8 Reasons Why “Avatar” Is The Most Overrated Movie of The 21st Century (So Far)

By David Zou

When James Cameron’s Avatar was released at the end of 2009, audiences were smitten. With its high-tech 3D and its use of cutting-edge technology, Avatar was awesome to look at. It made $77 million in its first weekend of release and eventually made an astounding $760 million domestically (and $2.7 BILLION dollars worldwide). Critics were impressed as well: Avatar has a 83% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (very good) and an aggregate score of 83 on Metacritic (even better). For reference, Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men has a score of 84 on Metacritic and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight earned an 82.

Avatar was so well-received that it quickly became the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Picture at the 2010 awards show. When one watches Avatar, it is immediately evident the amount of craft and vision that went into producing it. This is no surprise, coming from the man who helmed Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Abyss, Aliens, and Titanic (itself a Best Picture winner). James Cameron knows how to make gorgeous and nail-biting films that the public loves. To take anything away from him would be silly–a waste of time.

That being said, Avatar’s mind-boggling success had less to do with that masterful filmmaking and more to do with its blockbuster characteristics. At the 2010 Academy Awards, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker took home the Best Picture prize (as well as Best Director for Bigelow) while Avatar took home statues for Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, and Best Art Direction (acknowledging the beauty and craft of the movie but not so much its resonance).

For most of 2010, Avatar was spoken of as one of the possible best films ever made. However, as the AMPAS recognized, Avatar is less an incredible picture and more a well-made, slick, → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

The 10 Most Unique Serial Killer Movies of All Time

By David Zou

The worst crime a person can commit, both legally and morally, is murder – the intentional and premeditated killing of another human being. What is worse is when someone is going around murdering people for their own sick pleasure and gratification. Despite most of society being against their horrid crimes, society also cannot help but be fascinated by the mind of a serial killer. Why do they do it? What made them become like that? These are complex questions that society has been plagued by ever since the beginning of time, and many movies have tackled this subject.

While there are countless movies about serial killers, there are some that stand out within this subgenre. Filmmakers have had to come up with fresh takes on the serial killer story. Whether the film’s take on the subject is unique, or the killer has a very peculiar pattern, there are some serial killer movies that don’t just have a generic psychopath killing people simply for pleasure. The “why” of the matter is just as important, if not more so, than the “how”.

These are films that are not only very creative in their approach to telling the often-told serial killer story, but which also try to at least somewhat explain the killer’s motivation and who they are. This list will forgo discussing the more well-known movie serial killers like Hannibal Lecter or Norman Bates, as those articles on those characters have been done to death (pun intended).

Some of these films have been criticised for glamorising serial killers and making them look cool, but anyone with a reasonable state of mind will know that murder is wrong and that these are just movies.

10. Copycat (Jon Amiel, 1995)

Copycat (1995)

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

Facebook decides to take on television?

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Simon Wyndham)

An alternative to television? Facebook would like to think so.

Social media behemoth Facebook has decided that it wants to take on traditional television with its new Watch platform. Things could be about to get interesting.

  • Facebook
  • social media
  • Television
  • Online video
  • Distribution

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    Watch: What’s the Difference Between High and Low Fantasy?

    By Justin Morrow

    Fantasy is defined by the world in which it takes place.

    Before we get into the differences between high and low fantasy, we should clear up what they’re referring to. They are not pejorative designations; one isn’t better than the other. Rather, the crucial delineation appears to be contingent on the setting of the work, or the world in which the story takes place. The Filmgeek: Fandor essay below gets into detail about these differences, and why they matter.

    According to the essay, low fantasy is characterized by stories where “our own historical, ordinary world plays a primary role in the storytelling,” and even if there are fantastical elements that have a place of primacy in the narrative, “the emphasis is placed on maintaining realism.” In that sense, you could think of low in terms of being earth-bound. The low fantastical genre work is characterized by a preoccupation with earthly goings-on and fantastical intrusions into “our” world. Notable examples include: the Harry Potter Series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Spirited Away, and Conan the Barbarian.

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    From:: No Film School

    PODCAST: Developing a Festival Strategy That Works For Your Film

    By Noam Kroll

    With thousands of film festivals in existence and more popping up every year, filmmakers are finding it increasingly difficult to navigate the festival circuit. And while most filmmakers have some rough festival goals in mind as they approach the submission process, many have not taken the time to truly develop a strategy that will benefit their film.

    In this episode, I shed light on the film festival submission process from my perspective as both a filmmaker, and someone who has judged for festivals and film competitions in the past. Topics covered include: Budgeting for festival submissions, understanding the odds of getting accepted and how to improve them, the benefit of submitting to festivals that only accept blind submissions, and much more.

