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  • Daniel Craig to mix own vodka Martini in latest Bond flick 'Spectre'

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    30 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Daniel Craig, who will reprise his James Bond role for the fourth time, will be seen mixing his own vodka Martini in new Bond flick 'Spectre', it has been reported. Sources said that Bond was usually seen being served by glamorous waitresses and suave bar staff, but will serve up his own drinks in forthcoming Bond movie, the Mirror reported.
  • The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    by Oakley Anderson-Moore. You want to be a successful filmmaker, but you’re a nobody in nowheresville with no connections. Well, the Duplass Brothers started out just the same way, and now they are admired, household names in the independent film world. How did they do it? On the ground at SXSW 2015, No Film School covered Mark Duplass’ entertaining keynote address on his career and compiled it into an easy-to-follow 9-step plan. Read the rest of this article from No Film School. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s Chair” filmmaking ezine and get…
  • 5 Ways To Capture Stunning Video On A Low Dynamic Range Camera Without Using Any Lights

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    Noam Kroll
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    High dynamic range cameras have been all the rage lately, and for good reason. Arri set the gold standard for DR with their Alexa a few years back, and today just about everyone wants to shoot with a camera that can pull 13 or 14 stops of dynamic range. Unfortunately though, not everyone owns an Alexa (or even a Blackmagic for that matter), and many of us are often faced with the challenge of having to shoot on a low DR camera. The good news is that in order to capture beautiful images, you don’t necessarily need a high dynamic range camera… You just need to know how to make…
  • $25k production budget to be awarded to top short filmmaker

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    Iain Alexander
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Filmmakers around the world have been submitting video entries into the Wyoming Short Film Contest which ends in just over a week’s time. A judging panel of veteran filmmakers who have worked on films such as “Kill Bill” and “Into The Wild,” will review submissions for the 2015 contest and announce the winner in May. Filmmakers with short films under 15 minutes in length can submit their entries in for free. The Wyoming Film Office is running the contest to find the best filmmaking talent and will work with the winner to help them produce their next film in the…
  • Film Industry Network launches global search to find best short films

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    FIN Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Film Industry Network is accepting entries from filmmakers around the world to highlight the best short films produced in the last 12 months. Every year Film Industry Network features independent filmmakers and highlights inspiring creative work from up and coming directors as well as seasoned pros. Since 2009, Film Industry Network has discovered some of the best filmmaking talent and launched contests with a host of international partners awarding more than $1 million in cash prizes. This year, Film industry members as well as the general public are invited to choose their best work and…
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  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Demands CBS Use Syrian Technicians, Cameras in Charlie Rose Interview (Video)

    Jordan Chariton
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Charlie Rose’s interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad aired on “60 Minutes” Sunday, where the CBS anchor asked him about ISIS and chemical weapons. Rose explained off the top of the segment that he did the interview under the condition he use Syrian technicians and cameras.  The dictator wants his own crew and equipment for fear of assassination. On ISIS, Assad said American airstrikes on ISIS “can have local benefit,” then saying ISIS has actually expanded since America began airstrikes months ago, suggesting America was trying to…
  • Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen to Host 2015 Billboard Music Awards

    Joe Otterson
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen will host the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, ABC and Dick Clark Productions announced Monday. Billboard Music Awards finalists are chosen based on fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music. This will mark Teigen’s first time hosting the awards show, while Ludacris hosted in 2014. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2014 swimsuit issue and next up will be seen…
  • Anne Sweeney Joins Netflix Board

    L.A. Ross
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Anne Sweeney, former co-chair of Disney Media Networks and Disney/ABC Television Group president has joined the Netflix board of directors, the streaming company announced on Monday. Microsoft EVP and general counsel Brad Smith also joined, bringing the total number of directors on the Netflix board to nine. “We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne’s perspective as we continue to build our global Internet TV network,” Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. Also Read: How Disney-ABC’s Swift Ben Sherwood Appointment Checks All the Boxes Sweeney announced in…
  • David Beckham, James Corden Strip for Sensual Underwear Ad Spoof (Video)

    Tony Maglio
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    It only took four episodes, but pudgy late-night host James Corden has stripped down to his underpants for the sake of comedy. The new host of CBS’s “The Late Late Show” convinced David Beckham to join him in the underwear ad spoof, which leaves very little to the imagination. The faux black-and-white commercial opens on the tatted-up, rock-solid Beckham. The soccer star is soon joined by the pasty, soft British entertainer, who is clearly anything but shy. Corden poses with Beckham and even holds a blow dryer for the male model while the two swap lines. Beckham touts that…
  • ‘Going Clear’ Scientology Documentary Draws Strong Hollywood Reactions: ‘Crazy,’ ‘Stunned,’ ‘Terrifying’

    Joe Otterson
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    “Going Clear,” the new documentary about the Church of Scientology, premiered on HBO Sunday, and Hollywood has flocked to social media to voice support for the film, as well as their concerns about the religion some former members describe as a cult. Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney, and based on the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright, the film takes an in-depth look at the religion launched by science fiction author L. Ron Hubbard. “Going Clear” not only presents a detailed history of the tax-exempt organization, but features former Scientologists who allege…
 
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  • San Francisco Film Society Artist In Residence Alum Will Tackle Islamic Fundamentalism in New Thriller

    Tambay A. Obenson
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    Mohamed Diab was 2013's San Francisco Film Society Artist in Residence - a program that brings a filmmaker to San Francisco for a two-week residency, which includes participating in each of the Film Society’s core areas - education, exhibition and filmmaker services, as well as a public screening,.It also provides the artist with opportunities to connect with local filmmakers. Resident artists are selected based on their filmmaking experience, body of work and desire to share and collaborate with other emerging filmmakers and film students.As part of his residency,…
  • 'Tron 3' Reportedly Gets A Title, Production Starts This Fall

    Kevin Jagernauth
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    We've been pontificating today on shared universes, and mega-franchises, and why Hollywood loves them so. And one of the main reasons you seen new spins on old material is that it's just less risky than trying to make an original property work. No one may have been asking for a "Tron: Legacy" sequel, but at least audiences know what it is versus trying to do something new. Or in other words, it's easier to sell "Tron" in a shiny new package, with enticing new ingredients, than the more monumental task of selling moviegoers on a whole new idea. So, hence, "Tron…
  • Rumor: Bryan Singer Could Be Involved In A New 'Star Trek' TV Series

    Kevin Jagernauth
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Here's a new rumor that's sort of an old rumor, but let's go with it. Quite a few years ago, "Star Trek: Federation" was put into development as a possible CBS series, with big names like Robert Burnett, Bryan Singer, and Christopher McQuarrie producing, and Geoffrey Thorne writing it. Then J.J. Abrams rebooted the franchise, and the TV series was effectively killed. But in this era of shared universes, nothing stays dead for long.Latino Review reports that CBS is back at work on a "Star Trek" series, and that Singer is once again being tossed around to take on…
  • Crowdfund This: Damani Baker’s “The House on Coco Road,” on the Roles of Women in Grenada Revolution (2 Days Left!)

