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  • The Minimalist Guide to Gaffer Tape

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    Anna Kemp
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Marty Gage knows about gaffer tape. He teamed up with a leading tape manufacturer and in 2013 launched Gaffer Power, a company determined to create the market’s best gaffer tape.
  • What is Your Filmmaking Niche?

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    Jason Brubaker
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    While not every movie is guaranteed success, it is much easier to find your audience when you understand your filmaking niche. Read more...
  • The 18 Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s

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    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi .
  • Farewell, Parks and Recreation

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    Luke Kent
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Parks and Recreation – gone, but not forgotten… “Don’t get emotional…you’re embarrassing yourself.” – Ron Swanson. *Parks and Recreation spoilers incoming!* From its humble beginnings in the shadow of its older brother The Office, to arguably being one of the finest comedy shows in history, Parks and Recreation was one heck of a ride. Not that it was always smooth sailing for Parks, with the first season struggling to find the show’s voice, and lead character Leslie accused of being Michael Scott light. But for me, that all changed in…
  • Williams V. Zimmer

    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, the Nerds pit two of Hollywood’s best composers against each other: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Click here if the media player does not load.
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  • Conan O’Brien Drinks Sweet Wine and Dances Through the Streets of Cuba (Video)

    Debbie Emery
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Conan O’Brien just enjoyed the trip of a lifetime and everyone is invited to watch his vacation video. The TBS late-night host recently took his show all the way to Cuba to make the most of the new relaxed restrictions on travel and trade. Also Read: Conan O’Brien Visit to Cuba Marks First for Late Night Host in 50 Years As you can see from a preview of Wednesday night’s “Conan in Cuba,” he packed his party shoes for the trip and was determined to experience the colorful local culture to the fullest. While he looks a little bit like a fish out of water when he first…
  • Chris Hemsworth and Kate McKinnon Get Dirty in ‘SNL’ Promo (Video)

    Debbie Emery
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    Kate McKinnon certainly looks to be having the time of her life in the latest promo for “Saturday Night Live,” and wouldn’t anyone if they got to dance with Chris Hemsworth. However, she soon learns that the “Avengers” actor is no Patrick Swayze. Following a stuttered introduction as the cast member just stares longingly at the “Thor” star, McKinnon tells him: “There is something I have always wanted to do, and you are perfect host. I want to attempt the ‘Dirty Dancing’ lift.” See photos: ‘SNL’s’ 40 Most Hilarious…
  • Watch ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards’ Explosive Fight (Video)

    Debbie Emery
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Screeching cat fights are nothing new on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” but Tuesday night’s showdown in Amsterdam really took the drama to a whole new level. The Dutch city is know for its risqué nightlife, but it was no party when the Bravo women came to town. The mounting tension between Lisa Rinna and Kim Richards bubbled into an explosive fight during a group dinner. Smashed glasses, throat-grabbing and and an epic screaming match were just the appetizer as the women literally went for the jugular. Also Read: Slaps! Shattered Wine Glasses! Tears! ‘Real…
  • Leonard Nimoy’s Funeral: Read Touching Eulogy for the Beloved Actor

    Debbie Emery
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Over 300 people gathered at Leonard Nimoy‘s Los Angeles funeral on Sunday to say goodbye to the legendary “Star Trek” actor. Nimoy died at his home on Feb. 27 at age 83 after a bout with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Among those at the service were Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and J.J. Abrams, along with his wife of 26 years, Susan, and their children and grandchildren. Also Read: Leonard Nimoy, ‘Star Trek’s’ Spock, Dead at 83 Just as generations of sci-fi fans were captivated by Nimoy’s performance as half-human, half-Vulcan Spock, attendees at the…
  • Steve Martin Joins Ang Lee’s Sony Movie ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

    Jeff Sneider
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Steve Martin is set to join newcomer Joe Alwyn in Ang Lee‘s next movie “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Based on the bestselling novel by Ben Fountain, story follows 19-year-old Texas-born infantryman Billy Lynn (Alwyn) and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings the veterans home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they’re honored during the team’s Thanksgiving halftime show before they return to war…
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  • Jessie T. Usher Will Take Over for Will Smith as the Lead in the 'Independence Day' Sequel

    Tambay A. Obenson
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Well, it's not going to be Michael B. Jordan after all, whose name had been rumored to be in contention for the part. Jessie T. Usher, who starred in the LeBron James-produced Starz series, "Survivor’s Remorse," has been cast as the lead in Fox's "Independence Day" sequel.20th Century Fox is moving ahead with the first of 2 announced "Independence Day" sequels, which will be released during the summer of 2016, exactly 20 years after the first film's July 3, 1996 theatrical debut.But maybe Usher's casting shouldn't be a surprise, as…
  • Updated: Why Netflix Shelled Out for Cary Fukunaga's 'Beasts of No Nation,' Shunned by Exhibitors

    Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    UPDATE: The ink hasn't even dried on Netflix's latest deal and already four major theater chains have boycotted the day-and-date release of "Beasts of No Nation." AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark have stated that they will not show the film without a 90-day window between its theatrical and streaming premieres.According to Variety, Tim League's indie chain Alamo Drafthouse will, however, be screening the film when it opens simultaneously in theaters and on Netflix later this year. The Texas-based exhibitor fared well screening "Snowpiercer," which had a very short…
  • Some Set Photos of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman & Julia Roberts in 'Secret in Their Eyes' Remake

    Tambay A. Obenson
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    It's a film that's on my Oscar 2016 predictions list, as Chiwetel Ejiofor could see another Best Actor nomination for his performance in the American remake of the Argentine crime thriller, "The Secret in Their Eyes." It was a role that Denzel Washington was reportedly offered initially, but it eventually went to Ejiofor, who is surrounded by actresses also lauded for their past work - Nicole Kidman (nominated for Oscar thrice, won once) and Julia Roberts (nominated 4 times, also won once). Billy Ray, known more for his writing of scripts for critically-acclaimed…
  • Steven Spielberg Reteams With John Williams For His Cold War Thriller, Which Now Has A Title

    Kevin Jagernauth
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Like peanut butter and chocolate, Steven Spielberg and John Williams are meant to be together. The composer has worked on 26 of the director's films, and that collaborative spirit will continue on the director's next effort starring Tom Hanks, with the news confirmed by Williams' fan club. But first, it looks like the movie now has a title. “I have a film directed by Steven Spielberg starring Tom Hanks coming out called 'Bridge of Spies,' ” producer Marc Platt told The Daily Pennsylvanian. The title refers to a bridge that led from West Berlin to East Berlin's Potsdam, where…
  • Watch: Diane Keaton's Glorious, Ridiculous 1987 Directorial Debut 'Heaven'

    Zach Hollwedel
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Well, that’s it. Take a long lunch. Or go home early. Make some popcorn. Ingest some substances. And settle in for Diane Keaton’s directorial debut. Released in 1987, “Heaven” is a documentary that investigates different people’s assumptions, beliefs, and thoughts on the afterlife — and it does so in glorious, ridiculous fashion.With a good old WTF intro from Look Video to kick things off right, "Heaven" gets off to a great start. The 80-minute documentary itself, though, offers even more promise. Take, for example, the first subject. Though he appears at the 49-second…
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  • Film Day 10 - Welcome to the Party

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2014Film: Lost Penny Film Day 10... "Welcome to the Party, Penny." We filmed the scenes involving Penny's introduction to the Club. Here, Penny (Rachael McOwen) meets the Hostess (Melanie Gaydos) and gets her number badge. Also, we finished filming with Lucien (Christopher Elliott) and a quick scene with Gadget (Stephen Velichko). 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 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10
  • Roll the Credits

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:20 pm
    We're currently working on the credit roll for our feature film, Lost Penny.Movie credits are a way to acknowledge all the people involved in making a movie. We all see the faces of the actors (or at least hear their voices if it's an animated film), but rarely do we get a chance to see the people behind the scenes.There are a lot of people who make a film possible... doing a lot of different jobs. And there are a lot of strange-sounding movie jobs out there.Foley Artist? Gaffer? Dolly Grip?Best Boy?Is there a Worst Boy? (Actually there is, at least on one movie. But more on that later.)And…
  • Lost Penny Day

    12 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    Penny looking at all the penniesDid you know that today is Lost Penny Day?What is Lost Penny Day? Well, apparently, this is the day to look for all the loose change (i.e. pennies, but really any kind of change) lying around your house. You know, those coins you find between the cracks of your sofa? Or hiding among the dust bunnies under your bed?It's time to find those lost pennies! (Once a penny is found, it is no longer lost, is it?) Then, take that money to the bank. Use it to buy something special. (Depending on how much money you find, this might be enough to buy a lollipop.)Or use the…
  • Movie Trailer for Lost Penny

    3 Feb 2015 | 5:28 pm
    It's movie trailer time. Here's the trailer for our feature film, Lost Penny.» Watch the Movie Trailer» Who's Who - the Cast and Crew» Photos from the Film Shoot» Like us on Facebook
  • Trailer Under Construction

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Editing Update:We're still working on the edit for our feature film, Lost Penny. And part of that edit means we're starting to work on a movie trailer.Which means we're hoping to get said movie trailer online soon. Actually, creating a movie trailer is a lot like creating another mini-movie. The key is story. To tell the story of the movie.However, not so much of the story that, after watching the trailer, you won't need to watch the movie. (You've probably seen those trailer that give away all the secrets of the movie.)A good trailer shows just enough to tease the audience, leaving the…
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  • Get Your Short Factual Film Funded by Don't Panic

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    If you're a factual (documentary) filmmaker with an idea for a short film, pitch it to Don't Panic TV and they may give you the money to make it!
  • POV - Inferior technology

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    O.Doren argues the case that good films come from the filmmaker, not the camera.
  • Becoming a Full-Time Filmmaker: When to Quit Your Day Job.

