Posts Tagged ‘Production’

Prototype – The Search for the Next Great Filmmaker

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Prototype is an exciting new film competition from Break Media. The competition is looking for science-fiction, action and FX genre filmmakers. Eight finalists will receive $20,000 in production funding to make their short films. One grand-prize winner will be awarded a writing & directing feature film deal with New Regency.

The Phases

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From now until August 31, submit your action, sci-fi, or effects-driven short film script; a treatment for the feature version of your film; and a sample of your directing work.

They will be evaluating projects on a rolling basis, so the sooner you submit, the sooner you’ll be in the running to receive $20,000 in production funding and the chance to win a feature film development deal with New Regency Productions.
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Eight finalists will be announced in mid-September and will be awarded $20,000 each to produce their short films.

Stay tuned throughout the production process for updates, photos and interviews from set and much more, all leading up to the premiere of the eight finalist films.
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Tune in for the world premiere of the eight Prototype short films in Early 2014.

The films will be distributed across Break Media’s digital audience of over 70 Million viewers.
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They will announce the Prototype Grand Prize Winner in the Spring of 2014.

The winner will receive a writing & directing deal with New Regency Productions to develop their vision into a full length feature film.
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The Steps

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  • Short Film Script – A five – ten page action, sci-fi, or effects driven short film script that is shoot-able for $20,000.
  • Feature Film Treatment – A 1-15 page treatment for the feature version of your short. A “look-book” that shows more of your vision is optional.
  • Directing Sample – A sample of your work – can be a short film, a reel, anything that shows us you can direct.[/framed_box]
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Submit now!

Free Producer’s Master Class with Ted Hope and Christine Vachon

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Chris Jones – who runs workshops at the Guerrilla Film Makers Master Class just made available the 4-hour Producers Master Class seminar, titled, American Independents Day in London with veteran indie producers, Ted Hope [IMDB] and Christine Vachon [IMDB]. They’ve both produced 68 films each – so they obviously have a lot to teach us.

You can get all four hours/parts HERE (for free) – all you have to do is register an account on their site.

Here’s the first hour:

Here’s some of the eye-opening insights that they discussed:

What is the film business? The film business is about people keeping their jobs. That’s the most important thing by anyone who is employed in the film business. Not getting your movie made. Not getting an audience for your film…”  — Ted Hope – On how to strategize the production of your film – knowing their primary agenda is an advantage on how to approach it with your project.

Filmmakers are still seeing the web [production or distribution] as the second best [option] or a failure – the same way that they looked at TV a few years ago… now it’s astonishing how many A-list directors are directing their first television pilots… Scorecese with Boardwalk Empire, Jonathan Demme, David Fincher… it’s no longer a ghetto if you’re in director jail.” – Christine Vachon  – In reference to producing and distributing to the web.. Vachon uses Vuguru as an example of a web production company that she’s currently working with on some projects.

Here’s the outline of the first part/hour:
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0.20 Introduction of Ted Hope & Christine Vachon
1.30 Killer Films and how Christine started producing films.
4.30 How to find an audience for you’re film.
6.30 How to produce lots of films regularly & why its important to make the right choices.
9.20 The making of a horror film and how to make a B movie.
13.50 Why ignorance is bliss and how direct contact with industry professionals pays!
16.00 Lessons learnt and why its important to go out to film festivals.
19.05 The film Super and how to negotiate your terms.
20.40 How fear is the key ingredient to making films & why its good to keep an open mind to do things in a different way or platform.
23.35 Online film platforms and the benefits from distributing online.
27.25 The importance defining a brand & how to make a living out of making films.
31.30 Ways of getting an audience for your low budget film & the importantance of communicating through different platfroms.
34.50 Why you can expand your brand into different genres & how it is easy to get trapped.
36.30 How to find the right producer for you & why its about finding the right fit for that project.
39.45 Why it’s important to play the long game in working with collaborators.
43.00 How collaboration teams are the way of the future & why you should have a wide range of collaborators.
46.20 Legal issues and how to get your project permitted.
49.00 How online video on demand services have changed the model of distribution.
51.25 How does online platforms effect the way we tell stories.
53.00 Why making content for platforms like Hulu can benefit your career.
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Get access to all the four parts/hours at americanindependentsday.com.

