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  • 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,…
  • Metabones EF to MFT Speed Booster Adapter Turns GH4 into Something Super Video News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As if the Panasonic GH4 wasn’t making enough waves in the prosumer 4K market, Metabones has released a Speed Booster EF to MFT adapter capable of reducing the
  • 10 Biggest Winners and Losers at the Summer Box Office – From ‘GotG’ Chris Pratt Effect to Tom Cruise

    Todd Cunningham and Gina Hall
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Now that summer has drawn to a close and we can officially declare “Guardians of the Galaxy” the biggest winner at nearly $280 million domestically, let's take a look back at the other winners and losers to come out of  the season. WINNER – Chris Pratt That guy on “Parks and Recreation” became the summer's hottest male star after his endearing turn as the roguish Peter “Star Lord” Quill in the season's biggest movie, the Marvel space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And he'll be back next June in “Jurassic…
  • New on Netflix: 'Good Morning, Vietnam,' 'School of Rock,' 'A Simple Plan' and More

    Max O'Connell
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Plenty of films of interest are coming to Netflix on September 1, starting with a pair of Robin Williams movies. The first, Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam," garnered Williams his first Oscar nomination and made him a bonafide movie star. It's also the first film to make good use of his manic persona, as most of his earlier triumphs ("Popeye," "The World According to Garp," "Moscow on the Hudson") saw him disappearing into his characters. Those who can't get enough of Williams might also check out his family film "Flubber," though…
  • 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).
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  • 10 Biggest Winners and Losers at the Summer Box Office – From ‘GotG’ Chris Pratt Effect to Tom Cruise

    Todd Cunningham and Gina Hall
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Now that summer has drawn to a close and we can officially declare “Guardians of the Galaxy” the biggest winner at nearly $280 million domestically, let's take a look back at the other winners and losers to come out of  the season. WINNER – Chris Pratt That guy on “Parks and Recreation” became the summer's hottest male star after his endearing turn as the roguish Peter “Star Lord” Quill in the season's biggest movie, the Marvel space romp “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And he'll be back next June in “Jurassic…
  • Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole Returns Deliver ‘X Factor UK’ Ratings Bump

    Jethro Nededog
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The return of creator Simon Cowell and ousted former judge Cheryl Cole gave Saturday night's “X Factor UK” Series 11 premiere a slight ratings bump. An average 9.5 million viewers tuned in to the singing competition, which represents a 300,000 viewer increase over last year's debut and a 700,000 increase over 2012's season opener. Saturday night's airing also reached a peak viewership of 10.6 million viewers. See video: ‘X Factor UK’ Coming to America on AXS TV ITV's “The X Factor UK” was Saturday's most watched program. It beat the…
  • Taylor Swift Joining NBC's ‘The Voice’ as Guest Mentor (Report)

    Anita Bennett
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It looks like another big name is headed to NBC's “The Voice.” Country and pop music superstar Taylor Swift is joining the NBC series as a guest mentor, according to a new report. Us Weekly says Swift has signed on as an advisor for the show's upcoming seventh season, and will serve in the same capacity that Coldplay's Chris Martin did last season, helping contestants on all four teams. Also read: Taylor Swift Quips About Snake-Bitten Nicki Minaj Dancer During ‘Shake It Off’ VMA Performance (Video) Other advisors for the competition series' upcoming…
  • Joan Rivers Update: ‘We Are Keeping Our Fingers Crossed,’ Daughter Melissa Says

    Anita Bennett
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Despite reports that Joan Rivers is on life support, her daughter Melissa says the family remains hopeful. “We are keeping our fingers crossed,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement issued to E! on Sunday. ”Thank you for your continued love and support.” Also read: Sarah Silverman, Bette Midler, Kelly Osbourne Send Well-Wishes to Joan Rivers The comedienne and host of E!'s “Fashion Police” was rushed to Mt. Sinai Hospital on Thursday in New York, after she stopped breathing during throat surgery at her doctor's office. The 81-year old comic was…
  • 29 Arrested for Drug, Alcohol-Related Offenses During ‘Made In America’ Festival in LA

    Anita Bennett
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A total of 29 people were arrested Saturday on the first day of the Budweiser Made In America festival in downtown Los Angeles. The majority of the arrests were for alcohol-related offenses, a spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department told TheWrap. Six people were also arrested for drug-related felonies. A huge contingent of law enforcement officers is policing the event, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department patrolling the interior and the LAPD manning the exterior of the gathering, police said. As of Sunday afternoon, no problems were reported. Also read: Inside…
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  • New on Netflix: 'Good Morning, Vietnam,' 'School of Rock,' 'A Simple Plan' and More

