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  • Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To

    Producing Unscripted
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you start talking to a network, studio, or even a production company, one piece of creative material becomes crucial… your style guide. But what is a style guide? What goes in it? And why do politics and psychology play a huge role in how you put it together? Today, we’ll answer all those questions, […] The post Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To 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)
  • DN LFF2014: Finding Father Figures in the Wrong Places in Julius Avery’s Crime Drama ‘Son of a Gun’

    Directors Notes (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…
  • José Clemente Orozco in New England

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    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.
  • 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.
  • VFX Throwdown: Practical V. CGI!

    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film (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.  
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  • Obama Brings the White House Down With CNN, MSNBC Digs, Surprise ‘Key & Peele’ ‘Anger Translator’ at Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

    L.A. Ross
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    ‘Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong may have been the headliner at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but it was the President of the United States who had the media, politicians and Hollywood elites rolling in the aisles. President Obama opened with a risque spin on what his opponents criticize as a devil-may-care attitude in the twilight of his two terms in office. “I am determined to make the most of every moment I have left,” Obama said. “After the midterm elections, my advisers asked me, ‘Mr. President, do you have a…
  • President Obama Gets ‘Key and Peele’ Anger Translator at White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video)

    Sharon Waxman
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:37 pm
    President Barack Obama was joined hilariously at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner by Keegan-Michael Key, half of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele” comedy act. Key stood behind the president and acted as his “anger translator.” Watch the video.   The post President Obama Gets ‘Key and Peele’ Anger Translator at White House Correspondents’ Dinner (Video) appeared first on TheWrap. Related stories from TheWrap:President Obama Gets 'Key and Peele' Anger Translator at White House Correspondents' Dinner (Video)Kim Kardashian Calls…
  • Kim Kardashian Calls Bruce Jenner’s Transition ‘a Hard Adjustment’ in ‘Today Show’ Interview (Video)

    Greg Gilman
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Bruce Jenner’s stepdaughter Kim Kardashian has broken her silence about his transition to womanhood in a preview of a “Today Show” interview airing Monday, during which the reality star calls it “a hard adjustment.” “I see reports that say, ‘This one doesn’t support him’ and, ‘This one’s over here, and [Kris Jenner] feels this way,’ and it’s all really so made up,” Kardashian tells Matt Lauer in the clip. “We all really support him. Is it a hard adjustment? Yes.” Although it was long suspected that…
  • Tribeca Film Festival Audience Awards Go to ‘King Jack’ and ‘TransFatty Lives’

    Greg Gilman
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    The Tribeca Film Festival gave “King Jack” and “TransFatty Lives” the Narrative and Documentary Audience awards, respectively, on Saturday. Written and directed by Felix Thompson, the rural drama that made its world premiere at the New York City film festival follows a hardened 15-year-old boy discovering the importance of friendship, family and looking for happiness even in the most desolate of circumstances. “TransFatty, directed by subject Patrick O’Brien, also made its world premiere at the festival. O’Brien, a former DJ and internet meme maker,…
  • Bruce Jenner Interview Sparks Feisty Twitter Exchange Between Kris Jenner and Perez Hilton

    Greg Gilman
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Bruce Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner sent celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton a “f–k you” on Twitter after he called her out for not giving any comment to ABC News for Friday’s “20/20” special, during which Bruce officially declared he identifies as a woman. “Kris Jenner has no comment for ABC news and the #BruceJenner interview. His other two ex-wives give supportive statements,” Hilton tweeted on Friday night. And that’s not all he had to say about Kris, either. See photos: 15 Jaw-Dropping TV Interviews Before Bruce Jenner: From…
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  • 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Home Video Release Will Feature An "Extended Edition" With An "Alternate Ending"

    Kevin Jagernauth
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Earlier this month, Joss Whedon revealed that his first cut of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" ran approximately three-and-a-half hours. And while initial assemblies of movie's are always extraordinarily long, and don't represent what the final cut will look, there are still things in there that a filmmaker finds hard to let go of. And that was certainly the case the Whedon.“There's one or two things that I'm unhappy about not having in there, but they're small,” Whedon admitted about the theatrical version. Well, now he's getting a chance to put some of that stuff back in the…
  • New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:35 am
    Seriously, we're not kidding. Beyond this point is material that's beyond just being NSFW, you might find it in some of the filthier magazines in some of dingier corners of your local corner store. So, if you're at all offended by graphic depictions of sex acts, stop and go somewhere else. You have been warned.If you're still here, then you are likely one of the many people who are wondering just what Gaspar Noe has to shock us with in his upcoming, 3D-enabled "Love," which has recently been added to the Cannes Film Festival. The director himself wants to go straight for the…
  • First Official Look: Jared Leto As The Joker In 'Suicide Squad'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:08 pm
    It's been a weird buildup to the first official look at Jared Leto's The Joker in "Suicide Squad." Warner Bros., David Ayer, and the actor himself milked every moment for what it was worth, from Leto getting his haircut to blurry cell photos of possible glimpses. But perhaps to beat the inevitable stream of paparazzi shots as filming gets underway, the first official look is here.Released to Twitter by the director, this version of The Joker is a bit Captain Obvious, underscoring his personality with tattoos. He's got the word "damaged" inked on his foreward, and…
  • Tribeca Review: Documentary 'Among The Believers' Goes For The Ideological Jugular

    Nikola Grozdanovic
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:42 pm
    With the kind of attention Islamic extremism gets in today’s news, one of the quickest ways a filmmaker can invite debate is to point a camera somewhere, anywhere, in the Middle East. Whether it shows the Third World living conditions of regular folk, follows moderate Muslims who don’t associate themselves with fundamentalists, focuses on the subjugation of women’s rights, or tracks down the strict Muslims who live by the teachings of the Quran, controversy can be stirred by way of implication. One wouldn’t be wrong to assume, then, that a documentary like “Among The Believers” (a…
  • CinemaCon: Universal Posts Strong 2015 Slate

    Anne Thompson
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    It was good to see two chairwomen announcing their slates at CinemaCon: Fox's Stacey Snider and Universal's Donna Langley. She was grinning with confidence as she celebrated the global box office of "Furious 7"--the fastest to get to $1 billion and the highest-grossing film in Universal's history-- and "Fifty Shades of Grey," which she pushed hard to bring to the studio. She confirmed that the next two titles, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" will open on successive Valentine's Day weekends in 2017 and 2018. Vin Diesel choked up over the…
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  • Lost Penny Poster

    24 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    Been working on some publicity materials for Lost Penny. This includes a poster for the movie...P.S. Again, thanks to all who voted and gave input on the tagline! You can see the tagline we eventually decided on in the poster above.
  • Lost Penny needs a Tagline!

