Screenplays: Download Oscar Winners and More (Running List) UPDATED DEC 2019: If you want to be a screenwriter you need to read a lot of screenplays. And if you are going to read film scripts might as well read some of this year’s best. Below is an active running list of 2020 Oscar Contending Screenplays. I’ll…
Here are all the stunning narrative and documentary features selected to show at the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival.
Naturally, as the counterpart to Sundance, Slamdance aims to highlight the work of independent filmmakers debuting feature-length films made with budgets less than $1 million that haven’t been distributed in the United States. And for the upcoming 2020 festival, it looks like it’s gearing up to be yet another exciting voyage into the wonderful world of independent film.
Slamdance has officially announced the lineup of its 26th annual Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs, as well as the Breakouts section.
After receiving a record-breaking 8,231 submissions this year, Slamdance alumni chose a lineup of 11 narrative, nine documentary, and three Breakout features — and that lineup includes a total of 16 world, North American, and U.S. premieres.
Here are the Slamdance 2020 competition features:
(Germany, Belarus) North American Premiere
Director/ Screenwriter: Lothar Herzog
A24 has delivered some truly disturbing horror movies lately, like Hereditary. But this clip from their newest, In Fabric, might be their most out-there yet.
Thanks to A24, horror movie fans have been blessed with a solid crop of must-see entries in the genre: Think Hereditary, Midsommar, andThe Witch.
Now, the company plans to inject pure nightmare fuel directly into our eyeballs with In Fabric, a limited release that opens December 6.
The new film from Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland is an unflinching, slow-burn creep fest centered on a very isolated and lonely woman, played by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who — according to the press release — “visits a London department store searching for an important dress that will transform her life.” And judging by the dream sequence clip below, from BloodyDisgusting.com, her life is going to get seriously upended.
Check out the dream sequence clip below, entitled “Baby Dream,” and try not to let it mess you up too much. Maybe watch it with the lights on.
With one of the shopping-heavy holidays down (and one on the horizon,) here are 5 of the best selling items on B&H recently.
You know how parents like to take pictures of their new born to document each milestone? We might’ve taken it too far.
This one is dedicated to Zoltan, without whom this project probably would have been completed two years sooner.
It all started with the Buzz Lightyear onesie.
It was a gift. And as a token of appreciation, Michelle and I thought it’d be cool to share a photo of Zoltan in the onesie. Sure.
Then, we thought if we were gana take a photo anyway, instead of using the floor or our bed, why not set up a clean backdrop to make everything look better? Of course.
And since we were already using a backdrop, we might as well… use ear buds as stars, scarves as planets, drag the thermometer across the canvas like a shooting star and, you know, while we were at it, Photoshop the photo and turn it into a poster.
Zoltan was two months old at the time.
We decided to do this every weekend till Zoltan’s one. year. old.
To prevent us from giving up this project half way, we had set some ground rules.
1. This project should not add unnecessary stress; it should be fun and off of our minds until the day of the shoot. So we tend to just try to come up with a theme on the day of the shoot or the day before. And that was why you’ll see lots of posters were drawn from current events.
2. If we could set up the scene using practical effects, we did. We wanted to utilize what we had around to increase the shot’s creativity and reduce the work needed for post production. It was also way more fun making a stereo speaker using cast iron lids and lego pieces than just throw one in with photoshop.
3. For each photoshoot, we had set a hard limit of 30 minutes per shoot. From finding the needed material to set up to snapping the photo, the entire process took no more than 30 minutes, which worked out 99% of the time. Usually it was Zoltan’s fault when we had to break this rule.
Flash: I used the Canon 430EX Speedlite with the Cowboy Studio Speedlite trigger
Camera: My beloved Olympus EM5 Mk II (which has since RIP’d due to a trip to waterfalls and sharp rocks) with the Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8.
They’re in chronological order. Mostly.
