The 10 Best New Movies To Watch in Fall 2017

By David Zou

There may only be four months left of 2017, but there are still plenty of films to look forward to. Winter sees the release of eagerly awaited films such as The Last Jedi, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Coco, Bright and The Greatest Showman.

However, before that, there is an abundance of great films due to be released this Fall. This list looks at some of the films due for release over the next few months, which are sure to excite cinemagoers. Which ones are you most looking forward to?

10. The Snowman
Release date: 13th October (U.K). 20th October (USA).

The Snowman

What is it about? The Snowman is based on the global bestselling novel of the same name by author Jo Nesbo. When a young boy finds his missing mother’s favourite scarf wrapped around the neck of a sinister looking snowman, crime squad lead detective Harry Hole (played by Michael Fassbender) is called in to investigate. He soon begins to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose.

With the help of recruit Katrine Bratt (Rebecca Ferguson), they must work against the clock to connect decades old cases to the horrifying new one in hopes of catching the culprit before he strikes again on the next snowfall.

Why you should watch it: The trailer is full of high tension and dread inducing scenes, which suggests that The Snowman could be a nerve wracking and uneasy watch. The film has a distinctly Nordic noir vibe, which is enhanced by the wintry and snow filled shots and locations.

Nordic noir is renowned for being dark and morally complex, but is also highly engaging and usually involves the uncovering of long hidden secrets. Director Tomas Alfredson also directed 2008’s ‘Let the Right One In, so audiences can expect horror style → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

5 Cinematography Tips That Will Help You Shoot Better Images

By V Renée

How well do your images tell your stories?

We all know that cinematography is a hell of a lot more than turning your camera on and pointing it at stuff. It’s about lighting, camera movement, composition, and a host of other techniques and concepts that help bring your stories to life visually. Don’t worry, you don’t have to learn all of this stuff all at once (learning the craft is a lifelong journey), but if you want to add a bit more to your cinematographic repertoire, check out this video from Mango Street. In it, filmmaker Seth Dunlap shares a ton of great insight on his approach to not only creating beautiful, cinematic images but also effectively applying aesthetic principles to tell more dynamic stories.

Though Dunlap gives a lot of great tips in the video, these are the five key concepts he touches on specifically.

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From:: No Film School

BTS video from the first ever Panasonic EVA1 shoot

By Matthew Allard ACS

Panasonic have released a BTS video from the first ever EVA1 shoot that took place in Iceland. Shot by director of photography Matteo Mezzadri and his crew, the making of…

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7 Reasons Why “Synecdoche, New York” is an Underrated Masterpiece

By Juan Orellana

I’ve always considered weird the fact that a lot of people talk about cinema as if it was an entity separated from reality, operating on its own set of rules, foreign to everything else. A good character must have this or that trait, audiences want action above all else, an efficient script needs to have a clear three act division, every frame of a film has to contain intrinsic symbolism that furthers its themes, etc. “Rules” like these have always bothered me because the person who states them assumes that all great films have to be formulaic products, when nothing could be further from the truth.

In my opinion, cinema is the closest humans can get to communicating; not just in a rational way, but in a (for a lack of a better word) spiritual way. Every movie is born out of a series of experiences. Depending on the individual, those experiences can become songs, paintings or plays. However, the filmmaker chose to turn them into a movie. In a way, every movie is “based on a true story,” no matter how fantastical.

Why are most stories structured in three acts? Because that’s how our brains work, that’s how people usually tell a story to their friends: context, development and payoff. No one invented it; it grew naturally from human interactions. Same with character development, dialogue, cinematography or editing. All of these elements come from reality. What makes cinema unique is the way it can truly emulate existence. Not just how something looks, but how it feels to actually experience firsthand what happens to the characters.

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From:: Taste Of Cinema

ARRI celebrates its 100th birthday

By Matthew Allard ACS

Today ARRI celebrates its 100th birthday, and here at Newsshooter we wanted to pay tribute to a company that was instrumental in shaping the film industry. In 1917 two teenagers,…

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Can your iPhone replace your light meter?

By (Erik Vlietinck)

Can your phone be used as a serious light meter?

RedShark Review: Top of the line light meters an be expensive and they’re one-trick devices. iOS devices, on the other hand, are multi-capable and many people already have one. Some developers have created light meter apps, turning your iPhone, iPod or iPad into a light measurement device. One of the most respected of these is Cine Meter II by Adam Wilt. Erik Vlietinck takes a look to see whether it measures up.

