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IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit

Interviews with leading film and TV creators about their process and craft. From screenwriting to film language to cinematography, we'll be examining the innovative ways today's best filmmakers are getting their visions out into the world.

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"The Witch" Director Robert Eggers

Eggers on how he blended genre and history to create the best horror film of the year and why he's remaking “Nosferatu.” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

11 Nov 2016

Rank #1

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"Knives Out" Director Rian Johnson [SPOILERS]

Spoiler Warning: Rian Johnson gets into the nuts and bolts of how he built his modern day Agatha Christie whodunit, the murder mystery "Knives Out." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #2

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"Game Of Thrones" Director Miguel Sapochnik

The director behind “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” takes us inside the creation of some the series’ biggest moments. Sapochnik also brings us inside the show’s final season, including the arduous 55-night shoot of “The Longest Night,” and how he filmed the destruction of King’s Landing, in the penultimate episode “The Bells,” through the lens of questioning his own role in creating the show’s most violent moments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 19mins

13 Jun 2019

Rank #3

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"Good Time" Directors Josh & Benny Safdie

The Safdie Brothers talk about how the knew Robert Pattinson would be able to give himself over to their unique approach to filmmaking and how they built a story around aspects of the "Twilight" star that haven't been seen publicly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

10 Aug 2017

Rank #4

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"The Favourite" Director Yorgos Lanthimos

The "Dogtooth" and "Lobster" director talks about his unusual rehearsal process and what drew him to make a period lesbian triangle drama about Queen Anne with screenwriter Tony McNamara. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

29 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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"Lady Bird" Director Greta Gerwig

Gerwig talks about what her artistic dreams were when she, like Lady Bird, was 18 and came to New York. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

5 Jan 2018

Rank #6

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"La La Land" Director Damien Chazelle & Editor Tom Cross

Damien Chazelle and his editor Tom Cross talk about finding the right rhythm for a modern day and how much more difficult it was to edit "La La Land" than "Whiplash." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

21 Feb 2017

Rank #7

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"Uncut Gems" Directors Josh & Benny Safdie

The Safdie Brothers break down their improbable 10 year journey to making "Uncut Gems," working their way through a handful of different NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant), while "earning their stripes" and learning how to tell a story of this scale. What it meant to go union, how famed cinematographer Darius Khondji helped shape the project and sound mixer Skip Lievsay introduced them to incredible possibilities with sound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #8

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"Barry" Season 2: Bill Hader

Hader returns to the podcast to talk about having the confidence to find his voice as a director in S2, breaking down "Ronny/Lily" and the season finale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

24 May 2019

Rank #9

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"Barry" Creators Bill Hader & Alec Berg

Bill Hader moved To L.A. to be a filmmaker, 15 years later and an unexpected comedy detour (SNL) he found his way back in dark comedy that he created with “Silicon Valley,” “Seinfeld,” & “Curb Your Enthusiasm” vet Alec Berg.Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Deadline/REX/Shutterstock Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

41mins

19 Jun 2018

Rank #10

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Quentin Tarantino with "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" Cinematographer Robert Richardson

Tarantino talks about about falling in love with Richardson and the unusual circumstances in which he hired him to shoot "Kill Bill." While the two collaborators breakdown their most recent film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." Recorded at Camerimage in Poland, where Tarantino and Richardson were honored for their work together. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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"Moonlight" Director Barry Jenkins

Writer/Director Barry Jenkins discusses "Moonlight," his second feature and easily one of the best films of the year. Then IndieWire's Kate Erbland stops by to talk about "Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk" and how shooting at 120 frames per second alters movie watching and movie making. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

21 Oct 2016

Rank #12

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"Marriage Story" Director Noah Baumbach

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35mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #13

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"Get Out" Director Jordan Peele

Jordan Peele talks about his biggest fear in making "Get Out." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

22 Dec 2017

Rank #14

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"1917" Director Sam Mendes & Cinematographer Roger Deakins

Deakins and Mendes talk about shooting their new WWI film so it was experienced as one-long take. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

36mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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"Honey Boy" Director Alma Har'el

Har'el on taking Shia Labeouf's pain and therapy and turning it into a hit Sundance film. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

42mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #16

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Netflix's "Black Mirror" Charlie Brooker & Annabel Jones

The two Showrunners behind the hit series talk about how they built six new sci-fi worlds for Season 3 and what they've got brewing for Season 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

39mins

25 May 2017

Rank #17

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"Widows" Director Steve McQueen

The “12 Years a Slave” director talks about why he never shot lists, the film’s incredible opening sequence, his longtime collaboration with DP Sean Bobbitt, why Chicago is the best city to set a story, and how he identified with the widows in the original BBC series as a 13 year old black kid growing up in London. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

35mins

15 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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"Ad Astra" Director James Gray

On Kubrick, Brad Pitt and how hard it is to make a film in a black box with one actor on a wire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

38mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Arrival Screenwriter Eric Heisserer

Eric Heisserer talks about adapting Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life" -- a short story many thought was un-adoptable for the big screen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

33mins

21 Nov 2016

Rank #20