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February 28, 2019

7 Proven Tactics to Improve Your SEO with Visual Stories

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February 26, 2019

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the worldAoiroStudioFeb 26, 2019

It’s finally here, a couple weeks ago Apple has been running its contest for the best Shot on iPhone Challenge and the winners are here. The selected winners will be featured on billboards in selected cities, Apple retail stores and online. It’s nice to see the winners are coming from a range of iPhone models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7. We took the liberty of sharing them all on ABDZ including their respective Instagram handles, check them out! And give them some love, congrats everyone!

The top 10 winners came from countries including Singapore, Germany, Belarus, Israel and the US, highlighting the global community of iPhone photographers that participated. These photos capture colorful city scenery, curious animals, creative reflections, the beauty of the ordinary and more.

Alex Jiang

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

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#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Darren Soh

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Nikita Yarosh

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Dina Alfasi

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Elizabeth Scarrott

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Andrew Griswold

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Bernard Antolin

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

LieAdi Darmawan

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

Robert Glaser

#ShotoniPhone: Apple selects its top 10 winners around the world

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February 24, 2019

Here’s how to watch Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 press conference

It is widely believed that Microsoft’s WMC conference will be the stage for the unveiling of the next generation of its HoloLens mixed reality headset. We have the live stream right here.

The post Here’s how to watch Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 press conference appeared first on Digital Trends.

Source: Digital Trends VR

February 24, 2019

‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ Trailer: The Surrealist Finally Stars in an Animated Feature

GKids has released the trailer for “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” an animated film about the making of the revered surrealist’s second film. The singular auteur behind such all-timers as “Un Chien Andalou” and “That Obscure Object of Desire” might not seem like the most likely protagonist of an animated feature, but try telling that to director but Salvador Simó as you avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis: “In a stranger-than-fiction tale befitting the master surrealist filmmaker, ‘Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles’ tells the true story of how Buñuel made his second movie. Paris, 1930. Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel are the main figures of the Surrealist movement, but Buñuel is left penniless after a scandal surrounding his first film [with a solo director credit] ‘L’Age d’Or.’ However, his good friend, the sculptor Ramón Acín, buys a lottery ticket with the promise that, if he wins, he will pay for his next film. Incredibly, luck is on their side, the ticket is a winner and so they set out to make the movie. Both a buddy adventure and a fascinating episode of cinematic history, Buñuel and the Labyrinth of the Turtles utilizes sensitive performances as well as excerpts of Buñuel’s own footage from the production, to present a deeply affecting and humanistic portrait of an artist hunting for his purpose.”

Gkids has previously released 11 Oscar-nominated animated features, including “Ernest & Celestine,” “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya,” and this year’s “Mirai.” It will release “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” which recently won a Special Jury Prize at Los Angeles’ Animation Is Film Festival, later this year.

Source: IndieWire film

February 24, 2019

Oscar Shorts Hit Records as Specialty Box Office Waits for Academy Award Winners

While possible winners “Roma,” “Vice,” “Free Solo,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Green Book” could get a box-office boost from Sunday’s Oscar finale, the specialized world’s primary reliance on awards contenders is drawing to a close. That leaves room for other players to take center stage. Specialized mainstay Roadside Attractions is releasing “Run the Race” for Christian audiences, while MGM is widening its platformed “Fighting With My Family.” Both placed in the Top Ten, but neither is likely to find most of their business at art houses.

With a couple of niche releases (“Wrestle” in New York and “The Iron Orchard” in Texas) there isn’t much new this week to add to excitement at core theaters. However, expansions of “Everybody Knows” (Focus) and “Arctic” (Bleecker Street) both show some interest. Both should be able to expand further as screens become plentiful.

In the middle of the awards hoopla, this year’s edition of nominated short films is thriving with the best results yet for this annual compilation: it’s one of the top specialized performers of the season.


Run the Race (Roadside Attractions)

$2,273,000 in 853 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $2,664,000

Leading specialized distributor Roadside Attractions has developed a lucrative niche in handling faith-based titles. Their “I Can Only Imagine” last year was a breakout smash at $83 million. This story of two teen brothers coping without parents is the first release for that audience in several months, placing tenth overall, the best results in close to year among all such films.

