10 Alternate Movie Endings That Are Better Than The Originals

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

Alternate endings can often be a fascinating insight into the creative process behind films that we know and love. Sometimes alternate endings never make it past the storyboard stage, and other times multiple endings are filmed and tested before the final ending is chosen.

Alternate endings can also reveal a filmmaker’s thoughts and feelings about characters, or reveal unknown insights into well-known stories. Sometimes alternate endings are vetoed by the studio or producer, and can become known as the ‘true’ endings. Other times, alternate endings are the ones that have been discarded in favour of a different ending usually based on audience perceptions and reactions.

This list looks at films where the alternate endings brought something more exciting, interesting or shocking to the film over their original or theatrical endings. Needless to say, there will be major spoilers.

1. The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect, starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, is about college student Evan Treborn who has the ability to time travel back into his younger self and change events, thus affecting the present. However, changing the events of the past often has unintended and catastrophic consequences for Evan and his friends including love interest Kayleigh.

The ending: After travelling back in time several times and not receiving the outcomes he desires, Evan realises that he is only hurting himself and his friends. He decides to travel back in time one final time – to the day he met Kayleigh as a child.

Rather than being friendly towards her, he upsets her so that she will decide to live with her mother instead of her father when her parents get divorced. This decision means that Kayleigh moves away to a different neighbourhood and does not suffer from the destructive childhood that she had before. She also grows → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

On1 Photo RAW 2018 announced: Adds HRD processing, advanced masking and more

On1 just released the newest version of its stand-alone RAW photo manager and non-destructive editor: On1 Photo RAW 2018. Put another way, there’s now yet another alternative to Lightroom out there, and with this new update the program is more capable than ever, adding features like HDR merge and panorama stitching, advanced masking capabilities, and more.

You can get a decent overview of the new features in the 2018 version in the video below:

The main additions to this version of On1 Photo RAW are On1 HDR, panorama stitching, new advanced masking options like Feather and Density that allow you to alter a mask globally, Color range masking, versioning, selective noise reduction, and an updated UI that On1 characterizes as “clean and modern.” There’s also a new “Paint with Color Brush” that allows you to either paint with a solid color or leave the luminosity of the underlying layer intact to change things like eye or hair color.

You can get a full breakdown of these and other new features on the On1 blog.

The app is being released as a free Beta on Friday, with an official release slated for the end of October. The full app—which promises ‘much more’ when it arrives after the beta period—will cost $120 for new users, while current On1 users will have the option to upgrade for a discounted price of just $80 (usually $100). Both the full version and upgrade package are already available for pre-order.

To learn more about the app or pre-order your copy, head over to the On1 blog by clicking here.

→ continue…

From:: DPreview

Ad Agency Vet and Documentary Filmmaker Erik Proulx Launches Fighting Monk

By Admin

Austin, TX

Erik Proulx has combined his love of advertising and filmmaking by forming Fighting Monk, a full-service production company based in Austin and New York. The production company has directed and produced work for agencies including VML on behalf of Chevron/Delo and Dell, and Point to Point for…

→ continue…

From:: Shoot OnLine

Cravar unveils new Rana Series of leather messenger bags for photographers

Leather goods company Cravar has launched a new range of Rana Series messenger bags, and its attempting to crowdfund the release through Kickstarter. The new series is comprised of four leather messenger bags designed for photographers to use as either a camera bag or an everyday carry. All four bags feature solid brass hardware, a full grain veg-tanned leather exterior, closed-cell foam padding, and an interior made with linen and Sunbrella fabrics.

The Cravar Rana Series is comprised of the Rana 7, Rana 10, Rana 13, and Rana 15 leather messenger bags—each number approximates the bag’s width.

The Rana 15 is the largest of the bunch, and is able to accommodate most 15″ laptops as well as a full-frame DSLR and three lenses or more, depending on the size of said lenses. The bag has an aluminum-reinforced top flap, three vertical and two stack dividers, a luggage handle slot, two front pockets, and one rear pocket.

Similar, but slightly smaller, is the Rana 13 which is also able to fit a full-frame DSLR and three or more lenses, in addition to a smaller 13″ laptop. The Rana 10, meanwhile, can fit a full-frame DSLR, two or more lenses, and a 9.7 – 10.5″ tablet. Finally, Rana 7 can accommodate a full-frame DSLR and one or more lenses, depending on size, plus an iPad mini or other small tablet.

Cravar is offering the Rana Series bags at the following Kickstarter pledge prices ahead of the higher planned retail costs (assuming the bags are successfully funded and brought to market):

  • Rana 7: $165 or more
  • Rana 10: $195 or more
  • Rana 13: $245 or more
  • Rana 15: $275 or more

To learn more about these bags or order your own, head over to Kickstarter. Shipping to backers is expected to start in → continue…

From:: DPreview

DxOMark: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ties iPhone 8 Plus as best ever smartphone camera

News that Apple’s new iPhone 8 Plus had suddenly taken the top spot on DxOMark’s smartphone camera rankings was met with the expected range of praise and critique—everything from “of course, iPhone’s are awesome cameras” to “how much did Apple pay DxOMark for this result!?” But it turns out the iPhone 8 Plus’ ranking as the best smartphone camera DxOMark had ever tested didn’t last very long.

