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  • China buys in to Hollywood movies

    FILM-MAKING - Yahoo News Search Results
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    China's Hunan TV has agreed a deal with U.S. studio Lions Gate Entertainment that will see the two firms invest a combined $1.5 billion in film making, marking the latest inroad by a Chinese firm into Hollywood.
  • How To Network In Hollywood (Or anywhere, really)

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    Jason Brubaker
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    In this filmmaking article, we provide tips on how to network and importantly, how to network in Hollywood. Read this article if you want some awesome tips.
  • The Ultimate Video Terminology List Video News
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Video production is fun and immersive, but there are a lot of terminology relating to equipment, technology and practices which can confuse, confound and - once mastered - comfort us while on shoots, edits and in the camera shop. This list is compiled from a number of sources, all of which are listed at the end.
  • Podcast Episode 44: The UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide

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    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In this new podcast episode myself and Danny Stack talk about our new book we've just finished writing. It will be out soon and sums up just about EVERYTHING in the podcast SO FAR in many ways. It's basic question is; how can you earn a living as a writer? This book, the UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide, isn't about how to write, its about how to be a writer! In this episode we discuss our favourite parts of the book and our top advice - as well as how to overcome knock backs to your career - how do you survive and thrive?More about the book soon, when its released. Podcast listeners will of…
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Introduces IMAX Screening: Experience Will ‘Melt Your Faces Off’

    Deborah Day
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Putting a two-episode taste of HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” series on IMAX screens has only served to make the argument for weekly theatrical release of each upcoming episode of author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy juggernaut. The Season 5 trailer that aired following Thursday night’s Los Angeles IMAX screening of Season 4 episodes “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children,” drove the point home. “It’s the first television show to be shown in the IMAX format,” series star Sophie…
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  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Introduces IMAX Screening: Experience Will ‘Melt Your Faces Off’

    Deborah Day
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    Putting a two-episode taste of HBO’s epic “Game of Thrones” series on IMAX screens has only served to make the argument for weekly theatrical release of each upcoming episode of author George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy juggernaut. The Season 5 trailer that aired following Thursday night’s Los Angeles IMAX screening of Season 4 episodes “The Watchers on the Wall” and “The Children,” drove the point home. “It’s the first television show to be shown in the IMAX format,” series star Sophie…
  • James Franco Talks Frustrations With Traditional Filmmaking, Benefits of Going Independent (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:29 am
    James Franco closed out Slamdance’s 21st festival on Thursday by sitting down for its latest “Coffee With” event. His candid chat about independent filmmaking was followed by a screening of “Yosemite,” which Franco produced through his Rabbit Bandini Production company. The film, directed by Gabrielle Demeestere, chronicles the adventures of three 5th grade friends as they and their suburban community must deal with the looming threat of a mountain lion. Also Read: Sundance 2015’s Scene and Heard: James Franco, Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Kidman…
  • Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris Evans Among Celebs Taking Credit for ‘Deflategate’ (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:48 pm
    It looks like people are starting to come forward to take credit for the NFL “deflategate” scandal. Several oddly familiar faces cropped up on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in a video where they said they were the ones who deflated the footballs Tom Brady was using in the AFC Championship game. But while these guys may have resembled stars like Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Steven Tyler, Eli Roth, Dicky Barrett, Bill Simmons, Chris Evans and John Krasinski, it wasn’t actually any of them. See video: Deflategate ‘Is Insane,’ Says NFL Commentator Al Michaels on ‘Jimmy…
  • 11 Funny Things We Learned From ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ Star Jack Falahee’s Twitter Q&A

    Itay Hod
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:26 pm
    Jack Falahee, who plays Connor Walsh on Shonda Rhimes‘s ABC powerhouse, “How to Get Away with Murder,” hopped on Twitter for a quick Q&A with fans right before his show’s big mid-season premiere Thursday night, and it seemed nothing was off the table. Also Read: Viola Davis Teases ‘How To Get Away with Murder’ Return: ‘It Will Be Nothing You’d Ever Expect’ As it it turns out, along with some legendary sex moves (that are so good they can make your eyes water), Falahee also has one wicked sense of humor. Answering a wide range of questions, the…
  • ‘Parenthood’ Fans Take to Social Media to Say Farewell

    Jason Hughes
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    (Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the series finale of NBC’s “Parenthood” entitled “May God Bless and Keep You Always.”) In true “Parenthood” fashion, the NBC dramedy said farewell with a few laughs and plenty of tears. The most engrossing family drama in recent years really resonated with its hardcore base of fans, who showed up in droves to say goodbye. They also took to social media, posting on Facebook and sending the Twitter hashtag #BravermanForever to the top of the rankings throughout the night on Thursday. Also Read: NBC…
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  • Sony Pictures Classics Will Release Yet Another Woody Allen Film, 'Irrational Man'

    Anne Thompson
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Sony Pictures Classics, as expected, have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film, "Irrational Man," from Gravier Productions. Both partners prefer to screen the film for the buyer before they seal their usual deal. "Sony Classics and I have a good working relationship," said Woody Allen. "I like the way they handle my movies, very special, very classy and I always hope my films live up to their expectations.”  Produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, "Irrational Man" stars an…
  • Woody Allen’s Next Movie With Joaquin Phoenix & Emma Stone Is Called ‘Irrational Man,’ Sony Pictures Classics Will Distrib

    The Playlist
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    OK, there's no details, but Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s next movie now titled, "Irrational Man." The film features a prestigious cast including Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix, Parker Posey and Emma Stone. "Sony Classics and I have a good working relationship. I like the way they handle my movies, very special, very classy and I always hope my films live up to their expectations,” said Woody Allen. Sony Pictures Classics adds, "Woody Allen's new movie IRRATIONAL MAN, his latest annual…
  • Watch: The Hulk & The Hulk Buster Armor Face Off In New ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ TV Spot + New Photos

    Edward Davis
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Let’s talk rumors and spoilers about “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” for a second and if you’d rather not, we’d completely understand and this is the point where you might wanna just scroll down to the bottom of the page and check out the new TV spot. Has “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” been spoiled to bits already? Honestly, many of us tried to stay away from reading some of these rumors, just as probably many of you did too, but reading any additional or subsequent stories about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s been extremely difficult to even avoid of the vaguer story beats, ideas…
  • Slamdance Review: Ambition & Narcissism Duel In 'Diamond Tongues'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    Edith (Leah Goldstein) is an actor. Or at least so she says. Even though she broke up with her boyfriend Ben (Adam Gurfinkel) in an effort to dedicate time to her career, her investment in the craft is casual. Her most notable stint was in a low-budget feature that didn't get released, and she doesn't have headshots or a reel of her work to give to producers or agents. She's worn the status of a struggling actor like a badge of honor until her lack of success is no longer cute anymore. When acquaintances start getting callbacks for TV shows, and her best friend Clare (Leah Wildman) nabs the…
  • Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates

    29 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    I assume everyone knows that Janet Hubert played the role of Aunt Viv on the everlasting NBC sit-com "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," from the first episode in 1990, until 1993, when she was replaced, without an explanation, by Daphne Maxwell-Reid. After some 20 years, Hubertd finally did go public to discuss why she was fired from the show - due to “creative differences,” as well as ongoing feuds with both Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro. Of Smith, she said he had done "some heinous, horrible things to me,” and that it was he who pushed for her to be fired…
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  • Film Day 9 - Penny and Lucien

    16 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Date: Monday, August 17, 2014Film: Lost Penny The beginning of Week 3... A day of filming with Penny (Rachael McOwen) and Lucien (Christopher Elliott). The Enforcer (Robert Tanos) also had a quick scene. 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
  • Can You Spot Jake the Explainer?

