Apr 282011
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by vancouverfilmschool

With the proliferation of television and cable stations and our nations  addiction to ‘all things visual’ especially movies, more and more students are choosing to attend one of the nations Film and Television schools in order to enter the world of entertainment and broadcasting.  As someone who has attended both the NYU and USC film/television programs, I thought I should outline how to make the most of a structured film program to increase your chances of success in the industry after graduation.

Explore Then Specialize

One of the great things about film school is that it gives you the chance to explore different areas of film and television production.  During the first year or two I always advise students to try the unfamiliar and take risks with different roles, styles and techniques.  Perhaps you thought before enrolling you wanted to be a director but after you do the lighting for a film you realize you love cinematography.  Or perhaps you never worked with sound before and find yourself spending hours and hours creating amazing soundscapes for something you or a friend shot.  One thing to be sure you delve into is screenwriting.  While a discipline in itself that is separate from production, being familiar with story and screenplay and tv structure is very important for anyone working in the film or television business.

It is through experimenting that you can see where your natural strengths and weaknesses lie.  Remember, although many people are in film school have dreamed all their lives of being a great Director or Producer, the vast majority of time you must work your way up through the industry by working in a specific area.  Eventually, through various ways you can make the leap to Directing or Producing your own projects.  The ways to go about making that leap is complex enough for many articles so we won’t go into that here, but it is a good idea to have an idea of what kind of position you want after you graduate and hone your skills in school for that specific role while you are still a student.

Network

The Film and Television industries are very social industries.  The vast majority of people in ‘the business’ work with many of the same people over and over again and it is all based on friendships and close working relationships.  Film school is your first opportunity to create a starting network that you will then leverage when out of school to make the leap into the legitimate industry.  Make sure to be involved in as many clubs and go to as many functions as you can.  Make your goal to meet every person in your class, as well as the classes above and below you.  The larger your network of potential contacts and friends then the greater your source will be to find out about jobs in the industry.  Also, it is a good idea to work on as many fellow student films as possible so you can both meet the other students as well is see who the most talented at specific roles are.  This is especially useful if you plan to direct a thesis or do a production after graduation and want to hire friends that are the best at what they do for your production.

Internships

Internships can be an incredible resource for the aspiring film and television careerist.  Through internships you can not only get great experience in an area you are interested in, but you can also create great relationships that often lead to your first job out of school.  Also, for those thinking of moving to NY or LA that go to school outside of those areas, an internship with a recognized company is a great thing to have on your resume to stand out from the crowd and land your first gig.  The more specialized your interest and the more specific you can make your internship to ‘shape’ your resume the better.

Thesis/Final Project

Depending on the Film and Television program you are in, you might have the opportunity to do either a Thesis or Final project.  Often this involves Directing, Writing and sometimes Producing your own project along with other students as part of your ‘crew’.  This project can be used for several purposes depending on how well done it is and what format and length it is in.  Some use it as a chance to enter short or if long enough, feature film festivals.  Still others use it as a way of showing off the particular talents that they are good at.  This could be a short film that has very exquisite and complicated lighting scenarios or camera work for those trying to get into cinematography or camera operation.  Or it can be a very well directed or art directed film for those careers.  Just as you kept the ‘big picture’ in mind of what your intention is after graduation, the ‘Final Project’ can be a key part in your ‘portfolio’ to obtain work or a job after graduation.  For more great information about film schools please visit www.USCfilmschool.com

Trailer – www.youtube.com Behind the Scenes – www.youtube.com “Crime doesn’t take a vacation. But we do.” -Created, directed, edited, and visual effects by Michael Ashton for 0. Lazy Teenage Superheroes follows Ty as he tries to get his new “super” friends, Mitch, Cal, and Rick, to put down the video games, get off the couch, and use their powers to help save the world, instead of themselves. www.LazyTeenageSuperheroes.com Cast Joseph Stricker – Ty Ellis Martin – Mitch Sean Patrick McGowan – Rick Federico Rodriguez – Cal Rafael Cebrian – Solario Julian Cihi – Laser Wing/Blood Belt Anne Costner – Mel Crew Michael Ashton – Director, Producer, Writer, VFX – www.ashtonmike.com Sean Conaty- Director of Photography – http Dave Margolius – Prod. Coordinator Danny Cannizarro – VFX – www.dannycannizzaro.net Tom Ashton – Boom Operator Adam Royster – Writer Dan Teicher – Music – http Kyle Long – Prod. Assist. James Myers – Post Consultant

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Apr 282011

Some cool British film images:

British Film Institute


Stunt Man Demo

Crepe de la BFI

Variety Magazine Cocktail Party


Brad and I with Nina and friends at Variety Magazine’s annual cocktail party, this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the London Film Festival. I designed the invite as a favour to Nina in exchange for a couple of tickets.

