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  • The Long Take & The Tracking Shot

    In Layman's Terms...
    Nicholas Lay
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The famous, the unconventional, and my personal favourites… The early use of mounted dolly shots in popular film saw Italian director Giovanni Pastrone bring the tracking shot to the attention of a wide scale of filmmakers with his 1914 picture, Cabiria, while Alfred Hitchcock pioneered the elaborate long take in films such as Rope (1948) and Under Capricorn (1949). From the development of handheld camerawork to the introduction of the Steadicam in the mid-1970s, the tracking shot and the long take have always been classic, forever evolving cinematic techniques. With the…
  • Why a Director Shouldn't Edit Their Own Film articles
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Dan Selakovich puts forward a detailed and compelling case for why directors should never edit their own films.
  • VIDEO: Venue sets up film-making club

    FILM-MAKING - Yahoo News Search Results
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    LIGHTS, camera, action! Aspiring young film-makers are being invited to get on board with a new project at a South Tyneside theatre.
  • 10 Oddly Specific Trends In 2014 Movies

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    by Alex Leadbeater. t’s the end of the year and, on top of having yet another return to Middle-Earth and a barrage of Christmas movies trying to be hip, it’s the time when everyone gets a little recollective. Best, worst and most-disappointing lists are rife, but there’s more to reviewing the year than just ranking its standout entries. Looking back over the movies of 2014 there’s a lot of oddly specific traits that more than a few share. You’d naturally expect there to be some vague similarities between movies produced around the same time, although maybe not to this extent.
  • Is Final Cut Pro X finally ready to be viable replacement for Final Cut Pro Classic?
    David Tames
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    This post is a follow-up to the “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors” workshop I did at Boston Neighborhood Network on Saturday, December 13, 2014. If you’re still editing with Final Cut Pro Classic (my way of referring to Final Cut Pro 7.x or earlier) and sitting things out, you will […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
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  • Sony Offers Identity Theft Protection to Hacked Screen Actors Guild Members

    Matt Donnelly
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Sony Pictures has extended its offer for a free identity theft prevention services beyond it’s employees to the Screen Actors Guild, and two other unions covering writers and directors. Read the full letter the studio sent SAG members: Dear SAG-AFTRA Member, As has been widely reported, Sony Pictures Entertainment was recently hacked, and confidential information from their computer systems was stolen and may be publicly accessible. Sony has indicated that this compromised data may include certain personally identifiable information about current and former employees of Sony and SPE…
  • Dr. God’s ‘MOCKPocalypse’ Returning for Second Season on AXS TV (Exclusive)

    Jeff Sneider
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    AXS TV’s “Seriously. Funny. Thursdays” returns Jan. 15 with new episodes of the stand-up comedy series “Gotham Comedy Live” and a second season of the original talking-head comedy series “MOCKpocalypse,” TheWrap has learned. “Gotham Comedy Live” is an hour-long live comedy series filmed at the famed Gotham Comedy Club in New York. Veteran comedian Sinbad will perform alongside emerging comics on “Gotham Comedy Live,” which is now in its fourth season. axAlso Read: Comedy Group Dr. God Sets Up AXS TV Show, Wraps First Feature (Exclusive) Hailing from Los Angeles-based…
  • Bradley Cooper Goes to War in New ‘American Sniper’ Trailer

    Joe Otterson
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Warner Bros. released a new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s “American Sniper” on Thursday. The film is based on the memoir of the same name by U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, known as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. Also Read: Bradley Cooper in ‘The Elephant Man’ Offers Gorgeous Along With The Beast Bradley Cooper plays Kyle, who served four tours of duty in the Iraq War. The trailer begins with an offscreen character asking Kyle what he thinks of the fact that he is credited with over 160 confirmed kills. Kyle responds by saying “I’m willing to…
  • David Fincher Planning to Direct ‘Living On Noise’ Pilot for HBO (Exclusive)

    Jeff Sneider
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher plans to direct the pilot episode of “Living on Noise,” which is the working title of his half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s, TheWrap has learned. Fincher will executive produce “Living on Noise” with Cean Chaffin and Joshua Donen. HBO declined to comment, while attempts to reach Donen proved unsuccessful. Not many details are known about “Living on Noise” other than the fact that it focuses on the crew members who worked in the early days of music videos, though casting is currently under way. Fincher revealed he was…
  • 9 of Stephen Colbert’s Best Moments From 9 Years of the ‘Report’ (Video)

    Tony Maglio and Greg Gilman
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Stephen Colbert will sign off for good at the end of Thursday night’s “Colbert Report,” but the memories he leaves behind from nine years of satirical late-night comedy may out-live all of us. The ultra-American conservative character from the mind of a Canadian liberal will provide some pretty huge shoes for replacement Larry Wilmore and “The Nightly Show” to fill. As for Colbert’s next stop, the new CBS host will kick off his “Late Show” tenure after David Letterman calls it quits on May 20, 2015. Also Read: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by…
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  • David Fincher's HBO Noir Is Called 'Shakedown,' His '80s Music Video Show Titled 'Living On Noise'

    Rodrigo Perez
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    As we said earlier in the year, David Fincher is moving away from feature-films and is diving deep into the world of prestige cable TV beyond his foray in “House Of Cards” (he remains an exec producer by title, but doesn’t have much to do with that show now). The filmmaker is also getting in deep at HBO; he’s directing every episode of their show “Utopia” which he developed with “Gone Girl” writer Gillian Flynn, and should air sometime next year, he’s developing a 1950s crime noir series with James Ellroy also at HBO called “Shakedown” (which we revealed back in…
  • 'This Ain't Your Daddy’s Civil Rights Movement': Provocative Film on Police Racism Hits St. Louis

    Jorie Jacobi
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Filmmaker Nick Broomfield flew to St. Louis last night for an emergency screening of "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," his latest documentary exploring L.A.-based serial killer and rapist Lonnie Franklin, who has been linked by DNA evidence to the murders of 10 women--mostly black, mostly prostitutes. As though that isn’t sufficiently disturbing, the documentary attacks racial tensions blistering underneath the hard facts of the case, and extends further to expose years of colossally negligent police work surrounding the murders of black women. In an unsuspecting art gallery on 14th…
  • Up Next for Justin Simien ('Dear White People') - Comedy 'Make a Wish' Starring Anthony Mackie

    Tambay A. Obenson
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    As the saying goes, bada bing, bada boom! I come bearing good news...Fresh off the success of his feature film debut, "Dear White People," Justin Simien is attached to direct Anthony Mackie in a Paramount Pictures acquisition of a 2013 Black List comedy script titled "Make A Wish," penned by newbie Zach Frankel.Per Deadline, Mackie will star in "Make a Wish," playing a character named Butchie Jones, a star football player intent on granting the final wish of a dying 14-year-old fan. However, the task proves more challenging than expected…
  • Review: There's No Shortage Of Outrage To Be Found In Nick Broomfield's Doc 'Tales Of The Grim Sleeper'

    Chris Willman
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Nick Broomfield’s new documentary is a little bit "Dateline," a little bit Ferguson. "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" offers up the identity of the titular serial killer in the opening minutes, but it still revolves around a whodunit. Or, really, a who-didn’t-do-anything, since the movie’s central mystery is why the LAPD took decades to find a killer believed to have murdered dozens (maybe hundreds, Broomfield suggests) of African-American prostitutes over a 25-year period in perpetually troubled South Central L.A. The likeliest answer to that puzzle of apparent police…
  • Watch: Sony Releases "In Franco And Rogen We Trust" Promo For 'The Interview'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Well, this is interesting. Even though Sony dropped their release plans for "The Interview," a new promo arrived this afternoon on their YouTube channel. "Only one movie has the whole world [talking]. In Rogen and Franco we trust," reads the video description. So, what gives? Is their marketing department just pushing out the remaining material they have on the movie, even though it isn't coming out? Or is there a new release plan in the works?The latter scenario could possibly be brewing. In their coverage of the ongoing story regarding the Kim Jong-un assassination…
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  • How to Put Out a Computer Fire

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
    This is a Guest Post written by Maria Antonia. If you would like to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.This cover for the front of the computer pretty much just melted and fell to the floor. It's like getting hit by lightning. (Or so I imagine. I've never actually been hit by lightning. I don't know anybody that's been hit by lightning.) And as getting struck by lightning is not exactly an everyday occurrence, so is this...What am I talking about? Putting out a computer fire. And I can honestly say that I have dealt with such a fire. And, it was not the most pleasant…
  • Film Day 8 - Back Inside the Club

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014Film: Lost Penny The end of Week 2. We were back with Penny, inside the Club. We said goodbye to a couple of crew members, and hello to a couple new ones. Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8
  • The Shot We Didn't Get

