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  • Twelve essential documentary shooting guidelines

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

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Clyde DeSouza. They say you shouldn’t hijack the head-tracking data stream of the Oculus Rift; visuals should not be separated from the human vestibular system…but rules were meant to be broken. Why? Because there’s so much more to VR than gaming. This is not to say games aren’t becoming movies! I found myself strangely immersed in Naughty Dog’s “Last of Us”, more than any tent-pole movie I’ve seen in the past few months. Such is the power of CG movies, uncanny valley be damned. Defining a language for 360 degree look-around movies: You know how it all began oh so long…
  • The 7 Filmmaking Blogs You Should Be Reading & Bookmarking Today!

    Noam Kroll
    Noam Kroll
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Second only to on-set experience, filmmaking blogs are arguably the best way to learn the craft of filmmaking and to be inspired creatively. I have personally learned so much over the years online (as I never went to film school), and always recommend to filmmakers at every level that they consume as much information as they can from credible blogs and resources online in order to continually further their knowledge base. For that reason, I’ve gone ahead and made my list of the top 7 filmmaking blogs that you should be following today! Here we go, in no particular order: John Brawley…
  • Inside ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ Cancellation: What Went Wrong (Exclusive)

    TheWrap
    Jethro Nededog
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Friday morning's cancellation of “The Queen Latifah Show” seemed like a pretty cut and dry decision to most, but insiders would say that its demise wasn't a surprise to those involved and is helping to pave the way for a new, more competitive daytime entry. “When they launched the second season, they knew it was make or break time,” an individual close to production told TheWrap. “The writing was already on the wall.” The show ended its first season as the No. 1 new talk show in daytime, but still its ratings weren't very high. Ahead of…
  • New Podcast: Nina Jacobson - Producer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

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    Melissa Silverstein
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Check out this great (if I do say so myself) conversation with Nina Jacobson the producer of the entire Hunger Games franchise.She talks about watching the meteoric rise of Jennifer Lawrence, how she finds materials she wants to produce and also addresses the issues of why we have so few women behind the screen as directors.You can also subscribe to the podcast on itunes.Here are the earlier podcasts.Also: Jennifer Lawrence and the Mockingjay Are Ready to Set the Box Office on Fire
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  • Inside ‘The Queen Latifah Show’ Cancellation: What Went Wrong (Exclusive)

    Jethro Nededog
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Friday morning's cancellation of “The Queen Latifah Show” seemed like a pretty cut and dry decision to most, but insiders would say that its demise wasn't a surprise to those involved and is helping to pave the way for a new, more competitive daytime entry. “When they launched the second season, they knew it was make or break time,” an individual close to production told TheWrap. “The writing was already on the wall.” The show ended its first season as the No. 1 new talk show in daytime, but still its ratings weren't very high. Ahead of…
  • A Peek Inside the Ingenious Mind Of Comedian Jeff Dunham (Guest Blog)

    Thomas Fauquher and Debby Milatz-Greenspan
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    It is a very rare feat when an actor transcends their identity and brings the character they play to life. A prime example is any one of the members of the television show, “Friends,” who we affectionately refer to as Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe. One entertainer has not only done it once in his career, but at this point in his life, he has done it six times. His name is Jeff Dunham and he has warmly introduced us to his suitcase full of “friends,” known as Peanut, Walter, Bubba J., Jose Jalapeno on a Stick, and Achmed the Dead Terrorist to name…
  • Inside the First Golden Globes Party of the Year: Emily Ratajkowski, Sarah Hyland, Lizzy Caplan (Photos)

    Mikey Glazer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Kelsey Grammer's daughter Greer now has three Hollywood jobs, but played the role of Cinderella on Thursday night. She missed her own ball. HFPA President Kingma announced Greer Grammer as this year's Miss Golden Globe, a choice assignment for one Hollywood offspring to participate in the awards show. Also read: Kelsey Grammer's Daughter, Greer Grammer, Is Miss Golden Globe 2015 Not just the tallest guy in the room, he's also the president: HFPA boss Theo Kingma with Greer Grammer. “Beyond the Lights” star Gugu Mbatha-Raw at Fig & Olive on Thursday night.
  • '90 Day Fiance's’ Daya Confronts Brett About Cassidy's Behavior (Exclusive Video)

    Itay Hod
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Dating is hard. But when but when you're seeing someone who's also a parent, well … things can get a little sticky, especially when your fiancé's daughter is not all that psyched about her possible future stepmother. In TheWrap‘s exclusive preview from Sunday night's episode of TLC's “90 Day Fiancé,” Daya is worried Brett might be missing one important thing: a spinal cord. Apparently Cassidy has her dad wrapped around her little finger, and Daya is less than thrilled about the whole thing. See video: '90 Day Fiance's' Amy Worries Her Future…
  • ‘Gotham's’ Nicholas D'Agosto Talks About His Passion For Sex and Fast Food (Video)

    Itay Hod
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    Four things you should know about “Gotham” star Nicholas D'Agosto: 1. He really doesn't like to be called Nick. 2. He used to work at his parents’ Arby's in Nebraska during summers and weekends. 3. He's quite proud of his steamy sex scenes in Showtime's “Masters of Sex.” 4. He's even more handsome in person, which, truth be told, is a bit upsetting. All that could be forgiven if D'Agosto was remotely dumb or vapid. Sadly, he's neither. Also read: 'Gotham's' Nicholas D'Agosto on Becoming Two Face: 'I Would Be Surprised If It…
 
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  • New Podcast: Nina Jacobson - Producer of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

    Melissa Silverstein
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Check out this great (if I do say so myself) conversation with Nina Jacobson the producer of the entire Hunger Games franchise.She talks about watching the meteoric rise of Jennifer Lawrence, how she finds materials she wants to produce and also addresses the issues of why we have so few women behind the screen as directors.You can also subscribe to the podcast on itunes.Here are the earlier podcasts.Also: Jennifer Lawrence and the Mockingjay Are Ready to Set the Box Office on Fire
  • Watch Trailer for 'Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed Part 2' (A Fan-Made Film)

