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  • Sad News…

    Lisa Murray
    9 May 2015 | 5:21 pm
      Last night, in our home, with her family… April passed away.  We are absolutely heartbroken and in shock so I apologize for not texting you if we know each other personally, but our heads are still spinning from what was a whirlwind week of tears and questions and anguish. Her health “scare” was more like a nightmare that we couldn’t wake up from.  Other than some allergy issues, she has always been so healthy.  NEVER were there any indications that she was sick in the least.  She rambunctiously played with Pickles, she jumped up on things with ease, she loved…
  • VFX Breakdowns: 10 behind-the-scenes looks at how incredible effects were created for Hollywood films

    Film Directing Tips, Film Making Articles and Online Resources for the Independent Filmmaker
    Peter D. Marshall
    29 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    by Michael Burns. It seems incredible, but this summer’s crop of blockbuster movies is likely to be even more numerous than the last few years. In fact it’s meant to be the biggest ever year for so-called tentpole movies, crowding in to 2015 in a battle for audiences at multiplex cinemas. As well as the return (hooray) of Star Wars, there’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Pan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Mission Impossible 5, Spectre (aka James Bond 24), Fast and Furious 7, Ant-Man, and many more. Not forgetting of course The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which…
  • ‘Empire’ Live-Stream Event: Cast Performs, Producers Join for Q&A (Video)

    Deborah Day
    29 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    The cast and series producers behind Fox’s “Empire,” which tells the story of the raucous musical Lyon family, held a live-streaming panel and performance event on Friday from Los Angeles. Cast members participating included Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey and Estelle. Co-creators and executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and executive producers Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken also attended and answered questions about the coming season. Also Read: 5 'Empire' Takeaways From Show's Star Terrence Howard…
  • James Ponsoldt To Direct F. Scott Fitzgerald Drama 'West Of Sunset'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    29 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    James Ponsoldt is leaving much space for breathing room. His latest film "The End Of The Tour" is fresh off a Sundance premiere and is hitting theaters next month (check out the trailer). And next in line is perhaps his starriest effort yet with the Tom Hanks starring adaptation of Dave Eggers' "The Circle." And now the director has another hot project on his plate. Deadline report the filmmaker will write and direct the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale "West Of Sunset." Just to be clear this is about Fitzgerald, not based on his writing. Instead, the movie is based…
  • Q&A with Stephen Velichko

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    26 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Stephen VelichkoRole: GadgetGadget, played by Stephen VelichkoQ: What attracted you to working on this film?A: Watching Under Jakob's Ladder, I thoroughly enjoyed the film visually, but moreover the character development. After seeing the character breakdowns for Lost Penny, I instantly connected with Gadget.Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?A: I had the pleasure of walking in Gadget’s shoes. Gadget is in love with the girl next door, his best friend, Penny. Only problem is that he’s a bit of an oblivious dork. A lovable one, but a dork at that. He puts the…
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  • ‘Empire’ Live-Stream Event: Cast Performs, Producers Join for Q&A (Video)

    Deborah Day
    29 May 2015 | 7:47 pm
    The cast and series producers behind Fox’s “Empire,” which tells the story of the raucous musical Lyon family, held a live-streaming panel and performance event on Friday from Los Angeles. Cast members participating included Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray Kaitlin Doubleday, Grace Gealey and Estelle. Co-creators and executive producers Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and executive producers Brian Grazer and Ilene Chaiken also attended and answered questions about the coming season. Also Read: 5 'Empire' Takeaways From Show's Star Terrence Howard…
  • Disney Unplugs ‘Tron 3’ Starring Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde

    Jeff Sneider
    29 May 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Disney has come to its senses and elected not to move forward with “Tron 3,” which was gearing up to start production this fall in Canada under the direction of Joseph Kosinski. Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde were slated to return to star and Kosinski had been courting Jared Leto and Olivia Munn to co-star in the big-budget sequel. The cancellation of “Tron 3” comes on the heels of “Tomorrowland” underperforming at the box office last weekend. Brad Bird‘s original film cost Disney $180 million and grossed a disappointing $42.7 million over the…
  • Lena Dunham Totally Bites It for Hillary Clinton (Photo)

    Tim Kenneally
    29 May 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Way to sink your teeth into politics, Lena Dunham. Dunham, the star of HBO’s “Girls,” made her preferences in the 2016 presidential election known on Friday, posting a photo on Instagram with a Hillary Clinton campaign bumper sticker. To be precise, the sticker was gripped between her pearly whites. Must have been tasty. Also Read: New Yorker Defends Lena Dunham's Controversial 'Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?' Article “Had the pleasure of visiting campaign headquarters in my very own Brooklyn!” Dunham wrote. “Didn’t find the grande dame herself but this…
  • ‘Boom!’ Game Show Preview Makes It Rain Money, Pizza Sauce (Video)

    Kathy Zerbib
    29 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    In a first look at FOX’s new game show “Boom!” contestants are soaked with pizza sauce, beef stroganoff and cheddar cheese for every incorrect answer. The objective of the competition is simple: answer a question correctly by cutting the corresponding wire, thereby defusing that round’s bomb. Cut the wrong wire and everyone in the room risks getting doused with any one of a variety of foodstuffs. Winners stand to gain up to $500,000 in prize money and/or dry cleaning bills. Also Read: 'Boom'! Fox's Explosive Series Sparks Internal Strife Over New Reality Chief…
  • Bruce Jenner Lands First Post-Transition Cover Shoot With Vanity Fair

    Itay Hod
    29 May 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Bruce Jenner has landed an upcoming cover for Vanity Fair, the first print photo shoot and interview since the former Olympian revealed plans to transition from male to female. People magazine reports that Annie Leibovitz will shoot Jenner as a woman — a first for a celebrity athlete who has posed for his share of magazine covers over the years, from Sports Illustrated to GQ. Reps for Vanity Fair, Liebovitz, and Jenner have not yet responded to requests for comment. Jenner’s Vanity Fair pictorial is expected to hit stands this summer. Also Read: Bruce Jenner Fires Back in Wrongful…
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  • James Ponsoldt To Direct F. Scott Fitzgerald Drama 'West Of Sunset'

    Kevin Jagernauth
    29 May 2015 | 2:34 pm
    James Ponsoldt is leaving much space for breathing room. His latest film "The End Of The Tour" is fresh off a Sundance premiere and is hitting theaters next month (check out the trailer). And next in line is perhaps his starriest effort yet with the Tom Hanks starring adaptation of Dave Eggers' "The Circle." And now the director has another hot project on his plate. Deadline report the filmmaker will write and direct the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale "West Of Sunset." Just to be clear this is about Fitzgerald, not based on his writing. Instead, the movie is based…
  • Watch: Red Band Trailer For Award Winning Feminist Psychological Thriller 'Felt'

    Zach Hollwedel
    29 May 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Amy Everson and Jason Banker deliver what’s sure to be an intense and gut-twisting experience in their new docu-narrative, “Felt.” Inspired by Everson’s own life—though to what degree is unclear—“Felt” takes direct aim at modern rape culture. Co-written by the duo and directed by Banker, the film follows Amy, a woman struggling with the lasting pain of past sexual trauma, which is compounded by the male-dominated world in which she lives. As a coping method, she fabricates male-inspired alter egos, made complete by morbid costumes that endow her with a sense of power she has…
  • Olivier Assayas Gives Criterion His Top Movies

    Anne Thompson
    29 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    One of our favorite directors, Olivier Assayas ("Summer Hours," "Clouds of Sils Maria") has a predictably eclectic Top Ten List, detailed at Criterion, which is actually a much longer list than ten. He offers American entries from Steven Soderbergh, Richard Linklater, Michael Mann, Robert Altman, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach! Have you seen them all? I've never seen the director's cut of Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," the TV cut of Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander," Sacha Guitry's "Désiré" or "Judex"…
  • Hou Hsiao-hsien, Catherine Hardwicke, And Will Gluck Prepping New Films

    Kevin Jagernauth
    29 May 2015 | 1:39 pm
    It took eight long years between Hou Hsiao-hsien's "Flight Of The Red Ballon" and his latest, Cannes Best Director prize winning "The Assassin." And the good news for fans of the filmmaker is that he's already brewing his next picture and hopefully it won't be so long to get it made it. His next project is about "a waterway enthusiast who encounters a river goddess while studying the city’s waterway system" and it will be set in the modern era. Shu Qi will return to star with Chu Tien-wen ("The Assassin," "Millennium Mambo")…
  • Goodbye, ReelPolitik

    Anthony Kaufman
    29 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    I started blogging—reluctantly—in April 2004.In my first blog post, creatively titled “My First Blog” (which is now lost in a black hole of 404 URL errors), I wrote: “The whole thing seems like a waste of time. As if we didn't have enough information to sift through already, do we really need more? And do I really have the time to write anymore than I already do?” But then, of course, the world changed, and blogging became an essential sideline for every writer and journalist, now pressed to stay relevant within the new media universe. Soon my blog became less a place for…
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  • Q&A with Stephen Velichko