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Apr 272011



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Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24










(PRWEB) December 4, 2004

Mira Sorvino and James Cromwell to be Honored at Artivist Film Festival and 2005 Artivist Awards April 19-24

Second Annual Humanitarian Film Fest Also Pays Tribute To Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Prevent Child Abuse America And Farm Sanctuary.

The Artivist Film Festival, which recognizes socially conscious filmmakers, activist celebrities and charitable organizations, has announced two of the four celebrities that will be honored at Artivist Film Festival 2005 as well as the four worthy charities.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 is set to recognize the outstanding contributions of Mira Sorvino for her work with Amnesty International and international human rights as well as James Cromwell for his tireless efforts dedicated to animal rights and Farm Sanctuary. Two additional celebrities will be announced shortly for their respective work for Greenpeace benefiting environmental preservation and Prevent Child Abuse which fights for ChildrenÂ’s Advocacy. The celebrities and charities will be honored at the 2005 Artivist Awards, an awards gala that will be held on the last night of the festival.

The festival, which will begin on April 19, 2005, will once again take place at the famed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Over the course of the six day event, filmmakers from around the world will compete in various categories of film or video including narrative, documentary and short film. Committed to strengthening the advocate voice of activist filmmakers and artists, Artivist Film Festival creates a much needed platform for them to share their work with large audiences. Artivist is now accepting film submissions and will announce the final roster of films that will be in competition in February 2005.

“Activist filmmakers can become a powerful voice for positive change in our global community,” said Artivist Film Festival Founder Diaky Diaz. “Their films address a variety of social issues ranging from international human right and children’s advocacy to environmental preservation and compassion for all sentient beings. Activist films educate, inspire create awareness and ultimately encourage people to contribute to the improvement of our world.”

Artivist team members are also presently securing sponsors for the festival as well as commencing on an aggressive marketing and public relations campaign that will ensure maximum exposure for the charities and film festival as well as for the sponsors. In addition, supporters may become members of the Artivist Patron Circle.

Artivist Film Festival 2005 follows on the highly-successful footsteps of the inaugural Artivist Film Festival that was held last April. The premiere festival attracted over 4,240 people, more than 150 international filmmakers, producers and artists from 14 countries, all of whom participated in the screening of 89 films. Highlights of the last yearÂ’s festival included screenings of such notable films as Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock, Uncover The Truth Of The Iraq War by Robert Greenwald and The Corporation from

filmmaker Mark Achbar.

The 2004 Artivist Awards were bestowed upon Ed Begley, Jr. and Greenpeace for environmental preservation, Mike Farrell and Witness for International Human Rights, Tippi Hendren and Humane Society of the United States and France Nuyen and Child Welfare League of America

for childrenÂ’s advocacy.

The Artivist Film Festival is the first festival dedicated to addressing social, global, political, animal rights and environmental issues through film, visual arts and music.

For more information on Artivist Film Festival 2005 or to schedule a time to speak with members of the Executive Board, media should please contact Lauren Lewis at office (818) 990-4771, cell (818) 970-0052, llewispr@aol.com.

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Apr 252011
May 26 – 29, 2005North America’s longest running film festival


Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support!

Schedule

Thursday – May 26, 2005

Registration
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mini-Cinema
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Emerging Filmmakers Day
Workshops and Filmscreenigs
Sponsored by:

  • SaskFilm
  • Partners In Motion
  • University of Regina
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment
  • National Film Board of Canada
    time and location to be announcedThe Cutting Room
    Hospitality Lounge
    2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

    Welcome Celebration
    (BBQ & Barn Dance)
    A Celebration of Saskatchewan Films
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Gallagher Centre – Industrial Building

    Friday – May 27, 2005

    Registration
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Mini-Cinema
    9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    “Revisiting Great Brittain”
    9:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.
    Join Donald Brittain’s friends and colleagues in this special tribute to his life and work and take advantage of this rare opportunity to see some of his classics on the big screen. Amoung them: Memorandum; Bethune; Paperland; Fields of Sacrifice; Never a Backward Step.

    The Cutting Room
    Hospitality Lounge
    2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

    Ball game
    5:30 p.m.
    Gallagher Centre grounds

    “Taste of Yorkton”
    6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Gallagher Centre
    Curling Rink

    Screenings
    Line up of entertaining shorts from years past!
    10:00 p.m.
    Gallagher Centre Curling Rink

    Saturday – May 28, 2005

    Registration
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Mini-Cinema
    9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Tenth Annual Golf Tournament
    Texas Scramble
    9:00 a.m.

    “Revisiting Great Brittain”
    Continues
    9:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.

    Builders Luncheon
    12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Regency Ballroom, Travelodge

    The Cutting Room
    Hospitality Lounge
    2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

    Canada’s Golden Sheaf Awards
    Banquet and Ceremony
    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cocktails
    6:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Dinner
    7:45 p.m. Awards presentation
    Gallagher Centre

    Sunday – May 29, 2005

    Mini-Cinema
    9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Screenings of Golden Sheaf Award Winners
    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Gallagher Centre

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Guild of Canadian Film Composers

Silver Sponsors

Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan

Apr 252011

A few nice hollywood film images I found:

The Graduate
hollywood film

One of the more famous scenes from the Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, took place in this church located in La Verne, and not Santa Barbara as the movie depicts. La Verne is located about 35 minutes East of Hollywood. Wayne’s World 2 spoofed this scene for their movie using this same church and this site was also used for the filming of Bubble Boy.

The Graduate
hollywood film

One of the more famous scenes from the Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross, took place in this church located in La Verne, and not Santa Barbara as the movie depicts. La Verne is located about 35 minutes East of Hollywood. Wayne’s World 2 spoofed this scene for their movie using this same church and this site was also used for the filming of Bubble Boy.

Find More Hollywood Film Images

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VooDooDog® shortlisted for TCM Short award with ‘Ashes’










(PRWEB) November 3, 2005

London based VooDooDog, run by David Z.Obadiah and Irish brothers Paul and Noel Donnellon, have been shortlisted for the Turner Classic Movies Short Film Competition with their live-action short film “Ashes” Directed by Corinna Faith and Produced by Tracy Bass.

“Ashes” tells the story of a man who travels to Anfield to scatter his father’s ashes, along with his own son who seems to have an opinion on everything. Despite the bickering, the two have a close relationship and the son seems to be more practical than the father, especially when it comes to solving the problem of what to do with the ashes, seeing as Anfield is shut.

The Award Ceremony will take place at this year’s 49th Times bfi London Film Festival, in the TCM sponsored Short Cuts and Animation strand.

The top 6 short-listed films will be screened at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank, London as part of the Time’s bfi London Film festival. All finalists will also have their short film shown in scheduled film screenings during the Festival. All the shortlisted films will also be aired on TCM.

The judging panel this year includes director Gurinder Chadha (“Bend it Like Beckham”,”Bride & Prejudice”), actor Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren and producer/director Stephen Woolley.

VooDooDog, recently nominated for an Emmy®, have just completed a series of Idents for SKY Movies, featuring CGI talking popcorn and are in Post-production on their live-action/CGI music video for Mark Owen.

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Apr 222011

by drmvm1

There is no denying the concept that the film or movie is a good vehicle of culture. When the cinema has just appeared its power to display modern events was highly appreciated. This particular feature of the cinema has provided the popularity for the movie as a new kind of supervision and entertainment. Consequently, today the cinema has become one of the favorite things people do when they have free time.

The cinema in international scale got the new creative urge with the film of Lars Von Trier ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and Fatih Akin ‘Head-On’. ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ are well-known for their power as a way of cultural production. These films are generally recognized as best foreign films. The films ‘Dancer In the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ concentrate on the life of the people who live in a foreign country like the directors of these films. The essay analyzes the films critically making allowance for its setting, language, acting and directing.

‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ are well-known and astonishing foreign films which received awards. ‘Dancer in the Dark’ was released in 2000 and ‘Head-On’ was released in 2004. These films have become famous worldwide as best foreign films. These films show the cinema importance and are highly appraised for the plot, scenery and casting. Special attention should be paid to the plot of both films, which describe people from different countries who have left their native land. ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ both address the concept of ‘foreignness’, defined as the state of not being ‘at home’, of being ‘other’, or non-native.

When you live far from your native country, your life can be unpredictable and can change suddenly in this or that way. You may have really interesting and unforgettable experience; however, the changing of a place of living may have very significant effects on your life and on the life of your relatives. First of all, living in another country affects the life of the main characters of the movie as they miss their fatherland greatly. They try to find happiness in the life or at least to forget about the negative side of a life as in case of the major heroine from ‘Dancer in the Dark’.

‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ are based on the study of life and emotions, of the important moments people face. The plots of the films are thrilling and full of feelings and emotions. Every part of these films has its greatness, splendor. Besides, every its shot is beautiful and appeals to the deep and profound interest of a spectator. The movies ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ are well-known for their power as a way of cultural production. The films ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ concentrate on the life of the people who live in a foreign country like the directors of these films. All people have experienced ‘foreignness’ and ‘otherness’ at some point in their lives when they are meeting new people, being in new surroundings or a foreign country. Both films ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘Head-On’ masterly display the theme of ‘foreignness’ so that the spectators are able to feel the idea of the ‘outsider’.

