10 Great Movies from 2016 Most People Didn’t See

By Greg Smith

Viggo Mortensen in Captain Fantastic

2016 was a strong year for movies, and while many people saw Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Arrival and other critical or commercial success stories, there were, as usual, many films that slipped under the radar. The following ten films were not widely seen yet are definitely worthy of an audience.

1. Midnight Special

This film continues a streak of excellence for Director Mike Nichols, who with five feature films to his credit, has yet to bring anything to the screen of less than the highest caliber. Nichols regular Michael Shannon stars as Roy, the father of a boy named Alton (Jaeden Lieberher), who is undoubtedly in possession of extremely unique abilities.

Fleeing the authorities and a religious cult, Roy and Alton are aided by Lucas (Joel Edgerton), a cop who believes so strongly in what the boy represents that he repeatedly and dramatically goes against the oath of his badge.

Moving mainly at night to avoid detection, the trio attempt to elude those who are attempting to prevent Alton from reaching what both Roy and Lucas believe is a glorious, transcendent destiny. As their journey progresses, Alton’s abilities become more evident and extraordinary.

The film also stars Adam Driver as Sevier, an agent tasked with tracking Alton who slowly comes to believe and understand that something far greater is taking place. The film opens with a sense of tension that is skillfully maintained until the triumphant conclusion.

Shannon and Edgerton are both excellent as desperate believers willing to do anything and take any risk in order to ensure the safety of Alton. Sam Shepard, as the religious leader, is also excellent in a small but significant role.

2. Green Room

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The 10 Best Political Movies of All Time

By Antoni Urbanowicz

Politics is one of the favorite subjects of cinema since the time of its very foundation. First, movies were used as a powerful propaganda machine, but subsequently developed into artistic device to criticize and vivisect various elements of political power. Directors became free to express their own political views and ideologies through their films.

In this list you can find thriller, comedy, drama and war films. All of them deal with one fascinating subject – politics – and show how it exerts their influence on our lives. Here are the 10 great political films:

10. The Death of Stalin

The Death of Stalin

Every political comedy fan knows or should know “In the Loop” (2009), which was the feature film debut of Scottish director Armando Iannucci. After eight years of breaking into directing, he created another political satire – “The Death of Stalin.”

The movie depicts a complicated period in the history of the USSR, when in 1953 their bloodthirsty dictator, Joseph Stalin, unexpectedly dies in his own office because of a stroke. What starts from here is a power struggle between the prominent members of the Central Committee.

It seems impossible to think that such a serious and grim historical topic could be any source of humor, but Iannucci managed to construct a brilliant black comedy out of it. The movie’s humor is based mainly on sharply written and witty dialogue exchanges between the Soviet politicians, as well as lethal absurdities that accompanied the life and politics in the USSR.

The actors are wonderfully cast and made their characters truly memorable, especially Steve Buscemi as Nikita Khrushchev and Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov. Instead of speaking with an artificial Russian accent, the entire cast speaks with their native accents, with an added additional layer of uniqueness to the already unconventional film. → continue…

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The 23rd Annual ADG Awards Set For February 2, 2019

By Admin

LOS ANGELES
The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) 23rd Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards honoring Production Design in theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos will take place…

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Sony Pictures Television Studios to be Honored at the 2nd Annual AUTFEST Film Festival Dedicated to Autism Awareness on April 28-29

By Admin

LOS ANGELES

Sony Pictures Television Studios will be receiving the Visionary Award at the 2nd Annual AUTFEST International Film Festival presented by The Autism Society at a VIP Reception on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30pm at the Writers Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Honorees include JEFF…

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You will soon be able to download your entire photo archive from Instagram

Currently, if you wanted to download all of your content from Instagram, you have no choice but to use a third party service like DownloadGram and 4K Stogram. Fortunately, that may not be the case for too much longer. In a statement to TechCrunch earlier this week, an Instagram spokesperson said:

We are building a new data portability tool. You’ll soon be able to download a copy of what you’ve shared on Instagram, including your photos, videos and messages.

It’s not known exactly how the tool will work or what other data will be available for download beyond your photos, but if Facebook’s Download Your Information tool is anything to go on, it’s likely you’ll be able to download most of your content and activity into a ZIP file.

As noted by TechCrunch, if Instagram implements its new download tool before May 25th, it will ensure it’s in compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) privacy law, which requires organizations to let individuals download any data that’s been gathered on them. But there’s no guarantee Instagram will get the tool out in time.

Regardless of when it happens, it’ll be nice to see an integrated tool for easily downloading your content, be it because you’re jumping to another platform or simply want to make an offline copy. It also means days are numbered for apps like DownloadGram.

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Composite timelapse combines Death Valley’s night sky with New York City’s streets

In honor of International Dark Sky Week 2018—which will run from April 15th to the 21st—timelapse filmmakers Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic decided to create an interesting composite. Using their ample post-processing skills and footage they’d captured across the country, they replaced the light-polluted skies over New York City with long-exposure footage captured in pristine locations like Death Valley and Grand Canyon National Parks.

