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  • GOP Mocks Democrats in Parody of TLC's ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ (Video)

    Jethro Nededog
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Democrats are “expensive and a little outdated” while Republicans “have new ideas that won't break your budget,” according to a new digital ad parodying TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress” created by The College Republican National Committee. In a bid to sway young voters in Florida's tight gubernatorial race, the ad portrays incumbent governor Rick Smith as a dress designer who's fresh and full of new ideas on a budget, while democratic opponent Charlie Crist is a frumpy dress that's “outdated” and “comes with additional…
  • Watch Idris Elba Play Daddy in First Clip From Slice of Life London-Set Drama 'Second Coming'

    Zeba Blay
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    With her film debut “Second Coming”, playwright Debbie Tucker Green has created an intriguing if meandering portrait of an ordinary London family torn apart by the miraculous and the unexplained. Nadine Marshall plays Jax, a woman married for over twenty years to hard-working railway worker husband Mark (Idris Elba). Ever since having their first child JJ (Kai Francis Lewis), now 11, the couple have grown distant, partly due to experiencing four traumatizing miscarriages. And yet, when we meet Jax, we learn through vague, cryptic conversations between her and a friend that she’s several…
  • Film Day 3-5 - Penny @Home

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    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Date: Monday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014Film: Lost Penny We've grouped together Film Days 3 to 5. Filming Penny (Rachael McOwen) and her Mother (Victoria Guthrie) at Penny's House. Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5
  • Jagran Filmfest to screen over 100 films in Mumbai

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    24 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    NEW DELHI: Commenced on 22 September in Mumbai, the fifth Jagran Filmfest is showcasing over 100 films from more than 35 countries. The festival was inaugurated by Irrfan Khan along with Neetu Chandra, script writer-director Vinod Pandey, screenplay writer Sanjay Masoom, festival strategic consultant Manoj Srivastava and Vinod Srivastava of the Jagran Group.
  • 'Heaven Knows What' Star Arielle Holmes Signs With ICM (Exclusive)

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    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The newcomer’s buzzy festival film is based on her own experiences as a homeless teen battling drug addiction
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  • GOP Mocks Democrats in Parody of TLC's ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ (Video)

    Jethro Nededog
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Democrats are “expensive and a little outdated” while Republicans “have new ideas that won't break your budget,” according to a new digital ad parodying TLC's “Say Yes to the Dress” created by The College Republican National Committee. In a bid to sway young voters in Florida's tight gubernatorial race, the ad portrays incumbent governor Rick Smith as a dress designer who's fresh and full of new ideas on a budget, while democratic opponent Charlie Crist is a frumpy dress that's “outdated” and “comes with additional…
  • NFL, DirectTV Extend Sunday Ticket in Multi-Year Deal

    Debbie Emery
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    NFL and DirecTV have renewed their agreement for the NFL Sunday Ticket in a new deal. The National Football League and DirecTV have extended the network's exclusive rights to carry NFL Sunday Ticket and its package of every Sunday afternoon out-of-market game through a new multi-year agreement, it was announced on Wednesday. The new agreement, which is worth an estimated $1.5 billion annually over eight years according to ESPN's Darren Rovell, also expands DirecTV's rights to stream NFL Sunday Ticket live on mobile devices and via broadband. Also read: FCC Spikes NFL…
  • Boston Herald Apologizes for ‘Watermelon’ Cartoon Mocking President Obama (Photo)

    Travis Reilly
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Both the Boston Herald and one of its cartoonists issued apologies Wednesday hours after the newspaper published a political strip in its print and online versions about President Barack Obama that drew widespread criticism. Also read:  NY Newspaper Under Fire for Calling President Obama the N-Word in Headline The political cartoon (pictured above) shows the President brushing his teeth while a White House intruder sits in a bathtub behind him and makes a comment about “watermelon toothpaste.” The cartoon's caption read: “White House Invader Got Farther Than…
  • Amazon Prime Slaps ‘Tom and Jerry’ With Racism Warning

    Ryan O'Connell
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    It seemed innocent when we were kids, but now “Tom and Jerry” is getting a warning about possibly being racist. The classic cat and mouse cartoon from the 1940s now comes with a disclaimer on Amazon Prime Instant, saying that the animated series may contain scenes of “ethnic and racial prejudice.” “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society,” the disclaimer states. “Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.” Also read: People Magazine Apologizes After Offensive…
  • Benedict Cumberbatch Wears a Fur on a Horse as Richard III on ‘The Hollow Crown’ (Photo)

    Linda Ge
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Benedict Cumberbatch is ready to get Shakespearean in the first photo released from “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses,” which commenced principal photography in the United Kingdom on Wednesday. “The Hollow Crown: The War of the Roses” is a three-film series adaptation of Shakespeare's plays “Henry VI” (in two parts) and “Richard III.” It's also a continuation of 2012's “The Hollow Crown” series, which featured Tom Hiddleston as King Henry V. Also read: TCA: Tom Hiddleston on Move from ‘Avengers’ to…
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  • Watch Idris Elba Play Daddy in First Clip From Slice of Life London-Set Drama 'Second Coming'

    Zeba Blay
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    With her film debut “Second Coming”, playwright Debbie Tucker Green has created an intriguing if meandering portrait of an ordinary London family torn apart by the miraculous and the unexplained. Nadine Marshall plays Jax, a woman married for over twenty years to hard-working railway worker husband Mark (Idris Elba). Ever since having their first child JJ (Kai Francis Lewis), now 11, the couple have grown distant, partly due to experiencing four traumatizing miscarriages. And yet, when we meet Jax, we learn through vague, cryptic conversations between her and a friend that she’s several…
  • First Look: Bradley Cooper In Clint Eastwood’s 'American Sniper'

    Edward Davis
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The Oscar narrative always gets a little twisted in the fall, “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory Of Everything”! It’s all over. Well, apart from early “seal the deal” premonitions being a little silly and art not being a competition, the awards arms race usually doesn’t form until later in the year. We recently looked at 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders and on that list is Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper. It’s a passion project of Cooper’s that he’s been working on for a while as an actor and producer and…
  • Good News for Silent Film Buffs: Lost 'Sherlock Holmes' Has Been Found

    Paula Bernstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The silent film version of "Sherlock Homes" starring William Gillette was recently discovered at the Cinémathèque Française, the archive announced. Directed by Arthur Berthelet and produced by Essanay Studios in 1916, the film had been considered lost since its first release.The newly found Essanay production is the last surviving remnant of Gillette's performance as Holmes. It is also the only film performance by Gillette, who was widely acknowledged at the time as the world's foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage. Of course, since that time, the role…
  • Jesse Owens Biopic - 'Race' - Gets a Theatrical Release Date + William Hurt Joins Cast

