Meena Singh shoots Netflix’s true crime docu series “The Confession Tapes” on the Canon C300 Mark II

By Matthew Allard ACS

Meena Singh chose to shoot Netflix’s true crime docu series “The Confession Tapes” on the Canon C300 Mark II. “The Confession Tapes” is a true crime documentary series that investigates…

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Watch: How Tobe Hooper Dissolved the Limits of Genre

By Max Winter

Hooper’s work shows that there’s always room for experimentation.

The word genre is usually accompanied by the distant sound of cage bars descending and locking into place. Horror films have rules. Science fiction films have rules. Romantic comedies have rules. But do they?

Hooper’s ‘The Mangler’ is, rather than a late-night mental snack, a tour-de-force.

In his newest video essay in the “Unloved” series for, Scout Tafoya shows, with his characteristically nuanced and incisive commentary, that Tobe Hooper, known most for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and perhaps least for the subject of this piece, The Mangler, knew how to bust open the boundaries of whatever genre he might be working in—usually sci-fi or horror—and create something new that stayed new. He did this primarily through technique—camera angles, bizarre color sense. In so doing, he demonstrated by example that there is always room, regardless of what genre a filmmaker might be working in, for experimentation. Watch Tafoya’s video and read our genre-defying points from Hooper’s work that any filmmaker might appreciate below:

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From:: No Film School

NYFF 2017: Mindhunter (Episodes 1-2), Good Streamable Chronological Narrative Content

By Vadim Rizov

The first two episodes of Netflix’s Mindhunter, directed by David Fincher, are slightly stylistically diluted but still distinctively his. Fincher also directed the last two episodes of the ten-episode first season, which has already been renewed for a second prior to dropping this Friday — whether I make it to his bookending episodes I have no idea, but fans should at least take a look at this starting point. “Peak TV,” or at least the limited-run series, has increasingly accommodated one director who wants to do it all: this year has seen airings of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Big Little […] → continue…

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PODCAST: An Interview With Literary Manager & Writing Consultant Whitney Davis

By Noam Kroll

Micro-budget films have increased in technical quality by leaps and bounds over the past decade, but many still fail to reach an audience as a result of underdeveloped stories and screenplays. This has ultimately become the achilles heel for so many micro-budget filmmakers, which is why it’s so imperative that every filmmaker, regardless of budget, places an equal weight on the writing process.

In today’s episode, I interview Whitney Davis – a literary manager who started in this business as a TV writer (represented by William Morris Agency), and later moved into script consulting and management. Over the course of this interview, Whitney pulls from her diverse background as a writer, consultant, and manager to share invaluable advice on screenwriting that is universally applicable to any filmmaker looking to strengthen their work.

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The 2017 Production Music Conference Concludes with Biggest Turnout Ever

By Asbury PR


The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocate and voice of the global production music community, has announced that its just concluded 2017 Production Music Conference drew over 600 attendees from all areas of the music industry. The event was held October 4-6 at the Hollywood…

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Why Movies Anywhere Might Be the Streaming Solution We’ve Been Waiting For

By Liz Nord

Finally, all of your movies in one place.

Back in the day, it was a point of pride for many of us to display our racks upon racks of DVD cases at home for every visitor to see. People damn near defined themselves by their collections: were you a rom-com person, a kung fu afficianado, an Italian neorealism buff? Were you the type to alphabetize or organize cases by color? I’d venture to bet that some new relationships were made or broken based on a quick perusal of a potential paramour’s DVD fare.

With the advent of streaming, DVD shelves disappeared. While creating a lot less waste and providing a much bigger selection at our fingertips, streaming also brought about the hassle of having to remember where the heck we purchased each film, and switching services and possibly even devices to watch them. No more walking over to the shelf and grabbing the case you wanted, which could be found exactly where you left it. A new service called Movies Anywhere aims to change that, claiming to let you “seamlessly store your favorite movies in one place so you can watch them when and where you want.”