    Max O'Connell
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Plenty of films of interest are coming to Netflix on September 1, starting with a pair of Robin Williams movies. The first, Barry Levinson's "Good Morning, Vietnam," garnered Williams his first Oscar nomination and made him a bonafide movie star. It's also the first film to make good use of his manic persona, as most of his earlier triumphs ("Popeye," "The World According to Garp," "Moscow on the Hudson") saw him disappearing into his characters. Those who can't get enough of Williams might also check out his family film "Flubber," though…
  • Daily Reads: Angelina Jolie as a Movie Star, 'Masters of Sex' and Ferguson and More

    Max O'Connell
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Criticwire's Daily Reads brings today's essential news stories and critical pieces to you.1. Angelina Jolie IS a Movie Star. Gawker's Tom Scocca recently questioned why Angelina Jolie is considered a major movie star, given how middling her movies usually are. The answer: because she's usually great in them (see: this year's ambitious but muddled "Maleficent," which owes its success to her performance) and can open a movie based on star power alone. Jolie and Brad Pitt finally married nine years after "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" started their love affair turned…
  • Turner Classics Movies To Broadcast Oscar Micheaux’s Restored Powerful Silent Film 'Within Our Gates' Sunday 9/7

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    Black filmmaking pioneer Oscar Micheaux’s 1920 film "Within Our Gates," was his second film from the over 40 films he made during his career and some consider it his best film. The film was shot in and around the Chicago area when his production company was based there, before he moved to New York (which remained the center for most of his film productions until his last film "The Betrayal" in 1948, which he returned to Chicago to make). And Micheaux made "Gates" not only as a response to D.W. Griffith’s "Birth of Nation," but also to the infamous…
  • New Indie Film 'The 4th Meeting' Explores the Impact of Survivor’s Guilt

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When you think about it, there haven’t been that many films that deal with the subject of survivor’s guilt. That is, when someone has remorse and extreme feelings of guilt when they have survived some tragic incident while others have lost theirs. Perhaps the only one that comes to one’s mind at the moment is Peter Weir’s 1993 film "Fearless," with Jeff Bridges and Rosie Perez, but you’ll be hard pressed to think of another one. That’s what makes the Chicago-based brother/sister filmmaking team of Cy Weisman and Josh MacNeal's recently completed indie feature film,…
  • Listen: How Has Telluride Changed the Oscar Race? Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn Discuss on Indiewire's Podcast

    Indiewire Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    Screen Talk, Indiewire's weekly podcast co-hosted by Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn, is now available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. In this week's episode, the pair meet up at the Telluride Film Festival to discuss several highlights from the 41st program, including Michael Keaton in "Birdman," Reese Witherspoon in "Wild" and Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game." They also discuss how these and other movies — such as the Cannes-winning "Foxcatcher" — currently figure into the developing Oscar race. Moving beyond awards season…
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  • 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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  • 'Sin City 2' could be preparing to be the first comic book movie bomb

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Writer/director Frank Miller attends Premiere of Dimension Films' 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
  • Rare peep into the fragrant culture and traditions of the north east

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    NEW DELHI: Inaugurating the three day North East Film Festival, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Government is fully committed to mainstream new initiatives in the North Eastern region in all sectors including the film industry.
  • 'The Big Night' is coming with Donia Samir Ghanem

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The dust has settled since her whirlwind wedding and pregnancy. After baking and giving birth to Rami Radwan's baby , we'll be seeing that sassy Donia Samir Ghanem once again in "The Big Night".
  • 1740 - Rollo's Challenge to Film & Television Makers

    22 Aug 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I have a challenge for the film makers and the makers of television programs because I want to see if what I propose can actually be done anymore; for curiosity's sake - that is, can a blockbuster film or major television series be produced in the twenty-first century which is G rated, which isn't a "family film" and isn't "for the children"? I ... (more)
  • One in a Crowd: 'More than 4 Hours'

    22 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    Bryan Poyser has something to show you. But he may need to see a doctor and a film crew about it first.
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  • Lars von Trier breaks 'vow of silence' to appear in virtual form at Venice