    Tambay A. Obenson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    In case you missed the announcement months ago, John Boyega is no no longer attached to star, because of his new commitment to "Star Wars: Episode VII." He's been replaced by Stephan James to play Jesse Owens in the biopic titled "Race," from Forecast Pictures and ID+. The up-and-comer is a Canadian film and television actor, whose past notable roles include Julian Williams in "Degrassi: The Next Generation," and Everton St. Clair in Sudz Sutherland's feature film "Home Again," for which he received…
  • Cannes Sensations ‘Leviathan’ And ‘Wild Tales’ Selected For Foreign Language Oscar Race

    Tess Hofmann
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Today marks the deadline for countries to submit their foreign-language Academy Award contenders. While some had rather uncontroversial, obvious standouts just sitting around waiting to be tapped, like Argentina’s “Wild Tales,” others, like Russia, saw their frontrunner’s director pull his film from consideration with just days to go, forcing the edgy selection of “Leviathan,” which is set against the backdrop of Russian political corruption.Argentine director Damian Szifron achieved his home country’s best local opening ever when “Wild Tales” grossed $2.5 million in its…
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  • Film Day 3-5 - Penny @Home

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Date: Monday, August 11 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014Film: Lost Penny We've grouped together Film Days 3 to 5. Filming Penny (Rachael McOwen) and her Mother (Victoria Guthrie) at Penny's House. Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5
  • Film Day 2 - Foiling Fudge

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 Film: Lost Penny Film Day 2. Location: The Club. First day on set for Andrew Roth (playing Tenshi) and last day for Fudge (Victoria Murdoch). Penny (Rachael McOwen) is trying to foil the bully, Fudge, in these scenes. Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5
  • From the Soundtrack of Lazer Us

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Here's a video we did of one of the songs from the soundtrack of our feature film, Lazer Us: The Legend of Jimi Lazer. It features Jim Yorfido as the Man in Black performing the song, Three Days.DVD Release Date: October 6, 2014 -- LAZER US: The Legend of Jimi Lazer is now available on DVD. Go to:
  • Film Day 1 - Camera Rolling

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 Film: Lost Penny Our first day on the set... filming Fudge (played by Victoria Murdoch) and her Furies, along with Gadget (Stephen Velichko) and, of course, Penny (Rachael McOwen). Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5
  • More Filming

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    Some more filming from our feature film, LOST PENNY...
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  • Jagran Filmfest to screen over 100 films in Mumbai

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    NEW DELHI: Commenced on 22 September in Mumbai, the fifth Jagran Filmfest is showcasing over 100 films from more than 35 countries. The festival was inaugurated by Irrfan Khan along with Neetu Chandra, script writer-director Vinod Pandey, screenplay writer Sanjay Masoom, festival strategic consultant Manoj Srivastava and Vinod Srivastava of the Jagran Group.
  • 'Everyone wishes to make a good film'

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    He appears as an important character in every second film. He has done 46 films in the last 16 months.
  • Jason Bourne Is Hollywood's Jason Todd

    24 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Jason Bourne is back! That was the big news coming out of Hollywood last week, as it was reported via the major trades that director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are allegedly returning to their flagship franchise for a new installment of the Robert Ludlum-based spy series . The other wrinkle, which dropped from The Hollywood Reporter , is that Universal plans to basically make two concurrent Bourne adventures, one starring Matt Damon and written and directed by Paul Greengrass and the other starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Justin Lin in a follow-up to 2012a 2s spin-off The Bourne…
  • Lights, Camera, Action - new exhibition

    24 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    Cupcake , Dracula Untold and of course Game of Thrones have all recently put Ballymoney firmly on the film-making map. Ballymoney Museum is celebrating this with a new exhibition about local film-maker, Charlie McAfee and the history of cinema in the town.
  • After Salman Khan, Farhan Akhtar's cameo in Marathi film! - News

    24 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    After Bollywood superstar Salman Khan who made a special appearance in LAI BHAARI, the very versatile Farhan Akhtar will be seen in a cameo role for a Marathi film. Farhan has always been up to experimenting and trying new things.
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  • 'Heaven Knows What' Star Arielle Holmes Signs With ICM (Exclusive)

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    The newcomer’s buzzy festival film is based on her own experiences as a homeless teen battling drug addiction
  • Drone use by seven movie makers said to win US approval

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The government plans to grant waivers to seven movie and television companies to use small unmanned aircraft in film-making, the first permits for commercial drone flights in the continental US, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
  • Movie Makers Said to Win U.S. Approval for Using Drones

    25 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    The government plans to grant waivers to seven movie and television companies to use small unmanned aircraft in film-making, the first permits for commercial drone flights in the continental U.S., according to two people with knowledge of the plans. The Federal Aviation Administration will let the production companies fly small drones on closed sets in the U.S., said the people, who asked not to ...
  • Drones for movie making approved by FAA

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    The U.S. Federal Aviation Authority will grant six movie and television companies to use drones for film making.
  • AVA's Capture Event Showcases Community Film Making

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:26 pm
         For the second straight year, the Association For Visual Arts presented the results of an ambitious video project giving everyone in Chattanooga a chance to take part.      The event is called Capture, and it gave anyone in the Scenic City the opportunity to upload video clips to the Capture website. Those clips were made into three short films, complete with music scored by local bands ...
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  • Guam Film Festival Awards Revolution and Cicada

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Kel Muna speaks at the GIFF 2014 awards ceremony at Agana Shopping Center. Festival co-founders Jason JD Iriarte, left, and Don Muna, right, hand out awards at the GIFF 2014 awards ceremony at Agana Shopping Center. The weeklong showcase of international films at the Agana Stadium Theatres wrapped up Sunday with an awards ceremony honoring the best of the 2014 Guam International Film Festival. The 2014 GIFF Grand Jury Award winners were chosen by local and international judges. Friends, supporters, filmmakers and actors, including those from centerpiece film "Cicada" attended the…
  • SÓLSTAFIR + The Raven Flies Film and Music in ReykJavik

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
      SÓLSTAFIR + THE RAVEN FLIES FILM CONCERT Oct 1st 19:30 – SILURIAN   The Icelandic heavy-metal band Sólstafir perform their own compositions to accompany Icelandic cult Viking movie When The Raven Flies by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. The film celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. In the end of August Sólstafir released their new album Ótta and will be performing songs from the album combined with older music to accompany Gunnlaugsson’s epic tale.   Hrafn Gunnlaugsson screens his classic Viking saga, When The Raven Flies (1984), at…
  • Hot Tub Cinema in Reykjavík

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    HOT TUB CINEMA KL. 17:00 – 20:00 - SUNDLAUG KÓPAVOGS SWIMMING POOL CHARGE For an evening, the hot tubs in two swimming pools in the greater Reykjavík area are turned into cinemas. Soak your skin, feast your eyes on a mixture of Icelandic and international shorts and listen to filmmakers and other commentators discuss their art and philosophies.  
  • One minute films by children and a variety of films screened today in RIFF

