Independent Filmmakers

Viva Pictures, DirecTV Acquire Exeter

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Viva Pictures and DirecTV have acquired U.S. rights to Exeter, a feature film from the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious. The film will debut exclusively on DirecTV on July 2 followed by a theatrical release by Viva Pictures later this year.

Bleecker Street to Use Hollywood Software Exclusively

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 11:48 -- Nick Dager

Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software has signed a deal with Andrew Karpen’s independent film distribution company, Bleecker Street, to exclusively utilize Hollywood Software’s new Distributor 3.0 software for all upcoming film releases. The software implementation will be in place in time for the first of Bleecker Street’s 2015 film releases, I’ll See You In My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott, which will open in theaters on May 15.

Cinedigm to Reinvent the American International Pictures Portfolio

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:19 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm has started a unique 10-picture project with producers Lou Arkoff (Inspector Gadget, George of the Jungle), Jeff Katz (Snakes on a Plane) and Hal Sadoff (Hotel Rwanda), to deliver a complete reinvention of some of the quirkiest and most memorable movies in the famed American International Pictures portfolio.

Taking the Blue Highway to Cinemersia

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

Pre-production has begun on Blue Highway, which the filmmakers intend to be unlike any film in cinema history. Written and directed by David Marlett (author of the best-selling novel, Fortunate Son) Blue Highway will be crafted to be viewed, or better put, experienced, from within virtual reality headgear, such as the Oculus Rift, or the soon-to-launch Samsung Gear VR, or the rumored Sony Morpheus.

Shooting All Relative

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

One of the most critical decisions that any independent producer has to make is what camera to choose for a particular project. Such was the case with writer/director J.C. Khoury and director of photography Andreas von Scheele when they filmed their recent feature-length comedy/drama All Relative.

Making Found Footage 3D

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:35 -- Nick Dager

With knowing irony, the filmmakers behind the new independent horror feature Found Footage 3D, call their movie “the Scream of the found footage genre,” and it’s part of the point they’re making. “Of course, shooting a found footage movie in 3D doesn’t make a damn bit of sense,” says Steven DeGennaro, the movie’s writer, director and producer.

Passion Turns to PipelineFX for Big Ad Campaigns

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:14 -- Nick Dager

When you’re responsible for Nike’s visual message to World Cup fans, the pressure is intense. Not ready in time? Then Nike just missed their shot. For Passion, rising to the occasion meant using PipelineFX’s Qube. Their reward was the award-worthy hit The Last Game – another in a string of successes managed by the number one render farm manager for VFX

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