Thanksgiving Reminders For Filmmakers And Refugees

I’m Canadian by birth, now a British taxpayer. Every culture has its own harvest festival. Like many in Europe I am now painfully aware of the American Thanksgiving reminders. In my home country, and in the United States, these annual rituals were originally started to give these two young nations a sense of national identity. And to foster national pride.

Reading Ishaan Tharoor’s excellent Thanksgiving post this morning reminded me how closely independent filmmakers are aligned to the early Pilgrims in the early 1600’s.

Here’s a quick historical update. The Pilgrims were a band of deeply passionate individualists who fled the tyranny of the Church of England. They were labelled Puritans – let’s call them separatists – who endured relentless persecution. They believed that the Church of England needed to be ‘purified’ of the excesses of the Catholic Church. They fled to Holland. Then, after ten years, they realised their way of life would lead to financial ruin if the winds of political change continued, so they hired two ships to take them to America. One of these ships was the famous Mayflower.

America’s East Coast was home to many bands of religious immigrants fleeing the European religious programs of the day. The Pilgrims set up camp in Plymouth. In the first two years, they flirted with extinction; disease and starvation decimated half of their group. The following year, thanks to the help and training of the indigenous people of America, they prospered through hard work. That autumn their crops were bountiful. With the addition of five deer hunted and killed by the Indians, they had a feast to celebrate their survival and a new store of food that would carry them through the winter. It’s become our annual Thanksgiving reminder.

As Ishaan Tharoor notes:

“Neaarly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families,” said Obama in 2015. “What makes America America is that we offer that chance. We turn Lady Liberty’s light to the world, and widen our circle of concern to say that all God’s children are worthy of our compassion and care. That’s part of what makes this the greatest country on Earth.”

Barack Obama

Today’s America is much different. Trump bellows a nationalistic narrative that belittles the immigrants of his country. He is attempting to stem the flow of refugees to America with disastrous results.

The Pilgrim’s Thanksgiving reminders for independent filmmakers 

Firstly, they fled the corporate religious structures of their day. Isn’t this similar to the way independent filmmakers struggle with the corporate finance and distribution models of the studio system and with government funding programmes? Do not today’s filmmakers rebel against the corporate rules as our Pilgrim forepersons did?

Secondly, the Pilgrim’s agricultural success came from their ability to collaborate and to integrate with the local people. In the case of the Pilgrims, this benefitted them for sure. It proved an unmitigated disaster for the indigenous people of America as we well know. But as filmmakers we need to collaborate. To share. To help each other. To watch each other’s backs. And to fight for what we believe is true and just, regardless of the story type or medium. The early Pilgrims, just like us independent filmmakers, were multiculturalists.

Thirdly, and an important Thanksgiving reminder – the Pilgrims had investors. A little known fact is that their journey to America was financed by investors that expected a return. In their case, the investors wanted goods from the New World. Isn’t this a familiar ring for an independent filmmaker facing a group of investors wondering when they are going to be repaid?

Fourthly, the Pilgrims embraced disruption. Their original protests in Britain and their subsequent messages challenged the existing structures. Like all early disruptors, they were persecuted. But disrupt they did, much like independent filmmakers who revolt against the existing film financing structure with, for example, crowd-funding, or how they challenge the century-old distribution models with self-distribution.

Fifthly, the Pilgrims had to adapt their survival to new techniques demanded by the brave New World they entered, much like how independent filmmakers adapt the techniques of visual story telling with new mediums like virtual reality.

In conclusion, I believe we live in deeply troubled times. It is strange to me that at this important juncture in our history, we can learn from the success and failures of the Pilgrims. Two important trends threaten our very being; one is the ecological damage we are wrecking on the planet.

The other is beautifully expressed by Ishaan Tharoor:

Strangely, at a time when the American far right decries the existential threat posed by refugees with supposedly fundamentalist religious convictions, they have no problem aligning with the country’s original migrants.

