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The Art of No-budget Filmmaking

Elliott Maguire is a Manchester-based filmmaker who has just completed “The Ferryman,” a horror feature shot on an iPhone 7. In the following interview, he tells what led him into the often-scary world of no-budget filmmaking. MMM: How did you get into filmmaking? MAGUIRE: I’d love to give the typical “shooting movies as a child…

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Judging a Movie Trailer

As with any film, movie trailers need to have good production values. But the most important issue when judging a trailer is simple: Does it make you want to see the movie that the trailer represents?

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An Ancient Pocket Video Artifact

Documentary filmmakers often  say that the best camera is the one that you have with you. This insight has propelled the popularity of mobile video. When you have a camera in your pocket at all times, you have the chance of capturing events that otherwise might go unreported. Just today–June 23, 2016–news programs broadcast Periscope clips of…

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Theme as the Key to Movie Storytelling

Movies are the most complex art. They combine actions, characters, places, talk,, things, plot, sounds, and light. The challenge arising from this richness is finding coherence. In his classic book The Art of Dramatic Writing Lajos Egri advises that writers start with the theme. By theme, Egri means the one big idea that audiences will remember. While Egri’s focus…

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Help Make the First 4K iPhone 6s Feature

In Matthew Cherry’s “9 Rides”  an Uber driver clocks in to work on New Year’s Eve, the busiest night of the year. The night takes him all across the city as he transports nine different groups of passengers who help him come to terms with life-changing news.

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Trailer for the feature “I Play with the Phrase Each Other”

Jay Alvarez’s smartphone-shot drama was featured in the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival.

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