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So You Want to Make a Movie

This is the first in a series of blog entries on cleverly creating cinema—starting with the screenplay. Is This Script Worth Filming? Yeah yeah, your script is brilliant. But is it? If you wrote it, it could be pure grade-A … more »

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10 Ways to Look at the Oscar Nominations

I say there are two kinds of people in this world — people who believe that the Oscars are a reliable indicator of quality filmmaking, and people who regard them as a congratulatory and vaguely embarrassing act of naked self-promotion … more »

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For the First Time, All of the Oscar Nominees Will Be Announced Live on TV, Webcast

Good news for cinematographers, film editors, VFX artists and other behind-the-scenes, below-the-line creative talent — for the first time ever, the traditional early-morning announcement of Oscar nominees will include all categories. That's right. When the program begins at 5:30 a.m. … more »

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CES 2015: Top 10 Tech Takeaways

CES may be a consumer technology show, but there's a lot going on this year that's helping put consumer gear on the cutting edge of the market. In case you didn't make it out to Vegas for the annual confab, here's … more »

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Read Oscar-Contending Screenplays from 2014 Films

Ah, December. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, and Hollywood screenplays on the Internet. It's that time of year when the scripts that served as blueprints for the season's prestige films are placed online so that … more »

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Stay Employable: A Primer for Established VFX Artists

Staying employed in the same place is really tough these days. I'm not sure how much the California tax incentives are going to help. They won't make a dent at Sony Imageworks, because Sony doesn't pay state taxes anyway. Others, it … more »

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Peter Plantec’s Entirely Biased Golden Pixie Awards, Part Four: Season Finale

It's been an exciting year in VFX and animation—lots of new developments, cool advances and interesting people. This is the fourth and final installment of this year's Golden Pixie Awards. This is the first time in nearly 20 years that … more »

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Flying a Camera on a Quadcopter? Let’s See Your Pilot’s License

Filmmakers looking to use lightweight drone-mounted camera systems for affordable aerial cinematography got some good news and some bad news from the Federal Aviation Administration last week. The good news is the FAA is reportedly finally ready to propose rules for legal … more »

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Peter Plantec’s Entirely Biased Golden Pixie Awards, Part Three

I have always been a rule-breaker — as I believe many of you are. I follow civil rules, but tend to dislike doing things the way they've always been done. Thus you may have noticed I make up award categories … more »

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Interstellar: First Reactions and Tech Specs for Exhibition

Christopher Nolan's nearly-three-hour-long spacefaring epic Interstellar, which opens November 5 in theaters showing film and November 7 on digital screens, is one of the year's most ambitious and highly anticipated movies. Until very recently, it was also the big studio release that we … more »