The whole thing is part of the duo’s project Skyglow: an ongoing quest to raise awareness about and examine the dangers of light pollution. The project features a 192-page hardcover book and blu ray video series made up of footage and photos captured all over the United States, but it was also the impetus behind an inspiring series of Skyglow timelapses. The project began three years ago with another composite timelapse—in which they ‘darkened’ the skies over LA—so Heffernan and Mehmedinovic decided they would cross the country and do it again, this time in NYC, for Dark Sky Week 2018.

You can learn more about the Skyglow Project at this link, watch the new New York City composite timelapse above, and scroll through some stills from the project below.

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New Jersey Makes Its Move To Steal Production Away From New York

By Chris O’Falt With Governor Christie out the way, Democrats push through a $425 million tax incentive to bring movie making back to Jersey with a 30% rebate. → continue…

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Industry News: Xiaomi to Purchase GoPro Says Report

By Canon Rumors It hasn’t been a secret that GoPro has been for sale for quite some time, and it looks like they may have found a buyer in Chinese electronics company Xiaomi. Bloomberg is reporting that the deal could be worth as much as $1bil for a company that has a current market capitalization of $761mil. At … → continue…

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Bright Tangerine’s latest products – NAB 2018

By Matthew Allard ACS

Bright Tangerine were showing a plethora of new products at NAB 2018. New products included the Clash 138 matte box, a quick release system for the Titan Support and Rigging…

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NAB 2018 wrap up

By Matthew Allard ACS

NAB 2018 is finally over. After 4 days scouring the show floor like pirates looking for hidden treasure, the Newsshooter team can finally get some much needed sleep. NAB 2018…

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ProRes RAW with the Panasonic EVA 1 plus new firmware Ver. 2.0 features

By Erik Naso

I caught up with Mitch Gross, Panasonic Cinema Camera Product Manager to discuss the EVA 1 version 2.0 firmware update that unleased RAW output and the use of ProRes RAW with the Atomos Inferno plus…

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To Find The Answer, Look Beyond The Obvious

By philcooke

Sometimes, we want to find an answer to a problem so badly that we grasp at anything – or just as bad, grasp the first obvious or potential answer that seems to appear. But “coincidences” happen far too often and can derail our best projects. For instance, what if you’re in charge of donor development […] → continue…

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Report: Chinese company Xiaomi may purchase GoPro

Chinese electronics company Xiaomi is considering an offer to buy action-cam makers GoPro, according to a report in The Information. This news follows GoPro’s January announcement that it would be exiting the market for drones in order to streamline business and become more profitable. At the same time, CEO Nick Woodman said in an interview with CNBC the company was open to a buy-out:

If there are opportunities for us to unite with a bigger parent company to scale GoPro even bigger, that is something that we would look at.

Details on the potential offer are sparse at this point in time, but the deal could be worth as much as $1 billion. Once valued at more than $10 billion, in its heyday GoPro was a success story in consumer electronics, but the company’s market capitalization has since fallen to about $761 million, mainly due to aggressive competition from China.

According to analysts, a buyer could leverage GoPro’s brand and make profits through device sales. Xiaomi in particular could also use some of GoPro’s camera IP in the development of camera modules for its smartphones. That said, if the Chinese company does end up buying GoPro, we hope they won’t just use the brand name and patents, and will let GoPro action-cams live on.

GoPro’s stock price has spiked 8.8 percent on the news.

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After the Credits: Ready Player One

By Film School Rejects It takes a perfect confluence of events for Hollywood to release a Steven Spielberg movie that most people are only kinda excited to see, but that’s exactly the case with Ready Player One. In this week’s episode of the After the Credits podcast, Matthew Monagle and Cinapse co-founder Ed Travis break down Spielberg’s latest special effects extravaganza. Does Spielberg still have that ever-magical it? → continue…

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The RedRock DigiBoom is a gimbal-stabilized camera boom

Cinema and video accessory makers Redrock Micro have teamed up with Disney/ABC Television Group and Disney Research to design and develop the DigiBoom, a handheld gimbal-stabilized camera boom.

The DigiBoom is targeted at solo operators and small production teams who want to add unusual angles and smoothly stabilized footage to news, sports, and event video productions. The DigiBoom lets you place the camera anywhere from ground level to more than 8 feet (243 cm) up; 12 feet (365 cm) with the optional extension.

Redrock Micro says the DigiBoom is ideal for creating sweeping camera moves or unusual points of view. Key Features include complete control of operation and settings for both camera and gimbal from the grip, automated, manual, or hybrid control of camera aim and angle, and professional audio-connections and functions.

Additionally, the device comes with a single power source for camera, DigiBoom, and accessories, and the option to use an external power input. A high-resolution display allows for full-time monitoring. DigiBoom can be used with a wide range of cameras and displays but Redrock Micro recommends the Blackmagic Video Assist and Micro Studio Camera 4K recorder and camera for best performance.

The DigiBoom can be preordered for $500 on the Redrock Micro website, where you’ll also find additional product information. Target availability is Summer 2018.

Press Release

New DigiBoom Aims to Energize Location Shots, Breaking News, and Sports Footage

New Hybrid Camera Rig from Redrock Micro and Disney ABC Television Group/ Disney Research Merges Best of Gimbal, Jib, Drone, and Handheld to Achieve Cinematic Moves and Impossible Camera Angles

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