David Fincher talks about the conception of House of Cards and how Kevin Spacey came on board as Francis Underwood.
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A short featurette about the making of “The Goonies”, the 1985 teen adventure film, directed by Richard Donner from a story by Steven Spielberg.
Light is a wave and a particle, but no-one’s managed to see both at the same time…. until now!
The first ever snapshot of light as both wave and particle is taken by Fabrizio Carbone’s lab at EPFL (LUMES). The work is published in Nature Communications on 02 March 2015.
Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at EPFL have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior.
Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously as a particle or a wave. However, there has never been an experiment able to capture both natures of light at the same time; the closest we have come is seeing either wave or particle, but always at different times. Taking a radically different experimental approach, EPFL scientists have now been able to take the first ever snapshot of light behaving both as a wave and as a particle. The breakthrough work is published in Nature Communications.
When UV light hits a metal surface, it causes an emission of electrons. Albert Einstein explained this “photoelectric” effect by proposing that light – thought to only be a wave – is also a stream of particles. Even though a variety of experiments have successfully observed both the particle- and wave-like behaviors of light, they have never been able to observe both at the same time.
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p.1-3: We meet ANDREW NEIMAN, first year student, who sits honing his drum skills in the practice room. FLETCHER enters and states that he’s looking for players. He asks Neiman to play a few specific beats for him. Neiman struggles with one particular rudiment, the double time swing, he closes his eyes as he tries to keep tempo and only opens them when he hears the door close. Fletcher has gone, failure.
p.3-4A: Neiman heads to the theater. We meet Nicole who works on the concessions stands. He seems to like her but does nothing about it. Neiman joins JIM his father in the theater. He explains that he played for Fletcher today and shrugs when asked how it went. Jim tells him there are other things in life and draws a comparison with his own failed expectations as a youngster. Neiman calls into question his dads attitude to not making it. “It’s just life” his father retorts. At that point another movie goer bangs into Jim’s head as he goes to his seat, Jim apologizes despite it not being his fault as Neiman observes his fathers acceptance of what just happened.
p.5-6: Neiman enters the dorm hallway, a party is in full swing, he ignores this and goes into his room. He sits in awe watching a documentary on legendary drummer Buddy Rich surrounded by musical paraphernalia.
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Over the span of a month, Adam Savage designed and built an accurate replica of the hedge maze architectural model from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. The maze model, as seen in The Overlook Hotel, is only seen briefly, but reference screenshots from throughout the film allowed Adam to painstakingly recreate it. The project ended up as one of Adam’s more labor-intensive builds in recent memory!
The linguistics behind Kevin Spacey’s Southern accent in House of Cards.
In LA, everything is fake, including the sound effects. Nicole Richie visits a Foley studio to get the low down on faking sound effects.
Basic Filmmaker gets to the root cause of bad greenscreen on small sets – the LIGHTING!
Although you should absolutely try to get your greenscreen lighting as good as possible so that the advanced tools in NLEs and compositors don’t have to work so hard – remember that there is some leeway in post. Don’t feel bad if you need to use more tools to get the shot to look right.
RØDE Microphones is bring back their short film festival and this year promises to be bigger than before. Check out this exciting announcement:
Pro-audio brand RØDE Microphones is excited to announce that the ‘My RØDE Reel’ international short film competition – first launched in 2014 to huge international acclaim – will return in 2015, with an increased total prize pool of more than $200,000 in prizes.
My RØDE Reel’s inaugural competition saw RØDE receive a staggering 1,120 entries from 76 countries worldwide, with nine category winners sharing a total prize pool of over $70,000, making it the largest short film competition of its kind.
Entrants to ‘My RØDE Reel’ are required to create a short film of three minutes or less, as well as a behind-the-scenes reel that features a RØDE product 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.
There are three main awards and prize packs of filmmaking gear available to win — a Judges’ Film award for the best short film in competition, a Judges’ BTS award for the best behind-the-scenes reel, and a publicly voted People’s Choice award for the most popular short film. Each of these award winners will be presented with an enviable production filmmaking kit valued at more than $40,000.
Additional technical and genre awards and prize packs are available for Best Sound Design, Best Soundtrack and more, and for the first time in 2015 RØDE has announced a Young Filmmaker award, to acknowledge and encourage entrants under the age of 18.
Joining an incredible list of sponsors and bringing the 2015 total prize pool to more than $200,000 are Atomos and Freefly Systems, supplying their Shogun 4K RAW Recorder and MOVI M5 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer respectively to multiple prize packs. They join an already illustrious list of sponsors including BlackMagic, 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 solutions, software from Adobe and RedGiant, licensing credit from The Music Bed and Film Supply, and of course plenty of RØDE microphones. A full list of the prize packs is available at www.myrodereel.com.
Once again, RØDE has brought together a respected judging panel for ‘My RØDE Reel’ that includes inspirational pioneer filmmakers Philip Bloom, Ryan Connolly, Vincent LaForet and Rodney Charters.
“Last year’s My RØDE Reel was really one of the best film competitions I have ever judged.” commented Philip Bloom. “The calibre of entries from all over the world was superb. I can’t wait to see what we get this year, it’s going to be even better I am sure.”
“I’m really excited to engage with the next generation of filmmakers and to see what they come up with in the RODE Reel competition in 2015” added Vincent LaForet. “2014 was an impressive year and I can’t wait to see what they come up with this time!”
Putting its “money where its mouth is”, RØDE has put together its own short film plus a complete series of behind the scenes tutorials to highlight the production process. Hosted by filmmaker Clinton Harn and the RØDE Production team, the course guides viewers through the filmmaking process from pre-production through to shooting and on to post-production.
Entries for ‘My RØDE Reel’ are open from March 2nd and close June 1st. All entrants will receive the exclusive 2015 My RØDE Reel Directors T-shirt, and a free subscription to Hollywood DP Shane Hurlbut’s “Inner Circle” online community.