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Netflix Tries to Crash Sundance, But Is No Belle of the Ball Yet

Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects. more »

Nickelodeon Is Developing a Direct-to-Consumer Subscription Service

It won’t carry the Nickelodeon brand name, and most of the details of the mostly mobile service will have to wait until the channel’s upfront presentation to advertisers in the Spring, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman told analysts this morning. It will be “geared to young viewers, quite young viewers, and their parents will very much welcome the availability of this premium subscription service,” he says. He also hints that cable and satellite distributors won’t mind: Viacom is “working with our distributors very closely.” more »

This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass

Mark and Jay Duplass are a ubiquitous presence at this year's Sundance Film Festival. They were involved with three Sundance films, The Bronze, The Overnight, and Tangerine and an animated TV pilot (Animals). In addition to dominating Sundance, Netflix used the festival as occasion to announce that the brothers signed a four-movie deal, while HBO announced that the network will renew their show, Togetherness. In other words, it's been a good week for the brothers. more »

Man Killed on Set of Scorsese film Silence

A ceiling collapsed onto three Taiwanese construction workers at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center during pre-production on the film. A spokesperson for the film said the incident occurred after a building on the CMPC Studios backlot was deemed unstable and an independent contractor was hired to "reinforce and make it safe." more »

Alan J. Hirschfield, Who Led Columbia Pictures Through Financial Scandal, Dies at 79

In the early 1980s, as a top executive at 20th Century Fox, Mr. Hirschfield was quick to spot potential in the dawning home video market. But he angered exhibitors by predicting that major movies would soon have only small theatrical releases while being simultaneously sold on videocassettes and shown on cable television. His foresight presaged a digital business model that has only begun to emerge, mostly among smaller films, 30 years later. more »

Ghostbusters Reboot Sets All-Female Cast, Release Date

Just three months after it was announced that Bridesmaids director Paul Feig would reboot the Ghostbusters series with an all-female cast, the four actresses who will don the proton packs have been revealed: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and current Saturday Night Live stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. more »

DJI No Longer Lets You Fly Its Drones in Washington, D.C.

DJI really, really doesn't want to see its drones in the news for the wrong reasons. Just a day after the world learned that one of its robotic vehicles crash-landed at the White House, the company is pushing out a "mandatory" firmware update for its Phantom 2 drones that prevents you from flying anywhere within a 15.5-mile radius of downtown Washington, DC. more »

GoPro’s Buttery Smooth High-Def Slow Motion

Everything looks better in slow motion. But until now, the Hero4 Black couldn't do super smooth slow-mo and HD at the same time. When it launched, it was limited to 1080p video at 120 frames per second, 720p video at 120fps (as it was with the Hero3), or 480p at 240fps. This firmware update remedies that. more »

The Middle Ground: Ideal Shooting Conditions for Post Production

It’s important for production personnel to know how footage should best be readied for video editing and color grading. In this post, we share actionable tips for optimizing your shoots for post. more »

The Complete Guide to Choosing (or Building) the Perfect Standing Desk

Standing desks are popular, but choosing a good one is no easy task. You could go with a motorized, whole desk replacement, or DIY a simple solution. You could even buy an adjustable attachment to go on top of your existing desk. Let's talk about what you may need in a standing desk, what you can get for your budget, and how to choose what's best for your needs. more »