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    Our feature film, Lost Penny, is nearing the end of post-production. Which means it's time to work on posters and press kits and such. And we need a good tagline!We've come up with a few options. Vote and tell us which one you like best. Which tagline jumps out at you and makes you interested in watching the movie?Voting ends tomorrow, Friday, April 10th at noon. (Need to watch the movie trailer again? Go to )Our feature film, Lost Penny, needs a tagline. Which one do you like?Please note: The results will be private as we do not wish to sway your decision in any…
  • Hiding the Easter Eggs

    2 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    What do Easter Eggs have to do with Movies?An Easter Egg is essentially an inside joke. It's intentional, but hidden inside a movie. Most audience members will never notice or even know about said Easter Egg.Easter Eggs are meant to be fun. A little something extra... that are not key to understanding the story or plot. While there's no one reason for filmmakers to put an Easter Egg in their movie, often they do it to add their "signature" or as a tribute.Think: Alfred Hitchcock's cameos. For every single one of his movies, Hitchcock made a quick appearance and it became a game of sorts to…
  • 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: them while we have them in stock! Offer valid while supplies last, or until March 31, 2015.
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  • Filmmaking rabbi calls for revival - Shelbyville Times-Gazette

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Shelbyville Times-GazetteFilmmaking rabbi calls for revivalShelbyville Times-GazetteHollywood filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz is pushing for a 21st century revival, using his gift of movie-making and the Internet instead of tents. He is traveling from city to city to screen a documentary that makes the case that Genesis holds the key for
  • Course in digital filmmaking for tribal people - The Hindu

    25 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Course in digital filmmaking for tribal peopleThe HinduThe 32-year-old Tribal Research Centre (TRC) at M.Palada near here has drawn up a plan of action to step up its activities. Stating this while speaking to The Hindu on the sidelines of a prize distribution function at the Crescent Castle Public School and more »
  • 'Ex Machina' Director Talks Gender, Nazis, And Collaborative Filmmaking - Forbes

    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Forbes'Ex Machina' Director Talks Gender, Nazis, And Collaborative FilmmakingForbesOne of the year's best films, the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, expands into wide release Friday, after a limited run in less than 40 domestic theaters during which it took impressive per-screen hauls and racked up $8 million worldwide heading into the
  • 'Kurt & Courtney' Director Says Courtney Love Made Filmmaking Experience A ... - Huffington Post

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Huffington Post'Kurt & Courtney' Director Says Courtney Love Made Filmmaking Experience A Huffington Post"Montage of Heck" is the latest documentary to explore the psyche of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, but it's certainly not the most controversial. Seventeen years after he made waves with his documentary "Kurt & Courtney," director Nick Broomfield Interview: Brett Morgen wants you to watch 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' loudMetro.usWatch Dog: 5 Movies Similar to 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'BDCwireThe Movie to See This Week:…
  • Franco Fest inspired amateur filmmaking - Manitou Messenger

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Manitou MessengerFranco Fest inspired amateur filmmakingManitou MessengerA small, devoted and exclusively female crowd gathered in Viking Theater on the evening of April 19 for “Franco Fest,” a James Franco inspired film festival. The festival was held on Franco's birthday. He turned 37, and though he couldn't join St. Olaf
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  • Emraan Hashmi: I can guarantee you a flop - News

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    Emraan Hashmi has been in the Bollywood industry for quite some time now and he has seen many ups and downs. His films in the recent past haven't been very impressive.
  • Vale Lyndon Sayer-Jones

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:23 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.
  • Aussie director to compete in Cannes

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:29 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.
  • Producer applications open for MIFF 37ºSouth Market

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:24 am
    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.
  • DVD review: Fire with Fire: A great villainous performance not to be missed

    16 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    Direct to video films have become a mainstay in modern film making. They are so prevalent now that there are nearly as many of them as there are films released into the theaters.
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  • The 34th Istanbul Film Festival Review

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
      The 34th Istanbul Film Festival is now over ending April 19th Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported for the 11th time by AKBANK, the Istanbul Film Festival ended on Sunday, 19 April.   The 171 short and feature length films in the festival reached to 130 thousand cinephiles in two weeks in a total of 455 sessions, across 8 movie halls. In more than 100 sessions, either the directors, actors, and/or producers of the film were present in the screening.   In the aftermath of the ordained cancellation of Bakur’s screening due to the…
  • Awards of the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century

    24 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
      17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century ran March 13 - 22, 2015   AWARDS   EMBARGO: 21.00 CET, SATURDAY MARCH 21st   FISCHER AUDIENCE AWARDS 2015   - The Peter Wintonick Audience Award for a film over 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   VIRUNGA by Orlando von Εinsiedel, UK, 2014   - The Audience Award for a film under 45’ in the International Selection goes to:   FLAME by Dress Code - Dan Covert, Andre Andreev, USA-Bulgaria, 2014   - The Audience Award for a Greek film over 45’…
  • Silent Film Festival speaks and kicks off!

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:50 am
          One of the most anticipated off-screen activities at the Silent Film Festival takes place on the Castro's lovely mezzanine. Throughout the festival, Books Inc. sets up temporary  shop on the balcony level with an enticing selection of titles and SFSFF hosts book signings. So far, we've signed up an illustrious group of authors, including Kevin  Brownlow with his seminal The Parade's Gone By, and Laura Ackley with her exquisitely illustrated San Francisco's Jewel City. Also signing: Weihong Bao with Fiery Cinema; David Pierce with…
  • TIFF Announced 4th Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    TIFF today announces the results of its fourth Canada’s All-Time Top Ten List, an international poll of industry and academics‎ on the most memorable Canadian films. This is the fourth edition of TIFF’s All-Time Top Ten List; previous lists were released in 1984, 1993 and 2004.   “In our 40th year we are celebrating our national cinema by revisiting the list of top Canadian films, with help from our esteemed colleagues in the industry and academia,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. “It is encouraging to see new filmmakers and films…
  • IFP 2015 Peabody Winners!

    24 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
      We congratulate our Spotlight on Documentaries of Independent Film Week alumni who have won Peabody Awards this year: American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee and presented on POV; and Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa, directed by Abby Ginzberg of Ginzberg Productions.  
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  • GH4 eror code -36

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:46 am
    I have a big issue with full 4K footage from my GH4 shot to a Transcend R95, 60 MB/s 128 GB SD card. I have files over 4 GB's (about 7 minutes, and I understand they get broken up into numerous files when shooting long. Problem is, they cannot be copied to my older Mac Pro desktop, and I get an error code of -36. I have no issues with smaller 4K footage, only ones that run longer. I can play the files no problem on the GH4. I have searched relentlessly on the web, but find no solution. Is anyone aware of this problem and what the solution is? I use FCP X, latest version. Zero issues with huge…
  • F3: Help needed RBG 444 Slog with Gemini not able to record 444 with 59.94

    Cristian Mihai
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    Hello guys I need help from more experienced and long time users of Sony F3. I bought 3 monts ago a Sony F3 and bought also the RGB01 upgrade for 1400 euros. I also bought an Gemini 444. Problem is i dont manage to make the Gemini/F3 to record 59.94p in 444 format. No matter what settings i tried i dont manage. I also followed this very explanatory settings but at the end instead of showing me 444 59.94p it shows 422 59.94 . Whats the trick ? The camera does not allow 59.94p when in RGB444 Slog mode ? Thanks guys
  • Is a Follow Focus Worthless With the Panasonic 12-35 & 35-100mm lenses?