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    From:: RedShark News

    SmallHD Killer? Smartphone Size 4K DCI / UHD Native 1920×1080 Pro Monitor From Cinemartin

    By Al Caudullo

    Cinemartin is proud to introduce Loyal LT 5.7 inch (AS), a new ultra compact 4K (DCI, UHD) HDMI Monitor that will provide you a compact and super light unit.

    5.7 inch 4K DCI / UHD Native 1920×1080 Pro Monitor
    Compact as your smartphone, consume less power. Just 179€ or around USD$216

    Available at 5.7″, Cinemartin is proud to introduce the new Loyal LT 5.7inch monitor, called Cinemartin (AS), featuring an ultra compact size for maximum portability and lightness. In fact, there are things like attachable mounting points that makes this device the most compact and smaller at 5 to 6 inches.

    Supporting video up to 4K DCI 4096x2160p, featuring a 1080p native display with 550 NITS of luminance, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, this new unit provides HDMI in/out with loop

    Loyal LT (AS) 5.7 units comes with plenty of features for focus & exposure, called Assist Tools, suited for the day to day job, also nice for those cameras that lack that features. Assist tools include False color, Histogram, Peaking, Zoom and much more like Markers, Aspect ratios picture stretch, as well as other tools like Audio Meters, Audio Gain, Color Bar, Image Flip as well as standard ones like Brightness, saturation, hue, etc …

    Cinemartin is now taking orders, deliveries in about 2 weeks starting from October. Introductory price of just 179€ or around USD $216 for the standalone unit (only monitor) as well as 199€ or around USD $240 for complete Ready to shoot kit. Check the website for more info and ordering.

    Again, we beat the market, this is the most affordable 5 inch monitor ever made.
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    From:: Student Filmmakers

    The BSC summer lunch

    By (Tony Costa)

    The BSC summer lunch

    The BSC organizes annually gets together its members and families, member patrons (sponsors) and friends, for a summer lunch. The occasion is the opportunity to get colleagues of the same profession together and to distribute awards of recognition in the field of cinematography. The BSC takes the occasion to give attribute the Best cinematographer award which this year was handled to Seamus McGarvey ASC BSC for his work on “Nocturnal Animals». The other nominees were Bradford Young ASC (Arrival); Linus Sandgren FSF (La La Land); Greg Frasier ASC ACS (Lion) and James Laxton (Moonlight).

    In addition to the cinematography award the BSC attributed the ARRI John Alcott memorial award. The award is a recognition of an individual’s outstanding services to film through perpetuating the original aims of the British Society of Cinematographers which this year was given to Phil Méheux BSC.

    This gathering is a good positive example for many other societies to get members and family once year together to share moments and socialize.

    Source. BSC newsletter

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    From:: Imago News

    “I’m Tired of this Appropriation of Stories by Filmmakers from the West:”: Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw on Cocaine Prison

    By Lauren Wissot

    Part of IFP’s 2013 Project Forum slate, Cocaine Prison is the latest completed work from indigenous Latina filmmaker Violeta Ayala, who’s long been an outspoken critic of the War on Drugs, which not only disproportionately affects low-income folks here in the States, but especially our impoverished neighbors south of the border, from Mexico on down. For this follow-up to 2015’s The Bolivian Case (another tale of South American coke smuggling and its consequences, but with a Norwegian teenagers twist), Ayala, along with filmmaker partner/husband Dan Fallshaw (a producer, cinematographer and editor on Cocaine Prison), have headed back to her birth […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Sigma can install a rear-mounted filter holder on your Canon 14mm F1.8 Art lens

    Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced an interesting new service: users of the company’s Canon mount 14mm F1.8 DG HSM Art lens can now pay the company to fit a rear mount filter holder onto their lens. The FHR-11 filter holder is designed to allow gel filters to be held over the rear element of the lens so photographers can enjoy “more freedom of expression.”

    Those who want to fit the holder themselves can buy it without the installation service, but keep in mind that damage caused by erroneous fitting will not be covered by the lens’ warranty. Sigma says the time the fitting will take depends on local services, but in Japan users are being told to expect the lens to be away for a week.

    In the UK, the FHR-11 on its own costs £35 (~$45 USD), while the filter+install service costs £60 (~$80 USD). Sigma USA has yet to release official US pricing. For more information see the Sigma website.

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    Chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon

    The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce a chargeable service for installing the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

    From September onwards, Sigma will be able to install the Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 on SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon.

    The Rear Filter Holder FHR-11 is an accessory exclusively designed for the SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art for Canon, and it enables photographers to use a filter sheet with the lens.