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Controversial Danish director makes first public utterances via laptop since infamous Hitler remarks at Cannes as new TV series, The House That Jack Built, is announced Having turned his back on speaking in public, controversial director Lars von Trier is briefly turning his back on film-making as well. The Danish provocateurs next project will be an ensemble TV series entitled The House That ...
  • 'Avatar 2' Release Date, Plot Spoilers, Latest Cast News: Production About to Start, New Worlds and Life Forms

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:17 pm
    James Cameron's 'Avatar' was released in 2009, and the film featured a lot of ground breaking technology in film making that is still very much talked about nowadays. The film continues to hold the record for the highest grossing movie of all time, garnering a staggering total of $2.782 earnings worldwide.
  • 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 ...
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  • Telluride Film Festival 41st edition plays host to 25 new feature films in its main program

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
      Tribute programs honoring Volker Schlöndorff, Hilary Swank and the 35th Anniversary of Apocalypse Now  Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, today announced its official program selections for the 41st edition of Telluride Film Festival. TFF’s annual celebration of artistic excellence brings together cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and artists to discover the best in world cinema in the beautiful mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. TFF will screen 85 feature films, short films and revivals representing twenty-eight countries, along with…
  • BFI London Film Festival announces FOXCATCHER as the Festival’s American Express Gala

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    58TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL AMERICAN EXPRESS® GALA ANNOUNCED AS UK PREMIERE OF FOXCATCHER   The 58th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is pleased to announce FOXCATCHER as the Festival’s American Express Gala. The film will receive its UK Premiere on Thursday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by Academy Award® nominated director Bennett Miller and stars Steve Carell and Sienna Miller.   Based on true events, FOXCATCHER tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between…
  • From „queerEAST“ to Ukraine to Italy - Diversity is our Programme at FilmFestival Cottbus

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
      Stars and the best from East and Central European cinema will be shown at the 24th edition of FilmFestival Cottbus November 4-9, 2014. The walk along the blue carpet is always worth it. Beside the three competitions, another highlight of the programme constitutes the >Focus< section, which continues the cinematographic exploration of Eastern European diversity. Under the title  „queerEAST” a selection of films on homosexuality in Eastern Europe will be screened. In the light of current events the section >Specials< will offer a selection of films from the…
  • Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014 Closing Ceremony with Partners in Crime

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival 2014 Closing Ceremony with Partners in Crime The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) held the Closing Ceremony of Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (SIFF) 2014 at The Metroplex with Partners in Crime. Director CHANG Jung-Chi attended the event and sold out screening with cast CHENG Kai-Yuan and WEN Chen-Ling and Producer Wolf CHEN. From left to right: WEN Chen-Ling, CHENG Kai-Yuan, Producer Wolf CHEN and Director CHANG Jung-Chi attended the Gala Premiere of the Cine Fan SIFF Closing Film, Partners in Crime WEN Chen-Ling…
  • Programme of the 11th Naoussa International Film Festival.

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
     Screening Programme Of The 11th Naoussa International Film Festival The countdown to the eleventh edition of Naoussa International Film Festival began. From 24 to 28 September, the public will have the opportunity to enjoy 214 short films from 50 countries. With great pleasure we present the Screening Programme of the 11th Naoussa International Film Festival. Join it! You can find the Programme of fiction, animation, experimental films, the SEE Talents and MOVILE below Screening Programme Of The 11th Naoussa International Film Festival! The countdown to the eleventh edition of Naoussa…
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  • GH4 Need Input: GH4 Video Editing Setup

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Hey guys, So I just got a GH4 and my 2008 Mac Pro does not edit well with the 4k files, either on a 4k timeline or 1980 timeline. My current setup: 2 x 2.8 GHZ Quad Core Intel Xeon 10 GB 667 DDR2 Ram GTX 285 GT 120 2.5 TB HDD Because my Mac is quite old, I'm thinking of building my own PC so I was wondering what setups you guys recommend. My budget would be around $1500. Thanks!
  • 1DC: Canon 1DC $2000 Instant Rebate $11999 - $2000 = $9999 Texas Media Systems

    Terry Nixon
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Canon 1DC $2000 Instant Rebate Announced Canon 1DC Camera Body $11999 - $2000 Instant Rebate = $9999 1.99% & 2.99% Interest Lease Program: Canon ITCG, in partnership with Canon Financial Services, Inc. is offering 1.99% financing for 36 monts and 2.99% for 24 month leases. These special rates are only available until September 30th, 2014! canon-apply-short.png canon_1dc_promote_2014-07.jpg Attached Images canon-apply-short.png (6.4 KB) canon_1dc_promote_2014-07.jpg (46.9 KB)
  • C100: Canon C100 $500 Instant Rebates Announced $4499 - $9499 Texas Media Systems

