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  • Richard Walch: making waves with the EOS 7D Mark II

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    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Canon Ambassador Richard Walch gives his first thoughts on the new EOS 7D Mark II DSLR after using it to photograph a sailing event.
  • Canon Announces Successor to EOS C100 Digital Video Camera Video News
    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
  • Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    from The Hollywood Reporter. Who rakes in a whopping $75 million? Who are the highest-paid TV stars? And how much can you make working in an agency mailroom? In its Money Issue, THR reveals how much people are earning now, from stars including Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Katherine Heigl and the ‘Duck Dynasty’ clan to top agents including Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell Read the rest of this article from The Hollywood Reporter. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve…
  • 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.
  • Panic and destruction

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    Peggy Archer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In case you were wondering, the day before we’re scheduled to shoot is not the best time to make major changes to the sets. It screws up everyone – us, grip, camera, actors, but mainly set dressing. Set dressers are the nice people who make the sets look like, well, not sets. I’m sure you’ve seen the low-budget movie with sparse backgrounds that somehow look like sets – you may not be able to pinpoint what’s wrong, but you do know they don’t look right. That, my friends, is set dressing. They place magazines, table lamps, newspapers, pens, mismatched…
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  • Jack Bruce, Bassist for Cream, Dead at 71

    Gina Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Jack Bruce, the former bassist and vocalist for rock group Cream, has died. He was 71. “It is with great sadness that we, Jack's family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the musician's loved ones stated on his Facebook page. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.” See Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos) The cause of death is undisclosed. Bruce had been diagnosed with liver cancer in 2003, and underwent a liver…
  • Chris Rock: No, I Didn't Get an Offer to Host the Oscars

    Steve Pond
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Chris Rock didn't get an offer to host the upcoming Academy Awards – because if he did, he would have said yes. That's what Rock told TheWrap on Friday, following reports elsewhere that announced Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris may not have been the first choice of producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Also read: Neil Patrick Harris: How Good an Oscar Host Will He Be? One report insisted that Zadan and Meron had made an offer to this year's host, Ellen DeGeneres, and followed that with an offer to Rock before turning to Harris. And while it's pretty much a no-brainer that…
  • Benedict Cumberbatch Has Got the Moves Like Beyonce (Video)

    Gina Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks may have to recruit Benedict Cumberbatch. The “Sherlock” actor shed his intense on screen persona on “The Graham Norton Show” to imitate Beyonce's famous moves. See video: Benedict Cumberbatch on Why There Are No Sex Scenes in ‘The Imitation Game’ Host Graham Norton was chatting with comedienne Miranda Hartregarding her take on certain types of “walks” people have. When it came to the “rock star” walk, Hart noted that none do it better than Queen Bey. See Photos: ‘Dancing With…
  • MSNBC's Alex Wagner Slams Sen. Ted Cruz for ‘Ludicrous’ Fear Mongering in Houston

    Gina Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    MSNBC host Alex Wagner had a bone to pick with Houston conservatives on Friday when she called out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). In 2010, Houston became the largest city to elect an openly gay mayor. This May the city approved the “equal rights ordnance,” which bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation in businesses that serve the public. However, a petition that included several pastors was submitted to strike down the ordnance due to the “perceived threat of male sexual predators dressed in drag entering women's restrooms.” See photos: 24 TV…
  • Rainn Wilson Drops Vine Star From Comedy After Outcry Over Assault Charges

    Gina Hall
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Rainn Wilson has dropped Vine video star Curtis Lepore from his new scripted series. Earlier in the week Wilson announced comedy “Hollywood and Vine,” noting that it would feature five popular video creators from the six-second video platform. Produced by Wilson's SoulPancake, the series was set to star Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso, and Lepore. There was a huge outcry at the selection of Lepore after it was learned that he had a rape charge involving by his ex-girlfriend, fellow Vine star Jessi Smiles, at the beginning of the year. The…
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  • Best of the Week: Screen Talking 'Interstellar,' Gothams vs. Oscars, 'CITIZENFOUR' and More