As of today, the iPhone 8 Plus has been tied by the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, which significantly bested its Photo score and only tied the iPhone 8 Plus overall because Apple’s smartphone does so much better in the video category.

The full breakdown of the results can be found on DxOMark, but this comparison between the two phones’ scores speaks volumes:

The Photo categories where the Note 8 really outperformed the iPhone include Autofocus (94 vs 74) and Zoom, where the Note 8 got a score of 66 to the iPhone’s 51. DxOMark’s conclusion is appropriately praiseworthy:

When all the tests are verified, the scores calculated, and the perceptual analyses discussed, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes out as an outstanding choice for the smartphone photography enthusiast, matching the top overall score of 94 points of the iPhone 8 Plus. Dual-cam setups offering a second telephoto zoom for portraits are a real step forward for high-end smartphone photography, and the implementation on the Note 8 is exceptional, making it the best smartphone for zoom shots we’ve tested.

Read DxO’s full thoughts and see all of their sample and test photos at this link. And if you’re an Android user in need of some serious photography power from you smartphone, the Galaxy Note 8 should → continue…

From:: DPreview

The Insta360 Pro 8K is certified to capture Google Street View photos while you drive

In May, Google unveiled the ‘Street View ready’ program that will certify a total of twenty 360-degree cameras for capturing Street View footage, and the first was just named. The Insta360 Pro, an 8K 360-degree camera available to consumers, was given Google’s official stamp of approval yesterday; this means that anyone who purchases this $3,500 camera can use it to capture their own 360-degree footage for inclusion in Google’s Street View product.

The Insta360 Pro falls under Google’s “Street View auto ready” category, which means it is certified for use in capturing Street View footage from a vehicle—camera owners can actually attach the Insta360 Pro to their car and record 360-degree images while driving. The resulting footage is then processed by the camera’s Stitcher desktop software and uploaded to Google using the Street View app. Google can then use the imagery in the Street View app, on Google Earth, and/or on Google Maps with credit going to the individual who captured the images.

This is done on an entirely voluntary basis, meaning there’s no compensation for capturing the content. Content shared by users may help Google fill any voids in its existing Street View library.

Another three cameras will be certified under the ‘auto’ category in the Street View ready program, while the other cameras will fall under mobile, VR, and workflow categories. These categories certify cameras for uploading Street View imagery directly from mobile, from publishing tools, and for VR systems.

→ continue…

From:: DPreview

Hasselblad’s 100MP H6D-100c digital back is now available to buy on its own

Hasselblad has announced that its 100MP medium format H6D-100c digital back is now available as a standalone product. The H6D-100c, which was first announced in April 2016, offers a 100MP 53.4 x 40mm CMOS sensor capable of shooting up to 3840 x 2160p 4K/UHD footage with an ISO range from 64 to 12800. Joining that large sensor is a 3in 920k touch display, USB-C connector, mini HDMI, and both SD and CFast card slots.

Talking about the new launch, Hasselblad Product Manager Ove Bengtson said, “The launch of the H6D-100c digital back is an answer to photographers wanting to use the power of the 100c on third party technical cameras.” According to Hasselblad, the unit features an interface capable of working seamlessly with both large format and technical camera systems.

Other features include raw capture, 16-bit color, 15 stops of dynamic range, and support for both Windows (7 or higher) and macOS (10.11 and higher). The digital back is available now for EUR 22,000 / USD $26,495 / GBP 19,900 (not including VAT).

Via: Hasselblad

→ continue…

From:: DPreview

The 100 Best Screenwriters Ever According to 40 of the Best Screenwriters Today

By Liz Nord

Who are the best screenwriters of all time?

Before a retrospective of his work at Lincoln Center a couple years ago, Judd Apatow told the audience “When I write, I feel like I am facing a mirror and it’s telling me of my unworthiness.” Well, apparently many of his colleagues find him quite worthy, as he is one of the only screenwriters to appear both on the latest list of The 100 Best Screenwriters of All Time and on the list of writers who were invited to create the list.

We love listicles as much as the rest of the internet does, and so we were excited to see Vulture’s publication of this one, compiled not by critics, but by 40 of the top screenwriters working today. The “choosers” have written some of our favorite recent projects, among them Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani of The Big Sick, and Jordan Peele of Get Out. The list of voters also includes esteemed industry vets like Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Affliction) and Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich).

