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A Free Education in Film Rules

By David Pierotti
What's the Best Way for Me to Export That HDV Footage? (Photo by Niels van Kampenhout)

The Learning Lab Series at Rule/Boston Camera Film Rental provides a valuable and free resource for the local filmmaking community.

Documenting a Documentary Resource

By Karsten Hatch
DocumentaryTech Presents Plenty of Resources for the Documentary FIlmmaker in Your Life

DocumentaryTech aims to be a focal point for aspiring documentary filmmakers, both new and seasoned.

Show Me the Money: Where to Find Local Grant Funding

By Maddy Kadish
Times Are Down, But You're Not Out

In a downward economy, grant funding for Massachusetts filmmakers still exist. Dan Blask of the Massachusetts Cultural Council offers some advice.

The Restaurant: Tasty, Talented, and Local

By Kerry O’Donnell
The Cast and Crew of The Restaurant.

Filmmakers Bobby Scali and Ted Sherman unveil their short film featuring the talents of 40 local SAG actors.

Industry News - November 2009

By Alexandria Lima
Writing on the Wall: Remembering the Berlin Wall (Boston College)

Boston College students mark anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, “Killer” film festivals all month long, LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund grants $20,000 to local filmmakers and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for November 2009.

Life Lessons from a Career Production Assistant

By Kevin Mason
A production assistant can save the day too.

Larry Nott - a man whose life goal is to be the best production assistant he can be.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Boston Jewish Film Festival

By Maddy Kadish
Members of the theatre troupe accept applause at the end of their performance in “How To: Be Or Not To Be."

Boston Jewish Film Festival volunteer Maddy Kadish gives an inside-out look at a Boston institution.

Vermont Filmmakers Fight for Tax Incentives

By Kerry O’Donnell
Actor William H. Macy endorses the VTFMC's work.

The Vermont Film and Media Coalition's Dan Mazur fights to lure filmmakers to the Green Mountain State.

Directors and Cinematographers: A Love Story

By Trace Douglas
Who's in charge on the set?  Photo by Brian Lane Winfield Moore: http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctabu/307144611/

Massachusetts cinematographer Trace Douglas discusses director/cinematographer relations.

NewEnglandFilm.com Editor Erin Trahan Steps Down to Act as Interim Director of Independent Media Publications

By Erin Trahan
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As of October 15th, Erin Trahan will be stepping down as the editor of NewEnglandFilm.com's monthly magazine in order to serve as the interim executive director of Independent Media Productions (IMP), the nonprofit organization that oversees publication of www.independent-magazine.org.

Industry News - October 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"Santa: The Facist Years," screens in the Williamstown Film Festival's shorts II program.

State budget woes force Mass Cultural Council to cut programs, Williamstown Film Festival rolls in, calls for entries galore and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for October 2009.

Influx of Studio Pics Forces Actors and Casting Agencies to Grow

By Kerry O’Donnell
Anne Mulhall, of LDI Casting, has expertise in period pieces.

This summer, Grown-Ups, The Fighter, Furry Vengeance, The Town, Zookeeper, and Wichita all set up shop in Massachusetts. With the high demand on casting agencies and actors, how is the system faring?

Seen on the Scene at NAMAC

By Erin Trahan
Diana Barton opened Walking City Production Rentals on April 1, 2009.

NAMAC presented opportunities to connect and re-connect -- Erin Trahan reports from the field.

Industry News - September 2009

By Alexandria Lima
"The Wing" and other films screen online at NewEnglandFilm.com this month.

The Online New England Film Festival goes live, the Coolidge Corner Theatre brings back Talk Cinema, Images Cinema exhibits animal art for a cause and more… A report of news & happenings in the local industry for September 2009.

Local Legislators on Tax Credits

By Michele Meek

How to contact your local state legislators in New England to emphasize the necessity to maintain or create filmmaking tax credits.

A Man of Many Hats

By Kerry O’Donnell
David J. Garfield acts, writes, and directs from his New England home.

Film professional David J. Garfield is at home on every side of the camera; last month he premiered The Suitcase in Boston.

