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How “Kung Fury” Went From a Career Hail Mary To Kickstarter Hit, Cannes Entry and Hollywood Feature

David Sandberg’s Kung Fury trailer raised $630,000 on Kickstarter, and he’s now competing at Cannes and developing a feature. Here, he talks about how smart use of social platforms, his Grandma, and David Hasselhoff helped him realize his dream.

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Two years ago, David Sandberg had to sell his couch and TV to afford food and rent. Now, he’s getting ready to head to Cannes, where on May 21 his 30-minute short film Kung Fury will screen in the film festival’s Directors’ Fortnight section. A week later, on May 28, the film will premiere on platforms like YouTube and Reddit. Meanwhile, a feature version of Kung Fury is in the works with Hollywood producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith—not to mention a Kung Fury clothing line, graphic novel series and merchandise. Oh, and David Hasselhoff recently made a Kung Fury music video that has been viewed over 8 million times.

Sandberg, who’s 29 and lives in Stockholm, Sweden, admits that it’s all “very surreal.”

Sandberg’s story is the classic aspiring-filmmaker-to-”It”-filmmaker fairy tale, updated for the digital age. He wasn’t discovered in film school or on a commercial shoot, but on Kickstarter, where, in late 2013 he posted a trailerfor Kung Fury. The teaser was an over-the-top homage to ’80s action movies with an absurd premise: a bandana-wearing hero (played by Sandberg) travels back in time to kill Hitler. Along the way, he battles ripped Norse Gods, kitschy dinosaurs and robocops.

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The Science of the Avengers

Science fans, assemble! The world’s top superhero team is back to save the world in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” And these superheroes use some super science to help them keep the bad guys in check. This week, Reactions looks at the chemistry of the Avengers, including Tony Stark’s suit, Captain America’s shield and Black Widow’s super-fast healing.

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RØDELink Digital Wireless “FILMMAKER KIT” Shipping now

Thursday April 30th 2015, Sydney, Australia – Australian audio company RØDE Microphones is proud to announce the first product in the “RØDELink” digital wireless product range – The Filmmaker Kit – has commenced shipping to authorized RØDE dealers worldwide.

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A fully-digital wireless audio system, RØDELink utilises a next-generation 2.4GHz, 128-bit encrypted digital transmission sent on two channels simultaneously, providing a high-resolution 24-bit/44.1k digital audio signal at a range of up to 100 meters (over 100 yards).

The Filmmaker Kit consists of a beltpack transmitter, on-camera or beltpack receiver, and RØDE’s broadcast quality Lavalier microphone. Future kits in the RØDELink system will address specific audio solutions across film, news gathering, presentation and stage use, and will consist of a number of receiver and transmitter options.

“Today marks a very special occasion for us at RØDE. Wireless has been a dream of mine for the last 15 or so years, so to finally be shipping a product today that is not only a leader in technology and design, but affordability and user experience is a dream realised”. Commented Peter Freedman, RØDE’s Founder and President. “I can’t wait to see RØDELink systems being used all over the world, helping independent filmmakers reach a level of audio production quality that was previously out of reach.”

The RØDELink Filmmaker kit is now shipping to authorised RØDE dealers globally. For more information, please visit www.rode.com/wireless.

The Vision Before The Film – Film School’d

Before the cameras start rolling, a filmmaker has to know what they intend to put to picture. Unless, of course, they want to burn tons of money on film stock and crew overtime. But when millions of dollars are on the line, you’d better have your visual ducks in a row.

Here’s some bonus material from Cinefix – sitting down with Daniel Gregoire and Clint Reagan from industry leader Halon Entertainment to talk about the pre-visualization art, science, and magic.

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How to Write About Characters Who Are Smarter Than You

Academy Award winning writer, Graham Moore (Imitation Game), gives advice on writing for an intellectual character in a way that the audience can understand.

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My least favorite moment in all of cinema is a relatively common one. You will recognize it, I’m sure, from dozens of movies and TV shows that prominently feature scientists. You may even have laughed at it once or twice. It usually gets a quick chortle. The moment goes something like this:

Our character is a scientist of some kind. He’s a mathematician if you’re watching a drama. He’s a physicist, usually, if you’re watching a sci-fi movie. He is a biologist in a zombie movie or a coder in a techno-thriller (and he is almost invariably a man, which in and of itself is an annoyance). Our scientist character delivers a brief, relatively reasonable paragraph of technical dialogue. He explains some plot point to the other characters in the scene, which serves to explain it to the audience as well. He throws in a few obscure, jargon-y scientific words for verisimilitude, but the basic point he makes is quite clear and comprehensible. Something along the lines of: “We’re going to need to modify the warp thrusters to go through a wormhole of that size,” or, “The terrorists are using an unhackable 512-bit key to encrypt the location of the plutonium,” or even, “By traveling into the past you’ve created an alternate universe timeline in which you were never born.” Something along those lines. He describes a scientific concept that is both readily explicable and quite literally has just been explained.

But then, after our scientist has finished, the camera turns to a second character. This would be our scientist’s normal-dude buddy. He’s just a regular Joe. He is the audience’s stand-in during the scene, and the character with whom the audience most identifies. This guy makes an incredulous face in response to the scientist’s technical language. And then he says the following line:

“WHOA, Doc. Say that again in English!”

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