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  • Watch: Why Ridley Scott's AMC Miniseries About Jack Parsons Will be Bonkers

    Jake Folsom
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Deadline reported last week that Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free Productions is officially developing "Strange Angel," a biographic miniseries that tells the story of John Parsons, a scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- who was also a major participant in occultist religion.  Ridley Scott and David Zucker are set to executive produce the project and Mark Heyman will write. Heyman was most recently the co-writer for "The Skeleton Twins," and he also co-wrote "Black Swan" and co-produced "The Wrestler." Below is a…
  • 5 Movie Marketing Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

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    Jason Brubaker
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    In this movie marketing article, Jason Brubaker helps you avoid the 5 movie marketing mistakes that make you look dumb.
  • The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community (Stage 32)

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    by MeiMei Fox. I’m not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. — RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32 It’s tough to make a living as a creative. Anyone who has put serious effort into being a professional writer, musician, filmmaker, artist or fashion designer knows that success depends on far more than just talent. It’s also about hardcore networking topped off with a hefty dose of serendipity — meeting the right people in the right…
  • ‘The Hobbit’ Takes Over Air New Zealand's ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Air New Zealand found another use for all those “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” sets and costumes lying around now that the films are wrapping up, as the company created what they've rightfully dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Who wouldn't want to learn airplane safety guidelines from Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), the dwarf Fili (Dean O'Gorman),  special effects guru and Weta Workshops co-founder Richard Taylor and director Peter Jackson himself? See photos: Johnny Depp Enchants as Big Bad…
  • Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver

    Kevin Jagernauth
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It's hard to believe that "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" is just a mere seven months away from hitting theaters. Somehow, the movie went from highly speculated to shot, and being prepared to obliterate the box office next year, in the blink of an eye. And the first trailer is here — leaked online in advance of next week's scheduled premiere of "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." — and it promises a lot of destruction on a massive scale.If you thought the city-obliterating finale of "The Avengers" might've been over the top, it seems Joss Whedon and co. are brining an even…
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  • Keanu Reeves Reflects on Turning 50 and His First Acting Gig (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:43 am
    Keanu Reeves may not look it, but the “John Wick” star recently turned 50. He said that it kind of crept up on him during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Wednesday. “The week before I was like, Oh gosh, I'm 50,” he said. “Then I was like, What happened to the forties?” See photos: 13 of Keanu Reeves’ Most Insane Movie Premises – From ‘John Wick’ to ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ Despite fifty years on Earth, and three-and-a-half decades as a professional actor, Reeves surprised Kimmel by not only remember what…
  • Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’ Explodes at Intimate, First-Look Screening

    Sharon Waxman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    An undeniable awards contender exploded onto a huge Imax screen for a select audience of Hollywood tastemakers and talent on Wednesday. “Interstellar,” by writer-director Christopher Nolan, has been held tightly under wraps and eagerly awaited, not least because the filmmaker (“Inception,” “The Dark Knight”) consistently works with big ideas on a vast visual canvas. “Insterstellar” did not disappoint in that regard, offering up the filmmaker's stunning vision of a future in which the survival of humanity is not a given. The movie stars…
  • Matthew McConaughey Must Choose His Daughter or All of Humanity in Latest ‘Interstellar’ Trailers (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:08 am
    “Your daughter's generation will be the last to survive on Earth,” Michael Caine says in the opening moments of the first of two new trailers for Christopher Nolan‘s upcoming science fiction epic “Interstellar. Matthew McConaughey plays a father tasked with finding a new home for humanity, setting him off on a harrowing mission through a wormhole into unknown space. See photos: Inside Matthew McConaughey's Cinematheque Night: All His Female Co-Stars Still Love Him Set in a future where the environment of Earth has been ravaged to the point it is jeopardizing…
  • ‘The Hobbit’ Takes Over Air New Zealand's ‘Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made’ (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Air New Zealand found another use for all those “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” sets and costumes lying around now that the films are wrapping up, as the company created what they've rightfully dubbed “The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made.” Who wouldn't want to learn airplane safety guidelines from Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy), the dwarf Fili (Dean O'Gorman),  special effects guru and Weta Workshops co-founder Richard Taylor and director Peter Jackson himself? See photos: Johnny Depp Enchants as Big Bad…
  • Kat Dennings Was So Goth She Thought She Was Wednesday Addams (Video)

    Jason Hughes
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Kat Dennings brings the laughs from a very dark place on “2 Broke Girls,” and apparently that comes naturally to her. On “Conan,” she revealed her goth past, which was largely inspired by Christina Ricci. See photos: 45 Fall TV Actresses Ranked by Popularity Dennings was five years old when the first “Addams Family” movie came out in 1991 and seven when “Addams Family Values” premiered. And she certainly was't the only person enamored with Ricci's star-making turn as Wednesday Addams, the family's precocious and very dark daughter.
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  • Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver

    Kevin Jagernauth
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It's hard to believe that "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" is just a mere seven months away from hitting theaters. Somehow, the movie went from highly speculated to shot, and being prepared to obliterate the box office next year, in the blink of an eye. And the first trailer is here — leaked online in advance of next week's scheduled premiere of "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." — and it promises a lot of destruction on a massive scale.If you thought the city-obliterating finale of "The Avengers" might've been over the top, it seems Joss Whedon and co. are brining an even…
  • Steve Carell And Charlie Kaufman Team For 'Dr. Strangelove'-Esque Satire 'I.Q. 83'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    One of the great, unrealized movies of the past few years (and one we really hope, but also doubt, will ever get made) is Charlie Kaufman's ambitious, Hollywood skewering, comedy/musical, "Frank Or Francis." But one of the proposed stars of that film is teaming with Kaufman on another project.Deadline reports that Steve Carell will star in "I.Q. 83," with the movie getting a page one rewrite from Kaufman, and for now, there's no word if he'll also direct or not. It's a sci-fi movie with a premise that's right up Kaufman's alley, following a viral outbreak that renders…
  • Chicago Screening of Mati Diop’s 'A Thousand Suns' with Filmmaker in Person, Nov. 13

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Mati Diop's highly acclaimed film, "A Thousand Suns" ("Mille Soleils"), which made its world premiere at the 24th annual Marseilles International Film Festival, where it also won the grand prize for the international competition, will make its Chicago premiere for one night only next month. And even more special is that the filmmaker herself, Mati Diop, will be in person for the screening, for an audience discussion and Q & A afterwards. The  documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking classic 1972 film, "Touki Bouki," made by Ms. Diop’s, the…
  • Music Video & 'Next Day Air' Director Benny Boom Attached to Helm Film Noir 'Wild for the Night'

    Tambay A. Obenson
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Award-winning music video director, Benny Boom, who also helmed the 2009 feature film, "Next Day Air," is attached to do the same for another feature film titled "Wild for the Night" (aka "Hypnotize 3D"), which is described as a present-day film noir set in LA's nightlife. Its synopsis reads: "A loner seeking redemption from his past, returns home, only to find himself entangled in a game of seduction, scandal and revenge on the Los Angeles Club Circuit."Boom will direct from a script that lists Gergory Ramon Anderson, Rashad El Amin, Hannah…
  • Adaptation of Faith-Based Bestseller 'Same Kind Of Different As Me' in the Works

