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Phil Machi Stays Tooned and Inspires Love for Animation

I recently had a chance to interview artist and content creator Phil Machi about his latest projects and upcoming event. Here's what he had to say... C:  Hello Phil, thanks so much for letting me interview you today. So, let’s start with a quick and easy Q and A. Who...

Will Movie Theaters Become Obsolete?

Throughout the decades, studio films would play in your local neighborhood theater and be released on home video. Movie goers were introduced to dollar cinemas, where you have the studio films play in major movie theater chains (AMC, Regal, etc), and then head to a...

Austin WebFest 2017 Live Stream! – Sunday, July 2

Austin Film Meet proudly presents the Austin WebFest Live Stream! Sunday, July 2nd @ 11:15 AM Can't attend the Austin Web Fest in person? Get info at: Watch our live stream instead! We'll cover panels and workshops from the festival,...

Top 4 Reasons to Do Research for Your Next Film

If you’re a new or struggling filmmaker, you’re probably wondering what is an effective creative process or, at least, an easier one. For most people, the film industry seems to be purely based on crowd pleasing and pure fabrication. However, the actual processes...

Austin Asian American Film Festival Recap

On this past weekend, from November 3rd through the 6th, the Blanton Auditorium was proud to present the 9th annual Austin Asian American Film Festival.  The AAAFF is a yearly event that promotes the culture and experiences of Asians and Asian Americans that are...

Top 4 Reasons Why Screenwriters Quit

Throughout my studies of the film and television industry, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an epidemic amongst aspiring screenwriters: They stopped being aspiring screenwriters.

Future Technology from the Movies (Infographic)

Ever notice how the movies sometimes predict future technology? It's an awesome thing. This gorgeous infographic from Vouchercloud illustrates what we might expect. What technology do you want to see? Tell us in the comment section below. And be sure to check out the...

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival

Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival The 29th Annual Film Festival September 8th-11th, 2016 at Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar This year's festival is sure to be one of our best ever! aGLIFF is bringing you over 30 feature films, nearly 50 short films, and...

33 Audition Tips for Indie Film Actors

Auditions are a requirement for every actor and chances are, you’ll have to do lots of them just to get one part. Here’s a long list of tips to make your next audition go as well as possible.

Promoting an Independent Film Using Social Media

Congratulations! You have completed your film. Pat yourself on the back, but don’t get too comfortable because your ultimate goal is still ahead. Is your film a short or maybe it’s a feature film? Whether short or long form, the main goal now is to secure distribution...

11 Reasons Why Austin Is the Best City for Indie Filmmakers

Austin is an amazing place to live as a filmmaker and content creator. Here are some reasons why: Austin has awesome light. We're closer to the equator and the shines a lot here. We have long days in the summer and winter and there's plenty of daylight and gorgeous...

Austin Music Video Festival Submissions Update

In a recent newsletter, Austin Music Video Festival announced... We are currently accepting music videos for this years festival. The 2016 fest will open submission to filmmakers and artists outside of Texas and will feature two new categories, the "Long Form Music...

Could YOUvolution Be Your Video Coworking Solution?

If you are an independent filmmaker living in Austin TX and looking for affordable equipment and in need of an editing lab with expensive software from the Adobe Cloud, there is a new co-creating company on Riverside Drive right off Montopolis. The business, founded...

The Nature of Directing: What to Expect

The director has the toughest job of all on a film set. A director is father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, to the cast and crew. A person has to be all that, the captain of the ship, but what happens when the journey is rough?

Considerations When Marketing & Promoting Your Independent Film

Congratulations! You have completed your film. Pat yourself on the back, but don’t get too comfortable because your main goal, to get your film in front of an audience, has yet to be completed. Regardless of if your project is short or long form, the main goal now is...

Is Kevin Machate the new Filmmaking Renaissance Man?

Kevin Machate is a filmmaking renaissance man who truly has done it all. He is an actor, a director, a producer, and even a film festival organizer. This is a guy who truly knows his shit and how to get stuff done.

Best of Austin Web Fest 2015

This past weekend in June the Austin Web Fest took place in downtown Austin, featuring 75 different web series projects, some released and some unreleased episodes.

How to Find Inspiration for Your Next Short Film

Not very helpful if your looking for something to make a movie about about but it is a good place to start finding your inspiration. What does it mean, after all it was written about 2500 years ago by a crazy old Chinese man who wore dresses.

Online Meet & Greet

Please, introduce yourself to Austin Film Meet members by posting a comment below. Tell us what you're working on or what you do and what kinds of projects you'd like to work on. We welcome you!

6 Tips For Creating An EPK For Your Film

There is a lot to think about when making a film, and it’s my opinion that the hardest thing that many independent producers will be intimidated by is promoting your work.

Web Series & Video Channels Made in Texas

The following list includes projects of various types that were made in Austin or by Austin filmmakers. This is not intended to be a curated collection, but an ever-expanding master list.

Interview with Guy Goldstein, Creator of WriterDuet

As a screenplay writer, people often ask, “What is the best writing software to use?” I respond with my usual answer “WriterDuet”. Others also suggest Celtx or recommend Final Draft. Personally, I’m not sure what other writing software is out there, because I stopped at WriterDuet.

10 Reasons Why Actors Should Never Stop Practicing Their Craft

If you’re an actor, a serious actor, you should already know that you have to keep practicing if you want to continue into it as a profession. Acting is not just being yourself and reading words, it’s a skill that you have, and like any other skill in the world, you have to stay on top of it in order for it to remain constant.

How to Properly Roll or Wrap a Cable

If you’re on my set, you had better know – or learn very quickly – how to properly roll a cable, that is to properly “over and under” a cable.

5 DIY Camera Stabilizers You Can Build Yourself

There's no excuse for crappy, non-stabilized camera footage. Of course, you don't want to shoot everything on a tripod and camera stabilization devices can be quite expensive. But that's no excuse. So, here are several camera stabilizers you can build yourself. Just...

8 DIY Prop Gun Designs to Make Your Own

Need prop guns for as little money as possible? Try these DIY designs and make your own prop guns and weapons for your indie film. D.I.Y "Hellboy" gun prop and holster DIY MP40 Machine Gun Prop TF2 Baby Face's Blaster DIY How to Make a Replica of the Pistol From Tf2...

The C-Stand Explained

C-Stands are an old-time favorite of film crew. They are incredibly versatile and are a great tool to have in your arsenal.

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