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FilmClick.com Launches Film Hosting Website & Online Community











EMERYVILLE, Calif. (PRWEB) March 11, 2008

    FilmClick has many quality features, separating it from other video-hosting websites. FilmClick seeks true films as opposed to the viral videos found on many popular websites. The video quality on FilmClick is much higher than that offered on many other video websites, including full and widescreen capabilities, giving viewers a more enjoyable experience while viewing films over the Internet. Also, there are no restrictions on the file size or the length of films users can upload. FilmClick wants all filmmakers to take part in this online community and have their works seen by a global audience. FilmClick offers a free, mail-in service for conversion to digital format for films currently on tapes, reels and other media.

In addition to hosting films, FilmClick serves as a social networking arena for everyone interested and involved in film. FilmClick believes that everyone contributing to a film, not just actors and filmmakers, should be recognized. FilmClick welcomes and encourages behind-the-scenes crewmembers to join the FilmClick community. Those not working in the film industry but who enjoy watching films are also welcomed to join and view films, all while being able to connect and interact with those who worked on the creation. Users can create FilmClick profiles, view films, upload films, add friends, post comments, review films, create groups, join groups, and much more. It is not required to register with FilmClick to view films, however registration is recommended to explore the full services offered by FilmClick.

Upcoming features to the beta version of FilmClick are the FilmClick Production Planner and the FilmClick Profile Directory. The FilmClick Production Planner is an online, centralized application intended to simplify the film production process. This feature includes a calendar tool to display production schedules, coordinate film shoots, make important announcements, and is accessible to everyone involved in the shoot as administered by the production moderator. Coming soon the FilmClick Profile Directory will allow users to browse all user profiles not set to “private”. This browsing feature will allow FilmClick users to get noticed and increase their ability to collaborate on future film productions. FilmClick strives to deliver a platform for everyone interested in film to share their works and credits to an online audience.

FilmClick also announced it will be sponsoring and hosting an online film festival, with entries being accepted through June 30, 2008. The categories for entry are: Comedy, Documentary, and General Films (includes all other genres). Each film can be entered into just one category; however, there is no limit to the number of films submitted by one user. Over $ 5,000 will be awarded in total, with registered FilmClick users determining the winners. Official rules can be found at http://www.FilmClick.com.

About FilmClick

FilmClick LLC (http://www.FilmClick.com) is an online film community designed for anyone and everyone interested in film! FilmClick was created to connect filmmakers, crewmembers, actors, and film enthusiasts to encourage true filmmaking.

We offer exclusive services and features that are not available on other sites. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, full-length content emphasizing filmmaking, original storytelling, and media arts all while offering free services and resources for creating, planning, producing, sharing, and viewing films.

While FilmClick focuses on finished independent works, amateur and commercial films and community members are also welcome.





















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“LATE BLOOMER” SELECTED FOR THE LOS ANGELES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. “Downtown Cult Hit” From New York City Transformed
Into A Compelling & Humorous Short Film Directed By Craig Macneill











NEW YORK (PRWEB) August 23, 2004

North lake Films is pleased to announce that Late Bloomer, the new short film by emerging director Craig Macneill and winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Lake Placid Film Festival, has been selected for the 2004 Los Angeles Short Film Festival.

Craig was inspired to make “Late Bloomer” while shooting a documentary on the film’s writer, Clay McLeod Chapman, star of the long-running off-Broadway sensation The Pumpkin Pie Show that has been called a “downtown cult hit” by Time Out New York.

In Late Bloomer, one boy discovers that something strange is happening in Miss Lovecraft’s seventh grade sexual education class –something much darker than the normal curriculum. AinÂ’t it Cool News says Late Bloomer is a “Cute funny film – a treat to horror fans.” The Richmond Times Dispatch reports “The audience didn’t move, except to breathe, laugh and apply bug spray.” Late Bloomer will screen at the Arclight Theater: Sat Sept 11th at 5:30pm (Theater #12).

Director Craig Macneill is a based in New York, where he has been building a career as a writer and director of films since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999 with a degree in film production.