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
      Today at RIFF there will be plenty of things going on at RIFF. The fesitival has gone off to a great start !  Over 120 cars turned up to our drive in cinema on Friday and a lot of buzz has been generated around our guest of honour, Ruben Östlund whose mastarclass yesterday was packed with people.  Today we would like to highlight the one -minute films by children shown at the Nordic house at 2 p.m which is a collaboration with Unicef. All the films are shot by children.  The documentary Eisheimat shown at Bío Paradis today at 15.30 will be followed by a…
  • Masterclass with Mike Leigh and honorary Award from Iceland President

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    RIFF prepares for a reception at the President's residence at Bessastaðir on September 30th where his excellency the President of Iceland, Mr.Olafur Ragnar Grimsson will be awarding Mr.Mike Leigh. Bruno Chatelin will put a tie on and report for One of the foremost directors in Britain today will discuss his long career at a special masterclass at the University of Iceland main hall. The discussion will be led by veteran film critic Harlan Jacobson, but guests will also be free to ask questions. As an additional treat, Marion Bailey, the lead actress from…
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  • [FS: General] Blackmagic Cinema Camera Complete Kit

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    *Will post pictures soon Selling a loved and taken care of Blackmagic Cinema Camera 2.5k EF Mount for $2,000 in original packaging. Includes: PB-70 Switronix external battery with BMCC adapter (2) 240 GB SSD Cards SSD Card Reader Everything works perfectly, moving to a smaller set up for travel video work. Open to trades for GH4, or reasonable offers. Thanks!
  • [WTB] Go Pro (x2)

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Looking to pick up 2 go pros -based in ireland - email if you have something regards, barry
  • [FS: Support] Manfrotto 701HDV Head w/755XB Tripod & Bag

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    It's time for a beefier tripod so I am selling my Manfrotto 701HDV + 755XB combo. Excellent condition, nice support for a DSLR or smaller camcorder. My FS100 when rigged up is pushing the weight limit and I now need a system with counter balance settings. The 50mm leveling ball system is a great time saving feature, and the maximum 68.7'' height comes in handy. Would like to sell this combo together. $300 shipped IMG_20141001_154854109[1].jpgIMG_20141001_155209005[1].jpg Attached Images IMG_20141001_154854109[1].jpg (40.4 KB) IMG_20141001_155209005[1].jpg (71.1 KB)
  • Markers for writing on film slate

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Can anyone recommend the kind of markers that you can get from office stores or hardware stores that will work for film slates? I can't go to film tools, I tried some from Staples one time but they didn't work well. Thanks
  • [WTB] Metabones Speedbooster Canon to MFT

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    PM me if you have one for sale. Thanks!!
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  • Podcast Episode 41: Writing and making a feature

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    In this podcast episode I chat to Danny about the challenges, the fun and the surprises of directing a feature - as two people who have come more from a writing background.Have a listen above. And here are some useful links below.Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is the film we are talking about. Here is the website, the Facebook page, the twitter and the IMDB page.You can download my free shot list template for word from here if you fancy using it yourself in your own productions.Below you can see an image of Danny's "heartbeat chart"
  • Nelson Nutmeg Update

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    It has been quiet on this blog for a while. Sorry about that. The reason for the silence is that I've been posting more on the Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? blog - as well as actually making the film.In case you don't know, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is a children's feature film I am co-directing with Danny Stack. You may know Danny as my co-host of the UK Scriptwriters Podcast.It is going well and we are on schedule so far. We are fine-tuning the process as we go of course. But we got a lot right! It is all too easy to overlook those and focus on the negative. But here's what we got spot…
  • Podcast Episode 40: Want to move to Hollywood?

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    This podcast is another interview special. We talk to writer Tim John about moving to Hollywood, how to fit in, how to find work there and why it all fell apart. A great episode for those thinking about hitting tinsel town. You can find Tim's book on Amazon - or simply click here.A little bit about Tim John in his own words...With over 20 years’ experience as a copywriter and creative director, plus 7 years as a Hollywood scriptwriter, I’ve worked with a huge variety of clients – from Burger King to Bill Murray, from Sunsilk to Schwarzenegger - winning awards and achieving significant…
  • How do you co-direct a film?

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Note: Myself and Danny are the co-directors. Nelson Nutmeg has no directing duties!I am co-writing, co-directing and co-producing a children's feature film called Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? alongside Danny Stack. We've worked together for years creating the UK Scriptwriter's Podcast.That's a lot of co-filmmaking duties we are sharing though. However, two out of those three get no comments from anyone at all. Lots of films are co-written. In fact many times there are 4 writers on the credits of major films, which normally means about 10 writers were used, but many were uncredited so the film…
  • A special mini episode of the podcast

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    A special mini episode of the podcast today, giving a shout out to our Kickstarter campaign for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg. You can watch our pitch below - or go straight to the website by clicking here.A big thanks to all the blog readers and podcast listeners who have given so far, too many to list here.
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  • Your Weekend Viewing: The Ocean Brothers

    J. Ott
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Some nicely-done underwater photography. No VFX needed. [via CPN] Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing: Wolf and Pig Your Weekend Viewing: This is Shanghai Your Weekend Viewing: Stuck in Motion
  • Making the Movie: The First Decade

    J. Ott
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Ten years ago I started this website to chronicle a film project I was producing. The project never got off the ground, but the website has continued. Big round numbers like this seem like they need commemorating. So... yeah. Thanks for reading. I'll keep writing and making movies; you do the same. Related posts: Coming Soon: More Movie Making Blogfoolery Top Ten Movies of Decade – A List of Lists Making Back to Me
  • Your Wednesday Links: The YouTube Reboot Edition

    J. Ott
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you'd like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. Fast Company: Rebooting YouTube - A profile of new head Susan Wojcicki and her strategy of promoting 'home-grown' YouTube stars. TechCrunch: Netflix Is Available In France, But It Still Needs Work - Headline: no House of Cards. The foreign rights were already sold to competitors. Rights issues are what continue to confuse consumers -- difficult to know what movies and T.V. shows are available on what service at any given time. See also Forbes' article on the…
  • Movie Review: Honeymoon

    Anonymous Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:42 am
    Fresh review of a Magnet release from a friend who goes by the name Robert Ditzenburger. Enjoy. --JO Honeymoon begins with two newlyweds, Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway), telling stories of their romance into the camera lens of a wedding videographer. We then cut directly to their secluded honeymoon on a lake. In all honesty, nothing of dramatic interest happens in the first couple days at the lake. We learn little about the two characters and the newlyweds seem awkward together, as if they were strangers in a shotgun wedding pretending to vacation. Eventually the duo decides to…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Kick-ass Russian Sci-Fi Short

    J. Ott
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    As far as I can tell, the VFX house BLR put this video out as a demonstration of their talents. There is certainly some impressive work here. Solid character animation and beautiful design. What did you think of the short? Where do you think the story should go from here? [via facebook friend JP] Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing: Second Hand Your Weekend Viewing: Aug(De)mented Reality Your Weekend Viewing: Fish
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  • Michael Moore to filmmakers: Entertain people, don’t lecture them

