In between this weekend’s activities of movie-watching, sun-bathing, Game of Thrones-prepping, or (if you’re in LA) OutFest-panel-attending, set aside some time for reading. If you prefer to read up on filmmaking, movies, and that sort of thing, we have a list ready for you to peruse.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of July 10, 2017)

99 Archetypes and Stock Characters Screenwriters Can Mold (via Ken Miyamoto for ScreenCraft)
Throw a Loveable Rogue and an Elderly Master together and see what happens!

The 100 Greatest Props In Movie History, And The Stories Behind Them (via Thrillist)
Behind-the-scenes stories of Rosebud, the leg lamp, and the most beautiful plastic bag.

Should Movie Tickets Cost Less For Independent Films? (via David Ehrlich for IndieWire)
If Spider-Man costs more to make, should it also cost more to see?

Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew (via April Wolfe for LA Weekly)
When stunt coordinators tackle sexual violence.

What Filmmakers Should Do About Net Neutrality (via Charles Haine for No Film School)
The internet came together to fight for net neutrality this week. Here’s how filmmakers could be affected.

Authenticity in casting: From ‘colorblind’ to ‘color conscious,’ new rules are anything but black and white (via Jessica Gelt for Los Angeles Times)
New standards (and new language) being used by casting directors in theatre and film/TV.

Why Quentin Tarantino is the wrong director for a Manson murders movie (via Aaron Locke for Hypable) and Tarantino Is The Right Man For Manson (via Lindsey Romain for Birth. Movies. Death.)
A new Tarantino movie was rumored this week. People had some thoughts.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion)

Crowdfunding to Build Independence with Seed&Spark
Learn about our upcoming workshop on how to build an audience (and financing) for your indie film.

SAGinterview: An interview with Tom McCarthy, writer/director of The Station Agent
From the indieBlog Archive: Future Oscar-winner Tom McCarthy talked to us about his debut film that made Peter Dinklage a star.


New Releases

Movies from our July Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Are you a filmmaker with a curfew? Check out these day-for-night filming tips! (via Digital Blast)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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