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October 18, 2019

13 Films That Changed the Way We Make Movies

The films of the great DP Gordon “Prince of Darkness” Willis and director Terrance Malick are among this baker’s dozen list of cinema’s most influential contributions. Did your favorite movie make the cut?

The best compliment we can give these movies is that we wish we made them.

Movies like Frances Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Part II and Terrance Malick’s perfect Days of Heaven earned their deserved places on the New York Film Festival’s list of 13 films honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers, reports IndieWire.

New York Film Festival programmers Kent Jones and Dan Sullivan are celebrating the milestone with a 13-film retrospective, as the 2019 festival sets out to highlight the works of legendary DPs as Gordon Willis, Gregg Toland, James Wong Howe, and Robby Müller. The movies serve as a history exhibit as well, honoring the craft at 24 fps.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 18, 2019

'Peanut Butter Falcon' DP Explains Why a 2-Camera Setup Is Your Best Friend

Afraid to shoot with more than one camera? Let The Peanut Butter Falcon DP Nigel Bluck put your mind at ease.

Making a film is difficult when you’re shooting with just one camera, so it stands to reason — at least for some — that shooting with more than one makes things that much more so.

In fact, I’d argue that the somewhat inaccurate belief that multicam setups make shoots more challenging, rather than budgetary restrictions, is the prime reason burgeoning filmmakers avoid them. So, to help demystify the process and, hopefully, assuage your fears of intimidating multicam shoots, here’s a video from Indy Mogul in which Ted Sim talks with DP Nigel Bluck about the cinematographic approach he took on The Peanut Butter Falcon, from how he (barely) lit certain scenes to the incredible benefits of shooting with two cameras.

Let’s take a look at the various pieces of advice Bluck dispenses in the video.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 18, 2019

Netflix Just Killed Alexander Payne's New Movie a Day Before Shooting

Alexander Payne’s new Netflix movie has halted production one day before cameras were set to roll. Here’s why.

Less than 24 hours before it was to shoot, Alexander Payne’s new film at Netflix has halted production, Collider and Deadline reported Friday. The movie was set to star Mads Mikkelsen. It was a father-daughter road trip movie. Mikkelsen would play a Danish journalist who takes a road trip with his teenage daughter across the U.S. as he writes a story for a newspaper.

With so many terrible things going on in Hollywood, it would be safe to assume that some sort of sordid controversy stopped the movie from going forward. Thankfully, that was not the case. Deadline, in its usual snark, reports:

“I’ve heard that the subject of the film, journalist Karl Ove Knausgard, was left with an “out” and had a change of heart about having his story turned into a feature. Attempts were made to pull the film back on track, to no avail. The rights to the movie fell apart and now Netflix has nothing. I can only assume Knausgard saw Downsizing and thought, “Noooooooooope.” (SIGH.)

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October 18, 2019

You Can Now Stay and Write At Stephen King's House

Stephen King’s home is being converted into a writer’s retreat for people working to finish their passion projects. How can you get inside?

There’s something magical about being where you know the greats have been. Writing in the place where the people that inspired you once wrote. Now, you can travel to Bangor, Maine, and sit inside Stephen King’s (haunted) house — and write!

The Bangor City Council unanimously approved Friday a request by King and his wife to rezone their home as a non-profit. This would allow them to house an archive of King’s work and up to five writers at a time. So, basically there is a Stephen King Museum you can live and write in.

By appointment only, obviously.

“The King Family has been wonderful to the City of Bangor over time and have donated literally millions of dollars to various causes in the community,” one of the city councilors, Ben Sprague, told Rolling Stone. “Preserving his legacy here in Bangor is important for this community.”

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 18, 2019

Is a New 16" MacBook Pro Coming Soon?

Does the image hidden in macOS Catalina Beta confirm a New 16″ MacBook Pro?

Though Apple has yet to confirm, rumors have been swirling for some time about the development of a 16″ MacBook Pro. However, the company might’ve just inadvertently given us not just a clue to its existence but also a sneak peek at the laptop itself.

According to MacGeneration, there are files hidden within macOS Catalina beta with thumbnail images of an Apple laptop titled “MacBookPro16,1”. The laptop in the images themselves appears to be larger with thinner bezels, and appear to come in both Space Gray and Silver models, just like others in Apple’s MacBook Pro line.