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Mark Boucher provides some thoughts and tips on how and when to make the move into a full-time career in filmmaking.
  • Focus 2008 - World Film Market Trends

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Each year, the Marché du Film, the world's largest film market at the Cannes Film Festival releases a free report called Focus. The report details trends from the previous year in world film sales and distribution. The report is always a valuable read for anyone in interested in the business side of the international film world.
  • The Man Behind the Voice - Getting the Most from ADR

    19 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Sound engineer and recordist Tristan Rose discusses the importance of ADR and his experience in a range of techniques for getting the best from your actors and your equipment in audio post.
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  • Review: "Hell Town"

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:52 pm
    You can't just run around making comedies about high school murder and mayhem anymore. It's far too serious a subject, and even now, revisiting a classic like "Heathers" feels a little wrong.
  • US ultra-VoD release for Oz thriller

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    To celebrate the opening of their new 2k DCI Grading Theatre, the team at Final Post is offering documentary and feature film teams access to five days of colour grading and finishing for the price of two. Develop your own portfolio with the support of our award winning academics and the best media production and post-production facilities in Australia.
  • Netflix lines up more exclusives

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:38 pm
    To celebrate the opening of their new 2k DCI Grading Theatre, the team at Final Post is offering documentary and feature film teams access to five days of colour grading and finishing for the price of two. Develop your own portfolio with the support of our award winning academics and the best media production and post-production facilities in Australia.
  • First Wave of Films Announced for 2015 Tribeca Film Festival

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:21 am
    The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 15 to 26 this year, kicking off with the "Saturday Night Live" doc Live from New York! They've now announced the first slate of films in the World Narrative and Documentary Competition sections as well as the movies in the "Viewpoints" category that will play during the festival. They make up 51 of the 97 films that will have some sort of premiere during the festival.
  • The 18 Best Fantasy Movies of the 1980s

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The 1980s was a glorious time for cinema. Audiences could swoon over soaring science fiction epics like Dune and Return of the Jedi .
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  • Saudi- Dammam film festival wows art enthusiasts

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:25 pm
    (MENAFN - Arab News) The Saudi Film Festival has brought together acclaimed critics writers and artists from the region to discuss screenwriting film making and directing technique...
  • Shift handles the camera work for drone pilots

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Although camera-equipped drones have opened up all sorts of film-making possibilities, trying to simultaneously control the aircraft and the camera movements can definitely be challenging. That's why Perceptiv Labs developed Shift. It's a system that allows a DJI or 3D Robotics quadcopter's motorized camera to automatically keep a tagged subject centered in the frame, letting the user ...
  • Like father, like son

    24 Feb 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Venkat does not have professional training in film making. He has directed five short films so far, including Pani Ke Rang , Polish, E Dhareyu, Save Earth...
  • Fashion icon Tom Ford to make second movie this year

    21 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    Ford wowed an A-list crowd in Los Angeles on Friday by taking the unusual step of staging his London Fashion Week fall/winter show in the heart of Hollywood as the movie industry gathers for Sunday's Oscars. The American designer made a successful foray into film-making five years ago with "A Single Man," a drama based on Christopher Isherwood's novel of the same name, which earned an Oscar ...
  • Rama Naidu: Movie mogul who modernised film-making in the south

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner and veteran film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu died of cancer in Hyderabad on Wednesday. He was 78. He has produced 139 films in all official languages of India, earn...
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  • The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) Announces the Nominees for the 9th Asian Film Awards

    3 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
        At a press conference in Hong Kong on February 25, 2015, the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) announced the nominees for the 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA). Forty-two films from eight countries and regions received a total 74 nominations. This year, the AFA received over 1,000 eligible films from 34 countries across Asia. In a parallel announcement, the AFAA revealed that internationally acclaimed film director and producer Ms. Mabel CHEUNG Yuen-ting has been appointed as this year’s AFA Jury President, while established leading man Mr.
  • The Cinedelphia Film Festival announces the first wave of programming for this year’s fest!

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:20 am
    The Cinedelphia Film Festival is excited to announce the first wave of programming for this year’s fest!  The CFF will run from April 9 - 25 at PhilaMOCA and is loosely based around the theme of the “outsider”:  untrained filmmakers, special interest archivists, and those who simply refuse to play by Hollywood’s rules.  As always, it’s an eclectic and highly entertaining lineup of film programming that you won’t find anywhere else in the Delaware Valley.   Thursday, April 9, 7:30 PM @ PhilaMOCA A special work in progress screening of…
  • FIRST TIME FEST: Third Time’s The Charm - March 5-9, 2015 with a tribute to Harvey Weinstein

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:17 am
    CELEBRATING FIRST-TIME FILMMAKERS WITH A GRAND PRIZE OF THEATRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND INTERNATIONAL SALES 6 NEW INTERNATIONAL FILMS IN COMPETITION Following last year’s acclaimed second edition, FIRST TIME FEST is back, and it shows that third time’s the charm.   The 3rd FIRST TIME FEST is set for March 5-9, 2015, and it will be based at an exciting new array of venues.  Screenings will take place at Core Club (55th St. and Park Avenue), the Wild Project (195 East 3rd St.), and Village East Cinema (2nd Ave. and 12th St.); and panels and other events will…
  • 39HKIFF to open with Murmur of the Hearts and close with Port of Call

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:44 am
  • $ 5,000 from Luxor African Film Festival to develop new African films

    28 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    The ETISAL Fund Management has announced the details of STEP Program to support African feature films specially the first or second features by a director. Submitted to this competition were 14 different projects from 8 African countries: Namibia, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Egypt, Ethiopia, Morocco and Nigeria. The jury has decided to support 5 projects in the development workshop with French expert Isabelle Fauvel for two weeks starting from March 1. These projects are: 1. "Nine letters" directed by Philbert Mbabazi from Rwanda 2. "Disco Africa" ​​directed by…
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  • Necessity of Arthritis therapy

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:47 pm
    Arthritis is an old, chronic joint disorder causing damage to the joint and leading to disability in the advanced stages. Constant pain is common in the affected joints. Inflammation and stiffness of joints restricts movement in the disorder. The major forms of Arthritis are Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Gouty Arthritis. Osteoarthritis affecting aged adults is the most common form of Arthritis. Gouty Arthritis caused by the deposition of Uric acid crystals in the joint causing inflammation. It causes swollen joints that lose function. Varied levels of pain are common the different…
  • C100: Tampa Steadicam Reel

    Eric Coughlin
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:21 pm
    This is a Steadicam reel I put together of footage I've shot with the C100. The first minute and 10 seconds is with the C100 Mark II and the rest is with the original C100. Comments and constructive criticism welcome.
  • lx 1000 showing still skew

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    My lx1000 I'm using now in hot and humid bangkok, shows skew in still shots with objects being stretched vertically it appears. any ideas.
  • FCC reclassifies the internet as a utility

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:11 pm
    I apologize for hijacking a rumor thread (which itself is frowned upon by the site's mods). But this deserves a serious discussion. I'll leave a few links and quotes to start the debate - Quote: Wheeler’s proposal is aimed at keeping service providers from making deals with certain companies to provide faster access to their content, something Democrats in Washington and small-time websites like Etsy and Vimeo say protects consumers from having their browsing experience controlled by their broadband provider. The new rules will also give…
  • Urgent -Out of Focus footage

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:39 pm
    Hello, Would greatly appreciate help with this. I have some out of focus footage that I shot on a DSLR, I set the frame, zoomed in, focused, zoomed out, re-set the frame, then recorded. To my horror, when I looked at the footage on my computer afterwards, my subject is pretty soft. I can't understand why this happened, it must have unfocussed on the way out (it was my first time using the camera but camera and lens were set to manual focus)? I wonder if there are any 3rd party plug ins that could help with this? I'm going to need something stronger than the built in sharpening tools in most…
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    Projector Films - new ideas for film makers