Photo above from Andy Wright of Evermore Films (who attended the seminar and wrote about his experience here).

SoShare Your Large Media Files For Free

Monday, February 18th, 2013

SoShare is a new free file sharing/delivery service (currently in public Beta) that works through BitTorrent. You can send as many large video, audio and image files, or any other type of file – up to a terabyte of data in each transfer. All for free! The only limit that I can see is that the files are only available for 30 days.

“With SoShare, you can send files of any size. You can collaborate on media projects with friends and co-workers. Ideas are free. And so is SoShare. There are no caps or size limits on creativity.” – from official SoShare site.

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Summary Highlights:

  • Send bundles up to a terabyte in size, totally free.
  • Sharing is as easy as email. They get the files, you get a receipt.
  • The SoShare plug-in enables pause/resume and fast transfers.

After you sign up [highlight]here[/highlight] – you’ll need to download their plug-in.

Check it out.

12 TED Talks on The Power of Film

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

This is a new playlist (TED’s collections of talks around a topic) that focuses on a theme that we all appreciate: The Power of Film.

“These carefully curated talks emphasize the evocative medium of film — be it to convey emotion, to protest, to educate or simply to entertain.” Few things are as magical as sitting back in a theater with a hushed crowd to enjoy a film, but what you see on the screen isn’t everything. Hear from visionaries — from Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood — on how to make movies.” – Curated by TED – from “The power of film (12 talks)

There are over 3 hours of “talks” here – averaging about 16 minutes each. Definitely worth your time. Check it out…

Here are the 12 Talks (Curated by TED):

1. Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story (19:16)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton (“Toy Story,” “WALL-E”) shares what he knows about storytelling — starting at the end and working back to the beginning.

2. Rob Legato: The art of creating awe (16:27)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Rob Legato creates movie effects so good they (sometimes) trump the real thing. In this warm and funny talk, he shares his vision for enhancing reality on-screen in movies like Apollo 13, Titanic and Hugo.

3. JJ Abrams: The mystery box (18:02)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
J.J. Abrams traces his love for the unseen mystery –- a passion that’s evident in his films and TV shows, including Cloverfield, Lost and Alias — back to its magical beginnings.

4. Adam Sadowsky engineers a viral music video (14:28)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
The band “OK Go” dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video — and Adam Sadowsky’s team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became a YouTube sensation.

5. Beeban Kidron: The shared wonder of film (13:12)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes — from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood — as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.

6. James Cameron: Before Avatar … a curious boy (17:08)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
James Cameron’s big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic — from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving — and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits “Aliens,” “The Terminator,” “Titanic” and “Avatar.”

7. Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves (21:14)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth,” “Mr. India”) pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic. He shares a powerful way to unleash your inner storyteller.

8. Ed Ulbrich: How Benjamin Button got his face (18:07)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Ed Ulbrich, the digital-effects guru from Digital Domain, explains the Oscar-winning technology that allowed his team to digitally create the older versions of Brad Pitt’s face for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

9. Adam Savage: My obsession with objects and the stories they tell (15:38)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Adam Savage talks about his fascination with the dodo bird, and how it led him on a strange and surprising double quest. It’s an entertaining adventure through the mind of a creative obsessive.

10. Deborah Scranton on her “War TApes” (17:36)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Filmmaker Deborah Scranton talks about and shows clips from her documentary The War Tapes, which puts cameras in the hands of soldiers fighting in Iraq.

11. David Hoffman on losing everything (04:00)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Nine days before TED2008, filmmaker David Hoffman lost almost everything he owned in a fire that destroyed his home, office and 30 years of passionate collecting. He looks back at a life that’s been wiped clean in an instant — and looks forward.