Can we as independent filmmakers learn from the Pilgrims? Can we use their Thanksgiving reminders? Can we, like them, find the courage to voice our independent visions? Are we strong enough to avoid their mistakes and embrace the people of all nations, religions and cultures? And can we all work together to make better movies and tell compelling stories that will make our world a better place?

I think we can.

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Net Neutrality: Filmmakers, This Concerns You Too

Our age faces some crucial fights: on top of issues such as climate change, lack of representativity in western democracies, the rights of minorities and human rights in general (just to name a few) we now have to stand for net neutrality.

What is net neutrality?

This week, the United States Federal Communications Commision (FCC) chairman announced a plan to repeal net neutrality. This would be another move from the Trump administration to diminish the legacy of Barack Obama. Beyond the petty political motivations, there are broader implications to this decision. This is not just an issue that Twitter-addicted media types or Silicon Valley entrepreneurs will have to care about.

Net neutrality is the underpinning principle that any data on the Internet should be treated the same by governments and providers. This means that you can’t be charged more if you log into such website as opposed to another. It is based on a similar principle adopted after the invention of the telephone: you’ll pay the same whether you make a business call or a private call. If this sounds abstract: let’s imagine ourselves a few steps ahead.

In a few years’ time Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. will have managed to takeover Sky, your internet provider. If net neutrality isn’t rule of law, this means that you are likely to have a heftier bill if you’re a reader of The Guardian than if you are a reader of, say, The Sun. (If they manage that takeover, we now know what their next step is.)

In media environments that already create bias and misinformation in the eyes of citizens, this would add a layer of plain censorship.

Users or consumers?

The repeal of net neutrality has huge implications. Politically, this means that Trump is once again trying to repeal what Obama did. The FCC chairman announced that “the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet.” Economically, this puts regulation of the internet in less benevolent hands. Should it go through, this means that telecom lobbies will be handed a major victory.

Most western democracies have developed with some understanding, even in the most economically liberal nations such as the United States, that infrastructures were necessary to the economic development of the country and the upward social mobility of citizens. So far, the internet has been considered to be the contemporary equivalent of what railway lines and roads were in other eras, and has been treated as such. The Obama administration legislated on the issue, and now this could be rolled back.

Just as the internet or digital tools are not an end in and of themselves, net neutrality is one of those broader fights that underpin everything else, from identity politics to political institutions.

On the subject of climate change, Matthew Todd wrote: “could it be that there are things that we must also raise our voices for, that are more important and on which all other issues rest and rely? The DUP’s position on equal marriage, the BBC gender pay gap, Piers Morgan’s views on non-binary people – all are meaningless if the fight that future generations face is for clean water or surviving wars caused by migration that will make the Syrian crisis, itself partly driven by extreme drought, look like a children’s tea party.”

The same goes for net neutrality. Plainly, the freedom of information and communication is now very much at risk of being taken away from people and put at the mercy of for-profit organisations. The existing gaps created by sociological determinism and economic disparity will only grow wider. Users of communication infrastructures are now forcibly turned into consumers.

Creators, this concerns you too.

Indeed, this is worrying. This is a matter of human rights, democracy, and free speech. It obviously concerns artists: by virtue of our position in society, we do have a duty to speak up. One reason, in particular, makes the issue of net neutrality particularly relevant to filmmakers. The reality of the business means that our work happens on the web. This is where we collaborate. Most importantly, this is where we share our work.

Every evening, Netflix accounts for a third of the Internet traffic in the United States. There has never been a better a time to make a film. Production resources are more accessible than ever and you can release your movie immediately to an audience of roughly 7 billion people in the blink of an eye.

That is, of course, if they and you have access to free internet. Creators need it as a platform to communicate and build audiences. Films can bring, and have brought social change. If you have to pay extra to upload a politically charged movie, and the audiences most in need to see it don’t have the funds to access it, creativity and activism are firmly stifled.

21st century filmmaking

After the death of Federico Fellini, the New York Times published a piece that lamented the unreadability of his films. Martin Scorsese took it upon himself to respond, not about the taste, but about the narrow-minded attitude towards a different kind of films that American audiences are not used to.