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    30 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    If you are a fan of documentary film then Damani Baker’s name should be immediately familiar to you as one-half of the directing team on “Still Bill,” the 2009 feature length doc on legendary soul music singer Bill Withers and easily one of the best music-based documentaries of the last decade.  On a whole his career spans documentaries, music videos, museum installations and advertisements and he is also an alum of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces in Independent Film”But despite his focus on the work of others, as often occurs, it’s the most personal projects that take…
  • Random Media Acquires Out-of-This-World Musical 'Bang Bang Baby'

    Travis Clark
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    READ MORE: Watch: Exclusive Trailer for TIFF Entry ‘Bang Bang Baby’ Looks Insane (In a Good Way)Random Media has acquired all domestic rights for Jeffrey St. Jules' debut feature,  the sci-fi musical "Bang Bang Baby," which won the Canadian First Feature Film Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Jane Levy stars as Stepphy, who lives in a 1960s town with her alcoholic father and dreams of escaping to a life of stardom on the stage and screen. Justin Chatwin stars as Bobby Shore, a rock star who may hold the key to making those dreams a…
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  • 5 Quotes About Acting

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    "I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience."~ Al Pacino"Acting is the ability to dream on cue."~ Ralph Richardson"Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there."~ Meryl Streep"I always tell actors when they go in for an audition: Don't be afraid to do what your instincts tell you. You may not get the part, but people will take notice."~ Robert De…
  • Spring DVD Sale

    20 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    It's the first day of spring. So, we decided to have a 2 for 1 sale! You buy one DVD, you get the second one free. Don't want two of the same DVD? You can get a bundle of two different titles for one price. Check out the details at our website: http://www.cubecity.org/store.htmGet them while we have them in stock! Offer valid while supplies last, or until March 31, 2015.
  • Film Day 11-12 - Curiouser and Curiouser

    12 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Date: Tuesday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 19, 2014Film: Lost Penny Things are indeed getting curiouser and curiouser for Penny. On Film Day 11, we wrapped Tenshi's scenes (Andrew Roth). And on Film Day 12, we worked with the Shadow Genie (Kevin Connelly) and Harbinger (Thomas Nelson). Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10 - Film Day 11-12
  • Film Day 10 - Welcome to the Party

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2014Film: Lost Penny Film Day 10... "Welcome to the Party, Penny." We filmed the scenes involving Penny's introduction to the Club. Here, Penny (Rachael McOwen) meets the Hostess (Melanie Gaydos) and gets her number badge. Also, we finished filming with Lucien (Christopher Elliott) and a quick scene with Gadget (Stephen Velichko). Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10
  • Roll the Credits

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Santa Rosa Press DemocratWater conservation still keySanta Rosa Press Democrat“Snake Eyes” was shot outside Los Angeles last fall, during a visit to Baldo's parents, using L.A. actors and crew members hired for the project, as well as the young filmmakers' own core group of North Bay film students and professionals. “Rampage and more »
  • And ... action! NC Museum of History exhibit highlights 100 years of ... - Burlington Times News

    29 Mar 2015 | 12:21 am
    Burlington Times NewsAnd ... action! NC Museum of History exhibit highlights 100 years of Burlington Times News“The Heart of Esmeralda,” a silent film, is one of the earliest known movies shot in North Carolina. Filmed in 1912 in Bat Cave, it is one of many films/screen events visitors to the North Carolina Museum of History will learn more about during
  • Sonoma State University filmmaking duo invited to Cannes festival - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    28 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Santa Rosa Press DemocratSonoma State University filmmaking duo invited to Cannes festivalSanta Rosa Press Democrat“Snake Eyes” was shot outside Los Angeles last fall, during a visit to Baldo's parents, using L.A. actors and crew members hired for the project, as well as the young filmmakers' own core group of North Bay film students and professionals. “Rampage and more »
  • Youth FX Filmmaking Inner City - TWC News

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    TWC NewsYouth FX Filmmaking Inner CityTWC NewsThis Capital Region Close Up segment focuses on a summer program that teaches Albany students how to use digital media technology to tell stories they feel aren't being told. At the end of the course, about a dozen films make their premiere at a movie ...and more »
  • 'Making it,' a day-long symposium on filmmaking - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel'Making it,' a day-long symposium on filmmakingMilwaukee Journal SentinelYou have to hand it to Milwaukee Film, they do their part to tend and feed the local community of filmmakers, especially aspiring film and video artists. On Saturday, as part of its expanding year-round programming, it is holding a day-long symposium and more »
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  • Daniel Craig to mix own vodka Martini in latest Bond flick 'Spectre'

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:21 am
    Daniel Craig, who will reprise his James Bond role for the fourth time, will be seen mixing his own vodka Martini in new Bond flick 'Spectre', it has been reported. Sources said that Bond was usually seen being served by glamorous waitresses and suave bar staff, but will serve up his own drinks in forthcoming Bond movie, the Mirror reported.
  • Weekend Box Office Report: The Box Office Goes 'Home'

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:13 am
    In one of the strongest box office weekends of 2015 so far, both Home and Get Hard opened strong while Insurgent and Cinderella continued to perform well. This was the rare weekend that literally offered something for everyone, with R-rated comedies and animated family fare exceeding expectations.
  • Vale Michael Laurence

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:29 pm
    To celebrate the opening of their new 2k DCI Grading Theatre, the team at Final Post is offering documentary and feature film teams access to five days of colour grading and finishing for the price of two. Develop your own portfolio with the support of our award winning academics and the best media production and post-production facilities in Australia.
  • Magical opening for Cinderella

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    To celebrate the opening of their new 2k DCI Grading Theatre, the team at Final Post is offering documentary and feature film teams access to five days of colour grading and finishing for the price of two. Develop your own portfolio with the support of our award winning academics and the best media production and post-production facilities in Australia.
  • Warm reception for two Aussie films in the US

    29 Mar 2015 | 6:34 pm
    To celebrate the opening of their new 2k DCI Grading Theatre, the team at Final Post is offering documentary and feature film teams access to five days of colour grading and finishing for the price of two. Develop your own portfolio with the support of our award winning academics and the best media production and post-production facilities in Australia.
 
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  • I’m not a good actress –Chineze Anyaene

    28 Mar 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Chineze Anyaene is a film-maker and the chairperson of the Nigeria Oscars Selection Committee. She speaks on her love for film-making How did your journey into film-making begin? After studying for my first degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Abuja, I went for a one-year film-making course at the New York Film Academy...  [Read More...]
  • Serial offender

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Did Andrew Jarecki study film-making at Hogwarts? Events seem magically to conspire to help the American director.
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    28 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    THE world of film is mysterious and fascinating, especially for viewers.
  • BBC Films Reteaming With ‘Veep’ Creator in New Slate

    25 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The UK broadcaster's feature film-making arm is celebrating its 25th anniversay.
  • Regulate Nigerian films

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Characters in the Nigerian film making industry are now fond of showing scenes that compromise the Nigerian culture. They often think using actors that expose their sensitive parts is the best for their production which is very wrong. They through these scenes inculcate bad habits in the minds of the audience. So this bad habit...  [Read More...]
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  • New York Int'l Children's Film Festival announces winners

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    23 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
      AND THE WINNERS ARE... Another month of fantastic month of film and fun as come to an end, and the votes are in! Ballots have been counted, comments have been logged, and we're thrilled to announce the 2015 Festival Award winners - as chosen by you! Grand Prize Awards are given to the short and feature films with the highest overall audience rating. Jury Award winners of chosen by the Festival jury. Winners of the Festival's Jury Awards are eligible for Oscar consideration for the Best Live Action and Animated Short Film categories.         GRAND PRIZE…
  • 4 Days to Opening Night with Hollywood Director Joe Carnahan at Maryland International Film Festival

    Editor
    22 Mar 2015 | 2:31 pm
          THE 4th ANNUAL Maryland International Film Festival The Blacklist and Stretch Director Joe Carnahan and actor Ben Bray to attend opening night!!! Our feature film "Stretch" stars Patrick Wilson, Ed Helms, Chris Pine, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, and many more.... Tickets are just $10 (for those of you who have purchase online tickets please pick them up at the Maryland Theatre box office. Your name is on file but bring your receipt.)   View Trailer Here         Buy Tickets Now...Click Here         Red carpet…
  • Winners of Holland Animation Film Festival 2015

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    22 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
      Grand Prix narrative short             House of Unconciousness, Priit Tender, Eesti Joonisfilm, Kalev Tamm, Estonia, 2015 Grand Prix non-narrative short Dark Mixer, Hirotoshi Iwasaki, Hirotoshi Iwasaki, Japan, 2014 Grand Prix feature film On the White Planet, Bum-wook Hur, The Korean Academy Of Film Arts, Ki-Hwan Kim, South Korea, 2014 Grand Prix student film Small People with Hats, Sarina Nihei, Royal College of Art, Joan Ashworth, United Kingdom, 2014 Grand Prix for Dutch animation Nobody Beats the Drum: Let it Go, Max Italiaander, Levi Jacobs,…
  • More stars on are on board with Geena Davis’s upcoming Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), supporting Women and Diversity!

