In this video Stiltbeast Studios shows you how to make simple and realistic prop bladed weapons for your next horror film.
Are you one of those people that search the interwebs looking news, photos or video of an anticipated upcoming release or do you avoid spoilers so you can see it “fresh.” If you’re the latter, new research suggests that the tension of not knowing what comes next actually detracts from our enjoyment.
The experiment itself was simple: Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt of UC San Diego gave several dozen undergraduates 12 different short stories. The stories came in three different flavors: ironic twist stories (such as Chekhov’s “The Bet”), straight up mysteries (“A Chess Problem” by Agatha Christie) and so-called “literary stories” by writers like Updike and Carver. Some subjects read the story as is, without a spoiler. Some read the story with a spoiler carefully embedded in the actual text, as if Chekhov himself had given away the end. And some read the story with a spoiler disclaimer in the preface.
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CineSkates by Cinetics are a set of three wheels that attach to a tripod and enable fluid, rolling video in an ultra-portable package. Cinetics founder Justin Jensen is funding the first CineSkates production run with Kickstarter.
In this primer on horror movie soundtracks author and musician Stephen Thrower discuses how the scariest horror films don’t just make you want to cover your eyes, but your ears, too.
If I had to choose just one great horror soundtrack from the 1970s, I’d go for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Relentless, disturbing and totally “out-there”, this groundbreaking work arose out of free improvisations by the film’s director Tobe Hooper and his musical associate Wayne Bell. Rather than composing melodic themes for the characters, or dutifully applying motifs to particular events, Hooper and Bell approached the soundtrack like vengeful deities, raining down storms of pure nightmare. The sound design rumbles with elemental violence; it’s difficult to discern precisely which musical instruments, if any, are responsible. When I spoke to Bell a few years ago he told me that a signature ingredient was “an upright bass, which we did all sorts of torturous things to during the Chain Saw sessions”. There’s also lots of tape manipulation (slowed-down and speeded-up gongs), and what sounds like a heavily asthmatic pedal-steel guitar (it is set in Texas, after all). Hooper and Bell smear these cues (with ad hoc titles such as Seethe and Madness) throughout the film, creating a dense, expressionist impasto into which screams, chainsaw engine noise and murderous gibbering are embedded; the effect is to completely mire you in the film’s claustrophobic horror.
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Samsung is using a clip from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey as an example of prior art in its defense against Apple’s patent infringement claims.
Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table’s surface), and a thin form factor.
Which of the following seven fictional burger joints would you like to eat at? Or, post your own favorite in the comments section.
Seen In: Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Clerks II
#6 Whammy Burger
Seen In: Falling Down
#5 Burger World
Seen In: Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
Seen In: Coming to America
#3 Pig Burger
Seen In: Better off Dead
#2 Krusty Burger
Seen In: The Simpsons Movie
#1 Big Kahuna Burger
Seen In: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof, From Dusk till Dawn
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Transmedia is one of those new buzz words describing stories told through various mediums. In this two part article, Rich Fahle looks at the push for Transmedia stories and how you can use it to further brand your product.
…Once a collection of siloed channels with their own unique agendas, media formats like paper books, DVD movies, websites, and online video are now evolving and blending together, with end users increasingly making less distinction between the media types and platforms that are now woven into our daily media routine.
This fundamental shift in consumption has given rise to the idea of transmedia: stories told and delivered in a platform-agnostic world, blending story elements seamlessly between various engagement points.
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…As we discussed, with transmedia’s multi-platform outreach approach, people can engage with your story on a deeper level than any single platform allows, opening the door to a more immersive, collaborative experience. That’s because transmedia takes advantage of the way we live and communicate now, crossing freely from one conversational medium to the next, engaging and sharing in different ways within the daily flow of our digital lives.
With a thoughtfully architected transmedia experience, we’re no longer forced to leave our favorite stories behind when moving between devices, screens or locations. Rather, we can carry our stories with us from platform to platform, adding layers of engagement at each stop along the way.
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The producers of the IndieGoGo Project “Clowning Around” asked camera assistant James Lackey about his take on the Canon 5d, RED, and Arri Alexa.
However, as with every project I do, when it comes to the real technical side of workflow, image compression and logistics I always ask
my very good friend and camera assistant James Leckey for his opinion. I have worked with James on about a dozen shorts since we met in 2007 on my film “Parental Control” (www.vimeo.com/12881846) and he has a ridiculous amount of knowledge on such matters so thought I would ask him some questions about the benefits of the various formats and share the answers with you.
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