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Imagine this. A full moon. Clouds had moved to cover the moon so that it looked like it was just peeking out from under a feather blanket. And the clouds were had just a slight orange tint to them.It was an amazing shot.We were out filming a cutaway of Penny's House at night for our feature, Lost Penny. The camera was set up on its tripod, but it was not yet turned on. That's when we noticed the amazing moon shot behind us.Quick! Let's get that moon...But we needed to do a lens change first. (We were on an 18 mm lens. Not suitable at all for filming the moon as the moon would have appeared as…
  • A Little November Reshoot

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014Film: Lost Penny This past Sunday we brought in a group of background actors to do some inserts of scenes from inside the club... Shots we didn't get back in August. By the end of evening, we were able to take down the lighting grid and pack up. (Special thanks to all who were able to stick around to help out!) Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8
  • Pick-ups and Re-shoots

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    Filming an insert on the electro-badge.Yes, we're filming pick-ups for our feature film Lost Penny. But... What exactly are pick-ups?Okay, so let's start with Principal Photography. That's the main film shoot. (We shot ours back in August.) And while we officially wrapped, this does not mean that we're actually finished filming.We're now filming pick-ups. Pick-ups are basically footage shot after Principal Photography. Sometimes it's referred to as filming inserts (usually of props), its purpose is to help with the flow of the final edit. In our case, we've been filming inserts since…
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  • The Man Behind the Voice - Getting the Most from ADR

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Sound engineer and recordist Tristan Rose discusses the importance of ADR and his experience in a range of techniques for getting the best from your actors and your equipment in audio post.
  • Why a Director Shouldn't Edit Their Own Film

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Dan Selakovich puts forward a detailed and compelling case for why directors should never edit their own films.
  • Why You Shouldn't Use Shaky-Cam

    3 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Shaky camera techniques were popularised in the early 2000s by the directors like Paul Greengrass. Dan Selakovich looks at why this technique fails audiences when it comes to theatrical films.
  • The Sound of Interstellar

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    The awesome chaps over at Soundworks Collection have another great sound design interview, this time with Richard King, the Supervising Sound Editor on Christopher's Nolan's scifi epic, Interstellar.
  • Effective Scenes - Silence of the Lambs

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    In this short video, Tony at Every Frame A Painting looks at the ingredients of an effective scene using the classic first meeting from 'The Silence of the Lambs' to illustrate the point.
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  • Alfred Hitchcock talks filmmaking in rare 90-minute interview filmed in 1976 - Blastr

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    BlastrAlfred Hitchcock talks filmmaking in rare 90-minute interview filmed in 1976BlastrIf you've ever wanted to crawl deep into the mind of one of the greatest filmmakers in history and stroll around for a while, then we've got you covered. A rare interview with Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Rear Window), conducted four years before the Watch: Take A 96-Minute Masterclass On The Art Of Filmmaking With Alfred Indie Wire (blog)all 3 news articles »
  • Australian film in 2014: the year that genre film-making hit its stride - The Guardian

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The GuardianAustralian film in 2014: the year that genre film-making hit its strideThe GuardianThis was also the year the Australian film industry revealed it had truly embraced genre film-making. Critics of the local industry often claim our funding bodies are bogged down in same-same thinking and have a default position of green-lighting
  • 'Goodbye to All That' Is Pure North Carolindie Filmmaking - Forbes

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Forbes'Goodbye to All That' Is Pure North Carolindie FilmmakingForbesNorth Carolina has been more than just home for Angus MacLachlan. It has been been remarkably fertile cinematic terrain. He set his screenplay for Junebug, the 2005 indie breakout that landed a then-obscure Amy Adams an Oscar nomination, in and ...and more »
  • Quebec filmmaking phenom Xavier Dolan always had a 'vision,' says his father - Nanaimo Daily News

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Nanaimo Daily NewsQuebec filmmaking phenom Xavier Dolan always had a 'vision,' says his fatherNanaimo Daily NewsThe charismatic young actor and director burst onto the filmmaking stage as a 20-year-old with "J'ai tue ma mere" ("I Killed my Mother"). But long before then, he was a creative force to be reckoned with, say his friends and family. "Everything he and more »
  • Episcopal priest-curator hopes to build peace through filmmaking - Episcopal News Service

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Episcopal News ServiceEpiscopal priest-curator hopes to build peace through filmmakingEpiscopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon Paul-Gordon Chandler hopes his upcoming film, “Ports of Call,” a “passionate interfaith love story,” will help foster understandings between East and West. The Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler. But he hesitates to ...
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  • Athens Video Art Festival, invites the public to the opening of its new project #AddNoise

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media of Greece, Athens Video Art Festival, invites the public to the opening of its new project #AddNoise in the framework of Traces of Commerce II | New creative cells of exchange in the historic Gallery of Merchants. #AddNoise is an open meeting place between artists and audience focusing on questions related to the city center. Through workshops, lectures and screenings, participants will have the opportunity to use digital and analog tools in order to develop new ways of interpreting urban space. The project sets out with the audiovisual…
  • Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF)’s ETISAL fund launches a program to develop long narratives

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    As champion of young African filmmakers, Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) will present five feature films and short documentaries by young filmmakers from Ethiopia, Togo, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and Egypt. The five films were sponsored by LAFF in 2014, and will be presented at its fourth edition in March 2015. LAFF’s ETISAL Fund also announces the launch of STEP (Space To Establish Partnership) as its Second Program for its 2015 edition. Azza Elhosseiny, director of ETISAL, announces that the program is to support the development of long narratives in their pre-production phase…
  • Richard Linklater's Boyhood - 12 Years on Film featurette - making of

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Making of Boyhood - 12 Years on Film file download link and YouTube embed code are available now courtesy of IFC Films. This 10-minute featurette, spanning 12 years, gives an extensive look at the process of creating what The New York Times calls "one of the most extraordinary movies of the 21st century." Go behind-the-scenes with Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater as they delve into how they created this groundbreaking epic.   The film is currently available NOW on Digital Download (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play…
  • Other Worlds Austin announces Audience Award Winners

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Dispatch from Mission Control:  Audience Award Winners Time Lapse and One-Minute Time Machine   Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival wrapped up its inaugural season today by announcing its Audience Award winners for 2014. More than 250 films were submitted to the first-time festival. A passionate and engaged audience ultimately had to choose from 11 features and 30 shorts, all Texas premieres.   The Audience Award winning feature is TIME LAPSE, directed by Bradley King and written by BP Cooper and Bradley King. The film centers on three roommates who discover their scientist…
  • 3rd jewish Film Festival in Budapest

    8 Dec 2014 | 8:51 pm
    JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL OF BUDAPEST,  NOVEMBER 20-23, 201   There are now more Jewish film festivals around than you can shake a silver mezuzah at, located primarily in cities around the globe with significant Jewish populations. Most of these festivals tend to program films selected strictly for Jewish content with little concern for their overall cinematic quality as long as the content fits the bill.  The BUDAPESTI ZSIDÓ FILMFESZTIVÁL, now only in its third year, is a notable exception to the rule of mediocrity: to sit,  anything accepted as…
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  • GH4 cage advice

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I want to get the varavon cage but its a little expensive, I have also seen this camtree cage for gh4 thats similar to the varavon cage but it comes with rails and its $300+. That cage would be fine , But I hate the handle , Is there anyway I would be able to get the similar handle as the Varavon or the Camtree Cage? or should I just get the varavon cage? I also concerned with how good the handle connects to the cage if its sturdy enough to film skateboarding ect. Thanks.
  • [FS: General] Atomos Recorder with Free SSD Deal at Texas Media Systems

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    18 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Atomos Ninja-2 - $695 Atomos Ninja Blade - $995 Atomos Samurai Blade - $995 Were doing a promo for a FREE 120GB Sandisk Extreme II SSD with your order. Call 512-440-1400 or PM for details.
  • Samsung NX1 = Amazing

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm it is basically as sharp looking and natural as red dragon footage. we have a new contender! h.265 also can carry pro res 4444 quality codec in 1/10 the size.
  • greatest magic trick ever?

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:59 am
  • First lens with EF speedbooster?

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    Hello everyone. I've been a reader of these forums for quite some time. I just recently purchased my first camera, a GH4, after having had to use other peoples various cameras for various gigs and whatnot. I bought the 20mm 1.7 with it. I plan to get the metabones speedbooster, but am not sure which lens to get first between these three: In 4k based on the 2.3x crop: Sigma 24-105 f4 = 40-171mm f2.8 (34-150 FHD) ~ $899 Tamron 24-70 f2.8= 40-114 f2 (34-100 FHD) ~ $1299 Tamron/Sigma 17-50 f2.8 = 28-81 f2 (24-71 FHD) ~$500 I'm looking at these lenses because they have I.S. and this would be my…
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  • Christmas Treat Part 2!

