Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne issued a report this week in which he argues that the big studios should get serious about premium on-demand video and suggests that Hollywood release feature films to the home while they’re still showing in movie theatres.
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Anne with an E, a Netflix series, is a filmed adaptation of the classic coming-of-age 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The series was shot by cinematographer Bobby Shore, CSC with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras. As a teenager growing up in Canada, Shore was a huge fan of director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, ASC. While studying film at Concordia University in Montreal, he worked as an extra on the set of Abandon (2002), a feature film shot by Libatique. “When I would read about movies he [Libatique] was working on, it always seemed like his work came from an emotionally driven place,” reveals Shore. “It was easy for me to latch on to his ideas.”
Amazon Studios and Abramorama are bringing Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev’s critically acclaimed documentary about the Grateful Dead, to theaters across the U.S. to give fans an opportunity to experience the documentary on the big screen prior to its New York and Los Angeles release on May 26. Following its release in theaters, the documentary will come exclusively to Amazon Prime Video on June 2.
Post-production finishing for Parrott Heads, a new feature length documentary about dedicated fans of singer Jimmy Buffett, was completed recently at Roundabout Entertainment. The Burbank facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, sound mixing and DVD authoring services for the film, currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere.
AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix's Icarus, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films' Year of the Scab, directed by Emmy winner John Dorsey. Both screenings will be held at the Newseum, the festival's Official Gala Screening Partner. AFI Docs runs June 14-18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
One of the most honest portraits of teenage life, 13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on the 2007 young adult novel by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Academy Award winning writer/director Tom McCarthy worked with cinematographer Andrij Parekh (Show Me a Hero, Blue Valentine) with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras to capture a distinctive look for the first two episodes of the series.
Two Netflix shows – Master of None and Love – have three things in common: both are comedies, both have a cinematic look and cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard shot both. Created by comedian Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None tells the story of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to balance his career and love life in New York City. Love, created by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40), Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin, explores an intense relationship between two Angelenos, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust).
Content studio Malka Media of Hoboken, New Jersey is currently shooting a documentary series for release online about Jersey City, New Jersey’s St. Anthony High School and its legendary basketball coach, Bob Hurley with VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders. Louis Krubich, Malka Media CEO and series director said that when longtime client Showtime approached him about the St. Anthony story, he and his staff directors of photography agreed that the VariCam LT would be a great choice for this sports documentary, largely because of its 4K acquisition and dual-native 800/5000s.
Fandango today announced a new relationship with HBO Home Entertainment to make HBO’s award winning content available for purchase via digital download on FandangoNow. Individual episodes and seasons of HBO content will join FandangoNow’s robust collection of 40,000 new release and catalog movies and TV shows.
European films now get a longer lifespan thanks to their release via on-demand platforms, whatever their business model – subscription based, pay per view or advertising financed. This booming generation of new distribution channels represents a powerful means of boosting a film’s overall career. So it’s logical that European filmmakers are looking to on-demand services to give European movies a much needed shot in the arm. But what’s law got to do with it?