    26 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Stephen VelichkoRole: GadgetGadget, played by Stephen VelichkoQ: What attracted you to working on this film?A: Watching Under Jakob's Ladder, I thoroughly enjoyed the film visually, but moreover the character development. After seeing the character breakdowns for Lost Penny, I instantly connected with Gadget.Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?A: I had the pleasure of walking in Gadget’s shoes. Gadget is in love with the girl next door, his best friend, Penny. Only problem is that he’s a bit of an oblivious dork. A lovable one, but a dork at that. He puts the…
  • Promo Videos with the Lost Penny Cast and Crew

    21 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    We're doing a series of promo videos featuring the cast and crew of Lost Penny! Check out the playlist below...We've posted the first two. More to follow!» Watch the Movie Trailer» Who's Who - the Cast and Crew» Photos from the Film Shoot» Like us on FacebookLOST PENNY - Film Festival InfoLost Penny will be screened at the following festivals... Manhattan Film Festival on Sat, June 13 » Get ticketsNiagara Integrated Film Festival on Sun, June 21 » Get Tickets
  • Q&A with Victoria Guthrie

    15 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    Film: Lost PennyActor: Victoria GuthrieRole: MotherPenny (Rachael McOwen) with her Mother (Victoria Guthrie)Q: What attracted you to working on this film?A: I was attracted to working on the film once I saw a clip from Under Jakob's Ladder ... The film quality, direction and acting was all of a high caliber and I knew immediately that this was a production group that I wanted to work with and build a working relationship with into the future.Q: Which role do you play in Lost Penny?A: I play Penny's mom. She is a single mom who really dislikes her ex and doesn't want Penny to be influenced by…
  • Film Festivals in June

    7 May 2015 | 11:48 am
    Here's a quick update about our feature film, Lost Penny... When can you see the movie? Well, we have two opportunities coming up. Lost Penny will screening at two -- yes, two -- film festivals this June! 1. WORLD PREMIEREManhattan Film FestivalDate: Saturday, June 13, 2015 Time: 7:00 pmVenue: Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street, NYCTickets are $12   » Order Tickets (Manhattan) 2. CANADIAN PREMIERENiagara Integrated Film FestivalDate: Sun, June 21, 2015Time: 12:30 pmVenue: Landmark Cinemas - Pen Centre, St. Catharines, ONTickets are $12.50 and $10 (stu/sr)   » Order…
  • Film Day 13-14 - Wrapping it Up

    30 Apr 2015 | 10:48 am
    Date: Friday, August 22 to Saturday, August 23, 2014Film: Lost Penny Final two days of filming during principal photography in August. We shot the Runaway/Enforcer scenes (Hannah Ladwig & Robert Tanos); Jake the Bouncer (Isaac Mitchell); and the Security Check scene (Todd Melville and William G. Hobbs). Check out the photos from the other film days for Lost Penny... Film Day 1 - Film Day 2 - Film Day 3-5 - Film Day 6 - Film Day 7 - Film Day 8 - Film Day 9 - Film Day 10 - Film Day 11-12 - Film Day 13-14
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  • Filmmaking Course - The New Indian Express

    29 May 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Filmmaking CourseThe New Indian ExpressCHENNAI: Mirage Film Institute in T Nagar is offering a part-time certificate course in filmmaking starting today. The digital filmmaking course, which us conducted on Saturdays over a period of two months, will get one started as a filmmaker. The
  • Theater of Grace brings Christian values to local filmmaking - Branford News

    29 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Branford NewsTheater of Grace brings Christian values to local filmmakingBranford News“We're hoping to attract other filmmakers and provide ministry training and let people use their talent in the Christian arena.” The inspiration behind Theater of Grace's first feature film, “Sorry Lessons,” started with the line, “For what we are
  • Louisiana cedes 2014 filmmaking crown to California in new study -

    29 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    NOLA.comLouisiana cedes 2014 filmmaking crown to California in new studyNOLA.comDespite that, however, and despite efforts in the Louisiana Legislature to cap the film-incentive program that is credited for spurring the state's filmmaking boom over the past decade, the FilmL.A. study characterized Louisiana's comparatively low and more »
  • Appatlo Okkadundevadu to have guerrilla-style filmmaking - Hindustan Times

    29 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Hindustan TimesAppatlo Okkadundevadu to have guerrilla-style filmmakingHindustan TimesFilmmaker Sagar Chandra's next Telugu film Appatlo Okkadundevadu is based on true events. Hence, the director plans to shoot most of it using guerrilla-style as a lot of shooting will take place at real locations. "Most of the film's shooting will take
  • Google Jump is an entire ecosystem for virtual reality filmmaking - The Verge

    28 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    TIMEGoogle Jump is an entire ecosystem for virtual reality filmmakingThe VergeAnd while GoPro is obviously the first company working on a Jump rig, Bavor said that filmmakers will theoretically be able to use any off-the-shelf cameras. (The benefit of buying GoPro's instead of building your own, however, would be that the Film Industry Innovators On Google's New VR SystemFast Companyall 351 news articles »
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  • A German film pioneer, rediscovered in a Vancouver basement: The legacy of David Oliver

    29 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Mark Oliver will be screening two of his grandfather's silent films, Im Reich der Zwerge and Guido der Erste at the Vancity Theatre on June 5. On March 21, 1934, somebody lobbed a hand grenade at a taxi in Berlin. The target was David Oliver, whom the New York Times described as "an Austrian citizen of the Jewish faith."
  • This Third-Generation Family Business Thrives on Service

    29 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Greg and Joshua Owen, a father and son team, lead their third generation family business, Tri-Modal Distribution Services. The company is based in Southern California and provides global logistics.
  • Albuquerque Film & Music Experience returns for 3rd year

    29 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Returning to Albuquerque for its third year in a row, AFME kicks off this next week, Monday, June 1. Over the course of the week patrons can expect new media and technology, domestic and international movies, food and art, engaging conversations, panels and time with industry leaders in attendance. This year's international program will spotlight film making and artistry from Latin America.
  • Bulgarian Movie Viktoria Released in the US

    29 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    The film Viktoria by director and writer Maya Vitkova has been selected for a US release by the company Big World Pictures, located in Brooklyn, New York, the Hollywood Reporter announced. The official premiere of the movie was at the Sundance Film Fetsival.
  • Gedling tenants bring the seaside to Netherfield

    29 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    Residents at Gedling Homes' independent living schemes will bring the seaside to Nottingham next week for a multi-media exhibition at the St George's Centre. Tenants have been working with Nottingham artists Jane Ashworth and Julian Hanby to create the event, which will include pictures, memorabilia, film and crafts, all based on memories of holidays.
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  • 'The Director List' Launches Online Database Connecting Female Directors with Future Projects

    29 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    The Director List is proud to announce the official launch of their new website featuring an online database devoted to increasing awareness and accessibility to female directors and their work in feature films, television, large-scale commercials and music videos. Founded by independent filmmaker Destri Martino, TDL's main purpose is to address the consistently low number of women hired for directing jobs and provide a practical solution for creating change and reversing the trend. There are currently over 850 experienced female directors included in the database, with new additions and…
  • Israeli and Palestinian Film Makers Come Together at SERET 2015

    29 May 2015 | 1:13 am
  • Eco-film about controversial titanium mining to co-premiere at Encounters International Documentary- and the Durban Internationa

    28 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
      The Shore Break, an award-winning film that unpacks the dilemma faced by a rural community on South Africa’s Wild Coast as to whether to support or resist a proposed titanium mining project that could fundamentally change their lives forever, will have its South African co-premiere at the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in June and at the Durban International Film Festival in July. Directed by Ryley Grunenwald, The Shore Break was a selected project at the 2012 Durban FilmMart, the IDFA WorldView Summer School 2013, the Hot Docs Forum 2012…
  • Broad Green Pictures announced today the hiring of Gail Heaney as Executive Vice President of Media

    28 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    BROAD GREEN PICTURES HIRES GAIL HEANEY AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, MEDIA   Broad Green Pictures announced today the hiring of Gail Heaney as Executive Vice President of Media. In her new role, she will be responsible for innovative marketing solutions and media strategies for all Theatrical, VOD and Home Entertainment releases across all platforms.   “Gail brings such incredible experience and energy to the company," said Gabriel Hammond, CEO of Broad Green Pictures, and Daniel Hammond, the studio’s Chief Creative Officer. “She has successfully executed…
  • Provincetown International Film Festival Announces Honorees, Special Guests and Additional Programming

    28 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    -- Bobcat Goldthwait named "Filmmaker on the Edge" --   -- Jennifer Coolidge to receive Faith Hubley Career Achievement Award --   -- Noah Baumbach's MISTRESS AMERICA, shorts programming added to lineup --   The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today honorees and distinguished guests for its 17th edition, running June 17 - 21 in Provincetown, MA. Writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait (CALL ME LUCKY) will be named the 2015 "Filmmaker on the Edge" in conversation with resident artist John Waters at Provincetown's historic Town Hall…
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  • [FS: General] Panasonic GH2 LNIB

    Jon Neely
    29 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Gh2, used only once as a b-cam. Bone Stock. Comes with everything from the factory. Like New. $400 + Shipping Based in central California Cheers, Jon
  • OTHER: PSA: The Real Reason You Should Recycle

    29 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Hey guys -- I've offered a bunch of critiques over the years. Now it's your turn for blood-soaked payback. The context is a public service announcement for RECYCLING. So, does the video make you want to recycle? PAGE
  • AC90: Good third party battery?

