CineFix digs through Television’s longest running prime time animated show for 9 things you may not have known about this cartoon institution.
Science isn’t always a visual medium, but the most important moments have often been captured in photos and illustrations. It’s Okay To Be Smart picks out some of their favorite science images from history.
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 he’s ever had making a movie (Jim Jarmusch’s Broken Flowers) to his thoughts on the current cast of Saturday Night Live (“They really roll very nicely, they have great momentum, and it seems like they are calm in the moment”) to his recollections of making Groundhog Day with the now-late Harold Ramis. (“No question that it was the greatest script of the year.”) Murray was genial, charming, and open. He answered a ton of questions. He really only dodged one:
Maybe Murray really forgot. (He seems like the sort of guy who might.) Or maybe he recognized that Sofia Coppola’s original script didn’t specify what his character said to Johansson during their final meeting in Japan, and that Coppola didn’t go back and dub in something during post-production after Murray’s on-set ad-libs were too quiet to be captured clearly by the microphones. Coppola wanted the moment to remain ambiguous.
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In the last few years we’ve seen still cameras start to develop very impressive video capabilities. Is there still a reason to buy a consumer camcorder? TCSTV’s Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake give their perspective, comparing the most capable consumer camcorder, Canon’s HF G30, and Sony’s RX10.
The Movie Title Stills Collection gathers quite a list of Warner Brothers Logos going all the way back to the classic silent era logos including The Jazz Singer
During 90 years the Warner Bros. shield has undergone a series of refinements. Three variations reflect transitions in ownership (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts in 1967, Kinney in 1969 and Warner Communications Inc. in 1972). In 1984 Warner Bros. returned to the shield set over a background of clouds. The corporate names below the shield have changed over the years, but the logo has been a shield ever since.
Below the 13 main logos and 200+ (slightly) different variations. This page is about the evolution of the Warner Bros. logo. It’s about the big picture. I might add more detailed descriptions of some of the most remarkable logos (or series of logos) later.
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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 can watch above, simply confused audiences when it opened in 1953, but humanity has since — with, for better or for worse, the thoroughgoing senses of unseriousness and irony we’ve cultivated — come to appreciate it. This story of would-be uranium pirates stranded in an Italian port on their way to Kenya began, like Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, as an adaptation of a high-minded, stone-faced novel, in this case an eponymous one by Claud Cockburn (father of the late Alexander Cockburn, author of, yes, The Nation‘s “Beat the Devil” column). Also like Dr. Strangelove, it took a dose of absurdity somewhere in pre-production, turning from drama into comedy
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Using only a photo and Photoshop, learn how to create easy pseudo 3D using parallax without the need of a software 3d camera.
As our cameras have got all digital, don’t forget to schedule time to transfer footage at the end of the shoot day.
Remember when at the end of shoot we would hand a box of tapes over to the client. Well, just like the Bob Dylan song these times are a changing. We have been shooting tapeless now for over a decade but in my experience Producers are still not accounting for media transfer time within the shoot day. With different codecs it’s important that both the crew and the client be on the same page in that regard. Now the crew needs to be aware of what card or drive they are recording to and which one needs to be moved to a client hard drive or backed up. We need to be ready to download the footage at moment’s notice.
On the client side, things have changed as well. The time constraints of the shoot day have not changed, they are still ten hours on average. However, now we have those pesky downloads. So, let’s look at what the client can do to make this part of the shoot go flawlessly.
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Scott Myers dissects several “Warrior” characters in order to look for patterns and assist in creating stronger characters in screenplays.
Naturally the Warrior character type is about fighting, their stock-in-trade. But for whom do they fight? How? And most important… why? The answer to these questions define the very nature of the Warrior… or perhaps more precisely, their nature provides the answers to the questions.
Whereas an Advocate will tend to use their logic and intellect to defeat their foes, Warriors rely on their physical strength. Not to say they are unintelligent. Often they have to rely on their wits and whatever wisdom they learn along the way of their journey to defeat a Nemesis contingent that makes the Warrior a decided underdog.
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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 a RØDE microphone being used during the production of the film. RØDE has provided an entry pack that steps through the process, as well as templates for scripting, storyboarding and more, available now by registering at www.myrodereel.com.
What can I win?
The contest runs from March till June and the prize pool includes BlackMagic and GoPro cameras, Carl Zeiss lenses, Miller tripods, RedRock Micro rigs, SmallHD and Teradek monitoring equipment, Kessler sliders and jibs, ThinkTank Photo bags, Event studio monitors, G-Technology storage, TetherTools accessories, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed, and of course plenty of RØDE microphones.
Entries for ‘My RØDE Reel’ are open from March 1st and close May 31st. But they’ve made the deal even sweeter – As an earlybird bonus, all entries accepted during March will receive a free copy of RedGiant’s PluralEyes audio synchronization software, valued at $199!
Keep checking back here for more tips and tutorials as the deadline approaches.
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 train accident on the set of “Midnight Rider,” in the In Memoriam segment on Sunday’s Oscarcast.
“Only 27 years old, her promising life was cut short when she was struck by a train working on a dangerous set,” the petition reads. “Crew members are the unsung heroes of film and television production who work long hours and sometimes very dangerous conditions for the love of filmmaking. Sarah Elizabeth Jones was one of us.”
Meanwhile, a Facebook page called “Slates for Sarah” has been set up in which production crews offer their own tribute to Jones, posting photos of film slates bearing messages in memoriam. It is also a mobilization campaign to garner support for an industrywide effort to add a watchdog to film sets to monitor safety procedures.
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