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    And more Christmas fun - here's the new podcast! For this podcast we spend over an hour talking to script editor Andrew Ellard. We felt this extra length was worth the level of his insights into some of your favourite shows. Plus we couldn't shut him up.Here is how he describes himself - "I'm a writer and script editor. I’ve worked on various shows including Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd and Miranda. I also offer (paid) rewrite notes for your script. You may know me from Twitter (@ellardent) having seen my opinion/review #tweetnotes."We recorded this at the Royal Festival Hall, so you get free…
  • Double Christmas Treat Part 1

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    Every year I make a film instead of sending out Christmas cards.This year's effort is called Ho Ho Horror. This is now my sixth year of doing it. The ‘rules’ are always the same. Whatever can be done in a single working day. It used to be Christmas Day itself, but then I realised no one checked their emails on the big day so I now send it earlier.Ho Ho Horror - Apparently, on Christmas Eve, it is okay for a strangely dressed man in a red suit to break into your home - nothing scary about that - or is there?BUT SERIOUSLY, MAYBE DON'T LET YOUR REALLY YOUNG KIDS WATCH THIS. While its not a…
  • Podcast Episode 42: Structure

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Structure - the most important skill of a writer or the basis for generic and boring stories? Danny talks about the '5 act pixar poker idea' and I talk up non-linear structures (as always!).I mentioned Linda's book on unusual structures a couple of times in this episode and here is the link - The 21st Century ScreenplayLastly, Danny mentioned Nelson Nutmeg Links...TwitterFacebookWebsiteAnd its not too late to support the film, which has some cool rewards (including an exclusive podcast) by going to this page.
  • How to find great child actors - the top 3 thing I learnt

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Currently I am filming a low budget children's adventure feature film called "Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?" with my good friend Danny Stack. It is a classic kids-solve-a-mystery-on-holiday story. Perhaps, from a film industry point of view, this is a bit out of fashion right now, but children still seem to love this kind of narrative anyway. So we thought we'd make it.Central to the tale is a gang of four kids and an older brother. The dynamic of the group is really the drama of the film. How they work together, and how it starts to all fall apart as the mystery deepens. This, therefore, needs…
  • Podcast Episode 41: Writing and making a feature

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In this podcast episode I chat to Danny about the challenges, the fun and the surprises of directing a feature - as two people who have come more from a writing background.Have a listen above. And here are some useful links below.Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is the film we are talking about. Here is the website, the Facebook page, the twitter and the IMDB page.You can download my free shot list template for word from here if you fancy using it yourself in your own productions.Below you can see an image of Danny's "heartbeat chart"
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  • Stick true to the stories you want to tell: An Interview with Thad Nurski

    J. Ott
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    I recently saw some test footage for a short film that knocked my socks off. It combines blacklight makeup and costumes to create an otherworldly, almost bio-luminescent visual effect unlike anything I've ever seen. And its all done in-camera! The film is to be called "A Dimly Lit Room" and the writer/director/editor, Thad Nurski, is currently raising funds on IndieGogo to shoot the project. Check out the pitch video to see some of the stunning test footage: I interviewed Thad via email about how he created the effect, his fundraising strategy and his cinematic influences. Read on... Making…
  • Movie Review: Begin Again (Society of Composers talkback screening)

    Special Contributor
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Special review from filmmaker & musician Ukelilli. Enjoy. -jo Last Friday, my husband and I were lucky enough to get into a Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) screening of Begin Again, a film from this summer directed by Joe Carney, the director behind Once. (As you will recall, Once was the sleeper hit musical from 2006 that introduced the world to The Frames' Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. It was then workshopped into a play and became a multiple Tony Award winner in 2012.) Any-hoo, I had a lot of interest in seeing Begin Again. A) I love Mark Ruffalo and typically like…
  • Your Wednesday Links: 70mm is Hard Work Edition

    J. Ott
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you'd like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. FilmDrunk: An IMAX Projectionist Shows What It’s Like Preparing A Massive 70 MM Print Of ‘Interstellar’ Movie Title Typos - Cartoonist Austin D. Light brings a Reddit thread on mis-spelled movies and brings it to life. BBC Health: Watching stressful films can endanger weak hearts No Film School: Afraid of Recording ADR? Don't Be! This Sound Tutorial Will Show You How New York Times: Hollywood Ending Near for Orson Welles’s Last Film Medium: The Evolution of…
  • Movie Review: Nightcrawler

    J. Ott
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Now that the bright light of summer has receded, the worthy films are slinking out from their dark holes. From the slick surfaces of Gone Girl to the virtuosic staging of Birdman. And joining them is the creepiest dark hole dweller: Nightcrawler. 'Nightcrawler' is slang for independent news gatherers who listen to police scanners and vie to be first to shoot video of scenes of murder and mayhem. Those looking for a movie about a teleporting mutant or worms used for fishing will be disappointed. Instead, a sallow, sunken-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal plays the titular role. And he makes it iconic. A…
  • Your Wednesday Links: The Coming Superhero Surplus

    J. Ott
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you'd like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. ScreenRant: Over 40 DC & Marvel Movies Will Hit Theaters In The Next 6 Years - Is there any scenario where the public doesn't burn out on superhero movies? Already the Spiderman franchise is showing fatigue. I think Marvel has demonstrated demand for franchises that involve loosely-connected stories in the same world. We already knew franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, which involve one-off or interlinked adventures of the same characters, were popular.
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  • A conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon about Hollow

    David Tames
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Hollow (requires Google Chrome) is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through stories of over 30 residents of McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many regional boom-and-bust economies across the country. The project is also available in a DVD edition for classroom use along with a study […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Is Final Cut Pro X finally ready to be viable replacement for Final Cut Pro Classic?

    David Tames
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    This post is a follow-up to the “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors” workshop I did at Boston Neighborhood Network on Saturday, December 13, 2014. If you’re still editing with Final Cut Pro Classic (my way of referring to Final Cut Pro 7.x or earlier) and sitting things out, you will […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Is the Audio-Technica BP4029 the perfect cinéma-vérité microphone?

    David Tames
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    In an ideal world I’d have a ninja-class boom operator with me on all of my documentary shoots, but short of that I usually place a wireless lavaliere on my subjects in order to capture the best dialogue possible while providing then with mobility along with the intimacy of a small crew. However, on some shoots, […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Four approaches to structuring micro-documentaries

    David Tames
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose. While most long-form documentaries tell a story with a classic three act narrative structure, shorter documentaries require different  strategies for structuring the viewer’s experience. Most often a micro-documentary will be 2 to 3 minutes in length, though some can […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Some quotes on documentary, cinema, and art that don’t fit in a tweet

    David Tames
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Several years ago when I was working on my MFA at MassArt I began collecting quotes related to my thesis work, and here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. Do you have any favorite quotes on documentary, cinema, or art that do not fit in a tweet? Please share them with me via comments […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
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  • 6 Filmmaking Tips from Mike Nichols

    Peter D. Marshall
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    by Landon Palmer. The phrase “actor’s director” is thrown around a great deal, but there have been very few directors who knew how to work with actors quite like Mike Nichols. A former student of Lee Strasburg and a fervent believer in the revelatory power of improvisation, Nichols has directed some of the most notable performances in modern cinema. His debut alone was evidence of his gift. For his first film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, the theater performer and director took on the mammoth task of adapting one of the most raw and acerbic plays of the 1960s to a film starring…
  • The tracking shot: film-making magic – or stylistic self-indulgence?

    Peter D. Marshall
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    by Jonathan Romney. In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a faded movie star, played by Michael Keaton, tries to reinvent his career by staging a Raymond Carver adaptation on Broadway. It is a virtuoso showboat, tipped for Oscars, most forcefully for its lead actor. But Birdman is actually about something other than its ostensible subject: the miraculous ability of today’s digital movie cameras to go wherever film-makers choose – up, down, sideways, on the ground, in the air – and for as long as they choose. Birdman is a marathon of long-take athleticism. As the…
  • 10 Oddly Specific Trends In 2014 Movies

    Peter D. Marshall
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    by Alex Leadbeater. t’s the end of the year and, on top of having yet another return to Middle-Earth and a barrage of Christmas movies trying to be hip, it’s the time when everyone gets a little recollective. Best, worst and most-disappointing lists are rife, but there’s more to reviewing the year than just ranking its standout entries. Looking back over the movies of 2014 there’s a lot of oddly specific traits that more than a few share. You’d naturally expect there to be some vague similarities between movies produced around the same time, although maybe not to this extent.
  • From The Hobbit to The Hunger Games, the curse of the movie trilogy

    Peter D. Marshall
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    by John Patterson. Contra Aimee Mann and Harry Nilsson, three, not one, is the lousiest number that you’ll ever do. At the multiplexes, as we start the doomsday countdown to Christmas, our screens are chocker with trilogies, parts of trilogies or culminations of trilogies: a redefinition of the term “triple-threat”. No sooner have Divergent and The Maze Runner’s first instalments decamped from cinemas than we are immediately favoured with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and yet another Peter Jackson Hobbit movie. Mockingjay should have been the culminating panel of a trilogy…
  • Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘amazing vision’ for filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    14 Dec 2014 | 5:58 am
    by Susan King. The only time Cecil B. DeMille’s granddaughter saw the pioneering film director annoyed was when his body began to fail him. “He was a bull,” said Cecilia DeMille Presley. “He exercised every day.” So even a heart attack didn’t stop him during production in Egypt of what would be his final movie as a director, the lavish 1956 biblical epic “The Ten Commandments,” starring Charlton Heston as Moses, a film that has become an Easter mainstay on ABC. Presley, who grew up in her grandfather’s mansion in Los Feliz, said the heart…
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    Bright Lights Film Journal

