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  • Top 10 Most Effective Editing Moments of All Time

    filmmaking.net articles
    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.
  • Amazon Q2 Losses Larger Than Anticipated

    TheWrap
    Tony Maglio
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Amazon was expected to lose $0.15 per share for Q2 — the actual loss came to $0.27 a share. Analysts were spot-on with their revenue estimate of $19.34 billion — a 23 percent increase in revenue year-over-year. The negative earnings come from a net loss of $126 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For the same quarter last year, Amazon reported a loss of $0.02 per share. Also read: Facebook Bests Estimates, Stock Hits All-Time High Amazon stock had closed up slightly — an increase of $0.47 per share or 0.13 percent — on Thursday. After the earnings were…
  • In Remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the Start of "The Great War", 10 Essential World War I Movies

    News
    Jim Amos
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    This Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and although most of us know that the war was ignited by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, our knowledge of the conflict is woefully lacking.  The Great War, as it was known until the late 1930's, resulted in the deaths of 9 million combatants and remains one of the deadliest conflicts in history, thanks in large part to the use of tear gas and trench warfare tactics.  The war drew in all of the world's greatest economic powers (America entered the war…
  • Reaching our Indiegogo Goal

    A Moon Brothers Film...
    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…
  • Garden City Recreation & Parks Department News: July 17, 2014

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    16 Jul 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.
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  • Amazon Q2 Losses Larger Than Anticipated

    Tony Maglio
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Amazon was expected to lose $0.15 per share for Q2 — the actual loss came to $0.27 a share. Analysts were spot-on with their revenue estimate of $19.34 billion — a 23 percent increase in revenue year-over-year. The negative earnings come from a net loss of $126 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. For the same quarter last year, Amazon reported a loss of $0.02 per share. Also read: Facebook Bests Estimates, Stock Hits All-Time High Amazon stock had closed up slightly — an increase of $0.47 per share or 0.13 percent — on Thursday. After the earnings were…
  • Nicki Minaj Flaunts Air Jordans and Her Assets for Racy ‘Anaconda’ Cover (Photo)

    Travis Reilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Nicki Minaj bared her very ample backside on Instagram Thursday to promote her new single “Anaconda.” The photo of the “Pink Friday” rapper — which shows her posing in a pink sports bra, a pink G-string, and pink and blue basketball sneakers — left very little to the imagination. Unless of course your imagination went into overdrive trying to figure out how, exactly, she managed to get her kicks so darned shiny. Also read: Iggy Azalea ‘Unbothered’ by Nicki Minaj's Apparent BET Awards Diss The “Super Bass” superstar teased the…
  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Review: Chris Pratt Rides Shotgun on Marvel's Charming Space Opera

    James Rocchi
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Take the Dirty Dozen, subtract the Magnificent Seven, and you'll roughly get the membership of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a surprisingly winning space-faring adventure with a group of Marvel Comics characters led by Chris Pratt in a breakout action-lead performance. Taking place in the far-flung outer-space territories of the shared universe created in the Marvel Studios movies (“The Avengers,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” et. al.), “Guardians of the Galaxy” takes a B-team of lesser-known comic-book heroes — no familiar faces…
  • ‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik to Host ‘Candid Camera’ Reboot

    Tim Kenneally
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Smile, Mayim Bialik; you're going to be on “Candid Camera.” “Big Bang Theory” actress Bialik has come aboard as host of TV Land's upcoming reboot of the classic hidden-camera series “Candid Camera,” the network said Thursday. Also read: ‘Candid Camera’ Gets a TV Land Reboot: EP Peter Funt Talks ‘Derivative’ Shows, Drones, and a More Gullible Public Bialik chimed in on her upcoming duties via Twitter, writing, “I have a new side gig.” As reported in April, Peter Funt, son of “Candid Camera” creator and…
  • Alamo Drafthouse Theater Warns Texas Governor Candidate: ‘We'll Kick Your Ass Out’ (Video)

    Jordan Zakarin
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A warning to all chatty power brokers/movie fans: Alamo Drafthouse plays no favorites and does no political favors. Greg Abbott, the arch-conservative Republican nominee for governor in Texas, recently released a campaign ad that emphasizes his seeming inability to speak into the camera unless he's sitting in a movie theater. This did not sit well with the Drafthouse, which has a famously strict ban on talking in its theaters, prompting the 18-house chain to release a very public threat to the man who not only wants you to talk in theaters, but also text “Freedom” to his…
 
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  • In Remembrance of the 100th Anniversary of the Start of "The Great War", 10 Essential World War I Movies

