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  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is an entertainment game changer

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    1 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    When a highly anticipated summer blockbuster hits the big screen, the airwaves are usually filled with hyperbole and some pretty wacky expectations that most movies can't even come close to hitting, so when it actually surpasses it, the smile on the faces of audiences everywhere is just an infectious and joyous thing.
  • Tip Of The Day: Avoiding Clichés in your Screenplay

    Noam Kroll
    Noam Kroll
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Getting through the first draft of your screenplay can be an extremely frustrating task to say the least, and the challenges that present themselves during your first set of re-writes can be even more daunting. When initially reviewing the first draft of your script, it’s common to feel uninspired and to experience self doubt as the words on the page may appear to be flat... Scenes feel like they’ve already existed somewhere else, the dialogue is on the nose, and the sequences are predictable. Essentially, it feels cliché. As challenging as this part of the process can be,…
  • 6 Filmmaking Tips from Terry Gilliam

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    by Landon Palmer. The release of any Terry Gilliam film is a big deal. More so than any living filmmaker of lauded repute, Gilliam’s work has been unusually burdened by outsized circumstances that render it astonishing that he’s even accomplished the work he has, from Universal’s re-cutting of Brazil to his lead actor dying during the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to his doomed “Don Quixote” project, documented in the film Lost in La Mancha. Not since Orson Welles (who famously pursued his own uncompleted Quixote film) has a respected filmmaker had such an…
  • A Little Pre-Production Filming

    A Moon Brothers Film...
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We're off to a great start with this new film. On Tuesday, we set up lights in one of our main locations. Then, in the afternoon, we did some pre-filming with a group of background actors, with the hopes that if everything goes well, we'll have footage for the movie! It was also a time for us to work together as a crew.Filming went very well. Which is important since principal photography begins in about a month from now. Here are some pics from Tuesday's shoot.By the way, we are still looking for more Background Actors for August. Check out the details at our website...NEW! Our Indiegogo…
  • DIY Trashcan Light by IKEA

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    John P. Hess
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    David F. Sandberg shares how he used an IKEA transcan as a portable light. Watch the completed short here:
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  • The Top 10 Songs in This Year's Movie Trailers That TheWrap Is ‘Crazy in Love’ With

    Jeff Sneider
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Movie trailers are an art unto themselves, but the creative minds who come together to create them are rarely given proper credit from fans or the media. As important as footage from a film is, the music in a trailer is equally key to its success. With that in mind, TheWrap presents the 10 best songs used in movie trailers so far this year, some of which feature explanations regarding the choices from those involved in the decision-making process. Now, a few caveats before we get started. Movies like “Get On Up,” “Jersey Boys” and “Mistaken For…
  • The 62 Most and Least-Watched Summer Shows: From ‘America's Got Talent’ to Something Called ‘Backpackers’

    Tony Maglio
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Sorry, beach bums: Summer is halfway over. But for fanatical TV viewers, that generally signals good news as the fall season is just around the corner. But actually, it's not like summer fare is all reruns and filler these days — just ask the 12.5 million people that NBC's “America's Got Talent” averages on Tuesdays. Or the 10.3 million the competition series reels in Wednesdays. Those two time slots top the 62 series airing originals so far this summer across CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW — at least in total viewers. Below are the rankings based on the…
  • ‘Grey's Anatomy's’ Ellen Pompeo Adapting Rachel Carey's Novel ‘Debt’ for ABC Family

    Jethro Nededog
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    “Grey's Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo is taking her first step behind the camera with the adaptation of Rachel Carey's novel “Debt” for ABC Family, a network representative told TheWrap. Currently in development, Pompeo will serve as an executive producer on the possible television drama with ABC Signature, an ABC Studios division focused on cable projects, producing. See video: Kerry Washington, Ellen Pompeo and Viola Davis Celebrate Shondaland Thursdays Released in 2013, “Debt” is a satirical novel on the 2008 financial meltdown that posits that…
  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Goes Off to War in First ‘Testament of Youth’ Trailer (Video)

    Linda Ge
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    A generation is lost to war in the first trailer for “A Testament of Youth,” based on the memoirs of pacifist Vera Brittain. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander plays Brittain in the movies, which chronicles her education at Oxford University and her romance with Roland Leighton, played by “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington. Also read: Andy Samberg and Kit Harington to Headline HBO Tennis Mockumentary The budding romance is put to the test when Roland decides to enlist to fight as World War I breaks out. Vera herself is not left unscathed as she's forced to delay…
  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy': Rocket Raccoon Could Be Marvel's Money Maker

    Jordan Zakarin
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Chris Pratt may get first billing as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in this weekend's “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but when it comes down to the bottom line, the sci-fi adventure's MVP may just be its smallest: Rocket Raccoon. The James Gunn-directed movie made $11.2 million in Thursday night screenings — the best of the year — and is projected to have a big weekend. Analysts think fans may leave the theater talking about the mouthy, gun-toting raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. “You can never fully predict a breakout character, but we knew he was funny and that kids…
 
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  • Lionsgate Options Screen Rights to Author Jason Mott's 2nd Novel 'The Wonder of All Things'

    Tambay A. Obenson
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    After selling rights to his first novel, "The Returned" to Brad Pitt's Plan B production company 2 years ago, which was then adapted for the small screen into the ABC series called "Resurrection" (starring Omar Epps), author Jason Mott has sold his second novel, this time to Lionsgate Entertainment studios, titled "The Wonder of All Things." Scheduled to hit book stores in September, "The Wonder of All Things" is described as a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles. The synopsis reads: On an ordinary…
  • Watch: Trailer For 'Out Of Print' Reflects On The Future Of 35mm In An Increasing Digital Age

    Halim Cillov
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    For the cinephiles of Los Angeles, New Beverly Cinema is not just another historic movie theater but a sacred landmark that celebrates everything that is enriching about 35mm projection. The theater building which dates back to 1920 is one of the oldest revival cinemas in the nation and, since 1978, the theater has been showing revival (not first run) double-features all year around in their original 35mm format. In this eye-opening new documentary, "Out of Print," film aficionado Julia Marchese presents an array of intimate interviews with various patrons and supporters of New…
  • Marvel's Kevin Feige Hopes Female Superhero Movie Comes "Sooner Rather Than Later"

    Kevin Jagernauth
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Last weekend, it wasn't the brawny heroics of Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" that topped the box office, it was the slick action of Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" that audiences overwhelmingly chose instead. The movie opened to a massive $43 million, and it was the best debut the actress has had in her career to date. Clearly, moviegoers don't care about the gender of who's kicking ass, and yet, when it comes to the Marvel-verse—where ScarJo is a utility player as Black Widow—it's still mostly a "bros only" club.While yes, there are women in prominent roles—Zoe…
  • James Franco Talks to Indiewire at NYC Premiere of 'Child of God'

    Brandon Latham
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The long-in-the-works Cormac McCarthy adaptation attracted an eclectic group to the Tribeca Grand Hotel that include the film's crew and star Scott Haze, singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey and Broadway legend Bernadette Peters. "Child of God," a work that was considered to be unfilmable by some, stars Haze as the depraved loner Lester Ballard. Haze felt a huge responsibility to honor McCarthy. "I've never worked that hard on anything in terms of being an actor," Haze told Indiewire on the red carpet. "I know that at the end of the film, I had left it all on the…
  • Watch: New Trailer For 'The Expendables 3,' Lionsgate Sues Torrent Sites Over Movie Leak

