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July 31, 2020

Did Filmmakers Finally Get What They Wanted in the Sony a7S III?

Sony, Emmys, Tenet, & Quentin, oh my!

This week, we dive into surprises of all kinds from the Emmys to a long-awaited Sony announcement. Plus, we have our own 5-word memory test.

For a full list of the Emmy nominations, head to this online PDF from the Television Academy.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

The Best Filmmaking Deals of the Week (7.31.20)

Headlining our Deals of the Week, the DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo is 39% off.

This week in filmmaking deals: Right now, you can get a Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit with Rig for 31% off. Also, save $100 on both the Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens and a RØDE VideoMic Pro+ On-Camera Microphone. Big savings on the DJI Ronin-SC Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo with a whopping $210 off. Finally, Adorama is running a special on the Easyrig STABIL Stabilization System that saves you $320.

Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit with Rig

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The Joby GorillaPod 5K Tripod Kit is kind of the Cadillac of tabletop tripods. It’s got 5 articulating arms (3 at the base, 2 on the sides) with 1/4″ -20 threads and cold shoe mounts that not only allow you to mount your camera but lights, mics, action cams, smartphones, and a myriad of other filmmaking accessories, as well. You can save a cool $50 on this rig, which is on sale now for $110.

Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera with RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens

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July 31, 2020

The Budget-Friendly CAME-TV Astral Wireless Follow Focus Just Got Even More Affordable

Take advantage of this price drop on the CAME-TV Astral Wireless Follow Focus.

CAME-TV has made a name for itself for offering quality filmmaking gear at prices low-budget creatives can afford. Its Astral Follow Focus is no different, offering powerful wireless focus, iris, and zoom control for under $300. But now, CAME-TV has dropped the price by 15% on this already inexpensive unit so filmmakers of all stripes and financial situations can take advantage of what a follow focus system can offer their productions.

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July 31, 2020

The Internet Reacted to the a7S III Launch with Some Hilarious Memes

Should we call this Sony a7S III week?

If your internet has been out of commission for the last 72 hours, while you were away, Sony made the a7S III official. Hooray! We no longer have to speculate or ask or try to pinpoint exactly what the camera will be.

Sony kept its eyes on improving what already existed rather than stretching its legs too far. The 12.1MP full-frame mirrorless camera received a complete overhaul from the inside out, starting with a new sensor design with larger photosites and a processor that’s said to be 8x faster. The camera sees a new menu structure that has settings for both video and stills, faster AF performance, better low light capabilities, a flip-out LCD, and a full HDMI port, among many other improvements.

Even though it took Sony more than 5 years to release a successor to the popular a7S II, the silver lining is that some fans took to Twitter and dropped some hilarious memes to show their appreciation.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

July 31, 2020

Enter Your Short Film into My RØDE Reel to Win a Heap of Cash and Gear

They’re not messing around. My RØDE Reel is giving away a whopping $1 million in cash prizes alone.

The world’s largest short film competition is back with yet another chance for aspiring filmmakers to show off their cinematic skills and win a ton of gear and prizes in the process.

But this year is a little different. My RØDE Reel is upping the ante and offering an unprecedented total of $1 million in cash to contest winners—and that’s on top of the mountain of gear being given away. In fact, the winner of the Judges’ Prize gets $200,000 in cold hard cash…boom! Nearly a quarter of a mil…plus, like, 30+ pieces of gear and software that will fill out your filmmaking arsenal rather nicely.

How to Enter

The competition is really simple. Make a 3-minute short film, use a RØDE product to make that film, record a behind-the-scenes video that features you and your crew using that RØDE product, then upload your short and your BTS video to YouTube and send My RØDE Reel the links. It’s that easy.