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October 16, 2019

First Wave of 2020 Showcasing Artists Announced Including Beabadoobee, HTRK, Quinn Christopherson and More

Collage First Artist Announcement SXSW 2020

While we’re still reeling from all the great acts from last March, it’s with great excitement that we present the first wave of Showcasing Artists for the 2020 SXSW Music Festival taking place in Austin, TX from March 16-22.

The 288 Showcasing Artists announced today span 51 countries and include UK Afrobeat octet Kokoroko; 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopherson; Dirty Hit signing and soon-to-be indie rock darling Beabadoobee; South African hip-hop juggernauts AKA and Cassper Nyovest; South Korean K-Pop singer and BTS, Exo and Red Velvet producer/collaborator SUMIN; introspective Atlanta rapper GRIP; Ghostly International’s moody Melbourne-based minimal dub-influenced electronic duo HTRK; psychedelic Afro-Columbian futurists Ghetto Kumbé; buzzy Irish post-rock shoegazers Just Mustard, Houston gospel/soul/funk group The Jones Family Singers; former Throwing Muses singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh; Indigenous Australian rapper Baker Boy; Norwegian unhinged pop act and new Bella Union signing Pom Poko; The Weather Girls’ Martha Wash (yes, the same one from “It’s Raining Men”); rising Columbian latin-urban artist Nanpa Básico; and the Robert Smith-approved Icelandic darkwave trio Kælan Mikla.

“This season’s first artist reveal is a compelling and diverse list of artists from all corners of the globe. In the continued spirit of discovery, we’re pleased to give the world a glimpse of what it can expect to see next March; a genre-spanning and defying lineup of artists you’ll undoubtedly be hearing about in the future.” – James Minor, Head of Music Festival.

These artists join previously announced SXSW Conference speakers including musician, visual artist, and actress Kim Gordon (Music Keynote); hit songwriter Benny Blanco; legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma; former Nintendo American President/COO Reggie Fils-Aimé (Convergence Keynote); and more as part of the 2020 SXSW program. Explore the first wave of Showcasing Artists below and stay tuned for more announcements throughout the season.

Don’t Know Where to Start?

Here are a few ways to get to know the 2020 Showcasing Artists:

  • Follow the Official SXSW 2020 Playlist on Spotify and Apple Music
  • Watch the SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists Music Videos playlist on YouTube
  • Explore the Showcasing Artist lineup on the SXSW Schedule and favorite the artists you are interested in seeing at SXSW 2020
  • Listen to our Mixcloud Show highlighting artists from today’s announcement

To stay up-to-date on the latest SXSW coverage including artist highlights and upcoming announcements, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SXSW News.

Join Us in March

Want to take the stage at SXSW 2020? There’s still time to apply! Send in your Showcasing Artist Application by October 25th (11:59pm PT) to be considered. Not an artist? Learn more about badges and register to attend to enjoy live music, conference sessions, film premieres, and more March 13-22, 2020.

2020 SXSW Showcasing Artists

Everything subject to change.