    9 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    He's called Jake the Explainer. And he shows up in a lot of movies.His actual name doesn't have to be Jake. (Actually, he sometimes goes by the name of Sam or Morris.) And Jake doesn't even have to be male. He (or she) is a character in a movie that gets to explain the plot (or parts of the plot) to the other characters and, ultimately, to the audience.Jake is perhaps most famous for showing up in murder mysteries. Here, Jake is the private investigator who gently explains to a room full of suspects whodunnit. How. And why. Mystery solved. But he doesn't just come into murder mysteries.
  • The Future is Here

    1 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    It's 2015. But where are the flying cars?Did you know that this is the future that Marty McFly time-traveled to in Back to the Future II (1989)?So... where are all the flying cars? The hover boards? And that incredible futuristic fashion (that kinda resembles the late 1980s)?Well, it looks like it's possible that the Back to the Future team fell into the "Nobody knows anything" trap of the film industry."Nobody knows anything" is a quote from veteran screenwriter William Goldman. He's got a point. Predictions can be made about the future, but nobody really can know for sure about anything,…
  • 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
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  • James Franco Talks Frustrations With Traditional Filmmaking, Benefits of Going ... - TheWrap

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    TheWrapJames Franco Talks Frustrations With Traditional Filmmaking, Benefits of Going TheWrapJames Franco closed out Slamdance's 21st festival on Thursday by sitting down for its latest “Coffee With” event. His candid chat about independent filmmaking was followed by a screening of “Yosemite,” which Franco produced through his Rabbit Bandini ...
  • Almohannad Kalthoum, a unique filmmaking experience that documents the ... - Syrian Radio & TV Online

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Syrian Radio & TV OnlineAlmohannad Kalthoum, a unique filmmaking experience that documents the Syrian Radio & TV OnlineDamascus, Since he was unable to realize his dream in becoming a pilot in the Syrian Army to defend his country, Almohannad Kalthoum turned to another career that enables him to uphold the values of patriotism. He chose to become a filmmaker serving ...
  • This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass - Indie Wire

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:51 pm
    This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay DuplassIndie WireMark and Jay Duplass are a ubiquitous presence at this year's Sundance Film Festival. They were involved with three Sundance films, "The Bronze," "The Overnight," and "Tangerine" and an animated TV pilot ("Animals"). In addition to dominating Sundance, ...and more »
  • ''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam Jarnal - The Daily Star

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:06 am
    The Daily Star''Filmmaking is my passion and music my addiction'' … Saiful Islam JarnalThe Daily StarSaiful Islam Jarnal wears many hats: he is the designated percussionist of the urban folk band Joler Gaan, a distinguished theatre activist, musician and film-maker, model and actor. The versatile artiste spoke to The Daily Star about his busy career
  • Oculus dives into virtual reality moviemaking - Upstart

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:27 pm
    UpstartOculus dives into virtual reality moviemakingUpstartIn the decade or so since the resurgence of 3-D as a mainstream cinema format, filmmakers ranging from James Cameron to Jean-Luc Godard have played around with the new set of tools to figure out how to make movies using the new grammar — learning ...Oculus Launches Story Studio to Promote Virtual Reality FilmmakingVarietyOculus CEO on its new VR filmmaking venture Story Studio and Microsoft's (blog)Facebook's Oculus VR sets up Story Studio to make virtual reality filmsThe GuardianWall Street Journal -Gizmodo…
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  • Humans Being Human

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Last weekend, a YouTube video made the rounds of Swedish filmmaker Ruben stlund and his producing partner Erik Hemmendorff reacting to the Oscar nominations.
  • Paper Planes takes top spot

    21 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
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    21 Jan 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
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    21 Jan 2015 | 5:35 pm
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  • Climate change conference shows youth how they can make a difference

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:09 pm
    A handful of Grade 7 students were selected to spend the day in a climate change conference at the Glenwood Community Centre in Winnipeg on Wednesday. The youth were invited to learn about topics on social justice and the environment.
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  • China buys in to Hollywood movies

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:59 am
    China's Hunan TV has agreed a deal with U.S. studio Lions Gate Entertainment that will see the two firms invest a combined $1.5 billion in film making, marking the latest inroad by a Chinese firm into Hollywood.
  • China's Hunan TV to enter Hollywood in deal with Lions Gate

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    China's Hunan TV & Broadcast Intermediary Co Ltd has agreed a deal with U.S. studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp that will see the two firms invest a combined $1.5 billion in film making, marking the latest inroad by a Chinese firm into Hollywood. Lions Gate, known for producing movies such as "The Hunger Games", and Hunan TV plan to invest the $1.5 billion within three years. The U.S. firm ...
  • Call to local film makers to participate in KKIFF 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    KOTA KINABALU : Budding local film makers are invited to apply to the Sabah Film Academy to learn film-making and participate in the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival (KKIFF) 2015.
  • Utah Wants Filmmakers to Come and Make Movies in the State

    25 Jan 2015 | 1:21 am
    The Sundance Film Festival is in its 31st year but Utah has been playing host to film-making since long before that.
  • Trial of woman charged with supporting Islamic State starts in Germany

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    The trial of a woman accused of sending money and film-making equipment to Islamist militant group Islamic State in Syria began in the German city of Duesseldorf on Wednesday. The 25-year-old woman, who holds joint German and Polish citizenship, appeared in the high-security courthouse wearing a chador, a black, head-to-toe gown worn by some conservative Muslims. The charges against her include ...
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  • The Inspiration Film Festival announces the winners

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    2015 WINNERS SIMON SAYS Winner of “Best of Fest” & “Best Short Film Fiction” FILL UP. POUR OUT. Winner of “Best Short Film Documentary” DAVID & ME Winner of “Best Feature Documentary” A SUMMERHOUSE Winner of “Best Student Short Film Fiction” FRED Winner of “Best Student Short Film Documentary” PROM? Winner of the “Audience Award”
  • 70 years ago Auschwitz was freed. Let us remember with this video

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Following the Future of Film Festivals Forum in Katowice, on my way to Krakow I stopped at Auschitz "museum". . We are Charlie, we are jews...These memories will last. The sky is crying.. Of course this is not a toursistic attraction, despite all the buses in the parking lot and the million visitors each year, and the visitors are very silent, dignity, ...against barbary 75 years ago. Some people I know, in Germany, make it a duty to go there each year.
  • The Cousteau Family to be honored at Santa Barbara Fest

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
      The Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presented by UGG® Australia, will kick off Opening Night with the U.S. Premiere of Relativity Studios’ Desert Dancer at the historic Arlington Theatre on Tuesday, January 27, 2015.   Directed by Richard Raymond and starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Cullen and Marmama Corlett, Desert Dancer tells the true story of a self-taught dancer pursuing a dream in a suppressed society.    “Raymond has delivered an extremely timely and thought-provoking movie about love, truth and the…
  • The Stockholm International Film Festival will introduce a documentary film award in 2015.

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:57 am
    In the documentary section Stockholm Documentary Competition, the winner will receive a Bronze horse the festivals price. The Stockholm Film Festival Bronze horse is awarded in the following sections: Best Film Best Documentary Stockholm Visionary Award Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award Stockholm Achievement Award Since the start in 1990 the Stockholm Film Festival has brought a huge number of unforgettable docs such as: Salaam Cinema by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, A Huey P. Newton Story by Spike Lee, Devil’s Playground by Lucy Walker, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer by Nick…
  • The 19th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival is coming March 12-22, 2015.

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
     The Connecticut/New England angles are many: Kara Sundlun's WWII profile of her fighter pilot father, the late Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun; CT Premiere of THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER in her hometown of Hartford with a live performance by Colleen Welsh, The Hartt School's NEW Sophie Tucker; Theodore Bikel's new doc; Nancy (sister of Steven) Spielberg coming to premiere her new film on the Israeli Air Force and a partnership with Hartford Stage and Darko Tresnjak! Plus, parties, food, live music, new venues. More at   Sophie Tucker, Theodore…
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  • Polarizing filter a must have for Shooting with GH4 in 4K?