    29 May 2015 | 6:40 pm
    What's a good brand for third party batteries on the AC90? I was looking at the IKAN D54 Ultra High Capacity that claims to double the capacity of the stock battery but i'm not sure if it really does.
  • C300: FREE Pre-Order List for Canon EOS C300 mkII

    29 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    For the launch of the C300 mkII, I am offering free pre-orders for all of those interested. At Professional Video, we are compiling a list of names and numbers and when we get shipments of C300 mkII's a sales representative will give you a call and let you know it is in stock and ready to ship. This is a zero money down pre-order list with no obligation to purchase when notified. The C300 mkII is expected to ship in September so click here to get your name down with Professional Video for a free, no hastle pre-order. We are also offering this same pre-order on the new Canon XC10 which is…
  • Bar lights

    29 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Seem to be a few threads about talking about LEDs and powering them.. For work I mainly use a Dedo Dled 4.1 and Vlock ie for interviews on the hoof. But I bought this set up more to create back light in night time drama style shoots. Lesure batt in Numac Accubox with 12v out, cable wired with 'flymo' style two pin connectors through to 'LED 'bar lights' with Cree LEDs these are highly robust fixtures designed for use on 4X4 vehicles. -Very bright (each fixture draws 120w?) -A bit green -the lead acid battery is very heavy - ideally moved on a 'sack truck' runtime.. long. bar_light.jpg…
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  • Your Weekend Viewing: A Single Life

    J. Ott
    29 May 2015 | 2:36 pm
    My favorite of last year’s Academy Award-nominated Short Animated films is now available to watch online: What I love about “A Single Life” is the rather profound way it gets at the regret for the passage of time, and how it uses the unique languages of film — montage, music, visuals — to make a point. And in less than three minutes! The film is by a Dutch animation company: Job, Joris & Marieke. Here is their website. Nice of The New Yorker to make this awesome short film available to the public! The New Yorker’s Screening Room website hosts a number…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Free Video Editing Software Tutorials

    J. Ott
    22 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    Vimeo has a whole bunch of free tutorials in their Video School, including… Adobe Premiere Final Cut Pro X iMovie Windows Movie Maker No Avid MediaComposer there, but you can find official tutorials for that on Avid’s website and YouTube: If you want to make a living doing editing (as I currently do), I recommend learning Avid first, then Premiere (fewer job opportunities, but a growing field), then Final Cut X (even fewer opportunities as of right now, but potentially more when they add more pro workflow support). Movie Maker and iMovie will give you the basics, but won’t…
  • Book Review: Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I, by Shinobu Hashimoto

    J. Ott
    12 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    Compound Cinematics: Akira Kurosawa and I by Shinobu Hashimoto, translated by Lori Hitchcock Morimoto Legendary Japanese screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto’s memoir is drenched in nostalgia. There is nostalgia for the train stations in Tokyo and the post-war neighborhoods which they evoke. There is nostalgia for the pine forest of his youth, where he would go to cry when his parents were unkind to him, every tree of which was torn down to aid in Japan’s futile war effort. And most of all, there is nostalgia for the personalities of the Japanese film industry in the 1940’s and…
  • Your Weekend Viewing: Rare 1963 interview with West Side Story director Robert Wise

    J. Ott
    10 May 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Wise talks about the difficulty choreographer Jerome Robbins faced in creating a vocabulary of dance moves for the (relatively for that time) realistic New York streets. Wise was immensely concerned with the setting. He also talks about the idea of opening the film with epic helicopter shots of the city. They shot on a street that had been condemned and abandoned (to build the present-day Lincoln center). They were able to make a deal with contractor to hold off on tearing it down so they ended up with a very authentic New York street as their own private backlot. [Via @LaFamiliaFilm] Related…
  • Book Review: The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook

    J. Ott
    9 May 2015 | 1:12 pm
    The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques, 2nd Edition Sybex: A Wiley Brand by Barry Andersson MSPR: $49.99 USA/$59.99 CAN I read a lot of filmmaking books for this site. While I love the geeky, detail-oriented books, I’m always also on the lookout for a well-rounded filmmaking book that provides a useful overview of all aspects of filmmaking. In Barry Andersson’s DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook, I have found just such a book. While the title is not inaccurate — the book does indeed orient toward making films using DSLRs, or Digital Single Lens…
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  • The seven presentation design habits of great presenters

    David Tames
    28 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    After years of sitting through way too many banal, sleep inducing PowerPoint presentations, I finally could not take it any more and dashed off this missive which I originally wrote for my students. I believe there are seven crucial presentation design habits that will help you develop more engaging and memorable presentations. These habits are […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • A conversation with Elaine McMillion Sheldon about Hollow

    David Tames
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Hollow (requires Google Chrome) is an interactive documentary and community participatory project that examines the future of rural America through stories of over 30 residents of McDowell County, West Virginia, an area that is representative of many regional boom-and-bust economies across the country. The project is also available in a DVD edition for classroom use along with a study […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Is Final Cut Pro X finally ready to be viable replacement for Final Cut Pro Classic?

    David Tames
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    This post is a follow-up to the “Final Cut Pro X for Final Cut Pro 7 Editors” workshop I did at Boston Neighborhood Network on Saturday, December 13, 2014. If you’re still editing with Final Cut Pro Classic (my way of referring to Final Cut Pro 7.x or earlier) and sitting things out, you will […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Is the Audio-Technica BP4029 the perfect cinéma-vérité microphone?

    David Tames
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    In an ideal world I’d have a ninja-class boom operator with me on all of my documentary shoots, but short of that I usually place a wireless lavaliere on my subjects in order to capture the best dialogue possible while providing then with mobility along with the intimacy of a small crew. However, on some shoots, […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
  • Four approaches to structuring micro-documentaries

    David Tames
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    A micro-documentary differs from a long-form documentary in terms of length, structure, and quite often, purpose. While most long-form documentaries tell a story with a classic three act narrative structure, shorter documentaries require different  strategies for structuring the viewer’s experience. Most often a micro-documentary will be 2 to 3 minutes in length, though some can […] Visit the web site for the full article and more.
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  • VFX Breakdowns: 10 behind-the-scenes looks at how incredible effects were created for Hollywood films

    Peter D. Marshall
    29 May 2015 | 1:16 am
    by Michael Burns. It seems incredible, but this summer’s crop of blockbuster movies is likely to be even more numerous than the last few years. In fact it’s meant to be the biggest ever year for so-called tentpole movies, crowding in to 2015 in a battle for audiences at multiplex cinemas. As well as the return (hooray) of Star Wars, there’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Pan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Mission Impossible 5, Spectre (aka James Bond 24), Fast and Furious 7, Ant-Man, and many more. Not forgetting of course The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which…
  • Pixar’s co-founder says iPhones and GoPros will change filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    by Jacob Kastrenakes. Pixar co-founder John Lasseter says the next big thing for movies is the iPhone, the GoPro, and the other tiny cameras that we’re all carrying around. He even expects to see award-winning feature films made with them some day. “People will tell you, ‘That’s not going to work,’ but yeah, that’s going to work,” Lasseter said during a panel on modern film audiences at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, according to Variety. “But the reason they say that is because it’s not what they are used to.” There’s…
  • Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s What You Should Expect from Grassroots Marketers

    Peter D. Marshall
    25 May 2015 | 1:57 am
    by Erik Lokkesmoe. If traditional movie marketing and advertising are becoming a car alarm in a mall parking lot — everyone hears the noise but no one pays any attention – what’s the solution? In the “most cluttered marketplace in history,” as best-selling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin declared, unconventional (read: grassroots) marketing has the power and the potential to reach distracted audiences more efficiently and effectively than TV, radio, and billboard ads. That’s been the hope, at least. We’ve architected grassroots marketing campaigns for…
  • VIDEO: What Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ Can Teach You About Indie Filmmaking

    Peter D. Marshall
    22 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    by V Renée. To call Jean-Luc Godard‘s Breathless (À bout de souffle) influential would be a severe understatement. This 1960 French film paved the way for independent film, film studies, as well as the rise of the auteur. This interactive video essay by San Francisco-native Tyler Knudsen explores four lessons Breathless teaches us about filmmaking. Watch this video from No Film School. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful…
  • Filmmakers shouldn’t complain about people watching movies on smartphones

    Peter D. Marshall
    20 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    by James Vincent. Members of the film industry often bemoan the demise of the cinema, commenting that instead of lining up outside our local movie theater, we’re all squinting at Citizen Kane on our smartphones. Spike Lee is the latest filmmaker to contribute to this running theme, and was reportedly taken aback at Variety’s recent Entertainment and Technology conference by the idea that people are watching classic films on their mobiles. “I know it’s not a popular view, but as a filmmaker — we kill ourselves with editing,” said Lee. “With lighting. With sound…
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    DIY Filmmaker Sujewa/NYC, Film, Positive News