12. Franco Sacchi tours Nigeria’s booming Nollywood (17:34)  [icon style=”link” color=”blue”][/icon]
Zambia-born filmmaker Franco Sacchi tours us through Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry (the world’s 3rd largest). Guerrilla filmmaking and brilliance under pressure from crews that can shoot a full-length feature in a week.

JuntoBox Films Can Green-light Your Film

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

JuntoBox Films is a collaborative film studio and social media platform that allows filmmakers to pitch their ideas and have film fans rate & vote on projects that can ultimately be funded, produced and distributed. To get started, create a project and profile in the JuntoBox platform. This is where you’ll present ideas to the JuntoBox Films Collective (see their “How-to Junto”).

Filmmakers will then rise up through the Five Levels of development by building their film’s profile through fan participation and completion of various tasks. When a project has risen to the top of the JuntoBox ladder, it is eligible for development. JuntoBox Film’s co-chair – actor, producer and director, Forest Whitaker recently announced that they will be funding and green-lighting five films in 2012!

JuntoBox’s 5 Levels

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Beyond a business, JuntoBox is aspiring to be part of a new business culture that aligns talented people in need of support with accomplished mentors who want to give something back and encourage the stars of the next generation.” — JuntoBox founder Philippe Caland

The success of this type of initiative is crucial to the development of truly independent films. Check it out, sign up and and show your support by pitching your film idea and/or rating other’s projects.

Lars Von Trier – Project Gesamt

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Avant-garde (see Dogme 95) director Lars Von Trier (IMDB) announced this month the creation of a user-generated collaborative art project called Gesamt.

The concept gesamtkunstwerk can be explained as ‘the universal work of art’ or ‘synthesis of the art’. It refers to a piece of art that has been made up of many different types of art. Film is one of the only types of media which can accommodate several types of art forms at once. By using the idea of Gesamt in a user-generated film project we are taking the concept one step further: A universal work of art is not only created by many different art forms but also by a diversity and multitude of people. — from the official press release (PDF)

The project will be produced by the Copenhagen Art Festival and asks participants to submit their own reinterpreted films or audio pieces (up to five minutes in length) – inspired by these selected artists:
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Paul Gauguin
Albert Speer
Cesar Franck
James Joyce
August Strindberg
Sammy Davis Jr.

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Important Note: You can choose to reinterpret one or several of the artworks within the same material. But the six art pieces should NOT be depicted directly in your material.  If they are, your material will not be included in the final film.  Read the OFFICIAL RULES.

Lars Von Trier sets the rules (above), you create the material and the Danish director, Jenle Hallund will put it all together.

 

Gesamt will premiere on October 12. 2012 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.

Submit your film here (before the September 6, 2012 deadline).

5 Awesome Kickstarter Funded Filmmaking Tools

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Kickstarter is a great place to pitch your film for crowdfunding, but it’s also an ideal place for funding filmmaking gadgets and tools. In fact, this area has an advantage over other creative endeavors where supporters are not only showing their interest in a product, but also pre-ordering it – guaranteeing a profit before it goes to market!

Here are five great filmmaking tools that met their funding goals through Kickstater:

Digital Bolex Camera – It’s a a 2K RAW Digital Cinema camera that will sell for $3,000.  Here’s their pitch:

Once upon a time, motion picture cameras that created high-quality images were affordable for all filmmakers on any budget. Consumer 8mm and 16mm cameras like the original Bolex shot footage that could be projected on any movie theater screen.

In today’s digital market, ‘affordable’ and ‘consumer’ have become synonymous with ‘low-quality’ — but it doesn’t have to be that way. Introducing the Digital Bolex D16, the first digital cinema camera to shoot RAW at a price anyone can afford.

