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  • ‘Escape From New York’ Reboot Following ‘Group’ Thinking of ‘Avengers,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Justice League’

    Jeff Sneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Is mega-producer Joel Silver planning to take his long-planned “Escape From New York” reboot even further in the same “team” direction as “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and the upcoming “Justice League” movie? A new report from popular sci-fi site Starlog claims that the most recent draft of the script, which has “always had a team dynamic to it,” has elevated several former supporting characters to “co-leads,” perhaps in response to the current blockbuster marketplace. The screenplay is now said to find iconic…
  • Adopt Films to Release African-American Horror Film November 14

    Sydney Levine
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Adopt Films and Bats N Belfrey Productions have announced the upcoming release of an authentic African-American horror film,"Matthew 18," coming to theaters on November 14, 2014. "Matthew 18" is the true successor to the 70's cult classic, “Blacula.” Not a spoof, satire or send-up, it's a chilling thriller, delving into the disparity between logic/science and faith/spirituality/the supernatural. When the film's lead character is confronted with horrifying evil, which belief system can save her – the faith-based one traditional in her family, or her own scientific,…
  • Film Day 1 - Camera Rolling

    A Moon Brothers Film...
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 Film: Lost Penny Our first day on the set... filming Fudge (played by Victoria Murdoch) and her Furies, along with Gadget (Stephen Velichko) and, of course, Penny (Rachael McOwen).
  • One in a Crowd: 'More than 4 Hours'

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    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Bryan Poyser has something to show you. But he may need to see a doctor and a film crew about it first.
  • A saint’s Dangerous Attraction

    FILM-MAKING - Yahoo News Search Results
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The foray of Ipadeola Adetunji into film-making seems not only for self-actualisation but also to empower youths who are interested in honing their entrepreneurial skills. This is evident in the way he has been deploying his experience and talent in film-making to take many promising youths off the streets. Adetunji, who hails from Akinmorin, Oyo...  [Read More...]
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  • ‘Escape From New York’ Reboot Following ‘Group’ Thinking of ‘Avengers,’ ‘X-Men,’ ‘Justice League’

    Jeff Sneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Is mega-producer Joel Silver planning to take his long-planned “Escape From New York” reboot even further in the same “team” direction as “The Avengers,” “X-Men” and the upcoming “Justice League” movie? A new report from popular sci-fi site Starlog claims that the most recent draft of the script, which has “always had a team dynamic to it,” has elevated several former supporting characters to “co-leads,” perhaps in response to the current blockbuster marketplace. The screenplay is now said to find iconic…
  • ‘Boxtrolls’ Venice Review: A Charmless Misfire from Laika Studios

    Alonso Duralde
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Even by the standards of kids’ movies about genocide and the frequent uselessness of fathers, “The Boxtrolls” isn't very much fun at all. A surprisingly charmless and aimless movie from Laika Studios, the upstart stop-motion artists who previously crafted the wonderfully dark “Coraline” and “Paranorman,” this latest venture seems destined to disturb young viewers while thoroughly boring their parents. Lacking appealing characters (or character design), this misfire will, with any luck, eventually become a forgotten footnote among the output of a…
  • Michael Sam Cut by St. Louis Rams, Delaying Quest to Be First Openly Gay Player in NFL

    Jeff Sneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    [Update 4 p.m. PT: Hours after being cut by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam took to Twitter with a positive attitude to respond to the news over a series of three tweets. "I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career. The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."] Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay…
  • ‘Downton Abbey's’ Season 5 Trailer Promises a ‘Shaking of the Ground’

    Jeff Sneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The producers of “Downton Abbey” have released the first trailer for Season 5 online and there's no shortage of drama happening throughout the Grantham estate. The fifth season begins in 1924 as Britain gets its first-ever Labour Prime Minister — Ramsay MacDonald, whose election the Earl of Grantham takes exception to. Also read: ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 First-Look Stills, Explained By an Idiot (Photos) “Dom Hemingway” star Richard E. Grant is among the Season 5 guest stars. The fifth season of “Downton Abbey” will premiere in the…
  • Idris Elba Thriller ‘No Good Deed’ Launches Unique Social Media Campaign

    Jeff Sneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Sony Pictures and Screen Gems have launched a first-of-its-kind social media campaign on both Twitter and Instagram for their upcoming thriller “No Good Deed,” which pits Idris Elba against Taraji P. Henson. In the Twitter game #TweetToEscape, which is a modern, interactive take on the popular Choose Your Own Adventure book series, each tweet challenges you to outwit escaped killer Colin Evans (Elba) and fight back as courageous mom Terri (Henson). When a killer shows up on your doorstep, do you run or fight? Users can decide by selecting one of two options on each tweet. Also…
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  • Adopt Films to Release African-American Horror Film November 14

    Sydney Levine
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Adopt Films and Bats N Belfrey Productions have announced the upcoming release of an authentic African-American horror film,"Matthew 18," coming to theaters on November 14, 2014. "Matthew 18" is the true successor to the 70's cult classic, “Blacula.” Not a spoof, satire or send-up, it's a chilling thriller, delving into the disparity between logic/science and faith/spirituality/the supernatural. When the film's lead character is confronted with horrifying evil, which belief system can save her – the faith-based one traditional in her family, or her own scientific,…
  • Teaser Trailer: Street Harassment Triggers a Combat Veteran's PTSD in New Short Film 'Violation'

    Jai Tiggett
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Written and directed by Jevonne Bowman-Bullock, "Violation" is a short film that "explores sexual violence against African American women through the lens of Shayla, a female combat veteran, and her experience with street harassment. Juxtaposing the experience of living in violent communities with the dangerous and unpredictable environment of war, Violation explores PTSD as a valid response to both."Bowman-Bullock says she was inspired to write the story after experiencing street harassment on her way to and from independent film sets in the wee hours in New…
  • ABC Backs Another Black Woman-Led Drama With Janine Sherman Barrois' 'Cold Blood'

    Jai Tiggett
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    "Criminal Minds" Executive Producer Janine Sherman Barrois has sold medical drama "Cold Blood" to ABC. Described as "'The Firm' in a medical setting," the show puts a conspiracy thriller spin on the genre and tells the story of Dr. Cara West, a new attending who uncovers the shady dealings of an elite team of doctors at the prestigious New York Memorial Hospital. "Cold Blood" joins a slate of new projects in ABC's apparent push for diversity, including John Ridley's "American Crime," Kenya Barris' "Black-ish," and…
  • Best of the Week: Telluride, How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo, 15 Must-See Neo-Noirs & More

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    The top stories of the week from TOH!Awards: Emmy Watch: As TV Enters the Future, Its Academy Remains Stuck in the Past First Gurus 'O Gold Pre-Festival Top Fifteen Oscar Contenders Box Office: Arthouse Audit: "Love Is Strange" Spices Up Lagging Specialized Box Office Four Summer 2014 Box Office Takeaways: How Hollywood Lost Its Mojo Strange August Box Office Weekend Boosted by Holdovers, 'Sin City' Bombs, Top Ten Chart Will "Guardians of the Galaxy" Reclaim Top Box Office Slot? Features: 15 Must-See Modern Noirs Ben Kingsley's Tightrope with Mythology, from Attenborough's…
  • Watch: 3-Minute Supercut Retrospective Commemorating Best Picture Oscar Winners Of 1980s

    Kevin Jagernauth
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Over the next weeks, on screens in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, dozens of film will starting the journey that they will hope will end with the top prize: a Best Picture Oscar win. There can only be one, which means the race will be fierce, and few will survive, so before the madness begins (though some would argue it already has), let's take a look back a few decades to see the movies that captured the imagination of awards voters and audiences.Following supercuts for the 1990s and 2000s, Miguel Branco returns with a look at the 1980s. Once again, it's another carefully put…
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    A Moon Brothers Film...