The skater poster is one of my favorites. (Shout out to Jeff for making the custom moc for Zoltan)
During the ideation stage, we were sometimes inspired by current events, other times by the outfits available. How could we not do a golfer shoot with a polo like this one!?
Another one inspired by the outfit. My mother-in-law brought us this military-grade-looking down jacket. I’m pretty sure she thought we lived in Alaska.
Another one of my faves.
This was a surprise to my wife (where I set up the shoot without her). She was not impressed.
This was taken from a hotel in SoCal, where we attended a wedding that weekend.
The banana was meant to be the moon.
Warriors had won the championship. I made a custom onesie for the occasion.
July 4th weekend, the execution here was lacking. One of those weekends.
Most people don’t know what this is.
Pretty proud of how we pulled out the sashimi poster.
Looking back, the 1 year project wrapped up in a blink of an eye. Why stop at 1, you say?
Clearly, you don’t work with 1 year olds. Try asking one to sit still when you get a chance.
But why stop at digital posters, you ask?
Glad you asked:
We already spent 52 weekends taking photos, might as well making it a tangible book so we can brag to our grand kids and make their parents look bad.
I made the book with Blurb. I wish I could say I did intensive research and found that this is the go-to print shop. What happened was I read some simple reviews and decided to go with my gut. Turned out pretty well. I’d do it again.
A one weekend spur-of-the-moment type deal had turned into a year long project. It was certainly one of my most enjoyable projects. Also probably because the Warriors had won that year.
And sorry, my second kid, you might not get the same treatment. Daddy’s kinda lazy.
About the author: Benson Chou is a brand consultant and the founder of design studio Imaginary Zebra. You can find more of his work on his Website, Instagram, and Behance. This post was also published here.
When traveling to new places, you may not have a solid network established to find talent to work with. Perhaps you are just starting and looking to local talent to work with. Where do you search to find potential models for your portfolio?
Google announced today that it will be adding a private messaging feature to Google Photos, making it possible to share one-off images and video with friends and family without having to create a shared album or leave the app.
The feature was announced in a post on the Google blog, where it’s described as a response to feedback the company has received from Google Photos users. Up until now, the only way to share a single photo within the Google Photos app was to create a shared album with just… one image inside it. Users have pointed out how silly this seems, and so Google created “a simpler experience” by adding the ability to send private messages within the app.
“This gives you one place to find the moments you’ve shared with your friends and family and keep the conversation going,” explains Google Photos product manager Janvi Shah. “This means I can show my mom and dad how my pumpkin pie turned out in just a few taps.”
This GIF shows you what those “few taps” look like:
Sending one-off photos and videos is the point of the new feature, but the messaging app lets you do more than that. You can chat back and forth, like the photos you’ve been sent, and easily save them to your own gallery. In other words, it’s just like Instagram’s DM feature, and just like IG messages, it’s not meant to replace iMessage or WhatsApp.
“This feature isn’t designed to replace the chat apps you already use,” clarifies Shah, “but we do hope it improves sharing memories with your friends and family in Google Photos.”
Direct messaging is rolling out over the next week, and will be available on the iOS, Android, and Web versions of Google Photos. Update your Google Photos app to give it a try for yourself.
(via The Verge)
Smartphone users might see an interesting development with the release of the Samsung Galaxy 11 next year as the phone is rumored to feature a camera sensor that is specifically designed for low light photography.
My son texted me the other day asking for my meatball recipe. It’s a rarity that he texts me for recipes, so I was thrilled to my toes. About a week later, my daughter texted me asking for my fresh pumpkin pie recipe. Again, joy spread through my body as I thought to myself, “Finally.”
See, I’ve been waiting for the day my children discovered the joy of cooking and baking. It had gotten to the point where I was questioning if it would ever happen. Would all of my recipes die with me? Would my last words on this earth be, “I love you, children. And why didn’t you want my Alfredo recipe?”
