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Not the Norm: Non-Traditional Roles in Film and TV

When you start writing that next screenplay or pilot, it’s important to remember to step back a bit and take a look at where you’re headed as far as your characters are concerned. The characters you “cast” i.e. select to star in that story you’re imagining, say something about the kind of world you’re showing. […]

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Finding Artistic Inspiration Through Other Artists

Delve deep into another artist’s catalog and the experience can seem like traveling through some magic portal that leads you on a journey through which you discover more of what really resonates with you. Through encountering the work of others we can learn more about what appeals to us and why. The inspiration we draw […]

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Dealing with Monkey Mind

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by an array of thoughts that seem to come rapid fire, taxing your ability to focus on something more productive like your art, your job, or the conversation you’re trying to have with someone? Ever looked forward to going “off the grid” somewhere, only to find that once you […]

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The Best Smartphones to Film With

To be a filmmaker in 2018 you’ve got to have ample get up and go, including the ability and dedication it takes to consistently produce fresh work. Nowadays going out and shooting your own stuff isn’t a nice weekend hobby, it’s what you use to differentiate yourself from the rest, to show just how dedicated […]

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What French Cinema Has Taught Us

The French invented cinema. They invented the language, the tone, the feeling, and the literal mechanics of making movies. They even  invented the common vernacular everyone uses to this day. The French are responsible for not only the terms in which we’re accustomed to using to discuss film but also many of the greatest moments […]

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Do You Listen to Music Like a Pro?

Is listening to music a passive experience for you? Or are you someone who really gets in there, who dissects and analyzes what’s happening? Do you find yourself listening to on repeat,  or googling the different producers on your favorite tracks to find out what other projects they’ve worked on, maybe see what else they’ve […]

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Grab That Gig: Work-Grabbing Methods for Filmmakers

[Film Connection student Jacob Sizemore directs his short film “Song of Silence”] The film industry definitely isn’t the easiest industry to work in. Getting work and staying gainfully employed requires constant hustling and staying one or two steps ahead of the competition. Stay proactive and get those gigs with our tips on getting working in […]

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