    Jim Amos
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    This Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and although most of us know that the war was ignited by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Yugoslav nationalist Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, our knowledge of the conflict is woefully lacking.  The Great War, as it was known until the late 1930's, resulted in the deaths of 9 million combatants and remains one of the deadliest conflicts in history, thanks in large part to the use of tear gas and trench warfare tactics.  The war drew in all of the world's greatest economic powers (America entered the war…
  • Joe Swanberg, 'Sex Tape,' and When It's OK to Rewrite the Movie

    Max O'Connell
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    As the axiom goes, "Review the movie they made, not the one you wanted them to make." It's something that Roger Ebert sometimes took Gene Siskel to task for on "At the Movies," perhaps most hilariously in their bizarrely argumentative review of the long-forgotten children's comedy "Bogus." It's easy to sit at some crummy comedy, think it has a seed of a good idea in the premise, and rewrite the movie in your head. When that becomes the crux of a review, it starts to walk a thin line between criticism and solipsism. But there might be exceptions to that old…
  • Watch: Exclusive Clip From ‘Alive Inside’ & Its Landmark Theater iPod Initiative

    The Playlist
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:44 am
    Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett’s “Alive Inside” is a documentary won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary earlier this year. While largely focusing on individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia, the doc also touches upon the universal healing power of music while examining the state of healthcare in America. The documentary “contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year,” Playlist contributor Nikola Grozdanovic wrote earlier this week and that’s some damn fine praise. Landmark Theaters…
  • Bradley Cooper, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Jamie Dornan and More Begin Production on 'Adam Jones'

    Nick Newman
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    After years in stagnant development, production begins today on "Adam Jones," a project once meant for David Fincher and Keanu Reeves that's now in the hands of director John Wells and star Bradley Cooper. Written by Steven Knight ("Locke"), the film follows the high-stakes, high-strung world of cooking through the eyes of a very demanding chef. Here's the synopsis:Chef Adam Jones (Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything…
  • The First Poster for Venice Film Festival Jury Prize Winner 'Stray Dogs' is Mesmerizing

    Oliver MacMahon
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, Tsai Ming-Liang's "Stray Dogs" is a beguiling masterpiece. Following a father and his two children wandering the margins of modern day Taipei, "from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city," the film is multilayered and certainly prides itself on a well-considered use of the cinematic medium. As we observed last year, it is "heavily concerned with time and duration, and their effect on the audience. It runs 138 minutes and contains 76 or 77 shots (I lost count…
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    A Moon Brothers Film...

  • 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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    filmmaking.net articles

  • 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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    Editor's blog

  • The Imitation Game wiill open 58th BFI London Film Festival

    Editor
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    The 58th BFI London Film Festival  Opening Night film will be THE IMITATION GAME, a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, one of Britain's most extraordinary unsung heroes, and one of the world’s greatest innovators.   The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 8 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK. Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and director Morten Tyldum are expected to attend the London event.   The pioneer of…
  • French composer Francis Lai receives World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at Film Fest Gent

    Editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
      Following the 41st Film Fest Gent’s focus on France, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to French composer Francis Lai at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Francis Lai (born in 1932 in Nice) became world famous with A man and a woman (1966) his first score for a film by Claude Lelouch, for whom he would compose over thirty scores the next four decades. The Oscar winning film A man and a woman launched the career of Lelouch and made Lai a celebrated French film composer with an international career. Thanks to the chabadabada tune, the music of A man and a woman…
  • 10 short films compete for Best of British Award

    Editor
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Pinewood Studios Group confirm prize worth £14,000 for new LGBT short film award Jury of 5 to be chaired by Judith Noble from Arts University Bournemouth English football fans in the 90’s, passion and desire between two women in a sleepy English coastal village and a new member of staff in a Scottish call centre for the deaf who gets embroiled in a lovers tiff are just some of the stories tackled by the finalists for a new LGBT short film award.   Organisers of the Iris Prize, supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have today (18/07/2014) announced the directors of 10…
  • Yerevan Film Festival Enters Second Decade

    Editor
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    YEREVAN GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL, 2014 ~ «Ոսկե Ծիրան» Միջազգային Կինոփառատոն>   By Alex DELONIAN, Yerevan     The eleventh annual installment of the Yerevan International Film Festival opened last night with a grandiose red carpet invitational gala at the cavernous Yerevan opera house preceded by a screening of a digitally restored print of the legendary 1968 film “The Color of Pomegranates” by legendary Armenian filmmaker Sergei Paradjanov. The name and image of Paradjanov (1924 -1990) hovers over the entire festive,…
  • Stereo to open Puchon Fantastic Fest