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Creative Lighting Technique – Using Mason Jars To Convey Emotion

By Matt Bendo

In this guest post, Canadian cinematographer Matt Bendo shares his experience using mason jars as light modifiers to enhance storytelling in his commercial work.

I recently had the pleasure of creating a piece of branded content entitled Legacy for a boxing academy called Kombat Arts (check out the cinema5D Talent Feature describing this experience HERE). My goal was to create a character and story that encompassed all of the philosophies and work ethics that Kombat Arts tries to instil in their students, and where each room represented a visual embodiment of the emotions the character was feeling. After the release of the film, I received a lot of emails and messages asking how I achieved the lighting effects, which prompted me to want to share this with the filmmaking community.

Creating the visual world in which Legacy takes place was an exciting experience. Luckily, I was given a large amount of creative control in this particular production, which allowed me to take risks and streamline the decision-making process to facilitate my vision. So, I decided to experiment.

I have always been fascinated with the different ways to manipulate light in order to help tell stories and convey emotions to an audience. I am especially fond of hard lighting, and at first I thought of ways to create textured light patterns using cookies. Then, using my iPhone, I began experimenting by taking photos of my hand while backlighting it with a flashlight shooting through a small mason jar.

Mason Jars as Lighting Modifiers

The peaks and valleys in the design of the mason jar caused the light to scatter in many different directions, focusing in some areas and dispersing in others. I found that this resulted in a pretty interesting texture of light.

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Images of the “modified” Full Frame E-mount camera without EVF

By SonyAlpha Admin

A Chinese member of the Xitek forum shared these pictures of his Full Frame E-mount camera wihtout EVF. He modified the Sony A7 by removing the EVF on top of the camera. It now has become a sort of Full Frame a6500 camera. The forum members clearly liked his “creation” and maybe Sony should really […]

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Video: Watch the Milky Way ‘appear’ as you get farther and farther from LA light pollution

According to much of the Interwebz, the residents of Los Angeles were so shocked to see the Milky Way during a 1994 blackout, that many of them called 911. The real story is a bit less dramatic—people called observatories, NOT 911, to ask about the ‘strange sky’ they had seen—but the sad fact remains that LA and many other cities suffer from light pollution so intense that you can’t see more than a few stars in the night sky, let alone the Milky Way.

This fact inspired landscape and astrophotographer Asif Islam to create this short film titled Where are the Stars? The film is a simple collection of timelapses, created by Asif at progressively darker locations he found while driving farther and farther away from Los Angeles.

What begins with a timelapse of a heavily light-polluted night sky above LA, totally devoid of stars, ends with an impossibly bright and saturated Milky Way timelapse captured in the Great Basin desert.

Asif’s goal was to inspire us to get away from light pollution, while simultaneously showing just how bad it’s become in major metropolitan areas like LA and NYC. “We are losing our connection with the night sky,” he writes in the video’s description. Which is a shame, he maintains, because staring at the night sky has the ability to, “keep our overworked, politicized lives simple, and makes us kind [and] thoughtful.”

Watch the video for yourself up top, and then head over to Facebook or Instagram to see more of Asif’s beautiful astrophotography.

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‘Marshall’: DP Newton Thomas Sigel on Lighting for Character and Shooting 80′ From the Ground

By Hawkins DuBois

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, brought courtroom drama ‘Marshall’ to vivid life despite a small budget and challenging locations.

Some of the most critical moments in American history have been realized courtesy of the country’s justice system and the courtroom. Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and the Scopes Trial were each landmark cases that dramatically shifted the tide of American life, helping lead to a national fascination with the courtroom that has extended to the cinema in the form of fictional masterpieces like To Kill A Mockingbird and A Few Good Men. On-screen, these monumental cases have drawn a great deal of attention, with movies suitably lending their focus to the dialogue. While questioning, cross-examining, and objecting remains at the forefront of the story in Marshall, DP Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, also makes sure to bring a visual life to the courtroom drama.