  • Summer 2015 film project

    9 May 2015 | 10:23 pm
  • Wie Sie Ihre Gruppe Identität ändern

    9 May 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Translated using Google Translate.  Translation may not be fully accurate.  Check English version re: any questions about the translation.Wie Sie Ihre Gruppe Identität ändernDurch Sujewa EkanayakeEinführungDie meisten Gruppenidentitäten hergestellt werden. Identitäten wie rassische Identitäten - Weiß, Schwarz und andere solche Identitäten hergestellt oder vom Menschen verursachten Identitäten. Oder Geographie basiert Identitäten - in Afrika, Asien, Europa - Religion oder Philosophie, die Identitäten - Muslim, Hindu, Christ, Platoniker, existentialistischen und andere…
  • 如何改变你的群体认同

    9 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Translated using Google Translate.  Translation may not be fully accurate.  Check English version re: any questions about the translation.如何改变你的群体认同通过Sujewa埃卡纳亚克介绍大多数群体特征的制造。身份如种族身份 - 黑色,白色,和其他身份等制造或人为的身份。或基于地理标识 - 非洲,亚洲,欧洲 - 或宗教或哲学基础的身份 -…
  • Как изменить групповую идентичность

    9 May 2015 | 10:03 pm
    Translated using Google Translate.  Translation may not be fully accurate.  Check English version re: any questions about the translation.Как изменить групповую идентичностьПо Sujewa ЭканаякеВведениеБольшинство групповые тождества изготавливаются. Тождества, такие как расовым - белый, черный, и других подобных идентичностей изготавливаются или человек сделал личность. Или…
  • Cómo cambiar su identidad de grupo

    9 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    (Translated using Google Translate.  Translation may not be fully accurate.  Check English version re: any questions about the translation.)Cómo cambiar su identidad de grupoPor Sujewa EkanayakeIntroducciónLa mayoría de las identidades de grupo son fabricados. Identidades como identidades raciales - Blanco, Negro, y otras identidades se fabrican o identidades humana hechos. Or basado geografía identidades - africanos, asiáticos, europeos - o religión o filosofía identidades basadas - musulmanes, hindúes, cristianos, platónico, existencialistas, y otras identidades están…
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  • Trevor Conrad has a new website up.

    Igor Sordokhonov
    29 May 2015 | 2:53 am
    Trevor Conrad has a new website up.
  • The Mill updates

    Igor Sordokhonov
    29 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    The Mill’s new website has launched.
  • Logan NY and Party NY: Golden Touch music video

    Igor Sordokhonov
    29 May 2015 | 2:19 am
    The new music video for “Golden Touch” off the new album “_genic” was released. This music video is made by PARTY NY which is run by creative director Masashi Kawamura who has received various awards including Cannes Lions, and co-directed by Masahi Kawamura and Kenji Yamashita from LOGAN, an award-winning creative production studio based in... Read more »
  • Semi-Permanent 2015 Opening Titles

    Justin Cone
    28 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    Raoul Marks (a frequent collaborator with Patrick Clair at Elastic), directed a goosebump-inducing title sequence for Semi-Permanent 2015.  In Marks’ words: A surreal trip. An allegory for the creative process and growth of an individual. From birth, to individuation, to criticality and finally to finding ones own creative space. Or, if preferred, just some fun times... Read more »
  • See No Evil June

    James Wignall
    28 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Tuesday 2nd June See No Evil presents an evening with animation director & illustrator Celyn Brazier.
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    Totally Unauthorized

  • Well, that didn’t work out

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

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

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

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

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

  • Media Distortions

    David Jetre
    23 May 2015 | 11:07 pm
    A recent article on Bloomberg proved Americans vastly overestimate the size of the gay-lesbian-transgender-other community. Seriously, how is this even news? How is this even remotely a revelation? A shocker? The media no longer reports the news in America. The media is completely owned by corporate interests, and long ago abandoned what little journalistic integrity it even back then, and is solely in business to shape and control public opinion for political gain, and not neutrally inform the electorate of any event. Half the American people are emotional zealots chasing their personal oily…
  • CEM 21 No. 804 2014, Quotes

    23 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    As media changes because of new technologies more and more people are attracted to the opportunities that result. While such passion and enthusiasm are appropriate it is also appropriate to understand the reality of the situation. Insights provided by those in the relevant industries can help in the matter: “If you’ve got craft, you got game. If you got game, you can write your way in and out of anything. Writing is the best gig in the whole business, as far as I’m concerned. It’s the only job where you don’t have to wait for someone to tell you what to do. You just sit down and…
  • The Shuttle (rough short film idea)

    The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla
    23 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Summary: Subway car. Homeless beggar (long dirty hair, crazed, desperate eyes, unshaven, probably smells like piss and alcohol, dirty torn clothing) enters car and begins a very aggressive pleading campaign. He approaches people (too closely), begging for them to help him. According to his story, he is very sick, and needs to go to the hospital. He doesn’t know what is wrong with him, but he feels like death and it gets worse and worse every day. Beggar elaborates on his physical condition, describing things going on inside of him which any person on a subway car (or anywhere else)…
  • 26 Simple Tricks For Faster Editing (Premiere Pro)

    22 May 2015 | 10:55 pm
  • You must be excited, your first book has released! "Nope"

    Rakesh anand Bakshi
    22 May 2015 | 7:35 pm
    Friends ask me “You must be excited your book has released!” Nope. I am not ‘excited’, just glad she has; the process of being published is so gradual, over so many months, that the excitement dies and contentment settles in. And contentment lasts longer and rests even deeper within. :) Photo courtesy @ Amit Bakshi my dear friend. Director Imtiaz Ali speaking about his first film becoming his film school degree, and about our book: :
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    The Independent

  • Filmatic Festival Showcases the Art and Science of Cinema

    Catherine Stewart
    12 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    The Filmatic Festival  is a forum for that film geek and science nerd in all of us. It describes itself as dedicated to “the art of science and cinema” and explores the convergence of science, technology, cinema, and the artistry that can develop from it. The festival ran from April 30–May 3 at University of California, San Diego, in Atkinson Hall, a building that looks like it could be from the set of the Big Bang Theory, but is actually the headquarters of the Qualcomm Institute at the campus. Qualcomm is also a sponsor of the festival, as is Stromer and Arc Light Cinemas.
  • Extra: Hear from Amelia Evans’ mentor and former professor, Ross McElwee

    Maddy Kadish
    8 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    The Independent‘s Minhae Shim, talks with esteemed filmmaker Ross McElwee (Bright Leaves, Photographic Memory), an advisor on Minor Attraction and Amelia Evans’ former professor, about how he advised Evans through the complex subject matter of her documentary.Minhae Shim: What was your first experience of working with Amelia like?Ross McElwee: I could tell from the first film Amelia made in the introductory level course I taught in documentary film production that her “filmmaker heart” was in the right place.MS: What are her strengths as a filmmaker? McElwee: She films her…
  • 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Amelia Evans

    Maddy Kadish
    8 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Minor Attraction is a risky project. The documentary follows the lives of pedophiles in order to find ways to prevent child abuse and understand the taboo attraction to children. LEF Moving Image Fund grantee Amelia Evans, a human rights lawyer turned filmmaker, talks to The Independent’s Minhae Shim about her film’s controversial topic, her filmmaking process, and living with pedophiles.Minhae Shim: Can you tell me about your background?Amelia Evans: My life is rather chaotic. I split time between human rights law and filmmaking. Human rights work is the background to who I am.
  • 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Navid Khonsari and Vassiliki Khonsari

    Maddy Kadish
    7 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    The late, great film critic Roger Ebert sparked a furor in 2005 when he claimed video games were not, and would never be, art. The Internet erupted in howls and he was engaged in a spirited (to say the least) debate for years. He eventually retracted this sentiment. I think both the outrage and his change of heart were due mainly to a poor choice of words. Given the creativity involved, games are surely an art form. Yet, the most fervent gamer would concede video games tread within a fairly narrow emotional range. Death is less a cause of grief than it is, often, the object of the game. And…
  • 10 Filmmakers to Watch in 2015: Stephanie Langhoff

    Maddy Kadish
    6 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    In many ways, Stephanie Langhoff has a dream job, although certainly not an easy one. Langhoff is a producer at Duplass Brothers Productions, the company from indie-film-machines Mark and Jay Duplass. Langhoff produced The Bronze, a raunchy comedy that was the opening film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.Sundance 2015 represented a big moment for Langhoff and her career. Not only because of The Bronze, but also because she received the Sundance Institute Red Crown Producer’s Award. The award includes a $10,000 grant and honors an emerging producer of a film at the festival who…
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    Atomic Vision: Photography Cinema Visual Arts

  • Weekly Street Photos #34

    4 May 2015 | 11:11 pm
    This week's theme: ASKALS Before I go on my 3 week vacation (with my kids), I want to leave you with one last set of photos...   When you walk on the streets of Metro-Manila you will surely come across an Askal (short for Asong Kalye: street dog or native mongrel). Often maligned and maltreated (sometimes even butchered as a delicacy), our native 'Dingos' are none the less considered to be
  • Weekly Street Photos #33