What comes next: Films like this can have a short shelf life or take off with word of mouth. Next weekend will tell us where it’s headed.

Wrestle (Oscilloscope) – Metacritic: 80; Festivals include: San Francisco 2018

$7,100 in 1 theater; PTA (per theater average): $7,100

Similar to this year’s Oscar documentary nominees “Minding the Gap” and “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening,” this portrayal of a Southern wrestling team grappling with uncertain futures has scored strong reviews. Its initial New York exclusive run, even with a low media profile, delivered upbeat initial results.

What comes next: Los Angeles this week is next among scheduled upcoming dates.

“The Iron Orchard”

The Iron Orchard (Santa Rita) – Festivals include: Austin 2018

$49,250 in 8 theaters; PTA: $6,156

This adaptation of an acclaimed 1960s novel about southwestern oil fields opened atypically in eight theaters in two Texas markets. These are quite decent initial numbers for both the locations and the unusual release pattern.

What comes next: This expands in Texas and adds initial New York and Los Angeles dates this Friday.

Week Two

Fighting With My Family (MGM)

$8,012,000 in 2,711 theaters (+2,707); PTA: $2,955; Cumulative: $8,227,000

This Dwayne Johnson-produced retelling of the life and career of leading WWE performer Paige and her family debuted at Sundance, opened as a platform release, and now has expanded to reach a wide national audience. It placed #4 overall, credible if not spectacular. The question now is whether it develops grass roots word of mouth to create a strong multiple to push into the $30-40 million range. Its A- Cinemascore is a positive sign.

Birds of Passage (The Orchard)

$40,097 in 10 theaters (+8); PTA: $4,010; Cumulative: $86,834

This major critical success from the directors of “Embrace of the Serpent” is doing better than average (without help from the Oscars) for subtitled films. The better test of its appeal will come ahead as we see if audience response helps boost this with less competition over the next few weeks.

Ruben Brandt, Collector (Sony Pictures Classics)

$6,913 in 3 theaters (+2); PTA: $2,304; Cumulative: $18,225

The second weekend for this 2017 Hungarian animated tale involving art museum heists shows little sign that it has improved from its minor initial results.

CatVideoFest 2019 (Oscilloscope)   8-24

$12,250 in 2 theaters (-6); PTA: $6,125; Cumulative: $36,104

This compilation of feline shorts played limited shows in Brooklyn and Toronto this weekend, continuing the event presentation through upcoming weeks. The response so far has been consistently good.

“Green Book”

Universal Pictures

Ongoing/expanding (grosses over $50,000)

Green Book (Universal) Week 15

$2,090,000 in 1,253 theaters (-397); Cumulative: $69,610,000

The top highest currently grossing Best Picture nominee is one of only two, including “Vice,”  not available yet for home viewing. Peter Farrelly’s leading contender has grossed more than any Best Picture winner since “Argo.” It had been heavy lifting for Universal to get to this point (among other things requiring much higher than normal marketing support for this level of gross), but it’s hard to dispute that whatever the Oscar results it has achieved the studio’s goals.

2019 Oscar Nominated Shorts (ShortsTV/Magnolia) Week 3; also on video on demand

$598,000 in 410 theaters (+40); Cumulative: $3,205,000

This year’s results for the annual compilation of Oscar nominated short films is at least $500,000 ahead of the best previous grosses through its third weekend.

They Shall Not Grow Old (Warner Bros.) Week 6

$550,000 in 448 theaters (-178); Cumulative: $16,409,000

The gross keeps growing for this unexpected success. Peter Jackson’s salvaging World War I battlefield footage continues to respond to mainstream audiences as it adds to its already impressive total.

The Favourite (Fox Searchlight) Week 14; also on video on demand

$540,000 in 288 theaters (-36); Cumulative: $32,108,000

Yorgos Lathimos’ period regal farce could wind up a shutout or a multiple award winner Sunday night. But whatever happens, this gross remains one of the top specialized releases of late, with Fox Searchlight again showing their ability to maximize a gross.

Arctic (Bleecker Street) Week 4

$522,452 in 257 theaters (+242); Cumulative: $1,027,000

The third weekend of Mads Mikkelsen trying to survive after a far north plane crash had a big jump this weekend with enough response to suggest it could get further interest ahead.