  • Free 4K Sparkle Lightleak / Optical Effect

    21 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    Here is my third 4K light leak - available for free download (and also you can watch it it in 4K / UHD on YouTube)This, along with the rest, will all be collected on a special page, so bookmark it. This one is a bit different, with a rainbow diffraction / sparkly feel to it - perhaps like an old 70s optical effect from a movie. Check it out... You can use it as a background - or more likely, composite over footage. I have seen a few editors combine this with the other leaks to give them an extra special look.Download here (175MB)…
  • Podcast Episode 44: The UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide

    28 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    In this new podcast episode myself and Danny Stack talk about our new book we've just finished writing. It will be out soon and sums up just about EVERYTHING in the podcast SO FAR in many ways. It's basic question is; how can you earn a living as a writer? This book, the UK Scriptwriters Survival Guide, isn't about how to write, its about how to be a writer! In this episode we discuss our favourite parts of the book and our top advice - as well as how to overcome knock backs to your career - how do you survive and thrive?More about the book soon, when its released. Podcast listeners will of…
  • Second free 4K light leak download - film burn / glow style

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:54 am
    Here is my second 4K light leak - available for free download (and also you can watch it it in 4K / UHD on YouTube)This, along with the rest, will all be collected on a special page, so bookmark it.These fade up from black making them ideal to be used to transition from one clip to the next in your edit timeline. They have a 'film burn' feel to them. 7 in total in this one download. Speed them up and reverse them for more variation if you need it!Download here (176MB) - you are using these clips for a commercial project with a budget…
  • New Year, new 4k light leaks!

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Last year I did a lot of HD light leaks and film burns and lens flare clips you could download for free. This year there are new ones - but now in 4K or UltraHD resolution.Here is the first one. The rest will all be collected on a special page, so bookmark it.These fade up from black making them ideal to be used to transition from one clip to the next in your edit timeline. 8 in total in this one download.Download here (174MB) - you are using these clips for a commercial project with a budget then get in touch. I make the…
  • Christmas Treat Part 2!

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    And more Christmas fun - here's the new podcast! For this podcast we spend over an hour talking to script editor Andrew Ellard. We felt this extra length was worth the level of his insights into some of your favourite shows. Plus we couldn't shut him up.Here is how he describes himself - "I'm a writer and script editor. I’ve worked on various shows including Red Dwarf, The IT Crowd and Miranda. I also offer (paid) rewrite notes for your script. You may know me from Twitter (@ellardent) having seen my opinion/review #tweetnotes."We recorded this at the Royal Festival Hall, so you get free…
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  • Your Tuesday Links: Post-Oscars Edition

    J. Ott
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The critics at SlashFilm podcast had a nice wrap up. It includes a link to an article by Sound of Music on why it runs Hollywood. Other post-mortems... Deadline's Pete Hammond. Variety's Four Big Lessons. Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney. Steve Pond at The Wrap. And last but never least, Price Peterson's gif extravaganza. James Gunn on Bradley Cooper's snub Variety: The story behind on Imitation Game writer Graham Moore's moving acceptance speech NON-OSCARS a.k.a. ACTUAL FILMMAKING LINKS: Quora: Advice on how to market a low-budget film Filmmaker mag: A profile of Kubrick d.p. John Alcott…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: The Waste Battle

    J. Ott
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing: The Box Your Weekend Viewing: CGI Magritte Your Weekend Viewing: Shine 3D
  • Movie Review: Oscar Nominated Short Films 2015

    J. Ott
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:53 pm
    If you want a leg up on your Oscar ballot, the key is to see the films in the three short film categories. Back in the day, there was no good way to do this. In the last few years, however, Magnolia Films and have put them together for theatrical release. If you're lucky enough to be near one of the 110 theaters in the US that are showing the program, get on down and see them! Seriously, there are some great, innovative films. And if you don't like one, a new one will be on any minute. UPDATE 17 February 2015: The Oscar Shorts are now available streaming on Vimeo On Demand. What…
  • Movie Reviews: The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything

    J. Ott
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The Imitation Game The Imitation Game seems unlikely to win Best Picture, but the crackerjack screenplay, by Graham Moore, has a good shot to win Best Adapted Screenplay. It takes the life of mathematician Alan Turing and turns it into an Enigma code that comes together letter by letter, intercutting three time periods. The dialogue, which you can tell stars like Benedict Cumberbatch (Turning) and Kiera Knightley (who plays his colleague and beard) are enjoying immensely, is sharply witty and dramatically charged. Other than a certain sawhorse refrain that clumsily returns as a mantra to…
  • Movie Review: Selma

    J. Ott
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Selma is about a later chapter in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyewolo). The film opens with Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm for his work in ending segregation. But the work of civil rights is not finished. As he later puts it to LBJ (Tom Wilkinson), nothing will change in the racist communities without self-determination. He and his sometimes fractious coalition will make their stand in Ferguson, Alabama -- not because it is particularly worse for black voters there than other places in the South. They will do it there because they can count on the…
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  • Films about filmmaking: Is Hollywood navel-gazing?

    Peter D. Marshall
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    by Michael Thurston. For the third time in four years, 2015’s Best Picture Oscar winner is a film about filmmaking or acting – raising questions about how a self-centered Hollywood chooses its top honorees. Already under fire for a lack of racial diversity in its Oscar nominations, Tinseltown awoke Monday to a debate about another arguably inward-looking trend in its awards choices. While industry insiders argue it reflects a trend toward more personal and authentic filmmaking, at least one commentator saw it as part of a wider cultural pattern based on social media and TV reality shows.
  • Top Chinese Director Takes Aim at Reality TV Adaptations

    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    by Clifford Coonan. Leading film director Feng Xiaogang has launched an attack on the current trend in China of adapting reality TV shows into movies, saying this tendency is stifling the creative development of the domestic industry. His comments came after Running Man, a feature spinoff from a popular local reality TV show, based on a Korean format, overtook Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies atop the box-office charts, with a cume of $61.96 million after 10 days. Running Man reportedly took six days to turn into a film. Read the rest of this article from…
  • Banned from filmmaking, this Iranian director ignored his government — and it’s paying off

    Peter D. Marshall
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:51 am
    by Shirin Jaafari What do you do when your government bans you from making films? Ignore them — in spectacular fashion. That’s what Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has done, anyway. In 2010, Iran banned him from making films for 20 years after the government accused him of working on a documentary about the 2009 uprising in Iran. He was also barred from leaving the country. But just a year later, he released a documentary called “This Is Not a Film.” Set in his apartment and shot on a digital camera and an iPhone, it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival — after…
  • Shooting The Oscars’ Most Centered Movie: The Precision Filmmaking Behind “Grand Budapest Hotel”

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    by Hugh Hart. Wes Anderson’s go-to cinematographer Robert Yeoman has nearly 20 years of experience capturing painstakingly composed scenes for the famously meticulous director. But the duo’s work on The Grand Budapest Hotel took precision-tooled moviemaking to an entirely new level. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best Cinematography and Best Picture, The Grand Budapest Hotel dazzles the senses like a “twelve-layer wedding cake,” as Matt Zoller Seitz puts it in his new picture book The Wes Anderson Collection: The Budapest Hotel. Yeoman, who’s filmed every one of…
  • What documentary filmmakers and journalists can learn from each other

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:39 am
    by Lene Bech Sillesen. Harnessing the power of film to tell investigative stories can be risky for documentary film producers. In 2009, the documentary Bananas! took a critical look at a Dole Food banana plantation, where pesticide use was allegedly making workers sterile. Dole sued filmmaker Fredrik Gertten for defamation and sought to ban further showing of the film, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The lawsuit was later dropped, but the whole ordeal is just one example of how documentary filmmakers who challenge powerful organizations can face serious challenges, and even…
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  • Simon Leclerc: Boy

    Erica Gorochow
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    Lovely linework and textures combined with novel framing make this sad, short tale by Simon Leclerc, a quiet beauty.
  • David Chun Updates

    Erica Gorochow
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
      Freelance art director, designer and illustrator, David Chun refreshes his site with a host of new projects and boards.  
  • Crafting graphics for the Oscars: An interview with Henry Hobson

    Justin Cone
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Like people who tune into the Super Bowl just to watch the ads, I turn on the Oscars just to watch the graphics. The opening sequence, created by Patrick Murphy and Elastic, was a delightful dance of visuals synced to the shenanigans of host Neil Patrick Harris. That alone would have been worth the watch. But the show went... Read more »
  • Dvein: “River Island x Jean-Pierre Braganza”

    Carlos El Asmar
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    After what feels like an incredibly long hiatus, the magicians at Dvein are back. “River Island x Jean-Pierre Braganza” is a provocative short featuring creepy cybernetic birds gliding over mechanical landscapes that feel like they sprung from the mind of H. R. Giger after marathon-watching the entire The Fast and the Furious franchise.   Credits Direction & Art Direction: Dvein Music:... Read more »
  • Interactive experiences at the human scale: Making CenterStage with Andrew Bell and Lutz Vogel

