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  • Effective Scenes - Silence of the Lambs

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    20 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    In this short video, Tony at Every Frame A Painting looks at the ingredients of an effective scene using the classic first meeting from 'The Silence of the Lambs' to illustrate the point.
  • Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time

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    15 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Underneath the 'popcorn' commentary is a great list of sequences worthy of a place in a top 10 editing moments list. Well done CineFix.
  • NBC Canceling Comedies ‘A to Z’ and ‘Bad Judge’

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    Jethro Nededog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    NBC has decided not to go forward on full seasons of freshman comedies “A to Z” and “Bad Judge,” and individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap. Currently, they'll finish their original episode orders of 13 episodes each. “Bad Judge” has shot 10 episodes so far while “A to Z” has shot 11 episodes. They will both stay in their current Thursday night at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. timeslots and will not be pulled from the schedule. Thursday's episode of “Bad Judge” at 9 p.m. earned a 0.9/3 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49…
  • Watch 'The Vapors' (Couple Threatened by a Mysterious Presence) #Halloween

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    Jai Tiggett
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here's another short film to add to your Halloween playlist. The Vapors" is a psychological thriller about "a couple threatened by an unknown presence outside their home, only to learn that the real danger may exist within."Written and directed by Lopez Williams, with lensing by Daniel Patterson, the short stars Benton Greene and Jordan Carey as the couple. We posted the trailer earlier this month, and now in time for Halloween, the short has debuted in its entirety online. See it below: 
  • Pick-ups and Re-shoots

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

    Jethro Nededog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    NBC has decided not to go forward on full seasons of freshman comedies “A to Z” and “Bad Judge,” and individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap. Currently, they'll finish their original episode orders of 13 episodes each. “Bad Judge” has shot 10 episodes so far while “A to Z” has shot 11 episodes. They will both stay in their current Thursday night at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. timeslots and will not be pulled from the schedule. Thursday's episode of “Bad Judge” at 9 p.m. earned a 0.9/3 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49…
  • NBC Undecided Over Future of Richard Branson's ‘Space Race’ Series After Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash

    Jethro Nededog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    NBC is reassessing the future of its planned series with Richard Branson‘s Virgin Galactic after Friday's fatal crash of SpaceShipTwo, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. A decision has yet to be made on the series announced in October 2013 under the title “Space Race.” Produced by Mark Burnett‘s One Three Media, “Space Race” was intended to be an elimination competition series where everyday people compete for the ultimate prize of a trip into space on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The series was to have unprecedented…
  • FCC Could Craft a Net Neutrality ‘Grand Bargain,’ Analyst Says

    Ira Teinowitz
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will eventually conclude his review of the agency's open Internet rules with a net neutrality plan tougher than he first proposed, predicts a top Wall Street analyst. Craig E. Moffett of MoffettNathanson LLC made his prediction in a blog note Friday, saying he thinks Wheeler will get his way by avoiding a regulatory stance that infuriates Internet service providers. Obama, FCC Chairman ‘On the Same Page’ Regarding Net Neutrality Wheeler has indicated that the FCC is likely to consider an open Internet proposal stronger than the one he offered early…
  • Google Play Launches on Roku

    Gina Hall
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Google Play has partnered with Roku in a bid to step up the competition with Apple and Amazon, it was announced on Friday. The service is now available in the Roku channel store in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Canada. Taking on Amazon Fire TV and AppleTV, Google Play is granting Roku users access to its on-demand library, which currently has over 75,000 titles. The move will create additional brand awareness for Google Play outside its Android user fan base. See Photos: TheWrap's 2014 ShortList Film Fest Rocks YouTube Space LA (Photos) The new Roku feature includes Google Play's Info…
  • Universal Studios Makes Reforms After Worker Calls Girls ‘Sluts,’ ‘Whores’ and ‘Hookers’

    Tim Kenneally
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Executives at Universal Studios Hollywood have promised to revise the company's complaint procedure,  after a cast member at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights allegedly called two 13-year-old girls “sluts,” “whores” and “hookers,” attorney Gloria Allred said Wednesday. Allred, who is representing the girls and their mothers, said at a news conference the Universal representatives “acknowledged that what happened to our clients was wrong and against their policy” and “apologized a number of times for what our clients…
 
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  • Watch 'The Vapors' (Couple Threatened by a Mysterious Presence) #Halloween

    Jai Tiggett
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Here's another short film to add to your Halloween playlist. The Vapors" is a psychological thriller about "a couple threatened by an unknown presence outside their home, only to learn that the real danger may exist within."Written and directed by Lopez Williams, with lensing by Daniel Patterson, the short stars Benton Greene and Jordan Carey as the couple. We posted the trailer earlier this month, and now in time for Halloween, the short has debuted in its entirety online. See it below: 
  • Remember That Starz Series 'Magic City'? It's Coming Back As A Movie, With Bruce Willis & Bill Murray Joining The Cast

    Kevin Jagernauth
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    If you don't remember "Magic City," don't sweat it too much, because no one else does. The short-lived Starz series ended last summer after two seasons, in which a promising premise was executed with more sleaze than brains. The show, set in the late '50s and early '60s in Miami, chronicled the story of the owner of a fancy hotel (Jeffery Dean Morgan) who tries to put his troubled past behind and go legit, but tangles with a smarmy mobster (Danny Huston, chewing the scenery). It was diverting enough, the but show spent to much time showing skin and delving into potboilery subplots.
  • Watch 'The Abandon' (5 Black Men Learn They May Be the Last Humans On Earth) #Halloween

    Tambay A. Obenson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I've been digging through the S&A archives, looking for Halloween-related material for obvious reasons. Earlier today, I shared Bree Newsome's awesome 2011 dramatic-horror short film "Wake" (click here to watch it). Here's another oldie but goodie, this one from 2013 - award-winning playwright and screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins' sci-fi series called "The Abandon."Keith produced a pilot episode for the proposed series (which is embedded below), using it as part of his sales pitch to help raise funds to complete an entire season, which, I assume,…
  • Ansel Elgort, Brenton Thwaites & More In The Mix For 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Even though the release date is still three years away, Disney is ready to make a big splash with "Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." The fifth entry in the creaky franchise has Johnny Deep returning again to receive a lot of money to wear eyeliner and pretend he's drunk. There will also be some new young faces joining the party, and perhaps being passed the torch so that this blockbuster series never has to end.Anyway, Deadline reports that Taron Egerton ("Kingsman: The Secret Service"), George Mackay ("Pride"), Brenton Thwaites…
  • Watch: Arcade Fire's Horror Short Film 'Festi' Featuring Andrew Garfield, James Murphy, Peter Gabriel, Slash & More

    Kevin Jagernauth
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Before you head out to whatever spooky event you have planned tonight, Arcade Fire have a little treat to share. The band, having wrapped their massive world tour for Reflektor, aren't done sharing a few more goodies with fans. And a pretty nice one landed today.The Montreal-based band dropped "Festi," a 20-minute horror short. It's a gleefully bonkers, lo-fi production, starring the band, that centers around Win Butler's 27th birthday and bunch of scary, wacky stuff that happens. Perhaps more notable than the "plot," is the brace of faces that pop by, including Peter…
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    A Moon Brothers Film...

  • Pick-ups and Re-shoots

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:26 am
    In this short video, Tony at Every Frame A Painting looks at the ingredients of an effective scene using the classic first meeting from 'The Silence of the Lambs' to illustrate the point.
  • FEAR ON FILM: Landis, Carpenter, Cronenberg!

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Chiller-masters John Landis, John Carpenter, and David Cronenberg chat about selling fear on film in this 1982 interview.
  • Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    Underneath the 'popcorn' commentary is a great list of sequences worthy of a place in a top 10 editing moments list. Well done CineFix.
  • Game of Thrones S04 VFX Reel

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    A bit of eye candy... Game of Thrones Season 4 VFX reel. It's always interesting to see how real locations and sets can be enhanced with digital elements.
  • Michael Bay and 'Bayham'

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:26 am
    The guys at Every Frame a Painting take a close look at the anatomy of a Michael Bay shot. The result is a very interesting watch.
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  • Starz filmmaking competition 'The Chair' torpedoed by social media - Death and Taxes

    31 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    Starz filmmaking competition 'The Chair' torpedoed by social mediaDeath and TaxesAnd with voting now open to determine which director will win the $250,000 prize promised by the competitive reality TV show, it's becoming apparent that the competition between Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci isn't about filmmaking after all. Though ...and more »
  • New Island Studios Movie Production Complex Supports Southwest ... - Commercial Property Executive

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 am
    New Island Studios Movie Production Complex Supports Southwest Commercial Property ExecutiveNew Island Studios Movie Production Complex Supports Southwest Pennsylvania's Growing Filmmaking Industry. By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor. The region's film production industry is getting a big boost with the construction of a new multi-stage complex ...
  • 'Wild Tales' weighed down by clunky filmmaking - Los Angeles Times

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    'Wild Tales' weighed down by clunky filmmakingLos Angeles TimesAt this point in his career, Szifron is too heavy-handed a filmmaker to create compelling miniature stories. His characters behave so rudely and crudely, there's no reason to care about what happens to them. The driver of the luxury car is a rich jerk
  • BayKids gets young patients to express themselves through filmmaking - SFGate

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    SFGateBayKids gets young patients to express themselves through filmmakingSFGateIn all, more than 6,000 children and youths have participated in BayKids' filmmaking programs. In addition to their weekly hospital programs, BayKids showcases the children's films at annual premieres at the de Young Museum, through distribution on ...and more »
  • OCD, the Filmmaking Process And 'Living in Oblivion' - moviepilot.com

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    OCD, the Filmmaking Process And 'Living in Oblivion'moviepilot.comIt shouldn't be any surprise to me that I enjoyed the movie Living in Oblivion, which I watched for the first time last night. Tom DiCillo's often-hilarious flick, which documents the misfortunes of a director (marvelously played by Steve Buscemi) as
 
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  • When Halloween Meant 'Saw'

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    I've studied the film industry, both academically and informally, for 25 years and extensively written about it for the last five years. My outlets for film criticism, box office commentary, and film-skewing scholarship have included The Huffington Post, Salon, and Film Threat.
  • J.K. Rowling's new 'Harry Potter' tale

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" had to defeat some seriously disturbed villains, one of whom was sadistic Hogwarts instructor Dolores Umbridge. The idea of what went down in her office still gives us chills.
  • Movie Review: Super Nani there is nothing to see

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    Within a second of the film starting, I was clutching my ears, looking for something to stuff them with: competing on pure decibel levels, 'Super Nani' beats everything I've seen recently hands down. Actually I could have done with shutting my ears, and closing my eyes.
  • 'Nightcrawler' oozes with character driven sleaze and ambition

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    The job market is never an easy place and even a job shooting the death and mayhem on the city streets can be out and out murder. " Nightcrawler " is a taut thriller that evokes the early days of a director like Michael Mann as we troll the streets of Los Angeles looking for the next big crime because if it bleeds then it leads.
  • Jared and Jamie's appearance firmly establishes Harris festival

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    THE presence of Richard Harris' sons Jared and Jamie in Limerick has firmly established the credibility of a film festival held in their father's name last weekend. Mad Men star Jared flew in from South Africa and the set of Sean Penn's latest film especially to attend the second staging of the Richard Harris Film Festival and spent the weekend attending events, mingling with guests and waxing lyrical about the event, in person and on television, as did brother Jamie, a veteran of roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Prestige.
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  • Dujardin teams with Clooney... in the next Nespresso commercial

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    31 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
     
  • 2014 NYC Gothams Audience Award Screening Schedule

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    31 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Screenings are for IFP members only on a first-come, first-served basis.  A printed copy of your membership card is required for admittance. Q&As to be confirmed for select screenings. Check back for updates!   All Screenings Take Place at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP 30 John St. DUMBO, Brooklyn   WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5 6:00pm Love is Strange, dir. Ira Sachs 8:15pm Nightcrawler, dir. Dan Gilroy   THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6 6:00pm Dear White People, dir. Justin Simien 8:15pm The Grand Budapest Hotel, dir. Wes Anderson   FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7…
  • The inaugral Udada Film Festival kicked off

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    31 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    The inaugral Udada Film Festival kicked off officially on Friday the 24th of October at the Micheal Joseph Center. The Udada Film Festival is the first film festival in Kenya to exclusively celebrate women in film. It has been organized by Wanjiru Kinyanjui, a film maker and lecturer at the Kenyatta University. Udada Film Festival will be running screenings at the Goethe Institute and Micheal Joseph Center everyday from 2pm till the 29th of October. There shall be workshops in the morning. Check out pictures from the opening. Udada founder Wanjiru Kinyanjui Naomi N Mwaura Udada Directors…
  • Today at the Vermont Festival!

    Editor
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
        Here's today's schedule:   10:15am - Film House Nothing Like Chocolate (Student Matinee) Director: Kum-Kum Bhavnani | USA | Doc | 2013 | 64 mins 12:00pm - Burlington City Arts Lunchtime Shorts: Music Shugo Tokumaru – Katachi |Directed by Kijek/Adamski | 3:04 Purity Ring – Lofticries |Directed by AG Rojas |4:13 Arcade Fire – Afterlife |Directed by Emily Kai Bock |7:47 Wunder Wunder – Hail The Madmen |Directed by Dimitri Basil |3:13 Manchester Orchestra – Simple…
  • 31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival in action

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    31 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    31st annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival October 24 - November 2, 2014   The best film for children, youth, and families from around the world, right nere in Chicago!    2014 Festival Schedule (PDF):     FAMILY SCHEDULE  (Weekend and Evening Screenings) FIELD TRIP SCHEDULE (Weekday Morning Screenings)    Screening Details By Individual Film Title Checkout the OFFICIAL FESTIVAL WEBSITE      Online ticket sales   (the only way to guarentee seating)  School/Group field trips …
 
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  • GH4 Horizontal noise lines in still. Do you get the same thing?

    alohype
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Does everyone on their GH4's get that sort of horizontal noise pattern? That is VERY bad, as uniform noise you can eliminate/hide with noise reduction while this one will still stick out. P1050394.jpg Attached Images P1050394.jpg (108.9 KB) P1050394.jpg (128.5 KB)
  • [WTB] Sound Devices MixPre-D

    polpol
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Looking to buy a Sound Devices MixPre-D. Hit me up if you have one. Thanks.
  • Adobe Audition

    ggrantly
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Up to now, I've been a die hard Apple hardware and software guy. That is changing on the software side, though I will stick with Apple hardware for now. Though I've never been much of an Adobe fan, but I've been compelled to subscribe to CC for other reasons and now have access to the whole shebang. For those of you who have used it, how do you like Audition? Is it any good for CPU (MacBookPro + Motu Traveler) recording which I intend to do some soon? Has it been buggy beyond the norm? I assume at my modest editing skill level it would have more features than I need or understand. Anything it…
  • Pix240i + 5d3

    ggrantly
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Any thoughts on how well the Pix 240i works with the 5d3? I favor SD products but am open to recommendations for other devices. Grant
  • Hondo Pop and Lock?

    crashwins
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Anyone have any experience with this (http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php...k-travel-rig)? I was about to buy the Polaroid Video stabilizer then saw this...I have an A6000, probably an LX100 around the corner, a GoPro. I'm more a stills guy, but do maybe 30% video. It's obviously an unobtrusive shoulder rig, but will it offer good, solid stability? I'm definitely partial to the one-handed rigs -- like the Zacuto type. Also good to have the follow focus and rails option? Thanks!
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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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  • Paying your Subjects and other Notes on Morals, Ethics, and Aesthetics in Documentary Filmmaking in the Developing World

    Peter D. Marshall
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    by Ricardo Gaona. Nonfiction filmmaking is hard work. There are the technical aspects, of course, and (especially right now) the financial concerns that can make you lose your mind a little bit. In the case of our film, Parque Central (now funding on Kickstarter!), which follows children who work in a park in Antigua Guatemala, there’s an extra level of stress that comes with the questions of ethics and representation. I’ve got some tips that this experience has taught me that might help guide you through tricky waters on your own projects. Read the rest of this article from Filmmaker…
  • How to Get Believable Performances from Actors

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    How to Get Believable Performances from Actors The film director’s working relationship with an actor starts in the first casting session, continues through the various rehearsal stages, onto the set and ends in the ADR session. A good performance from an actor happens when both the inner and outer self are honestly portrayed. And to play a character truthfully, good actors need to surrender to feelings and impulses so they can perform organically or “in-the-moment.” Most trained actors begin by trusting the director, but if you can’t direct actors in a language they…
  • Jill Soloway’s 7 Tips for First-Time Film Directors

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Ben Travers. Thanks so much to Film Independent for having me today. This is going to be inspire-y and motivate-y. Around three short years ago, I was a mess. At rock bottom. Hatching plans to get the hell out of Hollywood. Fuck being a writer, I said to my best friend Michaela as we did our morning walk. I’m going to move to Northern California, wear a caftan with no underwear, sit with a cup of coffee in the morning after my kid gets on the school bus and self-publish feminist poetry. I was a mess. The day before, I was at the salon getting a blowout for my birthday party when my agent…
  • VIDEO: Darren Aronofsky on Ugly Beauty, Clichés, & Obsessive Filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    by V Renee. A couple of weeks ago, director Darren Aronofsky sat down with Lynne Tillman to discuss his career, as well as his thoughts on filmmaking in general. The video below is a little over 90 minutes long, but oh so worth it. However, if you’re not in it for the long haul, you can skip down to check out several takeaways: Watch this video from No Film School. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s Chair” filmmaking ezine and get the first 41 pages of my 261 page Film Directing Multi-Media Online course, “The Art and Craft of the Director…
  • Filmmakers Reviving Turkish Cinema’s Glory

    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    by Sare Selvi Ozturk. After a 20-year golden era between the 1950s and 1970s when it produced 250 to 350 films annually and became the fifth biggest producer worldwide, Turkish cinema is experiencing something of a renaissance as a new generation of filmmakers find success on the international festival circuit. Turkish films hitting the world stage and grabbing top awards at festivals are signs that domestic cinema is expanding its influence and visibility, say critics and researchers. This is after years of relative decline, in part fuelled by political developments and changes of regime in…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN LFF2013: Zee Ntuli Flirts with the Danger of South Africa’s Criminal Streets in his Breakneck Debut ‘Hard to Get’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    For his feature debut filmmaker Zee Ntuli went full out to craft Hard to Get, a crime/romance that rarely pauses for breath as it barrels along the South African criminal streets. Ntuli joins us to discuss his desire to break from the past and create an entertaining popcorn film that was foremost for and spoke to South Africa’s young black audiences. I think South Africa has predominantly had a preoccupation with telling stories about yesterday’s South Africa. Hard to Get (2014) A handsome young womanizer from a small community has the world at his feet when he falls for a sexy,…
  • DN LFF2014: Fathers, Sons & Classes Clash in Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    For his debut feature Gente de Bien Franco Lolli returned to his native city of Bogotá to craft a story which deals with the emotional guff between an estranged father and his troubled son, set against the backdrop of the untraversable social divide which exists between the classes in modern day Colombia. We spoke to Lolli at the London Film Festival about how the decision to shoot digitally enabled long takes to reign on set and how lying is an intrinsic part of his casting process. It’s very easy to make a scene that makes you cry. What’s difficult is to make you cry & make you…
  • DN LFF2014: Love & Sexuality are Blind in Daniel Ribeiro’s Charming Debut ‘The Way He Looks’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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…
 
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    Motionographer

  • Ege Soyuer Site Update

    Joe Donaldson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The multi-talented Art Director Ege Soyuer recently updated his website. For the past few years he has been a member of the dream team over at Buck LA where he has been a part of some exceptional projects. Recently, Ege decided to get back into the freelance circuit and will be splitting his time between NY and LA. Check... Read more »
  • Bullies, opera and typography: Sounds like a job for Giant Ant

    Daniel Coutinho
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    The Vancouver Opera and librettist Shane Koyczan invited Giant Ant to collaborate on “Stickboy”, a new opera that tackles the psychological effects of bullying. We had never worked with projections, long-form animation or live performance (not to mention opera!) before, so of course we said: yes please! Ten months later, our work is being projected over... Read more »
  • You will care about this piece of wool

    Justin Cone
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    “Lost and Found” a branded short for Woolmark written, directed and produced by Neon actually managed to make me feel emotionally connected to a piece of wool. The stunning vfx work is reason enough to watch it, but the story is what brought me back for a third and fourth viewing. With delicate animation and... Read more »
  • The MOX file format

    Justin Cone
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Brendan Bolles (developer of the EXR/DPX file formats that ship in After Effects) is looking for backing for a new, open source video format: MOX. MOX is going to use the MXF container (SMPTE 377M) to hold a specific list of open source, patent-free audio and video codecs. Many of the video codecs will actually... Read more »
  • OK Go “I Won’t Let You Down”

    Justin Cone
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Masters of the one-take viral music video, OK Go teamed up with creative director Morihiro Harano to create yet another eye-popping, people-powered (well, mostly) music video. Mouthing the lyrics to “I Won’t Let You Down,” the band rides about on Honda UNI-CUB scooters while filmed by an expertly piloted multi-copter drone over Japan’s Chiba prefecture.... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Money, power, and silence

    Peggy Archer
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Anyone who works in media in any capacity keeps secrets. Most of them are harmless: the vegetarian who eats bacon, the studio exec with an 8th grade education, the erudite gangster rapper. But some people do very, very bad things and get away with it. For years. Because they’re powerful. Because they’re rich. Because if you dare challenge them they’ll litigate you into a special kind of hell from which you will never re-emerge. Even if you do win, you’ll be demonized by the unwashed internet masses because how dare you speak ill of Mr (or Ms.) Perfect? They make great…
  • 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…
 
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Advice To A Screenwriter Working On Their First Script by Peter Russell at STORY EXPO 2014

    filmcouragevideos
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:54 pm
    (Watch the video interview here) Advice To A Screenwriter Working On Their First Script by Peter Russell from STORY EXPO 2014 via FilmCourage.com. More video interviews at Film Courage Youtube
  • What Makes A Filmmaker's New Movie Better Than Their Previous One? by Jamin & Kiowa Winans of INK and THE FRAME

    filmcouragevideos
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    (Watch the video interview here) What Makes A Filmmaker’s New Movie Better Than Their Previous One? by Jamin & Kiowa Winans of INK and THE FRAME via FilmCourage.com. More video interviews at Film Courage Youtube
  • Filming Before the Sun Rose, and the Dead Whale

    brianaferguson
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Tuesday 21st October 2014 5am. 5am. Oh boy. But we made it! On the beach! With our film gear! It’s a bit fresh, it’s a bit cold and it’s drizzly. But we’re pumped. First hiccup arose when we wanted a beautiful shot of the sun just after it rose in the right third of our shot with golden light flooding our frame, but surprise surprise it was not a sunny kind of day. That’s okay though. We’ve other options. It was a beautiful morning regardless and we got some beautiful scenery shots. Our task here was to collate a range of water images in a beach…
  • The power of Film Makers in Colombia- Young talents working for their community

    anapandamaria
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Ana María Vásquez Valencia Colombia is a latin american country that is increasingly being recognised for its world-renowned soccer players, singers, actors and models who have been able to demonstrate their talent and qualities across every single continent. However there is a great number of artists including poets, photographers and filmmakers that given the hardship of circumstances, lack the resources to flourish as artists and exploit their full potential. Today I dedicated sometime to learn more about some ideas of film students looking for ways to use their capabilities to grow and…
  • Exciting news!

    Miracle Studios
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Since my last post, I have finished up high school/started college, traveling around the country as
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    YouTube: Film

  • ZOMBIE HOMICIDE PRANK!!

    PrankvsPrank
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    ZOMBIE HOMICIDE PRANK!! Subscribe to PRANKVSPRANK for more crazy videos. http://youtube.com/prankvsprank Ed Bassmaster - http://youtube.com/edbassmaster What appears to be a homicid... From: PrankvsPrank Views: 3125144 127788 ratings Time: 03:09 More in Comedy
  • tWitch Gets Waxed

    TheEllenShow
    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: 830698 12554 ratings Time: 06:33 More in Entertainment
  • Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special)

    Simon's Cat
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Scaredy Cat - Simon's Cat (A Halloween Special) 'A frightening feline turns his owner into a scaredy cat!' Don't forget to share this with your friends if you think Simon's Cat is just like your own cat! Also don't forget to SUBSCRIBE!... From: Simon's Cat Views: 2124820 41158 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Pets & Animals
  • Ellen's Viagra Commercial

    TheEllenShow
    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: 678527 13183 ratings Time: 04:03 More in Entertainment
  • CAT FALLS OUT WINDOW PRANK

    PrankvsPrank
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    CAT FALLS OUT WINDOW PRANK Had to get some sweet payback! Smash That Like Button TeamJesse PrankvsPrank Facebook: http://facebook.com/prankvsprank Jeana's Twitter: http://twitter.com/P... From: PrankvsPrank Views: 9047394 218996 ratings Time: 03:12 More in Comedy
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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

    admin
    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 #22

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

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

  • Just Images: Ethics and Documentary Film in China

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

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

  • Joan Didion's Story To be Told, Thanks to Blockbuster Kickstarter Campaign

    Paula Bernstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    The new documentary about the life and work of Joan Didion, "We Tell Stories About Ourselves In Order to Live," set out to raise $80,000 on Kickstarter and hit its goal within a little over 24 hours. The campaign runs until November 21st and has already raised closed to $178,000. According to the Kickstarter page, the film will trace "the arc of Joan's life through her own writings, and in her own voice." The filmmakers have already shot 60 hours of footage, primarily of Joan. They plan to interview her famous friends, family members and colleagues, including Patti…
  • Paul Schrader on the Future of Film: 'The Multiplex is Dead"

    Josephine Opar
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    How storytelling is changing:  "The traditional three-act story is going to be in a way like Bruce Springsteen or YouTube – it's going to be a specialized thing." READ MORE: Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn and Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film "Dying of the Light" Film criticism has changed: Schrader, who started out his career as a film critic, said we are in an age of "crowdsourcing criticism." Theaters need to "eventize" cinema: "If you want me to go to a theater, you need a pretty good reason," said Schrader, who praised…
  • 'CITIZENFOUR' Director Laura Poitras to Receive Inaugural DOC NYC Award

    Kat Delby
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    DOC NYC will present its inaugural Robert and Anne Drew Award for Documentary Excellence to "CITIZENFOUR" director Laura Poitras, the festival announced today. Co-presented by A&E Indiefilms and SundanceNOW Doc Club, Poitras will receive the award formally at the DOC NYC Visionaries Tribute on November 14. The festival also announced that Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Documentary Program at the Sundance Institute, will present the festival's keynote address on November 17. The award, dedicated to the memory of pioneering documentarian Robert Drew (widely credited as the…
  • Watch: Creepy Short Film 'H7N3' Taps Into Our Worst Ebola Fears

    Casey Cipriani
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This creepy short film from director Iris Shim taps into not only our growing Ebola epidemic fears, but also hints at a potential supernatural cause just in time for Halloween. "H7N3" focuses on a doctor who struggles with his professional obligations as he attempts to diagnose a little girl's alarming symptoms on the eve of a viral outbreak.  It stars C.S. Lee from the Showtime series "Dexter" and has screened at NBCUniversal Short Cuts, LA Shorts Fest, San Diego Comic-Con, Palm Springs and this year's Savannah Film Festival, among others.  Check it out below:…
  • Why 'Happy Valley' May Change Your Mind About the Penn State Scandal

    Rachel Bernstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Everyone loves a scandal. But, when a scandal comes to light and media sensationalism intensifies, the public's perception often supersedes the truth. In both his documentaries, "My Kid Could Paint That" and "The Tillman Story," Emmy Award-winning Director Amir Bar-Lev consistently and skillfully deconstructs the perceived truth of a controversy and challenges his viewers to open their minds to the story that hasn't been told publicly. In his latest documentary, "Happy Valley," Bar-Lev reopens the floodgates of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal that broke in…
 
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    Film Threat

  • THE BOOTLEG FILES: CHICO AND THE MAN

    Phil Hall
    30 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 remembers a great old sitcom that has been gone for too long...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • ST. VINCENT

    Rick Kisonak
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    You know a movie’s got problems when the story of how it got made is more entertaining than the movie itself...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 227: BURN THE WITCH?

    Chris Cirillo
    28 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, with the witching hour nearly upon us, we take a look at a popular witching film once more… and some of its discrepancies...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THREE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ACQUIRING LIFE RIGHTS

    Hammad Zaidi
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Welcome to Going Bionic, #238. Today we’re tackling the overtly treacherous world of acquiring life story rights...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • 2014 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP AND SCHEDULE

    Mark Bell
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    The 2014 Starz Denver Film Festival, running November 12-23, 2014, has announced its full program and schedule...Read More at FilmThreat.com
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • How Filmmaker Michael Tully Made Ping Pong Summer

    Jason Brubaker
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    If you've ever wondered how to make, market and then sell a movie to Showtime, you'll enjoy finding out how How Michael Tully made Ping Pong Summer.
  • Thoughts On The iMac 5k

    Michael Head
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Apple announced a new iMac 5K, the latest iMac. This new machine boasts a whopping 5k (5120 x 2880) retina display! That is an impressive number of pixels, to say the least. But aside from the new screen, is buying this one really worth it?
  • 5 Movie Marketing Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

    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.
  • 5 Questions For Indie Film Funding

    Jason Brubaker
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Finding Indie Film Funding is one of the most challenging aspects of getting your movie made. Answer the 5 questions for indie film funding.
  • No-Budget Filmmaking: Rise of The Backyard Indie

    Jason Brubaker
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    There is a lot of talk about the difference between a "real movie" and a "back yard Indie." In this article we explore modern, no-budget filmmaking.
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    FilmmakerIQ.com

  • How to Overcome Being Camera Shy

    John P. Hess
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    During the photoshoot, this woman turned to her husband and proclaimed “I can’t stand my face” And that woman is Miss Universe! If she can’t stand herself, what hope do the rest of us have?? This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Professional photographer Peter Hurley and psychologist Anna Rowley have devised a simple way to overcome your fear of the camera lens. They call this unique combination of their two disciplines “psyphotology,” and what they’ve learned can help us shift our perspective away from judgment…
  • Trick or Truth: An Essay on Nobuhiko Obayashi’s Indescribable 1977 movie “House”

    John P. Hess
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Video essayist Kogonada explores Nobuhiko Obayashi’s 1977 art house horror “House” which is really an exploration of the devastation left by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. House is available through the Criterion Collection
  • Watch the History of Horror and an investigation into the Psychology of Why We Like Horror

    John P. Hess
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last year we produced a film lesson on the history of horror movies – tracing the ups and downs of Horror Cycles. This year it was picked up and featured in USA Today. So this Halloween, kick back and take a tour of the history of the horror genre – with a look at the psychology of why we actually enjoy getting frightened at the movies:
  • Pee Wee Herman Dubs the Age of Ultron Trailer

    John P. Hess
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Paul Reubens brings in Pee-wee Herman to revamp the voice-over for the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie.
  • Peter Sellers – Parkinson Interview

    John P. Hess
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Check out this 30 minute interview with Peter Sellers by Michael Parkinson in 1974
 
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    Videomaker.com: Video News

  • B&H Offers Huge Price Reduction on GH4 Kit

    rfairley
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:28 pm
    For those looking to make the jump to high-end 4K without stomaching quite as much sticker price pain, B&H Photo & Video is offering a discount on a kit for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 right now. Regularly priced at around $4,700, the kit comes with a GH4 body, a DMW-YAGH interface, and a LUMIX G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH. lens, all for $3895.
  • Dive-friendly 360Fly Buzzing into Action Cam Fray

    rfairley
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Action junkies outdo things all the time. They outrun cheetahs, they out-spacedive the last person to do it, and they even out-action their action camera’s 170-ish degree field of view. For them, there is a solution – the 360fly.
  • Samsung and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Partner on Samsung NX1 Campaign

    rfairley
    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.
  • Last Chance to Enter the DSLR Kit Giveaway

    jwong
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    As a publisher of camera reviews, we get more cameras sent to us than a typical video enthusiast, but that doesn’t diminish any excitement when a camera gets delivered! If you enjoy tearing through packaging and discovering every piece that is included, then you should enter our contest for the Ultimate Run-and-Gun DSLR Kit.
  • Render Settings for YouTube

    rfairley
    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?
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

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

    ascadmin
    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

    ascadmin
    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

    ascadmin
    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

    ascadmin
    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’

    ascadmin
    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! PhrenicWorld.com
  • 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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    filmindustrynetwork.biz

  • 134 Documentary Features enter 2014 Oscar race

    FIN Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards. Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfil the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories,…
  • Jean Dujardin tries to outwit George Clooney in cheesy new ad

    Iain Alexander
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Jean Dujardin and George Clooney star in a new Nespresso ad that amplifies the scent of French cheese to new intoxicating heights. Filmed in Cernobbio, Italy, Clooney and Dujardin make their glorious on-screen debut to excite the fans of Nespresso, and continue the classic tradition of the ads, featuring sophistication mixed with obvious puns and some light humor. This time round, both stars attempt to out-shine one another starting with their choice of shoes. Dujardin then has the upper-hand with the ladies but following a prank by Clooney, he swims out into the lake to get his precious…
  • ‘Beyond the Lights’ soundtrack release date announced

    FIN Staff
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    Relativity Music Group will release the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Relativity Studios’ newest film, Beyond The Lights, on Monday, November 10th. The first single from the Soundtrack, titled “Grateful” performed by platinum selling artist Rita Ora and written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, a Grammy and Golden Globe winner and six-time Oscar nominee, premiered last week on Billboard.com and is now available for purchase on Amazon. Beyond The Lights opens in theaters nationwide on November 14th. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which will be released…
  • MPAA, Movie theaters ban wearable tech, but guns are ok

    Iain Alexander
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Google Glass banned in movie theaters It’s ok to bring guns into a theater but wearable tech can now send you directly to jail. While the fight for piracy goes on, the fight to increase public safety nationwide in movie theaters isn’t even happening. After past tragedies some movie theaters have imposed bans on guns being brought into movie screenings, but there is no industry motion to encourage theater owners to ban guns outright at public screenings. Some may argue that banning guns in theaters would violate their human rights, others would say why need them? In a hypothetical…
  • 10 hours of harassment in NYC captured on video

    Iain Alexander
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Filmmaker Rob Bliss has created a video exposing the hidden abuse women face on the streets of New York to raise awareness of harassment. (video below) Produced for the Hollaback! advocacy group, the video follows a young woman (played by actress Shoshana B. Roberts) as she walks down different streets in New York. With the help of a hidden camera the montage captures over 100 separate incidents where Roberts is harassed by random people in the street. In some cases, men follow her for a number of minutes as she walks, and puts a brave face for the camera. The video has been seen as a wake-up…
 
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    Film Shortage

  • Boxgirl

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Two kids discover a mysterious box that’s dying to be opened! facebook.com/rockycurby imdb.com/name/nm1096014/ The post Boxgirl appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Quiz

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    A text late at night. A terrifying question. Take the quiz. The post Quiz appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Shovel

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    A brother and sister struggle to make ends meet since the mysterious disappearance of their father. Push comes to shovel when a mysterious stranger appears outside their desolate home… and collapses at their feet. bullmoosepictures.net Facebook.com/BullMoosePictures The post Shovel appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Tightening Our Belts

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Suburbanites, Steve and Mary, are great cooks. And they love to show off their skills with sharp kitchen knives. That’s unfortunate for the young boy bound and gagged in their bathroom. A few blocks away, Bill, the boy’s father, scours their affluent neighborhood in search of his son. It’s Halloween – he could be anywhere. The post Tightening Our Belts appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Hubert’s Ghost

    Admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    Hubert lives a teenager’s life in a haunted house with his family, his dead best friend, Angèle, and a number of other ghostly residents, most of which are vengeful and violent. Luckily, Hubert and his family can’t be seen, providing they wear scary Halloween costumes at all times. Then one day, under the spell of Angele, Hubert decides to remove his mask… holomaxtheatre.com/films/#/huberts-ghost The post Hubert’s Ghost appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Its Not You… Its Us

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (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

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (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

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (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

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (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!

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (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

  • The 7 Filmmaking Blogs You Should Be Reading & Bookmarking Today!

    Noam Kroll
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Second only to on-set experience, filmmaking blogs are arguably the best way to learn the craft of filmmaking and to be inspired creatively. I have personally learned so much over the years online (as I never went to film school), and always recommend to filmmakers at every level that they consume as much information as they can from credible blogs and resources online in order to continually further their knowledge base. For that reason, I’ve gone ahead and made my list of the top 7 filmmaking blogs that you should be following today! Here we go, in no particular order: John Brawley…
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Vs. Final Cut Pro X Round 2 / H264 Compression Update!

    Noam Kroll
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    A couple of weeks ago I had posted a comparison on my blog showing the quality differences between Premiere Pro & FCP X when it came to H264 compression.Since writing the article I have had loads of questions about my findings and have done some more testing on my own time, so I am posting the follow up test results here today. For those of you that were asking about more specific settings that weren’t detailed in my first post, here are a couple of screenshots from Compressor and Media Encoder, showing how I had things set up. I ran the tests (both times) using FCPX/Premiere Pro…
  • How To Achieve The HDR Look In Post By Using Transfer Modes & Color Grading

    Noam Kroll
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The HDR (High Dynamic Range) look is something that has been around for quite some time in stills photography, but only recently has become more popular with video. There are only a handful of cinema cameras out there that shoot with a true HDR setting (such as the RED Dragon), but if you’re after this look and are working with limited resources, there are a number of things you can do in post to achieve a similar aesthetic.  Before we jump in, for any of you that aren’t as familiar with what an HDR image looks like, take a look at this sample photo, pulled…
  • 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…
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    flicksandpieces

  • 10 Days of Horror – Day Ten

    Luke Kent
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The 10 Days of Horror advent calendar wraps up today with Sam Raimi returning to his horror roots with a bang. Hell hath no fury like an old lady scorned… Day 10 of 10: Drag Me To Hell: Time for cuddles. Many moons on from his feature film directorial debut The Evil Dead, Sam Raimi returned to his horror beginnings with the delightfully dark Drag Me To Hell. If there was any concern that Raimi may have lost his twisted sense of humour after working on Spider-Man for the best part of a decade, these concerns were banished within about 10 minutes of Drag Me To Hell. After being refused…
  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Nine

    Luke Kent
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    So we arrive at the eve of All Hallows’ Eve with the penultimate instalment of 10 Days of Horror. And they say TV is bad for you… Day 9 of 10: Poltergeist: Tangina Barrons, medium for hire. “They’re here.” Tobe Hooper’s ghoulishly creepy tale of the afterlife haunting the living, Poltergeist, is a delightfully scary romp. In the quiet family home of Steven and Diane Freeling their young daughter Carol Anne becomes fixated on and converses with a TV set transmitting static. Within the static an apparition lurks, waiting to unleash itself upon the family.
  • 10 Days of Horror – Day Eight

    Luke Kent
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Welcome to day eight of 10 Days of Horror. Joss Whedon, step on up… Day 8 of 10: Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy. If you’ve never seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you should probably stop what your’e doing immediately and get involved this very instance. Watch it now! GO GO GO (but please do come back)!! As a kid, this show was at times terrifying. Nowadays….perhaps not so much, but it is certainly still entertaining, with a fair old smattering of jumps, and buckets full of wit, as one would expect from a Joss Whedon (Firefly, Avengers) series.
  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Seven

    Luke Kent
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Roll up, roll up, day seven of 10 Days of Horror shuffles into view with Telltale Games’ finest hour… Day 7 of 10: Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Lee, meet Clementine. The Walking Dead franchise is a juggernaut. With one of the biggest TV shows around currently and a long standing comic book series, Telltale Games took up the task of bringing The Walking Dead into the gaming world. And they did so with aplomb. Season one of this episodic game series had it all – drama, suspense, thrills and (blood) spills, whilst at the same time bringing a genuine connection between the…
  • 10 Days Of Horror – Day Six

    Luke Kent
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The countdown to Halloween continues today with a change in direction, deep deep deep underground – things are going to get claustrophobic on day six of 10 Days of Horror. Day 6 of 10: Buried: It’s a bit cosy in here. Technically, you could argue that Buried (2010) falls into the thriller genre, however I would certainly argue that you’re unlikely to see anything quite so horrifying as this claustrophobic, exhausting, agonising tale – so I’m just going to go right ahead and add it to the 10 Days of Horror hit list. For 90 minutes the audience is trapped in the…
 
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