    Tambay A. Obenson
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    In July, I featured this fan-made short based on the Marvel comic book superhero from Wakanda, titled "Storms of Carnage: The Black Panther Unleashed," written, directed, and edited by D.A. Jackson, starring Wester Joseph, Jeff Moise, Kieran McGrail, Stacston Carter, and D. Al'Deighmian Jackson.Even Storm makes an appearance towards the end of it.This was all months before Marvel made the official announcement of a Black Panther movie, with Chadwick Boseman in the starring role.According to the filmmaker, the short, serving as a kind of origins movie, was made with "only…
  • Rumorville - This Actor Just May Be in Contention to Play Apocalypse in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

    Tambay A. Obenson
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:20 pm
    So here's the deal folks...Mark Reilly from SchmoesKnow.com and Steven Weintraub from Collider.com host a film series called "Meet the Movie Press," in which they discuss, what else, movies! In the latest episode of the show, resident scooper and Hollywood deal news breaker at The Wrap, Jeff Sneider, called in to talk "X-Men: Apocalypse," the next film in the superhero franchise, which is scheduled for a 2016 release, with Bryan Singer attached to direct, and regulars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, and Evan…
  • MPAA Launches WhereToWatch.com, Its Most Daring Stand Against Piracy Yet

    Zainab Akande
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On November 12, the six member studios of Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) launched a new search site: WhereToWatch.com, a streamlined venture that provides channels by which online consumers can search for films and TV shows. The site addresses an issue that was written about in the Washington Post last year on how online piracy is inadvertently encouraged by the lack of a one-stop legitimate source. READ MORE: Here's How Piracy Hurts Indie Film"WhereToWatch supports the hard work and creativity that go into films and TV shows by guiding consumers to a…
  • Plenty of "F" Words to Give in New NSFW Trailer for 'The Wedding Ringer' (Kevin Hart Offers Best Man Services)

    Tambay A. Obenson
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:03 pm
    "The Wedding Ringer" is just one of a handful of projects on Kevin Hart's slate, with highlights that include co-starring with Will Ferrell in a comedy titled "Get Hard," a sequel to the immensely successful "Ride Along," his plans to launch a new 24-hour comedy network later this year, and more.He'll also appear with Chris Rock in "Top Five."Hart is maybe one of the busiest, and most in-demand actors/comedians working right now. I've lost count of the number of projects he's been attached to since the break-out success his…
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  • Film Day 8 - Back Inside the Club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    A bit of eye candy... Game of Thrones Season 4 VFX reel. It's always interesting to see how real locations and sets can be enhanced with digital elements.
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  • 'The Sleepwalker' Writers on Balancing Filmmaking with Baby-Making - Indie Wire

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Indie Wire'The Sleepwalker' Writers on Balancing Filmmaking with Baby-MakingIndie WireReal-life couple Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold are taking their working dynamic from 'The Sleepwalker" to "The Childhood of a Leader." 1. Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold. "The Sleepwalker" is truly a family project, but it didn't begin that way.
  • Polish Filmmaking Has the Right Stuff, Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel Says - Variety

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    VarietyPolish Filmmaking Has the Right Stuff, Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel SaysVarietyPolish filmmakers are punching above their weight, according to six-times Oscar-nominated cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, who heads the jury weighing six of Poland's most visually engaging pics at the Camerimage film festival this week in Bydgoszcz, ...
  • Director Ana Lily Amirpour's Guide To Filmmaking And "Back to the Future ... - Co.Create

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Co.CreateDirector Ana Lily Amirpour's Guide To Filmmaking And "Back to the Future Co.CreateFor Amirpour, all the people who worry about money in filmmaking aren't the brave adventurers. They're on a different side of things. "The filmmaker has to protect the adventurous side of their self," she says. "I'm an explorer, I'm an inventor. Doc The Iranian Vampire-Romance A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night Is Old-School Vulture'A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night''s Ana Lily Amirpour, Sheila Vand And Making Film JournalShe Breathes Life Into The…
  • Brooklyn College launches filmmaking program - News 12 Brooklyn

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Brooklyn College launches filmmaking programNews 12 BrooklynBrooklyn College launches filmmaking program. November 20, 2014 7:00 PM. The program, which is currently accepting applications, has just under 100 seats available for the fall of 2015. (November 20, 2014 7:18 PM) ...
  • SAG Awards Honor Stunt Ensembles Who Put Action in Filmmaking - Variety

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:02 am
    VarietySAG Awards Honor Stunt Ensembles Who Put Action in FilmmakingVarietyThe hours before the live broadcast of the Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT are always filled with prognosticating and fashion, but there are also two coveted honors that are announced as guests make their way down the red carpet: the stunt ensemble ...
 
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  • 'The Look of Silence': The film making Indonesia face its brutal history

    13 Nov 2014 | 7:33 pm
    The Graha Bhakti Budaya , is a care-worn, 1960s slab of a building, popular as part of Jakarta's largest arts center, but outwardly unremarkable. Yet what happened inside on Monday, the Indonesian premiere of documentary "The Look of Silence", has for some made it more than a theater space and transformed it into a site of huge importance for the development of Indonesia's democracy.
  • Ten bets big on reality, less on drama

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
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    13 Nov 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Shoot in HD without the encumbrance of cables. Transmit wirelessly with the new Airpul wireless audio and video transmission system.
  • And the hot winds blow again with Garm Hava...

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    More than four decades after it pioneered parallel cinema in Hindi and won a national award for best film in 1973, a restored Garm Hava is all set for a theatrical re-release. The film scripted by late poet-lyricist Kaifi Azmi - which tells the story of the Mirza family at the time of the Partition sees, Halim Mirza leave for Pakistan as he feels there is no future for Muslims in India while his younger brother Salim stays back hoping things will get better had run into considerable trouble with the censor board.
  • Children's Day special on DD Sahyadri '6th Ryan's IAFA Awards'

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    MUMBAI: This year, Mumbai Doordarshan Kendra played the perfect host to the 6th edition of world's online ad film making contest. The Iceplex Ad Film Awards , an initiative by the Ryan International Group of Institutions, started Six years ago to broaden the outlook of students by giving them a platform to showcase their talents.
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  • What We Do in the Shadows wins the Leeds 2014 Audience Award

    Editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The 28th Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF28) ended yesterday after 16 days packed with 277 screenings across 15 venues, and an audience of 40,000. What We Do in the Shadows was voted by Leeds 2014 audiences as overall favourite in a year in which Leeds International Film Festival’s programme has received its highest ever overall rating from audiences. X+Y, starring Asa Butterfield and Sally Hawkins, came second and lead the festival’s largest ever programme of films produced in Yorkshire. The vote was incredibly close for the top 5 films, and the top 20 winners in the…
  • Action Against Hunger & Renault-Nissan Alliance

    Editor
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    ACTION AGAINST HUNGER, a world leader in the fight against childhood malnutrition, gave top honors last night to Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO and Chairman Carlos Ghosn.   Every year, hundreds of ACTION AGAINST HUNGER’s most dedicated supporters come together for an evening of inspiration, rallying around the mission to save lives and honoring significant contributions towards ending hunger worldwide.   On Thursday night at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, ACTION AGAINST HUNGER honored the Renault-Nissan Alliance for its global humanitarian work, including the…
  • Record breaking year for Stockholm International Film Festival 201 films, 60 countries, and a grand total of 141 000 visitors

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    The 25th Stockholm International Film Festival has come to an end. This year’s festival set several records, including the number of films in the program, countries represented, and visitors. 2014 is also the year for female award winners.  It has been a record breaking year for the Stockholm Film Festival - 201 films, 60 countries, and a grand total of 141 000 visitors throughout the year. The number of female directors and actors who won awards is also greater than ever before. 8 out of 17 awards presented at the Award ceremony on November 14 were given to a woman, and it’s…
  • John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche, Cheng Pei Pei and many moreto attend the Singapore International Film Festival

    Editor
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
      International and regional celebrities to grace the 25th edition of the filmfestival from December 4 to 14 20 November 2014, SINGAPORE – Stars who will be walking the red carpet at this year’s Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) include world-renowned auteur John Woo, actresses Zhang Ziyi, Juliette Binoche and Cheng Pei Pei. John Woo and Zhang Ziyi will be in Singapore for Woo’s latest film, The Crossing, an epic love story spanning half a century of modern Chinese history. Woo, who has been making movies for over 40 years including A Better Tomorrow and The…
  • Winners Announced for Fall 2014 SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants - $300,000 Awarded to Six Projects

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    20 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
        $300,000 Awarded to Six Narrative Feature Projects in Various Stages of Production The San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), in partnership with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation (KRF), announced today the projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding in the latest round of SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants. Six filmmaking teams were granted funding to help with their next stage of their creative process, from screenwriting to postproduction. The Film Society's flagship SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grants are awarded twice annually to filmmakers for narrative feature films…
 
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  • Speedbooster + Zeiss Contax Yashica question

    digifruitella
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I hear these vintage lenses, the "RTS" Yashica mount line are a good investment. Would they work with a Speedbooster? If so, which adapter do I need to get? Also, if I wanted to use a Sigma Canon EF mount lenses on my GH4 then this means I'd need to own two speedbooster adapters. A Canon EF to M43 and one for the Zeiss Contax lenses (whichever mount that would be?) Is that correct? I hear that buying up Zeiss Contax and using them with a Speedbooster is actually not a good idea, because of vignetting problems? Is that also correct?
  • Canon 17-120 Cine-Servo

    bill totolo
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    Looking forward to giving this lens a workout tomorrow. Won't have time for a formal test, but I'll let you know how it holds up in the field. photo 2(1).jpgphoto 1(1).jpg Attached Images photo 2(1).jpg (58.2 KB) photo 1(1).jpg (54.6 KB)
  • using paintings in your movie?

    ugafan
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    i want to dress up the walls with some art. does anyone have any suggestions on where to get some paintings that can be used royalty free?
  • FEAR - short film - shot on 5D3 raw

    Steve Kahn
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Hey all, Wanted to post my new fim FEAR which was shot raw on the 5D mark 3 FEAR poster.jpg You can see graded frame grabs here: http://www.kafilmworks.com/fear-fina...r-frame-grabs/ And check like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/fear.short or twitter: https://twitter.com/fear_film Attached Images FEAR poster.jpg (57.9 KB)
  • F5: 2K shoot mode?

    Hyperfocall
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:16 pm
    I can't seem to find out how to set my PXW FS7 to record 2K? Is there a firmware update? I'm hoping there's a setting somewhere. I do a lot of multicam shoots with the F5/55 and often those are set to 2K mode. So it would be nice to be able to match that.
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  • Podcast Episode 42: Structure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    David Tames
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    On Saturday, November 8, 2014 I conducted a workshop at the Boston International Kids Film Festival at Tufts University, this is the follow-up I promised to post immediately after the workshop. I put together a handout (PDF) for participants with a listing of software, gear, and resources for further study. Here are some notes from the […] Visit the Kino-Eye.com web site for the full article and more.
  • 10 reasons why making documentaries is better than making fiction films

    David Tames
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:18 am
    Peter Broderick, who helps filmmakers “explore uncharted frontiers and avoid dangerous pitfalls and predators,” gave a wonderful talk this morning at Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the many gems in his presentation was his list of ten reasons why making documentaries is better than making fiction films: 10. Grants and Donors 9. Partnerships with non-profits and […] Visit the Kino-Eye.com web site for the full article and more.
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    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker

  • Explore Paul Thomas Anderson’s Research For ‘There Will Be Blood’

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

    Peter D. Marshall
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    by Elliott Grove. Call it the paradox of filmmaking: The very thing it takes to make movies often ends up destroying filmmakers and their careers. I started Raindance in 1992 when many of the filmmakers submitting to this year’s film festival were still in nappies.There is a consistent theme amongst the approximately 100,000 filmmakers who have submitted films to Raindance since then: Passion. Filmmakers believe in their projects so strongly that they throw caution to the wind – they leave secure, full-time jobs and risk their life’s savings to fulfill their dreams. It gets…
  • VIDEO: Recreating Interstellar’s Black Hole

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    by Joey Shanks. “How ever sophisticated your CGI is,” says Christopher Nolan, ” if it’s been created from no physical elements and you haven’t shot anything with the camera, it’s going to stand out.” A notable proponent of practical effects, Nolan shot his latest extravaganza Interstellar without a single green screen. In this new episode of Shanks FX, Joey Shanks recreates the film’s illusion of the black hole with a little smoke and lighting. Watch this video from Filmmaker Magazine. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches,…
  • Filmmaking in virtual reality

