Posts Tagged ‘production’

VIDCON acquired by VIACOM? Old Media Recognizes New Media Value

VIDCON.  In what could only be seen as a massive irony, Viacom has acquired the Vidcon Online Video Convention entity.    One may or may not recall that Viacom sued Google and Youtube at one point about copyright infringement.  But now the traditional media conglomerate has recognized that new online Media – centered around the…

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Apple Seeks to Dominate The Industry?

Vast change in the film industry is an understatement.   For the first time ever,  Apple’s App Store is set to overtake Hollywood in global revenue.    According to this Daily Mail article,  people will “spend $100 million a day on apps by the end of 2018.” So one has to decide what the “Film Industry” actually…

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Cinematic Movement Tutorial And Warp Stabilizer

Tom Antos does some great little tutorial, especially useful to get ‘Behind the Scenes’ between low budget filmmaking, the thinking process and the Post-Production process.  Tom uses Adobe After Effects  with its Warp Stabilizer effects. Don’t take these tutorials for granted.  It’s the same process (maybe faster with more money) that major filmmakers would also…

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Film Grammar: Top 20 Cinematic Techniques

I collect these links because it’s always good to have references to films – and not just films that I am really familiar with – but a lot of other films to constantly study Film Grammar.  How does it work?   And not work?  

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film Budget-Reason #4: Incentives

Films get made with Incentives in today’s financing structure – plain and simple.  Whether you are shooting in the United States in Georgia or another incentive state or the United Kingdom or France, then incentive financing structures have become not only the norm but a critical component for the successful financing of your project. Incentives…

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Toronto and Beyond

The recently concluded Toronto Film Festival is amongst the world’s major film festivals worth attending in terms of prestige, prominence and film sales.    Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become an essential stops in the march toward Awards Season with many films using the festival as their major release. With easy flights from Hollywood…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#3: Inaccurate Perks

Perks. The word itself carries emotional connotations of either simple requests – or a vast array of pampered “Stars”.  Or “Rock Stars”.    In this case, the Producer might hire a Big Star – and not think about the impact of their perks on the budget.  And maybe they exceed the means of the budget.…

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Careers in Filmmaking : You’re Fit Into the Industry

Usually, finding your career in the film industry takes a little bit of time.  You try one position, hate it.  Try another position and love it.  But knowing that you’ll find your place in this exciting business is part of the Adventure. I did a lot of jobs on a movie set before going into…

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The Shifting Film Landscape: CGI going overboard?

CGI or VFX have become a crutch for many filmmakers.  They have chosen spectacle over substance.  In this article, they discuss the ten reasons why CGI is getting worse not better.   This last weekend, Hollywood Box Office has fallen off a cliff, expecting its worst summer yet.   The reasons for the drop off…

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7 Ways To Screw Up Your Film’s Budget-#2: Inaccurate Estimate

Writers Need To Become Producers In numerous cases, I have had a producer or executive hand me a script, point to it and say, “You can do this film for $5 million.”  In reality, the math says almost $6.6 million.  “That script is $15 million.”  Wrong.  Closer to $22 Million.   “Not a hair over $8…

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