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Behind the Lens: Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D

Behind the Lens: Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D

When Major Joel Glenn went to Vietnam in the 1960s, he brought a 3D stereoscopic still camera and audiotape recorder with him to document his experiences for his family back home. Little did he know that 50 years later, his "home movies" would become the basis for Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D that airs on Memorial Day on 3net, a tribute to his military service, and those of his fellow soldiers, as well as his extensive archive of 3D photos.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Save This Script

Save This Script

Each installment of this series is a scenario in which a writer/producer team is confronted with a problem script. The scenario, written in screenplay format, revolves around a typical client management situation that can lead to a problem script. Join John Morley and Mark Suszko in this first episode as they Save This Script!

Tutorial, Feature
John Morley and Mark Suszko
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Circo

Behind the Lens: Circo

You don’t need to be a fan of the circus--or Mexico--to be mesmerized by this story of the Ponce family who struggle with issues of debt, marital conflict and filial responsibility against a backdrop of a century-old family business. Let Debra Kaufman introduce you to Aaron Schock and his story of how his documentary takes viewers under the Big Top in rural Mexico. Circo airs on Independent Lens beginning May 3rd, 2012.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
America Fights Back: The Mob Museum

America Fights Back: The Mob Museum

"America Fights Back" at the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. A complete script rewrite with no reshoot budget, and technical challenges galore to create the museum centerpiece. No pressure.

Feature
Mike Sullivan
Indie Film & Documentary
In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen

In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen

In this Creative COW exclusive, read the story of how two Augusta-based filmmakers document the aviators who made history.

Feature
Bryan Williams and Denton Adkinson
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Marshall Curry & If a Tree Falls

Behind the Lens: Marshall Curry & If a Tree Falls

Marshall Curry is most interested in a subject when reality cuts against his expectations. That's exactly what happened as this talented Emmy & Oscar-nominated director, producer, writer delved deeply into a story about the Earth Liberation Front in "If a Tree Falls," which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary on Sunday.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Shooting Interviews

Shooting Interviews

Whether you shoot surgery, reality shows, documentaries especially, how-to videos, cooking, painting, sculpting, decoy carving or...you name it...you are going to be shooting interviews. Number one tip - be ready for anything. Join Mike Cohen for more great insight into shooting interviews.

Editorial, Feature
Mike Cohen
TV & Movie Appreciation
These Amazing Shadows: An Editor's Journey

These Amazing Shadows: An Editor's Journey

An editor's journey through the films that made America (or, how I stopped worrying and learned to love the B-Roll). These Amazing Shadows, an 88-minute documentary, tells the history and importance of the National Film Registry and cameos some of history's most treasured films as it reveals how early films shaped and revealed a changing nation and why we most need to preserve them for posterity.

Feature, People / Interview
Doug Blush
Indie Film & Documentary
Unexpected

Unexpected

The album promo that Jason Bergh was working on took an unexpected turn, across generations to South Africa, and then there was that unexpected release from Apple....

Feature, People / Interview
Jason Bergh
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Where Soldiers Come From

Behind the Lens: Where Soldiers Come From

Shooting in cinema verite style, filmmaker Heather Courtney focuses on three friends from Northern Michigan - a view of small-town America - who join the National Guard and ultimately are deployed to Afghanistan. The 'Where Soldiers Come From' documentary is an intimate portrait of these changed lives and is part of the 24th season of POV (Point of View).

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Film is Alive in an Atlanta Trailer Park

Film is Alive in an Atlanta Trailer Park

Planning to shoot your Indie feature digitally because it's cheaper than film? Not so fast. This Indie production loved both the look of film, and how much they saved.

Feature
Tamera Brooks
Indie Film & Documentary
Coacoochee's Story

Coacoochee's Story

Highly complex multi-media installations -- at least the successful ones -- are only possible through careful planning, intense cooperation, and a willingness to turn the picture on its side.

Feature, People / Interview
Mike Sullivan
Indie Film & Documentary
Welcome to My World

Welcome to My World

It was going to take every production and keying trick he'd learned for Niyi and the team at Anthill Multimedia to finish their music video on deadline - and save an orphanage.

Feature, People / Interview
Niyi Akinmolayan
Indie Film & Documentary
Film? Really? Yes, Really.

Film? Really? Yes, Really.