  • The Wickedest Movie in the World: How Cecil B. DeMille Made The Sign of the Cross

    Cecilia de Mille Presley
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post was adapted from the new book by Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic (Running Press, 416pp, December[...] The post The Wickedest Movie in the World: How Cecil B. DeMille Made The Sign of the Cross appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Radio Raheem Is a Broken Record: Lessons from Do the Right Thing on Its 25th Anniversary

    Lee Weston Sabo
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    “Do the Right Thing ends the morning after Radio Raheem’s death, but we have enough details to know how the rest of the narrative will play out. Radio Raheem was[...] The post Radio Raheem Is a Broken Record: Lessons from Do the Right Thing on Its 25th Anniversary appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Tomatoes Another Day: The Improbable Ideological Subversion of James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber

    Andrew Grossman
    28 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    “Though standard critical appraisals would deem Tomatoes a deliberately crude affront to modern technical sophistication, it is itself the sophisticated artifact, its small rebellion resonating more strongly in a media[...] The post Tomatoes Another Day: The Improbable Ideological Subversion of James Sibley Watson and Melville Webber appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Sound, Music, and the Verbal MacGuffin in American Hustle (2013)

    Vlad Dima
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    American Hustle is, foremost, a film about appearances, about what is real and the constant dialogue between the diegetic and the extra-diegetic, which is especially compelling at the level of[...] The post Sound, Music, and the Verbal MacGuffin in American Hustle (2013) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Hearts of Darkness, Lights of Madness: Herzog: The Collection (16-Film Blu-ray Collection)

    Erich Kuersten
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I decided to review this massive collection as some kind of masochistic indulgence, and truly it’s been a long, soul-warping, awe-inspiring yet deeply troubling, at times maddeningly boring, 25+ hours[...] The post Hearts of Darkness, Lights of Madness: Herzog: The Collection (16-Film Blu-ray Collection) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
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  • Call for Proposals: MODE 2015

    Justin Cone
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    MODE 2015 is accepting entries for the following topics: Academic Papers and Presentations Curriculum Case Studies Professional and Creative Work Case Studies Conference themes The University of Notre Dame, The Ohio State University, Kent State University and Michigan State University jointly present the 2nd MODE Summit. This international event brings together motion design educators from... Read more »
  • Encylopedia Pictura for Panda Bear

    Erica Gorochow
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    San Francisco based, Encylopedia Pictura, has sprung back into music-video-making action! Last month, the collective released a live-action forrest romance for Metronomy. They’ve now followed that up with an all 3D world for Panda Bear. I loved seeing similar visual motif expressed across two very different modes of filmmaking. As usual, Encyclopedia Pictura marries a wildly imaginative vision with intricately crafted... Read more »
  • [NYC] December Mograph Meetup: Holiday party edition

    Justin Cone
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    NYC people, the December Mograph Meetup is happening tomorrow (December 15, 2014) at Sweet and Vicious at 8pm. Full details on the Facebook event page.

    Mate Steinforth
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It’s time again for FAUX IMAGES, this time with the killer lineup of AUDIONERVE, BIF/MILL+, STUDIO AKA. Dec 16th, 8pm, LEAP Berlin. Admission is free and stays free.
  • PES talks “Submarine Sandwich,” Garbage Pail Kids and the connectedness of things

    Justin Cone
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Beloved stop-motion director PES is back with his most ambitious short film to date, “Submarine Sandwich.” With funding from both a corporate sponsor (Nikon) and his sizable fan base via Kickstarter, the film is the third in a series of shorts dealing with food, following “Western Spaghetti” and “Fresh Guacamole” (see below). Like PES’ previous... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Thanksgiving vacation

    Peggy Archer
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I don’t know if I really wanted to go camping over the holiday or if I just wanted to escape the empty apartment, but either way I had a good time in the Mojave desert. Please enjoy some photos: Sand dunes. In case you were wondering, climbing a 600 foot sand dune is really hard. Footprints. According to the chart in the ranger station, they were made by a shrew. Burnt tree at sunrise Rock formations and cliffs Cactus Petroglyphs Joshua Tree Inside a lava tube Desert sunriseFiled under: Non-Work, Photos, travel
  • I’m officially unemployed.

    Peggy Archer
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Our wrap ended today, and now I’m out in the wild looking for work – along with the people from all the other shows that have either been cancelled or gone down for the season. Also, I had to put the cat to sleep Monday after work. I can’t write about it right now. It’s too painful. I will say that having the vet’s office play Christmas carols while I cradled my dying pet was super shitty. I predict I’m going to keep the earbuds in until next year. Have a happy Thanksgiving.Filed under: Uncategorized
  • Peter, meet Paul. He’ll be paying you. Maybe.

    Peggy Archer
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    At the start of this show, we were told that we’d have no swing sets. Ever. For any reason. So, of course, for our last episode, we have four really big swing sets. Since our stage is 200 feet long by 100 feet wide, and it’s 44.5 feet from the floor to the perms, we’ve had some problems with power. Not that we haven’t got power available, it’s just the cable – or lack thereof. The head of the waterfall (the cable that comes up from the dimmer packs on the floor to the perms) is at one end of the stage, and our swing sets are at the other. So that’s …
  • Easing into the real world

    Peggy Archer
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Over the past two(ish) months, I’ve become accustomed to the lighter schedule of the multi-camera show. Monday, we come in around 2 pm, and work until about 8. We hang lights – enough to ‘rough in’ the look so when they do the rehearsal with the cast the next morning, they have a good idea what the sets look like and what we need to change or add. Ditto Tuesday and Wednesday. Our long days are Thursday (block and pre-shoot) and Friday (audience), but neither of those days usually go over 12 hours. Friday, the director does a ‘block and refresh’ with the…
  • The end is nigh

    Peggy Archer
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    We have two weeks left until this show wraps. At this point, we’ve used our lighting budget and aren’t allowed to rent any more equipment, no matter what. Which would be fine if we had, as originally promised, no swing sets*. But big ideas happen in the writer’s room and things change, so we now have to light a new set each week. But – we can’t get any new stuff, so we have to steal from whatever permanent set isn’t working to complete the rig. Which is also fine, except that this week’s swing set will also play next week, so we didn’t de-rig…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Look TASCAM DR60D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR Filmmaking

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Look TASCAM DR60D Linear PCM Recorder for DSLR Filmmaking and Field Recording Parents of future movie makers cringe at their child’s choice of career for many reasons. 1st, {they’re} concerned that the child will end up flipping burgers in a fast food joint for that rest of their lives or will not get the proper filmmaking tips. Right after all, for every single Quentin Tarantino you’ll find twenty five Andy Shaffers who are just not likely to make it. Most parents encourage their children’s dreams as much as {feasible}, but right after they start off investigating the…
  • 2014 Wrap-Up (It's No Identity Crisis, But I'm No Longer Me)

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    So much has happened, it feels ridiculous to attempt to “wrap it up” in the span of one blog post – punishment for not keeping up to date. Funny what can get left behind when you don’t stop and look back over your shoulder – and if it weren’t for a long-distance phone call with a new friend who had remarked, “You should really keep a journal. Your life sounds sort of interesting,” I wouldn’t have remembered to return. The written word feels strange and unfamiliar to me – it feels like ages since I’ve really written anything.
  • Sith Lord Precision Tactics INTRO: CW Films, The Beginning

    13 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Last winter I got a call on a Saturday at 7am. Producer: “Hey Dan, Sorry its so early. What are you doing right now? Dan: “Sleeping” Producer: “We need a grip. The DP we’re working with is a super nerd and likes equipment like you do.” 10 minutes later… I walked into the Christopher Webb Studio HQ ——> To sum it all up….from that moment to this day I’ve worked on 18 commercials and 3 short films. The majority of the projects were with the master DP Christopher Webb as well as the various…
  • Cold Prey [2006] - DVD Review

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Fritt Vilt [English title: Cold Prey]. 2006.  Dir. Roar Uthaug.  Starring Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rolf
  • Documentary Film - Portraits

    13 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    A short documentary that paints a portrait of a man that was once homeless and a worker with the homeless with a passion for art.
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    The Independent

  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Tony Shaff

    Catherine Stewart
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight spoke with Tony Shaff about his film Hotline at DOC NYC last month.Dana Knight: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us what the film is about?Tony Shaff: I’m a Brooklyn filmmaker and my film Hotline is a feature documentary about telephone hotlines. It’s about people who call and work on these anonymous and sometimes confidential hotlines. And it’s a look at how we’re communicating and the lost art of voice-to-voice communication in an age where we are a little bit…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: The Yes Men