Accü (Carmarthen UK-WALES)
Adam French (Congleton UK-ENGLAND)
Aiming For Enrike (Oslo NORWAY)
Alex the Astronaut (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Ali Barter (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Alien Tango (Murcia SPAIN)
Altre di B (Bologna ITALY)
Amanda Black (Mthatha SOUTH AFRICA)
Andrea Cruz (Puerto Rico PUERTO RICO)
Angelica Garcia (El Monte CA)
Antti Paalanen (Kokkola FINLAND)
Approachable Members Of Your Local Community (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Arre! Arre! (Malmö SWEDEN)
Art d’Ecco (Victoria CANADA)
Automelodi (Montreal CANADA)
Bad Waitress (Toronto CANADA)
Baker Boy (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Bakers Eddy (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Banditos (Birmingham AL)
Bang Bang Romeo (Doncaster UK-ENGLAND)
Barbara Nesbitt (Austin TX)
Barbi Recanati (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Baseball Gregg (Bologna ITALY)
Beabadoobee (London UK-ENGLAND)
Beachtape (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Ben&Ben (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Bethlehem Steel (Brooklyn NY)
Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)
Bill and the Belles (Johnson City TN)
Birthday Club (Houston TX)
Black Country, New Road (Cambridge UK-ENGLAND)
Blushh (Los Angeles CA)
Bootblacks (New York NY)
Borealis Rex (New Orleans LA)
Bourgeois Mystics (Austin TX)
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Cadence Weapon (Toronto CANADA)
Campfire Social (Wrexham UK-WALES)
Candeleros (Madrid SPAIN)
Cape Weather (Los Angeles CA)
Capyac (Austin TX)
Caracoles (Canary Islands SPAIN)
Carla Geneve (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Casey Neill & The Norway Rats (Portland OR)
Cassper Nyovest (Mafikeng SOUTH AFRICA)
Ceci Juno (Guayaquil ECUADOR)
The Chairs (Taiwan TAIWAN)
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (Austin TX)
Chestnut (Los Angeles CA)
ChihiroYamazaki+ROUTE14band (Tokyo JAPAN)
Clean Cut Kid (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Cloud Rat (Mount Pleasant MI)
Colin Gilmore & Nicolette Good: Ladder To The Moon (Austin TX)
Common Holly (Montreal CANADA)
Como Las Movies (Austin TX)
Con Brio (San Francisco CA)
Corridor (Montreal CANADA)
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Cromosapiens (Monterrey MEXICO)
Cruz Cafuné (Tacoronte SPAIN)
Dan García (Mexico City MEXICO)
Daniel Casimir & Tess Hirst (London UK-ENGLAND)
Dawn Avenue (Tres Marias MEXICO)
Declan J Donovan (Essex UK-ENGLAND)
Deeper (Chicago IL)
Devarrow (Halifax CANADA)
Devours (Vancouver CANADA)
Donna Blue (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Do Nothing (Nottingham UK-ENGLAND)
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (Daegu SOUTH KOREA)
Dry Cleaning (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Dunts (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Early James (Birmingham AL)
Easy Wanderlings (Pune INDIA)
eldanidonoso (Santiago CHILE)
El Dorado (Mexico City MEXICO)
Elephant Stone (Montreal CANADA)
Ellis (Hamilton CANADA)
Emma Jean Thackray (London UK-ENGLAND)
Enno Cheng (Taiwan TAIWAN)
Eoin Smith (Dublin IRELAND)
eX-Girl (Kichijoji JAPAN)
Family Jools (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Fanclub (Austin TX)
Far Caspian (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Ferris & Sylvester (London UK-ENGLAND)
The fin. (Kobe JAPAN)
Fire EX. (Taiwan TAIWAN)
Flyying Colours (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)
The Frights (San Diego CA)
fuvk (Austin TX)
Gena Rose Bruce (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Gewalt (Berlin GERMANY)
Ghetto Kumbé (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Glue Trip (João Pessoa BRAZIL)
Good Morning (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Goon (Los Angeles CA)
GRIP (Atlanta GA)
Grrrl Gang (Yogyakarta INDONESIA)
Hachiku (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Hala (Detroit MI)
Hardwicke Circus (Carlisle UK-ENGLAND)
Hater (Malmö SWEDEN)
Hedonutopia (Istanbul TURKEY)
Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz (San Antonio TX)
High Heavens (Austin TX)
Hiperson (Chengdu CHINA)
Horse Jumper of Love (Boston MA)
Housecall (Dallas TX)
ings (Seattle WA)
Islet (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Jadu Heart (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jane Weaver (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Jan Verstraeten (Sint-Niklaas BELGIUM)
Jason Hawk Harris (Los Angeles CA)
Jeannel (Berlin GERMANY)
Jekyll (Blackpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jeremie Albino (Toronto CANADA)
The Jones Family Singers (Houston TX)
Jordan Mackampa (London UK-ENGLAND)
Just Mustard (Dundalk IRELAND)
Kae Astra (Austin TX)
Kælan Mikla (Reykjavik ICELAND)
KAINA (Chicago IL)
Kate Bollinger (Charlotesville VA)
Kate Clover (Los Angeles CA)
Kiki Valera (Seattle WA)
Kings of the Beach (Vigo SPAIN)
Kiwi Jr. (Toronto CANADA)
Knife Wife (Washington DC)