    Tambay A. Obenson
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Way back in 2009, Samuel L. Jackson was attached to star in an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller "Same Kind Of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, An International Art Dealer, And The Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together," by Denver Moore, Ron Hall and Lynn Vincent, which tells the true story of 3 unlikely people who team up to try and solve homelessness in Fort Worth, Texas.The longer, and more intriguing description reads: "A dangerous, homeless drifter who grew up picking cotton in virtual slavery. An upscale art dealer accustomed to the world of…
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  • DVD Release Party

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    We're prepping for the DVD Release Party Lazer Us: The Legend of Jimi Lazer on Sunday...The party is an Open House from 2-5 pm for those in the Niagara Region.Various cast and crew will be there, including some of the props from the movie. Also, Jim Yorfido will be performing live music as the Man in Black. (Watch a recent video of Jim Yorfido as the Man in Black as he performs one of the songs from the soundtrack in the movie.) DVDs will be available for sale at a $15 "Party Pick-up" Special.Like to come? Let us know... Email us Can't make it? You can still order the…
  • Film Day 7 - Forgotten Alley

    9 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Date: Friday, August 15, 2014Film: Lost Penny Friday was primarily a night-time shoot. We arrived on location in late afternoon, but had to wait until dark before we could shoot the scenes with Penny (Rachael McOwen), Tenshi (Andrew Roth) and the Dealer (Paul Hoerdt) and his gang. 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 6 - A Field Day

    2 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014Film: Lost Penny Shooting in the Dream Field with Penny (Rachael McOwen), Lucien (Christopher Elliott), Tenshi (Andrew Roth) and Harbinger (Thomas Nelson). 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 3-5 - Penny @Home

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Date: Monday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014Film: Lost Penny We've grouped together Film Days 3 to 5. Filming Penny (Rachael McOwen) and her Mother (Victoria Guthrie) at Penny's House. 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 2 - Foiling Fudge

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 Film: Lost Penny Film Day 2. Location: The Club. First day on set for Andrew Roth (playing Tenshi) and last day for Fudge (Victoria Murdoch). Penny (Rachael McOwen) is trying to foil the bully, Fudge, in these scenes. 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
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  • US drama spending $11 million in NSW

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:54 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
  • First Australian-Italian co-pro funded

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
  • Mini Reviews

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    THE SKELETON TWINS: Having both coincidentally cheated death on the same day, estranged twins reunite with the possibility of mending their relationship. 1 hr.
  • GALLERY: Learning for life with families at Westwood Junior School in March

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Halloween Family learning festival at Westwood Junior School saw parents, siblings and grandparents join pupils for a host of fun including pumpkin carving, mocktail making, It's a Knockout events, clay crafts, film making, ipads and orienteering. The free event was made possible due to sponsorship from the Family Learning trust of A 700, Open Chest of A 500, Sainsburys pumpkins for carving, Tesco with a A 10 voucher and QV Foods with jacket potatoes for lunch.
  • Buffalo Film Expo Announces Workshop Panelists

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    PRLog - Oct. 22, 2014 - BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo, New York - Buffalo Film Expo , a one day educational event comprised of workshops aimed at professional and aspiring filmmakers, will be held Saturday, Nov. 1st from 10 am to 5:30 pm at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee Street in Cheektowaga. Area film professionals serve as panelists covering screenwriting, producing, the NYS Film Tax Credit, cinematography, the business side of acting and gear.
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  • SSFA a platform to learn film-making

    18 Oct 2014 | 5:06 pm
    CYBERJAYA: Aspiring short film makers and enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the Short Shorts Film Festival and Asia (SSFA) 2014 as it is a platform for them to learn more about the industry. The festival is back for a second time at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), Cyberjaya campus, with short film screenings on Oct 20 and 21. Open to the public, the SSFA will be ...
  • Film-making in the time of Indo-Pak tension

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    With prevailing tension along India's borders with Pakistan, a film-maker and a group of artistes, including renowned actor Naseeruddin Shah, are working on a movie that focuses on the humane side of relations between the two countries. The English film, titled "Mango Dreams", paints a more harmonious picture on India-Pakistan relations and portrays the needlessness of bilateral animosity. It is ...
  • Almanac: Auguste Lumiere, father of cinema

    17 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The film-making pioneer, who with his brother first publicly exhibited movies, was born on October 19, 1862
  • Film group from Ilminster help the fight against Ebola

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:39 am
    AN Ilminster film-making charity is supporting a group fighting the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.
  • Creative Scotland unveils plans for a Scottish movie studio in its new film strategy

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    A new film studio for Scotland, greater funds for film making, an increase in the number of movies being made and greater support for film makers are key pieces in a new film strategy for Scotland.
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  • Hungarian Film Week is over, as the smoke clears ...

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    THE CURRENT CRISIS IN HUNGARIAN FILM -- AFTER THE FILM WEEK  by Alex Deleon <>          Ágnes Havas, Film Fund CEO, address the Crowd at Hungarian Film Week closing Celebration   The interest is already waning. Or to put it more bluntly, nobody cares ~~ About the films or even the crisis itself. There are two reasons to this:  After the Film week, the films hardly ever get to the viewers. There are no real budgets for advertising. The film or DVD distribution of the works that actually get presented on the Film Week is…
  • London Fest wrapped with an audience record of 163,300

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, closed tonight with the European Premiere of Fury and announced the highest ever attendance in the Festival’s illustrious history, with a 163,300 audience turnout, and an additional UK-wide audience of over 12,000. Festival Director Clare Stewart has offered audiences a rich and diverse selection of films and events introducing the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival screened a total of 248 fiction and documentary features, including 18 World…
  • Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Best Film at The 58th BFI London Film Festival

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® announced this year’s Festival Awards’ winners at its high profile Awards ceremony at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, this evening. Guests included Ben Miller, Ben Rivers, Christopher Hampton, Sir David Hare, Dexter Fletcher, Ian Hart, James Corden, James McAvoy, Jeremy Thomas, John Hurt, Lynda Myles, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Luc Roeg, Sophie Fiennes and recipient of the BFI Fellowship Stephen Frears. Official Competition winner – Best Film: Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev Celebrating…
  • Budapest Film Week Day 3

    18 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    World Premier of a Brave New Magyar Comedy  "NO MAN'S ISLAND" IS A WINNER  by Alex Deleon <>    The peak of  the week was reached early on Wednesday, day number 3,  with the World Premiere of a brand new Hungarian film entitled SENKI SZIGETE, in English "No Man's Island". There are other very recent Films on view this week but all have already been in commercial circulation whereas this film is the only absolutely new revelation of the festival week -- straight out of the can, and what a Revelation! …
  • The second annual Sunscreen Film Festival West Awards Hoovey with Best Film

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
          "HOOVEY" NAMED BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM Directed by Sean McNamara ("Soul Surfer"), Starring Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly and Cody Linley   "THE HUMAN EXPERIMENT" NAMED BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE Narrated by Academy Award-winning Actor Sean Penn                   The second annual Sunscreen Film Festival West honored the work of actor Joe Morton with its Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday evening, October 11, as part of the festival's awards presentation. The South Bay…
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  • F3: Loupe for a PIX 240?