    Jonathan L Roberts
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    I looked for topics on this, but couldn't find any. I was wondering if using a follow focus is necessary for the Panasonic lenses like the 12-35mm and 35-100mm? I just wanna' avoid the shakiness when using the follow focus in manual mode. Would AF using video be necessary or should I shell out some cash for a follow focus? I wanna' get the D focus v3 for one camera and the v4 for another. Thank you.
  • [WTB] Zeiss super / high speed lense set or single lenses MKII MK2 / MKIII MK3 or CP.2 CP2

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:47 am
    want to buy (preferably in europe, vat registered) single lenses to collect a 4-6lenses set or whole set. interested in: - Zeiss Super speed s35 MK2 or MK3 (no Mark I please) - Zeiss Compact primes CP2 lenses (35,50,85 only i superspeed version) thanks for offers Martin Klimpar +420777174155
  • [FS: Audio] TASCAM DR-680 Recorder and Sony Wireless Mic UTX-P1 UTX-B2 URX-P2

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:45 am
    Hi, I'm selling those on ebay : TASCAM DR-680 Recorder SONY Micro HF Wireless Microphone Receiver Transmitter UTX-P1 UTX-B2 URX-P2
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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: Most Over-rated Films

    J. Ott
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:49 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. Reddit: What is the most over-rated film? Cali Sunday: Starlee Kine visits a unique film director’s lab The Film Stage: Toronto International Film Festival review of Zhang Yimou-directed Coming Home PetaPixel: This is what you get when you strap fireworks to a drone for a long-exposure photo Wired: The Radicalization of Jar Jar Binks YOUR WEEKLY WISDOM: Cassavetes later said that [novelist Edward] McSorley taught him the three most important things he…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Status Anxiety

    J. Ott
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    I post this video not only because it’s a nice example of using animation to bring voice-over to life, but because it also applies to the life of an independent filmmaker. Any aspiring filmmaker has chosen a life where they value art over the traditional material signs of success. There will be a tiny few who are co-opted (or allow themselves to be co-opted) by Hollywood and who get the fancy cars and the ridiculous houses. But no clear-headed filmmaker is going in with that in mind. The art is the metric, and sometimes it’s nice to have a reminder of that. Whatever other people…
  • A short documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s lenses

    J. Ott
    1 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    This little doc was my favorite part of the touring Stanley Kubrick art exhibit which passed through LA a few years back. After watching it, perhaps you’ll agree with me that it’s a tragedy that these useful lenses, so carefully chosen as tools of filmmaking, are instead touring the world as artifacts behind glass. As a former magazine photographer, Kubrick had a deep understanding of not just how lenses would photograph a scene — dark, light, deep, shallow — but also every element of composition. His camera positions are so artfully chosen. For example, the…
  • 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! —…
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  • The Filmmaking Craft of David Fincher Demystified in Two Video Essays

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 Apr 2015 | 5:41 am
    by Jonathan Crow. David Fincher is an auteur in the same way that Alfred Hitchcock is – you can tell a Fincher film from seeing a single frame. His shots are colored with inky blacks and sickly fluorescent greens and they are always compositionally perfect. His camera moves with an eerie disembodied smoothness that makes a Kubrick film seem down right warm and inviting. His movies mine the murky recesses of the human condition; you are more likely to see a grisly murder in a Fincher movie than a passionate kiss. Even movies that have a relatively low body count, like The Social Network,…
  • The LA rebellion: when black film-makers took on the world – and won

    Peter D. Marshall
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:27 am
    by Ashley Clark. ‘It wasn’t trendy,” says Julie Dash down the line from South Carolina. “We were the broke nerds wearing $2 jelly shoes because we put all our money into film-making.” She chuckles, warm and husky. In the late 60s and early 70s, Dash was a key member of the UCLA movement that spawned a host of pioneering African-American and African film-makers. This group and its work was dubbed the “LA rebellion” in 1986 by cultural historian Clyde Taylor – a label that stuck so firmly, Tate Modern has seen fit to use it for its retrospective on new black cinema. The…
  • DIY or DIE: 10 No Budget Filmmaking Musts

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    by Julian Grant. It’s easy to spend money in the wrong places when shooting your own film. Any attempt to look like a “professional” must be avoided as that usually means you are spending money in all the wrong places. Concentrate on what you are getting onscreen and the most cost efficient ways to do that. Here are ten DIY no budget tips for success…. Read the rest of this article from IndieWire. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a…
  • 10 Important Filmmaking Duos Working In Horror Today

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    by Kalyn Corrigan. Lately, a pattern has emerged in genre films, where filmmakers are teaming up and making movies as a team, to some ridiculously excellent results. From Spring co-helmers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, to Adam Wingard and Simon Barratt’s long lasting relationship over the years, it seems that love is in the air, and power couples are popping up all over the spectrum over of horror and the like. What is it that makes these pairings so successful? Maybe it’s that two heads are literally better than one, as having a second opinion can improve a story by picking out its…
  • From Youtube clip to silver screen

    Peter D. Marshall
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    by Thomas Seymat. Tinseltown is about to get a lot more digital as players coming from the online entertainment industry invade the big screen. They bring their savoir-faire, honed by the data they gathered from years of producing videos on the Web. Brian Robbins, founder and CEO of AwesomenessTV which specialises in content for Gen Z, was proud to explain at MIPTV in Cannes the success of their first-ever movie, a highschool comedy titled ‘Expelled’. Described as a modern day ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’, ‘Expelled’ starred various Youtube and Vine stars, including heart-throb…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN GSFF2015: Exploring the Role & Form of Short Film Criticism (MarBelle)
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Symposium. Last month along with having the honour of sitting on the jury for the Channel 4 Award For Innovation In Storytelling – the well deserved winner of which being Monkey Love Experiments from DN alumnus Ainslie Henderson & Will Anderson – I was also invited to take part in Glasgow Short Film Festival’s daylong Short Film (And) Criticism Symposium. Sitting on the opening panel with artist, filmmaker and writer Suzanne van der Lingen, Professor Richard Raskin, creator of peer-reviewed journal Short Film Studies and Jorge Rivero, co-founder of Spanish language…
  • DN322: Appropriate Behaviour – Desiree Akhavan (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 (MarBelle)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A graduate of the inaugural NFTS Film Clinic programme, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sheffield’s DocFest, Michelle Heighway’s feature documentary Mr Somebody? unearths the life and times of Britain’s most famous eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel. Michelle joins us to discuss how her 6 year passion project progressed and ultimately grew into an unlikely friendship. I think that Jake never took the documentary seriously. I was just a bit of fun – a young girl who lives down the road who came up with the camera. Mr Somebody? (2014) In Huddersfield, Yorkshire there is an…
  • DN LFF2014: Table Tennis & Hip Hop Come Together at Last in Michael Tully’s 80s Movie ‘Ping Pong Summer’ (MarBelle)
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    We complete our interview series from the 58th BFI London Film Festival with a film that brings together the rad moves of table tennis with the break beat brilliance of Hip Hop. Set in 1985, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer features a girl to romance, a bully to be bested, a friendship forged in the fires of adversity and of course, a mystical mentor to show the way; all the elements needed for a film which doesn’t simply pastiche the 80s movie but is itself an 80s movie – albeit made in 2014. We caught up with Tully to get the full funky fresh lowdown. Some people watch this…
  • DN LFF2014: Finding Father Figures in the Wrong Places in Julius Avery’s Crime Drama ‘Son of a Gun’ (MarBelle)
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In his action packed crime feature debut Son of a Gun, Australian director Julius Avery explores themes of masculinity and belonging through the adrenaline soaked lens of a high tension heist. Avery joins us to discuss how he came to helm a feature with a budget not normally offered to a first time director, and why when it comes to prison escapes the direct approach beats out intricate planning every time. A lot of people think you win at Cannes & then it’s an easy ride after that. It wasn’t, it was very hard Son of a Gun (2014) Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly…
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  • Blue Zoo Animation : The Boat Races