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Catching Up on Fall's Best at Mill Valley Film FestivalCumberbatch vs. Hiddleston: Who's The Hotter Brit? (Dueling Videos)Edward Norton and Andrea Riseborough Dig Into Actors' Egos and "Birdman"Eight Things You Should Know About Shailene Woodley's "White Bird in a Blizzard""Force Majeure" Director Ruben Ostlund Answers 10 QuestionsHow "Birdman" Got Made: Fox Searchlight and New Regency Partners Tell AllHow "Dear White People" Grabbed Young MoviegoersHow Sebastian Junger Went Hobo for HBO Doc "Last Patrol"Laura Poitras Takes Us Behind…
  • Kevin Hart’s Forgotten Sit-Com ‘The Big House’ Coming to DVD

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    Don’t worry, you’re not alone. You’re not the only one who doesn’t remember the ABC sit-com "The Big House," with Kevin Hart. No one does. I’ve never even heard of it myself. But there are some good reasons for that. First of all, it was on the air literally a decade ago, in 2004; and second, it only lasted 6 episodes. The show, which premised on April 2 of that year, and was cancelled after April 30, was a reverse of the premise for "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," with Hart playing a rich spoiled kid (named Kevin Hart – How’s that for originality?) whose…
  • Watch: A Twisted Jake Gyllenhaal Crosses The Line In Wicked Red Band Trailer For ‘Nightcrawler’

    Rodrigo Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Not to bring things back to Oscar, perhaps a lowest common denominator form of conversation for movies, but it would be some kind of shame if Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t get a well-deserved nomination for “Nightcrawler” because he’s all kinds of wicked and twisted worthy. Some pundits are questioning whether that’ll happen or not, but I suppose that’s someone else’s concern at the end of the day. Because ultimately, “Nightcrawler” is a deliriously manic ride that everyone involved should be proud of. Written and directed by veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy, filmmaker Tony…
  • Comics Roundup: Adam McKay May Direct A Marvel Movie, Quicksilver To Appear In 'X-Men: Apocalypse' & More

    Kevin Jagernauth
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    It's the end of week, so let's take a few minutes to clear off some of the various comic book movie bits and bobs that have been hanging around our digital desk....First up, Adam McKay, who gave Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" a "bigger" and "funnier" rewrite, says he might direct a movie for Marvel. "I’m starting to get into the early stages with Marvel. There’s plenty of fun stuff and our company always has tons of things so we have a couple movies coming out this year,” he told Collider. "I just did a big rewrite on 'Ant-Man' with Paul Rudd and had…
  • 'Foxcatcher' & 'Zero Dark Thirty' Cinematographer Greig Fraser To Lens Gareth Edwards' 'Star Wars' Spinoff

    Kevin Jagernauth
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In 2012, we placed Greig Fraser in our On The Rise: Cinematographers feature, and now, two years later, the man is behind the camera of two of fall's biggest films, "Foxcatcher" and "The Gambler." It's nice to see that the industry has taken notice in the tremendous work he's been doing, and now he's going blockbuster.In an interview with In Contention, Fraser reveals he'll be the DP on the Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" spinoff, and like many of the folks getting involved with the new batch of films, there's something about the nostalgic pull that can't be…
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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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  • A sweeping narrative deals with the psychological and emotional reality of war

    25 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    LAKE District-born Catherine Hall has already gained a literary reputation through her novels Days of Grace and The Proof of Love, both of which attracted critical acclaim. The latter also won this year's Green Carnation Prize for LGBT literature.
  • Painting Day

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    PRESS RELEASE 24 October 2014 Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets Contact: Syuzanna Petrosyan Email: Tel: +374 77 933772 7th Pan-Armenian Painting Day The 7th Pan-Armenian Painting Day will commence at 11am on 25 October 2014 at the Yerevan Zoo. The event, organized by the Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets in cooperation with its General Partner VivaCell-MTS, is part of the Pan-Armenian Painting Contest held annually, which invites all Armenian children living in Armenia and abroad to submit their best…
  • Review: Fair and Lovely

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Director Raghuram has definitely perked up his directorial skills compared to his last outing 'Cheluveye Ninna Nodalu'. The story narrating format, the conceptualization of 'Fair and Lovely 'has been in the right tone and after having watched the movie, one can easily comprehend it to be a candid effort of storytelling by the director.
  • The list of Hollywood's biggest stars also includes guns

