Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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Sundance 2016 By the Numbers

The flurry of snowflakes and press hype surrounding Park City, UT, may be soon slowing to a halt, but the reach and influence of the Sundance Film Festival will last long into the coming year. Here are a few interesting factoids … more »

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Roger Deakins Says Shooting Film Is “Over”

Kodak won't be sending Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, CBE, any valentines this year — not following comments he made to Variety reporter Kristopher Tapley about his aversion to shooting 35mm film. "It's fine," he responded when asked about his anxiety level when shooting … more »

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David Bowie’s Best Movies and Music Videos

The passing of David Bowie this weekend came as a huge shock to the entertainment industry — but not as much of a surprise to Bowie himself, who seems to have spent the bulk of his last year planning his exit, … more »

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Your Low Budget 4K Shoot

When it comes to filmmaking, technology is evolving fast, and I'm ready to take another look at my recent proclamation that filming in 4K should be avoided. Developments are occuring so quickly in video that low budget 4K is starting to make … more »

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Panavision Built Custom Star Wars Lenses for DP Dan Mindel

Monday morning brings a new perspective on all the work that went into shooting Star Wars: The Force Awakens as Panavision reveals that it designed a new set of lenses for cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC, to use on the film. … more »

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Five Personal Filmmaking Tips from Laurie Anderson

One of the most distinctive films on the festival circuit this year was Heart of a Dog, a 75-minute documentary in which performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson remembers the life and death of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. The film … more »

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Surviving Your Directorial Debut

​I've been working on this piece for a while. It turns out a lot of people go into film production thinking it's going to be a piece of cake, or feeling they know what they're up against. For a first … more »

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Wes Craven, 1939-2015

Genre film lost one of its icons over the weekend with the passing of Wes Craven at the age of 76. Craven didn't limit himself to horror — he directed Meryl Streep in the inspirational Music of the Heart and … more »

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Legendary Jerry Lewis Debacle The Day the Clown Cried May Yet Screen

Film buffs agree—Jerry Lewis's 1972 Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried may be the worst film ever made. That's a qualified "may be," though, since nobody has actually seen the film. That's why it fascinates, all these years later—its reputation … more »

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Grab your Audience on a Microbudget: Posters, Trailers, and Opening Titles

For a microbudget film, your poster and trailer will be your main selling tools. A professional look is important for credibility and a good flow is necessary to keep people watching. After studying hundreds of trailers and talking with people … more »