    30 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    Hi Sorry I am quite the newbie here. I was wondering if anyone had the chance to play with a Polarizing filter when shooting in 4K with a GH4? Any pros or cons about using such filter? Tips? Any brand recommendation? Thanks!
  • [FS: General] Sony A7s

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Selling my Sony a7s. Pretty much like new/open box. I only used it for the camera tests that I published. 0 marks. And obviously perfectly clean sensor. Bought in September. Original box and BHphoto warranty. Comes with a screen protector for free. Location: los angeles Price: $1995
  • Motion Capturing a Dance Peace for Previsualization

    Huy Vu
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:19 pm
    I'll be shooting a short film in May where the entire story is told through dance. Stylistically I'm looking to have very dynamic camera movement that flows with the choreography. To properly plan out the shot list I think I'll have to recreate the choreography in a pre-viz program and experiment with the various camera movements. Motion capturing seems to be the way to go but I've never done this before. Any suggestion as to an economical way of doing this? It doesn't need to be anything very detailed, but there are two dancers in the peace so I'd imagine things can get complex. I'd be…
  • [FS: General] Blackmagic Pocket cinema camera with extras!

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:51 pm
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  • Out to Europe

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    I've been really focusing on my backpacking trip through Europe. If all goes well, I will be going out this Spring. However, I'm always willing to go later in the year or save it for the following year if I have to. I have been thinking about staying for 2 months, but I also have been thinking about staying longer and living there for a bit. I do have family in Europe, which is a plus. But, my question is about work. Where would be some places to work? (NON film related jobs) I dont really specialize in anything or studied anything other than film. And what about film related jobs? How would…
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    Projector Films - new ideas for film makers

  • Podcast Episode 44: The UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In this new podcast episode myself and Danny Stack talk about our new book we've just finished writing. It will be out soon and sums up just about EVERYTHING in the podcast SO FAR in many ways. It's basic question is; how can you earn a living as a writer? This book, the UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide, isn't about how to write, its about how to be a writer! In this episode we discuss our favourite parts of the book and our top advice - as well as how to overcome knock backs to your career - how do you survive and thrive?More about the book soon, when its released. Podcast listeners will of…
  • Second free 4K light leak download - film burn / glow style

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Here is my second 4K light leak - available for free download (and also you can watch it it in 4K / UHD on YouTube)This, along with the rest, will all be collected on a special page, so bookmark it.These fade up from black making them ideal to be used to transition from one clip to the next in your edit timeline. They have a 'film burn' feel to them. 7 in total in this one download. Speed them up and reverse them for more variation if you need it!Download here (176MB) - you are using these clips for a commercial project with a budget…
  • New Year, new 4k light leaks!

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Last year I did a lot of HD light leaks and film burns and lens flare clips you could download for free. This year there are new ones - but now in 4K or UltraHD resolution.Here is the first one. The rest will all be collected on a special page, so bookmark it.These fade up from black making them ideal to be used to transition from one clip to the next in your edit timeline. 8 in total in this one download.Download here (174MB) - you are using these clips for a commercial project with a budget then get in touch. I make the…
  • 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…
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  • Movie Review: Selma

    J. Ott
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Selma is about a later chapter in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyewolo). The film opens with Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm for his work in ending segregation. But the work of civil rights is not finished. As he later puts it to LBJ (Tom Wilkinson), nothing will change in the racist communities without self-determination. He and his sometimes fractious coalition will make their stand in Ferguson, Alabama -- not because it is particularly worse for black voters there than other places in the South. They will do it there because they can count on the…
  • Your Thursday Links: Sundance/Slamdance Preview

    J. Ott
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Sundance 2015 starts today. Here's Vanity Fair's preview. Here's Kenneth Turan for the LA Times. We don't know which film will be next year's Whiplash or Beasts of the Southern Wild, but there's a good bet one of them will be a breakout hit. Few people pay attention to the short films in Sundance, but I believe both Beasts' Benh Zeitlin and Whiplash's Damian Chazelle began their successful Sundance features as Sundance shorts. The Slashfilmcast podcast has a must-listen interview with British short filmmaker Ben Aston, whose short "Russian Roulette" was shot for under $200 and made the 2015…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: The War Machine Sequence

    J. Ott
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    The Thief and the Cobbler is a sort of holy grail of animated film. I hadn't heard of it until recently, probably because its obsessive creator, Richard Williams, never quite finished the film. Wikipedia, as usual, has more detail: After his success as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Williams signed a deal in 1988 to have Warner Bros. finance and distribute the film.[4] However, negotiations broke down when production went over budget and behind schedule and Williams was unable to complete the film on time. As Warner Bros. later pulled out, a completion bond company assumed…
  • Movie Review: Inherent Vice

    J. Ott
    26 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    It's a battle between Inherent Vice and Birdman for my favorite film of the year. Something about this linguistically-dense, narratively-denser, hilariously-performed private eye tale really tickles my buttons. Adapter/director Paul Thomas Anderson has always worn his Altman influences on his sleeve. Here he evokes not just Altman's The Long Goodbye but also the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski. Joaquin Phoenix, as the perpetually high gumshoe Doc Sportello, has a decidedly Lebowskian way of investigating the tangled mystery at the heart of Inherent Vice. That is if Bigfoot Bjornsen (Josh…
  • Movie Review: The Interview

    J. Ott
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The Interview is a funny movie. How do I know? I went to a movie theater and saw it opening day with a bunch of other (brave?) souls and laughed my ass off. Is it extra funny because of the "Sony hack" news which threatened to scuttle its release entirely? Yes, I think so. Which is not to diminish it. I hate people who think making a smart, funny comedy is somehow easier than making a repetitive tale of suffering. What might've been dismissed as another bro-love James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy suddenly had proven satirical bite, not just theoretical. The movie successfully Trojan horses in all…
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  • “Essentials of Film Directing” 2 Day Workshop with Peter D. Marshall (Vancouver, Feb. 7 & 8, 2015) Sponsored by Raindance Vancouver

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:57 am
    My next 2 day film directing workshop is called Essentials of Film Directing in Vancouver, Canada on February 7 & 8, 2015. These two comprehensive and intense days are a must for any filmmaker wanting to reach the next level of career success as a film or television director in the competitive film or TV industry. This 2 day live event is sponsored by Raindance Vancouver. Day One – The Director as Storyteller A director is a storyteller. A director is a project manager.  A director is a visionary. Many hats to wear and many responsibilities to balance. Most…
  • Ten Lessons on Filmmaking from David Lynch

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    by Ariston Anderson. After 25 years, the wait is over for Twin Peaks fans. David Lynch and Mark Frost have announced a return to the mythical town coming in 2016 to Showtime. The show is often credited for having paved the way for the golden age of television today, when many TV programs rival cinema for compelling stories. Through the episodic medium of television, Lynch was able to create a multi-layered world full of rich stories, diving deep into the lives of its characters. The season will pick up in the present day and bring back many of the show’s iconic roles. Read the rest of this…
  • The Sound of Helicopters in Apocalypse Now

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    by Scott Macaulay. A film’s first shot, its first image, is one that’s obsessed over by many directors. But how many put as much care into its first sound? Francis Ford Coppola did, along with sound designer Walter Murch, when constructing the opening of Apocalypse Now. The famous helicopter sounds actually enter over black — they are the first input of any kind an audience member receives. And, of course, those weren’t just any helicopter sounds. I n the video above — a section of a documentary commissioned for the Paramount 2006 home video release and made by Zoetrope’s former…
  • Make Your Smartphone Smarter: What Goes in Your iPhone Filmmaking Kit?