    Justin Cone
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    It’s rare that a single project can sum up the possibilities for the convergence of motion design and interactive experiences the way that CenterStage does. Created in-house by The Barbarian Group, CenterStage is a six-by-eleven foot touch-screen installation designed to showcase Samsung appliances in retail environments. Admittedly, that’s not super interesting on its own. Interactive retail installations... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:36 am
    This is what happens when you don’t wrap extension cords properly. The get all kinked up and don’t function efficiently. Inside the rubber jacket are little thin copper wires that do not like to be kinked. They object to it so much that they break. Broken wires don’t work so well at moving electricity from point A to point B. Camera assistants are usually the culprit, as they like to ‘over and under‘ everything. I keep pleading with them to stop, but I think they think my pain is amusing. Every time you over and under a stinger, an electrician cries. It sounds…
  • I am so over 2015

    Peggy Archer
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Right before Christmas, I learned that a swim buddy who had gone to the doctor for stomach pain had been diagnosed with stage four gastric cancer. In case you’re not familiar with stage four, it means ‘get your affairs in order, and soon’. It was the last thing anyone expected – we knew he’d not been feeling well, but to go from “I need an antacid” to “They tell me I’m going to die and they can’t help me”, well, that’s… difficult. We all want life to be fair. Good things should happen to good people, right? People…
  • Happy New Year

    Peggy Archer
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    As is normal for the first part of January, I’m unemployed. Even in busy years, January just doesn’t see that much action. Although this normally worries me (even though it’s been happening for years), I guess it’s not a terrible thing as this week I seem to have picked up some unholy cough from hell. I’m talking bent double with spasms in my lungs, wheezing like an asthmatic pug. It could be that it was 40 degrees last week and 80 degrees this week, or it could be the 8 percent humidity, or it could be the sudden lack of cat hair in my lungs. Or, I could have…
  • Thanksgiving vacation

    Peggy Archer
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I don’t know if I really wanted to go camping over the holiday or if I just wanted to escape the empty apartment, but either way I had a good time in the Mojave desert. Please enjoy some photos: Sand dunes. In case you were wondering, climbing a 600 foot sand dune is really hard. Footprints. According to the chart in the ranger station, they were made by a shrew. Burnt tree at sunrise Rock formations and cliffs Cactus Petroglyphs Joshua Tree Inside a lava tube Desert sunriseFiled under: Non-Work, Photos, travel
  • I’m officially unemployed.

    Peggy Archer
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Our wrap ended today, and now I’m out in the wild looking for work – along with the people from all the other shows that have either been cancelled or gone down for the season. Also, I had to put the cat to sleep Monday after work. I can’t write about it right now. It’s too painful. I will say that having the vet’s office play Christmas carols while I cradled my dying pet was super shitty. I predict I’m going to keep the earbuds in until next year. Have a happy Thanksgiving.Filed under: Uncategorized
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  • The Shining Meets New Yankee Workshop

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:21 pm
    From the ridiculous to the sublime.  This 24-minute video is infinitely more satisfying and insightf
  • First Film Project

    Jacob Lascsak
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Well, ladies and gentlemen, it has been quite a while since I have been on WordPress. I’ve been thoroughly wrapped into my classes! In the meantime, here’s a short project I had, which I took the extra mile just for funsies. Please share and enjoy a 3-minute break from the stress of the day by watching this! The project had us show specific shots – e.g. Rule of Thirds, Balanced Masses, etc. And they had to all be in order. I decided to try and add a little dialogue to it, as I felt I should have some fun with what I’m doing! Have a blessed day everyone!
  • Batman vs. Birdman | Blockbuster vs. Indie - Movie Thoughts

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:40 pm
    One of the funniest parts of this year’s Academy Awards in my opinion was Jack Black’s song about the tsunami of superhero and big blockbusters lately. The day before that, Nightcrawler director, Dan Gilroy, called out all of the superhero movies as well. James Gunn took this as an opportunity to defend the superhero genre as being just as important and serious as indie films. Obviously in half a decade we have seen a huge increase in the number of superhero movies and there are even more coming in the future. Independent films have also been entering the mainstream slowly, making…

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Hey Creators. Here’s a good one for you to think about over the weekend. Do you find the stories? or do the stories find YOU? Originally, filmmaker, musician, and burrito-master Matt Hinton was not a filmmaker. But, once upon a time, a story crept up on him. It gripped him by the heels and it wouldn’t let him go. And that is how Matt Hinton became a filmmaker: he learned to make movies in order to tell a story on film. And then, they lived happily ever after. Hinton explains on Biography/Autobiography: The Story of a Band Called Luxury. “When my wife and I made Awake My Soul, our…
  • Day 20. Solving minor problems

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    Apart from my regular problem with getting started and fighting laziness, today I had an issue with one particular line of dialogue. It was important for the story, but I didn’t like how it sounded and couldn’t find the right change for it. I spent a lot of time figuring it out, but I was helpless. Desperately, I tried to view the problem from another angle. The sentence was important and valuable, but it also was full of pathos and out-of-place. What suddenly came to my head was the realisation that I can make fun of it. Yes, the moment is not very cheerful and the atmosphere is…
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    YouTube: Film

  • Historically Accurate Disney Princesses

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Historically Accurate Disney Princesses What Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Aurora, and Tiana would have actually looked like if they were historically accurate. Read more about the incred... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2976405 57384 ratings Time: 03:14 More in Entertainment
  • Honest Trailers - The Maze Runner

    Screen Junkies
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Honest Trailers - The Maze Runner Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch... From: Screen Junkies Views: 2824017 64937 ratings Time: 04:35 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Gone Girl

    Screen Junkies
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    Honest Trailers - Gone Girl Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3895005 46085 ratings Time: 04:47 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Taken

    Screen Junkies
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Taken Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch... From: Screen Junkies Views: 2580855 42871 ratings Time: 04:06 More in Film & Animation
  • People Use A Bidet For The First Time

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    People Use A Bidet For The First Time It's like a massage for your anus” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! MUSIC Little Havana Licensed via Warner Cha... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2493174 28851 ratings Time: 03:10 More in Entertainment
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    The Independent

  • DIY Film Fest Case Study – Salem Film Fest

    Erin Trahan
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
           DIY Film Fest Case Study – Salem Film FestSalem, Massachusetts March 5-12, 2015Tag line & MissionCome to Salem, See the World.This festival’s mission statement dovetails nicely with the city’s own branding. This mid-sized, urban, deeply historical port city sees itself as America’s first international crossroads, and its world-class museum and other cultural institutions reflect that focus.Founded2008Number of Films ScreenedThirty – 40 films from upwards of 15 countries.VenuesFilms screen in several venues: an 18 seat “art house…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Jonathon Narducci

    Catherine Stewart
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Can people find love through the modern “mail-order bride” industry? Or is the international romance business just a scam? Sincere and unflinching, Love Me follows Western men and Ukrainian women as they embark on an unpredictable and riveting journey in search of love. Each character’s experience exposes the myths and realities of this unique industry, while also exploring the much deeper, human story that is too often overlooked.Forget everything you think you know about “mail-order” brides and get ready for an outrageously funny, touching and unforgettable look at the…
  • Rendez-Vous With French Cinema 2015 – Critic’s Choice

    Catherine Stewart
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:14 pm
    When the New York Film Festival replaced Richard Roud with Richard Pena as lead programmer in 1988, beginning Pena’s stewardship for a quarter century, French film selections began sharing significant space with far more far-flung global cinema. Pena’s gift to New Yorkers was the world, and while many cineastes were curious to see what was playing in the downtowns of Ethiopia, Roud’s French emphasis was sorely missed. Rendez-vous began filling that gap in 1995. Its heady mix of Gallic masters and newcomers has been closely watched, along with its current expansion into multiple venues…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Mary Dore

    Catherine Stewart
    2 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Dana Knight: Shes Beautiful When She’s Angrytalks about the history of NOW and the outrageously brilliant women who founded the modern womens movement from 1966 to 1971, yet in a sense the film is firmly rooted in the present since these issues are also very relevantnow. What sparked your interest in this project?Mary Dore: I wanted to make this film for decades and it took many attempts before I finally got the first funding in 2010.  So I don’t get credit for brilliant timing, although I can take some credit for being stubborn! I joined the women’s movement around 1973,…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Dan Halstead

    Catherine Stewart
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Dana Knight and Dan Halstead “talk-shop” about the state of the film market, making it as a writer and what the world has to offer the filmmaker of today. This interview took place in Havana, Cuba at the end of 2014.Dana Knight: What can you tell us about the state of the film market right now?Dan Halstead: I have a lot of experience in independent film, studio film, network and cable television. My general rule of thumb, or my philosophy in the last 30 years can be boiled down to one idea: quality is everything. If you’re known for quality, you’ll have a long career. If…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • My 2015 Oscar Predictions

