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  • Basic Movie Marketing Strategy

    Filmmaking Stuff
    Jason Brubaker
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Are you looking for a movie marketing strategy? In this filmmaking article, we provide an overview of a basic movie marketing strategy.
  • Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Going VOD Only In France, Could Be Late Addition To Cannes Lineup

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    Kevin Jagernauth
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Abel Ferrara and theatrical distribution mix like oil and water. His films always seem to be hard to find on the big screen, usually slotted with a smaller distributor who doesn't expand his films beyond the few screens they manage to snag in New York City and Los Angeles. And for his latest, "Welcome To New York," French producers The Wild Bunch are forgoing a theatrical release entirely.The company has decided that Ferrara's latest will be going straight to VOD in France, and the company views the exercise as an experiment they hope will pay off. “We’ve wanted to experiment with…
  • Three Ways How To Become A Filmmaker

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    Jason Brubaker
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    If you're wondering how to become a filmmaker, you're not alone. In this filmmaking article, we explore the three different types of filmmakers.
  • Camera Vehicle

    A Moon Brothers Film...
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    We felt that the time has come to invest in a high-quality camera vehicle for our next movie. The salesman gave us the full pitch, assuring us that it comes with the following...-Fully open back with custom-designed permanent camera column and swivel seat. -Unique hydraulic camera platform that lowers silently to ground level. -250 litre fuel capacity (1500 km range)-GPS and hand-held radios.-Inverters for charging camera batteries.Pretty sweet deal, right? Well, here are some pics of the vehicle. Not quite as advertised. But there are some pros to go along with the cons...1. Con -- This…
  • Tribeca Docs on Government Spying: ‘What Was Illegal Under Nixon Is Legal Under Obama’

    TheWrap
    Steve Pond
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Government surveillance, abuses of power and the supression of dissent kicked into high gear after 9/11, one documentary argued at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. But the whistleblowers who exposed recent activities were hardly breaking new ground, because some of the same things were going on more than four decades ago, another Tribeca doc pointed out. Both “Silenced” and “1971” tackle issues that reverberate in light of Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the extent of domestic spying, and the risks some citizens take to expose activity they feel…
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  • Tribeca Docs on Government Spying: ‘What Was Illegal Under Nixon Is Legal Under Obama’

    Steve Pond
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Government surveillance, abuses of power and the supression of dissent kicked into high gear after 9/11, one documentary argued at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. But the whistleblowers who exposed recent activities were hardly breaking new ground, because some of the same things were going on more than four decades ago, another Tribeca doc pointed out. Both “Silenced” and “1971” tackle issues that reverberate in light of Edward Snowden's recent disclosures of the extent of domestic spying, and the risks some citizens take to expose activity they feel…
  • 11 of God's Biggest Hits at the Domestic Box Office (Photos)

    Greg Gilman
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    The post 11 of God's Biggest Hits at the Domestic Box Office (Photos) appeared first on TheWrap. Related stories from TheWrap:'Heaven Is for Real' Reviews: Does the Faith-Based Film Make Believers Out of Critics?'Heaven Is for Real' Joins Parade of Faith-Based Movies at Easter Box Office'God's Not Dead' Isn't Going Away, and Neither Are Faith-Based Films
  • High School Student Suspended For Having the Balls to Ask Miss America to Prom

    Greg Gilman
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    A Pennsylvania high school student was suspended this week for having the balls to pursue the American dream of securing a prom date with Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri. 18-year-old Patrick Farves was cheered on by the student body at Central York High School in York, PA when he approached Davuluri with a plastic flower in hand in the middle of an assembly. School officials, however, were not pleased, and he was immediately taken to the principals office, where he received a three-day in-school suspension. See video: Bryan Cranston Threatens Prom Date With Menacing Walter White Voice…
  • Prince Surprises Fans With New Single, ‘The Breakdown’ (Audio)

    Greg Gilman
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Prince released a new single called “Breakdown,” and you can listen to it for free. The music icon dropped the new tune (below) just short of midnight on Friday, the same day he announced he's working on a new studio album. See video: #ICYMI in Pop Culture: Pharrell Gets Emo, Jenny McCarthy Gets Happy, Splinter Gets a Makeover The “Purple Rain” singer told late-night host Arsenio Hall in March that the song was coming, but didn't say when. “There's a song we've just written called, ‘The Breakdown,'” he said. “One of the…
  • Miley Cyrus Postpones Bangerz Tour After Allergic Reaction to Antibiotics

    Greg Gilman
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A severe allergic reaction to antibiotics has forced Miley Cyrus to postpone the remaining U.S. dates on her Bangerz tour until August. According to a statement on the 21-year-old pop star's website, Cyrus “is continuing to recover from the severe allergic reaction she suffered on April 15.” Also read: Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry's Phony Feud Over Kiss Rolls On With Dirty Tongue Diss “Existing tickets will be honored on the new dates, which include previously cancelled and postponed dates,” the statement promises. “Additionally, two tour dates have been…
 
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  • Best of the Week: Pfister and Depp Interviews, Jon Hamm Career Watch, Women Screenwriters and More

    TOH!
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The top stories of the week from TOH!Awards:Highs and Lows of the Meaningless 2014 MTV Movie AwardsBox Office:Arthouse Audit: "Only Lovers Left Alive" Tops Trio of New Big-Name OpeningsBox Office Top Ten: "Captain America" Stays Strong to Beat "Rio 2"Friday Box Office: Sequels Beat New Entries, Faith-Based 'Heaven' Is Strong, 'Transcendence' Starts off WeakFeatures:Career Watch: As "Mad Men" Enters Its Final Season, Can Jon Hamm Rebrand Himself as a Movie Star?Memo to Women Screenwriters: Man Up!Festivals:As Tribeca Kicks Off, "A Brony Tale" Leads Some Must-See DocsCannes Lineup: Veteran…
  • Who Should Play Garbo and Dietrich?

    Anne Thompson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    So it looks like indie-minded producer Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, who backed upcoming Cannes entry "Foxcatcher" as well as such Oscar contenders as "The Master," "American Hustle" and "Her," is now developing her first TV series to be sold to the networks. Set during Hollywood's Golden Age, the drama focuses on Nordic beauties Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich, who were known for their androgynous mystery. “The Swedish Sphinx” and “The Blonde Venus” could be both glamorous and alluring--and get away with wearing pants. Thus, much like one-time roommates Cary Grant…
  • Bryan Singer's Sex Abuse Accuser Is Teaming With Documentarian Amy Berg

    Nigel M Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Things just got worse for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer.In the wake of the recent sex abuse allegations, The Daily Mail reports news that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is teaming up with Singer's accuser, Michael Egan, for a documentary about children molested by the Hollywood community. Berg confirmed to the Daily Mail that she has been working on the untitled documentary for two years.Berg's narrative debut, "Every Secret Thing" (written by Nicole Holofcener), will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday. She received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for her…
  • 'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Developing Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc Linked To Bryan Singer Allegations

    Kevin Jagernauth
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Earlier this week, some bombshell allegations rocked Hollywood, when 31-year-old Michael Egan filed a federal lawsuit accusing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager on numerous occasions in 1999. Singer's lawyers swiftly denied the allegations, and have announced plans to countersue. But the story has now taken another turn, and one that goes beyond the court proceedings.The Daily Mail has revealed that "West of Memphis" director Amy Berg has been at work for the past two years on a documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood, and had reached…
  • Abel Ferrara's 'Welcome To New York' Going VOD Only In France, Could Be Late Addition To Cannes Lineup

    Kevin Jagernauth
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Abel Ferrara and theatrical distribution mix like oil and water. His films always seem to be hard to find on the big screen, usually slotted with a smaller distributor who doesn't expand his films beyond the few screens they manage to snag in New York City and Los Angeles. And for his latest, "Welcome To New York," French producers The Wild Bunch are forgoing a theatrical release entirely.The company has decided that Ferrara's latest will be going straight to VOD in France, and the company views the exercise as an experiment they hope will pay off. “We’ve wanted to experiment with…
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  • Which Title?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    We've made several references to a new feature film we're working on... And we're trying to come up with a good working title. The main character is a girl named Penny, so we figure that's a good starting place. Also what's important is that she spends a majority of the movie in an alternate universe of sorts. Here a quick synopsis about the story: 18-year-old Penny wants nothing more than to escape the clutches of her overprotective mother. Late one night she goes to a dark alley to buy a mysterious box from a stranger. Scrawled on top of the box are the words: "Open Me." What's inside the…
  • Camera Vehicle

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    We felt that the time has come to invest in a high-quality camera vehicle for our next movie. The salesman gave us the full pitch, assuring us that it comes with the following...-Fully open back with custom-designed permanent camera column and swivel seat. -Unique hydraulic camera platform that lowers silently to ground level. -250 litre fuel capacity (1500 km range)-GPS and hand-held radios.-Inverters for charging camera batteries.Pretty sweet deal, right? Well, here are some pics of the vehicle. Not quite as advertised. But there are some pros to go along with the cons...1. Con -- This…
  • Working with Green Screen

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Casting for our next feature film has begun.  Pictured here is one of our newest additions to the ranks of crew, Aaron Rintoul, as he and Cinematographer Martin Munoz chat in a quiet moment between actors auditioning.Green Screen is a new step for us.  The most promising element of its use will be for us to minimize the need to always shoot on location. For shots such as close ups to driving scenes.Of course, the Green Screen doesn't eliminate the need to go on location. Being in a physical space allows us to achieve more developed moving shots; where a space's architecture becomes…
  • Bugs Bunny Eats His Carrots

    6 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    Mel Blanc was one of the great voice actors of his day. They called him the man of a thousand voices. He's famous for being the voice of the likes of Barney Rubble, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird... And Bugs Bunny.But where would "What's up, Doc" be without the sound of a crunching carrot?In his memoir, Mel Blanc says: "Bugs Bunny did for carrots what Popeye the Sailor did for spinach. How many lip-locked, head-swiveling children were coerced into eating their carrots by mothers cooing, '...but Bugs Bunny eats his carrots.'  If only they had known..."What those mamas didn't know is…
  • Questions for an Open Call Audition

    27 Feb 2014 | 10:34 am
    We're holding an Open Call Audition in Niagara this Saturday. (If you're interested in more details, go to our website at http://www.cubecity.org/auditions_on.htm )We often get questions from new actors about some audition terminology that is unfamiliar to them. Questions about what it means to slate. Or who can come to an open call audition. Or what a cold read means. We've put together a series of questions and answers about auditions that will hopefully be of help to you...Q: What is an Open Call?A: When an audition is labelled "Open Call", it means it's open to everybody. You just show…
 
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  • New Mo-Cap Rig Renders Scenes in Real-Time

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Motion-capture technologies (and techniques) have come forward in leaps and bounds over the past decade, however one of the main limitations in this very young sector has always been the power to preview the results of a shot in real-time and at a quality which reflects more what the final output will be.
  • Interview with VFX Pioneer Dennis Muren

    6 Feb 2014 | 6:01 am
    Dennis Muren occupies a rare place in movie history as one of the truly great pioneers of visual effects. Boing Boing blogger Mark Frauenfelder talks with Muren about his career and the craft.
  • D16 Bolex 'Digital 16mm' Camera Available to Pre-Order

    18 Dec 2013 | 6:01 am
    Off the back of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Digital Bolex (a JV between the original Bolex company and start-up Cinemeridian) are set to launch their first product - the D16 Bolex, digital 16mm camera.
  • The Sound of All is Lost

    6 Dec 2013 | 6:01 am
    The chaps over at SoundWorks Collection explore Director J.C. Chandor's new film, All is Lost. Premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film features only one character and contains almost no dialogue yet is brought to life almost entirely by sound design.
  • How To... Film The Great Outdoors Using a DSLR

    31 Oct 2013 | 7:01 am
    Filmmakers are referring to DSLR filmmaking as a revolutionary invention. It achieved a huge leap forward in the quality of the image and moreover it has become available to millions of potential filmmakers, helping to spread the word and passion.
 
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  • Film-making pair will capture 8,500-mile Ulverston to China challenge

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    ANYONE planning to get away over the bank holiday weekend might be dreading a long car journey and heavy traffic. But spare a thought for two film-makers who have agreed to drive from Ulverston to Beijing as part of a month-long charity challenge.
  • Lovers' Relationship Is Online Only In 'Hank And Asha'

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with husband and wife film-making duo James Duff and Julia Morrison about their new film, Hank and Asha.
  • Chef: Jon Favreau cooks up an amiable comedy for SXSW 2014 opener - review

    11 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    The Iron Man director returns to indie film-making with a good-natured comedy about a cook who rediscovers his creativity in the back of a street food truck, writes Henry Barnes SXSW opens with Chef, a down-home comedy in which a cook resets his career by learning about Twitter and opening a food truck. You can't fling a mobile device without hitting an artisanal taco van in Austin. Chef would ...
  • Should film critics care about cinematic technique?

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:15 am
    The debate about critics and film-making missing a point: Hollywood needs policing on its weaknesses, not its strengths Continue reading...
  • Sally Potter, film director – portrait of the artist

    10 Apr 2014 | 10:45 pm
    'When you push through your limits, it gets painful – it's like a scab coming off' What first drew you to film-making? First, watching films as a child. Second, putting a camera to my eye when I was about 14. My uncle and his then partner lent me their 8mm movie camera. I realised that, when you frame the world, you see and feel different things. What was your big breakthrough? The premiere of ...
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  • Selling your short: JUST DO IT

    Editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:33 am
    SELLING YOUR SHORT NORTH AMERICA Canadian Reflections Showcase of independent short films through broadcasts in Canada. VTape Toronto distributor with searchable database for educators and curators. CFMDC: Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre Distributor for international independent films, specializing in festivals and industry conferences. (Distribution Services) Channel Zero (previously Movieola) Canadian broadcaster of on-demand short films and owner of CHCH Ontario, an over-the-air station. Independent Film Channel U.S. distributor of independent and foreign films.  IFC…
  • 10 Crowdfunding Sites To Fuel Your Project

    Editor
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 am
    Interesting article  http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/crowdfunding-sites/ by Alvaris Falcon.  Alvaris is a web designer, developer and staff writer for Hongkiat.com. Do you have a dream? No, not the kind you get from eight hours of sleep, a dream dream. Your legacy to leave in this world that people will remember you buy. You know, like creating an epic video game, or recording a great music album, or the next social network to take the world by storm? Never hurts to dream big, right? Alas, in this materialistic world, dreams are expensive – scratch that, dreams need a…
  • Ten feature-length music documentary films qualified for the competition DocFilmMusic at the 54th Krakow Film Festival.

    Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    This week, the organisers of the festival announce the results of the selection of all four competitions.   DocFilmMusic, the youngest of the four competitions of Krakow Film Festival, takes place for the second time. The music documentary films submitted to the selection should be longer than 30 minutes. The winner of this section will get the Grand Prix award The Golden Heynal and a cash prize amounting to 20 000 zloty.   "Music film does not have to mean trifling," says Krzysztof Gierat, the director of Krakow Film Festival. Among this year's offers there are…
  • Film North Announces 2014 Opening Night Feature Screening

    Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
      Film North, Huntsville International Film Festival announced today their first program leak.    Watermark will be the opening night feature film on Thursday September 18th at the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville, Ontario.   Lucy Wing, CEO and founder of Film North said, “Watermark has been secured as our opening night feature.  Our audience is familiar with the work of Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky having viewed Manufactured Landscapes as our inaugural feature film in 2009.  We welcome their outstanding new work Watermark and know that our audience…
  • Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, Piranha) will receive inaugural 2014 Stanley Film Festival Master of Horror award

    Editor
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
                The Stanley Film Festival (SFF), presented by Chiller and produced by the Denver Film Society, announced their full lineup of panels, added screenings, Dean's Cup short films, and the full cast of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: The Stanley Edition (presented by Glass Eye Pix). Celebrating the best in independent horror cinema, SFF will showcase a full slate of features, shorts, panels and fully immersive experiences - set at the Stanley Hotel. The haunted landmark opened in 1909 and was the inspiration for Stephen King's Overlook Hotel in The…
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  • Uneec - Copters

    Camera Expert
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Mark of Uneec talking about the company's flying copters. http://flyingeyes.com/hx3-hexcopter/...hx3-basic.html
  • PMG - Multi Rotors

    Camera Expert
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:55 am
    Connor Wyse of PMG Multi-Rotors talking about the company's products including gimbals and copters. http://www.pmgmultirotors.com/ https://www.facebook.com/PMG.MulitRotors
  • Turbo Ace

    Camera Expert
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:53 am
    Greg Stevens of Turbo Ace demonstrating some of the company's products including copters and gimbals. http://www.turboace.com/ https://www.facebook.com/turboacewow
  • C100: C100 + Canon 50mm f/1.2 L

    sony3000
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:48 am
    Want to share with you very simple and effective setup that I use 90% of the time. Canon C100 + Canon 50mm f/1.2 L + Shoulder Rig. The lens I use from f/2.0-f/2.8, C100 with WDR and simple color grading, shoulder rig gives me freedom and much more time for thinking and creativity. I have noticed that when I use a slider and steadycam I have less time to think and I am more like a robot. Most of the time minimalistic setup will give me much better results. At that wedding I used only these 3 things. I would like to hear what is your opinion. Featured.jpg Attached Images Featured.jpg (64.1 KB)
  • [FS: Support] Ipad Teleprompter, Zacuto, Arri, Chrosziel, Canon 5D, 7D, Prompter

    Jaded Tiger
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:51 pm
    Hi, I purchased this teleprompter on ebay awhile back. Tested it a few times and it works great. I thought I would use it on a production, but that fell through. Been sitting in the carrying case for awhile now. Going to invest in some other gears, so this has to go. Here is a link to the product. http://www.onetakeonly.com/OneTakeOn..._Prompter.html It goes for $399. I'm asking for $295 shipping FEDEX & Tracking included. email me at info@juntangphotography.com
 
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    Projector Films - new ideas for film makers

  • Recent P&O Cruises Advert on 4OD

    5 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    Here's my recent advert for P&O Cruises, available on video-on-demand platforms such as 4OD. Shot last year it was held back to help push sales this year. I talked about the production before, but it is good to see this new edit also making the rounds.
  • Children's film - is the time now?

    27 Mar 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Myself and Danny went to hear a discussion at BAFTA about the future of children's film. This was of much interest to us as we continue to develop our own micro budget kids feature, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?The event was sponsored by the Children's Media Foundation (of whom I am a patron) and overall was probably more upbeat about the future than I thought it would be. Here's the blurb…The discussion was chaired by Briony Hanson, Director of Film at the British Council. Panellists were Linda James, Sly Fox Films and Board Member, CMF; Justin Johnson, British Film Institute; Rupert…
  • Podcast Episode 37: Speaking to director Nigel Cole

    24 Mar 2014 | 2:41 am
    This podcast is a special. It focuses on my interview with Nigel Cole. If you don't know the name, he is the director working across both films "Made in Dagenham" and TV "Doc Martin, Cold Feet". Here is his IMDB for a full list.I asked him about his career between the two formats, how he works with writers and how to gets on in this crazy biz.Also in the podcast is Danny's screenwriting news - with lots going on right now. Here's some links…Nick Darke awardGuiding Lights SchemeComing UpCreative England's Talent CentreBBC Writers Room open callSee you next month listeners.
  • Who is Nelson Nutmeg?

    2 Mar 2014 | 1:41 pm
    As mentioned in the previous podcast, myself and Danny Stack, aided by other local legends, are pulling together a low budget feature. The twist; it's a children's film.Here's why…We’ve noticed that a certain kind of film doesn’t really get made anymore, a kind of film that we both remember from when we were younger: a children’s film that has kids in the lead roles (think The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator, Explorers, BMX Bandits, and the like). These films weren’t based on best-selling books or pre-existing properties. They were original ideas made to appeal directly to a…
  • Podcast Episode 36: Being proactive and introducing Nelson Nutmeg

    27 Feb 2014 | 10:15 am
    This episode is about being proactive. What can you do to make sure you chase down every avenue? Are you an amateur or a professional. PLUS we launch our new feature film for children - Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? www.nelsonnutmeg.comObviously there will be more to come from Nelson Nutmeg over the next few months, our adventures in bringing this film to life. In the meantime, sign up on the website for news. Or follow on twitter.Easiest way, sign up below… Keep up to date about Nelson Nutmeg indicates required Email Address
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  • Your Wednesday Links: The Real Box Office Figures

    J. Ott
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:41 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. Deadline data on how much profit blockbuster films ACTUALLY make - In honor of the NCAA Basketball Tourney, Deadline ran a mock bracket between 2013 blockbusters. The data they used is closer to what studios see, and a rare peek into more realistic profitability numbers than the "dumb" box office numbers that news outlets put out each week. I really wish there was a lot more reporting around these numbers, not just silly brackets. What these numbers do omit is a…
  • All About Movie Test Screenings (with Free Questionnaire Download!)

    J. Ott
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I'm not sure when Hollywood began running test screenings, but I know it goes way back. In 1942, two preview screenings of The Magnificent Ambersons (written and directed by Orson Welles) went over like wet blankets and RKO, the studio, lopped 40 minutes off and re-shot the ending. Likewise, the recent World War Z had a third act that tested poorly and was completely re-written and re-shot. One might conclude not much has changed. Criticisms aside, there is a scientific method to modern test screenings, which are more often aimed at figuring out how to market the film than how to re-edit it.
  • Fully-Conscious Filmmaking: An Interview with Ethan Shaftel

    J. Ott
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    Ethan Shaftel is director, writer and editor who has worked with artists like Beyoncé and John Legend. He also makes visually-arresting, mind-bending science fiction films, the latest of which is the short "Flesh Computer". Check out the trailer: I had a chance to speak with Ethan via email about how he pulled off the complex digital and practical effects you see above. He also talked about recruiting top talent on a low budget and, oh yeah, the philosophy of consciousness. Lots of great info for fellow filmmakers. Enjoy... Making the Movie: Where did the idea for "Flesh Computer" come from?
  • Shoot Something Every Two Weeks: A Conversation with Phil Hughes and Jenn Daugherty

    J. Ott
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I recently got a strong pitch for a very indie film in my inbox: Sweet Nothings, written by and starring Jennifer Daughtery and directed by Phillip Hughes. It's a musical comedy about an aspiring chef and an aspiring musician who -- and I'm just guessing here -- fall in love. As their kickstarter puts it: MUSIC + FOOD + LOVE = AWESOME. I spoke with Jenn and Phil via email about the project and their can-do philosophy of movie making. Read on for some great tips on script development, SAG contracts and social media marketing for filmmakers... Making the Movie: How did the idea for the story of…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Timeholes

