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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Why the Ultimate Hustler Bobbito Garcia’s Story is a Lesson for Every Indie Filmmaker

In 'Rock Rubber 45s', the influential radio host, DJ, and author-turned-filmmaker makes his life story into an object lesson for freelance creatives.

If there’s one thing Bobbito Garcia knows how to do, it’s hustle. From his early days in New York City, he was making things happen in the world of hip-hop and beyond with a truly D.I.Y. spirit. You might recognize his name from the '90s radio show Stretch and Bobbito that broke artists like Biggie Smalls and the Wu-Tang Clan, or from his notorious underground APT parties. Or perhaps from his book Where'd You Get Those? which has become the bible of sneaker culture.

After several on-screen and voiceover roles in TV and commercial productions, he moved on to directing films himself. It soon became clear: who better to put this remarkable journey on film than someone who’s always done things his own way and on his own steam? Bobbito himself.

“There's nobody who can tell my story because no has lived it but me.”

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How to Start Your Own Netflix & Why You Should Buy a Still Camera Over Video [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, why put your film on Netflix when you could launch your own streaming service?

Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Charles Haine, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss why you might be able to skip having your film on Netflix in favor of launching your own streaming service. We also discuss a new study on film critics and what it means for production funding, and say a sad goodbye to Blockbuster Video. In gear news, the MacBook Pro sort of wins us back. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about why you should buy a stills camera to shoot video.

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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Are You an Arty Weirdo Making Weird Art? There’s a Fund for Your Films Now

The innovative producers behind ‘The Eyeslicer’ invite your submission to their Radical Film Fund.

Dan Schoenbrun’s career trajectory has shown that he is a man on a mission to shake up the filmmaking world, from funding to production to distribution. After serving as one of the initial funding gamechangers as Head of Film Outreach at Kickstarter, he went on to produce innovative films like the SXSW-premiering omnibus collective:unconscious that was then released unorthodoxically online via BitTorrent bundles, and a feature-length doc made entirely out of YouTube clips.

“We want to be kind of like Robin Hood if he was really into surrealism and late Tarkovsky.”

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Rian Johnson of ‘The Last Jedi’ Shares ‘The Only Advice That Matters’ for Aspiring Directors

Having gone from a $500K feature to 'Star Wars', Rian Johnson knows a thing or two about the hero’s journey.

No matter what you think of Rian Johnson’s take on the Star Wars franchise, most filmmakers can likely agree that his filmmaking path is an enviable one. With only three features under his belt, he was brought on to helm one of the highest budget films in one of the most beloved film sagas of all time, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi.

But the filmmaker's journey had hardly been effortless; His first feature Brick was almost ten years in the making before it went on to win a Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2005 for Originality of Vision. So it’s no wonder that, once he made the major coup of signing on to direct The Last Jedi, Johnson wanted to make sure the process was thoroughly documented.

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