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    I'm wondering if anyone has ever seen or knows of a loupe that can be used on the PIX 240? Using the PIX on my rig the other day I realized that if there was such a thing, or something that could be rigged as a loupe, it would kill two birds with one stone. There's already magnet fixings on the 240 that allow the sunscreen to mount. An EVF and onboard recorder, probably a fruitless dream……..
  • [FS: Support] Duzi Slider

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 am
    Selling the Duzi Slider. It's in great condition, almost brand new, barely used. Not sure how much they sell for. Asking $350 + shipping + PayPal fees
  • GH4 Battery life bad since using EF To M43 Speedbooster?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Hi I've noticed a drastic drop in battery life since I started using the Metabones EF To M43 Speedbooster. I have 2 genuine Panasonic batteries which used to last at least 3 hours pre Speedbooster. Yesterday on a shoot one fully charged battery was down to 1 bar inside an hour. I was using a Zeiss 25f2 lens with no IS and a Canon 70-200 F4 L non IS lens. I realise it's also colder in the UK now and this will also affect battery life. Has anyone else noticed this? Could it be the Speedbooster or GH4 V2 firmware perhaps? :undecided
  • Wtb on location software ... Anyone ?

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    If anyone has a copy of on location that wants to part with , please let me know. J.lara357@gmail thx
  • Wtb on location software ... Anyone ?

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Be on the lookout for a copy of on location software ... Anyone have a copy that they would part with ? Please send mssg or e mail thx
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  • How to find great child actors - the top 3 thing I learnt

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    It has been quiet on this blog for a while. Sorry about that. The reason for the silence is that I've been posting more on the Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? blog - as well as actually making the film.In case you don't know, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is a children's feature film I am co-directing with Danny Stack. You may know Danny as my co-host of the UK Scriptwriters Podcast.It is going well and we are on schedule so far. We are fine-tuning the process as we go of course. But we got a lot right! It is all too easy to overlook those and focus on the negative. But here's what we got spot…
  • Podcast Episode 40: Want to move to Hollywood?

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    This podcast is another interview special. We talk to writer Tim John about moving to Hollywood, how to fit in, how to find work there and why it all fell apart. A great episode for those thinking about hitting tinsel town. You can find Tim's book on Amazon - or simply click here.A little bit about Tim John in his own words...With over 20 years’ experience as a copywriter and creative director, plus 7 years as a Hollywood scriptwriter, I’ve worked with a huge variety of clients – from Burger King to Bill Murray, from Sunsilk to Schwarzenegger - winning awards and achieving significant…
  • How do you co-direct a film?

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Note: Myself and Danny are the co-directors. Nelson Nutmeg has no directing duties!I am co-writing, co-directing and co-producing a children's feature film called Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? alongside Danny Stack. We've worked together for years creating the UK Scriptwriter's Podcast.That's a lot of co-filmmaking duties we are sharing though. However, two out of those three get no comments from anyone at all. Lots of films are co-written. In fact many times there are 4 writers on the credits of major films, which normally means about 10 writers were used, but many were uncredited so the film…
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  • Your Wednesday Links: The Coming Superhero Surplus

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

    J. Ott
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    "Flesh Computer" -- the weird and amazing sci-fi short we profiled earlier -- is wrapping up its festival run and is now available to view on Vimeo. In honor of the web premiere, I asked writer and director Ethan Shaftel to give us an update on how the film fared fest-wise, and what he's learned... When my feature Suspension hit festivals in 2008, the landscape was very different. The internet wasn’t as central to the experience of production and exhibition yet, basically because speeds were not high enough for handling large video files routinely. There was a lot of DVD-burning and…
  • Movie Reviews: Birdman and Gone Girl

    J. Ott
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Birdman is my favorite film of the year so far. Right out of the gate, it is 100% manic energy. The gunfire bursts of drumming mixed with the half-cocked sneers at Hollywood, Broadway, and the whole enterprise of entertainment hooked me immediately. Sure, the masterful use of "seamless" editing is showy, but it's the kind of showy that a great stage show wants and deserves. Of course, the pace can't always sustain. To wit: the first scene where Amy Ryan's character showed up was when the tone started shifting a bit more serious, and I found…
  • Your Wednesday Links: Went Girl

    J. Ott
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you'd like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. Rolling Stone: 'Gone Girl' Author Gillian Flynn: 'I Killed My Darlings' - It sounds like the film was a rather faithful adaptation. Except that the book was less misogynist, because you could get inside Amy's head. Or more misogynist, because you got more of what was going on in Amy's head. The Hairpin: Patriarchal Parody: The Rom-Com Logic of David Fincher - My review of the film will be forthcoming, but until then, know that I agree with many (but not all) of the…
  • Movie Review: Believe Me

    J. Ott
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Believe Me is a sharp, thoughtful film about a group of college students who start a fraudulent ministry. When Sam (Alex Russell) sees how willingly Christian congregations will part with their money, he devises a fake charity and recruits his three frat brothers, Pierce (Miles Fisher), Tyler (Sinqua Wallace) and Baker (Max Adler). There is some good-natured poking at Christians, especially their love of free-trade coffee, but the film does an admirable job in walking the very thin line between being insulting to Christians and being pro-Christian propaganda. Because of the fine performances…
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    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker

  • The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community (Stage 32)

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    by MeiMei Fox. I’m not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. — RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32 It’s tough to make a living as a creative. Anyone who has put serious effort into being a professional writer, musician, filmmaker, artist or fashion designer knows that success depends on far more than just talent. It’s also about hardcore networking topped off with a hefty dose of serendipity — meeting the right people in the right…
  • Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors

    Peter D. Marshall
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    by Bennett Marcus. After reviewing his career highlights, in depth, the British Academy Award winner said, “One of the things I love about Americans is you do massive ego trips incredibly well. Blimey. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographs of myself. I didn’t even know they existed.” Mendes also noted that while tributes are wonderful, they are backward looking, and then decided to share what he’s learned along the way. “If there are any directors out there in the audience, or anyone who’s interested in directing, I’ve written 25 steps towards becoming a happier…
  • On Thin Ice: Making a Low Budget Film

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    by Gary Collinson. For any aspiring writer, director, actor, or whichever field in film you happen to have aspirations in, a commonality exists. The struggle to breakout. There will be days when you want to give up, or days when you feel like you’re getting close, only to have the wool pulled out from under your feet. Aside from my love of film criticism, and regular contributions to this great site, I have ambitions as a screenwriter. I’ve come within sniffing distance a couple of times to selling feature scripts. As happens many times in this business though, the precariously perched…
  • A Call for Transparency: Filmmakers Need (and Deserve) to Know Their Audience