    J. Ott
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Also, if you're in the U.S. and looking to get an edge on Oscar voting, 3 of the 5 Documentary nominees are on Netflix streaming and one, 20 Feet from Stardom, is currently a $.99 rental on Amazon. I can heartily recommend both The Act of Killing and 20 Feet from Stardom. The foreign film nominees are harder to see, but frontrunners The Great Beauty and The Hunt are at least $4.99 rentals on Amazon and also available on iTunes in selected territories. Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing Your Further Weekend Viewing: Parkour Flipbook Your Weekend Viewing: This Is Water
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  • VR movie pioneer on the challenges and future of virtual reality filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    by Hayden Dingman. There isn’t even a consumer-ready virtual reality headset on the market yet, but that isn’t stopping a few filmmakers from thinking it’s the future. One of the pioneers in the area is Condition One’s Zero Point—a film that’s as much a discussion of VR’s potential as it is a showcase for new technology. According to Condition One founder Danfung Dennis I was the first person outside the company to sit through the full twenty-minute version of Zero Point, which had me walking through the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles,…
  • Heaven’s Gate marked the end of personal filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    from Movie Forums. I earnestly believe (as well as numerous others) that Heaven’s Gate marked the end of personalised filmmaking in American cinema. The repercussions of that prodigious flop is still conspicuous across the industry today, and it is a real shame. Prior to Cimino’s ambitious and consequential film, filmmakers in large to moderate funded American projects were given a greater deal of – what I see as – artistic creativity. Producers were less invasive on set and studio interference was much more infrequent. Two of America’s most prominent…
  • 10 things we learned from James Cameron’s Reddit AMA

    Peter D. Marshall
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    by Jake Cleland. Director James Cameron has done some pretty incredible things in his time. Not only has he directed some of the most famous action films in cinematic history but he’s constantly pushed the boundaries of film-making technology, pioneering new methods to realise his otherworldly visions. He recently created a new type of submersible vehicle to explore some of the most mysterious reaches of our Earth within the abyss of Mariana’s Trench. He stopped by Reddit to give one of the most lucid, thoughtful and comprehensive AMAs the format has seen to date. The below is…
  • How Captain America 2′s Explosive Visual Effects Were Made

    Peter D. Marshall
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    by Nicole Nguyen. It’s decided — Captain America: Winter Soldier is this Spring’s must-see movie. The sequel has already made $10.2 million on its opening night, and it’s set to break box office records this weekend. Why is the Cap’s new title film making such big waves? The movie’s incredible visual effects may have something to do with that. Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes on a much grittier, tougher, and — consequently — more human look than the first movie. We spoke to visual effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, who revealed how the team achieved…
  • Viewing Nature’s Beauty Through a New Lens

    Peter D. Marshall
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    by Sonia Harmon. Nature filmmaker and photographer Louie Schwartzberg wants to really open your eyes, and not just so you can see what’s in front of you. He’s made it his personal goal to help others see the beauty of the world—people, plants, places—in a different way. He’s captured everything from San Francisco to fungi, but Louie is most widely known for popularizing timelapse photography, a technique in which frames are slowly captured so that when the video result is played, you can actually see “time lapse.” His TED Talk on gratitude and nature’s beauty has over three…
 
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  • DN317: Echo – Lewis Arnold

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    You may recall our conversation with rising director Lewis Arnold at the end of last year for his impressive ‘tall tale gone bad’ short Charlie Says. Well, during that chat Lewis spoke a little about Echo, another short he had out travelling the festival circuit. With Echo released online just over a week ago, and basking in the Vimeo Staff Pick limelight, it seemed the perfect excuse to delve even deeper into Lewis’ time at the National Film and Television School and the creation of his repetitive compulsion narrative. It’s much more interesting to get into the headspace…
  • DN316: Strings – Rob Savage

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    A director we’ve been watching with great interest here on DN, Rob Savage’s work consistently grabs our attention. That’s why I asked him to join us on the podcast so I could discover how it all began at the tender age of 18 when he wrote, directed, edited, shot and co-produced his debut feature Strings, which depicts those quiet, awkward moments of teenage relationships we rarely get to witness on screen. Originally the plan was to shoot it on a Flipcam & make it a Mumblecore movie. Strings (2012) A German exchange student begins an impulsive and ultimately destructive…
  • DN315: Whale Valley – Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    20 Feb 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Set against the majestic, rugged backdrop of the Icelandic landscape, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson’s short Whale Valley depicts the powerful bond held by two brothers. Guðmundur joins us to discuss how Whale Valley grew for an imagine of brotherly ‘rough love’ and how an extensive pre-production period freed him from over thinking on set and opened up the possibilities for inspiration. I’d rather live with my own mistakes than take a safe turn & regret it. That’s the worst feeling I know. Whale Valley (2013) The film shows a strong bond between two brothers that live in a…
  • DN314: Seagulls – Martin Smith

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    6 Feb 2014 | 9:28 am
    In his dramatic short Seagulls, director Martin Smith explores the superficial yet insurmountable cultural bonds which prevent a newly arrived young showman from finding a place amongst his local peers. Ahead of Seagulls’ world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival – where it will screen on the 10th, 12th, 13th & 14th February – we sat down with Martin to discuss the importance of authenticity to his process and why a watery jump could have spelt the end of his directing career. What really drew me to working with non-actors, particularly with young people, was…
  • DN313: Ghost Burger – Lee Hardcastle

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    30 Jan 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today we’re joined by the ridiculously prolific filmmaker Lee Hardcastle who in his own understated but ever so true words, ‘makes claymations that are not for children’s eyes‘, the latest of which is Ghost Burger, an excellent sequel to his T is for Toilet segment from the ABCs of Death. Lee joins us for a long overdue chat about his career as a filmmaker and successful YouTube channel producer, and why he’ll never insult his audience with crap filmmaking. It really is all about trying to mould a character out of yourself & presenting it on a screen for…
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  • Hanging w/ Jim Jarmusch at Only Lovers premiere :: Trailer

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:51 am
    Saw Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance comedy Only Lovers Left Alive last night at Lincoln Center, at the start of the movie's theatrical run.  Got to speak w/ Jarmusch for a minute, always a blast :) Filmmakers Sujewa Ekanayake (L) and Jim Jarmusch (R), 4/11/14*More info about the film & show times at Lincoln Center here.And here's the trailer for the movie: ::
  • Last chance to join Team Little Fishes, help a great new film heading to Cannes & NYC!

    1 Apr 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Less than 20 hours to go on the Little Fishes Kickstarter campaign.  Go here to check out the trailer, donate, & become a part of this excellent project.
  • The latest on Alexia Anastasio's projects, including new film Little Fishes

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:37 am
    First, Little Fishes Kickstarter is down to it's final week/7 days of campaigning for finishing & release funding (to get to her most important & useful stretch goal of $8K, she needs to raise about $5K-$6K more).  Go check it out now & see if you want to become a part of that excellent indie art film project.Next, here's the latest on Alexia's projects, from a recent press release:Filmmaker Alexia Anastasio completes work on new film Little Fishes, crowdfunds for release, participates in a film finance panel discussion, and talks about her work in new interviewFilmmaker…
  • Breakthrough Festival NYC blog updated - some film info, venue info, etc

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:42 am
    Check out the recent post at Breakthrough Festival NYC blog here.Posters!  Links!All final info about the festival coming on 3/31!::
  • All of the official pages, sites, blogs for Breakthrough Festival NYC - An Independent Film Festival, June 2014

    20 Mar 2014 | 12:23 am
    I will keep a running list here.  New links will be added as they become alive.  Official festival website coming on 3/31.- SujewaBREAKTHROUGH FESTIVAL LINKS1 - Breakthrough Festival Blogger Blog - http://breakthroughfestnyc.blogspot.com/2 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook page (for Likes)3 - Breakthrough Festival Facebook Group pageMore coming soon...::
 