Read More

→ continue…

From:: No Film School

Storage Visions Conference Set; 2017 Theme Is “New Visions for Digital Storage”

By Admin

Milpitas, CA
The 2017 Storage Visions Conference (SV 2017). will be held Monday, October 16, 2017 here. Mark Pastor from Quantum will give a keynote talk at SV 2017.
The 2017 Storage Visions Conference theme is “New Visions…

→ continue…

From:: Shoot OnLine

“Making a Hammer Film As If It Was Directed by Scorsese”: John Landis on Innocent Blood and Operating Muppets with Tim Burton

By Jim Hemphill

One of the most underrated films by one of America’s most underrated filmmakers just arrived on Blu-ray in the form of Warner Archive’s 25th-anniversary release of John Landis’ Innocent Blood. To call Landis underrated might seem perverse given that he’s directed some of the most successful and enduring movies of the late 1970s and early 1980s – National Lampoon’s Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Coming to America – but I still think his body of work has never quite gotten its critical due in this country, partly because his movies are so damn […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Canon Full Frame Mirrorless to use Dedicated Sensor [CR2]

By Canon Rumors We’re told that Canon’s first foray into a full frame mirrorless camera will use a dedicated CMOS sensor and won’t be using either the EOS 6D Mark II or EOS 5D Mark IV image sensors. The claim again comes from an internal presentation of Canon’s 2018 roadmap. We’re still being told not to expect an … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Stretch Your Doc Production Dollars As Far As Possible with This Tax Incentive Guide

By Liz Nord

This updated guide to tax incentives from Sundance could help your production save some serious cash.

Last year, the Sundance Documentary Film Program clued us into the fact that, yes, documentarians could indeed take advantage of the same types of state tax incentives that major narrative productions frequently benefit from. Now, the program is back with an even bigger, better version of its useful resource, the Doc Film Money Map 2.0: A Guide To Tax Incentives.

The thirty-page guide is an extremely valuable resource for any doc producer. According to the forward, its aim is to “disrupt the landscape of documentary film finance, to offer a real and meaningful contribution to the growing conversation about sustainability in the field, to stimulate conversation about the relationship between philanthropic, public, and private funding, and to spark the imagination about where funding is and isn’t in the U.S. landscape.”

Read More

→ continue…

From:: No Film School

Aputure Ships Super Bright 300D LED 2K Equivalent

By Charles Haine

With the new 300D from Aputure, filmmakers can get even more light with basic wall outlets.

After debuting at NAB back in April, the new 300D from Aputure is finally shipping. The compact unit is not only wall-pluggable, but it draws a mere 300 watts while outputting light equivalent to a 2K unit. All for right around $1000.

The 2K has a long and storied history on film sets as the biggest light you can plug into wall power. When doing an “edison” type shoot that needed a big unit, the 2K junior or open face was it before the Barger Baglite came along. With the 300-watt power draw of the new 300D, you get an equivalent light volume to the old school 2K, but you can safely plug six of them into a single 20 amp circuit.

Read More

→ continue…

From:: No Film School

Sound Devices announces the new MixPre-10T 10-input audio recorder

By Erik Naso

Compact, 10-input/12-track MixPre-10T offers expanded feature set with built-in Timecode, balanced outputs, diverse powering, and auto copying The Sound Devices MixPre-10T is the newest member of the MixPre Series (MixPre-3 & MixPre-6)…

The post Sound Devices announces the new MixPre-10T 10-input audio recorder appeared first on Newsshooter.

→ continue…

From:: News Shooter

Behind the scenes: Ben Von Wong dangled everyday athletes off a skyscraper for Nike

Spend enough time building your brand as the photographer du jour for crazy and interesting stunts, and your next assignment might come in form of a challenge. That’s what happened to Benjamin Von Wong when Nike sent him a pair of shoes and a personalized note:

What would you do if you could walk on air?

A little cliché? Sure. But we’ll forgive the Nike marketing department because it gave Von Wong license to come up with a crazy idea, with a community impact twist.

So he chose ‘everyday athletes’ who were making a difference in their communities, came up with a harness system that would let him dangle them off of a building (a 7-story building for the ones who were scared of heights, or a 30-story skyscraper for those who said they weren’t), and set to work turning this idea into photo-reality.

You can watch the adventure unfold in the video below:

As you can probably imagine, there were a ton of challenges to overcome between idea and execution. What kind of harness system would be safe, effective, and comfortable enough to use for long periods of time? How would non-professional models cope with the stresses of this unusual photo shoot? Would the photos even turn out?

In short: yes. The photos did indeed turn out:

The final images are polished and fun, making it all seem easy and effortless (the whole “walking on air” theme). But more revealing are the behind the scenes photos Ben shared with us. They reveal the struggle behind creating effortless looking images while dangling off a skyscraper:

To learn more about this shoot, the purpose behind it, the community activists featured in it, or the photographer taking the shots, head over to Von Wong’s blog post → continue…

From:: DPreview