    Peter D. Marshall
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    by Emily Best. If we want to continue to have a thriving independent moving picture business we have to figure out how to build smart businesses that are also great films. I host a “Women in Moving Pictures” salon at my apartment once a month. The first one was a small gathering to introduce my writer/director friend Rose to some female cinematographers. It has quickly grown in scope to a place we meet to dig into the challenges in our industry, not just as women (those challenges are many) but as independent creators trying to make a sustainable living. I am a broken record in…
  • How to Capitalize on the Business Side of Festivals

    Peter D. Marshall
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    by Sara Fenton. Getting to picture lock on your indie film can feel like crossing a marathon’s finish line but it’s really only the halfway point. Getting it in front of an audience and navigating the film festival circuit are separate challenges. “There are two parts to film,” Peter Belsito, co-founder of Sydneysbuzz, a blog that covers the international fim business, said during a recent event hosted by Film Independent, a non-profit arts organization that champions indie filmmaking. “There’s the creative process of making the film and then there’s the business of…
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  • DN LFF2014: Peter Sattler Explores Friendship Between Enemies & the Uncertainty of Guilt & Innocence in ‘Camp X-Ray’ (MarBelle)
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Peter Sattler’s debut feature Camp X-Ray sees Kristen Stewart’s fresh army recruit stationed as a guard at Guantanamo Bay confronted by the uncertainty of guilt and innocence when she strikes up an unusual friendship with Payman Maadi’s charismatic detainee. We sat down with Sattler at the London Film Festival to discuss how his background in numerous below the line roles prepared him for the jump to the director’s chair and the tricky conundrum of maintaining an audience’s interest in a movie which at its core is about monotony. When you’re making a small…
  • DN LFF2014: Exploring the Limits of Love & Trust in Saverio Costanzo’s ‘Hungry Hearts’ (MarBelle)
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Based on his recollections of Marco Franzoso’s novel Il bambino Indaco, Saverio Costanzo’s claustrophobic fourth feature Hungry Hearts sees a mother’s obsession with maintaining the purity of her new child put her husband’s love and trust to the ultimate test. We joined Costanzo at the London Film Festival to discuss how working at a lower budget freed him to aim for the art at the centre of his story. Maybe everything started with my need of observing. Observing is my favourite action. Hungry Hearts (2014) Jude is American, Mina is Italian. They meet by chance in New…
  • DN LFF2014: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night - Ana Lily Amirpour (MarBelle)
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Dark, brooding and comedic with a thumping musical soul, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is the first Iranian Vampire Western and also undeniably one of the best films screening at this year’s London Film Festival. We hunted Amirpour down for an interview in which we discuss the making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the greatness of Ninja from Die Antwoord, and also manage to squeeze in some chat about her genre defying take on the vampire movie. It’s funny that it’s black & white because I genuinely don’t like black & white…
  • DN LFF2014: Duane Hopkins Examines the Lives of England’s Abandoned Classes in ‘Bypass’ (MarBelle)
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Six years ago British director Duane Hopkins demonstrated he was a filmmaker to watch with his debut feature Better Things. Hopkins makes a welcome return to the big screen with his powerful sophomore feature Bypass, in which he looks beyond the sensational tabloid headlines, to explore the lives of the youths forced to forge questionable paths of survival in the face of communities left in economic ruin. We caught up with Hopkins at the London Film Festival to discover more about his hyperreality take on the abandoned classes. If you remove something & you don’t replace it with…
  • DN320: Loves of a Cyclops – Nathan Punwar (MarBelle)
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Featuring a forlorn cyclops who can see into other dimensions and an ex-audio book reading child star, Nathan Punwar’s Loves of a Cyclops is far from your average short film and that’s before you dive into the rich treasure trove of supporting transmedia materials. Fortunately Nathan joins us today to act as guide through the fascinatingly multi-dimensioned world he’s created. I don’t think I could of done it any other way & I don’t think I’ll ever make another film quite like this again. Loves of a Cyclops (2013) Francis, a modern-day one-eyed man (cyclops, if…
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  • HouseSpecial: A Tale of Momentum & Inertia

    Erica Gorochow
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    HouseSpecial (formally LAIKA) releases a solid dose of storytelling in their short, A Tale of Momentum & Inertia.   Credits: Kirk Kelley, Creative Director Kameron Gates, Director Executive Producer: Lourri Hammack Producer: Zilpha Yost Production Coordinator: Jamie Pulliam, Julie Ragland, Evan Smith Animator: Wendy Fuller, Kameron Gates, Greg Kyle, Chris Ohlgren, Allan Steele Matte Painter: Don... Read more »
  • Medicine Online

    Justin Cone
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Lucas Zanotto’s latest animation warns that buying drugs online can lead to engorged limbs, glitchy craniums and pretty adorable deaths. Credits Animation/Design/Direction: Lucas Zanotto Art Direction: Tuomas Hautamäki Agency: Kitchen, Team: Heikki Kauppila, Sini Rasanen Music: Pera Pirkola
  • Team Lab Exhibits at Japan Society NYC

    Dave Skaff
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tokyo based Team Lab is on display now through January 11 at The Japan Society in NYC. And it is utterly, wonderfully, sublimely, and slowly….Japanese. Among the treasures are amazing generative flora paintings and richly populated digital murals that invite your eyes to find every fantastic creature. The wide-ranging work by Creative Director Toshiyuki Inoko’s... Read more »
  • Ilya V. Abulkhanov

    Justin Cone
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Former Prologue director Ilya V. Abulkhanov has launched his personal site, and it’s brimming with all sorts of jewels. The film work we all know and love is there, but so is a delightful collection of illustrations. Most recently, Ilya co-directed the opener for Bungie’s latest game, Destiny, with Simon Clowes. Read Motionographer’s in-depth interview... Read more »
  • Digital District new showreel

    Igor Sordokhonov
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Work is not on my mind right now.

    Peggy Archer
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The cat is old. Really, really, old, and recently she’s begun to act her age. Most of what she does these days is sleep, and she very rarely ventures away from her perch on the bed. I think it’s been six months since she’s done anything other than walk to the food bowl and then walk back to the bed. She doesn’t look out the window, she doesn’t come and sit with me if I’m watching  TV, she doesn’t come yell at me to hurry up and get out of the shower. She’s not even showing interest in her beloved Cat Track. Her muscles are atrophying because of…
  • Time and space

    Peggy Archer
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:11 pm
    As the show goes on and more stuff gets put into the sets, the stage itself starts to get harder and harder to navigate. On shows running longer than three months, the boxes, cases, oddly shaped bits of wood, unused couches, etc..  would be tucked away somewhere not the stage (sometimes an office but many times a shipping container). Since a lot of the stuff we have will only be on camera for one episode and no one has any real estate large enough for storage, everything just gets stacked where ever there happens to be space. In hallways, behind backdrops, against set walls, in the…
  • Half a weekend

    Peggy Archer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Last week, we had a 6 day week, as we had to re-shoot the pilot episode of this show. Don’t ask why, I don’t know. Although we were expecting the worst, day 6 turned out to be not so bad (only 10.5 hours), as the director came in very prepared and burned through the stuff. I was home before midnight, which I hadn’t expected. The advantage of four cameras is that it’s possible to shoot 26 pages in a day; something that’s completely out of reach for single camera shows (a misnomer, since most single camera shows use two cameras). This show is 99.9 percent…
  • Hooray!