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    "The Great Train Robbery," made in 1903, is thought to be the first American movie that featured guns . A black-and-white silent short Western film written, produced, and directed by Edwin S. Porter, it's only ten minutes long, but it's still considered a milestone in film making.
  • Stars gather to honour Limerick's Richard Harris at festival

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    A GLITZY line-up of movie stars and Richard Harris' family members will fly into Limerick for a film festival in the great actor's name this weekend. Transformers star Jack Reynor and his Limerick fiancee Madeline Mulqueen are among the line-up of guests for the Richard Harris film festival, which will be attended by sons Jared and Jamie.
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  • Sirocco doco snares British award

    25 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Former University of Otago international student Ashwika Kapur is ''just over the moon'' after winning a prestigious award for her film about the kakapo Sirocco. read more
  • 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.
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  • BLUE 2014 Film Finalists announced

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:01 am
    November 3-9 | St.Petersburg, FL  COME SEE THE OCEAN LIKE NEVER BEFORE BLUE is an enlightening and entertaining 7-Day summit showcasing the world's finest ocean films and award winning marine photography along with a filmmakers marketplace, science and conservation seminars, international policy discussions and a robust ocean media industry conference. BLUE's industry conference provides access to funders, producers, education and networking opportunities for underwater and ocean related visual media productions. Industry Conference seminars and workshops offer mentoring from…
  • The Middleburg Film Festival announced today the schedule of panels

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    MIDDLEBURG FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF PANELS AND FILMMAKER CONVERSATIONS Filmmakers, actors, industry executives and journalists to gather in Virginia’s historic countryside for four days of film, wine and conversation   The Middleburg Film Festival announced today the schedule of panels and filmmaker conversations that round out the festival program. Directors, producers, industry executives and special guests will be on hand throughout the festival to discuss filmmaking and the movie business.  Highlights include a conversation with Richard LaGravanese, director and…
  • Philip Kaufman to receive the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ at the 22nd edition of Camerimage

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    It was announced today that Oscar® nominee Philip Kaufman (“Quills,” “The Right Stuff,” “Henry & June”) will receive the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing’ at the 22nd edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, this November (November 15th – 22nd   The ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ recognizes exceptional filmmakers who have changed the way movies are made with their creativity, visual skills and passion for their craft. In addition to great framing, superb…
  • 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…
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  • [FS: Optics] Panasonic 14-140, Olympus 45mm 1.8, Rokinon 85mm 1.4 and Panasonic DMW-MA1 Adapter

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Up for sale are the following:Panasonic Lumix G Vario 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH Power O.I.S.Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Olympus 4/3Olympus M Zuiko Digital MD 45mm f/1.8 (Silver)Panasonic DMW-MA1 Mount AdapterPanasonic 14-140mm f/3.5-5.6 - $300 14-140.jpg Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 - $175 Ro_85.jpg Olympus 45mm f/1.8 - $225 Oly_45.jpg Panasonic DMW-MA1 Adapter - $50 DMW-MA1.jpg Will sell them all as a kit for $700. Thanks for looking Julian Attached Images Ro_85.jpg (47.0 KB) 14-140.jpg (42.3 KB) Oly_45.jpg (44.4 KB) DMW-MA1.jpg (21.9 KB)
  • Double CTB vs Full CTB

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    After doing the lighting for a small shoot today, I went home and noticed that what I thought was full ctb was in reality double ctb. I looked up the differences and saw full ctb was for conversion to 5700k photographic daylight and double cto was for conversion to 26000k daylight. We were balancing open-faced tungsten lights with daylight streaming from 10 windows. It looked fine on set and in the camera. The light was not directly shining in the windows and it was in the early afternoon. As I don't have a color temperature meter, how can I tell when to use one or the other? Is it just guess…
  • [FS: General] NEXTO NVS2500 Pro 500 GB Video Storage

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Lightly used. Excellent Shape! Ultra fast, in-the-field back up for multi card formats including: Compact Flash, SDHC, MemoryStick, P2/P3, SxS. Back up your footage to the internal 500 GB drive. You immediately have a second safety copy of your work. You can even back up to another external hard drive without using a computer. And you can view your shots on the color LCD screen. Easy to use. All functions controlled by 2 buttons. Multiple in and out connections: USB 2.0, eSATA & Firewire. New internal battery. Comes with usb cable, ac adapter, P2 card adapter and manual. Rugged rubber cap…
  • Alternative Battery Systems

