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Recap: Most Popular NewEnglandFilm.com Stories of 2012

Here's a recap of NewEnglandFilm.com's 15 most popular stories from 2012 and five stories from the archives with the most views.

By Michele Meek

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Who's Calling? was featured in one of the most popular stories of 2012: iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking

15 from 2012

Boston Casting: Ensemble Casting At Its Best
When Angela Peri began her casting company in 1991, she named it Boston Casting because she wanted it to be bigger than herself. Today she has achieved this feat by pulling together a diverse team to become a force to be reckoned with in the casting community.

In the Casting Chair: Carolyn Pickman
Behind every great movie, there are usually great actors. And behind every great actor is the casting director that put them in that role. In this new series, we take a look at New England’s casting directors: how they got where they are, and what they’re looking for in an actor.

Digieffects: Making Damage & Delirium a Good Thing
People think it’s always sunny and warm here in Los Angeles, but I like to point out that we have four distinct seasons: fire, mudslides, riots and earthquakes. If one needed to represent L.A.’s seasons in a movie, Digieffects would be a go-to tool to get the job done.

Filmmaking and Other Anxieties: Lyda Kuth’s First Film
What happens when a longtime indie film funder finally picks up a camera? A journey of self-discovery as she slowly turns the lens on herself in Love and Other Anxieties .

Mocha Pro: The Amazing Planar-Tracking Thingamajig
Mocha Pro, from Imagineer Systems, is a complex program that take the complicated process of visual effects motion tracking, rotoscoping, match moving and compositing and makes it super simple.

Gorilla 5: All-In-One Movie Scheduling and Budgeting Software
Gorilla 5 is one of the few programs out there that integrates both pre-production and production elements -- but does it live up to its promise?

The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation: Investing in a Brighter Future
The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and the Taco Bell Foundation have joined forces to provide Boys & Girls Clubs around the country with mentoring programs in film, television, and music production. One of their stops is Boston.

You Can't Kill Stephen King: The Filmmakers Who Tried
If a self-aware journey through every slasher cliché sounds like a rocking good time, you’ll probably want to check out You Can’t Kill Stephen King, a Maine-made film premiering at the Lewiston Auburn Film Festival on April 14.

Adobe Premiere Pro: Solid Performance, Professional Workflow
Final Cut Pro X, look out. Adobe’s Premiere Pro 5.5 is stepping into the spotlight. Check out Peter Bohush's video tutorial as well!

The DotCommentary: A New Column on the Local Film Industry and Film Tax Credits
SAG-AFTRA actor and tenacious film activist Chuck Slavin introduces his new column The DotCommentary.

Adults Only: A Web Series Come True
From comic books to web-series, Jason Burns & Plymouth Rock Creative are proving “you’re only limited by the parameters you set for yourself.”

iFilmmakers: Are Smartphones the Next Step in Filmmaking?
With new technological advances hitting the globe every day, it seems only fitting that filmmakers would benefit from cellphones turned HD cameras. But is it really worth all the hype? Find out from two filmmakers who have taken the plunge.

Opening Credits: Who, What, Where, When and Why
Opening credits are a functional as well as creative part of movies. Telling the audience who is in the movie, as well as other known talent such as writers, directors and composers, sets the stage for what’s to come. Check out an example here.

Welcome to Lee, Maine: A Small Town's Huge Loss
Perna Content, a production and marketing company based in Portland, Maine, has announced the release of a new documentary film, Welcome to Lee Maine, directed by Bill Perna.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Tips for Good Dialogue
One of the foundations of a good screenplay is great dialogue. Screenplay expert Susan Kouguell gives you her top ten tips for writing the best dialogue.

Five from Past Years

Camera Moves Using Sliders - The Dolly Alternative
Director-cinematographer Peter Bohush shows the basic camera slider from Igus.

Horror in New Hampshire: The Making of YELLOWBRICKROAD
Writer/director Andy Mitton discusses YELLOWBRICKROAD, a feature horror film en route to Slamdance.

Ask the Screenplay Doctor: Where to Send Your Script
Where do you send your script if you are a complete unknown writer? The Screenplay Doctor addresses this question in her latest column.

Learning from Classic Movie Poster Design
When considering how to design an effective movie poster, photographer Michael Jones suggests taking a close look at the classics.

Buying and Selling the Rights to Adapt a Film
In the second of a two-part series on adaptation, Kate Fitzgerald provides information about negotiating rights from the point of view of a filmmaker and a writer. (Last month, she offered advice on how to shape a screenplay based on a book.)