Watch as 15 Iconic Directors Fawn Over Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

By V Renée

As if you needed more proof that “2001: A Space Odyssey” is one of the greatest, most influential films in history…

Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, is regarded as one of the greatest movies ever made. Despite countless articles, academic papers, books, and documentaries attempting to unfurl the many mysteries behind its creative design and storytelling, one thing we know for sure is that the epic sci-fi film has inspired the work of some of histories greatest filmmakers.

In this video by Alejandro Villarreal, we get to hear how Kubrick’s masterpiece (or one of them, at least) not only influenced and ignited the creativity of directors like Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Steven Spielberg, but also commanded the attention of film critics as well.

It’s extremely subtle. It’s extremely visual. And the story is razor thin. It was the first time people really took science fiction seriously. —George Lucas

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‘The Last Jedi’ Director Rian Johnson to Create Brand New ‘Star Wars’ Trilogy

By V Renée

Director Rian Johnson has been tapped once again to create an all-new “Star Wars” trilogy.

Disney has officially announced some pretty exciting news within the Star Wars universe which is sure to get fans excited. Rian Johnson, who was first chosen to direct the latest installment in the series, The Last Jedi, is set to create a brand new Star Wars trilogy alongside longtime collaborator-producer Ram Bergman.

According to the announcement from Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, the first installment of the trilogy will not only be written and directed by Johnson, but it will depart from the episodic Skywalker saga, with new characters from “a corner of the galaxy that Star Wars lore has never before explored” will be introduced.

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From:: No Film School

All 15 Best Director Oscar Winners From The 21st Century Ranked From Worst To Best

By Rob Williams

So here is my list of the winners of the Best Director Oscar for the current millennium. Now before you start saying that it is completely wrong, can I just say that this is my opinion in an opinion piece. If it is different from yours then so it goes, it’s allowed to be! I’m not a cinema scholar; my degrees are in Design, Applied Maths, and Computer Science.

I just like going to the cinema and now that I’m retired I go several times a week. I’ve been twice today – “Murder on the Orient Express’ and “Ferrari: Race to Immortality” before you ask! If you have studied film and filmmaking and draw something different from films that I do, then that’s great. I envy you and if I had my time over again I might go down that line.

Anyway… here are my thoughts.

15. Damien Chazelle – La La Land – 2016

I’m starting with the least experienced director who has a mere three feature films under his belt. As a child, Damien Chazelle had an interest in the arts, despite having a father who taught computer science and a mother who taught Medieval history. He nearly went into music as he was trained to be a jazz drummer at school, where he was tormented by a teacher from whom he developed the Terence Fletcher character in “Whiplash.” Abandoning music after he realised he didn’t have enough talent, he returned to film.

He started off with “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” in 2009. If it wasn’t for the actors, it would almost be a one man project – directed, written, produced, shot, and co-edited by Chazelle. He takes a look back at the old MGM musicals and brings them up to date in a → continue…

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IFH 197: Sundance Wants to Help You Distribute Your Indie Film with the Creative Distribution Fellowship – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

Sundance Wants to Help You Distribute Your Indie Film…Really! Yup that’s right the Sundance Institute wants to help you distribute your film. Liz Manashil (listen to her interview here), the manager of the Sundance Creative Distribution Fellowship reached out to me to get the word out on the fellowship. It turns out that, believe or not, they…

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How to Build a Cinema Camera Kit for Less than $250

By V Renée

Want to capture beautiful, cinematic images but don’t have the cash? Well, you might need less than you think.

If you’re looking to get your hands on a cinema camera, expect to spend at least $2000. (The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is one outlier at $1000.) And that’s just for the body alone—this doesn’t include the cost of lenses and accessories, like filters, memory cards, extra batteries, and cages. So, is there a solution for filmmakers who don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars to spend on camera gear? Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter shows you how he built a full cinema camera kit for less than $250 in the video below.

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IFH 196: Total Transparency: How Much Revenue a $100K Film REALLY Generates with Liz Manashil – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

Total Transparency: How Much Revenue a $100K REALLY Film Generates with Liz Manashil Have you ever wondered how much revenue a real indie film can make in the marketplace? Wouldn’t you like to see the real and raw numbers for a nontheatrical film with no major film festival premieres? Today’s guest has been brave enough to…

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Panasonic Unveils Lecia DG Elmarit 200mm Telephoto Prime

By Daron James

Panasonic adds Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. to its lens arsenal.

The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. from Panasonic is its latest telephoto lens for Micro Four Third (MFT) camera mounts. The prime lens is a 2x crop factor comparable to a 400mm equivalent on 35mm, and it features a very compact, lightweight design ideal for working with subjects at a distance on a tripod or handheld.

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From:: No Film School

Panasonic Unveils Leica DG Elmarit 200mm Telephoto Prime

By Daron James

Panasonic adds Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. to its lens arsenal.

The Leica DG Elmarit 200mm f/2.8 Power O.I.S. from Panasonic is its latest telephoto lens for Micro Four Third (MFT) camera mounts. The prime lens is a 2x crop factor comparable to a 400mm equivalent on 35mm, and it features a very compact, lightweight design ideal for working with subjects at a distance on a tripod or handheld.

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From:: No Film School

The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM Has Started Shipping in North America

By Canon Rumors We’ve received word from various retailers that the Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM has started shipping today or tomorrow. Demand is pretty high at the moment, and the first shipment may not cover all the preorders from the big retailers. However, if we hear of any in stock at smaller retailers, we’ll let you … → continue…

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Premiering Docs within the New World Order: Thom Powers on DOC NYC 2017

By Scott Macaulay

The increasingly robust DOC NYC opens today through November 16, with over 100 documentary features unspooling in three locations in downtown New York and Chelsea. Among the over 20 world and 20 U.S. premieres are new films from Barbara Kopple, Sam Pollard and Julia Bacha, whose Naila and the Uprising, about the woman of First Intifada, won the festival’s first pitch competition in 2016. Films unspool across 16 sections, including the new New World Order, focused on pictures with global news importance, and Metropolis, the competitive section featuring films from and about New York City. The DOC NYC Pro section […] → continue…

From:: Filmmaker Magazine

Japanese language INTERBEE 2017 edition now live

Cinematic 4K footage shot with the Apple iPhone X

Matteo Bertoli, a California-based cinematographer, got a chance to try out the iPhone X’s video capabilities in Kauai and has just published the results. And before you ask – Bertoli states that it was all shot handheld.

“I DID NOT use any lenses, accessories, tripods or sliders. Everything was shot handheld, the only thing I had on the phone was the silicon case, that’s it. Also I DID NOT use Filmic Pro. Everything was done with the native camera app. Shot in 4K at 24fps,” he states on YouTube.

Bertoli did grade the footage in Davinci Resolve 14. He also stays that, impressively, most of the video was shot using the telephoto camera. The secondary camera module’s inclusion of OIS and a brighter F2.4 aperture means it’s more useful for these kinds of applications.

Take a look at the footage above and let us know what you think in the comments.

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From:: DPreview

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Announced, Takes on Lightroom With New Features

By Canon Rumors Portland, OR – November 9, 2017 ­– Today, ON1, Inc. announced ON1 Photo RAW 2018 is officially available. Along with the essential tools and features needed in a photography workflow, ON1 Photo RAW 2018 includes key updates to the fast, non-destructive raw processing engine. Photographers now have an integrated tool with accelerated photo management, precise photo … → continue…

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PODCAST: Creative Distribution Options For Micro-Budget Filmmakers With Liz Manshil Of Sundance

By Noam Kroll

Micro-budget filmmakers often put a tremendous amount of effort into production and post, but tend to lose steam when it comes time to distribute their work. Unfortunately, this means that many great films never find an audience, and end up collecting dust on a shelf rather than generating income for the filmmakers behind the project.

On today’s episode, I interview Liz Manashil, the talented filmmaker behind the micro-budget feature film Bread and Butter. Liz is also the manager of the Creative Distribution Initiative at Sundance Institute, which has given her a tremendous amount of insight on the distribution process, especially with regards to micro-budget productions. Over the course of the interview, Liz shares her wealth of knowledge on all things distribution, sheds light on her strategy with her own feature film, and outlines Sundance’s Creative Distribution Initiative – explaining how she plans to use it to champion micro budget productions.

Check out Episode 30: Creative Distribution Options For Micro-Budget Filmmakers With Liz Manshil

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You can learn more about Liz on her website at www.lizmanashil.com

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How Ridley Scott Can Replace Kevin Spacey and Finish ‘All the Money in the World’ in Six Weeks

By Chris O’Falt Reshooting the film in 41 days is doable, but there’s some real challenges for a period film — and VFX might not be the savior. → continue…

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