    Take a listen to Episode 18: Developing a Festival Strategy That Works For Your Film

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    Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera Enables Viewers to ‘See in the Dark’ on National Geographic’s ‘Earth Live’

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to congratulate the team behind the National Geographic’s live television special “Earth Live”. The two-hour broadcast featured a live-production first, by using Canon’s ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera along with a variety of Canon lenses, including the CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 EF to show television viewers live images of illusive nocturnal wildlife from around the world at night, in color, without using artificial lighting. Hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch and award-winning television personality Phil Keoghan, the unprecedented two-hour event gave viewers an unfiltered, real-time broadcast feed to see Earth’s wildlife in various natural habitats with the use of 51 cameras shooting simultaneously in 25 different locations across six continents. The show premiered on National Geographic, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO on Sunday, July 9, and aired in 171 countries and 45 languages.

    Working closely with National Geographic, executive producer Al Berman’s idea for “Earth Live” involved several locations that were in total darkness during the live production and those dark locations would either require lights that would disturb wildlife, or the use of infrared or thermal cameras, which didn’t suit Berman’s idea. It wasn’t until 2015 when Canon debuted the ME20F-SH Multi-Purpose Camera that Berman saw the opportunity to broadcast undisturbed nocturnal wildlife in color. The announcement of this revolutionary four million ISO, full-frame sensor camera that can shoot full-color video in extreme low-light conditions, immediately caught the attention of Berman, who approached Canon U.S.A. with his idea. The Company’s technical support team worked closely with Berman and his crew to provide and test equipment to help bring this concept to life.

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    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Case Study: Digic Pictures: Assassin’s Creed

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Marvelous Designer provides the best way for CG artists to efficiently create beautiful 3D clothing. With a pattern-based approach to modeling, users are able to easily create and simulate quality garments that are compatible with your existing software products. For more information, visit https://www.marvelousdesigner.com.

    “I used Marvelous Designer while working on Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher 3, MeTube 2 and several other projects. I have used it predominantly for making clothes and various garments (scarves, caps, gloves, shirts, tees, trousers, skirts). Later, I started designing accessories in Marvelous Designer, too (tents, foils, body bags, draperies, pillowcases, curtains and custom MoCap suits for dogs and horses).” ~Diana Sindel – Junior character artist in Digic Pictures

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    DP Andrew Droz Palermo on A Ghost Story, Shooting 1.33 and That Pie Shot

    By Matt Mulcahey

    The polarity between director David Lowery’s $65 million Disney film Pete’s Dragon and the micro-budgeted A Ghost Story has been noted repeatedly in reviews and profiles. But the man behind the camera on A Ghost Story has a unique career trajectory of his own. Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo made his feature debut with Adam Wingard’s tone-mashing home invasion horror flick You’re Next in 2011. He followed that by co-directing a documentary (Rich Hill, an affecting character study of Missouri teens living in poverty) and a narrative feature (One and Two). Palermo is back in director of photography mode on A […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Shooting modern motorsports photography with a Kodak Brownie No. 2

    Photographer and automotive writer Murilee Martin has published a series of modern motorsport photos he took using an old Kodak Brownie No. 2 camera from 1926. The collection, 24 photos in all, was published recently on Autoweek where Mr. Martin explains, “After learning how to drive a Ford Model T recently, I decided that I needed the camera equivalent of the T, the camera that gave the world the ability to shoot photographs cheaply and easily.”

    The photos above, as well as the rest of the collection found in the Autoweek post, were taken with the Model F version of the Kodak Brownie, one that sports an aluminum chassis rather than the original model’s cardboard frame. The photos were shot on ordinary 120 film during the 24 Hours of Lemons race in California.

    To see the full gallery or find out more about what it was like shooting fast action with a 91-year-old film camera, head over to Autoweek.

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    From:: DPreview

    RAISE 3D ideaMaker: Powerful Slicing Software

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Main Features

    • Native-compiled, multi-threaded, 64-bit, highly efficient slicing engine for faster slicing speed
    • Automates separating of parts in assemblies
    • Comprehensive repair features for fixing bad models
    • Automatically generates support structures
    • Manages multiple printing profiles to easily switch between different print settings
    • View cross-section of models
    • Auto-Layout of multiple parts
    • User-friendly interface that is very easy to use, only 4 clicks to make a print
    • Compatible to most FDM 3d printers
    • Input OBJ/STL, output GCODE
    • Multi-Language interface: English, Chinese etc.

    For ideaMaker Release Notes, Manual, and other downloads, go to:

    For more information, visit https://www.raise3d.com.

