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 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.
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.
With all the attention focused on a film’s visuals, its audio sometimes receives insufficient attention. The best cinematography and visual finish can be ruined by inadequate audio post-production, an outcome that separates the amateur from the professional filmmaker.
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.”
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
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.
The Boxtrolls, the new stop-motion/CG animated film from Laika, the studio behind the Oscar-nominated Coraline and ParaNorman, will screen out of competition at the 71st Annual Venice Film Festival on August 31st.
Equatorial heat and humidity, sporadic electrical service, and a modest budget were just a few of the challenges that director Josef Wladyka and writer/DP Alan Blanco faced while filming their feature Manos Sucias (Dirty Hands) among the impoverished fishing villages of Colombia’s Pacific coast. Filmed completely on location, Manos Sucias is a drama depicting the perils of two fishermen coerced into towing an underwater narco-torpedo up the Pacific coast of Colombia. They also filmed in the jungle and aboard small boats in rough seas, all while needing to keep a low profile in a dangerous region
The Digital Cinema Society, Adorama Pro and ARC Rentals are hosting a discussion on indie film finance and distribution August 6 at Adorama’s store 42 West 18th Street in New York.