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Francis Ford Coppola: On Risk, Money, Craft & Collaboration

Over the course of 45 years in the film business, Francis Ford Coppola has refined a singular code of ethics that govern his filmmaking. There are three rules: 1) Write and direct original screenplays,  2) make them with the most modern technology available,  and 3) self-finance them. http://99u.com/articles/6973/francis-ford-coppola-on-risk-money-craft-collaboration

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Five Women Directors Discuss Their Art and Craft at the Berlin Film Festival

Berlin International Film Festival 2015, Carolina Hellsgård, Laura Nix, Marielle Heller, Micah Magee, Rania Attieh & Daniel Garcia   Five Women Directors Discuss Their Art and Craft at the Berlin Film Festival

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On Dogma, Storytelling, and Truth in Film

On Dogma, Storytelling, and Truth in Film According to Dogme 95, the group of film directors responsible for the ten dogmas of filmmaking set forth in the “Vow of Chastity”, film has been shackled to the Hegelian system of thesis, anti-thesis, and synthesis. In the last 50 years especially, “the anti-bourgeois cinema itself became bourgeois, […]

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4 Ways Documentary Filmmaking Can Capture Real-Life Drama

Documentary filmmakers, no less than dramatic screenwriters, strive to tell strong, often character-driven stories that have a beginning, middle and end, with something at stake, rising tension, and a narrative arc that keeps viewers actively engaged. Unlike dramatists, however, nonfiction filmmakers can’t invent characters and plot points, but must instead find them in the raw […]

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The Voice of the Storyteller

In the third person, the writer usually relies on he, she, it or they, which allows a kind of neutrality, the impartial distance of the detached observer. This is the classic point of view of journalism. The starchy one is another third-person option, and in fiction the third person yields a range of options, from […]

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Podcasts and Storytelling

As podcasting still searches for an overall identity, it seems that many of the best shows revolve around storytelling.  

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“Don’t Tell Me What I Already Know”: How Steven Soderbergh Reinvents the Art of Information-Giving

Because moments of information-dispensing rarely provide cinema’s most thrilling, mysterious, poetic moments, they are often realized by filmmakers in the most prosaic of ways. “Don’t Tell Me What I Already Know”: How Steven Soderbergh Reinvents the Art of Information-Giving

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Best Video Essays of 2016

As with last year, we polled esteemed video essay creators, scholars, programmers, and devoted followers of the form to highlight the best video essays of the year. Each year it becomes more necessary to crowdsource this task, for in the words of notable video essayist David Verdeure / Filmscalpel, “It has become impossible to keep […]

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7 Tips for Filmmakers From SXSW: Words of Wisdom from Lena Dunham, Dana Brunetti, Casey Neistat, Ted Hope and Jason Blum

  Amazingly, I spent five days at SXSW and didn’t see one movie. But it was far from a waste of time. Sitting in on keynote sessions and panel discussions, I came away with a broad sense of how technological advances and the internet have expanded opportunities for filmmakers who no longer have to rely […]

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TEDxParkerSchool – Casey Neistat – Embracing Your Limitations and Making Movies

Casey Neistat is a filmmaker based in New York City. His 2010 self-titled television show called The Neistat Brothers, debuted on HBO. The series of eight episodes is made up of short stories about the lives of Casey and his brother, Van. The series, like much of his work, was produced, written, filmed and edited […]

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