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Charlie Rose Oscars Special Opener 2014

Al Boardman produced this opening sequence for the Charlie Rose ‘Oscars Special’ show, which aired on PBS on 27th February 2014. The sequence features 8 Oscar nominated films with actors and directors that had previously appeared on the Charlie Rose show. The 1 minute sequence shows a series of custom animated illustrations and transitions from the film Gravity, Read MoreRead More

Behind the Scenes of Vivida’s “Released by Love” Photoshoot

Simeon Quarrie, owner of wedding production company Vivida, reveals the hard work behind a unique editorial-style pre-wedding photoshoot for one of his couples. This was an unbelievably fun shoot. Though the pre-production was very very tough. I definitely believe that the success of any shoot comes from the preparation. I had a concept bouncing around Read MoreRead More

The Misguided Detective Work of the CSI: Cinema Scene Investigators

Matt Singer argues that the endless hours dedicated to investigating the intangible mysteries like “What Bill Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in Lost in Translation” or “Is Deckard a Replicant” really miss the point of cinema. A few weeks ago, Bill Murray held an IAmA on Reddit to promoteThe Monuments Men. The topics ranged from the most fun Read MoreRead More

“Beat the Devil” Watch John Huston’s Noir Parody That Became “The First Camp Film” Ever Made (1953)

Available online is a 1953 Film Noir that borders more on camp and absurdity than hard boiled noir. What came out when John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Gina Lollobrigida, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lorre, and Truman Capote collaborated? You wouldn’t expect a farcical, nearly improvised study in eccentricity, but here we have it. Beat the Devil, which you Read MoreRead More

Win $70,000 in Film Gear with the “My RØDE Reel” Short Film Contest

Audio Equipment Manufacturer RØDE is announcing their “My RØDE Reel” contest – an international short film competition with over $70,000 USD worth of gear and prizes. What do you have to do? Entrants to ‘My RØDE Reel’ are required to create a short film of five minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features Read MoreRead More

In Wake of Train Accident, Campaign Launched for On-Set Safety ‘Watchdog’

The death of a 27-year old Camera Assistant Sarah Jones due ton on set train accident is putting a spot light on set safety – a reminder that although we suffer for art, there is no reason for unsafe practices. A petition campaign has been launched to include Sarah Jones, the 27-year-old camera assistant killed in last week’s Read MoreRead More

America’s next Wal-Mart: The Indie Film Industry

Beanie Barnes argues that cheap labor and subsidies have created an unsustainable bubble and that we need fewer indie films, not more. The indie film industry is cannibalizing itself. Manohla Dargis is right – there are too many films in the ecosystem. And this oversupply didn’t just happen. John Sloss warned back in 2007 that the industry’s problem was Read MoreRead More

The Rules and Restrictions of Shooting at the Olympics

Jeff Cable gives us an inside look at the rules and restrictions of photographing the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Now that the 2014 Winter Olympics are over, I thought I would tell you all about some of the rules and restrictions we had here at the Games. People might think that we have freedom to Read MoreRead More

The Universal Shapes of Stories, According to Kurt Vonnegut

Legendary author Kurt Vonnegut explains the shape of stories – with his ideas no in easy to digest infographic form! The fundamental concept behind Kurt Vonnegut’s master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago was, in Vonnegut’s words, “that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.” Vonnegut’s thesis was rejected* (“because Read MoreRead More

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