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    Blue Zoo Animation Studio of London just released this one for BBC.
  • Event: LoopDeLoop London

    Justin Cone
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    LoopDeLoop is a popular bi-monthly animation challenge, in which animators from around the world create looping animations based on a given theme and upload them to At the end of every second month, the top 100 loops are compiled and screened to a live audience in various cities including Melbourne, Sydney, Paris, Los Angeles... Read more »
  • Short film The Alchemist’s Letter goes online

    Igor Sordokhonov
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:16 am
    Directed by Carlos Andre Stevens.
  • Euro Dance Party Mashup: MEGALIZER II

    Erica Gorochow
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    An explosion of cel-animated characters shake their stuff in this collaborative music video. Slightly NSFW.   Animated by: Vic CHHUN – [00’05”] William LABORIE – [00’25”] David MAINGAULT – [00’40”] Leyla KADDOURA – [00’55”] Faouzi HAMMADI - [01’10”] Anne-Lou ERAMBERT – [01’25”] Raphaël CHABASSOL – [01’40”] Abdel Raouf ZAIDI – [01’55”] Yvon JARDEL – [02’10”]... Read more »
  • Motion design education: MoGraph Mentor

    Justin Cone
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    My recent op-ed post, “6 Problems with Motion Design Education,” looked at challenges facing students and educators through the lens of brick-and-mortar design schools. But over the last 20 years, online programs have matured, and for some students they might be a viable alternative to traditional art school experiences. One such program is MoGraph Mentor, an online school dedicated... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • A nice easy stage rig. Oh, wait.

    Peggy Archer
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    For the next couple of days, I’m putting in a rig on a stage in Hollywood. It’s closer than Fillmore, but because of the traffic, it’s still an hour drive. It would be an hour on the bicycle, too, but since we’re doing late calls I’d have to ride across town well after dark and I’m not super comfortable with that. Normally putting in a rig on a stage is a pretty nice gig – sure, we’re running cable, but we’re out of the sun and aside from some dust, the stages are relatively clean. Except that this show doesn’t use a mill. All phases…
  • More trains, fewer chickens.

    Peggy Archer
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:33 pm
    After an 11 hour turnaround (reduced to 9 because of the hour commute each way), we were back in the rail yard. Thankfully, today was just trains. Only trains. No chickens. I checked. The day went a bit easier, as we were in a different part of the rail yard and we had much better footing, so walking wasn’t quite as much of a challenge. Most of our work was inside a train, and since we only had power on one side of the tracks, we had to run cable across the tracks – of course, any time a train had to move we had to disconnect the lights and wrap the cable back to clear the tracks.
  • Choo Choo Choo

    Peggy Archer
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Due to the events of the last year, productions are really jumpy about shooting anywhere near trains, so we had to travel to an appropriate location where trains don’t do things like barrel down tracks at 70 mph. That location is Fillmore, California. It’s 60 miles from my place to the location. One way. We were shooting at the Fillmore and Western Railway. They have historical and modern (well, modern for the US) trains and since it’s only a semi-active railway (they do scenic tours on the weekends, but it’s not active in the sense that freight or commuter trains come…
  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    10 Apr 2015 | 5:15 pm
    The giant tape ball on the Paramount lamp dock.Filed under: camera, Los Angeles, Photos, Work
  • Ready, Aim, Wait.

    Peggy Archer
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I’ve never had a producer tell me to stop working. Today, he called a meeting and told us they may decide to shoot more in the main house. He delivered this news with the air of a man who has struggled a long time, but has finally come to terms with nothing ever making any sense ever again. Sadly, we didn’t get that note until after we’d ripped out all the cable. Not the stuff in the flowerbeds that’s easy to reach – the cable that was run through the walls and in the crawl spaces of the house so the DP could have everything on a dimmer. I’m noticing a…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Director Of The Week - Alexander Payne 1

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:35 am
    So as a film lover I thought why not do a weekly mini-fest honoring not only the old but the new Directors. Those Directors whom have and still give us our pure 100% cine-fix in a modernized 6sec vine & 5min youtube world that would prefer a watered down, diluted, music video versions of film. A 1h30mim montage peice with film credits slapped on at the start and then at the end, the celluloid version of processed food.  The plan then is to choose a Director which I think is great (yes it is my opinion) every week and watch all their films if possible or alternatively as much as…
  • Shutting the Door on Projects

    22 Apr 2015 | 1:03 am
    After a year or so working on two film projects I’ve finally closed the door on them. The last six months the two project have been growing stale and very little development as been made. It’s a tough decision to put a stop to something that I had so much enthusiasm for,  but it also feels like I’ve wasted time trying to get these projects into production when that time could’ve been spent on a different idea. Those projects are boxed up and put in the storage room of my brain. A fresh start. A new piece of paper to grow something brand new. That’s a good…
  • Grieving out loud.

    Wonder Russell
    21 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Grieving out loud. I always used Twitter for fun chats and a quick way to share info, but suddenly it also became a way to capture a life changing experience in a few phrases. A day later I was on a plane home. “Come now,” my Mom said. I left E3 and we had to completely shutter our company’s presence there. Family emergencies will do that. Less than a week after that, my boyfriend at the time was also diagnosed with cancer. At some point, your brain melts the wires that tell you which emotion is appropriate for the situation. Giggling is the new shock. Helplessness manifests…
  • "Sixteen Unsweetened" webseries: Pilot Episode

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    First episode of YearSoul produced series, “Sixteen Unsweetened”.
  • MDA3300: Creating an online profile

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Creating an online profile is key to getting yourself known on the web, in the world and within the
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    YouTube: Film


    YouTube Help
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am From: YouTube Help Views: 2436678 0 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Howto & Style
  • Women Wear Stilettos For The First Time

    14 Mar 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Women Wear Stilettos For The First Time I feel like I could kick some ass.” Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! MUSIC Hay Que Triunfar Licensed via Warner Chappell Production Music... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 2323647 44326 ratings Time: 02:41 More in Entertainment
  • Honest Trailers - Cinderella (1950)

    Screen Junkies
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:16 am
    Honest Trailers - Cinderella (1950) Screen Junkies approved! Watch feature-length movies for free on Break ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻... From: Screen Junkies Views: 4305451 62502 ratings Time: 04:23 More in Film & Animation
  • 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 ▻▻ Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ Watch more Honest Trailers ▻▻... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3019848 62514 ratings Time: 04:42 More in Film & Animation
  • What Happens When You Donate Your Hair?

