Television Academy Grants 2017 Governors Award to ITVS in Recognition of its 25 Years in Broadcasting

By Staff

The Television Academy has announced ITVS–the documentary film funder, co-producer and distributor for public media–as the 2017 Governors Award recipient, recognizing the nonprofit organization’s focus on diversity and inclusiveness in documentary programming. The prestigious award winner was chosen by the Television Academy Board of Governors and will receive its Emmy statuette during the Creative Arts Emmy […]

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Re-Recording Mixer Anna Behlmer to be Honored with CAS Career Achievement Award

By Staff

Cinema Audio Society president Mark Ulano, CAS, has announced that the organization will honor multiple CAS and Oscar nominated re-recording mixer Anna Behlmer with the Cinema Audio Society’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award, to be presented at the 54th CAS Awards on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza–Bunker Hill […]

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5 Reasons Why “Alien: Covenant” is 2017’s Most Disappointing Film (So Far)

By Jason Cueto

This summer has been an embarrassment of riches for Hollywood film franchises. While The Mummy, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Transformers: The Last Knight stood out desperate and exhausted, one in particular, Alien: Covenant, directed by visionary Ridley Scott, proved to be this summer’s disappointment.

Now, the Alien franchise helmed by Scott’s original film has become one of the most iconic film series among cinema and popular culture. Alien (1979) changed science-fiction with its atmospheric and claustrophobic horror, introducing one of the most terrifying cinematic monsters ever imagined. Come 1986, Aliens directed by James Cameron expanded the horror with his sci-fi/militaristic approach to the Alien universe, and to this day, it remains one of the best sequels and action films of all time. Whether it’s superior to the original is open for debate.

Since then, the franchise faced a downward spiral as 20th Century Fox & many film directors hired by the studio struggled creatively to burst fresh originality from the chest. After the disappointments of Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and the heavily despised Alien vs. Predator films (2004-2007), Ridley Scott would return to the creepy, rich universe after 33 years with his first prequel film, Prometheus (2012).

While carrying “strands of Alien’s DNA,” Scott truly expanded the mythos with interesting ideas and fascinating intrigue, supported by his visionary filmmaking and fantastic visual effects, but the film was marred by fans and audiences for its convoluted and unsatisfying plot which left unanswered questions due to Damon Lindelof’s contribution to the script.

Ridley Scott’s response to the outcry pushed him to reintroduced the long-dormant monstrosity in the second chapter of his prequel series, Alien: Covenant. The film arrived in theaters and despite gaining positive acclaim (70 % Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and a → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Best Psychological Thrillers of The 21st Century

By Luc Hinrichsen

Under all forms of art, cinema is the supreme discipline, simply because it’s the combination of all of them. A good movie offers a complex structure, a dense web of all layers working seamlessly with each other. In a sense, it reflects the functioning of the human psyche. Therefore, cinema is the ideal form to thematize psychological issues.

A core characteristic of cinematic storytelling is as such – ordinariness is boring. Unforeseen events and abnormalities are the origin of the audience’s interest. There are few genres that rest on this idea like the following one. In cinema history, one genre in particular stands out with its illustration of psychological perversions – the thriller.

10. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese)


Back in 2010, “Shutter Island” was one of the most talked-about movies of the year. Regarding the film’s prominent ensemble behind and in front of the camera with Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, the movie’s huge media response didn’t surprise. But aside from this, the adaption of the eponymous 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane is a well-composed thriller with a lot of psychological depth.

In order to solve the ominous disappearance of one of the inmates, US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his partner arrive on Shutter Island, which houses a hospital for criminals with mental disorders. Through the narrative process, the psychological dysfunction of the island’s residents seems to have a noxious influence on Daniels. He has to face concealed regions of his mind and his past.

“Shutter Island” is a movie with a lot of symbolic details and metaphoric hints, making the movie much more than an one-view blockbuster. The narrative offers some decent but interesting parallels to David Fincher’s “Fight Club” (in fact, “Shutter Island” is a Fincher-narrative par excellence).

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Still Not Shooting in 4K? Here’s Why You Might Want To

By V Renée

Should you shoot in 4K? (Yes, we’re still talking about this.)

Even though it seems like every filmmaker has a camera that shoots 4K, there are still plenty of those out there still making movie magic in HD. However, if you’ve been wondering lately whether or not you should make the transition to a higher resolution, you might want to learn a few of the benefits of shooting 4K other than the obvious (a bigger, clearer picture). Filmmaker Peter McKinnon shares a few of those benefits in the video below.

