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MOVIE MAKER
The art & business of making movies.
General, Independent Magazine from United States


- First issue: 1993
- Independent films and moviemakers.
- Website: www.moviemaker.com

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Issue 92
April/May/June 2011


Issue 91
January/February/March 2011


Issue 90
December 2010
  • Black Swan
  • 127 Hours
  • David O. Russell - The Fighter
  • PLUS: Elia Kazan, Alex Gibney, Shana Feste... and more!


  • Issue 89
    November 2010
    2011 Complete Guide to Making Movies


    Issue 88
    September/October 2010


    Issue 87
    July/August 2010
    - The Future of Moviemaking 2010
    - The Avatar Effect
    - 25 must-have moviemaking apps

    PLUS: The TOY that Made Pixar... and more!


    Issue 86
    April/May/June 2010


    Issue 85
    January/February/March 2010
    - Ethan Hawke & Antoine Fuqua
    - 50 best blogs for moviemakers
    - James Cameron
    - Maggie Gyllenhaal

    PLUS: 10 best cities for moviemakers... and more!


    Issue 84
    October/November/December 2009


    Issue 83
    2009


    Issue 82
    August/September 2009
    25 Coolest Film Festivals: 2009
    By Jennifer M. Wood
    Depending on the era in which one grew up, what is "cool" can be a very different thing. But whether you watched James Dean on the big screen, were introduced to cinema through Quentin Tarantino or believe that great movies begin and end with Michael Bay, "cool" cinema takes us beyond the expected, captures the zeitgeist and changes the way we view the films that come along for us afterward. The same can be said for the 25 film festivals profiled below. With the help of hundreds of independent moviemakers, festival directors and fest attendees, we scoured the world to identify more than two dozen fests that are creating a truly unique film festival experience (for moviemakers and festival-goers).
    (500) Days of Summer, Irony and Parentheses
    by Scott Neustadter
    On July 22, 2001-a Sunday if I'm not mistaken (and I'm not)-sometime between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), a monumental, cataclysmic, earth-shattering event took place in a restaurant in midtown Manhattan: I got dumped.
    Lynn Shelton Celebrates Humpday
    by Lynn Shelton
    This year has been a bit surreal for me. Humpday is my third feature and the first of mine to be accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. I made the film on a shoestring budget in Seattle, the town where I live, with talented, wonderful friends whom I love-just as I have made my previous two movies.
    On the Eve of Adam
    by Max Mayer
    In late November of 2008, I found out that Adam, the film I'd spent most of the past two years and parts of the previous four writing and directing, had been accepted into the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
    Park Chan-Wook's Thirst for a Great Vampire Movie
    By Eric Kohn
    Writer-director Park Chan-wook has emerged as one of the most provocative moviemakers of the last decade. Although not limited to the genre, his explicit horror movies-such as Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance-transcend the boundaries of such narratives by way of elegant camerawork and stories grounded in credible humanity. Chan-wook's latest feature, Thirst, follows a well-meaning Catholic priest (Song Kang-ho) who is accidentally stricken with a disease that turns him into a vampire. As he slowly gives into his newfound desires, cultivating a deadly relationship with a curious young girl, the character's plight becomes a fascinating symbol for human vices.


    Issue 81
    July 2009
    Future of Moviemaking 2008


    Issue 80
    March/April/May 2009


    Issue 79
    Dec/January/February 2009


    Issue 78
    September/October/November 2008


    Issue 77
    2008
    Complete Guide to Making Movies


    Issue 76
    June/July/August 2008


    Issue 75
    2008
    Future of Moviemaking 2008


    Issue 74
    March/April/May 2008


    Issue 73
    Dec/January/February 2008


    Issue 72
    September/October/November 2007


    Issue 71
    2007
    Complete Guide to Making Movies


    Issue 70
    June/July/August 2007


    Issue 69
    2007
    Future of Moviemaking 2007


    Issue 68
    March/April/May 2007


    Issue 67
    Dec/January/February 2007


    Issue 66
    September/October/November 2006


    Issue 65
    2006
    Guide to Making Movies 2007


    Issue 64
    June/July/August 2006


    Issue 63
    Special 2006


    Issue 62
    March/April/May 2006


    Issue 61
    Dec/January/February 2006


    Issue 60
    September/October/November 2005
    Confessions of a Gun-Crazy Hippie: Thomas Vinterberg wrote the rules of '90s indie cinema when he co-authored the Dogme 95 manifesto. With his latest film, Dear Wendy, heseems happy to break them. BY DAVID FEAR
    Life After Katrina: As New Orleans residents piece their lives back together after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, Hollywood is helping to rebuild one of the fastest-growing film production hotspots. BY DAVE ROOS
    The New Wave of Asian Horror: Unlike the slasher films of the 1980s, the new wave of Asian horror films is changing the way we look at fear. BY BRYAN REESMAN
    Gotham Moviemakers: Have it Made in New York: New York's Made in NY program-with new tax credit incentives, vendor discount programs and free advertising-has ushered in more than $450 million in new business. BY SHARON KNOLLE
    My Golden Rules: Atom Egoyan: The Oscar nominated auteur shares his 10 secrets to success. BY ATOM EGOYAN