The attitude that I’ve been describing celebrates ignorance. It also unfortunately confirms the worst fears of European filmmakers.

Is this closed-mindedness something we want to pass along to future generations?

If you accept the answer in the commercial, why not take it to its natural progression:

Why don’t they make movies like ours?
Why don’t they tell stories as we do?
Why don’t they dress as we do?
Why don’t they eat as we do?
Why don’t they talk as we do?
Why don’t they think as we do?
Why don’t they worship as we do?
Why don’t they look like us?

Ultimately, who will decide who “we” are?

Scorsese’s argument can be used now as well. In a world that has become a global village, as per the term coined by Marshall MacLuhan, repealing net neutrality anywhere -not least in the nation with the most influential soft power- means that, as citizens, we are deprived of the power of deciding who “we” are.

If you want to make your voice hear: you can sign the petition on the White House website here.

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How filmmakers are making over £1000 a month from renting out photographic and AV kit

At Raindance, we’ve come across and worked with many independent filmmakers, and have found that those looking take the first step to produce incredible projects struggle to source professional equipment at a reasonable price at a time when funds are short.

A couple of years ago, artist and curator, Dave Charlesworth decided to experiment by renting out his Barco CRT video wall and found that he was making a large sum of money from renting out gear he owned. This led to the creation of KitMapper, a UK based sharing economy rental site for creatives enabling creatives to access photographic and audiovisual equipment. Where you can list kit and make over £1000 or more a month.

There is a reason creatives from all over are flocking to and spreading word about KitMapper. Users of KitMapper are generating so much money that they are investing into other pieces of kit to rent out, it has become a form of a part-time income for many creatives, and renters are making phenomenal savings accessing high-end equipment from local creative professionals.

5 reasons why filmmakers should be using KitMapper

KitMapper is dedicated to Creatives

KitMapper has been built for creatives by creatives, as such, it is run by people who understand the pressure of running projects on budgets and tight schedules. KitMapper is all about making things happen, about expanding your already expansive networks, to help creatives connect through kit. They support and provide filmmakers, photographers, artists and all forms of creatives get access to niche kit for long-term and short-term rentals of kit such as cameras, lenses, lighting, projectors, monitors and TVs, sound recording, VR kit and much more

If you’re a creative you should be signed up to KitMapper, you may not be able to rent out a waffle iron through KitMapper, however, when you’re looking to hire a nice set of primes, a workhorse like Sony FS7 or even harder to find items such as a 35mm Arriflex 235, what’s more you can source it quickly from like-minded people.

Rented kit gets broken? The KitMapper Guarantee covers you

If your kit is subject to an incident during the hire period, KitMapper guarantee that they will reimburse you the cost of repairing the damaged kit or where appropriate the full replacement cost for that piece of kit.Yes, this mean means that your kit is safe hands! All you need to worry about is keeping track of how much you’re making and saving.

Fee on rentals only 14% Lowest in the market

From a Lister’s perspective, you want to make as much money as possible, to make this happen KitMapper is putting their users first by reducing it’s fee on rentals over the winter period from 17.5% to 14%, the lowest in the market.  From a renters point of view, there are no deposit costs therefore both Lister and Renter save an enormous amount of money.

They are experts in the creative industry

Founded by artist and curator Dave Charlesworth, the team has over 30 years’ combined industry experience. Everything they do is underpinned by their mission to facilitate ambitious, creative projects. This means that they have the knowledge and expertise to guide you to the right piece of kit and answers any questions you have via their live online Helpdesk.

Additionally, as the platform is for creatives, it’s a great networking tool for you whether you’re renting to or hiring from other professionals.

KitMapper is super simple and a safe site to use

If you’re lending, just fill out the form, add some photos and list away. Both parties are covered by the KitMapper Guarantee, a legal rental agreement, status tracking, ID verification powered by Experian and trust ratings set by their own community.

