10 Directors Whose Best Films Weren’t Their Most Critically Acclaimed

By Jeff Berman

A sentiment I’ve heard expressed from many artists is that you don’t always get recognized for what you should. Both critics and the public tend to digest certain material easier, yet this doesn’t mean that material is the artist’s best work. Film, an artistic medium with a clear commercial component, is obviously a part of this dynamic. This list contains 10 directors I feel have had their best work undervalued by critics.

Some guidelines for this list: By critically acclaimed, I mean consensus from film critics, award nominations, and presence on significant lists (AFI, Sight and Sound, etc). It’s not the most cut and dry definition, so you may disagree with me on what exactly is a directors most acclaimed. I did try, though, to select directors where it was both more obvious, and where my pick is not a part of what most consider their best.

Also, the order is loosely where I’d rank these directors, but I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on that. My number one pick is the only real intentional ranking, as I felt it most deviates from the critics.

10. Jason Reitman – Young Adult

Charlize Theron in Young Adult

Reitman had a hot start to his career. Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air were all well-received, the latter two even nominated for Best Picture. Yet his fourth film, Young Adult, is the best of them all. I’d attribute its less than stellar reception to an unlikeable lead character, and an ambitious, yet tough to swallow ending.

Despite what critics might suggest, these wind up being some of the film’s greatest strengths. Sure, main character Mavis Gary (brilliantly played Charlize Theron) is a world-class asshole, but she’s an entertaining and interesting asshole. Reitman slowly and cleverly reveals her demons, → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Nine more top female DPs who are making big waves in cinematography

By noreply@redsharknews.com (Neil Oseman)

Ellen Kuras on set

Continuing our highlighting of International Women’s day today, here are nine more female DPs who have made important marks on the industry

  • International Women’s day
  • Cinematography
  • Ellen Kuras
  • Sue Gibson
  • Suzie Lavelle
  • Urszula Pontikos
  • Mandy Walker

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    From:: RedShark News

    Is the DJI Mavic Air as good as the Mavic Pro?

    By Matthew Allard ACS

    Is the DJI Mavic Air as good as the Mavic Pro? This is a question I wanted to try and answer. As a Mavic Pro owner, I was interested to…

    The post Is the DJI Mavic Air as good as the Mavic Pro? appeared first on Newsshooter.

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    From:: News Shooter

    Werner Herzog Masterclass Review: The Perfect Course For DIY Filmmakers

    By Noam Kroll

    Last year I took Aaron Sorkin’s Masterclass, which I absolutely loved and still reference to this day while writing my screenplays. As far as Masterclasses go, it set the bar very high, and I’ll admit that when I took subsequent classes – namely David Mamet’s and Werner Herzog’s – I wasn’t sure if they would quite reach that same level. After taking all three though, I can confidently say that they’re all incredible in their own right, and each for very different reasons.

    What makes Werner Herzog’s class so strong (amongst other things) is his perspective as a full fledged filmmaker. He isn’t simply a director, or a writer, or a cinematographer. He is truly an all round filmmaker, that has a mastery over his craft in virtually every respect. Not to mention, he is fully self-taught and literally built his career from nothing by creating projects and generating opportunities for himself.

    For this reason alone, I know the DIY filmmakers out there working on their own micro-budget or self funded projects will be able to relate to what he has to say… As will filmmakers working on a larger scale projects that understand the importance of a do it yourself attitude. So with that in mind, I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you on Herzog’s Masterclass, from the perspective of a fellow DIY filmmaker.

    Before we jump in, I’ll also quickly note that while Masterclass is a partner of NoamKroll.com, I never review any product or service that I don’t fully believe in, and would never recommend any product or service that I can’t get behind 100%. All thoughts below are completely my own.


    If you’ve taken more than a couple Masterclasses, you know that no two are alike. While all of the classes offer video modules, assignments → continue…

    From:: Noam Kroll

    WHAT THE FEST!? Genre Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

    By Admin


    IFC Center is proud to announce the full slate for the upcoming film festival What the Fest!? (www.whatthefestnyc.com), a four-day showcase of outrageous content — horror, sci-fi, documentary, thrillers, and beyond — from March 29th through April…

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Depth of Field Repealed

    By Jon Fauer On page 49 of Film and Digital Times February 2018 Edition #86, I wrote, “The difference in depth of field between Large Format and S35, comparing lenses with the same angle of view, is the equivalent of about 2 stops.”

