Independent Filmmakers

Pakistan’s Film Business Reborn with Main Hoon Shahid Afridi

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:11 -- Nick Dager

Pakistan post house Darkroom Asia has won a major contract with ARY Films as a strategic partner in providing post-production and VFX-related services. Darkroom Asia CEO Salman Hasan credits the company’s new SGO Mistika 4K system with sealing the deal. The first project was the feature film Main Hoon Shahid Afridi, which some say marks the rebirth of the Pakistan film industry.

The Business of Show Business

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

An independent filmmaker with many successes to his credit said it best: “Forget the show. Remember the business.” The most common mistake that new filmmakers make is to ignore the business side of the show business equation. And yet the financial aspects of show business are typically the most challenging. Last week in New York’s Gramercy Park neighborhood, the equipment sales and rental house Adorama hosted a panel of veteran filmmakers to discuss current approaches to motion picture finance and give practical advice about how producers can earn a return on their investment. More than fifty people crowded into the small meeting room for the discussion, which was moderated by Digital Cinema Society president James Mathers, himself a successful indie film cinematographer. The panelists brought a wide range of experiences to the conversation.

Accomplice Media Signs Eva Michon

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:32 -- Nick Dager

Accomplice Media has signed filmmaker Eva Michon for exclusive representation in commercials. A skillful visual storyteller with a whimsical sense of humor, Michon has earned considerable praise for her work in music videos and fashion films, the latter including work for such designers as Calla, Pink Tartan, Ten Over Six and Rita Liefhebber. Her first feature-length film, Death From Above 1979: A Fly in Amber about the Canadian dance-punk duo, is currently in post-production.

Photo Exhibit to Open in Conjunction with The Dog Release

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 11:13 -- Nick Dager

Drafthouse Films and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced the gallery opening of The Dog: Images of a Real Bad Boy - Photographs By Marcia Resnick, in conjunction with the theatrical release of Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren's documentary The Dog. The exhibit will open August 6 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's The Furman Gallery at the Walter Reade Theater that include photos Resnick took of The Dog himself, John Wojtowicz, the inspiration for Al Pacino's character in Dog Day Afternoon, at his most candid in the 1970s. The exhibit will stay up until August 15.

Kyle Camarillo Wins MōVI at ReDirect Skateboard Filmmaking Competition

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

When Kyle Camarillo was selected for the ReDirect skateboard filmmaking competition sponsored by Red Digital Cinema and famed skate park, The Berrics, he chose to film his entry with Freefly Systems’ MōVI M10 camera stabilizer. “We’ve always skated alongside the skateboarder to capture footage, so keeping the camera steady is what we always strive for,” Camarillo says. “Using the MōVI perfected that as well as opened up new doors.”

Supermoon Screenings: Rooftop Films at Storm King

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

On Saturday, August 9th, Rooftop Films and Storm King Art Center will co-present a special night of short films sited among the sculptures and meadows of the Art Center. This first-ever film ramble features films screened on five separate screens. Walking from one screen to the next under an August super moon, audience members are invited to discover beautifully curated collections of new short films

The Room Posts Hunter of Invisible Game

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

Final post-production for Hunter of Invisible Game, the new short film from Bruce Springsteen and Thom Zimny, was completed at The Room, the finishing boutique located within Technicolor-PostWorks, New York. The Room’s Ben Murray conformed the film and applied the final color grade, working in collaboration with filmmaker Thom Zimny, who co-directed with Bruce Springsteen.

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