  • Film Day 1 - Camera Rolling

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 Film: Lost Penny Our first day on the set... filming Fudge (played by Victoria Murdoch) and her Furies, along with Gadget (Stephen Velichko) and, of course, Penny (Rachael McOwen).
  • More Filming

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Some more filming from our feature film, LOST PENNY...
  • Filming Begins

    9 Aug 2014 | 3:08 am
    Filming for our feature film LOST PENNY begins...Gadget (Stephen Velichko), Fudge (Victoria Murdoch) & the Furies rehearse before a take.Filming Penny (Rachael McOwen) picking up a penny.
  • Reaching our Indiegogo Goal

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    We reached our Indiegogo Campaign GOAL!A super big THANK-YOU to all the people who are now part of our filmmaking team for our feature film LOST PENNY. Whether you contributed funds to the campaign, or shared it with your friends and family (or even your enemies). We appreciate it.Thanks to all the crew members who came out and helped us make our campaign videos back in May and June. (You know who you are!) Especially to Bill Hobbs, our "Not-the-Director", who became the face for the campaign. We'll be keeping everybody updated as to the progress of this movie. And, of course, if you…
  • A Little Pre-Production Filming

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We're off to a great start with this new film. On Tuesday, we set up lights in one of our main locations. Then, in the afternoon, we did some pre-filming with a group of background actors, with the hopes that if everything goes well, we'll have footage for the movie! It was also a time for us to work together as a crew.Filming went very well. Which is important since principal photography begins in about a month from now. Here are some pics from Tuesday's shoot.By the way, we are still looking for more Background Actors for August. Check out the details at our website...NEW! Our Indiegogo…
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  • One in a Crowd: 'More than 4 Hours'

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Bryan Poyser has something to show you. But he may need to see a doctor and a film crew about it first.
  • Volcom Stone Presents: Let's Live Full Video

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    Let's Live is dedicated to the memory of Shane Cross , who would have been 28 had he not passed away during the editing of the film.
  • Ag-Drones Show Off Skills At Dakotafest

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Drones are becoming extremely popular in film making and social media, but many of these machines are in Mitchell this week for Dakotafest.
  • Resurrection Ascension School

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    This year Resurrection Ascension School is celebrating 75 years of bringing quality Catholic education to the children of Rego Park and Middle Village.
  • Lights, camera, Kotel

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Jerusalem Film Workshop program has students split into groups at their arrival and tasked with making a variety of short films.
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    FILM-MAKING - Yahoo News Search Results

  • A saint’s Dangerous Attraction

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The foray of Ipadeola Adetunji into film-making seems not only for self-actualisation but also to empower youths who are interested in honing their entrepreneurial skills. This is evident in the way he has been deploying his experience and talent in film-making to take many promising youths off the streets. Adetunji, who hails from Akinmorin, Oyo...  [Read More...]
  • Celebrate the art of film-making at the 2nd Annual International Film Festival

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Tim Reid, Founder of Legacy Media Institute, visited the studio to share details about the 2nd Annual International Film Festival.
  • Doordarshan to launch reality TV show 'Chance of a Lifetime'

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Doordarshan will launch a reality television show 'Chance of a Lifetime', which will start on August 29. The show will see the contestants participate in a film-making competition. Hosted and produced by Ashok Amritraj, the show will have seven episodes, with four teams comprising of participants from India, Singapore and the UAE making films on topics like AIDS, migration, poverty, universal ...
  • True Group in film-making JV to cash in on local, foreign demand

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    True Group is diversifying into film-making through a joint venture with M Pictures Entertainment, Bangkok Film Studio and Matching Studio Plus to serve increasing domestic demand with releases of four to six movies a year.
  • Telugu film industry urged to make Vizag a film-making centre

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Hyderabad, Aug 22 (IANS) The Andhra Pradesh government Friday urged the Telugu film industry to make Viskhapatnam a base camp and a centre for cinema making. Two state ministers Ganta Srinviasa Rao and P. Raghunath Reddy, who held a meeting with representatives of Telugu film industry, said the government was committed to develop Andhra Pradesh as a cinema hub. They elicited the opinion and ...
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    Editor's blog

  • Philippe Falardeau's THE GOOD LIE and Jason Reitman's MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN to Open and Close 35th Annual Aspen Filmfest

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
                August 27, 2014 (Aspen, Colo.) -- Today Aspen Film announced the Opening and Closing Night feature presentations for the 35th edition of Aspen Filmfest. THE GOOD LIE (Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Black Label Media, Warner Bros. Pictures) launches the festival on September 26 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen. This moving drama about the Lost Boys of Sudan, directed by Philippe Falardeau, stars Reese Witherspoon, Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and Kuoth Wiel and Corey Stoll. The festival will close on…
  • DAVID MACMILLAN to receive a Career Achievement Award from Hollywood's most prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS)

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    In case you are not viewing, access here.   It is a great honour for us to congratulate DAVID MACMILLAN,  as he has been invited to receive a Career Achievement Award from Hollywood's most prestigious Cinema Audio Society (CAS). CAS governs and recognizes all things in the art of cinematic sound recording and with 3 Academy Awards, 1 Bafta, 1 Emmy nomination and a career spanning 40 years with over 80 major motion pictures, this highest honor is a well deserved recognition. Congratulations DAVID! David is one of our experts in the workshops we organize, and to celebrate this…
  • Producer Michael Shamberg to be honored with Zurich Film Festival's Career Achievement Award

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Shamberg Produced Dramedy WISH I WAS HERE selected as Gala Premiere, Joining A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES    Two-time Oscar® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Erin Brochovich,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Big Chill,” Contagion,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Django Unchained”) will be the recipient of The Zurich Film Festival’s coveted ‘Golden Eye’ award for lifetime achievements in cinema at this year’s Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary and taking place September 25th – Oct 5th  …
  • More films than ever at Iris 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
        ·        Film festival doubles number of feature length movies to 17 ·        Winners from Germany and Brazil return  to Cardiff with new feature films ·        Gay secret agent takes on billionaire hair dressing tycoon to open festival with World Premiere of Jayson Bend: Queen and Country A young man, in a woman’s dress, wielding a Samurai’s sword hotly pursued by the young village police man, who is clearly out of his depth, is just one…
  • The International Media Forum to take place in St. Petersburg

