10 Movies From 2017 That Could Be Nominated for Best Picture

By David Zou

Welcome to Taste of Cinema’s way-too-early Oscar predictions. Okay, this isn’t as early as a lot of other crazy prediction articles, but it’s certainly too early to be remotely accurate. In other words, this list should probably be taken with a grain of salt. That’s not to say there wasn’t a fair amount of thought put into this list. Rather, the Academy Awards are completely unpredictable.

Until most movies are released, it’s nearly impossible to figure out what will happen during awards season. A decent amount of these movies have been released. If they haven’t been released to the general public, they’ve at least been screened at festivals. Still, there are so many random elements that it’s hard to throw out ten best picture predictions with confidence.

The movies listed below sit on the list for a variety of reasons. If they’ve already been seen, a strong word of mouth is almost definitely the reason they found their way onto this list. Other movies are on here thanks to fascinating premises, excellent casts, and prestigious directors. For example it’s hard to predict an Alexander Payne movie getting snubbed at this point since he so frequently does well come Oscar time.

Basically, there are countless reasons as to why these movies have been chosen. Whether or not these reasons are good enough remains to be seen. Still, it’s always fun to get the predictions out of the way before things get too obvious.

10. Get Out

Admittedly, Get Out is something of a stretch. Its spot on this list comes from the fact that every year, pundits underestimate critically acclaimed movies due to their genre and release date. For example, nobody expected Mad Max: Fury Road to do as well as it did at the Oscars because it was → continue…

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Visual Effects Society Names Acclaimed Writer-Producer-Director Jon Favreau Recipient of VES Lifetime Achievement Award

By Staff

The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, named writer-director-producer-actor Jon Favreau as the next recipient of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his valuable contributions to filmed entertainment. The award will be presented at the 16th Annual VES Awards on February 13, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The VES Lifetime Achievement […]

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All 16 Gus Van Sant Movies Ranked From Worst To Best

By David Zou

Good Will Hunting (1997)

A sort of American Andrei Tarkovsky, Gus Van Sant’s films are characterized by long tracking shots, stretches of unbroken silence, and drifting dream-like cinematography that makes seemingly everyday events something unique and special. Often depicting characters that live on the edge of society–either due to their sexual orientation, purposeful defiance of norms, or from being misunderstood–Van Sant has enjoyed success in both the independent and mainstream film world.

His work can be transgressive at times, if not controversial. He has been a major voice in New Queer Cinema while also finding mainstream success. Although his most recent films have found the director faltering in purpose and story, and with a new film due in 2018, Van Sant is still a major voice in American cinema and one whose work has mostly succeeded instead of failed. Let’s take a look at this unique director’s films from worst to best and see exactly what makes Gus Van Sant an influential, original, and overall masterful director.

16. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)

The celebrated American novelist Tom Robbins is best known for his odd and darkly humorous work that depend heavily on his gift for phrasing and prose, reworking the devices of fiction, and the structure of novels themselves–which work great on the page but makes it difficult to adapt to the screen. Especially since the one novel of his that has been adapted to film–Even Cowgirls Get The Blues–is a wildly surreal counterculture novel following the adventures of Sissy Hankshaw, a woman who was born with enormous thumbs that hitchhikes across America, works on an all-woman ranch, and encounters a variety of odd characters along the way.

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Here Are Some Things You Should Ask Yourself Before Storyboarding

By V Renée

If you’ve never drawn up a storyboard for you, you might want to check this video out.

Though not technically essential to the filmmaking process, storyboarding is incredibly helpful and important for so many reasons. It helps communicate your vision to your cast, crew, and potential investors, test concepts and actions to see if they work, and locate any problems with the structure or story early before heading into production.

And contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to be a fantastic artist to create a storyboard. Really, all that’s required is an understanding of some basic storyboarding symbols, essential information to include, and a few other concepts that are mentioned in this video by StudioBinder.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself as you draft your storyboard:

What panel size should I use?

The dimensions of your panels should be the same as the aspect ratio in which you will be shooting your film. This seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t count how many times I drew up storyboards and never even thought about this.

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How to Maintain Focus on a Moving Subject When You’re Shooting Solo

By V Renée

If hiring a focus puller is out of the question, here are some techniques you can use to keep focus on a moving subject all by yourself.

What is one of the most essential qualities of a great image? Sure, good composition, color, and lighting are high on the list, but focus has to be somewhere at the top (along with exposure). This is why filmmakers who can afford it hire a focus puller to ensure that every image is crisp and clear, but for those who can’t afford it, what are some techniques that will help those who have to shoot solo? In this video, Parker Walbeck offers some great advice on how to maintain focus when shooting a moving subject alone, so you can avoid the dreaded fuzzy picture, the costly reshoot, and the hours of frustration.

The four ways of maintaining focus that Walbeck talks about in the video are certainly novice concepts, but if you’re a beginner, they are definitely things you’ll want to be aware of.

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New Tilt Shift Lenses to be 45mm, 90mm, 135mm [CR2]

By Canon Rumors We’re told that the new TS-E lenses from Canon will be 45mm, 90mm and 135mm. One of the lenses (we think the 135mm) will be a macro, though we don’t know if it’s a 1:1 macro. Upcoming Canon Lenses: Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8L Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8L Canon TS-E 135mm … → continue…

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Video production: How to cope with complexity [sponsored]

By noreply@redsharknews.com (RedShark News Staff)

Video production: How to cope with complexity [sponsored]

Video has somehow become an intrinsic part of modern culture. It’s at the centre of social media. It’s an immediate medium to get a message across – whether it’s good, bad, happy, sad, right or wrong. It’s also the most powerful medium for corporations and businesses to communicate with their customers.