    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: 4638653 71754 ratings Time: 02:43 More in Entertainment
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    The Independent

  • Tribeca 2015: Critic’s Choice

    Erin Trahan
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    The Wolfpack (Crystal Moselle. 2015. USA. 84 min.)Tribeca’s uptown neighbor, the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, recently displayed a poster in its lobby, promoting the Film Society’s many offerings. It was a photo of a woebegone 20-something in typical New York fashionista black, staring out and looking oh-so-forlorn. It wasn’t the girl that stopped people, it was her quote: “He says if I see any more movies here, I might as well move in.”Ah yes, the significant-other rejection… that familiar all-you-do-is-go-to-the-movies resentment. If you’re smiling in recognition,…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Joshua Oppenheimer

    Catherine Stewart
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    Joshua Oppenheimer’s latest film, The Look of Silence, is a companion piece to the critically acclaimed The Act of Killing.  This latest release follows an optometrist who discovers how his brother was slain during the ‘65-’66 Indonesian genocide and the identity of the killers. In search of answers, he decides to confront each of his brother’s murderers. The Independent‘s staff writer Dana Knight spoke with Oppenheimer at SXSW.Dana Knight: Im so impressed with your work, I think The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence are two of the most extraordinary…
  • In time for The Masters, a Poem About Bill Murray and Golf

    Erin Trahan
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Bill Murray’s Paradise—A found poemThe last place I played golf? Well the last place I can think of is I was working on a job in Hawaii with Emma Stone and one day I got to play golf at a place called Weilea on a place called Oahu. I played with Scott Simpson and I played with three other great great Hawaiian guys who were SO much fun and so positive and one was the club champion.When you play with great players, you play better. It just elevates your game. A high tide raises all boats, you’ve heard that one? I played so well, I won $50. Winning $50 playing golf? That’s money.So I…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Ondi Timoner

    Catherine Stewart
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    Brand: A Second Coming follows comedian/author/activist Russell Brand as he dives headlong into drugs, sex, and fame in an attempt to find happiness, only to realize that popular culture offers up too many bad ideas and empty idols. The Independent spoke with the film’s director, Andrea Doane “Ondi” Timoner at SXSW 2015.Dana Knight: Congratulations on another exciting and controversial documentary. Why Brand though?Ondi Timoner: My manager called me and said there was this film on Russell Brand that needed saving, that it was a film he was making about happiness, and that I…
  • 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…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #33

    25 Apr 2015 | 10:10 pm
    This week's theme: OVERHEAD SHOT 2 (Color) Part 2 of last week's theme. I find the "Bird's Eye-View" of the world refreshing. It gives us a detached 'godlike' view of humanity from above, where we can observe ourselves more objectively. Here are a few some colored examples...  (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Follow The Leader"   "Triage"   "Wi-Fi Central" --All Photos are
  • Weekly Street Photos #32

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    This week's theme: OVERHEAD SHOT I love taking pictures from above to punctuate my shooting routine. Viewing my subject overhead automatically refreshes my point of view and affords me a momentary pause to reassess my perspective on most photo projects I do. Here are a few examples in Black & White...      (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Equilibrium" "Human Ant Farm"   "
  • Weekly Street Photos #31

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:33 pm
    This week's theme: EASTER SUNDAY Easter Sunday is a big day of celebration for Filipino families. Most traditional (elderly) Filipino Catholics literally believe that Jesus gets "reborn in spirit" each year on Easter, a spiritual regeneration parallel to the physical cycle of death and rebirth we find in nature.   I remember my grandfather being a member of a select group of initiates 
  • Weekly Street Photos #30

    4 Apr 2015 | 1:11 am
    This week's theme: HOLY WEEK Aside from Christmas, Holy Week is the most important period in this country's yearly Religious Calendar.  Being the third largest Catholic country in the world (after Brazil and Mexico), with more than 80% of the population baptized within the Faith, the whole country comes into a stand-still from Holy Wednesday until Easter Sunday. Everyone is on holiday-- most
  • 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
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  • Review: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 2, 'Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis': Things Get Personal

    Amber Dowling
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    PREVIOUSLY: 'Orphan Black' Season 3, Episode 1, 'The Weight of This Combination': Let’s Get It Started Cloning Around With Sarah desperate to track down Helena and refusing to blow Dodge until she can figure out a way to keep everyone in her life safe, she relapsed into something of a fantasy world with Cal this week. Although the dream to settle down and be a happy little family with their daughter was swell, the Castor clones had other thoughts on the subject when they became equally desperate for a whole new set of reasons. Watching Sarah and Rudy strive for the same things — to keep…
  • Tribeca: Jason Sudeikis on How and When to Improv in a Movie

    Shipra Harbola Gupta
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    READ MORE: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #54 : Sean Mewshaw Tackles Small-Town Grief in 'Tumbledown' With his dark beard and deep, rich voice, Jason Sudeikis is a powerful embodiment of 21st century masculinity, which makes you wonder why it took him so long to land plump romantic roles. The wait, it seems, was worth it. Sudeikis, who has had leading roles in a wide range of television and film comedies over the past decade — from "Saturday Night Live" to "30 Rock" and "We're the Millers" to "Horrible Bosses" — stars…
  • TV’s Most Dapper Gentlemen: Costume Designers Reveal the Secrets of Suits

    Sundi Rose-Holt
    25 Apr 2015 | 8:04 am
    READ MORE: 'Penny Dreadful' Costume Designer Gabriella Pescucci on Her Dreadfully Delicious Designs There's certainly no shortage of handsome men on television these days, but there is just something about a suit and tie that will really melt a heart. Of late, more and more men are appearing on the small screen as polished and sophisticated professionals, and their wardrobes tell a story about who they are, where they come from and what we need to know about them. However, as much as audiences admire these characters, It takes much more than a pair of broad shoulders to work a suit. To…
  • Tribeca: Here's Why the Coen Brothers' Films Always Sound Magnificent

    Shipra Harbola Gupta
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    READ MORE: Coen Brothers to Chair Jury at 68th Cannes Film Festival When it comes to talking about their work with the press, Joel and Ethan Coen aren't the most forthcoming. Close reading of their work can only get us so far -- which is where conversations with key members of the Coens' crew, such as composer Carter Burwell and sound recordist Skip Lievsay, can fill in certain gaps by sharing some of their experiences working with the legendary sibling directing duo. Earlier this week as part of the Tribeca Film Festival, Burwell and Lievsay participated in a conversation with…
  • The Best Documentary Filmmaking Advice from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

    Sam Adams
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival isn't just a longstanding showcase for the art of nonfiction film. It's also where the people who make those films gather, and where aspiring documentarians can bend their ears without fighting a crowd. It's a place where you might sit down to grab a quick bit between films and find Albert Maysles doing the same at the other end of your table, or where you can run into an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who tells you that "Giovanni and the Water Ballet" a half-hour documentary about a 10-year-old boy trying to make it to Holland's synchronized…
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • How Filmmaker Mayuran Tiruchelvam Made The Girl is in Trouble

    Anna Kemp
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:51 pm
    In this filmmaking interview, filmmaker Mayuran Tiruchelvam talks about how he made The Girl is in Trouble.
  • How To Sell Your Short Film On iTunes

    Jason Brubaker
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:05 pm
    If you’re wondering how to sell your short film on iTunes, you’re not alone. As you know, iTunes is one of the most prestigious platforms for selling movies. And when you think about it, aside from putting your short film in festivals, you might be wondering what to next. It is at this point when […]
  • How To Make It In Hollywood

    Jason Brubaker
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    If you're wondering how to make it Hollywood, you are not alone. In this filmmaking article, we share practical tips on how to make it in Hollywood.
  • Who Else Wants a Film Production Checklist?

