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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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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iPhone Filmmaking: The Touchscreen Media Revolution (Article/Tutorial)

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Making an independent film, with a low budget is most easily possible through the iphone. While Droid devices may have some of these options, for my money, only the iphone replaces all my technical equipment needs for making films. And its use as an image acquisition device isn’t restricted to Indie films; iphone video clips were used in the Holly wood movie, THE AVENGER, and even some Oscar-winning…


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The Do’s & Don’ts of Successfully Directing Actors (Article/Tips)

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As we prepare for John Badham’s new book, John Badham on Directing, it seemed a great time to look at some advice from his last book, Creative Wars: I’ll be In My Trailer. This piece comes straight from John Badham’s experience as a director and it rings just as true for the microfilmmaker with a $3000 budget as it does for the Hollywood director with a $300 million budget. However, these rules are perhaps most important to the microfilmmaker, because a microfilmmaker doesn’t have a studio sending someone to babysit him on his film and, if he screws the rules up, he doesn’t have the financial resources to recast it…


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Indie Film Company Attempts to Make History with 52 Films in 52 Weeks… (News/Release)

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Running Wild started as a micro-budget film company in 2010 from the creation of renowned African-American playwright Gus Edwards and filmmaker Travis Mills with the aim to build a cinema movement that stays local. Utilizing local actors, crew, music, businesses, and more, they have produced more than thirty short films and three feature-length projects since their genesis. There newest and greatest endeavor is the creation of 52 shorts films in 52 weeks during 2013.


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Bringing ‘Weed to the Dance: Shaka King at the 2013 Sundance Festival (Interview)

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Sheri Candler interviews director Shaka King during Sundance 2013. King’s film, Newlyweeds, was included in the NEXT category for ultra low budget films and secured distribution through Phase 4 Films. King discusses the value of film labs like those from the IFP, making short films, and using Kickstarter to successfully fund the film’s…


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MFM Writer Mike Flanagan Completes Production on Intrepid/Focus Feature of Oculus (News)

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After Mike Flanagan’s masterful release of Absentia–which won best feature film at LA’s 2011 Shriekfest and was distributed by Phase 4 films earlier this year–his Oculus franchise was picked up by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans of Intrepid Pictures for the major Feature treatment. (The original Oculus short is a cult classic that was made for $1500, garnered a 9.5 from MFM when it came out, and used a single room, a single actor, and a cowled mirror to strike fear in the heart of viewers everywhere.) Intrepid is a production company that seems to be taking a page from the origins of New Line and focusing on films that have very targeted audiences. While they’re most recently known for producing James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta) film, Raven, starring John Cusack, they’ve also produced or presented such varied works as The Cold Light of Day, Crush, and Balls of Fury.


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The Luella Project (Article)

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Everybody has dreams. The big question for me was why so few people ever fulfill them. This is really what the Luella project is about, defying the trend to actually fulfill our dream of making a feature film.

It all started on a dull day in early November 2011. It was the first time in over a decade my friend Ben Nash and I had seen each other. We had been close friends in primary school, but, as is often the way, had lost touch through the years. By some quirk of fate, we found we had both become aspiring young filmmakers. Clearly, we were meant to work together as by the end of that first meeting we had penned, or rather typed, the first draft of what would become the short film Luella.


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Chatting with new Mavericks: Kickstarter for Events…

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One of the personalities I got a chance to know is just launched DarkestGoth Magazine editor, GV Pasclato. Recently, he and his team started working on a new way of using Kickstarter in the form of the mira nocta Bluegrass Goth Festival. I personally hadn’t thought of using Kickstarter for an event, but had to admit it had lots of possibilities for Independent filmmakers who might want to do their own film festival or a multi-faceted exploration of a few film series with cult followings.

I liked what their ideas were enough that I was even willing to speak on camera to some of their readers, who have a lot of similarities to our filmmaking audience, and even to agree to show the Day 419 film with a Q&A if their event is funded.

With that said, here’s a brief interview that GV was kind enough to give me about what they’re doing:


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