Kokoroko (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kristin Hersh (Providence RI)
Lady Donli (Abuja NIGERIA)
La Garfield (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Laveda (Albany NY)
Leif Vollebekk (Montreal CANADA)
Leon Of Athens (Athens GREECE)
Lido Pimienta (Toronto CANADA)
Lilla Vargen (Belfast UK-N. IRELAND)
Lorine Chia (Los Angeles CA)
Los Moustros del Espacio Exterior (Culiacán MEXICO)
Louis Prince (Orange County CA)
Lower Tar (Los Angeles CA)
Luna Luna (Dallas TX)
Magnolian (Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA)
Malin Pettersen (Oslo NORWAY)
Manifest Destiny’s Child (Denton TX)
Mapache (Los Angeles CA)
Margaret Glaspy (New York NY)
Maria y Jose (Tijuana MEXICO)
Martha Wash (New York NY)
The Mastersons (Los Angeles CA)
Mauskovic Dance Band (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Max Chinasky (Cancún MEXICO)
me&you (Sacramento CA)
Merk (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Michigander (Kalamazoo MI)
Mikie Rivera (San Juan PUERTO RICO)
Mirella Cesa (Guayaquil ECUADOR)
Mir Fontane (Camden NJ)
Mobley (Austin TX)
Model/Actriz (Boston MA)
Mojo Juju (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Moonchild Sanelly (Port Elizabeth SOUTH AFRICA)
Moon Kissed (New York NY)
Moon Panda (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Morena Leraba (Mafeteng LESOTHO)
The Murder Capital (Dublin IRELAND)
Myylo (Los Angeles CA)
Nadia Nakai (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
Nanpa Básico (Medellín COLOMBIA)
Natalie McCool (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Native Sun (Brooklyn NY)
Necking (Vancouver CANADA)
Neck of the Woods (Vancouver CANADA)
Negative Gemini (Los Angeles CA)
NekoJam (Taipei City TAIWAN)
Neoma (Cuenca ECUADOR)
Neuza (Fogo CABO VERDE)
New Fame (Da Nang VIETNAM)
Nico LaOnda (New York NY)
Nicolás Molina (Castillos URUGUAY)
Night Dreamer (Los Angeles CA)
Nobody’s Girl (Austin TX)
Nonso Amadi (Toronto CANADA)
Noya Rao (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Olivier Cong (Hong Kong HONG KONG)
Orchards (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
The Orielles (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Otha (Oslo NORWAY)
Ötzi (Oakland CA)
Pachará (Mexico City MEXICO)
Partner (Windsor CANADA)
Pearla (Brooklyn NY)
Pearl & the Oysters (Gainesville FL)
Perfect Son (Warsaw POLAND)
Petrol Girls (Graz AUSTRIA)
P.H.F (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Pictish Trail (Isle Of Eigg UK-SCOTLAND)
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs (Newcastle upon Tyne UK-ENGLAND)
Pizzagirl (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Pom Poko (Oslo NORWAY)
Porridge Radio (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Purple Pilgrims (Coromandel NEW ZEALAND)
Qlowski (London UK-ENGLAND)
Quinn Christopherson (Anchorage AK)
Richard Spaven (London UK-ENGLAND)
Riders Against the Storm (Austin TX)
Roan Yellowthorn (Camden ME)
Rosehip Teahouse (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Ruby Boots (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Ruth Koleva (Sofia BULGARIA)
Samba De La Muerte (Caen FRANCE)
Sammy Brue (Ogden NY)
Samthing Soweto (Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA)
San Cha (Los Angeles CA)
San Mei (Gold Coast AUSTRALIA)
San Saba County (Austin TX)
Sarah Klang (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers (Chapel Hill NC)
Savannah Sgro (Nashville TN)
Sen Morimoto (Chicago IL)
Shady Nasty (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Shah (Toronto CANADA)
Shana Falana (Kingston NY)
Shell of a Shell (Nashville TN)
SHIJIN (Schwarz-Bart/Galland/Braff/David) (Paris FRANCE)
Simi (Lagos NIGERIA)
Sleeping Brain (Taipei TAIWAN)
$NOT (Lake Worth FL)
Sofia Macchi (Mexico City MEXICO)
Sofia Portanet (Berlin GERMANY)
Sonoda (Los Angeles CA)
Spirit Was (Queens NY)
Spooky Mansion (Los Angeles CA)
Stealing Sheep (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Stella Sommer (Berlin GERMANY)
Strange Ranger (Philadelphia PA)
Taimane (Honolulu HI)
Tallies (Toronto CANADA)
Tamtam (Riyadh SAUDI ARABIA)
TC Superstar (Austin TX)
Theon Cross (London UK-ENGLAND)
There (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Thornetta Davis (Detroit MI)
TisaKorean (Houston TX)
Tolliver (Los Angeles CA)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
The Tomboys (Kobe JAPAN)
Tony True and the Tijuana Tres (Monterrey MEXICO)
Topographies (San Francisco CA)
Totemo (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Tufan Derince (Diyarbakir TURKEY)
The Underground Youth (Berlin GERMANY)
Vandoliers (Fort Worth TX)
Vanishing Twin (London UK-ENGLAND)
Video Age (New Orleans LA)
Virginia Wing (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
The Wandering Hearts (London UK-ENGLAND)
We Are The Grand (Santiago CHILE)
Weird Milk (London UK-ENGLAND)
Western Youth (Austin TX)
When Chai Met Toast (Cochin INDIA)
Why Bonnie (Austin TX)
WILD (Los Angeles CA)
The Yawpers (Denver CO)
Young Deji (Houston TX)
Young Georgian Lolitaz (Tbilisi GEORGIA)