    Catherine Stewart
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the comedy troupe, The Yes Men about filmmaking. Knight initially spoke with Mike Bonnano, Andy Bichlbaum and Laura Nix in Toronto in September.Dana Knight (DK): When did the Yes Men become the Yes Men and why the Yes Men and not the No Men since you’re saying “no” to and revolting against most things?Mike Bonnano: When we first started doing this, we imagined that we were just going to agree with people. We would infiltrate these business meetings and then we’d be…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen

    Catherine Stewart
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with co-creators about collaboration, acting and more. Knight initially spoke with Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen in Toronto in September.Dana Knight (DK): Could you please introduce the film and tell us what inspired it and how the whole process unfolded.Alex Holdridge: Meet Me in Montenegro is a love story, it is semi-autobiographical, I co-wrote it and co-directed it with Linnea Saasen. The film follows an American filmmaker as he travels to Berlin where he ends up meeting…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Matthu Placek

    Catherine Stewart
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the artist Matthu Placek about “Moving Portraits”. Knight initially spoke with Placek at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.Dana Knight (DK): Will you please give us a background to your work and introduce the very special short film that you presented at TIFF 2014.Matthu Placek: I’m a photographer by origins and I’ve been making films for about five years. This short film is the first in an ongoing body of work of moving portraits. I’m actually…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Kate Chevigny & Ross Kauffman

    Catherine Stewart
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaking duo behind E-Team. Knight initially spoke with Kate Chevigny and Ross Kauffman in New York City at the end of October.Dana Knight (DK): How did this project come about and who initiated it?Katy Chevigny: Ross and I were looking for a project to work on together, trying to find the right project. At that point we knew a little bit about the work of Human Rights Watch, we knew it was important but we didn’t know a lot about it. And it wasn’t until we had…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Why I Shoot "Street"

    3 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    My favorite "Street" film camera, a 1960s B&H Dial 35 To go forward, we sometimes have to step back...   That is exactly what I did when I decided to branch out formally into "Street Photography," six months ago. After being involved in the Photographic Arts for more than a third of a century, the practice of taking photographs was beginning to lose its magic. From an amateur hobbyist, I
  • Weekly Street Photos #24

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    This week's theme: MANILA'S HOMELESS When you take photographs on the street, in any city in the world, you are bound to come across the "homeless." But in Metro-Manila squatters abound, that it is almost impossible to ignore them. As a photographer who chronicles people as they go about their daily lives, I believe that it is my duty to also highlight the plight and the existence of these
  • Weekly Street Photos #23

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    This week's theme: STREET MURALS The Metro-Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has a project of beautifying Manila city streets with murals. I have been having a blast juxtaposing them in photographs. Here are three of my favorites. (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Sparrow Lane" "Shadows" "Mind Trip" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #22

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:04 am
    This week's theme: FATHER & SON I just saw the movie "The Judge" starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall, so I have been thinking about my own relationship with my dad and my son lately. It seems easier for guys to find differences and to just let kinships fall apart. It's specially harder to maintain a strong bond between males from two different generations. But fathers do love and
  • Weekly Street Photos #21

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    This week's theme: RAIN   I'm sure everyone noticed the erratic weather patterns we have been having all over the world-- unseasonal thunder storms, long winters, super tornadoes, extreme summer heat with extended dry spells. In the Philippines, aside from super typhoons that wreak havoc to entire cities, we have had unseasonal monsoon rains that cause wide-spread flooding and odd daily weather
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    Truth Seekers

  • Poem: Humanity Explored

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    the humanity, seeing divinity in truth, peace, beauty & benevolence, shackled by beating beast beneath, awaits for elevation of nature. becoming divine, the prime feature, of being human; lost in front news headlines from countries, developed and not, visible or...
  • Cosmopolitan Narratives. Documentary and the Global ‘Otherʼ

    Ib Bondebjerg
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    First published in Nordicom Review, 35 (Special Issue), 2014, p. 53-67. Globalization is a phenomenon much discussed in contemporary society, and rightly so. But it is by no means just a dimension linked to modern societies and cultures. In fact,...
  • The Korean Way of Tea

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Visiting Songgwangsa, an important Son monastery in Chollanamdo in South Korea, if you take a walk up a steep hill and deep in the forest you reach Bulilam, an hermitage nestled in a bamboo grove with a wide vista of...
  • Just Images: Ethics and Documentary Film in China

    Ying Qian
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    This article first appeared in CHINA HER...
  • Documentary and Cognitive Theory: Narrative, Emotion and Memory

    Ib Bondebjerg
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    Original publication: Bondebjerg, I. (2014). Documentary and Cognitive Theory: Narrative, Emotion and Memory. Media and Communication, 2(1), 13‐22. Abstract This article deals with the benefits of using cognitive theory in documentary film studies. The article outlines general aspects of cognitive...
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  • Till We Get the Healing Done

    Michael Sean Wright
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:55 pm
  • Now That’s Funny!

    Michael Sean Wright
    30 Jul 2013 | 9:16 pm
    You know what you never hear? ‘I hate Dolphins’ or ‘I don’t like to laugh.’ If you’re one Dolphin hating, humorless person- move right along. However if you crack up easily, we have something fun to share with you. ‘The HaHa Jim Comedy Hour‘ is a collaboration between comedian, actor, wiseguy Jim Labriola Jim Labriola and Michael Sean Wright. Jim is best known as Benny from ‘Home Improvement.’ Now here’s the really funny thing about this project– I really like to laugh and Jim is one of those comedians that just slays me…
  • A Brave New Year- Robert Scoble Shares His 5 Big Things and the Apple Contextual Hole

    Michael Sean Wright
    31 Dec 2012 | 8:47 pm
    Big Data is Watching 2012 was the year of major advancements in film and media on many levels. Lucas went Disney, Google became beautiful and big data continued to be the big buzz. Mobile and location will continue to grow in amazing ways as the ‘second-screen’ becomes a bigger part in our media experiences. One of our favorite geeks/ trendsetters and futurists, Robert Scoble joins us for a conversation about the Brave New Year ahead. Scoble is co-authoring a new book“Age of Context” with Shel Israel. From The Scobleizer: What’s the age of context? Five radically expanding…
  • Sound Burst: Exploring Music- HD Video

    Michael Sean Wright
    24 Oct 2011 | 3:04 pm
    “Music Makes Film in my Mind.” msw Today we are listening to more music- sharing it wider and discovering better ways to connect with our favorite artists. Music is at the heart of everything we do. Peter and Philip It’s always exciting to see friends who are taking bold steps and finding their own voice. Philip Nelson, SVP of NewTek empowers the vision of artists and media companies on a daily basis but it was a journey inside Peter Himmelman‘s ‘Furious World.’ that gave him the encouragement he needed to cut his own music. Philip launched a kickstarter…
  • Inside the Movement with @Invisible Children – Using #BigData to Change the World

    Michael Sean Wright
    20 Oct 2011 | 12:45 pm
    One of our favorite ‘Social Good’ Non-profits/ NGO’s, Invisible Children is leveraging Big Data to inspire a movement that demands an end to the longest running conflict in Central Africa. What began with the 2003 documentary film Invisible Children: Rough Cut’ evolved into an action network that informs and influences change. Their use of real-time data powers impressive tools like the Crisis Tracker and political, ‘call-to-action’ campaigns. They could have stopped at making a compelling documentary film but they new that “Film without Data is…
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  • 'This Ain't Your Daddy’s Civil Rights Movement': Provocative Film on Police Racism Hits St. Louis

    Jorie Jacobi
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Filmmaker Nick Broomfield flew to St. Louis last night for an emergency screening of "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," his latest documentary exploring L.A.-based serial killer and rapist Lonnie Franklin, who has been linked by DNA evidence to the murders of 10 women--mostly black, mostly prostitutes. As though that isn’t sufficiently disturbing, the documentary attacks racial tensions blistering underneath the hard facts of the case, and extends further to expose years of colossally negligent police work surrounding the murders of black women. In an unsuspecting art gallery on 14th…
  • 'Serial' Podcast Finale: What We Know (and What We Don't Know)

    Paula Bernstein
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Yesterday, Funny or Die shared a video skit featuring Michaela Watkins playing Sarah Koenig before the final episode of "Serial." Though poking fun at a real-life murder investigation is in questionable taste, the spoof did get something right -- the pressure on Koenig to deliver a satisfying ending to the blockbuster "This American Life"-spinoff podcast. So now that the "Serial" is over, did Koenig manage to deliver?  [Spoilers follow.] Anyone who is expecting the 12-episode podcast to wrap up like a scripted series (other than "Lost" or…
  • Why Video Game Fans Cosplay and Why Game Companies Love It

