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Surviving Your Directorial Debut

​I've been working on this piece for a while. It turns out a lot of people go into film production thinking it's going to be a piece of cake, or feeling they know what they're up against. For a first … more »

iPad Pro vs Surface Pro

Apple iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro: The Battle for Your Briefcase

It had been obvious for a while, but Apple's iPad Pro launch event today made it abundantly clear that the new oversized iPad is gunning directly for Microsoft's Surface Pro. With Apple's new Smart Keyboard attached, the new iPad Pro … more »


Wes Craven, 1939-2015

Genre film lost one of its icons over the weekend with the passing of Wes Craven at the age of 76. Craven didn't limit himself to horror — he directed Meryl Streep in the inspirational Music of the Heart and … more »


Legendary Jerry Lewis Debacle The Day the Clown Cried May Yet Screen

Film buffs agree—Jerry Lewis's 1972 Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried may be the worst film ever made. That's a qualified "may be," though, since nobody has actually seen the film. That's why it fascinates, all these years later—its reputation … more »


Grab your Audience on a Microbudget: Posters, Trailers, and Opening Titles

For a microbudget film, your poster and trailer will be your main selling tools. A professional look is important for credibility and a good flow is necessary to keep people watching. After studying hundreds of trailers and talking with people … more »


Read the Network’s Notes to Soderbergh on The Knick

When it comes to sharing insight on creative technique, director/editor/cinematographer Steven Soderbergh is way out ahead of the pack. He's also got some chutzpah. Last year, he converted Raiders of the Lost Ark to a black-and-white silent film to emphasize Spielberg's … more »


The Five Biggest Emmy Oversights

This year's Emmy nominations just came out, and it's a great day if you're into Game of Thrones (or just about anything on HBO) but maybe a little less exciting if you're a fan of the line-up on Showtime or Cinemax, or … more »


10 Tips for Crowdfunding Your Next Film Project

It's more than a buzzword—crowdfunding can absolutely help turn your creative impulses into finished work. With the two primary crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter and Indiegogo, set to reach more than $4.35 billion in combined pledges by the end of 2015, it's … more »


Watch Raw Footage of Tom Cruise’s M:I 5 Airplane Stunt

Need to shoot your hero hanging off the side of an airplane for your next film? You'll be shooting that one in front of a green screen. Unless, of course, your hero is Tom Cruise and your film happens to … more »


Red Giant Updates Universe with New Tools, Effects and Transitions

Just a quick PSA: Red Giant has updated Red Giant Universe with three new effects, three new transitions, and a variety of new features and presets—including three new free tools and three new premium tools. If you're not a Red Giant … more »