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July 31, 2020

Daydreaming in Japan – A Coloring Book by Denise Rashidi

Daydreaming in Japan – A Coloring Book by Denise RashidiAoiroStudio07.31.20

Our good pal Denise Rashidi released her new book entitled: Daydreaming in Japan. It’s not any kind of book, it’s a coloring book! This book utilizes her stylish, ‘pastel-ish’ and detailed illustrations of the hidden backstreets of Japan. You know my love for the country of Japan, Denise does a remarkable job to illustrate its authenticity and by also adding her own signature. Make sure to check it out and if you don’t know about Denise’s work, make sure to check her previous feature abdz..


It features 24 single-sided coloring pages and is the first entry of her “Daydreaming in” series which centers around the theme of “Fernweh” (n., German, a longing for distant places), wanderlust and nostalgia.


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July 26, 2020

‘Kissing Booth 3’ Shot in Secret, Already in Post-Production and Coming from Netflix in 2021

The Kissing Booth 2,” the second installment in Netflix’s wildly popular franchise, is currently No. 1 on the streamer’s viewing charts. Riding high off the popularity of the new film and the 2018 original, both directed by Vince Marcello, Netflix has given the go-ahead on a third movie. But perhaps the most exciting piece of news, as reported by Deadline, is that “The Kissing Booth 3” has already finished filming after shooting quietly alongside “Kissing Booth 2” last year in South Africa. Marcello is reported to be currently in post-production on the film, which Netflix will launch sometime in 2021. Netflix confirmed the news to IndieWire.

The news was revealed by star and executive producer Joey King during a live-stream fan event hosted on Sunday. The third film will continue to explore the romantic ups and downs of Elle (King), her boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi), and her BFF Lee (Joel Courtney). “The Kissing Booth 3” will be set in the summer before Elle heads off to college. She’s been accepted into Harvard and Berkeley. Torn between her boyfriend and her best friend, which will she choose?

“The Kissing Booth” films are based on the novels by Beth Reekles, adapted by Vince Marcello, with Jay Arnold co-writing “The Kissing Booth 2.” In IndieWire’s review of the new film, Kate Erbland writes, “While the first film was rife with sexist rhetoric, casual slut-shaming, and a ‘bad boy’ lead who never met a put-down (or a punch) he didn’t like, its sequel tones down the offensive BS, finding something sweeter and far more enjoyable in the process. Even for audiences not turned off by the regressive attitudes of the original, its oddly aggressive tone was never, well, romantic, a misstep that Marcello now attempts to rectify. And yet the greatest strength of ‘The Kissing Booth 2,’ an overstuffed (clocking in at a whopping 132 minutes) mishmash of genre tropes and tricks, isn’t its many romances; it’s King, who finally gets to spread her wings and her comedic chops.”

“The Kissing Booth 2” is the latest in Netflix’s big foray into romantic comedies, particularly revolving around teens, including the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” film series. “The Kissing Booth 2” premiered on Netflix July 24.

Source: IndieWire film

July 26, 2020

11 Must-See Olivia de Havilland Movies That Aren’t ‘Gone With the Wind’

Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Olivia de Havilland passed away Sunday at the age of 104. Immortalized for her work in “Gone With the Wind” and “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” many might have actually missed the features that showcased de Havilland’s true range and talents. That’s where this list comes in. In honor of the woman who broke Hollywood’s contract laws and was one of the last living Old Hollywood legends, here are 11 features that, while not her most well-known, reveal her gifts as a screen icon capable of playing many roles.

Source: IndieWire film

July 26, 2020

Venice Film Festival: Jury President Cate Blanchett Joined by Joanna Hogg, Christian Petzold, and More

The Venice Film Festival is setting up quite the internationally starry jury this year. Running September 2-12, the festival has revealed all its jury members as led by president Cate Blanchett. Joining her will be Austrian director Veronika Franz (“Goodnight Mommy,” “The Lodge”), British filmmaker Joanna Hogg (“The Souvenir”), Italian writer and novelist Nicola Lagioia, German filmmaker Christian Petzold (“Phoenix,” “Barbara”), Romanian director Cristi Puiu (“The Death of Mr. Lazarescu,” “Sieranevada”), and French actress Ludivine Sagnier (“Swimming Pool,” “8 Women”).