    Rob Manuel
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    In the age of keeping your music in the clouds and taking pictures that seemingly disappear in minutes, there's something refreshing putting needle to thread, crafting the best piece of armor, and spending untold nights for the love of a good video game, comic or movie. Go to any convention now and you'll see fans from all walks of life displaying their cosplay, a term combining "costume" and "play" from Japan in the 1970s. The outfits range from the simple fez and bowtie (they're cool) to outfits that would make costumers from big budget movie sets drool, created with…
  • Sundance Announces 2015 Jurors: Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Edgar Wright and More

    Shipra Gupta
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Sundance Institute has announced the members of the jury for each section of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Notable participants include acclaimed documentarian Gordon Quinn on the jury for U.S. Documentary; "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga, actress Winona Ryder and cult comedy writer/director Edgar Wright on the jury for U.S. Dramatic; "Eden" director Mia Hansen-Løve on the jury for World Cinema Dramatic; beloved composer K.K. Barrett on the jury for Short Film; and actress Brit Marling and "Interstellar" co-writer Jonathan Nolan on the jury…
  • Watch: Kate Winslet Searches for Eden in Alan Rickman's 'A Little Chaos' Trailer

    Shipra Gupta
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:39 am
    Focus Features has released a trailer for the 17th century-set romantic drama, "A Little Chaos," which is slated for release this upcoming spring. The film, directed by and co-starring Alan Rickman, centers on the fictional Sabine de Barra, a female landscape architect, played by Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet, who is selected to design one of the main gardens in the newly built Palace of Versailles. Matthias Schoenaerts co-stars as André Le Nôtre, the King's actual principal landscape architect according to historical records. The trailer, which you can…
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    Film Threat

  • WILD

    Rick Kisonak
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    In her book, Strayed never managed to connect the motivational dots between her self-destructive behavior and the decision to take a long, difficult, potentially dangerous walk, so it’s no surprise the movie's creators aren’t more successful at making sense of her story...Read More at

    Phil Hall
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Finnish filmmaker Rax Rinnekangas has created an intriguing experimental feature film that mixes discussions of architectural design with ruminations on regret, loneliness and lost dreams...Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, with the new "Star Wars" teaser and the approach of Life Day had us thinking about some silly moments and speculation in the prequels...Read More at

    Mark Bell
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    The 12th annual Oxford Film Festival, running February 26-March 1, 2015, has announced its lineup...Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    Today we’re exploring three quick ways on how to field horrific notes on your scripts or feature films, without jumping off a bridge, or burning a bridge with the person who gave you the notes...Read More at
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  • The Curious Copyright Case of “It’s A Wonderful Life”

    John P. Hess
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    It’s A Wonderful Life has become a holiday tradition bolstered by near constant plays on television as the film fell into the public domain in 1975. But in the 90s, a studio would regain control over the film and put copyright to the test. This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:
  • Adam Savage’s 10 Commandments of Making

    John P. Hess
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Every year, Adam gives a speech at the Bay Area Maker Faire. He’s talked about intrinsic need for makers to build things, and how to work smart on projects. This year talk are his 10 tips for makers of all ages–the advice Adam would’ve given to himself when he was just starting out. Via ProVideo Coalition 1. Make something. Make ANYTHING. You will only improve your skills by making, talk does you no good. 2. Make something useful. Make something that improves your life or the lives of others. Make a thing that solves a problem for you, or highlights an issue you care about.
  • Creative Spark: David Seidler

    John P. Hess
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Screenwriter David Seidler (“The King’s Speech,” “Tucker: The Man and His Dream”) takes viewers inside his creative process in an exploration of where ideas come from.
  • A Guide to Using Consumer LED Bulbs for Photography and Video

    John P. Hess
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Can you use everyday consumer LEDs to light your photos and video? Check out this guide with samples: Photographing indoors meant, until recently, changing the White Balance in your digital camera to Tungsten. With incandescent light bulbs going the way of the dodo, things are not always easy. Some of the cheap LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs available in the market may give you a whole rainbow of colours during their lifetime, instead of the “white” your eyes seem to see there. Your camera sees differently, you see! We’re not talking about calibrated LED panels—and even some…
  • This Man Helps Nat Geo Photographers Get the Shot

    John P. Hess
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Cheetah-proof flashbulbs, custom wide-angle lenses, and cameras that take two photos at once: It’s all in a day’s work for Kenji Yamaguchi, a master photographic engineer at National Geographic. For 32 years, his custom contraptions have helped photographers capture iconic images on assignments all over the world.
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  • Compression Preview Takes the Guesswork Out Of Compression Side Effects

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Code Zero Software, a new division of Boston VFX and post studio ZERO VFX, has released Compression Preview, a tool for previewing and repairing the effects of compression within Adobe After Effects.
  • Adobe Updates Production Applications

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Adobe this week released updates for their suite of video applications. The 2014.2 update includes Premiere Pro CC, Media Encoder CC, After Effects CC, SpeedGrade CC, Prelude CC, Audition CC, and Story CC. Each update includes enhancements and even tighter integration between complementary applications.
  • Boris FX Acquires Imagineer Systems

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Post production software company, Boris FX, has acquired Imagineer Systems, makers of best-in-class planar tracking application, mocha Pro, among others.
  • Wipster Eases Video Review and Approval Pains

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    New Zealand-based Wipster has taken the difficult review, revision and approval process, and launched a purpose-built platform specifically to simplify said process. While other platforms have competed in this space, Wipster has taken a creative - and pragmatic - approach to interface, process and usability.
  • Project for Awesome Decreases Level of World Suck

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Project for Awesome (P4A) is an initiative where creators are encouraged to “post videos about and advocating for charities to decrease the overall level of world suck.” Every year, on the second Friday and Saturday of December, viewers vote to determine which videos featured on the Project for Awesome website and which organizations P4A will support with viewer donations.
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • John Adams and The Death of Klinghoffer: Protests at the Met

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Police barricades, yelling demonstrators, hectoring politicians and bitter press harangues — and all this after settling a summertime labor dispute with IATSE Local 1? No, this is not how the world’s greatest opera house, the Metropolitan Opera, expected to stage its 2014-2015 season. The Met’s gold damask curtain parted this season on Oct. 2 with Mozart’s […]
  • Godard and Goodbye to Language

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Only a few ripples remain. When the critic-filmmakers of the New Wave surged against the ramparts of the French “Tradition of Quality,” sweeping away in Cahiers du Cinema the detritus of many post World War II movies, they introduced a revitalized Gallic cinematic spirit, an élan as fresh as when Gance, Delluc, Epstein, Pagnol, Cocteau, […]
  • Lech Majewski Meets Bruegel on the Way to Calvary

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
     ONE According to art historians Giovanni Arpino and Piero Bianconi, there are more than 500 figures in the painting — that is, in addition to 40 horses, 20 birds and at least eight dogs. The oil panel is not small; Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s second largest work, Way to Calvary, measures about 4’ by 5½’. That’s […]
  • Freddie Francis and The Innocents

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the evening of March 26, 1990, cinematographer/director Freddie Francis made a brief but noteworthy speech on accepting his Academy Award for Glory. After a quick mention of producer Freddie Fields and director Ed Zwick, he said, “I’m only going to pick out one guy to thank, and that’s my wonderful operator, Gordon Hayman.” (Hayman’s […]
  • Stop, Go, Stop, Go: Rob Whitworth and Time Lapse

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Passport? Check. Sneakers? Check? Ramen and espresso maker? Check. Oh, and a couple of Nikons with prime and zoom lenses, a tripod, the all-important ND filters for extended exposures, and a laptop loaded with After Effects. Shanghai based time-lapse filmmaker Rob Whitworth is ready to hop on a plane to any of the world’s capital […]
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  • 7 reasons why Paramount banned this 10-year-old movie

    Iain Alexander
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Paramount Pictures stepped into the Sony Hack debate today when the studio decided to make an executive decision on a decade old film that was going to screen at movie theaters over the Christmas break. With ‘The Interview’ totally canceled, and a furious outcry in Hollywood, some movie theaters decided it was about time to fight back the evilness of this great tragedy. With North Korea firmly on the minds of theater owners, losing ‘The Interview’ was both painful and tragic to ignore. A surge in interest for ‘Team America: World Police’ (2004) led to…
  • Filmmakers can no longer ignore the concept of ‘cyber defense’

    Iain Alexander
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It’s no longer business as usual for the film industry, which is heading towards a pure digital reality with many new risks involved in that transition. There’s no doubt that the foundations of the film business have been shaken by the shocking Sony hack. Studios have ramped up their defenses while everyone connected to Sony Pictures has been checking all their email correspondences; and even prepared apologies in anticipation of leaks. We’re entering a new phase in the technological era where intellectual property is stored in the cloud, and people are more reliant on the…
  • White House : Sony Hack is now a matter of national security

