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Harnessing the Power of Social Media

Whether you spend all day mesmerized by a glowing screen or would rather chuck your smartphone off of a cliff, social media is here to stay – and it’s an essential tool for modern filmmakers. Platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat offer not just a way to promote yourself and your work, but also an opportunity to participate in the greater filmmaking community, connect with your audience, and find potential creative or business partners.…
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Finding Funding for Your Film Projects

photo by Anastasia Petrova It can feel like one of the most significant hurdles in filmmaking is securing adequate financial backing for your projects. While it is possible for some folks to self-finance, apply for bank loans, locate individual investors, or borrow money from friends and family in order to fund their films, even those sources can run dry – and more often than not, they may not exist in the first place.…
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Tighten Up Your Interview Techniques

Interviews are often a key part of documentary-style filmmaking. Speaking with an expert or other person with intimate knowledge of the film’s main subject area can add substance, depth, and credibility to your film. Of course, if your project focuses on one specific person or group of people, capturing their thoughts and reflections is a key part of the narrative process itself.…
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Twelve Trail Tales

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, a key piece of legislation that helped designate and protect many of the trails we love. Today, there are over 1,000 National Recreational Trails, 19 National Historic Trails, and 11 National Scenic Trails across the United States.…
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The Drone Commandments

photo by Invisible Power Unmanned aerial vehicle, unmanned aerial system, quadcopter, drone: no matter what you call it, when you add a camera to this high-flying gadget, you open up endless possibilities to elevate the filmmaking experience. A drone offers flexibility to shoot angles and areas you’d otherwise never have access to, and well-done aerial shots can lend a gorgeous, cinematic quality to your work.…
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