Want to join a community that supports and encourages your creative projects? Why not browse through their selection of great cameras near you or sign up and put your kit to work. If you join the community now, you will get 10% off your first rental. All you have to do is select the ‘Raindance’ option on ‘How Did You Hear About Us‘ and a code will be sent to you!

Additionally, this month only KitMapper is giving THREE lucky winners a chance to win a day each in a London studio with access to a Canon 5D and lighting panels for FREE. Sign up to their site or invite a friend to join to be in the chance of winning. It’s a no-brainer. Get joining.

This post is sponsored by KitMapper.

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Five questions filmmakers ask before making a film

You have an idea for a film – now what? Reflecting on these five questions will help you begin production and put you in a better position to pitch your film to investors.

1. What will it add to the conversation?

Ideally, your film should be meaningful, entertaining, and distinct. It shouldn’t simply echo – it should be able to stand alone. Perhaps it covers a fascinating, noteworthy topic. Maybe it is innovative in terms of form or style.

One of my former film teachers, Clifton Raphael, used to instruct his students: “Tell me something I don’t know and even if I did know it I wouldn’t have been able to guess it.” His advice has stuck with me through time because it encapsulates the importance of constantly questioning conventions and learning to break them.

2. Is it practical?

Consider whether you have the financial means to support yourself throughout the production processes. Films generally take a while to begin generating revenue. Do you have a plan for applying for and obtaining grants? Do you plan to pitch to investors? What kind of support will you need from the cast and crew? How do you plan to compensate these individuals for their work?

For advice on low-budget filmmaking, consider taking Elliot Grove’s Lo-to-no Budget Filmmaking course at Raindance London; if you’re not in the area (or his course isn’t within your budget!) read his articles Compromises Low Budget Filmmakers Make and 10 Expenses Most First Time Film Director Forget.

Also consider time restraints. What are your other commitments and priorities? Create a plan for how you will divide and manage your time so you can devote sufficient energy to each stage of production.

3. Why now?

Consider what is so unique about the current state of affairs that warrants the production of your film. Perhaps your film will cover a topic that is currently the subject of political discourse. Maybe it reintroduces a long-forgotten narrative that you wish to revive.

Also consider the timeline of your production and whether your film will still be relevant once you’ve wrapped production and completed the final cut.

4. Why me?

Ideally, you should be the only one who could tell the story. Reflect on what makes you special as a filmmaker and how your specific skill set will benefit the production of your film. Perhaps you have exclusive access to a story. Maybe you are already extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the subject matter.

Ask yourself what makes you indispensable to the production. Reflect on your weaknesses and plan for how you will overcome them.

5. Why film?

Why should film be the medium used to disseminate your story? Would your story be better as a novel? How about a podcast? Or a photography exhibition? Perhaps it would be better suited as a Virtual Reality experience.

You should be able to articulate why film is the ideal platform for your story. Not all stories lend themselves to the screen. Consider why you desire to tell a linear story comprised of sounds and images and whether that medium is the best choice for your specific story.

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Dear Filmmakers, Study More than Film

So, you eat, sleep, and breath cinema, huh?

Okay, so you’re an expert on Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Andrei Tarkovsky, and Steven Spielberg. You like Ozu and Kurosawa, know the dance from Bande à part, and can spell Eadweard Muybridge without googling it. You, my friend, know your shit about cinema. But still, despite the hundreds of film books and screenplays you’ve read and thousands of films you’ve seen, there may be so much more information you’re failing to feed your brain. Andrew Saladino of The Royal Ocean Film Society suggests that while having an encyclopedic knowledge of and insatiable interest in cinema is great, expanding your education beyond it might actually be the best thing you could do as a filmmaker.

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20 Female Filmmakers To Follow On Twitter

In light of recent events, it would do us good to remind ourselves that women have a place in the film industry, and not just as sexual objects for the men in charge. Here is a partial list of 20 female filmmakers and producers to follow on Twitter. Engage with them online to actively participate in shattering the glass ceiling.