    This unleashed a deluge of debate among PhDs, Professors and Lens Designers sprinkled with some solid real-life testing. Uh-oh. Please do your own tests. And let us know your results. read more… → continue…

    From:: FD Times

    Ohio Plans To Increase Motion Picture Tax Credit

    By Paul Tenebrini

    A new bill before the Ohio General Assembly would more than double the state’s Motion Picture Tax Credit. Currently at $40 million per year, the credit would increase to $100 million annually under House Bill 525. The state legislature doubled it from $20 million in June 2016. If passed this will make Ohio one of […]

    The post Ohio Plans To Increase Motion Picture Tax Credit appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News

    Detroit Rapper Big Sean Is Just Getting Started

    By Paul Tenebrini

    Sean “Big Sean” Anderson announced plans last week to build a revolutionary entertainment venue in his hometown that would house 10-12 movie screens as well as space for cultural events. He and his best friend, Lawrence Lamont, who has directed several of his videos, have started a film production company called Great Lakes […]

    The post Detroit Rapper Big Sean Is Just Getting Started appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News

    Production News Weekly March 7, 2018 Milwaukee Throws Hat In Ring!

    By Paul Tenebrini

    With a resurgence of film and TV production happening in the Midwest, filmmaker John Ridley, who won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay 12 Years a Slave, is taking over a building in what is known as the Pabst Brewery Complex in Milwaukee to create a creative hub for artists in his hometown. No Sudios, […]

    The post Production News Weekly March 7, 2018 Milwaukee Throws Hat In Ring! appeared first on Below the Line.

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    From:: BLT News

    Google ‘LIFE Tags’ uses AI to organize LIFE magazine’s 4 million-photo archive

    Earlier today, Google revealed a few new projects that utilize its artificial intelligence technology at the intersection of education and culture, and one of those projects is called Google LIFE Tags. For the LIFE Tags project, Google used a computer vision algorithm to intelligently sort through, analyze, and tag 4,000,000 photos from LIFE Magazine’s publicly available archive.

    LIFE Magazine initially ran from its launch in 1936 until 1972; it then resumed distribution in 1978, only to be suspended again in 2000. According to Google, the publication only used 5% of the millions of images that were taken for the magazine during its decades of operation—an archive that spans 1800m / 6000ft of space across three warehouse.

    The archive’s enormous size makes it difficult to browse, and that’s where Google LIFE Tags comes in. The project, which is available now for anyone to use, organizes the archive based on objects found within the photos. Each object—such as “1937 Ford,” “Airbus,” “American bulldog,” and thousands more—are presented on the Google LIFE Tags website in the form of an interactive encyclopedia.

    Visitors can browse images from LIFE Magazine’s photo archive that contain the particular objects or subjects they’re interested in by clicking the related tags on the project’s website.

    Clicking the “camera” tag, for example, prompts the system to present more than 800 images containing cameras. Each category’s page includes a definition pulled from Wikipedia, as well as related tags that the visitor may be interested in, such as (in this case) things like “camera lens,” “filmmaking,” “photographer,” and “film camera.”

    “Using thousands of automatically created labels,” Google explained in a blog post, “the tool turns this unparalleled record of recent history and culture into an interactive web of visuals everyone → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Tribeca Film Festival Announces Feature Film Lineup For 17th Edition, Running April 18-29

    By Admin


    The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, revealed its feature film lineup championing the discovery of emerging voices and celebrating new work from established filmmaking talent. To close the

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    From:: Shoot OnLine

    Venus Optics officially launches the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

    About a week ago, Venus Optics‘ Japanese parent company Sightron announced two new lenses: the Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D and 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro. And while the 9mm F2.8 Zero-D still hasn’t made its way onto the English language Venus Optics site yet, today did see the official announcement of the strange Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro.

