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    5 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    So I have recently wanted to make a promo video for my friends business. What I have noticed while producing that promo video that its NOT that easy. I’m not a professional promo video maker, however I will share some tips that i have found online and that helped me a lot. STEP ONE: PLAN ! Plan your promo video from A to Z. Make sure your promo video will : grab the audience attention explain to your audience what your business is about However- Don’t make it boring  and have it up to 150 words.  Also Do not make it to long as..Studies say that after 30-60 seconds the…
  • 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…
  • The Sound of Interstellar articles
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    The awesome chaps over at Soundworks Collection have another great sound design interview, this time with Richard King, the Supervising Sound Editor on Christopher's Nolan's scifi epic, Interstellar.
  • Just Images: Ethics and Documentary Film in China

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    30 Oct 2014 | 11:41 pm
    This article first appeared in CHINA HER...
  • How I Got Lucky With My First Feature Film

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    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    First feature films are usually the hardest and, paradoxically sometimes the easiest to make. A lack of experience can sometimes be your best friend...
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  • Fox Pulling ‘Red Band Society’ After 13 Episodes

    Travis Reilly and Jethro Nededog
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Fox's “Red Band Society” is dead… for now. The network has pulled the hospital drama from its programming lineup, a network representative told TheWrap. The low-rated ABC Studios/Amblin TV series won't go past its original 13-episode order, but the door still remains open for Fox to renew the hospital drama for future seasons. See photos: 19 TV Shows on the Bubble - From 'Community' to 'Crazy Ones' “Red Band,” part of Fox's primetime Wednesday lineup, will continue airing new episodes through next week (episode 10), but then Fox will shelf the…
  • Soledad O'Brien Sounds Off on Ferguson Coverage: ‘Pissing Me Off’ That Questions Are ‘Awful and Stupid’

    Jordan Chariton
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Soledad O'Brien is loving life producing content for her own production company while also creating documentaries for networks such as her former full-time employer CNN. One of those docs–”Black & Blue”– which chronicles racial tension between police and minorities, airs Wednesday at 11 p.m. ET on CNN. Also read: Soledad O'Brien Is Her Own Boss -- and That Means No Jodi Arias Stories But she might be the exact journalist needed on TV this week as anchors ask questions to guests that have caused her to “yell at the TV.” “What's kind of…
  • ‘Hot in Cleveland’ Books Billy Baldwin in Romantic Recurring Role (Exclusive)

    Jethro Nededog
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    It's about to get hotter on TV Land's “Hot in Cleveland.” Talented (and handsome) Billy Baldwin has been cast in a multiple-episode recurring guest role on the comedy, TheWrap has learned. Baldwin will play Jake, a reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, who is investigating Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli) and Elka (Betty White) about a potential scandal. Despite the threat he poses, Melanie can't help falling for his charm and idealism, and the feeling is mutual. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by Popularity The actor will begin shooting the role in January. Best…
  • Ferguson Fallout Day 2 Ratings: CNN Tops Demo, Fox News Maintains Total Viewer Lead

    Tony Maglio
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Tuesday night was a much quieter one in Ferguson, Missouri, as an increased national guard presence quieted the riots from a night earlier, when the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown was first announced. Likewise, cable news ratings were softer than the rise they received on Monday evening. That night, more than 16 million people tuned in to cable news during the 9 p.m. hour, when the verdict was revealed. On Wednesday night, just over six million flipped to Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and HLN during the…
  • NFL Star Benjamin Watson's Emotional Ferguson Response Goes Viral

    Travis Reilly
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Following recent negative fallout surrounding some NFL stars, New Orleans Saints player Benjamin Watson struck an emotional chord on social media Tuesday when he posted his feelings about the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on his Facebook page. “I'm angry because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes,” the 33-year-old athlete wrote. “I'm frustrated because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get…
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  • Free 'Do The Right Thing' Reading, 'Fruitvale' and '25 to Life' Screenings, More Planned for #BlackOutBlackFriday

    Jai Tiggett
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    As holiday plans continue, so do efforts to make this Black Friday - typically one of the biggest shopping days of the year - a day of national action against human rights violations. In addition to calling for a nationwide boycott of major retailers this Friday, November 28, filmmaker Ryan Coogler's Blackout for Human Rights initiative has organized a series of events to mobilize communities across the country to action. On the west coast, Ava DuVernay's AFFRM and Blackout will present "Cinema, Conversation + Change." The day will include free screenings of…
  • Check Out This Infographic Guide To French Cinema History

    Anthony Nicholas
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    This lovely infographic made by Raffels Hotels provides a nice introduction to French cinema. Not only has France produced some of the world's greatest filmmakers they invented cinema as we know it. They patented the first cinématographie and hosted the first private and public film screenings before anyone else. The graphic also includes a list of landmark French films over the last century, but the most fascinating section is on the country’s rich film culture. There are currently 302 cinemas in Paris alone (compared to 117 in New York City) and the city is host to 190 film…
  • Godard's 'Goodbye to Language' Adds Prime Dates in Los Angeles & Elsewhere

    Tom Brueggemann
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The historic Aero Theater in Santa Monica, which normally books a repertory calendar with multiple films during the week, will present the film, in 3-D, for an unusual full-week engagement from January 23-29. With 425 seats and a large screen  -- the Aero has kept its original dimensions and been restored to its original look -- the theater has become an in-demand location for special screenings of new releases with filmmaker presence. it is a significant move for both Kino Lorber and the theater. The Aero is one of the American Cinematheque's two theaters, along with the Egyptian in…
  • Watch: Jessica Chastain & Oscar Isaac Chase The American Dream In New Featurette For ‘A Most Violent Year’

    Edward Davis
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    What’s not to love about “A Most Violent Year”? It’s an ‘80s set moral crime drama that stars Oscar Isaac – who’s seemingly on his way to becoming a household name with roles in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “X-Men: Apocalypse”—Jessica Chastain and David Oyelowo, arguably the three greatest actors of their generation who all seem poised for A-list greatness. Then there’s the director J.C. Chandor: he arrived immediately with his economic crisis drama “Margin Call” and then seriously stepped up the ante with the left turn of “All Is Lost,” an…
  • Exclusive: The Iron Sheik Gets On Twitter In Clip From Documentary 'The Sheik'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Perhaps the name Khosrow Vaziri isn't immediately familiar to you, but if you're a person of a certain age, than you remember growing up with The Iron Sheik. One the most fearsome villains in the heyday of the WWF, the wrestler has gained a new life outside the ring thanks unique, outrageous social media presence. And the forthcoming documentary "The Sheik" dives right into his new digital world.Directed by Igal Hecht, and featuring Hulk Hogan, Dwayne Johnson, Mick Foley, Seth Green, Jack Black, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Bret Hart, King Kong Bundy, Koko B…
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  • Film Day 8 - Back Inside the Club

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Date: Saturday, August 16, 2014Film: Lost Penny The end of Week 2. We were back with Penny, inside the Club. We said goodbye to a couple of crew members, and hello to a couple new ones. Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8
  • The Shot We Didn't Get

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Imagine this. A full moon. Clouds had moved to cover the moon so that it looked like it was just peeking out from under a feather blanket. And the clouds were had just a slight orange tint to them.It was an amazing shot.We were out filming a cutaway of Penny's House at night for our feature, Lost Penny. The camera was set up on its tripod, but it was not yet turned on. That's when we noticed the amazing moon shot behind us.Quick! Let's get that moon...But we needed to do a lens change first. (We were on an 18 mm lens. Not suitable at all for filming the moon as the moon would have appeared as…
  • A Little November Reshoot

