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  • How To Grow Your Filmmaking Fanbase

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    Jason Brubaker
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Filmmakers need a filmmaking fanbase. Without a fanbase, you have no business. Many filmmakers ignore this part of the process. And let’s be honest, building an audience sounds a lot less sexy than actually making your movie! But here is the deal. Traditional film distribution once revolved around shipping physical product. There were fixed costs […]
  • CGI and Practical Visual Effects of Mad Max: Fury Road articles
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In an excellent piece over at FX Guide, Ian Failes takes an in-depth look at how some of the most stunning visuals from Mad Max: Fury Road were achieved blending in camera action with CGI.
  • Is Your Script Ready? articles
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As you're thinking about getting ready to try and sell your script, you should be asking yourself, is it really ready? The business of screenwriting is hard enough without jumping into the market unprepared.
  • How Do We Measure an Audience? A New Filmmaker IQ LESSON!!
    John P. Hess
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Jurassic World just set a record at the box office for opening weekend – but what do these box office numbers mean? How do we measure an audience? – It’s not always as simple as counting tickets. In this lesson we look at the techniques and methods studios and distributors use to calculate who has seen their products and try to make sense of all those Box Office Numbers and Ratings. This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:
  • See Nicolas Cage as Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character (Photos)

    Reid Nakamura
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Ever wondered what “Game of Thrones” would look like if every character were played by Nicolas Cage? Of course not, but Reddit user CarlosDanger100 took the time to Photoshop the actor’s face onto the bodies of 30 different “Game of Thromes” characters, anyway. The results range from hilarious to horrifying. Some of the more convincing photos include the Oscar-winning actor as Stannis Baratheon, Tywin Lannister and perhaps most impressive, Bran Stark. Also read: Amanda Peet Defends 'Game of Thrones': Backlash Over Misogyny Is 'Misplaced' Take a look at a few of…
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  • See Nicolas Cage as Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character (Photos)

    Reid Nakamura
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Ever wondered what “Game of Thrones” would look like if every character were played by Nicolas Cage? Of course not, but Reddit user CarlosDanger100 took the time to Photoshop the actor’s face onto the bodies of 30 different “Game of Thromes” characters, anyway. The results range from hilarious to horrifying. Some of the more convincing photos include the Oscar-winning actor as Stannis Baratheon, Tywin Lannister and perhaps most impressive, Bran Stark. Also read: Amanda Peet Defends 'Game of Thrones': Backlash Over Misogyny Is 'Misplaced' Take a look at a few of…
  • CBS and AT&T Reach Deal, Continue Longterm Relationship

    Tony Maglio
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    CBS and AT&T have struck a deal to continue their longterm relationship. Under the terms, CBS, Showtime, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian will remain on AT&T U-verse. Re-branded TV Guide Channel, Pop, will launch on the service next year. Financial details were not disclosed. “Ultimately, we both want to provide our customers with the shows they want, when and how they care to watch,” CBS said on Wednesday. Also Read: CBS Claims Most Ad Dollars, Highest Pricing as It Closes Upfront Ad Sales AT&T did not immediately respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment. Here…
  • Alibaba Strikes China Entertainment Deal With DMG, Hunan TV

    Tony Maglio
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Alibaba has reached a deal with Chinese film company DMG Entertainment and China’s Hunan Satellite Television to bundle subscription-based Internet, cable and mobile entertainment — the country’s first such offering. The bundled service, which will include gaming, film and TV content, will initially be available to Hunan’s six million cable TV subscribers. It will later be expanded throughout China, the Wall Street Journal reported. In addition, fee-based gaming and education content will also be part of the offering. The service will be offered through…
  • Iggy Azalea Accuses Media of Manufacturing ‘Beef’ With Britney Spears

    Reid Nakamura
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Iggy Azalea took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel rumors of a spat with Britney Spears, and fired back at the media for playing up the drama. In a string of tweets, Azalea explained that any “beef” between her and Spears is something manufactured by the media. She also accused the media of wanting women to only be “overtly sexual” and to have “no real opinion other than, ‘I love it!'” “We remain friends and I haven’t said anything negative at all about her,” the Australian rapper wrote. “Does wishing we had promoted a single…
  • Twitter’s Exiting CEO Dick Costolo Warns Successor: Don’t Forget to Woo Wall Street

    Jordan Chariton
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    Departing Twitter CEO Dick Costolo reflected on factors he underestimated as the social giant’s chief, advising his eventual successor to prioritize balancing global business with wooing Wall Street. “When we took the company public, I had an expectation that the market would evaluate us based on our financial metrics first and foremost,” he told The Guardian. “I probably would frame the way we were thinking about the future of the company differently, understanding how we were in retrospect evaluated.” Costolo acknowledged the pressures of catering to Wall…
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  • Watch: Go Driving At Night With This 'Nightcrawler' And 'Drive' Mashup

    Nicholas Laskin
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:25 am
    Ryan Gosling’s Driver and Jake Gylenhaal’s Lou Bloom. Both loners. Outsiders. Men who abide by a very strict and unwavering code. One a stoic, the other a chatty, ambitious lunatic. And, as this new supercut, titled “Driving at Night,” points out, both are men who navigate the neon-ensconced nighttime streets of Los Angeles for their own strange, and often violent, purposes. That’s right folks: “Drive” and “Nightcrawler” are the new breed of L.A. neo-noirs, suffused with a lingering sense of dread and mordant comedy, and punctuated…
  • Emmy-Winning Screenwriter Abi Morgan to Adapt Reese Witherspoon-Produced 'Ashley's War'

    Inkoo Kang
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Abi Morgan -- the Emmy- and BAFTA-winning screenwriter behind "The Iron Lady," "Shame," "The Hour," "The Invisible Woman" and the upcoming "Suffragette" (and that's just in the last five years) -- has been hired to adapt the military biography "Ashley's War" for Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea's Pacific Standard.Written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "Ashley's War" is an account of a pilot program in the US army that allowed female soldiers onto the battlefield and forge woman-to-woman connections with Afghan…
  • Watch: Michael Fassbender Plays ‘Steve Jobs’ In New Trailer For Oscar-Contender Co-Starring Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen

    Edward Davis
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    For several years now, filmmaker Danny Boyle has found himself at the awards season table. The surprise hit “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the Oscars in 2008, and he was back at it with James Franco in 2010's “127 Hours.” Boyle took a break from serious drama in 2013 with the twisty heist/hypnotism caper “Trance.” That movie was originally set to star Michael Fassbender, but the actor dropped out. But it didn’t take long for him to reteam with Boyle, and he now leads the awards-bait drama with “Steve Jobs.”READ MORE: Watch: Danny Boyle & Darren Aronofsky Talk…
  • Ira Deutchman Steps Down As Columbia Film Chair

    Kate Erbland
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    READ MORE: Art House Convergence Kicks Off: Here's Why Art Houses Need to Be AdvocatesIn a new entry on his blog, Columbia University film professor and Emerging Pictures Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ira Deutchman shares that he has stepped down as Chair of the university's film program. As Deutchman notes, "The end of my chairmanship should not be much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The position is a rotating one among faculty, and Columbia has very strict term limits." Deutchman has served as chairman since July of 2011, and has taught at Columbia…
  • Tom Cruise Still Gearing Up For 'Top Gun 2,' Story Will Involve Drone Warfare

    Cain Rodriguez
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    Way back in 2012, following the box office success of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol," the head of Paramount stated that “Top Gun 2” would be produced and released before “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.” Now, finally, as the “Mission: Impossible” sequel is set to open in a few weeks, there is some firm information on the current status of the return of Maverick.READ MORE: Best To Worst: Tom Cruise's Action Movies RankedCollider reports that in a conversation with Skydance’s David Ellison, the idea of a “Top Gun 2” is very…
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  • Lost Penny at NIFF

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Some pictures from Sunday's SOLD OUT screening of Lost Penny at the Niagara Integrated Film Festival... (And by the way, since we sold out, we're going to be doing a special screening of Lost Penny at the Seneca Queen Theatre in Niagara Falls on Tue, July 7, 2015 at 7 pm. Go to our website for ticket info...)The Q&A after the Screening...The cast and crew pose for the cameras...Posing with Tenshi's car from the movie...Hanging out with cast and crew...
  • Lost Penny at the Manhattan Film Festival

    16 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Some pictures from Saturday night's screening of Lost Penny at the Manhattan Film Festival...Entering the Theatre... Time for some Q&A with Robert and Miq... Time to pose for the cameras...
  • Q&A with Rachael McOwen

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Rachael McOwenRole: PennyRachael McOwen as PennyQ: What attracted you to working on this film?A: The idea for a modern day adaptation of Alice in Wonderland really excited me. Who doesn't want to play make-believe in a crazy wonderland? The script was a style and genre that was unlike anything I had done before, so it was a fun change. I was also excited to work in Canada!Q: Tell us about your role. How did you prepare for it? A: Penny is a wide-eyed girl trying to find her way in the world. She is a modern day Alice in Wonderland looking for adventure! I…
  • Q&A with Andrew Roth

    4 Jun 2015 | 10:39 am
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Andrew RothRole: TenshiPenny (Rachael McOwen) confronts Tenshi (Andrew Roth)Q: What attracted you to working on this film?A: I've always respected The Moon Brothers & their work since I first auditioned for Under Jakob's Ladder.Q: You play the role of Tenshi. Who is he and how did you prepare for this role?A: Tenshi is a Guardian... His main Objective is to help Penny by any means necessary. I didn't really have to [prepare], Tenshi is close to my natural state of being.Q: Did you identify with Tenshi? A: Yes, I just wish I could've kept the Car I had in the film!Q:…
  • Q&A with Victoria Murdoch

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Victoria MurdochRole: FudgeFudge, played by Victoria Murdoch Q: Which role do you play in the movie? A: Fudge is the tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoner leader of a gang of wicked females wholike many bulliesis trying desperately to cover-up her feelings of insignificance and loneliness.Q: How did you prepare for your role?A: For me it started with the costuming, hair and makeup. When I dressed myself up in what I thought a tough-girl might wear, I started to walk differently, stand up straighter, hold my shoulders squarely and hold my head up high, all in an effort to…
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  • Is The Future Of Mobile Filmmaking Closer Than We Think? - Fstoppers

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    FstoppersIs The Future Of Mobile Filmmaking Closer Than We Think?FstoppersWhile there's never been a sure fire way to win work and sustain a living as a photographer or film maker, and particularly not today given how much change we are seeing, having your own unique vision can help set you apart from the crowd. Young film ...
  • The Wild Camera Rig That Could Finally Crack VR Filmmaking - Wired

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    WiredThe Wild Camera Rig That Could Finally Crack VR FilmmakingWiredFor all the furor surrounding virtual reality, there are some fundamental elements still very much up in the air. Foremost among those is video: specifically how, exactly, we're going to be creating 360-degree, 3D video content that's immersive enough Professional grade virtual reality camera system announced by JauntScience RecorderJaunt unveils a high-end camera setup for virtual reality moviesThe VergeJaunt Unveils First Pro 360&Degree VR Camera Built From The Ground UpFast CompanyRe/code -BuzzFeed…
  • 'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Director On Filmmaking, Grief, And Why High ... - ThinkProgress

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
    ThinkProgress'Me And Earl And The Dying Girl' Director On Filmmaking, Grief, And Why High ThinkProgressThe movie is called Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, so you get the idea: it's a quippy, almost flippant title about someone with a fatal illness. That's the balancing act of the film, based on the novel of the same name by Jesse Andrews (who also wrote Sundance darling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a mischievously meta teen The Independent Weekly'Me and Earl's Film-Spoof SpecialistsWall Street Journal'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' Gets Under Your…
  • 'Simpsons' writer boosts local filmmaker's workshop at West Springfield Boys ... -

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am'Simpsons' writer boosts local filmmaker's workshop at West Springfield Boys MassLive.comWEST SPRINGFIELD - The Boys and Girls Club is seeking aspiring filmmakers to sign on for a movie making workshop coming up in July. The week-long program will teach youngsters the arts of acting, script writing, lighting, filming, editing and sound
  • Trio of Towson alums captures major filmmaking awards - Towson University News

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Towson University NewsTrio of Towson alums captures major filmmaking awardsTowson University NewsTowson University alumni Mike Flanagan, Barry Worthington and Ketryn Porter are conquering the world of filmmaking, as evidenced by the major awards the trio has earned so far this year. Flanagan's feature film “Oculus” – which grossed over $27.6
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  • Israeli Film festival shines spotlght on queer lives

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:15 am
    The AICE Israeli Film Festival has announced its 2015 programme, featuring 35 titles across six categories, screening in four cities from August 17 - 30 at Palace Cinemas in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. Curated by the Festival's incoming Artistic Director, Richard Moore, this year's selection of contemporary and historic Israeli cinema presents some colourful points of view, giving voice to the subversive, the political, the cultured and the deeply religious.
  • Shaun Brown and Ray Martin to review Q&A

    1 Jul 2015 | 12:14 am
    Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed award-winning drama Mad Men, currently in its seventh season on AMC. 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.
  • ABC docu takes the Back Roads

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed award-winning drama Mad Men, currently in its seventh season on AMC. 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.
  • Aussies and Kiwis invited to join AMPAS

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed award-winning drama Mad Men, currently in its seventh season on AMC. 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.
  • Screen Australia introduces new guidelines

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Matthew Weiner is the series creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed award-winning drama Mad Men, currently in its seventh season on AMC. 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.
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  • Michelangelo Antonioni Il maestro del cinema modern An Eye exhibition in Amsterdam

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:15 am
      Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno, from 12 September 2015 to 17 January 2016 at EYE, IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam, From 12 September 2015 to 17 January 2016, EYE is presenting Michelangelo Antonioni – Il maestro del cinema moderno, an exhibition about one of the foremost innovators in film from the last century. The exhibition shows how Antonioni renewed the grammar of film by thinking in terms of the image and less in terms of narrative. He was one of the first film authors who tried to capture the state of mind of characters searching…
  • Durban FilmMart Success Stories 2010-2015

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Media Release Durban FilmMart Success Stories 2010-2015 Now in its sixth year, the Durban FilmMart (DFM) has become an integral part of the fast-growing South African film industry. Since its inception in 2010, DFM has helped to facilitate more than 80 African co-production projects, many of which have subsequently been produced as acclaimed films. As the African and South African industry grows, the quality and volume of submitted projects has increased every year, making DFM the leading independent film market on the continent and a major force in the facilitation of successful African…
  • 50,000 admissions at Edinburgh International Film Fest, a 9% increase

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:38 am
    The 69th edition of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) drew to a close on Sunday night having screened 134 new features over the 12 day Festival.  More than 50,000 admissions represent a nine per cent increase on 2014.  An additional 14,600 people enjoyed the Festival’s two weekends of outdoor screenings, as part of Film in the City.   The Festival sold tickets for its venues across the city, which included the EIFF’s home at Filmhouse, its venue partner Cineworld, and at Festival Theatre Edinburgh, the Traverse, Dominion Cinema, Odeon Lothian Road, Royal…
  • ArcLight Documentary Series will Premiere Award Winning Non-Fiction Feature Films

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:16 am
      ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood unveiled their summer line up of critically acclaimed award winning non-fiction films for their 2015 Summer ArcLight Documentary Series.  The Series is part of an ongoing commitment by ArcLight Cinemas to celebrate the powerful storytelling of the documentary form.  Under the curation of documentary filmmaker and President of the International Documentary Association, Marjan Safinia, this bi-annual series presents exceptional documentaries to the Southern California public on the big screen.  This summer season, four exceptional…
  • FEELFEST, the new International online Festival of Short Films,Documentary Films and Animation

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:18 am
      o The first competition will take place from November 6th through December 8th, exclusively online on the international VOD web portal FEELMAKERS o Awards will be given to the winning films in competitive sections of fiction short films, full-length and short documentary films and fulllength and short animation films. Every film selected will receive 150 Euros, to be given to owner of the film's exploitation rights. o The Festival is to be made up of two Official Sections: the International Competition and the International Schools Competition. In addition, there will…
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  • [FS: Optics] Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art Series - *Brand new, never used*

    Christian Filippone
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:36 am
    Selling my brand new, never used Sigma 18-35mm Art series, EF mount lens. This is an unwanted gift & has never used or even tried on a camera. Im after a quick sale so selling at a cheap price! $670 + shipping or best offer SAM_0089.jpgSAM_0092.jpgSAM_0094.jpg Attached Images SAM_0089.jpg (57.0 KB) SAM_0092.jpg (36.4 KB) SAM_0092.jpg (37.2 KB) SAM_0094.jpg (44.6 KB)
  • General Noob help?

    1 Jul 2015 | 2:52 am
    Okay so I have recently purchased a Canon 700d (i hope this is in the right category) My dad filmed the clip above in the automatic setting for film at 720p 50fps and I understand that you should edit the settings manually beforehand but i'm really disappointed with our previous camera (Powershot SX1 IS) the automatic video was alot clearer and it doesn't make sense that a newer camera is worse performance wise How can i make the video as clear as possible and why are the lines so jagged? are we doing something wrong?
  • [FS: General] Olympus OMD E-M5 2 Lens Bundle & Two Panasonic GH3 Bodies -- All Low Usage

    Bruce Foreman
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Too much gear on hand, so... For Sale: Olympus OMD E-M5 (original version) with 1108 shutter "clicks" and 2 lenses: 14-42mm m.Zuiko II f3.5-f5.6 (28-84mm equiv) "kit" lens and 40-150mm m.Zuiko f4-f5.6 telephoto zoom (80-300 equiv). Both lenses look brand new. Body and lenses are in unblemished fully functional condition with no issues. Camera body and 40-150 come with original boxes, lenses and body come with all caps and accessories, OEM battery & charger, software disk, and USB cable. Also included is one extra OEM (Olympus) battery and David Busch's excellent…
  • Screenplays

    alex whitmer
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:33 pm
    I am avail to write if someone is looking for a story. Something NOT in the been-there-shot-that slant. alex
  • AE + Trapcode Suite or C4D, Nuke, Maya?

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    I have been getting progressively more interested in motion graphics over the past year and have learned to do 2D & 2.5D in AE CC fairly well. I am realizing more and more that I want to at least try to learn more 3D, to see how it could improve my skillset and give me options to realize ideas. I downloaded Blender and despite the horrific UI, I find it to be serviceable. I am not considering purchasing the programs mentioned in the title for a while. I am more wondering where the market is -- as far as what professional mograph artists are using -- and some advice on what is the best fit…
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    Projector Films - new ideas for film makers

  • 4K / UHD Light Leak Pulse - Free download

    7 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Here is my latest 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 where there are MORE FREE DOWNLOADS, so bookmark it. This one has rapid light pulses of light, ideal for transitions. They almost have a film burn feel about them and some have a rainbow spill. Check it out yourself and see what I mean... There's many different pulses in this one download, meaning you can choose different speeds and different looks and aren't going to be repeating the…
  • Podcast Episode 46; Chris Chibnall

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Watch out listeners! Its a super long episode as we finally managed to get hold of UK writing legend Chris Chibnall. Creator and writer of Broadchurch he also was show runner for Torchwood and has written for Doctor Who and Life on Mars. As it is a big lengthy here are some timings if you want to navigate to certain areas...02:00 - Broadchurch was my first ever spec script 14:00 - Landing a 4 season TV series early on 22:00 - My first 'short' and how it happened. Watch it below!31:00 - Changing fortunes of TV and moving between genres 43:00 - Life on Mars and…
  • 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…
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  • Your Weekend Viewing: Turning a Cheap Tripod into a Stabilized Camera Rig

    J. Ott
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Call it a Steadicam or Glidecam or Flycam or SteadyCam or what have you, stabilized camera rigs give you that smooth, free camera motion that’s just plain cool. To do it on a truly professional level, you need a very fit, well-trained operator with a vest-mounted rig that has a gimbal. Oh, and he or she needs an assistant to hold the heavy rig when it is not being deployed. Fortunately, you can approximate these pro camera rig results yourself with a little bit of practice and some way to lower the center of gravity for your camera. The good folks at Mike’s Production Corner have…
  • Avid Error of the Day: Filmscribe Crashes Making Audio Change Note

    J. Ott
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    When I encounter an odd error message and its solution, I make a note. This is one of those notes. I want solutions to turn up better in searches for other Avid users (and myself). As with all error posts on the site, the casual reader can just skip ahead to other less-technical content. After trying many solutions, the problem boiled down to Avid FilmScribe not being able to work with stereo tracks. Duplicate your sequence, ctrl-click (right click) on the track and split it to mono. Do the same for your comparison sequence. Now it “works”. Work for Avid? Know more about…
  • Movie Review: Jurassic World (IMAX 3D)

    J. Ott
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Jurassic World is a remake of Jurassic Park in a world where John Hammond’s dream has curdled. It’s twenty years later, and the dino theme park on Isla Nublar is bigger and better than ever. But to keep attendance numbers up, Hammond’s successor Simon Masrani (Irfan Khan) and his corporate minions have to keep introducing “attractions” that will goose public interest. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire, one of the corporate types. She’s just secured sponsorship by Verizon of the new I-Rex, a genetically-modified T-Rex. Guess who escapes and wreaks havoc in…
  • Movie Review: Spy

    J. Ott
    6 Jun 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Early on in Spy, an infestation of bats drops from the ceiling in the CIA’s basement. It’s never really explained. Just, in the world of this film, ace intelligence personnel must shrug their shoulders, swat away vermin, and carry on calling in drone strikes. Oh wow, I thought, this film is prepared to take on the nonpareil of silly secret agent movies, Austin Powers, random-joke-to-random-joke. But, sadly for me, the bats were not a portent of more giddy zaniness to come. Instead, Spy‘s plot unfolds dully into a Europe-hopping tour of flimsy of excuses for Melissa…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: What Cheer?

    J. Ott
    5 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    What Cheer? – starring Richard Kind from Five Eyed Films on Vimeo. Related posts: Your Weekend Viewing: The Village Your Weekend Viewing: Frame of Mind Your Weekend Viewing: Moving Day
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  • Five ways film-making is evolving thanks to new technology

    Peter D. Marshall
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    by David Sheldon-Hicks. David Sheldon-Hicks, who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Ex Machina, examines advances in motion capture and 3D printing. Read the full article from The Guardian. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director, please check out my Film Directing Coach services via Skype.
  • Screen Savour: In theory

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:16 am
    by Ranjan Das. In journals and seminars dealing with cultural studies one frequently encounters topics like “globalisation and cinema of post colonial societies: the architectonics of displacement and the re-inscription of space’; or “ecofeminism and the politics of documentary film: telegenics of poverty versus celebrity in Narmada Bachao Andolon”. These are specialised topics, mostly esoteric and incomprehensible to the common man. But of course, such discourses are not meant for the common audience who want their money’s worth when watching the week’s latest release that has…
  • Nuestra Cuba: Women, Filmmaking and Equality

    Peter D. Marshall
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:11 am
    by Amberly Alene Ellis. After the Cuban revolution of 1959, cinema would become a major component in the socio-political revolution of the Cuban consciousness. Some filmmakers would experience a rise to fame, while the names of other filmmakers were almost forgotten in the public memory. In March, as a graduate MFA candidate in the American University School of Communication, I embarked on the filming of Nuestra Cuba (Our Cuba), a documentary that follows the untold stories of the Institute of Cuban Cinematographic Art and Industry’s (ICIAC) first women and Afro-Cuban filmmakers: Sara Gomez…
  • The rebirth of Iraqi cinema

    Peter D. Marshall
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    by Nazli Tarzi. Turn the clock back thirty years and imagine Iraq’s bursting theatres and teahouses, its shop-fronts misted in argeela smoke and the tunes of Baghdadi maqam colouring its streets. This energetic cityscape is near impossible to find today in downtown Baghdad, a shadow of its former self. The devastation Iraq has suffered is not simply infrastructural or political. Iraqi culture, a site where national politics has long been contested and re-imagined, remains at risk of decaying. This was particularly so during America’s 2003 occupation, when the production of literature,…
  • New production model for Canadian filmmaking seeks different future for CanCon

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    by Laura Beeston. “We need a more marketable CanCon that people want to see, not these one-room dramas in the prairies.” J. Joly is a man who does not mince words. The founder of CineCoup, a filmmaking and marketing incubator, is a national adviser to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, sits on the board of the Vancouver International Film Festival – and desperately wants to disrupt the system. Joly says his new production model is a game-changer for Canadian cinema: For 12 weeks, filmmakers compete to generate audience buzz online, working in “sweat equity” in the hopes…
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    DIY Filmmaker Sujewa

  • About Warhol's Screen Tests

    20 Jun 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Interesting - "Warhol’s filmmaking was motivated in large part by his fascination with individuals, but he was also driven by his desire to capture the actual experience of living. As he wrote in his book, POPism: The Warhol ‘60s: “What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment…I only wanted to find great people and let them be themselves…and I’d film them for a certain length of time and that would be the movie.”"  Read the rest here.- S
  • America is not yet an equal society

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Race was an idea developed and used in America to support slavery.  Post-slavery race and other ideas, and practices and institutions that supported slavery, were not fully dismantled.  Instead those things changed names and went underground a couple of levels, and continued to operate in American society.  This is why that now, in 2015, we have two levels of wealth, freedom, and justice in America (as made clear by the many cases of unjust violence against African-Americans by the police, the wealth disparity between Whites and Blacks, the massive Black prison population due…
  • Jon Moritsugu profile in New York Times

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:32 pm
    Check it out here.- S
  • Godard interview from 1972

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:29 am
  • The Meaning of Life - According to Woody Allen

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:27 am
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  • Golden Touch