    Kevin Jagernauth
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    It looks like the biggest battle over "The Expendables 3" won't be happening with the aging action stars in Sylvester Stallone's upcoming movie. Instead, it will be with lawyers in courtrooms, as following the leak of the movie online, Lionsgate is basically telling torrent sites, "You better lawyer up, because we're coming for everything."THR reports that the studio is going after Limetorrents, Billionuploads, Hulfile, Played, Swantshare and Dotsemper to get them stop making the movie available via their sites, and that's not all. Lionsgate wants their domains…
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  • Reaching our Indiegogo Goal

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    We reached our Indiegogo Campaign GOAL!A super big THANK-YOU to all the people who are now part of our filmmaking team for our feature film LOST PENNY. Whether you contributed funds to the campaign, or shared it with your friends and family (or even your enemies). We appreciate it.Thanks to all the crew members who came out and helped us make our campaign videos back in May and June. (You know who you are!) Especially to Bill Hobbs, our "Not-the-Director", who became the face for the campaign. We'll be keeping everybody updated as to the progress of this movie. And, of course, if you…
  • A Little Pre-Production Filming

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    We're off to a great start with this new film. On Tuesday, we set up lights in one of our main locations. Then, in the afternoon, we did some pre-filming with a group of background actors, with the hopes that if everything goes well, we'll have footage for the movie! It was also a time for us to work together as a crew.Filming went very well. Which is important since principal photography begins in about a month from now. Here are some pics from Tuesday's shoot.By the way, we are still looking for more Background Actors for August. Check out the details at our website...NEW! Our Indiegogo…
  • Lost Penny in a Nutshell

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:46 am
    People have asked us about what our new movie, LOST PENNY, is about. So we've posted a new video that tells the plot of the movie and introduces the main cast... We're in our final weeks of our Indiegogo Campaign for this movie. We've added some fun perks. 1) "Hide an Easter Egg" for $125It's a filmmaking tradition to "hide" a surprise or inside joke called an "Easter Eggs". (Disney does it all the time.) With this perk, you get to choose an Easter Egg for us to hide in our film (subject to our approval)... Maybe it's an old photo of your grandmother that we can put in a frame in Penny's…
  • Screenwriting and Lightbulbs

    12 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Ever wonder what it takes to get a script to principal photography? Each script goes through a lot of drafts!Here's a joke that illustrates this. Of course it's a light bulb joke, but there as with all jokes, there is some element of truth to it. That's what makes it funny.How many screenwriters does it take to change a light bulb?Answer: Ten.1st draft. Hero changes light bulb.2nd draft. Villain changes light bulb.3rd draft. Hero stops villain from changing light bulb. Villain falls to death.4th draft. Lose the light bulb.5th draft. Light bulb back in. Fluorescent instead of tungsten.6th…
  • Looking for Pennies

    22 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    We've launched our Indiegogo Campaign for our new movie which we'll be shooting in August...This will be our fourth feature film project. So, what's the movie about?LOST PENNY (our working title) is the story of Penny, a teenager who wants nothing more than to get away from her overprotective mother. Desperate, she follows the trail to a mysterious box with the words “open me” scrawled on top. Penny’s mother accidentally opens the box, plunging Penny into a world of high stakes and dangerous consequences. What she must learn is how to hold onto the past while reaching for the future. To…
 
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  • Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:37 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 | 6:37 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.
  • Michael Bay and 'Bayham'

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    The guys at Every Frame a Painting take a close look at the anatomy of a Michael Bay shot. The result is a very interesting watch.
  • Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Want You For Project Greenlight

    27 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Project Greenlight, a HBO filmmaking reality series which originally aired in the early 2000s is coming back. Using tried and tested reality TV techniques, the series aimed to follow a group a filmmakers as they attempted to take their indie projects from genesis to reality.
  • Voice Over Recording Equipment

    24 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Jessica Wight looks at the basic gear you need to get great results recording voiceover or narration for your project.
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  • PCFI to launch the 2015 Tryon International Film Festival

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    A spokesperson with the Polk County Film Initiative announced on Thursday that they are expanding its theme of bringing film production to Polk County, NC, by launching the 2015 Tryon International Film Festival .
  • Julie Hewett Los Angeles Launches Organic Camellia Oil

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Julie Hewett Los Angeles is pleased to announce the launch of her latest anti-aging beauty item, 100% Organic Camellia Oil.
  • Jon Stewart's Film, 'Rosewater,' Has a Release Date

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Open Road Films announced an official date for Jon Stewart 's highly anticipated film, " Rosewater ": Nov. 7. The project marks the directorial debut for the funnyman known more for satire and irony than serious film making.
  • Pensacola Paracon activities Aug. 7-10

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Pensacola Paracon is described as a convention for "fans of science fiction, horror, fantasy, gaming, anime, costuming, fan and indie films, artist, celebrities, comics, Renaissance, cosplay, steampunk, theater, performing, literature, publishing, arts, mystery, art, crafts, collecting, model construction, film making, paranormal, and more."
  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is an entertainment game changer

    1 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    When a highly anticipated summer blockbuster hits the big screen, the airwaves are usually filled with hyperbole and some pretty wacky expectations that most movies can't even come close to hitting, so when it actually surpasses it, the smile on the faces of audiences everywhere is just an infectious and joyous thing.
 
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  • California Film Commission, FilmL.A. Join List Of Sponsors Of Made-In-Hollywood Honors; Salute To Locally Made Emmy ...

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    LOS ANGELES, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Made-In-Hollywood Honors, the three year old program in which Los Angeles City Councilmen for the Hollywood area, Tom LaBonge and Mitch O'Farrell, pay tribute to locally-made film or TV shows nominated for either Emmy or Oscar awards in all production categories, will add to its list of sponsors two of the most engaged organizations working for the ...
  • Cable TV partnerships spawn Kenyan film making

    30 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Despite Kenya having over 16m active media consumers, its film makers are struggling to make inroads into the local market, trailing rivals telanovelas, Nollywood and Hollywood, in what industry players blame on lack of specialization of roles, and an absence of audience research.
  • 'Lucy' box office bonanza lifts Besson fortune by $5 million

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    French film director Luc Besson was over $5 million richer on Monday after his film "Lucy" starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman with a super-powered brain topped the North American box office at the weekend. Shares in film making company Europacorp, in which he holds a 44 percent stake or some 12.94 million shares, climbed 7.5 percent to 4.15 euros each, valuing his holding at 53.7 million ...
  • ‘Film making has become a gamble’

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Stories based on combination formula are here to stay, and cinema production has become a gamble, says actor Tanikella Bharani. He was in the city to attend a few programmes including a book releas...
  • Digital filmmaking program at ENMU

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Portales, NM - Eastern New Mexico Universities digital film making program is just one of the many impressive programs offered to students in Portales.
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  • Revelation Perth International Film Festival announces the appointment of a new Chairman to its Board of Director

    Editor
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 am
    Joining the Revelation Board is the former State Manager for Paramount Pictures and United International Pictures Ian Hale. Having built a formidable reputation over his years in the industry, Ian is about to embark on his own production as Managing Director of The Backlot Perth, a 50-seat, state-of-the-art cinema designed for not only for corporate film screenings and presentation use but also to service film makers with post-production and editing facilities. The announcement of the new Chairman comes at the completion of Revelation’s most successful festival in its seventeen year…
  • Karl Spoerri and Winston Baker Launch "Zurich Summit"

    Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Karl Spoerri and Winston Baker announced the launch of ZURICH SUMMIT, a revolutionary event designed to be a hub for entrepreneurs, leading figures and innovators from the filmed entertainment and media industries. Within the intimate framework of an exclusive community, invited delegates and members will have the possibility to share insight and establish valuable key relationships during the weekend of September 27-28, 2014 at the prestigious Dolder Grand in Zurich, Switzerland. Karl Spoerri  First implemented within the framework of the 2010 Zurich Film Festival, the Film Finance…
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    25 Jul 2014 | 1:55 pm
  • 4th annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival will celebrate diversity in the LGBT community

    Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    THE FABULOUS INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Burns Court Cinemas, Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014. Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, on Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24, the fourth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival will celebrate diversity in the LGBT community with 3 days of the best in world cinema.  In association with the Harvey Milk Festival, a non profit organization, the festival is organized by broken rules productions.  Tickets are $8.50, opening and closing night films are $10, will be…
  • Kinoscope Programme Lineup at- Sarajevo Fest

    Editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    The third year of the Kinoscope programme comprise 21 inspiring films directed by great authors as well as new talented filmmakers. This programme brings us films from around the world, both narrative and documentary, excluding the territories which compose the festival’s competition strand. KINOSCOPE 2014 BOYHOOD USA, 2013, Colour, 164 min. Director and screenplay: Richard Linklater Cast: Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater  CONCERNING VIOLENCE Sweden, USA, Denmark, Finland, 2014, Colour and b&w, 91 min. Director and screenplay: Göran Hugo…
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  • Gh4 vs sony a7s

    volga
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
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  • GH4 GH4 file structure

    asergi
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hi All. Hoping someone out there might have some insight on this: Do I need to keep the folder/file structure (tree) when transferring footage I shoot with the GH4 in the .mov format in order to ensure that spanned files work correctly in edit? I know that keeping file structure is critical in the P2 world, which I'm very familiar with, and as far as I can tell from what I've read on the web, it is best to keep the AVCHD file structure from the GH cameras intact as well. But I'm concerned with whether I need to keep the file tree in tact with .mov files from the GH4, even though I can play,…
  • A7s-Atomos Shogun: in 4K UHD, what's the lowest Mbps we'll be able to record in???

    Nicholas Natteau
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Whereas the GH4 records 4K natively at 100 Mbps, we know that Atomos Shogun will allow us to record 4K outside of the A7s. But does anyone know how low in Mbps rate we will be able to record UHD-4K with the Shogun? I know that 4K in terms of Apple Pro Res HQ will be massive (over 700 Mbps), but what about Pro Res LT or Proxy? Will it be anything close to 100 Mbps or will the file sizes still be massive (over 500 Mbps)?
  • [FS: Optics] Nikon 50mm 1.4g $275 Shipped

    Babu
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Nikon 50mm 1.4g Glass 10/10 Body 8/10 never drop just markings fading. $275 Shipped Shipping from Hyattsville, MD 20783 10559909_10152111460790771_5161770889258311475_n.jpg Attached Images 10559909_10152111460790771_5161770889258311475_n.jpg (34.9 KB)
  • Pedestal, high Hat Question, check photo

    Ken1212
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    How can I mount a tripod head to this pedestal cylinder, the inner diameter is 4" about 100mm, do I need some kind of an adapter for the 100mm half bowl to work right now it goes through the hole, very close diameter size. Any other recommended uses for this? Thanks DSC_9742.jpg Attached Images DSC_9742.jpg (40.7 KB)
 
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  • 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…
  • How do you co-direct a film?

    4 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Note: Myself and Danny are the co-directors. Nelson Nutmeg has no directing duties!I am co-writing, co-directing and co-producing a children's feature film called Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? alongside Danny Stack. We've worked together for years creating the UK Scriptwriter's Podcast.That's a lot of co-filmmaking duties we are sharing though. However, two out of those three get no comments from anyone at all. Lots of films are co-written. In fact many times there are 4 writers on the credits of major films, which normally means about 10 writers were used, but many were uncredited so the film…
  • A special mini episode of the podcast

    19 Jun 2014 | 10:03 am
    A special mini episode of the podcast today, giving a shout out to our Kickstarter campaign for Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg. You can watch our pitch below - or go straight to the website by clicking here.A big thanks to all the blog readers and podcast listeners who have given so far, too many to list here.
  • Who Kicked Nelson Nutmeg?

    12 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Kickstarter campaign for my new children's feature film is now live. Click to watch the rather excellent video above. Or visit the Kickstarter page directly here - http://kck.st/1pmJ3hLI hope you can support the film and share it with others. We really need to be making more home grown children's movies in the UK.If you can chip in even £1 that is really, really useful. Kickstarter focuses more on how many backers there are, more so than the actual amount given. So a quid given early is worth a lot more than that over time.If you are telling people about the film, here's the blurb I…
  • How to launch a Kickstarter - using video!

    10 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    One of the key things we were told time and again with a Kickstarter was to build up to the launch date. The first few days are key to a successful campaign (at whatever level you are doing it) which means people need to know about the campaign BEFORE you launch it.Obviously by Kickstarter I also mean any crowd funding platform, such as IndieGoGo and the rest.One of the fun things we've been doing with our own project, a children's feature film called "Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?", is a series of videos. We started with kids talking about the ideas of the film, this made the film feel like it…
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  • Your Weekend Viewing: Dustin Lance Black’s Screenwriting Process

    J. Ott
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Related posts: J-Aug on Process Your Weekend Viewing: The Box Your Weekend Viewing: Second Hand
  • Your Wednesday Links: The Original Ending of the Planet of the Apes

    J. Ott
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 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. SlashFilm: Read About The Filmed But Deleted 'Dawn of The Planet of the Apes' Alternate Ending Reddit: What pisses you off most at the cinema? Steven Soderbergh in Esquire: "In the land of ideas, you are always renting." Truly Free Film: Expanding Cash-Flow Opportunities to the Sales Side of the Independent Film Business Colossal: Stopmotion cutaways - Cool use of video technique and power sanding. Tony Zhou tackles Bayhem YOUR WEEKLY WISDOM: You are editing your…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: The Gunfighter

    J. Ott
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Since it's everywhere else on the internet, may as well share here too... Directed by a feature comedy editor, written by a copywriter, photographed by an ace d.p. and narrated by a well-known comic actor. Short of the Week has a bit more info, but sadly no budget number. This looks like it cost a pretty penny. Shorts are always a big gamble, because there's very little way to make any money back on them. There is a small market on overseas television and an even smaller market in the States for homevideo compilations. The real payoff is if it helps make connections or generate other work.
  • Book Review: Avid Uncut by Steve Hullfish

    J. Ott
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Avid Uncut: Workflows, Tips and Techniques from Hollywood Pros by Steve Hullfish Focal Press, $44.95 We have a winner. I have been looking for a book that goes deep -- deep into Avid MediaComposer. Avid Uncut is that book. Avid Agility by Steve Cohen is also quite comprehensive, but it aims and succeeds at being a cheat sheet on this complex and often difficult program. (Hullfish actually recommends Cohen's book as a complement to his own, and I concur.) I have worked with editors who know the program so well, they can only be described as "Avid ninjas." When I saw that one of these ninjas…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Aug(De)mented Reality