Together, they will award the festival’s top prizes, including the Golden Lion, which last year went to “Joker” under jury president Lucrecia Martel.

Meaning, in the Orizzonti, or Horizons, section running parallel to the main competition, French favorite Claire Denis (“High Life,” “Beau Travail”) will lead the jury comprised of Oskar Alegria (Spain), Francesca Comencini (Italy), Katriel Schory (Israel), and Christine Vachon (USA).

Heading the jury for the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film are Claudio Giovannesi (Italy) as president, Remi Bonhomme (France), and Dora Bouchoucha (Tunisia). The festival’s Venice Virtual Reality jury will be led by Celine Tricart as president (USA), and also include Asif Kapadia (Great Britain) and Hideo Kojima (Japan).

Daniele Luchetti’s “Lacci” will open the 77th edition on September 2. The selection is notable, as “Lacci” has become the first Italian movie to open the Venice Film Festival in 11 years. The last Italian opener was in 2009 with Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baarìa.” Luchetti’s “Lacci” is based on Domenico Starnone’s 2017 novel of the same name about a potential affair that threatens a marriage. The cast includes Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Laura Morante, Silvio Orlando, and Linda Caridi.

Slated to be the world’s first major film festival to resume operations during the pandemic, Venice will be a slimmed-down affair. Around 50 films will be announced as part of Venice’s official selection on July 28. The main competition, officially titled Venezia 77, will feature approximately 20 films. All other titles in the official selection will debut either in the Out of Competition section or the Horizons section. “Lacci” is included in the festival’s Out of Competition section.

The festival will also host outdoor screenings this year.

Source: IndieWire film

July 26, 2020

Olivia de Havilland, Star of ‘Gone With the Wind,’ Dies at 104

The link to Old Hollywood gets smaller with the announcement today that Olivia de Havilland, two-time Oscar winner and the last living star of “Gone With the Wind,” passed away at 104. De Havilland, who just celebrated her birthday three weeks ago, died of natural causes, her reps confirmed.

De Havilland was a trailblazer, and became a beloved bridge between the entertainment of today and the world of yesteryear. The star of over 60 film and television roles, the British actress became immortal after playing the goodhearted Melanie Wilkes in 1939’s “Gone With the Wind” and became swashbuckler Errol Flynn’s primary leading lady, working with him seven times, most notably in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

Outside of her film work, she created a shakeup in Hollywood that ended up having long-standing repercussions. In 1943 she filed suit against her home studio of Warner Bros. for extending her contract for longer than the standard seven years. Other stars of the era had attempted to stop this forced extension, most prominently Bette Davis, but all had failed. De Havilland’s lawsuit, equating the extensions to indentured servitude, was the one that won. The “de Havilland law” meant no studio could extend a star’s contract beyond the length originally agreed.

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born in Tokyo on July 1st, 1916 to a patent attorney and stage actress. Olivia’s younger sister Joan was born 15 months later. Joan — who’d go on to equal fame as actress Joan Fontaine —and Olivia had a fraught relationship with many decades of estrangement before Fontaine’s passing in 2013. The family moved from Tokyo to England, but a series of illnesses plaguing the girls compelled their mother to move them to California where their father eventually abandoned the family.

De Havilland, nicknamed “Livvie” by her sister, took a liking to the arts, studying ballet and piano at an early age. When she entered high school she initially had plans to become an English teacher. In 1933 she made her stage debut in an amateur production of “Alice in Wonderland,” which sparked an interest in the theater. She started to dabble in numerous school productions; unfortunately, this caused tension with her new stepfather, who forbade her from performing, and de Havilland would spend her teenage years living with a family friend to pursue acting.