    Peter D. Marshall
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    by Ricky Fosheim. Two years ago a group of friends asked me to direct an indie feature they had written called And Uneasy Lies the Mind. Their David Lynch-inspired script called for a very unconventional aesthetic. After research and testing, I fell in love with the look and feel of the iPhone 5 images when attached to a 35mm lens adapter, shooting through 35mm lenses. It was grainy, textured, heavily vignetted and saturated, with high contrast. Read the rest of this article from Moviemaker. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not…
  • John Woo says he’s a closet romantic

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    by Han Wei Chou. He is best known for his action films such as Broken Arrow and A Better Tomorrow, but Hong Kong director John Woo said he is actually a romantic at heart. He revealed this during a media conference for his new movie The Crossing, at the ArtScience Museum on Thursday (Dec 4). “I’m a romantic but I’m rather shy, so I often don’t know how to express it. I would sometimes just pick a flower from the park on the way home to give it to my wife. I did things like that much more often when I was younger,” said Woo with a smile. The 68-year-old veteran director, who was…
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    NYC, Film, Positive News

  • The Unstoppable Ed Burns

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Review of Independent Ed, career autobiography by Ed BurnsReview by Sujewa EkanayakeEd Burns is a survivor.  His story is, in part, a fairy tale story of great, unexpected highs and lucky breaks. Independent Ed tells the story of Burns making his debut movie The Brothers McMullen - which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, acting in Steven Spielberg’s epic World War II movie Saving Private Ryan, making the digital feature Newlyweds for $9000 and tales of many filmmaking and acting adventures in-between and after. While there are many moments of luck and several…
  • Breakthrough Weekend screening in DC on 9/24, at a Positive Force benefit

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Get all the info here -
  • Charity: Water video

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sounds like a good organization doing a lot of useful work.  More info about them here -'s their video:
  • Check out George's Restaurant blog & sites for great food & delivery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

    17 Aug 2014 | 5:08 pm
    I filmed a part of my new movie Breakthrough Weekend at George's.Check out their blog here and their menu site here and their Facebook page here.  When you need good food in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (free home delivery) visit George's.All the Links:George’s Restaurant on Facebook -’s Restaurant on Tumblr -’s Restaurant blog -’s Restaurant on Twitter -’s Restaurant Menu site…
  • review of Breakthrough Weekend

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Check out the review here - the review by Angelo Bell:  "Breakthrough Weekend tells the story of philosophical detective, Sal, who has a roster of clients with special needs. Sal takes on a new protege, Yevgeny, for this particular weekend and proceeds to introduce him to the crazy whacky world that has made Sal's "particular set of skills" of great value. Yevgeny has been perpetually depressed and detached from life for much of his adult life, despite writing a…
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  • Gregory Herman updates

    Justin Cone
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Designer/director Gregory Herman is a rare individual. He is a hurricane of positive energy, and his approach to work is no less intense. His recently updated site includes 20+ new projects in the Boards section, where you’ll find pitches, animation tests and other visual delights.  
  • Planet Under Pressure

    Joe Donaldson
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    The award-winning trio that is Moth Collective does it again with their new film, Planet Under Pressure. With the core message: No Water, No Energy, No Food, No Life, this film is extremely relevant today in our changing world. This rich illustrative piece is not only a great example of world-class artistry but also a great example of... Read more »
  • Tavo relaunched

    Igor Sordokhonov
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:10 am
    Madrid based design studio Tavo has launched a new website. A nice balance between art, motion design and vfx.  
  • David OReilly Releases an Internet Maze of Shorts

    Erica Gorochow
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Director, David OReilly has dropped a url-go-round of shorts — the first of which is titled, “The Horse Raised By Spheres“. The films feature OReilly’s classic black humor, but the format and interaction-design that tie the pieces together make for a new kind of viewing experience. Warning: most of these shorts are NSFW.      
  • James Levy portfolio update

    Justin Cone
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    Working for shops including Gentleman Scholar and Mirada, designer James Levy has turned out some stunning style frames featuring lush, organic textures and dark dreamscapes.  
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Happy New Year

    Peggy Archer
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    As is normal for the first part of January, I’m unemployed. Even in busy years, January just doesn’t see that much action. Although this normally worries me (even though it’s been happening for years), I guess it’s not a terrible thing as this week I seem to have picked up some unholy cough from hell. I’m talking bent double with spasms in my lungs, wheezing like an asthmatic pug. It could be that it was 40 degrees last week and 80 degrees this week, or it could be the 8 percent humidity, or it could be the sudden lack of cat hair in my lungs. Or, I could have…
  • 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…
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  • Updated Showreel

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    I’m currently in the process of updating everything about me on the internet. My time with Paradigm Creative comes to and end this week so I’m looking to find a new production company to work for. This isn’t my new showreel (I’m still producing the final version), instead this is just an updated version for potential employers and others to watch in the meantime.
  • The Pile Grows...

    Rebecca Weaver
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:47 am
    Lots going on.  I’m suddenly really feeling all that time I took off this month… I mean, I needed it, and yet I’m suddenly in full swing here.  It feels startling and good at the same time.  I’m glad to do the work.  It’s the antidote to depression every time.  The only thing is, you have to get yourself up to take the first step.  And the avoidance and fear of that first step is generally always my primary source of depression.  Catch-22, man. So what’s new?  We shot the student film on Friday night.  Here we are: Aren’t we cute?
  • Matthew Weiner's 'Are You Here' to Play at the Berlin Film Festival

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Matthew Weiner’s film ‘Are You Here‘ will be playing next month at the Berlin Film Festival. The Mad Men creator recently joined the Berlin Film Festival competition jury panel. After his eccentric pal (Zach Galifianakis) inherits a fortune from his estranged father, an aimless, womanizing weatherman (Owen Wilson) becomes involved in the legal battle initiated by his friend’s sister (Amy Poehler). ‘Are You Here’, starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2013. Berlin will screen the road trip…
  • Sundance: when angels do exist

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    my trip from germany to salt lake city (SLC) for the Sundance Film Festival was a very spontaneous o
  • Lie, Cheat & Steal

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Drama, Comedy, Action
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  • Honest Trailers - Taken

    Screen Junkies
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Taken Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch... From: Screen Junkies Views: 1993153 39101 ratings Time: 04:06 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

    Screen Junkies
    23 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻ Turtle power! Relive 2014's hit reboot of... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3781059 47460 ratings Time: 04:57 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Guardians of the Galaxy

    Screen Junkies
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Guardians of the Galaxy Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻ Guardians of the Galaxy ruled the summer ... From: Screen Junkies Views: 8392047 99681 ratings Time: 04:57 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Screen Junkies
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻ Audiences went bananas over the latest fi... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3091797 46299 ratings Time: 03:31 More in Film & Animation
  • Ellen in '50 Shades of Grey'

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ellen in '50 Shades of Grey' She's ready to take her starring turn in the highly anticipated new film, and she's got the trailer to prove it. From: TheEllenShow Views: 3273543 39442 ratings Time: 04:04 More in Entertainment
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  • 'Nonstop' B Roll

    9 Jan 2015 | 2:03 pm
    'Nonstop' B Roll Watch more at From: MakingOf Views: 1399 45 ratings Time: 07:25 More in Film & Animation
  • Tom Bernard and Michael Baxter Interview

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Tom Bernard and Michael Baxter Interview MakingOf sits down with Tom Bernard and Michael Baxter, Co-Presidents and Founders of Sony Pictures Classics. Watch more at From: MakingOf Views: 1395 1 ratings Time: 24:38 More in Film & Animation
  • Real Life, Reel Stories: Tom Quinn and Jason Janego

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Real Life, Reel Stories: Tom Quinn and Jason Janego MakingOf sits down with Tom Quin and Jaso Janego, Presidents of Radius-TWC, and discuss their recent hopeful Oscar award winning films. Watch more at http://... From: MakingOf Views: 781 0 ratings Time: 47:20 More in Film & Animation
  • Real Life, Reel Stories: Peter Baxter

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Real Life, Reel Stories: Peter Baxter MakingOf sits down with the founder of Slamdance Film Festival and documentarian, Peter Baxter, at 2014's Sundance Film Festival. Watch more at http://making... From: MakingOf Views: 1034 0 ratings Time: 22:13 More in Film & Animation
  • Real Life, Reel Stories: Gareth Evans

    7 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Real Life, Reel Stories: Gareth Evans MakingOf sits down with Welsh director, writer, editor, Gareth Evans at 2014's Sundance Film Festival. Watch more at From: MakingOf Views: 3203 37 ratings Time: 21:39 More in Film & Animation
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    The Independent

