On the cover: Director Sean Baker and actor Kitana Kiki Rodriguez of Tangerine. In "Independence Transcendent" (pg. 56) by MovieMaker's deputy editor Kelly Leow, Baker's cast and crew share the fascinating story behind the making of their scrappy, uproarious indie feature: from acquiring Duplass Brother endorsement, discovering the Moondog Labs lens adapter and FiLMiC Pro app that enabled shooting on the iPhone 5s, and casting unknowns off the streets of West Hollywood, to premiering at Sundance to critical acclaim and a Magnolia distribution deal. Cover and interior photographs of Baker, Rodriguez and Tangerine co-star Mya Taylor were shot in Hollywood, California and Houston, Texas in May 2015 by Dominic Arizona Bonuccelli. (Read the full story on moviemaker.com here.)
Other stories in the issue include:
- "MovieMaker's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Film School" (pg. 42): MovieMaker's annual "Film Education" roundtable article, with representatives from institutions such as the University of Texas, Austin, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, New York Film Academy and more with advice for maximizing the investment of a film degree. Plus, famous alumni such as Eli Roth, Andrew Bujalski and Rick Famuyiwa reflect on their experiences.
- "The Tao of Apatow" (pg. 38): Interview with Trainwreck-helmer Judd Apatow on his secrets to identifying and nurturing fresh new talent, like newest muse Amy Schumer.
- "More Tech for Less Money" (pg. 14): A wrap from this April's NAB Show in Vegas, detailing new products from Canon, Sony, Blackmagic, DEFY and others.
- "Cinema 2.0: Movies Beyond the Screen" (pg. 72): Companies like 4DPlex and 360 Screenings, filmmakers like Sam Green and David Cronenberg, and tools like virtual reality cameras are changing the way we see and make movies.
- "What Price Film?" (pg. 64): Filmmaker Edward Davee charts a cost comparison between shooting a feature in 16mm, 35mm and digital, concluding that in 2015, using film isn't really beyond an indie's budget.
- "What's in Your Kit?" (pg. 78): This popular series of filmmakers' kits returns with a new installment by cinematographer Autumn Durald (Palo Alto).