Diamond from Southie

By David Pierotti
Jay Gianonne hopes to premiere his next project, "Scalpers," in September 2009.

Southie native Jay Giannone breaks out with his first film, the audience award-winning "Diamond in the Rough."

Industry News - August 2009

By Alexandria Lima
A still from a short by Jake Mahaffy, whose work is featured this month at RIIFF.

LEF New England announces grant deadlines, calls for “awesomeness” sound (with a cash reward), RIIFF takes over Rhode Island, and more… the August 2009 report of industry news, festivals and happenings.

At Long Last: Editor User Groups Combine Forces

By Mike Sullivan
Last month's Boston Avid and FCP user group meeting drew a packed house.

In the first of a two-part series, editor Mike Sullivan investigates how Boston’s Avid and Final Cut Pro user groups find common ground in tumultuous times.

Industry News - July 2009

By Alexandria Lima
Tze Chun (back) picked up a narrative jury prize at Newport International for "Children of Invention."

The beginning of summer means festivals, festivals, and – you guessed it – more festivals; Connecticut and Maine film industries struggle; and more… the July 2009 report of industry news and happenings.

Blogging Newport International 2009

By C.E. Craner
From David Boyle's "White on Rice," screened at Newport International in June 2009.

C.E. Craner gives her take on ad men, thwarted love, and cross-cultural comedy on the heels of the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, held June 3-7 in Rhode Island.

Industry News - June 2009

By Erin Trahan
Dean Huh (right) accepts an award among the beautiful people in LA.

Spring showers bring May festivals and May festivals bring June award announcements, the Brattle issues a call for trailers to "smackdown," and perturbed viewers storm out of Boston Film Night... the June 2009 report of industry news, festivals, and happenings.

How to Nail an Audition

By Ariella Gogol
Angela Peri manages an open casting call for "Edge of Darkness."

Boston Casting’s Julie Arvedon offers insight on how to audition, when to give up, and the best way to become a reality TV star.

Industry News - May 2009

By Erin Trahan
From "Andaluz," an animated short by Karen Acqua in collaboration with  Joanna Priestley.

Is May New England's unofficial Animation Month? Six Berkshire filmmakers make the cut for their hometown fest, plans to help you turn "soft money into gold" are in the works, IFFBoston attracts record audience, and more... the May 2009 report of industry news, festivals, and happenings.

Writing Backwards From Budget to Film

By David Pierotti
Blood on the face of a character in Tim Cawley's "Big Day of Fishing."

Boston’s Tim Cawley explains some budgeting techniques that have fostered his independent film career; his second short film premieres this month at Boston Film Night.

Art as an Economic Engine

By C.E. Craner
What used to be the armory buidling now houses the nonprofit Arts Exchange in Pawtucket, RI.

Jason Caminiti’s documentary Pawtucket Rising tracks how a city in decline reversed its fortunes through the arts.

Vermont Studio Enters 22nd Year

By D.P. Bettencourt
L-R: Toby Fitch, head sound mixer; David Giancola, founder and director; and Tim Gillam, editor of Edgewood Studios.

Vermont’s Edgewood Studios remains a stronghold for film production both in-house and for its neighbors.

Hunting Goodwill

By Matthew Giordano
Matthew Giordano (left) and Jeremy Ellis (right) turn the spotlight on postive Boston stories in "For Boston."

Matthew Giordano describes how his documentary-in-progress For Boston shows Boston’s brighter side, inspiring him to lead by example and give back to the community.

Unexpected Heat over Bringing "Bones" to Maine

By Erin Trahan
From the Maine-made documentary "Ice Blink."

Maine residents take differing stances on giving tax breaks to film production and whether or not big-city filmmakers should shoot Stephen King's Bag of Bones in the author's home state. NewEnglandFilm.com adds a few editorial thoughts.

A Tree Grows in Kenya, and Vermont

By Arlene Distler
Wangari Maathai, environmental visionary.  Photo by Lisa Merton.

Taking Root, a VT-made documentary about Nobel Peace Prize winning activist Wangari Maathai, screens this month at the White River Independent Film Fest and airs on PBS’s Independent Lens.