    J. Ott
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:53 pm
    This highly-creative use of animation is courtesy a person (a collective?) by the name of Hombre_mcsteez. Judging by the upload dates on his/her/their YouTube page, Hombre_mcsteez averages about one video every year. Animation takes a long... long... long time to do, so I'm betting it's an individual. Anyway, it's one of the coolest video's I've seen in the last few weeks because it points not only to a (to me in any case) novel use of animation, but also to a new kind of internet video I'm seeing emerge, something that for lack of a better term you might call Vine compilations. (Vine is…
 
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    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker

  • Inspiring Stanley Kubrick Quotes About Filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    by Alison Nastasi. Meticulous, obsessive, and tireless, legendary director Stanley Kubrick has seen a career renaissance in recent years with a major retrospective at LACMA, a fascinating documentary about the conspiracy theories behind The Shining, and more. Today would have been Kubrick’s 86th birthday. In celebration of his astonishing 48-year career in cinema, we’re looking back on some of the director’s greatest quotes about filmmaking. These excerpts offer an intimate look at the frequently interview-shy icon, revealing insight into his films, moviemaking process, and views on…
  • Akira Kurosawa & Gabriel García Márquez Talk About Filmmaking in Six Hour Interview

    Peter D. Marshall
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    by Jonathan Crow. You know you’re doing something right in your life if the Nobel Prize-winning author of 100 Years of Solitude talks to you like a giddy fan boy. Back in October 1990, Gabriel García Márquez sat down with Akira Kurosawa in Tokyo as the Japanese master director was shooting his penultimate movie Rhapsody in August - the only Kurosawa movie I can think of that features Richard Gere. The six hour interview, which was published in The Los Angeles Times in 1991, spanned a range of topics but the author’s love of the director’s movies was evident all the way through.
  • Independent Filmmaking – Finding your style

    Peter D. Marshall
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    by  Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros. “When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, ‘no, I went to films.’” Quentin Tarantino Thanks Quentin! I’m right there with you! No need to worry that you haven’t gone to film school, or even that you have little or no experience on other peoples films, although I would recommend volunteering, it’s a great way to learn what not to do, as well as a few tricks. It also gives you confidence, which, let’s face it, is more than half the battle in anything! But it’s certainly not essential at any level of filmmaking,…
  • 6 Filmmaking Tips from Terry Gilliam

    Peter D. Marshall
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    by Landon Palmer. The release of any Terry Gilliam film is a big deal. More so than any living filmmaker of lauded repute, Gilliam’s work has been unusually burdened by outsized circumstances that render it astonishing that he’s even accomplished the work he has, from Universal’s re-cutting of Brazil to his lead actor dying during the production of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus to his doomed “Don Quixote” project, documented in the film Lost in La Mancha. Not since Orson Welles (who famously pursued his own uncompleted Quixote film) has a respected filmmaker had such an…
  • VIDEO: Cinefix Picks Ten Editing Moments That Transformed Filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    by Brian Heater. Cinefix pulls together ten iconic edits that have had a major effect on filmmaking in their latest video. The list, which features classics like Bonnie and Clyde, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Lawrence of Arabia, includes commentary about what has made each so effective and beloved for movie-goers and filmmakers alike. Read the video from Laughing Squid. Sign up now for your own FREE monthly subscription to “The Director’s Chair” filmmaking ezine and get the first 41 pages of my 258 page Film Directing Multi-Media Online course, “The Art and Craft of the Director Audio…
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    Directors Notes

  • DN320: Loves of a Cyclops – Nathan Punwar

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Featuring a forlorn cyclops who can see into other dimensions and an ex-audio book reading child star, Nathan Punwar’s Loves of a Cyclops is far from your average short film and that’s before you dive into the rich treasure trove of supporting transmedia materials. Fortunately Nathan joins us today to act as guide through the fascinatingly multi-dimensioned world he’s created. I don’t think I could of done it any other way & I don’t think I’ll ever make another film quite like this again. Loves of a Cyclops (2013) Francis, a modern-day one-eyed man (cyclops, if…
  • DN319: Hide And Seek – Joanna Coates

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:32 am
    In her debut feature Hide And Seek director Joanna Coates crafts an unconventional story of four young people who reject societal norms and instead seek to build a new way of living far removed from the constraints of their previous lives as a form of protest and self discovery. Joanna joins us ahead of the film’s world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival to discuss her raw take on the current crisis in youth culture. I don’t believe that film is something that you should be invited to join. Hide And Seek (2014) Four young people flee from London and set up in a…
  • DN318: The Knife That Killed Me – Kit Monkman & Marcus Romer

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    29 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Adapted from Anthony McGowan’s best selling novel and shot entirely on green screen, Kit Monkman and Marcus Romer’s debut feature The Knife That Killed Me tells a familiar story of contemporary adolescent pressures in a uniquely, unfamiliar way. Kit and Marcus join us to discuss how their green screen production approach enabled them to craft a film which fully plays out from the subjective perspective of its doomed main character. We set out to want to tell a new story in a new way, rather than setting out to be filmmakers. The Knife That Killed Me (2014) A journey through the…
  • DN317: Echo – Lewis Arnold

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    You may recall our conversation with rising director Lewis Arnold at the end of last year for his impressive ‘tall tale gone bad’ short Charlie Says. Well, during that chat Lewis spoke a little about Echo, another short he had out travelling the festival circuit. With Echo released online just over a week ago, and basking in the Vimeo Staff Pick limelight, it seemed the perfect excuse to delve even deeper into Lewis’ time at the National Film and Television School and the creation of his repetitive compulsion narrative. It’s much more interesting to get into the headspace…
  • DN316: Strings – Rob Savage

    directorsnotes@gmail.com (MarBelle)
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:07 pm
    A director we’ve been watching with great interest here on DN, Rob Savage’s work consistently grabs our attention. That’s why I asked him to join us on the podcast so I could discover how it all began at the tender age of 18 when he wrote, directed, edited, shot and co-produced his debut feature Strings, which depicts those quiet, awkward moments of teenage relationships we rarely get to witness on screen. Originally the plan was to shoot it on a Flipcam & make it a Mumblecore movie. Strings (2012) A German exchange student begins an impulsive and ultimately destructive…
 
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    Motionographer

  • Motion Conference 2014

    Daniel Coutinho
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Motion Conference is coming up August 15-17. The lineup includes Mark Coleran, Brian Bowman, Vinicius Naldi and nice cross section of others.
  • Horde

    Justin Cone
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    When your mother warned you against riding motorcycles, this isn’t what she had in mind. “Horde” is a stylishly terrifying short from Brvtvs Collective, a group of talented French artists who all graduated from the advanced cycle in digital direction at Supinfocom Arles in 2012. Stunning lighting, innovative camera work and ghoulish character design make... Read more »
  • Prosper

    Joe Donaldson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Michigan Motion Buds, Ian Sigmon and Nick Forshee, team up on two excellent spots for Prosper that are full of great animation, charming sound design and even an armadillo!
  • Uloba

    Justin Cone
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Tom Rainford’s warm, approachable illustration style takes center stage in this promo for Uloba, a Norwegian charity offering personal assistance to the disabled. Credits Agency: Kitchen Music and Sound Design: Brains and Hunch
  • OFFF Cincinnati 2014 Main Titles

    Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    It’s getting hard to stay afloat in the sea of title sequences being produced each year. The dominant trend has been to create increasingly epic short films and then insert speakers and sponsors as overlays or interstitials. Under the creative direction of Bradley “Gmunk” Munkowitz, Autofuss decided to take a radical stance and produce a... Read more »
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Tuesday photos, or that one time I went to jail.

