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Online New England Film Festival Spotlights

By Alli Rock
2010 Online New England Film Festival film line-up.

During the 2nd Online New England Film Festival from September 1-October 15, 2010, NewEnglandFilm.com presents a new interview each week with a local filmmaker featured in the festival.

One Day in Boston: A 24-Hour Filming Event

By Ted Ryan
One Day in Boston

NewEnglandFilm.com’s Ted Ryan interviews Cecily Tyler, co-founder and producer of One Day in Boston, an online event taking place on Saturday, April 26th, where they invite Bostonians to shoot video about the future of Boston.

Shooting Sci-Fi: MassArt Student Filmmaker Nick Sabia's "Valrosa Beach"

By Casey Stirling
Screen shot from Nick Sabia's film Valrosa Beach.

NewEnglandFilm.com writer, Casey Stirling, talks with Nick Sabia, a student at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, about shooting his senior sci-fi thesis film in New England.

Casting Local Talent: CP Casting and Local Actors on Infinitely Polar Bear

By Sarah Blood
The family in Maya Forbes' Infinitely Polar Bear.

Infinitely Polar Bear, which played at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, was cast in Boston and shot in New England. NewEnglandFilm.com's Sarah Blood talks with Boston casting director, Carolyn Pickman, and some actors from the film about their work.

Filming Matty Christian: A Documentary Filmmaker Finds Inspiration with Found Footage

By Michele Meek
Raising Matty Christian

It all started when Rhode Island filmmaker Christian de Rezendes got a call from his colleague Paul Plotkin. Paul had been hired by a client to transfer old VHS home movies to DVD—an ordinary task—but as it turned out, this was no ordinary client...

Creating a Trailer Before You Even Have a Film

By Michael Cormier
Erik Bloomquist, director of the trailer for Founders Day.

Don't have the money to make your film? Consider making just the trailer to attract interest -- that's what independent filmmaker Erik Bloomquist has done.

Paying Homage to Korean War Veterans in Documentary

By Sarah Blood

Filmmaker Conor Timmis pays homage to his late grandfather and others who fought in the Korean War, from 1950 to 1953, in his documentary Finnigan's War.

Documenting the Creative Process: An Interview with Tim Cawley

By Ted Ryan
"From Nothing, Something" director Tim Cawley at the Cleveland Intentional Film Festival.  Photo credit: CIFF/Janet Macoska.

Filmmaker and Creative Director at Mullen Advertising, Tim Cawley, talks with NewEnglandFilm.com's questions about his 2012 film, From Nothing, Something a documentary about the creative process.

Why Web Series are Becoming the New Wild West

By Amy Quick Parrish
A still from Into Dust, a web series from Amy Quick Parrish.

Web series producer, Amy Quick Parish writes about how web series have quickly become a new outlet for indie-filmmakers. She also describes her experiences producing her series Into Dust and how filmmakers are making up the rules as they go.

Planet Takeout: Documenting Both Sides of the Takeout Window

By Dave Walker
Planet Takeout, Yum Yum restaurant

An effective coupling of bold field reporting with innovative technology, the documentary project Planet Takeout succeeds admirably in celebrating a unique, if often overlooked, cultural crossroads.

Kickstart New England: Eat Plants Love Animals and An Act of Dog

By Casey Stirling
Filmmaker Larry Holmes is using Indiegogo to launch his series “Eat Plants Love Animals.”

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we are featuring two campaigns, both documentaries supporting animals: Eat Plants Love Animals, on Indiegogo, and An Act of Dog, on Kickstarter. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Crowdsourcing Expands to Film Production

By Michael Cormier
Filmmaker Alfred Thomas Catalfo.

Juntobox wants to know what films you want produced.

Holiday Wish List: The Top 5 Things Filmmakers are Hoping for this Season

By K. Correia
Red One camera

For filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike, the excitement of a new ‘toy’ brings a sparkle to our eyes and puts a smile on our face. To add or comment on our list, post your comments at the bottom of the page.

Kickstart New England: Island Time

By Casey Stirling
Todd Norwood gives his appeal for his film, Island time.

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we showcase Island Time on Indiegogo. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

Shivers from Timbres: Building Emotional Soundtracks, part 1 of 3

By Scotty Vercoe
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Examining music’s emotional effect is an essential part of developing effective soundtracks. Part 1 in our three part series about music and film covers the elusive element of emotion in music and how it can be used to best accompany visual media. Additional articles in the series will cover music spotting sessions and film scoring.

Stowe Story Labs Retreat Empowers Filmmakers

By Maud Dillingham
2013 Stowe Story Lab Participants and Presenters gather after screening of Chris Millis’ feature film “Small Apartments"

A September workshop in Vermont trains New England filmmakers in the nuts and bolts of making films.