    6 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014Film: Lost Penny This past Sunday we brought in a group of background actors to do some inserts of scenes from inside the club... Shots we didn't get back in August. By the end of evening, we were able to take down the lighting grid and pack up. (Special thanks to all who were able to stick around to help out!) Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8
  • Pick-ups and Re-shoots

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

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    We're prepping for the DVD Release Party Lazer Us: The Legend of Jimi Lazer on Sunday...The party is an Open House from 2-5 pm for those in the Niagara Region.Various cast and crew will be there, including some of the props from the movie. Also, Jim Yorfido will be performing live music as the Man in Black. (Watch a recent video of Jim Yorfido as the Man in Black as he performs one of the songs from the soundtrack in the movie.) DVDs will be available for sale at a $15 "Party Pick-up" Special.Can't make it? You can still order the DVD online... The Special Pre-Order Price is $14.95 (plus…
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  • The Sound of Interstellar

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    The awesome chaps over at Soundworks Collection have another great sound design interview, this time with Richard King, the Supervising Sound Editor on Christopher's Nolan's scifi epic, Interstellar.
  • Effective Scenes - Silence of the Lambs

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    In this short video, Tony at Every Frame A Painting looks at the ingredients of an effective scene using the classic first meeting from 'The Silence of the Lambs' to illustrate the point.
  • FEAR ON FILM: Landis, Carpenter, Cronenberg!

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Chiller-masters John Landis, John Carpenter, and David Cronenberg chat about selling fear on film in this 1982 interview.
  • Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    Underneath the 'popcorn' commentary is a great list of sequences worthy of a place in a top 10 editing moments list. Well done CineFix.
  • Game of Thrones S04 VFX Reel

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    A bit of eye candy... Game of Thrones Season 4 VFX reel. It's always interesting to see how real locations and sets can be enhanced with digital elements.
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  • Paul Schrader On Piracy, Television and a New Age in Filmmaking - Hollywood Reporter

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Hollywood ReporterPaul Schrader On Piracy, Television and a New Age in FilmmakingHollywood ReporterSchrader then used his new project, a 10-episode web series called Life on the Other Side inspired by Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, to discuss a new era in the filmmaking business. "If Fellini were alive today, he'd make La Dolce Vita as a web and more »
  • Special feature: Early experiments in colour filmmaking - Mid-Day

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Mid-DaySpecial feature: Early experiments in colour filmmakingMid-DayThe earliest attempts in colour filmmaking begun with filmmakers using anline dyes to create artificial colour. Hand-colored films appeared in 1895 with American inventor Thomas Edison's hand-painted 'Annabelle's Dance' for his Kinetoscope viewers.
  • Disney's Snow White: the risk that changed filmmaking forever - Den of Geek!

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Den of Geek!Disney's Snow White: the risk that changed filmmaking foreverDen of Geek!When Walt Disney took to his little recording stage in 1934, he carried Snow White from concept to completion through sheer belief and enthusiasm. In the process, he changed the face of filmmaking forever. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and more »
  • Viggo Mortensen Talks About Taking Risks in Hollywood Filmmaking - Hollywood Reporter

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Hollywood ReporterViggo Mortensen Talks About Taking Risks in Hollywood FilmmakingHollywood ReporterOne of the most talked-about films in Cannes' Un Certain Regard this year, Argentinean auteur Lisandro Alonso's Jauja, had its local premiere Sunday at the 29th Mar del Plata Film Festival, presented by the director alongside star Viggo Mortensen and and more »
  • Last chance to cast your vote for Canadian filmmaking - Vancity Buzz

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Vancity BuzzLast chance to cast your vote for Canadian filmmakingVancity BuzzWith less than a week to go before STORYHIVE closes, make sure to get your votes in time to support the next generation of filmmaking in Vancouver. After a fierce few weeks of showing and promoting, STORYHIVE content creators are on the home stretch.
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  • Art Funding: Arts organisations can apply for Staffordshire County Council funding pot

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    ORGANISATIONS from across Uttoxeter are being reminded that there's still time to apply for funding from the Community Arts Fund. This year organisations can apply for up to A 800 towards the cost of their activity, for both small one-off projects or larger programmes of activity.
  • Gosnell Movie producers option the only book written about Gosnell

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    The producers of the Gosnell true crime movie have acquired the rights to the only book that contains interviews with the Philadelphia doctor who has been described as America's biggest serial killer. The book, Gosnell's Babies , was written by Steve Volk, an award winning journalist and writer who works for Philadelphia Magazine - the city's alternative weekly.
  • 'Kutram Kadithal' goes to Bengaluru film fest

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Debut filmmaker Bramma's Tamil thriller "Kutram Kadithal", which has already been selected for three popular film festivals, will next be screened in the Indian Competition Section of the 7th Bengaluru International Film Festival, starting Dec 4. The festival will go on till Dec 11. "Kutram Kadithal", which was screened recently at Mumbai Film Festival, has also been selected in the Indian Panorama section of International Film Festival of India and Zimbabwe International Film Festival. "Every dawn is becoming special to us.
  • The Hobbit, Battle of five armies

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Hobbit , the last of three films will be released this December. Will you be watching the final part this holiday season? It has been a long way in coming, since the first of the Lord of the Rings was released.
  • Awards for The Railway Man and Rake

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
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  • Great White Shark Sex Rampant Off New Zealand

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Each December, mature great white sharks gather in the waters off New Zealand’s Edwards Island to mate, an important process for the marine ecosystem that remains one of the ocean’s most closely guarded secrets. Great white reproduction is described as the holy grail of wildlife film-making, according to scientist Riley Elliott. Though researchers know some Great White Shark Sex Rampant Off New ...
  • Jolie feared 'Unbroken' would be one of film making's 'great disasters'

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Washington: Angelina Jolie has revealed that she once feared that the film ' Unbroken' was going to be one of the great disasters of filmmaking history . The 39-year-old actress added that the first days of filming in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Australia and her reaction to it
  • To Combat Bullying, Some US Teens Turn to Film-making

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Teens at a high school in Maryland are fighting back against bullying with creativity. For the second consecutive year, students in Mathew Parsons’ health studies class at Sherwood High School are writing and producing films about what’s become a global problem for young people. Classmates - and best friends - Anya Mudryakova, Savannah Suser and Diane Trieu are making a documentary. The 16-year ...
  • Israeli humor goes to Davao

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    THE 13th Israeli Film Festival with the theme "Laughter from the Holy Land" continues its great journey in the Philippines. This time, it goes to Davao City to bring the Israeli culture of film-making and strong...
  • 6th IAFA creates a new record with over 16,000 ad films entered by young students

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:58 pm
    This year, Mumbai played host to the 6th edition of world’s online ad film making contest. The Iceplex Ad Film Awards (IAFA), an initiative by the Ryan International Group of Institutions, started Six years ago to broaden the outlook of students by giving them a platform to showcase their talents.
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  • Maja Komorowska to be awarded for lifetime achievement