    Peter D. Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    by Julie Hinds. When Michael Moore talks, people really, really listen. Love him or hate him, the Oscar-winning filmmaker’s ability to convey his message in an entertaining way has changed the face of documentary filmmaking — a fact celebrated this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. Moore was at the event for a Monday night screening of “Roger & Me,” the still-relevant 1989 movie about Flint’s economic implosion and GM’s job-slashing role in it. On Tuesday morning, he delivered a frank, funny 13-point manifesto to the TIFF documentary conference. It urged…
  • “Books First and Experience Second”: Edward Zwick’s Advice To Young Filmmakers

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Allan Tong. Edward Zwick is at TIFF to premiere his chess drama Pawn Sacrifice, but over the weekend he spoke to young filmmakers from around the world at Films of City Frames. The Saturday morning event unveiled short films produced by New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, London’s National Film and Television School, Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Paris’ Groupe Esra and the Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts. The films featured the new line of sunglasses of sponsor Giorgio Armani, who…
  • Egyptian movie director talks about taking risks in Arabic cinema

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    by Benita Adesuyan. Marwan Hamed’s latest film The Blue Elephant is an anomaly in Arabic film. Released in July in Egypt to a strong reception, the hit film is a thriller, a genre that’s such a rarity in Arab film that critics thought it was a risk straying away from the feast of rom-coms and family dramas that usually play on cinema screens. Starring popular names Karim Abdel Aziz, and Nelly Karim The Blue Elephant is about a criminal psychotherapist returning to work after a five year break, following the death of his wife and daughter. On his first day back at the ward, he discovers…
  • 6 Filmmaking Tips From James Gunn

    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    by Scott Beggs. James Gunn made the movie that ruled the summer, which is really fucking weird. Not because he isn’t talented (because he is), but because his rise to prominence doesn’t make mathematical sense. The odds were astronomical. To think about it in the worst way possible, Lloyd Kaufman — the founder of Troma — is still hustling Troma films wherever he can while his Tromatic protege has the #1 movie of the year. He’s a bona fide mainstream success who got his start rewriting Shakespeare so that Juliet becomes a monster with a giant dick. Now, the world has officially…
  • Ashim Ahluwalia debunks 12 rules of filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    from DearCinema. The maverick director of John and Jane and Miss Lovely shared his insight on filmmaking with DearCinema readers at IndieTalk recently. He advised first time directors against the following unspoken rules of the industry: Read the rest of this article from the DearCinema IndieTalk Sesssion. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director, please check out my Film Directing Coach services via Skype.
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  • Breakthrough Weekend screening in DC on 9/24, at a Positive Force benefit

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Get all the info here -
  • Charity: Water video

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sounds like a good organization doing a lot of useful work.  More info about them here -'s their video:
  • Check out George's Restaurant blog & sites for great food & delivery in Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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

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

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Get all the info plus a link to a great review of the film here.
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  • Caleb Wood: Dana Willams “One More”

    Michelle Higa Fox
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:46 pm
    More beauty from Caleb Wood in this music video for Dana Willams’s “One More”. If you’ve been pining for Gerald Scarfe, you now have your own 21st century exploration of pistils and stamens, and it’s psychedelic and joyous. Caleb generously posted a process video a couple months ago of his digital to traditional pipeline, which... Read more »
  • The Missing Scarf

    Joe Donaldson
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    With a boat load of awards, narration by George Takei and an excellent script, it’s no question that Eoin Duffy’s new short The Missing Scarf deserves a home here on Motionographer.
  • New York in Motion documentary now available on Vimeo VOD

    Justin Cone
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Graham Elliott’s “New York in Motion” is now available for rent or purchase via Vimeo’s Video on Demand service. Director/producer Graham Elliott reached out to the people behind the screens and scenes that surround us. He interviewed more than 50 of the most influential players in the field and met a diverse group of fascinating... Read more »
  • Playgrounds International Arts Fest 2014

    Harm van Zon
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    Playgrounds International Digital Arts Festival is a festival for innovative and creative digital art in the Netherlands. During the four-day festival in Amsterdam and Tilburg Playgrounds presents an impression of the latest developments in technology as well as creativity.  Shining the spotlight on contemporary trends and developments within the field of the moving image, covering... Read more »
  • Genndy Tartakovsky’s POPEYE Animation Test

    Brandon Lori
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory and director of Hotel Transylvania, has been hard at work with Sony Pictures Animation in bringing Popeye, the beloved spinach-eating sailor man, back to the big-screen. Inspired by the Fleischer shorts for Paramount in the 1930s, Tartakovsky has released an official animation test showcasing the stylistic approach of the upcoming film.... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Half a weekend

    Peggy Archer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Last week, we had a 6 day week, as we had to re-shoot the pilot episode of this show. Don’t ask why, I don’t know. Although we were expecting the worst, day 6 turned out to be not so bad (only 10.5 hours), as the director came in very prepared and burned through the stuff. I was home before midnight, which I hadn’t expected. The advantage of four cameras is that it’s possible to shoot 26 pages in a day; something that’s completely out of reach for single camera shows (a misnomer, since most single camera shows use two cameras). This show is 99.9 percent…
  • Hooray!

    Peggy Archer
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    The powers that be finally (after almost two weeks) approved my application and activated my membership, so today was my first day getting use the Sony gym. I lifted some weights, since we weren’t going to have a particularly strenuous day (then, of course, I had to go up into the perms to drop out cable), and I have to say I really enjoy the gym. They’re missing a few bits of equipment that the other gym has that I like, but it’s super clean, and they were playing 80s hip-hop on the sound system, which was extra awesome. The gym I go to – the normal gym – is…
  • It doesn’t count if it’s not on

    Peggy Archer
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The way our schedule on this show works is that we shoot Thursday and Friday, and Monday – Wednesday we light. For folks from single camera world, this is bizarre beyond belief. Block it, light it, shoot it, move on. But multi cameras don’t work that way. We hang some of the big lights, they block. We hang some more lights, they rehearse and change the blocking. We hang more lights after moving all the previous ones, and then finally we shoot. Which is fine – the rig days are shorter as our call time is after they finish rehearsing, but as soon as the actors and important…
  • Hooray! A computer!

    Peggy Archer
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:26 pm
    After a return and about 15 angry emails, I now have a semi-working computer, which is great. This one came with a bad SATA cable, but I yanked a good one out of the old machine and it’s fine. It’s going to have to be fine.  I can’t deal with another return. I’ll murder someone. What’s also great is that I’ve got a show. Not day playing on a show, but full-time on a show that’s running for 9 weeks. It’ll take me through Thanksgiving, and it’s shooting at Sony, which is close to my apartment – not as close as Fox, but still under…
  • Computerless for what seems like an eternity.

    Peggy Archer
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Call me a Luddite, but I love my desktop. There’s something…civilized about sitting at a desk and writing. Nice big monitor, upright posture, movable keyboard (in case one’s posture becomes less upright), desk lamp (no green shade, though), space for the cat, no sore thumbs or cooked lap. A little over a week ago, my elderly desktop finally died. It’s been coming for a while. It got slower and slower, had to think about things longer and longer, and eventually became unable to play internet cat videos, which we all know spells doom. So, I backed up my data (learned…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking


    25 Sep 2014 | 8:16 pm
  • From the Perspective of a Filmmaker's Wife - Part 2

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    If you missed Part 1 of this series, read it here first! Teamwork: Brett + Christina = Brettina Brett and I are opposites in most everything. I’m the nerd and he’s the free spirit with our money (according to Dave Ramsey). I use my left brain and he uses his right brain. I’m type A; he’s type B. I’m organized and realistic; he’s random and spontaneous. I cannot relax; he always relaxes. I’m an early bird and he’s a night owl.  My life motto would be, “My calendar is my best friend; his would be, “What’s a calendar?” I…
  • Noir

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Genre: Thriller, Comedy
  • New Video: The Talent

    Levi Strzepek
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Here is one of the latest films I made. Everyone has been given certain gifts by God. It is up to us
  • Planning From Afar...

    25 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Both Roee and I for some insane reason decided to shoot our thesis films thousands of miles away from New York City, where we are both going to school. Okay, maybe not completely insane reasons. They were sound creative decisions that we both deliberated on, and after much mulling over we decided it would be worth the time and money to tell these specific stories. And yet, here I sit sending out email after email and looking at tons of reels of actors online (not the same as meeting them in person) and scheduling Skype meetings at odd hours because of a three hour time difference thinking to…
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    YouTube: Film

  • Annoying Orange - Annoying Sister (ft. Jess Lizama & Steve Zaragoza)

    Annoying Orange
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Annoying Orange - Annoying Sister (ft. Jess Lizama & Steve Zaragoza) SPLATTER UP MOBILE GAME!!! iOS: ANDROID: KITCHEN CARNAGE MOBILE GAME!!! iOS: iOS iPAD: From: Annoying Orange Views: 193658 2630 ratings Time: 04:57 More in Entertainment
  • Top 10 Comedic Moments in Action Films
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Top 10 Comedic Moments in Action Films Where did that come from!? Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 comedic moments in action movies. Check us out at, From: Views: 322117 6268 ratings Time: 09:57 More in Entertainment
  • Big Hero 6 Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD

    MOVIECLIPS Trailers
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    Big Hero 6 Official Trailer #2 (2014) - Disney Animation Movie HD Subscribe to TRAILERS: Subscribe to COMING SOON: Like us on FACEBOOK: Follow us on TWITTER: htt... From: MOVIECLIPS Trailers Views: 241122 3525 ratings Time: 02:37 More in Film & Animation
  • Clip 1 - Disney's Big Hero 6

    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Clip 1 - Disney's Big Hero 6 Watch the brand new clip from Big Hero 6 that debuted during tonight's ABC special, “The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic.” See the full film in theatres in 3D November... From: Walt Disney Animation Studios Views: 2090690 8318 ratings Time: 02:01 More in Film & Animation
  • Annabelle - Official Main Trailer [HD]

    Warner Bros. Pictures
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Annabelle - Official Main Trailer [HD] Before "The Conjuring," there was ANNABELLE. In theaters October 3rd. She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is... From: Warner Bros. Pictures Views: 4024894 12015 ratings Time: 02:33 More in Entertainment
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #18

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    This week's theme: ALIENATION Alienation is an extreme form of social isolation -- separation due to a difference in opinion (thought), creed, race, social status, religion, sex or age. It can be socially inflicted or it can be voluntary, depending on the situation. I am actually intrigued that this psychological state can be visually represented in a photograph. (Click on Photos for better
  • Weekly Street Photos #17

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:22 am
    This week's theme: SOLITUDE Solitude is a state of mind, the separation can both be physical as well as mental. As a species, we naturally separate ourselves from others even in the most public places to preserve our sense of privacy and to protect our psychic space... (Click on Photos for better viewing) "The Fastfood Blues"   "Locked In" "Killing Time" --All Photos are the
  • Weekly Street Photos #16

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This week's theme: ROVING SALESMEN I have always been amused at the wide variety of products I find being sold on the streets of Metro-Manila. Aside from the usual vendors that offer refreshments and snacks to motorists, there are enterprising salesmen that peddle guitars, used clothing, toys and a variety of goods (bonsai trees, house-ware, car-care products, etc.) you will only find in
  • 8th Generation - IPhone 6 & 6 Plus

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:03 am
      The new IPhone 6 and 6 plus   It has become a tradition of this blog to review IPhones as they come out. If you look to the right-hand column of this page, you can still see the ancient IPhone icon I still use to display my commercial portfolio. I have been an IPhone user since version one and have upgraded almost from one generation to the next with the exception of the last two versions
  • Weekly Street Photos #15

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    This week's theme: COPS I thought it would be appropriate to highlight the police this week-- in honor  of the recent headlines about police officers criminally hijacking a civilian van in broad daylight in the middle of EDSA (Manila's central thoroughfare) for several million pesos; and in gratitude for losing my driver's license after an officer of the law booked me yesterday for an
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    Truth Seekers

  • Documentary and Cognitive Theory: Narrative, Emotion and Memory

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

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

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

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

    Tony Kashani
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Teaching Cinema as a Transformative Medium: Towards a Pedagogy of Transformative Learning Abstract This paper is an inquiry into a transformative learning pedagogy. Can cinema be transformative? If so, is all of cinema transformative? What kind of cinema has the...
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  • Good News for Silent Film Buffs: Lost 'Sherlock Holmes' Has Been Found

    Paula Bernstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    The silent film version of "Sherlock Homes" starring William Gillette was recently discovered at the Cinémathèque Française, the archive announced. Directed by Arthur Berthelet and produced by Essanay Studios in 1916, the film had been considered lost since its first release. The newly found Essanay production is the last surviving remnant of Gillette's performance as Holmes. It is also the only film performance by Gillette, who was widely acknowledged at the time as the world's foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage. Of course, since that time, the role…
  • Watch: 'Dear White People' Clip Kicks the White Kids Out of the Black Dining Hall

    Josephine Opar
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Critics are hailing "Dear White People," which won the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, as a smart, incisive  and funny look at African-American students struggling to fit into a school rife with racial tension.   To see why, check out this clip titled "You Can’t Eat Here," which documents the power struggle between Samantha White (Tessa Thompson), the acid-tongued leader of an all-black residence hall, and self-aggrandizing white magazine editor Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. Bell). The film will be…
  • Watch: 'Hit By Lightning' Exclusive Clip Reveals a Romantic Comedy With a Dark Twist

    Jake Folsom
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Here is an exclusive clip from the forthcoming romantic dramedy "Hit By Lightning," written and directed by Ricky Blitt, and stars Jon Cryer, Will Sasso, Stephanie Szostak, and Jed Rees. READ MORE: A Talk With Jon Cryer: Sundance, Superbowl, and Suds Protagonist Ricky (Cryer) is down in the proverbial dumps, convinced that no "10" would ever go out with him. His best friend Seth (Sasso) pushes him to take chances and be more confident, and sure enough, Ricky means Danity (Szostak), who seems perfect at first. Unfortunately, she soon reveals that she is married.
  • Ethan Hawke Explains the Richard Linklater School of Thought