    Jason Brubaker
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    As a filmmaker, one of the toughest parts about making a movie is knowing where to start. The following film production checklist will give you an overview of the low budget, independent filmmaking process.
  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini

    Michael Head
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    The Blackmagic URSA Mini is designed to be smaller and lighter then the original URSA. In this camera article, filmmaker Michael Head shares his thoughts.
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  • There Theremin: How Science Fiction Got its Sound

    John P. Hess
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Bill Hammack discusses the theremin, and how it lead to one the music industry’s most fundamental assets, the electronic synthesizer.
  • DEAKINS: Shadows In The Valley

    John P. Hess
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A tribute to cinematographer Roger Deakins by  Plot Point Productions  
  • Steadicam Operator Larry McConkey on Filming the Goodfellas Copacabana Tracking Shot

    John P. Hess
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    How long did one of film’s most famed tracking shots take to pull off? It was in the can before lunch — which isn’t to say it was easy. With a 25th Anniversary screening of Goodfellas set to close the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25th, McConkey spoke to Filmmaker about the formative days of Steadicam, the newest generation of camera stabilizers and, of course, The Copa Shot. Filmmaker: You’ve talked about the revelatory experience of seeing your first Steadicam shot in Hal Ashby’s Bound for Glory (1976) while you were a graduate film student at Temple University. How did you…
  • Creating Star Wars Studio Scale Ship Replicas

    John P. Hess
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tested met up with modelmaker Steve Neisen to geek out over his new studio scale replicas of ships, droids, and mechs from Star Wars! Steve has spent years hunting down the original model kit components that the ILM modelshop used for the filming miniatures, and the resulting Y-Wing, Imperial Probe Droid, AT-ST, and Tantive IV Escape Pod look incredible!
  • What’s in your kit bag with Santo Widjaya

    John P. Hess
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this episode, we talk to Santo Widjaya from Paper Cranes. A production team based in Sydney that specialises in wedding cinematography.
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  • Benro’s New S7 Video Head and Tripod Kit are Compact and Lightweight Performers

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    The Benro S-Series welcomes a new sibling with the addition of the S7 Video Head. Designed to provide filmmakers and cinematographers with a full-featured compact solution, the 3.2 lb. (1.4kg) S7 Video Head comes with the same flat base head design as found in the existing S-Series, which provides the versatility needed for mounting the head on sliders, jibs and half ball adapters.
  • Happy Birthday! YouTube Turns 10: A Look Back

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:36 am
    Before his breakout his, "Baby", it's tough to recall that Justin Beiber was, at his core, a vlogger. He had help from his parents, but the Stratford, Ontario native performed songs on camera, uploaded them to YouTube, and was eventually discovered by Usher. The rest of the story took place on the front page(s) and most of us know how that's been turning out.
  • Panasonic's LUMIX GH4 Goes Hollywood with Anamorphic Firmware Upgrade

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:45 am
    Panasonic’s firmware upgrade for their LUMIX GH4 enhances its 4K recording capabilities to enable anamorphic video recording. This method of shooting produces cinemascope aspects such as 2.39:1 or 2.35:1.The LUMIX GH4’s anamorphic mode (4:3) can record video in 3328 x 2496 pixel (approximately equivalent to 8.3 megapixel) resolution at frame rates of 23, 98, 24, 25 or 29.97.
  • NAB 2015 - What did we learn?

    20 Apr 2015 | 3:02 pm
    For those who didn’t attend NAB 2015, the news, updates and chatter can wear thin by the following Monday. For those who were there, the sore feet, battered luggage and full memory cards are all recovered for the most part by now. So what did we learn?
  • PIX-E5 Puts a Lot into a Small Monitor Solution

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The PIX-E5 brings great technology on top of a camera.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Met

    John Bailey, ASC
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. The 16th century mask gorget pictured here, made by a South Dakota Native American of the Hopewell culture, measures only 5½” tall. Its barely incised nose, with piercings for the eyes, are all that reveal it as manmade — a work of art. One wonders at the mind that could see a human face […] The post The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Met appeared first on 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.
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  • This might just be Johnny Depp’s ‘Scarface’ moment

    Iain Alexander
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Johnny Depp is about to go dark and dangerous in “black Mass,” a film based on Whitey Bulger, a notorious gangster serving two life sentences for murder, money laundering, extortion and racketeering. In what could become a classic Depp outing on the dark side, “Black Mass” follows the true story of Whitey Bulger who allegedly worked as an FBI informant to take down his rivals in the mafia. New pictures from the set of the movie emerged this week showing Depp completely transformed with the help of some spectacular make up. Even more thrilling is the short teaser…
  • UN Human Rights Chief condemns Katie Hopkins & UK media hate speech

    Iain Alexander
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    The UN Human Rights Chief has asked the UK to get tough on tabloid hate speech in the wake of Katie Hopkins’ offensive remarks about migrants. In an unprecedented attack on tabloid papers, the UN issued a public statement today urging the UK to tackle the rising hate speech seen in the media, singling out The Sun as one of the newspapers featuring anti-foreigner articles. Katie Hopkins has been reported to police on several occasions in the last month for her controversial comments, and has also failed to get any interviews for her new TV show being developed for cable network TLC. The…
  • Adam Sandler film is so offensive its own cast just walked off the set

    Iain Alexander
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:40 am
    Adam Sandler ‘Jack and Jill’ Copyright Sony Adam Sandler’s latest film production has taken a beating from its own cast as controversial script elements led to actors walking off the set in disgust. “The Ridiculous 6,” a movie parody featuring Native American actors caused deep offense to several cast members which producers allegedly brushed off. A Navajo actress frustrated by the attitude and depiction of Native Americans said that, “We are still just Hollywood Indians.” The Netflix produced comedy is meant to mock western movies and Native American…
  • Top Gear Producer quits after Jeremy Clarkson debacle

    Iain Alexander
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:29 am
    Following the sacking of Jeremy Clarkson, ‘Top Gear’ producer Andy Wilman has quit the BBC show. James May confirmed this week that he would not return to the ‘Top Gear’ show either without Jeremy Clarkson. Clarkson was fired after a BBC investigation concluded that he had assaulted Mr Tymon, who drove himself to A&E after a punch up over a lack of hot food during filming. According to the BBC, May said that doing ‘Top Gear’ without Jeremy Clarkson would be, “A bit of a daft idea.” The presenter gathered more than 1 million signatures while…
  • Green Party pledge extra £2.5bn towards the arts

    Iain Alexander
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    The Green Party will commit to spending an extra £500m a year on the arts in the next Parliament if elected. In their Manifesto, the Green Party highlight ‘active citizenship’ and favour increased government support in areas such as media, sports and the arts. This is their list of pledges for the next 5 years should they be elected: The Green Party will: Tighten the rules on cross-media ownership and ensure that no individual or company owns more than 20% of a media market. Support the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics and for the cross-party Royal…
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  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Your Account