    Peter D. Marshall
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    by Clyde DeSouza. They say you shouldn’t hijack the head-tracking data stream of the Oculus Rift; visuals should not be separated from the human vestibular system…but rules were meant to be broken. Why? Because there’s so much more to VR than gaming. This is not to say games aren’t becoming movies! I found myself strangely immersed in Naughty Dog’s “Last of Us”, more than any tent-pole movie I’ve seen in the past few months. Such is the power of CG movies, uncanny valley be damned. Defining a language for 360 degree look-around movies: You know how it all began oh so long…
  • Filmmakers: Here’s 12 Tips for Directing Your First Feature Film

    Peter D. Marshall
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:13 am
    by Justin Schwarz. Six year ago, I decided to make a comedy about the paradox of family – how it can simultaneously be our source of strength and the root of all our problems, and for better or worse, it’s forever. This week my debut feature film, “The Discoverers,” rolls out on VOD and DVD capping off an award-winning festival run and theatrical release. Making my first feature was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life. It was honor and privilege to work with an all-star cast and crew of 200+ creative collaborators who helped me learn these…
 
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    Directors Notes

  • DN321: Mr Somebody? – Michelle Heighway

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    A graduate of the inaugural NFTS Film Clinic programme, which had its world premiere at this year’s Sheffield’s DocFest, Michelle Heighway’s feature documentary Mr Somebody? unearths the life and times of Britain’s most famous eccentric Jake Mangle-Wurzel. Michelle joins us to discuss how her 6 year passion project progressed and ultimately grew into an unlikely friendship. I think that Jake never took the documentary seriously. I was just a bit of fun – a young girl who lives down the road who came up with the camera. Mr Somebody? (2014) In Huddersfield, Yorkshire there is an…
  • DN LFF2014: Table Tennis & Hip Hop Come Together at Last in Michael Tully’s 80s Movie ‘Ping Pong Summer’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    We complete our interview series from the 58th BFI London Film Festival with a film that brings together the rad moves of table tennis with the break beat brilliance of Hip Hop. Set in 1985, Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer features a girl to romance, a bully to be bested, a friendship forged in the fires of adversity and of course, a mystical mentor to show the way; all the elements needed for a film which doesn’t simply pastiche the 80s movie but is itself an 80s movie – albeit made in 2014. We caught up with Tully to get the full funky fresh lowdown. Some people watch this…
  • DN LFF2014: Finding Father Figures in the Wrong Places in Julius Avery’s Crime Drama ‘Son of a Gun’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:24 pm
    In his action packed crime feature debut Son of a Gun, Australian director Julius Avery explores themes of masculinity and belonging through the adrenaline soaked lens of a high tension heist. Avery joins us to discuss how he came to helm a feature with a budget not normally offered to a first time director, and why when it comes to prison escapes the direct approach beats out intricate planning every time. A lot of people think you win at Cannes & then it’s an easy ride after that. It wasn’t, it was very hard Son of a Gun (2014) Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly…
  • DN LFF2014: Zee Ntuli Flirts with the Danger of South Africa’s Criminal Streets in his Breakneck Debut ‘Hard to Get’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:46 pm
    For his feature debut filmmaker Zee Ntuli went full out to craft Hard to Get, a crime/romance that rarely pauses for breath as it barrels along the South African criminal streets. Ntuli joins us to discuss his desire to break from the past and create an entertaining popcorn film that was foremost for and spoke to South Africa’s young black audiences. I think South Africa has predominantly had a preoccupation with telling stories about yesterday’s South Africa. Hard to Get (2014) A handsome young womanizer from a small community has the world at his feet when he falls for a sexy,…
  • DN LFF2014: Fathers, Sons & Classes Clash in Franco Lolli’s ‘Gente de Bien’

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    For his debut feature Gente de Bien Franco Lolli returned to his native city of Bogotá to craft a story which deals with the emotional guff between an estranged father and his troubled son, set against the backdrop of the untraversable social divide which exists between the classes in modern day Colombia. We spoke to Lolli at the London Film Festival about how the decision to shoot digitally enabled long takes to reign on set and how lying is an intrinsic part of his casting process. It’s very easy to make a scene that makes you cry. What’s difficult is to make you cry & make you…
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    Bright Lights Film Journal

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Girl Hub

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

    Carlos El Asmar
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Bildungsroman: a coming-of-age story dealing with one person’s formative years or spiritual education “Bildungsroman” is a 2-minute personal project produced and directed by Barcelona-based art director Gerardo del Hierro (with music from Fernando Rodriguez). Created between commercial projects in his spare time, Gerardo wanted to tell the complex story of all the decisions we make... Read more »
  • Váscalo’s 2014 reel

    Justin Cone
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Váscalo’s 2014 reel brims with all the color and personality we’ve come to expect from the Buenos Aires-based studio. Credits Music by: Copycat & JR.Dynamite – Tutti Frutti Edited, mixed and sound FXs by our good DJ friend: Gustavo Massone
  • Greenpeace turns 20, but its mission is still the same

    Justin Cone
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This elegant PSA for Greenpeace from Le Cube packs a stylish punch to mark the environmental organization’s 20th birthday. Process breakdowns From boards to color, Le Cube’s work is powered by elegant precision and surety of line, as this process breakdown shows.
  • Playgrounds Festival Titles 2014

    Harm van Zon
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Again, the Playgrounds Festival was a blast. Solid line-up, nice presentations and a good overall atmosphere. This year, Playgrounds had not one but two title sequences. One was created by an upcoming talent, and the other was created by an already established studio. Although totally different in style and concept, both titles played with the term “digital... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Peter, meet Paul. He’ll be paying you. Maybe.

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

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

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

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

    Peggy Archer
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In case you were wondering, the day before we’re scheduled to shoot is not the best time to make major changes to the sets. It screws up everyone – us, grip, camera, actors, but mainly set dressing. Set dressers are the nice people who make the sets look like, well, not sets. I’m sure you’ve seen the low-budget movie with sparse backgrounds that somehow look like sets – you may not be able to pinpoint what’s wrong, but you do know they don’t look right. That, my friends, is set dressing. They place magazines, table lamps, newspapers, pens, mismatched…
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Supernatural Horror Film 'The Field' On DVD Now!