    Nigel M Smith
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Ethan Hawke has been having such a good run of late that it's easy to forget that the actor/author/sometimes filmmaker, experienced a creative dry spell some four to five years ago, appearing in subpar efforts not worthy of his talent ("Daybreakers" or "Brooklyn's Finest" anyone?). It therefore must be especially sweet for Hawke that 2014 is shaping up to be one of the best years of his career. This summer saw the release of what's arguably his best reviewed film, Richard Linklater's hit indie drama "Boyhood." And this fall Hawke debuted his documentary debut…
  • RADiUS Acquires 'Heaven Knows What' Ahead Of New York Film Festival Premiere

    Josephine Opar
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Radius has picked up "Heaven Knows What" ahead of its October 2 New York Film Festival debut. The film, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, tells the story of a young heroin addict who finds love in New York City. A combination of fiction, formalism and raw documentary are used in the film to bring out the plot. The film is based on a soon to be published memoir: "Mad Love In The City," by Arielle Holmes, who stars in the film as the young addict. Co-stars include Caleb Landry Jones, Buddy Duress and rap artist Necro. "Heaven Knows What" is a…
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    Film Threat


    Rick Kisonak
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Unstoppable killing machines become tiresome once it becomes clear they can't be stopped. Even when they're played by an Oscar winner...Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, we look at the big monster flick of the year, and ponder how the main human characters could have survived it so well...Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Sundance had 12,218 total submissions in 2014, but only accepted 187 films. That’s an overall acceptance rate of 1.5%. In order to put such a number in perspective, consider that Harvard University’s acceptance rate in 2014 was 5.9%...Read More at

    Mark Bell
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    It's provocative subject matter for sure, and it requires a deft hand to make something powerful, and that just doesn't happen here...Read More at

    Elias Savada
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    "Two Night Stand" takes place between Christmas and New Year's, but there's no holiday mirth to cheer about here...Read More at
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • Thoughts On The GoPro Hero4 Black

    Michael Head
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this filmmaking article, Michal Head shares his thoughts on the Thoughts On The GoPro Hero4 Black.
  • How To Sell Your Screenplay

    Jason Brubaker
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    If you want to know how to sell your screenplay, you’re in luck. When I was working for an indie producer in New York, one of my jobs was to read screenplays and hopefully find a gem. During that time, I learned some valuable lessons (from inside the production office) that I would like to […]
  • The Minimalist Guide To Making A Movie

    Jason Brubaker
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    In this filmmaking article, producer Jason Brubaker talks about the toughest part of making a movie and how to overcome common obstacles. Read more...
  • Film Distribution: New Rules For Selling Your Movie

    Jason Brubaker
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you're looking for film distribution article, LA Producer Jason Brubaker shares new rules for how to sell your movie.
  • Thoughts On The Atomos Ninja Star

    Michael Head
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    In this filmmaking article, we share thoughts on the Atomos Ninja Star pocket-size ProRes recorder and deck. Read more...
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  • 4K Cameras – Trends from the Trenches September 2014

    John P. Hess
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this segment, Jay P and Lars are joined by Jason, one of Samy’s camera experts, to talk about 4K (and not-so-4K) cameras. Jason has the Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, and Sony’s new FZ1000 to touch on the pros and cons of each.
  • The Evolution Of Chase Scenes

    John P. Hess
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    From the first chase scene ever to current day. This video shows the evolution that chase scenes have gone through over the years. Including such classics as “bullet’, “gone in 60 seconds” and the James bond series
  • Exploring The Quentin Tarantino Movie Universe

    John P. Hess
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Huffpost Live’s dive into Quentin Tarantino’s expansive movie universe, including the films ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ which is more complex and connected than you might assume at first glance.
  • The Wonderful World of Celebrity Fashion With Emily Shur

    John P. Hess
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Geffin interviews celebrity photographer Emily Shur on her career and style. Fstoppers: do you think it’s a good idea for someone to go to school to receive a formal education in photography or to just get out there and start shooting? Emily: I think every photographer could benefit from learning about the fundamentals of photography – how a camera works, how to make your images look the way you want them to look, what changes in camera do for one’s picture, and so on. It doesn’t have to be a formal education per se, but I do think it’s important for photographers to…
  • David Fincher Reveals His ‘Life in Pictures,’ from Fighting Studios to Multiple Takes

    John P. Hess
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    David Fincher took to the stage at BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ to discuss his 30-year career in film, commercials and music videos. On when he knew he wanted to be a director I was fairly convinced at the age of eight that’s that what I wanted to do with my life. And when I was living in Marin [County] my next door neighbor was George Lucas and I was that close to movies that were being made. Then my parents decided to tear us out of there and take us to this place [in Oregon] where there was no cinema except for this little cinema. I worked after school directing plays and doing lighting for…
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  • Imagineer Systems’ Annual Mocha Halloween Video Contest Returns

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Imagineer Systems, makers of planar tracking powerhouse Mocha, has brought back their popular Mocha Halloween Video Contest.
  • NextVR Technology Can Put Viewers Right in the Action

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Laguna Beach virtual reality company NextVR is currently working on a groundbreaking consumer-oriented virtual reality platform which could change the way their viewers enjoy content forever.
  • Movidiam Connects Filmmakers, Brands, Agencies

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Movidiam is taking project management, collaboration, recruiting, talent scouting and other project related work and rolling it up into a well-oiled package for filmmakers, brands and agencies in an effort to reimagine the filmmaking process.
  • GoPro HERO4 Specs and Pictures Revealed! (UPDATED)

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    UPDATE: The Rumors have been confirmed! The GoPro HERO4 in Black and Silver will be available October 5th! Few devices have garnered as much buzz GoPro's HERO3+ successor, the HERO4. Finally, specs and photos have hit the Interwebs, confirming some of our suspicions. 4K video up to 30fps? Yup. Integrated touchscreen? Yup. Both in one model? Nope.
  • Amazing Underwater Film Bends Minds Without Using Visual Effects

    25 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    For this Thursday, we harken back to a time before photo-realistic post production and visual effects existed and remember when camera creativity and trickery were the rage. Perspective was played with to create mind-bending images, and viewing these images was as much fun as it was amusing or confusing, depending on the clip.
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • A View from the Blog

    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I received a gracious comment from Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler on my recent post about his photographs of motion-picture print reels. I was disappointed that I had been unable to contact him directly for an interview because interviewing artists for these essays has been one of the payoffs of the writing. It has […]
  • Cinema Poet/Provocateur: Dimitri Kirsanoff

    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    So intense are the narrative thru-line and emotional arc of Dimitri Kirsanoff’s 1926 film Ménilmontant that it is one of the few silent films without intertitles. The opening and closing scenes of graphic murder remain shocking today. Its sometimes frenetic but often poetic evocation of Parisian streets and the ominous waters of the Seine center […]
  • ‘A Bloody Ex-Pat’ and ‘The Mona Lisa Curse’