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    22 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Robert De Niro, Nick Cannon, Rosie O'Donnell, Bruce Bern, Joey Lauren Adams and Soledad O'Brien! It’s getting bigger and bigger! Let the fun begin J Geena Davis and ARC Entertainment’s Bentonville Film Festival (BFF) today revealed the first series of special events that will bring Nick Cannon, Robert De NiroBruce Dern,Joey Lauren AdamsSoledad O’Brien and Rosie O’Donnell to the inaugural edition of the festival, taking place May 5-9 in Bentonville, Arkansas.   BFF is a one-of-a-kind event designed to champion women and diversity in film, and is the first…
  • Guillermo del Toro to Receive Irving M. Levin Directing Award at 58th San Francisco International Film Festival

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    22 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
        Film Society to Honor the Celebrated Filmmaker at Awards Night And Screen Career Highlights with The Devil's Backbone at the Castro Theatre San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro will be the recipient of the Irving M. Levin Directing Award at the 58th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7), honoring the Mexican director's expansive body of work and celebrating his unique contributions to the art of cinema. The tribute will acknowledge del Toro's exceptional versatility in…
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    groveChuck
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:52 am
    Just saw the spot air last night. I'm intrigued... :happy:
  • d600 and hdmi splitter

    treynolds
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:18 am
    So i have been fighting with my d600 and my atomos ninja 1 recorder for a while now. The problem is 2 fold. Firstly the ninja 1 doesn't have HDMI out. So if i am just running the camera and recorder and nothing else it works perfectly. The monitor on the Ninja however is low res (640x480 i think) so its pretty useless for pulling focus. The other problem is that when you have the live view turned on and you plug in a new hdmi connection it turns off and you have to trigger it again. I have tried powered splitters and passive ones with very little success. The closest i have gotten was a…
  • [FS: General] Lots of gear for sale.

    Josh Tyron
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:08 am
    Once again we are upgrading gear and have a bunch of stuff that has been sitting around. All gear is in perfect working order unless otherwise noted. Free shipping is ground and is to the lower 48. I will have to charge for international or expedited shipping. 1. Original Hocus Focus Wireless follow focus kit. Comes with Hand unit, receiver, motor, and all cables need to make it work. Uses Sony NP batteries (not included) and comes with a p-tap cable. Asking $1200 shipped and I will cover the paypal fee. 2. BVFF Wired Follow Focus System. This is a system made by some guys in Europe a few…
  • Critique My Student Work

    AdrianPetrosian
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Hey Everyone! My name is Adrian Petrosian and I'm a 18 year old film student from St. Louis. I have been working with the blackmagic production camera for the last few months and have made a few shorts for my film classes. I would love to hear some feedback and things to work on. My directing theory teacher had us do a lot of scene remakes the last month. Psycho Scene Remake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR2uzTwykS8 The Shinning Scene Remake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YliH85MZsGw My (not) French New Wave Short: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfkmPe4LkGk Apple Pie Action Short:…
  • The ultimate filmmaking asset pack?

    MarkSpurrell
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    Hello everyone, Our team just launched a campaign called The Filmmaker's Digital Toolkit. Our idea is to offer independent filmmakers the ultimate asset pack for a price that no indy filmmaker could refuse. A toolkit designed specifically for filmmakers, created by filmmakers. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...igital-toolkit We would really appreciate it if you could take just a few minutes out of your day to check it out, and give your opinions of the project as a whole. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them below! Thanks so much everyone.
 
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  • 4K free light leak - Light Pulses

    30 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    Here is my fourth 4K light leak - available for free download (and also you can watch it it in 4K / UHD on YouTube). Its up for Creative Commons use, details below.I collect all my light leaks on a special page, so bookmark it. This one is a bit different, with fast pulses of light, ideal for transitions. Check it out... There's many different sweeps in this one download, meaning you can choose different speeds and different looks and aren't going to be repeating the same effect over and over in your timeline.Download here (129MB)…
  • Top 5 things I've discovered about promoting a low budget children's film

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    The teaser trailer for my forthcoming family feature film, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, went live recently. Have a look below. I've made the film alongside my podcast colleague Danny Stack as well as many great acting and crew professionals who happen to live locally. Here's the full IMDB info. Currently we are deep in post-production. But it is important that the film continues to be seen out there in the big wide world and remains visible. When you have your head down, buried in the edit, it is easy to go silent, to disappear into a black hole. This can be a mistake. In many ways the industry…
  • Podcast Episode 45: Interview with KAJAKI writer Tom Williams

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Its the latest episode of the UK Scriptwriters Podcast - out now!This episode I speak to Tom Williams, writer of the BAFTA nominated British film, Kajaki. It is a great film, very tight and very tense. Here's the pitch and trailer...Kajaki Dam 2006. A company of young British soldiers encounter an unexpected, terrifying enemy. A dried-out river bed, and under every step the possibility of an anti-personnel mine. A mine that could cost you your leg - or your life. I asked Tom about how to adapt a real life story for the screen as well as the pros and cons of working with people from the real…
  • Free 4K Sparkle Lightleak / Optical Effect

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

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

    J. Ott
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:13 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. NYTimes: Netflix and Hulu no longer find themselves upstarts in online streaming Vanity Fair: The Vanity Credit Turns 100: Why directors turn to “A Film by” and why it’s caused fights for decades Chris Jones: Top 13 Things To Do When Being Interviewed for Radio About Your Film Gizmodo: How the “Harvard Sentences” secretly shaped audio tech The Film Stage: The fantastic Albert Maysles documentary about Wes Anderson making Tenenbaums YOUR WEEKLY…
  • Meta: Site Layout Updates

    J. Ott
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Regular visitors will notice a new look to the site. You may even notice changes day-by-day. The goal is to have a fresh, mobile-friendly layout and to constantly tweak it to make it better. Sorta like editing a film. Right now I’m experimenting with the well-reviewed Hemingway theme. In addition to looking better on phones and tablets, it should also do a better job of handling video and large images. It’s going to be a work-in-progress and things are going to break. Or display in weird and funky ways. Your comments and requests are quite welcome during — and after! —…
  • Your Tuesday Links: Post-Oscars Edition

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

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

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

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:01 am
    by Tony Ulysses Announces. Hello horror fans, and… Wait a minute… TWO articles in ONE DAY?! Doesn’t this guy have a LIFE?! I’m Tony, and I’m here to appeal to all you future horror film makers who just so happened to stumble onto this article! As I say in every third article (give or take), I watch a TON of horror movies. And that means two things. First, I love horror above almost any other genre. I say “almost” because I consider exploitation to be its own genre, and NOTHING beats a good B-movie. That’s a story for another time. Where were we?
  • The Complete Mark Duplass Filmmaking Bible on Becoming a Successful Director

    Peter D. Marshall
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    by Oakley Anderson-Moore. You want to be a successful filmmaker, but you’re a nobody in nowheresville with no connections. Well, the Duplass Brothers started out just the same way, and now they are admired, household names in the independent film world. How did they do it? On the ground at SXSW 2015, No Film School covered Mark Duplass’ entertaining keynote address on his career and compiled it into an easy-to-follow 9-step plan. Read the rest of this article from No Film School. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s Chair” filmmaking ezine and get…
  • Lights, camera, action! Polish cinema back up and rolling