    Issue 59
    June/July/August 2005
    The Indie Summer Blockbuster Summer is the season for the studios' biggest blockbusters. But some of independent cinema's greatest success stories have premiered when the weather heats up, too. BY DAVID GEFFNER.
    The Teen Film Revolution: Forget home videos. Today's teen auteurs are looking to go the pro route. BY TROY LANIER & CLAY NICHOLS.
    Now Playing at Your Local Desktop: The Internet has resurfaced as a viable option for indie movie distribution. BY DANIEL NEMET-NEJAT
    Shooting Jaws at 30: Thirty years after creating the very first summer blockbuster, Jaws DP Bill Butler looks back on the film that started it all. BY BOB FISHER
    My Golden Rules: Joe Eszterhas: One of the world's best-known screenwriters talks about the importance of having a backbone in a tough business. BY JOE ESZTERHAS


    Issue 58
    March/April/May 2005
    Todd Solondz Loves You The controversial auteur is back with what may be his most difficult film to date. BY JESSICA HUNDLEY Super 16 Renaissance Keeps Growing 2005 is set to become the year the Super 16 format finally reaches the moviegoing masses. BY BOB FISHER Home Cinema: Oscar Snubs One critic makes his case that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has overlooked far more worthy films than it has feted. Here are 20 of 'Oscar's greatest misses.' BY DONALD MELANSON In Gear: Homemade Gear Don't have the money for a dolly, crane or multi-outlet dimmer box? Why not build your own? BY MATTHEW POWER Profile: Xan Cassavetes The daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands embraces her parents' independent spirit. BY JENNIFER SOONG ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: *Christian Bale: Unmasked Man *Cinema's Greatest Living Auteurs *Gus Van Sant's Golden Rules *Secrets from the Cutting Room Floor *24p in the Palm of Your Hand *Makeup Men and the CGI Revolution *Protecting Your Screenplay From Theft *The Best Places to Shoot Abroad *Danny Boyle Makes Millions *Screenwriting Advice, Tips & Interviews *Focus on LA Moviemaking *World Cinema: Vietnam *Mark Wexler on Tell Them Who You Are


    Issue 57
    Dec/January/February 2005
    MovieMaker 2005 Top 10 Cities for Moviemakers Our fifth annual countdown of the best cities for independents to live and make movies. BY JENNIFER M. WOOD Fest to Impress Playing to your strengths can pay off in the festival game BY MICHELLE DEVEREAUX Home Cinema: Indies in the New Millennium These are the 20 greatest American indies of the new century. BY SAUL AUSTERLITZ How They Did It: Getting Lucky A first-timer scores a major cast for The Assassination of Richard Nixon. BY NIELS MUELLER In Gear: The Intelligent Lighting Kit Lighting equipment varies with every film. But these 10 state-of-the-craft tools can move with you from project to project. BY MATTHEW POWER Profile: Mike Binder The quadruple threat actor-writer-director-producer stops in Park City, UT to premiere his latest film, The Upside of Anger. BY JESSICA HUNDLEY ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: *Cover: Daniel Day-Lewis *Repression, Rage and Joan Allen *The Future of the Movie Experience *Greatest Documentaries of All Time *Lost Interview: Rouben Mamoulian *John Turturro: American Original *Film Traveler: Rome *Flash Forward: Camilla Belle *The Pioneers: Lois Webe


    Issue 56
    September/October/November 2004
    Hollywood Effects on an Indie Budget When his latest script called for ghosts, one moviemaker turned to DIY special effects-on the cheap. BY STEFAN AVALOS Lessons from William Fraker He broke ground-and speed limits-with Bullitt. The veteran DP shares some poignant lessons from a half century in the business. BY DAVID KONOW Festival Beat How to schmooze like a champion. BY BRIAN O'HARE Profile: Robert Greenwald He's taking aim at the establishment-and challenging the way we watch movies. BY RUS THOMPSON ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: *Cover: John C. Reilly *Anatomy of a Word of Mouth Movie *The Politics of Moviemaking *Spotlight on NYC *Location Scouting with the Experts *Model Making 101 *Movies--Italian Style *Handling the Truth in Documentary *In Gear: Going Pro *Film Traveler: Puerto Vallarta *On Location: Seattle *James Toback *Robert Greenwald *Rose Bryne *Catherine Breillat