    Iain Alexander
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Sony hack has led the White House to release a statement regarding the serious nature of the incident and is now weighing a response. Following the revelation that the FBI considered the attack to be from North Korea, officials have stepped up their focus now that other companies could also be at risk of similar industrial scale sabotage. The White House said that the cyber attack on Sony was now a matter of national security with Press Secretary Josh Earnest revealing that the President had met with the National Security Council and that a “proportionate response” was being…
  • Kim Jong-Un just became an internet meme : Top 10 pics

    Iain Alexander
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    After ‘The Interview’ was pulled from its release schedule, movie fans decided to turn North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un into an internet meme. Following the success of the Sad Batman memes earlier this year the Kim Jong-Un parodies give the notorious leader a ‘closer relationship’ with Hollywood. Sony’s decision to pull the film entirely was met with disappointment, anger, frustration and most of all humor. For the first time ever, a Hollywood studio decided to abandon a theatrical release following a cyber attack. Check out the best photoshopped Kims from around…
  • North Korea is behind unprecedented attack on Sony Pictures

    Iain Alexander
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:12 pm
    It has just been confirmed by US intelligence officials that North Korea is behind the attack that has crippled Sony Pictures dramatically escalating the stakes for the White House. After a scathing hack that has crippled Sony Pictures, the threat of hackers calling themselves ‘Guardians of Peace’ has forced theater chains to abandon screenings, while Sony has lost millions of dollars in the wake of the breach. Today’s revelation adds pressure on the Obama administration to respond in the wake of the single biggest cyber attack ever conducted on U.S soil, affecting thousands…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • The Charlie Brown School of Dance

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
      Big thanks to the great cast of this video! In order of appearance: Eric Kelly- bad club dancer/russian cossack dance Tricia Franciose- club dancer/wafting odor Rachel Fabro- club dancer/the concussion Dustin Thomas- club dancer/the third base coach Stephen Fabro- club dancer/the zombie mc hammer Owen Weber- Linus Van Pelt III/ the ghost humper/editor/director Kelli Hanlon- the breakfast club Nikki Choluj- the self breast exam Conrad Smith- the dramatic chipmunk Carlos Avelar- the ruby slipper vulture shuffle  
  • Area Mother Hurt In Tragic Eat-And-Run

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    ROYAL OAK, MI- A 21-year-old Royal Oak man is in custody after his involvement in emotionally wounding his mother in a tragic eat-and-run. Police say Ryan Kincade, a Marketing Senior at Michigan State University, had arrived for a weekend stay at his parents’ Royal Oak home Friday evening when he allegedly consumed a home-cooked meal, declined a plate of warm peach cobbler and fled the scene around 7:15 pm without so much as a “thank you”. The perpetrator’s mother, Roberta Kincade, is in stable condition but is nevertheless heartbroken at her son’s lack of appreciation. Roberta…
  • The Male Siri: A Creepy Stage Five Clinger (iPhone Commercial Parody)

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    SIR is the most accurate male artificial intelligence ever. Perhaps too accurate. Written by Eric Kelly and Owen Weber Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Owen Weber CAST (In order of appearance) Rachel Fabro ( Erin Thorn ( April Rose ( Sarah Fabro Eric Kelly ( Danielle Doetsch ( Announcer: Dustin Thomas Voice of SIR: Owen Weber
  • Every Maid of Honor Speech, Ever

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s wedding season!  And that means it’s time for my favorite part of every wedding- the maid of honor speech. Filmed live at Chicago Filmmakers.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Ebola

    14 Jun 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Behold, a supercut of Arnold Schwarzenegger puking. Best wishes to Arnie for a speedy recovery from Ebola.
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    Film Shortage

  • Goldie

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:31 pm
    During the WWII many dogs that had nothing to do with the affairs of men contributed their unconditional support and companionship in the most dangerous missions. Goldie is the story of a messenger dog who was thrown into the uncertain fate of war. The post Goldie appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Manus Island Animated Documentary

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    The story of the project Nowhere Line: Voices from Manus Island is an animated short film, which tells the stories of two men, currently detained on Australia’s notorious Manus Island Processing Centre. This crowdfunding campaign has been conceived to raise money to complete the animation, but also to benefit those whose stories and journeys are at the heart of the film. A minimum of $3000 of the pledges for the project will go into charitable donations to helping those in Manus and Nauru processing centres. In October 2014, director Lukas Schrank, made phone contact with the men, who were…
  • Roar

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Roar is a supernatural drama about generational bonds and disconnects. It is a grounded take on the superhero genre, told through real themes and experiences. It explores the commitments of a family divided by age and pride, who are brought together to fulfill a promise made many years ago. Roar is a film about people with extraordinary powers. Powers they spend their lives battling to control, and which ultimately consume them. The post Roar appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Time To Go

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    ‘Time To Go’ is a two minute film set in 1956, about a man who has built a machine that can traverse the space-time continuum in order to correct a mistake in his past. Yet he needs one final piece – a time-keeper that can survive the tremendous forces involved. And now, finally, he has it… Created as branded online content for a watch customisation company, and to be the first in a series of character’s that embody each of their watches, we start here with Frank Teller and the Rolex Milgauss. Like this one, each piece is to have the look and feel of the beginning of…
  • We Are All Mad Here

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Nick Fouquet plays the Madhatter. He’s alive and kicking in Venice Beach, California. The post We Are All Mad Here appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • And Channing Tatum as George Bailey (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    This week, the Nerds discuss what is arguably the most quintessential Christmas film, and an American classic: It’s a Wonderful Life. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Santa Claus is Batman (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The NoF crew kicks off December by discussing the classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Nerdicus! – Part II (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti joins the Nerds once again to finish talking about Harry Potter… for now. Click here if the media player does not load
  • Nerdicus! – Part I (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Nerds welcome Gina Giovannetti back  to the Nerd Cave to talk Harry Potter. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Its Not You… Its Us (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    An important announcement from Sean. Click here if the media player does not load.  
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    Noam Kroll

  • 3 Reasons Why Great Directing Hinges On Prep Work and Pre-Production

    Noam Kroll
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    There is a very strong argument to be made that ‘90% of directing is casting’, and that same logic could be argued for the pre-production process as a whole. While many Directors crave their moment on set with the actors and crew, it’s the amount of prep work that they’ve put in before hand that allows them to excel in those moments above all else. Below are 3 reasons why the greatest Directors of all time place such a heavy emphasis on prep. If you’re a Director or Producer (or aspiring to be either), there is no doubt that have a love for being on set. When…
  • Here’s The Perfect Time Management Balance For Filmmakers & Why Most Filmmakers Are Doing It Wrong

    Noam Kroll
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Filmmaking is all about balance. This notion applies not only to creative choices (balancing story beats, character types, etc.) but also to the filmmaking process as a whole. Finding the right balance when making a film is critical to the overall success of any given project, yet today so many filmmakers spend so much of their time in all the wrong places. Throughout this article I’m going to outline what I believe to be the perfect balance for tackling the extremely challenging task of creating a film. Most of us filmmakers gravitate towards one aspect of the filmmaking process,…
  • Do You Know What The Difference Between A T-Stop And An F-Stop Is? Here’s What It Means And Why It Matters!

    Noam Kroll
    28 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    So many younger cinematographers today have come up during the DSLR revolution, and as a result have never used lenses that feature T-Stop markings. DSLR lenses are of course intended for stills photography first and foremost, and the standard measurement of aperture in photography has always been an F-Stop. In film however, aperture is measured in T-Stops which is why authentic cinema lenses will always have their markings based around a T-Stop, not an F-Stop. Read on to hear why this is the case, and to understand the big differences that it can make while shooting. I had a recent…
  • This Is How You Set Up A Custom 3 Camera Reality TV Car Rig + Watch This Bonus Hour Long Gear Talk Video!