    Nothing has changed about the lens’ design since last week’s debut: the 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro is still made from 8 elements in 6 groups—including an ultra low dispersion lens and multilayer coating on each element—which allow for a max working distance of 40 mm (5x) to 45 mm (2.5x). Ultimately, this lens was designed to be as portable as possible, as this comparison between it and the Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 1-5x Macro demonstrates:

    Size comparison: Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro vs Canon MP-E 65mm F2.8 1-5x

    The Venus Optics Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro will be available starting in March for the price of $400 USD. You can also purchase an optional tripod collar ($30), Micro Four Thirds adapter ($30), or Fuji X mount adapter ($30).

    For more information, if you’d like to pre-order your own, or if you want to scroll through a series of official sample images, head over to the Venus Optics website.

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    From:: DPreview

    Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2018 Feature Film Lineup

    By Scott Macaulay

    The Tribeca Film Festival has just unveiled the feature film lineup for its 2018 edition. The closing night film is Liz Garbus’s The Fourth Estate, about the New York Times’s coverage of President Trump’s first year in office, the centerpiece is Drake Doremus’s sci-fi romance Zoe, and among the others are a slew of films we’ve been tracking here at Filmmaker. Work by former 25 New Faces like Eva Vives, John Maringouin, Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, new movies by Miguel Arteta and Mads Brugger, the first feature by interactive superstar Meredith Danluck, Nancy Schwartzman’s campus rape doc Roll Red […] → continue…

    From:: Filmmaker Magazine

    Halide update adds ‘blazing fast portrait mode,’ depth maps and more to the iOS app

    Halide—the feature-rich third-party camera app for the iPhone—just released version 1.7 which adds support for the dual-camera setups of the iPhones 7 Plus, 8 Plus, and X, using the two lenses to “see” in three dimensions.

    When shooting a photo, you can now apply a background-blurring portrait effect or darken the background, similar to Apple’s ‘Portrait Lighting’ effect. But this isn’t just Apple’s portrait mode pasted into Halide, the app allegedly does it better:

    In an App Store first, Halide’s Portrait mode uses a combination of smart facial detection and point-of-interest detection to allow Portrait mode with zero waiting; users can snap a shot at any time to get beautiful background blur effects on a subject.

    Additionally, the app is capable of storing the actual depth map as a separate .png-file for later fine-tuning of the results in an image processor, and a new ‘Augmented Reality Depth Photo Viewer allows you to “place Depth-Enabled captures like images shot with Portrait Mode in AR.”

    Once placed into 3D space, you can walk around and through the captured scene and ‘explore’ your depth map. It’s gimmicky… but actually really cool:

    Halide 1.7 is already available to purchase on iTunes for $3. To learn more about the app’s new depth mapping feature set, head over to the Halide blog. And if you’re curious about Halide in general, you can read our hands-on of the app’s launch version here.

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    From:: DPreview

    Major ON1 Photo RAW update adds tethered shooting, better noise reduction and more

    ON1 just released a major update to its photo editing software ON1 Photo RAW. The update, version 2018.1, brings with it a host of feature upgrades, including: better auto-alignment for the HDR mode, improved high ISO noise reduction, and more detailed image sharpening. The update also includes a new tethered shooting function for certain Nikon and Canon DSLRs, as well as a new import utility that allows metadata to be added as images are sucked in from the camera.

    Video files can now be seen in the browser, and new sort features allows user to browse imported images in a number of ways, such as by file type, date, file name or rating. Users can also batch rename groups of images, and a date-and-time editing function lets you adjust the recorded moment an image was shot.

    Finally, the company has also made some changes to the way images are debayered to improve the amount of micro detail preserved in the final render.

    ON1 says its priorities are image quality and processing/handling performance:

    “Version 2018.1 isn’t just about the new features, although there are many powerful new additions,” says ON1 Director of Product Dan Harlacher. “Image quality and performance are the top priorities in every update, and we are very excited for our customers to experience these improvements for themselves in this update.”

    New users can take advantage of a free trial, or purchase the software in its entirely (usually $120) for a special limited-time price of $80. If you’re already using Photo Raw 2018, the new version is free.

    For more information, visit the ON1 website.

    Press Release

    ON1 Photo RAW 2018.1 – New Update Available

    Portland, OR – March 1, 2018 – ON1, Inc. is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new → continue…

    From:: DPreview