John Carpenter talks about the unexpected roots of his stark, creepy score for ‘Halloween’. And Mark wonders what might have been, had Carpenter recorded his original take on the theme.
The Visual Effects Society (VES) recently held an event in Los Angeles titled “The 1099 Dilemma” (1099 being the name of the IRS form for Independent Contractors) to examine labor issues facing companies and artists. What follows is a break down of their event with some insight into the issues you will face when working in the industry.
…In establishing a work relationship there are a few things we have to determine. First, is the relationship as an Employee or as an Independent Contractor? More about the details of that determination later, but why would a company or worker want to have an Independent Contractor relationship? Independent Contractors cost companies less money than employees, that can provide companies with a competitive advantage if the competition is using employees. Independent Contractors enjoy tax advatanages. There are reasons on both sides of the relationship that may have both parties desiring Independent Contractor status. You DO NOT want to stop reading here, as a worker or employer, because that classification is NOT up to you.
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There’s a lot of DIY camera motion systems out there involving either roller skates wheels or elaborate balancing rigs, but this easy technique (although it is limited to certain uses) beats them all in terms of it’s sheer simplicity.
Legendary actor turned director, Clint Eastwood sits down with Katie Couric and CBS news to talk about his latest film “Here After”
Lens Whacking… It’s not nearly as destructive as it sounds. It’s just a matter of detaching the lens from the camera so that light can flare in between the lens and the sensor.
Here’s an example of some Lens Whacking in play:
Take a trip back in time. This 11-minute reel of film, shot from a cable car on Market Street, captures a city full of life and promise-which was destroyed only days later in the great earthquake of 1906.
At the center of the national death penalty debate today is the controversial case of Cameron Todd Willingham, put to death for the arson-murder of his three little girls. But was he guilty?
Several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it’s the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham — convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children — that’s now at the center of the national debate.
In Death by Fire, FRONTLINE gains unique access to those closest to the Willingham case — meticulously examining the evidence used to convict Willingham, offering an in-depth portrait of those most impacted by the case, and exploring the explosive implications of the execution of a possibly innocent man.
- FRONTLINE | Read the full Article
Need to be 10 lbs skinnier and at least 5 inches taller? On the cutting edge of video effects, a team of researchers is tackling your problem head on. Their approach – take a video of a human and remap the body to a morphable 3d model. Then it’s just a matter of adjusting the proportions of the model to suit your needs.
I wonder when this will become a regular feature in iMovie?
Judith Weston, author of “Directing Actors,” in a skype video conference with directing students at Tisch Asia/Singapore on Jan 28 2010 responds to the question, Why is it important for filmmakers to understand Subtext? She discusses the importance of knowing “what the script is about” using the movie “Forrest Gump” as an example, and referencing Sidney Lumet’s book “Making Movies.”
Master director/writer of such Hollywood classics as “Sunset Blvd.”, “Some Like it Hot”, “One, Two, Three”, “The Apartment” and “Double Indemnity”, Billy Wilder leads the AFI Harold Lloyd Master Seminar in 1976.
Courtesy of AFI.
Billy Wilder says that while it’s not necessary for a Director to know how to write, it is necessary for him to know how to “read”.
Wilder on how he prepares to shoot a film:
Wilder on the Pacing of a Film:
Wilder talks about shooting multiple endings for films:
Wilder talks on career paths:
Billy Wilder talks about the approach of director Ernst Lubitsch, which became widely known as “The Lubitsch Touch”
Billy Wilder talks about working with Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine
Here is a DIY Follow Focus made with LEGOS. It is variable in size so it fit to various lenses. It’s very small and stable. The second video is a 3D rendered tutorial on how to build this LEGO follow focus.
This is a rejection notice from Essanay Film Manufacturing Company (1907-1925). It is remembered for a series of silent Charlie Chaplin films. I guess some of these no longer apply to today’s studio standards, such as #5 “Idea has been done before,” #11 “Not Original” and #14 “Improbable.” I also think todays writers would enjoy getting a reason for rejection, other than “pass.”
VIA: Old Hollywood
Add in the comments what disqualifiers you think should be added to todays list.