Robert Pattinson on Using ‘High Life’ and Claire Denis as Therapeutic Bodywork

Pattinson and Denis are a match made in heaven...or space...or F***box. Once you achieve a certain level of success as a filmmaker, actors will come clamoring to you. Or at least that's the case for Claire Denis, whose lead actor in her new film, High Life, had been waiting to work together for several years. That actor was none other than vampire-teen turned acting-chameleon Robert Pattinson, and with meaty roles in Good Time, The Lost City of Z, and Damsel, he has become quite the fixture in independent film over the Continue reading "Robert Pattinson on Using ‘High Life’ and Claire Denis as Therapeutic Bodywork"

Watch: This Award-Winning Short Shares a Secret Worth Telling

The latest Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere delves into tough questions and even tougher secrets.

One of the many great avenues into the medium of the short film lies in posing questions through your own uniquely personal experience. Whether or not you choose to answer these questions is entirely your own call.

In her short, Cross My Heart, director Sontenish Myers has found a way to challenge one of today's most troubling issues. An American teenage girl visits her family in Jamaica and uncovers a secret that changes the way she Continue reading "Watch: This Award-Winning Short Shares a Secret Worth Telling"

Why 2018 Has Been a Great Year for Movies & Where to Move if You Want to Make One [PODCAST]

Find out where you can make your mark on this episode of Indie Film Weekly. Erik Luers and Liz Nord are together again to discuss the state of the movie industry as we near the end of 2018 and how it could lead to a downward trend we'd all be happy to see take place. Plus there may be a new place on the map to move if you want to make movies, and it's not New York or LA. Charles Haine joins us for gear news Continue reading "Why 2018 Has Been a Great Year for Movies & Where to Move if You Want to Make One [PODCAST]"

Your Favorite Filmmakers Defined & A New Mirrorless Camera from Fuji [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly is Lynchian, without a doubt. Erik Luers and Liz Nord get together this week to discuss two of their favorite things: movies and words. They also address some pretty spooky rumors that George Romero may soon be rising from the dead. Charles Haine joins them to discuss a new camera from his favorite camera company as well as new software from Mocha, Pomfort and Baselight that may end up greatly enhancing your workflow. And in Ask No Film School - what Continue reading "Your Favorite Filmmakers Defined & A New Mirrorless Camera from Fuji [PODCAST]"

‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’: Bi Gan on Teaching Yourself to Make a Film

Build a strong foundation of knowledge...so you don't have to listen to what others tell you. Watching Long Day's Journey into Night, you would never guess it's the work of a 29-year-old filmmaker who's made only one other feature. Its carefully measured, nuanced frames easily evoke comparisons to Wong Kar Wai and feel more like the meditations of a man who's lived an entire lifetime of haunting experience. But that's just the type of filmmaker Bi Gan has always wanted to be. From the very beginning, he knew what Continue reading "‘Long Day’s Journey into Night’: Bi Gan on Teaching Yourself to Make a Film"

‘Beautiful Boy’ Director Felix Van Groeningen on Finding the Emotional Logic of Your Movie

Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carrell shine through this tragic true-life story.

In 2008, David Sheff released the critically acclaimed novel Beautiful Boy, a memoir detailing the harrowing accounts of his teenage son's decade-long struggle with a crystal meth addiction. The same year, Nic Sheff, that very same son, released a memoir of his own titled Tweak. Now, nearly ten years later, director Felix Van Groeningen has taken on the monumental task of combining both of these stories into one multilayered adaptation of a family in crisis.

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How to Become a Top Notch Sound Designer with the Team Behind ‘First Man’

Academy Award-nominated designers Milly Iatrou Morgan and Ai-Ling Lee share indispensable advice for those looking to make a career of sound.

Not many people with an interest in film have the direction to start pursuing sound at an early point in their career. It seems, rather, that through working on various projects they come to realize how powerful a tool sound really is and fall head over heels in love. If it's early enough in their career, there's plenty of work to be found and no turning back.