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    So I have this pet peeve: If your like me and have a bit of gear, you have multiple battery systems to purchase and maintain. At last count, I have 9+ different battery systems. They are all expensive and have to pack a bunch of chargers. And if I have a larger shoot, I darn near need a person just to wrangle batteries. For my audio bag, I use a Tekkeon and it works pretty well and has multiple voltages available as well as usb power, but each battery is a unique system in itself. So how about a different take: Make an adapter for a common 12v Li-Ion battery and output with a 4 pin xlr and…
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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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  • Independent Filmmaking – Can I? should I? Am I good enough?

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated? You are not alone… This is the beginning of the season of awards, fall film festivals and lots and lots of screenings. Living in LA we are surrounded by the movie business, and that can be intimidating for very independent filmmakers because, well, everyone is bigger than you. Or at least that is how it seems at times. But remember, everyone who lives in a big house, drives a big car and seems to know what they are doing certainly didn’t begin that way. And they still have mortgages and car loans and self-doubt.
  • VIDEO: Auguste Lumiere, father of cinema

    Peter D. Marshall
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    from CBS News. And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: October 19, 1862, 152 years ago today . . . the debut of a future film-making pioneer. For that was the day Auguste Lumiere was born in a small town in France. Together with his younger brother, Louis, Auguste Lumiere improved on Thomas Edison’s early projector, making it possible for more than one person at a time to watch a movie. Their first exhibition in late December 1895 featured 10 short films, beginning with a shot of workers leaving the Lumiere factory . . . cutting-edge cinema for its time, believe…
  • Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    from The Hollywood Reporter. Who rakes in a whopping $75 million? Who are the highest-paid TV stars? And how much can you make working in an agency mailroom? In its Money Issue, THR reveals how much people are earning now, from stars including Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Katherine Heigl and the ‘Duck Dynasty’ clan to top agents including Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell Read the rest of this article from The Hollywood Reporter. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve…
  • 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…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN LFF2014: Love & Sexuality are Blind in Daniel Ribeiro’s Charming Debut ‘The Way He Looks’ (MarBelle)
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Proceeded by the highly acclaimed pilot short I Don’t Want to Go Back Alone, Daniel Ribeiro’s debut feature The Way He Looks tenderly explores the awakening sexuality of a blind teenage as he discovers first love and desire within the turmoil of adolescence. Ribeiro explains how his depiction of a blind perspective shaped a variety of production decisions, from choice of lenses through to sound design. I didn’t want to make things that are outside the discovery of sexuality to overshadow the main focus of what I wanted to talk about. The Way He Looks (2014) Leonardo is a blind…
  • 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…
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  • New work from Sehsucht

    Justin Cone
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Sehsucht has released several projects ahead of their presentation at the Playgrounds Festival on Friday, October 31st. My favorite from the new crop of work is “Rooms,” an infinite zoom in reverse created for MTV World Exclusive.
  • 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 »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Panic and destruction

    Peggy Archer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In case you were wondering, the day before we’re scheduled to shoot is not the best time to make major changes to the sets. It screws up everyone – us, grip, camera, actors, but mainly set dressing. Set dressers are the nice people who make the sets look like, well, not sets. I’m sure you’ve seen the low-budget movie with sparse backgrounds that somehow look like sets – you may not be able to pinpoint what’s wrong, but you do know they don’t look right. That, my friends, is set dressing. They place magazines, table lamps, newspapers, pens, mismatched…
  • 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…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • The #1 Reason Why A Movie Will Receive A Film Festival Rejection by Daniel Sol of HOLLYSHORTS Film Festival

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    (Watch the video interview here) The #1 Reason Why A Movie Will Receive A Film Festival Rejection by Daniel Sol of HOLLYSHORTS Film Festival via More video interviews at Film Courage Youtube
  • Attention Film Makers: HOW TO MAKE YOUR MOVIES LOOK PROFESSIONAL audio seminar by JOHN RUSSO is now available!