    Peggy Archer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The powers that be finally (after almost two weeks) approved my application and activated my membership, so today was my first day getting use the Sony gym. I lifted some weights, since we weren’t going to have a particularly strenuous day (then, of course, I had to go up into the perms to drop out cable), and I have to say I really enjoy the gym. They’re missing a few bits of equipment that the other gym has that I like, but it’s super clean, and they were playing 80s hip-hop on the sound system, which was extra awesome. The gym I go to – the normal gym – is…
  • It doesn’t count if it’s not on

    Peggy Archer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The way our schedule on this show works is that we shoot Thursday and Friday, and Monday – Wednesday we light. For folks from single camera world, this is bizarre beyond belief. Block it, light it, shoot it, move on. But multi cameras don’t work that way. We hang some of the big lights, they block. We hang some more lights, they rehearse and change the blocking. We hang more lights after moving all the previous ones, and then finally we shoot. Which is fine – the rig days are shorter as our call time is after they finish rehearsing, but as soon as the actors and important…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • The DIY Filmmaker's Toolkit

    Pixelated Media
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Sorry about the tiny writing…

    Silicon Valley Innovation Festival
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    MOVIE TITLE CATEGORY MOVIE MAKER MADE IN A Poet Long Ago Short Short New York A Tropical Sunday Short Ribezzo Maputo Between Times animS Kuwahata Baltimore Callow & Sons Short Burnett Rae London El Fuego Detrás Short Aguirre Corpus Christi EN DIRECTO ECAM Spain I LOVE MADRID ECAM Spain Kung Fu Elliot docuF Piperni New York Moments Short Roos Turi NENA ECAM Spain ON/OFF Short Renaud Bastia Pandora’s Promise docuF,green,future,InovEnt Moses New York Phil the Phoenix animS Coffin Prairie Village The Desert Fish Feature Ghorbankarimi Etobicoke VATTEN Short Jones Stockholm World School…
  • Bad Movie studios: Halloween-A-Thon II - Frankenstein (1931)

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Oh boy, I really liked hows this one came out. It was actually better than I thought it would be. There aren’t too too many videos left in Halloween-A-Thon until we get to the climax, but rest assured there’s going to be some fun stuff before it’s all said and done. So here’s the YOUTUBE link for the video. If you want something more reliable, or just somewhere to see more stuff, check out the FACEBOOK page. Enjoy, and thanks for watching!
  • Windows and Doors

    G McD
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Frame from the fashion film, Dread, we produced shot vertically in portrait mode for display on 90″ monitors.
  • Killing Them Softly (2012)

    18 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    The plot of Killing Them Softly is undeniably forgettable, a plot that has been recycled in the crime and gangster genre ever since its conception, showcased in early films such as The Public Enemy (1931) all the way up to Goodfellas (1990). However, flashes of brilliance throughout the film allow it to become enduring and an excellent example of contemporary cult cinema. The scene of Markie’s death is grotesquely beautiful, it focuses on violence in a vulgar and graphic way, yet juxtaposes this with beautiful slow-motion cinematography, including close-ups of a gun firing and blood…
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    YouTube: Film

  • tWitch Gets Waxed

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    tWitch Gets Waxed It takes a lot to play a stripper in the sequel to "Magic Mike." tWitch found out exactly how much on Ellen's show. From: TheEllenShow Views: 683381 11634 ratings Time: 06:33 More in Entertainment
  • Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special)

    Simon's Cat
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special) 'A frightening feline turns his owner into a scaredy cat!' Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! A... From: Simon's Cat Views: 1794453 38355 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Pets & Animals
  • Ellen's Viagra Commercial

    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ellen's Viagra Commercial There are a lot of commercials for Viagra and Cialis that our host has noticed. And now there's a new one... hers. From: TheEllenShow Views: 609371 12617 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Entertainment
  • Honest Trailers - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Screen Junkies
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Honest Trailers - Captain America: The Winter Soldier Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Click here to see more Honest Trailers ▻▻ Revisit the far superior seque... From: Screen Junkies Views: 4053323 65782 ratings Time: 04:00 More in Film & Animation
  • Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Penguins of Madagascar Official Trailer #2 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 889624 6271 ratings Time: 02:30 More in Film & Animation
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    The Independent

  • FNC 2014: Hybrid Filmmakers find Common Ground

    Catherine Stewart
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema (FNC) is a festival that doesn’t like to be put into neat and tidy boxes. This year’s boundary-blurring program includes everything from satirical mockumentaries to poetic documentaries that include reenacted scenes. Staff writer Patrick Pearce sat down with the directors of two narrative first features with non-fiction characteristics to chat about their work, fielding ideas that could possibly link these two very different films.Garrett Bradley wrote, directed and edited of Below Dreams a gritty portrayal of struggling twenty-something characters…
  • Private Violence: An Insider’s Perspective

    Catherine Stewart
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Advocate Kit Gruelle – Courtesy Photo“Why didn’t you leave?”—the most common question asked of domestic violence victims—is fueling the recent cultural conversation spurred by multiple NFL incidents, most notably, Ray Rice’s videotaped assault of his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Beverly Gooden’s subsequent Twitter campaign #whyIstayed broadened the discussion to a world-wide audience. Prior to this, however, documentary filmmaker Cynthia Hill had spent several years of her life trying to answer the question, “why women stay.” At the Human Rights Watch Film Festival…
  • The 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival: Shutdown Report From China

    Erin Trahan
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    While the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong resulted in the shutdown of the popular social media site Instagram in mainland China last week and prompts continued monitoring by media this week, it was only last month that we heard the story of another crack down on alternative media in the People’s Republic of China. The shutdown of the 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival this August was not the first time that local authorities have stepped in to halt the proceedings of the annual fest organized by the Li Xianting Film Fund. However, 2014 is reported by participants to be the first…
  • New York Film Festival 2014 – Critic’s Choice

    3 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw watches the entire New York Film Festival slate in order to choose the best and brightest entries each year.Whiplash (Damien Chazelle. 2014. USA. 106 min.)In his warm, definitive 1991 biography of drummer Buddy Rich, Traps, the Drum Wonder, author/singer (and fellow drummer) Mel Tormé quotes musicians from the volatile jazz musician’s big bands: “Buddy made it tough on some people for a variety of reasons, but he just wanted the band to be perfect,” says one. “When Buddy disapproved of our playing, he would call for an 8 am rehearsal the next morning;…
  • New York Film Festival 2014 – Audience Plays Key Role in “Convergence”

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    It is a feeling we know all too well: that blend of fascination and frustration while watching a film set in a world with culture, characters, and aesthetics so captivating that we itch to be a part of it.For a long time, we were mere witnesses of these faraway worlds; with no means by which to forge a connection with them deeper than one of mere observation. Yet, over the last decade of the digital revolution, developments in new media have burgeoned so that now, we are no longer passive consumers. Instead, we have become active participants in the content we receive; not only are we…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #21

