One solution to a common challenge of independent filmmaking is to use multiple cameras to ensure scene coverage – especially of action scenes – to ideally save time and money. Unfortunately, because camera manufacturer settings vary, the end result can be contrasting images depending on which camera is used. This was the case with the new action sci-fi thriller Alien Hunger. Producer Jack Tucker, and editor Nancy Brindley Bhagia, had concerns in how the “horror look” would be created in the film due to lighting issues within some of the footage.
The American Film Institute has announced a dramatic increase in scholarship funding at the AFI Conservatory – its immersive two-year graduate program in the art and discipline of filmmaking.
The Room, a boutique finishing facility located within Technicolor – PostWorks, New York, recently wrapped post-production on We Steal Secrets: The History of WikiLeaks and History of the Eagles, two new documentaries from producer/director Alex Gibney.
The popular YouTube series Dick Figures set the record for largest animated fundraising effort on Kickstarter in summer of 2012 and now, after 350 million views on YouTube and $300,000 raised on Kickstarter, the creators and producers of Dick Figures The Movie have announced the official digital release date.
Rooftop Films, AT&T, Forest City, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership will present an elaborate, four-screen set-up for the New York premiere of Meredith Danluck’s North of South, West of East at MetroTech Commons on August 2.
Women in Norway now have the same protections against unwanted sexual advances enjoyed by women in most other Western countries thanks to an award-winning public service advertising campaign conducted by Amnesty International.
Burbank-based AlphaDogs Post Production has released the documentary American Empire on Amazon instant streaming and DVD. The film is also available on iTunes, Vudu and Xbox. American Empire sets out to trace a common cause of our problems in finance, food, medicine and social justice.
When an action movie script on a tight budget included such challenges as close-ups of mixed martial arts fighting, a high-speed car chase shot from a low-flying helicopter, and low-light location scenes, director of photography, David E. West, knew the solution was to capture it all using a Canon Cinema EOS C300 digital cinema camera, a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, and EF-Series lenses. Having used the EOS C300 camera on a previous assignment, West was enthusiastic about its portability and low-light advantages. He also owned an EOS 5D Mark II camera, and was a fan of Canon lenses both for photography and for shooting reality TV. West decided from the outset that the ambitious visuals needed for Blunt Force, a new film from director Daniel Zirilli, would make this an all-Canon project. Shot on location in Mississippi, the movie tells the story of an ex-soldier imprisoned and forced to be part of an Internet cage-fighting club.
While on location shooting the documentary about traditional silk weavers, Silkies of Madagascar, award-winning National Geographic stills photographer and video director David Evans decided to make the leap to Director of Photography.
It’s taken several years for cinematographer Lan Bui to bring Redemption: The Darkness Descending to completion. But it’s been worth the effort. The multi-platform project began as a 24 episode web series that allows the audience to enter an underground world and become part of the story through a groundbreaking interactive app, and has since grown into a feature film.