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Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
The Orielles – Photo courtesy of the Artist
Purple Pilgrims – Photo by Olivia Renouf
Cruz Cafuné – Photo by Studio Bruma
Kælan Mikla – Photo by Dean Kemball
GRIP – Photo courtesy of the Artist

Featured Image: Pom Poko – Photo by Jørgen Nordby

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October 15, 2019

Google kills Daydream with a lack of support on the Google Pixel 4

Google announced that the Pixel 4 will not support the Daydream virtual reality platform, and it will no longer sell the Daydream View mobile VR headset.
Source: Digital Trends VR

October 11, 2019

Spielberg, Tom Hanks Set 'Band of Brothers' Follow-Up for Apple

Amblin TV will adapt Masters of Air for Apple and we can’t wait.

Deadline is reporting that Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone have made a deal with Apple for a limited event limited series based on the Donald L. Miller book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany.

As a Spielberg and Hanks lover — plus a history buff — I cannot wait for their follow-up to Band of Brothers.

Masters of the Air chronicles the history of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II. The source material tells the true story of the American bomber boys during the war that “brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep,” according to a description on Amazon.

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October 11, 2019

Cinestudy Releases Free Projects to Help Filmmakers

Want to make your filmmaking voice heard but have no idea how? Cinestudy wants to help you.

Cinestudy, formerly Framelines from PBS, has begun releasing multiple filmmaking projects online for free. Starting with a mini-horror movie that anyone can download, edit, and then release online — all in Ultra HD 4K — students from several schools have already begun to upload their edits, some for their class assignments, others just to show what they can do.

“I taught myself filmmaking right before online tutorials and I just wanted to put out there high quality content that people can learn from”, says Peter John Ross, creator/director. “I’m making projects I wished I had available when I started to make movies and learn editing.”

For the Halloween season, Cinestudy has released a mini-Horror movie project where students and hobbyists can edit their own movie centering on a serial killer chasing a young woman around a warehouse. Shot entirely in UltraHD 4K, all of the footage is available for download. And it is totally free because of a generous donation by the cinematographer and owner of Zabolights, Greg Sabo.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

October 11, 2019

Win Gear and Glory with LaCie's "Behind The Door" Challenge

Create a 60-second story for the Halloween-themed contest.

It’s 4:00 in the morning… and someone, or something, is knocking at your door… What is it?

Well, that’s up to you!

The LaCie COLLECTIVE’s current video contest is the perfect fit for the Halloween season: Use your imagination, creativity, and filmmaking skills to create a 60-second video for The Behind the Door Challenge.

All videos need to follow the same suspense-building prompt: It’s 4 am, and someone or something is at the door. But from there, the freedom is yours.

The Resident Pro for this challenge is Colombian film director and creature master, Miguel Ortega. You’ve seen his work in Thor, A Night at the Museum, and Krampus among others.

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