    Peggy Archer
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There aren’t a whole lot of options available, if one needs to shoot in a jail. For obvious reasons, shooting in a working prison can be.. problematic, so we’re restricted to closed jails, which, in Los Angeles, means either Sybil Brand or Lincoln Heights, depending on if one wants ‘old timey‘ jail or modern jail. For the past few days, we’ve needed modern jail, so we’ve been at Sybil Brand. It’s been shot so much that it’s getting hard to tell what’s the original prison and what’s sets, but please enjoy some photos:   What…
  • On second thought, maybe don’t let it snow.

    Peggy Archer
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    I’ve worked in all sorts of environments – asbestos-filled, slimy, stinky, smoky, rat-infested, prostitute-infested (oddly enough, not the same place), etc.. But this past week is the worst I’ve ever felt from something on set. My cough has escalated into full-blown bronchitis, and one of the actors got so sick he had to take a day off. Needless to say, once someone important got sick production put a stop to the paper snow (which, it turns out, wasn’t movie snow, but acoustic insulation – the type that is mixed with plaster and sprayed onto ceilings). This was a…
  • Let it snow, let it snow

    Peggy Archer
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Back in the days when the film industry was young and innocent, someone clever noticed that real snow, when brought onto a set with really hot lights, immediately melted. The solution was to pile up a shitload of soap flakes or white-painted cornflakes (no, really), but those had… issues. Bugs and rats love cereal flakes and when humans are exposed to soap flakes for long periods of time the line for the toilet starts to get very long – not to mention the mess when it rains. Then, someone very, very, clever devised a solution. A substance called Phoamaide or Foamite, very similar…
  • I Miss You, Winter. I’ll Never Again Take You for Granted.

    Peggy Archer
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Day exteriors are usually pretty uneventful for electricians. We might move around a few lights, but generally the ones getting worked are the grips. But even if we have an easy day work-wise, this time of year the heat makes everything seem more difficult. The heat can be not so bad or completely terrible, depending on where one is shooting. Yesterday, we were shooting in the cement-lined quad of a community college. A few trees, but not even a hint of a breeze and the thing about cement is that it radiates the heat back – even the soles of my feet were hot, and my face got burned…
  • Friday Photo

    Peggy Archer
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The source of the smoke: Filed under: crack of dawn, locations, Photos, up all night, Work
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    WordPress Tag: Filmmaking

  • Part 4 - Script in the Bag - Sunday 8th July 2012

    hagfilmshonestreviews
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I finished the final draft of my screenplay this morning. Despite my previous worries about its offensive content, I am on a high. I’m exhilarated from the mental journey of fine tuning a story, and ecstatic that I have finished a third screenplay in under a year. Plus, I am more than happy with the end result. I think there’s enough recognisable characters in here, real people that audiences can relate to, or at least recognise. There are moments of hilarity, not just from the shock value of Trips lines, but also from the banter and scenarios that the characters face together. There is…
  • RAINS OF FIRE II: A PAINTING BY MIKOS AT MIKOS ARTS • #MIKOS • #LHO

    lhoart1
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    RAINS OF FIRE II: A PAINTING BY MIKOS AT MIKOS ARTS Twitter.com/pappasarts Mikos Paintings and Artworks PAPPASarts.com  MIKOS  MIKOS.info LHO “LOVE HONOR OBEY”  #MIKOS at MIKOS ARTS • #LHOART •  LHOart.com  • PappasArts.com  • MIKOSarts.com • LHOarts.net • LHOart.net • LHOarts.com LHO ART LHO  Facebook.com/MIKOSarts  #MIKOS , #LHO , #LHOART  , #MIKOSARTS , #LHOARTS  , #THESILENCER , #THESILENCERS ,  #MIKOS , #MIKOSART , THE SILENCER , THE SILENCERS, #SILENCERSAYS , MIKOS PAPPAS
  • How Did A $25K Bet Give Rise To Hollywood?!

    Digital Cinematic
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
    How did a $25,000 bet give rise to the modern film industry? How did Hollywood come to be, well, Hollywood? And where do we go from here? We’ll cover 2000 years of moving images in under 10 minutes. Visit CineFix for more wonderful content. Share this: How Did A $25K Bet Give Rise To Hollywood?! was originally published on Digital Cinematic
  • Collaboration that Works

    CJ Powers
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the end of last week I was asked two questions about working on creative teams: 1. What has been your experience with creative teams? 2. What has been the dynamic of those that have worked and those that didn’t? A smile came to my face as I remembered all of the great story elements created in the collaboration process. Then I also remembered the terrible failures that killed projects before they took off. The differences were clear, so I decided to share my views in this blog. PRACTICES THAT DESTROY 1. Creatives wanting to be heard without first understanding others. When I was wet…
  • Gregory Crewdson

    Charlie Close
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    For anyone who hasn’t heard of art photographer Gregory Crewdson, let me introduce him to you. Crewdson makes photographs with as much artistic vision as if they were paintings, and with as much technical precision as if they were movies. His pictures are quiet and dramatic, simple and mysterious, and filled with the fantasy of ordinary life. They are works of high art that invite you to bring your own imagination to them. Crewson recently made a documentary called Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, streamable on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. I invite you to watch it. Trailer below.
 
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    YouTube: Film

  • Honest Trailers - Divergent

    Screen Junkies
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Honest Trailers - Divergent The Hunger Games: http://bit.ly/HTHungerGame The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: http://bit.ly/HTCatchingFire Twilight: http://bit.ly/HTTwilight1 Twilight 2: Ne... From: Screen Junkies Views: 2156710 52258 ratings Time: 04:22 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Green Lantern

    Screen Junkies
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Honest Trailers - Green Lantern The X-Men Trilogy: http://bit.ly/HTXmenTril01 The Spider-Man Trilogy: http://bit.ly/HTSpider01 Captain America: The First Avenger: http://bit.ly/HTCaptAmer01... From: Screen Junkies Views: 1891369 35567 ratings Time: 03:35 More in Film & Animation
  • ♪ Diggy Diggy Hole

    YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    ♪ Diggy Diggy Hole Out now on iTunes: http://yogsca.st/DiggyiTunes ♪ Amazon UK: http://yogsca.st/DiggyAmazonUK ♪ Amazon US: http://yogsca.st/DiggyAmazonUS ♥ Diggy Diggy Hole T-shirt: http://yogsca.st/DiggyT... From: YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon Views: 4000398 111622 ratings Time: 04:09 More in Gaming
  • Honest Trailers - The Lion King (feat. AVbyte)

    Screen Junkies
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Honest Trailers - The Lion King (feat. AVbyte) Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Click here to see more Honest Trailers ▻▻http://bit.ly/HonestTrailerPlaylist This week marks the 20th anniv... From: Screen Junkies Views: 6907886 97056 ratings Time: 04:51 More in Film & Animation
  • Honest Trailers - Alice in Wonderland (2010)

    Screen Junkies
    27 May 2014 | 10:00 am
    Honest Trailers - Alice in Wonderland (2010) Click here to see more Honest Trailers ▻▻http://bit.ly/HonestTrailerPlaylist Become a Screen Junkie! ▻▻ http://bit.ly/sjsubscr Voiceover Narration by Jon: http://youtube.com/jon3pnt0... From: Screen Junkies Views: 3291033 36967 ratings Time: 03:56 More in Film & Animation
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #9

