By Regan Morris, BBC News, Los Angeles: “Audiences don’t know somebody sits down and writes a picture. They think the actors make it up as they go along.” That’s what the character Joe Gillis says in the classic American film noir, Sunset Boulevard. In the movie, Gillis works part-time as a struggling Hollywood screenwriter. He … More Is Hollywood screenwriting success easier to find online?
Newsreel archive British Pathe has uploaded its entire collection of 85,000 historic films to YouTube, making rare 20th century videos available to the public. From The Belfast Telegraph: History enthusiasts will now be able to watch footage of everything from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Hiroshima bombing, and Emily Davison throwing herself under … More British Pathé releases 85,000 films on YouTube
From HopeForFilm.com: We were promised jet packs. Evolution is too damn slow. We keep telling ourselves a change is going to come, but maybe it is already here. What have you already come across that the rest of us maybe need to climb aboard in a big way? Could any of these be tomorrow’s future … More Could These Be The Future Of FilmBiz?
By Alyssa Rosenberg, Washington Post: As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether to move forward with new net neutrality regulations, much of the discussion has focused on the ongoing dispute between Netflix and Comcast. At issue in the clash between the streaming-video titan and the soon-to-be-even-bigger cable company is the speed at which Netflix’s content … More What net neutrality means for independent film
by Dan Schoenbrun, IFP.org Last week at IFP we launched the call for entries for our 35th annual Independent Film Week. This year, there’s one important change — for the first time, we’ll be accepting applications for narrative web series at all stages of development, production, and post-production It’s a long time coming, and something … More Why Web Series Matter
From V Renée, NoFilmSchool.com: Cameras are the “eyes” of cinema, recognizing, capturing, and processing images at certain frame rates and resolutions. But, what about our own eyes? At what “frame rate” do we process images and at what resolution? In these excellent videos, Michael Stevens, host of everybody’s favorite YouTube science channel, Vsauce, shows us how … More Do Human Eyes 'See' Like Cameras? A Look at the Resolution & Frame Rate of Vision
From Film Independent: Last month Salon posted an article called “America’s next Wal-Mart: The indie film industry.” The premise: “Cheap labor and subsidies have created an unsustainable bubble. We need fewer indie films, not more.” The provocative article by Film Independent Fellow, Beanie Barnes, who went through our Project Involve artist development program in 2003 where … More Is the Just-Do-It Ethos Bad for the Independent Film Business?
Stephen Follows and his team surveyed 1,235 film industry professionals, all of whom have attended at least one of the three major film markets (Cannes, Berlin or AFM) within the past five years and asked questions on a variety of hot topics including piracy, the appeal of 3D, gender, and how optimistic industry professionals are for … More What Does The Film Industry REALLY Think?
By THE NEW YORK TIMES With nearly 900 films released in New York theaters last year, Manohla Dargis argues that there are too many lackluster, forgettable and just plain bad movies pouring into theaters. Is flooding theaters — especially with indie releases — good for movies and moviegoers alike? With another edition of the Sundance … More So Many Indie Films, So Many Reasons
By V Renée, NoFilmSchool.com: Horror films have delighted audiences for over a century, from Georges Méliès’ terrifying depiction of the demon Mephistopheles in The House of the Devil (1896), to the feral children in Mama (2013). Much time has passed, and though the monsters and themes have changed and evolved, one constant has left filmmakers and filmgoers alike wondering — why … More The Psychology Behind Why We Watch Horror Films
From Collective91: We created a selection of online resources for visual and aural content that are (almost) free of charge! Check ‘em out – freesound.org An extensive sound effects library where users submit their own recordings, with the added benefit or creating a huge variety on the same sound! Lost and Taken This website offers … More Free Online Libraries for Artists
By V Renee, No Film School: Back in June, we touched on the possible explanations as to why people have such an incredible fascination with zombies – we write books about them, participate in pub crawls, proms, and walks with zombie themes. However, nowhere else do we see the full breadth of our devotion toward our … More Infographic: Trace the Zombie Epidemic in Pop Culture Back to Its Source
Independent film making is one of the most difficult tasks one can engage in. You could know everything there is to know about telling a story on film or video, but somehow someway, things don’t always go according to plan. If I put my mind to it, I’m sure I could mathematically figure out exactly … More The Personality Spectrum of Independent Filmmaking