  • 10 to Watch 2015 Call for Nominations

    Erin Trahan
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    For seven years running, The Independent has selected its 10 to Watch in ordertohighlight filmmakers, producers, programmers, and others who will open our minds to the independent cinema of the coming year.As ever, we ask for your help in finding and nominating the right people for this spotlight. We always choose filmmakers from the open process. We also take at least one person from suggestions provided by each of our nominating jury members, TBA below.Nominations are open from January 21 – February 9, 2015. Nominate colleagues, friends, or even yourself. Our selection process…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: The Circle

    Catherine Stewart
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    This interview took place in New York City in November 2014 with director, Stefan Haupt and the film’s “real life” protagonists Robi Rapp and Ernst Ostertag. Dana Knight: Before seeing the film, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the film poster. It is slightly reminiscent of the poster for A New Kind of Love, the film starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. This famous photograph also served as the poster for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Is this a coincidence or a way of presenting The Circle as first and foremost a love story and secondly as a human rights…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Johanna St Michaels

    Catherine Stewart
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Join The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight as she speaks with Johanna St Michaels about Penthouse North at DOC NYC 2014.Dana Knight: Could you please introduce the film and tell us what it’s about.Johanna St Michaels: The film is about Agneta Eckemyr, she is a former actress/model, pretty well-known in the 60s and 70s, after that she became a designer. For 42 years, she lived in a fantastic apartment between 73th and 74th Street on Central Park West. The film is about her struggle to keep her apartment and growing older as a great beauty.DK: What sparked your interest in…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Ric Burns

    Catherine Stewart
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight spoke with veteran documentarian, Ric Burns about Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man behind the National Enquirer at DOC NYC 2014.Dana Knight: This is a very interesting and entertaining documentary, just like the real-life person it is portraying, Generoso Pope, the founder of the National Enquirer.Ric Burns: That’s music to my ears! He’s incredible, yes. And I’m working with a couple of people, the narrator of the film, Oliver Platt, to try and turn it into a huge…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Norah Shapiro

    Catherine Stewart
    4 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Norah ShapiroFor this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor, Dana Knight sat down with Norah Shapiro at DOC NYC 2014 to discuss the world premiere of her latest work, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile.Dana Knight: Congratulations for your documentary. Could you please introduce the film and tell us how this project came about?Norah Shapiro: I first heard of the existence of a Tibetan Beauty Pageant eight years ago when I was working on a previous film and someone who was involved peripherally came up to me and said: “I’ve been watching you…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Photo Mural Commission - Part 2

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    After shooting flowers in my studio last week, I tweaked and converted my RAW shots in Adobe Lightroom, then proceeded to edit the images in Adobe Photoshop to create the mural's abstract collage files.   Anne (my wife/business partner) and I spent the whole week gathering proposals and bids from a dozen of the Manila's premier digital printers. But we still ended up using our regular large
  • Photo Mural Commission

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    I have been locked up in my studio doing flower photography, so I do not have much to show in terms of "Street" work this week.   Pope Francis arrived yesterday for an official visit and Metro-Manila is on holiday for several days (in anticipation of traffic), which gave me unexpected time-off to begin work on a mural project. The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic nation and the presence
  • Weekly Street Photos #26

    9 Jan 2015 | 9:44 pm
    This week's theme: MANILA'S URBAN AETAS I ended 2014 with street photos of "Manila's Homeless," so I thought to continue that theme at the start of this year to include a special group of vagabonds that sporadically populate Metro-Manila streets, Aetas (aboriginal Filipinos).   The Aetas (Negritos to Spaniards, Itas to Filipinos) are the original indigenous people of Luzon, the northern part
  • Weekly Street Photos #25

    2 Jan 2015 | 11:55 pm
    I am welcoming 2015 with a bang, by starting my "Weekly Street Photo" post early! I had a blast celebrating New Year's Eve partying with my family, but of course with a camera strapped to me the whole time. Manila is firecracker central during this festive time of the year and the whole city is ablaze. I was intoxicated, but I was able to capture a few shots (pun intended) :)) There was a
  • Booklist for the Holidays

    23 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I love reading, and collecting books is a passion of mine. So this holiday season, I have selected 15 books on photography, cinema and the visual arts from my own library to share with you. Most of these books just came out this year (all are still in print) and should be available in your local bookstores. Vacation time is a good opportunity to catch up on some reading-- in between family
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    Truth Seekers

  • Essence of Beauty

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Original published on When the Soul Awak...
  • 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...
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  • XPRIZE Think Tank Orange County, CA LAUNCH!

    Michael Sean Wright
    10 Jan 2015 | 7:40 pm
    Amazing LAUNCH of the XPRIZE THINK TANK Orange County on 01-08-15 at the Aventura Sailing Association courtesy of Breakwater Events and Catering. These are our #smartnodes for the #XPRIZE #OC From left to right: Marc Ostrick, Russ Roberson, Murray Kruger, Michael Sean Wright, Darin McClure, Tom Morey, Roger Kuntz, Scott Schoeffel, Herb Reyes. Thank you for all the support as we: Make the impossible Possible For more information on this ground breaking initiative, please visit: XPRIZE LEARNING INITIATIVE
  • 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…
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  • Review: 'Archer' Season 6 Episode 4, 'Edie's Wedding,' Grows a Midwestern Rivalry

    Ben Travers
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:18 pm
    "I swear to God I had something for this." (Summary)After an office interaction that should have been awkward but was hilarious instead — seriously, making Pam hold the coffee mug while Archer filled it with whipped cream and whiskey was the extra stroke that made the whole bit work — the former lovebirds/sex experts headed to Green Bay, Wisconsin for Pam's sister's wedding. One hitch: the cyborg using the remains of Barry's brain overheard their plans while heading to New York, presumably to kill Archer, and followed them to the northern hellhole that houses the worst team in…
  • Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #70: Rick Alverson Returns to Divide Festival-Goers With 'Entertainment'

    Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Writer/director Rick Alverson ("The Comedy") returns with this nightmarish account of a traveling entertainer lost on the brink. In Alverson's immaculately bleak portrait, Gregg Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz.  An aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach…
  • Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #69: 'Seoul Searching' is the Angsty '80s Korean Teen Dramedy You Never Realized You Wanted

    Elizabeth Logan
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Benson Lee's "Seoul Searching" is "The Breakfast Club" for South Korean suburbanites with a modern sensibility, an '80s setting, and a lot of heart. If it sounds like a hodgepodge of, like, total awesomeness, dude, that's what he's aiming for. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? It's a teen comedy/drama about a disparate group of Korean teens from around the world. They come together during the summer of 1986 to attend a special summer school in Seoul where they were sent to learn about their Korean heritage. Of course, the last thing on any teens mind is…
  • Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #68: J.M. Cravioto's 'Reversal' is an Hour and a Half of Cinematic Vengeance

    Jena Keahon
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:43 pm
    "Reversal" follows Eve, missing and presumed dead, but in reality, chained by her ankle and locked away in the dismal basement of a sexual predator. Lost to her family and friends, she wastes away in isolation between horrifying visits from her vile captor, who remains unaware that Eve has been maniacally planning her escape. With a carefully placed brick, she beats him senseless as he approaches and frees herself from his grasp at the outset of the film. But too quickly, she learns there are other girls in other houses facing sinister fates of their own. Making a deal with the…
  • Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #67: Filming 'Larry Kramer in Love & Anger' Allowed Jean Carlomusto to See Another Side of an LGBT Activist

    David Canfield
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Oftentimes, you don't know where your documentary will take you. For Jean Carlomusto, making her feature directing debut with "Larry Kramer in Love & Anger," that lesson was unavoidable: things took an abrupt turn when her subject turned ill. The film goes into the mind, the temperament and the will of the "Normal Heart" scribe, a man best known for his fiery and confrontational personality. Carlomusto found a way to move beyond that perception, as his illness and battle for life revealed his innate, profound sweetness and timidity. The result? A full, intimate…
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    Film Threat