    Gary Lee Vincent
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    “I made a movie I didn’t finish. Then I read your books, took notes and made charts, and that’s what guided me to my first complete movie.” — Quentin Tarantino John Russo’s filmmaking books, lectures, seminars and workshops have paved the way to success for many famous professionals and hundreds of young, aspiring filmmakers! NOW HE WANTS TO HELP YOU JUMP-START YOUR CAREER! HOW TO MAKE YOUR MOVIES LOOK PROFESSIONAL is a 44-minute audio book that lets John Russo deliver his lessons to you personally, in his own recorded voice, just as if the two of you are…
  • Shroud

    David Jetre
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:28 am
  • "American Reel" Director's Commentary #4 - The Bar Scene

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    This is the last installment of director’s commentaries for “American Reel” – the bar scene. This scene didn’t exist in the original script. I added it about 2 weeks before filming began, after asking the screenwriters repeatedly to revisit the script and add in what was missing. In this case, it was the crucial turning point for the entire film – for the main character. This scene played out as a 6 1/2 minute continuous camera move on a straight dolly. I thought Tony Hettinger, the DP/Operator; Laurent Weber, the 1st AC; and Steve Parker, the dolly grip…
  • Official Trailer for Wasp: Released!

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:34 am
    Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s finally here! The trailer for ‘Wasp’ has been officially released – check it out right here:     I hope you enjoy it, and feel free to send it to all your friends! - Philippe
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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: 725828 11915 ratings Time: 06:33 More in Entertainment
  • Big Hero 6 Official NYCC Trailer (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    Big Hero 6 Official NYCC Trailer (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 286785 2581 ratings Time: 01:54 More in Film & Animation
  • 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: 1871812 39093 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: 633410 12802 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Entertainment

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    5inco Minutos - MÃES CORUJAS E OS BEBÊS FEIOS NO FACEBOOK Kefera. From: 5incominutos Views: 1022903 69843 ratings Time: 06:49 More in Entertainment
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    The Independent

  • Using Tugg: A filmmaker’s experience

    Catherine Stewart
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The last year or so has seen the rise of, the niftily named, ‘Theatrical-on-Demand’ models led by companies such as Tugg and Gathr. It was the evolution of these platforms which inspired me to bring my self-funded UK indie film Young Hearts Run Free  to the US this September 2014. The film had a successful self-distribution tour of UK cinemas in 2011, however, despite these new platforms it was not all plain sailing.  This article explores my personal experiences with Tugg and suggests some tips for using these emerging platforms.HOW DOES IT WORK?Films are entered into a library on…
  • Artifacts from Cinematic Heaven and Hell: The Kubrick Cult Moves to TIFF

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:58 am
    This article was originally published on June 5th 2013, Stanley Kubrick: the exhibition can now be seen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival between October 31st 2014 to January 25th 2015.Cinephiles and art lovers alike who will make the trek to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the popular Stanley Kubrick retrospective should be prepared to have their minds blown in spectacular fashion. To say that Kubrick’s first US retrospective is a must-see viewing experience is an understatement and that’s no exaggeration.On display through June 30th, this epic…
  • 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…
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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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  • Jill Soloway's 7 Tips for First-Time Directors from Her Rousing Film Independent Forum Keynote

    Ben Travers
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    One may think a writer's journey to Hollywood is over as soon as they get their first paid writing gig, but that's not the case. In a speech given to kick off the 2014 Film Independent Forum, Jill Soloway chronicled her journey after she'd already written for "Six Feet Under" and served as showrunner for "United States of Tara" and "How to Make It In America." There was still a mountain for her to climb, and even now, she doesn't feel like she's made it -- but she has some advice for anyone trying to live in the world of independent film and television. To kick…
  • 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

    Peter Knegt
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced. Compared to the remarkably stacked best actor race, the best actress race is looking mighty weak at this point in the game with not too many contenders to come. Which suggests we may already have a good idea as to what this race is going to look like.  READ MORE: Five Actresses With More Than One Shot At Oscar This Year We have three sure things: Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and Reese…
  • 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

