Danny Trejo by Eric Morales | Angelina Jolie by James White | Laura Harring by Jadran Lazic | Paz Vega by Bujan Marta | Kristen Bell by Randall Slavin | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Charlize Theron by Carter Smith | Sarah Michelle Gellar by Nino Munoz | Rosario Dawson by James White | Nicole Kidman by James White | Gary Oldman by Platon | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Keri Russell by Andrew Eccles | Julianne Moore by Michael Thompson | Christina Hendricks by James White | Scarlett Johansson by Tom Munro | Cameron Diaz by Simon Emmett | Leonardo DiCaprio by Yu Tsai | Marilyn Monroe by Cecil Beaton | Diane Kruger by Simon Emmett | Kate Upton by Annie Leibovitz | Rachel Weisz by Lorenzo Agius. | Johnny Depp by Marc Hom | Christina Hendricks by Tony Duran | Grace Kelly by Peter Basch | Goldie Hawn by Robert Erdmann | Mila Kunis by Robert Erdmann | Samuel L Jackson by Scott McDermott | Natalie Portman by Frederic Auerbach | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Brad Pitt by Mario Testino | Scarlett Johansson by Peter Lindbergh | Cary Grant by Robert Coburn | Naomi Watts by Will Davidson | Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Frank Sinatra by Phil Stern | Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr. By Jake Chessum | Javier Bardem by Nigel Parry | Marilyn Monroe in Las Vegas by Elliot Erwitt | Steve Buscemi by Antoine Le Grand | Keira Knightley by Annie Leibovitz | Daniel Craig by Annie Leibovitz | Penélope Cruz by Annie Leibovitz | Christina Hendricks by Yelena Yemchuk | Eadweard Muybridge greeting Strongman Bill Brandt | Kevin Bacon by Patella Brothers | Scarlett Johansson by Alasdair McLellan | Mary Elizabeth Winstead by Micaela Rossato | Liam Neeson by Paola Kudacki | Kevin Bacon by Patella Brothers | Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh by Milton Greene | Kim Kardashian & Kanye West by Annie Leibovitz | Jane Russell By George Hurrell | Scarlett Johansson by Alasdair McLellan | Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront | Henry Cavill by Zack Snyder | Anne Hathaway by David Slijper | On the set of Titanic | Bruce Campbell & Sam Raimi | Sammy Davis Jr by Burt Glinn | Chiwetel Ejiofor and Don Cheadle by Carlos Serrao | Alfred Hitchcock by Otto Ludwig Bettmann | Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on the set of The Dick Van Dyke Show | Jimmy Stewart and twin daughters | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Salvador Dali by Philippe Halsman | Matthew McConaughey by Williams & Hirakawa | Hugo Weaving by Hugh Stewart | Natalie Portman by Robert Erdmann | Angelina Jolie by Patrick Demarchelier | U.S. NASA, 1960s by JR Eyerman | Scarlett Johansson by Tzema Yeste | Leonardo DiCaprio by Hugh Stewart | Kirsten Dunst by Matthew Brookes | On the set of Inception | Martin Scorsese by Annie Lebovitz | Britney Spears by Michael Thompson | Nicolas Cage by Nancy Ellison | Clint Eastwood by Martin Shoeller | Matthew McConaughey by Jim Wright | Chiwetel Ejiofor by Nadav Kander | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and the creator, Carlo Rambaldi | David Lynch by Michael Muller | January Jones by Ben Hassett | Monica Bellucci by Vincent Peters | Elisabeth Moss by Cass Bird | Lizzy Caplan by Autumn de Wilde | Greta Garbo by Clarence Sinclair Bull | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Kate Winslet by Annie Leibovitz | Tim Burton, Vincent Price and Johnny Depp on Edward Scissorhands | Sigourney Weaver by Helmut Newton | Kirsten Dunst by Mario Testino | Amanda Seyfried by Craig McDean | Jack Nicholson by Andre Rau | Peter Jackson on the set of Braindead by Michael Coote | Anna Kendrick by Chris Pizzello | Annie Leibovitz by Annie Leibovitz | Shirley Temple and Cary Grant on the set of "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" | Salma Hayek by Pamela Hanson | Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr and Jack Lemmon on the lot of Goldwyn Studios by Phil