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    After critic Robert Hughes leaves art collector Alberto Mugrabi’s apartment at the end of his 2008 BBC documentary The Mona Lisa Curse, Mugrabi, breathing a sigh of relief, whispers, “He’s a tough cookie.” To call Time magazine’s uber-articulate, uber-opinionated former art critic a “tough cookie” is like calling Hurricane Katrina a “storm.” In his deeply moving and […]
  • Minor White at the Getty

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

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

  • The Artist

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
  • #FBF (FlashBackFriday) And Old Video Montage of What I’m About

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

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

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

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

  • Phrenic now has an alternate reality game that starts with interactive video

    Mike Vogel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m always looking for ways to get people interacting more deeply in the story of Phrenic. Sometimes that means allowing people to create their own content (like in Go Clone Yourself) or letting them make decisions about where the story goes in a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. The latest way to get wrapped up in Phrenic is the Life Identical Genetic Enhancement Screening test. It’s an alternate reality game that begins with an interactive video. Zoe, a Genetic Enhancement Advisor, asks you questions in a “live web conference.” You can answer yes to all of her questions…
  • My first Tweet Your Own Adventure game

    Mike Vogel
    27 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    I turned an interactive story I wrote for Phrenic into a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. Not only is it a homage to the choose your own adventure type books everyone read as a kid, but it’s also a tribute to the text adventure games I used to try writing in BASIC on a TRS-80 (I was terrible at it). What is a Tweet Your Own Adventure game? It’s a new kind of text adventure game played entirely with Twitter interactions using @ replies. You don’t even need to follow anyone. It’s all done by sending @ replies to a character from Phrenic on Twitter, known as…
  • Editing new Phrenic episodes

    Mike Vogel
    28 Apr 2014 | 1:40 am
    Phrenic is having a one year anniversary party on Wednesday (post & pictures to come). Here are some screenshots from scenes I’ve been editing. Two take place in a creepy asylum environment. The other is a fun clone assassin episode. A new version of the app (with a new icon and design) is coming soon too.  The website looks newer too!
  • Notecarding a new screenplay…

    Mike Vogel
    24 Nov 2013 | 10:35 pm
    I’m in the process of notecarding out another feature. It’s probably the most fun part of making a movie because there is no technology to troubleshoot, people to schedule, locations to coordinate with, or money to try and not spend. It’s just writing and imagining new scenes and what could happen in those scenes. There’s not even dialogue yet. Improvisation happens sometimes on the set, but this notecard process is pure improvisation. What if this happened? What if this character did this? Sure, there is a little bit of practicality, like realizing that where a scene…
  • Bigfoot Bridge

    Mike Vogel
    8 Nov 2013 | 12:20 pm
    There’s a contest to name the new bridge being built in Portland. This bridge is different than every other bridge in Portland because it’s the only span across the Willamette that doesn’t allow cars. Here’s my pitch (which I submitted to Trimet) to call it Bigfoot Bridge: Bigfoot is a famous long-time resident of Oregon. Feet will also play a big role on the new bridge. Feet will walk, pedal bikes, and tap to music listened through earbuds on public transportation. The bridge also spans two scientific areas (OHSU and OMSI) that should be connected by something…
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    Film Shortage

  • Red Within

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    When the brain is deprived of its senses it attempts to fill in the void with whatever it can find from within. The post Red Within appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Good Grief

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Good Grief is a short stop motion animated documentary that explores the lessons we learn from dealing with grief and loss. Five real people share their true stories of losing something precious and what it has taught them about living. Made in 2012, Good Grief has screened at 19 festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. Inspired by the loss of her own mother and the grief that ensued, director Fiona Dalwood went about finding out how the experience of loss transforms us. With a shoestring budget and months of hard work, she made Good Grief, a beautiful short film that has been described…
  • Johnny Express

    Marco Luca
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    It’s 2150. Meet the universe’s laziest delivery man, Johnny. Certain films set out to hit every point of satisfaction there is to be found. Johnny Express exemplifies what an animated short film should be, a comedic one at least, that’s not quite for children. The story is about Johnny, a Space Delivery Man who travels to different planets to deliver packages. He is lazy. He autopilots from planet to planet while he sleeps it through, but his missions never go as planned. The story is one that we’ve all imagined as children, walking through a garden of ants and acting…
  • The Ins and Outs of In-N-Out

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Its like a What Would Jesus Do bracelet, only a film, and more burgers. The post The Ins and Outs of In-N-Out appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Conscience

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Remorse is the punishment of crime. What if we try to fight it? Are we able to win? Who would we become? The post Conscience appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Damn, Gina! Pt. 2 – Ughhh The Hobbit (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti returns in Part 2 of our Lord of the Rings extravaganza! This week, we explore the original trilogy in more detail, discuss discrepancies with the books, then we get to.. ugghh… The Hobbit. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. I – The LOTR Encyclopedia (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, the Nerds enlist the help of friend and expert Gina Giovannetti to discuss The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
  • Sequels 3: I Poop Pennies (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, Dave McGuire guest hosts as the Nerds dedicate an entire episode to the worst sequels of all time. Click here if the media player below does not load.
  • Steeeeeeeeeeeve Perry! (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    This week, Sean, Roxi, and Sarah wanted to spotlight an underrated film and in the words of its stars “…the stupidest, dumbest movie ever made:” BASEketball. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • The Bechdel Test (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Sarah and Roxi welcome Girls With Issues hosts Billea Bones and Vicki Oh to discuss female representation in the media, both positive and negative. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
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    Noam Kroll

  • When Camera Choice Can Be The Most Important Factor In Achieving A Beautiful Image

    Noam Kroll
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    Many cinematographers feel that the camera they shoot on is the least important element when it comes to capturing a beautiful image since lighting, lenses, color grading, and other factors often play a more important role. I myself fall into this camp for the most part, and those of you that are frequent visitors of the site likely know that by now… However, there are times that your choice in camera can be far more critical than any other element in the cinematography pipeline, and it’s important to know exactly when it matters most. For the majority of my controlled…
  • From Bolex to Blackmagic: 6 Game Changing Film & Video Cameras That Changed The Face Of Independent Cinema

    Noam Kroll
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Over the couple of weeks a lot of camera announcements have been made – some very exciting, and others not so much. The Canon 7D MKII, Samsung NX1 (which shoots 4K encoded to H.265), and the Sony FS7 are just a few of the highlights. I will be posting some of my thoughts on these cameras over the next little while, but for now I wanted to take a step back and look at some of the most influential and game changing cameras in the history of independent cinema to put things in context.  The term “game changer” gets thrown a lot these days, and just about every camera manufacturer…
  • Feature Film Journal #2: Refining The Story & Creating A Beat Sheet

    Noam Kroll
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Earlier this summer I wrote an article documenting the very first steps of developing my independent feature film, and now that some real progress has been made, I felt it was time for another update. Below I’m going to walk you through my process of refining my feature film’s story, and fitting it in to the context of a beat sheet… But first off, here’s some backstory on how I got there: Taking Time Away From The Story At the tail end of my last article (which primarily focused on choosing and developing a story idea), I had mentioned that before I would move ahead…
  • Tip Of The Day: The Importance Of The Casting Session

    Noam Kroll
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post one of my Tip Of The Day videos, as I’ve been swamped with work over the summer, but my latest instalment in this series covers a topic that is universally important to any type of narrative filmmaker – The casting process. I wrote an article a couple of months ago the discussed the importance of casting, but wanted to re-iterate my thoughts here and expand on things a bit further. It goes without saying that casting is an extremely important facet of any filmmakers process… Most of us recognize that. And most of us…
  • Sign Up For My 2 Day Digital Cinema Bootcamp In Los Angeles Today & Receive A Free Copy Of My DSLR Cinema Guide!

