Robert Pattinson on Using ‘High Life’ and Claire Denis as Therapeutic Bodywork

Pattinson and Denis are a match made in heaven...or space...or F***box.

Once you achieve a certain level of success as a filmmaker, actors will come clamoring to you. Or at least that's the case for Claire Denis, whose lead actor in her new film, High Life, had been waiting to work together for several years. That actor was none other than vampire-teen turned acting-chameleon Robert Pattinson, and with meaty roles in Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and Damsel, he has become quite the fixture in independent film over the past few years.

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Watch: This Award-Winning Short Shares a Secret Worth Telling

The latest Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere delves into tough questions and even tougher secrets.

One of the many great avenues into the medium of the short film lies in posing questions through your own uniquely personal experience. Whether or not you choose to answer these questions is entirely your own call.

In her short, Cross My Heart, director Sontenish Myers has found a way to challenge one of today's most troubling issues. An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she sees the people she loves. This film explores the culture of silence amongst women, the kinds of secrets we keep, and who they're actually protecting. The short masterfully navigates through delicate questions regarding trust and loyalty when they’re thrown into turmoil following an act of sexual abuse.

Myers was honored with the latest Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Vimeo's curation team attributed the honor to the film's "outstanding performances from its two young leads and a nuanced directorial approach."

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Why 2018 Has Been a Great Year for Movies & Where to Move if You Want to Make One [PODCAST]

Find out where you can make your mark on this episode of Indie Film Weekly.

Erik Luers and Liz Nord are together again to discuss the state of the movie industry as we near the end of 2018 and how it could lead to a downward trend we'd all be happy to see take place. Plus there may be a new place on the map to move if you want to make movies, and it's not New York or LA.

Charles Haine joins us for gear news and dishes on not one, not two, but twelve new lenses you may want to keep an eye on. In Ask No Film School - how the hell do you get a documentary funded anyway?

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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Your Favorite Filmmakers Defined & A New Mirrorless Camera from Fuji [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly is Lynchian, without a doubt.

Erik Luers and Liz Nord get together this week to discuss two of their favorite things: movies and words. They also address some pretty spooky rumors that George Romero may soon be rising from the dead.

Charles Haine joins them to discuss a new camera from his favorite camera company as well as new software from Mocha, Pomfort and Baselight that may end up greatly enhancing your workflow. And in Ask No Film School - what kind of background audio can you use in your short?

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’: Bi Gan on Teaching Yourself to Make a Film

Build a strong foundation of knowledge...so you don't have to listen to what others tell you.

Watching Long Day's Journey into Night, you would never guess it's the work of a 29-year-old filmmaker who's made only one other feature. Its carefully measured, nuanced frames easily evoke comparisons to Wong Kar Wai and feel more like the meditations of a man who's lived an entire lifetime of haunting experience. But that's just the type of filmmaker Bi Gan has always wanted to be.

From the very beginning, he knew what kind of films he wanted to make, and in sticking to his guns (even throughout varying degrees of success), this vision has allowed him to create the type of work that had critics raving at Cannes, TIFF, and most recently, the New York Film Festival. Director Bi never went to film school, instead, he carefully studied the work of others and created a community of his own.

"If you have a strong enough and solid enough foundation, you don't need other people's suggestions."

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‘Beautiful Boy’ Director Felix Van Groeningen on Finding the Emotional Logic of Your Movie

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carrell shine through this tragic true-life story.

In 2008, David Sheff released the critically acclaimed novel Beautiful Boy, a memoir detailing the harrowing accounts of his teenage son's decade-long struggle with a crystal meth addiction. The same year, Nic Sheff, that very same son, released a memoir of his own titled Tweak. Now, nearly ten years later, director Felix Van Groeningen has taken on the monumental task of combining both of these stories into one multilayered adaptation of a family in crisis.

The medium of film provides Van Groeningen with the unique opportunity to retell this story with the two men's perspectives pressed up against each other, almost as if each could witness another's narrative arc behind a two-way mirror. What we get is a furious chronicle of addiction flashing back and forth between Nic's reckless usage and David's constant search for some sort of understanding as to why it was happening.

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How to Become a Top Notch Sound Designer with the Team Behind ‘First Man’

Academy Award-nominated designers Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee share indispensable advice for those looking to make a career of sound.

Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through working on various projects they come to realize how powerful a tool sound really is and fall head over heels in love. If it's early enough in their career, there's plenty of work to be found and no turning back.

For Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee, this was certainly the case. All it took was a simple choice followed by years of dedication to find their way as two of the biggest sound designers in the industry today. Their latest collaboration is Damien Chazelle's First Man, one of the biggest movies of the year in both popularity and scale.

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When to Move On to Freelancing & Why You Should Be Playing Video Games [PODCAST]

On this episode of Indie Film Weekly, things get dark fast.

Jon Fusco and Erik Luers buckle down and get serious this week to discuss one of the single biggest hacking controversies of our generation and what it could mean for Marvel's box office returns. There will only be one group of people to blame if Venom flops this weekend, and it's Lady Gaga fans. Also in the news, do people who play video games for ten hours or more a week somehow end up having more disposable income?

Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where he details RED's massive new monochrome sensor and a new monitor that'll have you drooling. In Ask No Film School, he ponders whether living life as a freelancer is absolutely essential for directors looking to breakthrough.

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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Watch: ‘My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes’ is One of the Best Documentary Shorts of the Year

Director Charlie Tyrell dug deeper than many of us ever would.

We first caught wind of director Charlie Tyrell earlier this year at SXSW, where he participated in a roundtable discussion for the No Film School Podcast on making documentary short films. His film, which features a title that will stick out to just about any festivalgoer, later went on to win the Grand Jury Prize.

My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes is an emotionally charged exploration of what caused a man to be the way he was. After his father lost a battle with cancer, Tyrell tries to piece together clues through the random objects he inherited, including a pile of VHS dirty movies. While many such journeys prove to end in vain, through a combination of animation, archival footage, family interviews, and narration from David Wain, Tyrell truly is able to find an answer.

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Jeremy Saulnier on Why Being a DP is More Fun than Being a Director

But being a director is still pretty great too.

Jeremy Saulnier has carved out his own little place in film history. His second feature film Blue Ruin was the first of its kind in many ways, an artful genre thriller that is a spectacle to behold and shot on a shoestring budget. His next film, Green Room, cemented his place as one of today's most talented thriller auteurs. And it all stems back from blowing shit up as an eight-year-old in his backyard.

There wasn't really a time when Saulnier's life didn't revolve around the camera. From making zombie flicks as a teen to starting a film collective in high school to making his way up the film ladder as a cinematographer, his experiences have been a constant education on the ways of film. And while he swears his days as a DP were "more fun", his artful visual touch is still very much present as a director.

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