“It was several stories up, almost 80 feet in the air, with huge windows, and 90% of my work was daytime.”

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From:: No Film School

The magic of ultraviolet nature and macro photography

Ultraviolet photography is something that relatively few photographers explore, but it’s a fascinating realm to explore with less of an investment in equipment than most people think.

Much of my photography revolves around the world that we cannot see with our own eyes. This “unseen world” approach can make otherworldly beautiful images from everyday ordinary subjects. Using light beyond our own spectrum is a great way to start these explorations—enter the world of ultraviolet photography.

To clarify: There are two types of ultraviolet photography. UV reflectance and UV fluorescence. UV reflectance is using a light source that contains UV light (such as the sun or a full-spectrum light source) and collecting only the ultraviolet light that hits the camera sensor. This requires a camera modification similar to what you would do for infrared photography, but on the other end of the spectrum.

It can reveal hidden patterns in flowers that only insects can see, like a bulls-eye pattern in sunflowers and what effectively appears as a “landing strip” in many flowers to attract pollinators.

The bottom-right image above is made by collecting UV light. The bottom middle is visible light and the left is an infrared image of the same sunflower. While the dark pattern is certainly interesting, things become almost magical when you make the flower fluoresce (large image). UV fluorescence requires a regular unmodified camera, but careful attention to ensure only pure UV light hits the subject. If anything in the frame fluoresces, visible light bounces back to the camera.

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15 Great Movies To Watch If You Liked “Black Mirror”

By Alexander Bendo

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Since its debut on UK’s Channel 4 back in December of 2011, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror has gained the reputation of being one of the most thrilling and psychologically mind numbing shows around. The anthology series takes place in a not too far off future in the United Kingdom and makes use of different actors and premises each episode, bringing about frequent comparisons to the Twilight Zone.

Picked up by Netflix for its third and upcoming fourth seasons, the show has only grown in popularity, winning its first two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series earlier this year. One of the series’ first episodes, The Entire History of You, was even optioned by Robert Downey Jr. and Warner Bros. back in 2013 to make into a feature.

Part of the show’s recent success can be attributed to the type of subscribers which Netflix have attracted over the years: tech-savvy millennials with skeptical views of society and bleak enthusiasm for the future. While portraying the skepticism and bleakness of the world is what Charlie Brooker and his dark series are best known for, it is the contemporary nature of the series which stands most firm at the end of the day.

While the series takes place in the future, Brooker warns audience members that each episode is “about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy”. Each episode truly plays off our greatest fears and insecurities by combining ingenious premises with disturbing plot twists. The only problem with Black Mirror is there are only a limited number of episodes available each season, leaving the public hungry for more technologically induced anxiety.

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Watch: How Michael Haneke Masters the Art of the Very Long Take

By Justin Morrow

Here’s why button-pushing Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke chooses not to cut.

Starting his career in 1970s German television, Micahel Haneke has made 12 films since 1989. In the U.S., he is most known (and still only vaguely) for Funny Games, which is an English remake of his own film, with action moved from Austria. The quality common to all his work, according to an essay on the director from n+1, is that his films are “’taxonomic’: [Haneke’s films] examine the possibilities of contemporary (haute) bourgeois life and consistently shows its protagonists to be at best trapped and ineffectual and at worst, much worse.”

“In a film, you’re constantly manipulating everything, but at least you can eliminate this kind of manipulation.”

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From:: No Film School

Women are the Future of Film: Tribeca and CHANEL Launch Third Annual THROUGH HER LENS

This is what the future of film looks like. Meet the women of Tribeca and CHANEL’s third annual THROUGH HER LENS. → continue…

From:: Tribeca Film

8K makes HD look better

By (David Shapton)

The better the image you start with, the better the one you finish with

Can 8K make a difference when downsampled to HD? We think so.

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