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:57 am
      Polish film star Maja Komorowska will arrive in Tallinn to collect the Black Nights lifetime achievement award at the closing ceremony of the festival on Friday. Maja Komorowska debuted as actress in the Kraków Grotesque Theatre in 1960 and has played countless roles in theatre and film since then. From 1972 she works as an actress in the Warsaw Contemporary Theatre and as a professor in the Warsaw Theatre Academy. “This year’s edition of the Black Nights celebrates Polish cinema and filmmakers. With the lifetime achievement award we want to pay homage to Maja…
  • The Awards of the 63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    The Award Winners of the 63rd International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidleberg   Prizes Awarded By the Independent International Jury Dimitry Rudakov is NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR 2014! NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR Dimitry Rudakov "23 Seconds" - "23 Segundos" For a simple story of human dignity shown through the strong performance of the leading actor, Hugo Piccinini.         Mannheim-Heidelberg Award 2014! Elchin Musaoglu "Nabat" For telling a moving and universal story of human perseverance.     Special Award of the Jury 2014!
  • The Singapore Media Festival brings together film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
      “More than 15,000 expected to celebrate Asia’s best content and talent at the Singapore Media Festival” The Singapore Media Festival (SMF) brings together four complementary film and TV events comprising markets, conferences, awards and festival screenings. Ahead of the inaugural event, the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA), event partners and chairman of the SMF Advisory Board, shared their vision and goals for the festival taking place from 4 to 14 December 2014.   SMF shines spotlight on Southeast Asia’s growing media industry The combined…
  • Spirit Awards Nominees Announced Birdman looking good

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
      CONGRATS TO THE 2015 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS NOMINEES With this morning’s exciting announcement by Rosario Dawson and Diego Luna of the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominees, we can officially declare our 30th birthday party started. Big congrats to all the nominees, with special kudos to the Best Feature nominees—Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Boyhood, Love is Strange, Selma and Whiplash—as well as to the 12 Film Independent Fellows and 13 Members (see below) up for awards in this super special year. Yes,…
  • TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event The Winners are...

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
      TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event: Turin, 24-26 November 2014 THE WINNERS Wednesday, 26th November – the 2014 edition of TorinoFilmLab was officially closed with the 7th TorinoFilmLab Meeting Event: a three-day event which was a public presentation of the projects developed in the TFL programmes during the year, a market for international co-productions and a chance to reward the best projects with production grants and prizes. This year’s edition feature the new TFL Distribution Award, aimed at supporting innovative audience development strategies at the moment of…
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  • Need help deciding on a low budget tripod

    27 Nov 2014 | 3:29 am
    Hi everyone. I'm looking for a tripod that's around $100 and will work fairly well for my films. Anything will be an improvement, as I am currently using an old photography tripod, and while it is sturdy, it's not smooth. So Ryan Connolly recommended the adorama 3pod and made the claim that it was the best low budget tripod. But many people in the comments mentioned that the amazon video tripod is another good option: (as a side note, can anyone confirm that the amazon tripod and the ravelli tripod are…
  • General T5i + Magic Lantern?

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:29 am
    How stable is Magic Lantern on the T5i?
  • GH4 sennheiser g3 into GH4 or H4N?

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just received my wireless G3 setup and Lavalier for recording interviews. Wondering if anyone records straight into the GH4 or via a H4N and sync in post Interested to know the best settings on the G3 transmitter, receiver and the Gh4 or H4N if anyone uses this. Think I will definitely a Gh4 cage system for all this equipment now! :shocked:
  • SmallHD's DP7Pro not compatible with Sony A7s???

    Nicholas Natteau
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Has anyone here used a DP7 Pro with the Sony A7s? The reason I ask is that I've been unable to get an hdmi feed from the A7s to my DP7 Pro. I'm using a high end 1ft HDMI to micro-HDMI cable and I updated to the latest DP7Pro firmware 3.01. But all I keep getting on the DP7 screen is "no HDMI signal". Is the Sony A7s not compatible with the DP7Pro? Or is there some setting I'm missing in the A7s menu preventing an external monitor from seeing what the A7s sees.
  • Paralinx black friday - starts now!

    Dan Kanes
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS The 2014 Paralinx Holiday Weekend Rebate is here! For this weekend only all Tomahawk 1:1 systems qualify for a$1000 mail-in rebate while all Arrow-X 1:1 systems qualify for a $700 mail-in rebate. Additional receivers for each system qualify for $250 rebates. Any purchase made between November 27 and December 1 at or an Authorized Paralinx Reseller qualifies for the offer! Details What are the rebate conditions? The rebate is valid for all qualifying purchases from November 27, 2014 through December 1, 2014. Rebate only valid for purchases made within the…
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  • Podcast Episode 42: Structure

    6 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Structure - the most important skill of a writer or the basis for generic and boring stories? Danny talks about the '5 act pixar poker idea' and I talk up non-linear structures (as always!).I mentioned Linda's book on unusual structures a couple of times in this episode and here is the link - The 21st Century ScreenplayLastly, Danny mentioned Nelson Nutmeg Links...TwitterFacebookWebsiteAnd its not too late to support the film, which has some cool rewards (including an exclusive podcast) by going to this page.
  • How to find great child actors - the top 3 thing I learnt

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Currently I am filming a low budget children's adventure feature film called "Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?" with my good friend Danny Stack. It is a classic kids-solve-a-mystery-on-holiday story. Perhaps, from a film industry point of view, this is a bit out of fashion right now, but children still seem to love this kind of narrative anyway. So we thought we'd make it.Central to the tale is a gang of four kids and an older brother. The dynamic of the group is really the drama of the film. How they work together, and how it starts to all fall apart as the mystery deepens. This, therefore, needs…
  • Podcast Episode 41: Writing and making a feature

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

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

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

    Special Contributor
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Special review from filmmaker & musician Ukelilli. Enjoy. -jo Last Friday, my husband and I were lucky enough to get into a Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL) screening of Begin Again, a film from this summer directed by Joe Carney, the director behind Once. (As you will recall, Once was the sleeper hit musical from 2006 that introduced the world to The Frames' Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. It was then workshopped into a play and became a multiple Tony Award winner in 2012.) Any-hoo, I had a lot of interest in seeing Begin Again. A) I love Mark Ruffalo and typically like…
  • Your Wednesday Links: 70mm is Hard Work Edition

    J. Ott
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:43 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. FilmDrunk: An IMAX Projectionist Shows What It’s Like Preparing A Massive 70 MM Print Of ‘Interstellar’ Movie Title Typos - Cartoonist Austin D. Light brings a Reddit thread on mis-spelled movies and brings it to life. BBC Health: Watching stressful films can endanger weak hearts No Film School: Afraid of Recording ADR? Don't Be! This Sound Tutorial Will Show You How New York Times: Hollywood Ending Near for Orson Welles’s Last Film Medium: The Evolution of…
  • Movie Review: Nightcrawler

    J. Ott
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Now that the bright light of summer has receded, the worthy films are slinking out from their dark holes. From the slick surfaces of Gone Girl to the virtuosic staging of Birdman. And joining them is the creepiest dark hole dweller: Nightcrawler. 'Nightcrawler' is slang for independent news gatherers who listen to police scanners and vie to be first to shoot video of scenes of murder and mayhem. Those looking for a movie about a teleporting mutant or worms used for fishing will be disappointed. Instead, a sallow, sunken-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal plays the titular role. And he makes it iconic. A…
  • Your Wednesday Links: The Coming Superhero Surplus

    J. Ott
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you'd like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. ScreenRant: Over 40 DC & Marvel Movies Will Hit Theaters In The Next 6 Years - Is there any scenario where the public doesn't burn out on superhero movies? Already the Spiderman franchise is showing fatigue. I think Marvel has demonstrated demand for franchises that involve loosely-connected stories in the same world. We already knew franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, which involve one-off or interlinked adventures of the same characters, were popular.
  • Award-winning Short “Flesh Computer” Now Online

    J. Ott
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    "Flesh Computer" -- the weird and amazing sci-fi short we profiled earlier -- is wrapping up its festival run and is now available to view on Vimeo. In honor of the web premiere, I asked writer and director Ethan Shaftel to give us an update on how the film fared fest-wise, and what he's learned... When my feature Suspension hit festivals in 2008, the landscape was very different. The internet wasn’t as central to the experience of production and exhibition yet, basically because speeds were not high enough for handling large video files routinely. There was a lot of DVD-burning and…
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  • Is the Audio-Technica BP4029 the perfect cinéma-vérité microphone?

