oscars party on Sunday, why not check out the Spirit Awards on Saturday? The ceremony, hosted by SNL favorite Andy Samberg, will air on IFC at 10pm EST. No livestream unfortunately. You can see the full list of independent films being honored HERE.

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Quentin Tarantino

“Great artists steal; they don’t do homages.”

– Quentin Tarantino, Director (DJANGO UNCHAINED)

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4 Fests You Should Enter This Week

16th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival 

Regular Deadline: February 22nd

“Accepting submissions in five competitive categories – Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Experimental Films, and Animation – BFF offers something for film lovers of all backgrounds and interests, unfolding against an urban backdrop rich with character, history, and limitless surprises.” 

website: http://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/submit/
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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Kasi Lemmons

“I find cinema to be a very beautiful medium to influence. And I’ve seen a lot of things that I didn’t necessarily think of until I saw them in a movie. But there are tons of things you never thought of before, but you can relate them perfectly.”

– Kasi Lemmons, Director  (EVE’S BAYOU, TALK TO ME)

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Filmmaker Quote of the Day: Michel Hazanavicius


“To me the recognition of the audience is part of the filmmaking process. When you make a movie, it’s for them.”

– Michel Hazanavicius, Director (2012 Best Picture/Best Directing winner THE ARTIST)


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