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Tribute to Noah Davis

An amazing artist and human being, Noah Davis, passed away Saturday night. Noah and his wife Karon created the Underground Museum in Mid-City—a place for art, art books and art lovers to congregate. High-end curation in the hood. It’s free and open to the public—just […]


Break the Glass: Stop Worrying and Start Writing

One of the main differences that distinguishes amateurs from professional writers is that amateurs sometimes write. They write when they have the time or when they feel like it, or when they take a class and have an immediate deadline, whereas professionals write on a […]

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LEGAL EASE: The Ins and Outs of Production Insurance

“But this is an indie film. We don’t really need production insurance, right?” asked the naive filmmaker. Wrong. Attorney Lisa Callif, Partner, Donaldson + Callif confirms that all productions need production insurance and says it’s important to be transparent with the insurance company about what you’ll […]

5 Ways Directing Labs Can Set the Scene for Your First Feature

In 2012, Film Independent Fellow Andrew Ahn’s short film Dol (First Birthday) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to play festivals like Outfest and the Los Angeles Film Festival. After the success of the film, which deals with queer Korean-American identity, Ahn […]

Know Your Crew: A Post-Production Supervisor on the Pitfalls Directors Should Avoid

“Movies are made in post-production.” While some producers and cinematographers may take issue with this maxim, Nancy Kirhoffer, an accomplished post-production supervisor whose credits include Memento, 50/50 and Bernie, makes a compelling case: “Movies are three things: picture, sound and music and two of those […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 13:  Film composer Danny Elfman speaks onstage at Coffee Talks: Composers during the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival at the Courtyard Marriott at L.A. Live on June 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

Danny Elfman & Thomas Newman on the Chaos of Scoring a Film

Film composer Danny Elfman never picked up an instrument until age 18, and he attributes his enormous success as a composer to his teenage friends who inspired him to do it. “My friends in high school were musical, and I was the non-musical member of […]

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8 Keys to Successful Delivery of Your Film this Festival Season

When the picture is locked, the color is timed and the sound is mixed, every filmmaker’s favorite process begins: festival deliverables. Whether you’re headed to Venice, Toronto or Telluride or maybe you’re getting the jump on Sundance, ‘tis the season for prepping the screening copy […]

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EFILM | Company 3 Helps Film Independent Fellows Realize Their Visions

Each year Film Independent partners with EFILM | Company 3 on a grant that provides a select group of Film Independent Fellows with color correction and digital intermediate services for their narrative or documentary feature films. Earlier this year, the companies also provided these services […]

How First-Time Feature Director Mathew Cullen Almost Landed Disney’s Maleficent

Music Video and commercial director Mathew Cullen has accomplished a lot in the last 20-odd years. At 18, he took a sample reel from an LA-based ad agency—the now-defunct Pittard Sullivan—back to his boss at the small movie poster company Moving Pictures and convinced her […]

One & Two Director Andrew Droz Palermo on Working with His DP

Writer-director-cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo was a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow with Rich Hill, the Sundance-winning doc about three young men growing up in a poverty-stricken Midwestern town. Palermo co-directed the film with his cousin Tracy Droz Tragos and was the film’s cinematographer. Palermo has […]

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