    Noam Kroll
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    DISCLAIMER: This post showcases a 3 camera car setup that is currently being used on a television series. In many states/provinces/countries it is not legal to record while driving, to block the view of the windshield, or to otherwise rig up your car for video and audio recording. If you choose to set up your car like this, please do so at your own discretion and be sure to check with local authorities to ensure that you aren’t breaking and laws or creating any violations by shooting this way.  A few weeks back I got together my friend and colleague David Thies of Tvacom so that he…
  • Check Out This No Budget Music Video Shot Entirely On The GH4 At 48FPS & Cut On FCP X

    Noam Kroll
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I apologize for the last of posts recently, as the last couple of weeks have been very hectic! I just wrapped up production on a couple of commercial/corporate spots, directed three music videos and ran my Digital Cinema Bootcamp this past weekend – amongst other things. I have some really great material that I’m going to be sharing with you guys over the next week or so, and wanted to kick things off today by highlighting a recent no-budget music video that I shot on the Lumix GH4… Summer Eyes A couple months back, I was in Toronto for a visit and decided to shoot a music…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • "Pixar's 22 Rules Of Story" Analyzed, Now In Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

    Stephan Bugaj
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Pixar's 22 Rules Of Story (That Aren't Really Pixar's) Analyzed free eBook is now available in Simplified character set Mandarin Chinese, thanks to the translation services of Bing Song.Download the (Simplified Mandarin) Chinese version of the eBook here. 
  • New Music Project

    Stephan Bugaj
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I have a new musical project that I'm very excited about.  It's been in the works for a few months now, but we're keeping most things under wraps for now.  However, I'm really proud of this first track so here is an excerpt from it (the whole track will be kept secret until release, as that's how the labels want it nowadays).  More details will emerge as things progress, I just wanted folks to be able to hear part of this track, at least.
  • "Pixar's 22 Rules of Story" Analysis In French

    Stephan Bugaj
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    A nice gentleman named Marc Madi-Durand is translating my "Pixar's 22 Rules of Story (that aren't really Pixar's) Analyzed" Free eBook into French.  Each week he is publishing a new rule, translated into French from my original text, on his blog Cineaste Independant. It's very nice of him to make this work available to French speaking filmmakers, and I'm honored that a people with such a rich filmmaking tradition will now be able to read my thoughts about story. The first rule is already published, and you can return to Marc's blog weekly for a new rule.  null
  • Development Project: Ringer

    Stephan Bugaj
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Greg Jonkajtys and I have a new self-generated project in development that we are very excited about, called Ringer.   Miller and Alien Cargo Ship, concept art: Grzegorz Jonkajtys SYNOPSISRinger is a sci-fi noir set in a world in where aliens shape shifters (called "Ringers") who can take on any human form, have been banned from earth except in special free trade zones.The Ringers are banned because they are able to take on any human form they come in contact with, and the resultant widespread fear about them doing every unsavory thing from tricking lovers into trysts to usurping…
  • The Mines

    Stephan Bugaj
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Another project I worked on with Grzegorz Jonkajtys is The Mines.  I wrote a feature script first, and everyone loved it (the feature is currently seeking funding -- if you're interested in investing, please contact Platige Image).  So I was asked to write a five minute "test film" featuring a scene not in the feature.  The idea was to do some preliminary looks dev, and show the short to investors and distributors as basically a "tone reel" for the feature.  It was shot very cheaply (not at all representative of cost-per-minute being budgeted for the feature)…
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    In Layman's Terms...

  • Preview – VII: The Force Awakens (teaser trailer)

    Nicholas Lay
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Here we go again… In the bygone days of pre-high speed broadband, reading too much into a film trailer was seen by most as silly and a lofty height of geekiness. To be honest, despite the fact that it’s now fairly standard practice for every keyboard warrior to do it, it’s still silly and a lofty height of geekiness. But this is different. This is the height of geekiness. This is Star Wars; a franchise so entrenched in fan loyalty and passion that it was the original inspiration for analytical teaser trailer-related lunacy – with die-hard fans paying actual money for tickets to…
  • The Long Take & The Tracking Shot

    Nicholas Lay
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The famous, the unconventional, and my personal favourites… The early use of mounted dolly shots in popular film saw Italian director Giovanni Pastrone bring the tracking shot to the attention of a wide scale of filmmakers with his 1914 picture, Cabiria, while Alfred Hitchcock pioneered the elaborate long take in films such as Rope (1948) and Under Capricorn (1949). From the development of handheld camerawork to the introduction of the Steadicam in the mid-1970s, the tracking shot and the long take have always been classic, forever evolving cinematic techniques. With the…
  • Edward Regan Murphy

    Nicholas Lay
    22 May 2014 | 12:04 am
    The Third Coming of Eddie… In December of last year some news filtered out of Hollywood concerning an upcoming sequel. Nothing new there you might say, but this wasn’t just any old sequel. This was confirmation of a project that couldn’t fail to raise an excited grin. On and off for so many years, Beverly Hills Cop IV had finally been given the green light. Now this is the sort of comedy comeback sequel that I usually abhor. With the exception of Bill & Ted III and, until the recent death of Harold Ramis, Ghostbusters III, not even the most epic case of blind nostalgia either…
  • Review: Berandal

    Nicholas Lay
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Gareth Evans’ intended magnum opus doesn’t quite live up to expectations… If you read my preview for Berandal (a.k.a. The Raid 2), then you’d know I was rather excited for Welsh director Gareth Evans’ follow-up to his groundbreaking 2011 Indonesian action picture, The Raid. In fact, it’s fair to say excited was probably an understatement. Berandal was the film I was looking forward to the most this year and, on 11 April, opening night in North America, the long wait was finally over. Beginning two hours after the conclusion of the first film, Berandal once again follows…
  • Preview: Berandal

    Nicholas Lay
    15 Dec 2013 | 11:46 am
    The follow-up to ‘The Raid’ promises to be the coolest film of 2014… 2014 is a big year for the Hollywood sequel. Whether preordained due to an existing novel or simply another money-spinner produced to milk a popular series for every last penny, next year will have it all. The sequel from which I anticipate true unparalleled greatness however will not be coming from Hollywood, or even the UK. Well, at least not directly. Instead, it will be coming from Indonesia…via Wales. That’s right, Welsh director Gareth Evans’ Berandal, his long awaited follow-up to 2011’s The Raid, is…
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  • sherlockology: A great 13 minute promotional video for The...

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    sherlockology: A great 13 minute promotional video for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, filled with interviews and new footage - but also quite a few spoilers.
  • Every aspiring video producer has to start with something and...

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    Every aspiring video producer has to start with something and learn the basics. And here’s a great instructional video for the begginers that explains how to achieve a “film look” in your video production using Adobe Premiere (one of the most popular digital editing softwares on the market):
  • What every customer should know about photographers

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Photo and video services in the UK can be found on almost every street corner, but how to find experienced expert who will fulfill all your needs? I’ve checked a couple photography studios and video producers in Manchester to see who has the best equipment and skills to do a very complicated photo-shoot during a large gathering – a wedding for 150 people. Below are my findings. The best photography services were provided by people who are following the newest technological trends and have the equipment that can practically do anything. Some of the experts I’ve surveyed proposed such…
  • New technical achievements in movie production - drones

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Well, as a movie buff I’ve checked what’s new in the more technical side of film production and I’m simply fascinated by drones and the new opportunities they give to cinematographers. Aerial filming was never so easy and available to the public! When I was looking for a drone of my own, I’ve encountered a good run-down of the best machines available to the public. And I must say, I am eager to spend this much on my own little filming buddy!
  • floradcosta1985: (via Small Business Ideas | List Of Small...

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    floradcosta1985: (via Small Business Ideas | List Of Small Business Ideas: How to Start Your Own Video Production Business) A great, extensive FAQ on starting your own video production company. Hints in the article thoroughly explore the subject.
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  • Leo’s Fortune Review

    Luke Kent
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    Recently named Apple’s Game of the Year Runner-Up (missing out to the excellent Threes), Leo’s Fortune is a gem of a platformer, and without a doubt the best game featuring a moustachioed ball of fluff ever made. Leo has lost his fortune, and it’s up to us, the player, to recover it, whilst uncovering the culprit behind the treasures mysterious disappearance. The story is slight, yet effective in providing background to the globe trotting adventure. The cutscenes feature a simplistic grey scale colour, with Leo narrating in his bizarre Eastern European accent (think Borat…
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Review

    Luke Kent
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Farewell, Middle-Earth, it’s been quite the journey. After six nlms and thirteen years, director Peter Jackson closes the book on his time in Tolkien’s world with his “defining chapter”,  The Battle of the Five Armies. Opening right where The Desolation of Smaug left off, the concluding chapter of The Hobbit begins with a bang, setting the pace and tone for what is to come. There will be fire, there will be destruction and there will be death. As in the previous film, Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) is beautifully created, terrifying and spectacular (there’s a…
  • Hogwarts: The Great Hall

    Luke Kent
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Great Hall, shot by John Seale. “Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles that were floating in midair over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting. These tables were laid with glittering golden plates and goblets. At the top of the hall was another long table where the teachers were sitting […] The hundreds of faces staring at them looked like pale lanterns in the flickering candlelight [..] Harry looked upward and saw a velvety black ceiling dotted with stars. He heard Hermione…
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trading Card Character Reveal

    Luke Kent
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:40 pm
    This is awesome! Hats off to J. J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy who have revealed the names of the characters seen in the recent Force Awakens trailer, through pretty darn shiny trading cards. Take a look see below: Kudos, they sure do know their audience. Head over to Entertainment Weekly for the full scoop!
  • It’s Chriiiiistmas: Must Watch Christmas Movies

    Luke Kent
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everyone has them. Those Christmas movies that must be watched in the festive period at all costs. For if they were to be missed the World as we know it would end. Christmas would be cancelled, presents burnt, turkeys disposed of and chimneys blocked. Call the family, tell them to turn around and go home, it’s no longer going to be Christmas so quite frankly they just aren’t welcome. They are the movies that you watch that just make it feel like Christmas, and without them Crimbo is all wrong wrong wrong. You might scoff at the idea of watching these films from January through to…
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