    Editor
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Puchon will run from July 17 to 27 Stereo by Maximilian ERLENWEIN Can we truly ever be free of our past? Is it inevitable for past wrongdoings to hang around like a shadow, even in a person may have changed for the better? Stereo poses the questions of whether a person can be forgiven through penitence, and if that person can step away from his/her pain and mistakes of the past, and seek a new life. Filmmaker Maximilian Erlenwein explains that a painful past, though perhaps it can never be reversed, can grow, through self-reflection and self-awakening. In other words, he is…
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    DVXuser.com -- The online community for filmmaking

  • How to move Vegas output to FCP/DaVinci Resolve for color grading

    rickflick
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I'm coming out of Sony Vegas with lots of .m2t files embedded in my project through nesting. I want to transfer this to FCP10 and DaVinci Resolve for color grading. The export function in Vegas seems to produce an XML file very well, but copies out source files as .m2t, which I don't think FCP can read...or can it? What's my best approach to transferring my project?
  • GH4 SpeedBooster Play on the GH4

    Efexone
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:56 pm
    My Metabones Speedbooster seems to have some rotational play on the GH4 between the booster's mount and the cameras - When used with the tripod collar, the camera can twist slightly causing an issue with keeping everything level. Cant seem to figure out whats loose - anyone have the same issues? Two other shooters I know have the same problem.
  • [FS: Support] Abelcine Universal Rod Adapter - 15mm-19mm

    Joshua Cadmium
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello! Up for sale is Abelcine's Universal Rod Adapter, which converts 15mm LWS to 19mm, or in their words: "allows the mounting of any 15mm lightweight support accessory onto 19mm studio rods. The 15mm interfaces with small studs so no additional rods are required." Here's the link at Abel: http://www.abelcine.com/store/Univer...ter-15mm-19mm/ . The piece has minor wear. One of the screws did go missing, so I got two Kipp branded ratcheting screws, which I really like, as replacements. Abel sells this for $325. I'd do $265 shipped anywhere in the US, but feel free to make an offer…
  • Shooting a concert - Need some help

    mikcheck
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Hello guys. Friday and Saturday i'll be shooting some fulls songs, not the whole concert but some songs that will be aired in a TV program related to what will happen in those two days. So it's just not concert but also other activities to shoot but it's with the concert that i need some help. There will be some bands and the thing is, there is the possibiliy to use two cameras but i'm alone and i would have a lot more material to carry on with me in this trip and i would have extra work. But i guess that the safest way to shoot it would be with 2 cameras? What if it was just one, how could…
  • exporting to FC, DaVinci Resolve for color rendering

    rickflick
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I have a significant project nearing completion in Vegas. The source files are MTS, and Pany mov. I have lots of rendered m2t files as a product. I want to hand off to someone to do DaVinci Resolve color rendering. Vegas has an export function to FCP 10 and FCP 7 / DaVinci Resolve which generates XML files. When I ran an example output it copied the m2t files with the XML file, which is not helpful since I don't think FCP can read m2t files. What kind of workflow are people using to transfer to DaVinci Resolve?
 
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  • 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…
  • No one has heard of your film - and that's maybe how you should like it!

    9 Jun 2014 | 9:13 am
    Check out this trailer. Seems like an okay film, got good people in it, was finished a few months back, had a recent screening at Cannes Market. Its UK premiere is soon.  I remember the writer / director pitching the idea to me ages ago. Maybe 5 years ago. Myself and Tammy go back quite a way as she was involved in my BAFTA nominated short, Eight, in an admin role - and I'm pleased she is now making great films herself.But the point of this article is how easily things like this can pass one by. I knew about the script, but now its done, its made, its out! How did that happen? Heck, my…
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    Making the Movie

  • 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

  • Filmmaking More Than a Game of Survival

    Peter D. Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    by Terry Green. Filmmaking is hard. Financing films is hard. Getting a foothold in the film industry is hard. Being an indie filmmaker in today’s world requires imagination, planning, endurance, taking risks and constantly putting yourself on the line. While many things, filmmaking needn’t be a game of survival. Those who take action and get past the limitations imposed on them by the status quo make film careers. Such a career is yours for the taking if you really want it, but you must get beyond the idea that it’s impossible unless you follow a certain set of rules. I subscribe to…
  • Christopher Nolan sees artists devalued with the digitization of films

    Peter D. Marshall
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    by Sean Wist. The era of digital film-making brought with it a whole new realm of possibility. This allowed filmmakers to watch what they’ve shot immediately, rather than having to wait for film to be developed. Digital projection in theaters also ensures that whether you see a movie on its first day or last, you can expect pristine quality (depending on the projector, of course). Despite these advancements, there are film purists that feel this may have a negative impact in the long run, especially as far as the future of cinema is concerned. One such film enthusiast is Christopher…
  • When Independent Film Anticipates An Audience

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
    by Sarah Salovaara. The arrival of summer blockbuster season and another Transformers installment means it’s time for critics to take to their think pieces and argue why Hollywood’s lowbrow, cash cow economy harms the more artful realm of independent film. The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, meanwhile, had the good, iconoclastic sense to pen an article entitled “The Real Threat To Independent Film,” whereby he concludes that the field’s dismantler does not lie within Hollywood, but in independent film itself. “The most audacious low-budget American independent filmmaking,” writes…
  • How Do Indie Filmmakers Survive in Russia?