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
      Over the past several years, I have sporadically posted my pre-Oscar picks particularly when I believe that the year had a good selection of films in competition.   This year was an exceptional year for the movies, maybe because only the best non-blockbuster scripts gets funding beyond the slew of franchised animation, remakes, sequels, prequels, bestseller and comic book adaptations that
  • Photo Mural Commission - Part 3

    14 Feb 2015 | 4:44 am
    "Trinity" an original photo-triptych by Atom Magadia "To see a World in a grain of sand and Heaven in a wild FLOWER Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour..." William Blake   "There is Nothing you can see that is not a FLOWER..." Matsuo Basho   "No more words In the Name of this Place we drink in with our breathing Stay quiet like a FLOWER so the
  • Canon's New High Resolution 5DS & 5DS R

    6 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    My long wait is finally over! Canon just came out with cameras I actually want... and need. The new Canon EOS 5DS R and its twin 5DS As a commercial studio and fine-art photographer, image resolution is critical to my work. The last time I was this excited about a camera was 13 years ago when the Canon EOS-1Ds first came out; arguably the 1st successful full-frame DSLR, after the
  • Weekly Street Photos #27

    31 Jan 2015 | 1:11 am
    This week's theme: MANILA'S HOMELESS - 2 Photographs of the "homeless" (Manila's Homeless, Manila's Urban Aetas), can be offensive to some people. But ever since I started shooting on the actual streets of Metro-Manila, my camera refuses to turn away from a reality that readily greets me anywhere I look.   In the Philippines, a third-world country, you would have to be blind not to notice
  • Photo Mural Commission - Part 2

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:44 pm
    After shooting flowers in my studio last week, I tweaked and converted my RAW shots in Adobe Lightroom, then proceeded to edit the images in Adobe Photoshop to create the mural's abstract collage files.   Anne (my wife/business partner) and I spent the whole week gathering proposals and bids from a dozen of the Manila's premier digital printers. But we still ended up using our regular large
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    Truth Seekers

  • Changing the Story

    Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    Published with permission from Working with Oneness. ‘The only way to change the world is to change the story.’ We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained...
  • Essence of Beauty

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Original published on When the Soul Awak...
  • Poem: Humanity Explored

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    the humanity, seeing divinity in truth, peace, beauty & benevolence, shackled by beating beast beneath, awaits for elevation of nature. becoming divine, the prime feature, of being human; lost in front news headlines from countries, developed and not, visible or...
  • Cosmopolitan Narratives. Documentary and the Global ‘Otherʼ

    Ib Bondebjerg
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:56 am
    First published in Nordicom Review, 35 (Special Issue), 2014, p. 53-67. Globalization is a phenomenon much discussed in contemporary society, and rightly so. But it is by no means just a dimension linked to modern societies and cultures. In fact,...
  • The Korean Way of Tea

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Visiting Songgwangsa, an important Son monastery in Chollanamdo in South Korea, if you take a walk up a steep hill and deep in the forest you reach Bulilam, an hermitage nestled in a bamboo grove with a wide vista of...
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    Joke and Biagio

  • Now Hiring Creative Cinematographers for TV Series

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Do you consider yourself a story teller first and a cinematographer second? Then we’d love to hear from you. Unique D.P./Director Position Our production company Joke Productions is hiring for an upcoming television series. Show will include cinematic recreations and stylistically lit interviews. We’re looking for cinematographers who like to experiment, are willing to create a fresh look on a tight schedule, and aren’t afraid to work with a small crew. This job requires an indie, “get it done” attitude. Additionally, we’d like to meet with D.P.’s who…
  • Pitching Reality Shows: Ultimate Guide

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Our new resource on pitching reality TV is a free guide and ebook I coerced Joke into writing with me :-) We set out to make it the ultimate free resource about pitching reality TV anywhere on the web. Our TV Shows and YOU As many of you know, we work extensively in Unscripted Television, and have made over 100 hours of TV at our reality TV production company Joke Productions. And we’re big defenders of new talent. Awhile back we started accepting pitches for documentary series, reality TV shows, and factual programming from those of you who read our blog. We’ve Put Three Projects…
  • Rene: Featured Kickstarter Project

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Rene is the kind of movie Kickstarter was born for. It’s outside the box. A passion project by a talented filmmaker. And no one in Hollywood will make it. Rene by Mattson Tomlin He’s found himself in the middle of the woods, filming Rene, a project he wants to finish and get out to the world. Many filmmakers launch on Kickstarter and ask for the moon and stars, but have nothing to prove they have the ability to get their film done. Mattson, however, has already shot some great looking footage for Rene. His campaign feels like it’s coming from an accomplished filmmaker asking…
  • 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…
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  • Review: 'Justified' Season 6, Episode 7, 'The Hunt': It Has Been A Day

    Jeff Stone
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:50 pm
    PREVIOUSLY: 'Justified' Season 6, Episode 6, 'Alive Day': Way Down In The Hole To say Ava and Boyd Crowder have a complicated relationship would be understating things quite a bit. She's drawn to him, but he's also the brother of her abusive husband, a man she shot to death at the dinner table. Everyone in Harlan knows the Crowders are bad news, but Boyd is different, at least in the way he treats women. But there's still that doubt. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, and the Crowder family tree is more rotten than most. The threat of Boyd harming Ava hangs over the whole episode,…
  • Review: 'Bloodline' Offers Stacked Cast & Netflix Pedigree, But Lacks Heart in the Darkness

    Ben Travers
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:30 pm
    On paper, "Bloodline" reads as the next great Netflix drama. Buzz behind the series, still weeks away from premiering, is enough evidence in support of the show's obvious allures. Combining a cast most feature film directors would envy with the creators of "Damages" — a dramatically daring, if flawed, cult favorite — is enough to stir any viewer's interest, if only for the hopes of seeing a Glenn Close-level performance from Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard or any other members of the stacked cast. The vast reach of the Netflix platform (now past 50 million global…
  • Watch: Andy Summers Takes Us Backstage in Trailer for The Police Documentary

    Rosie Narasaki
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    The documentary "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police" charts the career trajectory of the iconic British band, The Police. Based on "One Train Later," which is the 2007 memoir of The Police guitarist Andy Summers, the film constructs the band's history through a combination of exclusive concert footage, interviews, and even some of Summers' own original photography. "Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police" will premiere in select New York theaters on March 13. Check out the electric poster and trailer below for a sneak peak. READ MORE: DOC…
  • Watch: If Wes Anderson Made a 'X-Men' Movie, It'd Look Like 'The Uncanny X-Men'

    Rosie Narasaki
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    What would you get if Wes Anderson directed "X-Men?" A red velvet smoking jacket-clad Magneto, a naively bespectacled Iceman, a pink bow tie-wearing Beast, and a disarmingly dead-eyed and monotone Jean Grey, that's what.  In this fan-made trailer, Patrick Willems gleefully converts Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters into something decidedly Anderson-esque, complete with all the accoutrements we've come to know and love -- from quaint typewritten acceptance letters, to a charming library outfitted with a portrait of Captain Jean-Luc Picard... and there are some…
  • Watch: Sam Worthington Hatches a Plan in 'Kidnapping Mr. Heineken' Clip

    Travis Clark
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    What lengths are some people willing to go to to pull off the perfect crime? Sam Worthington aims to test his limits in this clip for the upcoming film, "Kidnapping Mr. Keineken." Directed by Daniel Alfredson, the film tells the story of the kidnapping of beer tycoon Freddy Heineken, played here by Anthony Hopkins, which led to the largest ransom paid for someone in history. In the clip, Worthington's character, William Holleeder, and his partners adopt a plan to enact this scheme.  "Kidnapping Mr. Heineken" is set for release in theaters and On Demand March 6. Watch…
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    Film Threat


    KJ Doughton
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    As a thriller, a canine character study, an unusual love story, and a parable on mistreatment by our Haves on our Have-Nots, “White God” works.Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    3 Mar 2015 | 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, we pay homage to a man who was probably best known for wearing pointy ears and having awesome eyebrows…Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:37 am
    After 256 articles over four years, nine months and 13 days, my little column that navigates the world of international and domestic film distribution, while injecting a healthy dose of career strategy and occasional encouragement, is moving to its new home, next Tuesday, March 10.Read More at

    David Finkelstein
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    In “Under a Shipwrecked Moon,” filmmaker Antero Alli presents the classic mythic tale of a hero on a vision quest, but places it in a naturalistic setting where the fabulous and the visionary is seen as a part of everyday life. Jari Hietanen (in a passionate and precise portrayal by Gabriel Carter) is a young Finnish […]Read More at

    Phil Hall
    26 Feb 2015 | 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 digs up a Russian spin on Agatha Christie...Read More at
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • The Minimalist Guide to Gaffer Tape

    Anna Kemp
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Marty Gage knows about gaffer tape. He teamed up with a leading tape manufacturer and in 2013 launched Gaffer Power, a company determined to create the market’s best gaffer tape.
  • What is Your Filmmaking Niche?