Playwright and storyteller Clay McLeod Chapman has seen his short fiction transposed to the stage for over a decade, produced in Romania, Scotland, Ireland and in the U.S. At the age of 26, Clay has published a collection of short stories, Rest Area (Hyperion Press, 2002), a novel entitled Miss Corpus (Hyperion Press, 2003), and been selected by The New Yorker as the featured emerging author for its 2003 “Reading Glasses” series.

The film score for Late Bloomer was composed and performed by One Ring Zero. The band has shared billings with pacesetting performers and musicians such as Cibo Matto; Medeski, Martin, and Wood; The Magnetic Fields; Thurston Moore; and The Roots.

Entering its eighth year, the LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world and one of the few recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The festival attracts the highest caliber of short films made each year. Since itÂ’s inception, nineteen festival participants have gone on to earn Academy Award nominations and five have won the Oscar.

Craig Macneill will be at the Festival and available for interviews. To schedule an interview or request a copy of the film, please contact Craig Macneill at 646.765.6806 or visit http://www.northlakefilms.com

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by watchmojo

There are many a Christmas film to entertain during this most special time of year and in spite of this tradition not going back as far as the music and stories that accompany this season; it has become just as much apart of Christmas as any other. Christmas films; now a days are just as eagerly awaited as perhaps the season itself by cinema goers all over the world with every season bringing on a new batch, most of which will probably be forgotten before the season returns the following year.

With regards to the history behind these films perhaps it can be said that the first films of this season limited themselves to subjects which portrayed the birth and life of Jesus Christ or at least the way it is said to have taken place in the “New Testament” of the bible. These films concentrating on showing three wise men being lead by a star to a place where the virgin Mary gave birth to the one whom Christians through out the world have called the messiah. Some films would include the events of Jesus’ life but for the most part these films of Christmas would limit themselves to the events that preceded his birth.

With time however Christmas films as did perhaps the season itself; moved away from only being focused on the birth of Christ and started including such themes as Santa Claus. This being the man who supposedly lives in the North Pole and gives presents to all those children, regardless of any condition other then weather or not they have been good through out the year.

Christmas eventually stretched beyond even these two themes and like Christmas itself which expanded so did the films concerning this time of year, to include the effect this season has on most people and their relationships to one another. As a strange coincidence or perhaps it was not the first film to go a way from these two themes was “A Christmas Carol”, based on the famous book written by Charles Dickens. As it might have been this story which was the first to concentrate on another matter concerning Christmas other then Jesus or Santa Claus.

With regards however to film versions of “A Christmas Carol”, the first of which was not even given this title but “Scrooge” (though sometimes also referred to as “Marley’s ghost”), it being released way back in 1901 as a short film. Many films however would follow based on the theme created by Dickens though perhaps the one that sticks out the most from all these versions of the same, at least as far as those which are in black and white is the one staring Reginald Owen in 1938 in the role of the Ebenezer Scrooge. The biter old man who needed to be reminded by three ghosts sent to him by his deceased business partner, Marley of the joy he once held for Christmas which had been replaced by his greed for money.

Where “A Christmas Carol” can be said to have been the first film to focus on other then religious subjects perhaps it is the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” which in a way goes back to them though again not concentrating on Jesus’ birth but on an angel coming down to earth to assist “George Bailey”. This being a man who on Christmas day decided that his path would be suicide to escape from a life he considered not to have been of use to any; only to be proven that in fact many around him would be far worse of if he had not been born.

“It’s A Wonderful Life” in my opinion and that of many (at least in the United States) others has in recent years replaced “A Christmas Carol” as far as being the most symbolic film of the Christmas season. As it perhaps even more so then “A Christmas Carol” captures that spirit so abundant during this season. That being the spirit of giving and sharing with our neighbors specially should they be in need or if they through out their lives have done as much as George Bailey did for those in his town of Bedford Falls. As for myself personally I would have to say that looking at this film even from a critical angle, that it is the one that I would recommend above all others when it comes to Christmas films. It combining sentimentalism but in a strange manner those who are portrayed as such are also shown as being practical. After all they in a way are simply showing their gratitude to the man who was responsible for them being able to buy the homes they live in. This sentiment being exclaimed in the line “I wouldn’t even have a roof over my head it if wasn’t for you George” used by one of the characters who contributes to solve George’s dilemma over the money which had been stolen from his savings and loan.

