Studios can save a lot of time in a shooting schedule. In order to set up your own, Videomaker shows you what to consider when choosing a studio space such as size, electricity, and sound so that you can make a studio that not only makes your life easier, but impresses your clients as well.
The Wrap looks back on the Action on Film Festival and asks the question, is it okay to laugh during a really bad indie flick?
Listen Audio Only:
My full run down of the AOF Festival in Pasadena
(including that very bad film I talk about)
Kevin Smith on Avid Rough Cut
Filmmaker Kevin Smith talks about his filmmaking experience using Media Composer and reactions to his unconventional approach to promoting his latest film Red State.
Hitchcock’s PSYCHO – Subliminal Themes
Rob Ager’s analysis of the subliminal themes in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror masterpiece PSYCHO.
100 Resources to Research Your Horror Film
Have you ever felt that you have a great horror story and you just need to do a little research to get more ideas, get the time period right or other facts? Maybe you have writer’s block and don’t know where to start. In either case we put together a list of links to help you get all the details right in your scary flick.
THE SHINING: The Psychology of Set Design
How Stanley Kubrick used Escher-styled spacial awareness & set design anomalies to disorientate viewers of his horror classic.
Why David Lynch Turned Down ‘Return of the Jedi’
David Lynch was offered to direct the third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, but turned it down. Why? Spoiler.. Wookies give him headaches.on.
Behind the Scenes of “The Hobbit” – Video Blog part 1 & 2
Go behind the scenes on the production set of “The Hobbit” with director Peter Jackson.
A Short History of CG Characters in Movies
This interesting documentary created by Vimeo user lnrdshelby guides you through the history of CG characters.
When Rolling Shutter meets Guitar Strings
One day YouTube user JustKyleVids decided to put his iPhone inside his guitar and record a demo. The resulting rolling shutter effect is a mesmerizing view of the vibrations of a guitar.
The Fundamentals of Color Grading
Filmmaker IQ’s Scott Jarvie demystifies color grading and demonstrates a few grading techniques in this article from the Filmmaker IQ forum.
Stunt Driver Takes Mom for a Ride
Darius Khashabi takes his mom for a ride in a Corvette Z06. Not sure what it says about him giving his mother the cheep helmet.
How Algorithms Shape Movie Scripts & Everything Else
Kevin Slavin argues that we’re living in a world designed for and increasingly controlled by algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine: espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. And he warns that we are writing code we can’t understand, with implications we can’t control.
Rehearsing Your Movie Pitch
Michael Weise Director of Hardware Wars offers you some pointers on how to pitch your film to studio executives.
Orson Welles Meets HG Wells
This meeting between H.G. Wells and Orson Welles was broadcasted on Radio KTSA San Antonio on October 28, 1940, Wells expressed a lack of understanding of the apparent panic caused by “The War of the Worlds” Halloween radio broadcast in 1938.\
WTF Post of the week:
This meeting between H.G. Wells and Orson Welles was broadcasted on Radio KTSA San Antonio on October 28, 1940, Wells expressed a lack of understanding of the apparent panic caused by “The War of the Worlds” Halloween radio broadcast in 1938.
In June 2011 BAFTA and The Script Factory hosted a two-day training and networking event for anyone passionate about screenwriting.
In this video, screenwriters Nick Whitfield (Skeletons), Joanna Hogg (Archipelago) and Moira Buffini (Tamara Drewe) discuss genre, audience and the creative process. Using their own films as examples, the panel members discuss themes such as genre, marketing, budgets, creative processes and how to ‘organise chaos’ on the job.
In this video, Tony Grisoni (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, etc) discusses the importance of the ‘triangular’ writer-director-producer relationship, debunks the idea of the ‘auteur’s singular vision’, and describes his complex working relationship with the authors whose novels he adapts.
In this video a panel of some of the UK’s most influential execs – including Bedlam’s Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech) and Independent’s Luc Roeg (We Need to Talk About Kevin) – talk about ways for aspiring screenwriters to get their work into development.
Netflix just recently announced that they would be raising the prices of their services making it impossible for any of their customers to continue living.
The Hollywood Reporter ranked up a list of the top 25 film schools in the world in their inaugural list. Not surprisingly, AFI and USC top their list:
…1. American Film Institute
Among the most selective film schools in America, AFI’s Center for Advanced Film and Television Studies in Los Angeles offers a two-year conservatory program where students specialize in fields including directing, producing and writing, often coming to the institute after working in the industry or having attended other schools. Its “fellows” are typically more mature (average age is 27) and benefit from speakers and teachers drawn from the highest levels of the industry, supported by the full weight of AFI itself. Comparing it to cross-town rivals UCLA and USC is a bit of apples-and-oranges, given its small size and emphasis on specialization, but AFI’s glittering parade of alumni, from David Lynch to Darren Aronofsky, remains unrivaled when it comes to auteur filmmakers. Students are guaranteed the freedom to make a thesis film and are given access to SAG members for their casts and $13,500 in financing. If you know where you’re going, AFI can get you there.
— The Hollywood Reporter | Read The Full Article
Vimeo User Bob Phelps covers some basic documentary tips for shooting a human interest stories including how to prepare your subject and what kind of questions to ask.
Please note: do not ask Robin about his mullet.
One of the ways to make your film look more polished is to have clean and powerful graphics. YouTube user “ChromeDesignsHD” shows you how to create a really tasteful typography sequence in five parts.
There’s gear that helps you to get the shot and then there’s gear that makes you think about the shot in a whole new way: Steadicam. 3D rigs. Cranes. Camera Cars. Every one revolutionizing production — moving from game changer to indispensable. Find out what’s hot, what’s cool, and what’s coming when you dig in with a panel of operators, cinematographers, lighting experts, product and rental experts in this interactive discussion.
Cranes, storage, lighting, camera cars, grip and dolly, tripods, and more. How can you put new products to work on set with maximum success. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see and discuss with working experts all that gear.
Panelists include: Mark August, SOC, David Frederick, SOC, Dan Kneece, SOC, Larry Mole Parker, Mole Richardson, and Paul Kobelja, PRG. Moderated by: Jessica Sitomer, CEO, The Greenlight Coach.
This music video “Chase No Face” by BELL uses no post-production effects. Everything on singer Olga Bell’s face is happening in real-time, via hacked Kinect, laptop and LED projector. It’s built using FaceTracker code from Jason Saragih
Visuals by Zach Lieberman, Francisco Zamorano, Andy Wallace, and Michelle Calabro.