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
                    The Saint Petersburg International Media Forum (SPIMF) will be held from October 1st to October 10th, 2014. The Forum is organized by ROSKINO and supported by the Government of St. Petersburg under the personal patronage of the Acting Governor, Georgy Poltavchenko, with the participation of the National Media Group holding, Petromir LLC, and Aeroflot Russian Airlines. SPIMF is a cross-platform cultural initiative aimed at promoting a synergy of professionals and the general public while creating a communal…
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  • A7s: S-log2 too noisy? Then underexpose cine4

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Given that with my tests I get the following results, showing that cine4 has the same ammount of DR than S-Log2... ... I said today, what if I underexpose the cine4 by 1 2/3 stops (which is quite a lot actually) so that I get the dynamic range allocated in the same way the Slog2 profile does (more highligths, less shadows)? Maybe I will be able to get less noise since I can use a much lower base ISO setting (200ISO in cine4) and also, I won't need to use ultra heavy ND filters anytime I want to shoot with this camera. I did tweak the black levels and gamma on cine4 all the way up and the…
  • Framing HD for 2K delivery

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I'm shooting in HD, but material will be converted to 2K for cinema. When shooting I should keep in mind that the image will be croped from top and bottom? Is it possible in postproduction to crop image only from bottom or only from top etc. each shot separately?
  • Which gimbal?

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Hi guys, I am considering getting gimbal that will support FS700 (for use with some much lighter dslr as well). What would you recommend to get or for which one to wait until it will be available? Dji Ronin is great price, but unfortunately quite heavy. Letus Helix seems like a great option, it's lighter and with reverted (normal) position. I am not really sure how is it with it's availability in Europe. Other ones? Movi (expensive), Defy, BeSteady... etc.?
  • Finding distributor for documentary

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Hi Not saying it's easy, but wondering how to go about getting a distributor for a doc. Is getting noticed at festivals the usual way? Whatever way, you'd think having an agent is needed. That's about all I know about it now. Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated. best elmer
  • Best hard case solutions for air travel with lite panels?

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Any recommendations? I see the Pelican 1620 but it's 25lbs by itself. Anyone have a good experience with another solution?
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    Making the Movie

  • Your Weekend Viewing: Kick-ass Russian Sci-Fi Short

    J. Ott
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    As far as I can tell, the VFX house BLR put this video out as a demonstration of their talents. There is certainly some impressive work here. Solid character animation and beautiful design. What did you think of the short? Where do you think the story should go from here? [via facebook friend JP] Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing: Second Hand Your Weekend Viewing: Aug(De)mented Reality Your Weekend Viewing: Fish
  • Avid Error of the Day: Invalid argument, filename:/Volumes…

    J. Ott
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    When I encounter an odd error message and its solution, I make a note. This is one of those notes. I want solutions to turn up better in searches for other Avid users (and myself). As with all error posts on the site, the casual reader can just skip ahead to other less-technical content. Exception: Invalid Argument, filename:/Volumes/Media 1/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/2/msmFMID.pmr Saw this when trying to quit out of Avid after doing some media management. Based on this thread, this is an error that has cropped up for a while when things go wrong with drive permissions. In my case, I think it…
  • Your Wednesday Links: What You Put Your Camera On

    J. Ott
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:12 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. THINGS TO PUT YOUR CAMERA ON: An Ode to Steadicams (Kottke) - CandyCam: A New Aerial Rig (Kickstarter) - Build Your Own C-Stand (No Film School) Apple Insider: Apple updates pro-level video suite with fixes for Final Cut Pro X, Compressor and Motion YouTube: Terry Gilliam's feature-length commentary from the Criterion laserdisc edition of The Fisher King - "I had three rules in my life when it came to making films. One: I would never do anybody else's script but my…
  • Your Weekend Listening & Viewing: Pop Culture Podcasts & Hyperlapse Stop-Motion Techniques

    J. Ott
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour had an excellent discussion of the effects of movie ratings on the types of movies that get made. You don't often think about it, but the small group of people who give movie ratings are a big determining factor in the types of language, violence, and sexuality that is considered culturally mainstream. For a less sober, more in-your-face look at the issue, see This Film Is Not Yet Rated. Also, Slate pop culture podcast, The Gabfest, had a nice discussion last week about movie soundtracks: If that's not enough to keep you busy this weekend, well enjoy a…
  • What was director Volker Schlöndorff’s key advice about directing actors?

    J. Ott
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Adapt the role to the actor, not vice versa. In an interview on the Coup de Grâce DVD, German director Volker Schöndorff (Academy Award-winner for Best Foreign Film The Tin Drum) gives his key insight into how to fit performances to actors. Like many directors, he believes casting is key. But he takes the principle even further: I find that once casting is done and you have all the actors, the actor becomes more important than the role. You have to adapt the role to the actor, and not vice versa, once the casting is done. Because every film is a documentary. Or at least a document about…
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    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker

  • VIDEO: Filmmaker Shares Excellent Tips, Techniques and Concepts for All Visual Storytellers

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    by DL Cade. Filmmaker Richard Michalak has spent over 30 years behind the camera, and in the video above by Hugh Fenton he condenses all of that knowledge into a set of tips, techniques and concepts that will prove to be incredibly useful whether or not your interests involve moving pictures. To summarize what Michalak — whose Director of Photography credits include movies like 1998?s What Dreams May Come — says in the video would be both foolish and completely impossible. Suffice it to say that, in a little under 40 minutes, he covers the basics of visual storytelling beautifully, and…
  • How ‘sex, lies, and videotape’ Changed Indie Filmmaking Forever

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    by Jason Bailey. It began with three brief items in his notebooks. “A film about deception and lost earrings,” went one. “Everybody has a past,” went another. And finally, “Friend on the couch. Affair with the wife.” The filmmaker jotted down those three ideas in 1986; three years later, the movie those three ideas spawned became the sensation of the nascent Sundance Film Festival, the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, and an international box office smash. The young writer/director was Steven Soderbergh, the film was sex, lies, and videotape, and its release 25 years ago was,…
  • Hollywood’s health and safety nightmare

    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    by Julia Llewellyn Smith. It was the middle of the afternoon when the emergency call came from Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. A 71-year-old man had injured his ankle “in an incident involving a garage door”. Paramedics on the air ambulance sent to ferry him to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford were amazed to discover their patient was no ordinary pensioner, but Hollywood actor Harrison Ford. His ankle had been smashed by a door falling from the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship his character Han Solo flies in the original Star Wars trilogy. Weeks later, any initial suspicions…
  • GoPros on dorsal fins: How a Shark Week filmmaker tells sharks’ stories

