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FILMMAKER SCOTT SHEPPARD’S INDIA INDIE: MONKEYS, MISSIONARIES & AN AMAZING JOURNEY

FILMMAKER SCOTT SHEPPARD’S INDIA INDIE: MONKEYS, MISSIONARIES & AN AMAZING JOURNEY

Scott Sheppard traveled with his family from Michigan to India where, as his own one-man crew, he captured their story. Scott shares the challenges and rewards behind directing and finishing the personal indie doc as he recalls the experience. Fancy Film: Your film, PLANES, TRAINS & AUTORICKSHAWS, follows the journey of your mother and her … Continue reading

FINDING THE LOOK: VETERAN COLORIST MIKE SMOLLIN ON INDIES, BLOCKBUSTERS, AND PREDICTING OSCARS

FINDING THE LOOK: VETERAN COLORIST MIKE SMOLLIN ON INDIES, BLOCKBUSTERS, AND PREDICTING OSCARS

Fancy Film freelance colorist Mike Smollin vibes on communicating color, predicting the Oscar and timing the gamut of indie and studio films alike. Fancy Film: You’ve been working as a lead colorist for years. What drew you to specialize in color? Mike Smollin: It was a complete accident. Back in the 90’s after having graduated … Continue reading

D.I.Y. DEMYSTIFIED

D.I.Y. DEMYSTIFIED

Director Amber Sealey breaks indie filmmaking down to its nuts and bolts as she discusses the completion of her recent feature, HOW TO CHEAT. As an independent filmmaker who worked with an improved script and a style defined by available light and a hand held camera, what’s your relationship to the phrase “DIY Filmmaking”? For … Continue reading

ART OF THE FINISHING TOUCH

ART OF THE FINISHING TOUCH

Executive Producer Kristen DiAngelo and Director/Producer James Johnson discuss the importance of color correction for their recent feature documentary, AMERICAN COURTESANS. Fancy Film: What format did you shoot on? K.D. & J.J.: We shot in Apple Pro Res HQ onto 2.5″ hard drives, using the Sony FS100 camera, and the recording device was the ATOMOS Ninja. … Continue reading

STRAIGHT OFF THE FARM

STRAIGHT OFF THE FARM

Mary Wigmore of the directing/producing team behind BIRTH STORY: INA MAY GASKN & THE FARM MIDWIVES talks workflow for her and Sara Lamm’s recent documentary feature  Fancy Film: What camera did you shoot with and in what format? What factors played a role in your choice of camera? Mary Wigmore: The majority of the film … Continue reading