1.) Ava DuVernay @ava

Ava DuVernay is a lot of firsts. Among them; first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at Sundance Film Festival (Middle of Nowhere), first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award (Selma), and first woman of color to direct a live-action film with a budget of over $ 100 million (A Wrinkle in Time). Follow her Twitter account for updates on her latest projects, news about diversity in Hollywood, and to stay politically aware.

2.) Mira Nair @MiraPagliNair

If you’re sick of Hollywood blockbusters and franchises (here’s looking at you, third-SpiderMan-remake-in-the-last-fifteen-years), Mira Nair’s production company Mirabi Films is putting out films that are arguably more interesting and definitely more diverse. Her films focus on Indian society, and her Twitter reflects her passion for inclusivity.

3.) Mynette Louie @mynette

As a daughter of working-class immigrants, Mynette Louie knows better than anyone the infamous Hamilton line “Immigrants, we get the job done.” She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for the Academy Awards, and she is the current president of Gamechanger Films, a company that invests in women-directed narrative features. Her Twitter is a great place to learn about and engage in intersectional feminism.

4.) Reed Morano @reedmorano

Reed Morano is known for her work as a cinematographer on films like Kill Your Darlings and The Skeleton Twins, but most recently has received critical acclaim for directing the first three episodes of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Her Twitter is equal parts film and politics, and is definitely a place to become engaged and aware.

5.) Issa Rae @issarae

As is becoming increasingly common in this digital day and age, Issa Rae got her start on YouTube with a webseries called Awkward Black Girl, a series inspired by Rae’s own experiences and catapulted by an article by Leslie Pitterson pointing out the lack of black female nerd characters on screen. In addition to co-writing and starring in the HBO series Insecure (partially based on Awkward Black Girl), Issa Rae still maintains her YouTube presence, using her platform to feature content created by people of color. She is a great person to be following on all social media platforms. Her Twitter, specifically, is informative, funny, and personable.

6.) Gale Anne Hurd @GunnerGale

Zombies, monsters, aliens. All things we’ve been socialized to think of as “boy” interests. Gale Anne Hurd is proving there’s no such thing. She has produced films like Aliens and The Terminator, as well as producing Fear the Walking Dead, the spinoff to AMC’s hit The Walking Dead (which she also produced). Check out her Twitter for updates on all her projects.

7.) Tina Mabry @tinamabry

Tina Mabry’s first feature film Mississippi Damned earned her a spot on the
‘25 New Faces of Indie Film’ list by Filmmaker Magazine, and she’s had her hand in directing and producing episodes of Dear White People, Queen Sugar (created by Ava DuVernay), and Insecure (created by Issa Rae). A large part of her Twitter is dedicated to celebrating the work of people of color in film and television, so it’s an awesome way to be aware of all the diverse projects happening.

8.) Mina Shum @minashum

Independent filmmaker Mina Shum has proved to be a versatile storyteller. She’s written and directed feature films that have premiered in Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin, directed episodic television for networks like CBC, Nickelodeon, and MTV/Logo, and, as if that weren’t enough, she was also a member of an alternative rock band. Shum mainly uses her Twitter to promote her work, so you’ll get some great behind-the-scenes photos of her latest film Meditation Park, starring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh.

9.) Stephanie Allain @stephanieallain

Stephanie Allain began her career as a script reader and worked her way up to become Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures. She was monumentally influential in developing an African-American filmmaking community in Hollywood in the 1990s. She is a great person to be following on Twitter to engage in politics and intersectional feminism.

10.) Nina Jacobson @ninajacobson

Nina Jacobson has been involved with films like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Sixth Sense, and the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise as a studio executive at Disney. After being fired from Disney (over the phone, after giving birth), Jacobson successfully established her own production company, Color Force, and went on to produce the Hunger Games franchise. She has significantly helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry. Her Twitter is informative (bringing attention to the mistreatment of women, LGBTQ, people of color in both the film industry and society as a whole) and fun (she was sorted into Ravenclaw by Pottermore).