Okay, admittedly this subject seems a little dated. These days, everybody shoots 4K, right? Well, it would seem so, but there are still plenty of filmmakers out there who haven’t been able to (or don’t want to) get their hands on a 4K camera—most likely those who are trying to ball on a budget on a Canon Rebel T7i that only shoots HD. And that’s pretty understandable given the fact that many popular (and expensive) cameras from even just two years ago weren’t built with internal 4K recording. Suffice it to say that the switch from 1080p to 4K was a relatively quick one.

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From:: No Film School

Game of Thrones just set the TV VFX bar even higher [video]

By (Andy Stout)

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Yes, yes, we know you’ve heard this before, but Game of Thrones has set the bar for TV VFX up yet another notch with the climactic sequence of the end of S07E04, ‘The Spoils of War’. Some pretty major spoilers after the break: you have been warned

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    From:: RedShark News

    Video Essayist Kogonada on His Stunning Feature Debut and Why Critics Should Make Movies

    By Emily Buder

    ‘Columbus,’ starring John Cho and Haley Lu Richardson, is a graceful and poignant debut from renowned video essayist and film theorist Kogonada.

    Encountering Kogonada’s Columbus feels like finally meeting a thoughtful person at a party; after hours of idle chatter, someone finally wants to have a meaningful conversation. It’s a refreshing feeling best appreciated in moments of scarcity. Suffice to say, in the summer deluge of failing blockbusters and franchises, this movie is a welcome offering.

    Kogonada is best known in cinephile circles for his incisive video essays, which dissect the cinematic form with careful attention to both style and substance. While writing a Ph.D. dissertation on Yasujirō Ozu, Kogonada—the nom de guerre of the Korean-born director, inspired by Ozu’s screenwriter, Kogo Noda—came across an article about a little-known town called Columbus, Indiana, an unassuming mecca of modernist architecture. He married his intimate knowledge of cinema theory with Ozu-derived inspiration for his directorial debut. As a result, Columbus features an elegant fusion of humanism and formalism.

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    From:: No Film School

    Academy of Art University San Francisco Open House

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor


    Saturday, August 12, 2017 9AM-4PM
    Check-in times begin at 8:30AM
    *First tours leave at 9AM, last tours leave at 3PM
    (Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time)


    Academy of Art University
    79 New Montgomery Street
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Academy of Art works! Join the upcoming San Francisco Open House to learn more about how the school can help turn your passion into a profession.

    Attend this Open House event to:

    • Get all the details about the admissions process
    • Discover ways to finance your education and how to apply for financial aid
    • Explore the career opportunities that await you after graduation
    • Learn about the flexible online classes, military benefits, and Pre-College Art Experience high school program
    • Hear from Academy alumni and instructors
    • Learn about admissions, financial aid, and student life
    • Complete your application and registration for the 2017 Fall semester!

    It’s a fun and informative event so bring some guests! Show your friends and family what your future holds.

    Your Dream. Your Career. Your Journey.

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    Tobii Pro Expands Eye Tracking Research into Virtual Reality

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Tobii Pro, a global leader in eye tracking research solutions, announces a new solution for conducting high-end, eye tracking research within immersive virtual environments (VR) – Tobii Pro VR Integration. The research tool, based on the HTC Vive headset integrated with Tobii eye tracking technology, comes with the Tobii Pro software development kit (SDK) for research applications. Researchers can collect and record eye tracking data from a VR environment with pinpoint accuracy and gain deeper insights on human behavior.

    Eye tracking research in immersive VR is transforming how studies can be conducted and opens up entirely new possibilities in psychology, consumer behavior, and human performance. Through VR, researchers have complete control over a study environment which allows them to run scenarios that previously would have been too costly, risky or difficult to conduct in real life.

    “Combining eye tracking with VR is growing as a research methodology and our customers have started to demand this technology to be part of their toolkit for behavioral studies. The Tobii Pro VR Integration is our first step in making eye tracking in immersive VR a reliable and effective research tool for a range of fields. It marks our first major expansion of VR-based research tools,” said Tom Englund, president, Tobii Pro.