    Terry Nixon
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    $500 Canon C100 Instant Rebate Until Dec 31st, 2014! $300 Instant Rebate: Canon is offering an Instant Rebate of $300 on the purchase of an EOS C100 cinema camera, a BP-975 battery pack, and 64GB SDXC memory card when bought together. Battery & SDXC $300 Rebate Expires September 30, 2014. 1.99% & 2.99% Interest Lease Program: Canon ITCG, in partnership with Canon Financial Services, Inc. is offering 1.99% financing for 36 months and 2.99% for 24 month leases. These special rates are only available until September 30th, 2014! Canon C100 Camera Body $4999 - $500 Instant Rebate = $4499…
  • remote control with power aperture for d810

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    is there any remote out there that can control power aperture ? 2 buttons needed, + for Fn and - for Pv
  • MUSIC VIDEO: 2nd Prelude: 2 more music vids as prelude to film's release...

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    Hi As a prelude to the release of Life Never Begins, Life Never Ends, here's 2 more music vids of songs by the film's subject, Loomis...
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  • 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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  • 5 Tough Love Tips For Getting Your Film Into Film Festivals

    Peter D. Marshall
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Bent. As this article we just posted makes clear, it’s just about time for a heavy succession of major film festival submission dates.  So we decided to ask a bunch of filmmakers and film festival programmers to wax on their experiences so we could tell you what to do and not do when it comes to trying to get your film into a festival. We know some of it sounds kind of obvious, but from what we’ve been told — there’s a whole lot of filmmakers who don’t abide it. So listen up: Read the rest of this article from Indie Wire. Do you need a Film Directing Coach?
  • Filmmakers: How to Generate A Sticky Story Your Audience Will Love

    Peter D. Marshall
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    by Carole Lee Dean. What do you think is the most important element of your pitch? After listening to thousands of pitches I can tell you that a “sticky story,” not just a story, but one I can easily remember. When you pitch someone it’s an opportunity to spread the word about your film to all their friends, right? Yes, but only if they can remember it. “Made to Stick” by Chip and Dan Heath says that “too often you are cursed with too much knowledge.” Bringing that wealth of info into a simple sticky story is the key to the perfect pitch. Read the rest of this post from…
  • 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…
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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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  • 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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  • Filmmaker Interview: Ari Rossen

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Filmmaker: Ari Rossen You are currently working on a short film called SOUND/VISION. What is your role in the production? I’m the writer/producer of SOUND/VISION, and I’m also starring in the project. Do you have a personal connection to the material? What made you want to tell this story? There’s definitely a personal connection to the story. It came together during a very difficult time, both professionally and personally. I mean, I was just completely burned out and doubting myself in every way possible. And these themes of identity, community and culture kept coming up for me. You…

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:27 pm
  • Creative endeavours - a way of staying sane!

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Bismillah Recently a dear friend of mine fell prey to a common yet severe problem. He had a nervous breakdown… He had been under a lot of stress for a while and the inevitable was brewing, till finally he snapped and had to be admitted to hospital. I visited him there the other day and we spoke for a short while about how it was a good time to stay away from work and do something creative, like paint, or write poetry (or both!). It may have been that I suggested that because I couldn’t offer much more in the way of advice or good words, but I realised after thinking about it that,…
  • The last time since last time.

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    It’s been a while. I’ll try to do what I can to bring you up to speed on everything. I’m sure my memory has forgotten most things, but I’m trying. I was approached after a screenwriters meeting by a man named Tunde with a script for a short film that he wanted my opinion on. With some procrastination I finally read it, and I loved it. It was funny to the point where I was laughing out loud at it, in a room by myself. That’s hard to do, especially in a script. I told Tunde that we’d give him a meeting and he could pitch it to Addy (who hadn’t read more…
  • Getting Started and Getting Better - Filmmaking Tips from an Indie Filmmaker and Former Film Festival Programmer

