James Cameron Lists 5 of His All-Time Favorite Films

By V Renée

What kinds of films influenced the likes of James Cameron?

When you think of James Cameron what comes to mind? T-800s? Impressive technology? An unjust war between the RDA and the native Na’vi? Though some of you die-hard Titanic fans may immediately shout “Irish penny whistles,” but Cameron has made a career out of not only using incredibly advanced technology as material for his films but using incredibly advanced technology to capture them.

In this video, Fandor lists some of the directors’ favorite films, ones that seem to have not only inspired his love of special effects but influenced his earlier practical work. Check it out below:

In case you couldn’t watch the video, here are Cameron’s top five favorite films.

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From:: No Film School

5 Editing ‘Mistakes’ You’ll Want to Avoid Making on Your Next Music Video

By V Renée

Too many effects. Overdone color grade. These are hallmarks of a music video with issues.

Music videos are a lot of fun to make. You can get as creative as you want, try new and exciting cinematic techniques, and experiment with the way you tell stories. However, plenty of filmmakers have gone a little too far (or not far enough) with the added liberty and latitude and taken their projects into unfortunate territories, but editor Justin Odisho has put together a list of five of the most common “mistakes” found in music videos in hopes that you might be able to avoid them (or fix them if you’ve already made them).

Here are the five “mistakes” Odisho talks about.

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From:: No Film School

25 Great 1980s Cult Movies You May Have Missed

By Shane Scott-Travis

Night of the Comet

Surely the thriving home video market is partially responsible for the influx of cult films that saturated popular culture throughout the 1980s. As a sort of addendum to Taste of Cinema’s recent list detailing the finest cult fare of the 80s, the following list details more obscure films, of the sort you have to dig around a bit to uncover.

What you’ll find herein are movies that will appeal to the adventurous filmgoer, those with a unique sensibility, contrary to the mainstream market, more at home amongst the counterculture; genre films for niche audiences that joyfully zero in on taboo content and proscribed subject matter that deliriously upends convention with razor-sharp satire, exploitation, and/or legitimate ideological dangers or controversial content.

So if you crave something strange, something to foster unhealthy obsession, stylish strangeness, and something, let’s face it, just a little bit fucked up, then these films are for you. Enjoy!

25. Nekromantik (1987)

Nekromantik (1988)

While on the surface there’s little to recommend about this shocker aside from gratuitous cruelty and, as the title suggests, necrophilia, but what else would one expect from West Berlin exploitation legend Jörg Buttgereit (Horror Heaven)?

Nekromantik focuses on one Rob Schmadtke (Daktari Lorenz), an employee for Joe’s Cleaning Agency, where he cleans up corpses from road accidents and that sort of unsavory thing. See, it’s all catnip for Rob, who loves defiling corpses.

Does that sound transgressive enough? Wait, there’s more (including a ménage à trois with a corpse and a steel pipe), but, amidst all the nastiness and taboo smashing, Buttgereit actually injects a lot of satire on bourgeois mores –– Rob stops defiling corpses long enough for a short-lived warm-blooded romance with Betty (Beatrice Manowski) –– and the film even features a whip-smart slasher parody via an extended film-within-a-film sequence.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

AFI Awards 2017 Date Announced: Friday January 5, 2018

By Admin


Recognizing the year’s most outstanding achievements in the art of the moving image, AFI AWARDS is the American Film Institute’s annual almanac of excellence — celebrating works of significance in both film and television. AFI will honor the talented teams that created the 10 most…

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From:: Shoot OnLine

Two new drones and a new photo mode from DJI

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

The New Phantom Pro Obsidian: none more black

Somehow it wouldn’t be a tradeshow without DJI managing to introduce another drone or two into its already crowded skies.

  • DJI
  • Mavic Pro
  • Phantom 4 Pro
  • drones
  • UAVs
  • quadcopters
  • aerial video

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    Curiosity: Sony sensor factory air is 35,000 times cleaner than typical city air

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    Imaging Resource got an exclusive access to the usually top secret Sony sensor factory of Kumamoto. Of course they didn’t get super detailed specifics of the entire process. But the first things that strieked me is that the factory air is 35,000 times cleaner than typical city air. Sounds like a greta place ot be […]

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    Young Filmmakers: Win an All-Expenses Paid Trip to Sundance and Year-Long Mentorship

    By Emily Buder

    Filmmakers aged 18-24 have the opportunity to submit short films for consideration.

    Are you a young filmmaker who’s always dreamed of attending Sundance? Your wish could be granted no sooner than the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

    Sundance and Adobe Project 1324 are teaming up for the annual Sundance Ignite Short Film Challenge, which awards selected filmmakers an all-expenses-paid trip to Sundance in addition to a year-long mentorship and support from the Sundance Institute. Previous mentors include Effie Brown (Dear White People), producer Jason Berman, and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral). Sundance Ignite Fellows will also receive additional creative and professional development opportunities and a complimentary Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

    What stories ignite you?