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

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

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

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

  • Now Hiring: Entry Level Editor for Television Development

    4 May 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Now Hiring: Assistant Editor/Entry Level Editor for Sizzle Reels Let’s work together! Do you consider yourself a storyteller first and aspiring editor second? Are you fluent with Adobe CC? Are you Los Angeles based? Do you have a pleasant personality? Then we want to hear from you… Unique Assistant/Entry Level Editor Position Our production company Joke Productions is seeking an aspiring editor with: Great creative instincts The ability to choose and edit to music Basic graphic and sound mix abilities The desire to learn and grow in the unscripted and alternative television…
  • Now Hiring Creative Cinematographers for TV Series

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Do you consider yourself a story teller first and a cinematographer second? Then we’d love to hear from you. Unique D.P./Director Position Our production company Joke Productions is hiring for an upcoming television series. Show will include cinematic recreations and stylistically lit interviews. We’re looking for cinematographers who like to experiment, are willing to create a fresh look on a tight schedule, and aren’t afraid to work with a small crew. This job requires an indie, “get it done” attitude. Additionally, we’d like to meet with D.P.’s who…
  • Pitching Reality Shows: Ultimate Guide

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:41 am
    Our new resource on pitching reality TV is a free guide and ebook I coerced Joke into writing with me :-) We set out to make it the ultimate free resource about pitching reality TV anywhere on the web. Our TV Shows and YOU As many of you know, we work extensively in Unscripted Television, and have made over 100 hours of TV at our reality TV production company Joke Productions. And we’re big defenders of new talent. Awhile back we started accepting pitches for documentary series, reality TV shows, and factual programming from those of you who read our blog. We’ve Put Three Projects…
  • Rene: Featured Kickstarter Project

    23 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    Rene is the kind of movie Kickstarter was born for. It’s outside the box. A passion project by a talented filmmaker. And no one in Hollywood will make it. Rene by Mattson Tomlin He’s found himself in the middle of the woods, filming Rene, a project he wants to finish and get out to the world. Many filmmakers launch on Kickstarter and ask for the moon and stars, but have nothing to prove they have the ability to get their film done. Mattson, however, has already shot some great looking footage for Rene. His campaign feels like it’s coming from an accomplished filmmaker asking…
  • Season 2 of Ghost Inside My Child – Tonight on LMN

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    We’re back with an all new season of Ghost Inside My Child tonight at 9pm, 8 Central on LMN. Not sure where to find LMN on your dial? Here you go: TV Guide Listing for Ghost Inside My Child with where to find it on your cable provider. From One of You As we talked about on our last podcast episode, this show came from one of you, Suzanne Stratford in Cleveland, Ohio. We’re so proud to have been able to get Suzanne her first producer credit, and working with her has been great. Remember, if you’d like to team up with us and pitch us your show concepts, you can learn to pitch…
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  • What Did Cannes 2015 Teach Us About the Oscar Race? (Podcast)

    29 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    READ MORE: Can You Trust the Hype From Cannes? If you've been paying attention to Indiewire over the past few weeks, you know that the Cannes Film Festival consumed a lot of our time lately. While the festival finally ended over the weekend, however, there are still many reasons to discuss its lineup. Many of the more notable titles from the program scored distribution, and a lot of them are surefire bets for the fall season circuit. But does that automatically make them Oscar contenders? Not so fast. While Jacques Audiard's immigration drama "Dheepan" won the Palme d'Or, that…
  • How This First-Time Director Made One of the Most Authentic Female Coming-of-Age Films in Recent Memory

    Paula Bernstein
    29 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    As Leah Meyerhoff was beginning production on "I Believe in Unicorns," her first feature film, she reached out to other female filmmakers to get their advice and support. Before long, the group morphed into Film Fatales, a loose network of female filmmakers who meet regularly to mentor each other and collaborate on projects. Meyerhoff's film is one of three new and recent indies, along with Eliza Hittman's "It Felt Like Love" and Marielle Heller's "Diary of a Teenage Girl," to tell a coming-of-age story from a female perspective (all three directors are members…
  • Brooklyn Film Festival Announces Lineup for 18th Edition, Will Open with 'Manson Family Vacation'

    Becca Nadler
    29 May 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The Brooklyn Film Festival, now in its 18th year, has announced their lineup of narrative and documentary films. 108 features and shorts were selected, from 26 countries and five continents. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of J. Davis' "Manson Family Vacation," starring Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips.  READ MORE: Duplass Brothers' 'Manson Family Vacation' To Open 18th Annual Brooklyn Film Fest The theme of this year's festival, "Illuminate," was described by BFF executive director Marco Ursino as an attempt to "spotlight storytelling…
  • HBO Orders Two Seasons of Duplass Brothers' Animated Series 'Animals' Following Sundance Debut

    Ben Travers
    29 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Behold the power of Sundance. Or the Duplass brothers. Or "Animals" itself. HBO has ordered the Duplass-produced Sundance entry to series with a two-season commitment. Though the network does dabble in animated comedy, it's only released two in the last 15 years — "The Ricky Gervais Show" and "The Life & Times of Tim" — and neither lasted longer than three seasons.  READ MORE: 'Animals' Creators on Mark Duplass and If Film Fests are the Future of Indie TV "Animals" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past January,…
  • The Word 'Mumblecore' Turns 10 Years Old This Year. Can We Stop Using It Now?

    Eric Kohn
    29 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    READ MORE: Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders Take Center Stage in Posters for Sundance Hit 'Results' Almost exactly 10 years ago, Andrew Bujalski was being interviewed by Indiewire contributor Michael Koresky when the filmmaker made an off-the-cuff remark that would haunt him. Shortly after the premiere of Bujalski's sophomore feature "Mutual Appreciation" at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the same week that his debut "Funny Ha Ha" landed on DVD, Bujalski was asked about other contemporary filmmakers whose work — as Koresky put it — "harmonized" with his…
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    Filmmaking Stuff

  • FREE Marketing Advice For Filmmakers

    Jason Brubaker
    29 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Today I am going to supply free marketing advice to filmmakers. (I always provide free advice of some sort.) But before you read another word, know this...
  • Time to Make A Movie

    Jason Brubaker
    28 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    In this filmmaking article, LA Producer Jason Brubaker shares ideas on what to do when it's time to make a movie.
  • Film Scheduling And Budgeting Software

    Jason Brubaker
    27 May 2015 | 9:13 am
    In this filmmaking article, Jason Brubaker explores the differences between the popular film scheduling and budgeting software.
  • 5 Easy Ways To Get Your Screenplay Noticed

    Scott Kirkpatrick
    27 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    In this screenwriting article, motion picture executive Scott Kirkpatrick shares five tips to get your screenplay noticed.
  • Thoughts On The Walimex Pro Aptaris System

    Michael Head
    26 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Looking for a great camera support system? Check out the Walimex Pro Aptaris System. It's an amazing little support system that is great for beginning and veteran filmmakers alike.
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  • Final Shot – A Dramatic Montage

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

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

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Director/Writer Alex Garland and stars discuss the approach to directing the man/machine drama Ex Machina.
  • Self Portrait: On Filmmaking

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Steve McQueen, Peter Jackson, Lone Scherfig and more talk candidly to Film4 about the art of directing.
  • Top Ten Lessons on Filmmaking From David Lynch

    John P. Hess
    19 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Bhushan Mahadani collects 10 tips from the master of strange David Lynch 1. The thrill is in the hunt for a good idea. Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful. -David Lynch We don’t know an idea until it enters a conscious mind. Ideas have to travel quite a ways before they come into the conscious mind. So by transcending, you start expanding that consciousness, making…
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  • InterDrone Expo Announces InterDrone Film Festival for Drone Filmmakers

    Russ Fairley
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The International Drone Conference and Exposition, InterDrone,  has announced the InterDrone Film Festival and are now accepting entries for Best Drone Cinematography. If aerial video is your thing, sharpen up your drone and get applying!
  • CameraLends camera sharing service goes nationwide

    Russ Fairley
    29 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    CameraLends has expanded their peer-to-peer camera and video equipment sharing service beyond major centers and is now nationwide. Their announcement explains that the company is growing beyond the 35 core cities they operated in until now, and will operate across the United States to allow anyone in the country to seek out and find reasonably priced camera and video equipment rentals.
  • Film School Face Off Helps Student Filmmakers Gain Exposure, Cash

    Russ Fairley
    27 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Fusion Media and The Audience Awards have joined forces to bring the “Film School Face Off” competition to student filmmakers across America. The goal of the project is to help those students generate global exposure, land distribution deals and gain some cash for projects.
  • AJA Wants to Save you Thousands on a CION and More with their "Summer of Savings" Promotion

    26 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Those looking to get a CION for its 4K video capabilities already know what some of the strengths of this production camera are — but just as a reminder, besides being able to shoot 2K/HD and capture it and 4K/UHD video to cost-effective AJA SSD drives, there is in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs and the ability to output AJA Raw @ up to 4K 120fps  via 4X 3G-SDI or up to 4K 30fps using a Thunderbolt connector.
  • Benro Announces SystemMove, Affordable Solution to Get your Camera Moving