11.) America Ferrera @americaferrera

America Ferrera is arguably most famously known for her titular role in the comedy drama series Ugly Betty. Since 2015 she has starred in and co-produced the comedy series Superstore. She has been routinely recognized as a role model for young Hispanic women, and in 2007 she was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Her Twitter presence is passionate and full of personality, and she doesn’t shy away from sharing personal accounts of being a Latina woman in Hollywood.

12.) Geena Davis @GDIGM

Geena Davis is an accomplished actress, writer, producer, and, believe it or not, archer. Her Twitter is not a personal one, however. Instead it is dedicated to The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which Davis launched in 2007. The Institute works collaboratively with the entertainment industry to increase the presence of female characters in media and reduce stereotyping of females. Follow the Institute’s Twitter to stay updated on women and inclusivity in entertainment.

13.) Megan Ellison @meganeellison

Megan Ellison is the founder of Annapurna Pictures, and an Oscar-nominated producer for her work on films like Zero Dark Thirty, Her, and American Hustle. Her Twitter is a great place to stay up-to-date on politics, film, television, and video games. It’s also a great place to stay up-to-date with the latest news on Annapurna Pictures’ most recent project Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.

14.) Patty Jenkins @pattyjenks

Speaking of Wonder Women… Patty Jenkins. You’ll probably know her best as the director of DC’s Wonder Woman. The film gave Jenkins the biggest domestic opening of all-time for a female director and made Jenkins the first female director of an American studio superhero movie. Wonder Woman is currently the highest-grossing movie directed by a woman. Jenkins is set to direct the Wonder Woman sequel, and her Twitter is a great way to learn about any developments.

15.) Suzanne Todd @teamsuz

Suzanne Todd is a film and television producer and the owner of the film production company Team Todd, which she founded with her sister Jennifer Todd. Team Todd has produced hit films for multiple major studios, and Suzanne Todd’s movies have grossed over two billion dollars worldwide. She’s definitely worth following to stay informed about female-centric projects happening in Hollywood.

16.) Shonda Rhimes @shondarhimes

Shonda Rhimes is a household name. She is the producer and screenwriter responsible for hit television shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and Scandal. Her production company Shondaland also produced shows like How to Get Away with Murder and The Catch. Shonda Rhimes’s shows were so successful that they prompted ABC to dedicate its entire Thursday primetime lineup to ShondaLand dramas, dubbing the night “Thank God It’s Thursday.” Be sure to follow her on Twitter for updates on all her projects, as well as news about people of color in the entertainment industry. As one of the most powerful women of color in the business, Shonda Rhimes uses her social media platform to highlight the achievements and projects of people of color in entertainment.

17.) Deepa Mehta @IamDeepaMehta

Deepa Mehta is the Indo-Canadian film director and screenwriter responsible for the Elements Trilogy which includes the films Fire, Earth, and Water. Earth was India’s official entry and Water was Canada’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In addition to her work as a director and screenwriter, Deepa Mehta co-founded Hamilton-Mehta Productions with her husband. Her Twitter presence is engaging, and she keeps her followers updated on everything from women’s treatment in the media to hypocrisies in the American White House.

18.) Amma Asante @AmmaAsante

Amma Asante started her film career as an actress and eventually made her way to screenwriting and directing, writing two series for the BBC2 drama Brothers and Sisters. She is the BAFTA-winning director and writer of critically successful films Belle and A Way of Life, and in 2017 was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to film. She is an incredible filmmaker with an eye for period pieces, a genre that many thought she wouldn’t be able to handle. Follow her on Twitter to keep up with her current and future projects.

19.) Stella Meghie @stellamink

Stella Meghie took a long journey to get to the film industry. She worked as a public relations agent in the fashion industry before returning to school to pursue a degree in screenwriting. Her work paid off, and in 2017, her debut feature film Jean of the Joneses, which she wrote and directed, won two Canadian Screen Award nominations, and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Her Twitter is a great place to get updates on her films, and her personality shines through in her tweets.