    Issue 55
    June/July/August 2004
    The Making of Blockbuster Even Hollywood's most successful producers have a hard time putting their finger on the formula for breaking the box office. BY DAVID GEFFNER Easy Rider: 35 Years Later 35 years after Easy Rider redefined the meaning of indie cinema, the film's famed DP looks back on the making of this American classic. BY BOB FISHER Richard Kelly's Second Chance Savvy cineastes may have discovered Richard Kelly's quirky Donnie Darko at late-night screenings and on DVD. But the freshman moviemaker will soon get a second chance to hit the big screen. BY JENNIFER SOONG Midnight Movie Madness From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Big Lebowski, MM counts down the movies that are most likely to keep you up all night-and loving it. BY JENNIFER M. WOOD John Waters' Golden Rules The 'Pope of Trash' shares what he's learned after 40 years of breaking the rules. BY JOHN WATERS Also Included: * Maria Bello Breaks Out * The Return of Animation * Zach Braff on Garden State * Guide to Film Education 2004 * Zhang Yimou * Alfred Molina * Takeshi Kitano * Fred Wiseman * Lisa France * Top 10 Digital Tools * The Greatest Baseball Movies * International Flavor: Buenos Aires, Philadelphia & Washington D.C. Festivals


    Issue 54
    March/April/May 2004
    Cover: Mark Ruffalo's Revenge If revenge is a dish best served cold, the formerly long-struggling Mark Ruffalo might have to wait a bit... because right now this phenomenally talented actor's career is pretty much on fire. BY TIMOTHY RHYS Funny Business Some of today's most celebrated comedy writers talk about what it takes to be funny-and get paid for it. BY KAREN HOLLY The Super 16 Revolution Following the lead of Cesar Chalone (City of God), several hot cinematographers are teaming up with distinguished directors to tell their latest tales in a suddenly chic format-Super 16. BY BOB FISHER The Natural: Lars von Trier on Dogville Which comes first, the story or the style? For Lars von Trier, each new project yields a different answer. BY TRAVIS CRAWFORD The Clip's in the Can Stock footage offers moviemakers a reliable way to save money-and still get the shot! Right now it's easier than ever. BY ANDY ROSE 60 Made in Manhattan Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis looks back on shooting Woody Allen's Manhattan a quarter-century later. BY TIMOTHY RHYS What Producers Want Producers are always looking for their next 'great script'-but what that means and where they look just might surprise you. BY KAREN HOLLY & CAITLIN DAHL Confessions of a Hack One young screenwriter learns to embrace the 'H'word. BY JOHN WEIDNER Marketing Your Screenplay- and Yourself Writing a great script is the first hurdle, but getting someone who counts to read it is what really matters. BY JERROL LEBARON Orson Welles: Beacon and Exile He was American cinema's first golden boy genius, and Hollywood's first independent. Here's a new take on Welles' latter years. BY GABRIEL M. PALETZ Chromakeying Can Change Your Life A techno-savvy moviemaker reveals how to break the rules and make your ultra-low-budget digital movie look like a million bucks. BY MATT POWER COLUMNS & DEPTS. MM Notebook Letters Festival Beat: Park City 2004 & Insider Secrets Introducing our brand new Festival Coop section-with news from Sundance, Slamdance, TromaDance, and a some insider tips on how to get your film noticed by festival programmers. BY JESSICA HUNDLEY & CHRISTOPHER ZARA Home Cinema: The Best First Films of All Time First films may bear an unpredictable relationship to a moviemaker's work to come, but every so often the stars align. BY SAUL AUSTERLITZ Documentary: Dawn of the Doc The exploding interest in reality entertainment is paying direct dividends to documentary moviemakers. And it's about time! BY RANDEE DAWN Shorts: Foo-Foo Dust One journalist-turned-director shares the nine tough lessons she learned in making a short on drug addiction. BY GINA LEVY World Cinema: New Argentine Moviemaking An economic crisis can't keep Argentina down as one of the world's fastest-growing international film hot spots. BY RICHARD SHPUNTOFF Extreme Indie: Your Questions Answered Veteran maverick moviemaker Rick Schmidt answers your questions on cameras, formats and more. BY RICK SCHMIDT Indie Counselor A top indie attorney debunks some moviemaking myths and legends-and welcomes your questions for this new column. BY DAVID ALBERT PIERCE, ESQ. Profile: Philip Kaufman's Twisted Writer-director Philip Kaufman walks the line between Hollywood and Indiewood-and always does it his way. BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS Profile: Charlie Kaufman, Outlaw Scribe Hollywood's most imaginative writer slips the shackles of conventional screenwriting once more with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. If only he could remember how he did it... BY DAVID FEAR Flash Forward: Judy Greer Talent, versatility, beauty, brains... a profile of the hardest-working actress you've likely never heard of. BY TIMOTHY RHYS