    Peter D. Marshall
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    by David D’Arcy. The 36th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF, June 19-28), upstaged by an impending war epic in the Ukraine, took place in a city of rampant construction, filled with new immigrants from all over the former Soviet Union. Sometimes Moscow can seem like New York or Chicago, except for higher prices for anything but vodka and the subway. But the challenges for those who make movies in Russia have no immediate parallel. The festival provided a microcosm of the struggles among Russian filmmakers today. MIFF’s glittery opening in bling-heavy Moscow screened the hockey…
  • 3D Or Not 3D: The Divisive Nature of 3D Filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    by Talia C. The use of 3D technology in filmmaking is a notoriously divisive topic among fans of cinema. Some love the technique, and others loathe it, but few lack a strong opinion. Late film critic Roger Ebert became infamous in his dislike of 3D, often including footnotes at the ends of his reviews suggesting to readers that they ignore the masses and view films that he enjoyed in traditional 2D instead. Indeed, Ebert went so far as to release a list detailing why he hates the technique, including points such as, “It’s the waste of a dimension,” “It adds nothing to the…
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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

  • The Adobe Illustrator Story

    Justin Cone
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 pm
    When Adobe Illustrator first shipped in 1987, it was the first software application for a young company that had, until then, focused solely on Adobe PostScript. The new product not only altered Adobe’s course, it changed drawing and graphic design forever.
  • League of Legends Cinematic: A New Dawn

    Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Released nearly a year after its completion, this jaw-dropping cinematic for League of Legends from Blur presents a lush battle arena populated by a wide cast of well-known Champions brimming with personality. Dashes of humor and spectacular effects work punctuate the nearly non-stop combat choreography to make this a delightful visual feast. Behind the Scenes... Read more »
  • Proposal

    Justin Cone
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Adam Rosenbaum proposes to his girlfriend via motion design. Nerdy and awesome. Hat tip to Bran Dougherty Johnson.
  • Erin Kilkenny relaunches

    Justin Cone
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Art director, designer, illustrator, and animator Erin Kilkenny relaunches her portfolio, including an awesome graveyard of dead style frames.
  • Jenny LeClue: A Handmade Adventure Game

    Justin Cone
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    From motion design to game development, Joe Russ is constantly challenging himself to learn 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

  • Amit Sahni Ki List... Does It Feature On Yours?

    Sahil Kajale
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    Before I start, I would like to congratulate all those who have had a divine revelation about the existence of a certain film called ‘Amit Sahni Ki List’. Yes, there is actually a film by this name and it did hit the theatres yesterday (i.e. Friday – 18.07.14). However, if Bollywoodhungama.com and the article ‘List of Bollywood films of 2014’ on Wikipedia are not frequently found in your browser history, you wont be blamed for this ignorance. Produced By ‘Pyxis Pictures’ and directed by ‘Ajay Bhuyan’, Amit Sahni Ki List implemented the low-key strategy of marketing and…
  • 26. Are you hearing us?

    jamesfair
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    As you are aware (especially if you’re reading this), we have been blogging, facebooking and tweeting non stop to gather support and keep you all updated on the events (as they happen) on the production. We have been attempting to keep it as real as possible so you all know what’s really going on  and what it actually takes to create a 90 minute feature film in 72 hours. So have we actually been reaching anyone. Well in the past week we can confirm that yes, we have been reaching a ton of you. Who have not only liked pages and posts but interactively commented, replied and asked…
  • Cashback: creating opportunities in the arts

    davepickering
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop joined young filmmakers, musicians and dancers who are developing their career skills thanks to the confiscated funds from criminal activity. Over the last three years £2.25 million has been invested in CashBack for Creativity, providing over 15,000 opportunities for young people in Scotland to participate in arts activities they would not have otherwise had access to. Ms Hyslop said: “The real impact of CashBack on young people’s lives can’t be expressed by statistics or in stark monetary terms – CashBack changes…
  • Jaws V (1993)

