Peter & Bobby Farrelly (“Dumb & Dumber,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin,” “The Three Stooges”) and co-writers Pete Jones & Kevin Barnett discuss why “Hall Pass” was the toughest script they’ve ever written and how they walk the fine line between offensive and hillarious.
Vashi Nedomansky shares a few pointers on editing from working on Po Chan and Shane Hurlbut’s: The Last Three Minutes
…Although the technical and aesthetic approach must be learned, there is one thing that is probably more important…Communication with the director/ad agency/creative/producer in charge of the project. It is your job as the editor to serve their vision and give them what they want. You are telling a story and physically creating something but at the end of the day (I promise not to use that term again) you have to deliver what they want. It’s often frustrating when what you think is a great idea or direction is the polar opposite of what they envision. Never take it personally and do everything you can in the first meetings to really get your brain around what they are after. Ask questions, feel the vibe, make suggestions and get to the core of what the project is as soon as possible. That investment up front will save you time and headaches down the road. At the same time, be your creative self. Stretch and reach for the freshest and most concise way to tell the story, be it a 30 second ad or a feature film. Editing is about rhythm and flow and no two projects are the same. Be malleable and adapt to each situation but always stay true to yourself.
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Even if you’re not trekking out to Sin City for the 2011 NAB Show in April, start readying your B&H Photo Wish List. Here is a quick survey of some of the new products aimed at HDSLRs and small cameras from the industry’s top manufacturers.
Atomos will showcase the Ninja (above), a portable digital image recorder that takes an HDMI feed directly from your HDSLR and records into ProRes for import into Apple Final Cut Pro. The Ninja also allows users to bypass the in-camera compression and record in full resolution.
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This is Charlie Kaufman’s master class at Gothenburg International Film Festival. Charlie discusses his films and other wide ranging screenwriting topics during this 72 minute video interview.
This three part video series was produced by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for their awards ceremony. In these video interviews screenwriters comment on their writing process, producer notes and what they’d be doing if they were not a writer.
Screenwriters Robert Nelson Jacobs (Chocolat), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Tom Schulman (Dead Poets’ Society) and Paul Haggis (Million Dollar Baby) talk about the writing process and the secrets to their success.
Andrew Nicholls (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson), Aaron Mendelsohn (Air Bud: Golden Retreiver), Michael Tabb (Ring Around the Rosie), Marilyn Anderson (Attack of the Killer Tomatoes), Teresa Huang (Knight Rider) and Stan Berkowitz (Batman Beyond) talk about the frustrations of being a screenwriter.
John Aboud (The Comebacks, Best Week Ever), David Wyatt (Sister, Sister), Maria Elena Fernandez (Pepe y Pepe) and Craig Miller (Stargate: Infinity) talk about life as a screenwriter.
A SnorriCam (also chestcam, bodymount camera, bodycam or bodymount) is a camera device that is rigged to the body of the actor, facing the actor directly, so when he walks, he does not appear to move, but everything around him does. A SnorriCam presents a dynamic point of view from the actor’s perspective, providing an unusual sense of vertigo for the viewer.
Here is a simple SnorriCam using PVC tubes.
VIA: Tom Preska
Does the internet actually inhibit, not encourage democracy? In this new RSA Animate, Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely empancipatory role in global politics.
Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ fewer than 20,000 Twitter users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet.
Tom Wyatt had a chat with the team from BrightArcs, who’d brought their giant Tesla coils along. A few hours of quick hacking later: it was real.