    Peter D. Marshall
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:39 am
    by AFP. An Oscar in Hollywood, a Silver Bear in Berlin and a public that is returning to theatres in droves after more than a few dismal years: Polish cinema is back. The revival comes in large measure thanks to a savvy system of film financing forged a decade ago to capitalise on the explosive growth of Poland’s audiovisual market after communism’s demise. “While receiving the Silver Bear, I thought to myself that we’re witnessing a great era in Polish cinema,” said 42-year-old Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, known for her film “Elles” starring…
  • On Palestinian Cinema: An Interview with Film Director Najwa Najjar

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:32 am
    by Isis Nusair. Najwa Najjar is a Palestinian filmmaker based in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. She has worked in both documentary and fiction. Her debut film was the feature  Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009), and her second feature Eyes of a Thief (2014) was nominated for an Academy Award. This interview with Najjar was conducted following the recent release of Eyes of a Thief in the United States. Read the rest of this article from Jaddaliyya. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s Chair” filmmaking ezine and get the first 41 pages of my 261 page…
  • Kubrick in Ireland: the making of Barry Lyndon

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    by Paul Whitington. Stanley Kubrick was born in The Bronx on July 26, 1928: his parents were Jewish, and his father, Jack, was a doctor. As a child, he was bookish, and though his intelligence was obvious, he did not excel in school. When he was 13, his father bought him a Graflex camera. Stanley quickly become obsessed with still photography, and was just 16 when he had his first photo published in Look magazine. By the end of the 1940s, he was making his name as a talented freelance photographer, but was already becoming distracted by film-making. He’d loved movies since his…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN322: Appropriate Behaviour – Desiree Akhavan

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    6 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Billed as a sort of gay Annie Hall, Desiree Akhavan’s Appropriate Behaviour is a delightful watch beginning to end, comprising scenes which are equal parts laugh out loud and toe-curlingly cringe inducing. We talked to Akhavan about her theatre roots, embracing her true comedic voice as a director on web series The Slope and how post-production persistence eventually won out in this emotionally biographical and very personal debut feature. I hope in the future that women can break into this industry without being compared to other women. That you don’t have to be the next anybody…
  • DN321: Mr Somebody? – Michelle Heighway

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (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,…
 
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    Motionographer

  • Motion and code: Getting to know Lucas Zanotto

    Justin Cone
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Italian-born designer/animator Lucas Zanotto’s career is as varied and playful as his creations.  Moving seamlessly between analogue and digital techniques, he’s created commercials, short films, apps and games that effervesce with child-like delight and wonder. He’s been posted on Motionographer over a dozen times, but we’ve never dug into his process to learn what makes him... Read more »
  • See No Evil April

    James Wignall
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Tuesday 7th April See No Evil presents an evening with director Doug Hindson & Red Knuckles studio. Plus music from DJ D.Vyzor and your chance to win tickets to F5 Fest!
  • [NYC] March Mograph Meetup

    Justin Cone
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    New Yorkers: The March Mograph Meetup will be Tuesday, March 24th 8pm at Sullivan Thompson (167 Bleecker St). More details on the event page.
  • Q&A: Gergely Wootsch demystifies the Magna Carta

    Justin Cone
    22 Mar 2015 | 10:44 pm
    For the British Library’s “Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy” exhibition, director Gergely Wootsch explains the history and importance of the document with his trademark wit and style. Rich blues and reds anchor the compositions, bringing to mind medieval tapestries and coats of arms, while watercolor-like textures and painterly brushstrokes ground everything in the same humanistic spirit as the great... Read more »
  • Black Math’s New Reel & Site

    Brian Gossett
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Boston-based Black Math launches their new site and their new reel.
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Temptation

    Peggy Archer
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:40 pm
    As our calls creep an hour later each day*, traffic becomes less of a concern. Our call today was 10 am so I didn’t have to worry about getting stuck in anything, but I still left early because I needed to get something to prevent the cement block in my sinuses. I stopped at a small drug store near the location and got some Allegra, which generally wouldn’t be my first choice, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Or so I’m told. I didn’t get to catering early enough to have breakfast, and we started out having to put all the lights back on the stands, as…
  • The wind blows

    Peggy Archer
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:38 pm
    For some strange reason, someone on this show decided to jump from a 6:30 am call time to a 9 am call time. One would think that it would be great to sleep in, but the later the call, the heavier the traffic. So I left my place a full hour early, anticipating to get stuck in the crawl, and then got lucky and got there way too early. It was a nice calm day when I pulled out of the driveway, but by the time I got to location the winds had picked up – not just a light breeze, either. Violent gusts that bent trees and knocked over anything large and top-heavy – such as grip equipment…
  • An unexpectedly busy week

    Peggy Archer
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:09 pm
    I had planned to swim Monday morning around 7, but I woke up with a sore shoulder, so instead I called into the union hall right when they opened and put myself on the available list. I figured since it’s busy I’d get a call in a day or two. Five minutes later the phone rang. Usually, calls from the hall in the morning are for work the same day, so half an hour later I was on the freeway driving to the furthest reaches of the San Fernando Valley. There’s an entire neighborhood in the northwest valley that consists mostly of the very tacky spare homes of very rich people who…
  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The lights, reflected in our ‘pond’, which was an above ground pool. Shooting in and around water when we’re burning lights that use as much electricity as a small house needs to be approached with caution. Back in the old days, we used DC power around water, which is safer, but most modern lights won’t work with DC, so we have to use Shock Blocks – they’re giant GFCIs, much like the small ones you have in your kitchen and bathroom. The way they work is that if they sense an interruption in the force, they assume there’s mortal danger and shut off the…
  • Continuing Education

    Peggy Archer
    12 Mar 2015 | 5:06 pm
    In order to shift liability for accidents onto the crew, we are required to undergo safety training. The bulk of the classes were some time ago, and now it’s just the occasional add-on whenever someone gets hurt, or someone important thinks they might get hurt. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for education and safety training, I really am. An educated workforce is the best insurance against accidents. This particular class was about process trailer safety. And that’s an important class, especially for people who haven’t had any experience with process trailers. That…
 
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Actor/Filmmaker Harris Doran at the premiere of "A Cry From Within"

    Jessica Mazo
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Red carpet interview with actor and filmmaker Harris Doran at the VOD release premier of  “A Cry from Within” at SVA Theatre in NYC.  “A Cry from Within” is a psychological horror story starring Eric Roberts, Cathy Moriarty, and Deborah Twiss. Written/ Directed/Produced by: Deborah Twiss; Produced/Cast by: Donna McKenna Interviewer: Jessica Mazo, Videographer: Drew Moore, Editor: Tom O’Brien    
  • I'm Back SON!!!

    Cameron S Basson
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:34 am
    Guess who is back Boys and Girls? Yes Me! For all you who are back and have enjoyed my posts on filming and some info to what I do for a living can now finally enjoy more of that plus a bit more. Below is a Picture of the Red Dragon one of the most stunning cameras there are in the world of Cinematography. Check me soon for more on this beast! plus: A new look in to lighting for film.
  • Actors Of Color On Racial Stereotypes In Hollywood - Chapter 7 - The Television Show Test

    filmcouragevideos
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    (Watch the video interview here) Actors Of Color On Racial Stereotypes In Hollywood – Chapter 7 – The Television Show Test via FilmCourage.com. More video interviews at Film Courage Youtube
  • The Struggle To Get A Faith-Based Movie Made In Hollywood by Joe Eszterhasat Story Expo

    filmcouragevideos
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:28 pm
    (Watch the video interview here) The Struggle To Get A Faith-Based Movie Made In Hollywood by Joe Eszterhasat Story Expo via FilmCourage.com. More video interviews at Film Courage Youtube
  • @KEMTopTalk Radio Show w/guest Indie Filmmaker Robert Perez Highlights 3/24/15

    Marabelleblue
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    This week’s show definitely had a different flavor. It can’t be all about sex. Well some of it was of course, this is KEMTopTalk. Robert Perez, indie filmmaker and comedian shared his experience in the independent film industry and his projects. One he shared with me which was quite hilarious called Herb the Cannibal Perv – a twisted take on sex, women and cannibalism. Now while we discussed that some may not find it funny, the point to Robert’s types of films is to make it ridiculous and over the top therefore finding the humor in something that people don’t…
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    YouTube: Film

  • Honest Trailers - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1

    Screen Junkies
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ http://brk.cm/MoviesonBreak Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻... From: Screen Junkies Views: 2605197 58678 ratings Time: 04:42 More in Film & Animation
  • What Happens When You Donate Your Hair?

