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Guest Post: Brendan Fletcher "An Indie Process in a Conventional System?" Part 1

  • By Ted Hope
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  • July 3, 2011 3:00 AM
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There are so many traps to avoid when making a feature. It is hard to NOT lose sight of the forest for the trees. The greatest visions get cut back due to the limits of practicality. The enormous task of world building often leaves nuance back by the gate. And how do we ever do something original in this world of Super Abundance. Some say there are only six stories to tell -- but there are 45,000 films produced globally per year.I have a particular love for ambitious film. I truly admire those who reach beyond the realm of reason. When I met Brendan Fletcher prior to him making his first feature, I knew he was such a soul. When I saw his film MAD BASTARDS, it was reaffirmed, but now that I am learning more of the process, I think he may be much more than that. Brendan will be guesting for the next few days, as he lifts the curtain and opens the kimono for our inspection.

COLLABORATOR Poster Debut

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 29, 2011 3:00 AM
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Yesterday, COLLABORATOR's Martin Donovan shared a bit about his experience writing and directing his first feature. We thought it might be nice to share with you our first try at a poster. It's our international version, set for our world premiere in competition at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Let us know your thoughts.

Guest Post: Martin Donovan "Gestation: A Case Study"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 28, 2011 3:00 AM
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I set a lot of goals for myself that I can't reach. I feel I have a really good understanding of many of the steps that one must take to transform good work into something better. I long lists on what can be done to help a film from being overlooked. But I am human. I can't do all I want. I come from modest means. I have bills to pay. I have made commitments and honor my responsibilities and relationships. On any movie, there's a great deal that I want to do that will never get done. It doesn't stop me from trying to inspire others to do more though.

Guest Post: Bob Persons "Herzog Astrology"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 21, 2011 3:00 AM
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There are a lot of barriers to entry in the film business. Gender,race, and class get a lot of attention (but still not enough to facilitate significant change... yet). For many reasons, indie film is also looked at as the domain of youth. We hear all kinds of stories of Sundance whiz kids bursting on the scene. But what about those of later years, who have lived some serious chunks of life before stepping behind the camera? Can something be done to encourage more work from an older sector? What would that yield?

Guest Post: Gavin Wiesen "Coming-Of-Age Movies Never Die!"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 17, 2011 3:00 AM
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One of things we love about films is how they transport us a different time and place. Perhaps nothing has such a strong hold on our memories as our first steps towards adulthood. For me that period is fully equated with my visits and eventual move to NYC. When I produced The Ice Storm it was a daily trip back to my most awkward moments. I return there when ever I enter the canon of NYC Coming-Of-Age tales; they are truly a genre on their own. For a filmmaker to walk into this community, requires great courage and knowledge, ambition and research. I was happily reassured viewing Gavin Wiesen's THE ART OF GETTING BY, for it was clear that Gavin did not take this responsibility lightly. His guest post today reveals that he also had what is ultimately most required in that daunting task: a great deal of love for all that has walked there before (and he thankfully has that in ample supply).

Your Second Chance: New Faces Of NYC Indie Film Video

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 12, 2011 1:00 AM
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We had a packed house at Lincoln Center for our "New Faces Of NYC Indie Film" panel. It was a good conversation. Sure, my game show idea did not work out, but hey, when you have eleven people up on the stage with you, it means you have eleven people not talking and that's hard to keep it lively. Luckily, all eleven people had a lot to say and are clearly a group of passionate and committed filmmakers, making sacrifices for the privilege of making their art. If you didn't get there, now through the miraculous power of the internet, you can give us two hours of your time and see what it is you missed.

Guest Post: Kit Carson "On David Holzman"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 7, 2011 3:00 AM
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I moved to NYC almost three decades ago, but the coolest and most forward thinking movie then had gotten here almost a decade earlier. DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY is often described as America's answer to Godard -- and they are talking his early films when they say that. It's such a fun, smart, provocative film that we needed to wait forty years for history to catch up to it.

Guest Post: Hal Siegel "My Film Has a Virus? WTF?”

  • By Ted Hope
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  • June 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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How do you make your film go viral? That may be one of the questions that filmmakers ask most these days. And today we have the answer for you... sort of.

Guest Post: Leah Warshawski on "Navigating Rejection With Grace"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • May 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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The process of getting a film made is a long climb through rejection, neglect, frustration, and even some hostility. Those that "know", tell you that it is impossible -- but still tens of thousands of films get made every year despite this knowledge of the "experts". Being a filmmaker takes incredibly thick skin. But it not just bullheaded arrogance that is needed to navigate through the difficult climb to completion. You need to turn rejection into a tool.

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