    Peter D. Marshall
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    by C. Molly Smith. Shark Week is highly visual: Its name alone conjures up images of great white sharks breaching out of the sapphire blue waters of South Africa in slow motion. Between their impressive size and sleek design, sharks lend themselves to sight. They are the perfect subjects to be filmed, entirely photogenic. This imagery grabbed hold of Andy Casagrande, now a long-time Shark Week filmmaker, at an early age—he grew up on Shark Week. “I’m so passionate about sharks, always have been,” Casagrande says. “I saw my first [shark] on television and never looked back.”…
  • Richard Attenborough Appreciation: A True Filmmaking Giant On Both Sides Of The Camera

    Peter D. Marshall
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    by Pete Hammond. Lord Richard Attenborough was an Oscar winner. In fact he had twoOscars for both producing and directing 1982’s elegant epic biopic, Gandhi. But considering the breadth of his career not only in those capacities, but particularly as an actor, it is astounding to me that the Gandhi wins represented his only nominations in a six-decade career that memorably started with the British World War II classic In Which We Serve in 1942. As an actor, Attenborough deserved far better than he got from the Academy. Read the rest of this article from Deadline.     The…
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  • Check out George's Restaurant blog & sites for great food & delivery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:38 pm
    Check out the review here - the review by Angelo Bell:  "Breakthrough Weekend tells the story of philosophical detective, Sal, who has a roster of clients with special needs. Sal takes on a new protege, Yevgeny, for this particular weekend and proceeds to introduce him to the crazy whacky world that has made Sal's "particular set of skills" of great value. Yevgeny has been perpetually depressed and detached from life for much of his adult life, despite writing a…
  • Breakthrough Weekend opens 6/12 Thu at Breakthrough Festival NYC at Anthology Film Archives

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Get all the info plus a link to a great review of the film here.
  • Where We Started NYC Theatrical Premiere Run 6/12-18 Event Page on Facebook

    25 May 2014 | 11:53 pm
    Check out the event page & show your support for this NYC theatrical release of an excellent new indie film. -
  • Breakthrough Festival NYC Event Page on Facebook

    25 May 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Check out the event page & join it if you are going to be in NYC 6/12-18 & or if you want to show your support for an awesome indie film screening event -
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    Mate Steinforth
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    FAUX IMAGES XIII on September 9th, 8pm. Featuring Artificial Rome, We Think Things, Renascent. Berlin, baby.
  • STATE Design Creates motion 2014 Show Open

    Justin Cone
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    State Design’s opener for the Motion conference features a plethora of playful vignettes executed in a clean, poppy style. Credits STATE Design Creative Director: Marcel Ziul Executive Producer: Joe Nash Producer: Tais Marcelo Art Direction: Marcel Ziul, Vinicius Naldi Design/Animation: Marcel Ziul, Vinicius Naldi, Jon Lorenz Animation: Vincent B. Wang Junior Designer: Vitor Bonates Balloon... Read more »
  • NYC Mograph August Meetup

    Justin Cone
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    NYC Mograph’s August meetup will be Tuesday August 25th at 8pm at Sweet & Vicious. From the Facebook event page: It’s been a chilly August so far – let’s make it chillier over a few jars of frozen margaritas at Sweet & Vicious next Tuesday the 26th! We look forward to hearing about cool summer... Read more »
  • Terminix: Death to Mosquitoes

    Joe Donaldson
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Dress Code does it again with this wonderful spot for Terminix. Agency: Havas Worldwide, Chicago Chief Creative Officer: Jason Peterson Creative Director / Art Director: Benny Jackson Copywriter: Beckett Short Art Director: Marisa Scime GAD: Stephen Bach Account: Christina Banuelos Producer: Sarah Ko Produced and directed by dress code Creative Director: Andre Andreev and Dan... Read more »
  • Cox “Out of the Blue”

    Joe Donaldson
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    More exceptional work from Buck made by an exceptionally talented team. Directed by: BUCKExecutive Creative Director: Ryan HoneyExecutive Producer: Maurie EnochsonAssociate Creative Director: Joe MullenProducer: Emily RickardProduction Coordinator: Kaitlyn MahoneyArt Director: Kenesha SneedDesign: Kenesha Sneed, Joe Mullen, Gunnar Petterson, Yuki YamadaCel Animation Director: Joe MullenAfter Effects Animation Director: Moses JourneyAnimation: Kendra Ryan, Nick Petley, Moses Journey,... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    When statuary goes terribly wrong: Filed under: locations, long long drives, Photos, Work
  • The World Keeps Spinning

    Peggy Archer
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    The monsoon has arrived. Not in Los Angeles, of course, but in the desert to the east. The clouds squat over the horizon, threatening. We don’t get the desperately needed rain, but we do get the heat and humidity. Of course, I’ve been working a lot of long days outside (or in un-airconditioned warehouses, which is pretty much the same thing). After 14 hours in 100 degree heat I can’t manage to do anything other than come home, take a cold shower and try to find space in the fridge to sleep. I’d cry, but my tears are too hot. I was trying to figure out how to write yet…
  • Tuesday photos, or that one time I went to jail.

    Peggy Archer
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There aren’t a whole lot of options available, if one needs to shoot in a jail. For obvious reasons, shooting in a working prison can be.. problematic, so we’re restricted to closed jails, which, in Los Angeles, means either Sybil Brand or Lincoln Heights, depending on if one wants ‘old timey‘ jail or modern jail. For the past few days, we’ve needed modern jail, so we’ve been at Sybil Brand. It’s been shot so much that it’s getting hard to tell what’s the original prison and what’s sets, but please enjoy some photos:   What…
  • On second thought, maybe don’t let it snow.

    Peggy Archer
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    I’ve worked in all sorts of environments – asbestos-filled, slimy, stinky, smoky, rat-infested, prostitute-infested (oddly enough, not the same place), etc.. But this past week is the worst I’ve ever felt from something on set. My cough has escalated into full-blown bronchitis, and one of the actors got so sick he had to take a day off. Needless to say, once someone important got sick production put a stop to the paper snow (which, it turns out, wasn’t movie snow, but acoustic insulation – the type that is mixed with plaster and sprayed onto ceilings). This was a…
  • Let it snow, let it snow

    Peggy Archer
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Back in the days when the film industry was young and innocent, someone clever noticed that real snow, when brought onto a set with really hot lights, immediately melted. The solution was to pile up a shitload of soap flakes or white-painted cornflakes (no, really), but those had… issues. Bugs and rats love cereal flakes and when humans are exposed to soap flakes for long periods of time the line for the toilet starts to get very long – not to mention the mess when it rains. Then, someone very, very, clever devised a solution. A substance called Phoamaide or Foamite, very similar…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Divergent, 2014: Make bank-holiday, a movie day.