In 1934, after graduating, she was offered the role of Puck in a community theater version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” It was here that director Max Reinhardt’s assistant saw the young de Havilland performing and offered her the understudy position of Hermia in a production of the same play Reinhardt was producing for the Hollywood Bowl. De Havilland moved to Los Angeles to tour with the production and when Reinhardt was offered a chance to direct a film adaptation of the Shakespeare play, de Havilland was promoted from understudy to star. Despite early misgivings, de Havilland signed a contract with Warner Bros. and made her film debut in 1935.

De Havilland became a quick study of film techniques, this in spite of her early, fluffy roles. In 1935 she and fellow bit player Errol Flynn were paired up in an adaptation of Rafael Sabatini’s “Captain Blood.” The film was a success, securing four Oscar nominations and propelling both Flynn and de Havilland into the limelight. The pair would be teamed up to even greater acclaim, and film immortality, two years later for “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” The film would get an Oscar nomination for Best Picture in 1938 and become one of the most popular examples of studio filmmaking.

***FILE PHOTO*** Actress Olivia de Havilland Has Passed Away at 104. 1939 American western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ann Sheridan. Based on a story by Robert Buckner, the film is about a Texas cattle agent who witnesses the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City, Kansas and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up. Filmed in early Technicolor, Dodge City was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. This was the 7th of 11 movies that de Havilland and Flynn appeared in together. Credit: Hollywood Photo Archive / MediaPunch /IPX

“Dodge City”

Hollywood Photo Archive / MediaPunch/MediaPunch/IPx

The next year would forever change how audiences’ saw de Havilland. Her role as Melanie Wilkes in “Gone With the Wind” secured her the first of five Oscar nominations for acting, and was the only time she’d be nominated for a supporting role. But in spite of the success of “Gone With the Wind,” de Havilland felt her roles weren’t challenging and by 1940 she was given the first of several suspensions by the studio for turning down work. She’d continue to turn down roles and be suspended while getting three Oscar nods in the 1940s, eventually winning her first in 1946 for “To Each His Own.”

Content to leave Warner Bros., the expiration of her contract continued to be extended due to her suspensions, necessitating the legal action that would pass the “de Havilland law.” Unfortunately, the lawsuit would result in her being blacklisted by the studio. She wouldn’t work anywhere for two years until 1945 when she signed with Paramount Pictures.

De Havilland would work steadily from there on out, continuing to rack up nominations for her work as a woman trapped in a mental institution in 1948’s “The Snake Pit.” In 1949 she’d win her second Oscar for playing the plain Jane seduced and disappointed by a beautiful man (played by Montgomery Clift) in “The Heiress.”

The birth of her son saw de Havilland turn to full-time motherhood, and while the actress continued to work on the stage, she took time off from filming. She’d do a lengthy run on Broadway in George Bernard Shaw’s “Candida,” before traveling to Paris and meeting Paris Match journalist Pierre Galante. The two would fall in love and marry in 1955 with de Havilland making France her home base. She’d continue to travel back and forth between Paris and the States, and in 1962 she published her first book “Every Frenchman Has One” about her time acclimating to the new country.

Actress Olivia de Havilland puts her Academy Award Oscar on her shelf after a long night speaking to the press and receiving the congratulations of friends after winning her second award for "The Heiress," March 26, 1950. (AP Photo/Frank Filan)

Actress Olivia de Havilland puts her Academy Award Oscar on her shelf.


In the 1960s de Havilland would go the way of many classic film stars and turn to television and the horror genre. She’d star in the 1964 cult classic “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte” opposite Bette Davis, a role that saw the elegant de Havilland revel in cursing and maliciousness. She’d follow that up the same year with “Lady in a Cage,” wherein de Havilland is trapped in an elevator as a gang of hoodlums terrorize her and her house.

De Havilland stayed active in the film world up until 2003 where she was a presenter at the 75th Academy Awards. She also made appearances as part of her 90th birthday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She received a National Medal of the Arts in 2008 and was knighted in France in 2010. But within the last decade de Havilland regularly refused to attend events, citing issues with her health and the struggles of travel.

De Havilland is survived by her daughter.

Source: IndieWire film