Perhaps one of the reasons why “It’s A Wonderful Life” has replaced “A Christmas Carol” as the standard Christmas film is because “It’s A Wonderful Life” contrary to “A Christmas Carol” has not had so many different versions made, which makes it that when people refer to it they naturally only think of the one made by Capra staring James Stewart. This being the case though a very forgettable version called “It happened One Christmas” was made in 1977 which given the fact that many were not familiar with the original version at the time become very popular. This till “It’s A Wonderful Life” was made popular on TV to the point of almost being shown at least once a day at Christmas time. All of which sending “It happened One Christmas” back to the obscurity from which it should have never left.

“A Christmas Carol” however has had many versions made of it, making it almost that there is no version which can be considered classic or even the original one. All of which making it hard for film viewers to focus on any one particular version or associating the main character “Ebenezer Scrooge” with any particular actor, given that many from George C. Scot to Henry Winkler (mostly known for his portrayal of the “Happy Days” character the “Fonz”) to Reginald Owen have played have played it. This not being the case for George Bailey; as this character has come to be associated exclusively with James Stewart.

“A Christmas Carol” perhaps because it was first known as a great piece of literature went on however to have its theme repeated not only in many a film but TV serials as well. For instance “The Odd Couple” did so when Oscar dreamed he was “Scrooge” being visited by the ghost of Felix; given that the ghost of Marley could not make it given that it was his busiest time of year. “The Six Million Dollar Man”, a TV show about a man turned part robot also took from this theme as did many a cartoon like “Mr. Magoo” and even Walt Disney cashed in on the idea using Donald Duck’s rich but often parsimonious Scottish uncle.

However, many are the films regarding Christmas that I would say deserve honorable mention such as “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t”, which I might add I went to see with my class while a student at the parochial school I attended in my early years in New York City. “The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t” I would recommend as being nice though it perhaps lacks somewhat in originality as it takes a page from “It’s A Wonderful Life”. This coming in the form that it is the children who help Santa raise the money he needs to pay off his debt or the toys he has worked on all year will be taken instead.

However when mentioning Christmas films there are some which I would not take even the most rotten kids I know to see such as the one made with Dudley Moore called “Santa Claus” or “Miracle On 34th Street”. This last film being in extremely poor taste in my opinion; as it tries to show the hardships of a “poor little girl” who cries because she has to content herself with living in luxurious apartment on Westside of Central Park; given her mother does not own an equally posh house in the country. This “poor girl’s” tragedy is even augmented because she has no father, as if her more then loving mother were not enough. This making me think of how one could classify those orphaned children I saw living on the streets of South America, who had to do with much less then this spoilt American child; while not having anybody what so ever.

Of course there are other films which were made and can be purchased on DVD such as “The Bells Of Saint Marry” though this film I know very little about as I have neither seen it nor read its synopsis and what little I do know about it is that there is a Swedish actress by the name of Ingrid Bergman, who plays a nun. This being what I picked up from a scene in “The Godfather” in which Michael Corleone (played by Al Pacino) and his girlfriend, Kate (Played by Diane Keaton) walk out of Radio City (when they showed films there) after seeing it and comment on how perhaps Michael would prefer it if Kate were a nun or Ingrid Bergman. I having little in the way of knowledge about this film can not recommend it though I have heard from many that it is worth seeing but then again this was what I heard about that tactless film “Miracle On 34th Street”.

As for animated films that have taken my interest during this time of year, I would have to say that “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” ranks up there as one of the finest films I have seen connected to this time of year. This 30 minute animated film by “Doctor Zeus” showing how a little girl teaches the mean Grinch, that there is more to Christmas then toys and decorations; is a real Christmas classic which no child should ever miss. Those who see this film in English and are old enough might recognize the voice of Boris Karloff (real name William Pratt), also known for his portrayal of Frankenstein. Where I recommend this animated film I by no means do so the idiotic film version made in recent years with the same title by director Ron Howard (also known for his portrayal of the Happy Days character Ritchie Cunningham) staring Jim Carey. This because I have a hard time deciding if this film is even a bigger tragedy then some of the other Christmas disasters I have tried to watch on TV; most of which I will not even mention in this article.

TV shows have also contributed great stories for this time of year known as Christmas and it is with all my heart that I would like to recommend to those who should read this article, that this Christmas they turn on Youtube and watch the episode of the Twilight Zone; entitled “Night Of The Meek”. This being a truly igneous story of a man of good nature by the name of Henry Corwin; who through the magic that is Christmas is literally transformed in to Santa Claus but not before having been fired from his Job as the department store Santa Clause for drunkenness.

It is this story which I would say is my favorite as far as stories portraying the character who is also known as Saint Nick. As it portrays Henry Corwin as a generous man, who drinks because he is unable to help the poor and helpless one’s as he refers to them who are all around him. One of which contrary to the child in “Miracle On 34th Street” asks not for a house in the country but a job for his unemployed father. It is however when confronted by a bag of Christmas presents which seems to not only never run out of presents but have in it all that those around ask for; such as toys, sweaters and just about anything anybody could want that Henry Corwin gets what he always wanted. To become the biggest gift giver of all.

In conclusion I would say that Christmas is a wonderful time of year and perhaps in a way it is made more so by the films mentioned in this article; for they thanks to their stories show us how this time of year can truly bring people closer together in a way that nothing else can. As for a personal confession of mine, I must say that “It’s A Wonderful Life” along with “The Night Of Meek” never fail to bring tears to my eyes. This being the case regardless of weather I find myself watching or even describing their plots as I have done so in this piece of mine.

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FilmClick.com Launches Film Hosting Website & Online Community











EMERYVILLE, Calif. (PRWEB) March 11, 2008

    FilmClick has many quality features, separating it from other video-hosting websites. FilmClick seeks true films as opposed to the viral videos found on many popular websites. The video quality on FilmClick is much higher than that offered on many other video websites, including full and widescreen capabilities, giving viewers a more enjoyable experience while viewing films over the Internet. Also, there are no restrictions on the file size or the length of films users can upload. FilmClick wants all filmmakers to take part in this online community and have their works seen by a global audience. FilmClick offers a free, mail-in service for conversion to digital format for films currently on tapes, reels and other media.

In addition to hosting films, FilmClick serves as a social networking arena for everyone interested and involved in film. FilmClick believes that everyone contributing to a film, not just actors and filmmakers, should be recognized. FilmClick welcomes and encourages behind-the-scenes crewmembers to join the FilmClick community. Those not working in the film industry but who enjoy watching films are also welcomed to join and view films, all while being able to connect and interact with those who worked on the creation. Users can create FilmClick profiles, view films, upload films, add friends, post comments, review films, create groups, join groups, and much more. It is not required to register with FilmClick to view films, however registration is recommended to explore the full services offered by FilmClick.

Upcoming features to the beta version of FilmClick are the FilmClick Production Planner and the FilmClick Profile Directory. The FilmClick Production Planner is an online, centralized application intended to simplify the film production process. This feature includes a calendar tool to display production schedules, coordinate film shoots, make important announcements, and is accessible to everyone involved in the shoot as administered by the production moderator. Coming soon the FilmClick Profile Directory will allow users to browse all user profiles not set to “private”. This browsing feature will allow FilmClick users to get noticed and increase their ability to collaborate on future film productions. FilmClick strives to deliver a platform for everyone interested in film to share their works and credits to an online audience.

FilmClick also announced it will be sponsoring and hosting an online film festival, with entries being accepted through June 30, 2008. The categories for entry are: Comedy, Documentary, and General Films (includes all other genres). Each film can be entered into just one category; however, there is no limit to the number of films submitted by one user. Over $ 5,000 will be awarded in total, with registered FilmClick users determining the winners. Official rules can be found at http://www.FilmClick.com.

About FilmClick

FilmClick LLC (http://www.FilmClick.com) is an online film community designed for anyone and everyone interested in film! FilmClick was created to connect filmmakers, crewmembers, actors, and film enthusiasts to encourage true filmmaking.

We offer exclusive services and features that are not available on other sites. Our goal is to deliver high-quality, full-length content emphasizing filmmaking, original storytelling, and media arts all while offering free services and resources for creating, planning, producing, sharing, and viewing films.

While FilmClick focuses on finished independent works, amateur and commercial films and community members are also welcome.





















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Presenting Season Two of the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival











Kutztown, PA (PRWEB) September 27, 2006

It’s time to vote for the winner of the Second Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival. Featuring 50 short films from ten countries, the Haydenfilms Online Film Festival runs from September 13 through November 15, 2006.