    Phil Hall
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil goes deep in the heart of Texas...Read More at

    Amy R. Handler
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    A very special thanks should be given to Greg Vander Veer, for sharing the vulnerability and strengths of the oh-so-human Martha Hill--- and showing us that even our wildest dreams are always within our reach. Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    27 Jan 2015 | 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, The cultist watched a Full Moon film adapted from Lovecraft’s short story; it was bad… but maybe in a good way?Read More at

    John Wildman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    Here is the second report of nothing but reviews. That’s right, no whiny this happened to me crap, no humble brag “Look who I ran into on Main Street!” stuff, and, best yet, no “Can you believe how bad my diet is, here?!” musing. There will be plenty of that in the next report...Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:55 am
    When looking at both China and Singapore, you should be proactive as opposed to being reactive. Make inroads now, meet people, read about current opportunities, and expand your cinematic horizons, so you can reach your goals!Read More at
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  • How To Network In Hollywood (Or anywhere, really)

    Jason Brubaker
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:38 am
    In this filmmaking article, we provide tips on how to network and importantly, how to network in Hollywood. Read this article if you want some awesome tips.
  • Cynicism Won’t Make Movies

    Jason Brubaker
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    As a filmmaker, it's easy to make excuses for why you aren't making movies. Maybe you don't have enough experience, time, money, connections, friends or [fill in the blank with your best reason HERE.]
  • How To Make Your Movie Rise Above The Noise

    Jason Brubaker
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Regardless of whether or not you're making your first feature or your fifth, your biggest problem is figuring out how to make your movie rise above noise.
  • How to Be The Screenwriter Hollywood Needs

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    If you want to get your script noticed in Hollywood—and your talents compensated for—then you cannot be just a ‘good’ screenwriter, you’ve gotta be great!
  • 48 Film Project Hosts Contest for Filmmakers

    Jason Brubaker
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:16 pm
    48 Film Project is an online, international short film contest. Filmmakers have 48 hours to write, film, edit, produce and upload a short 4-7 minute movie.
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  • Is Digital as Good as Film? Who the Hell Cares?

    John P. Hess
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Dark Art of Light interviews Director of Photography Geoff Boyle (creator of the Cinematographer’s Mailing List) about Digital vs Film and more.
  • How one of the best films at Sundance was shot using an iPhone 5S

    John P. Hess
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The title of this article is gimmicky at best – but the real story of Sean Baker’s Tangerine isn’t about being a gimmick – it’s about telling your story no matter what. The big take away in Baker’s words: ”You can make a beautiful-looking film on a shoestring budget, but you have to know 100 years worth of filmmaking.” Tangerine, a breakout hit from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is full of surprises. There’s the subject matter: transgender prostitutes working in a not-so glamorous part of Hollywood. And there are the characters:…
  • How to Get Started with Basic Sculpting

    John P. Hess
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Effects artist Frank Ippolito spends the day with Tested to teach the some basics of sculpting.
  • 5 In Camera Effects To Add Style to Your Shot

    John P. Hess
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Ryan Connolly from Film Riot shares a few quick and simple in camera effects.
  • Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere on the difference between Stage and Film Acting

    John P. Hess
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Film Society of Lincoln Center asks Ethan Hawke and Richard Gere to identify the differences between stage and screen acting. You can watch the full version of their interviews below:
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  • GoPro HERO4 Firmware Update Brings 240 fps to 720p: Gizmodo’s First Look Footage

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    With every new GoPro release we have come to expect better, faster, wider, more dynamic and generally cooler footage and features out of the little camera system.
  • The Ultimate Video Terminology List

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    Video production is fun and immersive, but there are a lot of terminology relating to equipment, technology and practices which can confuse, confound and - once mastered - comfort us while on shoots, edits and in the camera shop. This list is compiled from a number of sources, all of which are listed at the end.
  • Dell’s Updated Precision M3800 Mobile Workstation Takes Aim at Apple’s Best

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:02 pm
    Dell today announced updates to their flagship 15-inch mobile workstation, the Dell Precision M3800. The M3800 aims to give video editors and creative pros the thinnest, lightest and most powerful laptop on the market, a position often held by Apple’s MacBook Pro.
  • VideoBlocks Marketplace Wants You To Keep Your Earnings

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Stock asset giant, VideoBlocks, today officially launched VideoBlocks Marketplace, a premium pay-per-cliptier to augment their existing subscription based offering. Because they love content creators, they’re letting them keep everything they earn.
  • Blackmagic Design Rolls Out Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Blackmagic Design today rolled out Blackmagic Camera Utility 2.0, an update to camera firmware for their entire camera lineup, save for the Blackmagic Design 4K Production Camera. In the announcement they also rolled out Blackmagic Desktop Video 10.3.5, an update to their desktop video software for the DeckLink 4K Extreme and the UltraStudio 4K.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • Sebastião Salgado, Part 3: The Salt of the Earth

    Rachael Bosley
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sitting on the terrace outside his room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Juliano Salgado, son of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, pulls down on his cigarette as the day turns to night and the Christmas lights below come to life. Juliano is only a few hours away from attending the IDA Awards, where he’ll represent the […] The post Sebastião Salgado, Part 3: The Salt of the Earth appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Sebastião Salgado, Part 2: Genesis

    Rachael Bosley
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Midway through a scene in the documentary The Spectre of Hope, Sebastião Salgado explains to John Berger that the near 350 photographs in Salgado’s book Migrations represent little more than one second of actual time. This is premised on an average exposure of about 1/250th of a second, yet Salgado says this single second of […] The post Sebastião Salgado, Part 2: Genesis appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Sebastião Salgado, Part 1: The Spectre of Hope

    Rachael Bosley
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    During the seemingly endless wars and humanitarian crises of recent decades, some “conflict” photographers have been accused of exploiting their helpless subjects, of purveying “poverty porn.” Doubtless, there are NGOs and other aid organizations that have found photographs of starving children and displaced people to be useful tools in their fundraising. Much of this photographic genre […] The post Sebastião Salgado, Part 1: The Spectre of Hope appeared first on John’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 […] The post John Adams and The Death of Klinghoffer: Protests at the Met appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • 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, […] The post Godard and Goodbye to Language appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
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    Mike Vogel

  • Ten Years of Self-Publishing

    Mike Vogel
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Ten years ago I decided that I’d spent too much time waiting for permission from the book publishing gatekeepers. I’d written five novels prior to that (the thin literary kind with lots of character development but no discernible plot or action). My first novel was written when I was 21 years old, mostly in a small Portland cafe that’s now a condo tower. I wrote a novel every year in my early 20s, most of them poor imitations of whatever I enjoyed reading at the time, but I was learning and experimenting. Trying to get each book published required mailing query letters…
  • Help me make the Clone Assassin interactive comic & alternate reality game

    Mike Vogel
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to see me get tasered/stabbed, today is your lucky day! Today I launched a Kickstarter with the help of some really talented people. I’ve hesitated to do crowdfunding for anything related to Phrenic because nothing we’ve done so far has required it and it takes considerable effort to get a good campaign running. This comic idea all started when Phrenic actor Steve Mattsson was interviewed on Foes of Reality and talked about his former writing duties for DC, Marvel, and cult favorite Boris the Bear. We discussed doing a comic with his friend, Paul…
  • Phrenic now has an alternate reality game that starts with interactive video

    Mike Vogel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m always looking for ways to get people interacting more deeply in the story of Phrenic. Sometimes that means allowing people to create their own content (like in Go Clone Yourself) or letting them make decisions about where the story goes in a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. The latest way to get wrapped up in Phrenic is the Life Identical Genetic Enhancement Screening test. It’s an alternate reality game that begins with an interactive video. Zoe, a Genetic Enhancement Advisor, asks you questions in a “live web conference.” You can answer yes to all of her questions…
  • My first Tweet Your Own Adventure game