Stern, 1959 | Monica Bellucci by Matthew Rolston | Mary Pickford - 2nd Academy Awards - Best Actress in Coquette. Character: Norma Besant | Kirsten Dunst by David Armstrong | Rooney Mara by Mikael Jansson | Diane Kruger by Rankin | Christina Hendricks by Miles Aldridge | Stanley Kubrick and Sue Lyon on the set of Lolita | Margot Robbie by Kai Z Feng | Martin Scorsese behind the scenes of his first feature Who’s That Knocking At My Door | Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Akira Kurosawa, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Carroll Ballard by Roger Ressmeyer, 1980 | Matthew McConaughey by Eric Ogden | Ralph Fiennes by Matthew Brookes | Helena Bonham Carter by Jillian Edelstein | Jack Nicholson by Alex Majoli | Ursula Andress by Philippe Halsman | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Bruce Davidson | Sylvester Stallone by Michel Comte | Angelina Jolie, Shiloh & Pax By Brad Pitt | Quentin Tarantino on the set of Jackie Brown | Joseph Gordon-Levitt by Sam Jones | Leonardo DiCaprio by Kurt Iswarienko | Continuity polaroids of Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny on the set of The X-Files. | Monica Bellucci by Ellen von Unwerth | Mila Kunis by Tom Munro | Lupita Nyong'o by Tom Munro | Cate Blanchett by Annie Leibovitz | Alfred Hitchcock in his wine cellar, by Phil Stern | Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman | Tony Curtis in makeup on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1959 | Lupita Nyong’o by David Slijper | Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune on the set of Sanjuro (1962) | Kristen Stewart by Norman Jean Roy | Ben Affleck by Kurt Iswarienko | Julianne Moore by Kurt Iswarienko | Gary Oldman by Lorenzo Agius | Brad Pitt by Nadav Kander | Tim Burton by Nicolas Guerin | John Goodman by Nathan Congleton | Paul Newman by Roddy McDowall | Buster Keaton as Hamlet by Clarence Sinclair Bull | Jon Hamm by Mark Seliger | Kat Dennings by Isaac Sterling | Kevin Spacey by Andrew Eccles | Cobie Smulders by Kayt Jones | Brad Pitt by Mark Seliger | Jennifer Connelly by Ben Hassett | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Clara Bow on the set of The Lawful Cheater, 1925 | Federico Fellini filming 8 1/2, 1963 | Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong by Phil Stern | James Dean by Roy Schatt | Bill Murray by Peggy Sirota | Nicole Kidman by Peggy Sirota | Kirsten Dunst by David Lachapelle | Rachel Weisz by Platon Antoniou | Mark Hamill on the set of Return of the Jedi | Hollywood Heavyweigths: 1972 | Javier Bardem by Marc Hom | Alison Brie by Andrew MacPherson | Ethan Hawke by Michael Friberg | Liv Tyler by Signe Vilstrup | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello | Rooney Mara by Mikael Jansson | Natalie Portman by Paolo Roversi | Mel Brooks and Zero Mostel on the set of The Producers | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander Huseby | Marlene Dietrich by Milton Greene | Fredric March, Claudette Colbert and Cecil B. De Mille in Coca Cola ad by Nickolas Muray on the set of "Anthony and Cleopatra" (1935) | Bradley Cooper by Nino Muñoz | Kristen Stewart by Norman Jean Roy | Cate Blanchett by Patrick Demarchelier | Alfred Hitchcock at the Cannes Film Festival, 1963 by Francois Gragnon | Shirley MacLaine by Bert Stern | Emma Stone by Matthias Vriens-McGrath | Jack Nicholson by Annie Leibovitz | Jared Leto by Kurt Iswarienko | Julie Andrews with daughter Emma on the set of Mary Poppins. | Cate Blanchett by Steven Chee | Gary Oldman by Jack English | Christian Bale by Christian Witkin | Ellen Page by Emily Shur | Marion Cotillard by Craig McDean | Charlie Chaplin directing actress Sophia Loren in a scene from the movie "A Countess From Hong Kong" | Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh | Salma Hayek by Ruven Afanador | Chiwetel Ejiofor by Alexia Silvagni | David Lynch by Patrick Fraser | Lily Tomlin by Kenn Duncan | Scarlett Johansson by Benjamin Alexander-Huseby | Kate Upton by Karl Lagerfeld | Kirsten Dunst by Matthew Brookes | Candice Swanepoel by Matt Jones | Amber Heard by John Russo | Natalie Wood by Peter Basch | Helena Bonham Carter by Lorenzo Agius | Jack Nicholson on the set of "The Fortune" by Julian Wasser (1975) | Matt Damon by Mat Szwajkos | Martin Scorsese and Akira Kurosawa | Miles Davis by Dennis Stock | Jim Henson "Self Portrait" | Tom Hanks & Paul Newman by Nigel Parry | Steve Martin by Jamie Kingham | Jena Malone by Elias Tahan | Sidney Poitier by Brian Duffy | Steven Spielberg with Drew Barrymore and Heather O’Rourke between filming "E.T." and "Poltergeist" ~ 1982 | Marion Cotillard by Peter Lindbergh | Anne Hathaway by Gilles Bensimon | Mads Mikkelson by Nicolas Guérin | Robert De Niro by Robbie Fimmano | Ewan McGregor by Alexi Lubomirski | Alfred Hitchcock and Vera Miles by Elliott Erwitt, | Diane Kruger by Matteo Montanari | Natalie Portman by Tim Walker | Peter Dinklage by Tom Munro | Lea Seydoux by Marcel Hartmann | Kristen Wiig by Clay Enos | Jennifer Connelly by Will Davidson | Leonard Cohen by Platon | Isla Fisher by Norman Jean Roy | Leonard Bernstein by Ruth Orkin | Olivia Wilde by Marc Hom | James Dean by Roy Schatt | Marion Cotillard by Mark Seliger | Marilyn Monroe by Richard Avedon | Paz Vega by Sandra Fourqui | Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Coppola | Monica Bellucci by Fabrizio Ferri | Zooey Deschanel by Sebastian Kim | Kate Mara by Mark Abrahams | Morgan Freeman by Mark Abrahams | Eva Green by Ellen Von Unwerth | Peter Dinklage by Tom Munro | Matt Damon by Platon Antoniou | Natalie Portman by Robert Maxwell | Jeff Bridges by Mark Seliger | Natalie Portman by Inez and Vinoodh | Scarlett Johansson by Vincent Peters | Alfred Hitchcock on the set of "Strangers On A Train" (1951). | George Clooney by Antonin Kratochvil | Jaques Tati by Yale Joel | Leonardo DiCaprio by Yu Tsai | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Chris Buck | Ben Kingsley by Guzman | Marilyn Monroe by Milton Greene | James Earl Jones by Carl Van Vechten (1961) | Lupita Nyong'o by David Slijper | George Clooney by Marco Grob | Scarlett Johansson by Michelangelo Di Battista | Hugh Jackman by Ben Watts | Joaquin Phoenix by Stephen Dalenian | Jamie Foxx by Warwick Saint | Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw | On the set of Dr. Strangelove | Erroll Flynn by George Hurrell | Charlie Chaplin posing for a film poster, Paris, 1949 | Harvey Keitel by Kurt Iswarienko | Spike Jonze by Cody York | Samuel L. Jackson by Jeff Vespa | Martin Scorsese by Liz O. Baylen | Chris Hemsworth by Ridhwan Velaryon | Quentin Tarantino and Christoph Waltz On the set of "Django Unchained" | Djimon Hounsou by Herb Ritts | Jessica Chastain by Joey Lawrence | Christopher Walken by Peter Yang | John Malkovich by Mark Seliger | Matt Damon by Mark Abrahams | Philip Seymour Hoffman Tintype by Victoria Will | Nicole Kidman by Steven Meisel | Quentin Tarantino on the set of Death Proof | Anna Kendrick by Marc Hom | Mike Nichols directs Ann Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate" | Emma Watson by Christian Oita | Jodie Foster by Inez and Vinoodh | Martin Scorsese, Albert Brooks and Cybill Shepherd on-set of Taxi Driver (1976) | Ansel Adams Self Portrait | Charlotte Gainsbourg by Hedi Slimane | Danny Devito on the set of Batman Returns | Vanity Fair 2014 Hollywood Cover by Annie Leibovitz | Keri Russell by Ellen von Unwerth | Ryan Gosling by Mario Testino | Morgan Freeman by Jim Herrington | Gillian Anderson by John Rankin | Laurence Fishburne by Sam Taylor-Wood | Monica Bellucci by Paul Empson | Daniel Craig by Sam Taylor-Wood | Philip Seymour Hoffman by Christopher Wahl | Helena Bonham Carter by Jillian Edelstein | Leonardo DiCaprio by David LaChapelle | Carey Mulligan by Michael Thompson | Kirsten Dunst by Mario Sorrenti | Jennifer Lopez by Mert & Marcus | Madonna by David LaChapelle | John C. Reilly by Michael Muller | Louis Armstrong and Paul