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Op-Ed: On Storytelling in Independent Film

Op-Ed: On Storytelling in Independent Film

Richard Brody’s article in The New Yorker — “The Problem with Processed Storytelling” elucidates a lot of things I’ve been thinking about lately. The entire article is worth reading, but here are some takeaways: The storytelling doctrines put forth by Hollywood and their perseverance in independent film. Story should be the equivalent of “a musical

Op-Ed: The American New Wave – A Filmmaking Manifesto

Shooting handheld is no way to start a revolution. Certainly not now, 52 years after the French New Wave blasted into life with “The 400 Blows”, in which director Francois Truffaut introduced a new cinematic language that he subsequently developed, along with Jean-Luc Godard and other filmmakers, into a maze of mysterious roads, leading audiences

Something to Love About Indie Film: Jump Cuts

by Kenneth Burgin Jump Cuts: For the right reason, you might know who’s fighting who Jump cuts, George Méliès did them to create magic tricks and Jean-Luc Godard did it in Breathless (1960), to deliberately shake us up. Jump cutting was implemented by these cinema geniuses to affect the audience by exploiting a technique that

New York, The Media Place To Be!

40,000 new media sector jobs created in New York An economic study by the Boston consulting group, commissioned by the Bloomberg administration, recently concluded that 40,000 new media related jobs have been gained in New York over the last 10 years. That means that there are now up to 130,000 New Yorkers working within the

Where are the Indie’s Hiding?

Watching a good independent film is like taking in a breath of fresh air. Whether you’re looking for a solid character driven story or something a little more off the beaten path, independent films are a great alternative to standard Hollywood fare. But where does one find such a film and how does one recognize

Defining Independent Cinema

When someone refers to a movie as an “independent”, what exactly do they mean? I recently posed this very question to a friend of mine, a bona fide film buff. His response was pretty much what I expected. He said, “An independent movie is one produced outside the Hollywood studio system”. Technically he was right,