    Noam Kroll
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    After an overwhelming response to my recently released Guide For Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, I decided to take things a step further by organizing an in-person digital cinema course this fall. There’s nothing quite like having hands on experience on a real set to jumpstart your knowledge and understanding of the craft of cinematography. The Digital Cinema Boot Camp The course will run for two full days over the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd, here in Los Angeles. Much like my DSLR Cinema Guide, the course will cover everything from beginner level basics (setting your…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • Development Project: Ringer

    Stephan Bugaj
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Greg Jonkajtys and I have a new self-generated project in development that we are very excited about, called Ringer.   Miller and Alien Cargo Ship, concept art: Grzegorz Jonkajtys SYNOPSISRinger is a sci-fi noir set in a world in where aliens shape shifters (called "Ringers") who can take on any human form, have been banned from earth except in special free trade zones.The Ringers are banned because they are able to take on any human form they come in contact with, and the resultant widespread fear about them doing every unsavory thing from tricking lovers into trysts to usurping…
  • The Mines

    Stephan Bugaj
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Another project I worked on with Grzegorz Jonkajtys is The Mines.  I wrote a feature script first, and everyone loved it (the feature is currently seeking funding -- if you're interested in investing, please contact Platige Image).  So I was asked to write a five minute "test film" featuring a scene not in the feature.  The idea was to do some preliminary looks dev, and show the short to investors and distributors as basically a "tone reel" for the feature.  It was shot very cheaply (not at all representative of cost-per-minute being budgeted for the feature)…
  • Snow King Teaser

    Stephan Bugaj
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Snow King is a project I've been working on with my good friend Grzegorz Jonkajtys.  It's a magical realist horror, not unlike Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth", about a young boy and the horrors of relocation to an NKVD-controlled, Siberian "work town" during World War Two. Now that the short is in good shape, we will be seeking funding to develop Snow King into a feature.  Keep an eye on the Snow King Facebook Page for more info as it develops. Also follow my blog, my Twitter, and Greg's Twitter to get updates about this project -- and other projects we're…
  • Episodic Versus One-Shot

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

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

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    How to make an affordable music video production. Shooting the video: 1. You may want to play the track on set and make the artist sing in line to the song playing. By having this back track it will then allow you to synchronize the music and the lip singing in the post production. 2. Direct your singer to sing properly and just like she/he would normally. If the singer is making too many face expressions it may look really different in the finished look. 3.Remember, that the track from the production can not be used in the music video. Therefore, you may want to mute the music from the…

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    So I have recently wanted to make a promo video for my friends business. What I have noticed while producing that promo video that its NOT that easy. I’m not a professional promo video maker, however I will share some tips that i have found online and that helped me a lot. STEP ONE: PLAN ! Plan your promo video from A to Z. Make sure your promo video will : grab the audience attention explain to your audience what your business is about However- Don’t make it boring  and have it up to 150 words.  Also Do not make it to long as..Studies say that after 30-60 seconds the…
  • Moonrise Kingdom

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

    6 May 2014 | 2:53 am
    Would you know that film making doesn’t need to be so expensive. Well, Unfortunately in the world of film making and production equipment isn’t  mostly affordable to us all. Sometimes, One piece of equipment can  cost more than the normal person can get in a whole year. Though this might be off-putting for many people, there are other equipment that you can buy that isn’t that bad of a price. You don’t have to worry about having the best quality film like the latest Blockbuster realises. Because it is unlikely you will get footage that high quality,…
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  • News flash: Hollywood officially runs out of ideas

    Luke Kent
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen, the sad day has arrived when Hollywood has officially run out of ideas. Empire reports that a movie based on the classic puzzle game Tetris is on its way. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Tetris as much as the next guy, and it’s not like this is the first movie to be based on a game, but this one is really (really, really, really) clutching at straws! The simple tile matching gameplay and addictive music of Tetris make for some compulsive gaming, but doesn’t particularly scream cinema. Perhaps Threshold Entertainment, who are responsible for this…
  • The Simpsons/ Family Guy Crossover Review

    Luke Kent
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    With The Simpsons entering it 26th season, and Family Guy entering its 13th, these two much loved shows are perhaps both past their primes, but the novelty of seeing both families duke it on screen is a something that provides in part moments of greatness, in part missed opportunities, as well as a smattering of simply bizarre moments. Chris: “Yay, a crossover brings out the best in each show. it certainly doesn’t smack of desperation. The priorities are always creative and not driven by marketing or -“ Stewie: “Ok, that’s enough” The Griffin family…
  • Godzilla (2014) Review

    Luke Kent
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    “The arrogance of men is thinking nature is in their control and not the other way around. Let them fight.” Gareth Edwards follows up his feature debut Monsters with his take on the biggest monster of them all, Godzilla. Hitting the reset button on the franchise just 16 years after the 1998 Roland Emmerich film of the same name, Edwards delivers an impressive version of one of Japan’s most famous exports. After a brief glimpse of a 1954 “nuclear bomb test”, the film picks up in 1999 with Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad), supervisor at a Japanese…
  • 10 Beautiful Alternative Movie Posters

    Luke Kent
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Following on from the 10 Stunning Movie Posters feature, lets take a look at 10 beautiful alternative movie posters, which have been created by some truly incredible artists. Prepare for your eyes to be dazzled by some remarkable one sheets. Click an image to open the handy viewer and take a closer look. For a plethora of excellent alternative movie posters, hit this link. For film, TV and game reviews and musings, take a look around on Flicks and Pieces
  • Ranking Guillermo del Toro’s Movies

    Luke Kent
    24 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    For Guillermo del Toro, it’s what lies beneath the bed, behind the curtain, or in the darkness that made him tick as a child, and inspires him creatively as a director. As a self-confessed lover of the macabre, del Toro surrounds himself with art, imagery, sculptures and collections of all that can feed his obsession with monsters and ghouls, using this to fuel his imagination. His own personal collection of curiosities are housed within the walls of Bleak House, the ultimate collection of the macabre, where he can both work and take inspiration. But in the dark and ghostly he also…
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