    BuzzFeedYellow
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    What Happens When You Donate Your Hair? We followed a hair donation through the Wigs For Kids process to find out. Wigs for Kids is an organization that has been building self-esteem in children for over 35 years by providing... From: BuzzFeedYellow Views: 3615767 65081 ratings Time: 02:43 More in Entertainment
  • Historically Accurate Disney Princesses

    BuzzFeedVideo
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Historically Accurate Disney Princesses What Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Aurora, and Tiana would have actually looked like if they were historically accurate. Read more about the incredible research behind this video... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 5177724 76781 ratings Time: 03:14 More in Entertainment
  • Honest Trailers - The Maze Runner

    Screen Junkies
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Honest Trailers - The Maze Runner Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ http://brk.cm/MoviesonBreak Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3507307 72183 ratings Time: 04:35 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Taken

    Screen Junkies
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Taken Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ http://brk.cm/MoviesonBreak Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻... From: Screen Junkies Views: 2887533 44686 ratings Time: 04:06 More in Film & Animation
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    The Independent

  • SXSW 2015: This Year Women Bring the Substance

    Erin Trahan
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:45 pm
    From its humble roots as a regional music festival, South by Southwest has grown over the years into one of the largest entertainment festivals and industry conferences in the world. Now equal parts Music, Interactive, and Film, in recent years the festival has added an education conference in SXSWedu that directly precedes the festival, as well as increasing SXSW Comedy and continuing SXsports, to provide some hardy attendees 14 straight days of sessions, media, films, and music. With the overwhelming amount of programming offered, finding the gems and trends of the festival, and coming away…
  • SXSW 2015: Film Conference Highlights

    Erin Trahan
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    First time attendees to SXSW are generally surprised to learn that there is no badge that allows you to skip lines or give you priority access over anyone else. In an industry that curries privilege, the lines to films and sessions at SXSW are populated with industry neophytes standing next to producers standing next to award winning cinematographers standing next to aspiring filmmakers. One of the most enlightening conversations you can have at the festival is to ask your neighbor in line what brings them to the SXSW. While the film screenings make the headlines, the conference provides an…
  • New Directors/New Films 2015 – Critic’s Choice

    Erin Trahan
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    “The current Rendez-Vous with French Cinema boasts more than its share of offbeat new youth and crime films, but all of them stay within what you can safely term “accustomed” zones of screen violence, sexuality, and the usual blue language that seems to roughen every surface of contemporary culture. (Not to mention the spate of “red band” trailers that now include R or NC-17 content.)But the 44th edition of New Directors/New Films (ND/NF), presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art March 18-29, evidences the first thematic turning of a…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Sanna Lenken

    Catherine Stewart
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Two years ago Sanna Lenken took part in the Berlinale with the remarkable short Eating Lunch in which she also explored the topic of young people with eating disorders. My Skinny Sister (Min Lilla Syster) marks her first feature-length drama and was awarded the Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Generation Kplus Competition of Berlinale 2015.Stella is in love with, of all people, someone almost four times her age and has no idea how to tell him. But her older sister Katja’s problem weighs far heavier on her mind. Katja is a talented figure skater and is always busy with school or…
  • DIY Film Fest Case Study – Salem Film Fest

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

  • Weekly Street Photos #29

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:44 pm
    This week's theme: STORE MANNEQUINS I find mannequins to be wonderful objects to juxtapose in photographs. They give a surrealistic touch to what would otherwise be everyday scenes. Here are some examples.  (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Wrong Way" "Live Mannequin"   "Closed"   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #28

    21 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    This week's theme: COMMUTER BLUES Commuting by public transportation in Metro-Manila has its own distinct flavor. Aside from the locally customized vehicles you will only find in this country, like the Jeepney and the Tricycle, we also have the normal ones like taxis, buses and trains. But no matter what type of vehicle you prefer, we do not necessarily follow strict passenger capacity or
  • The "Girl With A Pink Pony"

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:11 am
    I would like to apologize for being remiss on blogging for the last few weeks. I've had back to back deadlines and I've also been busy with my kids. In this part of the world, summer comes in March and both my kids had their end of the year tests in the last two weeks. Anne and I make it a point to tutor them personally, particularly our younger child. So between the test reviews and the
  • My 2015 Oscar Predictions

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

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

  • Random Media Acquires Out-of-This-World Musical 'Bang Bang Baby'

    Travis Clark
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    READ MORE: Watch: Exclusive Trailer for TIFF Entry ‘Bang Bang Baby’ Looks Insane (In a Good Way) Random Media has acquired all domestic rights for Jeffrey St. Jules' debut feature,  the sci-fi musical "Bang Bang Baby," which won the Canadian First Feature Film Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  Jane Levy stars as Stepphy, who lives in a 1960s town with her alcoholic father and dreams of escaping to a life of stardom on the stage and screen. Justin Chatwin stars as Bobby Shore, a rock star who may hold the key to making those dreams a…
  • Watch: AMC Grieves Over 'Mad Men' With New Teasers For Several New Shows

    Travis Clark
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    READ MORE: Review: 'The Walking Dead' Season 5, Episode 16: 'Conquer' Your Fear As "Mad Men" returns April 5 with its final seven episodes, it makes sense that AMC would want to roll out teasers for their next batch of hopeful successes. These 15 second previews spotlight the sci-fi drama "Humans," martial arts series "Into the Badlands" and "The Walking Dead" spin-off "Fear the Walking Dead." "Humans" takes place in an alternate present where the latest tech-trend is a robotic servant called a Synth. It stars William Hurt and…
  • Monterey Media Acquires Award-Winning Drama 'Childless'

    Zack Sharf
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    READ MORE: Monterey Media Acquires True Crime Drama 'The Pardon' Monterey media has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to writer-director Charlie Levi's award-winning drama "Childless," starring Joe Mantegna, Barbara Hershey, Diane Venora and James Naughton. The film won the Visionary Award at the Boston Film Festival during an initial test screening. The uniquely styled drama centers on four adults in the aftermath of the sudden passing of a teenage girl. As each gets ready for the funeral, they speak their private thoughts directly to the camera in…
  • Watch: Whet Your Appetite With the Trailer for Netflix's New Documentary Series 'Chef's Table'

    Travis Clark
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    READ MORE: Netflix Commits to First Original Docu-Series, David Gelb's 'Chef's Table' Netflix is hungry for more original content, so they're eating up "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" director David Gelb's new documentary series "Chef's Table." Netflix just released the debut trailer for the exclusive series. "Chef's Table" focuses on a different world-renowned chef in each episode, traveling through their kitchens and lives, and exploring their passion for the culinary arts. The chefs featured are Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy), Dan…
  • Watch: Robert Durst Attends Improv Comedy in Must-See 'SNL' Sketch of the Week

    Zack Sharf
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    READ MORE: Why Andrew Jarecki's 'The Jinx' Could Be Very, Very Bad for Documentaries "Saturday Night Live" may have been a tad late to the party, considering HBO's "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst" signed off the air two weeks ago, but the sketch comedy show nonetheless took on the eponymous Durst this weekend, and wildly succeeded thanks to cast favorite Kate McKinnon. Sporting a convincing grey wig and adopting all of Durst's weird ticks and gravely enunciations, McKinnon nailed the alleged murderer's freewheeling banter and knack for saying things on…
 