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  • MPC: “Sunny and Steve – Enjoy the Sweets”

    Staff
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Just in time for Easter weekend, “Sunny and Steve” from MPC’s NY office has a look as cute and cuddly as its rascally rabbit antagonist. From MPC’s site: [MPC] set out to create the distinctive look of the animation by instilling a retro palette that visually represents each character’s personality and correlates perfectly with the handmade office setting, including the set build, which was created from scrap cloth, styrofoam, and wood, as well as the character’s puppet-like limbs, the boss’s facial mole, Sunny’s vexing whiskers, and Steve’s slight scar.
  • Naked and Roof: TF1 Pub Bumpers

    Justin Cone
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    Paris-based Naked tapped NYC-based Roof to co-create 45 eight-second bumpers for TF1. Each one is a tiny world packed with clever details that hold up to repeat viewing. Roof also recently relaunched their website. Roof was founded by designer/director Vinicius Costa, director Guto Terni and executive producer Crystal Campbell. Credits Client : NAKED © – TF1 Directors / Creative Directors : ROOF Studio and NAKED Compagnie Executive Producer: NAKED Compagnie ROOF Studio Production: Executive Producer: Crystal Campbell Creative Directors: Vinicius Costa and Guto Terni Design: Vinicius…
  • Plenty for Fox Life Spring

    Daniel Coutinho
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Colorful fun Spring package by Plenty for Fox Life!
  • Carlos Lascano: Lila

    Dominique Elliott
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    In this lyrical and poetic piece, Carlos Lascano, transforms the world with the help of Lila, a young woman reminiscent of Amélie, who “can’t resign herself to accept reality as flat as she perceives it” says Lascano. Lascano’s talent as an animator has long been acknowledged, and in this film, his directing skills really shine. No dialogue is needed here to move the story’s concept forward and Alma Garcia’s acting is flawless from beginning to end. Lascano describes the film as the completion to a trilogy, which include “A Short Love Story in Stop…
  • ‘A World Without Limits’ by Studio AKA for Hyundai.

    Igor Sordokhonov
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:22 am
    “A World Without Limits” by Studio AKA for Hyundai.
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Oh, goody! Email issues!

    Peggy Archer
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    For a long time, I’ve had a Yahoo email account, but now there’s a…complication. Said account has apparently been hacked and locked down, and efforts to change my password have gone like this: Yahoo: “Hi! Your account has had some suspicious activity! We shut it off for you! You should change your password.” Me: “Fine. Change my password.” Yahoo: “Awesome! We’ve sent your new password to an email account to which you no longer have access.” Me: “I can’t access that account!” Yahoo: “Bummer! Seems like you need…
  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Dimmer board mood lighting: Filed under: Photos, studio lots, up all night, Work
  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Prop guns in between takes.Filed under: locations, Photos, Work
  • Knees, don’t fail me now

    Peggy Archer
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:38 pm
    During the rare but not unheard of Sunday rigging call, we were in a very expensive boutique hotel on the Sunset Strip, which, given the only reason the hoi polloi shell out to stay there are hopes of catching a glance of a movie star, is surprisingly hostile to film crews. We weren’t allowed to be in the hotel before 4 pm, which really sucked since the shooting unit had a 5 pm call and since there was no way we were going to get all the cable run in an hour, our boss begged or bribed or something and got us in early – on the condition that we be very, very quiet. Which, when one…
  • A very nasty surprise

    Peggy Archer
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I had a fairly easy day at work today – all on stage, and all in a confined set that one can’t get to crazy lighting. I’m back tomorrow, and it’s with a group of guys that I really like, so when I got home my good mood was shattered by the note taped to my front door. My building’s been sold, and as of April 1st, I’m to pay rent to a management company. I  screamed “Fuck” loudly enough to make my neighbor come running out. The owner didn’t tell anyone that he was selling the building, so these notes are the first anyone is hearing about…
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  • 6th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival Call for Workshop Applicants

    Tudla Productions
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:01 am
    We are calling on Filipino student, amateur and independent filmmakers and film collectives to apply
  • It's Not Over Until It's Over

    Ngalula Beatrice Kabutakapua
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    With two weeks left to film in Istanbul, we are trying to make the best of the time we have. Firstly
  • (6 of 10) Press Kit Essentials - Cast/Crew Bios

    Platypus Underground
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:44 am
    In this section you should include short biographies of the main cast and crew members. How many peo
  • Pub culture

    jamesfair
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    Dom’s been busy at work doodling beer mats. Not doodling on beer mats but doodling beer mats. He’s been grappling with some of the concept art for the film’s logo. It is a tricky job as ‘The Confusion of Tongues’ is quite a wordy title. Take at look at some of the early drafts: Those of you that have read the script are aware, the story revolves around a pub quiz. Therefore, we felt it was appropriate to have a fundraising launch party on Friday 30th May in the Spotted Dog from 7pm onwards with a pub quiz, cash prizes and some more info about the film. This is…
  • Hidden Rebellion: The Reason for the Film

    Mariella Hunt
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    When a story remains untold, a lot of sacrifices vanish in thin air. Not many seek these stories to revive them. Hidden Rebellion stands out for unearthing a chapter of the French Revolution few will know. Blessed by a Bishop of France, it will be a great story of faith and martyrs. The About page on Hidden Rebellion’s official website tells of an epic history: An 18th Century popular and Catholic uprising against the French Revolution is brutally suppressed by the Revolutionary armies. Priests and nuns are drowned, hung and thrown to an angry mob. A prayerful, peaceful region…
 
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  • MAGIC MUSHROOMS + DONKEY KONG (BTS)

    Smosh
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    MAGIC MUSHROOMS + DONKEY KONG (BTS) WATCH THE MAIN VIDEO FIRST! http://youtu.be/oJg5KiXX0aA BEST VIDEO GAME GLITCHES: http://smo.sh/1kAktEd Teleporting Fat Guy is BACK! http://youtu.be/TVPT5WQQ... From: Smosh Views: 1439843 44224 ratings Time: 05:50 More in Entertainment
  • Godzilla - Extended Look [HD]

    Godzilla
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Godzilla - Extended Look [HD] http://godzillamovie.com https://www.facebook.com/GodzillaMovie In theaters May 16th. In Summer 2014, the world's most revered monster is reborn as Warner Br... From: Godzilla Views: 4776377 19697 ratings Time: 02:31 More in Entertainment
  • FREE POKEMON HUGS (BTS)

    Smosh
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    FREE POKEMON HUGS (BTS) WATCH THE MAIN VIDEO FIRST! http://youtu.be/Qr_K78fQbss Super Realistic Pokemon?! http://smo.sh/RealisticPokemon Newest Smosh Babies Cartoon! http://youtu.be... From: Smosh Views: 1319682 44751 ratings Time: 04:53 More in Entertainment
  • James Franco Put His Master's Degree to Work

    The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
    15 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    James Franco Put His Master's Degree to Work Jimmy asks James to catch everyone up on all of his recent work, including a short film, a poetry book and starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway. Subscribe... From: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Views: 857233 4270 ratings Time: 05:08 More in Comedy
  • Honest Trailers - Frozen

    Screen Junkies
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    Honest Trailers - Frozen Become a Screen Junkie! ▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Frozen melted the hearts of audiences everywhere - and drove them crazy with its catchy songs. Now, relive t... From: Screen Junkies Views: 9733269 89020 ratings Time: 04:21 More in Film & Animation
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  • Vote for Project of the Week: Will It Be 'Bodkin Ras,' 'Plant,' 'Big Spoon' or 'Headhunt Revisited'?