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[/framed_box]Other reviews of this product:  “Digital Bolex – Viva la Revolution!” – zacuto.com

Genie – A motion control time lapse device.  Here’s their pitch:

The Genie! A simple, affordable and extremely easy to use device used for motion control and image capture for Time Lapse Photography + more. The Genie is an all-in-one device used to combine image capture with motion control, capable of either panning or linear movement that’s commonly used in Time Lapse Photography. Simply attach your camera to the top of the Genie, plug it in, and program it to move and shoot to your desired needs.

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[/framed_box]The SnapFocus – The SnapFocus is a cinematic one man band with grip-level focus control.

The SnapFocus allows filmmakers to pull focus and steady the camera on the move, making it easier to achieve Hollywood production value on a shoestring budget. Focus on the fly and give your documentary or cinema vertiè footage an expensive look, or add production value to your projects with really cool technical focus pulls. 

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[/framed_box]Other reviews of this product:  “JJ Abrams Loves the New Indie Film Gear Snapfocus” – jokeandbiagio.com

+ Rhino Slider –  It’s a camera track designed to to give lateral movement when shooting.

Get amazing cinematic video with a GoPro, iPhone, DSLR or RED. The most affordable, ultralight and versatile 48″ slider ever.

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 + The Aviator Travel Jib – A portable, lightweight jib-arm.

Get big budget camera moves from a jib (crane) that weighs less than a bottle of soda, fits in a backpack, and sets up in seconds.

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[/framed_box]Look out for all these products when they come to market.

Free Filmmaking Course Offer – “Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting”

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

The good folks at Lynda.com are offering a limited time (July 28 – Aug. 10), no charge opportunity for everyone to experience one of their great filmmaking courses:  Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting. The course is taught by veteran filmmaker, Anthony Q. Artis – the author of the “Shut Up and Shoot…” filmmaking guides and an instructor at NYU Film School.  The length of the course runs just shy of 3 hours (2:58:00) and is appropriate for all skill levels of filmmakers. All you have to do to get this free access is go to their Facebook tab [highlight]here[/highlight] and “Like” them.

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Here’s the synopsis of the course from Lynda.com:
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Embark on the very first steps in the process of creating moving images. In this course, author Anthony Q. Artis, a veteran of the film and television industry, introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images. The course covers foundational concepts of lighting, such as why light is important, what kinds of lights to look for, and where to put lights relative to a subject. In addition, Anthony discusses sounds, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.

Topics include:
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  • Exploring the different types of video cameras
  • Understanding how to focus
  • Shooting with shallow depth of field
  • Understanding exposure
  • Using ND filters to correct overexposure
  • Using gain to brighten an underexposed shot
  • Choosing the right shutter speed
  • White-balancing a shot
  • Working with a tripod
  • Shooting handheld
  • Using a boom microphone
  • Setting up a 4-point lighting scene
  • Using corrective gels

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You can watch the course’s introduction video here (00:03:04).

Film4Prizes Highlights Top Film/Video Contests That Pay

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Film4Prizes is a cool site that maintains a database of several online film & video contests which include many with cash prizes. Here are a few interesting contests that they list:

“HP You On You Contest” – top prize is $40,000.

“Nobody’s Gonna Lay a Finger on My Butterfinger” Video Contest – top prize is $25,000.

The Reason Project video contest – $10,000 top prize.

Their database is sort able, so you can choose which contest suits you best. Definitely worth checking out.

Free Film School via the Vimeo Community

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Their moniker is “Vimeo: People connecting through video.” This includes many filmmakers who are sharing their knowledge – creative & technical. Within Vimeo’s 28,000+ channels, lives several micro groups dedicated to the filmmaking process.

Here are a few good ones:

  • ­SHOOT FOR THE EDITThis channel is for sharing editing and shooting techniques for beginning and advanced video producers.

  • ZACUTO USACreator of FilmFellas, a Webisodic series devoted to getting to the heart of the indie film movement.

  • FILMCAST Live! Channel A Channel Dedicated to the craft of Cinematography and Motion Picture Camera Operation.

I’m sure I missed some so check it out for yourself at Vimeo.com.