Howcast is introducing a series of eight how-to videos on making your first independent film. They cover all the basics, from writing to budgeting, shooting to editing.

Together they comprise a great primer for newbies, but I suspect even experienced directors will get some inspiration, or at the very least a smile, from these super spots. (Especially the real indie film lovers who remember Todd Haynes' Superstar.)

Here's the first one on writing....The screenwriter Gene Fowler once said, “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” Here’s how to make the process a little less painful.

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