Filmmaking 360

Funny or Die CEO Explains Business Model: ‘Be Nothing Like Kevin Costner’

Dick Glover explains the strategy he has moving ahead with the online comedy site, Funny or Die. In Hollywood circa 2007, as Funny or Die CEO Dick Glover described it, the cost of creating content was rising and social media was just starting to gain a foothold among consumers. In stepped a humor site that counted Will Ferrell and Adam Read MoreRead More

The Story of Charlie Chaplin’s Shadow

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery… Hollywood must be good at flattery. This is the story of Billy Ritchie who donned the bowler hat and the toothbrush moustache as Chaplin’s shadow. Billy Ritchie worked alongside Chaplin on the English Music Hall stage, performing as the drunk in the classic sketch, “Mumming Birds”, just as Chaplin Read MoreRead More

17 Phrases That Make You Sound Like A Hollywood Rookie

Stephanie Palmer identifies a few cliches that pretty much demonstrate you don’t know what you’re doing. 1.  “High concept” If your idea is high concept, it’s obvious. If it’s not, saying it is won’t help. 2.  “Very unique” If it’s “unique” or even “very unique” it usually means that you haven’t done enough research to Read MoreRead More

Are the Studios Stuck in a Creative Groove?

Pen Densham explores the forces behind the studio system – a need for financial security in sequels but also the unavoidable fact that audiences want films that are new, exciting and different. I first came to Hollywood as a young Oscar-nominated moviemaker from Toronto. I was very lucky; Norman Jewison mentored me here, and the Read MoreRead More

The Ten Best Simpsons Songs, As Picked by the Show’s Writers

The Simpsons’ Showrunner Al Jean gives the background of the 10 favorite Songs as picked by the writers of the perennial animated sitcom 10. “Capital City” from season two’s “Dancin’ Homer.” In this song by Jeff Martin, Tony Bennett extols the virtues of Springfield’s state capital, which includes the crosstown bridge, the Penny Loafer, and 4th Street Read MoreRead More

An Open Letter to New Photographers (and Directors)

Here are a few tips for the photographer coming from the other side of the lens. Dear (new-ish) Photographer, My name is Model. I would love it if when you shoot me you take these things into consideration to achieve the greatest effect for us both. – Male or female, give some playful banter. It Read MoreRead More

15 Directors Unceremoniously Fired Or Replaced On A Movie

What are some of the famous Director switch offs in history? Indiewire takes a tour of 15 instances where they changed horses midstream.   Getting fired, quitting a job hastily, “mutually agreeing” to exit…no matter how it’s phrased, being removed from any project is never fun as almost anyone who has ever worked a day Read MoreRead More

6 Things Filmmakers Should Stop Doing In 2013

Elliot Grove, founder of the Raindance Film Festival, breaks down the six things you should stop doing to become a better filmmaker. I took an unheard-of 3 weeks off for a North American tour in November, and following the British Independent Film Awards on December 9th cut back my hours to about 30 per week from Read MoreRead More

Obtaining Optimum Color on your Epson Printer and Creating Custom Color Profiles

Join Epson’s Todd Schneider at the B&H Event Space for a seminar on getting the best color from your Epson Printer and creating printer profiles in order to produce the best prints possible on your Epson printer. Todd has delivered color management and workflow management presentations for the past 15 years, and has become an Read MoreRead More

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