After reviewing more than 195 international entries, an expert panel of judges has selected the top 50 films competing for a $ 10,000 cash prize, plus other prizes from sponsors such as Akimbo and Write Brothers. The top four filmmakers will have their films shown during the winner’s ceremony in January 2007 in New York City.

Finalists for the festival submitted short films no longer than thirty-five minutes to be reviewed by a unique, professional judging panel consisting of national media professors and film industry experts. Each judge viewed and voted on the films, and their top 50 selections have been made available online at http://bside.haydenfilms.com

Each film will be available for voting, with the online community making the final decision on the winner. Through a partnership with Bside Entertainment, Haydenfilms members will be able to interact with the filmmakers through blogs, slide shows, and film reviews. All Haydenfilms members who vote online will be entered into a drawing for a $ 250.00 Viewer Appreciation Award, which will be chosen at the end of the festival voting period in November.

Haydenfilms Online Film Festival was among the first solely online film festivals, beginning in October 2004 as a way for independent filmmakers to showcase their works to the online community. Of the various online film festivals, they were the first to accept all short films regardless of genre, and the first to offer a $ 10,000 cash prize to the winning filmmaker. Submissions for Season Two were accepted until July 15, 2006 and include a wide variety of films including student submissions, animation and documentary formats.

The Online Film Festival is just one component of Haydenfilms.com, which is quickly becoming known as the premier online resource for independent filmmakers. In addition to the Festival, the website offers its members industry news, job and resume posting, message boards and shopping for film-making software and equipment.

For more information on the Second Annual Haydenfilms Online Film Festival, please visit http://www.haydenfilms.com.

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May 162011

It might seem strange at first glance that Bollywood and Hollywood have become such cozy friends. The world’s two greatest film industries have always been independent of each other, with different aesthetics, storylines, actors and audiences.

But after more than a century running parallel to each other, Bollywood and Hollywood are now engaged in a symbiotic dance that has seen Bollywood movies become a Hollywood success, Singh is King top the worldwide box office charts, and Spiderman in all its avatars win the box office in India. Aishwarya Rai does a juicy cameo in Pink Panther:2, Sylvester Stallone and Denise Rich do cameos in Khambakht Ishq, and Snoop Dogg is an enthusiastic item boy for the keynote song in Singh is King. Hollywood is now financing Hindi movies, while Bollywood finances Hollywood flicks.

Cultural Imperialism is dead. Long live cultural free trade.

Still, some things do get lost in translation, so the increasing cooperation between the two film industries has created a demand for people who understand them both intimately.

Vishal Solanki is a gifted, young cinematographer who has experience in both cultures and both industries. Solanki began studying photography initially at the Indo American Society in Mumbai and subsequently succeeded in enrolling at the over 150 years old historic Sir J. J. Inst. Of Applied Art, Mumbai (the most reputed institution for Applied Art in India).

While studying for his BFA, Solanki also spent a lot of time drawing, painting and studying all forms of artistic applications. Solanki graduated Sir J. J. Institute Of Applied Art winning 5 awards, including the State Government Bronze Award for best work, the CAG Bronze and the John Walter Thompson ‘Big Idea of the Year’.

He returned to work as an apprentice to renowned veteran Director of Photography Binod Pradhan on commercials, music videos and one of the most successful movies in Bollywood history, Munnabhai MBBS directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Solanki also assisted cinematographer Vijay Kartik on his famous Bollywood venture Taxi No. 9211, directed by Milan Luthria.

On the other side of the world, Solanki was Director of Photography on Losing You, a feature film directed by Canadian director Ian Clay, which is slated for release in 2009.

Apart from feature films, he has created a stir in the Documentary genre, which is almost non-existent in Bollywood. His work on documentary Pashan Palvi has received immense praise and his work on female infanticide documentary titled ‘Sunaina’ is receiving a great response in film festivals in Europe.

When did you know you were going to be a cinematographer?

It happened over time, so I can’t give you a precise date. I always loved movies, and was particularly drawn to the look of a movie. While I was studying painting at Sir J. J. Inst. Of Applied Art, I took up a course in still photography alongside.

Soon I was assisting my seniors in lighting portraits and helping them out in the dark room printing black and white photos. I then took up photography as my specialization at JJ. I was 18 and during that time, I was looking at movies constantly to get inspiration for lighting. Slowly, I realized that cinematography would offer me avenues to discover both lighting along with emotions with the help of narrative. Devdas had just released and whole of Bollywood was stunned by the visuals created by Binod Pradhan. After that, I had no doubts that I wanted to work and learn under him. I called his residence for around fifteen days non-stop, making friends with all his family, but he was generally out on shoots. Finally one day he picked up the phone and allowed me to meet him on set at Concorde Studios where he was shooting a commercial for Fair and Lovely cream. I would say after that shoot, I had no doubts that cinematography is what I wanted to do.

Was there a formal connection between the institute and Bollywood? Did you know when you got out of college you would work in Bollywood?

Well I won’t say that there was a visibly formal connection, but at the same time people seem to trust students of JJ without any doubt. I was doing still photography when I was 19 and 20 for big clients like Airtel, Planet M and a lot of advertising print media. Also, some alumni of JJ had emerged as successful filmmakers both in ad films and feature films. I just looked up to them and I thought that if they could do it, I could do it as well. I did not look at Bollywood as the only area of concentration since there was a lot of media like tv commercials, music videos and documentaries which in essence is not always Bollywood but I still have a strong liking in creating such media.

So your career began when you were still in school. What did you do then?

 

I am very happy with the way things have gone. I was always the youngest no matter which set I was on. At a certain point, people advised me that I was young and that I had time for formal training. I then planned to leave for my studies in Cinematography and Directing. I received an honors in both from the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood.

That’s interesting, how do you compare and differentiate between Bollywood and Hollywood? Did you notice a difference between the industries?

 

Yes, definitely. There is a difference in almost everything. Every thought. Every way of doing things. On a larger level Bollywood is a film industry, whose psychology is primarily based on sentiments and beliefs of the Indian culture to a large extent and Hollywood is a more assorted basket as far as these beliefs are concerned. It is a more cosmopolitan mix of screenwriters, directors and other technicians who come along from diverse backgrounds. Also I think Hollywood films have a more universal liking than Bollywood generally because they are made for a wider audience whereas Bollywood aims at Indian audiences in India and rest of the world generally. Language also plays an important role in reaching larger audiences. Technically, there is also a difference in the length, pacing and the structure in which the scripts are written. Also, it is important to not that Indian audiences are very different from rest of the world. Very often it happens that a Hollywood film which does great in the US may not do as good at the box office in India and vice-versa.

Who are your favorite cinematographers and why?

 

I admire the work of cinematographers like Vittorio Storaro, Conrad Hall, Roger Deakins, Christopher Doyle, Dion Beebe, John Toll, Wally Pfister, Gordon Willis, Rodreigo Prieto, Dante Spinotti and Bill Pope. From Indian cinematographers, I am a big fan of Binod Pradhan, Ravi K. Chandran, Santosh Sivan, Ashok Mehta and Anil Mehta. I think they all have great skills in lighting and composition of course, but on a higher level it is how they perceive a script and transform it into compelling storytelling.

What was the most challenging job you’ve had and why?

 

I cannot think of one now. I mean of course there are many challenging things in every project we do, but most of that is planned in pre-production stages. I generally shoot films in many languages. Releve was no dialogue, whereas El Buen Amigo was in Spanish, Pashan Palvi was in Marathi and Losing You in English. India speaks many languages! This is a challenge for any cinematographer because in the end, he has to interpret the script and create his own language on celluloid which is based on lights and shadows; where every audience can connect on an emotional level. Also I have had the opportunity of working with good directors who knew exactly what they wanted so I cannot think of any anecdotes.

What is the future of cinematography, and film itself? The near future? Long term future? What new technology should we look out for?

 

As everyone knows that film is diminishing, as in film stock, digital technology such as Hi Definition and Blu Ray are definitely the near future. The beauty of technology is that you never know the long term future, because technology

 

always takes us by surprise! One thing is for sure, media will get more easy to access, through the internet via cell phones, laptops etc. making viewing an easier experience.

And what is the future of Bollywood-Hollywood cooperation and co-production?

 

It will be a great fusion of different sensibilities and techniques, coming together to tell a universal story with emotions for a worldwide audience. Both India and the US are vast countries, with cosmopolitan cities and people from all around the world and different cultures. India within Indians itself, is so diverse with so many languages, dialects and cultural behavior. This is just the beginning and I am sure it is one of a breathtaking journey!

 

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May 132011
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by Jorge-11

The city with the highest population in the USA, New York, is also one of the most important centers for film making and appreciation. If you wish to attend film festivals, NYC is a place that will never disappoint you. This guide will introduce you to some of the prominent local film festivals in NYC.

In 2001, Michael J Hein founded the New York City Horror Film Festival to cater to the genre of horror films. It is a week-long event held in October or November each year.

One of the most famous local film festivals in NYC is the Tribeca Film Festival. It was established by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2002. The objective of this event has been to revitalize the TriBeCa area, after its tryst with loss of life and property in the September 11 attacks, by infusing festivity into the place. The focus has been on recreating the film festival experience and helping the neighborhood recover from the effects of 9/11.

The HBO Bryant Park Summer Free Film Series is held from June to August and showcases classic films. The location, Byrant Park, provides an unforgettable experience of watching movies under the night skies.

Another must-visit local film festival is the NYC Central Park Film Festival. Typically held in August, this film festival entertains you under the night sky for 5 days in a row. The year 2011 will see the ninth gala event in this series.

Rooftop Films

Local film festivals in NYC have the reputation of being diverse. One such event is the Rooftop Films festival. This event showcases a variety of films on the rooftop, ranging from independent animation productions to New York based documentaries. On each day of the festival, there is music, followed by a line-up of short-films. At per ticket, it is every film enthusiast’s best bet. Arrangements are also in place to hold the event inside in the event of adverse weather.

The Forum Film Festival focuses on the social and cultural impact of the American legal system. Films that revolve around the working of the legal system and the effects of its misuse are showcased in this festival. The Fordham Law School in New York plays host to this event. This is one of the best local film festivals in NYC that does not charge an entry fee.

For more details on the Forum Film Festival, one of the most prominent local film festivals in NYC, visit ForumOnLawCultureAndSociety.org.

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NFT1, BFI Southbank


2008. 01. 09.
NFT1, BFI Southbank
(영화 ‘Juno‘ 상영 직전.)

BFI, British Film Institute는 우리나라로 치면 한국영상자료원쯤 되는 곳으로,
BFI National Archive, BFI National Library 등을 통해 영상자료를 수집,발굴,보관하고,
열람할 수 있게 하고 있다.
또한 BFI는 오래된 옛 영화들이나 영국 내에 소개되지 않는 (고전과 최신을 아우르는)
해외의 여러 영화들을 소개하는 아트시네마(시네마테크)의 역할도 하고 있다.

BFI는 극장을 두 개 가지고 있는데,
하나는 예전에 National Film Theatre였던 BFI Southbank이고,
나머지 하나는 IMAX 전용 극장인 BFI IMAX다.

사진 속 보이는 공간은 National Film Theatre 1관 내부.
영화 상영 전 모습으로, 빨간색 커튼이 쳐져있는 곳이 스크린이다.
상영시각이 다가오면
아래 조명이 꺼지고 빨간 커튼이 양쪽으로 걷어지면서 필름 상영이 시작된다.

한가지 재미있는 점은 꽤 큰 상영관임에도 한국 멀티플렉스의 대형상영관처럼 좌석 경사가 심하다거나, 옛 극장처럼 복층구조로 되어있지는 않다는 점이다. 가장 뒤까지 올라와도 그리 높다는 느낌이 안드는 낮은 경사의 좌석들.
대신, 좌석 구조가 마치 약간 누워있는 것처럼 되어있다. 아주 조금 스크린을 올려다 보는 상태. 덕분에 영화를 보는 동안 앞사람의 머리에 가려 불편을 겪을일은 없다. 의자도 불편하지 않도록 아주 자연스럽게 디자인되어있는 점이 인상적이었다.

BFI Southbank에는
이 NFT1 외에도 NFT2관과 디지털 전용관인 Studio가 있으며,
상영관 외에도 Film Library, Archive, Mediatheque, Filmstore, 갤러리, bar/cafe 등이 있다.

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