All 7 Movies From The “Saw” Franchise Ranked From Worst To Best

By David Zou

“Why should things be easy to understand?” so says Thomas Pynchon, author of the famously near impenetrable Gravity’s Rainbow (1973). “The device you’re wearing is hooked into your rib cage. By the time this tape is finished, you will have one minute to find a way out” so says Jigsaw, the puppet master that haunts the near impenetrable Saw series (2004-2017).

Jigsaw, as he is more commonly known, is full of the joys only a regained purpose in life could bring. Unfortunately his joys include teaching people to appreciate their lives by placing them in emblematic tests and games, setting traps like a raven hooded poacher and manipulating them from the darkness. And more often than not he is the boatman ferrying his passengers into the underworld, as many do not survive his games.

The films are a spidery kaleidoscope of brutal violence, torture and heavy moral messages, and from small beginnings, have evolved into the kind of endless, spiralling franchise that Jason Voorhees and his mother would be proud of. Tobin Bell is the constant throughout these films as Jigsaw, along with his nightmarish puppet Billy; they huskily lay near impossible odds on people of various dubious backgrounds, hoping to teach them important life lessons. Here, as another entry in the series is scheduled for release, is a list of all the Saw films ranked worst to best.

7. Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010, Kevin Greutert)

The Final Chapter…ha!…when any horror film in a franchise promises “The Final Chapter”, at all costs, do not believe them (Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter for example, Jason returned several times after that!), it’s never really the end.

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10 Highly Anticipated Future Productions By Acclaimed Directors

By Luc Hinrichsen

Normally, Taste of Cinema is a platform for looking into the glorious (or not so glorious) past of cinema. This list will take an opposite approach and examine some future productions by acclaimed directors.

10. First Man (Damien Chazelle)

After his surpassing success of “La La Land”, Damien Chazelle has another iron in the fire. His next project is a biopic of astronaut Neil Armstrong, adapted from the biography “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong”. Born in Ohio in 1930, Armstrong served in the US Army in Korea in the 50s and was a test pilot for the NASA. In 1969, he was the first person who travelled to the moon and back.

This movie marks the second collaboration between the director and Ryan Gosling, whose teamplay proved to be very prolific, regarding award wins and huge box office successes. The screenplay is written by Oscar winner Josh Singer (he won the trophy for “Spotlight” in 2016), and the movie will be released in October 2018.

9. If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

Other than Chazelle, Barry Jenkins is the shooting star of the directing sphere of Hollywood in 2017. His second feature film, “Moonlight”, gained him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and was a massive success.

His next production is an adaption of the 1974 novel “If Beale Street Could Talk” by James Baldwin. Set in Harlem, the original tells the story about Tish and Fonny, an engaged couple whose relationship is put to the test after Fonny is falsely accused of rape. While pregnant, she tries to prove his innocence before the birth of their baby.

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Free RØDE VideoMicro with every MZed Pro membership

By Matthew Allard ACS

RØDE has generously offered a free VideoMicro for every MZed Pro member that signs up for over 140+ hours of video tutorials from the likes of Shane Hurlbut ASC, Vincent…

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‘Awaken’: stunning timelapse from a technical tour de force

By (RedShark News Staff)

No end of technical innovations are going into making Awaken

Tom Lowe’s forthcoming Awaken looks set to be one of those mesmerising films that supplies eye candy to the world for years to come.

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    SMPTE Announces Final Call to Register and Save: Early-Bird Rates Ends Tomorrow

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    SMPTE’s Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition is the world’s premier forum for the exploration of media and entertainment technology. Taking place at the Hollywood & Highland Center, the event will fill two exhibit halls and multiple session rooms.

    The day-long SMPTE 2017 Symposium on Monday, 23 October is titled Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, The Reality, and The (Scary?) Future. The Symposium will examine how AI and machine learning technologies have gained significant traction in the creation of digital media. Speakers will offer practical use cases throughout the production chain.

    SMPTE 2017 technical conference sessions will address topics including advances in display technologies; cinema processing and projection; larger color and dynamic range; compression; content management and storage, restoration, and preservation; content security; VR/AR/MR; SMPTE ST 2110; image acquisition and processing; new techniques in audio; quality assurance and monitoring; workflow systems management; cloud; and encouraging diversity.

    SMPTE 2017 will fill two exhibit halls, multiple session rooms, and feature beer garden, Broadcast Beat Live! Studio, and a series of special events culminating with the Annual Awards Gala, hosted in the Loew Hollywood Hotel’s Hollywood Ballroom on 26 October.

    Register Now!

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    MSE’s DUTTI DOLLY Brings Color to IBC 2017

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Matthews Studio Equipment known for creating innovative state of the art Technology That Complements Your Imagination for the entertainment industry will be featuring James Saldutti’s DUTTI DOLLY at IBC 2017 in Building 12 – G71.

    DUTTI DOLLY, the dolly known for its unique and elegant design is getting an upgrade to its color palette. Originally designed by James Saldutti, a Hollywood Dolly Grip known as “Dutti”, who needed a dolly that could set up fast, get low and fit into tight places. DUTTI DOLLY has already expanded the creativity of the dolly shot, and now grips have more of a choice in finding a dolly that matches their personal style. Anodized blue and green have been added to the line up along with the original anodized silver, red and black.

    Regardless of color, the DUTTI DOLLY remains consistent in its versatility. It can be mounted on the ground, on stands or apple boxes, over or underslung without the wobble seen on other small dollies. The compact footprint is easy to set-up and transport, yet large and durable enough for standing or sitting applications, and is compatible with mounting tripods, bazookas, tilt plates and other accessories.

    Saldutti actually created it for cinematographer James Muro ASC, who took it everywhere on Rush Hour 3. He now uses it constantly on Longmire. “It simply makes for an intuitive operating experience,” Muro says. “Where there is not a lot of discussion, not a lot of laying track, not a lot of big equipment. With the Dutti Dolly I can be in and out of the location quickly and still have a massive amount of production value, just as if I had all the big gear.”

    Key Grip Adrian “Ace” Dominguez (Speechless, NCIS, Ray Donovan) love the Dutti Dolly, not just for its many configurations but also because it’s → continue…

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    Telestream Appoints Chris Drake as Vice President of Business and Corporate Development

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Continuing a very active period of organic growth, acquisitions and strategic appointments, Telestream®, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, has announced the creation of a new senior leadership role within its organization. Chris Drake has been appointed to a new position, Vice President of Business and Corporate Development, at Telestream. Drake took his role in July and reports directly to Telestream’s CEO, Dan Castles.

    Telestream has achieved its 17th consecutive year of profitable global growth: the company recognizes that it is entering a key stage in its evolution with the recent acquisitions of quality control (QC) specialist, Vidcheck, and IneoQuest, the global leader in video quality monitoring and analytics solutions for content distribution across managed and unmanaged networks.

    Many of the world’s most innovative technology companies are embracing the power of video as a tool both to bring their organizations closer together and to bring them closer to their customers. Telestream is strategically positioned to assist these organizations as they navigate the proliferation of devices and formats through which end-users opt to consume video. In his new role, Drake will be instrumental in shaping Telestream’s strategy: he is tasked with identifying, nurturing and growing partnerships in both file-based operations and live streaming marketplaces.

    “Few companies can boast the long-term success, financial stability and customer loyalty that we enjoy at Telestream, but we aren’t becoming complacent with that success. Instead, we are building medium- and long-term strategies that will help both Telestream and our customers reach our full growth potential,” commented Castles. “In Chris Drake, we have secured an energetic and thoroughly experienced business development executive who is an excellent fit with Telestream’s collaborative culture and will help drive us to the next level and far beyond. I’m pleased to welcome Chris to the team.”

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    Society of Camera Operators 2018 Lifetime Achievement Awards Announce Technical Achievement Award Submissions Open

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) opens the online submission process for their annual Technical Achievement Award.

    The Technical Achievement Awards is given each year by the SOC and awarded at the Lifetime Achievement Awards that will take place Saturday February 3, 2018 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, Los Angeles.

    The nominees are reviewed by the Society’s Technical Committee with demonstrations and presentations conducted on November 11 and 12, 2017. The Recipients will also be highlighted in the Society of Camera Operators magazine, Camera Operator, magazine.

    The 2017 Technical Achievement Award was given to SHOTOVER for the K1 6-Axis Stabilizer and That Cat for The Patented Silent Cat Slider. Past recipients include: Pictorvision for the Eclipse Gyro Stabilized Aerial Camera Systems, Motion Picture Marine for Perfect Horizon Camera Stabilization Head, Canon EOS Cine C300 and C500 Camera Systems, David Eubanks for pCam Film+Digital Calculator, Angenieux Optimo Lenses, ARRI Alexa Camera, to name a few.

    The Submission process is open to any individual, manufacturer or organization that would like to be considered for the Technical Achievement Award. The online submission can be found at There is a $450 USD administrative fee when submitting.