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Whether Dauntless, Amity, Erudite, Abnegation, or Candor; the faction in which one should fit in, one assumes is an important, abiding and monuments event in a person’s life, but a little unexciting that in fact, you can defy your chosen faction and choose another; that is unless one is Divergent.  It is only fair to say that Neil Burger’s take on Veronica Roth’s novel, is in fact rather exceptional in many ways. Casting and crew are admiral choices, with a very prodigious Shailene Woodley and notable Theo James, and cinematographer Alwin H. Küchler (Hanna,…
  • Cherry, Cherry

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Genre: Comedy

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  • Mental Health Novel-to-Film Adaptation Her by Felicia Johnson

    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    When I was 15, my best friend committed suicide. I found out after her death that she had a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) stemming from the trauma of childhood abuse. I now work and volunteer in the mental health field, I see everyday how important it is for people to understand mental disorders and the havoc they can wreak on a person’s life and relationships. I know how imperative it is for people to be diagnosed early and begin to come to terms with their diagnosis and have a plan for symptom management. Taking pieces from journals I wrote about my past dealing with my own…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Being Sensible About Street Photography

    23 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    My daily weapon of choice: Fuji XE-1 with the 27mm pancake lens   I am skipping the 13th week installment of my "Weekly Street Photos" to write an essay about my own personal beliefs on the practice of "Street Photography" in general.    I am avoiding no. 13, because it seems to be a general practice the world over (even my apartment building ridiculously omits listing a 13th floor on the
  • Weekly Street Photos #12

    16 Aug 2014 | 7:07 pm
    This week's theme: ADORABLE KIDS (Click on Photos for better viewing) "The Young Maître d" "Lost In Wonder"   "The Little Goalie"   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #11

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This week's theme: PUBLIC NAPPING (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Waiting Patient-ly" "Power Napper" "Grandpa's Siesta" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #10

    2 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    This week's theme: MOTHER & CHILD (Click on Photos for better viewing) "...I Can See You" - Hong Kong   "Feeding Time"   "Pitstop"   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #9

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    This week's theme: SYMMETRY & ASYMMETRY (Click on Photos for better viewing) "A Quiet Afternoon"   "Class Levels" - Hong Kong   "The Belly of the Beast"   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
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    Truth Seekers

  • The Internal Universe

    Steve McIntosh
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    This written expression is an excerpt from the book Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution. © 2007 Steve McIntosh, used with permission. The “Within of Things” When we talk about the evolution of stars and planets, or the evolution...
  • Dissident Cinema: Defying the Logic of Globalization

    Tony Kashani
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This paper first appeared as a chapter in Global Studies Association 2007 Annual Book. The intent for its republication is to facilitate reflection on the continuation of same pattern/past in present times. You can hold yourself back from the sufferings...
  • Learning To Be Evolution

    Tom Atlee
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    If we wish to consciously evolve as a civilization, evolution has some lessons we need to start learning, taking seriously, and applying. First of all, I want to be clear that “learning to be evolution” is not about Darwin or...
  • Teaching Cinema for Transformation

    Tony Kashani
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Teaching Cinema as a Transformative Medium: Towards a Pedagogy of Transformative Learning Abstract This paper is an inquiry into a transformative learning pedagogy. Can cinema be transformative? If so, is all of cinema transformative? What kind of cinema has the...
  • On Freedom

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Below offering courtesy: (C) Krishnamurti Foundation Trust. For more information about J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) please see: J. Krishnamurti Third Public Talk in Saanen July 1978 I am glad it is such a lovely day. We ought to be in...
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    Joke and Biagio

  • Season 2 of Ghost Inside My Child – Tonight on LMN

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    We’re back with an all new season of Ghost Inside My Child tonight at 9pm, 8 Central on LMN. Not sure where to find LMN on your dial? Here you go: TV Guide Listing for Ghost Inside My Child with where to find it on your cable provider. From One of You As we talked about on our last podcast episode, this show came from one of you, Suzanne Stratford in Cleveland, Ohio. We’re so proud to have been able to get Suzanne her first producer credit, and working with her has been great. Remember, if you’d like to team up with us and pitch us your show concepts, you can learn to pitch…
  • Now Hiring: Ultimate Entry Level Position for Reality TV

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The position: Los Angeles Based. Assistant to company owners at Joke Productions, Inc. (Joke and Biagio.) One year commitment.   Possibility for promotion into other departments.   Position is the ultimate producing bootcamp.  Great jumping off point for a career in development, production, or post production. Ideal candidate should possess:  legitimate interest in working in unscripted entertainment (reality TV, documentary series, doc specials and documentary features) potential to grow into a “jack of all filmmaking trades.” a passion for great storytelling and an eagerness to…
  • Sister Witches: Oxygen Announces Our New TV Project In Development

    12 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    Believe in Magic? Oxygen has announced SISTER WITCHES, a new show we have in development with the network. While we can’t say more than what’s in the press release, we CAN tell you we’re super excited about the show. ALSO, the show came from two of YOU. Intrigued? Learn how to pitch us your shows at Producing Unscripted. Press Release: Sister Witches (Working Title) Set in Bethlehem, Pa., “Sister Witches” follows the lives of three unique sisters facing their 20s head on as they learn to harness their powers as witches and find their own way. Along with their…
  • Did My Idea Get Stolen? Focus on This Instead…

    21 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    There’s a great guest post on John August’s blog called When You Think Someone Stole Your Idea. Written by aspiring screenwriter Randall Girdner, it explores those sickening thoughts most of us have had at some point: Did someone steal my idea? Will someone steal my idea? The post is an honest exploration of Randall’s situation, and includes a reply from John that is dead on in it’s accuracy and wisdom. Ideas are Just That — Ideas As most of you know, our main business is producing documentary and unscripted television. We even set up a way for people to pitch…
  • Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne New Photos, Video, and Press Release

    13 Dec 2013 | 11:29 am
    It’s been an exciting week! We’ve finally been able to tell the world that our new show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne will be premiering on A&E on Monday, January 13, at 10pm. The press coverage has been kind of awesome, from the official Variety press coverage: A&E Adds Magician Reality Series to Slate To our surprise photo appearance in TV By the Numbers: New Series ‘Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne’ to Premiere Monday, January 13 on A&E And this hysterical article by Mike Vago that rips the concept of our show to shreds but makes us laugh so hard we…
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  • Telluride Review: Ethan Hawke Discovers a Brilliant Mind in 'Seymour: An Introduction'

    Eric Kohn
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ethan Hawke's career is distinguished by contemplative roles, notably the ones associated with Richard Linklater, though in his limited output as a director — the two narrative dramas "Chelsea Walls" and "The Hottest State" — he hasn't found the same degree of perceptive material. But that has changed with his endearing documentary "Seymour: An Introduction," a sweetly affecting portrait of creative genius existing outside of marketplace concerns that may as well serve as the actor's mission statement. Though the title echoes J.D. Salinger's 1959 novella,…
  • How Was The Screening? Indiewire's Real-Time Oscar Odds