    Mike Vogel
    27 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    I turned an interactive story I wrote for Phrenic into a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. Not only is it a homage to the choose your own adventure type books everyone read as a kid, but it’s also a tribute to the text adventure games I used to try writing in BASIC on a TRS-80 (I was terrible at it). I decided to make a Choose Your Own Adventure game that was played entirely on Twitter. What is a Tweet Your Own Adventure game? It’s a new kind of text adventure game played entirely with Twitter interactions using @ replies. You don’t even need to follow anyone. It’s…
  • Editing new Phrenic episodes

    Mike Vogel
    28 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    Phrenic is having a one year anniversary party on Wednesday (post & pictures to come). Here are some screenshots from scenes I’ve been editing. Two take place in a creepy asylum environment. The other is a fun clone assassin episode. A new version of the app (with a new icon and design) is coming soon too.  The website looks newer too!
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  • Famous Belsize park residents declare war on Tesco

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Copyright FIlm Industry Network Belsize Park residents have signed a petition to stop Tesco from building a new store on Haverstock Hill. Among the 2000 signatories is actress Dame Janet Suzman who is opposed to high street retailers taking over London ‘villages’. Comedian James Corden, Damien Lewis and actress Emma Thompson have also backed the campaign. Tesco has made an application to Camden Council to open an express store on the old site of the HSBC bank on Haverstock Hill which has been bitterly opposed by locals who feel it will threaten local independent retailers. Famous…
  • Fabian Bolin on acting and pursuing the dream

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    How does one make the transition from investment banking to acting? Fabian Bolin discusses how he transformed his life to pursue his passion in acting instead of going down the route of having a safe, steady job. Originally from Sweden, Bolin has made a name for himself in the indie circuit working on a variety of short films and features. Having taken a course in acting in Los Angeles and studied at the Stockholm School of Economics, Bolin had two paths to choose from, and initially found a great career in banking. However he wasn’t satisfied in the least. Discover Bolin’s take…
  • British Citizen Award Presented To Fact Not Fiction Films CEO Captain Tristan Loraine

    FIN Staff
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    London, England. The House of Lords will today see the inaugural presentation of the new British Citizen Award to 26 British Citizens. The award, open to each and every UK citizen serves to recognise exceptional endeavour. Captain Loraine’s award comes in recognition for his 14 years of global work on the issue of contaminated air on aircraft. His work on the issue began in 2001 when he was a union Health and Safety representative at British Airways. In 2006 he was ill health retired as a consequence of exposure to contaminated air, a year after completing the Ironman triathlon. After…
  • Rita Ora will perform at the Academy Awards

    FIN Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:38 am
    Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. “International recording artist, Rita Ora, will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show” says Zadan and Meron. “Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks…
  • New Documentary Film – The Greatest Race Ever Run

    FIN Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Horsham, United Kingdom – Fact Not Fiction Films, the Sussex based production company behind documentaries such as, “Spitfire Sisters, Little Victorian Secrets and Pilot Fatigue” will soon commence filming a new documentary entitled “The Greatest Race Ever Run.” The Greatest Race Ever Run will recount the remarkable story of Alfred Shrubb, world champion middle and long distance runner from Horsham, West Sussex, who broke a series of seven consecutive world running records in just one momentous race. Dubbed “The Little Wonder” and cited by Sir Roger Bannister as “a great…
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  • Google Analytics for Business sites

    29 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    The Stats on are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain insights into your visitors and your site. To complement our built-in stats and to give you even more information about your traffic, you can now use Google Analytics with, as part of the Business plan. Add the Business plan to your site and get everything you need to…
  • One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen

    Ben Huberman
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device). Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a…
  • Notifications just got a boost!

    Fred Cheng
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:04 am
    If you’ve been tuning in to Hot Off the Press, you’ll know about recent updates to the interface along with some fantastic technical upgrades. To continue the momentum, we’ve introduced more interactive and robust notifications throughout (Coming soon to a Jetpack blog near you.) Keep an eye on the new interface and let us know what you think! Why the change? We care about giving our users a streamlined and consistent experience across their devices. Unlike the old design, our new notifications look practically identical whether you are…
  • New Themes: Cubic and Wilson

    David A. Kennedy
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    It’s Theme Thursday and today I’m happy to present two new free themes: Cubic and Wilson. Cubic Designed by’s own Thomas Guillot, Cubic is a clean, simple, and responsive theme. With its single-column, grid-based design crafted around large featured images, Cubic is the perfect fit for photobloggers. Read more about Cubic in the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your blog by going to Appearance → Themes. Wilson Designed by Anders Norén, Wilson is minimal yet bold. It’s a clean and simple theme for personal sites and blogs — make it your own with a…
  • Around the World in Nine Photos

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s in the grip of North American winter that I often dream of escape to warmer climates. Thanks to the Reader and the street photography tag, I can satisfy my travel yen whenever it strikes. Here are just some of the amazing photos and photographers I stumbled upon during a recent armchair trip. My first stop was Alexis Pazoumian’s fantastic SERIES: India at The Sundial Review. I loved the bold colors in this portrait and the man’s thoughtful expression. Photo by Alexis Pazoumian Speaking of expressions, the lead dog in Holly’s photo from Maslin Nude…
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    Film Shortage

  • Save Your Film: The Benefit of Having of a Production Manager

    Branden Scott Stewart
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Written by Branden Scott Stewart Creating your own film can be hard. You’ve got a lot to do; chances are you’re writing it, directing it an producing it. That’s a lot of work. Hiring a Production Manager can make your life so much easier, and your film so much more successful. What is a Production Manager? A Production Manager, or PM, is a catch-all title. In the indie world, a PM can also function as a Unit Supervisor, a Line Producer, and so much more. A Production Manager is a person who supervises everything production related, collects and disseminates information,…
  • Fluffo

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:15 pm
    A showbiz bunny named Fluffo is the featured act in a popular magic show and must discover a way to escape the magician’s hat once and for all. Unique Visual Quality: 2d animation mixed w/ 3d textures. To create this style, play on lighting was very important and holds a lot of significance throughout the film. The post Fluffo appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Zerogon

    Marco Luca
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:54 pm
    A lonely creature, on a lonely planet, abducted into the false allure of a computer generated world. Don’t ever let yourself become mesmerized by your own artwork. A quote from a professor that Joshua Planz and John Mattiuzzi based their incredible and expressive short film on. After that Joshua and John were just looking for a challenge after getting bored with the mediocre picks from large streaming sites, where they felt like films were selected more on their visual aesthetics rather than their content. After several months of brainstorming they decided to create a mini 5 second…
  • The Smiling Man

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:31 pm
    A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil. The post The Smiling Man appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Strike

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:13 pm
    A short tale about the perils of rock, paper, scissors. The post Strike appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Mel Brooksuary: Dressed to the Nines (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    This week, The Nerds conclude Mel Brooksuary by discussing a heavily underrated classic: Silent Movie. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Mel Brooksuary: Blame The Glögg (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    To celebrate the beginning of yet another Mel Brooksuary, The Nerds chat about Robin Hood: Men in Tights whilst under the influence of an underhanded Scandinavian spirit. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Agreeing to Disagree (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Nerds debate the polarizing debacle surrounding Sony Pictures and The Interview. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • A Nerdonomy Christmas Carol (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a special Christmas gift to the fans, The Nerds read the abridged version of Charles Dickens’ immortal “A Christmas Carol.” Much to Bryan’s dismay, they all decide to put their own twists and tangents into the story. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • 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.  
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    Noam Kroll

  • What The Massive Price Drop On Canon’s Cinema Cameras Might Mean For Their Entire Cinema Lineup This Year

    Noam Kroll
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Last week Canon slashed their prices yet again on the C100 and C500, making both cameras more affordable than ever. This is great news for anyone in the market for a new cinema camera from Canon, and very well may also indicate a shift in the company’s overall strategy. I’ve been a fan of Canon’s cinema cameras for a little while now, although it took me some time to come around to the lineup. Initially I was not impressed by the price point of any of the C-series cameras, especially considering their limited feature set… But If you’ve seen my video review…
  • The Best Order Of Operations For Color Grading & Why It Makes All The Difference