Newman on the set of "Somebody Up There Likes Me" | Paul Walker by Brooke Dellistar | Dustin Hoffman by Richard Dumas | Bradley Cooper by Richard Burbridge | Katy Perry by Peggy Sirota | Drew Barrymore by Jan Welters | Cate Blanchett by Andy Gotts | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe in "River of No Return" -1954 | Morgan Freeman on his Broadway Debut of "Hello Dolly" with Cab Calloway, 1967 | Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews | Vanessa Hudgens by Andrew MacPherson | Krysten Ritter by Robert Wright | Amy Adams by Mathieu Cesar | Jennifer Lawrence by Kirk McKoy | Chloe Sevigny by Glen Luchford | Norman Reedus by Michael Muller | Jean-Luc Godard by Renaud Monfourny | Drew Barrymore by Carter Smith | Robin Williams by Nigel Perry | Amanda Seyfried by Michel Comte | Frank Capra by George Hoyningen-Huene | Isabella Rossellini by Michel Comte | Clint Eastwood in London | Marilyn Monroe by Sam Shaw | Angelina Jolie by Steven Klein | Deborah Kerr by Yul Brynner | Gary Oldman by Sarah Dunn | Amy Adams by Michael Lewis | Woody Allen by Renaud Monfourny | Behind the scenes of "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" | William H. Macy Tintype by Victoria Will | Isabella Rossellini by Robert Mapplethorpe | Scarlett Johansson by Patrick Demarchelier | Batman by Herb Ritts | Monica Bellucci by Philippe Cometti | Liv Tyler by Ellen von Unwerth | Keira Knightley by Alexi Lubomirski | Sidney Poitier by Andy Gotts | Scarlett Johansson by Andy Gotts | Kristen Stewart Tintype by Victoria Will | Michael Fassbender by Craig McDean | Elle Fanning by Austin Hargrave | Claire Forlani by Edland Man | Mads Mikkelsen by Denis Rouvre | Marion Cotillard by Craig McDean | Ed Harris by Anton Corbijn | Emma Watson by Mariano Vivanco | On the set of Metropolis (1927) | Steven Spielberg on the set of Close Encounters of the Third Kind | Special effects director John Fulton with Model of a sailing ship, 1956. Photo by Allan Grant | Marilyn Monroe by Ed Clark | Photomatic machine Chicago 1948 by Esther Bubley | Susan Sarandon by Gary Heery | Chloe Sevigny by Glen Luchford | Madonna by Steven Meisel | Sandra Bullock by Andrew Eccles | Monica Bellucci by Signe Vilstrup | Ewan McGreggor by Bruce Weber | Jonah Hill by Bruce Weber | Emma Stone by Mario Testino | Robert De Niro in Cape Fear | Sandra Bullock and Alfonso Cuaròn for Cine Premiere Magazine | Scarlett Johansson by Mary Ellen Matthews | Miles Davis by Michael Ochs | Tim Burton by Marc Hom | Monica Bellucci by Ellen von Unwerth | Emmy Rossum by Tony Kelly | Marilyn Monroe by John Florea | Marlon Brando by Cecil Beaton | Steve Martin by Norman Seeff | Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief | Penélope Cruz by Mert & Marcus | Jared Leto by Kurt Iswarienko | Fritz Lang & Brigitte Helm behind the scenes from Metropolis | Carey Mulligan by Erik Madigan | Christina Ricci by Patrick Hoelck | Michael Fassbender by Emma Hardy | Dennis Hopper by Richard C. Miller | Claire Danes by Andrew MacPherson | Quentin Tarantino and Juliet Lewis by Albert Watson | Omar Sharif by Claudio Porcarelli | Joel and Ethan Coen behind the scenes of Inside Llewyn Davis | Leslie Nielsen as Frank Drebin, The Naked Gun | Scarlett Johansson by Eva Sakellarides | Gene Kelly in between scenes of An American in Paris | Kirsten Dunst by Annie Leibovitz | Audrey Hepburn by Richard Quine | Sean Connery on the set of "You Only Live Twice" | Amanda Seyfried by Victoria Will | Steve McQueen on the set of Bullitt | Ryan Gosling By Fabrice Dall’anese | Ellen Page by Collier Schorr | Elton John by Terry O'Neill | Marion Cotillard by Mario Testino | Alfred Hitchcock on location shooting Shadow of a Doubt | Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling by Mark Seliger | Charlize Theron by Alexi Lubomirski | Felicity Jones by Eliot Lee Hazel | Leonardo Dicaprio by Michael Muller | Ben Stiller by Platon | Jessica Chastain by Annie Leibovitz | Ewan McGregor By Alexi Lubomirski | Katy Perry by Ryan McGinley | Peter Sellers on the set of "Dr. Strangelove" | Marilyn Monroe by David Cicero | Julie Andrews on the set of Mary Poppins | Acting Class by Nina Leen (1948) | Tom Hiddleston by Max Vadukul | Uma Thurman and her stunt double Zoë Bell on the set of "Kill Bill" | Drew Barrymore by Matthew Rolston | Cameron Diaz by Patrick Demarchelier | Steven Spielberg on the set of E.T. | Anne Hathaway by Neal Preston | Tom Hiddleston by Max Vadukul | Natalie Portman by Murray Mitchell | Robert Downey Jr. in Chaplin | Chris Pine by Martin Schoeller | Jennifer Lawrence by Georg Rulffes | Angelina Jolie by Mauro Mongiello | Charlie Chaplin playing with Children | Rachel Weisz by Marcus Mam | Ellen Page by Collier Schorr | Bradley Cooper, David O Russel and Amy Adams on the set of American Hustle. | Robert De Niro by Steve McCurry | Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling on the set of Drive | Salma Hayek by Patrick Demarchelier | Alfred Hitchcock, wife Alma Reville, daughter Patricia Hitchcock, and dog at home in California 1941 | Buster Keaton on the Phone | Jennifer Lawrence by Mario Testino | Tom Hiddleston by Jason Hetherington | Robert Redford by Ken Reagan | Monica Bellucci by Bruce Weber | Viggo Mortensen by Julian Broad | Joaquin Phoenix by Sam Jones | Richard Gere by Patrick Fraser | Greta Gerwig by Janusz Kaminski | Spike Jonze by Lance Acord | Nicole Kidman by Patrick Demarchelier | Robert Redford by Roe Ethridge | Jessica Chastain by Annie Leibovitz | Oscar Isaac by Brian Bowen Smith | David O. Russell by Aldo Rossi | Salma Hayek by Ellen Von Unwerth | Orson Welles by Louise Dahl-Wolfe | David Schwimmer by Andrew Eccles | Marilyn Monroe by Bert Stern | Mads Mikkelsen by Jérome Bonnet | Marion Cotillard by Bruce Weber | Tommy Lee Jones by Nigel Parry | Laetitia Casta by Mario Testino | Dizzy Gillespie in the French Riviera | Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn in Young Frankenstein (1974) | Maron Cotillard by Ben Hassett | Kristen Stewart by Ben Watts | Tom Waits by Kirk West | Robert De Niro with Martin Scorsese's mom, Catherine | Amy Adams by Lorenzo Agius | Walt Disney by Alfred Eisenstaedt 1938 | Marion Cotillard by Ben Hassett | Angelina Jolie by Mario Testino. | Orson Welles by John Engstead | Kirsten Dunst by James White | John Waters by Roxanne Lowit | Janet Leigh - New Years 1955 | Dianna Agron by Ellen Von Unwerth | Shirley Temple - Happy New Year 1937 | Jayne Mansfield - New Year’s 1950s | Marilyn Monroe performing for troops stationed in Korea - February 1954 | Carey Mulligan by Rankin | Emmy Rossum by Brian Bowen Smith | Scarlett Johansson by Danielle Levitt | Monica Bellucci by Signe Vilstrup | Al Pacino on the set of "The Godfather" | Benedict Cumberbatch by Platon | Audrey Hepburn by Bob Willoughby | Helen Mirren by Robert Taylor | Johnny Depp by Patrick Swirc | Marilyn Monroe by Earl Moran | William Hurt by Herb Ritts | Robert Downey Jr by Michael Muller | Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock on the set of "Notorious" | Clint Eastwood by Neil Wilder | Christina Applegate by Andrew MacPherson | Diane Keaton by Norman Seeff | Javier Bardem by Brigitte Lacombe | Amy Adams by Norman Jean Roy | Steve Martin by Chris Buck | Marion Cotillard by Jean-Baptiste Mondino | Liam Neeson by Nigel Parry | Madonna by Mario Testino | Madonna by Herb Ritts 1989 | Yul Brynner by George Platt,1942 | Sienna Miller by Ryan McGinley | Marisa Tomei by Mark Abrahams | Benecio Del Toro by Jake Chessum | Kerry Washington by Nino Muñoz | Harrison Ford by Sam Jones | Steven Spielberg on the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark | Tommy Lee Jones by Rüdy Waks | Frank Capra on the set of It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) | Alan Arkin by R David Marks | John Malkovich by Vincent Peters | Scarlett Johansson by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello | Drew Barrymore by Carter Smith | Danny Trejo by Eric Morales