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Recently, Think Ten Media Group Co-Founder and Indie Film Producer Jennifer Fischer (AKA @IndieJenFischer) was interviewed by Coach Jeanna as part of an entertainment focus she had for her radio show, Ladies Let’s Talk. Then she listened back to the show and culled out some tips for independent filmmakers and shared more insights upon reflection. This post pulls from 10 years of experience as an independent filmmaker, 7 years of experience running a film festival and 5 years of teaching filmmaking classes with kids.  What tips would you add to the list? 1. First and foremost…
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  • The Best Of Me Official Trailer #2 (2014) - James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Best Of Me Official Trailer #2 (2014) - James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 400578 3846 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Film & Animation
  • Hot Water - Simon's Cat

    Simon's Cat
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Hot Water - Simon's Cat A hungry cat goes in search of food and gets his owner into some hot water!” Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE! From: Simon's Cat Views: 2569277 48754 ratings Time: 02:26 More in Film & Animation
  • Horns Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Horns Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 1878808 11690 ratings Time: 02:09 More in Film & Animation
  • Top 10 Mind-Blowing Fan Theories in Movies
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Top 10 Mind-Blowing Fan Theories in Movies Ever find yourself watching a movie and wondering what the filmmakers are REALLY trying to say? Join as we count down our picks for ... From: Views: 1358665 17290 ratings Time: 13:26 More in Entertainment
  • The Rock Interview Prank BONUS

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Rock Interview Prank BONUS Watch the main interview first: GAMEBANG ADULT TWISTER: Check out the Smosh Store! From: Smosh Views: 2279499 78924 ratings Time: 03:22 More in Entertainment
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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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  • The 13 Indies to Watch on VOD This September

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    "Belle" (Sept 9) Inspired by a 18th century painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle, "Belle" follows the story of a young, mixed-race woman who is an illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy officer born in the West Indies. She is eventually brought to England, put in the care of her uncle and raised alongside her cousin. The film is both a romantic one and a political one. We see Belle fall in love with a lawyer (to the disapproval of her family) and we also get a glimpse at the period of time where slavery was about to be abolished in England.   "Borgman" (Sept 9)…
  • Watch: The Most Ragtag Misfit Outcast Supercut Ever

    Zack Sharf
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Who doesn't love a ragtag team full of underdogs? You know, that group full of clashing, irascible personalities who must learn to trust each other before everyone involved can learn some kind of enlightening truth on the meaning of friendship. These misfit gangs have been as prevalent throughout movie history as they have been massively popular and timeless, from the galaxy saving "Star Wars" team to the outcasts of "The Sandlot," "The Goonies" and more.  This summer, "Guardians of the Galaxy" introduced a new group of lovable outcasts with so…
  • Why Kelsey Grammer Didn't Want to Do Television Again, And What The Prospects Are for 'Partners'

    Joel Keller
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    But, according to Grammer, if anything was going to get him back to working on television, especially after the cancellation of his last three series, it was the prospects of working with Lawrence. The result is "Partners," a multi-camera sitcom about two unlikely law partners; the final two episodes of its initial 10-episode order will air tonight, September 1, at 9pm EST on FX. In a candid conversation with Indiewire, Grammer talked about the show and its prospects, why he didn't want to go back to TV, why "Boss" should still be on TV and why "Hank" was such a…
  • Project of the Day: 'The Life & Death of an Unhappily Married Man'

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. The Life & Death of an Unhappily Married Man Tweetable Logline: With an unfaithful wife and dead-end job, a man travels across the country visiting his past to figure out where his life went wrong. Elevator Pitch: From award-winning writer/director Josh Hope (Wild Blue), comes a dark-comedy about a man disillusioned by his failing marriage and dead-end career. His emotional…
  • Here's the Story Behind The Powerful Documentary 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost for Life'

    Paula Bernstein
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the United States, more than 2,500 individuals are serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed when they were 17 years old or younger. A powerful new documentary, "Lost for Life," tells the stories of these individuals, their families and the families of the victims. The film is the result of writer-director-producer Joshua Rofé’s intensive efforts over four years.  The film is being distributed by SnagFilms, Indiewire's parent company. Produced by Ted Leonsis, Rick Allen, Mark Jonathan Harris, Peter Landesman and executive producers Scott…
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    Film Threat


    Mark Bell
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    There's just a feeling like the narrative is stuck in the mud, spinning its wheels. And it's not like it's a fun time; everyone is just so damn serious!Read More at

    Mark Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    In the end, I liked the resolution the film found for its protagonist's art vs. commerce dilemma, and I appreciated the ambitious attempt at a musical. It has a lo-fi charm to it, and the fun in the filmmaking can be infectious...Read More at

    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
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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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