10 Movies From 2017 That Have The Potential To Be Future Cult Favorites

By David Zou

For various reasons, movies don’t always get the attention they deserve. Whether they bomb at the box office or underperform critically, not every movie is destined to be a classic. In some cases, a miracle happens. People decide that the critics were wrong all along or people finally get around to watching that movie everybody missed when it first came out. Without small but dedicated fan bases, movies like Donnie Darko, Eraserhead, and Super Troopers would fade into obscurity.

With that in mind, this list is going to look at ten movies that have the potential to become cult classics. For some reason, the movies listed all lack the mainstream appeal to push them into future classic territory. However, they have potential to become cult classics for various reasons. Whether it’s due to their quirky nature or intellectual maturity, these movies all show signs that they can (and hopefully will) earn a dedicated audience.

10. The Girl With All the Gift

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It has become damn near impossible to make a unique zombie movie nowadays. Every now and then, someone gets lucky, but for the most part directors have to rely on elements other than creativity. The Girl With All the Gifts is one of those rare zombie movies that’s both fresh and well made. It has strong characters, great dialog, and genuine scares. However, it also approaches the zombie subgenre in a way that feels distinctive.

In order to give credit where credit is due, it should be noted that The Girl With All the Gifts is an adaptation of a dystopian novel by M.R. Carey. That doesn’t make it any less worthy of praise though. Carey deserves recognition for bringing so many great ideas to the table, but the cast and crew shouldn’t be ignored. The visuals are → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

5 Things You Should Think About When Planning Your Shooting Schedule

By V Renée

Trying to nail down your shooting schedule? Here are some things to consider so that your plans don’t have a negative effect on your production.

Set life is absolute pandemonium on its own, but add some poor planning and confusion into the mix and you’ve got a real nightmare on your hands. To have a clear and concise plan for every day of production, filmmakers create shooting schedules—but if you’ve never really made one before it’s difficult to know how to draw one up so that it saves you time, money, and frustration down the road. In this video, StudioBinder lists five tips that will help you organize your shoots to make your production cheaper, more dynamic, and easier for your cast and crew to manage.

There are a lot of things to consider when putting your shooting schedule together, but the five mentioned in the video will really get you thinking about what a well-planned schedule looks like.

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8 Reasons Why “Boogie Nights” is a Modern Masterpiece

By Allan Khumalo

This year on October 10, “Boogie Nights” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Released in 1997, the film signaled the arrival of a major talent and future legend. Paul Thomas Anderson had made one film prior, the criminally unseen and underrated “Sydney/Hard Eight” but with “Boogie Nights” film society had no choice but to take notice.

Following a story set in the Golden Age of Porn in the 70s before video came and ruined it for everybody in the 80s, “Boogie Nights” plays more like a montage of stories and characters wrapped up in the excesses of their worst impulses. At heart, it’s really a story of a surrogate family who find home among other “damaged” people.

Every shot, every line of dialogue, every cut is the work of someone with film in their veins. Constantly quotable, constantly re-watchable and constantly entertaining, the film never gets old. It’s jam-packed with everything that makes film great throughout its 155-minute runtime. Besides its length, the time flies by. In celebration we look at everything that makes “Boogie Nights” a seminal classic, because after all, it’s not one but a million things that make a film work.

1. The Ensemble Cast

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While the story may focus more on Mark Wahlberg’s Dirk Diggler, the film is no doubt an ensemble with the dream cast to end all dream casts. Every character has their own storyline and their own reason for working in the industry.

As a surrogate family, they each fill a particular role. Burt Reynolds is the cool father that everyone calls by first name. A maestro who provides a safe haven for lost souls at the price of baring it all. Although Reynolds reportedly hated the film and his character, he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and → continue…

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HP boasts new workstation is ‘the most powerful on the planet’

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Andy Stout)

The new top-range HP Z8 G4 with the equally new HP 38-inch curved display

HP’s new HP Z8 G4 workstation promises the ability to edit 8K in realtime and heads a trio of new desktop machines with some serious grunt.

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    IFH 182: The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea – Indie Film Hustle

    By Alex Ferrari

    The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea Today’s episode is a first for the IFH Podcast. I had Indie Film Hustle Tribe Member Rob Alicea reach out to me with a crazy idea. He wanted to interview me for the podcast. He thought that the tribe would like to know more…

    The post IFH 182: The Indie Film Hustle Tribe Interrogates Alex Ferrari with Rob Alicea appeared first on Indie Film Hustle.

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    TIFF Critic’s Notebook 6: Brawl in Cell Block 99, Prototype

    By Vadim Rizov

    S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 replicates the structure and mutations of his first film, Bone Tomahawk, a realistic Western that expands into a gorefest with inflections of Mad Max. Likewise, Brawl begins as a fairly low-key thriller (minus the part in which Vince Vaughn dismantles nearly half a car with his bare hands) that continuously ratchets up the bloodiness in uncreasingly unreal settings. Zahler’s definitely a gore enthusiast, which isn’t really my thing: it doesn’t particularly bother me, but I’d just as soon not deal with it. But, like Jeremy Saulnier, gore is what enables what I’ve liked about his work: Tomahawk […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Visual Effects Society Releases Top 70 List: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time

    By Admin

    LOS ANGELES

    Today, the Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s professional global honorary society, released its definitive VES 70: The Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time. The original VES member-chosen VES 50 list was created in 2007…

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    “You Plan to Make a Film and Then You Try Not to Make the Film You Planned on Making”: Jake Mahaffy on Free in Deed