    Indiewire
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Vote below for this week's Project of the Week. The winning filmmaker will receive a digital distribution consultation from SnagFilms and will become a candidate for Project of the Month. That winner will be awarded with a creative consultation from the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Institute! The four projects up for the prize: "Bodkin Ras" "Plant" "The Big Spoon" "Headhunt Revisited" Voting will end Tuesday, April 22 at 5PM Eastern. Note:  One vote per person. First, make sure you have cookies enabled in your browser.  Votes are confirmed by email.  After voting, please…
  • Tribeca Review: If Woody Allen Directed a Vampire Comedy, It Might Resemble Onur Tukel’s Hilarious Urban Satire 'Summer of Blood'

    Eric Kohn
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Nobody says the word "vampire" in Onur Tukel's hilarious satire "Summer of Blood," even though the movie obviously deals with just that in pretty explicit terms: disgruntled Brooklynite Erik Sparrow (Tukel, also the writer-director) whose life increases in excitement after he’s changed into a fanged bloodsucker only capable of going out at night. Over the centuries, vampires have provided a potent metaphor for various maladies, but the absence of the word in Tukel's freewheeling comedy makes its target especially clear because there’s no symbolic detective work necessary. Running his…
  • Bryan Singer's Sex Abuse Accuser Is Teaming With Documentarian Amy Berg

    Nigel M Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Things just got worse for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer. In the wake of the recent sex abuse allegations, The Daily Mail reports news that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg is teaming up with Singer's accuser, Michael Egan, for a documentary about children molested by the Hollywood community. Berg confirmed to the Daily Mail that she has been working on the untitled documentary for two years. Berg's narrative debut, "Every Secret Thing" (written by Nicole Holofcener), will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday. She received an Oscar nomination in 2006 for her…
  • Watch: Trailer for WGN's New Series 'Manhattan' Talks Secrets and Lies For Nuclear Bomb

    Max O'Connell
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    No, it's not a TV version of Woody Allen's masterpiece, but a look at one of the major moments of modern science and warfare. WGN America's "Manhattan" covers the race in Los Alamos, New Mexico to make the first atomic bomb, and the personal problems it caused in the lives of the scientists and families who had to keep it a secret. The first trailer doesn't show too much -- it's seems to be more of a mood-setter than anything else -- but it does give a glimpse at the terrific cast, which includes Olivia Williams, Daniel Stern, Michael Chernus ("Orange Is the New Black") and John Benjamin…
  • NBC Will Celebrate 'Saturday Night Live's' 40th Anniversary with 3-Hour Special

    Eric Eidelstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    NBC has announced that they are planning a three-hour special in honor of 'Saturday Night Live's' 40th anniversary on February 15th, 2015. As in past anniversary celebrations, major SNL figures will return for the special. Actor Chevy Chase, for example, returned for the 15th anniversary in 1989 and performed one of the skits that first made him famous when the program first premiered in 1975. Bill Murray also made an appearance for the show's 25th anniversary in 1999.  "This brand, which is still one of the highest-rated comedies on television, was the brainchild of Lorne Michaels, who…
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    Film Threat

  • MEMORIAL

    Amy R. Handler
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I also appreciate cinematographer Joseph Loughrell’s fluid camera moves, and one particular scene where Alexandra and Jennifer sit on a Whirly Bird, as we watch the world spinning eerily behind them...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • THE BOOTLEG FILES: CUCUMBER CASTLE

    Phil Hall
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil plays the wrong Game of Thrones...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • SIFF 2014: BEHIND THE CURTAIN, PART THREE

    Brad Wilke
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The worst part of both the filmmaking and the film programming process is dealing with rejection. As filmmakers, we must accept that not everyone is going to love our work. As film programmers, we must accept that not everyone is going to agree with our decisions...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • CHILD OF GOD

    Chase Whale
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    2014 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SELECTION! There are better Cormac McCarthy movies than James Franco's grotty "Child of God," an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize winning author’s novel of the same name...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 199: THE JEN ABDUCTION PROJECT

    Chris Cirillo
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    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, everyone else has been taken, it’s all led up to this…Read More at FilmThreat.com
 
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  • Basic Movie Marketing Strategy

    Jason Brubaker
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Are you looking for a movie marketing strategy? In this filmmaking article, we provide an overview of a basic movie marketing strategy.
  • How To Sell Your Movie Idea

    Jason Brubaker
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Wondering how to sell your movie idea? In this filmmaking article, producer Jason Brubaker shares 3 tips on how to sell your movie idea.
  • Three Ways How To Become A Filmmaker

    Jason Brubaker
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    If you're wondering how to become a filmmaker, you're not alone. In this filmmaking article, we explore the three different types of filmmakers.
  • Three Tips For Digital VOD Distribution

    Jason Brubaker
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    We have entered the era of Digital VOD Distribution. In this filmmaking article, we provide three tips for Digital VOD Distribution success.
  • Check Out the AJA CION

    Jason Brubaker
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    AJA has jumped from the realm of video capture and post conversion into the realm of camera design with the AJA CION. Read this filmmaking article.
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  • Crowdfunding & Taxes: Kickstarter’s Hidden Bite (& How to Stop the Bleeding)

    John P. Hess
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Ben Henretig raised $112,000 for a documentary – but how much of that money winds up with the IRS in terms of tax dollars? He explains his approach to the tax question when it comes to crowdfunding: Kickstarter has emerged as an incredibly powerful platform for creatives to crowd-fund their creative work. In October of 2012, I ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund my feature documentary The Happiest Place, which explores what we in the West might be able to learn about living happier, more meaningful lives from the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan — the only country in the world to…
  • Most influential VFX Movies Compilation

    John P. Hess
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Roger Serrabassa compiles scenes from his favorite films from the 80s on this awesome VFX supercut: Full list of films here
  • An Interview With Zack Snyder, Director Of ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

    John P. Hess
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Mark Hughes interviews the controversial filmmaker on his career and the influences that will lead to “Batman Vs. Superman” MH: When did you become a fan of Batman, and of comics in general? Was it in the mid-1980s with the arrival of The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, two comics you often discuss with such adoration? ZS: Frank [Miller]‘s book really made me see that comic books, and Batman specifically, could really reflect political and social concepts that I felt like maybe before I hadn’t imagined were possible. Watchmen, of course, I sort of see in the same light —…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

    John P. Hess
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The phrase has been the backbone to countless television sitcoms, but there’s actually nothing good about companies that bend to every customer whim. The phrase “The customer is always right” was originally coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge’s department store in London, and is typically used by businesses to convince customers that they will get good service at this company and convince employees to give customers good service. However, I think businesses should abandon this phrase once and for all — ironically, because it leads…
  • Did HIMYM Earn Its Ending? | PBS Idea Channel

    John P. Hess
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I Met Your Mother is a popular sitcom that has been running 9 years, teasing its audience the whole long way with the riddle of the identity of THE MOTHER. But with its recent finale and the mystery resolved, the reaction was mixed. Did Ted end up with who he was meant to all along? Or did the creators pull a fast one, and produce an ending that was unearned? With TV audiences notoriously fickle, TV producers must consider a responsibility to the fans, and balance that with making the show they want. So was the ending of HIMYM a success or failure? OBVIOUSLY a Spoiler Warning…
 
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  • Sergey Maximishin: In the Russian Tradition

    John Bailey, ASC
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    ONE There has long been, to my mind, a schizophrenic strain in Russian photography. It may be consequent of the still-brooding legacy from the seismic shift in all the Russian arts after Joseph Stalin came to power in the mid 1920s. The heady formalist experimentation of the previous Lenin years, with its shared aesthetic of […]
  • Oskar Schlemmer: The Bauhaus Stairway and the Triadic Ballet