Crowdfunding & Taxes: Kickstarter’s Hidden Bite (& How to Stop the Bleeding)

Ben Henretig raised $112,000 for a documentary – but how much of that money winds up with the IRS in terms of tax dollars? He explains his approach to the tax question when it comes to crowdfunding:


Kickstarter has emerged as an incredibly powerful platform for creatives to crowd-fund their creative work. In October of 2012, I ran a Kickstarter campaign to fund my feature documentary The Happiest Place, which explores what we in the West might be able to learn about living happier, more meaningful lives from the small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan — the only country in the world to use Gross National Happiness as the yardstick for progress. The campaign exceeded our wildest expectations — in two days we met our goal of $45,000 and finished the campaign at nearly 250% our goal — $112,000.

We were ecstatic. After months of hustle and personal investment, I finally had the money to bring this film to life. Yet, in the months since closing the campaign, I’ve come face-to-face with the hidden costs of running a Kicktarter campaign. After Kickstarter and Amazon take their share (collectively about 8%), you pay for fulfillment of the prizes you’ve offered (say, 10% to 15%) and income tax on the total (up to 44% depending on the total funds raised and your tax bracket!) you as a creator retain more like 38% – 82% of the total you’ve raised. Not exactly free money.

The single most impactful factor for determining how much of your hard-earned Kickstarter money ends up in your pocket is the degree to which you are able to reduce your tax exposure.

I am by no means an accountant and am not qualified to give proper tax advice, but my hope is that by outlining a few (avoidable) mistakes, I can help save you some money and heartache.

No Film School | Read the Full Article

An Interview With Zack Snyder, Director Of ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

Mark Hughes interviews the controversial filmmaker on his career and the influences that will lead to “Batman Vs. Superman”

Zack Snyder

MH: When did you become a fan of Batman, and of comics in general? Was it in the mid-1980s with the arrival of The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, two comics you often discuss with such adoration?
ZS: Frank [Miller]‘s book really made me see that comic books, and Batman specifically, could really reflect political and social concepts that I felt like maybe before I hadn’t imagined were possible. Watchmen, of course, I sort of see in the same light — that being, this comic that’s able to shed light on what I would say is our reality, but do it through the sort of metaphor and mythology of comic books, right?

For me, that’s really what The Dark Knight Returns did as well. When I read it, I felt like — of course I knew who Batman was and I was familiar with him as a comic book hero — but it was that book that made me say, “Gosh, you know this could be an amazing film.” At the time, I was just starting my college career, but I thought, “Wow this would be a cool movie!” I wasn’t sure exactly how that would manifest itself, but you know you dream when you’re a kid and you’re in college, “God, if one day I could make a Batman movie, that would be awesome!”

The reality of course is another thing, but it’s kind of amazing that it’s worked out as it has. You know, that’s the thing that you’ve just gotta be super-grateful for, and at the same time you’ve gotta take these opportunities. I think, in my mind — I don’t want to say make the most of it, but in a way you really have to accept these challenges and really try and realize those [opportunities]… Because, the things you thought when you first read them, you try to recapture those feelings. I always say that about Watchmen, when I first read it I had an emotional response to it, and that’s what I always tried to get at when I made the movie. It was a certain way of feeling, and I feel like that was what I really pursued — those ideas.

And I think those same opportunities exist for Batman and Superman, in the sense that they teach us about ourselves. I think Batman — now after Chris [Nolan]‘s movies and the way we track Batman through his cinematic history — he does have this license to enter our world and be a real character and not a complete cartoon, and he’s able to tell us about the way we live and our society. He moves with us, his morality — I think Superman probably less so, but I think Batman definitely sort of reflects us in a more personal way.

Forbes | Read the Full Article

Top 5 Reasons Why ‘The Customer Is Always Right’ Is Wrong

The phrase has been the backbone to countless television sitcoms, but there’s actually nothing good about companies that bend to every customer whim.

Customer Service

The phrase “The customer is always right” was originally coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge’s department store in London, and is typically used by businesses to convince customers that they will get good service at this company and convince employees to give customers good service.

However, I think businesses should abandon this phrase once and for all — ironically, because it leads to worse customer service.

Here are the top five reasons why “The Customer Is Always Right” is wrong.

1: It Makes Employees Unhappy

Gordon Bethune is a brash Texan (as is Herb Kelleher, coincidentally) who is best known for turning Continental Airlines around “From Worst to First,” a story told in his book of the same title from 1998. He wanted to make sure that both customers and employees liked the way Continental treated them, so he made it very clear that the maxim “the customer is always right” didn’t hold sway at Continental

In conflicts between employees and unruly customers he would consistently side with his people. Here’s how he put it:

When we run into customers that we can’t reel back in, our loyalty is with our employees. They have to put up with this stuff every day. Just because you buy a ticket does not give you the right to abuse our employees …

We run more than 3 million people through our books every month. One or two of those people are going to be unreasonable, demanding jerks. When it’s a choice between supporting your employees, who work with you every day and make your product what it is, or some irate jerk who demands a free ticket to Paris because you ran out of peanuts, whose side are you going to be on?

You can’t treat your employees like serfs. You have to value them … If they think that you won’t support them when a customer is out of line, even the smallest problem can cause resentment.

Huffington Post | Read the Full Article

Did HIMYM Earn Its Ending? | PBS Idea Channel

I Met Your Mother is a popular sitcom that has been running 9 years, teasing its audience the whole long way with the riddle of the identity of THE MOTHER. But with its recent finale and the mystery resolved, the reaction was mixed. Did Ted end up with who he was meant to all along? Or did the creators pull a fast one, and produce an ending that was unearned? With TV audiences notoriously fickle, TV producers must consider a responsibility to the fans, and balance that with making the show they want. So was the ending of HIMYM a success or failure?

OBVIOUSLY a Spoiler Warning…


Cinefix’s 12 Best Long Takes

Cinefix picks their top 12 Best Long Takes in the history of film.

Long Take

The Protector – Restaurant Fight Scene
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Synopsis: A young fighter named Kham must go to Australia to retrieve his stolen elephant. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by an evil woman and her two deadly bodyguards.
Running time: 4 minutes

The Mirror – Burning Barn Scene
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Synopsis: A dying man in his forties remembers his past. His childhood, his mother, the war, personal moments and things that tell of the recent history of all the Russian nation.
Running time: Roughly 1 minute

Atonement – The Beach Sequence
Director: Joe Wright
Synopsis: Fledgling writer Briony Tallis, as a 13-year-old, irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. Based on the British romance novel by Ian McEwan.
Running Time: 5 1/2 minutes

Weekend – Traffic Jam Scene
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Synopsis:A supposedly idyllic weekend trip to the countryside turns into a never-ending nightmare of traffic jams, revolution, cannibalism and murder as French bourgeois society starts to collapse under the weight of its own consumer preoccupations
Running time: 7 Minutes

Hard Boiled – Hospital Shootout
John Woo
Synopsis: A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.
Running Time: 2 minutes, 40 seconds

