Through Baby Steps, We Make Progress…

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Film Anthropology:

I am reblogging this from my Production Diary for THE SPACESHIP – a sci-fi feature I directed which is currently in post-production. I thought that this might be helpful to any struggling artists who might be dealing with incredibly unreasonable circumstances with their work – I certainly believe no filmmaker should ever be in the situation I’ve been in with this project so it’s an important addition to the Film Anthropology catalog of experiences.

Originally posted on THE SPACESHIP - Production Diary:

I’m one to admit that there is always a benefit to things crashing down on you. People skeeving out on their agreements and things just flat out not going as planned does open some doors, even if you don’t see them right away. It’s easy to be blinded by the anger that comes with being betrayed by those you trusted. But when the smoke clears, and it will clear, if your eyes are open, you’ll make some amazing moves. Invention out of necessity is often key to creating a work that transcends expectation and after a year of dealing with some of the worst kind of faux pas on the part of those whom I shall never collaborate with again, there is alas progress being made with a film I had thought seriously about walking away from.

As some of you might already know, I have a volunteer from Toronto…

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Caroline of Virginia at Phnom Penh 2014

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Caroline of Virginia has been officially announced as an official selection of the 2014 Phnom Penh International Film Festival. This is a landmark event for me as a filmmaker as it is the first time my work will be seen outside of North America. I’m happy it was this particular film to make such an important achievement as it was the first film I made to get into a film festival to begin with and to be recognized with an award. It makes sense that it would continue to further my accolades.

Although I know the festival will be in September, I have not yet received the screening schedule so I do not know the exact date that COV will screen. I’m to understand the staffers there are working really hard on getting the scheduled locked and live, so stay tuned!

Please check out the film’s listing on the festival website at: http://www.ppiff.com/2014/caroline-of-virginia/ and connect with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhnomPenhIFF

COV-Still-BUS-STOP COV-Still-FINAL-SHOTWatch the production trailer on the festival’s YouTube Channel:

 

It Happened One Night at A World of Film

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A new article I wrote for A World of Film, this time I tackle the Frank Capra classic “It Happened One Night” – among the earliest of “road trip” movies.

[reblogged from A World of Film]

… The atmosphere on set was tense as Gable and Colbert disapproved of the material, citing the script aslow quality. It is purported that when Gable first arrived to set, he told Capra, “Let’s get this over with”, making it clear how unhappy he was to have been loaned out for this “inferior” project. Gable and Colbert took a liking to one another through their common dissatisfaction with the script and only lightened after Capra suggested that Gable play occasional pranks on her.

Although she got along well with Gable, Colbert continued to demonstrate her displeasure while on set. She is said to have had many tantrums, largely motivated by her deep seeded hatred towards Capra. She balked at the idea of hiking up her skirt to entice passing drivers to give her a ride, citing that it was “beneath her”. Capra responded by introducing Colbert to her double, a chorus girl. Upon seeing her legs, a disgruntled Colbert changed her mind and agreed to do the scene without a double. Knowing that Colbert was perfect for the part, Capra took it all in stride, believing that the headache would pay off in the long run…. (read more at A World of Film)

[reblogged from A World of Film]

 

 

IndieScreen in Brooklyn Closing

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According to BKMag.com, IndieScreen, the movie theater/bar restaurant in Brooklyn is closing. The venue was located on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, in a relatively “difficult to access” area near the East River. In December 2012, I had the pleasure of having my film Lipstick Lies screen there, as an official selection of the first annual Philip K. Dick Sci-Fi Film Festival. While the screening venue is impeccable at a technical level, I found the location and pricing of the area wasn’t commensurate with the wallets of many NYC indie filmmakers. I vaugly remember telling another filmmaker friend that it was called “IndieScreen” because it sounds hip and Brooklyn-ish, but it was never really for the truly independent filmmaker.

Via: http://www.bkmag.com/2014/07/08/indiescreen-closes-to-make-way-for-vice/

 

Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)

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An unreleased film starring Bill Murray with Dan Akroyd and directed by SNL alum Tom Schiller is available for free viewing via vie YouTube. A series of recent articles have brought attention to the film’s mysterious upload to YouTube and as a result of this flood of attention it’s likely to be taken down at some point soon, so check it out before it’s too late. The film has never been theatrically released, ‘nor released on home video and at this point there are no plans for it.

The story line (via IMDB) reads as follows: An artist fails a test and is required to direct traffic in New York City’s Holland Tunnel. He winds up falling in love with a beautiful woman, who takes him to the moon on a Lunar Cruiser.

According to sources, all screenings of the film have been at the insistence of Murray and other participants of the project, including a screening at BAM Cinematek in Brooklyn in 2004. Additionally, MGM has dug in its heels in an attempt to keep the film under lockdown, even denying special requests from the Cannes Film Festival, to screen the film at the internationally recognized event.

Further reading: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087817/

 

Teal & Orange: The Blockbuster Look

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I have stumbled across a couple of articles that I’d like to reblog here, as I feel they pertain to an important trend in mainstream cinema right now and that trend has made its way into the indie film sector. As a program adviser for several film festivals and because I write about the current and future state of film for several publications, I end up receiving a lot of films, often sent to my by filmmakers or press agents. More than sixty percent of the indie films I’ve seen since January are “guilty” of the color grade practice discussed in these articles. Please give them a gander and then let me know your thoughts.

Into The Abyss: Teal & Orange – Hollywood, Please Stop the Madness

Those of you who watch a lot of Hollywood movies may have noticed a certain trend that has consumed the industry in the last few years.  It is one of the most insidious and heinous practices that has ever overwhelmed the industry.  Am I talking about the lack of good scripts?  Do I speak of the dependency of a few mega-blockbuster hits to save the studios each year, or of the endless sequels and television retreads?  No, I am talking about something much more dangerous, much deadlier to the health of cinema.   [read more at Blogspot]

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Digital Cinema Foundry: Why the So-Called “Blockbuster” Look (Color Grading Explained)

Note: This article provides a tutorial on how to achieve the “Teal & Orange” look.

It seems that artists are beginning to notice the trend of the so called “Blockbuster” look that’s becoming more and more popular in feature films and in personal projects with the advent of plugins like Red Giants Magic Bullet Looks & Mojo. For those who are just discovering the look, are plastering it all over their creative projects and those discovering the trend in feature films are beginning to bemoan its overuse. But nobody (to my knowledge) has explained yet why the look is popular. [read more at Digital Cinema Foundry]

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An Introduction To OBJECTS

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More info:

Crowd Funding Video for OBJECTS, a new feature indie film I plan on shooting in October 2014. Please be a gem and donate and spread the word about this film and the funding campaign. Check out the links below for deets.

IndieGoGo Funding: igg.me/at/objectsmovie
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/objectsmovie

Eric Norcross: http://www.EricNorcross.com / http://www.NorcrossMedia.com

Also check out our cast:

Joshua: http://www.JoshuaScottGriffith.com
Mary Ashley: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5385559/