Again in 2016, when compiling this list of our 20 most popular posts on the site, I was gratified to see our customarily high substance-to-clickbait ratio holding steady. As always, our “top posts of the year” list is broken in two. There is a list of the top ten new pieces published in 2016, and then a list of the top ten previously published, or archival, posts. Befitting the magazine’s mission, there’s a strong current of practical filmmaking advice and DIY tutorials here, ranging from casting, finding a producer, developing a script and more. In terms of the newly published work, the splash page for our annual 25 New Faces takes once more the top spot, while Brandon Tonner-Connolly and Alicia van Couvering’s article on film set etiquette — our most popular article ever — is far and away our most popular archival piece this year.
The great thing about this list is that the vast majority of links here is timeless in a way. And if you’re about to start working on your first feature, well, there’s a lot here for you.