We Can’t All Be David Lynch, But At Least Now We Can Wear His Art

Yes, David Lynch is selling t-shirts now.

David Lynch has inspired more articles on this site than almost any other filmmaker. His uncompromising vision and twisted cinematic tales have had us breaking down his aesthetic choices, eagerly anticipating the return of Twin Peaks, and, of course, obsessively theorizing about Mullholland Drive. But it wasn't until last year's documentary David Lynch: The Art Life that we really started to get to know Lynch as a person, and understand where those dark fantasies emerged from.

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Why Renting Gear Just Got Easier & How to Overcome Your Creative Block [PODCAST]

Also in this episode of Indie Film Weekly, why Anthony Bourdain was "one of us."

Jon Fusco, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the absurd reality that pits a film star against a TV star on the geopolitical stage, and why we will miss Anthony Bourdain. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including a move from ShareGrid that could change the gear rental market for the much, much better. Charles and Liz also answer an Ask No Film School question about what to do if you’re feeling stuck and having trouble moving forward on your films.

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.

Please note: if you or someone you know is suffering, here is the list we mention of international suicide crisis lines by country.

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Facing a Personal Hardship? This New Artist Emergency Fund Could Help

A new fund from American Documentary looks to help filmmakers in a pinch.

Let's face it: many filmmakers are trading in financial security to make our films. Especially early in our careers, we tend to get by with freelance work or day jobs and spend our free time and resources doing whatever it takes to get our films made. This means that, when an emergency strikes, we are often ill-prepared to handle it. Obviously, we all wish this were not the reality of the situation, and several institutions like the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Documentary Association have been working across the field to find solutions for a more sustainable industry.

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No Business School: How to Save Time and Money on Your Films

Yes, you can make great films without breaking the bank.

Stephen Robert Morse believes that the film industry is broken. Time and money are wasted at every step of the process, leaving filmmakers less with which to actually make our films. Fortunately, he also believes we can fix it. In fact, he believes this so strongly that, after producing the documentary Amanda Knox for Netflix, he went to Oxford Business School to learn how we can run our sets more like businesses and started the company Observatory to do just that.

"A lot of people think this industry is glamorous and that’s the biggest problem."

Terms like "lean principles" and "simultaneous processes" probably aren’t familiar to most filmmakers, but if you put some basic business sense into place, you can make your films a whole lot cheaper and more efficiently. And if it sounds cold and calculated, remember that ultimately, this is all in service of having your film reach the most people and have the greatest impact possible.

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The Most Exciting Tech of Cinegear 2018 & Why Movie Theaters are Failing Audiences [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, Cinegear 2018 offers filmmaking tools for all budgets.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the unexpected indie hit en route to becoming Magnolia’s highest-grossing film, how cinemas may actually be doing a disservice to great cinematography, and a new platform helping filmmakers make money. Charles Haine joins us fresh off the plane from Cinegear to report on all the latest in video tech from the expo, including some big announcements from Panavision. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about which audio editing software to choose for a documentary.

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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The Most Important Qualities You Need as a DP According to ‘13th’ Cinematographer Hans Charles

A longtime collaborator of Bradford Young, DP Hans Charles is on a hot streak.

Cinematographer Hans Charles has been behind the camera for more than a decade, coming up as a camera assistant to the latest Star Wars DP Bradford Young. Since a big break shooting Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary 13th with their mutual colleague Ava DuVernay, Charles has been on a roll. Another feature doc he shot, Mr. SOUL!, premiered at Tribeca earlier this year, and he’s putting finishing touches on a feature narrative that he both produced and shot called 1 Angry Black Man.

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How Tech Can Be Used to Turn Your Movie into a Global Movement

Four-time Sundance filmmaker Tiffany Shlain shares how her independent films reach a worldwide audience of millions.

We all want our films to be seen by as many people as possible. But what if your movie became an entire movement? What if it was not only seen around the world, but used as inspiration and a jumping off point for fascinating discussions and activities by millions of people? This may sound daunting, but it’s a reality for Tiffany Shlain and her small team from the Let it Ripple Film Studio, who have made and distributed films that have engaged over 50 Million people in dialogue with a new model that they developed to start global conversations with screenings and discussions across all continents on the same day, with a combination of live and virtual events.

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Nikon Shooters: Get Cash and Exposure for Your Short Films

Submit your films to Nikon’s new In Every Frame platform for a chance to get featured.

Nikon has been pretty busy celebrating its 100th anniversary this past year, from launching a commemorative site with films and stories from Nikon enthusiasts, to launching its D850 full-frame DSLR. Now, the company wants to celebrate you—its video-shooting customers—with the In Every Frame platform.

Dubbed “the first exclusive video-sharing platform for Nikon filmmakers,” the site encourages filmmakers to submit work shot with Nikon cameras and lenses for the chance to win $2000 and get featured on the company's showcase. Up to four videos will be selected each month, and the best part? You can submit as many videos as you want!

According to the site, entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

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Netflix Nabs the Obamas & A Major Week for RED [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly not one, not two, but three big announcements from RED.

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Charles Haine, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the quiet indie making a loud noise at the international box office and why now is the time to pitch your high-concept horror film, as well as Netflix’s newest independent filmmakers: Barack and Michelle Obama. We also say a sad goodbye to master movie poster designer Bill Gold and literary titan Philip Roth, who both passed away this week. In gear news, RED’s on a hot streak with three big announcements this week. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about the difference between LUTs, color grading plugins, and dedicated color grading software. Plus, Wim Wenders on narrowing down his 8-hour rough cut of Pope Francis - A Man of His Word.

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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Aspiring TV Writer? This NBC Program Will Prep You for the Writers’ Room

Applications for NBCUniversal's Writers on the Verge program are open now.

NBCUniversal is on a roll. As home to both This Is Us, broadcast TV’s current number one drama, and the recent Winter Olympics, the network has now taken the lead in total primetime viewers for the first time in almost 20 years. In its quest to find diverse writers to work on its increasingly popular dramas and comedies, the company is offering an incredible opportunity to aspiring TV penners: Writers on the Verge.

Writers on the Verge is a 12-week series of classes that take place at NBCUniversal in Universal City, CA, and are intended to give screenwriters all the tools necessary to step into a real writers' room and get to work. Participants will leave the program with an improved portfolio and maybe even a job—past writers have gone on to work on NBC shows like Community, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Two Broke Girls and more

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