    jeremyherbert
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Jaws: The Revenge killed the franchise.  Possibly for good or until the inevitable reboot, which will probably have to wait until long after Mr. Spielberg has shuffled off this mortal coil. Not that I, or many people, want a reboot. Let the original be. None of the sequels did it even remote justice.  Jaws 2 came the closest by a wide margin, but it was still underwhelming. But there was a sequel that did justice to the original.  And it passed right under our noses. It could be sheer coincidence, another movie that follows a similar structure to Jaws with common characters and conflicts.
  • Within "Boyhood," An Equally Compelling Womanhood

    underthehollywoodsign
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Patricia Arquette, Lorelei Linklater and Ellar Coltrane in “Boyhood”/Courtesy IFC Films Although nearly a week has passed since I saw Richard Linklater’s moving twelve-years-in-the-making masterpiece, I’m still thinking about “Boyhood.” As myriad reviewers can attest, it is as close to perfect as any film, and so compelling that its two hours and twenty-four minutes fly by. Yet unlike plot-driven movies, “Boyhood” has none of the conventional elements: no inciting incident, no climax, no three-act structure. (Take that, screenwriting teachers.)…
 
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    YouTube: Film

  • 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: 1460115 32547 ratings Time: 03:35 More in Film & Animation
  • Disney's Big Hero 6 - Official US Trailer 1

    Walt Disney Animation Studios
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Disney's Big Hero 6 - Official US Trailer 1 Disney's Big Hero 6 opens in theatres in 3D November 7, 2014. Like Big Hero 6 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6 Follow Big Hero 6 on Twitt... From: Walt Disney Animation Studios Views: 2685292 12984 ratings Time: 02:29 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: 3247913 105406 ratings Time: 04:09 More in Gaming
  • 10 Bizarre True Stories That Inspired Famous Movies

    Alltime10s
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:07 am
    10 Bizarre True Stories That Inspired Famous Movies Ten Bizarre True Stories That Inspired Famous Movies Mysterious deaths, stolen children and shark attacks have all inspired films. Watch the video to discove... From: Alltime10s Views: 841341 13554 ratings Time: 03:45 More in Education
  • 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 anniversary of the Disney animated... From: Screen Junkies Views: 6495132 91703 ratings Time: 04:51 More in Film & Animation
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    The Independent

  • Picture Motion Mobilizes Indie Film Audiences to Take Action

    erin
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With the digital age of cinema now pushing the boundaries of film distribution, the possibilities with which filmmakers have been presented are growing exponentially. read more
  • CIFF's Points North Adds a Fellowship for Docmakers

    erin
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Now entering their 10th year—and with a lot to show for that decade—the growing Camden International Film Festival (CIFF) launches the Points North Fellowship. read more
  • Linklater's 12+ Year Gamble on "Boyhood" Pays Off

    erin
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Boyhood. Richard Linklater. 2014. USA. 164 min. Editor’s Note: This review contains plot and character details. read more
  • 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Stephanie Martin

    maddy_kadish
    20 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It has become somewhat of a cliché: Write a script that you can shoot. The first short film from a new writer/director seems to always consist of two or three people in a single location sitting around a table yakking. It is easier on both the schedule and the budget. read more
  • 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2014: Miho Yamamoto

    maddy_kadish
    19 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the mid-2000s Miho Yamamoto was called to the station in the middle of the night to cover breaking news in her home country of Japan. She bristled at the restrictions of corporate media yet again (“you can’t release this and you can’t talk about this,” she says) because it left the wrong impression with listeners. “I felt my hands were bound. read more
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #8

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:08 pm
    (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
    (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
    (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
    (Click on Photos for better viewing) "Ibulsa" (to pocket)   "Pedicab Crossing"   "Sheltering Love" - Hong Kong   --All Photos are the exclusive property of Atom Magadia
  • Most Photojournalists Use Canon

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:10 pm
      Have you ever wondered what camera brand Photojournalists use the most?  In the film era, it used to be Leicas and Nikons, but in todays digital world it's Canon!   Here is a pie-chart from hastalosmegapixeles showing the breakdown:   (click on image for better resolution)   --image property of hastalosmegapixeles  
 
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    Truth Seekers

  • 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...
  • Poem : Spirit Enlightened

    Culture Unplugged
    15 Dec 2013 | 9:54 am
    origins of ʻitʼ seen, in zone beyond the known, the story of spirit - in evolution, in enlightenment, in experience, continues. our ancestors dwelled & dug to see ʻthatʼ, that, transcending the ʻgodʼ of religions present, that, leading us to...
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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

  • Project of the Day: 'How to Pass the Time: A Feature Film'

