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Documentary: Little Nora, the Banjo Prodigy

Vimeo   Thursday August 9, 2018

You don’t find many 12-year-old girls playing century-old banjo music that bridges cultural and geographical boundaries. Little Nora Brown, however, is a preteen Kentucky-style claw hammer picking prodigy. And she’s the subject of a short documentary from filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein, who notes that Nora is “redefining what a young musician can and can’t do.” Says Nora, “Most of the songs I play are by people who are dead.”   Read the full Story >>

Insight: Marketing Your Film Project without Feeling Like a Scumbag

nofilmschool   Thursday August 9, 2018

Does the word “marketing” fill you with instant douche chills? That’s how it makes director and actor Brendon Boogie feel. But as he notes at NoFilmSchool, you can market your film project without feeling scummy. “Your revulsion for networking and schmoozing could be called “integrity” or “ethics” but let’s face it—it’s probably fear,” he writes.   Read the full Story >>

Screening Room: Let's Celebrate the "Beach Party" Genre Now

Vimeo   Thursday August 9, 2018

Before John Hughes, before Dazed and Confused, and before Twilight, there were the "beach party" films – one of the first times Hollywood produced films that were specifically designed for and marketed to teenagers. A new nine-minute short from The Royal Ocean Film Society explores “one of the oddest sub-genres in films history.” Let’s celebrate beach party filmic art while summer is still hear — because it never lasts forever.   Read the full Story >>

Tutorial: Camera Techniques All Beginners Should Know

Fandor   Thursday August 9, 2018

The 1903 film The Great Train Robbery is notable for a number of reasons, including its pioneering use of a panning camera movement. And the camera hasn’t stopped moving since. A new tutorial/film history from Fandor’s Jacob T. Swinny looks at four different camera moves — the pan, tilt, dolly, and boom — and explains how they help filmmakers tell their stories.   Read the full Story >>

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