May 15, 2013
The Big Picture
Dedicated to Documentaries
By Nick Dager
For more than four decades the Downtown Community Center in Lower Manhattan has been a vital resource for training and nurturing independent filmmakers, in particular documentary filmmakers. For most of that time DCTV has called a landmarked 1896 firehouse home. A groundbreaking ceremony held last week marked a significant milestone for the center, as the funding is finally in place for a new theatre there that one DCTV executive called “the last piece of the puzzle.”Read More >>>
In ProductionUnderground Filmmaking
Berkeley post house Colorflow recently completed final post-production work on Born this Way, a riveting, feature-length documentary from producers/directors Shaun Kadlec and Deb Tullman on the underground gay and lesbian community in the African Republic of Cameroon. Final color grading was done at Colorflow with lead colorist Kent Pritchett working with the two filmmakers to set the final look. It was a challenging process due, in part, to the unusual circumstances surrounding the film’s production.
National Geographic magazine recently challenged DP Greg Wilson to create a shot tracking a sprinting cheetah—in the spirit of Eadweard Muybridge’s 1878 image of a running horse.
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Films of Eight New Women Directors Screened at AFI
The American Film Institute's elite AFI Directing Workshop for Women program screened eight short films May 6 at the Director's Guild in Los Angeles. The eight new directors are Shaz Bennett, Catherine Dent, Antoneta Kastrati, Lauren Ludwig, Stephanie Martin, Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus, Lisanne Sartor and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro. The films are the end result of an immersive year long tuition-free fellowship conducted each year at AFI. On average, only eight percent of applicants are selected to participate in this prestigious program. The program's emphasis is on women who have had at least seven years experience within the film industry and are transitioning into the role of director.
European 2012 Box Office Results Mixed
In 2012 attendance for European Union films grew by 12 percent year on year, amounting to around 313 million admissions, boosted by Skyfall, the latest installment of the James Bond franchise. The British secret agent’s latest outing, a majority UK co-production, brought the market share of European films within the EU to 33.6 percent, the highest level of the century.
Skqattro Tracking Pedestal Smoothes Live Cinema Broadcast
A Skqattro tracking pedestal from The Camera Store followed the action during a March National Theatre Live broadcast of Alan Bennett's new play, People, for cinema audiences around the world. National Theatre Live broadcasts of live productions to cinemas started in June 2009 with a production of Phedre, screened live in 70 cinemas across the UK.
Madison Media Institute Announces New Independent Film Program
Trends and technological advances are making it easier for independent filmmakers to get a foothold in an industry that has previously been perceived as inaccessible. The marketplace is changing. Madison Media Institute has anticipated this increase in interest in independent film by offering a new bachelor’s of science degree in independent filmmaking. Nella Citino, chair of the Video and Film department, initiated the concept of an independent film degree after discussing the topic with several local independent filmmakers.
Rachel Morrison to Receive Kodak Vision Award
Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who photographed the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale Station, will be presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography, who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry.
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