Sunday, 27 April 2014

10 Best “Making Of” Documentaries You Need To Watch | Taste of Cinema

If you're reading this post chances are you like film. And if you like film, there is a distinct possibility you enjoy a good documentary too. So it doesn't get much better than a documentary about film, right?

Here's a list of ten of the best documentaries ever made about the making of a movie. Some of them are about cinematic masterpieces. Some of them are near masterpieces in their own right. Some of them are about films, which really aren't all that great but every single one of them is well worth spending your time on if you have a passion for movies.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

What Every Filmmaker Ought to Know About Movie Distribution

Movie distribution is one of least sexy areas of the entire filmmaking process.

And I'll admit, when I was dreaming of my career in Hollywood – I never set out to become a leading movie distribution consultant.

But after taking our first feature to market, I realized something. The movie distribution paradigm is totally broken.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

3D-Film Pioneer James Cameron Talks VR Filmmaking and Oculus Rift

3D-Film Pioneer James Cameron Talks VR Filmmaking and Oculus Rift.

As the director of the highest-grossing movie of all time — the 3D technology-driven Avatar — when James Cameron talks new film technology, Hollywood and Silicon Valley listen.

Friday, 18 April 2014

When Filmmakers Dream: A Story of Attainable Success | Filmmaker Magazine

When filmmakers dream, we dream big. And why not? Shoot for the stars, and hell, you might just get one to act in your next movie. While not every filmmaker has designs for commercial success, one would be hard-pressed to find one that would shun recognition and the opportunity to create more films and get paid to do so. Every young filmmaker would love his or her first film to win Sundance so they can be plucked out of obscurity, handed the keys to Hollywood, and asked to direct every episode of True Detective. And why the hell not?

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Should Photographers Care About 4K?

Should Photographers Care About 4K?

If you had to summarize this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas in one word, it would probably be "4K."

The NAB (Which stands for National Association of Broadcasters) Show is the world's largest Electronic Media show, and deals largely in video. But, this year, at least one of the announcements had interesting implications for the still photography market.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

9 Great Filmmaking Tools for Indie Filmmakers from NAB

9 Great Filmmaking Tools for Indie Filmmakers from NAB

If you've ever been to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, you'll know that there are thousands of square feet to cover and a new vendor is hawking their techy goods at every step of the way. It is quite impossible to see all of them in the four days here, and even more impossible to write about all of the cool/cheap/fun toys to play with. So here are just a select few that we geeked out over during NAB, which recently wrapped, and that you might be able to use to enhance your filmmaking careers and help you stay within your budget parameters. 

Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking

Attention Filmmakers: Werner Herzog's 'Rogue Film School' Teaches Guerrilla Filmmaking Tactics and the Art of Lock-picking.

Of the many (we're talking many) wildly entertaining stories about Werner Herzog's penchant for inspired eccentricity and fascination, perhaps the earliest is the story of Herzog stealing a 35mm camera from Munich Film School in order to become a filmmaker, something he considered "a necessity" rather than theft. Now, Herzog is going to teach more filmmakers how to take what is necessary rather than wait for permission at Rogue Film School.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tips for building a miniature set

At its core filmmaking means creating a perfect illusion. Lots of great movies of the past used one of the simplest yet effective methods to trick the spectators: miniatures that look like real-life objects.