    26 May 2015 | 9:44 am
    Tripod and related accessories company Benro has just released SystemMove, a series of camera movement tools consisting of a portable lightweight travel jib called MoveUp4 and MoveOver, a family of camera sliders. Their purpose: to add camera movements for enabling a cinematic look.
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    John’s Bailiwick

  • Vilmos Zsigmond and The Rose

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

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

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

    John Bailey, ASC
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. The 16th century mask gorget pictured here, made by a South Dakota Native American of the Hopewell culture, measures only 5½” tall. Its barely incised nose, with piercings for the eyes, are all that reveal it as manmade — a work of art. One wonders at the mind that could see a human face […] The post The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Met appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
  • Thomas Hart Benton Part 2: Before and After America Today

    John Bailey, ASC
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    1. Two years after returning from studies in Paris at the Académie Julian, the young painter Thomas Hart Benton, now living in lower Manhattan, was hired by a former roommate, Rex Hitchcock, to work as a scenic researcher and set designer for the movies. Benton’s salary was $7 a week. Hitchcock soon changed his name […] The post Thomas Hart Benton Part 2: Before and After America Today appeared first on John’s Bailiwick.
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    Lisa Murray

  • Sad News…

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

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
  • The Artist

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:13 pm
  • #FBF (FlashBackFriday) And Old Video Montage of What I’m About

    8 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    It’s a beautiful life! From pulling into the gate at Paramount Pictures, to filming my Free Hugs In Hollywood viral video (Yahoo! featured on their home page) to being the Grand Prize winner in a contest with Entertainment Tonight to attend the Emmys, VIP-style, and everything in between… here I am! #fbf #flashbackfriday #emmys #lisamurray #yahoo #freehugsinhollywood #paramountpictures #vip
  • Jim Carrey’s Secret of Life – Inspiring Message

    7 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
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    Mike Vogel

  • Tandem Bikes Are Worse Than Ikea

    Mike Vogel
    23 May 2015 | 9:07 am
  • Ten Years of Self-Publishing

    Mike Vogel
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:46 am
    Ten years ago I decided that I’d spent too much time waiting for permission from the book publishing gatekeepers. I’d written five novels prior to that (the thin literary kind with lots of character development but no discernible plot or action). My first novel was written when I was 21 years old, mostly in a small Portland cafe that’s now a condo tower. I wrote a novel every year in my early 20s, most of them poor imitations of whatever I enjoyed reading at the time, but I was learning and experimenting. Trying to get each book published required mailing query letters…
  • Help me make the Clone Assassin interactive comic & alternate reality game

    Mike Vogel
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to see me get tasered/stabbed, today is your lucky day! Today I launched a Kickstarter with the help of some really talented people. I’ve hesitated to do crowdfunding for anything related to Phrenic because nothing we’ve done so far has required it and it takes considerable effort to get a good campaign running. This comic idea all started when Phrenic actor Steve Mattsson was interviewed on Foes of Reality and talked about his former writing duties for DC, Marvel, and cult favorite Boris the Bear. We discussed doing a comic with his friend, Paul…
  • Phrenic now has an alternate reality game that starts with interactive video

    Mike Vogel
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m always looking for ways to get people interacting more deeply in the story of Phrenic. Sometimes that means allowing people to create their own content (like in Go Clone Yourself) or letting them make decisions about where the story goes in a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. The latest way to get wrapped up in Phrenic is the Life Identical Genetic Enhancement Screening test. It’s an alternate reality game that begins with an interactive video. Zoe, a Genetic Enhancement Advisor, asks you questions in a “live web conference.” You can answer yes to all of her questions…
  • My first Tweet Your Own Adventure game

    Mike Vogel
    27 May 2014 | 8:08 am
    I turned an interactive story I wrote for Phrenic into a Tweet Your Own Adventure game. Not only is it a homage to the choose your own adventure type books everyone read as a kid, but it’s also a tribute to the text adventure games I used to try writing in BASIC on a TRS-80 (I was terrible at it). I decided to make a Choose Your Own Adventure game that was played entirely on Twitter. What is a Tweet Your Own Adventure game? It’s a new kind of text adventure game played entirely with Twitter interactions using @ replies. You don’t even need to follow anyone. It’s…
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  • Learn acting with Hollywood legend Dustin Hoffman

    Iain Alexander
    29 May 2015 | 11:02 am
    2x Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman is for the first time revealing his acting secrets to the next generation of actors in a video classroom setting that will re-shape film education for years to come. Actors of all ages wanting to learn technique from one of the greatest performers of our time are being given the ultimate MasterClass taught and prepared by actor Dustin Hoffman himself. MasterClass, a new technology startup in San Francisco is bringing actors around the world the opportunity to learn from the best in the business, where they can also get feedback from the stars during the…
  • Kung Fury : The full length movie goes live on Youtube

    FIN Staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Finally, after 3 years, 18,000 backers, $650,000 of Kickstarter contributions, a trip to Cannes, countless sleepless nights and a music video with David Hasselhoff, the release of Kung Fury is here. “Nothing is worth doing if you’re not overdoing it.” The final wait is over for one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time and one of the most popular indie projects in Kickstarter’s history. Kung Fury – Premiere It started in a basement in the north of Sweden with a pretty good computer and a guy who was fed up with his day job. David Sandberg, 28, moved in with…
  • Film director Cameron Crowe accused of whitewashing Hawaii

    Iain Alexander
    26 May 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Neal Preston – © 2015 – Columbia Pictures Cameron Crowe’s latest film “Aloha” has been heavily criticized by the Media Action Network for Asian Americans after, “using mostly white people,” to represent Hawaii. Guy Aoki, a rep for MANAA stated that the film gives audiences the impression that Hawaii is 99% white yet, “Caucasians only make up 30% of the population.” “Aloha” stars Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams and Bill Murray, and was shot on location in and around Honolulu. MANAA also slammed the film for,…
  • Diversity crisis in the film industry: Have your say

    FIN Staff
    26 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    From ageism to sexism, discrimination and a lack of roles for women and minorities, the film industry faces a growing diversity crisis that needs to be solved. This month the A.C.L.U made a formal request to US state and federal agencies to look into the gender discrimination taking place in Hollywood. According to the letter filed on May 12th, only 7% of directors in the top 250 grossing films of 2014 were women. For TV shows, only 14% of directors were women between 2013 and 2014. Over the longterm, between 2002 and 2014 women accounted for just 4.1% of directors. In their study they also…
  • Johnny Depp faces up to 10 years in jail

    Iain Alexander
    26 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Johnny Depp in “Black Mass” Actor Johnny Depp could face a steep prison sentence of up to 10 years for illegally bringing his two dogs to Australia after having failed to declare them. Depp’s two dogs, Pistol and Boo could land him with a hefty fine as well that could be as much as $265,000. Australia has strict importing rules for animals and the case regarding Depp’s alleged illegal act of importing his dogs without declaration is being taken very seriously. Since the Australian authorities announced that the two dogs would be put down if they weren’t removed,…
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  • New Themes: Apostrophe and Canard

    sarah semark
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Happy Theme Thursday! Today, welcomes two new free themes to its collection: Apostrophe and Canard. Apostrophe With a pared-down design and bold images, Apostrophe is ideally suited to magazine-style sites, like travelogues, fashion blogs, or foodie sites. It’s an update of Semicolon, built by Automattic’s own Konstantin Kovshenin. Apostrophe supports Social Links Menus, Featured Images, Site Logos, Post Formats, Custom Menus, Widgets, Custom Backgrounds, and Custom Headers. Read more about Apostrophe on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site from…
  • Web Publishing for All! Introducing Community Translator Tools

    Julian de Bhál
    26 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Publishing tools for everyone Roughly half of the content and traffic on the internet is in English1, yet English is the mother tongue of only about a quarter of internet users2, and less than 5% of the world’s population.3 We believe that should be for everyone, not just English speakers — it’s why we already serve WordPress in 131 languages — but we want to make it even more accessible.4 To keep so many languages up to date we need to make it radically easier for non-English speaking communities to help with translation. We’re proud to announce…
  • Street Photography: Seven Photos

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It’s no secret that I love to pore through the street photography tag in the Reader and share images that catch my attention. Join me on another trip around the world as seen through the eyes (and lenses!) of these seven skilled photographers. This arresting image of a bird in a car — juxtaposed against the unknowing elderly man passing by — mesmerizes me. Taken by Beirut photographer Ghaleb Cabbabé, there’s an element of the macabre about this photograph that I find intriguing. The odd bird and the filthy windscreen create a certain palpable sinister…
  • Eventbrite Now Available for All of

    Kirk Wight
    12 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’re excited to announce big updates to our Eventbrite integration: your events can now be displayed right on your site, no matter what theme you use! Enjoy Eventbrite, regardless of theme In 2013, we launched two Eventbrite themes to help you promote your events. Since then, we’ve gotten requests from users to extend that functionality more broadly on Today, we’ve rolled out our Eventbrite integration to all users, which means you are no longer limited to only using the Eventbrite themes to promote your events. You can now connect to…
  • New Theme: Gazette

    Thomas Guillot
    7 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    It’s Theme Thursday, and we’re happy to launch a brand new free theme. Gazette Gazette, designed by yours truly, is a clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device. Gazette also supports the following popular features: Custom Colors, Custom Header, Custom Menu, Social Links, Site Logo, Featured Images, and Widgets. Read more about Gazette on the…
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    Owen Weber Live