    Berry Productions
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Our 45 minute film ‘The Field’ that was completely self funded, is available to buy on D
  • The original HD

    MarkArcherOfficial
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    Some filmmakers embrace change, others fight it like it’s the end of the known universe. I came up in filmmaking through TV. I would say that the majority of filmmakers, especially today, have come up through a similar vein. Maybe not “broadcast” TV, but electronic / video imaging constitutes nearly 100% of the filmmaking world today. It wasn’t always so. The first time I shot film was with the camera you see above – the RED Epic of the day (and still used by directors like Christopher Nolan – I wish he’d move on…). Panavision was, for decades,…
  • The world's most stable camera operator is Parisian.

    vincentmoya
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:35 am
  • A Quick Analysis of The Final Scene of "Birdman"

    deptlightsound
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    By Gregory J. M. Kasunich [Please note, the following article is a look at the final scene of BIRDMAN, it will contain SPOILERS.] Michael Keaton as Riggan in BIRDMAN Shortly after the credits rolled and the lights came up and the combination exhilaration/exhaustion wore off on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN, the question everyone seemed to be asking themselves, and each other was, “What is the deal with Emma Stones final gaze upwards into the heavens after Riggan, her father, the once titular Birdman, jumps through the window?” Emma Stone as Sam, Riggan’s…
  • 18/11/14 - "New Zealand's Made Me Ill" (My New Zealand Adventure)

    hayman021
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I’m almost two months in and I’ve finally gotten ill! I would like to use it as an excuse as to why this is late, but it’s more that it made me forget more than anything worse! One thing being ill has given me the chance to do is finally watch a few things I’ve intended to for ages but never gotten around to! These include, American Beauty, United 93, American History X, among others! As well as starting season 1 of House… And I can see that’ll be a show I’m going to get addicted to! I’m already loving Hugh Lawrie’s performance after a…
 
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    YouTube: Film

  • Jim Carrey Paints a Picture for Ellen

    TheEllenShow
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Jim Carrey Paints a Picture for Ellen He has a knack for art... even when it's right on Ellen's floor. From: TheEllenShow Views: 582867 9242 ratings Time: 02:47 More in Entertainment
  • 8 Things Only Loud People Understand (w/ GloZell)

    BuzzFeedVideo
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    8 Things Only Loud People Understand (w/ GloZell) Whisper?! What does that even mean? Starring GloZell Green Subscribe to her channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/glozell1 Check out more awesome videos at B... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 571408 18738 ratings Time: 02:10 More in Entertainment
  • KIDS REACT TO OLD CAMERAS

    TheFineBros
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    KIDS REACT TO OLD CAMERAS Old Cameras Bonus video on the REACT channel: http://goo.gl/RpEz1R Watch all main React episodes (Kids/Teens/Elders/YouTubers): http://goo.gl/4iDVa Support T... From: TheFineBros Views: 1923966 40076 ratings Time: 06:57 More in Entertainment
  • 7 Signs You're An Awkward Extrovert

    BuzzFeedVideo
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    7 Signs You're An Awkward Extrovert Elevators are a time to meet new people! Check out more awesome videos at BuzzFeedVideo! http://bit.ly/YTbuzzfeedvideo FEATURING Becky Harris Davis Allsop Am... From: BuzzFeedVideo Views: 650103 12177 ratings Time: 02:16 More in Entertainment
  • A Wisdom Tooth Dream Come True

    TheEllenShow
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A Wisdom Tooth Dream Come True A video taken of her after wisdom tooth surgery went viral. Today, her wish to meet Ellen came true, and that's not the only wish that did! From: TheEllenShow Views: 703184 11067 ratings Time: 04:58 More in Entertainment
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    The Independent

  • RIDM ’14: The Use and Abuse of Poetry in Documentary Film

    Catherine Stewart
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Gusts of bitingly cold wind eat away at the inch of precocious snow on the ground, offering a fittingly bracing backdrop to the Rencontre Internationales de Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM). Now in it’s 16th year, the festival offers a late-in-the-season “best-of” selection of international and Canadian films that favors essays, cross-genre films and other non-traditional documentary forms. With 71 occurrences of the word ‘poetic’ throughout the festival literature, staff writer Patrick Pearce invited three filmmakers from the festival to get together around a glass of wine to…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Hal Hartley

    Catherine Stewart
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    In the second edition of our new series, Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight speaks with the filmmaker behind the films Henry Fool and Fay Grim.HAL HARTLEY and his latest work, Ned RifleDana initially spoke with Hal Hartley at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.Dana Knight (DK): You’re known for very serious and deeply philosophical works but what’s striking is the intrusion of a certain kind of irony and parodic elements that subvert the seriousness of your films. I would call that a post-modern sensibility, would you…
  • Filmmakers and their Global Lens: Eugene Green

    Catherine Stewart
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    In this first edition of our new series, Filmmakers and their Global Lens,  The Independent’s special contributor Dana Knight interviews the industries emerging and established filmmakers about their work, recent projects and their place in a global setting.EUGENE GREEN and his latest work, La SapienzaDana initially spoke with Eugene Green at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.Dana Knight (DK): I found your film exquisite from so many points of view, a real masterpiece. I would like to ask you first about the title of the film, La Sapienza, this must be a special word for…
  • DOC NYC 2014, November 13th – 20th – Critic’s Choice

    Catherine Stewart
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    “Too much ain’t enough” might be the cry-of-the-night heard throughout the recent 52nd New York Film Festival and this past spring’s Tribeca film fest now in its 12th year.  Not to be outdone in a town where nothing succeeds like excess, DOC NYC  has burst out of its five-screen IFC Center and twin-screen SVA theater in lower Manhattan and added the nine-screen Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas on West 23rd St.Following the lead of NYFF—which has pretty much adapted the “silo-ing” concept carved out by Tribeca in its first decade—DOC NYC offers opening/closing night galas;  seven…
  • Using Tugg: A filmmaker’s experience

    Catherine Stewart
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The last year or so has seen the rise of, the niftily named, ‘Theatrical-on-Demand’ models led by companies such as Tugg and Gathr. It was the evolution of these platforms which inspired me to bring my self-funded UK indie film Young Hearts Run Free  to the US this September 2014. The film had a successful self-distribution tour of UK cinemas in 2011, however, despite these new platforms it was not all plain sailing.  This article explores my personal experiences with Tugg and suggests some tips for using these emerging platforms.HOW DOES IT WORK?Films are entered into a library on…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #24