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    Simple Animation TV: Summus Render Audiovisual Summary in Annecy International Film Festival 2017

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Here’s the latest video about Summus Render and Simple Animation TV experience in MIFA – Annecy International Film Festival 2017. Check out these interviews with Guillermo Velasco of Big Bang Box and Emilio Rivera of Mago Production.

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    Watch: Behind the Scenes of ‘Game of Thrones’ Most Explosive Episode Ever

    By Jon Fusco

    Here’s why the technical effort behind last night’s ‘The Spoils of War’ will go down as one of the greatest of all time.

    [Caution: Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 below.]

    Last week, we mentioned how the visual effects team behind Game of Thrones always opt to use real fire instead of computer-generated animation. Last night, for what showrunners are dubbing “The Loot Train Battle,” we saw this effort quite literally take off in one of the most technically complex episodes yet.

    Because, well, dragons.

    If we’ve learned anything from these fantastic behind-the-scenes videos, it’s that much of these effects are practical, and the guys behind them just truly love blowing shit up. But last night took it to another level—the episode set the record for most stuntmen burned in a single shot (20).

    It also meant spraying an eco-friendly dye over the set dressing to make the objects appear charred or burnt. Dressers would wheel-barrow in carts of ash to spread about the scene’s surface.

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    Interview with Anthem Studios Regarding Making Life of Bri’ n Chris

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Continuous effort will always bring substantial results. So does the 3d short animation: Life of Bri’ n Chris. Although with limited human resource and budget, Anthem studios tried their best to solve the tough difficulties and finally released the 8-minutes 3d animation. Great congratulations to them. And thanks Michael Wakelam so much for offering the opportunity for the short interview between Fox Renderfarm and Anthem Studios as below.

    Fox Renderfarm: Hi Michael, would you please give a brief introduction about yourself and your studio?

    Anthem Studios: My name’s Michael Wakelam and I founded Anthem Studios in 2012 with a vision to bring entertaining stories and new characters to life. We’re based in London and work in a variety of styles using various software.

    Fox Renderfarm: So when and how did you get into the CG industry?

    Anthem Studios: I started through TV design and then got into motion design and branding. I started to develop more knowledge and interest in visual effects and animation and then as I grew in experience, I really wanted bring my love of stories and characters together with animation.

    Fox Renderfarm: Wow, sounds great, then what is your most satisfied work in these years and why?

    Anthem Studios: I’m most proud of Life of Bri’ n Chris, because it was so ambitious as a project. Most short films of this length have a huge crew, ours was a core crew of 7 or 8, with a bunch of other people helping out in little ways. We had no budget but had generous support of a few key partners, such as Fox Render Farm, Chaos Group and Adelphoi Music.

    Fox Renderfarm: That’s amazing, while since your new short film Life of Bri’ n Chris is going to be online soon, would you please share with us about what’s the story and why you → continue…

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    Netflix Acquires Millarworld

    By Staff

    Netflix Inc. has announced that it has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing line founded by Mark Millar, the creator of such characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan. Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix […]

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    Netflix Acquires Millarworld

    By Eli Williams

    Netflix Inc. has announced that it has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing line founded by Mark Millar, the creator of such characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan. Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix […]

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    Should Movie Characters Stop Swearing? F*ck No!

    By Liz Nord

    Unless your intended audience is Christian, Republican, or elderly, a new study finds that you should keep swearing.

    It’s safe to assume that your grandma won’t be attending the next curse-laden Tarantino flick, but now there’s a study to back that up. And it’s not just the elderly who are turned off by an abundance of ‘fucks.’ A new study conducted by The Harris Poll, which conducts research on diverse American populations, found that the inclusion of certain swear words in your script can be a big turn-off to Republicans and Christians, as well.

    In fact, before even the oft-scripted F-word, it’s religiously oriented words that get the greatest opposition: “Jesus Christ,” when used as a profanity, would deter 33% of the general public from seeing the movie if they knew beforehand of its use. The next biggest offenders are “goddamn” at 32% and “fuck” at 31%.

    45% of Republican are thrown off by the occasional “fuck,” as opposed to only 25% of Democrats.

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    Renowned self-portrait photographer Cindy Sherman goes public on Instagram

    Renowned photographer Cindy Sherman has made her formerly private Instagram account public, allowing anyone to view and follow it. Sherman first launched the Instagram account last October under the handle @misterfriedas_mom, but has since been changed to @_cindysherman_. The account currently features nearly 600 posts and is growing like gangbusters—in the last two days alone her follower count has risen by nearly 30,000 to a total of 87.2K as of this writing.

    Sherman—who is well-known for her critical self-portrait work following the release of her Untitled Film Stills project—has shared a variety of distorted and otherwise surreal selfies on Instagram, as well as more mundane images from her life. According to The New York Times, she uses the app Facetune (iOS | Android) to modify her selfies in extreme ways… this is probably one of the few times you’ll see selfies identified as bona fide art.

    When she spoke with The New York Times early last year, Sherman said that social media “seems so vulgar” to her, but the draw of Instagram was too much. Several months later she launched a private account, and this weekend she finally opened it up for everyone to see.

    Why exactly she has decided to make the account public isn’t clear, but fans of surreal self-portraits taken by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient have a new must-follow account to check out.

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