    Indiewire Staff
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Oscar season is a fragile time. As each hotly anticipated film makes its festival debut, it has the power to immediately shift the awards season trajectory. Last year, when "12 Years a Slave" cropped up as a surprise Telluride entry, the first screening's rapturous response instantly changed its status from intriguing period drama to leading best-picture contender. Another 2013 Telluride entry, Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," suffered the opposite fate, facing mixed-to-negative reactions and quickly faded from the race. What follows is our attempt to codify the…
  • Amazon Pilots Ranked Best to Worst (Season 3): Whit Stillman & Steven Soderbergh Compete for Your Votes

    Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    While still trying to find their consensus breakout hit -- could it be "Transparent," set to debut in September, or perhaps "Bosch," expected in 2015? -- Amazon is pushing forward with its next pilot season. Five new episodes from five separate seasons were released to the public Thursday morning, and it's up to us, the viewers, to rate them so that Amazon executives can decide what to send to series and what to nix altogether. We at Indiewire have watched them already to help you narrow down your choices. Take a look at your options below, and then check them out for…
  • Telluride Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Carries Uneven WWII Drama 'The Imitation Game'

    Michael Nordine
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    The movies love to remind us that brilliant minds are often the most tortured. Far be it from Morten Tyldum to suggest any differently in "The Imitation Game," a World War II procedural detailing the efforts of cryptanalyst Alan Turing and his mathematically-inclined underlings to decrypt the Nazis' famed Enigma machine and turn the tides in England's favor. There's more than one way to become a wartime casualty, however, and their secret office is its own sort of front line. As played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Turing is a genius in the "The Social Network" and "A…
  • Telluride Review: Nick Broomfield's Powerful 'Tales of the Grim Sleeper' Puts a Serial Killer in Unique Light

    Eric Kohn
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    British documentarian Nick Broomfield is a frequent presence in his projects, which is often distracting when he has nothing to do with them. In "Tales of the Grim Sleeper," however, the ebullient investigative filmmaker recedes to the background and lets his furious subjects lead the way. Though Broomfield remains visible throughout the movie, he's mainly there to help frame a series of dour circumstances that have been long stuck in a murky state. He's a capable guide, but with the right pieces in place, lets the material speak for itself. Broomfield's subject, the eponymous Grim…
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    Film Threat


    Mark Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The film doesn't say anything new, so as an audience you seek something else to connect with, and there's not much there. The performances are good, but you don't quite connect with the characters because they lack depth. I'll always take two or three fully fleshed-out, layered characters over ten faces whose names I won't remember when the credits roll...Read More at
  • 5 WAYS 2 DIE

    Mark Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    From the opening you know you're in accomplished and thoughtful filmmaking hands, and the film stays technically strong throughout. Overall, it's a skillful bit of filmmaking, with an effectively intriguing narrative...Read More at

    Mark Bell
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Instead of playing out as a psychological thriller that does its emotional damage via a nuanced build of suspense, the film seems clumsy and heavy-handed with broader strokes...Read More at

    Mark Bell
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    An action sequence early on, while bonkers and over-the-top, set a fun, almost cartoonish tone that the film never comes near again. I wouldn't have minded less serious-minded complexity and more humor, honestly; at least then you'd feel a sense of fun with the film...Read More at

    Mark Bell
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    While the film harbors a twist or two, they are hinted at early and often enough. Even name-checking the films that handle these narrative similarities more fluidly would give away too much...Read More at
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • Who Else Wants a Film Production Checklist?

    Jason Brubaker
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    As a filmmaker, one of the toughest parts about making a movie is knowing where to start. The following film production checklist will give you an overview of the low budget, independent filmmaking process.
  • Secrets of Selling Your Movie Online (Don’t Get Screwed)

    Jason Brubaker
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    If you're looking for video on demand distribution, look no future. In this filmmaking article, we share some secrets of selling your movie online. Read more...
  • Download This Sell Your Movie Checklist

    Jason Brubaker
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Making a movie is exciting. But behind all the excitement, you’re wondering: “How am I going to sell this thing?” Download this how to sell your movie checklist.
  • How to Navigate AFM – The Ultimate Guide

    Jason Brubaker
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    With the American Film Market coming up, many filmmakers are wondering how to navigate AFM and get the best distribution deal for their movies. Read more to find out...
  • How to Generate A Sticky Story Your Audience Will Love

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In this filmmaking article, Carole Lee Dean provides a solid strategy for generating sticky story ideas your audience will love.
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  • The Edgar Wright Closeup

    John P. Hess
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Jaume R. Lloret supercuts the stylistic close-ups from Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007),Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) and The World’s End (2013)
  • BitTorrent as Fast As Possible

    John P. Hess
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    How does P2P file sharing like BitTorrent work, and is it as bad as everyone makes it out to be?
  • 500 Years of Female Portrait Paintings in 3 minutes

    John P. Hess
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Take a whirlwind tour of art history in this video that covers 500 years of feminine depictions. A total list of paintings here.
  • A Quick Tip on Follow Focusing

    John P. Hess
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Clinton Harn offers filmmakers and content producers quick tips and tricks for getting the best results when out in the field.
  • Screen Junkies Best Simpsons Episodes

    John P. Hess
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Simpsons has been on for 25 seasons – but which episodes are the best of all time?! We gathered some superfans to narrow down the Best. Episodes. Ever.
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • ‘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 […]
  • Minor White at the Getty

    11 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    “All photographs are self-portraits.” “The photographer projects himself into everything he sees, identifying himself with everything in order to know it and to feel it better.” These are just two of Minor White’s famous epigrams. He could easily have published a quotable photographic Little Red Book of Mao, so apt are his thoughts on his […]
  • The Unseen Portrait: Reiner Riedler

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    An uneasy balance often exists between photojournalism and portraiture. A news photo of a Palestinian youth hurling a bottle rocket at an Israeli tank, or a photo of two Russian Orthodox priests carrying a large icon in the snow, can become a “portrait” once the subject turns and engages the eye of the camera. This […]
  • Drones, Drones, Drones (UAVs)

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to Natalie Sommer, an associate producer at 60 Minutes, before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ushered Charlie Rose into a secret room at Amazon’s corporate headquarters, he offered the reporter half of his fortune, and a trip to Las Vegas to spend it, if Rose could tell him what was in the room. Well, Charlie Rose […]
  • Bill Bryson’s ‘Little Walk’

    John Bailey, ASC
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Only a writer with a wit as sardonic as Bill Bryson’s would title a book about a more-than-2,1000-mile, five-month wilderness trek on foot through 14 states of the Eastern seaboard— A Walk in the Woods. A “walk”? A person still in touch with the real world would likely title it A Punishing Rite of Passage That […]
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    Lisa Murray

  • #FBF (FlashBackFriday) And Old Video Montage of What I’m About

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    It’s a beautiful life! From pulling into the gate at Paramount Pictures, to filming my Free Hugs In Hollywood viral video (Yahoo! featured on their home page) to being the Grand Prize winner in a contest with Entertainment Tonight to attend the Emmys, VIP-style, and everything in between… here I am! #fbf #flashbackfriday #emmys #lisamurray #yahoo #freehugsinhollywood #paramountpictures #vip
  • Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life – Inspiring Message

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
  • I’m Coming Back Online to Inspire and To Be Inspired!