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    This week's theme: RAIN   I'm sure everyone noticed the erratic weather patterns we have been having all over the world-- unseasonal thunder storms, long winters, super tornadoes, extreme summer heat with extended dry spells. In the Philippines, aside from super typhoons that wreak havoc to entire cities, we have had unseasonal monsoon rains that cause wide-spread flooding and odd daily weather
  • Weekly Street Photos #20

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    This week's theme: WOMEN W/ THEIR DOGS I like women and I love dogs... These are two of my favorite subjects to photograph. Together they are the perfect combination for me of Beauty and Elegance idealized as Art. With "Mother and Child," "Women with their Dogs" have been popular themes in formal portraiture for centuries. Here are some unguarded (candid) shots of "Ladies with their pet
  • Weekly Street Photos #19

    8 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    This week's theme: LUCK Luck is elusive, but most people chase after it like it is just around the corner. Gambling has been in existence since the dawn of history. It exists in an infinite variety of formats-- from luxury casinos to neighborhood poker games, from the stock market to State run lotteries. Everyone is susceptible, since money is a key ingredient in our lives. (Click on Photos
  • Weekly Street Photos #18

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    This week's theme: ALIENATION Alienation is an extreme form of social isolation -- separation due to a difference in opinion (thought), creed, race, social status, religion, sex or age. It can be socially inflicted or it can be voluntary, depending on the situation. I am actually intrigued that this psychological state can be visually represented in a photograph. (Click on Photos for better
  • Weekly Street Photos #17

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    This week's theme: SOLITUDE Solitude is a state of mind, the separation can both be physical as well as mental. As a species, we naturally separate ourselves from others even in the most public places to preserve our sense of privacy and to protect our psychic space... (Click on Photos for better viewing) "The Fastfood Blues"   "Locked In" "Killing Time" --All Photos are the
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  • Watch: 'Shia LaBeouf' Gets Blood Everywhere in Epic Live Performance

    Shipra Gupta
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    If Shia LaBeouf's public life was the subject of a television series -- which it is in a way, but that is a discussion for another time -- up-and-coming comedian Rob Cantor would receive the top writing credit for the current episode. READ MORE: Five Mystifying Things Shia LaBeouf Said in Interview Magazine's New Profile The episode in question is actually a video that Cantor released on his YouTube channel -- a video in which Cantor performs "Shia LaBeouf," a hyperbolic song about a cannibal that shares the same name as the famous young actor. In spite of the absurd, dry humor…
  • Watch: Exclusive Clip From Powerful Stockton Documentary 'True Son'

    Josephine Opar
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    California’s Stockton city is burdened with a high rate of homicides and bankruptcies. While residents grapple with leaving the dire living situation, a 22-year-old Stanford graduate, Michael Tubbs, campaigns to win a city council seat and change the community in Kevin Gordon's documentary "True Son." In this exclusive clip, interviewees expose troubling information about the city. "Stockton was ranked by Forbes magazine the worst place in the United States of America," one man says. A CNN newsreader reveals Stockton is the biggest U.S. city in history to file for…
  • Watch: Why Ridley Scott's AMC Miniseries About Jack Parsons Will be Bonkers

    Jake Folsom
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Deadline reported last week that Ridley Scott's production company Scott Free Productions is officially developing "Strange Angel," a biographic miniseries that tells the story of John Parsons, a scientist and co-founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory -- who was also a major participant in occultist religion.  Ridley Scott and David Zucker are set to executive produce the project and Mark Heyman will write. Heyman was most recently the co-writer for "The Skeleton Twins," and he also co-wrote "Black Swan" and co-produced "The Wrestler." Below is a…
  • Edward Norton is Fed Up With People Who Think Movies Aren't What They Used to Be

    Nigel M Smith
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" is an actor's showcase for star Michael Keaton, who delivers a comeback performance for the ages as former action star who mounts a Broadway production to revive his ailing career. But as is the case with all of the Mexican filmmaker's work, his supporting cast is also given ample moments to shine. In "Birdman," Edward Norton nearly walks away with the picture as Mike Shiner, an egomaniacal Broadway star Keaton's character is forced to work with when one of his play's…
  • 'Leviathan' and 'Eden' Join 'Inherent Vice' and 'A Most Violent Year' in AFI Lineup

    Casey Cipriani
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    The American Film institute has announced the remaining films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Cinema's Legacy sections of the upcoming AFI Fest. It was previously announced that J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" will open the festival, with Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" screening as AFI's Centerpiece Gala selection.The newly released list includes some of the international circuit's biggest hits, such as Andrey Zvyagintsev's "Leviathan" and Mia Hansen-Løve's ode to Europe's electronic dance scene…
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    Film Threat

  • FURY

    Rick Kisonak
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Do the experiences of real life soldiers have plots? No, they have outbursts of grisly, deafening, chaos punctuated by periods of waiting, joking and, occasionally, pillaging. For 134 minutes that’s exactly what Ayer gives us...Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, why? Why didn’t they use the original source material for this spin off horror flick? Would’ve done just fine. See you in your nightmares…Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    As for our topic this week, we’re going to discuss how China helped "Guardians of the Galaxy" become the biggest film on the planet outside of North America...Read More at

    Jeremy Knox
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The acting, for all my bitching, is serviceable. True, it’s bit inexperienced and awkward at times, but that’s not a huge sin in the realm of low budget indie films. The main cast is still quite affable and attractive, and they do improve as the film goes on...Read More at

    Brad Cook
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    John Ford's "My Darling Clementine" arrives in a Criterion Blu-ray release with a 4K digital restoration and a full menu of bonus features that include a slightly longer pre-release version, a new commentary track, a new interview about infamous lawman Wyatt Earp, and much more.Read More at
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  • Behind the Mic: The Science of Talking with Computers

    John P. Hess
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Language. Easy for humans to understand (most of the time), but not so easy for computers. This is a short film about speech recognition, language understanding, neural nets, and using our voices to communicate with the technology around us.
  • 25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery

    John P. Hess
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Novelist and screenwriter Chuck Wendig covers a few things to keep in mind when writing a mystery. 1. YOUR STORY MUST BE AN INCOMPLETE EQUATION A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. It’s simple. Clean. And it’s already resolved. Stories are not simple. They are not clean. And we most certainly don’t want to read stories that have already been resolved. We read stories that evolve and evade as we read them. Their uncertainty feels present — though we know the story will finish by its end, a good story lets us — or demands that we — forget that. A good story traps us in the moment and…
  • The Clear Career Path Laid out by David Lynch’s pre-Eraserhead shorts

    John P. Hess
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mike D’Angelo examines David Lynch’s pre-Eraserhead work for clues on how the auteur’s mind works. No masterpiece arrives completely out of nowhere. People like to point to Orson Welles as an example of someone who set the world on fire with his first film, but Welles had made his reputation as a creative genius, both in the theater and on the radio, before he exposed the first frame of Citizen Kane. Steven Spielberg spent years shooting 8mm movies in his backyard before breaking into the business. David Fincher, like many other directors who arrived in the 1990s, cut his…
  • Tips for Shooting for the Edit