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Korean Way of Tea

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

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

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

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

    Tony Kashani
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:31 am
    This paper first appeared as a chapter in Global Studies Association 2007 Annual Book. The intent for its republication is to facilitate reflection on the continuation of same pattern/past in present times. You can hold yourself back from the sufferings...
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    Indiewire

  • Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Tips for Getting Music Rights

    Greg Cwik
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    How can filmmakers get through the arduous process of clearing and gaining licensing rights to use copyrighted material in a project? Earlier this week, a DOC NYC Masterclass on Music Rights tackled the topic with experts in the music rights and licensing field, including Doug Bernheim, a music supervisor; Chris Hajian, a composer; Aileen Atkins, former SVP and GC of Napster and CinemaNow; Jonathan Finegold, owner of Fine Gold Music, a licensing and publishing company; and moderated by Andrea Connistraci, a transactional attorney.  READ MORE: The 2014 DOC NYC Bible: Every Review,…
  • NBC Deals Tina Fey Series 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' to Netflix

    Ben Travers
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Strike one more victory for streaming. Netflix has picked up two seasons of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," a half-hour comedy from co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Starring Ellie Kemper ("The Office"), "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" was originally planned for broadcast on NBC in 2015, but its production company, Universal Television—which is a subsidiary company of NBC Universal—obviously saw Netflix as a more opportune home. "When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment,…
  • Olivia Thirlby and Vincent Kartheiser Take a Chilly Honeymoon in New 'Red Knot' Trailer

    Michele Debczak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The new trailer has been released for photographer-turned-director Scott Cohen's relationship drama, "Red Knot." Filmed during a 23-day expedition along the coasts of Antarctica and Argentina, the movie follows a young couple spending their belated honeymoon aboard a research vessel. Olivia Thirlby ("Juno") stars opposite Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") as the New York newlyweds who are eventually driven apart by an act of betrayal. The latest trailer gives a taste of the remarkable natural scenery the crew was able to capture during the expedition. For a story…
  • MPAA Launches WhereToWatch.com, Its Most Daring Stand Against Piracy Yet

    Zainab Akande
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On November 12, the six member studios of Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) launched a new search site: WhereToWatch.com, a streamlined venture that provides channels by which online consumers can search for films and TV shows. The site addresses an issue that was written about in the Washington Post last year on how online piracy is inadvertently encouraged by the lack of a one-stop legitimate source.  READ MORE: Here's How Piracy Hurts Indie Film "WhereToWatch supports the hard work and creativity that go into films and TV shows by guiding consumers to a…
  • Watch: UFO Believers Explore Crop Circles in Exclusive 'A Field Full of Secrets' Footage

    Shipra Gupta
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    "A Field Full of Secrets" is no ordinary UFO documentary: While its premise is inherently speculative, "A Field Full of Secrets" manages to go a step further than most films of its kind, by physically testing the veracity of its own beliefs.  Picked by for distribution by Gravitas Ventures during AFM earlier this month, "A Field Full of Secrets" centers on a group of UFO believers that includes the film's director, first-time filmmaker Charles Maxwell. In this exclusive clip from the film, we not only learn of Maxwell's hypothesis about crop circles -- that…
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    Film Threat

  • WHIPLASH

    Rick Kisonak
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    What a weird film. Are we not supposed to notice that it’s a valentine to an abusive relationship? Or that kids are pitted against one another like they're attending the University of Hunger Games?Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • LITTLE HOPE WAS ARSON

    Mark Bell
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    IN LIMITED RELEASE AND ON VOD! How the investigation unfolds, and the dramatics escalate, is as engaging as any compelling narrative can be...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • THE BOOTLEG FILES: OLIVER AND THE ARTFUL DODGER

    Phil Hall
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Phil Hall’s The Bootleg Files explores the wild world of memorable films and TV productions that can be found in unauthorized presentations. This week, Phil takes a spin through Dickensian England...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • THE MERV GRIFFIN SHOW 1962-1986 (DVD)

    Phil Hall
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    This may sound like apostasy, but the comedy highlights from Griffin’s 1960s shows surpassed anything that Carson was doing in that same period...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • PRINCESS MONONOKE (BLU-RAY)

    Brad Cook
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Miyazaki's classic film "Princess Mononoke" is now available in a Blu-ray + DVD edition, but, unfortunately, the bonus features aren't up to par with its status as a classic.Read More at FilmThreat.com
 
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • Filmmaking As Your Small Business

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

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

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

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In this filmmaking article, filmmaker Kyle Kelley shares five tips on how to make a Doritos commercial in your hometown. Read the article to learn more...
  • How To Make Money On YouTube

    Jason Brubaker
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:35 am
    Making money with short films can be a pain in the butt. This was especially difficult when I started my filmmaking career. The reason? Back then, the market for short films was limited. In fact, most short films went to festivals and later faded away in quiet obscurity. But thanks to YouTube...
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    FilmmakerIQ.com

  • A 6-Part Comprehensive Introduction to Sound and Filmmaking

    John P. Hess
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The importance of sound in modern film is simply undeniable. When we decided to tackle the subject of sound, I knew that to do it justice we had to approach it like building a foundation for a house: building it up brick by brick. For many filmmakers, sound is a mystery blended with bits and pieces of understanding gleamed through practice – that was the way I was before doing the research. That’s a clumsy way to go about learning. If we really want to understand sound and become masters of it, we have to start and the base and build up from there. So I designed this series of…
  • Improvising Screenplays: Three Stagnant Scene Types…and How to Make Them Flow

    John P. Hess
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In Improvising Screenplays, improvisational actor Brett Wean shares how the concepts of improvisation can be applied to the work — and play — of writing your script. There are a few general, arbitrary-sounding, scene types that actors are told to avoid when first learning improv. Specifically, novice improvisers are warned to stay away from: argument scenes, teaching scenes, and negotiations. I wouldn’t advise you to eschew these types of scenes in your screenwriting. We obviously see all sorts of arguments, teacher/student moments, and negotiations take place in many of the best, most…
  • New Google Research Project Can Auto-Caption Complex Images

