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What is the Difference Between an Homage and Plagiarism?

Scott Myers gives us his take on the whole homage vs. plagiarism debate as he tackles a reader’s question. Let’s start with a definition. Per our good friends at Wikipedia: “Homage is a show or demonstration of respect or dedication to someone or something, sometimes by simple declaration but often by some more oblique reference, Read MoreRead More

When Movies Don’t Let the Facts Get in the Way of a Good Story

Taking liberties with true stories for feature films is increasingly coming under fire from critics. It may not be factual, but it’s truthful. It’s an argument that wouldn’t survive in a court of law and would spark derision in a presidential debate. But when it comes to movies, it’s vital guidance, especially when so many Read MoreRead More

How to Keep Clients Happy in the Video and Photography Industry

Andy Baker, the Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director for National Geographic Channel explores how to keep clients happy in the high stakes video and photography industry. YOU’VE BEEN HIRED – BUT WHERE’S THE BRIEF? Once you’ve been hired by a client, there is a little bit of a dance that goes on. Everyone Read MoreRead More

Are LEDs the light bulbs of the future?

The incandescent light bulb has changed very little since the days of Thomas Edison, with 90 percent of the electricity used lost as heat. Consumers have been reluctant to move away from the rich color quality of incandescent bulbs, but experts say new energy-efficient LEDs may finally provide an attractive replacement. CBS News Reports:Read More

Why Hollywood’s Blockbuster Strategy May Actually Make Sense

Charlie Rose interviews Anita Elberse, one of the youngest female professors to have been granted tenure in Harvard Business School’s history, on her book which explores the Hollywood’s Blockbuster strategy and how that might actually be beneficial in other realms of business. Anita Elberse’s book Blockbusters: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of EntertainmentRead More

The Parallels between the Making of “Mary Poppins” and “Saving Mr. Banks”

Drew Taylor describes how the journey from script to screen of “Saving Mr. Banks” mirrors in many ways the story under the story – that of “Mary Poppins” production. Saving Mr. Banks is ostensibly about how Walt Disney (portrayed in the film by Tom Hanks) and a core creative team tried to crack a feature Read MoreRead More

Can hidden information in photographs be used to spot criminals?

If you thought the CSI “zoom and enhance” cliche was pure fantasy – well think again. Using high resolution photographs, one study is trying to pull facial data from the reflections on a peron’s pupils. Can the eyes of photographed crime victims help authorities spot their victimizers? According to new research published Thursday in the Read MoreRead More

How Copyright Law Gave Us “Star Wars”

Devin Faraci asks the question – what if George Lucas had been able to make straight-up fan fiction. In an alternate universe George Lucas never made Star Wars because he was able to get the rights to Flash Gordon. See, that was Lucas’ original intention, and he even went to meet with King Features Syndicate, Read MoreRead More

30 Camera Shots Every Film Fan Should Know

There is much to the language of cinema – Empire Online – gathered 30 shots with examples that you should be familiar with.   The cinematographer’s art often seems as much black magic as technique, taking a few actors milling around a set and turning it into something cinematic, evocative and occasionally iconic. Amidst all Read MoreRead More

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