    Eric Binnion
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Because we want to make accounts as secure as we can, we’ve made it easier for you to set up two-factor authentication for your account, so you can take advantage of the top-of-the-line security standard. has supported two-factor authentication (2FA) since 2013. Also known as two-step verification, two-factor authentication allows you to protect your account with both a password and a time-sensitive code you get from your mobile device. To enable two-step authentication, tap your profile picture to jump into the “Me” section and hit the Security…
  • New Themes: Ecto and Coherent

    David A. Kennedy
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today, we’d like you to meet the two newest themes added to the collection: Ecto and Coherent. Ecto With a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images that draw readers straight to your content, Ecto is perfect for blogs of all kinds. Inspired by the Casper theme, Ecto lets you add a personal touch to posts and pages with large featured images in the header area. Ecto also includes these features: Social Links Menu Featured Images Site Logo Post Formats Custom Menus Widgets Custom Background and Custom Header Read more about Ecto on the Theme…
  • Ensuring Your Site is Mobile-Friendly

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    Today, Google released a change to its algorithm that gives higher search scores to sites it deems “mobile-friendly.” Curious WordPressers might be asking: How can I be sure my site is mobile-friendly? What can I do if my site is not mobile-friendly? 1. See if your site is mobile-friendly Visit Google’s mobile-friendly test link and enter your site’s address (e.g., or Google will then analyze your site and declare it mobile-friendly or not. Did your site pass? YAY! Pass GO and collect $200 from the Community Chest.
  • Social Media Icons Widget

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Now available in a widget dashboard near you, we present the Social Media Icons Widget! No longer do you have to fiddle around with complicated HTML code to add beautiful social media icons to your blog or website. With this new widget, you can add icons for the most popular social networks in no time. The icons are linked to your social media profiles, making it easy for your readers to follow your latest status updates. The Old Way The New Way Currently, we support adding social media icons for the most popular social networks, including: Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest LinkedIn…
  • New Theme: Cyanotype

    Takashi Irie
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s the time of the week again, Happy Theme Thursday! We’re pleased to present a new free theme, Cyanotype: Cyanotype Cyanotype, designed by yours truly, is a monochromatic blog theme with a bold, yet simple look that sets your blog apart from the rest. Pick your favorite background color or image to lend your personal flair. Cyanotype also supports the following popular features: Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Cyanotype on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from Appearance → Themes!Filed under:…
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    Film Shortage

  • Imaginary Fiend

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Everything goes wrong when an agoraphobic misanthropist orders himself an imaginary enemy. The post Imaginary Fiend appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Carl

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:21 pm
    The plot of this Action/Romance short-film starts with the duel of Carl (Robot-Gladiator-Champion) and Space Jesus. Before the finishing blow could land, rescue comes in the form of a Techno-Angel, who turns out to be Carl’s long lost love. So he changes sides and goes head to head against Drill-Raptors, EggBeater-Scorpions and a mighty BBQ-Octopus. The main driving force of the story is the strength of Love and the weakness of Hate. It also offers an opinion about religion and the robotic nature of today’s society, using references to Terminator, Spartacus, Transformers, Matrix, etc.
  • Liebe (love)

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Liebe (Love) tells the story of a love triangle between a man, a maiden and a monster. The post Liebe (love) appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Open City: Kids

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Left to their own devices, two East New York siblings find a new game to play – mimicking the family business. Based On A True Story. KIDS is an excerpt from the series, Open City Mixtape. This a collection of narrative and documentary short films about life in New York’s inner-city. Each story was photographed, written, and directed by A.V. Rockwell. The post Open City: Kids appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Mountain in Thailand

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:54 pm
    He wanted to go to film school. But when he set about gathering the money to make it happen, his life became a film. This short documentary details the meteoric rise and subsequent fall of a young Canadian entrepreneur in London. The post Mountain in Thailand appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • NoF’s 4/20 Ackbar Spectacular (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    To commemorate one of Sean’s favorite holidays, The Nerds welcome Sarah’s brother Mike as a special guest to discuss some notable stoner movies. Also, Mike and Sean start an Ackbar war of biblical proportions. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Neo’s Day Off (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    This week, the NoF crew discusses some of the finer and lesser points of The Matrix Trilogy. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • “Murder, She Wrote” Sings? (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! (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 (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, the Nerds pit two of Hollywood’s best composers against each other: John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Click here if the media player does not load.
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    Noam Kroll

  • Gear Talk Podcast: Achieving Perfect Exposure In Digital Cinematography

    Noam Kroll
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    Yesterday I sat down with Dave Thies of Tvacom to record a quick podcast on exposure techniques in cinematography. Dave is an awesome Director/DP that works on some major network television shows and always has a lot of great insight on all things film related… In the future Dave and I will be doing actual video podcasts together, but for this first instalment we decided to roll audio only, since the podcast studio isn’t quite finished yet. So for those of you looking to improve your craft when it comes to cinematography and nailing your exposure every time – listen in!
  • Cinematography Rant: Why Protecting Your Highlights Is Killing Your Footage

    Noam Kroll
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    As some of you know, in addition to running this blog and shooting/directing my own films I also work as a colorist through my company Creative Rebellion. More so than anything else that I do day to day, color grading has helped to improve my understanding and approach to cinematography immensely – and one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over the years is that you shouldn’t always protect your highlights. What Do I Mean By Protecting The Highlights? Essentially what I’m referring to is the practice of exposing your image for the highlights (or hotspots) in the…
  • Why The Newly Released FCP X 10.2 Is Actually Great + The 3 Things It Desperately Still Needs

    Noam Kroll
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:32 am
    The news of the FCP X 10.2 release this week got pretty drowned out by all the noise at NAB. Naturally, new camera announcements always draw the most attention, and with the internet exploding with new gear reports every two minutes a lot of news got swept under the rug. That said, the new iteration of FCP X is actually quite impressive and worth taking a look at if you missed it the first time around. FCP X 10.2 is clearly intended to be a major upgrade and Apple have managed to pack in a lot of new features that I certainly didn’t see coming. They also neglected to add some…
  • V-Log May Never Come To The Lumix GH4, But Their New Firmware Update Looks Excellent!