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Post by Lisa Murray.
  • “Soul Providers” — Feature Documentary… PREVIEW

    21 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    PLEASE WATCH IN 1080HD (*See below for info about audio) SOUL PROVIDERS …a SkyGirl Production (in post-production) Shot and edited by me Music composed by Dapo Torimiro *If watching on mobile device, please listen with earbuds or headphones. YouTube did something funky with the sound and you won’t hear the audio on a phone without headphones – audio will play decently on computers though, sans headphones. But just use headphones. It’s YouTube because when I directly uploaded to Facebook, it was 100% perfect audio on all devices. WHYYYYY??? lol I don’t know… but…
  • New Video Project in the Works!!

    22 Dec 2013 | 8:04 pm
      Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new content coming soon!!  (Yeah I know, FINALLY!!)
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  • Robin Williams found dead at 63 after apparent suicide

    Iain Alexander
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Acting legend and funny-man Robin Williams has been found dead after a suspected suicide attempt. The 63-year-old actor is reported to have died following asphyxiation in tragic circumstances that are currently being investigated. Williams, who starred in films such as ‘Mrs Doubtfire’, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam’, and ‘Good Will Hunting’ was found dead at his home on Monday. The actor’s iconic career and incredible talents will be greatly missed by millions around the world. His publicist issued this statement via EW a short while ago following his tragic…
  • UK Jewish Film Festival filmmakers had no part in war

    Iain Alexander
    6 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Tricycle Theatre’s refusal to accept the UK Jewish Film Festival due to its funding sources from the Israeli embassy has dealt a huge blow to filmmakers that have nothing to do with the current Gaza conflict. The regrettable decision by the Tricycle Theatre has emphasized a need for cultural organizations to evaluate very carefully the implications of such decisions. Following on from the statements issued by both camps, it would seem that despite this huge setback the festival will still continue at another venue, however, the question remains whether this decision will isolate…
  • Anarchists tied to feature film ‘Pregnant’ caused arson for the camera

    FIN Staff
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Fabrizio Federico, the Enfant terrible filmmaker has issued a statement, stating that the two anarchist actors who starred in his new movie Pregnant were not instructed to start the major fire that burned down the Derby Assembly Rooms this year. Federico, who has a reputation for demanding method acting and extreme performances has dismissed claims that the fire was filmed but he did not instruct any of his actors to perform arson: “I want everyone to know that whoever started that fire needs to come forward and man up. I was lucky enough to survive a house fire when I was 5 years old, I…
  • ‘American Sniper’ to be re-edited? Jesse Ventura wins big

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Jesse Ventura has won $1.8 million in damages from the estate of ‘American Sniper’, after a jury found the best-selling book defamed him. Chris Kyle who wrote the book alleged that Ventura had claimed the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few,” and following the insult he subsequently punched him in the face at a bar. Ventura’s attorney, according to Dallas News, argued that Kyle had claimed Ventura hated America, and Kyle had: “Made him a pariah in the community that mattered most to him – the brotherhood of current and former SEALs.” After 6 days…
  • Going viral: ‘French Tom Cruise’ jumps on moving metro

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Mister Puma, a French stuntman with an apparent affection for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character, has released a video of himself jumping onto a moving metro in Paris. The ‘Mission Impossible’ live-stunt has become a viral hit in France, with most major newspapers highlighting the video. Although this is not the first time the French stuntman has made daring attempts to prove he is able to do the impossible, until now, we hadn’t come across this type of sheer risk-taking in the public eye. According to 20 Minutes, the 38-year-old had planned the stunt for months but it…
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    Film Shortage

  • Submerged

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Submerged is a thrilling drama exploring the suffering mind of a father when he hears the news of his son’s untimely death. This film dives deep into the psychologically distressed mind of a man who needs to learn how to find himself before he can find and help his son. Bogged down by his seemingly falling apart life – his shitty job, his abusive boss, his determined ex wife, and his distant son – the father (George) will question his own sanity when he starts to see things that will haunt him forever. The post Submerged appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Skinship

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Set against a technological backdrop – An alienated and disconnected woman seeks the help of a professional to reconnect through ‘touch’. The post Skinship appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Reunion

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    International Day of the Disappeared In 1992 a father was taken from his family, now a daughter is left with only home videos and the hope of a reunion. A short film to promote the International Day of the Disappeared, August 30th. International Coalition Against Enforced Disappearances United Nations Human Rights Human Rights History Human Rights Watch The post Reunion appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Tiny Tape Recorder

    Marco Luca
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    A man discovers a tape recorder implanted in his ear that has been monitoring and recording his entire life from the moment of his birth. ‘The Tiny Tape Recorder’ is a stylistic film about a man who, after suffering from intense headaches, discovers a tape recorder embedded in his ear. As it begins to malfunction, he must re-live the emotional pain of his past while dealing with the reality of ever-present surveillance and a government that for some reason wants to know everything about him. When I wrote this film, the idea that the government actually listened to and recorded…
  • Fuel Junkie

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:54 pm
    The tragic love story of a couple living in a rundown desert town where gasoline huffing, prostitution and robbery are their only means of entertainment. The post Fuel Junkie appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Goood Moooooorrrnnniiiinnngg Episode 100! (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Nerds welcome Eric Bricmont from Nerds on History, NoF forefather Dave McGuire and Nerdonomy cousins Vicki O. and Billea Bones from the Girls With Issues podcast to dedicate NoF 100 to a comedic genius and Academy Award winning actor who touched all of our hearts… Mr. Robin Williams. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • We’re Nerdonomy… and We Apologize (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In honor of EPISODE 99, the NoF crew presents a spectacular collection of previously deleted content from both the Nerds on Film and Nerds on History libraries. WARNING: The content of this episode is far more offensive and hilarious than usual.  SUPER COOL, RIGHT!? Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • Je Suis Groot (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    This week, the Nerds spend some time talking about Guardians of the Galaxy, then explore the world of American remakes of foreign films. Click here of the media player below has trouble loading.
  • Always an Inspirational Tale (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, Sean, Sarah and Roxi discuss the origin of baseball movies and nerd out about some of their favorites. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • Danny Elfman Scores Everything (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, Sarah, Bryan and Roxi discuss one of the most prolific film score composers of our time: Danny Elfman. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
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    Noam Kroll

  • This Week’s Huge Camera Roundup: 50mm Rokinon Cine Lens, Sony F5 Hack, 4K Amira, New Metabones SpeedBooster & More!