So, I texted my son back with the ingredients and instructions. I hit “send” and immediately thought, “Why did I text this? He’s going to lose track of this text and ask for this recipe again the next time he makes it.”
I texted my daughter back. I gave her tips for baking her pie and exactly how many spices to include for the perfect balance of flavor. I hit “send” and, again, thought, “She’s going to lose this text and ask me again next year.”
So with preserving family recipes in mind, I purchased two recipe boxes for my children and I am handwriting each recipe card with “Mom’s recipes.” Hey, stuff with MY mom’s handwriting on it is as precious as gold, so I know one day, they will treasure not just the recipe, but the handwriting itself.
See, they don’t realize it yet, but these recipes will increase with value the older they get. And the older I get.
They don’t realize it yet, but without these handwritten recipes, they won’t know how finely to grind the nuts for Czech Nut Roll, or what kind of apples I always used for my applesauce.
They don’t realize it yet, but these recipe cards will become a lifeline to the past; a way to hold on to and remember their mom.
Yes, they are young and they don’t realize any of this yet… but I do. And that is why I am making sure I am leaving them something they can hold in their hands; tangible reminders of home and family and childhood.
And these are just recipes. Imagine how much more important the faces of those they love will become when those faces are no more. Applesauce and meatloaf pale in comparison.
Now, tell me again why you aren’t leaving your children printed photographs?
About the author: Missy Mwac is a photography satirist, a lover of bacon, a drinker of vodka, a lover of sparkle, and a guide through the murky waters of professional photography. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can connect with her on her website, Tumblr, and Facebook. This article was also published here.
The Art of the Cut podcast brings the fantastic conversations that Steve Hullfish has with world renowned editors into your car, living room, editing suite and beyond. In each episode, Steve talks with editors ranging from emerging stars to Oscar and Emmy winners. Hear from the top editors of today about their careers, editing workflows and about their work on some of the biggest films and TV shows of the year.
This week, Steve spoke with “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” editor Anne McCabe, ACE. You might recognize Anne for her work on features like “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” and “Adventureland.” Anne has also found success in television having edited episodes of “Succession”, “Nurse Jackie” and “The Newsroom”, a show for which she won an ACE Eddie. You can listen to the full podcast below:
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You can read Steves interview with Anne on “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” here.
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Writing is hard. So why not listen to how the greats do it? Check out these great writing tips from Paul Thomas Anderson.
One of my favorite writers in the world is Paul Thomas Anderson. Maybe you have heard of him. (Of course you have. Because you’re here.)
He’s written Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, There Will Be Blood, The Master, Inherent Vice, and Phantom Thread. He is currently prepping to shoot his next original script, Untitled High School Movie, that all of us are already in line to see.
Anderson is one of the few writer-directors working today who can get an original idea greenlit, off their name being a brand and the caliber of awards-friendly talent he can attract as a filmmaker. He’s made a career out of it since Boogie Nights.
Honestly, watching his career evolve has been one of the most exciting things about moviegoing for the better part of the last 25 years. How many auteurs really come up before our eyes?
In recent years, small form-factor cameras—both DSLR and mirrorless—have gotten very good at capturing extremely high-quality video. So how come the broadcast equipment in use today are still so massive and expensive? YouTuber Zebra Zone recently answered this question in an interesting breakdown video.
The first thing he wants to clear up is the misconception that the camera itself is huge. It’s not. The majority of the cost and weight of a broadcast setup comes from the massive lenses that are used on these systems. In the setup he uses for illustration, the lens makes up $212,000 of the approximately $250,000 total price tag.
So the question becomes: why are these lenses so huge and expensive? And the answer is, simply enough, that they make absolutely no compromises. A $200,000+ broadcast lens is the ultimate do-it-all lens: it covers a massive focal range, at a wide maximum aperture, is parfocal, is stable, and uses powerful-but-accurate motors for aperture, zoom, and focus control.
The lens being used in the video above is a Fujinon UA107 that covers 8.6-900mm (1800mm with when you engage the built in extender) at a maximum aperture of f/1.7 – f/4.5 (f/8 at 1800mm).
From there, the video goes on to break down the cost and necessity of the other still-expensive but not-quite-so-ridiculously-expensive parts of a broadcast setup:
- Tripod and Fluid Head – $20,000
- Remote Control Handles – $9,000
- Camera-to-Lens Adapter – $7,000
- Monitor – $1,800
- Fiber Optic Transmission Module – $3,000
Which leaves just the camera itself to take up the rest of the budget. In Zebra Zone’s case, they were using a $3,000 BlackMagic Ursa broadcast camera.
As Zebra Zone explains: in traditional video, it’s the environment that adapts to the cameras, in broadcast its the opposite, it’s the camera that has to adapt to the environment. And any setup that can adapt to almost any environment is going to have to be massive and expensive.
Check out the full video up top to see how each of these components works in more depth and detail.
How much gear is too much? And is there such a thing as having too little gear on hand?
Google has pushed out yet another big update for its Google Photos mobile platform, this time adding messaging support. In an announcement on its blog today, Google explained that users have requested an easier way to quickly share individual images with friends and family, something now made possible with the addition of sharing in private conversations.
Until now, Google Photos users had two options for sharing images and videos from the app: by either creating a new album that featured only one image and sharing the link with another person or downloading the image and sharing it using a dedicated messaging app like Messenger or WhatsApp. Both methods are too clunky and time consuming for many users.
Google says the new private conversations feature will arrive on iOS, Android, and the Web. Once available, users will be able to directly share individual images and videos within Google Photos by tapping the ‘Share’ icon located below the content followed by selecting the recipient’s contact from the resulting menu. Users can send chats alongside the images and videos. The feature supports group chats and reactions.
Google says the new sharing option isn’t meant to replace dedicated messaging apps; rather, it is simply designed to make sharing content from Google Photos very simple. Recipients can download shared content from private conversations and save the content to their own galleries. The feature will roll out ‘gradually’ to users over the next week.
Memory card maker ProGrade Digital may have just leaked a tidbit about Fujifilm’s future cameras. In a statement that ostensibly goes out to every customer who pre-orders a CFExpress memory card, the company mentions Fuji by name, despite the fact that no Fuji camera uses this kind of card slot.
The “leak” was first published by the rumor site Fuji Rumors, who received a screenshot of the notice that reads (emphasis added):
Final ship date for CFexpress memory cards remains dependent on camera dn device manufacturers release of CFexpress compatible firmware. Prograde Digital is working closely with device manufacturers to coordinate CFexpress memory card launch with the release camera firmware upgrade.
Current estimated from Nikon, Canon and Fujifilm indicates mid/late December 2019 timeframe for CFexpress compatible cameras.
Just one problem: Fujifilm hasn’t announced any cameras that use the XQD/CFExpress form factor. Even the 100MP medium format GFX 100 uses dual SD card slots. So did ProGrade Digital just spill the beans on Fuji’s future plans?
Admittedly, even if this is a “leak” it’s hardly a bombshell. The idea that Fuji will adopt a faster memory card standard for a future GFX or X-Series camera falls somewhere between “entirely possible” and “common sense.” But it’s still a pretty major slip-up if ProGrade accidentally shared these plans with every customer who purchased a CFExpress card.
We’ve reached out to ProGrade Digital for comment, because this seems too much like a typo to us. There is a third company—besides Nikon and Canon—who has announced cameras with XQD/CFExpress memory card slots, and that company is Panasonic. A likely, if not entirely exciting, explanation for this statement is that it’s a copy error that just turned into a headache for both ProGrade Digital and Fujifilm.
We’ll update this article if and when we hear back from ProGrade with anything substantial.
Your camera’s menus may be hiding a number of features that can have a huge impact on how you shoot and what your final image looks like. Depending on your model of camera and how you shoot, here are a number of less known settings you should double check.