    Noam Kroll
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    With color grading software like DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Speedgrade being readily available to just about anyone with access to the internet, it’s no surprise that more and more filmmakers are attempting to color their own footage. In many cases, I would advise against coloring your own work unless like myself, you also work as a dedicated colorist. That said, if you are set on color grading your own projects, or are simply a colorist starting out, one of the most important things you need to tackle is the order of operations with which you approach your color process. Like any other…
  • Could The Samsung NX1 Be The Next Best DSLR For Video? Here’s Why It Might Become A Serious Contender

    Noam Kroll
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    2014 was a big year for camera releases, especially in the DSLR/DSLM world. The Lumix GH4 and Sony A7S largely stole the spotlight, with both cameras offering incredible image quality, 4K capabilities, and loads of other great video features that got filmmakers everywhere excited… But one camera that hasn’t had as much buzz as we’ve seen with the offerings from Panasonic and Sony, is the Samsung NX1, which is surprising as it has the potential to be the next best thing to hit the DSLR video market. Several months back, Samsung announced the NX1 and to the surprise of many,…
  • The Indie Film “ANOMALY” Just Took The Internet By Storm – Learn How The Filmmakers Pulled It Off With My Interview With Producer Jens Jacob

    Noam Kroll
    28 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Earlier this week, the highly anticipated short film “ANOMALY” (directed by Salomon Lighthelm & Dan DiFelice) was released online for free, and it pretty much took over the internet. Within minutes of it’s release, the film started racking up thousands upon thousands of views on Vimeo before eventually getting staff picked and shared on countless sites and blogs – all the while receiving extremely high praise from viewers and filmmakers alike. In the midst of all of the chaos, I was able to get a hold of producer Jens Jacob, whose company Sypher Films produced…
  • Do We Really Want Our Digital Footage To Look Like Film? Or Are We Actually Chasing The ‘Alexa’ Look

    Noam Kroll
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    As many of you know, I am someone that is particularly obsessed with the ‘film look’. Much of my directorial work is narrative based, and as such I am naturally drawn to a more cinematic look as it is often conducive to the dramatic stories that I like to tell. And although I am far from the only filmmaker that is chasing this aesthetic, I would argue that many directors & DPs are really chasing more of a high end digital look – even if they don’t know it. In some ways, I came up in both the best and worst time for indie-level cinematography. When I was first…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • "Genres Are For Suckers" on Spotify

    Stephan Bugaj
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I've created a Spotify playlist called "Genres Are For Suckers", which is my selection of great tracks across many dance music (and a sometimes other) genres.  Enjoy!
  • Amar graphic novel Book 1 now available

    Stephan Bugaj
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Book one of "Amar", a graphic novel I wrote based on a story by Apurva Shah and myself, illustrated by Chrystin Garland, is now available on Comixology:AMAR, BOOK 1
  • "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.  
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    In Layman's Terms...

  • Review: Whiplash

    Nicholas Lay
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Rushing. Dragging. Banging. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Rarely does a film inspire emotional conflict anywhere close to that which one engages in during Whiplash. Writer/director Damien Chazelle’s simple, yet tight-knit story of a young drummer in New York who’s determined to make it no matter what the personal cost, is the definition of truly emphatic, empathetic indie filmmaking. It wires up and presses start on your mind, your emotions, and your judgement, as J.K. Simmons’ narcissistic conductor, Terrence Fletcher, proceeds to literally lay a beat…
  • Scene Kid #2: “We’re running out of runway!”

    Nicholas Lay
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Thunderbirds s01 e01 Dir: Alan Pattillo Original Air Date: 30 September 1965 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Watching television that was ahead of its time twenty or so years before you were even born promises so much, yet frequently delivers little, even when contemporary context is taken into account. After all, times change, footage dates, and the medium developed light years at a time. Usually written, produced and shot efficiently for a short-term audience, so-called ‘classic’ television, unlike its silver screen cousin, for the most part comes across as…
  • A Response to Stuart Heritage, RE: Thunderbirds

    Nicholas Lay
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    A journalist said something bad about ‘Thunderbirds’. Naturally, such action demands a retort. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s classic and most famous work, Thunderbirds. Now this of course means that someone thought it necessary to reboot the series. And typically that someone had to be ITV, the television giant having acquired the rights around the turn of the century. Last week, in response to the traditional uproar that accompanies such a move, The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage thought…
  • Review: Inherent Vice

    Nicholas Lay
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Cool. Calm. Confusing. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook It’s impossible to ignore a filmmaker like Paul Thomas Anderson. As a director he’s just too damn interesting. He also has an exceedingly good track record of weird and wonderful productions, dented (in my opinion) only slightly by 2012’s The Master, which, although finely shot and propped up by two superb performances from Joaquin Phoenix and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman, isn’t as engrossing as his previous works. Granted this is hardly a backhand considering the quality of what came…
  • Scene Kid #1: The Monster at the End of the Dream

    Nicholas Lay
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    True Detective s01 e03 Dir: Cary Joji Fukunaga Original Air Date: 26 January 2014 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook We’ve all done it. We’ve all witnessed a scene in a film or television show that is so captivating, whether due to intensity, humour, horror or disgust, that we rewind it and watch it a second time. Perhaps even a third. Just to make sure we saw and heard correctly. That our brain is able to relive the moment that gave it such a thrill only seconds earlier. There are many truly mesmerising moments throughout Nic Pizzolatto’s True Detective, but…
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    flicks and pieces

  • Casting The Ghostbusters Reboot: The Cast Revealed

    Luke Kent
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:30 am — Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015 In other news, #Ghostbusters will be hitting theaters July 22, 2016. Save the date! — Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 28, 2015 The new Ghostbusters are coming! Director of the Ghostbusters reboot Paul Feig has announced a line up of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, and in one fell swoop he has crushed the chances of my dream cast happening. McCarthy has been rumoured from the outset, as has Wiig, but Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are relative unknowns in comparison, which I think…
  • Kingdom Hearts 3 Wish List

    Luke Kent
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Developers Square Enix are taking their sweet time with this one! By the time Kingdom Hearts 3 finally releases, it will have been over 10 years (and an entire console generation) since the last numbered sequel. There have been a number of portable games in the franchise since, filling in the gaps between the second and upcoming third main instalments, as well as the recent HD Remasters of the first two games, but fans of the series – myself included – have been waiting impatiently since what seems like the dawn of time itself for Kingdom Hearts 3 to arrive. When Kingdom Hearts…
  • WWE Royal Rumble 2015 Predictions and Results

    Luke Kent
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:18 pm
    *Updated – With Results* It’s that time of year again where the WWE truly kicks off the road to Wrestlemania with the 30 man over the top rope Royal Rumble – who will be victorious in the Rumble match, and who will be joining them as WWE World Heavyweight Champion in the main event of ‘Mania? All shall be revealed! Here are my Rumble predictions, and the winners (you may call me mystic meg)! The New Day vs. Cesaro, Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose: Honestly, who is actually invested in this match? The New Day faction features some talented guys, but they really haven’t…
  • Beyond Fear, Find Hope: The Walking Dead Trailer

    Luke Kent
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:02 pm
    All hail the new trailer for the return of The Walking Dead Season 5: February 8th, prepare for walkers!
  • Short Film: Gregory Go Boom (2013)

    Luke Kent
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Awkward, dark, hilarious and tragic, Michael Cera stars in Sundance Film Festival Jury Award winning short film Gregory Go Boom. Directed by: Janicza Bravo Starring: Michael Cera, Anna Rose Hopkins Synopsis (via IMDB): A paraplegic man leaves home for the first time only to discover that life on the outside is not like he had imagined it. Watch the excellent Gregory Go Boom below now, and share your thoughts in the comments below:
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