Thomas Mai – film consultant and professional speaker talks about the 10 new rules in 10 minutes for the film industry and all the great possibilities for film makers today.
Driving the speed limit is totally uncool as evidenced when the last time I did 65 on the 405 I was passed up and shouted down by a stream of insane LA drivers. This twisted PSA spoof from theucbmidnightshow demonstrates that you may save one life with safe driving, but you could endanger millions.
Chris Jones breaks down some techniques and tips on how to communicate what you want when communicating in email or in person.
So some thoughts.
1. Don’t write a long email. People don’t have the time to read it. Keep ALL non essential information out. I am all for well written messages, but don’t make people have to work out what you are saying. This is not a work or art.
— Chris Jones Blog | Read The Full Article
On this episode of Film Riot, Ryan Connolly demonstrates how to shoot action driving scenes, using some fancy camera and sound work to add some octane to a car chase scene without breaking any speed limits.
A movie title is like a first impression and Gordon Hoffman breaks down some ideas on how to pick out the right title.
…How exactly does one work on the title of their screenplay? I recently came up with such a wonderful idea for a movie, one of those miraculous moments, like finding money on the sidewalk. I told somebody, and they said, “Great. What’s the title?” Suddenly, and rather horrifyingly, my beauty of an idea is crippled. Instant orphaned bastard! You wanna strangle the person. You feel insulted. What’s the title!? Why would you even ask that, like, right after I told you this incredible gem?
— Blue Cat Screenplay | Read The Full Article
The process of compressing history into drama often generates sharp tensions between the historian and the dramatist. As James Reston Jr. will testify in this hour-long YouTube presentation, the historian usually feels a sinking disappointment as the dramatist explains what it will take to capture and hold the attention of an audience. When Reston was asked to write a screenplay based on his own 2005 book, “Dogs of God: Columbus, the Inquisition, and the Defeat of the Moors,” he leapt at the chance to resolve and to control the historian/dramatist tension.
Ted Shilowitz discusses the basics of RED Cinema Cameras being used by Peter Jackson and James Cameron and delivers a tour of RED Studios.
In this week’s vlog of our favorite underwater short film “The Underwater Realm“, Director David M. Reynolds takes a look at their underwater light tubes, underwater color grading and pits the EX1 and Canon 5d MkII up against each other:
For those looking to avoid the pitfalls of FCP X and migrate to Adobe, Vimeo user Walter Biscardi Jr demonstrates some of the differences between FCP and Premiere Pro CS5.5 that may be able to save you some early transitional frustrations.
For the Final Cut Pro editor migrating over to Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5, the transition really could not be much easier. I often refer to PPro as “Final cu Cut Pro 8″ because it feels like the natural progression from FCP 7.
But there are a few quirks within the application that will drive you absolutely bonkers. So before you pull your hair out and start swearing up a blue streak, here’s a few of the “gotchas” that got me and how to avoid them.
One great thing about Adobe is that they ARE listening to feedback. So if you would like to offer input as Adobe prepares CS6, be sure to go to the website listed at the end of the video.
Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are littered with the carcasses of failed projects. Though not a guarantee of success, there’s probably a good chance the unsuccessful pitch may have ignored one or more of these tips…
…1. Reach Out to Family and Friends
Unlike what many will tell you, I must say that for me family (and friends) are more about getting emotional support than money. It is very dicey to ask people you know and love to give you their hard earned funds. I had some friends tell me that they felt offended that I was emailing them about our campaign. Discussing this with them led to some very interesting insights about why I feel this is a democratic and legitimate way to support the arts. But I am not here to proselytize. I immediately backed off. In a way what they are saying is true: they don’t ask me to fund their passion, why should I ask them to fund mine? However, that’s not exactly how I see it: I believe that the film project, My Reincarnation, has a greater good for humanity and is a contribution to people’s lives. Hence, it must be seen and is worth funding.
— Tribeca Film | Read The Full Article
What constitute a genre? Using a database of 897 scripts, genres are broken down using good old statistics and graphs, which is really the only way to discuss films.
…Thanks to The Internet Movie Script Database, I can start to answer a piece of that question: what words constitute the text of each genre. The database contains 897 scripts over 13 categories, not enough for a comprehensive understanding of film scripts, but more than enough to look at some basic insights. So the first thing I wanted to see was a simple count of word frequencies by genre: how many times the word “love” appeared in Romance compared to how many times the word “money” appeared in Crime. The results are below:
— Box Office Quant | Read The Full Article