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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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Red Giant Unveils New Universe (Industry Press Release)

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“It’s rare we get to introduce technology that is entirely new,” said Sean Safreed, Red Giant’s co-founder and CTO who has been working with his team, behind the scenes, on Universe for the last year and a half. “Universe is an entirely new foundation for tools. It marries the simplicity of Javascript with the power of the GPU to deliver speedy renders and pixel-perfect results. Users are going to love how quickly we offer new plug-ins.”


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ProAm USA Adds the Taurus Jr. Crane to Lineup (Industry Press Release)

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ProAm USA, a manufacturer of production equipment for film and video enthusiasts and professionals, today announced the Taurus Jr. camera crane/jib. A heavy-duty, dual-arm jib system, the Taurus Jr. extends three feet from the fulcrum and supports camera rigs up to 20 pounds. It offers an auto-leveling design that features a tilt brake and a built-in bearing base. Users can also manually tilt loads up to 10 pounds. The Taurus Jr. is made entirely of high strength aluminum, offering exceptional durability in a sleek, professional package…


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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)

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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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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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June, Adrift: Female Indie Kickstarter Ribs Zach Braff (Indie Press Release)

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Following in Zach Braff’s footsteps, the June, Adrift Kickstarter video begins with Moore making a humorous appeal to “her” Scrubs fans (she was a featured extra in a season 9 episode) and directing them to check out her own project. The women go on to offer Braff a special incentive in exchange for supporting some like-minded independent filmmakers. With a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Crafty Shoddmanship team will be able to pay cast and crew and send them to location in Maryland.


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Best of Show Feature Winner Shares Itself Free of Charge (News)

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Long time readers of MicroFilmmaker doubtless remember Best of Show Winner “Behind the Scenes of ‘Total Hell’”, which received an 8.8 score from Kari Ann Morgan in her critique. To celebrate the release of the Collector’s Edition and give love to fans of Indie films everywhere, the filmmakers are streaming the Behind the Scenes of ‘Total Hell’ Mockumentary free of charge starting on Sunday, April 21st! To find out more….


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Chris Folino’s ‘Sparks’ to Premiere in Silicon Valley… (News)

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Long time readers of MFM doubtless remember Chris Folino and his hysterical comedy, Gamers, which won a 9.0 in our Special Critique Category (for those who are technically over the $50,000 budget cap, but whose ingenuity pushes the creativity of Independent films). Well, Folino’s new film, Sparks, is about to premiere in Silicon Valley and he let me know about it so that I could pass on the info…


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The Magic of the MicroBudget: Sheri Candler talks with Edward Burns (Interview)

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Writer/Director Edward Burns sat down with us at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 to discuss why he loves the freedom that comes with microbudget filmmaking, the compromises that are involved when working with less money, why digital distribution interests him more than conventional theatrical, using social media (primarily Twitter) to reach his audience and why he enjoys it.


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