    Noam Kroll
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:21 pm
    It’s been a really huge week for product announcements, releases, and developments in the camera world, so I wanted to do a quick roundup here for anyone that hasn’t been able to keep up. I’ll start things off by highlighting a new lens by Rokinon, that I have personally been waiting for ages to get my hands on. Rokinon 50mm T1.5 Cine Lens Available for pre-order through B & H for $549 The Rokinon cinema lenses have been some of my favorite pieces of affordable glass for some time now. I regularly shoot with their 24mm, 35mm, and 85mm lenses (and they also have some…
  • 3 Ways To Rent Great Cameras & Cinema Gear With No Insurance

    Noam Kroll
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Insurance is a necessary evil in our industry. If you are shooting a substantial project with actors, crew, and lots of gear then it’s always best to be safe and have an insurance policy to cover liability, injuries, or other damages. Unfortunately however, production insurance can be extremely expensive and there are many situations where the cost of production insurance can be a prohibitive factor in making your film – especially when it comes to renting gear. There are some solutions and workarounds if you can’t afford proper insurance though, 3 of which I have outlined…
  • 3 Key Tips For Shooting Better Still Photography With Your Micro Four Thirds Camera

    Noam Kroll
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The Micro Four Thirds format has become increasingly more popular with video shooters over the past year or two (thanks to innovative MFT cameras like the Lumix GH4), but the majority of photographers still prefer to shoot with full frame bodies. That said, throughout this article I’m going to explain some techniques for achieving better results with your MFT camera, so you reap the benefits of shooting this format without making any sacrifices. I also want to point out that although this site is primarily focused on video production, I am going to start including some articles here…
  • The 7 Filmmakers & Cinematographers You Need To Follow On Instagram

    Noam Kroll
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So much of the content on this site is dedicated to education, whether it be in the form of insight, experience, reviews, or news. But another huge component to any filmmakers creative journey is inspiration. I always recommend that filmmakers consume as much content as possible so that they can passively become inspired and taught the language of cinema and imagery. One of the easiest ways to get more exposure to this type of visual inspiration is – you guessed it, Instagram. Filmmakers & DPs to Follow On Instagram While Instagram photos are obviously not a substitute for being…
  • 7 Bad Habits That Are Holding You Back As A Cinematographer

    Noam Kroll
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Achieving a beautiful, cinematic image when shooting on your DSLR requires you to not only have the right skills, but just as importantly to know what not to do. Many up and coming filmmakers and DPs will work tirelessly to train themselves and do all the right things, yet their work improves much more slowly than it needs to… Or in some cases it doesn’t improve at all, which is most often a result of not paying attention to poor habits that may be holding them back. Throughout this article I’m going to outline a few of the most common (and easily avoidable) habits that can…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • Episodic Versus One-Shot

    Stephan Bugaj
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Film, television, comics, books and games all have the opportunity to be presented either as a singular one-shot release, or as a series of episodes released (ideally) at regular time intervals. Both models have value, and knowing what the value is can help you choose which release type is best for your material.One-shot releases are, by definition, singular events.  This requires positioning them as such with your audience.  The big-budget, blockbuster way is with media saturation: publicity tours, advertising and promotions galore.  Copromotional tie-in transmedia also needs…
  • Direct-To-Consumer Is The Future Of Entertainment

    Stephan Bugaj
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Media retailers will certainly continue to have a place in the entertainment market ecosystem for a long time to come, and certainly so will broadcast and cable television, and movie theaters (and even more experience-based outlets like theme parks).  But direct-to-consumer media sales is no longer considered a laughable proposition, nor is it seen as the mark of inferior content that was unable to find "proper" distribution.  This model is now seen as innovative and competitive, and increasingly as the future of mainstream media distribution (and funding). My current employer,…
  • Sketch: Motorcycle Girl

    Stephan Bugaj
    14 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    Since I've been too busy to write any storytelling / filmmaking philosophy or pedagogy posts right now, here's another sketch.  She's not quite as cool as Axe Girl, but she has her charms.
  • Sketch: Axe Girl

    Stephan Bugaj
    5 Feb 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Now for something completely different...I recently decided, in order to help clear my head when I'm stuck on either story writing or songwriting, that I'd start drawing again -- an activity I was once good at but gave up many, many years ago.  Because the idea is to clear my head, and not to rathole into yet another project, I've been doing quick sketches (5-15 min depending on how I'm felling).  The sketches are done as digital drawovers of interesting photos I find.  It's become a good way for me to think about character or setting in a way that's not so…
  • It's Always A Hard Time To Be An Indie...

    Stephan Bugaj
    20 Jan 2014 | 11:53 am
    The first version of this post was originally written in 2009, and is still as true as the day I wrote it... A 2009 post on John August's blog, titled "A hard time to be an indie," inspired me to inaugurate this blog with a post about the idea that it's a particularly difficult time to be an Indie filmmaker (John quotes a speech by James D. Stern, which is also worth reading). It was a particularly synchronous post by John since in 2009 I attended the first annual Produced-By Conference, where a number of Producers were singing a somewhat different tune (or, perhaps a similar tune, but in a…
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    5 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    So I have recently wanted to make a promo video for my friends business. What I have noticed while producing that promo video that its NOT that easy. I’m not a professional promo video maker, however I will share some tips that i have found online and that helped me a lot. STEP ONE: PLAN ! Plan your promo video from A to Z. Make sure your promo video will : grab the audience attention explain to your audience what your business is about However- Don’t make it boring  and have it up to 150 words.  Also Do not make it to long as..Studies say that after 30-60 seconds the…
  • Moonrise Kingdom

    17 May 2014 | 2:26 am
    If you’ve long been following Mr . Anderson’s slightlylittle career , you’ll realizemore likely the same idea : a moviethat is definitelypacked with quirkiness , which I discover to be parables of the issues we experiencein this world . I stumbled on this moviewith noanticipationconsidering I havefound outalmost nothingconcerning this in the media news releases so I becamesurprisedthat the principal protagonists are two tweens . Any specificdoubts of mine discovering a sappy or even saccharine storyline were vanquished as well aschanged…
  • Lets talk about affordable film making .

    6 May 2014 | 2:53 am
    Would you know that film making doesn’t need to be so expensive. Well, Unfortunately in the world of film making and production equipment isn’t  mostly affordable to us all. Sometimes, One piece of equipment can  cost more than the normal person can get in a whole year. Though this might be off-putting for many people, there are other equipment that you can buy that isn’t that bad of a price. You don’t have to worry about having the best quality film like the latest Blockbuster realises. Because it is unlikely you will get footage that high quality,…
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    12 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
  • True detective is a seriously great TV show, and is defiantly becoming one of my favourites...

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    True detective is a seriously great TV show, and is defiantly becoming one of my favourites ever ! I hardly recommend !
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