    John P. Hess
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    When the Robotapocalypse comes, the computers will know how to recognize us thanks to Google. Image recognition has come a long way over the last few years and maybe more so than anybody else, Google has brought some of those advances to end users. To see how far we’ve come, just try searching through your own images on Google Photos, for example. But recognizing objects (and maybe basic scenes) is only a first step. In September, Google showed how its approach, using the currently popular deep learning methodology, could not just recognize images of single objects but also classify…
  • ‘Legends of the Knight’: Batman inspires ordinary heroes in documentary

    John P. Hess
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    The LA Times’ Hero complex interviews Brett Culp, the director of a documentary that examines the hero mythos of Batman and how the dark knight is inspiring people to do good. Filmmakers and comic book creators have taken Batman to some dark and scary places in recent years, but a new documentary steps away from the grim and gritty to examine the Dark Knight’s bright side as the character inspires people to do good. “Legends of the Knight,” out this week on DVD and video on demand, weaves together the true stories of ordinary heroes, including a man who dons the cape and cowl to…
  • A Candid Interview with Al Pacino – DP/30

    John P. Hess
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    David Poland spends 30 minutes with the incomparable Al Pacino talking about his life and career as well as his new film “The Humbling”
 
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • Lech Majewski Meets Bruegel on the Way to Calvary

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

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

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

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

    ascadmin
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I received a gracious comment from Austrian photographer Reiner Riedler on my recent post about his photographs of motion-picture print reels. I was disappointed that I had been unable to contact him directly for an interview because interviewing artists for these essays has been one of the payoffs of the writing. It has […]
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    filmindustrynetwork.biz

  • Filmmaker develops liver disease shooting this documentary

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

    Iain Alexander
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:39 pm
    President Barack Obama will address the American people on immigration reform at 8pm ET. You can watch the live broadcast of this speech below which will air uninterrupted. The President will discuss his plan on immigration reform and the steps he will take to fix the system which has needed a radical overhaul for many decades. Tonight, many major TV networks have declined to air this historic speech despite its huge importance, and the actions taken by the Obama administration will have a defining impact on millions of families for years to come. It is estimated that there are approximately…
  • Final 10 short films announced for 2014 Oscar race

    FIN Staff
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Copyright ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies: The 10 short films selected to advance “Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films) “Baghdad Messi,” Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van Steenberghe, producer (a team productions) “Boogaloo and…
  • New film festival is forcing filmmakers to kill their dialogue

    Iain Alexander
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    A new film festival launching this week is changing the way filmmakers have to approach their storytelling. Organizers of the 100 Words Film Festival have decided to embrace the reality of our shorter attention spans by getting filmmakers to submit film entries that have no more than 100 words of dialogue. Backed by the Knight Foundation and a host of other sponsors, the film festival hopes to break new ground by helping filmmakers say more with less. Launched by TV producer Scott Galloway, the idea of creating the festival came after he watched his children getting distracted when viewing…
  • ‘Midnight Rider’ lawsuit : Sarah Jones’ parents agree to settle

    Iain Alexander
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The ‘Midnight Rider’ lawsuit filed by Sarah Jones’ parents has now been settled according to an official statement issued by their lawyer this afternoon. Following an in-depth investigation news broke just a short while ago that a confidential deal had been reached to settle the wrongful death lawsuit. Jeff Harris, the Jones family attorney released this statement: “Richard and Elizabeth Jones’ objectives in filing this lawsuit, after the death of their 27-year-old daughter, Sarah, have been clear and unwavering….To find out what happened on the day of their…
 
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    Owen Weber Live

  • The Road Not Taken

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Earth, The Way I Left It

    Admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    A child coping with tragedy in the family is visited by a stranger from the stars. earththewayileftit.com facebook.com/earthfilmm twitter.com/jeffpinilla The post The Earth, The Way I Left It appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Bloodhounds

    Admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    After inheriting their parents’ property, Mary-Ann and Sue, decide to split a small acre of land making them neighbors. Mary-Ann’s live-in boyfriend, Boone, recently off probation and depending on her support, begins to question whether her family is in favor of seeing him around. The feud strengthens after Boone takes action into his own hands that severs what little relationship existed between everyone, distancing himself from her family irrevocably, and Mary-Ann is left to consider where her loyalties lie. vimeo.com/alanscottneal facebook.com/BloodhoundsFilm The post Bloodhounds…
  • Thank You for Submitting Your Trailer

    Admin
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Your trailer has successfully been submitted. We promise to try our best to to watch your film with full attention for consideration, but due to our numerous submissions we may not be able respond to each submission individually. Now you can take advantage of our new Premium submission for just 10$ (now 5$ for trailer submissions), where we will guarantee feedback within a week and a much quicker feature date if selected. Take a look at what else Premium has to offer: Free Business As Usual. Your trailer is already submitted. We will try our best to watch it, but cannot guarantee it. Due to…
  • Over Again

    Admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:28 pm
    After a night of arguing, a couple’s tired relationship comes to an end…again. The post Over Again appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Mastodon

    Marco Luca
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Old memories and ghosts from the past resurface when John reluctantly agrees to help his now-alcoholic childhood friend. ‘Mastodon’ is a tightly rounded film that revolves around strong emotions and linking bonds between the past and present. The film is about three best friends who did everything together, getting into all kinds of trouble. But a tragic accident resulted in an indelible wedge between two of the friends. Things would never be the same again. Directed by Oren Soffer, he was able to gather a core of talented actors who helped bring this profound script to life.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Nerdicus! – Part II

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti joins the Nerds once again to finish talking about Harry Potter… for now. Click here if the media player does not load
  • Nerdicus! – Part I

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    The Nerds welcome Gina Giovannetti back  to the Nerd Cave to talk Harry Potter. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Its Not You… Its Us

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    An important announcement from Sean. Click here if the media player does not load.  
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. 2 – Ughhh The Hobbit

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Gina Giovannetti returns in Part 2 of our Lord of the Rings extravaganza! This week, we explore the original trilogy in more detail, discuss discrepancies with the books, then we get to.. ugghh… The Hobbit. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
  • Damn, Gina! Pt. I – The LOTR Encyclopedia

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, the Nerds enlist the help of friend and expert Gina Giovannetti to discuss The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Click Here if the Media Player Does Not Load
 
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    Noam Kroll

  • Is Sony Becoming The Best Cinema Camera Manufacturer Today? Here’s Why They Are Positioned To Dominate The Industry