The Player – Opening Shot
Director: Robert Altman
Synopsis: A Hollywood studio executive is being sent death threats by a writer whose script he rejected – but which one?
Running Time: 7 minutes, 47 seconds

Touch of Evil – Bomb Sequence
Director: Orson Welles
Synopsis: A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Running Time: 3 1/2 minutes

Boogie Nights – Little Bill Sequence
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Synopsis: The story of a young man’s adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Running Time: 3 minutes

Gravity – Opening Shot
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Synopsis: A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.
Running Time: 12 1/2 minutes

Goodfellas – Copacabana Lounge
Director: Martin Scorsese
Synopsis: Henry Hill and his friends work their way up through the mob hierarchy.
Running Time: 3 minutes, 13 seconds

Snake Eyes – Boxing Match
Director: Brian De Palma
Synopsis: A shady police detective finds himself in the middle of a murder conspiracy at an important boxing match in an Atlantic City casino.
Running Time: 12 minutes

Children of Men – Car Scene
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Synopsis: In 2027, in a chaotic world in which women have become somehow infertile, a former activist agrees to help transport a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea.
Running Time: 4 minutes

The Story of the Original Predator costume

Makeup FX legend Steve Johnson (GHOSTBUSTERS, SPECIES, BLADE 2) sits down with Matt Winston of the Stan Winston School of Character Arts to discuss his nightmare stint as Boss Films’ Creature FX supervisor on the first ill-fated PREDATOR suit, worn by Belgian martial artist and aspiring action star, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Red Predator

So Jean-Claude comes in for his fittings. Remember the cloaking device? Beautiful effect in its day… we made a red version [of the suit] because red is the opposite of green on the color wheel. It had been shot against green in the jungle.

Jean-Claude comes in and we’re fitting him in this red suit and just assuming, like the slaves that we are, that the higher ups have told him exactly what’s going on. But he thought this was actually the real look of the monster in the movie and he was, “I hate this. I hate this. I hate it. I look like a superhero.” He was so angry.

I’m like, “Jean-Claude, did no one tell you? It’s a cloaking device. You’re invisible for half of the picture. This is not you.” Which made him even angrier because he thought he could do his martial arts, he could fight Arnold Schwarzenegger. Impossible. Absolutely Impossible.

Stan Winston School of Character Arts | Read the Full Article

The full interview:

5 Things You Need to Know About Filming Permits

Elliot from Reel Deel Film School explains what you need to film abroad. When filming in another country, it’s incredibly important to make sure you have the correct paperwork before you record anything…

A full write up:


The very first lesson I was taught on Day 1 as a Camera Assistant was to never assume anything! EVER! And when it comes to Filming Permits the same rule applies.

As Brits we say “It’s better to be safe than sorry” (with a cynically patronising smile) – You American’s have a more coloUrful and memorable approach with “COVER YOUR ASS!”… but the sentiment is the same.

Filming Permits not only protect onscreen talent/contributors and property owners but the Film Production as well, and without the correct Release Forms a project will not secure distribution.

Verbal contracts are NOT enough. You need it in black and white on the page in an irrevocable Release Form, signed and dated by the individual releasing their image or granting the right to film on their property.

Reel Deal Film School | Read the Full Article


Legally Speaking, It Depends – Who Owns Script Notes?

You get notes on your script – perhaps it makes it better – but who owns the copyright on those notes? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller tries to figure it out.

Script Notes

As you’ve likely learned fscript notesrom reading my previous articles, starting to fathom out who “owns” the notes themselves should be straight forward. The note giver, if working within the defined scope of their job as an employee who is paid to give script notes as part of their duties, creates works that are owned by their employer. This class of works would cover situations where the note giver, say a paid reader working for a producer, writes up coverage (a different kind of coverage than was the subject of my previous column) that contains notes on how to change the story to make it better. The employer would own those notes through a work-made-for-hire doctrine to do with what they will.

If, on the other hand, the notes come from someone who is either an independent contractor, say a director, or someone whose job doesn’t include giving notes, say the actor, then the gray areas start to appear. If there is no expressly written contract with sufficient language establishing a legitimate work-made-for-hire exception, it is likely that the notes are owned by the note giver.

Why would it matter? Everyone together now… IT DEPENDS.

Script Mag | Read the Full Article

Older Posts