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Checkpoints: Independent Film’s Gatekeeper Problem by Anthony Kaufman

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We Need Black Filmmakers to Tell the Story of 2020 by Stanley Nelson

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Tiger Woods Series Is a Flashpoint for Decolonizing Docs by Tambay Obenson

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Who Is Telling Whose Story, To Whom, and Why? by Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Video)

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Who Is Telling Whose Story, To Whom, and Why? by Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Article)

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A Reckoning by Sonya Childress

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DPA Anti-Racist & Structural Equality Resource Guide

Resource guide to help all producers and content creators better understand the responsibilities we share, internalize the importance of this work, and highlight the reasons, benefits and pathways to creating an inclusive and decolonized documentary ecosystem.

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How to Make a Web Series: A Filmmaker’s Guide in 4 Steps

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30+ Films You Need to Watch About Race in America

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DCTV's BLACK LIVES MATTER: Updates + Resources

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Dropbox Digital Care Package: Sundance Institute

We've teamed up with @Dropbox to create a filmmaker #carepackage, including video, podcast, and blog binge lists, plus #SundanceCollab learning resources. Enjoy it yourself or send it along to a filmmaker in your life.

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Independent Documentary Filming in the Time of Corona

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The Climate Story Lab Toolbox

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Adobe Live Videos

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How to Write a Screenplay During Quarantine [FREE 100-page eBook]

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Artist Relief's Resources, Information, and Tips to Help Artists During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Creative Capital's List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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ScreenCraft's Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

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Easterseals COVID-19 Resources for Parents and People with Disabilities

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Backstage Digital Seminars: The Slate

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Backstage COVID-19 Resources for Actors, Creators + Performing Artists

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Mutual Aid Disaster Relief: Collective Care Mutual Aid Guide

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Kickstarter: Resources for Artists in the Covid-19 Crisis

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40 Days to Learn Film with Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins

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Here’s How to Shoot a Sci-Fi Film on a Low Budget

Teemu Nikki, the director and co-writer of “Lovemilla,” a Finnish science-fiction-fantasy-comedy-musical, shares how he and his team created a sci-fi film on a shoe string budget.

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Musicbed: Interview with Jim Cummings

Director/Actor/Producer Jim Cummings, talks about the persistence and tenacity it takes to make ambitious, personal films.

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One Hundred Different Ways to Get Your Film Funded

Industry professional share advice on the numerous ways to get your film funded.

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Panel: Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)

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Authority Collective: COVID-19 Mutual Aid and Resources

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National Performance Network : COVID-19 Resources for Artists, Organizations and Communities

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Humanity in times of COVID-19: How to help each other properly

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88 Ways to Not Freak the F*ck Out During Isolation

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She Shreds: Supporting Musicians and Live Professionals During COVID-19

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COVID-19 | Resources and Updates from NYFA

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Artist Trust: Growing List of Resources in Response to COVID-19

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Americans for the Arts: Covid 19 Resource and Response Center

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COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources

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Creative Capital: List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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Film Festival Alliance: Virtual Roundtables For Festival Professionals during COVID-19

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Art House Convergence: COVID-19 Preparedness Practices and Resources

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Dear Producer: Producers In Front of the Camera, Megan Gilbride

Megan Gilbride stresses the importance of thinking about audience first, even during the early stages of development.

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A Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmaking

A step by step guide on what it takes to create a documentary film from start to finish.

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Breaking and Entering, Part One: How to Shoot Down Self-Doubt and Pay the Rent While Making It in the Film Industry

Big picture advice on how to persevere and make it in the indie film industry.

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How the Creators of “The North Pole” Built Audiences Online and In Theaters for Their Oakland Web Series

NORTH POLE Creators Talk About Their Experience Building an Audience Online

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The 10 Best Filmmaking Books to Read in 2020

Whether you're new to filmmaking or a seasoned pro, here are 10 must-reads for 2020.

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7 Ways to Crack the Code of TV Writing

At Sundance, acclaimed TV and feature film writers, featuring writers of 'Transparent,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more, share essential tips for episodic writing.

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How To Create a Successful Branded Content Campaign

Studiobinder explains the origin of branded content and shares tips on how to create captivating campaigns.

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Christina Choe on What It Takes to Make a Movie

Christina Choe is a versatile filmmaker, traversing the lines between fiction and non-fiction. In this piece by Creative Independent, Christina highlights what it took to make her feature film Nancy.

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126 Lessons On Independent Film Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production, Distribution, And More…

An indie filmmakers list of all of the advice he's learned throughout his career.

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Know The Score: The Composing Process, How Does it Work?

A step-by-step guide to score creation and the creative process that goes into it.

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Justin Chon: On the Responsibility Involved with Making Films

Justin Chon on the unexpected responsibilities that come with making movies.

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How They Did It: The Farewell Writer-Director Lulu Wang Shares Secrets to Turning Your Life Story into a Memoir Movie

Lulu Wang reflects on her journey of making a deeply personal narrative film.

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What Does a Producer Do: The Various Types of Producers in Film and TV

An introduction to the differences in types of producers.

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Vox: How a TV Show Gets Made

Check out this start-to-finish breakdown by Vox of how a TV show gets made

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Worldbuilding: A Guide for Film and TV Screenwriting

Worldbuilding techniques to help you craft a captivating story.

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Dear Producer: How to Start Your Own Producers Group

An easy five step process for starting your own producers group.

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8 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Feature Film

A filmmakers account of mistakes to avoid when making your first feature.

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The Opportunity Agenda: Working with Cultural Influencers

A guide for how to work with cultural influencers of all kinds to encourage meaningful dialogue and spark change surrounding social issues.

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Great Visual Storytelling: 100 Movies to Learn From

Mubi shares 100 iconic films that teach the essence of visual storytelling.

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Directing Challenges: How to Communicate Effectively with Actors

Tips for directors on how to collaborate effectively and get the best performances possible out of actors.

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The Story of INGRID: Making a Documentary on a 15k Budget

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How to Build Momentum in Your Screenplay

Tips on how to make your screenplay get noticed.

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Backstage Resources

Check out these resources from Backstage covering helpful tips and advice for directors and actors.

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Writing a Web Series: How to Grab Viewers and Keep Them Coming Back

Some helpful advice on how to attract and keep an audience for a web series from our friends at Film Independent.

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Avoid a Screenwriting Trap: Tell a Story Instead of Explaining Your Movie

An important explanation of why you shouldn't think of your screenplay as a movie.

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No Film School: VFX Tips

With a little creativity, not only can VFX effects be affordable, but it can even save you money.

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A Smart Artist’s Guide to Income Taxes

It's that time of year again and Creative Independent wants you to be prepared. Check out their helpful income tax guide for artists.

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Match Cuts & Creative Transitions with Examples – Editing Techniques

Studiobinder breaks down the scene transition technique, match cuts.

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Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood On The Music Of 'Phantom Thread'

Jonny Greenwood speaks about what it's like working with Paul Thomas Anderson as a composer.

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What It's Like to Direct the First Scripted VR Series

Michael Lukk Litwak shares the excitements, challenges, and frustrations he faced when directing multiple episodes Invisible, the first major scripted series designed specifically for 360-degree virtual reality.

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Roundup: Genre Filmmaking Tips and Tricks from the Filmmakers of Fantastic Fest

Expert genre filmmakers from Fantastic Fest share their tips and tricks for genre-specific filmmaking.

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