    By Scott Macaulay

    Filmmaker readers first encountered the singular cinema of Jake Mahaffy back in 2005, when we placed him on our “25 New Faces” list on the basis of his extraordinary, Tarkovsky-esqure War, a post-collapse saga shot on a handcranked camera (and made years before post-collapse films and television became suddenly fashionable). On the basis of that film and the two features that have followed — including his latest, Free in Deed, currently in theaters (in New York, it’s playing Cinema Village) — Mahaffy has, in my opinion, staked out a quiet reputation as one of our most accomplished and necessary of […] → continue…

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    Everyone Else Has One, Why Not us? Tamron to Announce 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD

    By Canon Rumors We’ve seen the patent, and soon we’ll see the lens. Tamron is going to join Sigma and Canon with their own 100-400mm lens. The Tamron will be faster than the Sigma at the short end with an f-stop of 4.5 and slower than Canon at the long end at f/6.3. The new lens will obviously … → continue…

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    ‘My Days of Mercy’: How a ‘Dream Call’ from Ellen Page and Kate Mara Led to TIFF’s Breakout Indie Feature

    By Liz Nord

    For Israeli director Tali Shalom-Ezer, a Sundance debut truly was her calling card.

    Israeli Director Tali Shalom-Ezer’s feature Princess made waves at Sundance 2015 for its borderline taboo portrayal of budding young sexuality and adult behavior that many would consider inappropriate if not illegal. Words like “nauseating” and “disturbing” were used in reviews of the film, but Shalom-Ezer was also universally praised for her direction of the uncomfortable story.

    It was this intimate directing style and portrayal of raw humanity that presumably led to the phone call that Shalom-Ezer received—one that all burgeoning directors hope for but few expect. Veritable modern indie royalty, actors Ellen Page and Kate Mara, backed by Christine Vachon and Killer Films, rang the director up and asked her to helm their next project, My Days of Mercy.

    “They offered me to do this movie, and I couldn’t believe that this was happening.”

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    HP reveals insane Z8 workstation: Can handle 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage

    The rise of 4K (and 6K… and 8K) video, not to mention virtual reality and 360° content, means the computers of today need to grow up and they need to do it fast. 16GB of RAM, a decent video card, and 1TB of hard drive space just won’t cut it for many professionals any longer… but even those professionals who need boatloads of power will probably go wide-eyed when they hear the specs of HP’s new top-of-the-line desktop workstations.

    HP revealed its new Z8, Z6, and Z4 workstations today, and the company is not joking when it says the new desktops are equipped with “extreme power.” In fact, the Z8 is being touted as “the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet.” Here’s why…

    Inside this mammoth of a PC you will find dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 processing cores, which are running your real-time 8K video editing session off of up to 3 terabytes of RAM. That is not a typo. You also have access to 9 PCIe slots (7 full size, 2 ‘personality’ slots), dual 1GbE Ports, Thunderbolt 3 (optional), and USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports as well.

    The fully spec-d out Z8 is probably out of reach for many creatives, which is why there’s also a Z6 and Z4. These workstations can’t handle quite as much in way of raw processing power, speed, and storage, but they’re still extremely capable machines.

    The Z6 also sports dual CPUs, can handle up to 384 GB of system memory, and features dual M.2 slots for HP’s own Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs.

    The Z4 is a bit weaker still, housing only a single Intel Xeon W CPU, 256GB of RAM, as well as dual 1GbE ports and dual → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Rising Sun Pictures Trains The Next Generation of VFX Superstars

    By Artisans PR

    Adelaide, South Australia

    For aspiring visual effects artists, the path to stardom increasingly begins in Adelaide, South Australia. Rising Sun Pictures, which is based in Adelaide, has garnered international acclaim for its work in creating visual effects for films and television shows including X-Men: Days of

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    Alien Skin unveils Exposure X3 raw editor and organizer, available this fall

    Alien Skin is gearing up to launch Exposure X3, the next installment in its Exposure software line. Exposure X3 is a non-destructive raw image organizer and editor, and it will bring multiple improvements and new features over the previous version. Among the changes will be new “toning enhancements” for B&W and color images, as well as a side-by-side view that allows you to compare two images.

    Though the product hasn’t yet been fully fleshed out for the public, Alien Skin has revealed that X3 users will have the option of creating virtual copies of images so that the same photo can be edited in different ways without using up extra hard drive space. The company also shared that X3 will bring radial and linear brush shapes, plus adjustable borders.

    Alien Skin plans to launch Exposure X3 on both macOS and Windows this fall for $150, though existing Exposure users will have access to a $100 upgrade option. Alien Skin will also offer a $200 bundle that includes X3, Snap Art and Blow Up, and anyone who owns at least one of these apps can get the bundle for $120.

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    Nicole Kidman and Ed Lachman to Receive Tributes at the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards

    By Scott Macaulay

    Nicole Kidman, in the midst of an extraordinary year of well-received performances, and legendary DP Ed Lachman, whose latest Todd Haynes collaboration is due for release in November, were announced today as the latest 2017 Gotham Award Tribute recipients. “It is truly an honor to present Nicole Kidman with the Actress Tribute this year,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in New York Media Center, in a statement. “Her choices in projects throughout her career have been bold and carefully selected, ranging from thought-provoking independent films and studio blockbusters to unique and original television series. She […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Use IBM’s Watson to Transcribe Your Dailies with Transcriptive

    By Charles Haine

    ‘Jeopardy’ winning app Watson is the engine behind the Digital Anarchy plugin Transcriptive, launching today at IBC.

    Finding that one piece of footage you are looking for can be hard with any large project with a variety of footage, especially documentaries with no script or improv heavy narrative projects. Transcriptions have long been a great tool for getting a handle on your footage, and Avid has Phrase Find and Script Sync ($199 and $499 respectively) for searching your footage based speech recognition or script integration.

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    From:: No Film School