  • Gunfights With Children: My First Paintball Outing Gets Weird

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

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Folks, I have some REALLY exciting news. Coming in May, I’ll be doing a month-long run of a one man show at The WIP Theater in Chicago! I’m trying something totally different here- it’s a mix of standup, short films, music, and solo sketch. I’m so psyched for this. Every Saturday in May.  Mark your calendars now!
  • The Last Man And Woman On Earth

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The last surviving man and woman on earth have some big decisions to make. For more of April, visit GIRL- April Rose GUY- Owen Weber BOSS- Dustin Thomas ARM GUY- Stephen Fabro ALIEN- Tricia Spanos EAR LADY- Rachel Fabro FLIP- Eric Kelly  
  • The Charlie Brown School of Dance

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
      Big thanks to the great cast of this video! In order of appearance: Eric Kelly- bad club dancer/russian cossack dance Tricia Franciose- club dancer/wafting odor Rachel Fabro- club dancer/the concussion Dustin Thomas- club dancer/the third base coach Stephen Fabro- club dancer/the zombie mc hammer Owen Weber- Linus Van Pelt III/ the ghost humper/editor/director Kelli Hanlon- the breakfast club Nikki Choluj- the self breast exam Conrad Smith- the dramatic chipmunk Carlos Avelar- the ruby slipper vulture shuffle  
  • Area Mother Hurt In Tragic Eat-And-Run

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    ROYAL OAK, MI- A 21-year-old Royal Oak man is in custody after his involvement in emotionally wounding his mother in a tragic eat-and-run. Police say Ryan Kincade, a Marketing Senior at Michigan State University, had arrived for a weekend stay at his parents’ Royal Oak home Friday evening when he allegedly consumed a home-cooked meal, declined a plate of warm peach cobbler and fled the scene around 7:15 pm without so much as a “thank you”. The perpetrator’s mother, Roberta Kincade, is in stable condition but is nevertheless heartbroken at her son’s lack of appreciation. Roberta…
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    Film Shortage

  • Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers

    29 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Emory Douglas was the Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the early 80’s. Through archival footage and interviews with Emory we share his story, alongside the rise and fall of the Panthers. He used his art as a weapon in the Black Panther Party’s struggle for civil rights. Today Emory continues to give a voice to the voiceless and his art is still as relevant as ever. The post Emory Douglas: The Art of The Black Panthers appeared first on Film…
  • Four Thousand Mile Stare

    28 May 2015 | 7:33 pm
    Four Thousand Mile Stare is a shortfilm project about the struggles of a drone operator who can’t deal with the pictures he has to see every day. The post Four Thousand Mile Stare appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Waterfall

    28 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    “The thing is we both knew how to swim.. I just couldn’t.” An Experimental narrative approaching the themes of Childhood, Memory, and Guilt. More specifically, how guilt affects memory. The post Waterfall appeared first on Film Shortage.
  • Here Is Now

    28 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    HERE IS NOW is a story is about a couple, Jessica and Michael who have been married for 14 years. It is Jessica’s 42nd birthday and Michael has thrown her a surprise birthday party. Whilst immersed in the day of celebration, Jessica is confronted with the state of her marriage, and questions the choices she has made that have lead her to this moment in time. HERE IS NOW is a short film that was inspired by a theory that the cells in our bodies are renewed every 7 years and that we are in a continuous flux of change. Our physical selves are becoming new, yet our memories always remain.
  • (NULL)

    27 May 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Routine or vicious cycle? An unknown girl breaks out of her daily grind by undergoing an intense audio-visual trip. presented in Circlescope The post (NULL) appeared first on Film Shortage.
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    Nerdonomy: Nerds on Film

  • Tom Hardy Mouth (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    25 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    This week, the Nerds discuss the Mad Max Trilogy and their expectations for the newest installment Mad Max: Fury Road. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • You Didn’t See That Coming? (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    11 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    This week,  the nerds talk ad nauseum about The Avengers: Age of Ultron.  SPOILER WARNING:  We talk about EVERYTHING, so once we get into the discussion, you’ll want to stop until you’ve seen the movie. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • May The 4th Be With You (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    4 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    This week, Sarah’s brother Mike is back to celebrate May 4th by nerding out about the Holy Trilogy. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • NoF’s 4/20 Ackbar Spectacular (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    To commemorate one of Sean’s favorite holidays, The Nerds welcome Sarah’s brother Mike as a special guest to discuss some notable stoner movies. Also, Mike and Sean start an Ackbar war of biblical proportions. Click here if the media player does not load.
  • Neo’s Day Off (Sarah Ashley, Sean Moriarty, Bryan Moriarty & Roxi Nobari)
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    This week, the NoF crew discusses some of the finer and lesser points of The Matrix Trilogy. Click here if the media player does not load.
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    Noam Kroll

  • AJA Just Cut $4000 Off Of The Price Of Their Cion – Here’s Why They Had No Other Choice

    Noam Kroll
    26 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    I’ve personally never shot with the AJA Cion, but I’ve always been intrigued by the camera as it offers some powerful specs in a nicely designed body. That said, the fact that it retailed at $9000 was always a huge drawback for me, as the Cion always seemed like it should have been priced more in the $5000 range to compete with the Blackmagic URSA. As of today, AJA just made their pricing a whole lot more competitive and reduced the cost down to $4995… And in my opinion, they really needed to. This is pure speculation, but like many I would have to assume that the AJA…
  • Behind The Scenes: Shooting A Mood Film On No Budget With The Arri Amira

    Noam Kroll
    20 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on a short mood film with the intention of showcasing it to a number of producers and investors as part of the development process for my upcoming feature film, titled ‘Ivy’. As of yesterday, this no-budget project is now complete and I am thrilled to share it with all of you today. Rather than just posting the film here, I’ve decided to do a thorough breakdown on our entire process for those of you that may be able to benefit from a behind the scenes look at how this all came together. Throughout this…
  • Extensive Rokinon Cinema Lens Kit Review + The 4 Lenses You Need To Shoot Your Feature Film

    Noam Kroll
    17 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Over the past couple of years I’ve been shooting with Rokinon Cinema Lenses, and have been quite impressed with the results. I’ve been wanting to do a review on these lenses for a while, but held back because I was missing a key lens in the kit – the 50mm, which I just recently picked up. So finally, I’m able to share my thoughts on the Rokinon Cinema Lens Kit with all of you out there… Throughout this review I’ll be referencing the 4 most essential Rokinon Cinema lenses: 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm. There are a number of other great cinema lenses from…
  • Why The New Kipon EF to MFT Adapter Could Be Essential Even If You Already Have A SpeedBooster

    Noam Kroll
    11 May 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Kipon recently announced an active EF to Micro Four Thirds lens adapter that may just become one of the most useful tools for MFT shooters that own Canon glass. Up until now, the Metabones Speedbooster was your best bet when it came to adapting EF lenses to MFT bodies, but this new adapter from Kipon is giving it a run for it’s money. As many of you know, the Metabones Speedbooster is very powerful adapter that not only allows for electronic control of an EF lens on a MFT body, but also effectively makes EF lenses faster and wider. In other words, if you’re using a 50mm lens on…
  • Feature Film Journal #4: Shooting a Mood Piece On The Arri Amira

    Noam Kroll
    4 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    If you’ve been following along with this series of posts, you likely already know that I am in development for a feature film titled “Ivy”. At this point the screenplay is complete (the first draft at least), I’ve put together a visual pitch package, and most recently just shot a mood film to help convey the essence of the story. The Intention We all know that there is no exact formula when it comes to developing a feature, but I’ve always felt that creating visual references for potential collaborators is essential. Seeing as I am now in the midst of attaching…
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    In Layman's Terms...

  • TurningJapanese#2: Ninja Scroll 獣兵衛忍風帖

    Nicholas Lay
    25 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    ILT’s TurningJapanese# series returns with its first anime retrospect, a bonafide cult classic of the genre that all but made me lose my shit as a teenage fanboy… Ninja Scroll Dir: Yoshiaki Kawajiri Original Release Date: 5 June 1993 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Anime, for the most part, is a bit mad. Ranging from the groundbreaking and visually spectacular to the darkest depths of outright bonkers, Japan’s film and television animation is a true game of Russian roulette in terms of taste, quality, and consistency. Whilst I somehow found…
  • Review: We Are Many (Failed Critics)

    Nicholas Lay
    19 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    A new ILT review for Failed Critics: We Are Many Focusing on the build up to, and protest toward the 2003 Iraq War, Amir Arimani’s moving, thoroughly engaging documentary is a definitive journey through one of the chief high-profile social and political chapters of the early 21st century. Check it out here! We Are Many is released nationwide in the UK on 22 May, with details of US and other releases to be made available soon. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook Follow FC on twitter @FailedCritics Like FC on facebookFiled under: british,…
  • Review: Fury Road

    Nicholas Lay
    18 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    George Miller’s ‘Mad’ Max Rockatansky returns in a tanked up, high-octane beast of a picture, that is not only goddamn marvellous in its own right, but also part catalyst for a dramatic cinematic swing in the right direction… *spoiler free (plot)* Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook A few weeks back I mentioned that action cinema was rapidly ascending to the peak of a new golden age, citing Mad Max: Fury Road as one of the reasons why 2015 is highly likely to be the year that oh-so-welcome rise from the ashes once again increases…
  • ILT debut guest post on Failed Critics!

    Nicholas Lay
    12 May 2015 | 12:03 pm
    I’m now guest writing for the lovely chaps at Failed Critics. Taking into account the recent farce of the UK General Election, my debut piece – a contribution to FC’s 100 Greatest TV Episodes – looks back at Blackadder The Third’s delicious political satire, Dish and Dishonesty…a lesson in the tragically hilarious nature of politics! Check it out here! Blackadder s03 e01 Created/Written by: Richard Curtis & Ben Elton Original Air Date: 17 September 1987 Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook…
  • SceneKid#8: Binary Sunset

    Nicholas Lay
    7 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Watching Star Wars drunk is guaranteed to result in a bit of Tatooine sand getting in your eye… Star Wars Dir: George Lucas Original Release Date: 25 May 1977 Part One of a Star Wars SceneKid series special. Follow ILT on twitter @laidbaremedia Like ILT on facebook The everlasting joy of Star Wars is that it never fails to move you. Its gripping, emotional value is something one learns to appreciate multiple times over while growing up, mainly because of the range of both age and state of mind that a slightly obsessive fan will watch it during their lifetime. I myself, as anyone…
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    flicks and pieces

  • Triceracop! Hitler! Thor! It’s Kung Fury Time!

    Luke Kent
    29 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    “Hitler. He’s the worst criminal of all time. I need to kill him.” Prepare for a trip back to the ’80s, when incredible one liners, over the top action and memorable heroes reigned supreme… Directed by: David Sandberg Official synopsis: Kung Fury is an over-the-top action comedy written and directed by David Sandberg. The movie features: arcade-robots, dinosaurs, nazis, vikings, norse gods, mutants and a super kung fu-cop called Kung Fury, all wrapped up in an 80s style action packed adventure. Kung Fury takes place in a variety of exotic locations; 1980s…
  • CGI, Animation And The Push For Reality

    Luke Kent
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    “Unreal images have never before seemed so real” – Stephen Prince. In 1994 Robert Zemeckis’ Forrest Gump was released to great success, winning the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’ (amongst a multitude of other awards) along the way. It featured groundbreaking CGI, slotting Gump into key points in history, and allowing him to ‘meet’ the late President Kennedy. 1995 saw the release of Pixar’s Toy Story, the first ever feature length CGI movie, which became the roots for a new trend in animated films. Along with Pixar, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky…
  • Why Change is Coming and That’s OK: A Conversation between Fans about Diversity

    Luke Kent
    23 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Written by: Flicks and Pieces & girl_dreaming. Back in 2010, breaking news in the comic book franchise world was that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man was getting a reboot, despite the last installment coming only three years before. The Interwebs were abuzz, and along with many others came a campaign to place Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino / of Community fame) as our new Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. #DonaldForSpiderman.And while we’ve come to know and love Andrew Garfield’s take on the iconic character, the response among fans when Glover appeared on a…
  • Max Max: Fury Road Review

    Luke Kent
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What a rush! Mad Max Is back, and louder, brasher and crazier than ever. Yes, it’s borderline ridiculous, but boy does it know it. George Miller’s rejuvenation of the long slumbering franchise is a beast, embracing its roots, and the more ‘out there’ elements of its universe, to provide a non-stop, roller coaster ride of a movie. But the film’s greatest strength is that amongst the carnage, chaos and downright insane action, there is a script worthy of making this much more than your standard summer blockbuster. This is how action should be done. Mad…
  • Matthew McConaughey Is Cooler Than Us All

    Luke Kent
    21 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Man of the people, Matthew McConaughey. So I recently finished watching the excellent first season of True Detective, the highlight of which was the outstanding performance from Matthew McConaughey – subtle, nuanced, intriguing and gripping at all times. His rise to the pinnacle of the acting game has been well documented, as he moved from Romantic Comedy schlock to Oscar winning drama. If evidence was ever needed of how far he’s come in terms of credibility, look no further than this for where his career once stood: Yeesh… As he clawed his was out from the cavalcade of…
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    Producing Unscripted

  • Pro Tip: Awesome Beginnings

    26 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    There’s one thing we do on every piece of tape we ever edit — whether it’s a full-blown television episode, or a brand new pitch tape. And it’s never let us down… Get Your Beginning Right   Just some of what we cover today: How much time we spend on beginnings versus the rest of […] The post Pro Tip: Awesome Beginnings appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Pitch TV Series NOT Profile Pieces

    12 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Here’s a HUGE mistake aspiring producers make when pitching what they think are viable TV series: they pitch profile pieces instead. It’s something we’ve seen a rash of in the past few months, and we want to help you avoid this mistake immediately. Not kidding — we just passed on at least 40 or 50 […] The post Pitch TV Series NOT Profile Pieces appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • 3 Steps: Pitch Cinematic Re-Creation TV Shows

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve seen The Jinx on HBO. Enjoyed great crime recreation shows on Discovery ID. Laughed out loud at Drunk History on Comedy Central. Maybe even gasped at TLC’s Sex Sent Me to the ER. These are great, cinematic recreation shows. Today, we’re going to tell you how to create and pitch re-creation shows of your […] The post 3 Steps: Pitch Cinematic Re-Creation TV Shows appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To

    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    When you start talking to a network, studio, or even a production company, one piece of creative material becomes crucial… your style guide. But what is a style guide? What goes in it? And why do politics and psychology play a huge role in how you put it together? Today, we’ll answer all those questions, […] The post Style Guides for Reality TV: A How To appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
  • Selling Reality TV: Your Questions Answered.

    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s episode 50! 50 episodes? We can hardly believe it ourselves. Thanks to all of you who’ve tuned in, written to us, sent in submissions, and encouraged us to get this far. Today, to celebrate, we turned the content over to you. We’re answering questions directly from listeners. We bet at least one of these […] The post Selling Reality TV: Your Questions Answered. appeared first on Producing Unscripted. (Want to read the full post, comment, and score brownie points with us? Just click on the title above. Hope to see you at the blog -- Joke and Biagio)
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  • Episode 8 - Michael Zakin

    Jay Hunter
    25 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Michael Zakin started off as Set PA on Beverly Hills 90210.  It was there that he caught the bug and joined the circus.  Before long he was producing music videos with some of the best bands and directors in the world at Virgin Records.  The bubble burst in the music video industry leaving few unscathed but Zakin survived and has been serving a long residency at American Zoetrope as the VP of Film Production.  American Zoetrope was founded by Francis Ford Coppola in 1969 and has produced countless classic films since.  While at Zoetrope Zakin produced "Life After Beth", "The Bling Ring",…
  • Episode 7 - Claudia Lonow

    Jay Hunter
    17 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    Claudia Lonow has led one of those unpredictable, chaotic, adventurous, amazing, and inspiring lives that you read about in novels and see at the movies.  Unlike such works of fiction Claudia's journey from the punk rock streets of late 70s Manhattan to the blaring sun and air conditioned sound stages of Los Angeles in the 80s is the stuff of truth.  These days the unstoppable Claudia Lonow is out here in Hollywood running tv shows, writing scripts and loving every minute of it.  Want to do the same?  Give a listen and hear how it's done.
  • Episode 6 - Devendra Cleary

    Jay Hunter
    10 May 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Way back when Jay didn't have a lick of experience in film production he met Devendra Cleary on the set of a tiny short film in Denver, Co.  Devendra is about the most passionate man in the art of sound that Jay has ever met and their careers and lives have been intermingled ever since that fateful day in Denver.  Devendra knew what he wanted to do from Day 1 and he didn't wait around for someone to hand him a gift-wrapped career.  If you want to know how to live your dream...listen here.  "D Man" has the answers.  
  • Episode 5 - Ryan Brown

    Jay Hunter
    4 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    Jay sits down with Feature Film & Tv editor Ryan Brown.  Jay and Ryan go way back to the college days at CU Boulder but Ryan was filling his spare time shooting and editing short films and skate videos on video toasters and VCRs all the way back to his teen years in the 90s.  He's come a long way since the "toaster" days and now enjoys editing some of the best films, tv shows, and commercials out there.  His recent credits include Adam Carolla's "Road Hard", "The Young Kieslowski", Eugene Levy's "Schitt's Creek" (Pilot) and The Lonely Island's new pilot "Home for the Weekend". Throw…
  • Episode 4 - Lee Metzger

    Jay Hunter
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Jay sits down with Lee Metzger (Executive Producer of NBC's "The Voice").  Lee's story begins in the early 90's on the Sunset Strip shredding hot guitar licks in his hair metal band "Mona Lisa".  When the band broke up Lee traded in his Flying V and studded leather jacket for a career behind the camera.  From Boom Operator to Screenwriter to Show Runner Lee's story of diligence and devotion is a perfect example of what it takes to "Live the Dream".  How do you get that job?  Listen and find out.
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