    Peter Knegt
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced. The best actor race sure is packed: There's arguable lead Michael Keaton, who is earning intense raves for his performance in "Birdman." There's Ralph Fiennes, whose work in "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is pretty universally beloved. There's Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, both from "Foxcatcher," which has been a big critical favorite since Cannes.  There's Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner," who won best…
  • 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

    Peter Knegt
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced. Here are our predictions for the Best Director prize at next year's Oscars, which could see previous nominees David Fincher, Mike Leigh,  Clint Eastwood, Bennett Miller, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Christopher Nolan factor into a race full of potential newbies. JC Chandor, Tim Burton, Richard Linklater (who looks like safest call at this point), James Marsh, Angelina Jolie, Wes Anderson have got Oscar love in other…
  • 2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

    Peter Knegt
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the 87th Academy Award nominations through January 2015, when the nominations are announced. Fall has arrived, so let's take a stab at the Oscar nominations, shall we?  There are a few possibilities from what we saw much earlier in the year. "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel," given their glowing reviews and strong box office, could very well make for Richard Linklater's and Wes Anderson's first Best Picture nominations, respectively -- or not (though "Boyhood" seems pretty safe at this…
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    Film Threat


    Elias Savada
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:53 am
    "Citizenfour" is wintry raw and almost unworldly in its realism. It will kickstart many water cooler conversations. Quite the coming out party...Read More at

    Phil Hall
    23 Oct 2014 | 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 bounces a Czech...Read More at
  • 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
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  • 140 up-close Photos of Models Used for the Original Star Wars Trilogy

    John P. Hess
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Miniature models were used extensively for the original Star Wars (as well as the prequel trilogy). Check out this massive collection and the incredible amount of detail that went into the production: Click here to see all the photos
  • The Making of “Full Metal Jacket”

    John P. Hess
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Check out this half hour documentary of Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”
  • Filmmaker Retrospective: The Cinema of Darren Aronofsky

    John P. Hess
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ethan Levinskas explores the body of work from director Darren Aronofsky. Committing oneself to an ideal is a respectable goal. However, the protagonists of Darren Aronofsky’s films would benefit from keeping everything in moderation. As an emerging auteur, Aronofsky is still fairly young, but over the past two decades, he has proven himself as a director with consistent vision and mettle. His stories are warning tales of obsession, of how becoming addicted to a goal can enslave a person just as easily as it can help them attain what they want. This makes Aronofsky’s films very American…
  • 9 Cinematography Tips for Directors with No Space & No Budget

    John P. Hess
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Ryan Gielen shares some low budget tips for directing with little space or money.Gielen Over the past few years I’ve contributed articles focused on my experience independently promoting and distributing my previous two features, The Graduates and Turtle Hill, Brooklyn. But before an indie filmmaker can distribute their film, they have to shoot it, and one of the biggest challenges on features of any size is the cost of creativity — the demands of production can make it extremely challenging to take the time to visually articulate moments, scenes, sequences and themes the way you…
  • Filmmakers: You Are Being Lied To (about Crowdfunding)

    John P. Hess
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to crowd funding, it’s not about what your film is about, but why. Filmmakers, you’ve been lied to. Film school has taught you to pitch the WHAT about your project — WHAT is the story, WHAT is the cast, WHAT are the target group for the film etc — but the WHAT is not the most important element when it comes to crowdfunding. The WHY is! You see it comes down to your likability on camera. ‘But I’m cool and I’m a great filmmaker’ I hear you say. While that’s good for you, that’s not why people want to engage with your crowdfunding campaign. More people will…
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  • Samsung and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Partner on Samsung NX1 Campaign

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Samsung is launching a new campaign for their premium compact system camera, the NX1, and is partnering with a familiar face. Renowned actor and filmmaker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company, hitRECord, have partnered with Samsung to help promote the new device.
  • Render Settings for YouTube

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Render settings vary from project to project, client to client, and enthusiast to professional in some cases. So, if a video’s final destination is YouTube, as it is for many, what are the recommended best settings when rendering a video?
  • 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.
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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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  • Brad Pitt gets destroyed by Zach Galifianakis