    John P. Hess
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Edit less by shooting smarter! Chris shares some tips you can use during video production to give you a huge leg up in post-production. Shooting for the Edit
  • The Notorious History of Drunken Hollywood

    John P. Hess
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Larry Getlen digs through Hollywood’s sordid history looking at some legendary Tinseltown drunks. By the early 1930s, Herman J. Mankiewicz was a screenwriting genius who had secretly helped construct classic films such as “Monkey Business” and “Duck Soup” by the Marx Brothers and “The Wizard of Oz.” He was also, according to a new book by author Mark Bailey, a raging drunk who picked fights everywhere he went and insulted everyone from studio execs to actors in his films. Mankiewicz had once been friends with newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and attended many a party…
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  • Canon Announces Successor to EOS C100 Digital Video Camera

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Canon U.S.A. this week announced the imminent release of the Canon EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera, the latest in their popular lineup of professional Super 35mm 8.3 megapixel CMOS video cameras and the second generation
  • 5 Tips for More Useful Storyboards

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Good cinematography starts with a clear cinematic vision, but finding a way to communicate that vision to your cast and crew can be difficult. Even for a crew of one, having a way to plan and keep track of your visual ideas will lead to a smoother and more productive shoot. Storyboarding is one simple though oft-dismissed solution to these common challenges, but how can you make the most out of your time spent at the drawing board?
  • Photographer Captures Northern Lights in Greenland Using Sony a7S

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Photographer Ivan Castro's Around the Arctic Circle project is yielding some incredible imagery, including one that demonstrates the Sony a7S' amazing low light, high ISO capabilities.
  • Canon Goes Long with Announcement of 50-1000mm Cine-Servo Lens

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Canon this week announced the imminent arrival of the massive new Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens.
  • Apple Announces Stunning 5K iMac

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Apple impressed attendees of their fall iPad event in Cupertino today with a dazzling addition to the Mac line of computers — an iMac with Retina Display. Exchanging the marketing-speak for real numbers, the new iMac has a 5K display. Ok, so 5K is kind of marketing-speak as well. Here are the real numbers: 5,120 x 2,880
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • Stop, Go, Stop, Go: Rob Whitworth and Time Lapse

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Unlike 405,399 of their fellow American servicemen (according to the Department of Veterans Affairs), John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra did return from the trauma of the Second World War. But they were, like all of the “greatest generation” soldiers, profoundly changed by the experience. Two of the five had […]
  • A View from the Blog

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I received a gracious comment from Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler on my recent post about his photographs of motion-picture print reels. I was disappointed that I had been unable to contact him directly for an interview because interviewing artists for these essays has been one of the payoffs of the writing. It has […]
  • Cinema Poet/Provocateur: Dimitri Kirsanoff

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    So intense are the narrative thru-line and emotional arc of Dimitri Kirsanoff’s 1926 film Ménilmontant that it is one of the few silent films without intertitles. The opening and closing scenes of graphic murder remain shocking today. Its sometimes frenetic but often poetic evocation of Parisian streets and the ominous waters of the Seine center […]
  • ‘A Bloody Ex-Pat’ and ‘The Mona Lisa Curse’

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    After critic Robert Hughes leaves art collector Alberto Mugrabi’s apartment at the end of his 2008 BBC documentary The Mona Lisa Curse, Mugrabi, breathing a sigh of relief, whispers, “He’s a tough cookie.” To call Time magazine’s uber-articulate, uber-opinionated former art critic a “tough cookie” is like calling Hurricane Katrina a “storm.” In his deeply moving and […]
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    Mike Vogel

  • 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). 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 all done by sending @ replies to a character from Phrenic on Twitter, known as…
  • 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!
  • Notecarding a new screenplay…

    Mike Vogel
    24 Nov 2013 | 10:35 pm
    I’m in the process of notecarding out another feature. It’s probably the most fun part of making a movie because there is no technology to troubleshoot, people to schedule, locations to coordinate with, or money to try and not spend. It’s just writing and imagining new scenes and what could happen in those scenes. There’s not even dialogue yet. Improvisation happens sometimes on the set, but this notecard process is pure improvisation. What if this happened? What if this character did this? Sure, there is a little bit of practicality, like realizing that where a scene…
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  • The Avengers : Age of Ultron trailer leaked on the web

    Iain Alexander
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:46 pm
    Marvel has acknowledged that the 1st trailer for ‘The Avengers : Age of Ultron’ was leaked today, and shows never-before seen footage of the movie which is scheduled for release in May next year (although the trailer disagrees with this date). It is unclear whether the leak was intentional or accidental, but fans have been quick to take note of the latest visual clues in this trailer. The Avengers ensemble Back in 2012 ‘The Avengers’ grossed over $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide and was a domestic hit bringing a host of big action heroes to the screen. The post…
  • So what happened to treating Renée Zellweger like a human being?

    Iain Alexander
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Renée Zellweger in ‘Leatherheads’ (2008) Renée Zellweger’s face became a piece of meat this afternoon at the expense of her dignity for our plain amusement. Today the entertainment industry decided to enlist plastic surgeons to weigh in on Zellweger’s recent ‘alteration’ to provide people with an in-depth medical analysis that has surely done no good for her self-esteem. While there is a public debate going on about plastic surgery and the Hollywood pressures on women over 40 to look ‘younger’, the real problem in all this is how this headline…
  • Keanu Reeves gets epic praise for ‘John Wick’

    Iain Alexander
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:06 am
    Keanu Reeves stars in new action thriller ‘John Wick’ which sees the actor playing the role of an ex-hitman coming out of retirement to hunt down a group of gangsters who ruined his life. The R-rated thriller which will be released this week in theatres has received universal praise from critics and has gathered a spectacular 100% approval from Rotten Tomatoes as of today. On IMDB early reviews also pushed the film above 9/10 before its official release giving it a stellar thumbs up. Directed by Chad Stahelski and starring Willem Dafoe and Adrianne Palicki, Reeves re-invents his…
  • Last 8 documentary shorts announced for Oscar nominations

    FIN Staff
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    ‘The Lion’s Mouth Opens’ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 87th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 58 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation. The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” Perry Films…
  • Chris Pine stars in painfully low budget short about a vampire

    Iain Alexander
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Chris Pine has taken his world class acting ability and transformed it into a blood sucking vampire for a short comedy sketch that has such a low budget, the making-of exceeds the length of the film itself. (video below) Released this afternoon on Funny or Die, Pine, dressed in a cheesy, Vampire ‘Lawyer’ costume turns up to the court house and says some random things that don’t make much sense, but what happens afterwards is far more interesting..or so the creators of this short film would have you believe. Apart from the witty humor the sketch features a ridiculous credit…
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    Film Shortage

  • Gooses

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Lucinella reconnects with her spirit animal (her sister Lore) during a fabulously dreamy Los Angeles vacation. Dreams have to make way for reality when Lucinella finds out Lore spends her days working at CVS and her nights drinking to pass out. The post Gooses appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Chillr