    David Tames
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    In an ideal world I’d have a ninja-class boom operator with me on all of my documentary shoots, but short of that I usually place a wireless lavaliere on my subjects in order to capture the best dialogue possible while providing then with mobility along with the intimacy of a small crew. However, on some shoots, […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Four approaches to structuring micro-documentaries

    David Tames
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose. While most long-form documentaries tell a story with a classic three act narrative structure, shorter documentaries require different  strategies for structuring the viewer’s experience. Most often a micro-documentary will be 2 to 3 minutes in length, though some can […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Some quotes on documentary, cinema, and art that don’t fit in a tweet

    David Tames
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Several years ago when I was working on my MFA at MassArt I began collecting quotes related to my thesis work, and here are some of my favorites, in no particular order. Do you have any favorite quotes on documentary, cinema, or art that do not fit in a tweet? Please share them with me via comments […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Twelve essential documentary shooting guidelines

    David Tames
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Good video is not the result of having the latest camera, support gizmo, etc. Ultimately conceptualization, good composition, smooth movement, and clean sound are the most important components of the shooting process. Here are twelve guidelines to assist your production practice and in your reflection on your results: 1. Do not keep your distance and […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Smartphone Movie-Making Workshop Follow-up

    David Tames
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    On Saturday, November 8, 2014 I conducted a workshop at the Boston International Kids Film Festival at Tufts University, this is the follow-up I promised to post immediately after the workshop. I put together a handout (PDF) for participants with a listing of software, gear, and resources for further study. Here are some notes from the […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
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    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker

  • Top 10 tips for being a cinematographer

    Peter D. Marshall
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    by Alison Feeney-Hart. Anthony Dod Mantle is an award-winning British cinematographer. In 2009 he won an Oscar for best achievement in cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire. He won a Bafta for the same film and his other credits include Rush, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours and The Last King of Scotland. He has most recently been filming Our Kind of Traitor, staring Ewan McGregor and Damian Lewis, due out next year. Here are his top 10 tips for being a cinematographer… Read the rest of this article from BBC News. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s…
  • How we made Ida: Pawe Pawlikowski on the journey from script to film

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    by Pawe Pawlikowski. Recently, someone from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles asked Ewa Puszczynska, Ida’s Polish producer, to send them the script of our film so they could deposit it in their core library collection. Ewa rang me, worried: what exactly should she send them? She had 23 permutations of the script on her files. Surely she couldn’t send them the official script we raised the money on. It was nothing like the film that ended up on the screen. Maybe we could simply send a transcript of the finished film? But that would amount to no more than 30…
  • Happy 72nd Birthday to Martin Scorsese! What Is His BEST Movie?

    Peter D. Marshall
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    by Brian Finamore. Martin Charles Scorsese is 72 years young, and since he belongs to the Mt. Rushmore of all time Hollywood filmmakers, I thought I would share my list of his best narrative films. Part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history. In 1990, he founded The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to film preservation, and in 2007 he founded the World Cinema Foundation. He is a recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the cinema, and has won an…
  • UnderWire: Supporting Women Filmmakers

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    by Gabriella Apicella. On Tuesday 11 November, the fifth UnderWire Festival will open at The Yard in Hackney Wick. Founded by Gemma Mitchell and myself in 2010 with the aim to foreground female filmmaking talent, the opening night’s screenings are always of the XX Award Category. Unique to UnderWire, films selected for this award are of women’s stories and feature female characters at their core. Remembering the mixture of despair and cynical amusement at the hoard of PVC-clad, gun-wielding dominatrix characters vying (unsuccessfully) for selection on the shortlist in the first…
  • Explore Paul Thomas Anderson’s Research For ‘There Will Be Blood’

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    by Jordan Raup. As the credits will show, the main inspiration behind There Will Be Blood was (at least the beginning of) Upton Sinclair‘s novel Oil!, which from Paul Thomas Anderson expanded upon its themes and crafted his own characters of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday. However, that was far from the only influence the director had. To get a better visual sense of the time period and line of work — a crucial aspect of the film, and particularly the first act — Anderson did extensive research. “You get giddy looking at all those amazing photos, getting a real sense of how people…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN321: Mr Somebody? – Michelle Heighway (MarBelle)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A graduate of the inaugural NFTS Film Clinic programme, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sheffield’s DocFest, Michelle Heighway’s feature documentary Mr Somebody? unearths the life and times of Britain’s most famous eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel. Michelle joins us to discuss how her 6 year passion project progressed and ultimately grew into an unlikely friendship. I think that Jake never took the documentary seriously. I was just a bit of fun – a young girl who lives down the road who came up with the camera. Mr Somebody? (2014) In Huddersfield, Yorkshire there is an…
  • DN LFF2014: Table Tennis & Hip Hop Come Together at Last in Michael Tully’s 80s Movie ‘Ping Pong Summer’ (MarBelle)
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    We complete our interview series from the 58th BFI London Film Festival with a film that brings together the rad moves of table tennis with the break beat brilliance of Hip Hop. Set in 1985, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer features a girl to romance, a bully to be bested, a friendship forged in the fires of adversity and of course, a mystical mentor to show the way; all the elements needed for a film which doesn’t simply pastiche the 80s movie but is itself an 80s movie – albeit made in 2014. We caught up with Tully to get the full funky fresh lowdown. Some people watch this…
  • DN LFF2014: Finding Father Figures in the Wrong Places in Julius Avery’s Crime Drama ‘Son of a Gun’ (MarBelle)
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In his action packed crime feature debut Son of a Gun, Australian director Julius Avery explores themes of masculinity and belonging through the adrenaline soaked lens of a high tension heist. Avery joins us to discuss how he came to helm a feature with a budget not normally offered to a first time director, and why when it comes to prison escapes the direct approach beats out intricate planning every time. A lot of people think you win at Cannes & then it’s an easy ride after that. It wasn’t, it was very hard Son of a Gun (2014) Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly…
  • DN LFF2014: Zee Ntuli Flirts with the Danger of South Africa’s Criminal Streets in his Breakneck Debut ‘Hard to Get’ (MarBelle)
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    For his feature debut filmmaker Zee Ntuli went full out to craft Hard to Get, a crime/romance that rarely pauses for breath as it barrels along the South African criminal streets. Ntuli joins us to discuss his desire to break from the past and create an entertaining popcorn film that was foremost for and spoke to South Africa’s young black audiences. I think South Africa has predominantly had a preoccupation with telling stories about yesterday’s South Africa. Hard to Get (2014) A handsome young womanizer from a small community has the world at his feet when he falls for a sexy,…
  • DN LFF2014: Fathers, Sons & Classes Clash in Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’ (MarBelle)
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    For his debut feature Gente de Bien Franco Lolli returned to his native city of Bogotá to craft a story which deals with the emotional guff between an estranged father and his troubled son, set against the backdrop of the untraversable social divide which exists between the classes in modern day Colombia. We spoke to Lolli at the London Film Festival about how the decision to shoot digitally enabled long takes to reign on set and how lying is an intrinsic part of his casting process. It’s very easy to make a scene that makes you cry. What’s difficult is to make you cry & make you…
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    Bright Lights Film Journal