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    FilmmakerIQ.com

  • A Complete Guide to the Lenses used by Stanley Kubrick

    John P. Hess
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    An amazing 12-minute video on Stanley Kubrick’s photographic lenses with Joe Dunton (BSC, GBCT)
  • Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security

    John P. Hess
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Adi Ruppin, chief technology officer of WatchDox, which helps secure files; he says he has seen a surge of demand from studios. For years, Lulu Zezza has played one of the toughest roles in Hollywood. Ms. Zezza, who has managed physical production on movies like “The Reader” and “Nine,” also oversees the digital security of everything that goes into the making of a film on set, including budgets, casting, shooting schedules and scripts. Not all that long ago, keeping tabs on Hollywood secrets was pretty simple. Executives like Ms. Zezza could confiscate a crew member’s…
  • Behind the Scenes of NatGeo’s Stop Motion Animated History

    John P. Hess
    30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Go behind the scenes of National Geographic’s stop-motion video about Trajan’s Column, an ancient Roman monument. Recent research sheds light on how it may have been built. Watch the finished version here:
  • The Magic of Makeup – Christien Tinsley and “Olive Kitteridge”

    John P. Hess
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    HBO’s miniseries “Olive Kitteridge” is sure to be a major Emmy contender. The show’s makeup designer, Christien Tinsley, reveals the “magic tricks” that let characters seem to age 40 years before our eyes.
  • Make a 1000w equiv. LED flashlight

    John P. Hess
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Here’s how to make a phenomenally bright 1000w eqiv. LED flashlight! It’s designed to be operated with just one hand, with easy control of brightness, and can be powered by either batteries or an AC adapter.
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    Videomaker.com: Video News

  • 10TB SSDs Become a Reality

    rfairley
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Tech giants, Intel and Toshiba, this week announced a new technology which will allow higher capacity solid state disk drives. The new “3D NAND” memory chips differ from current single plane memory chips by allowing stacked chips to pack in more data.
  • What if Apple Made a Drone?

    rfairley
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    These days it seems like everyone is getting in on the drone craze. From Amazon to GoPro, companies joining the fray are becoming larger and more mainstream all the time. So what if the biggest tech company of them all decided to build a drone?
  • SmallHD Unveils 502 Monitor

    rfairley
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Makers of tiny field monitors, SmallHD, rolled back the curtain on the 502, a five-inch on-camera monitor capable of 1920 x 1080 Full HD monitoring. The diminuative device features a pixel density greater than an iPhone 6, which, according to SmallHD makes it the sharpest 5-inch camera-top monitor in the world.
  • Last Chance to Enter for a Glidecam HD-2000

    jwong
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Videomaker’s sweepstakes for a Glidecam HD-2000 is about to end. Passing up this chance is saying no to the possibility of a free camera stabilizer. We know you can get competitive, but please share this news! In the event that you don’t win, know that one of your fellow videographers might have needed it even more.
  • Pro Tools 12 Now Available for Subscription or Purchase

    rfairley
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Avid’s industry-standard music production application, Pro Tools, is now available in its latest iteration, Pro Tools 12. For the first time, the application is available to purchase as a subscription or for a one-time fee.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • Thomas Hart Benton Part 2: Before and After America Today

    John Bailey, ASC
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Two years after returning from studies in Paris at the Académie Julian, the young painter Thomas Hart Benton, now living in lower Manhattan, was hired by a former roommate, Rex Hitchcock, to work as a scenic researcher and set designer for the movies. Benton’s salary was $7 a week. Hitchcock soon changed his name […] The post Thomas Hart Benton Part 2: Before and After America Today appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • José Clemente Orozco in New England

    John Bailey, ASC
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    On the wall, just above double doors, in a narrow hallway connecting the Dartmouth College Baker Memorial Library lower-level reserve reading room with Carpenter Hall, is a seldom seen masterpiece. It bears the unwieldy title Man Released from the Mechanistic to the Creative Life. It is a test panel for what became the most ambitious […] The post José Clemente Orozco in New England appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • The Brown Sisters … and a Few Thoughts on Aging

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

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

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

  • Film Industry Network launches global search to find best short films

    FIN Staff
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Film Industry Network is accepting entries from filmmakers around the world to highlight the best short films produced in the last 12 months. Every year Film Industry Network features independent filmmakers and highlights inspiring creative work from up and coming directors as well as seasoned pros. Since 2009, Film Industry Network has discovered some of the best filmmaking talent and launched contests with a host of international partners awarding more than $1 million in cash prizes. This year, Film industry members as well as the general public are invited to choose their best work and…
  • $25k production budget to be awarded to top short filmmaker

    Iain Alexander
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Filmmakers around the world have been submitting video entries into the Wyoming Short Film Contest which ends in just over a week’s time. A judging panel of veteran filmmakers who have worked on films such as “Kill Bill” and “Into The Wild,” will review submissions for the 2015 contest and announce the winner in May. Filmmakers with short films under 15 minutes in length can submit their entries in for free. The Wyoming Film Office is running the contest to find the best filmmaking talent and will work with the winner to help them produce their next film in the…
  • Jeremy Clarkson fired from the BBC’s Top Gear show

    Iain Alexander
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from ‘Top Gear’ after an investigation took place following a punch up with one of the show’s producers. Clarkson had been suspended following an argument with ‘Top Gear’ producer Oisin Tymon while the BBC investigated the incident. It was announced today by the BBC’s Director General that Clarkson’s Top Gear contract would not be renewed. The summary of the investigation into the fracas highlighted that Jeremy Clarkson used, “Derogatory and abusive language,” directed against members of the Top Gear show…
  • Disney needs to see this eye-watering Star Wars animation

    Iain Alexander
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Going viral – This new Star Wars animation film might just be one of the greatest fan projects ever made. Animation director Paul Johnson has made an eye-watering adaptation of Star Wars that takes audiences into the most epic space battle you could possibly imagine. The 80s themed short took more than 4 years to make and sets the bar ridiculously high for Star Wars fan projects. The film has already received over 140k views in a matter of hours on Youtube with thousands of glowing comments of support. The short also incorporates superb sound design, stunning art work and that retro…
  • Filmmakers invited to discuss future of indie films with MPs

    Iain Alexander
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    Jack O’Connell in BAFTA nominated ’71 BECTU is inviting members of the UK film industry to join a discussion with MPs in London covering the future of independent film. Filmmakers working in the industry today can sign up for free and join the debate which will focus on the UK’s indie film scene after the election. With local MPs from different parties attending the event, people will be able to ask questions about their commitments to the arts and what direction the film industry will go in if they are elected. Among confirmed attendees are MPs for the Green Party, the…
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    WordPress.com News

  • The Business of Freelancing, Blogging, and Books, According to Author Jennifer Armstrong

    Mark Armstrong
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    First, I should note: I am not related to Jennifer Armstrong. But! I have followed her writing closely over the years — first during her years at Entertainment Weekly, and more recently as the author of books like Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted (Simon & Schuster), which offered a definitive history of the classic TV series. Her blog also happens to be a must-follow on WordPress.com: She gives glimpses into her current work (she’s doing a Seinfeld book next) and she’s refreshingly transparent about the business (and hard truths) of being a freelance writer in 2015. I spoke with…
  • New Themes: Saga and Satellite

    Caroline Moore
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, ladies and gentlemen! Let’s take a look at our two newest free themes, Saga and Satellite: Saga Saga, designed by the talented Justin Tadlock, is a theme tailor-made for writers, by a writer. The theme’s impeccable typography and attention to detail make for an enjoyable reading experience, and with support for large featured images and multiple post formats, Saga is flexible enough to be used as a photoblog, a personal journal, or a tumblelog. Read more about Saga on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes! Satellite…
  • Press Publish Livestream

    Andrea Middleton
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Kathy Cano-Murillo will present on how she became A DIY Success. Press Publish, the very first blogging conference organized by WordPress.com, will be held in Portland, Oregon, this Saturday. (Psst! We’ll be in Phoenix hosting Press Publish on April 18th, 2015.) Erick Prince-Heaggans will present Around the World in 80 Posts. Because this is the first event of its kind, we’re eager to get as much feedback from attendees as possible. And since it’s not always easy for people to travel to attend conferences, we’ve decided to bring Press Publish Portland to you (or at least to your…
  • This April in Blogging U.: The Return of Writing 101!