    Marco Luca
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The only non-sex-based mobile app that instantly connects chill dudes with other chill dudes in their area. The first thing that went through our minds, and I am sure yours as well was: “How didn’t I think of this??”. And the we realized how fun this film/idea was. CHILLR is a two-and-a-half minute comedy released via an internet prank on CHILLR.NET – a website for “the only non-sex-based mobile app that instantly connects chill dudes with other chill dudes in their area.” By timing our release to coincide with Tech Crunch Disrupt and the Apple product…
  • Bring To Nothing

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Jessie comes home and begins frantically packing her bags. Who is she? Why is she packing? And what is she running from? The post Bring To Nothing appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Robert’s Circle

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Bobby’s in trouble. It’s big this time. Unsure where to turn, he instinctively runs to his sister’s house. Thrown into a situation she doesn’t fully comprehend, his sister must decide if she should help her little brother once again. Robert’s Circle is at once a tense thriller, a family drama, and a mystery all told in a single, unrelenting shot. The post Robert’s Circle appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Gooses

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Lucinella reconnects with her spirit animal (her sister Lore) during a fabulously dreamy Los Angeles vacation. Dreams have to make way for reality when Lucinella finds out Lore spends her days working at CVS and her nights drinking to pass out. The post Gooses appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Its Not You… Its Us (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    An important announcement from Sean. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. 2 – Ughhh The Hobbit (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti returns in Part 2 of our Lord of the Rings extravaganza! This week, we explore the original trilogy in more detail, discuss discrepancies with the books, then we get to.. ugghh… The Hobbit. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. I – The LOTR Encyclopedia (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, the Nerds enlist the help of friend and expert Gina Giovannetti to discuss The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
  • Sequels 3: I Poop Pennies (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, Dave McGuire guest hosts as the Nerds dedicate an entire episode to the worst sequels of all time. Click here if the media player below does not load.
  • Steeeeeeeeeeeve Perry! (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    This week, Sean, Roxi, and Sarah wanted to spotlight an underrated film and in the words of its stars “…the stupidest, dumbest movie ever made:” BASEketball. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
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    Noam Kroll

  • Is Apple’s New 5K Retina iMac The Ultimate 4K Editing Machine? Here’s Why I Might Consider It Over The New MacPro

    Noam Kroll
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Today Apple announced a number of new products including updates to their iPad lineup, a new Mac Mini, and a brand new iMac – which may be one of the best 4K editing systems you can get your hands on. The MacPro is undeniably still going to be a faster computer, but for the majority of editors having a 5K display built right into their system may be more beneficial than having the extra speed that the MacPro offers.  I run a couple of different systems for my editorial work and general business use, with the majority of the workload being done on my 12-core MacPro tower. This system…
  • Premiere Pro & FCP X Are Both Now Playing In The Big Leagues With Fincher’s Gone Girl & Will Smith’s Focus

    Noam Kroll
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    A while ago I posted an article about FCP X getting it’s big break on an unknown $100MM Hollywood feature film, and in the past week details have finally emerged that the film in question is Will Smith’s upcoming feature “Focus”. This is of course coming after the news that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” was cut using Adobe Premiere, which if nothing else signals the fact that things are changing faster than ever in the post-world. Readers of this site know that I am a big fan of FCP X, but I also enjoy using Premiere Pro and occasionally even Media…
  • How To Color Grade Your Footage For The Natural Look & Why Cinema Cameras Require Far Less Grading Than DSLRs

    Noam Kroll
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    One of the biggest reasons that high end cinema cameras are so preferable to shoot on over DSLRs or other prosumer cameras, is because of the flexibility that they have in post. Cameras like the Arri Alexa, Sony F55, and RED Epic/Dragon all feature raw recording to allow for maximum creative freedom when color grading. Ironically though, footage from these higher end cameras often require far less color work than their prosumer counterparts, since their images look more accurate and natural straight off the sensor.  There is a very common misconception these days that for a camera to shoot…
  • Why 96fps On The GH4 Should Be Avoided & Which Frame Rates Work Best For Slow Motion

    Noam Kroll
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    One of the biggest reasons that filmmakers are falling in love with the GH4 is because of it’s amazing ability to shoot at high frame rates internally. No other DSLR/DSLM has the ability to over crank the way the GH4 can, which offers variable frame rates at up to 96 frames per second. This is pretty astounding, and certainly makes the GH4 an incredibly powerful to own – but unfortunately not all frame rates are going to work as well as others. If you want to overcrank on the GH4, there are two main ways that you can do it. The first is the old fashioned way (as you would have…
  • When Camera Choice Can Be The Most Important Factor In Achieving A Beautiful Image

    Noam Kroll
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Many cinematographers feel that the camera they shoot on is the least important element when it comes to capturing a beautiful image since lighting, lenses, color grading, and other factors often play a more important role. I myself fall into this camp for the most part, and those of you that are frequent visitors of the site likely know that by now… However, there are times that your choice in camera can be far more critical than any other element in the cinematography pipeline, and it’s important to know exactly when it matters most. For the majority of my controlled…
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  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Two

    Luke Kent
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    And so we reach day two of our Halloween advent calendar, and this one is a doozy. Best watched with the lights out and the sound up: Day 2 of 10: The Descent: Embracing the darkness. “Hey, there’s something down here…” The Descent is a film drenched in darkness. Oftentimes the audience can only see what is within inches of the character, or what is illuminated by a crack of light, or what is in the focus of the thin beam of a head lamp. This creates a claustrophobic experience, replicating the character’s woes. When group of friends meet to explore a system of…
  • Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer Is Here

    Luke Kent
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has leaked, and courtesy of we can now watch it in all its glory.  Click the below image to link to the trailer. Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Move quickly, this trailer was due to be released next week so may be pulled shortly. It looks like we’re all in for a treat on May 1st 2015 when the new Avengers movie releases! Dammit, Hydra. — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014
  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day One

    Luke Kent
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    To get everyone thoroughly in the mood for Halloween, for the next 10 days leading up to All Hallows’ Eve Flicks and Pieces will be recommending a classic horror film, TV show or game worth cracking out in time for the big day. Think of it as a Halloween advent calendar of sorts. But instead of chocolate and nice pictures of reindeers, you get a deliciously horrifying treat. Day 1 of 10: Wolf Creek (2005) John Jarratt as Mick Taylor. A wisecracking Aussie with a badass hat – what could possibly go wrong? When a group of backpackers encounter car problems in outback Australia,…
  • Casting The Ghostbusters Reboot

    Luke Kent
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Despite previous trepidation regarding a potential Ghostbusters reboot/sequel, it would appear as though myself and other fans across the globe are going to have to endure a new spin on the classic franchise. The recent news of Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) being drafted in to direct the new Ghostbusters movie has been met with a mixture of outrage and jubilation that the franchise will return. Personally, I have sat on the side of the outraged, feeling the need for further Ghostbusters films ended in about 1991, around two years after the release of Ghostbuster II. With the original cast and…
  • Blade Runner

    Luke Kent
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:37 pm
    “If only you could see what I’ve seen with your eyes!” The all-seeing eye. Blade Runner (1982). Directed by Ridley Scott. Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth. In response to the Daily Post challenge – Refraction of light.
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