    For more information about the Awards

    The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) advances the art, craft, and creative contributions of the Camera Operator.

    The SOC is an internationally recognized professional honorary society. The core activities of the Society are the annual SOC Awards, publishing the Society’s magazine “Camera Operator,” and our charitable commitment to The Vision Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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    Spoofdance: Filmmakers revving up their comedy engines

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    In its second year, the Spoofdance film festival is seeking parody TV commercials and TV show parodies to include in its lineup. The event, which takes place online, gives away film gear and training ($2500 total value) to its funniest participants. Submission is free, and the deadline to send in videos is August 31.

    Last year’s grand prize winner, Jordan Sovis, is planning to submit again. “I have been brainstorming. Gears have been turning!”

    Sovis, a videographer in Owosso, Michigan, is a creative force in his small-town community. His parodies for Home Depot’s Search for a Star, including the award winning “The Magical World of Depot” have gone viral online. Sovis’ recent release, “We’re From Owosso,” involves locals in a full blown musical number, reviving a 1950s song from the town’s historic past.

    Watch the video:

    Last year, Sovis won Spoofdance’s top prize, a Glidecam HD-2000 camera stabilizer. “I film weddings full time, and the Glidecam has definitely helped be out in getting those ‘buttery’ shots! I love it!!”

    Spoofdance entries will be judged by a panel of comedy experts, including the founder of the HBO New Writer’s Program, Steve Kaplan. Kaplan regularly serves as a consultant and script doctor to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others. All winners will be featured in the online awards show, and select entries may end up in the feature film comedy “Not From Space.”

    See website for Official Rules and specifications.


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    Streamline Motion Graphics, VFX, and VR with MAXON Cinema 4D

    By Jason Boone

    With MAXON Cinema 4D, you can produce high-end motion graphics.

    The next generation of MAXON’s professional 3D application delivers both great tools and enhancements artists can put to use immediately and provides a peek into the foundations for the future. Scheduled to ship in September of 2017, Cinema 4D R19 includes new features to streamline motion graphics, VFX, and VR content creation workflows.

    Powerful developments have been made to viewport performance, a new Sound Effector has been added, and additional features for Voronoi Fracturing have been introduced to the MoGraph toolset. The release also includes a new Spherical Camera, the integration of AMD’s ProRender technology, and more.

    It’s designed to serve individual artists as well as large studio environments.

    Designed to serve individual artists as well as large studio environments, Release 19 offers a fast, easy, stable, and streamlined workflow to meet today’s challenges in the content creation markets—especially general design, motion graphics, VFX, VR/AR, and all types of visualization.

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    Zachary Galler Shoots Discovery Channel’s Manhunt: UNABOMBER with VariCam 35s

    By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

    Manhunt: UNABOMBER tells the true story of the FBI’s hunt for Ted Kaczynski – better known as the Unabomber – the deadliest serial bomber in history. Discovery’s first scripted series, the eight-episode show follows FBI Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who used forensic linguistics to identify and capture Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). The series was shot by cinematographer Zachary Galler with VariCam 35 cinema cameras.

    After dropping out of film school, Galler got his start in the industry working as a truck driver for a lighting rental house. Working his way up as a gaffer lighting music videos and commercials, Galler got his first big break in 2014, shooting director Mona Fastvold’s indie feature, The Sleepwalker, which played in competition at Sundance.

    For Manhunt: UNABOMBER, Galler got involved through director Greg Yaitanes (Banshee, House), who directed all eight episodes. “Greg had been talking to me about a couple other projects and when he brought up this one, it seemed like a really great fit,” says Galler. “I created a couple of look books for him and we talked a lot about the themes of the script. It really went from there.”

    During prep, Galler had the luxury of having outlines of all the scripts before shooting, as well as knowing that Yaitanes would be directing all of the episodes. After reading through the first few scripts, Galler knew he would have to create two different worlds. “Kaczynski was an anti-technology hermit who lived in the middle of the woods making sophisticated mail bombs,” explains Galler. “Then you have the main character of the show, Jim Fitzgerald, who’s basically existing within the framework of the FBI behavior analysis unit. Just the way those two stories run concurrently, I felt there was going to be a lot of interesting things we could do visually, especially → continue…

    From:: Student Filmmakers

    Broken Projector: The Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions

    By Film School Rejects This week from the Alan Smithee Memorial Studio, Scott and Geoff cover the basics of screenwriting by answering the most frequently asked questions. Deep breath.