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    This week's theme: SYMMETRY & ASYMMETRY (Click on Photos for better viewing) "A Quiet Afternoon"   "Class Levels" - Hong Kong   "The Belly of the Beast"   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #8

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This week's theme: STREET REFRESHMENTS (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Roadside Refreshments"   "Fishballs"   "Burger Machine" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #7

    12 Jul 2014 | 5:25 pm
    This week's theme: PLAY (Click on Photos for better viewing) "No Loading and Unloading Anytime"   "Compact Driver"   "Arcade Dance-off" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #6

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    This week's theme: HOPES AND DREAMS (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Roadside Business Conference" "Future Pop Diva" "Knight in Shining Lights" --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Weekly Street Photos #5

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:11 pm
    This week's theme: CAUTION (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Ibulsa" (to pocket)   "Pedicab Crossing"   "Sheltering Love" - Hong Kong   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
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    Truth Seekers

  • Learning To Be Evolution

    Tom Atlee
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    If we wish to consciously evolve as a civilization, evolution has some lessons we need to start learning, taking seriously, and applying. First of all, I want to be clear that “learning to be evolution” is not about Darwin or...
  • Teaching Cinema for Transformation

    Tony Kashani
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Teaching Cinema as a Transformative Medium: Towards a Pedagogy of Transformative Learning Abstract This paper is an inquiry into a transformative learning pedagogy. Can cinema be transformative? If so, is all of cinema transformative? What kind of cinema has the...
  • On Freedom

    Jiddu Krishnamurti
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:29 am
    Below offering courtesy: (C) Krishnamurti Foundation Trust. For more information about J. Krishnamurti (1895-1986) please see: www.jkrishnamurti.org. J. Krishnamurti Third Public Talk in Saanen July 1978 I am glad it is such a lovely day. We ought to be in...
  • Poem : We Speak, Here

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:28 am
    hear now, the voice of eros, in cell, in organism calling the self ‘I’, in all that jazz playing ‘We’ today. spoken here, the language of love, for life, from life – expressions multicolored, subconscious to conscious, seen from the...
  • The Need of a Spiritual Change

    Sri Aurobindo
    16 Dec 2013 | 10:05 am
    At present mankind is undergoing an evolutionary crisis in which is concealed a choice of its destiny; for a stage has been reached in which the human mind has achieved in certain directions an enormous development while in others it...
 
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    Joke and Biagio

  • Now Hiring: Ultimate Entry Level Position for Reality TV

    Biagio
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    The position: Los Angeles Based. Assistant to company owners at Joke Productions, Inc. (Joke and Biagio.) One year commitment.   Possibility for promotion into other departments.   Position is the ultimate producing bootcamp.  Great jumping off point for a career in development, production, or post production. Ideal candidate should possess:  legitimate interest in working in unscripted entertainment (reality TV, documentary series, doc specials and documentary features) potential to grow into a “jack of all filmmaking trades.” a passion for great storytelling and an eagerness to…
  • Sister Witches: Oxygen Announces Our New TV Project In Development

    Biagio
    12 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    Believe in Magic? Oxygen has announced SISTER WITCHES, a new show we have in development with the network. While we can’t say more than what’s in the press release, we CAN tell you we’re super excited about the show. ALSO, the show came from two of YOU. Intrigued? Learn how to pitch us your shows at Producing Unscripted. Press Release: Sister Witches (Working Title) Set in Bethlehem, Pa., “Sister Witches” follows the lives of three unique sisters facing their 20s head on as they learn to harness their powers as witches and find their own way. Along with their…
  • Did My Idea Get Stolen? Focus on This Instead…

    Biagio
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:12 pm
    There’s a great guest post on John August’s blog called When You Think Someone Stole Your Idea. Written by aspiring screenwriter Randall Girdner, it explores those sickening thoughts most of us have had at some point: Did someone steal my idea? Will someone steal my idea? The post is an honest exploration of Randall’s situation, and includes a reply from John that is dead on in it’s accuracy and wisdom. Ideas are Just That — Ideas As most of you know, our main business is producing documentary and unscripted television. We even set up a way for people to pitch…
  • Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne New Photos, Video, and Press Release

    Biagio
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:29 am
    It’s been an exciting week! We’ve finally been able to tell the world that our new show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne will be premiering on A&E on Monday, January 13, at 10pm. The press coverage has been kind of awesome, from the official Variety press coverage: A&E Adds Magician Reality Series to Slate To our surprise photo appearance in TV By the Numbers: New Series ‘Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne’ to Premiere Monday, January 13 on A&E And this hysterical article by Mike Vago that rips the concept of our show to shreds but makes us laugh so hard we…
  • Our New Show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne Announced in Variety

    Biagio
    9 Dec 2013 | 1:43 pm
    For those who’ve been following, our new show Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne will premiere on Monday, January 13 at 10pm on A&E. Here’s the official announcement in Variety. Of course, we’re thrilled with this paragraph from the release: “Show is produced by Joke Prods., with Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina exec producing. Mayne and Mary Jaras along with A&E’s Drew Tappon and Brad Holcman also exec produce the series.” We LOVED making this show and will be talking about it a lot more in coming weeks both here and on our podcast. Be sure to check out…
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    Indiewire

  • The 11 Indies to Watch on VOD This August

    Indiewire
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    "Are You Here" (Aug 22) Though his work on television has been heavy on emotional drama, acclaimed "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner turns to comedy in his feature film debut. In the writer-director’s "Are You Here," Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis play two best friends on a rocky road trip back home after one inherits a large sum of money following the death of his estranged father. While the tone may be a slight departure from the dramatic weight of Weiner’s small screen career, the premise sounds ripe for the type of character centric fare he…
  • Director Tracy Droz Tragos Compares Sundance-Winning 'Rich Hill' with 'Boyhood'

    Paula Bernstein
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    During a recent chat with Indiewire, Droz Tragos acknowledged the similarities, saying that "Boyhood," one of her favorite films of the year, "is such a deep examination of family and family dynamics." But, of course, while "Boyhood" relies on some documentary-style storytelling techniques, it is a fiction film, whereas "Rich Hill," which also chronicles boyhood, is pure documentary. Shot in verite style, the elegiac film follows three teenage boys as they struggle through the daily life of deep poverty in Rich Hill, Missouri, the directors' ancestral…
  • Watch: Comedian Dave Attell is a Bogus School Photographer in New Thundershorts Clips

    Zack Sharf
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Need a good Friday laugh? Luckily, Thundershorts is here to bring the funny with all new episodes of its original short-form comedy series'. Check out a compilation of all of this week's new clips below and catch up on everything Thundershorts has to offer at their website.  Editor's note: SnagFilms is Indiewire's parent company  "American Viral," Episode 5 - "Paging Dr. Giggles" When Roger learns that his YouTube nemesis, Tommy Dibs, has dethroned the Busks as the #1 YouTube family with a video of his drugged up son, he makes a drastic decision. "Teachers…
  • Watch: Someone on 'The Leftovers' Takes Drastic Measures in New Episode 6 Clip

