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.
Can Independents Win The Battle?January 1st, 2004 | Matt Dunne
On October 22, 2003, the FCC held a hearing on localism in Charlotte, NC. FCC chairman Michael Powell probably wished hed stayed home.
It's Not Your Parents' TechniqueJanuary 1st, 2004 | Paul Boutin
Your next film probably wont be digitally mastered. But the one after that probably will be. Thats how fast the costs of a digital intermediate are falling, even as the quality and benefits of digital mastering rise.
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.