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In the latest offering from MasterClass, Jodie Foster will share her unique actor/director perspective with filmmakers.

Director Jodie Foster is the latest filmmaker to join the illustrious MasterClass roster, which also drafted the likes of Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, and Werner Herzog, to offer her rare insight into the craft as both an actor and director.

The two-time Oscar winner, who has helmed the films Money Monster (2016), The Beaver (2011), as well as episodes of Black Mirror, Orange is the New Black, and House of Cards, will teach you in her first-ever online class how to take your ideas from script to screen, including lessons on screenwriting, directing actors, editing, and selecting the right music for your film.

For years, MasterClass has provided users with a unique chance to learn from some of the greatest minds in their respective discipline, whether it be cooking, chess, or even wine appreciation. Users are given access to hours of video instruction, a class workbook, and interactive assignments.

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"What makes something great may also be one of its weaknesses." -Bruce Springsteen

No filmmaker wakes up one day and says, "I'm going to make a terrible movie!" We all work so hard to bring our little cinematic babies into the world and have high hopes and big dreams for their future success, but sometimes most of the time every time we release them out into the gauntlet of public viewing, we're met with the harsh reality that other people do not find our precious child as adorable as we do.

And that criticism is brutal. The anonymity of the internet allows armchair film experts to spread their judgments like wildfires, rendering the product of your creative toil to a heap of burning garbage with a stench so hot it singes your nose hairs.

But this is why you should let the haters hate and keep making your films.

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These specially made prisms allow you to capture stunning in-camera effects 100% hands-free.

After providing the filmmaking community with tons of excellent guidance on launching music video careers, editing music videos, and writing better treatments for projects, filmmaker Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds has something new and awesome to offer those who want to give their images a little more style and flair.

Owens has officially unveiled his new company, PrismLensFX, which has come out with two specially made prisms that will not only do what prisms do best (create sweet in-camera color and light effects) but also do so without the need of your hands holding it in front of your lens.

It's difficult for anyone to find fresh, new ways to make their work stand out, especially those who work in the kinetically kaleidoscopic medium of music videos. Many filmmakers get creative and shoot through prisms to capture interesting flares and color effects, but until now, you always had to hold the thing out in front of your lens, which is certainly not the most ideal shooting situation in the world.

Owens says:

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Here are the 7 winners selected from over 1,200 Staff Picks this year.

In a combination ceremony/screening held last night at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, New York, Vimeo revealed their selections for their favorite staff picks of 2018. The winners were chosen from a pool of 93 nominated videos over 7 different categories: Action Sports, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Eye Candy, and Travel. You can check out the full list of nominees here.

If you're looking for a shorts program to watch this weekend, I highly recommend checking out these films. Honestly, I wish that more festivals would program their shorts blocks in a more categorical manner, as it keeps things interesting throughout. Check out the winners and commentary from a team of jurors including Tony-winning actor & producer Alan Cumming, writer & producer of Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse Phil Lord, 7x world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore, New York Times inaugural “52 Places” journalist Jada Yuan, and Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams below.

Action Sports - Dean Goes Surfing - Directed by Caitlyn Greene

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How can you protect your great screenplay or story idea before sending it out into the world? Copyright your script!

We've all been there. Finished a great script and excited to take it out to show everyone what we've done. It's got plot twists, turns, and you know it's going to sell. Maybe you spent the last few weeks working in our Free Screenwriting Seminar and are extremely proud of your work.

But you also have to be protective. If ideas are bought and sold in Hollywood, then you need to make sure you get credit for your great ideas and hard work.

That means before you send your script out to production companies, prospective agents, and contests, you should copyright your screenplay.

What Is A Copyright?

A copyright is a legal document that protects your proprietary ideas, like screenplays, from being plagiarised or stolen.

But here's the catch: you cannot copyright an idea.

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Interested in monitors? Check out this video breakdown comparing the SmallHD Focus Monitor side-by-side with the Feelworld F5 Monitor.

Looks like the professional grade camera-top monitor competition is heating up! In this video review by Chadwin Smith, we get a side-by-side comparison of how the popular SmallHD Focus stacks up against the Feelworld F5 in a 5” monitor showdown.

SmallHD Focus vs. Feelworld F5

It’s important to note that in reviews like these, both products should always be judged based on your video and filmmaking needs and budget. While the Feelworld stands out as the more affordable and perhaps more practical option, the SmallHD certainly offers more software functionality.

If you’re interested, here are the tech and price breakdowns for each monitor. Specs which stand out or are unique to each monitor are bolded for comparison.

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Whose advice rang true for you?

Variety recently assembled the Screenwriters of "A Quiet Place," "BlacKkKlansman,"(you can download that screenplay here) "Uncle Drew," "Nutcracker and the Four Realms" and more to offer their best advice for writers trying to break into the entertainment industry.

One of the big takeaways of this video is that you need to be true to your own voice. Follow the stories that you'd want to see in theaters, and above all else, finish what you're writing!

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Hundreds of pilots sell to networks and streaming services every year. What's stopping you from selling your idea?

Want to learn how to write a TV pilot? You've come to the right place.

Breaking into Hollywood with a writing career is one of the hardest things you can do. Fewer and fewer movies are being made every year, and now, many young writers are turning to television to find jobs. But to get a job in television you need a sample. Samples are speculative pilot scripts that your agent or manager can hand to showrunners to prove your worth.

Sure, there are lots of other factors behind getting staffed, but a great pilot increases your chances of getting in a room because...well...you can sell it. Hollywood is all about betting on yourself and creating your own opportunities.

So how can you write a great TV pilot?

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It's no secret that Spielberg influenced 'The Sixth Sense' auteur.

It's hard to believe that M. Night Shyamalan is only 48 years old. For a filmmaker who has been dominating the box office for two decades, you'd expect the director to be entering his elderly days as a seasoned vet. But Shyamalan, whose Glass opens in theaters today, has been a filmmaker for as long as he can remember, back when it was him and him alone starring in some playful recreations of famous movie scenes.

For one of his earliest films, Shyamalan did something that many filmmakers deter their peers away from: working with children and working with animals. Of course, the child in question was Shyamalan himself and the animal was a confused, friendly canine, but even as a kid, Shyamalan was breaking all of the rules.

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Learn five editing tricks you can apply in your workflow while you get a chance to win an editing bundle.

A year ago, I published my first video tutorial about using labels in Premiere Pro. Since then, I've decided to share my editing techniques with others and it's been hard to believe that it's been a year since that first video.

To celebrate this anniversary, I asked a few companies to contribute to the giveaway for my audience. The result is a prize giveaway.

In the following video, I talk about more details about the giveaway and I give five editing tips and tricks that I think will be very valuable to most video editors. If you've been using some of them already, let us know in the comments.

I’ll show them on Premiere Pro because that’s the editing tool of my choice, but I think you can apply these tips (to some extent) to all editing platforms out there. Without further ado, let’s do it!

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