Continue reading "How to Become a Top Notch Sound Designer with the Team Behind ‘First Man’"

When to Move onto Freelancing & Why You Should Be Playing Video Games [PODCAST]

On this episode of Indie Film Weekly, things get dark fast. Jon Fusco and Erik Luers buckle down and get serious this week to discuss one of the single biggest hacking controversies of our generation and what it could mean for Marvel's box office returns. There will only be one group of people to blame if Venom flops this weekend, and it's Lady Gaga fans. Also in the news, do people who play video games for ten hours or more a week somehow end up having more disposable income? Continue reading "When to Move onto Freelancing & Why You Should Be Playing Video Games [PODCAST]"

Watch: ‘My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes’ is One of the Best Documentary Shorts of the Year

Director Charlie Tyrell dug deeper than many of us ever would. We first caught wind of director Charlie Tyrell earlier this year at SXSW, where he participated in a roundtable discussion for the No Film School Podcast on making documentary short films. His film, which features a title that will stick out to just about any festivalgoer, later went on to win the Grand Jury Prize. My Dead Dad's Porno Tapes is an emotionally charged exploration of what caused a man to be the way he was. After his father lost Continue reading "Watch: ‘My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes’ is One of the Best Documentary Shorts of the Year"

Jeremy Saulnier on Why Being a DP is More Fun than Being a Director

But being a director is still pretty great too.

Jeremy Saulnier has carved out his own little place in film history. His second feature film Blue Ruin was the first of its kind in many ways, an artful genre thriller that is a spectacle to behold and shot on a shoestring budget. His next film, Green Room, cemented his place as one of today's most talented thriller auteurs. And it all stems back from blowing shit up as an eight-year-old in his backyard.

There wasn't really a Continue reading "Jeremy Saulnier on Why Being a DP is More Fun than Being a Director"

How to Correctly Use a Fish & A New Mirrorless Camera From Panasonic?

After this episode of Indie Film Weekly, you'll never accidentally kill a fish again. It seems like the Toronto International Film Festival just wrapped up but Jon Fusco, Erik Luers and Liz Nord are all back together this week to preview the Fall's next big one, The 56th Annual New York Film Festival. The team drops some clues on what to look out for in addition to highlighting their most anticipated films at the fest. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, where Panasonic shocked the camera Continue reading "How to Correctly Use a Fish & A New Mirrorless Camera From Panasonic?"

From Film School Failure to Godard’s Cinematographer: Fabrice Aragno on Working with Jean-Luc

Godard's right-hand man helps us decipher the mind of a legend.

When Fabrice Aragno went to film school, he was written off as a creator of meaningless images. What was the point of his thesis picture? Where was the emotion? These questions, however, didn't matter much to him, so he ignored them. What mattered was assembling work that he felt was sincere.

In Aragno's opinion, cinema doesn't need an explanation. There is no objective. Don't explain it, just embrace it. Fortunately, that philosophy ended up aligning closely Continue reading "From Film School Failure to Godard’s Cinematographer: Fabrice Aragno on Working with Jean-Luc"

Two of the Year’s Biggest Cameras & How to Advertise Your Short Film [PODCAST]

Plus our recap of all things TIFF on this episode of Indie Film Weekly. In this episode, Jon Fusco and Erik Luers talk TIFF takeaways, a successor to MoviePass that could actually work out and the Emmys' failures to get with the times. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, talking two of the biggest mirrorless cameras to come out this year and an exciting new pair of Cooke lenses. On Ask No Film School - some thoughts on how advertising could end up hurting your short film. Continue reading "Two of the Year’s Biggest Cameras & How to Advertise Your Short Film [PODCAST]"

‘Think Slow, Act Fast’: Joe Walker on Editing for Steve McQueen and Denis Villeneuve

One of the best editors in the business shares his secrets to crafting a great film in post-production. Steve McQueen has made some great movies. So has Denis Villeneuve. So what do Hunger, Sicario, Shame, Blade Runner 2049, 12 Years a Slave and Arrival have in common? They were all edited by Joe Walker. McQueen and Walker's latest collaboration, Widows, made its world premiere to a sold-out crowd at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. It's the Academy Award winner's most Continue reading "‘Think Slow, Act Fast’: Joe Walker on Editing for Steve McQueen and Denis Villeneuve"

The Academy Makes a Smart Decision & How Hard Should You Be Working? [PODCAST]

On this episode of Indie Film Weekly: finally something we can all agree upon. In this episode, Erik Luers and Liz Nord reveal a couple of changes to awards season that everyone can agree on, Nicolas Cage is in a really good movie and the best new wireless kit to own. On Ask No Film School - a reminder to take it easy. 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, Continue reading "The Academy Makes a Smart Decision & How Hard Should You Be Working? [PODCAST]"

How Do You Know What to Cut on the Editing Floor? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 3]

A short film is short for a reason. It seems that many short films even after they wrap a successful shoot never end up seeing the light of day. And why is that? Because they dry up in the post-production process. Whether it's for lack of money, lack of inspiration, lack of enthusiasm, or just plain destitution at what your footage has revealed, the sad truth is that may directors decide to leave their precious projects on the cutting room floor. All their time and effort, wasted, for not. On the final episode of The First Short, I'm joined by Continue reading "How Do You Know What to Cut on the Editing Floor? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 3]"

Make More Money on Your Clips With Vimeo’s New Stock Library Program

The video streaming platform aims to disrupt an entirely new industry. We all know that Vimeo is a great place to store your videos and have people watch them. You know what would be better? If you could store your videos on Vimeo, have people watch them, and then pay you money to use them. With its new stock marketplace, that vision is now a reality. Vimeo has announced the launch of Vimeo Stock, a new global, royalty-free stock marketplace featuring an exclusive collection of high-quality video footage sourced directly from Continue reading "Make More Money on Your Clips With Vimeo’s New Stock Library Program"

Our Most Anticipated Films at TIFF & Other Movies to See in Fall 2018 [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly sorts out the highlights from festivals in Telluride, Venice, and Toronto. Festival season is upon us once more and with it, a whole new class of award contenders have suddenly made themselves known. In this episode, Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and Liz Nord reveal the films their most excited about, as well as countless others you should keep an eye on as Fall begins to heat up. In gear news, we highlight a couple of new wide angle lenses that caught our eyes and on Continue reading "Our Most Anticipated Films at TIFF & Other Movies to See in Fall 2018 [PODCAST]"

Watch: ‘A Worthy Man’ and Making Dark Subjects Feel Light

How do you make a story, about a depressed middle-aged man, interesting to watch? Denmark's Kristian Håskjold won the Grand Jury Prize award for Best Narrative Short at SXSW back in 2017 and now he's back on the festival circuit challenging audiences with a dark meditation on depression. A Worthy Man tries (and succeeds in) delicately balancing humor with profound loneliness. The film is an endearing portrait of a man isolated from his family and searching for self-worth in a radio call-show. While on the brink of a meltdown, a middle-aged father displays our universal Continue reading "Watch: ‘A Worthy Man’ and Making Dark Subjects Feel Light"

How to Raise Money & What Should You Expect in Production? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 2]

Running a crowdfunding campaign is a full-time job.

A short is a tricky thing. You don’t know how much time or money to invest in such a personal thing that nobody may even end up seeing, so a lot of people don’t even try. The point of this podcast is to get you to stop worrying and just try.

Perhaps the scariest part of making a short is finding the money to do so. For a lot of filmmakers, this means engaging in the dreaded business of Continue reading "How to Raise Money & What Should You Expect in Production? The First Short: THE GUY [Episode 2]"