    Michelle W.
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This April, we’ll be offering Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit. Writing 101 is a write-every-day challenge designed to help you create a writing habit and push you as a writer, while publishing posts that mesh with your blog’s focus. What is Writing 101? Writing 101 is a four-week course that runs from Monday, April 6, to Friday, May 1, 2015. Each weekday, you’ll get an assignment that includes a writing prompt and an optional “twist”; prompts are your topic inspiration for the day, while twists push you to experiment with writing techniques and tools. Who else is…
  • New Themes: Resonar and Scrawl

    Takashi Irie
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday, all! Today I’m pleased to present two new free themes designed especially for longform writing. Resonar Designed by yours truly, Resonar is an elegant blog theme with full-screen Featured Images. It’s perfect for blogs about fashion, food, or design, and the layout works especially well for longform features with large images. The combination of gorgeous images and beautiful typography creates posts that make an immediate visual impact. Read more about Resonar on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes. Scrawl Scrawl,…
 
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    Owen Weber Live

  • Announcing New Show Dates!

    Owen
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Folks, I have some REALLY exciting news. Coming in May, I’ll be doing a month-long run of a one man show at The WIP Theater in Chicago! I’m trying something totally different here- it’s a mix of standup, short films, music, and solo sketch. I’m so psyched for this. Every Saturday in May.  Mark your calendars now!
  • The Last Man And Woman On Earth

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

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

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

    Owen
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    SIR is the most accurate male artificial intelligence ever. Perhaps too accurate. Written by Eric Kelly and Owen Weber Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Owen Weber CAST (In order of appearance) Rachel Fabro (http://twitter.com/rcfabro) Erin Thorn (http://www.erin-thorn.com) April Rose (http://www.aprilroseonline.com) Sarah Fabro Eric Kelly (http://twitter.com/erickelly13) Danielle Doetsch (http://twitter.com/DanieD1230) Announcer: Dustin Thomas Voice of SIR: Owen Weber
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    Film Shortage

  • Last of You

    Marco Luca
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:56 pm
    In a devastated world, Yonatan, the developer of a device which allows the re-experience of recorded memories, becomes obsessive about the last recollections of his late wife. As humans and great imaginers, we are always thinking about the future and which technological advancements would make our life much easier. But when artists start wrapping their heads around it, they often start exploring the negative effect of these technologies, and usually love to add a crumbling world around as a hintful setting. In ‘Last of You’, Yonatan is the developer of a device that lets you…
  • Clayfist

    Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Amongst economic decline, a man is forced to examine the state of his broken family, due to a phone call he receives concerning his estranged father; a Vietnam veteran, plagued by post tramatic stress. At their last resort, the children struggle to maintain a stable enviroment. fiveamfilms.com instagram.com/skyler__lawson The post Clayfist appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • The Yellow Valley | Online Premiere

    Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Sarah has always felt guided by her dreams toward a future life – a life with a man named Luc. When Sarah finally meets Luc, the guiding power that brought them together begins to threaten their love. For Sarah, there’s always another dream, pulling her – and now Luc – forward into the unknown. samgriffithfilms.com The post The Yellow Valley | Online Premiere appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Time Trap

    Admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Stranded in Space, but not in Time… twitter.com/timtimfed facebook.com/timtimfed The post Time Trap appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Dina & Noel

    Admin
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:29 pm
    Be bold enough to lose your mask, And I promise you the truth. The post Dina & Noel appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • “Murder, She Wrote” Sings?

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    This week, NoF co-founder Dave McGuire fills in for Roxi to talk about the musical Sweeney Todd.  Thanks to our listener Samuel who suggested the topic! Click here if the media player does not load.
  • VFX Throwdown: Practical V. CGI!

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    9 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    This week, NoF co-founder Dave McGuire is back with The Nerds again to discuss the merits and faults of practical and CGI special effects. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Williams V. Zimmer

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, the Nerds pit two of Hollywood’s best composers against each other: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Farcical Aquatic Ceremonies

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    This week, the Nerds chat about Monty Python films.  We hope you enjoy the crap out of it! Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Mel Brooksuary: Dressed to the Nines

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    This week, The Nerds conclude Mel Brooksuary by discussing a heavily underrated classic: Silent Movie. Click here if the media player does not load.  
 
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    Noam Kroll

  • 5 Ways To Capture Stunning Video On A Low Dynamic Range Camera Without Using Any Lights

    Noam Kroll
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    High dynamic range cameras have been all the rage lately, and for good reason. Arri set the gold standard for DR with their Alexa a few years back, and today just about everyone wants to shoot with a camera that can pull 13 or 14 stops of dynamic range. Unfortunately though, not everyone owns an Alexa (or even a Blackmagic for that matter), and many of us are often faced with the challenge of having to shoot on a low DR camera. The good news is that in order to capture beautiful images, you don’t necessarily need a high dynamic range camera… You just need to know how to make…
  • Info On The Rumored 4K Panasonic AF100 Replacement & Why It May All Be True

    Noam Kroll
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    The original Panasonic Af100 was a great camera in it’s day, but it never really lived up to it’s potential. Right around the same time the AF100 was released, the Canon 5D MK II was making waves in the industry and there was a huge shift in the low-budget indie filmmaking scene – moving away from traditional camcorders and towards DSLRs. Now, 5 years after the original AF100 hit the market, Pansonic may just have a chance to redeem themselves with the camera’s successor. When the original AF100 was announced, it seemed like the dream camera for filmmakers like myself.
  • Watch My Full Samsung NX1 4K Video Review + Side By Side Lumix GH4 Comparison Here!

    Noam Kroll
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    Over the last couple of weeks I have been testing out the brand new Samsung NX1 4K camera, which all in all I have been very impressed with. The NX1 was generously loaned out to me by B & H last month, and it was really a treat to get my hands on it so early on so that I could shoot this extensive video review for all of you. If you’re not already familiar with the NX1, essentially it is the latest and greatest mirrorless camera from Samsung, which has been drawing a lot of attention by DSLR shooters based on its internal 4K capabilities and impressive feature set. The NX1 very…
  • The GH4’s 4K Photo Mode Explained & Why It Might Be A Huge Feature For Filmmakers In The Future

    Noam Kroll
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I get asked a lot of questions about the GH4, but perhaps the most common question recently has been “What does the 4K mode on the GH4 do?”, and I finally wanted to address that here today. Throughout this post, I’m going to outline exactly what the 4K Photo mode is intended to do, and how it may open up some new possibilities for filmmakers in the future. There has been a trend over the past few years in which stills and motion cameras have been crossing over into each others territories. We all know that the Canon 5D Mark II essentially started the DSLR revolution by…
  • Check Out How Final Cut Pro X Was Brilliantly Used On Will Smith’s Focus