    Iain Alexander
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Zach Galifianakis invites Brad Pitt to ‘Between Two Ferns’ to talk about him being a “Hitler lookalike” and his current projects, including charity work and ‘Fury’. (video below) The video begins with a hilarious opening as Galifianakis quietly speaks off-camera saying “Im going back to interviewing dumb actors…” As the interview gets underway Galifianakis asks Pitt: “Do you mind if I borrow one or two of your sperms…?” The uncomfortable interview continues and halfway through the video, Pitt gets dominated by a guest as he takes…
  • 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…
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    Film Shortage

  • The Man in the House

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:50 pm
    The Man in the House is a story both familiar and strange about a man living alone on a dying planet. The post The Man in the House appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Byline

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    A struggling journalist tries to retain his humanity as he pursues a story that will get him on Page One. The lead actor and myself (writer and director) were both in journalism school together and also freelance journalists, so that might be an interesting side note to add since the film deals with a sketchy journalist. It was not based on personal experience. We joked around that a journalism student could end up like this if he had no morals. The post Byline appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Brothers

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    A young woman struggles to be wife and caretaker to her paralysed husband. The post Brothers appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Maximum Body Count (1983)

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The Mexican CIA’s best man returns in a high-octane thrill ride for the ages. But when German Terrorist Max Wiener steals a nuclear warhead, Serrano must head across the border and team up with an unlikely ally. The post Maximum Body Count (1983) appeared first on 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.
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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

  • Why I’m Not Upgrading My C100 To a MK II & Thoughts On Canon’s Current Path

    Noam Kroll
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    The Canon C100 is one of my favorite run and gun cameras and I shoot with it more than any other camera that I own – it just works so well right out of the box. As you might imagine, being a C100 owner I was very eager to see what Canon had in store with the Mark II version of this camera which was just announced this week, but unfortunately was far from blown away by the announcement.  Before I go on, here are the C100 MK II specs for those of you that haven’t seen them yet: Same Super 35mm CMOS Sensor (24.6 x 13.8 mm) as previous C100 1080p: 23.98, 25, 29.97, 50, 59.94 720p:…
  • 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…
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  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Four

    Luke Kent
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Day four of the countdown to Halloween brings with it Wes Craven’s iconic Scream. Day 4 of 10: Scream: Ghostface strikes again. Wes Craven’s Scream stands as one of the finest modern horror movies. The murderous villain’s Ghostface mask has become a staple of Halloween, and the original film has spawned three sequels, with a TV show in the pipeline. Scream riffs on Craven’s own earlier work, and other films of the slasher genre. Ironically, despite being a spoof of said genre, it led to a spate of slasher films through late 90’s, as well as Scary Movie, which was…
  • We Need To Talk About Dandy

    Luke Kent
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Dandy Mott (Finn Wittrock), son to Gloria Mott (Frances Conroy), is a troubled boy. Whilst the world has been waxing lyrical over, and screaming in horror in equal measures at Twisty the Clown, Dandy Mott seems to have been little discussed. I put it to you however, that young Dandy is American Horror Story: Freak Show’s scariest creation so far. *AHS: Freak Show episode one and two spoilers incoming* Perhaps it stems from his spoilt upbringing? Perhaps he is simply misunderstood? Or perhaps Dandy is a psychopath? My money is on the latter. Lets…
  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Three

    Luke Kent
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Day three of 10 Days of Horror has arrived, and with it comes the turn of a timeless survival horror game…. Day 3 of 10: Resident Evil: To Hell with you Devil Dog! Jumpy? Check. Scary? Check. Cheesy? Check! The original Resident Evil is an all time classic in the survival horror genre. Whilst the series perhaps hit its height with the fourth, more action orientated entry in the series, the original introduced the world to the pure terror of lurking through an abandoned mansion, with the fear of the undead appearing around any given corner, or behind any (loading….) door. Even…
  • 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
    Update Dammit, Hydra. — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) October 22, 2014 As quickly as Marvel cursed Hydra for leaking the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, they appear to have decided to fight fire with fire and have released the trailer in full HD. How kind of them! And now for the promptly amended original post: The trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has leaked is now released, and courtesy of Marvel we can now watch it in all its glory. Move quickly, this trailer was due to be released next week so may be pulled shortly. Enjoy at your own leisure, the…
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