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    From:: No Film School

    IFH 179: Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter A.S.C. – Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    Oscar-Winner Russell Carpenter A.S.C. – Shooting Blockbusters, Titanic & James Cameron I can’t tell you how excited I am about today’s guest. I sat down with the legendary and Oscar® Winning Cinematographer Russell Carpenter A.S.C. Russell has been shooting blockbusters for over 40 years and has shot films like Ant-Man, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Charlie’s Angels, The Negotiator,…

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    From:: Indie Film Hustle

    Orson Welles’s The Stranger and John Farrow’s The Sea Chase: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video

    By Jim Hemphill

    I’ve always been mystified by the relative lack of attention and acclaim Orson Welles’ 1946 thriller The Stranger has received compared with the director’s better known efforts, since on just about every level it’s top-tier Welles. Perhaps Welles’ own denigration of the picture, which he saw as an impersonal assignment designed to restore his box-office credibility after The Magnificent Ambersons, is to blame. It’s a genre film, sure, but then so is Touch of Evil, which many Welles enthusiasts (myself included) consider to be every bit as important in the director’s oeuvre as Citizen Kane. The Stranger is actually a […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Rotolight unveils the Neo 2: A portable LED HSS flash that doubles as a modeling light

    Rotolight has announced the launch of Neo 2, an “industry first” high speed sync-capable LED flash that doubles as a continuous light source and boasts no recycle time.

    The company says it designed the Neo 2 specifically for videographers and portrait photographers, and that it collaborated with Elinchrom to build its Skyport 2.4GHz HSS wireless flash receiver into the model. That Skyport receiver, in conjunction with the Rotolight HSS transmitter, enables photographers to wirelessly control up to four groups of 10 lights at ranges up to 656ft / 200m.

    The Neo 2 light itself is powered by AA batteries and is capable of 85,000 full-power flashes on a single charge. This model’s shutter sync can be set at fast as 1/8000th of a second, and it offers 500% flash output.

    Compared to the original model, the Neo 2 is 85% brighter when used as a continuous light, and there’s a built-in kelvin display for adjusting both flash and continuous light color temperature. Rotolight used its AccuColour LED tech with the Neo 2, the result being “perfect color rendering,” according to the company.

    The Neo 2 is available now in a £250 (~$325 USD) bundle that includes a single light, the power supply, an accessory shoe, belt pouch, and a 4-piece filter pack. Rotolight is also offering a £1,125.00 (~$1,465 USD) bundle that features three lights, stands, balls heads, and a hard flight case.

    Press Release


    A revolutionary all-in-one High Speed Sync flash and continuous light for photographers and filmmakers

    The dawn of a new age of on-camera lighting

    Pinewood Studios, London, 4th September 2017: Rotolight, award-winning British LED lighting manufacturer, has announced the launch of an industry-first, all in one High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous on-camera → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Watch: The Keys to Tobe Hooper’s Horror in ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

    By Jon Fusco

    Real blood, dead animals, and unrelenting tension are just a few of the ingredients that will keep ‘Chainsaw’ terrifying forever.

    The world mourned the loss of pioneer horror filmmaker Tobe Hooper last week, and in the wake of his death we’ve seen an upswing of appreciation for his masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film was truly revolutionary in every sense of the word. With its release, horror movies were no longer relegated to corny monsters or cheap thrills—This one felt real.

    It was Hooper’s focus on authenticity, not gratuitous sex or violence, that pushed his film to new heights. Ryan Hollinger’s latest video essay does a great job of deconstructing the ingredients that ground the film in gritty realism, even though much of its action was absurd.

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    From:: No Film School

    Bull and Duel in the Sun: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

    By Jim Hemphill

    The best new television series of the 2016-2017 season arrives on DVD this week in the form of CBS/Paramount’s Bull: Season One package. A smart, stylish and very funny drama with a killer pedigree — Donnie Brasco and Quiz Show writer Paul Attanasio is one of the show’s creators, Steven Spielberg is an executive producer, and indie auteur Rodrigo Garcia directed the pilot — Bull reinvents and reinvigorates both the procedural and the courtroom drama with consistent verbal wit, visual elegance, and one of the most compelling protagonists in the history of television. The show focuses on Jason Bull (Michael […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Shooting 5K on the Panasonic GH5 with the new ‘Open Gate’ mode

    By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

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    Comment on the forum With the new firmware 2.0 update, the Panasonic GH5 becomes the first 5K 10bit H.265 mirrorless camera, and you don’t even need an anamorphic lens to join the party. 5K anyone? Well, Panasonic have delivered and it is in H.265. Until now we have had cameras that do a 5K or even 6K sensor readout but never one that writes such high resolution directly to the memory card. On the Panasonic GH5 the new firmware update 2.0 gives us the use of the very efficient H.265 codec for this. They did not scrimp on the bitrate …

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    From:: EosHD

    6 Steps to Mastering the Organization of Your Equipment

    By John Byron Hanby, IV

    Equipment organization will make you better, faster, and more creative.

    As your sets get bigger, your shots become more complicated and you acquire more equipment, paying attention to details like keeping everything organized, clean, and in dedicated places can result in huge time savings and, most importantly, keep all of that beautiful and expensive camera gear safe. In this post, I’ll walk you through the equipment management system that my team at Fractal Visuals has developed for our video production company.

    At Fractal Visuals, we are proud to own and operate some of the best equipment in the industry including RED Cinema Cameras, Wunder Audio microphones, and Freefly Systems Gimbals and Drones. One of the biggest challenges we face using this equipment is in management and logistics. Over the last few years, we’ve been working to develop the perfect system for equipment management.

    The resulting system delivers the perfect balance of efficiency while also keeping things safe, organized, and taking up the smallest amount of space possible.

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    From:: No Film School

    When Life Becomes a Movie

    By Noah Buschel

    The man in the white fedora is photographing his fettuccine. Later, he’ll put a filter on it and post it to Instagram while he’s on the toilet. Girls from Tokyo line up against a mural of Malcom X, then turn around, asses out, Kardashian style. A young man on the corner is videoing himself and addresses his followers with a “Hi guys.” He points his phone at a chihuahua on the corner and says, “This is everything!” He reaches down, the chihuahua bares its teeth. That last part will be edited out. Mark Zuckerberg is in his lab again, this […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine