Slowly grows fertile for filmmakersJanuary 1st, 2004 | Matthew Miller
Over the course of two generations, Detroit has gone from a symbol of American industrial pro-wess to a shorthand term for the worst of American urban decay. The citys hardest days are over, thoughthe days when commentators were calling Detroit a third-world city or, as Diane Sawyer once said, the first urban domino to falland there are real signs of recovery.
Dear Doc Doctor:
Is a short film the obligatory starting point of a filmmaking career? If so, what can I do with it when its finished? It doesnt seem to make financial sense to make a short.
Jason Guerrasio interviews Trinh DuongJanuary 1st, 2004 | Jason Guerrasio
What is the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media?
It is a fund that gives grants to video, film, and radio programs.
How long has it been in existence?
At 7:00 p.m. on a Friday night, more than twenty teams of filmmakers gather at a local film center or bar. In a random drawing one member of each team picks a film genre out of a hat. Every team is then given the same character, prop, and line of dialogue theyre required to include in a filma film they will write, shoot, and edit in less than 48 hours.
Affordable Options for Unique VisualsJanuary 1st, 2004 | Elizabeth Angell
Filmmakers are often touted for their visiontheir singular sense of how a movie should look, sound, and feel. But every film starts on paper, with a screenplay or even just an idea for a character or a mood. A director must partner with a cinematographer, a production designer, and others to translate that idea into a compelling, visually sophisticated narrative.
Aaton, the innovative French camera and audio manufacturer, has recently released two new and remarkable productsthe Cantar digital audio recorder, and the A-Minima Super16 film camera. The A-Minima is a film camera built to operate like a DV camera, while the Cantar is a digital audio recorder that operates much like a standard reel-to-reel recorder, but records to an internal hard drive in a way that surpasses other digital means like DAT or DV cameras.
Marc Johnson's Enlightening New SeriesJanuary 1st, 2004 | Christine Schomer
Marc Henry Johnson, executive producer and chief visionary of the newly premiered public television series Colorvision, is a passionate advocate for fair and balanced representation of minority cultures on our airwaves and movie screens. Disarmingly affable, Johnson is also politically savvy, articulate, and inclusive-minded.
Computer-Animated Biopic Strikes a ChordJanuary 1st, 2004 | Neil Kendricks
Oftentimes an independent filmmaker requires the support of an army of manyactors and crewto nurture his or her film into fruition. In the case of director-producer Sam Chens computer-animated short film Eternal Gaze, a biopic on the life and art of Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti, the required support came down to an army of one.
2003 Mill Valley Film FestivalJanuary 1st, 2004 | Brendan Peterson
Nestled next to majestic Mt. Tamalpais and filled with four-star restaurants, fine watering holes, and numerous natural wonders, the small city of Mill Valley nestled in Northern Californias Marin County provides a great backdrop for a relatively small but exceptional film festival.