    By attaching it to the rear of the lens, it will allow more freedom of expression.

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    From:: DPreview

    The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor

    Photographer Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo recently put together an incredibly personal photo story—a project he’s calling “one of the most powerful photo/video projects we’ve ever done.” The story features Arty, Jared’s neighbor of several years who was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

    For Jared, Arty’s diagnosis struck a very personal note.

    “When someone is diagnosed with cancer, it reminds me of my mom,” he explains in the video. “Because she passed away from cancer and I dealt with it in a different way from a lot of people, I chose to hide behind the camera.”

    He told his mom’s story as a way to “show the good with the bad,” and as he got to know Arty and connect with him, Jared saw an opportunity to tell another story—to capture this man’s life for his friends, his family, and even complete strangers because almost everybody has been touched by this disease in some form or fashion. The video above and the photographs below were Jared’s way of capturing Arty, of writing down his personality in pixels and ink.

    Arty passed away shortly after the filming of this video. If this story moved you, or if you think it will touch a loved one or friend, please be sure to share it with them. And if you’d like to make a donation to help support the fight against cancer in Arty’s name, click here.

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    From:: DPreview

    Sony’s Two New Cameras: VENICE and RX0

    By Michael Murie

    Sony has announced two new cameras that will be of interest to filmmakers, though because they are so different it’s entirely possible that you might have heard of one and not the other. Sony VENICE At the high-end, Sony has announced its new flagship camera, the VENICE. Note that Sony does the name in all-caps, though it doesn’t appear to be an acronym. Sony first hinted at this camera back in June. It has a newly developed 36x24mm full-frame sensor and is their first CineAlta digital camera to have a full-frame sensor. It has several other notable features including: 15 […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Everything We Know About Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’ Right Now

    By Sophia Harvey

    Finally, we can talk about mother!

    After months of secrecy—and some intriguing marketing campaigns—we’re finally learning more about Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, mother! The movie made its North American premiere at Toronto Film Festival this past weekend, surrounded by much buzz and confusion. And the following press conference did little to clarify. The running adage seems to be: it’s just an experience you have to have for yourself.

    Well, since the rest of us can’t see mother! until its theatrical release September 15th, here’s as much as we could learn from the TIFF conference with Aronofsky, the film’s star Jennifer Lawrence, and its two producers Ari Handel and Scott Franklin. The panel was moderated by Indiewire’s Eric Kohn. Below are the key takeaways we could glean about mother! from the reticent filmmaker and his accomplices. You can view the entire press conference here.

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    From:: No Film School

    UN seeks worldwide drone registry to pave way for global standards

    The United Nations has revealed a controversial proposal to create a worldwide drone registry that would require UAV owners around the globe to register their details in a single unified database. The registry would, in an ideal situation, serve as a single database through which government and law enforcement officials in many countries could access drone operator information from a central location.

    The proposal was recently detailed by Reuters, which reports that the plan was put forth by the UN agency International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The agency intends to hold a symposium next week to discuss drone-related matters, though details about this proposal are still largely absent.

    Central to the goal behind a single global registry is the ability to create standardized regulations that could be adopted by many countries. Such standardization would relieve the burden drone makers currently face over creating devices that meet the requirements of different markets. Whether the ICAO would operate the database isn’t clear.

    Talking about this during an interview with Reuters last week, ICAO air navigation bureau director Stephen Creamer explained that drone manufacturers “are worried that Europe might create one set of standards, United States might do a second and China might do a third. And they’ve got to build a drone differently in these different environments.”

    Whether any given country would be willing to adopt the proposed registry and accompanying global regulations is yet to be seen. Compounding potential problems may be backlash from some consumers who are resistant to drone registries, the personal information they require, and the associated fees. Earlier this year, for example, a legal case brought against the FAA resulted in its Registration Rule being struck down for model aircraft.

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    From:: DPreview

    TIFF Critic’s Notebook 4: 3/4, Faces Places

    By Vadim Rizov

    Ilian Metev’s deliberately small-scale, extremely precise 3/4 puts a trio of non-actors through their fictional paces. The family unit: teen classical pianist Mila (Mila Mihova), preparing for an audition that, if all goes well, will let her continue her studies in Germany; oft-annoying younger brother Niki (Nikolay Mashalov); physicist dad Todor (Todor Veltchev). (Mom is unseen: I’m the umpteenth to note that the title is both a time signature and way of noting that three out of four family members are present.) Mila’s stress over this impending potential pivot point in her life is transferred onto father and son, who react in different ways. […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine