State of filmmaking and Indie content creation: 2014 (Editorial)

The antiquated politics of Hollywood have somehow reinvented themselves.

At the beginning of the year, I was challenged by one of our readers to update my commentary on the 2012 state of the industry in a new editorial that was fitting for 2014. Although this should have been a pretty simple thing for someone like me to do, I found that I spent the first three months of this year trying to really wrap my head around everything that’s been going on that’s been intriguing me, confusing me, and leave me feeling strangely more excited about the future than I have been in awhile.


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Indie Spirit in Hollywood: Fire in the Mirror (Editorial)

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I hope that filmmakers everywhere will take notice of the upcoming feature film version of Oculus, from micro-budget-birthed director, Mike Flanagan, which will be coming to theaters nationwide on April 11th! (If you missed out, we did a fun reprint of the original critique of his 2006 Oculus short last week!) And it’s not just to support one of our own that I would encourage you to check out the film in the theaters, it’s that Flanagan’s filmmaking deserves to be seen on the big…


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3D Horizons: Autodesk 2015 (Preview)

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The Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for 2015 boasts more refinements to their group of programs that offer equal parts innovation, stability, and ease of use. With an eye to the ever growing and evolving entertainment industry, Autodesk 2015 has added various software options and feature sets that creatives can leverage to develop their properties with greater efficiency. Depending on the production needs, digital artists who are working on a small budget film will find the new suite offerings and subscription model a helpful solution to keeping costs down.


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Chatting about Baby Names with Whitney Avalon (Interview)

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I met Ms. Avalon at the GenCon 2013 Film Festival. She was at the convention to support a couple of series and films being shown. We chatted, much too briefly, about some of her projects past and future. A number of her projects include songs that deliver a fast-paced comedic wit with a melodic rhythm Her short, “Baby Names” is one of my favorites (I can just imagine this conversation going on between couples all over the world). She agreed to talk to MFM and tell us a bit about her work.


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An Inkling of Creativity: An interview with the multimedia pioneers of Inkle Studios (Interview)

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Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey have been taking the concept of gamification and multimedia creation and turning it on its ear over there! Embracing the notions of multipath story creation that were birthed with things like Choose Your Own Adventure books and Fighting Fantasy Roleplaying books, they’ve created a toolkit that creatives can use to make amazing stories and multimedia experiences without having to know any code to…


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MicroBudget Firsts: First “Live” Animated Talk Show Debuts on Halloween (Press Release)

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This Halloween marks the debut of the DarkestGoth Original Series, The Silas & Ami Show. The Silas & Ami Show features a unique approach in which an entire animated show is recorded in a “live radio” format, permitting a much more reactive and avant garde style than is normally achieved in animation. With a flair that has reminded some of The Howard Stern Show or…


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Vanity and Art: Creating Art From Selfish Desires (Article/Crowdfunding)

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Anyone who has gone to film school would immediately see my quest as folly and be able to list dozens of reasons why a one character film was a poor cinematic choice. What’s great is that I never went to film school. What’s even greater is that once I decided on a one character film, I thought “what if I make a one location film?”
“What if it was an entire film that was one setup, a single shot with multiple angles?”
“How, by narrowing a story to its simplest could I explore greater creativity?”
This is also the point where I crossed feature-length off the list.
This idea of painting yourself into a box…


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Padcaster Mini Kickstarter: Help Get The Tools You Want! (Press Release)

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Filmmakers want a chance to help make their favorite tools a reality! Well, the creators of the Padcaster, a revolutionary iPad case that transforms the tablet into an on-the-go production studio, plan to bring the versatile filmmaking accessory to the iPad mini. Since its official launch just over a year ago, the Padcaster has been named one of “12 unusual gadgets that you’ll love” by CNET, among many other accolades. With the help of dedicated backers, the forces behind the Padcaster hope to create yet another gadget you’ll love – the Padcaster Mini. Employing the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter…


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Padcaster 2.0: iOS Filmmaking Gets a Reboot (Press Release)

The Padcaster allows attachment of a variety of filmmaking accessories to an ipad.

The creators of The Padcaster , a revolutionary iPad case that transforms the tablet into an on-the-go production studio, today announced the availability of version 2.0 of its namesake product, The Padcaster. The latest version of the mobile filmmaking tool is available for preorder at a discount exclusively through the company’s recently launched Kickstarter campaign. The Padcaster 2.0 has been upgraded to accommodate a wider range of accessories as well as to provide a better fit for the current range of compatible ones. Additionally, The Padcaster 2.0 will have larger openings, making it much easier to access the control buttons and charging port on the iPad. For filmmakers using The Padcaster as a DSLR cage…


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