8 Ways to Maximize Your Film’s Festival Premiere

Your movie was accepted into a top-tier film festival. Now the extra legwork begins.

The 2018 film festival cycle is almost upon us. Less than five weeks before the 2018 Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah, filmmakers with new projects are starting to submit, hear back, and prepare their work to screen at festivals worldwide. If you made a film that's been accepted to one upcoming, congrats! It's an increasingly extremely competitive field thanks to more affordable and accessible equipment, enabling more filmmakers to tell their stories and, thus, more films getting submitted to fests.

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Apple Delivers the Final Cut Update We’ve Been Waiting For

As the iMac Pro pushes VR, Final Cut is anointed the "premiere" tool for VR filmmakers.

Today marks the long-awaited release of Apple's most powerful hardware yet in the new iMac Pro. And with it, the computer behemoth has peppered in a little surprise: a new update for all you Final Cut X users out there.

Final Cut Pro 10.4's major update reflects one of the new iMac's newest capabilities. The iMac Pro is the first Mac to fully support VR, and so it would only make sense that Apple attempts to make Final Cut the "premiere" tool for VR filmmakers. The company claims you can edit 360-degree footage at 8K "and beyond," complete with motion graphics. And for those motion graphics, Apple has updated its companion app Motion to allow the insertion of text and graphics into the video.

One really cool feature that now makes the editing tool standout from the pack, VR-wise, is the ability to preview your work in real-time on VR-compatible headsets.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Filmmakers

From the super kitschy to the very useful, here are the gifts you'll want to get your special filmmaker this year. (Even if that special filmmaker is yourself.)

It's that time of year again when we all collectively slip into a stress-induced panic over what to get our loved ones for the holidays. If you've got a filmmaker on your list, though, that's one box that's pretty easy to check off, but to make it even easier, we've put together a gift guide that is sure to make any filmmaker happy, regardless of your budget.

One evergreen win-win suggestion is to scan film projects on crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, and Seed&Spark to see if there are any with cool perks that your person will love. That way, you can support a filmmaker and get your gift shopping done at the same time!

Under $100 Subscriptions

Yeah, we all have Netflix and Hulu, but there are so many awesome streaming services out there that cater to cinephiles, like Filmstruck, Fandor, and MUBI. Also, Moviepass is a great option for those who still like to go to the theater and consume copious amounts of buttery popcorn!

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Industry Shakeup as Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox

Here's what you need to know about the mammoth, industry-changing deal.

The film and TV landscape has changed rapidly in the past few years, with streaming increasingly becoming the dominant paradigm in the industry. Today's sealing of a deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox marks a bid by Disney to bolster its presence in the growing streaming wing of the industry. With the all-stock, $52.4 billion dollar acquisition of 21st Century Fox and its assets (including Hulu and major TV franchises like The Simpsons), the deal aims to hedge against a changing industry, one where traditional entities like Fox have faced an uncertain future as consumption of media, including movies, TV, and news have made new tech giants like Amazon and Netflix major players in the entertainment market, competing on a level with the formerly dominant Hollywood studios.

Will this new player in the streaming game change the way Netflix does business?

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American Head Trip: Joshua Oppenheimer Talks to Errol Morris About his Netflix Docudrama Hybrid Wormwood

Recounting a recent conversation, Errol Morris says that he’s happy his friend understood Wormwood, the documentary filmmaker’s epic new work, as “an essay on ‘doing history.’” “I think it’s a lot of things, too,” Morris goes on to say, “but I like to hear that it’s about my obsessions with epistemology.” Obsession and epistemology—doesn’t the latter usually require the former? It certainly does in these reality-challenged times, when the act of landing on some honest reckoning with the social and political record requires a scrupulous method, unrelenting tenacity and, indeed, some small degree of obsession. All these qualities have been […]

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How Moral Complexities and National Horror Collide in ‘I Was There Too’

Joey Izzo's new short features a man lying about being a mass shooting survivor.

With his two previous shorts, Stepsister and My Daughter's Boyfriend, writer/director Joey Izzo has made a name for himself being a purveyor of concise and compelling character studies. With the director's latest, I Was There Too, Izzo goes a step further, showcasing the collective experience shared in American mass shootings.

Starring DeMorge Brown (Hunter Gatherer), the film is now available online at Short of the Week, and so we took the opportunity to speak with Joey about his aversion to the ravenous consumption of entertainment, crafting complex characters, and what a small crew can accomplish with a single cop car.

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Download Screenplays for ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ and More Award Contenders

Not every great screenplay has to be an arthouse darling.

With the number of prestige pictures vying for end-of-year awards attention, one could forget that some of the best reviewed films were also some of the year's biggest box office hits. What makes these blockbusters stand out from other CGI-fests, I would argue, are their excellent scripts in the hands of innovative directors. For this batch of screenplays now available to download, we present the box office behemoths Thor: Ragnarok and War for the Planet of the Apes, plus Alexander Payne's upcoming Downsizing.

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