Kickstart New England: Two Indiegogo Campaigns

By Casey Stirling
Still from "Stitch" trailer

Every month, NewEnglandFilm.com highlights new local film projects looking for funding via crowd-sourcing. This month, we showcase two campaigns on Indiegogo. To feature your film in this series, e-mail editor@newenglandfilm.com.

40 Filmmakers and Historians: The Vermont Movie

By K. Correia
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie

While neither the largest nor the smallest of the New England states, Vermont has forged a name for itself as a leader in firsts. The first to outlaw slavery; the first to allow same-sex civil unions; etc. It is a state steeped in grassroots thinking and democracy. It is no wonder that a project such as Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, which has brought together over 40 local filmmakers and historians, would develop out of this state.

Have Skills and Will Use Them: Patti Cassidy's Boston Play Cafe

By Donna Sorbello
A still from Patti Cassidy's Boston Play Cafe

Filmmaker Patti Cassidy has taken an unconventional path to becoming a filmmaker, but she learned all she knows from public access television. Now, she's using those skills for a new show: Boston Play Cafe.

Manakamana: An Interview from the Locarno Film Festival

By Susan Kouguell
Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the filmmakers behind Manakamana

Screenplay Doctor Susan Kouguell went overseas to interview Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez, the two filmmakers behind Manakamana, a film which just won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Hidden Gem: The House at the Edge of the Galaxy

By Dave Walker
The House at the Edge of the Galaxy screens at Woods Hole & RIIFF this month

In this sci-fi short, a young boy is visited by a travel-weary cosmonaut and awakens to the magic waiting to be discovered in an old, abandoned house.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Film and Video New England

By Anna Salatto
Women in Film & Video New England

It’s not-so-distant history that women lacked the same basic rights as men, and today we like to tell ourselves how far we’ve come. But the imbalance of equality can still be seen, if not in the law then in the real world. The film industry in particular is a male-dominated pocket of society. How do women fit in now, and how can they catch up?

Reliance: Man’s Best Friend, Man’s Last Chance

By Anna Salatto
Reliance, directed by Mary Healey-Jamiel

Mary Healey-Jamiel documents the critical bond between Search & Rescue first responders and their canine counterparts. This interview explores the production, the heart, and the future of the upcoming documentary feature RELIANCE.

Silver Circle: Econ Gets Animated, An Interview with Director/Animator Pascha Roberts

By K. Correia
A snapshot from Silver Circle

Director Pascha Roberts took the economic crisis of devalued currency and turned it into an animated action film. He discusses how a degree from MIT helped his drive as a filmmaker and how “the vibrant Boston Community” helped make his film, Silver Circle, a reality.

Alex Thompson: Young and Restless

By Donna Sorbello
Filmmaker Alex Thompson on set

Anyone who suggests kids who are still in college don't know what they're doing should meet filmmaker and college junior Alex Thompson, who has produced, written, and directed more films before graduating than some people ever will. And he's just getting started.

Experimenting in the Digital Era: An Interview with Jon Gartenberg

By Susan Kouguell
Jon Gartenberg, President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises

Jon Gartenberg, President of Gartenberg Media Enterprises, has spent his career forwarding and preserving the work of experimental filmmakers. He talks to the Screenplay Doctor about experimental filmmaking, distribution, and what's happening to the field in this modern age. Email screenwriter@newenglandfilm.com to have your screenwriting question answered in an upcoming issue.

Wearing the Many Hats of Filmmaking: A Conversation with Alex Karpovsky

By K. Correia
At the center, filmmaker Alex Karpovsky

Massachusetts native Alex Karpovsky discusses what it’s like to fill multiple roles, both on screen and off, in the production of his two new films, Rubberneck and Red Flag.

3…2…1… Lift Off: Inside the Mind of Peter Rosati

By Alli Rock
A still from Peter Rosati's Le Blue Stella, airing online this month

Filmmaker and Emerson College student Peter Rosati is not afraid to dream big, whether his films soar through space or creep through forests. He pulls the curtain back on his fantastical shorts, including Le Blue Stella, online this month as a part of the Boston Student Film Festival.

Making The Commitment: Behind the Short Film about an Interracial Gay Couple Adopting a Child

By Dave Walker
A still from Albert Chan's The Commitment, in festivals this month

As the Supreme Court debates the future of marriage equality in Washington, one local filmmaker tells his story of adopting a child as a gay man in The Commitment.

Memories For Sale: Local Playwright Makes First Film

By Natalie DiMaria
Memories for Sale premieres on April 20 in Lowell

Playwright and Massachusetts local Jerry Bisantz makes his first foray into film on a project that explores the meaning of privacy in this tell-all age.