    Jason Brubaker
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:07 am
    While not every movie is guaranteed success, it is much easier to find your audience when you understand your filmaking niche. Read more...
  • Best Screenwriting Books

    Anna Kemp
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The best screenwriting books always include Syd Field, William Goldman, and Robert McKee. But in this article, we explore less obvious screenwriting books.
  • How To Produce Hit Television Shows Like Charlie Day

    Jason Brubaker
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Always Sunny in Philadelphia producer Charlie Day stopped by Filmmaking Stuff to chat about the show and share a little filmmaker inspiration.
  • Get a Movie Made: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:41 am
    In this filmmaking article, film finance expert Tom Malloy shares tactics on how to get a movie made, with the 5 essential strategies you need to succeed.
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  • Two-in-one photography: Light as wave and particle!

    John P. Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Light is a wave and a particle, but no-one’s managed to see both at the same time…. until now! The first ever snapshot of light as both wave and particle is taken by Fabrizio Carbone’s lab at EPFL (LUMES). The work is published in Nature Communications on 02 March 2015. Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior. Quantum mechanics tells us that light can…
  • Breaking down the Script of “Whiplash”

    John P. Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Scott Meyers breaks down the script from Whiplash from Scene-By-Scene Breakdown, Major Plot Points, Sequences, Psychological Journey, and Takeaways p.1-3: We meet ANDREW NEIMAN, first year student, who sits honing his drum skills in the practice room. FLETCHER enters and states that he’s looking for players. He asks Neiman to play a few specific beats for him. Neiman struggles with one particular rudiment, the double time swing, he closes his eyes as he tries to keep tempo and only opens them when he hears the door close. Fletcher has gone, failure. p.3-4A: Neiman heads to the theater.
  • How to Light White Seamless

    John P. Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Zack Arias walk you through the gear, the space, and finding exposure with hot continuous lights when shooting against white seamless background. The second part addresses working with strobes. Via Fstoppers
  • Modeling the Shining’s Overlook Hotel Maze

    John P. Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Over the span of a month, Adam Savage designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam’s more labor-intensive builds in recent memory!
  • Why Kevin Spacey’s accent in House of Cards sounds off

    John P. Hess
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The linguistics behind Kevin Spacey’s Southern accent in House of Cards.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • The Brown Sisters … and a Few Thoughts on Aging

    John Bailey, ASC
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
      It seemed at first to be nothing more than a casual, one-off snapshot of his wife, BeBe, and her three younger sisters, Heather, Laurie and Mimi. This was in August 1974. But Nicholas Nixon didn’t much care for the photograph, though as with most of his work, he used an 8×10 view camera, its large-format negative […] The post The Brown Sisters … and a Few Thoughts on Aging appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful at the Getty

    John Bailey, ASC
    16 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Between 1970, when he left Prague, and 1985, when he became a French citizen, the Czech photographer Josef Koudelka was a man without a country, and in many ways a man without even an identity. He had no passport, and his papers were listed with the rubric “Nationality Doubtful,” a condition of uncertainty for a […] The post Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful at the Getty appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Thomas Hart Benton and America Today

    John Bailey, ASC
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    The “today” of Thomas Hart Benton’s 10-panel mural painting is pre-FDR, early Great Depression America of 1930-’31, a kaleidoscopic portrait of working people and their entertainments; their Moloch-like machines of production; the land’s bountiful crops and natural resources. It is peopled by New York City subway straphangers, cowboys in the West, steel-mill and coal workers […] The post Thomas Hart Benton and America Today appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Sebastião Salgado, Part 3: The Salt of the Earth

    John Bailey, ASC
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sitting on the terrace outside his room at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Juliano Salgado, son of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, pulls down on his cigarette as the day turns to night and the Christmas lights below come to life. Juliano is only a few hours away from attending the IDA Awards, where he’ll represent the […] The post Sebastião Salgado, Part 3: The Salt of the Earth appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Sebastião Salgado, Part 2: Genesis

    John Bailey, ASC
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Midway through a scene in the documentary The Spectre of Hope, Sebastião Salgado explains to John Berger that the near 350 photographs in Salgado’s book Migrations represent little more than one second of actual time. This is premised on an average exposure of about 1/250th of a second, yet Salgado says this single second of […] The post Sebastião Salgado, Part 2: Genesis appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
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  • UK secures historic film co-production agreement with China

    Iain Alexander
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:17 am
    The UK’s Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced the official ratification of an historic film co-production treaty with China. Signed at the Great Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, the new treaty will open up a whole new market for UK-China co-productions and bypass the current limits set in China on foreign domestic titles (Currently 34 a year). The Department for Culture, Media and Sport along with UK Trade & Investment backed the new deal, negotiated by the BFI, China’s Film Bureau and China Film Co-production corporation. Qualifying productions under the new…
  • Kristin Scott Thomas and Madonna attack ageism

    Iain Alexander
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:22 pm
    For actresses over 50, things are, “a disaster,” according to Kristin Scott Thomas while Madonna is asking why age discrimination is still accepted. This past year there’s been a huge debate about racism, and most recently a lack of diversity in Hollywood movies, but that’s only the tipping point. The whole argument about ageism has been largely ignored despite the fact that women over 50 tend to face harsh criticism and pressure to look young in Hollywood. Not only that, but there are fewer roles for women as opposed to men that are over 50 in films today. From a…
  • Why was Lupita Nyong’o given a ‘worthless’ dress for the Oscars?

    Iain Alexander
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:10 pm
    View image | The $150,000 dress Lupita Nyong’o wore at the Oscars has been discovered after it was found in a hotel room because it had no value. The question is, why was an Oscar winning actress allegedly given a worthless dress that even thieves would not want to steal? Surely a brand would want to provide a dress that had some physical value rather than giving an individual a fake just for the cameras. If it is confirmed that the stolen dress is in fact worthless and that the pearls are not real, it seriously undermines the credibility of the designer. Lupita…
  • William Shatner will make it to Leonard Nimoy’s funeral – UPDATE

    Iain Alexander
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    It has been reported in the last few minutes that William Shatner has touched down at LAX just in time to attend Leonard Nimoy’s funeral. Star Trek fans had been praying that the man who led the series into the unknown would be by Spock’s side today to honor his career and friendship for more than 50 years. Fans can only be reminded of the heart-wrenching scene in ‘The Wrath of Khan’, where Captain Kirk gives a speech as Spock is ejected into outer-space after sacrificing himself to save the Enterprise. The idea that Shanter wouldn’t be able to make it in…
  • William Shatner blocks radio host Todd Schnitt on Twitter over jet deal

    Iain Alexander
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    William Shatner held a Twitter funeral today for Leonard Nimoy but also got into a fight with radio host Todd Schnitt after he supposedly offered him a jet donation. Star Trek fans had called for a jet to be sent to help Shatner get back to LA from Florida which got the attention of conservative talk radio host Todd Schnitt who reached out to Shatner about a private jet hire. Dearest @WilliamShatner, Commendable you kept Red Cross commitment, but was noting there was ample time to charter a jet to Nimoy funeral. — Todd Schnitt (@toddschnitt) March 1, 2015 And yes, Mr. @WilliamShatner if…
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  • March Blogging U. Courses: Blogging and Photo 101

    Michelle W.
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Registration for March’s Blogging U. courses is now closed, and both courses have started. Check back later in the month to learn more and register for April’s offerings! Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — March 2 – 20 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get a new assignment to help you publish a post, customize your blog, or engage with the community. Whether you’re just getting started or want to revive a dormant blog, we’ll help you build blogging habits and…
  • New Theme: Lyretail

    Caroline Moore
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Let’s dive right into a new free theme: Lyretail Designed by Mel Choyce, Lyretail is a stunning visual treat for your personal site. The theme puts your social presence front and center, displaying social links prominently below the site’s title and logo, so readers can easily find you on your favorite social networks. Secondary information, like a Custom Menu or Widgets, are tucked behind a convenient slide-down menu, while bold featured images grace the header, putting your photographs front and center. Read more about Lyretail on the Theme Showcase,…
  • WordPress for iOS: New Visual Editor and More!

