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  1. STANLEY CUBA World Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Fest!

    STANLEY CUBA will have its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival! Showtimes 9pm Sat 27 Jan. -- At Victoria Hall Theater. Afterparty follows. Additional screening 31 Jan 12:30pm. Here is the writeup from the festival: " Stanley Cuba is a hapless photographer...
  2. The Cost of Fifteen Minutes

    Navigating the economically treacherous world of indie film, we are currently weighing the benefits of a) wide recognition or no money or b) some money and some recognition. At present I am inclined towards a). I do not how to insert a graph here, so I will attempt to explain: 1. Fame for...
  3. watch Stanley Cuba new website & trailer

    Stanley Cuba new trailer & website Okay we're getting ready for the festival season and made a new website and trailer for Stanley Cuba: http://stanleycuba.com (Click on "trailer" on the site -- we only have quicktime trailers at the moment -- the site is done with frames and flash so I can't...
  4. red flags in interviews

    When you buy a car or a house you look for red flags – the telling details that will predict if the car is a lemon or if the house will collapse next month. In production almost everyone is a temporary hire, from the PA's to DP. In the interview you look for red flags – will they show up on...
  5. Nonlinear Memories

    Do you remember events in sequences, or in disjointed flashes? Is all you remember of your childhood a selection of key memories, such as your first day at school or the time a sibling ditched you during a game of hide and seek? It’s hard to think like most computers do, as a sequence of...
  6. watch POLICE BEAT trailer. Opens in NYC on Friday April 28th

    I was 1st AD on POLICE BEAT, which played at Sundance in 2005. It's finally getting theatrical play! If you are in NYC check it out at film anthology archive starting Apr 28th through May 1. More info at www.policebeatmovie.com . http://www.policebeatmovie.com/pb_trailer.mov
  7. HD-DVD and Blue Ray projection to change theatrical exhibition game?

    Over the past year we've exhaustively discussed digital distrubution in the theatre. The crux of the issue is that decent HD projection was expensive and the specialty theatres didn't want to pay for it. If you finished your picture on 1080p HD or even 2k, you were stuck with a crappy DV...
  8. clapper sync.

    I have a "dumb" question about clapper sync. My lab has synced DAT's in the telecine. The clap sound often overlaps two frames. (ie. the sound will start in the middle of one frame and then extend to the next) If the audio "clap" starts to happen at the tail of the first frame, when the...
  9. SAG "financial core"

    I randomly came across this web page and several like it: http://www.pirromount.com/voight.html It talks about SAG "financial core" status - where you can hire a SAG actor w/ out becoming a SAG signatory or signing a SAG agreement. I made a short last year with one SAG actor, who was great...
  10. Meeting the man..

    So I had a meeting today with an exec producer, who shall remain nameless of course. He had produced a ton of material for television and had done a couple of successful feature films. This was my first serious meeting of this nature.. I was always wondering what it would be like. He was a...
  11. 1080p support in Final Cut 5!

    At NAB apple just announced Final Cut Studio 5. I'm excited because the specs say that it will support 1080p! (Final Cut 4 HD supported 720p, but not 1080p). Does this mean that with a powerful enough Apple, you can do a 1080 "online" quality session - suitable for blowing up to 35mm? My...
  12. What do they want?

    I have the crazy idea of finding out what particular distributors are looking for before writing/directing a feature. Everyone knows about genre distributors like Troma that sell MiniDV horror-schlock type DVDs, but that genre isn't really my thing. I'm hoping that there are other genre...
  13. 250 new digital cinemas in UK

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4297865.stm "...The world's first digital cinema network will be established in the UK over the next 18 months. The UK Film Council has awarded a contract worth £11.5m to Arts Alliance Digital Cinema (AADC), who will set up the network of up to 250...
  14. Fund that film

    I can't help but notice that most of the film finance threads are pleas for money. Filmmaking has got to be the "hungriest" art, apart from architecture. What is a better thing to do with 250k? Build a house or a movie? If nobody likes your movie you're out $250k. If nobody likes your house...
  15. Nikon SLRs for Digital 35mm cinema

    To make my next short, instead of shooting with a pricey >$20k HDCAM, I can buy a $1700 Nikon D2H. It will be shot in 8FPS and then sped up in post to 24FPS. No location sound - the camera is going to be loud. Of course, the actors will have to move 3x more slowly - or not – but I’m...
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