February 2014

Your Guide To The Top Awards For Independent Films

The Academy Awards might be cinema’s glitziest and highest-profile red-carpet event, but Oscars go to big-budget studio pictures just as often as they go to independent films.

With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the film world’s prestigious prizes. When an independent film wins one of these accolades, it not only recognizes the excellent filmmaking, but adds a marketing buzz and box-office boost as well. Thus, recognition at any of these events is typically a great boon for an independent film.
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What is the Best Way to Hire Actors for Your Independent Film?

Hiring actors for an independent film might sound like a daunting task when your budget is barely enough to buy camera equipment. But story is everything, and finding actors (and actresses) for your independent film might not be as complicated as you think. You might even be lucky enough to land a renowned name thanks to changed perceptions about independent film being capable of winning major awards.
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What the 1938 War of the Worlds Hoax Can Teach Indie Horror Directors

Can directors of contemporary indie horror films really learn anything from a 1938 radio broadcast? Depends on the broadcast, of course, but when it comes to the infamous Mercury Theater production of War of the Worlds, the answer is very much yes.

Forget what you learned from Alanis Morissette on the issue; directors and writers can also learn about the true meaning of irony from fact that the producers at CBS around Halloween of 1938 were nervous about their star Orson Welles had in mind for his radio adaptation of the classic science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. The suits at CBS felt that the teleplay was rather too dull and boring to capture the interest of listeners who could quite easily turn the channel to hear to something far more entertaining.
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