    Zack Sharf
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Five episodes into its debut season, Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta's HBO drama "The Leftovers" has remained mesmerizingly bleak and doesn't seem to be slowing down in terms of emotional heft anytime soon. In both a new photo (above) and clip from this Sunday's upcoming episode, "Guest," the focus is all on Carrie Coon's Nora Durst, a widow whose entire family vanished in the show's mysterious rapture. (spoilers to follow) READ MORE: Why Hasn't HBO Picked Up 'The Leftovers' Yet? (Because It Should) While "The Leftovers" may polarize whenever its more…
  • James Franco Talks to Indiewire at NYC Premiere of 'Child of God'

    Brandon Latham
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The long-in-the-works Cormac McCarthy adaptation attracted an eclectic group to the Tribeca Grand Hotel that include the film's crew and star Scott Haze, singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey and Broadway legend Bernadette Peters. "Child of God," a work that was considered to be unfilmable by some, stars Haze as the depraved loner Lester Ballard. Haze felt a huge responsibility to honor McCarthy. "I've never worked that hard on anything in terms of being an actor," Haze told Indiewire on the red carpet. "I know that at the end of the film, I had left it all on the…
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    Film Threat

  • AWESOME FEST ANNOUNCES THE BRUCE CAMPBELL HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

    Mark Bell
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    Philadelphia’s The Awesome Fest has announced the first ever Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival, running August 21-24, 2014 in Rosemont, IL...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • THE BOOTLEG FILES: NOTHING LASTS FOREVER

    Phil Hall
    31 Jul 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 catches an elusive unreleased comedy...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • TRUE STORIES FROM RUG CITY

    Jeremy Knox
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    It’s strong and smart storytelling that always makes you feel engaged, even if you can’t quite put your finger on why you feel that way...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • PERSONA: CRITERION COLLECTION (BLU-RAY + DVD)

    Phil Hall
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges. Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • AND SO IT GOES

    Rick Kisonak
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Are you sitting down? I’m about to coin a new phrase and I wouldn’t want to knock you over with its culturally observant pithiness. Ready? Wrinkle porn...Read More at FilmThreat.com
 
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    FilmmakerIQ.com

  • Every Easter Egg in Every Marvel Film… Up to Captain America: Winter Soldier

    John P. Hess
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    MTV News’ Josh Horowitz takes you on a journey through all of Marvel Studios’ movies to find every Easter egg. Get More: Music News  
  • History of Film: Once Upon a Time in the West

    John P. Hess
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    A video essay on Sergio Leone’s loving tribute to the Old West
  • Rokinon Wide Angle Cinema Lenses

    John P. Hess
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cine lenses are made for capturing outstanding video footage in a very precise way. In this video we take a look at what makes a Rokinon Cine lens different from other lenses and show a few great ways to use immersive wide-angles to give your next project a different perspective.
  • Sony a7S Astrophotography Review

    John P. Hess
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ian Norman delivers an incredibly in-depth review of the new Sony a7S – a camera renowned for low light which should be a great candidate for astrophotography. As soon as the Sony a7S was announced, I knew I had to try it for astrophotography. With a full frame sensor and ISO 409600, is it the best low light camera out there? Introduction The Sony a7S is the third variation of the full-frame mirrorless a7 series of cameras that Sony has recently released. First Sony released the 24.3 megapixel a7 and 36.4 megapixel a7R, the first mirrorless cameras with full-frame 24mm x 36mm sensors.
  • DIY Trashcan Light by IKEA

    John P. Hess
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    David F. Sandberg shares how he used an IKEA transcan as a portable light. Watch the completed short here:
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    Videomaker.com: Video News

  • Avid Updates Media Composer 8

    Chris Ace Gates
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Avid Media Composer is now a native 64-bit application, increasing the speed of operation. It is able to handle large formats such as 2k, 4k, and 5k. This includes the ability to read and write DMX files, as well as direct editing of ARRI Amira files. Avid Media Composer also supports the direct editing of stereoscopic 3D footage.
  • Red Giant Fires Off Update to Shooter Suite, PluralEyes

    rfairley
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    Red Giant Software announced this week an update to their popular Shooter Suite.
  • Apple Gives Macbook Pros More Bite

    rfairley
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In advance of the launch of OSX Yosemite this fall, Apple today rolled out a new lineup of MacBook Pros. Apple’s powerful laptop series saw minor refreshes across the board, but ought to handle the new demands of the OS and upc
  • RØDE Pumps Up the Volume with NT-USB Portable Studio Microphone

    rfairley
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    RØDE Microphones expanded their lineup of high quality microphones with the addition of a portable USB microphone they’ve dubbed the NT-USB.
  • GoPro's Reign: Can It Really Last?

    jclaverie
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    When people think of action cameras, GoPro comes to mind. In fact, much like people called photocopies "Xeroxes" in the 80s, we've heard people call action camera footage called "GoPro footage"; regardless of the camera used to shoot it. Funny enough though, despite the "Pro" in the name, GoPro has had a difficult time in the professional market.
 
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • The Unseen Portrait: Reiner Riedler

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    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    An uneasy balance often exists between photojournalism and portraiture. A news photo of a Palestinian youth hurling a bottle rocket at an Israeli tank, or a photo of two Russian Orthodox priests carrying a large icon in the snow, can become a “portrait” once the subject turns and engages the eye of the camera. This […]
  • Drones, Drones, Drones

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    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to Natalie Sommer, an associate producer at 60 Minutes, before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ushered Charlie Rose into a secret room at Amazon’s corporate headquarters, he offered the reporter half of his fortune, and a trip to Las Vegas to spend it, if Rose could tell him what was in the room. Well, Charlie Rose […]
  • Bill Bryson’s ‘Little Walk’

    John Bailey, ASC
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Only a writer with a wit as sardonic as Bill Bryson’s would title a book about a more-than-2,1000-mile, five-month wilderness trek on foot through 14 states of the Eastern seaboard— A Walk in the Woods. A “walk”? A person still in touch with the real world would likely title it A Punishing Rite of Passage That […]
  • Butterflies and Buffalo: Dennis Manarchy

    John Bailey, ASC
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today’s Millennials take the “selfie” snapshot and the immediate sharing of it on Instagram for granted. For them to imagine the lengthy, intricate processes of portraiture required at the birth of photography in the mid-nineteenth century—is, well, impossible. One of the first photographers to move out of the studio confines and take his camera out […]
  • ‘Gordy’

    John Bailey, ASC
    2 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    ONE It is an irony worthy of the cinematographer who was dubbed “The Prince of Darkness” by Conrad Hall that one of his most controversial lighting schemes was for a set bathed in bright, shadowless, fluorescent light. Since Gordon Willis’ death from cancer on May 18 in his home in North Falmouth, Mass., critics and […]
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    filmindustrynetwork.biz

  • ‘American Sniper’ to be re-edited? Jesse Ventura wins big

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Jesse Ventura has won $1.8 million in damages from the estate of ‘American Sniper’, after a jury found the best-selling book defamed him. Chris Kyle who wrote the book alleged that Ventura had claimed the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few,” and following the insult he subsequently punched him in the face at a bar. Ventura’s attorney, according to Dallas News, argued that Kyle had claimed Ventura hated America, and Kyle had: “Made him a pariah in the community that mattered most to him – the brotherhood of current and former SEALs.” After 6 days…
  • Going viral: ‘French Tom Cruise’ jumps on moving metro