    Indiewire
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. How to Pass the Time: A Feature Film Tweetable Logline: A tragic, funny, and surreal tale of an isolated young man trying to make sense of his past, menacing dreams and fractured sense of self. Elevator Pitch: A lonely young man housesits for someone he doesn't seem to know or remember. He receives anonymous love letters and investigates his confused memories and the oddities…
  • Watch: Alamo Drafthouse Puts Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott In His Place

    Oliver MacMahon
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Greg Abbott has committed the foulest of sins: The 50th Attorney General of Texas and Republican gubernatorial candidate talked in a movie theater. In this day and age, I thought we'd grown up a little, but no. This Texan politician shows us what we are: A barbaric nation where down is up and west is triangle. What are we? How can we go on? It's utter madness, I tell you. I'm not the only one concerned: Alamo Drafthouse, the Austin-based cinema chain, is just as hot and bothered by Abbott and his fellow theater-talkers. That's why it's been doing "the right thing" and releasing…
  • Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is Spectacular and Fun, But Rarely at the Same Time

    Eric Kohn
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a smart, funny movie at war with dumb explosions and other special effects. It also celebrates them. The genius commercial gamble of Marvel's recent superhero movies is that, even though the stories all take place in the same universe, the studio has hired writer-directors with distinctive sensibilities to work within those constraints. Jon Favreau's penchant for crafting slick male anti-heroes helped give "Iron Man" its initial luster; super-fan Joss Whedon nimbly pulled together all the strands of earlier movies for "The Avengers,"…
  • The 7 Biggest Secrets Kept By TV's Most Secretive Characters

    Indiewire Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with WGN America and its new series "MANHATTAN," premiering this Sunday at 9pm ET / 8pm CT.  A character with a secret can make for the most fascinating of television – and those secrets, whether slowly revealed or suddenly exploded, can take the average drama and accelerate it into the annals of television. What are some of modern TV's most captivating moments, fueled by what characters kept to themselves? Check these out. "The West Wing": President Bartlet has M.S. Any secret President Bartlet kept from his best…
  • Kiefer Sutherland Talks Potential '24' Movie and Bringing Back a 'Meaner Jack Bauer'

    Ben Travers
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    In all the hubbub surrounding this past season's return of "24" (as "24: Live Another Day"), it could be easy to lose sight of the show's impact on the landscape of television: It was one of the first dramas to push TV into its so-called "golden age," with a variety of high concept ideas outside of its basic premise (real time viewing). Kiefer Sutherland stopped by Comic Con -- to a packed ballroom of 4,500 fans -- to discuss the (possible) end of the iconic FOX series. Here are the highlights: The "24" movie isn't dead yet.Though there wasn't a lot of…
 
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    Film Threat

  • LUCID

    Mark Bell
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Overall the film is stellar. The acting is strong, the visuals accomplished and alluring and, as previously mentioned, the edit is incredible...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • RAVANA’S GAME

    Mark Bell
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It tries to be too much, and winds up shortchanging itself overall. It's a story that would be more at home in a book, where the tangents and ambiguities could be fleshed out in a way that doesn't feel like a narrative jumble...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • THE FAY

    Mark Bell
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The filmmaking is more up to the task of creating and selling this fairy-friendly realm that the characters find themselves in, and despite a lack of dialogue, everything translates just fine...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • DRUNK.

    Mark Bell
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    The humor is silly, and the situations that our drunk finds himself in are more curious and awkward than dangerous and disturbing. This isn't the dark indie drama where he deals with the consequences of his alcoholism; this is the strange indie comedy where the consequences are just off-putting enough to make him pause when he reaches for the next drink, but not necessarily rough enough to actually stop him cold...Read More at FilmThreat.com
  • DIGITAL CELLULOID – ISSUE 213: MARVEL HORNETS…

    Chris Cirillo
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Digital Celluloid, a comic strip by artist Chris Cirillo, pokes fun at the films of today, tomorrow and yesterday. Whether it is a classic or an upcoming blockbuster, no film is safe! This week, the Slender story continues on, with the end of a five year YouTube series…Read More at FilmThreat.com
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • How To Make People Line Up And Beg To Invest In Movies

    Jason Brubaker
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Do You Invest In Movies? That is the question. The problem is, most filmmakers are having trouble finding people who actually invest in movies. Find out why...
  • The Atomos Shogun

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    DSLR filmmakers need to see what they are shooting. In this camera article, filmmaker Michael Head shares his thoughts on the Atomos Shogun.
  • How My Seven Day Feature Fell Apart (And What I Did)

    Guest Filmmaker Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Thinking about making your first film? Producer Matthew Saxon candidly shares "How my movie fell apart in seven days (and what I did next)
  • Movie Sound Recording

    Jason Brubaker
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    In filmmaking, the eye forgives and the ear does not. Audio is important. In this article, we share a field Movie Sound Recording kit.
  • How To Access The Secret Film Investing Club

    Jason Brubaker
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    In this film finance article, filmmaker Jason Brubaker shares tips about finding secret film investing club and getting investors to buy into your movie.
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    FilmmakerIQ.com

  • The Story of Story

    John P. Hess
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Story of a Story is an attempt to translate the love and effort we put into every film we make. The idea came while we were talking about how hard it can be for outsiders to understand the workflow behind what we do. It can all seem a bit too magical and otherworldly (because in a way it is), but it’s also a damn serious process. We wanted to explain how each step leads to another in the twist of a story and have fun with loads of different animation techniques. An ode to our own job, ‘cause that’s how much we love it!
  • Being a Cinematographer

    John P. Hess
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    EFTI School of Photography ponders the meaning of being a cinematographer. Via NoFilmSchool
  • A Tour of Photographer Platon’s Studio

    John P. Hess
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The photographer Platon, best known for his portraits of powerful leaders, gives us a tour of his studio and discusses a project he’s shot over the past twenty years during trips to his childhood home in the Greek Islands
  • The History of Comic-Con

    John P. Hess
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What started as a small sci-fi convention for a group of fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year, influencing every form of entertainment and drawing in over 130,000 attendees. So where did this cultural phenomenon begin? Check out this video to see how this event transformed over the years from a small basement to a massive & epic four day event!  
  • WOODY ALLEN ON WRITING: 5 Quotes from the Prolific Screenwriter

    John P. Hess
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ty Budde collects 5 quotes from Woody Allen on the subject of writing from writing from the subconscious to stealing. 1. On writing from the subconscious: “What people who don’t write don’t understand is that they think you make up the line consciously — but you don’t. It proceeds from your unconscious. So it’s the same surprise to you when it emerges as it is to the audience when the comic says it. I don’t think of the joke and then say it. I say it and then realize what I’ve said. And I laugh at it, because I’m hearing it for the first time myself.” –Woody Allen for…
 
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    Videomaker.com: Video News

  • Zaxwerks lets ProAnimator 8 Loose on the 3D World

    rfairley
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Creators of fast and friendly 3D applications, Zaxwerks Software, this week released the latest and greatest addition to their ProAnimator series of programs, Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8. Zaxwerks 3D ProAnimator 8 is a tool for creating 3D titles, models and other motion graphics, in either a standalone application or as an application running within Adobe After Effects.
  • Sharp Kicks Off 4K Art of Amazing Film Competition

    rfairley
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Sharp announced this week the return of their Art of Amazing 4K Film Competition, an event designed to show off the benefits of ultra high resolution entertainment.
  • SmallHD Releases Canon 5D MKIII Port Protector

    rfairley
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:11 pm
    SmallHD, makers of high definition field monitors and small camera accessories, has released the Canon 5D MKIII Port Protector, a lightweight device designed to hold cables securely and defer tugs and pulls away from the delicate external ports on the side of the Cano
  • Blackmagic Design Camera Update Available Now, Featuring Three New ProRes Formats

    rfairley
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    Blackmagic Design announced the release of Camera 1.8.2 software for all models of Blackmagic Camera, adding three new Apple ProRes recording formats.
  • Imagineer Systems Ships Mocha Pro 4 and Introduces Mocha Plus

    rfairley
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Imagineer Systems, the Academy Award winning developer behind mocha, has just shipped out mocha Pro v4 and mocha Plus. mocha Pro 4 is the fourth generation of the industry standard planar tracking, roto, stabilization and camera solving tool.
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    John Bailey’s Bailiwick

  • Drones, Drones, Drones

    ascadmin
    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 […]
  • Michelle Stafford: From Network ‘Soap’ to Webisode Comedy

    John Bailey, ASC
    19 May 2014 | 1:00 am
    ONE When Phyllis Summers fell down a flight of stairs on August 2, 2013, her millions of fans at first were shocked, and then lost in grief. She went into a coma and has remained so since. Family visitors to her Georgia Island bedside, including her husband, her lover, her son, and her rival, Sharon […]
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    filmindustrynetwork.biz

  • Is Tom Cruise actually gay? Decide his destiny in this poll

    FIN Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Another ridiculous news article this week has claimed that Tom Cruise is gay, with close sources allegedly confirming this ‘fact’. Of course, this rumor has been around for many years but we felt it was time to ask you the readers what you actually thought about Tom Cruise’s sexual orientation. To all the Tom Cruise fans out there, from this moment on, you can decide whether he is officially gay or not. Based on all the films you’ve seen, all the rumors you’ve heard and the tabloid gossip you’ve read, this is the moment of truth. You will be able to see all…
  • Kristen Bell is upsetting Disney in this minimum wage parody

    Iain Alexander
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Kristen Bell stars in a new video as Mary Poppins in a Disney parody that sings to the tune of the American minimum wage. After Mary Poppins quits her job as a Nanny, she decides to politically debate the minimum wage in front of the innocent children who sit in awe of her routine. As the video develops, we also see an ‘evil’ Republican version of Mary Poppins in the mirror while she brings out graphs and a measuring tape to explain the problem she’s facing. The question one might raise is, are the kids really going to understand this one? Wait for the ending..to get a big…
  • John Cusack and Selena Gomez join Gaza, Israel debate

    Iain Alexander
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Copyright Selena Gomez Hollywood stars including Selena Gomez and John Cusack have shared their views on the Gaza conflict, that continues to escalate with more reports of civilian casualties. Earlier this week, Selena Gomez made two separate calls on her Twitter and Instagram for the violence to end: Please pray for those families and babies today. Please always remember what's important in life. It's… http://t.co/sLVRg9J4n1 — Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) July 19, 2014 And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!
  • Actor claims he is JJ Abrams’ lens flare in this ‘documentary’

    Iain Alexander
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:08 pm
    Ok so back in 2009 J.J. Abrams went a little overboard with the lens flares in ‘Star Trek’, and subsequently got some criticism but in 2014, one actor has proclaimed that it’s not the whole story. (See video below) Actor/comedian Luke Knezevic has taken the bold, and fairly pointless decision to unleash this un-serious yet hilarious short documentary that tells the full story behind the lens flare and why it was there. This is just a glimpse of ‘The Flare’ As you will see in this video below, Knezevic AKA Lorenzo Flarius, shows people his true identity, and that…
  • Commonwealth Games opening makes tribute to MH17 victims

    Iain Alexander
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Copyright Commonwealth Games 2014 Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond made a tribute to the victims of flight MH17 at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony this evening which was followed by one minute of silence. The First Minister thanked the 40,000 attendees in Glasgow ahead of the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games and remembered the fallen, including the 43 Malaysian citizens who perished when their plane was shot down over Ukraine. Broadcast live around the world, the opening ceremony held at Celtic Park is expected to have reached over 1 billion people, and a live appeal was…
 
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    Owen Weber Live

  • 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…
  • New Show Date! March 22nd, 2014, at Chicago Filmmakers!

    Owen
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:05 am
    Mark your calendars! I’m filming a brand new show that mixes standup and shorts. https://www.facebook.com/events/1395257627405980/ More info coming soon!  
  • Butt-Chugging Goes Mainstream With The Milweiser Backdoor Bottle

    Owen
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:29 am
    Not a fan of these videos?  That’s ok.  Just read my explanation before you get all angry.
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    Film Shortage

  • Three Girls – Trailer 2

    Admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:09 pm
    This is an extended look and new trailer of ‘Three Girl’. See first trailer here A young bastard finds love with a sick girl, loses it because of a heartless bitch and touches redemption thanks to a desperate young girl. damienjelaine.tumblr.com The post Three Girls – Trailer 2 appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Where Do Lilacs Come From

    Marco Luca
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    An Alzheimer’s sufferer desperately tries to put together the pieces of his past. Memory might unknowingly be our most fragile asset, as it often fades away with age, and at a frightening pace for those struck with Alzheimer. Filmmaker Matthew Thorne decided to reach a state of mind that not many have tried before, capturing a fading memory from a perspective. The result is a beautiful film with flows of imagination with a soft mix between memory and reality. It is based on the memories I had from when I was younger of my Dad losing his mother to Alzheimer’s. I really wanted to tell a…
  • Mobi

    Admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A guy pushes a block of ice along the road. He has a mission to accomplish. Gradually, the ice starts to melt… The post Mobi appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Elmstead & Close

    Admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Elmstead & Close is a short, animated CGI film which depicts the beauty and phases of life through the four seasons of the year. andreishah.co.uk twitter.com/Andrei_Shah The post Elmstead & Close appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • For Francis

    Admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Francis is a seven year old boy who loves dresses. When his teacher makes Francis a dress, his father Matt becomes enraged. Fearing the worst, Matt is forced to face his own fears and to choose between protecting his son from an intolerant world, or allowing the boy to live truthfully. starr-films.com facebook.com/pages/Starr-Films-Ltd twitter.com/starrfilms The post For Francis appeared first on Film Shortage.
 
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

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    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.
  • Jar Jar Binks = Fat Bastard

    thenerds@nerdonomy.com (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    This week, Roxi is on sabbatical and Sean, Sarah and Bryan decide to just wing it with a series of interlocking tangents. 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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