    Through eye tracking in VR:

    Researchers can get deeper insights to the shopper journey and a store environment can be readily duplicated in the virtual world without having to go through the time and money of setting up an actual store. Shopper behavioral tests can be conducted on products pre-production as well as the effectiveness of campaign messages.
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    5:1 aspect ratio shooting for a one-of-a-kind screen – find out how they did it on the Go Creative Show

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    On this week’s Go Creative Show podcast host Ben Consoli talks to DP Ben Allan ACS about his latest film, Wild Squad Adventures. Not only was it shot in the…

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    From:: News Shooter

    Lukilink replaces a monitor, recorder, streaming box, and even a wireless video link

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Imagine a device that lets you throw away your external recorder, monitor, streaming box and even your wireless video link. Sound too good to be true? What if I told…

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    Rokinon FE autofocus lens rebates: 14mm for $629 and 50mm for $525

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    All three Rokinon autofocus FE lenses got new discounts: The Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 FE sells for $525 at Amazon and $549 at BHphoto. The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 FE sells for $629 at Amazon and BHphoto. The Rokinon 34mm f/2.8 FE sells for $349 at BHphoto. New deals: FS5 is $1,000 off at Adorama and […]

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    Video: How to pose male models (and friends) for better photos

    There are tons of posing tutorials out there for portrait photographers, but almost all of them are directed at how to pose women. So if you’ve been looking for a few solid tips on how to pose male models—or male friends helping you out with a photo shoot—check out this video by Daniel and Rachel of Mango Street.

    The duo released a popular posing tutorial a few months back, but that one used a female non-model and, ever since, their audience has been asking for a similar tutorial for posing men.

    As with all of Mango Street’s videos, this one is short, to-the-point and useful, particularly if you’re a beginner or work with male friends for your photography and not professional models. The three tips below will definitely help add some drama to bland portrait poses.

    1. Define the Jawline: Use a harsher light source and/or ask your subject to tilt their head so that their jawline is nice and sharp.
    2. Do Something with those Hands: Give your subject something to do with his hands—whether he’s scratching the back of his neck or stroking a killer hipster beard, it’ll keep things looking more natural and less awkward.
    3. Pay Attention to Posture: Have your subject aim for either a relaxed posture, or create sharp angles with his limbs and (if possible) a harsher light source.

    Check out the video to see all three tips demonstrated. And if you found this short video useful, you’ll probably like the rest of what Mango Street has to offer on YouTube.

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    From:: DPreview

    Amazon sells an AmazonBasics flash for Canon and Nikon for just $28

    If you’re looking to get into artificial lighting for dirt cheap, there’s a new ‘most affordable’ option in town. It turns out Amazon sells what looks to be a clone of the already cheap (~$70) Godox VT560 for the rock bottom price of just 28 bucks through the AmazonBasics brand.

    PetaPixel spotted the speedlight earlier today, and the response has been pretty positive so far. Sure, the “AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras can’t be radio triggered and doesn’t feature useful options like TTL metering, but at $28 nobody in their right mind would expect it to.

    Instead, what you’re getting is a Canon and Nikon compatible speedlight with three modes (Manual, Slave 1, Slave 2), PC sync port for firing your flash off-camera without a master, 8 levels of power control, and a guide number of 33. Reviews so far are decent at an average of 3.9 our of 5 stars, with some calling the flash “unbeatable for the money,” although at least one reviewer said the flash failed on-location after working fine at home.

    To find out more about the ultra-affordable speedlight, or if you want to pick it up for yourself, click here.

    *FULL DISCLOSURE: is a wholly-owned but editorially independent subsidiary of Amazon.

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    Watch: The Shins’ Ingenious Stop-Motion Video is Made with 5,000 Hand-Cut Stickers

    By Liz Nord

    The Shins’ latest video channels the best of Michel Gondry.

    Influential indie filmmaker Michel Gondry famously got his start making quirky music videos for the likes of The White Stripes, and a new video for The Shins shows that his stamp is still strong on new clips more than a decade later. Channeling the best of Gondry, the video takes his favored stop-motion technique to a new level.

    Celebrating the beloved indie outfit’s first album in five years, directing duo Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper made an innovative stop motion video for the song “Half a Million.” The directors, whose studio goes by LAMAR + NIK, have been awarded Vimeo Staff Picks for past videos for Deep Sea Diver, the Pixies, and Lushlife.

    4,868 frames of performance footage were printed out on paper and hand cut into more than 5,000 stickers.

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    From:: No Film School