One Hundred Different Ways to Get Your Film Funded

We break down the complex world of film financing.

If there’s one thing every film has in common, it’s that somewhere, somehow, there was money involved, but the road to getting a film financed is more varied and complex than ever. Fortunately, our guests on this episode are three of the brightest in the business, and each of them works with an organization that helps finance and support low-budget independent films.

Hayley Pappas is the Head of RYOT Films, the film and TV development division of the media brand RYOT, where she runs all content and creative strategy and has produced both VR projects and documentaries, including two Oscar-nominated shorts. Caroline von Kühn is also a film producer, and Director of Artist Development at SFFILM (formerly called the San Francisco Film Society), which has re-granted over one million dollars this year alone to independent filmmakers. Leah Giblin is the Head of Grants at Cinereach, which develops, produces, and finances several projects each year as well as offering grants totaling over one million dollars annually.

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Our Top Advice from Three Years of Filmmaker Interviews [PODCAST]

Also in this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Netflix gets its revenge on Cannes.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss how Netflix is getting revenge on Cannes during this fall festival season, some big changes to the infamous film critics’ Tomatometer, and Disney finally announcing more solid details about its forthcoming streaming service. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including two new, indie-friendly drones. Liz also shares the top five pieces of filmmaking advice she’s collected over hundreds of filmmaker interviews at NFS.

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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‘Minding the Gap’: How Bing Liu Turned 12 Years of Skate Footage into the Year’s Most Heartfelt Doc

"I used to just love making things perfect because that's how I was trained...None of that matters."

As a rule, I almost never make filmmaker interviews about myself. But, then again, there are rarely films that ring so true to my own life as does the heartfelt and beautifully crafted Minding the Gap. Like director Bing Liu, I was raised in “Rust Belt” America and hung out with a group of skateboarders who didn’t always fit in with the mainstream of our communities. And we both became documentary filmmakers. Unlike me, Liu has combined the two into a moving portrait of teenage America and a reminder that there’s often more to young people than what appears on the surface.

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360° Filmmaking Finally Makes Sense & How Old is Too Old to Make a Movie? [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, is it too late for your filmmaking career?

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Charles Haine, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss whether a new potential move by Amazon will change theatrical moviegoing as much as it changed shopping, a new Netflix feature that is sure to piss off some viewers, and a surprising turn in the #MeToo movement. In tech and gear news, a new upgrade to the ‘5D Mark II of 360 video’ means that immersive filmmaking might finally be hitting the masses. Liz and Charles also answer an Ask No Film School question about the viability of breaking into the film industry at any age.

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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How to Perfect Your Script & Why Docs Are the New Blockbusters [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, summer box offices have a new superhero.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss how theatrical documentaries are taking over the summer box office, give a fall festival preview, and mull over a newly announced Oscar category. In gear news, we reveal two new mobile audio solutions and an affordable ultra-wide zoom. Jon answers an Ask No Film School question about how to make sure your film script is properly formatted—and the right length.

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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Make Your Awesome VR or AR Idea a Reality with This New Competition

The XR Alliance wants to help connect storytellers with technologists to make the best immersive stories come to life.

Some stories—some of your stories, in fact—are just meant to live beyond the screen. With the new possibilities of Extended Reality (XR), we have more ways to imagine and tell our stories than ever before. (XR is an umbrella term for all the other “Rs”: virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality). Here’s the catch: many of us may have played with a VR headset or two, seen something cool in AR at a film festival, and been inspired, but don’t really know how to overcome the barrier to entry for translating our story ideas into one of these media.

The XR Alliance has gathered a super useful list of resource links that will help you get started.

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What to Know Before You Drone & The Best Way to Get Your Short Seen [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly reveals how to get off the ground with drone cinematography.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the union negotiations that might have the Hollywood film industry gearing up for a strike, and ponder what the heck is going on with Moviepass. Jon also shares wisdom from Short of the Week about how to develop a distribution strategy for your short film. In gear news, Liz reviews the Freefly Movi smartphone stabilizer. Aerial cinematographer Randall Esulto from BerCo Aerial joins us to answer an Ask No Film School question about how to get started with drones. 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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REVIEW: Freefly Movi Makes Your Smartphone Videos Smoother—But it Takes Practice

Does Freefly's smartphone stabilizer live up to its formidable predecessor's reputation?

Freefly’s new Movi is inspired by—but not to be confused with—the go-to industry gimbal MōVI Pro. Freefly claims that it has taken all of the “professional filmmaking tricks” and tech developed for the full-sized stabilizer and packed it into a simple “cinema robot” to take your mobile phone filmmaking up a notch with professional stabilization.

We decided to give the unit a whirl in some common field situations such as moving through an active environment, driving shots, and landscape pans. Rigging up an iPhoneX on a loaner unit from Freefly (Only iOS is currently supported but Android support is on the way), we found that the Movi could help us get some beautiful shots, but was not necessarily as simple and intuitive to use as the company would have us believe. Check out some of our impressions and test results below.

Balancing the phone in the Movi was the first snag we hit where it became apparent that the “simple, on the go” use wasn’t going to be as seamless as promised.

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What it Takes to Be a Top TV Editor

Two Emmy-nominated editors break down how to make it in the TV business.

The "Age of Peak TV" is a phrase thrown around so much it’s starting to feel like a cliché, but the fact is that there's more programming being created for more platforms than ever before, which means that there's more work for people in the film and TV business, particularly in one crucial part of the process: post-production. But just how do you break into post-production for TV, what can you expect once you do, and what does it take to be a really good television editor?

To find out, I spoke with two of the best: A.M. Peters and Tennille Uithof, each of who received an Emmy nomination this year for their work on Queer Eye and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, respectively. Peters is a director and producer who has more than 25 TV series editing credits under her belt and Uithof has been in the TV editing game for almost 20 years and has worked on some of the most popular reality and docuseries like Wife Swap and American Pickers.

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Nikon Teases a Full Frame Mirrorless & What Should We Make of the James Gunn Firing? [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, it looks like Nikon is edging in on Sony’s mirrorless camera dominance.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss what we should make of James Gunn being fired from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise over controversial tweets. We also reveal an industry trend worth watching from this year’s massive Comic-Con. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, joins us for gear news including confirmed rumors of Nikon's new mirrorless camera. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about building a portfolio website for your film work.

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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