  • Sound, Music, and the Verbal MacGuffin in American Hustle (2013)

    Vlad Dima
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    American Hustle is, foremost, a film about appearances, about what is real and the constant dialogue between the diegetic and the extra-diegetic, which is especially compelling at the level of[...] The post Sound, Music, and the Verbal MacGuffin in American Hustle (2013) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Hearts of Darkness, Lights of Madness: Herzog: The Collection (16-Film Blu-ray Collection)

    Erich Kuersten
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    I decided to review this massive collection as some kind of masochistic indulgence, and truly it’s been a long, soul-warping, awe-inspiring yet deeply troubling, at times maddeningly boring, 25+ hours[...] The post Hearts of Darkness, Lights of Madness: Herzog: The Collection (16-Film Blu-ray Collection) appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • A Pessimist’s Puzzle, or The Ambiguity of Ida

    Gary J. Shipley
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A respectable and due measure of column inches has been devoted to Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest film, Ida, but as the director himself has intimated, much of it has concentrated on[...] The post A Pessimist’s Puzzle, or The Ambiguity of Ida appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • American Dreamers: Badlands’ Kit Carruthers and Holly Sargis

    Amy Kenyon
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    “Certainly Kit’s story, like that of Charles Starkweather and indeed, that of Warshow’s gangsters, will end in his solitary demise, precisely because his actions have set him apart from others.[...] The post American Dreamers: Badlands’ Kit Carruthers and Holly Sargis appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
  • Pure Auteurness: Bert I. Gordon in the BIG World

    Steve Johnson
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    What better way to celebrate Halloween than with Bert I. Gordon, budget-compromised auteur of War of the Colossal Beast, Earth vs. the Spider, Picture Mommy Dead, Empire of the Ants,[...] The post Pure Auteurness: Bert I. Gordon in the BIG World appeared first on Bright Lights Film Journal.
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  • Blur updates

    Igor Sordokhonov
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Blur updates.
  • Persistent Peril: Phantom Power

    Erica Gorochow
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Ace composition and beautifully nuanced animation in Phantom Power by Persistent Peril. Some extra behind the scenes on their site.   Client: Full Time Hobby & Diagrams Direction: Persistent Peril Illustration: Garth Jones Animation: Garth Jones, Mark Billington, Ginny Jones Producer for PP: Sam Bourner
  • Chris Phillips Site Update

    Joe Donaldson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Another one of Buck’s finest recently update their website. This time it’s Buck NY’s very own multifaceted Art Director Chris Phillips. Chris’ portfolio has outstanding range. Regardless of what you’re into: beautiful 3D, 2D motion graphics, technical direction, data-driven live animations, set building or even space cheeseburgers, Chris does it and he does it well!              
  • a52 updates

    Igor Sordokhonov
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    a52 updates.
  • Girl Hub

    Justin Cone
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Not to Scale’s Man vs Magnet (Matt Smithson) is back for The Girl Effect, this time with a more illustrative approach in “Girl Hub.” The mixed media approach harkens back to Man vs Magnet’s earliest works, which draw on his trainer as a painter. About The Girl Effect From The Girl Effect website: The girl... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • I’m officially unemployed.

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

    Peggy Archer
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    At the start of this show, we were told that we’d have no swing sets. Ever. For any reason. So, of course, for our last episode, we have four really big swing sets. Since our stage is 200 feet long by 100 feet wide, and it’s 44.5 feet from the floor to the perms, we’ve had some problems with power. Not that we haven’t got power available, it’s just the cable – or lack thereof. The head of the waterfall (the cable that comes up from the dimmer packs on the floor to the perms) is at one end of the stage, and our swing sets are at the other. So that’s …
  • Easing into the real world

    Peggy Archer
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Over the past two(ish) months, I’ve become accustomed to the lighter schedule of the multi-camera show. Monday, we come in around 2 pm, and work until about 8. We hang lights – enough to ‘rough in’ the look so when they do the rehearsal with the cast the next morning, they have a good idea what the sets look like and what we need to change or add. Ditto Tuesday and Wednesday. Our long days are Thursday (block and pre-shoot) and Friday (audience), but neither of those days usually go over 12 hours. Friday, the director does a ‘block and refresh’ with the…
  • The end is nigh

    Peggy Archer
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    We have two weeks left until this show wraps. At this point, we’ve used our lighting budget and aren’t allowed to rent any more equipment, no matter what. Which would be fine if we had, as originally promised, no swing sets*. But big ideas happen in the writer’s room and things change, so we now have to light a new set each week. But – we can’t get any new stuff, so we have to steal from whatever permanent set isn’t working to complete the rig. Which is also fine, except that this week’s swing set will also play next week, so we didn’t de-rig…
  • Money, power, and silence

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

  • A Mindset

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    After the opening credits, the sequel returns to Reincar Scientific. I’ll still never forget that day when I stumbled upon that famed 60 Minutes broadcast on “thought identification” that eventually led me to writing Justice Is Mind. As some of you know, I was actually researching mind reading technology for a sequel to First World. Who would have thought in 2010 I would be sitting here the last couple of months in 2014 and writing the sequel to Justice Is Mind. Writing the sequel to Justice Is Mind has been an experience. Up to page 25, with a mountain of notes, it has been interesting…
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:37 am
    Well, that escalated quickly. Really, that got out of hand fast. Like many people, I’m a fan of The Hunger Games films. The first one was good, despite the overuse of shakycam to hide the violence against children, and the second one was even better. Needless to say, there was plenty of hype leading up to this penultimate movie in the series. How was the film itself? It was good, for the most part. The movie itself isn’t the problem. It’s a great escalation from the last movie in terms of character development, the growing rebellion against The Capitol and the overall…
  • (Some of) What I've Learned

    Gina Andreoli
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    To be honest with you, I’m writing this to help myself make my movie and to keep on track, but I thought I’d share because I know there are other people out there just like me who are trying to make their movie. If I can inspire some of you with what I have learned and share some of my struggles and perhaps help you avoid some mistakes, that’s cool. If you can in turn share some of your hard-earned lessons and inspiring observations, I’d love to hear from you.  In my case, I am making my first feature film. Making films had been a lifelong dream of mine that became a…
  • Blackmagic URSA Update 1.9.9: A Whole New Camera

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    Blackmagic URSA Update 1.9.9 Blackmagic’s new 4K camera, the URSA has been given new life with update 1.9.9. The update, which features new enhancements to the camera and menu system, adds both usability and functionality. The first of which is 80 frames per second in slow motion. No longer do you need to change the project frame rate to accomplish slow motion. There is a new setting independent of your project frame rate called sensor frame rate. This feature maintains your project frame rate—changing your sensor rate for recording slow motion. Normally, if you were shooting 24 or…

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:32 am
    Sunny arrives at his first class fifteen minutes before it begins. There are already a few other students waiting in the wings as well. The class is cinema 101. This is a class that teaches the fundamentals of film theory. This is a course that he is the most excited about. He knew a lot about film already but, it is mostly superficial stuff, such as, the names of directors and the years and dates their works were release. However, this course will push the boundaries of his knowledge on the subject into uncharted territories. Sunny knows that this course is pivotal in his journey to…
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    YouTube: Film

  • 'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    'Pitch Perfect 2' Trailer Check out the full trailer for "Pitch Perfect 2"! From: TheEllenShow Views: 13300690 91734 ratings Time: 02:28 More in Entertainment
  • American Guys Try European Swimwear

