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Go See Tristan Patterson's "Dragonslayer"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • November 3, 2011 8:30 AM
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What are you doing this weekend? If you had any friends that came to Tuesday night's HopeForFilm Screening at Goldcrest of Tristan Patterson's SxSW Audience Award winning film DRAGONSLAYER, I am sure that's what you'll now be going to see, because the word was "that good"! When I put on a screening, I also write a letter letting my list know why I care about the film. This is that letter for Dragonslayer.

It's Free! But You Can Still Pay For It If You Wish...

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 19, 2011 8:30 AM
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What's the goal? Building an audience, or making a profit? Some projects are undertaken for other reasons than getting rich. Sometimes we just want to educate people. And sometimes that noble effort, leads people to give even more.

Collaboration 101: Working With Your Partner (In Life And On Set) -- Part 3 of 3

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 8, 2011 12:52 PM
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The last two days, Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine have been sharing how they have navigated both a personal and professional collaborative relationship. For me, my curiosity about their process was sparked when I watched Sophia's GREEN, a feature that moved, impressed, and scared me. I look forward to collaborating more fully with my wife on our movies (albeit only behind the camera), but watching Sophia's film, I knew I had a lot to still learn about the how to of the dual pursuit.I will be presenting GREEN in a little more than a week from now at my HopeForFilm screening series, and it is not a film you should miss. GREEN premiered at SxSW this year and deserves to travel far and wide. It has lodged itself into my memory. If you haven't been following Sophia & Lawrence's very revealing conversation this last three days, I suggest you travel back in time and start from Thursday's post and read it one sitting.

Collaboration 101: Working With Your Partner (In Life And On Set) -- Part 2 of 3

  • By Ted Hope
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  • October 7, 2011 12:30 PM
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Yesterday, in an effort to determine whether "Can A Couple Truly Collaborate Creatively (And Survive?)" we started to look at the origins of the collaborative filmmaking team of Sophia Takal and Lawrence Michael Levine -- who just so happen to be entangled romantically too. Today, they share a bit about what they went through when they embarked on their first feature, Lawrence's GABI ON THE ROOF IN JULY. They are as honest and forthcoming about their process, as they are in their filmmaking itself. As I said yesterday, "Whether you aspire to work with your significant other, or just collaborate well with your team, the back and forth and growth that Sophia and Lawrence have committed themselves to, can all teach us a few things."

Video: How The Film Industry Has Changed & Where It Is Going

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 25, 2011 1:00 AM
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Christopher J. Boghosian on "Why I Made 7 Films in 7 Weeks"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 22, 2011 12:30 PM
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I believe that one of the most important things a filmmaker can do to elevate their career and increase their chances of survival is to be prolific. Work begets more work. It once was that the economics of filmmaking required someone to hire you to do this, but that no longer is the case. The price point of creation is at all time floor. So what is standing in your way? Good ideas? Please! There is a wealth of material that needs you today.I was very inspired to learn of Christopher "I Am A Nobody Filmmaker" J. Boghosian's mission to make seven films in seven weeks. Christopher is clearly a brave, open, and generous filmmaker, but this was a challenge I suspect few are willing to undertake. I am hoping that Christopher's efforts will hope change that.

The End Of The Auteur Era Of Film?

  • By Ted Hope
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  • September 9, 2011 12:30 PM
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People like to get credit for their work, but have they been getting the right credit for it? Are we able to recognize when something is a collaboration as opposed to a work of an individual who has hired a team to execute it?

This Should Be Day 1 Of Film Schools Everywhere

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 29, 2011 12:30 PM
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After insipid subject matter, complete avoidance of emotional truth, ignorance of film history and the effects of representation, I think the redundant and derivative film language of most films is what truly gets my goat.

David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 29, 2011 3:00 AM
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Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

Karin Chien on "What American Indies Can Learn From Their Chinese Counterparts"

  • By Ted Hope
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  • August 17, 2011 12:30 PM
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I am dismayed at times how sometimes our local indie scene feels so repetitive and lacking creative ambition. We remake successful formulas, and only rarely break new ground. I know I am guilty of this too. I wonder how we can break out of this cycle, and what are the forces that contribute to this sad phenomenon?It was such pondering that led me to profess on twitter that I wanted to learn more of the global microbudget film scene, to see what others are doing, and what we all could learn from each other. Producer/distributor Karin Chien was among those that reached out to me, to share her knowledge and experience -- and it does start to show us a real alternative.

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