    25 Feb 2015 | 5:03 pm
    WordPress for iOS version 4.8 comes with exciting editor and navigation enhancements. Visual Editor We’re thrilled to announce that the 4.8 release includes a beautiful new visual editor. With the new editor, you can add rich text like bold, italics, links, and lists naturally as you type. You can also insert images with a tap, seeing real-time uploading progress and images right in the post. Before New Editor App users have long wished for a “what you see is what you get” (WYSIWYG) editor on iOS. Until now, a rich mobile editing experience on the iOS app was reserved for those…
  • Five Themes for Poets (and Other Text-Loving Bloggers)

    Ben Huberman
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over at The Daily Post, our first poetry-focused Blogging U. course, Writing 201: Poetry, has just entered its second week. It’s been a blast, with hundreds of poets sharing their work, experimenting with new forms, and commenting on their peers’ poems. After working hard on polishing their elegies, haiku, and ballads, most writers want to make sure their readers can enjoy their work to the fullest. This is where choosing the right theme can play an important role (this is true for non-poets too, of course): you want your posts to be readable, clean, and inviting. Here…
  • A Year of Reading the World: A Q&A with Ann Morgan

    Cheri Lucas Rowlands
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several years ago, writer Ann Morgan noticed that she didn’t read much literature from countries outside of the United Kingdom and United States — and had yet to dive into stories from around the globe. From this realization, her blog, A Year of Reading the World, was born. You can read about Ann’s journey in her new book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, available now in the UK. (The US version, The World Between Two Covers, will be released on May 4.) I chatted with Ann about the blog-to-book journey and her experience of reading and blogging about…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • The Last Man And Woman On Earth

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The last surviving man and woman on earth have some big decisions to make. For more of April, visit GIRL- April Rose GUY- Owen Weber BOSS- Dustin Thomas ARM GUY- Stephen Fabro ALIEN- Tricia Spanos EAR LADY- Rachel Fabro FLIP- Eric Kelly  
  • The Charlie Brown School of Dance

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
      Big thanks to the great cast of this video! In order of appearance: Eric Kelly- bad club dancer/russian cossack dance Tricia Franciose- club dancer/wafting odor Rachel Fabro- club dancer/the concussion Dustin Thomas- club dancer/the third base coach Stephen Fabro- club dancer/the zombie mc hammer Owen Weber- Linus Van Pelt III/ the ghost humper/editor/director Kelli Hanlon- the breakfast club Nikki Choluj- the self breast exam Conrad Smith- the dramatic chipmunk Carlos Avelar- the ruby slipper vulture shuffle  
  • Area Mother Hurt In Tragic Eat-And-Run

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    ROYAL OAK, MI- A 21-year-old Royal Oak man is in custody after his involvement in emotionally wounding his mother in a tragic eat-and-run. Police say Ryan Kincade, a Marketing Senior at Michigan State University, had arrived for a weekend stay at his parents’ Royal Oak home Friday evening when he allegedly consumed a home-cooked meal, declined a plate of warm peach cobbler and fled the scene around 7:15 pm without so much as a “thank you”. The perpetrator’s mother, Roberta Kincade, is in stable condition but is nevertheless heartbroken at her son’s lack of appreciation. Roberta…
  • The Male Siri: A Creepy Stage Five Clinger (iPhone Commercial Parody)

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    SIR is the most accurate male artificial intelligence ever. Perhaps too accurate. Written by Eric Kelly and Owen Weber Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Owen Weber CAST (In order of appearance) Rachel Fabro ( Erin Thorn ( April Rose ( Sarah Fabro Eric Kelly ( Danielle Doetsch ( Announcer: Dustin Thomas Voice of SIR: Owen Weber
  • Every Maid of Honor Speech, Ever

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s wedding season!  And that means it’s time for my favorite part of every wedding- the maid of honor speech. Filmed live at Chicago Filmmakers.
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    Film Shortage

  • The Astronaut

    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Our lives are fraught with pain. It’s a pain that we can either run from or face head on. For former astronaut Thomas Niccol, that pain is so great, that he has spent the better part of a decade running from it and in doing so he has allowed himself to pull away from his own family. Stuck in the daily grind of hiding in his work, Thomas has neglected to see his young son’s growing interest in following in his footsteps. Charlie dreams of one day flying to the moon, just like his father. Encouraged by his mother, Jacqueline, Charlie constructs his own spaceship out of cardboard and plans a…
  • Firefly

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Remy and Juliet have had too much to drink and decide to crash a backyard barbecue. The post Firefly appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Ticket To Ride

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    What happens when a store clerk and his show cat get in between two best friends and a 70 million dollar lottery ticket? Filmmakers Matt Allen & Travis Hicks answers that question by taking you on a wild ride highlighting what can happen when two middle-aged men plot revenge on their nemesis by kidnapping his prize cat and holding it for ransom. The post Ticket To Ride appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Flash

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Do cameras steal a part of our souls? Kenny Halloway has been fascinated with cameras since he was a little boy. He has never actually taken a picture, however, because of his misguided mother’s fear of one’s soul being captured on a piece of paper for eternity. Kenny has seen people taking pictures his entire life, and he is finally ready to confront his fears. @mistermcaleer @_physiognomic_ The post Flash appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • The Next Steps Are Back With a New Season

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Last year we featured an hilarious web series on our Daily Short Picks starring Anthony Fanelli and Lyndsey Doolen called ‘The Next Steps’. They are back with a new season with 13 brand new episodes of our favourite couple. Here are episodes 1 to 4. Enjoy and stay tuned for more episodes! The Check The Jennie Situation Drunk Talk Truth Ball Watch the first full season on Film Shortage. The post The Next Steps Are Back With a New Season appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Williams V. Zimmer (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, the Nerds pit two of Hollywood’s best composers against each other: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Farcical Aquatic Ceremonies (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    This week, the Nerds chat about Monty Python films.  We hope you enjoy the crap out of it! Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Mel Brooksuary: Dressed to the Nines (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    This week, The Nerds conclude Mel Brooksuary by discussing a heavily underrated classic: Silent Movie. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Mel Brooksuary: Blame The Glögg (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    12 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    To celebrate the beginning of yet another Mel Brooksuary, The Nerds chat about Robin Hood: Men in Tights whilst under the influence of an underhanded Scandinavian spirit. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Agreeing to Disagree (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Nerds debate the polarizing debacle surrounding Sony Pictures and The Interview. Click here if the media player does not load.
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    Noam Kroll

  • Check Out How Final Cut Pro X Was Brilliantly Used On Will Smith’s Focus

    Noam Kroll
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    The debate about which editing software is best has largely died down over the past year or so. Initially when FCP 7 was replaced by X, it took quite a while for the post-production world to stabilize… Some editors stuck with Avid, may former FCP 7 editors went with Premiere Pro, and a handful of others decided to give FCP X a try – including the post team on Will Smith’s latest feature film, Focus.  Last year, I posted an article that teased some info about a $100 million Warner Bros. feature that was being cut on FCP X. While it took a while for concrete details to…
  • The Top 5 Budget Friendly 50mm Lenses For The Cinema Look

    Noam Kroll
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    The 50mm focal length has always been one of my favorites. On a full frame or Super 35mm camera a 50mm lens will act as a beautiful ‘normal’ length lens, closely resembling the field of view of the human eye, while on crop sensor cameras (such as Micro Four Thirds) they become excellent telephoto or portrait style lenses. I really wanted to share some of my favorite affordable 50mm lenses with all of you readers out there, so be sure to read on to see my top 5 picks. Why 50mm Lenses Are So Great Put simply, many 50mm lenses offer superb image quality, a fast aperture and a low…
  • Thoughts On RED’s New Camera Upgrade – ‘WEAPON’ And Why It’s Polarizing Some Users

    Noam Kroll
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    If you haven’t already heard, RED Digital Cinema has announced that they will be offering a paid camera upgrade (called Weapon) to all Dragon owners starting at NAB in April. While a lot of details have yet to be revealed, what we do know so far is that Weapon is a camera body upgrade – not a sensor upgrade, but it will still likely improve overall image quality in addition to adding functionality to the camera body itself. RED has always been pretty good about offering an upgrade path to owners of their cameras. In the past, if you owned let’s say a Scarlet MX you…
  • First Impressions of the 6K KineMAX Camera + Do We Really Need To Be Shooting In 6K?