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    American Guys Try European Swimwear These swimsuits are experiencing shrinkage… Check out more awesome BuzzFeedYellow videos! MUSIC Gipsy Train Licensed via Warne... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 897343 19479 ratings Time: 04:24 More in Entertainment
  • Top 10 Actors Who Almost Died on Set
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Top 10 Actors Who Almost Died on Set Remind us never to take up acting... 'Cause it almost cost these actors their lives. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 ... From: Views: 815812 12422 ratings Time: 11:11 More in Entertainment
  • Jim Carrey on 'Dumb and Dumber To'

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Jim Carrey on 'Dumb and Dumber To' It's the sequel 20 years in the making. Jim told Ellen about the new film. From: TheEllenShow Views: 399863 6931 ratings Time: 03:02 More in Entertainment
  • 8 Things Only Loud People Understand (w/ GloZell)

    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    8 Things Only Loud People Understand (w/ GloZell) Whisper?! What does that even mean? Starring GloZell Green Subscribe to her channel! Check out more awesome videos at B... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 702422 20942 ratings Time: 02:10 More in Entertainment
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    The Independent

  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Matthu Placek

    Catherine Stewart
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:46 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the artist Matthu Placek about “Moving Portraits”. Knight initially spoke with Placek at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.Dana Knight (DK): Will you please give us a background to your work and introduce the very special short film that you presented at TIFF 2014.Matthu Placek: I’m a photographer by origins and I’ve been making films for about five years. This short film is the first in an ongoing body of work of moving portraits. I’m actually…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Kate Chevigny & Ross Kauffman

    Catherine Stewart
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    For this edition of Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaking duo behind E-Team. Knight initially spoke with Kate Chevigny and Ross Kauffman in New York City at the end of October.Dana Knight (DK): How did this project come about and who initiated it?Katy Chevigny: Ross and I were looking for a project to work on together, trying to find the right project. At that point we knew a little bit about the work of Human Rights Watch, we knew it was important but we didn’t know a lot about it. And it wasn’t until we had…
  • Step Inside the Film House: Filmmaker360’s New Home

    Catherine Stewart
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    At the corner of Chinatown and Northbeach (the Italian district) in San Francisco sits a deceptively small white door, leading to the huge space – and vision – of FilmHouse, San Francisco Film Society’s new home for Filmmaker360. The building opened this September and, other than FilmHouse, it is still under construction.Bill Proctor, Publicity Manager and Michelle Turnure-Salleo, Director, Filmmaker360The FilmHouse space is modern and full of light with views of the bay. It was newly designed specifically to be the center of all Filmmaker360’s programs, after moving from the…
  • Tales from the “Screenwriter’s Festival”

    Catherine Stewart
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Austin Film Festival and Conference was held this past month in sunny, hip Austin, Texas. It was my first time at the festival, and it was a thrill. Thinking of going? I hope you like barbecue.First off, the festival had booked a phenomenal set of panelists. Quite often, there’d be up to a dozen panels running concurrently which meant that my biggest problem was deciding whether to attend the panel with Tom Schulman (Dead Poets Society), Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Maleficent), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), or Matthew Weiner (Mad Men). Inevitably, I…
  • RIDM ’14: The Use and Abuse of Poetry in Documentary Film

    Catherine Stewart
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Gusts of bitingly cold wind eat away at the inch of precocious snow on the ground, offering a fittingly bracing backdrop to the Rencontre Internationales de Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Now in it’s 17th year, the festival offers a late-in-the-season “best-of” selection of international and Canadian films that favors essays, cross-genre films and other non-traditional documentary forms. With 71 occurrences of the word ‘poetic’ throughout the festival literature, staff writer Patrick Pearce invited three filmmakers from the festival to get together around a glass of wine to…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #24

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    This week's theme: MANILA'S HOMELESS When you take photographs on the street, in any city in the world, you are bound to come across the "homeless." But in Metro-Manila squatters abound, that it is almost impossible to ignore them. As a photographer who chronicles people as they go about their daily lives, I believe that it is my duty to also highlight the plight and the existence of these
  • Weekly Street Photos #23

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    This week's theme: STREET MURALS The Metro-Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has a project of beautifying Manila city streets with murals. I have been having a blast juxtaposing them in photographs. Here are three of my favorites. (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Sparrow Lane" "Shadows" "Mind Trip" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #22

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

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    This week's theme: RAIN   I'm sure everyone noticed the erratic weather patterns we have been having all over the world-- unseasonal thunder storms, long winters, super tornadoes, extreme summer heat with extended dry spells. In the Philippines, aside from super typhoons that wreak havoc to entire cities, we have had unseasonal monsoon rains that cause wide-spread flooding and odd daily weather
  • Weekly Street Photos #20

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    This week's theme: WOMEN W/ THEIR DOGS I like women and I love dogs... These are two of my favorite subjects to photograph. Together they are the perfect combination for me of Beauty and Elegance idealized as Art. With "Mother and Child," "Women with their Dogs" have been popular themes in formal portraiture for centuries. Here are some unguarded (candid) shots of "Ladies with their pet
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    Truth Seekers

  • The Korean Way of Tea

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

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

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

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

    Tony Kashani
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This paper first appeared as a chapter in Global Studies Association 2007 Annual Book. The intent for its republication is to facilitate reflection on the continuation of same pattern/past in present times. You can hold yourself back from the sufferings...
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  • Life After Ferguson: Why Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay Support Blackout, the Black Friday Boycott

    Eric Kohn
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    On Wednesday, as the Ferguson fallout generated heated conversations and riots around the country, "Fruitvale Station" director Ryan Coogler announced plans for a different approach. This Friday, Coogler, joined by "Selma" director Ava DuVernay and a number of celebrities, will take part in a movement dubbed Blackout — a nationwide boycott of Black Friday. Rather than shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, Blackout encourages using the day for a unified contemplation of national values. READ MORE: Exclusive: John Turturro and Michael B. Jordan to Participate in Free…
  • Indiewire Podcast: Why We're Thankful for Awards Season

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Screen Talk, Indiewire's weekly podcast co-hosted by Anne Thompson and Eric Kohn, is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. In this week's episode, Thompson and Kohn evaluate the recent nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards, look ahead to the upcoming New York Film Critics Circle vote, and single out some other 2014 releases that still deserve more attention. READ MORE: 'Birdman' Leads Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous…
  • Watch: The Team Behind 'The Boxtrolls' on the Allure of Stop-Motion Animation

    Josephine Opar
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In this intriguing featurette, "The Boxtrolls" producer Travis Knight and director Anthony Stacchi explains the stop-motion process to Deadline Hollywood. "It's one of the first visual effects ever invented, it goes back over 100 years," said Knight. "It's something that's akin to old school Hollywood magic. You don't see that kind of thing typically in film anymore." "The Boxtrolls" is set in the Victorian town of Cheesebridge. An orphan named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) and a group of quirky characters are at risk of being exterminated…
  • 'Dirty Dancing,' 'Constant Gardener' and More Exiting Netflix in December

    Zack Sharf
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    You can't put Baby in the corner, but you can certainly take her off Netflix. "Dirty Dancing" and dozens of more titles will be expiring from the online streaming platform December 1, making Thanksgiving weekend the last chance for Netflix subscribers to check out classics such as Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity," Oscar-winners like "The Constant Gardener" and action blockbusters such as "Mission: Impossible III." Below are all of the films expiring from Netflix in December, courtesy of Vulture: "1941" (1979) "An Officer and a…
  • Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5 Teaser Reveals Little and Confuses More