Everybody Knows

“Everybody Knows”

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Everybody Knows (Focus) Week 3

$355,000 in 71 theaters (+67); Cumulative: $728,000

The first big city national expansion for Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-made family thriller is yet another sign of resurgence in subtitled films. And this comes without a parallel awards boost. This looks destined for more growth and a chance to gain traction in the post-awards world ahead.

Cold War (Amazon) Week 10

$330,421 in 259 theaters (+12); Cumulative: $4,125,000

Until we get actual numbers from Netflix, its Oscar rival in directing, cinematography and foreign-language is beating our “Roma” estimate. Its apples and oranges, as the Polish film is not available for streaming yet.  But the number is impressive and appears, well ahead of any art-house subtitled film in many years, with the likelihood it could pass $5 million.

If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna) Week 11

$176,729 in 127 theaters (-38); Cumulative: $14,459,000

On the eve of a possible Supporting Actress Oscar for Regina King, Barry Jenkins’ multiple Indie Spirits winner could see a boost next week.

Never Look Away (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 4

$167,599 in 80 theaters (+76); Cumulative: $484,294

Despite its over three-hour length, Germany’s Oscar nominee in its first big city expansion is performing similar to SPC’s other contender “Capernaum” as it added theaters. The nomination and subsequent play should get it over $1 million and some more.

The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 28; also on video on demand

$153,250 in 204 theaters (+127); Cumulative: $9,417,000

The Best Actress frontrunner is still kicking around in theaters and still adding to its gross. A win tonight for Glenn Close might push it above $10 million while getting it a major surge in home viewing.

Roma (Netflix) Week 14; also streaming   3.7

$(est.) 140,000 in 80 theaters (-5); Cumulative: $(est.) 3,840,000

Spotchecking theaters where sales are available and finding a higher holdover rate than most Best Picture contenders (whose grosses are available) it appears the last-minute gross for Alfonso Cuarón’s frontrunner increased a little. If it’s a major winner as anticipated, it will be interesting to how it fares in terms of theater count and holdover performance.

Free Solo (Greenwich) Week 22; also on Video on Demand

$138,800 in 90 theaters (-18); Cumulative: $16,489,000

Another film that could see a surge ahead depending on its Oscar result in Feature Documentary. Irrespective of the result it has been a huge hit for National Geographic.

Capernaum (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 11

$133,310 in 115 theaters (-21); Cumulative: $1,234,000

This well-reviewed and also Oscar Foreign Language nominee Lebanese film has done above average for most subtitled films while falling short of the top three contenders, all of which appear to have passed $3 million.

Stan and Ollie (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 9

$126,355 in 128 theaters (-82); Cumulative: $5,001,000

This genial and poignant Laurel and Hardy late career portrayal had only tangential awards involvement, yet has managed to get some decent attention anyway.

On the Basis of Sex (Focus) Week 9

$120,000 in 129 theaters (-57); Cumulative: $24,500,000

Though released at the end of awards qualifying deadlines, this biopic got no traction there. Yet it has gone on to beat many top awards contenders.

Lords of Chaos (Gunpowder & Sky) Week 3; also on Video on Demand

$60,027 in 70 (+45) theaters; Cumulative: $180,807

This late 1980s Norwegian true story of a heavy-metal band launch expanded wider to minor results parallel to its home availability.

Also noted:

The Invisibles (Greenwich) – $23,600 in 19 theaters; Cumulative: $208,369

To Dust (Good Deed) – $19,927 in 17 theaters; Cumulative: $69,290

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Source: IndieWire film

February 24, 2019

If You Want to (Legally) Bet on the Oscars, Go to New Jersey

For the first time ever, you can now legally bet on the Oscars — as long as you’re in New Jersey. The Garden State is the first in the country to allow bookies to accept wagers on the Academy Awards, a practice that until now was verboten nationwide. There’s just one catch: You can’t put nearly as much money down on what will win Best Picture tonight as you could on something like the Super Bowl, with some sportsbooks capping individual bets at $500.

“We have customers who aren’t huge sports fans, but enjoy playing games like bingo or roulette with us,” Mattias Stetz, chief operating officer of Rush Street Interactive, told the Associated Press. “We believe a new audience may be fans of the Oscars and want to make their viewing experience even more exciting by placing a bet on their favorite movie.”