    Noam Kroll
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:45 am
    If you aren’t already familiar with Kinefinity – they are a Chinese camera manufacturer that has recently been releasing some very affordable, feature rich digital cinema cameras. Last year they announced their first 6K capable camera: The KineMAX 6K – which looks really impressive on paper, and should be made available shortly. Although their cameras haven’t made much of a dent in the professional realm as of yet, the company is taking some big strides in the right direction and they may just shake things up for some of their competitors. Kinefinity’s cameras…
  • Arri Just Announced The “Alexa Mini” & It Looks Absolutely Amazing

    Noam Kroll
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    So many big camera announcements and rumors have been floating around over the last few weeks, and perhaps the biggest of them all came today: The Arri Alexa Mini. For many, this is the camera everyone has been waiting for. There is no denying that the Arri Alexa has the best digital image quality of any digital cinema camera available today. Even still, cameras like the RED DRAGON have taken a lot of the Alexa marketshare as they offer a smaller form factor and a lower overall price point. While the price of the Alexa mini surely won’t be lower than any RED camera, it’s form…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • Keystroke counts and other tomfoolery

    Stephan Bugaj
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I've recently been working with freelancers via oDesk, and it has generally worked out quite well (there are some cases where people have posted portfolios that, once you see their results, you know were not actually their own work -- but those cases are rare). However, delving into that world has exposed me to some problematic management practices that are being codified as reasonable because of the uncertain nature of individual outsourcing. Various vendors, including oDesk, offer hiring managers software that enables a freelancer to clock-in and then begins logging keystrokes and…
  • "Genres Are For Suckers" on Spotify

    Stephan Bugaj
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    I've created a Spotify playlist called "Genres Are For Suckers", which is my selection of great tracks across many dance music (and a sometimes other) genres.  Enjoy!
  • Amar graphic novel Book 1 now available

    Stephan Bugaj
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Book one of "Amar", a graphic novel I wrote based on a story by Apurva Shah and myself, illustrated by Chrystin Garland, is now available on Comixology:AMAR, BOOK 1
  • "Pixar's 22 Rules Of Story" Analyzed, Now In Chinese (Mandarin, Simplified)

    Stephan Bugaj
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Pixar's 22 Rules Of Story (That Aren't Really Pixar's) Analyzed free eBook is now available in Simplified character set Mandarin Chinese, thanks to the translation services of Bing Song.Download the (Simplified Mandarin) Chinese version of the eBook here. 
  • New Music Project

    Stephan Bugaj
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I have a new musical project that I'm very excited about.  It's been in the works for a few months now, but we're keeping most things under wraps for now.  However, I'm really proud of this first track so here is an excerpt from it (the whole track will be kept secret until release, as that's how the labels want it nowadays).  More details will emerge as things progress, I just wanted folks to be able to hear part of this track, at least.
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    In Layman's Terms...

  • Review: House of Cards (S03 E01)

    Nicholas Lay
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:56 pm
    It’s a big FU. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook An introduction to season three. Stay tuned for the finale… Just when you thought Frank Underwood couldn’t stoop any lower. He was hardly a beacon of virtue, but even those who commit murder for their cause in the name of love, religion, power – you name it – don’t usually literally piss on their father’s grave as a form of celebration. Now Frank, of course, is no ordinary man, and such an action serves as a hefty early reminder of his utter contempt for anyone whom he perceives to be afraid of…
  • SceneKid#4: The Wave Speech

    Nicholas Lay
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Dir: Terry Gilliam Original Release Date: 22 May 1998 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook In a literary and journalistic sense, Hunter S. Thompson was nothing short of remarkable. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century, his brutally honest, savage appraisal of mid-century American social and political society was as genius as it was bizarre. Not since the fucked up poets of old has a writer been so detached from, yet so in-tune with reality; a reality that haunted him, but in which he survived and thrived beyond the means and…
  • SceneKid#3: Jazz Drummin’

    Nicholas Lay
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:38 am
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air s01 e02 Dir: Debbie Allen Original Air Date: 10 September 1990 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook After recently perusing Netflix in a now standard vain attempt for new casual entertainment, my lack of effort and comfort in the familiar led me to begin gradually re-watching Will Smith’s classic sitcom and television breakout, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Part of BBC2’s regular rotation for the 90s generation (weeknights at 6.20pm after The Simpsons, 6.45pm on double-bill Friday), the show gained official quotable status amongst…
  • Review: Birdman

    Nicholas Lay
    6 Feb 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Beautiful. Ugly. Funny. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook A nearly naked Michael Keaton levitates meditatively in a dingy room, facing the window with his back to the camera. The rusty voice inside his head laments his current life status. He quips, casually, “This place is horrible…smells like balls’. Thus, the tone for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is set. A quite frankly hilarious look at the dark corners of first world life, producer/director/co-writer Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s washed-up soul search is a genuine cinematic masterpiece.
  • Review: Whiplash

    Nicholas Lay
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Rushing. Dragging. Banging. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Rarely does a film inspire emotional conflict anywhere close to that which one engages in during Whiplash. Writer/director Damien Chazelle’s simple, yet tight-knit story of a young drummer in New York who’s determined to make it no matter what the personal cost, is the definition of truly emphatic, empathetic indie filmmaking. It wires up and presses start on your mind, your emotions, and your judgement, as J.K. Simmons’ narcissistic conductor, Terrence Fletcher, proceeds to literally lay a beat…
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    flicks and pieces

  • The Walking Dead’s Shocking Twist

    Luke Kent
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:20 pm
    In this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, viewers from around the world were shocked by the show’s most surprising death to date…..Rick’s beard. The one beard to rule them all, The Walking Dead will never be the same again. What was Rick thinking? In a moment of reckless abandon he hacked away at his beard with scissors, removing his magical, majestic chin fluff, and with it went 90-95% of his cool points. For the beard is surely where he kept all of his wisdom, power, and crazy stored. I don’t think that I am overstating it in the slightest when I say that…
  • Farewell, Parks and Recreation

    Luke Kent
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Parks and Recreation – gone, but not forgotten… “Don’t get emotional…you’re embarrassing yourself.” – Ron Swanson. *Parks and Recreation spoilers incoming!* From its humble beginnings in the shadow of its older brother The Office, to arguably being one of the finest comedy shows in history, Parks and Recreation was one heck of a ride. Not that it was always smooth sailing for Parks, with the first season struggling to find the show’s voice, and lead character Leslie accused of being Michael Scott light. But for me, that all changed in…
  • Where No Man Has Gone Before

    Luke Kent
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Leonard Nimoy enjoys a break on the set of Star Trek “It’s all about trying to make the world and the universe a better place. I’m proud to be connected with it. I think we need that in our lives. We need ethical, heroic people trying to do the right thing to help others and to improve life on this planet and in the universe.” – Leonard Nimoy on Star Trek. Leonard Nemoy, 1931-2015. Rest in piece.
  • Oscars 2015 Predictions

    Luke Kent
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:35 am
    *Updated with winners* First prediction – Neil Patrick Harris is going to knock his hosting role out of the park. The fact that Dr. Horrible is hosting the Academy Awards makes me all kinds of happy. It’s that time of year once again where film fans around the world unite to celebrate a year of cinema, and to grumble at the Academy’s bizarre decision making skills. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. So who is in the running for this years statuettes? Continue on, dear reader…. Visual Effects: – “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” – “Dawn…
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

    Luke Kent
    22 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Kingsman: The Secret Service is, to be entirely honest, completely ridiculous. But it is also, incredibly, incredibly fun. Though that’s perhaps not surprising, as if there’s one thing director Matthew Vaughn knows, it’s how to make a fun movie. Though it is undeniably ridiculous, it is knowingly and unflinchingly so, and therein lies the charm. It is a film that knows its genre history, and pokes fun at the typical story beats without ever becoming a spoof – it’s a fine line, but one that has been expertly walked by Vaughn. After an agent of a secret spy…
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    Producing Unscripted

  • 3 Steps to Win the Hollywood Numbers Game

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hollywood is a numbers game. And it will drive you crazy. Today’s episode is about far more than simply selling a lot of projects. It’s about keeping your sanity and your happiness while pursuing a dream. Whether you’re pitching a reality TV show, writing screenplays, selling yourself as a director, or trying to work in […] The post 3 Steps to Win the Hollywood Numbers Game appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Soft Pitch Blueprint: Beyond Ideas for Reality TV Pitch Success

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    In past we’ve encouraged you to “soft pitch” ideas. Unfortunately, we’ve never actually told you how to do that. The result is that many of you are sending in submissions that are not soft pitches at all. Instead, they are broad ideas that hurt your chances of success. That ends today. You’re about to learn […] The post Soft Pitch Blueprint: Beyond Ideas for Reality TV Pitch Success appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog --…
  • Check Out Our Make Reality TV Podcast

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Want to Learn how to Make Reality TV? We’re Joke and Biagio, and we make reality TV shows, documentaries, and factual programming for a living. When we were starting out, it was almost impossible to get anyone to tell us HOW to break into unscripted film and television, much less get them to hear our […] The post Check Out Our Make Reality TV Podcast appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Hollywood Pitch Meetings: Pro Tip For Success

    3 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Hollywood Pitch Meetings can go horribly wrong -- usually at the exact same spot. Here's a pro tip to ensure you rock your Hollywood pitch meetings. The post Hollywood Pitch Meetings: Pro Tip For Success appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Pitch Secret: Shift Your POV for Pitch Success

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Your reality TV pitch can be derailed early on by one giant POV's how to shift your POV and skyrocket your odds of pitch success. The post Pitch Secret: Shift Your POV for Pitch Success appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
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