    Rob T. Jenkins
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    Previously from Rob T. Jenkins: Watch: 'Better Call Saul' Announces Premiere Date, But Keeps On Teasing (With Tingle Fingers) So my son Sammy, he's the one who got me into "Breaking Bad," but he loves a lot of other shows, including this one on HBO, with the swords and the dragons. Sammy says it's not because of the naked ladies, but I'm not sure, and don't really have any way of knowing. I didn't get HBO for the apartment. It just felt like a waste, with only me there to watch it.  But anyways, today at work I was on the Internet looking up news about TV shows, so that…
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    Film Threat


    Phil Hall
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It is a fascinating experiment that pays off with unexpected results, breathing contemporary vitality into a very old favorite...Read More at

    Rick Kisonak
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    It may have its Hallmark moments and gloss over an unflattering fact or two but the film in the end triumphs as a portrait of a brave, brilliant man and the equally courageous woman who gave him everything...Read More at

    Chris Cirillo
    25 Nov 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, Too Many Cooks, Too Many Cooks, Too Many Cooks, Too Many Cooks, Too Many Cooks, Too Many…Read More at

    Brad Cook
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The latest "MST3K" collection centers on the show's famous Turkey Day marathons from the early to mid-90s, complete with 30 minutes of original bumpers, a retrospective of those events, new Turkey Day intros from Joel Hodgson and CGI versions of the bots, and a few interviews focused on the movies in this set...Read More at

    Hammad Zaidi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    With the international box office mushrooming daily, the domestic box office is becoming slightly less significant, tent pole release after tent pole release...Read More at
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • How To Avoid Your Biggest Filmmaking Mistake

    Jason Brubaker
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    The biggest filmmaking mistake you can make is waiting for someone else to give you permission make movies. Read this filmmaking article.
  • Five Useful Filmmaking Tips (That You Can Do Today)

    Jason Brubaker
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Check out these five filmmaking tips (that you can do today) so that you can make your movie this year. Read this filmmaking article...
  • Filmmaking As Your Small Business

    Jason Brubaker
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Most filmmakers either they understand the studio business or they understand indie filmmaking. But what about filmmaking as your next small business?
  • How I Got Lucky With My First Feature Film

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    First feature films are usually the hardest and, paradoxically sometimes the easiest to make. A lack of experience can sometimes be your best friend...
  • How We Won The Doritos Super Bowl Contest

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    While Doritos has been around since the 1960s, the brand has gotten even bolder recently, not only with flavor offerings, but also with its marketing efforts. For the last several years, Doritos has run its “Crash the Super Bowl” contest, an online commercial competition in which fans are invited to create their own Doritos Super […]
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • Lech Majewski Meets Bruegel on the Way to Calvary

    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
     ONE According to art historians Giovanni Arpino and Piero Bianconi, there are more than 500 figures in the painting — that is, in addition to 40 horses, 20 birds and at least eight dogs. The oil panel is not small; Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s second largest work, Way to Calvary, measures about 4’ by 5½’. That’s […]
  • Freddie Francis and The Innocents

    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    On the evening of March 26, 1990, cinematographer/director Freddie Francis made a brief but noteworthy speech on accepting his Academy Award for Glory. After a quick mention of producer Freddie Fields and director Ed Zwick, he said, “I’m only going to pick out one guy to thank, and that’s my wonderful operator, Gordon Hayman.” (Hayman’s […]
  • Stop, Go, Stop, Go: Rob Whitworth and Time Lapse

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Passport? Check. Sneakers? Check? Ramen and espresso maker? Check. Oh, and a couple of Nikons with prime and zoom lenses, a tripod, the all-important ND filters for extended exposures, and a laptop loaded with After Effects. Shanghai based time-lapse filmmaker Rob Whitworth is ready to hop on a plane to any of the world’s capital […]
  • Mark Harris: Five Came Back

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Unlike 405,399 of their fellow American servicemen (according to the Department of Veterans Affairs), John Ford, George Stevens, John Huston, William Wyler and Frank Capra did return from the trauma of the Second World War. But they were, like all of the “greatest generation” soldiers, profoundly changed by the experience. Two of the five had […]
  • A View from the Blog

    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 […]
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  • Even Levar Burton can’t explain the Ferguson verdict

    Iain Alexander
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    LeVar Burton – Reading Rainbow Star Trek actor LeVar Burton joined the many celebs who turned to social media to vent their anger, frustration, and sorrow following the announcement in Ferguson that police officer Darren Wilson would not face charges after shooting 18 year-old Michael Brown. On Twitter, Burton, joined in the debate and highlighted a quote from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ illustrating what he felt about the situation: “I have no words… So I’ll borrow these!” ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ co-star Brent Spiner also issued a…
  • Two men arrested for ‘Expendables 3′ download leak

    Iain Alexander
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Expendables 3 – Wesley Snipes The Expendables 3 leak has been traced back to the UK where two men have been arrested in connection with the pirated downloads. Prior to the release of ‘Expendables 3′ a pirated copy of the film had been made available on file sharing sites and was downloaded by several million users. Producers of the film have been seeking to pursue damages against the individuals who made the un-released copy available before it hit theaters. According to the BBC, two men in their mid 30s have been arrested and taken to police stations in the UK for…
  • Can Bill Cosby ever recover from these allegations?

    Iain Alexander
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    16 women have now come forward along with an ex-NBC employee effectively ending Bill Cosby’s previously respected image and reputation. Whether the sexual assault allegations being brought against Cosby are true or not doesn’t erase the damaging news headlines day after day, eroding his public profile. Cosby’s lawyer has been highly critical of the journalism around the reports from each victim, some of which have made videos and even had their stories debated on CNN. This past week both NBC and Netflix postponed shows with Cosby following the allegations but as more alleged…
  • What the music and film industry have to decide

    Iain Alexander
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A few years ago the music industry decided to cave into technology and discovered that their music had almost no value in the process. Fast forward to 2014 and the film industry is about to do exactly the same thing. In a race to the bottom, record labels partnered with streaming services that offered music to subscribers for fractions of a penny in order to retain what little value music had left. People who bought albums then switched to streaming and gave up largely on the whole idea of a CD. For filmmakers and the film industry as a whole, we’re about to do the same thing and no one…
  • Filmmaker develops liver disease shooting this documentary

    Iain Alexander
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Filmmaker Damon Gameau has shocked the film industry by revealing he has developed early stage liver disease after shooting a documentary on a diet of ‘healthy’ foods. The shock-doc entitled ‘The Sugar Film’ exposes the dangerously high levels of sugar in foods that are marketed as ‘healthy’ which people consume on a daily basis. The self-imposed experiment intended to reveal the effects of eating low-fat foods for a period of 60 days and has produced an extraordinary result. From cereal bars, to sports drinks and yoghurts, Gameau revealed that by taking up…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • The Road Not Taken

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Sometimes “The Road Not Taken” isn’t taken for a reason.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Ebola

    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Behold, a supercut of Arnold Schwarzenegger puking. Best wishes to Arnie for a speedy recovery from Ebola.
  • Every Maid of Honor Speech, Ever

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    It’s wedding season!  And that means it’s time for my favorite part of every wedding- the maid of honor speech. Filmed live at Chicago Filmmakers.
  • How To Piss Off Your State Farm Agent

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

    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…
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    Film Shortage