    Issue 53
    Dec/January/February 2004
    Cover: Girl with the Golden Touch From her breakthrough role in Manny & Lo at the tender age of 10 to her acclaimed, understated performance in last year's Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson has been on her way to quirky Hollywood superstardom for a while now. As she takes on the challenge of a leading lady role in Girl With a Pearl Earring, it's hard to believe this seasoned actress is still a teenager. BY DOUG ATCHISON The Art of the Poster The era of the truly artistic movie poster may have passed, but a handful of legendary artists aren't done creating just yet. BY DAVID KONOW The Physics of Moving Pictures A panel of veteran cinematographers weighs in on balancing aesthetics with technology. BY BOB FISHER Sundance from the Inside With the spirit of John Cassavetes at his side, one young moviemaker travels to the Sundance Producer's Workshop, searching for enlightenment- and maybe a three-picture deal. BY BRIAN O'HARE 10 Years of MovieMaker; 10 Years of Indie Film A lot has happened since the first issue of MM hit newsstands. Here are a few highlights. BY ANDY ROSE Fritz Lang: The Lost Interview More than 30 years after two young film school graduates spent an afternoon with the legendary director, Lang's words still fascinate. BY LLOYD CHESLEY & MICHAEL GOULD What's New in Distribution Your movie may be great, but are you pitching it to the right distributor? Find out what some of today's hungriest companies are look for. BY JENNIFER M. WOOD Death, Taxes and Tom Hanks An A-List name may help you find financing for a movie, but the box office numbers show that a star alone is no guarantee of a return on your investment. BY JAMES L. MENZIES Soft Money in Hard Times Much to the chagrin of moviemakers, traditional financing avenues for indie film is drying up. Shooting in an area with film production incentives offers one bright spot. BY MARK LITWAK, ESQ. 20 Best Festival 'Investments' With film festival submission fees on the rise, choosing the best 'investments' for your buck is the only smart way to go. BY JENNIFER M. WOOD Indie Sizzle vs. Hollywood Fizzle The latest Sundance smash doesn't occupy as many screens as the newest action flick out of Hollywood-but maybe it should! BY W. DUKE GREENHILL Legends of Sundance Triumph on the mountain is what many moviemakers dream about, but where does it really get you? BY JENNIFER M. WOOD Where Are They Now? We foresaw big things from each of these past MM interview subjects. How many delivered? BY JENNIFER M. WOOD MM's 4th Annual List: 10 Best Cities to be a Moviemaker Think you know who made the cut? The answers may surprise you as MM counts down the 10 best cities in the U.S. to make movies. BY JAMES L. MENZIES Biograph's Biography After more than 100 years, the Biograph Company remains an important part of film's history-and maybe its future. BY JENNIFER M. WOOD When Opportunity Knocks In Hollywood, one actor's pass is another actor's golden ticket. BY RUSSELL COSTANZO & MELISSA MILLER COLUMNS & DEPTS. MM Notebook Letters Festival Beat: Marathon Moviemaking A crop of new 'marathon' festivals are daring moviemakers to write, produce, edit and show a movie in 72 hours or less! BY CHRISTOPHER ZARA Home Cinema: Poker Movies Like poker, moviemaking is a game of playing the odds-and getting lucky. What happens when these activities collide? BY RUSTIN THOMPSON WITH ANDY ROSE Documentary: Gayle Ferraro Most documentarians shy away from the kind of subject matter that intrigues Gayle Ferraro. With her gentle but unflinching eye, Ferraro has found a niche by serving as silent tourguide to the heart of the world's most enigmatic cultures. BY TIMOTHY RHYS How They Did It: An International Affair For one young New York-based producer, the making of Rent-A-Husband was a very educational, very international affair. BY BRANDI SAVITT World Cinema: Mexico Despite tough economic times, Mexican moviemakers are cementing the country's long reputation for innovation. BY DAVID WILLIAM FOSTER Indie Extreme: Top Guru Talks Indie moviemaking guru Rick Schmidt answers your questions. BY RICK SCHMIDT Jim Jarmusch's Golden Rules Indie film's outspoken auteur shares a few things he's learned after more than 20 years in the business. BY JIM JARMUSCH Sponsored Editorial: North Carolina School of the Arts With so many satisfied students vouching for them, it's not lonely at the top for this cutting-edge film education powerhouse.

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