20.) Lexi Alexander @Lexialex

Last but not least: Lexi Alexander. A Palestinian-German-American film and television director, an outspoken advocate for feminist issues in Hollywood, and a former World Karate Association world champion. I’ll repeat that last one. At the age of 19, Lexi Alexander became a world champion in point fighting and karate. After asserting herself as one of the most badass women in the world, Lexi moved to the U.S. where she worked as a stunt performer while studying acting and directing at UCLA. The first short film she ever directed (Johnny Flynton) was nominated for an Academy Award. She wrote and directed the 2011 film Lifted, and has directed episodes of Arrow, Supergirl, Limitless, and Taken. All I can say is that you really really should follow her on Twitter.

When it comes to women in film, this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Special thanks to Ruth Atkinson for bringing this topic to our attention. While you’re checking out the above Twitter accounts, why not check out Ruth’s as well (@Ruth_Atkinson). Ruth is a script consultant and story editor based in Los Angeles, California.

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Indie Film Giant Cassian Elwes to Filmmakers: ‘Make the Movie the Way You Want to Make It’

Veteran film producer Cassian Elwes of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Mudbound’ dropped some knowledge at TIFF 2017.

Cassian Elwes is no stranger to the indie film business. In addition to producing over 50 films, he also spent fifteen years as head of William Morris Independent putting together financing deals for independent films. When Elwes began his producing career in 1983 with his first film, Oxford Blues, the theatrical box office was very much alive and well (and for more than just blockbusters).

But it’s 2017, and today, making films is very different than it was 34 years ago (for one thing, film itself is becoming an increasingly rare feature of filmmaking). Still, Elwes is confident in the future of film, and especially indie film, while acknowledging that these movies will take different routes to the audience than they did before. Here are some of Elwes’ most interesting thoughts on the independent film industry and his predictions for its future from his recent presentation at TIFF 2017.

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3 Different Types of LUTs That Filmmakers Use (and How to Use Them)

Find out how to use LUTs to make your images more dynamic.

LUTs are an essential tool for any filmmaker. They can make your images more stylish, rich, and dynamic while making the process of color grading a whole lot easier to navigate. This aesthetic purpose is typically what a lot of new filmmakers think about when they think about LUTs, but these color tools can actually do a lot more than that. In this video, Ted Sim from Aputure lays out the different kinds of LUTs filmmakers use as well how they use them on and off set.

Ted mentions three different types of LUTs in the video and each one serves a different but very important purpose at different points in production.

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Join Over 81K Filmmakers to Kick Off This Year’s Free CineSummit Director’s Event

With experts like Martín Rosete, Verena Soltitz, and the legend who created the lightsaber, Roger Christian, this is bound to be the most memorable CineSummit yet.

It’s that time of year again! Tens of thousands of filmmakers from all over the globe are gearing up to take part in the 2017 CineSummit, the world’s largest educational event for filmmakers. If you’re unaware of what CineSummit is and what it’s all about, it’s a two-day event that gives filmmakers of all levels of experience a chance to learn from some of the most exciting, sought-after directors and cinematographers working today. The best part about it, though, is that it’s 100% online and 100% free.

Here’s a promo to get you started:

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A Filmmaker’s Guide to Shooting Beautiful Wedding Ceremonies

How do you go about capturing one of the most important days in a couple’s life?

Even if feature filmmaking is the big dream for you, wedding videography can be a major, even necessary stepping stone on the road to making it come true. Shooting such emotional, important, once-in-a-lifetime events, however, can be one of the most difficult and stressful things you ever do as a creative, but to help you be able to handle the chaos of your clients’ big day, Parker Walbeck and Brenden Bytheway offer up a ton of pointers on how they anticipate and prepare for it all so they’re not exchanging memory cards while the couple’s exchanging rings—or something equally as horrifying.

Before we get to the takeaways from the video (and there are a lot), take a look at the final product from the couple’s special day:

Now, here are the takeaways I thought would be most helpful for new wedding videographers:

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