  • Sneeze Freeze

    Marco Luca
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Russians, Asians, Explosions & Cats: A Russian hitman gets challenged by an unusual enemy. Lots of independent artist cringe when they hear the word advertisement, but Gabriel Borgetto, a 3rd year directing student at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany, took the ad concept and turned it into a fun and explosive storyline about Russians, Asians, explosions and cats. The team knows quite a bit about branded films, as they are the ones who brought us the controversial and viral short ‘Studies on Hysteria‘. For ‘Sneeze Freeze’ they took a different and more…
  • Project Ego

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Project:EGO serves as a template for a much bigger world. EGO is a virtual reality world reserved for the rich and powerful to upload their consciousness to in order to escape the ever growing deterioration of the real world. A man flagged as the most dangerous digital terrorist fights to make EGO free for the masses. The post Project Ego appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Les Yeux Mouvants

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Tristan is a young reporter working for a local newspaper. One night he meets Manon, and falls in love. But the same night, Tristan encounters another mysterious brunette, crying amid a deserted street… The post Les Yeux Mouvants appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Under

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Kerry is a train driver, she is on sick leave due to a trauma at work. While roaming the train network to make sense of her tragedy she meets a man who understands her. The post Under appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Love Yourself

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:15 am
    Down on his luck, a conservative recluse creates the most unconventional family. The post Love Yourself appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Nerdicus! – Part II (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti joins the Nerds once again to finish talking about Harry Potter… for now. Click here if the media player does not load
  • Nerdicus! – Part I (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Nerds welcome Gina Giovannetti back  to the Nerd Cave to talk Harry Potter. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Its Not You… Its Us (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    An important announcement from Sean. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. 2 – Ughhh The Hobbit (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
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    Noam Kroll

  • Check Out This No Budget Music Video Shot Entirely On The GH4 At 48FPS & Cut On FCP X

    Noam Kroll
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    I apologize for the last of posts recently, as the last couple of weeks have been very hectic! I just wrapped up production on a couple of commercial/corporate spots, directed three music videos and ran my Digital Cinema Bootcamp this past weekend – amongst other things. I have some really great material that I’m going to be sharing with you guys over the next week or so, and wanted to kick things off today by highlighting a recent no-budget music video that I shot on the Lumix GH4… Summer Eyes A couple months back, I was in Toronto for a visit and decided to shoot a music…
  • Is Sony Becoming The Best Cinema Camera Manufacturer Today? Here’s Why They Are Positioned To Dominate The Industry

    Noam Kroll
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My very first video camera ever (in the early 2000s) was a 3ccd Sony TRV900 – which at the time was an awesome miniDV cam. Somehow though, it became the first and last Sony camera that I’ve ever owned as I eventually moved onto Panasonic’s lineup, and later came around to own cameras by nearly every other major brand. While Sony has continued to make great cameras all of these years, the areas where they have really excelled have never really crossed over with my needs as a filmmaker. The original Sony TRV900 The Sony FS700 is a great example of one of Sony’s…
  • The Best GH4 Settings For Video & Why You Shouldn’t Be Tweaking Things Too Much

    Noam Kroll
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:38 am
    Although the GH4 has been widely available for some time now, there is still no consensus on what combination of picture profiles/settings is best for achieving maximum image quality. Some DPs have had luck using very drastic setting combinations, but as far as my experience goes pushing the settings too far can result in some really noisy and low quality footage. If you haven’t already shot with the GH4, I’ll re-iterate here (as I’ve said many times before) that this camera is incredibly powerful when used properly… Especially considering the size and overall cost.
  • The 7 Filmmaking Blogs You Should Be Reading & Bookmarking Today!

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

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

  • New Music Project

    Stephan Bugaj
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    I have a new musical project that I'm very excited about.  It's been in the works for a few months now, but we're keeping most things under wraps for now.  However, I'm really proud of this first track so here is an excerpt from it (the whole track will be kept secret until release, as that's how the labels want it nowadays).  More details will emerge as things progress, I just wanted folks to be able to hear part of this track, at least.
  • "Pixar's 22 Rules of Story" Analysis In French

    Stephan Bugaj
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    A nice gentleman named Marc Madi-Durand is translating my "Pixar's 22 Rules of Story (that aren't really Pixar's) Analyzed" Free eBook into French.  Each week he is publishing a new rule, translated into French from my original text, on his blog Cineaste Independant. It's very nice of him to make this work available to French speaking filmmakers, and I'm honored that a people with such a rich filmmaking tradition will now be able to read my thoughts about story. The first rule is already published, and you can return to Marc's blog weekly for a new rule.  null
  • 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…
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  • New technical achievements in movie production - drones

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:13 am
    Well, as a movie buff I’ve checked what’s new in the more technical side of film production and I’m simply fascinated by drones and the new opportunities they give to cinematographers. Aerial filming was never so easy and available to the public! When I was looking for a drone of my own, I’ve encountered a good run-down of the best machines available to the public. And I must say, I am eager to spend this much on my own little filming buddy!
  • floradcosta1985: (via Small Business Ideas | List Of Small...

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    floradcosta1985: (via Small Business Ideas | List Of Small Business Ideas: How to Start Your Own Video Production Business) A great, extensive FAQ on starting your own video production company. Hints in the article thoroughly explore the subject.
  • moviesincolor: Request Week - (smackfest)Fight Club,...

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    moviesincolor: Request Week - smackfest)Fight Club, 1999Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
  • 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…
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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Review

    Luke Kent
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whilst Catching Fire was a leap forward in quality over the The Hunger Games, Mockingjay – Part 1 feels like a place holder until we get to the meat of the action in Part 2. In many ways it advances the world of Panem and several of the characters on the periphery, whilst at the same time failing to significantly advance the plot enough to justify the final book being split into two movies. Having previously read the Mockingjay book I had concerns heading into the film that there simply wasn’t enough action, or real developments in the first half of the story to fill over two…
  • Jurassic World Trailer Breakdown: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Luke Kent
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    So here we are, on the brink of the long awaited release of the fourth Jurassic Park movie, Jurassic World. Universal very kindly let the cat out of the bag early with the release of the full trailer coming two days ahead of schedule, sending the men and womenfolk of the internet into meltdown, with a mixture of glee and derision. So without further hesitation, lets breakdown the good, the bad and the ugly of the Jurassic World debut trailer. The park is open. The Good: Coming full circle - Jurassic World makes the long awaited return to Isla Nublar, the location of the original Jurassic…
  • The Imitation Game Review

    Luke Kent
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Imitation Game is a beautiful film, beautifully acted. Director Morten Tyldum’s first English-language film is a tour de force of acting prowess, wrapped in a powerful story. It’s Oscar bait for sure, but deservedly so. Based on a true story, Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, a mathematician hired by the British government to crack the code behind the Nazi Enigma Machine, a machine which was being used to transmit correspondence between Nazi forces during World War II. With Turing, Cumberbatch finds himself playing the misunderstood, enigmatic genius not for the…
  • Jurassic World Teaser Trailer

    Luke Kent
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ladies and gentlemen, the time is almost upon us to return to Isla Nublar in Jurassic World. The first teaser trailer has arrived, and fleeting though it is, it provides our first glimpse of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in everyone’s favourite theme park. Just hearing that music is enough to get the goosebumps going: Jurassic World opens June 2015. *Update* The full trailer has now arrived, feast your eyes below:
  • The Conjuring (2013) Mini Review

    Luke Kent
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    “Diabolical forces are formidable. These forces are eternal, and they exist today. The fairy tale is true. The devil exists. God exists. And for us, as people, our very destiny hinges upon which one we elect to follow.” Directed by: James Wan Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston Official synopsis: “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the…
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