Even all-digital, file-based films are still shown mostly on film. That's why Mike Lehman is helping indie filmmakers get their work onto the worldwide standard for theatrical exhibition.

Editorial
Mike Lehman
Indie Film & Documentary
DreamSpeakers On Tour: Budding Aboriginal Filmmakers

DreamSpeakers On Tour: Budding Aboriginal Filmmakers

In this article, VASST's Douglas Spotted Eagle, takes COW members inside the DreamSpeakers On Tour. DreamSpeakers is a three-weekend project where students meet with professionals in the film/video industry and learn their craft, beginning from the ground floor of film making. Budding Aboriginal filmmakers and Dreamspeakers work together to produce first films for youth, by youth, and the program has kicked off to a great start.

Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Indie Film & Documentary
SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound

SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5: Low-cost Scores at The Speed of Sound

The COW's man in Nepal, Jiggy Gaton, has found a balance between easy, automated music production, and high-quality results with SmartSound SonicFire Pro 5. He has also been impressed with how easy it is to create variations of his custom scores, and has come up with some unexpected workflow innovations.

Review
Jiggy Gaton
Indie Film & Documentary
Running the Sahara

Running the Sahara

Running 4300 miles across the world's largest desert sounds impossible. But once Academy Award-winning director James Moll heard that three guys were going to try, he knew he had to hear - and tell - their story. In this Creative COW expanded interview, James talks about the incredible journey of both the runners and the filmmakers, while also offering insights into filmmaking, storytelling, and the frame.

Feature
James Moll
Indie Film & Documentary
Film Festival Magic

Film Festival Magic

After 3 years working on their labor of love, Harry and his partners tasted the full range of film festival experiences, some more magical than others...

Feature
Harry Pallenberg
Indie Film & Documentary
A Labor of LoveA Labor of Love

In this article from The Creative COW Magazine, Laurie Pepper discusses her adventures in the movie making industry and her late husband Art Pepper, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.

Feature, People / Interview
Laurie Pepper
Indie Film & Documentary
The Making of Kenya, the documentary filmThe Making of Kenya, the documentary film

In 2000, a team from Steven Galvano's organization (RCCM) traveled to Zambia and the over 20 hours of video he captured there turned into a short documentary film. Now, 6 years and three documentary films later, documenting these trips have become a central part of what he does. In this article, Steven describes his recent documentary: Kenya, The Documentary Film.

Tutorial, Feature
Steven Galvano
Indie Film & Documentary
A Tale of Cows, People, Passion and High Tech

A Tale of Cows, People, Passion and High Tech

After we remarked in the January/February 2007 issue that this would be the year of the COW, Barbara Summer Burstyn wrote to tell us about the film she and her husband Tom had made, with cows playing a central role in its theme. Its a fascinating story that sheds light on the challenges of documentary filmmaking.

Feature
Barbara Sumner Burstyn and Thomas Burstyn
Indie Film & Documentary
Making a Movie - Building a UniverseMaking a Movie - Building a Universe

In this Creative COW Magazine article independent filmmaker Bryan Kinnaird takes you on a journey through the production process of the Villikon Chronicles and shares what it has taken for him to become the filmmaker he is today.

Feature
Bryan Kinnaird
Indie Film & Documentary
Independent Film Productions - Through the SwampsIndependent Film Productions - Through the Swamps

Navigating the challenges of independent productions. Low budgets don't have to mean low quality. They do mean that you'll have to work harder, longer, and smarter. What you lack in money and crew, you have to make up with hard work and passion.

People / Interview
Mark Maness
Indie Film & Documentary
Formats, Color Bit-Depths, Data Rates and Storage Requirements

Formats, Color Bit-Depths, Data Rates and Storage Requirements

In this chart, Creative COW Magazine shows readers the various data-rates, formats and codecs in use in video production and how much hard drive space is required when using each of these formats.

Tutorial
Ron Lindeboom
Indie Film & Documentary
Dramatica: Software for Dramatic Fiction Writing

Dramatica: Software for Dramatic Fiction Writing

CreativeCOW.net contributing editor Joaquin Gil writes, ''Dramatica is a computer tool for something nobody realized you could do, computer or not. ... it is one of the most powerful tools available today for the serious fiction writer.'' Read on to see Kino's further insights into this amazing program.

Review
Joaquin Gil
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