Another Pinoy director on his way to Cannes
Alessandra de Rossi in ‘Busong,’ director Auraeus Solito’s (inset) latest masterpiece MANILA, Philippines – Film director Auraeus Solito is the latest Filipino to make it to the Cannes Film Festival.   A report on filmbiz.asia April 20 confirmed the entry of Solito’s film “Busong” as one of three Asian films to be screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) section.  

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Apr 222011

Some cool new release movie images:

Quentin Tarantino taking questions at the Castro after Inglourious Basterds
new release movie

inglouriousbasterds-movie.com

newcityfilm.com/2009/08/21/quentin-tarantino-has-a-cold/

www.flickr.com/photos/raypride/sets/72157621965029095/

Soundtrack streaming (for now)

www.spinner.com/new-releases#/3

twitter.com/TheRealBasterds

www.castrotheatre.com

A french movie theater plays a big role in the film

Quentin Tarantino at the Castro for Inglourious Basterds
new release movie

inglouriousbasterds-movie.com

newcityfilm.com/2009/08/21/quentin-tarantino-has-a-cold/

www.flickr.com/photos/raypride/sets/72157621965029095/

Soundtrack streaming (for now)

www.spinner.com/new-releases#/3

twitter.com/TheRealBasterds

www.castrotheatre.com

A french movie theater plays a big role in the film

Quentin Tarantino introducing Inglourious Basterds at the Castro
new release movie

inglouriousbasterds-movie.com

newcityfilm.com/2009/08/21/quentin-tarantino-has-a-cold/

www.flickr.com/photos/raypride/sets/72157621965029095/

Soundtrack streaming (for now)

www.spinner.com/new-releases#/3

twitter.com/TheRealBasterds

www.castrotheatre.com

A french movie theater plays a big role in the film

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Apr 192011

Gone are the days when film making was generation based and you could only be a film maker if your generation is into it and you are a son/ daughter of so and so. Now a day the scenario has changed very much with thousands of aspirants taking up film making courses to carve a niche for themselves. Although there are a handful of institutions which proffer professional film making courses, it is always advisable to do some research on the requirements, eligibility criteria and other in sights on the World Wide Web before plunging into this vocation.

One thing is for sure that pursuing such a specialized course may burn holes in your pocket. This can further escalate when other aspects such as accommodation, travel, food charges and study materials are concerned. The equipments associated with such courses are pretty expensive and one needs to be very precise about all the facets of getting admitted into a film making institute. Among other eligibility criterion, it is imperative to submit a short film or clip you shot to the management to make them convinced about your creative skills. Documentaries, short stories and low budget movies are definitely a cost effective alternative but can not compare to the feeling that ensues after a movie is officially declared blockbuster.

Not all are born with traits that define a super moviemaker but one can get acquainted with such attributes by pursuing media courses such as film making courses and film editing courses. The repute of eth film making school is of utmost importance as the superior the stature of the school, the better your prospects at making it big. One can see this course as a way of learning how to tell a story to your audience with a glint of emotion in it. Film Editing courses are also in vogue because an editor is responsible to make the original master piece a more perfect one. In earlier times, editors used to do their chores manually. But with advancement of technologies and advent of avant-garde gadgets and software; everything related to film editing has gone digital. Any one with a strong desire to become a film editor can now take up professional Film editing courses and can gain apt recognizance among the high flying ones.

But one necessitates the traits of high level of craftsmanship and ingenuity to do extremely well in this profession. A film editor has got great responsibilities on his/ her shoulders which is why they are also refereed to as second directors. Their functioning pertains to maintaining a flow in music, rhythm, pace, transition and all that stuff in a movie. This can make all the difference as excellent digital editing will draw more audiences to the movie thereby grossing affluence. One need to research eth expertise and experience of faculties, infrastructure of the film school, intensity of exposure, hands on experience before choosing a right institute to pursue film editing courses. Rest no more and find a right film school to pursue your dreams.

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Apr 192011

Check out these hollywood movie images:

2008-06-21 Cinespia Line up
hollywood movie

This is the line at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to get into Cinespia’s movie night. I ran into a passerby on my way to the line who asked me, Do you know whose funeral it is? Heh

Kaboom!
hollywood movie

Hollywood action movie explosion warning sign
26/05/2007

TCM’s History of Hollywood” Tour 2010 – San Francisco
hollywood movie

Turner Classic Movie’s History of Hollywood" Tour 2010 – San Francisco

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