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

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

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

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

    Noam Kroll
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The HDR (High Dynamic Range) look is something that has been around for quite some time in stills photography, but only recently has become more popular with video. There are only a handful of cinema cameras out there that shoot with a true HDR setting (such as the RED Dragon), but if you’re after this look and are working with limited resources, there are a number of things you can do in post to achieve a similar aesthetic.  Before we jump in, for any of you that aren’t as familiar with what an HDR image looks like, take a look at this sample photo, pulled…
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    Stephan Vladimir Bugaj

  • New Music Project

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

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

    Stephan Bugaj
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Greg Jonkajtys and I have a new self-generated project in development that we are very excited about, called Ringer.   Miller and Alien Cargo Ship, concept art: Grzegorz Jonkajtys SYNOPSISRinger is a sci-fi noir set in a world in where aliens shape shifters (called "Ringers") who can take on any human form, have been banned from earth except in special free trade zones.The Ringers are banned because they are able to take on any human form they come in contact with, and the resultant widespread fear about them doing every unsavory thing from tricking lovers into trysts to usurping…
  • The Mines

    Stephan Bugaj
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Another project I worked on with Grzegorz Jonkajtys is The Mines.  I wrote a feature script first, and everyone loved it (the feature is currently seeking funding -- if you're interested in investing, please contact Platige Image).  So I was asked to write a five minute "test film" featuring a scene not in the feature.  The idea was to do some preliminary looks dev, and show the short to investors and distributors as basically a "tone reel" for the feature.  It was shot very cheaply (not at all representative of cost-per-minute being budgeted for the feature)…
  • Snow King Teaser

    Stephan Bugaj
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Snow King is a project I've been working on with my good friend Grzegorz Jonkajtys.  It's a magical realist horror, not unlike Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth", about a young boy and the horrors of relocation to an NKVD-controlled, Siberian "work town" during World War Two. Now that the short is in good shape, we will be seeking funding to develop Snow King into a feature.  Keep an eye on the Snow King Facebook Page for more info as it develops. Also follow my blog, my Twitter, and Greg's Twitter to get updates about this project -- and other projects we're…
 
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    film.art.photography

  • floradcosta1985: (via Small Business Ideas | List Of Small...

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

    12 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    moviesincolor: Request Week - smackfest)Fight Club, 1999Cinematography: Jeff Cronenweth
  • Affordable music video production.

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    How to make an affordable music video production. Shooting the video: 1. You may want to play the track on set and make the artist sing in line to the song playing. By having this back track it will then allow you to synchronize the music and the lip singing in the post production. 2. Direct your singer to sing properly and just like she/he would normally. If the singer is making too many face expressions it may look really different in the finished look. 3.Remember, that the track from the production can not be used in the music video. Therefore, you may want to mute the music from the…
  • TIPS FOR MAKING PROMO VIDEOS.

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    So I have recently wanted to make a promo video for my friends business. What I have noticed while producing that promo video that its NOT that easy. I’m not a professional promo video maker, however I will share some tips that i have found online and that helped me a lot. STEP ONE: PLAN ! Plan your promo video from A to Z. Make sure your promo video will : grab the audience attention explain to your audience what your business is about However- Don’t make it boring  and have it up to 150 words.  Also Do not make it to long as..Studies say that after 30-60 seconds the…
  • Moonrise Kingdom

    17 May 2014 | 2:26 am
    If you’ve long been following Mr . Anderson’s slightlylittle career , you’ll realizemore likely the same idea : a moviethat is definitelypacked with quirkiness , which I discover to be parables of the issues we experiencein this world . I stumbled on this moviewith noanticipationconsidering I havefound outalmost nothingconcerning this in the media news releases so I becamesurprisedthat the principal protagonists are two tweens . Any specificdoubts of mine discovering a sappy or even saccharine storyline were vanquished as well aschanged…
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    flicksandpieces

  • 10 Hunger Games Funnies

    Luke Kent
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    In celebration of the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, here of 10 of the finest Hunger Games funnies that the internet has to serve up. 1) Remember who you are Simba. 2) Peeta, master of disguise. 3) President Snow – Smart guy! 4) Such nice children. 5) Phew! 6) Someone’s a joker! 7) I wish Woody Harrelson was my mentor too. 8) Kill the beard!! 9) Awkward. 10) Damn you Facebook! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is out NOW! Enjoy, and may the odds be ever in your favour.
  • All Good Things (2010) Mini Review

    Luke Kent
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    “I’ve never been closer to anyone, and I don’t know you at all.” Directed by: Andrew Jarecki Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst Official synopsis: Inspired by a true story of the most notorious unsolved missing person’s case in New York history. All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. Produced and directed by Andrew Jarecki (director of the Academy Award-nominated Capturing the Friedmans and producer of Catfish), this psychological thriller was inspired by the disappearance of…
  • Halo: Nightfall Series Premiere Review

    Luke Kent
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Aaaah Nightfall, how I wanted to love you with all my heart. A new Halo series produced by Ridley Scott you say? What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit it would seem…. It’s not that Halo: Nightfall is bad so to speak, it’s just not up to the level of excellence that’s come to be expected of the Halo franchise. Whilst Halo web series Forward Unto Dawn which launched alongside Halo 4 was a low budget mini series that handled it’s limited budget (mostly) very well, Nightfall clearly has a much larger budget and yet fails to make it count. Yes, there is some…
  • Walt Disney’s Magic

    Luke Kent
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Walt and Roy Disney, with Mickey and one of many Oscar statuettes. For this week’s Daily Post photo challenge – achievement – Flicks and Pieces celebrates Walt Disney, holder of the record for the most Academy Award wins, 26(!). “What ever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do.” – Walt Disney.
  • For Your Consideration

    Luke Kent
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:10 pm
    This is not a drill! What is this post about, I hear you ask? Flicks, pieces, stuff and things. Rick loves stuff and things… For those who have not come across Flicks and Pieces before it’s a new(ish) film, TV, and video game blog where share my thoughts on stuff and things. Me and Rick have a lot in common like that.  Except that he prefers gardening over flicks. Welcome, and good luck negotiating the dark corners of my inner thoughts. For those of you who have visited Flicks and Pieces before, thank you very much, I’m happier to see you here than Luke was when he first…
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