    Justin Cone
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    Sometimes it’s the simplest concepts that produce the most surprising results. Logan director Kenji Yamashita teamed up with Masashi Kawamura from creative lab PARTY to create a whimsical music video for Namie Amuro, the “Beyoncé of Japan.” Playing on the central theme of touch, the video intro instructs viewers to press their index finger against one stationary point on... Read more »
  • Stephen DeLalla relaunches

    Justin Cone
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    CG Supervisor Stephen DeLalla has compiled an impressive array of work undertaken at Psyop’s LA office over the last several years.  In addition to functioning as CG lead, DeLalla often contribute to look development and CG lighting needs. Be sure to scroll down the project pages for some added nuggets of media.
  • Tim Haldeen’s New Site

    Brian Gossett
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    The versatile and talented Tim Haldeen launches a new website with a wide array of projects.
  • [NYC] June Mograph Meetup

    Justin Cone
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:24 am
    New Yorkers, the June Mograph Meetup will be Tuesday, June 30th at 8pm at Sullivan Thomspon. Details and RSVP on the Facebook event page.
  • Design I/O: Connected Worlds

    Justin Cone
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Online, it’s hard to get a sense of the visceral impact that large-scale interactive works can have on users. You lose the immersion factor, and no matter how good the video documentation is, the project feels like a distant echo of itself.  Despite this limitation, I felt a distinct sense of wonder when checking out... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • It’s cold outside but I’m baking

    Peggy Archer
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:32 pm
    This past week, I’ve been on a multi-camera show*. For lighting and grip, multi-cameras consist of three rig days and two shoot days. Rig days are only a few hours, because it’s all just fixes, tweaks and resetting the lights that the greens guys knocked out-of-place when they hauled around all the trees. Shoot days are normal 12 or 13 hour days. Usually with multi-camera shows, once the shooting day starts we don’t do much of anything, because all the lights are rigged and really nothing works on stands. Except this DP a single camera guy and still has the aesthetic of that…
  • Well, that didn’t work out

    Peggy Archer
    29 May 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Did I mention I was adopting a dog? What I really meant was renting. I’d been warned  that some of the rescues are… optimistic about the dog’s temperament, and this (nameless) rescue did just that. It all started out so well. The foster person brought the dog over and we sat and chatted while the dog explored. The dog seemed friendly – tail wagging and everything. While said dog was wandering around my apartment sniffing everything, the foster person said she was going to sneak out since everything seemed to be going well. And everything did, until the dog realized…
  • Guess I’m playing for the other team now.

    Peggy Archer
    21 May 2015 | 5:58 pm
    I had a cat for a very, very long time. I got her when she was 6 weeks old and had her for 17 years. She was my best friend, and once-in-a-lifetime special. Since she passed away, the house has seemed weird and empty, but every time I went to adoption events and looked at the kittens they didn’t measure up and it just hurt too damned much. So now I’ve gone completely off the deep end and am getting a dog. Actually, I’m technically just a foster home for the 10 lb terrier mix so I can figure out if this dog thing is for me or not. I’m still not sure. They do seem like…
  • Panic and downtime.

    Peggy Archer
    14 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    After an incredibly busy April (I had two days off. TWO. All month), May is dead. I’ve gotten two days this month so far, both 8 hour days below scale. But I was so busy last month that I wasn’t able to overspend (breakfast, lunch, and wrap meal at work mean no grocery shopping), so aside from all the food in the fridge going bad, everything was wonderful. And if I’m working that much I can buy more food. But now it’s totally dead and I’m trying to fill my time with the gym and home-improvement projects. Like putting earthquake film on the largish windows in my…
  • Back it on up

    Peggy Archer
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Shooting on a stage requires a backing*, for the obvious reason that if one sees white walls or staged equipment through a set window, the illusion of being in Victorian England/the frozen tundra/the Enterprise is ruined. Back in the old days, backings were hand painted on canvas. There are still a few of those floating around, but most shows use a day/night backing. When lit from the front, the backing appears as day. When lit from behind, the backing appears as night. It’s genius. You don’t need two backings and an army of grips to raise and lower them five times a day –…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Curling My Moustache | Vlog 6

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:18 am
    Today was a busy day. I didn’t really have time to film myself due to filming a social experiment, it all worked out in the end though…
  • The Reality of Relationships

    26 Jun 2015 | 3:03 am
    The Reality of Relationships This is the link to my film script for my own original short film idea, The Reality of Relationships. The short film is about a couple going through the stages of a relationship and realising that if they love each other enough they can get through anything!! My short film will be in a split screen one side will be a couple going through the stages of a relationship from them getting together to falling in love. The other side will be the couple dancing each stage of the relationship. These dances will interpret love, sexual chemistry, flirtation, fighting and…
  • What is your writing style?

    Foster Avenue Productions
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Are you a planner or are you a discoverer? Figuring out what type of creative writer you are is incr
  • The Road to Hollywood

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
    My name is Johannes, I’m 21 years old and I love film. Ever since I can remember I’ve loved movies and how they transported me into another universe and told me stories that sparked my imagination. After watching the bonus features of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy for the 100th time I decided at the age of 12 that I wanted to be a filmmaker. Now, almost ten years later I’m taking my first steps in the film industry. I want to use this blog to write about my experiences as an aspiring filmmaker and share my thoughts and feelings about the road I’m taking and where…
  • The Drift Comic - Part 16

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:35 am
    What do you think to this weeks instalment? Remember to share. We really want to have this printed in the near future.
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    The Independent

  • Festival Diary: Edinburgh International Film Festival (Part Four)

    Catherine Stewart
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:36 am
    The 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) Awards were announced at the EIFF Awards Ceremony on Friday, held at the Filmhouse.   Tickets are available for free to the public but this was my first time attending. There were seven prizes awarded at the ceremony and a final Audience Award announced at the Closing Gala, which took place on Sunday 28th.The ceremony itself was full of the energy that only a packed cinema can achieve. There was the added buzz of an excited audience attending a live event, waiting to see and hear from the winning filmmakers and performers. Though not as…
  • Festival Diary: Edinburgh International Film Festival (Part Three)

    Catherine Stewart
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    The Edinburgh International Film Festival cares deeply about the industry it serves and provides opportunities for discussion, workshops, one to one meetings and networking for established talent and emerging filmmakers.  The hub for all of this industry action is the Traverse Theatre, an always inspiring space in Edinburgh and a haven for new writing throughout the year. For the two weeks of the festival it becomes the Delegate Centre, hosting events ranging from karaoke nights to a two day focus on the latest industry thinking on film distribution, Distribution Rewired.One particularly…
  • Festival Diary: Edinburgh International Film Festival (Part Two)

    Catherine Stewart
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Films at this festival are selected “to represent the most innovative and adventurous developments in world cinema,” and the festival seeks “stylistic boldness, strength of form, and the ambition to use the medium in a way that resists cliché,” from their participating filmmakers.I have been through my own selection process from the festival programme. Comedy and science fiction will always be of particular interest to me but I found 48 separate films or events to fill out my schedule. I knew that even with no other commitments it was an impossible task, assuming time travel or…
  • Filmmakers and Their Global Lens: Jem Cohen

    Catherine Stewart
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Dana Knight spoke with Jem Cohen as his latest work, Counting, was screening as part of the Forum Section at Berlinale 2015. Counting is a personal, essayistic documentary in 15 chapters where Cohen composes images, sound and music with remarkable intensity, combining them into a hypnotic foray through the metropolises of our world: New York, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Porto and a city intended to remain unknown. Time passes and stands still at the same time. Counting has it’s North American Premiere at BAMcinemaFEST 2015 on Saturday, June 27th – a Q&A with Cohen will…
  • The Art and Fun of Screenwriting with Alex Ross Perry

    Catherine Stewart
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Alex Ross Perry is an American film director, actor and screenwriter.  His works include  Impolex, The Color Wheel, Listen Up, Phillip and most recently Queen of Earth that first screened at Berlinale 2015 and is having its North American premiere at BAMcinemafest June 17-28 in New York City. Dana Knight spoke with Perry in February 2015.Dana Knight: Im going to start with the most striking feature of your films which for me is to be found in the writing. Both Listen Up, Phillip and Queen of Earth are dialogue-driven films, and dialogue is something most filmmakers shy away from, as if…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #35

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:11 am
    This week's theme: SINGAPORE PHOTOGRAPHERS I thought it would be appropriate to restart my weekly street posts with photos from my recent trip to Singapore. My children were still on Summer Vacation, so my wife and I decided to take the family to the Lion City for a week.   Despite my desperate need for R&R, I took my cameras with me (to my wife's chagrin)-- fearing that I will regret not 
  • Weekly Street Photos #34

    4 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    This week's theme: ASKALS Before I go on my 3 week vacation (with my kids), I want to leave you with one last set of photos...   When you walk on the streets of Metro-Manila you will surely come across an Askal (short for Asong Kalye: street dog or native mongrel). Often maligned and maltreated (sometimes even butchered as a delicacy), our native 'Dingos' are none the less considered to be
  • 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 
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    Truth Seekers

  • An Overview Of Integral Ecology - A Comprehensive Approach to Today’s Complex Planetary Issues

    Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, Michael E. Zimmerman
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Gaia’s main problems are not industrialization, ozone depletion, over-population, or resource depletion. Gaia’s main problem is the lack of mutual understanding and mutual agreement. . .about how to proceed with those problems. We cannot reign in industry if we cannot...
  • Poem : Green Unplugged

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    human vision of ‘Green’, toned through traditions, trends, tempests. what hue do you imbue? * do you see? the everGreen impulse of life – that infinite ground of being, in motion eternally, fomenting, fertilizing, flourishing for harmony, in atomic~cosmic world!...
  • Changing the Story

    Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
    21 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    Published with permission from Working with Oneness. ‘The only way to change the world is to change the story.’ We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained...
  • Essence of Beauty

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:17 am
    Original published on When the Soul Awak...
  • Poem: Humanity Explored

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    the humanity, seeing divinity in truth, peace, beauty & benevolence, shackled by beating beast beneath, awaits for elevation of nature. becoming divine, the prime feature, of being human; lost in front news headlines from countries, developed and not, visible or...
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  • Watch: 'Key & Peele' Tackles Homophobia and Misrepresentation in the Most Awkward Manner Imaginable

    David Canfield
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    A town hall meeting turns into a case of mistaken identity in a new "Key & Peele" sketch. READ MORE: Watch: 'Key & Peele' Aggressively Spoofs Football Pre-Game Rituals In "Town Hall Meeting," Keegan-Michael Key plays Congressman Paul Brooks of Michigan who's discussing the importance of legalizing same-sex marriage before a crowd of locals. C-SPAN is covering the event, and the cameraman seems to have pinpointed an audience member (Jordan Peele) worth focusing on. Why? Well, maybe it's the sweater/button-down combo, but he seems convinced that he's found…
  • Frederick Wiseman's 'In Jackson Heights' Explores One of the Most Diverse Neighborhoods in the World

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Here's your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Logline: Frederick Wiseman's 40th documentary "In Jackson Heights" is about the racially and ethnically diverse neighborhood in Queens, New York City. Elevator Pitch: Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from…
  • Watch: Michael Fassbender and Danny Boyle Resurrect 'Steve Jobs' in Pulsating Trailer

    Zack Sharf
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    READ MORE: Watch: Michael Fassbender Unveils Himself as 'Steve Jobs' in Slick, Pulsating Debut Trailer Nearly a month after dropping a quick teaser that introduced viewers to the cast of the film, Universal Pictures has released a full length trailer for Oscar winner Danny Boyle's biographical drama, "Steve Jobs." Starring Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder and CEO, and adapted by Aaron Sorkin from Walter Isaacson's bestseller of the same of the name, the film uses three product launches -- ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac -- to frame Jobs' life and…
  • Ira Deutchman Steps Down As Columbia Film Chair

    Kate Erbland
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    READ MORE: Art House Convergence Kicks Off: Here's Why Art Houses Need to Be Advocates In a new entry on his blog, Columbia University film professor and Emerging Pictures Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ira Deutchman shares that he has stepped down as Chair of the university's film program. As Deutchman notes, "The end of my chairmanship should not be much of a surprise to anyone who has been paying attention. The position is a rotating one among faculty, and Columbia has very strict term limits." Deutchman has served as chairman since July of 2011, and has taught at Columbia…
  • The 15 Indie Films You Must See This July: 'Amy,' 'The End of the Tour' and More

    Zack Sharf
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    "A Poem is a Naked Person" (July 1)(Film Page) Director: Les Blank Criticwire Average: C- Why is it a "Must See"? More than forty years after the late director Les Blank completed "A Poem is a Naked Person," a project he was hired by musician Leon Russell to make, a newly restored version courtesy of Janus Films is bringing the documentary to the big screen for the very first time. Shot over a two-year-period, "A Poem is a Naked Person" captures Russell, his posse of musical collaborators and his artist friends as they live, record…
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • How To Grow Your Filmmaking Fanbase

    Jason Brubaker
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:05 am
    Filmmakers need a filmmaking fanbase. Without a fanbase, you have no business. Many filmmakers ignore this part of the process. And let’s be honest, building an audience sounds a lot less sexy than actually making your movie! But here is the deal. Traditional film distribution once revolved around shipping physical product. There were fixed costs […]
  • How To Avoid Your Biggest Filmmaking Mistake

    Jason Brubaker
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    The biggest filmmaking mistake you can make is waiting for someone else to give you permission make movies. Read this filmmaking article.
  • 5 Movie Industry Success Tips

    Jason Brubaker
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    If you want to get ahead in the crazy industry of movies, you would be best to follow the following 5 tips for movie industry success:
  • How To Sell Your Movie Idea

    Jason Brubaker
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Wondering how to sell your movie idea? In this filmmaking article, producer Jason Brubaker shares 3 tips on how to sell your movie idea.
  • How To Find Cheap Filmmaking Locations

    Jason Brubaker
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    When money is tight, finding filmmaking locations can be overwhelmingly expensive. Assuming this describes you, I am sure you don’t want to go through the process of raising more money. So instead of hiring a location scout, you’re going to have to scout and procure filmmaking locations yourself. This means you will knock on doors, […]
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  • Sorry folks Filmmaker IQ won’t be posting on our website until July 4th, the moose out front should have told ya.

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    On July 4th 2008 Filmmaker IQ went live. This year on our 7th anniversary everything on Filmmaker IQ will change. We have been hard at work behind the scenes on a brand new site and a brand new approach toward learning filmmaking. As we clear off the dust and eradicate the final bugs we won’t be posting here on while we get everything set up. HOWEVER, we will be still posting all the fresh daily content you normally find here on our social networks: Facebook, Twitter & Google Plus so make sure you follow us there. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s in store.
  • How Do We Measure an Audience? A New Filmmaker IQ LESSON!!

    John P. Hess
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:01 am
    Jurassic World just set a record at the box office for opening weekend – but what do these box office numbers mean? How do we measure an audience? – It’s not always as simple as counting tickets. In this lesson we look at the techniques and methods studios and distributors use to calculate who has seen their products and try to make sense of all those Box Office Numbers and Ratings. This lesson is proudly sponsored by RØDE Microphones:
  • Final Shot – A Dramatic Montage

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A reflection on the inspiring, cathartic and transcendent power of the final moment in a movie. This video consist in a dramatic montage of 33 last shots from 33 different movies, just right before fade to black. By  Lorenzo Antico
  • Anna Kendrick’s Take on Shower Thoughts

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Taking a cue from Nick Offerman’s deep, meditative shower thoughts, Glamour’s cover star Anna Kendrick shares some seriously philosophical stuff of her own.
  • The Directorial Strategies of Ex Machina

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Director/Writer Alex Garland and stars discuss the approach to directing the man/machine drama Ex Machina.
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  • Sigma Introduces World's Fastest Zoom Lens for Full Frame Cameras

    Russ Fairley
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Recently, Sigma made the day of a lot of APS-C sensor-equipped shooters with the announcement of the 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. While that was an excellent addition to Sigma’s lineup of great crop-sensor lenses, their latest announcement takes things to another level.
  • Polaroid’s CUBE+ Lifestyle Action Camera Delivers the Action to your Mobile Device

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Bigger is definitely not better, as evidenced by Polaroid’s Cube Lifestyle Action Camera. Only 35mm in size, it features a fixed wide angle view of 124 degrees, magnetic top and bottom and shock-resistance/splash proof design. So off you go shooting still photos or capturing 1080p high-resolution video, courtesy of the rechargeable battery. But why a Cube+?
  • The DxO One Turns your Phone into a DSLR (Almost)

    Russ Fairley
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:05 pm
    DxO this week announced what could potentially upturn the world of mobile photo and video capture with the DxO One, a camera designed to take an iPhone or iPad and give it the power of a large, high resolution sensor.
  • Cameo by Vimeo is the Real Deal: Video Editing on a Phone

    25 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Vimeo, the online video community hosting site, has just released a new version 2 of its free Cameo video editing app for the iPhone.
  • New ZOOM F8 Field Recorder Packed with Features to Empower Filmmakers

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    There are those who think that all you need to get audio is a decent microphone. But ask anyone who has recorded on location and they’ll tell you that “in the field" recordings are fraught with problems. So in steps the ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder to alleviate field recording woes with a solid performance backed up by a slew of technologies and a simplified menu optimized for quick access.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • Kardashian Selfies, Warhol Superstars and “Famehood”

    John Bailey, ASC
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Is Kim Kardashian this decade’s Andy Warhol? Whoa! Don’t get me wrong. Before you disabuse this equivalence of two media-obsessed narcissists, don’t picture the Andy Warhol we know today, whose paintings sell for tens of millions of dollars at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. Imagine, instead, the schlumpy kid from Pittsburgh, a slight, wan man who became so obsessed […] The post Kardashian Selfies, Warhol Superstars and “Famehood” appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Mary Ellen Mark: Human-Wise

    John Bailey, ASC
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. In his book Why People Photograph, Robert Adams, a master photographer of contemporary Western landscapes, writes, “At our best and most fortunate, we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are.” It is not a reach to understand his reflection […] The post Mary Ellen Mark: Human-Wise appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Vilmos Zsigmond and The Rose

    John Bailey, ASC
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. It was the end of American cinema’s freewheeling 1970s when Vilmos Zsigmond photographed The Rose, the Mark Rydell-directed, Bette Midler-starring, Bo Goldman-scripted movie about a rock ’n’ roll queen, Mary “Rose” Foster — four major artists at the peak of their creative careers in an all too brief era of American auteurism. “Honestly, we don’t even know sometimes […] The post Vilmos Zsigmond and The Rose appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • It’s What I Do: Lynsey Addario on the Front Lines

    John Bailey, ASC
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Early in her career, before the shock of 9/11 galvanized a generation of emerging photojournalists to throw themselves into the cauldron of international conflicts, Lynsey Addario was living with her boyfriend, Miguel, in a $500-a-month apartment in Buenos Aires. On Thursdays, she photographed the protestors of the Desaparecidos, mothers of victims of Argentina’s “Dirty […] The post It’s What I Do: Lynsey Addario on the Front Lines appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Too Much Johnson: Never Enough Welles

    John Bailey, ASC
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
     1. Since Orson Welles’ death almost 30 years ago on Oct. 10, 1985, his life and work continue to fascinate historians and filmmakers like no other figure in the cinema canon. It’s as if the enigmatic figures that haunt his work as an actor, along with the labyrinthine myth of his directing career, are illusions created […] The post Too Much Johnson: Never Enough Welles appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
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    Lisa Murray

  • Love Wins!

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Congratulations to two of my I Have Dreams Dammit! documentary subjects (and my really good friends), Gerry & David, on their wedding on June 22nd at the GORGEOUS San Francisco City Hall!! (It feels like you’re in Rome in there… have you been?) I was so happy to be in attendance with both of their families and my cameras in tow to film what I could for the doc! Such a fun day. And then a fews later, the Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage in 50 states!  (Which was also just before Gay Pride weekend!)  It was a major rainbow week of love, inclusion, and equality!
  • “LisaMurray”‘s 9 Year Anniversary on YouTube …

    6 Jun 2015 | 3:56 pm
    I can’t believe it was 9 years ago today that I started my YouTube channel.  I started it to be a place where I could post personal video blogs (or “vlogs”) about my journey of making indie films while also trying to pay my bills.   In the beginning, blogging was fun and easy.  I even did a stretch where I did them DAILY!  Omg, that was a challenge.  But I LOVE the people I have connected with through YouTube and many are still friends of mine to this day.  YouTube has changed a lot over the years.  It’s definitely not the same as it was June 6, 2006.  No way.
  • Sad News…

    9 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
      Last night, in our home, with her family… April passed away.  We are absolutely heartbroken and in shock so I apologize for not texting you if we know each other personally, but our heads are still spinning from what was a whirlwind week of tears and questions and anguish. Her health “scare” was more like a nightmare that we couldn’t wake up from.  Other than some allergy issues, she has always been so healthy.  NEVER were there any indications that she was sick in the least.  She rambunctiously played with Pickles, she jumped up on things with ease, she loved…
  • Hilary Swank on Casting Emmy Rossum for YOU’RE NOT YOU (Post-Screening Q&A)

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
  • The Artist

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
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  • The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has been approved

    FIN Staff
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:26 pm
    © Renzo Piano Building Workshop/ © Studio Pali Fekete architects/ © A.M.P.A.S. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall. “I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that…
  • Stop Cyberbullying Day smashes records, reaches 45 million people

    Iain Alexander
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    45 million people tuned in to The Cybersmile Foundation’s annual Stop Cyberbullying Day event on Friday, aimed at raising awareness of online abuse to encourage people to seek positive change and tackle cyberbullying.  Richard Armitage, Audrina Patridge, Chase Masterson, William Shatner and Fifth Harmony were among the superstar supporters of this year’s record breaking event that became a trending topic on Twitter during Friday, with thousands of tweets from people every hour debating cyberbullying. Stop Cyberbullying Day 2015 was the largest in Cybersmile’s history and…
  • Take a stand with us on Stop Cyberbullying Day

    Iain Alexander
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    Today we can make a difference in the entertainment industry by standing up to online abuse which is becoming a major social problem for a whole generation of people. New research released today by The Cybersmile Foundation shows how 55% of young people are suffering from cyberbullying and the charity hopes to encourage positive change with their annual Stop Cyberbullying Day event. From film stars to music icons, movie fans, and geeks, we’re all seeing abuse online and it’s getting worse. The entertainment industry can turn this around. We have the ability to advocate good…
  • VideoNuze Online Video Ad Summit : The future of advertising

    Iain Alexander
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:14 pm
    This year’s VideoNuze Online Video Ad Summit in NYC touched on a host of issues affecting the monetization of video and how content providers are adapting to new user trends. With video advertising dollars heading towards mobile, the traditional desktop ad market is rapidly changing. Currently the video ad spend for desktops is $5bn a year, while $2.6bn in ad spend is going towards mobile, however as audiences shift more of their attention span to mobile-only devices, video advertising is evolving to multiple screen environments. Guest speakers at this year’s Summit included…
  • Film Industry Network receives over 1000 short film entries

    Iain Alexander
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Film Industry Network has received more than 1000 short films for its first global contest to find the best independent filmmakers. Film directors from 60 countries have sent in their shorts to get the chance at having their films featured on Film Industry Network and promoted to people in the entertainment business. Professional short filmmakers as well as students from The Vancouver Film School (Canada), The University of Brighton (UK), and NYU (US) have submitted animation films as well as music videos and short dramas. The contest is free to enter for filmmakers and selected entrants will…
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  • #LoveWins! LGBTQ Bloggers Make Their Voices Heard

    Hugo Baeta
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    You might have noticed the rainbow banner across the top of over the weekend — our way of marking Pride month, celebrated by cities across the globe in June, as well as the US Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across all states. (The United States now joins 20 other countries, including my own, Portugal, in fully recognizing same-sex marriage nationwide.) Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins — President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015 Here at…
  • July in Blogging U.: Blogging 101 and 201

    Michelle W.
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Note: Blogging 101 and Blogging 201 cover the same content each time they are offered. Have you just started blogging (welcome!), or are you looking to breathe new life into a blogging habit that’s fallen by the wayside? Blogging U. is a great way to get on track, with bite-size assignments, a supportive community, and staff to support you. We’re offering two courses in July — learn more: Blogging 101: Zero to Hero — July 6 – 24 Blogging 101 is three weeks of bite-size blogging assignments that take you from “Blog?” to “Blog!” Every weekday, you’ll get…
  • Celebrating 10 Years of & Automattic

    Mark Armstrong
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    This year marks the 10th birthday of and our parent company, Automattic. We are proud to have served this community of millions: from writers, photographers, artists, and small and large publishers, to business owners and entrepreneurs. A quick bit of history: WordPress itself started as an open source project in 2003. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg then built our company, and the free, hosted version —, what you see now — opened for business in the summer of 2005. Ten years, 2.5 billion posts, and 3 billion comments later, Automattic is stronger…
  • Early Theme Adopters: Gazette

    Ben Huberman
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gazette is a theme that balances rich functionality with a pleasant, non-obtrusive look. Depending on your site’s needs, you can tweak it to look as stark and clean, or as warm and vibrant as you wish. Business owners, visual artists, and bloggers of all stripes can find something (or many things) to love about Gazette. The theme is particularly suited for those with image-heavy content: with striking Featured Images, several custom Post Formats, and an optional featured content area on the homepage, it displays your posts with extra visual oomph. Not sure if it’s the theme for…
  • New Theme: Argent

    Aleksandra Laczek
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    Today we’re happy to debut a new, free portfolio theme, Argent! Argent Meet Argent, a new addition to our theme collection, designed by Automattic’s own Mel Choyce. Argent’s clean, modern portfolio theme is perfect for creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. Whether you’re showcasing a photo series or a design concept, Argent’s simple homepage template featuring portfolio projects will draw viewers to all of your wonderful work. Plus, the responsive layout allows for a seamless user experience and ensures that your portfolio looks stunning…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • StageCenter: On thESPiaN

    15 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
        StageCenter is your home for nonstop theater news…on the worldwide leader in theatre, thESPiaN. For those of us who really love theater and want a bit more- here’s the full, uncut version. CAST, IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE: Marcus DeMarcus: Dague Retzlaff Brad Joel: Owen Weber Rob Scott: Eric Kelly Jimmy Marlier: Stephen Fabro Brett Miller: Kevin LeBlanc Chris Duggan: Hunter Bradley Parts of this video used Creative Commons content, credited below: Pinocchio Footage: Northampton Community Television “Jenna Kaynigbauer” headshot: Flickr user “Thunderchild7”…
  • Gunfights With Children: My First Paintball Outing Gets Weird

    17 May 2015 | 10:43 am
    Photo credit: MorningStarCC Three seconds had passed before I got shot in the face.  A second bullet struck my Adam’s apple, which hurt like hell and left a bright red mark on my skin that looked like a passionate teenage hickey.  A third shot exploded on my face mask’s breathing hole, spraying enough dye into my mouth to make everything taste like chemicals for the rest of the day.  Paintball-wise, I was dead before I hit the ground. It was a stunning defeat despite my confidence that I could handle myself in combat (based on my love for action movies, naturally).  Although I’d…
  • Announcing New Show Dates!

    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

    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 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

    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  
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    Film Shortage

  • Honeymoon

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:02 pm
    A young man drives a boat into the middle of the ocean in an attempt to starve himself. He drifts through hallucinations and lovingly says goodbye to the ghosts that follow him.!honeymoon/cgvw The post Honeymoon appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Subsurface Flow

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Subsurface Flow tells the dream-like story of a young couple’s journey into the heart of the desert to confront the physical and psychological pains of their past. The post Subsurface Flow appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Refuge

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Shot deep in the mountains at 51,000 ISO, Refuge is the first narrative ever filmed entirely in moonlight. On an off-world biosphere, biological researchers suspect their newly developed ecosystems may be adapting in unexpected ways. The post Refuge appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Arin

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:16 pm
    An ambitious roboticist strives to create a lifelike artificial intelligence. The post Arin appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Avalanche

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:19 pm
    It all comes crumbling down as a young archer fights to avoid becoming the person he fears most – his abusive militant father. The film is a contemporary take on how slowly the things we fear most are the things we start to become. Told through the dynamic of a young, black, Canadian family and archery. The post Avalanche appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Ian Fleming & Christopher Lee Used to Kill the F*ck Out of People (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    This week, Bryan Knapp returns in Sarah’s stead to discuss James Bond fan theories and to just plain nerd out about the 007 films. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • The Good, the Bad, & the Furry (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    This week, Nerdonomy guest host Bryan Knapp takes Sarah’s place as The Nerds discuss Spaghetti Westerns, specifically Sergio Leone’s “Dollars Trilogy.” Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Tom Hardy Mouth (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    25 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    This week, the Nerds discuss the Mad Max Trilogy and their expectations for the newest installment Mad Max: Fury Road. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • You Didn’t See That Coming? (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    11 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    This week,  the nerds talk ad nauseum about The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  SPOILER WARNING:  We talk about EVERYTHING, so once we get into the discussion, you’ll want to stop until you’ve seen the movie. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • May The 4th Be With You (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    4 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    This week, Sarah’s brother Mike is back to celebrate May 4th by nerding out about the Holy Trilogy. Click here if the media player does not load.
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    Noam Kroll

  • 5 Reasons Why I’d Pick The Sony A7R II Over The Sony A7S For Video

    Noam Kroll
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    ceony made some huge waves in the filmmaking world with their A7S, but the newly announced A7R II might just be the better choice for many filmmakers. I’ve never owned a Sony A7S but I have shot with the camera numerous times and was always impressed by it. I love how small and compact the body is, the image quality is superb, and the low light performance is the best of best. That said, the A7S was never the perfect camera for me. When it was released I already owned the GH4 which did internal 4K, and the fact that the A7S needed an external recorder for 4K recording somewhat defeated…
  • Adobe Stock Was Just Launched And It Could Make A Huge Dent In The Post-Production Industry

    Noam Kroll
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    Adobe just launched a brand new stock footage platform – simply called “Stock” – that’s fully integrated with their Creative Cloud software and looks very promising. The idea behind the service is to provide filmmakers, designers, and any other creative using their software with direct access to high quality stock footage from right inside their apps. Right now the service is only offering photos, illustrations and vectors, but it will very likely feature video content in the near future. Before I jump into a few of my thoughts on Stock, here are a few…
  • Why I Might Edit My Feature Film On DaVinci Resolve, And Why You Should Consider It Too

    Noam Kroll
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    I’ve been using DaVinci Resolve extensively as a color grading tool for the past few years, but with version 12 just around the corner I am very tempted to use it to cut my next feature. Those of you that read this blog frequently know that I use all of the major NLE’s, and often lean towards FCP X for my personal work. That said, some of the benefits of editing on Resolve 12 are going to be hard to pass up, especially for the unique needs of my upcoming film. Much like cameras, I think of editing platforms as individual tools that should be chosen based on the job they’re…
  • Download My Free GH4 Cine-D LUT Here! Plus, Why I’m Not Using The New GH4 Supertone Settings

    Noam Kroll
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Like many other GH4 shooters out there, I’ve been back and forth about which picture profiles and settings are best to use when shooting with this camera. When I first got the GH4 I was messing around with my settings a lot (master ped, shadow/highlight, etc.), but eventually realized that I would get much better results by not straining the camera too much. As such, I have mainly been using slightly modified Cine-D and Cine-V picture profiles, as outlined in this blog post from the fall. I would say that I use Cine-D about 50% of the time, and Cine-V the other 50%. Both picture…
  • How To Match Skintones Perfectly Using Qualifiers & Power Windows In DaVinci Resolve

    Noam Kroll
    31 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Skin tones are arguably the most important element of your image to get right when color grading, yet most editors and amateur colorists approach skin tones completely the wrong way. Throughout this post, I’ll outline my favorite technique for grading and matching skin tones within DaVinci Resolve in just 4 simple steps… It goes without saying that skin tones are what give life to your image. Unless you’re grading a montage of landscape shots, chances are the focal point of every shot that you grade is going to be your talent. If their skin tones don’t look…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • Slides: Storytelling In Games

    Stephan Bugaj
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:56 pm
    Here are slides for a talk I gave at the LA Unity3D Meetup about character and story in games.  You are welcomed to invite me to give the full talk at your company or event, too.
  • Slides: Intelligent Narrative and AI For Story Gaming

    Stephan Bugaj
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Here are slides for a talk I gave at Int7 about what narrative gaming is, what AI can do to make narrative gaming even cooler, and how those techniques can make "non-narrative" games cooler, too.  You are welcomed to invite me to give the full talk at your company or event, too. Here is the Intelligent Narrative and AI for Story Gaming PDF (it's big, it has embedded video)
  • 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…
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    In Layman's Terms...

  • SceneKid#10: Luke Sparks Up

    Nicholas Lay
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Further inebriated ILT Star Wars chat, as the most unnecessarily complicated rescue plot ever sparks into life at the long overdue behest of our old chum Mr. Skywalker… Return of the Jedi Dir: Richard Marquand Original Release Date: 25 May 1983 Part Three of a Star Wars SceneKid series special. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook There’s no doubt about it – as a kid, Return of the Jedi was by far the best instalment of the original Star Wars trilogy. There’s the final confrontation between good and evil, a space battle to end all…
  • Review: Inside Out

    Nicholas Lay
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    Pixar’s literal emotional roller coaster shoots us closer to the heady heights of the studio’s former glories than we’ve been in years… *spoiler free* Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Since the 2010 release of Toy Story 3, Pixar has been treading water a tad. The less said about Cars 2, the better, I actually don’t know anyone who’s even seen Brave, and when the material finally became a little more adult-relatable with Monsters University, the finished product, while addressing some important themes and certainly raising a smile,…
  • Review: Jurassic World

    Nicholas Lay
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:01 pm
    It doesn’t matter what I think, the studio already has your money. And mine. *spoiler free (plot)* Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook When it comes to Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, I am at a crossroads. On the one hand, people got what they apparently wanted, a new Jurassic Park film, and so far they’ve shown their appreciation by opening their wallets to the tune of five fucking hundred million dollars during opening weekend. One cannot argue with the box office – movies are a business after all. And the masses seem satisfied, or at least…
  • SceneKid#9: “That boy is our last hope…”

    Nicholas Lay
    10 Jun 2015 | 4:37 pm
    ILT’s inebriated Star Wars special continues with Luke skipping Dagobah Jedi school, despite Yoda and Obi-Wan dropping some fairly heavy truth bombs… The Empire Strikes Back Dir: Irvin Kershner Original Release Date: 21 May 1980 Part Two of a Star Wars SceneKid series special. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Upon continuation of my inebriated-influenced Star Wars SceneKid special on another mile-a-minute Friday night in Vancouver, it dawned on me that the 1980 sequel to A New Hope was going give me a significantly tougher time when it came to…
  • Review: Kung Fury (Failed Critics)

    Nicholas Lay
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Dinosaurs, Nazis, kung-fu, time travel, Thor, 1980s fashion… That’s right, it’s David Sandberg’s viral short: Kung Fury. I had to review it. For my partner, Failed Critics. After all, it’s my job. Check it out here! Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Follow FC on twitter @FailedCritics Like FC on facebookFiled under: action, comedy, contemporary, cult classic, dystopian, failed critics, film, indie, kung-fu, martial arts, parody, review, sci-fi, short, spoof, supernatural, sweden, world cinema Tagged: 2015, 80s, action, David…
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    flicks and pieces

  • He’s Back (He Did Say He Would Be)

    Luke Kent
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Terminator Genisys is in the wild, released and ready to be picked over by fans worldwide. In preparation for your battle against Skynet, peruse some of the finest Terminator fan art on offer. *Click an image to open the viewer and see the art in full screen glory.* Enjoy Terminator Genisys, and share your thoughts on the return of the Terminator franchise in the comments below!
  • Creed Trailer: “It Ain’t About How Hard You Can Hit…”

    Luke Kent
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    Rocky Balboa, tugging on heartstrings since 1976. Sly is back as his greatest character Rocky (step aside Rambo) for the seventh film in the classic franchise, Creed. Thankfully we won’t have to see Stallone taking a beating in the ring this time, as Michael B. Jordan (star of the upcoming Fantastic Four) takes ring duty as the son of Rocky’s friend and former opponent Apollo Creed – with Balboa training him all the way to undoubted glory. Cue nostalgic throwbacks to iconic Rocky lines, classic Rocky tropes, and a simple yet effective set up for getting the main man…
  • A Collection Of Thoughts On Tom Holland As Spider-Man

    Luke Kent
    28 Jun 2015 | 12:34 pm
    It’s been a long time coming. Ever since it was announced that the initially planned threequel The Amazing Spider-Man 3 wouldn’t be going ahead, meaning the departure of the then incumbent of the Spidey suit Andrew Garfield, the speculation machine has been in full motion. Then came the news that really stoked the hype flames – Sony (owners of the rights to the Spider-Man movies) and Marvel (current kings of comic book cinema) would be joining forces to bring Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally we found ourselves set to see Spider-Man teaming up with Iron…
  • Technological Advancements And Production Design In Film: An Oscar Nominee’s Perspective

    Luke Kent
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Oscar nominated film production designer, art director and all fountain of filmic knowledge David L. Snyder has quite the CV. With a career spanning from the early 70s through to present day he’s worked on the likes of the infamous Super Mario Bros., cult classic Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (excellent!) and was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the timeless, beautiful masterpiece that is Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. During this time cinema has of course changed significantly – CGI advancements have lead to effects heavy blockbusters by the bucket…
  • The Theory Of Everything (2015) Mini Review

    Luke Kent
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    “There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.” Directed by: James Marsh Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox Official synopsis: Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane…
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    Producing Unscripted

  • 3 Secrets: Asking Questions In Hollywood (Without Sounding Stupid)

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Is there any such thing as a dumb question? YES. Use these three secrets to always know when, where, and how to ask questions without driving professionals up the wall. Asking questions in Hollywood is an art. Here’s how to do it without wasting time and looking clueless!   There Are Stupid Questions (And Stupid […] The post 3 Secrets: Asking Questions In Hollywood (Without Sounding Stupid) 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…
  • Pro Tip: Awesome Beginnings

    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    There’s one thing we do on every piece of tape we ever edit — whether it’s a full-blown television episode, or a brand new pitch tape. And it’s never let us down… Get Your Beginning Right   Just some of what we cover today: How much time we spend on beginnings versus the rest of […] The post Pro Tip: Awesome Beginnings 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)
  • Pitch TV Series NOT Profile Pieces

    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a HUGE mistake aspiring producers make when pitching what they think are viable TV series: they pitch profile pieces instead. It’s something we’ve seen a rash of in the past few months, and we want to help you avoid this mistake immediately. Not kidding — we just passed on at least 40 or 50 […] The post Pitch TV Series NOT Profile Pieces 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)
  • 3 Steps: Pitch Cinematic Re-Creation TV Shows

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve seen The Jinx on HBO. Enjoyed great crime recreation shows on Discovery ID. Laughed out loud at Drunk History on Comedy Central. Maybe even gasped at TLC’s Sex Sent Me to the ER. These are great, cinematic recreation shows. Today, we’re going to tell you how to create and pitch re-creation shows of your […] The post 3 Steps: Pitch Cinematic Re-Creation TV Shows 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)
  • 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)
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    Best Job Ever

  • Episode 14 - Jon Sperry

    Jay Hunter
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Jon Sperry is THE GO-TO voice and dialect coach in Hollywood.  Beginning with Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's "The Piano", Jon has had a hand in shaping countless performances in feature films over the last 3 decades.  He teaches and coaches actors (in a general sense) but also specializes in voice & dialect technique.  If you need to capture what it sounds like to be a farmer in rural Spain circa 1912...Jon's the guy who cracks that code for you.  He's worked with Russell Crowe, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Liam Neeson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zoe Saldana, Fmake Janssen,…
  • Episode 13 - Lex Halaby

    Jay Hunter
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:16 am
    Lex Halaby has been directing commercials and music videos day and night ever since he quit his day job over 10 years ago and going "all in".  The field Lex operates in is a hyper competetive arena in which you see a steady flow of flavor of the month talent come and go.  That said there are a few Directors who manage to stay hip, fresh and relevant and stick around for life.  Lex is one of those that are here to stay.  His body of work (with such acts as Death Cab For Cutie, Islands and Man Man) is unique and diverse.  He's got a very distinct voice while always evolving his styles and…
  • Episode 12 - Lisa Wiegand, ASC

    Jay Hunter
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:04 am
    She's the 12th female to ever be inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers.  She's one of the most interesting and inspiring people I know.  Lisa Wiegand kicks ass and takes names.  Nuff said.  Enjoy.
  • Episode 11 - Chad Damiani

    Jay Hunter
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Chad Damiani is yet another example of that typical, by the book, Hollywood career trajectory you've all heard before...Avant Garde Theater to Pro Wrestling Live Commentating to Studio Screenwriting by day and Underground Comedy Cultivator by night.  All kidding aside, Chad's story is anything but predictable.  The great Hunter S Thompson once wrote, "When the going gets weird, the weird turn Pro".  Yep.  Enjoy.  
  • Episode 10 - BJ McDonnell

    Jay Hunter
    31 May 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Jay sits down with fellow Camera Department comrade BJ McDonnell.  For being one of the top Steadicam Operators in the world (yes, world) one couldn't have taken a more circuitous route to the top.  BJ talks about his youth growing up in Florida and his long tenure on the road playing in the punk rock band "Lick 57".  These days he hops from one movie set to another working on some of the biggest and best films being made (Tomorrowland, The Interview, Neighbors, Jack Reacher, Macgruber, The Lonely Island Movie, and so many more).  Most importantly though...Bj is metal as f**k.  Enjoy.
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  • How to use hashtag to promote your shortfilm – Hashtag Dos and Don’ts
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
          Don’t use hashtags that aren’t related to your update. Even if it does get some short-term exposure, you’ll be labeled a spammer. Incorporate hashtags into the words of your update, so you don’t have to tack them on at the end. This saves space and makes your updates look more fluent. For example, “Top 5 Ways to Build Your Email Marketing List #emailmarketing” could be shortened to “Top 5 Ways to Build Your #EmailMarketing List” Choose hashtags that are easy to spell. This is especially important for campaign and…
  • How to construct a hashtag to promote your shortfilm – Hashtags 101
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:40 am
        Keep hashtags short. Some experts recommend hashtags be kept to six characters or less. That’s a nice goal, but even a general hashtag like “#marketing” or “#shortfilm” would break six characters (which is why “#mktg” is so popular). Don’t sacrifice the right hashtag for the shortest one. Don’t use spaces in hashtags. The one exception to this is on Tumblr, but anywhere else a hashtag with a space won’t work. Your hashtag “#B2C tips” willregister only as “B2C.” Don’t use special characters or punctuation (&, %, !) in hashtags.These effectively…
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