    John Bailey, ASC
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Until the 1983 expansion of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, with its airy escalator ride and open view to the sculpture garden below, access to the painting galleries was via a simple staircase. On the landing, midway up to the second floor, hung the above canvas. It is Oskar Schlemmer’s painting of students on […]
  • For Sarah: Sept. 22, 1986–Feb. 20, 2014

    ascadmin
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
      There is a magic bubble of invulnerability that can seem to enclose a movie crew filming out on the streets, more so than on the artifice of a stage set. For just a few moments, as the cameras turn over, there exists a kind of parallel reality that lives inside that bubble. It burst […]
  • Nick Brandt’s Journey “Across the Ravaged Land”

    John Bailey, ASC
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s an unlikely starting point for Nick Brandt’s nature photography and trilogy of books on the endangered wildlife of East Africa: directing a 1995 Michael Jackson music video “Earth Song.” A plangent cry against a human and environmental apocalypse set against the still haunting images of the then recent Bosnian war—the video prompted the director/photographer […]
  • Shintaro Katsu and the Return of Zatoichi

    John Bailey, ASC
    10 Feb 2014 | 1:00 am
      In the mid 1960s, with the support of a large ethnic community, several of the major Japanese film studios sponsored flagship cinema screens in Los Angeles. Pre-eminent among them was the powerhouse Toho Co. home to the marauding, cinematic money machine, that supreme of all the Daikaiju — Godzilla. Toho was also the studio of […]
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  • I’m Coming Back Online to Inspire and To Be Inspired!

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    Post by Lisa Murray.
  • “Soul Providers” — My New Video Series… PREVIEW

    admin
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Shot and edited by me (Lisa Murray lol) Music composed by Dapo Torimiro Subjects: Scotty Grand, Julia Huffman, Onch Movement, Oren Yoel, Stephanie Owens, Poison Ivory, Jarell Perry, Dapo Torimiro, Lee England Jr., Ester Brym
  • New Video Project in the Works!!

    admin
    22 Dec 2013 | 8:04 pm
      Subscribe to my YouTube channel for new content coming soon!!  (Yeah I know, FINALLY!!)  http://youtube.com/lisamurray
  • How are you? Me? I’m juicing!!

    LisaMurray
    16 Jul 2012 | 12:57 am
    My god, it’s been forever since I’ve updated this website.  Yowzers.  I spend the majority of my social media time on Twitter, second Facebook.  I am BARELY on Facebook so that should tell you where I am most of the time. So if you aren’t already following me, here’s my Twitter link –> @LisaMurray About 2 weeks ago, I started juicing fruit & vegetables.  I have always loved juicing but I haven’t ever done it with this level of concentration and attention before.  As I’m working on my dream, I have realized I have some really horrible…
  • [Video] Nikki Flores “The Christmas Song”

    admin
    22 Dec 2011 | 10:49 pm
    We shot this in November when Nikki recorded “The Christmas Song” for DAPO & FRIENDS CHRISTMAS | VOLUME ONE. Have you downloaded the free album yet??! Do it!! Christmas is almost over! http://DapoAndFriendsChristmas.com
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  • 5 Positive Things You Can Take Away From a Horrible Movie

    Deena Rosenblatt
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Have you ever seen a cringe worthy movie? A film so bad that you want to throw your large popcorn and cherry Slurpee at the screen? Whether it was poor acting or an inconsistent plot line, before you storm into the ticket office demanding your money back, here are 5 positive things you can take away from a horrible movie: Great small talk – Never have anything to talk about with your co- workers or hairdresser? Now you do, because there is nothing people love more than trash talking an awful movie. Bad movies are a neutral topic that all schmoozers will love and agree on. People love…
  • ‘Pedophilia ring’ in Hollywood to be exposed within days

    FIN Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:45 am
    The shocking lawsuit filed against film director Bryan Singer alleging sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy is about to unfold with new cases being announced Monday. Lawyer Jeffrey Herman via telephone confirmed to the Huffington Post that there were many cases that were “overlapping each other” in Hollywood related to the sexual abuse of children from the ages of 15 to 17 and that he would be announcing them as early as Monday. The alleged perpetrators are “all men with power and influence to sexually exploit children.” On the call, the lawyer explains how the filing…
  • Shocking: 7 films in the official Cannes selection have no marketing

    Iain Alexander
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    That’s right, I could not find any information on 7 of the 9 films screening in this year’s official short film selection. This is a serious problem for short filmmakers who have not made their projects visible on the web. If I can’t find it, then mainstream media never well, and that’s not good. The honor of being selected in Cannes means that filmmakers in the official selection need to make an extra effort to promote their projects. I spent 1 hour trying to find traces of the films to see how we could highlight them here on the Film Industry Network. Searching on…
  • Cannes Film Festival announces official 2014 competition lineup

    Iain Alexander
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    The Cannes Film Festival has announced the official selection of films vying for the prestigious Palme d’Or, and also revealed which movies will be screened in the ‘out of competition’ selection. Every year the festival receives thousands of entries from around the world and awards feature films and shorts in a variety of categories from the Cinéfondation (student shorts) to Un Certain Regard category (features). This year’s official competition includes Atom Egoyan’s ‘The Captive’, British director Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall’…
  • Cannes Film Festival bans short film from the official competition

    Iain Alexander
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    The Cannes Film Festival has revealed the official selection of short films this year however one film was omitted from the lineup after it had broken the submission rules. ‘A Passo d’Uomo’, directed by Giovanni Aloi will no longer be part of the official short film selection lineup which will now only be showing 9 films. The nominees in this year’s contest include a 15 minute short from Azerbaijan entitled ‘Sonunucu’ (The Last one). Abbas Kiarostami, who is this year’s President of the Jury, will award the Short Film Palme d’Or on the 24th May.
 
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    New Channel Media

  • How to Turn Your iPad Into the Ultimate Video Rig – Wired Magazine

    Michael Fox
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    Very insightful article from Wired Magazine.  Makes me want to get a new iPad (or is it just a poor excuse to upgrade?) http://www.wired.com/2014/03/turn-ipad-ultimate-video-rig/ While we still don’t condone using your iPad to record video at concerts, we do think the tablet is, in general, a great tool for shooting, editing, and sharing videos. The larger screens, the plethora of apps, and the built-in cellular and Wi-Fi connectivity make iPads ideal for seasoned videographers and newbies alike. But ultimately, tapping into the tablet’s true video-shooting potential means using the…
  • Achieving That Film Look

    Michael Fox
    14 Dec 2013 | 8:47 am
    Some excellent and concise guidance from the picture-makers at Sony: http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/video/collections-Shoot_Like_A_Pro_Series/?PID=I:xdcampmw20007262012_videonnab2012:xdcampmw200_landing_page
  • Sony Digital Motion Picture Centre, Pinewood Studios, UK

    Michael Fox
    14 Dec 2013 | 7:53 am
    I was recently invited to come and play at the recently opened Sony Digital Motion Picture Centre, located on the grounds of Pinewood Studios in the UK.  Pinewood, itself, has tremendous history attached to it.  A street named Goldfinger Avenue is enough of a giveaway to the legacy of James Bond movies made here.  The largest sounds stage in Europe is at Pinewood, and a huge water tank with massive blue-screen, has been instrumental in the making of water-based movies such as Life of Pi. Sony opened a studio facility at Pinewood with on-site workflow, colour grading, editing, and viewing…
  • What Gets Measured, Gets Managed – and Managing Stuff is BORING!

    Michael Fox
    18 May 2013 | 9:31 pm
    I have a 400+ shot list for this two week Toxic State shoot.  Every little detail is worked out.  Which cameras for each shot; which angles, what counter-points; how many seconds for each shot, and, therefore how much storage (computer disk space) is required.  Scripts for every stand-up and voice-over; Questions for every interview.  Even the shot list created in order of geographic location and the order of my itinerary. So today I scheduled myself a day off.  A day to do as I please.  I chose to take my camera gear and go and hang out in two of my favorite places; Canyonlands…
  • The Final Countdown

    Michael Fox
    5 May 2013 | 6:48 pm
    Just a few days before I hit the road, once again, for a 6000 trip visiting Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada.  This will be the second shoot in the south-west region and hopefully the final one for this project. Additional trips are being considered – Hanford, in Washington State; Idaho, Wyoming and Montana, where there are nuclear facilities and victims of radioactive fallout; Kansas, where there were fallout hotspots actually more dangerous than those in Nye County, Nevada, right next to the test site; and possibly upstate New York where Geiger counters went off the scale a few…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • How To Piss Off Your State Farm Agent

    Owen
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
  • Never Criticize The Chicago Cubs Mascot

    Owen
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    In early January of this year, the Chicago Cubs announced their new mascot: Clark the Cub.  Cute little guy, dressed without pants like Donald Duck.  I thought it was fine, except for one thing: that backwards hat. Clark the Cub: 0% Pants, 100% Charming. What follows is an equally adorable cautionary tale about criticizing mascots. Now, I’m not a graphic designer- nor am I always on top of trends- but that backwards hat really irked me.  I’m not a cool guy, either, but I do know that trying really hard to be cool is uncool.  A backwards hat on a mascot is the equivalent of a white guy…
  • New Show Date! March 22nd, 2014, at Chicago Filmmakers!

    Owen
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    Mark your calendars! I’m filming a brand new show that mixes standup and shorts. https://www.facebook.com/events/1395257627405980/ More info coming soon!  
  • Butt-Chugging Goes Mainstream With The Milweiser Backdoor Bottle

    Owen
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:29 am
    Not a fan of these videos?  That’s ok.  Just read my explanation before you get all angry.
  • Explaining The Milweiser Backdoor Bottle

    Owen
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:19 am
    The stuff I produce tries to be self-explanatory.  The more you explain a joke, the less funny it gets- like the famous quote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”  Nevertheless, I feel compelled to explain the point of the “Milweiser Backdoor Bottle” videos. You may or may not have heard of the creepy trend of “butt chugging”, which is exactly how it sounds.  People actually are ingesting booze through their rectums (and women are using liquor-soaked tampons) to get drunk. Naturally,…
 
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    Film Shortage

  • Three Girls

    Admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    A young bastard finds love with a sick girl, loses it with a heartless bitch and touches redemption with a young girl’s corpse. The post Three Girls appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Runaway

    Admin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:40 pm
    “Runaway” is a charming story about a misunderstanding between a man named Stanley and his treasured 1950′s refrigerator, named Chillie. Set in present day, a sad event sends Chillie into a whirlwind of emotional turmoil, and as a result, he runs away. facebook.com/RunawayChillie cargocollective.com/susanyung emilyrbuchanan.com eparobek.wix.com/portfolio&lrm The post Runaway appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Bed Time

    Admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    A 7 year old boy asks his Dad to check under the bed for monsters… He does… facebook.com/pages/Kere-Grant-Films The post Bed Time appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Just South of North

    Admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    Just South of North is a coming of age tale about a sixteen year old Midwestern girl named Jillian who has just passed her drivers test. When she finds herself unable to obtain a car for a celebratory road trip to Lake Erie, she blackmails her loner brother Stanley Jr. into taking her. As the siblings make their way across the state of Ohio, Jillian’s true motivations are revealed. The post Just South of North appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Deer Father

    Admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    A surreal comedy about a dying deer who recalls his past life. alexbrinkman.net montanafilm.com The post Deer Father appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Hayden Christensen Is…THE HOUSE

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Nerds welcome Oscar Challenge Winner Richard New to talk about his Oscar picks, then everyone joins in a series of interconnected and irreverent tangents.  Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • F. Chode Reed

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    The Nerds mourn the loss of a beloved local movie theater that meant a lot to many, many people… just not San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THIS BUILDING FROM GETTING DEMOLISHED!   Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • I Can Hear Dolph Lundgren’s Mullet

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    This week, The Nerds put it all on the table and confess their embarrassing “guilty pleasure” films. These are some really bad movies, everyone… but we can’t help but love them.  Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • The Best Thing Since Cookies

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    25 Mar 2014 | 12:20 pm
    The Nerds on Film crew talks about underrated movies selected by the deviant and often sarcastic life-form known as… THE WHEEL.  Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • Make Whatever You Want

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Nerds discuss their experiences while working on independently produced short films. Then, they move into the history, evolution and current state of independent filmmaking. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
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    Noam Kroll

  • NAB 2014 Camera Roundup – Everything You Need To Know In One Place

    Noam Kroll
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    NAB this year was about as crazy as it’s ever been with tons of new cameras, accessories, and other products being announced and released. I’ve covered a bit of the action on my blog over the past couple of days, but now that NAB is coming to a close, I wanted to roundup some camera highlights from the show so the readers of this site could have everything in one place. I won’t be going into huge detail on any of the new cameras in this post, so be sure to check back soon as I will delve into my thoughts on some of these products in future posts. Blackmagic URSA –…
  • Uncut Interview With The President Of Blackmagic, Discussing Their New Cameras, Firmware Updates, DaVinci Resolve 11, & More!

    Noam Kroll
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I just got back from NAB, and while I wish I could have stayed the rest of the week, I am happy to say I packed a lot into my time at the show – including an interview with Dan May, the President of Blackmagic Design. As most of you already know, Blackmagic just released two new cameras (the URSA and their new Studio Camera), and they announced a new version of DaVinci Resolve (11) which is going to now also function as a full fledged editing system. As you might imagine, there was quite a lot of ground to cover during the interview, but thankfully we were able to have a fairly…
  • Two Brand New Cameras From Blackmagic! The PL Mount URSA & Studio Camera!

    Noam Kroll
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Live from NAB – Blackmagic is about to announce two brand new cameras. They are the URSA, a Super 35mm 4k camera with EF or PL mount, carrying a $5995/$6495 pricetag (depending on the mount) and a 4K Studio Camera with a low price of only $1995/$2995 (the higher price is for the 4k version, presumably the lower price is for the HD version). The URSA has a global shutter and battery plate on the back, and the Studio camera has a MFT lens mount, 4 hour battery, and much more! I will update further on this after the show with more details as they emerge, but for now here are some photos:
  • Just Announced: An Unexpected New 4K Camera From AJA and Brand New 4K Recorder From Atomos!

    Noam Kroll
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:25 pm
    I wasn’t expecting to hear any more NAB product announcements until tomorrow morning, but was pleasantly surprised to learn of two major (and unrelated) announcements from AJA and Atomos. Let’s start with the Atomos Shogun – The 4K HDMI/SDI recorder/monitor This 4K recorder is the next step up in Atomos’ already fantastic lineup of hybrid SSD recording/monitoring/deck systems. The new Shogun boasts a 7″ monitor and will accept both SDI and HDMI inputs, and has the ability to record not only to ProRes/DNxHD, but also to uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW. It was…
  • NAB 2014: Sony Releases New 4K DSLR With 409,600 ISO! & What To Expect From The Rest Of The Show

    Noam Kroll
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I’m in Las Vegas for NAB right now and will be covering the event starting tomorrow with interviews and updates on some of the highlights from the show. Although the exhibitions don’t actually start until tomorrow, Sony has just held a press conference and announced a number of exciting new products and updates, including their brand new 4K Full Frame DSLR – the Sony A7S which shoots a maximum of 409,600 ISO which is absolutely ridiculous! The A7S is going to directly compete against the GH4 (which of course also shoots 4K in a DSLR-style body), but the big advantage of the…
 
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