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    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Top 5 Ways to Make Money on YouTube This Year

    By Emily Buder

    YouTube can be a profitable platform, but only if you use it to its fullest potential.

    As of 2016, there were 3.25 billion hours of video watched on YouTube each month. Are you getting your fair share of the pie? Filmmakers and content creators have much to gain financially from YouTube; nonetheless, missed opportunities abound.

    Justin Odisho, a YouTube content creator himself who is well-versed in post-production workflows, hopes to share the wealth with a new video about the best ways to monetize your YouTube content. Odisho details five potential revenue streams—AdSense, affiliates, products, services, and brands and sponsors—that he believes to be the most fruitful. Watch the video below, or scroll down for our roundup.

    1. AdSense

    Odisho says that AdSense, a Google-run advertisement service, is “a great, easy way to start making money off of your following and traffic.” That said, it shouldn’t be your only source of income; you’ll only get paid about $1 per 1,000 views.

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    From:: No Film School

    Sigma warns of aberration bug affecting some of its lenses on Canon DSLRs

    Sigma has issued an advisory for five of its lenses over an error that occurs when they’re used with select Canon DSLRs.

    The issue crops up when the cameras’ “Lens aberration correction” function is turned on. According to the company, having the lens aberration feature enabled on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 9000D (77D), EOS Kiss X9 (EOS Rebel SL2), or the EOS Kiss X9i (EOS Rebel T7i) cameras will result in an error when paired with the following lenses:

    • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | Art
    • SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
    • SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
    • SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
    • SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

    Affected users are advised to keep the lens aberration function disabled until a fix is released.

    Full Product Advisory

    Dear Canon EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2 Users

    Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

    We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for CANON are not fully compatible with EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2.

    When certain lenses are attached to these cameras and the “Lens aberration correction” function on these cameras is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.
    Please set the “Lens aberration correction” function of the cameras to “Disable” when using SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for CANON.

    In addition, please also refer to other notice below, related to the usage of EOS mount SIGMA lenses on Canon cameras.

    When the lenses listed below are used on EOS 6D Mark II, EOS 77D, EOS Rebel T7i, EOS Rebel SL2 and the “Lens aberration correction” function on the camera is set to “Enable” for Live View shooting, an error would occur.

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    Carl Bass Joins Formlabs Board of Directors

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, announced the appointment of technology veteran and former Autodesk executive Carl Bass as an independent director of the company. He has held a series of executive positions during his 24 year tenure at Autodesk, including 11 years as CEO.

    “We’re honored to have Carl join the board,” said Max Lobovsky, CEO of Formlabs. “Under his leadership, Carl transformed Autodesk from a 2D design company into a global leader of 3D design and engineering software. I’m also personally thrilled to have another board member who is a passionate creator and uses CAD, 3D printers, and other tools himself. His experience and expertise will be invaluable for Formlabs as we continue charting new territories in professional 3D printing.”

    “In just a few years, Formlabs has become the leader in professional 3D printing,” said Carl Bass. “Formlabs is poised to continue upending the industry, and I’m excited to join its journey in improving digital design and manufacturing for product designers everywhere.”

    Bass co-founded Ithaca Software, which was acquired by Autodesk in 1993. Bass also serves on the boards of directors of Autodesk, HP, and Zendesk; on the board of trustees of the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Art Center College of Design, and California College of the Arts; and on the advisory boards of Cornell Computing and Information Science, UC Berkeley School of Information, and UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

    Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Wonder Women Tech

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor


    August 18 – 20, 2017
    Long Beach Convention Center
    300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

    Visit Northeastern University Silicon Valley’s booth at the Wonder Women Tech Conference and learn how the school can help you achieve your professional goals through their globally recognized programs in tech.

    Wonder Women Tech (WWT) is an organization that produces year-round programming and national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math), innovation and entrepreneurialism. Conferences and programming offer a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, workshops, hackathons, community inclusion activities, thought leadership, and other dynamic programming geared towards empowering women, girls, people of color, the underrepresented, and diverse communities. The organization seeks to create a shift in diversity and inclusion within STEAM industries by offering revolutionary content and impactful discussions.


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    Sony confirms they “will never leave the APS-C market”. Claims to be “number 2” on the interchangeable camera market.

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    Imaging Resource had a Q&A session with Sony and here are some of the key info: APS-C: Sony’s top executive for interchangeable-lens camera development said emphatically that Sony will never leave the APS-C market, and that we can expect continued development of that part of their product line going forward. A6500: Sony says that products […]

    The post Sony confirms they “will never leave the APS-C market”. Claims to be “number 2” on the interchangeable camera market. appeared first on sonyalpharumors.

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