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

  • SceneKid#6: “What they did was tech-ni-cly high treason!”♫

    Nicholas Lay
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:41 pm
    Seth McFarlane and co.’s take on the 1980s Iran-Contra affair provides a painfully funny history lesson… American Dad! s04 e15 Dir: Pam Cooke Original Air Date: 11 May 2008 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook In their own unique way, each of the ‘Big 3’ adult-themed animated shows of the past twenty-five years have demonstrated frank, highly amusing, and sometimes filthy political satire. But while The Simpsons, South Park, and Family Guy, at their respective peaks, contained political themes as plot-devices for their primarily neutral or liberal…
  • TurningJapanese#1: Battle Royale バトル・ロワイアル

    Nicholas Lay
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:41 pm
    ILT’s new TurningJapnese series will serve as a discussion of all things hōga in the Land of the Rising Sun, seeking to share the latest productions and reminisce about the history, the classics, and the downright bizarre. First up, a look back at many of my generation’s introduction to Japanese cinema… Battle Royale Dir: Kinji Fukasaku Original Release Date: 16 December 2000 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Battle Royale is more than your average cult classic. One of the most famous films to ever come out of Japan, the late, prolific…
  • Review: Last Days in Vietnam

    Nicholas Lay
    16 Mar 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Next month marks the 40th anniversary of North Vietnam’s victory over the South and the reunification, by force, of Vietnam. Fresh from it’s Academy Award nomination, Rory Kennedy’s 2014 documentary on the Fall of Saigon is as powerful as it is poignant. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook The Vietnam War has always fascinated me. Born out of the post-World War Two destruction of the colonial era and the rise of American communist fear, it encapsulated twentieth century war and peace, international and domestic politics, social progressiveness,…
  • ScenedKid#5: “What the hell is a Dim Mak?”

    Nicholas Lay
    14 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Bloodsport Dir: Newt Arnold Original Release Date: 26 February 1988 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Bloodsport is, in short, a great film. A late-eighties kung-fu/action classic if you will. Unlike most of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “greatest hits” (pun fully intended) – hilariously bad, badly hilarious, but heart warming for action fanboys all the same – Bloodsport would actually place pretty high on any sensible all-time action list. A nostalgic remnant of my late-nineties/early-noughties Saturday morning youth, when I’d get up to watch television…
  • Review: House of Cards (Season Three)

    Nicholas Lay
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Frankly my dear, FU. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Remember season four of The Sopranos? The one with some interesting moments but, ultimately, a season that could have been condensed into far fewer episodes and either brought forward or pushed back? House of Cards season three is a lot like that. Having done my very best to avoid previews and concurrent social media chatter related to what I assumed was set to be the show’s final season, I actually became suspicious when after a week, just as I was finishing, I still hadn’t seen or received any genuine…
 
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    film.art.photography

  • Six basic types of commercial videos

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Demonstration – showing the products and its most distinct characteristics. Can be used as a basis for comparative ad (ie. Comparison of your product and the competing one).Slice of life – based on a simple scheme TROUBLE-SOLUTION-SATISFACTION, most often used in home products, like washing powders, bleaches and other chemicals.Recommendation – the basis for product PR is an opinion of some expert. Such opinion should be hard to discredit. There are variations that instead of an expert, use a recommendation of a celebrity or even an average user that is easy to identify with.Lifestyle…
  • sherlockology: A great 13 minute promotional video for The...

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:56 am
    sherlockology: A great 13 minute promotional video for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, filled with interviews and new footage - but also quite a few spoilers.
  • Every aspiring video producer has to start with something and...

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:54 am
    Every aspiring video producer has to start with something and learn the basics. And here’s a great instructional video for the begginers that explains how to achieve a “film look” in your video production using Adobe Premiere (one of the most popular digital editing softwares on the market):
  • What every customer should know about photographers

    1 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
    Photo and video services in the UK can be found on almost every street corner, but how to find experienced expert who will fulfill all your needs? I’ve checked a couple photography studios and video producers in Manchester to see who has the best equipment and skills to do a very complicated photo-shoot during a large gathering – a wedding for 150 people. Below are my findings. The best photography services were provided by people who are following the newest technological trends and have the equipment that can practically do anything. Some of the experts I’ve surveyed proposed such…
  • 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! http://epfilms.tv/best-multirotor-drones-top-quadcopters-aerial-filming/
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    flicks and pieces

  • The Last Light Of Durin’s Day

    Luke Kent
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Entering the Lonely Mountain. “Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin’s Day will shine upon the key-hole.” The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, shot by Andrew Lesnie. In response to the Daily Post challenge – Ephemeral – adjective, lasting for a very short time.
  • You Had Me @Flicksandpieces

    Luke Kent
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    See what I did there? Flicks and Pieces has entered the world of tomorrow (aka Twitter). Join me on my crusade for filmic discovery over on the social mediamabobs, I solemnly swear to only provide the most hard hitting updates and posts such as this: As Forrest Gump once said, “Flicks and Pieces is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” …..or at least something like that. Search for @flicksandpieces, or click on this happy chappy to follow Flicks and Pieces. Go ahead, make my day: One of us. One of us. One of us.
  • Lex Luthor, Bald and Badass!

    Luke Kent
    25 Mar 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The first image of Jesse Eisenberg as the iconic Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been released, and he is looking like an all round badass. Take a look below: Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. Whilst it may look as though we’ll be getting a traditional take on Luthor, director Zack Snyder had the following to say: “He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure. Other than him being a captain of industry  and one person to the world and another to himself. And bald of course. Our Lex is disarming and he’s…
  • Green Lantern (2011) Mini Review

    Luke Kent
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light.” Directed by: Martin Campbell Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard Official synopsis: In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, an elite force of protectors for peace and justice has existed for centuries. They are the Green Lantern Corps. When a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of the Corps’ newest recruit,…
  • Four Takeaways From The Return Of Community

    Luke Kent
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Community has returned, and it is awesome! Was it ever really in doubt? *Community Season 6, Episodes 1 and 2 spoilers ahead* After a long, turbulent year for Community fans, everyone’s favourite indestructible TV show is back, thanks to the heroes over at Yahoo. Of course it’s never been simple for Community, a show adored by critics and its passionate fan group, but spurned by the masses. The post season 5 cancellation seemed likely to be the final nail in the coffin for Community, but at the 11th hour Yahoo, of all companies, swooped in and saved the day. And so here we are,…
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    Producing Unscripted

  • The Bueller Podcast

    Biagio
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bueller…Bueller…? This episode is more of a “love you and we’re thinking about you” message than a full podcast, although there is at least one piece of exciting news revealed… We’re Freaking Sick Not like “oh, they’re so cool they’re sick” — just sick. Turns out when your kids catch colds at school, they bring […] The post The Bueller Podcast appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog --…
  • 3 Steps to Win the Hollywood Numbers Game

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

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

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

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

  • How To Create Better Call Sheets Right Now (with FREE Templates)

    StudioBinder
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    Sending out inaccurate call sheets can cause major issues to your production. It’s the AD and Production Unit’s responsibility to make sure correct information is going out to the right people, but also in a format that can […]
  • 13 Things You can Do to Become a Better Assistant Director Right Now

    Darya Danesh
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Assistant Directors are one of the most valuable crew members to have on a production. Your AD is responsible for all on-set communication, department coordination, maintaining shooting schedule, conflict resolution, and safety. Want to […]
  • The 11 Principles of Leadership (for Filmmakers)

    Shant Kiraz
    13 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Successfully running a film set as a filmmaker requires very specific personality traits, and learning these traits often take years of experience to develop. Vince Duque, 1st Assistant Director to projects like Battle Creek […]
  • 4 Tips To Help You Wrap Your Production On Time

    Shant Kiraz
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ever have an assistant director job? As an AD, you’ll be wearing multiple hats at a time which includes creating the shooting schedule, preparing call sheets and running the set. Above all else, the most important task is […]
  • 3 Ways To Smartly Work With Difficult People On Set

    Shant Kiraz
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Production is not for the ‘faint of heart’, every shoot attempts to do as much as possible with what amounts to very limited resources. It is a tough job to bring together a crew […]
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