    Noam Kroll
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Another quick update from the NAB showroom floor - I just finished chatting with a rep from Panasonic who had a number of Lumix GH4’s rigged up with anamorphic lenses, running the highly sought after V-Log cinema profile. For those of you that don’t know, V-Log is essentially a very flat picture profile that may become available for the GH4 at some point via a firmware update. It delivers a beautiful log-style image similar to C-Log or S-log on other cinema cameras, and could theoretically generate images that are more gradable than what you might get with Cine-D (the…
  • The 8K RED Weapon Has Officially Been Announced – Here’s Why It’s Impressive But Also A Letdown

    Noam Kroll
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    I’ve had a love/hate relationship with RED for a long time. My first proper narrative film was shot on the RED One, and since then I’ve shot countless projects on the Scarlet, Epic and Dragon – usually having a solid experience with their gear.  That said, in recent years I have been less impressed with their offerings and yesterday’s Weapon announcement has followed that trend. Weapon Revealed It was announced last night that new RED Weapon brain will start at $49,500 for the 6K carbon fiber version, and for an optional $10,000 upgrade fee you can an 8K Vista…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • Working Relationships

    Stephan Bugaj
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:45 pm
    In any industry, but especially in the creative industries, a professional will have many working relationships.  When it comes to both getting work and having good working experiences how you manage those relationships is as important as your craft -- sometimes more so. Since everyone makes mistakes, sometimes you will accidentally burn a bridge (especially if you misread what kind of a person you're dealing with, and what kind of a relationship you have). Some burnt bridges can be repaired, some can't, but the goal is to absolutely minimize bridge burning and absolutely maximize…
  • You, Sir, Are No Ed Catmull

    Stephan Bugaj
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:02 pm
    People frequently tell me they've modeled their creative organization after Pixar, or that they want me to share my Pixar knowledge and experience with them so they can do so.  I get this it all the time, even more so now that Ed has published his book:Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True InspirationThese people all claim that they want Pixar's (and Ed's) success, and are willing to do what it takes.  Usually that scale of success has eluded them not only because Pixar level success requires massive amounts of luck (and investment by a Steve…
  • Keystroke counts and other tomfoolery

    Stephan Bugaj
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    I've recently been working with freelancers via oDesk, and it has generally worked out quite well (there are some cases where people have posted portfolios that, once you see their results, you know were not actually their own work -- but those cases are rare). However, delving into that world has exposed me to some problematic management practices that are being codified as reasonable because of the uncertain nature of individual outsourcing. Various vendors, including oDesk, offer hiring managers software that enables a freelancer to clock-in and then begins logging keystrokes and…
  • Amar graphic novel Book 1 now available

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

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

  • SceneKid#7: “I will be your champion”

    Nicholas Lay
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    With season five of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ fully underway, a look back at one of the standout emotional scenes from the previous season, featuring two of the series’ finest performances thus far… Game of Thrones s04 e07 Dir: Alik Sakharov Original Air Date: 18 May 2014 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook For all the thrills and spills that occur during the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, a single moment of quiet, chilling, altogether highly emotional conversation is what moved me the most. The penultimate sequence of e07,…
  • Preview: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (teaser trailer #2)

    Nicholas Lay
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:09 am
    I have a very good feeling about this… Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook That logo. That opening shot. That score. Cut to black with a single piano note. Abrams and co. could pretty much have left it there and the internet would still have simultaneously soiled itself the world over. Before we get into the rest of the second official teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, let’s just take a minute to reflect on this scene, as it is by far and away my favourite moment from either trailer so far. Just like the opening shot of A New Hope…
  • Review: It Follows

    Nicholas Lay
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The latest darling of the horror-hype machine arguably falls short of true ‘horror’. Aside from that, it’s ace. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook It’s hard to get excited about any and all hype for the next ‘great’ horror film these days. Every now and again a festival review pops up announcing that it’s finally here, the movie that’ll kick-start/change/reinvent the genre, but in reality such a proclamation never turns out to the case. James Wan’s The Conjuring (2013) was the probably the most well known recent example of this, with…
  • Guitar & Lens: The Narrowing Memories of an Era

    Nicholas Lay
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Watching Pete Townshend’s wailing finale to The Who’s set at Woodstock 1969, it dawned on me that by the time the next generation rolls around, film reels and video will be our only memories of rock’s most explosive era. But what memories… Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook The beautiful thing about rock n’ roll during our parents’ generation was the simplicity. And I don’t mean that as a bullshit pretentious nod to the music itself and its reflection of ‘simpler times’, because that would be wrong – rock n’ roll was reaching…
  • Review: Furious 7

    Nicholas Lay
    5 Apr 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Paul Walker’s last ride is a fitting ‘end’ to the definitive action series of this generation. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Since The Fast and the Furious debuted in 2001, the series has had its fair share of haters. On the surface, it’s easy to see why. The original (and still the best) was dismissed by many as little more than a chav’s turbo-charged fantasy, while the first two sequels were weak in comparison. Fast & Furious (2009) lit the fuse once again with the return of the original cast, although it wasn’t until the…
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  • A good music video needs to showcase not only the artist and the...

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:03 am
    A good music video needs to showcase not only the artist and the music, but it also has to be enjoyable and has to draw the audience to the screen. One of the better examples of entertaining simplicity can be seen above - we just had to watch it!
  • There are some commercials that cross the definition...

    3 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    There are some commercials that cross the definition of “creativity” and become something more. Lik “Michael” up here.
  • 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):
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    flicks and pieces

  • Cinderella (2015) Review

    Luke Kent
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Whilst the necessity for a Cinderella remake can certainly be brought into question, the filmmaking talent behind this new version of the Disney classic certainly can’t be. This is classic Kenneth Branagh filmmaking – filled with such pomp, style and scale that it’s hard not to be drawn in. Points, however, will not be awarded for originality here. This is the exact same Cinderella story that everyone who ever had a childhood knows. A downtrodden girl (Lily James) meets her Prince Charming (Richard Madden) and she lives happily ever after. The same old debates as to what the…
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Two Image Gallery

    Luke Kent
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    For your viewing pleasure, 20 glorious shots from the new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Click to view slideshow. For a full breakdown of the new trailer, click here.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Breakdown

    Luke Kent
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Best trailer ever? Best trailer ever! The cat has been let out of the bag. The second trailer for The Force Awakens has been released, and it is a corker. If you were feeling cautiously optimistic after the teaser trailer, feel free to start getting excited. Whilst there’s still much to learn about the impending Star Wars sequel, things look to be shaping up very nicely, with the tone looking pitch perfect, iconic imagery by the bucket load, and an exciting villain. Here’s what we’ve learned from the latest glimpse at everyone’s most anticipated film of the year:…
  • Game of Thrones: The Wars To Come – The Big Takeaway and Mini Review

    Luke Kent
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    Game of Thrones is back, and it’s back with a style and panache only Game of Thrones can bring. As always, there were lots of moving parts, and characters to catch up on, but who was the biggest mover and shaker of Game of Thrones on its opening week? All shall be revealed – Valar Morghulis. *Game of Thrones season 5, episode 1 spoilers* Game of Thrones has a new badass in town, and his name is Stannis Baratheon. OK, so he’s not a new character at all, but in one single episode (and just a handful of scenes) he went from being someone who I had little to no interest in,…
  • Pi and Parker

    Luke Kent
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Life of Pi (2012). “Richard Parker, come out you have to see this! It’s beautiful!” Life of Pi, shot by Claudio Miranda, in response to the Daily Post Challenge: Afloat.
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    Producing Unscripted

  • Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you start talking to a network, studio, or even a production company, one piece of creative material becomes crucial… your style guide. But what is a style guide? What goes in it? And why do politics and psychology play a huge role in how you put it together? Today, we’ll answer all those questions, […] The post Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To 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)
  • Selling Reality TV: Your Questions Answered.

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s episode 50! 50 episodes? We can hardly believe it ourselves. Thanks to all of you who’ve tuned in, written to us, sent in submissions, and encouraged us to get this far. Today, to celebrate, we turned the content over to you. We’re answering questions directly from listeners. We bet at least one of these […] The post Selling Reality TV: Your Questions Answered. 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)
  • The Bueller Podcast

    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

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

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