    Iain Alexander
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Mister Puma, a French stuntman with an apparent affection for Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character, has released a video of himself jumping onto a moving metro in Paris. The ‘Mission Impossible’ live-stunt has become a viral hit in France, with most major newspapers highlighting the video. Although this is not the first time the French stuntman has made daring attempts to prove he is able to do the impossible, until now, we hadn’t come across this type of sheer risk-taking in the public eye. According to 20 Minutes, the 38-year-old had planned the stunt for months but it…
  • Zoe Saldana interview : ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

    FIN Staff
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Zoe Saldana plays the role of Gamora in Marvel’s upcoming ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’. No stranger to action in space, the actress turns green and mean in this latest epic adventure that sees her teaming up with a group of unlikely heroes to save the galaxy. After the success of ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Trek’ in 2009, Saldana has become a household name in the sci-fi genre. From playing Neytiri to taking on the role of Uhura at the communications helm of the Enterprise, she has built up an international fan base, and is at the forefront of her career.
  • Downloading ‘Expendables 3′ for free is like stealing pizza

    Iain Alexander
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    A leaked DVD quality copy of ‘The Expendables 3′ has made its way on to the web like many other films in recent years, but why would true fans want to cheapen their own experience of the film? ‘Expendables 3′ has arguably one of the most iconic casts in the history of action movies. Of course we’re not expecting this to be praised by Oscar voters, or indeed, even get 1 star from critics, but it’s still a production that costs money and employs hundreds of people. Surely giving them at least beer money as a thank you is in order. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold…
  • Audrina Patridge stuns fans at Comic-Con in X-Men makeup

    Iain Alexander
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Copyright Audrina Patridge Instagram Reality TV Star Audrina Patridge has taken her love for ‘X-Men’ to the next level by dressing up as Mystique at this year’s Comic-Con. Patridge went through a lengthy make-up process before she was transformed into the stunning beauty, which was done by a FaceOff season contestant named Cig Neutron, whom she credits for the work. Been up since 3am madeup @AudrinaPatridge as mystique and @supervillain1 as lady dracula brain=toast#Faceoff #teamcig pic.twitter.com/KPfKWibYzx — Cig Neutron (@cigneutron) July 25, 2014 Attending the San Diego…
 
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    Film Shortage

  • Uma Noite

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    31 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    One night, a young boy is disturbed from his sleep by a strange light in his small, rural town in Brazil. He soon discovers that he possesses a powerful energy and is confronted by both good and evil. umanoite.com The post Uma Noite appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Based On True Events

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    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    A couple on their first road trip quickly discover that silence can be deadly. garyallen.tv The post Based On True Events appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Battling Cancer With a Smile

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    30 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Lisa Cook smiled and laughed throughout her 14-year battle with breast cancer and never failed to see a silver lining. Even when the end was imminent, she reflected on how a positive attitude helped her fight for so long. twitter.com/shannon_palmer_ instagram.com/shannanogans The post Battling Cancer With a Smile appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Stalemate

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    30 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Anna Buckley is an ambitious journalist for the Day News, always looking for the biggest scoops. The chance of a lifetime is presented to her when she gets to write a feature on Chloé Garibaldi, a young heiress at the head of a media empire, and her entourage. As Anna goes along, she will discover that the golden doors of the Parisian Elite are withholding many secrets. She will then have to make a choice between her professional instinct or the confidential agreement she signed with Chloé. A true game of chess begins between the two women, but this game is not so easily won. The post…
  • Engrenage

    Marco Luca
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Dans cette course à la survie, saurez-vous discerner le réel de l’imaginaire ? Engrenage est une expérience émotive et visuelle créée par des étudiants de l’école Art FX en Montpellier, France. Intense, imaginaire et explosif, le film nous amène à travers 4 scénarios critiques où la vie du héro est en jeu. Le but du court métrage est d’immerger le spectateur dans différentes situations. Pour ça on à décidé de mètre en place un montage dynamique afin que le spectateur ne puisse pas respirer Il ce passe beaucoup en ce petit cinq minutes, un vrai bombardement de…
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Danny Elfman Scores Everything

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week, Sarah, Bryan and Roxi discuss one of the most prolific film score composers of our time: Danny Elfman. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • ILuvBradPitt624

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    This week, The Nerds chat about director David Fincher… but not without doing impressions for ten minutes first. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • You’re Tearing Me Apaaart!

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week, The Nerds break down the cinema classic Rebel Without a Cause. There is also the retirement announcement of a “Notable Player.” Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • These Go To 11

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Nerds discuss the “Mockumentary” style of filmmaking and their mutual love of all things Christopher Guest.  Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
  • Always Look at the Hats

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Nerds on History‘s Eric Bricmont guest hosts as the Nerds debate the merits and point out the numerous historical inaccuracies of The Patriot. Click here if the media player below has trouble loading.
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    Noam Kroll

  • Why The Greatest Writers and Directors Will Always Focus On The Subtext, Not The Text

    Noam Kroll
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I am a firm believer that just about any story idea can be turned into an Oscar winning screenplay if it is approached in just the right way, and that same idea could see just as much success as a directorial effort if it is approached with the same level of care. But the difference between average writing/directing and award caliber writing/directing is all in the subtleties, at least in my opinion. Probably the biggest differentiator between average and amazing is found in the subtext (or lack there of) of any given creative work. Throughout this article I’ll share my thoughts on…
  • Blackmagic Pocket Camera Is Now Only $495! What It May Mean For Blackmagic’s Camera Lineup

    Noam Kroll
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As of today, Blackmagic has just slashed the price of their pocket camera in half, from $995 to $495! This is great news for anyone in the market for a pocket cam, or those that already have a pocket or cinema camera and are looking for a b-camera to use in multi-camera environments. The pocket camera really is an amazing tool. I’ve shot with it a number of times and the images that it produces are exceptional – I have just never invested in it because I have the larger BMCC camera, and ultimately didn’t have much of a use for the pocket camera for that reason. That said,…
  • Why The ‘Milky Black’ Look Is Now The Most Overused Technique In Amateur Cinematography

    Noam Kroll
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Independent filmmakers are constantly striving to make their low-budget films emulate higher budget productions in any way that they can. One of the most common goals for directors and cinematographers is to recreate the ‘film look’, (which is certainly something I can relate to!). But unfortunately in the quest to find this look there have been some really unpleasant and cheap looking techniques that have become over popularized in recent years… The first was the overuse of shallow depth of field that exploded a few years back after the 5D MK II first was released, but…
  • Tip Of The Day: Avoiding Clichés in your Screenplay

    Noam Kroll
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Getting through the first draft of your screenplay can be an extremely frustrating task to say the least, and the challenges that present themselves during your first set of re-writes can be even more daunting. When initially reviewing the first draft of your script, it’s common to feel uninspired and to experience self doubt as the words on the page may appear to be flat... Scenes feel like they’ve already existed somewhere else, the dialogue is on the nose, and the sequences are predictable. Essentially, it feels cliché. As challenging as this part of the process can be,…
  • 6 DSLR Video Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Work + The Best Entry Level DSLR Today!

    Noam Kroll
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I’m on a bit of a DSLR kick right now as I’ve just announced my Guide To Capturing Cinematic Images With Your DSLR, and have been eager to share some recent thoughts on this topic with my readers. The DSLR video tips that you find below are not so much technical, but rather fundamental in nature, focusing on core ideas that will help make your images stronger. I truly believe that following these 5 guidelines will not only make your work more cinematic, but will improve the overall quality of your work immensely. At the end of this post I will also name my pick for the best…
 
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