RSI runs PlaySugarHouse.com, whose odds have “Roma” edging out “Green Book” as Best Picture, Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”) taking home the two top acting prizes, and Alfonso Cuarón being named Best Director; all of these choices adhere to industry predictions (including IndieWire’s) of what’s most likely to triumph tonight.

Nick Bogdanovich of William Hill told the AP that, as of February 12, 82 tickets had been written. “I don’t know if that’s horrible, great or what because it’s the first go round,” he said of the number. “But I guess 82 tickets is 82 tickets regardless of whether it is on NBA, baseball or whatever. I was just happy that we were able to book it…the more diverse we can get the better.”

Source: IndieWire film

February 24, 2019

Finish Rough Cuts at Warp Speed with These 2 Hotkeys

Don’t spend an eternity on a rough cut. It’s a rough cut!

Oh, I do love a sexy workflow. All efficient and seamless, looking at me with that attitude like, “If this takes forever, it’s your fuggin’ fault.” (And then I’m all like, “Baby, you’re craaaaaazy,” and then she’s all like…looking at the clock…and then I’m like, “Ch. Okay, damn.”)

This little trick caught my eye for exactly that reason: it’s super easy, utilizes single-key shortcuts, and will allow you to get through your rough cuts faster than you probably ever have before. In this video from Basic Filmmaker, you’ll learn how just two hotkeys and a little scrubbing can make your work in post-production so much easier and less time-consuming. Check it out below:

So, the video demonstrates a couple of techniques you can use to move through your rough cut quickly, but the last one mentioned is the hot soup, my friend.

The first thing you’ll want to do is go up to the Sequence pull-down menu and select “Selection Follows Playhead.” This means that whichever clips are below the playhead will be selected.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 23, 2019

10 Tips That Will Help You Green Screen like a Champion

How do the pros use green screens? You’re about to find out.

Using green screens for filmmaking isn’t the most complicated or difficult thing in the world but it certainly has its pitfalls. If you ask any experienced filmmaker what to look out for when using a green screen, chances are they’re going to mention lighting about a billion times and that’s for good reason. You don’t want to head into post with a sloppy key, my friend. Ya just don’t.

However, there are many other important aspects to consider, too. In this video, Kris Truini of Kriscoart shares a bunch of advice on how to utilize a green screen in your projects, from lighting tricks to camera settings, that will help you do it like the pros. Check it out below:

Lighting Tips for Green Screen

Lighting is certainly one of if not the most important parts of using a green screen. Why? Because if you don’t evenly light it, you’re gonna have shadows. If you have shadows, you’re gonna have a bad key. If you have a bad key, you’re gonna hate your life.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

February 23, 2019

Spirit Awards Red Carpet: Boots Riley, KiKi Layne, and More of Indie’s Best (Photos)

Bo Burnham, Barry Jenkins, Toni Collette, and more are hitting the blue carpet at the Indie Spirit Awards.

Source: IndieWire film

February 23, 2019

Ellen Page Says Hollywood Pressured Her to Stay in the Closet for Years

Ellen Page came out in 2014, by which point she’d already known she was a lesbian for several years. So did others in Hollywood, and in a new interview for Porter the “Umbrella Academy” star says that many within the film industry pressured her to keep that truth to herself: “I was distinctly told, by people in the industry, when I started to become known: ‘People cannot know you’re gay.’”

“And I was pressured — forced, in many cases — to always wear dresses and heels for events and photo shoots,” added Page, an Oscar nominee for her role in “Juno.” “As if lesbians don’t wear dresses and heels. But I will never let anyone put me in anything I feel uncomfortable in ever again.”

Page has become an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ issues in recent years, most recently calling out Chris Pratt for attending what she describes as an “infamously anti-LGBTQ church”; Pratt responded by saying that “nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Page revealed that long before coming out, while filming 2006’s “X-Men: The Last Stand,” she was outed by director Brett Ratner. “He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: ‘You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay,’” the actress said in November 2017. “I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened.”

Now, Page says, “I want to be able to help in any way I can, and I want to make queer content.”

Source: IndieWire film