    An intro note on methodology and where to learn formatting [0:00 – 4:15] A way to rethink the questions you’re asking [4:15 – 9:10]

    “Do I have to move to LA?” [9:10 – 11:28] “How do I get an agent/manager?” [11:28 – 18:10] “Where do I find scripts?” [18:10 – 20:45] “What screenwriting books are the ‘right’ ones?” [20:45 – 24:00] “How do I pitch?” [24:00 – 25:50] “Should I go to film school?” [25:50 – 31:05] “I just finished my first script. What do I do now?” [31:05 – 37:45] “How do I get an actor/actress to read my script?” [37:45 – 44:35] “How do I get a job as a TV writer’s assistant?” [44:35 – 50:05] “How did you get your start?” [50:05 – 54:55] “How do you come up with your ideas?” [54:55 – 59:10] “What are agents/managers/producers looking for?” [59:10 – 61:05] “What genre should I write?” [61:05 – 61:10] “How do you impress a reader?” [61:10 – 63:15] “How do you expose yourself personally in your writing?” [63:15 – 68:45]

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    From:: Sound Cloud

    How Many Movies Did ‘Game of Thrones’ Rip Off in its Most Epic Battle Yet?

    By Liz Nord

    Here’s a drinking game that Tyrion Lannister could get behind.

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

    As one of our top in-house, self-diagnosed Game of Thrones addicts, I have to admit that I had been a little disappointed by the pace of Season 7. For the first time, I found my mind wandering during heavily expository episodes. Until…the battle. You know the one. Showrunners call it “The Loot Train Battle,” but that just doesn’t nearly describe how extraordinary it was.

    We’ve already covered how the incredible battle was created, but just why was it so darned satisfying? One of our favorite video essayists, Nerdwriter, makes a strong case that it’s because almost every scene within the battle would have been comfortingly familiar to any respectable geek. In his latest work, Nerdwriter lives up to his name by proving with cinematic evidence that almost every scene within this battle was plucked from another movie—and some of the sources may surprise you.

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    From:: No Film School

    Video: How to edit photos in Lightroom with a PlayStation controller

    Industrious photographer Ben Stewart has demonstrated an excellent way to edit photos in Adobe Lightroom: using a PS3 or PS4 wireless controller. The process, which Stewart explains in the video above, enables Lightroom users to quickly scroll through photos, select tools, and make image adjustments without ever touching their keyboard or mouse.

    It quite literally turns curating and editing large photo shoots into a game, and once you get the hang of it, the technique has the potential to seriously speed up your workflow.

    Stewart recently demo’d editing an image using a PS3 controller, which had been mapped to various Lightroom shortcuts, and he walks others through the process of setting up their own wireless controller system n the video. His process involves two pieces of software for Windows PCs, SCPToolkit and JoyToKey, though macOS users will need to use an alternative mapping application such as Joystick Mapper. And if, for some reason, you’re not a big fan of PlayStation, you can use wireless controllers from other companies as well.

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    From:: DPreview

    Photographer Bill Frakes loses university position after sexual harassment report

    Photographer Bill Frakes, whose career has included shooting for the likes of Sports Illustrated and Coca-Cola, has been removed from his position as visiting professor at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The decision was made by the university after it judged that a report claiming sexual harassment against Frakes was credible. News of the allegations first surfaced in documents obtained by The World-Herald.

    University of Nebraska spokesman Steve Smith confirmed the report to PDN, saying Frakes was originally appointed to teach through the Fall semester, but that following the university’s decision, “Prof. Frakes is not teaching any courses at Nebraska this Fall.” Additional details weren’t provided for the sake of privacy.

    The matter revolves around a report filed by student Calla Kessler. According to those who have viewed the leaked documents, Frakes was accused of violating university sexual harassment policies by commenting on female students’ bodies and clothing, as well as calling female editors “bit***s” and browsing photos of “scantily clad” women using his phone while in a car that contained female students. His actions are said to have only applied to women, not men.

    In addition, Frakes was accused of making threats to students that included the ability to “end their careers” and advising that students shouldn’t “piss [him] off.” The university reportedly corroborated the accusations with other witnesses to these alleged actions and statements. Following the investigation, UNL decided to remove Frakes from his role as visiting professor.

    For his part, Frakes has remained silent on the matter, stating the confidential nature of the proceedings. “The final hearing has not taken place,” he told PDN. “The university has directed the process be confidential, and I intend to honor that request.” Though he didn’t offer any further statements → continue…

    From:: DPreview