Art Gallery Opening: BELOW SEE LEVEL

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00BELOW SEE LEVEL | Guest Writer: JAN MAJOR

Have you ever heard of the old Ultraman television show?  I hadn’t until I met Mike Rader, creater of the marvelously odd experimental film Man Vs. Ultraman, which was thematically inspired by the series, and whose exhibit, showcasing art he created for the film, can be seen at the Christopher Henry Gallery at 127 Elizabeth Street, New York City until January 6th.  The award winning film plays in loop on the second floor of the gallery.  Next to it, you can see the original set and some of the figurines Mr. Rader used in the film.  There’s a landscape of grass, mountains, and an alien infested tree overhung by the sun, a cloud, and a massive mask-like canvas that was the ultimate representation of the Man vs. Ultraman saga.  The film and related exhibit are about the subconscious struggle within an artist’s mind.  They depict two different facets of the artist’s psyche battling it out for dominance. Much of the artwork has been partially destroyed, such as a cloud which has a hole punched through the middle or the giant mask-like canvas which has repeatedly been repainted layer upon layer upon layer.  When asked, Mr. Rader called the act of damaging his work cathartic.

One of Mr. Rader’s signatures as an artist is canvas that has been painted then dissected and redistributed throughout the space.  This is best represented on the first floor of the gallery where a collage of canvas covers the wall and slinks over parts of the floor.  The mix of pinks and whites reminded me of the inside of the human body.  In fact, when asked, the artist described it as the “engine room of the mind”.  It is supposed to depict the subconscious drive that inspires the conflict in the film upstairs, although only brief representations of it can be seen in the actual movie.
In it’s totality, the exhibit can be seen as an exploration of the brain of an artist, containing both the desire to create and the need to destroy.  Almost every single piece of artwork in the exhibition has been cut, hit, or repainted.  The film shows an artist working, buildings being built, an infrastructure being designed, and then how it’s destroyed and yet again, rebuilt.  The exhibit features work that has been battered and changed, the final product is one that is intentionally damaged and the dichotomy between creation and destruction is constantly being depicted, prompting the age old question: In the end, are these two opposites really the same thing?
Article by Jan Major exclusive for FILM ANTHROPOLOGY
Also check out the interview FA did with Mike Rader on behalf of NewFilmmakers New York at the beginning of FallFest 2012: http://norcrossmedia.wordpress.com/2012/10/06/filmmaker-profile-michael-rader/

 

NFNY | Annual 9/11 Program

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NF 9/11 Program | Photo from Wikipedia

Every year  before launching their fall series, NewFilmmakers New York hosts their annual 9/11 Film Program which features films and videos produced in memorial to the victims of the horrendous attacks on the cities of New York and Washington. This year NFNY featured a number of innovative and highly emotional works by some of the most talented filmmakers I’ve seen come through there (to date). Three of those filmmakers are featured in a new video featurette released today, that will put the 9/11 Program into the spotlight.

Alex Quade | HORSE SOLDIERS OF 9/11   Award winning filmmaker Alex Quade shows us the war America was fighting in Afghanistan before America even knew we were fighting a war there, in her documentary film Horse Soldiers of 9/11. Before US sent tanks, fighters and other 21st century technology to weed out the terrorist threat, they sent in the Green Berets, Special Forces, CIA Operatives and so forth – all riding horseback through the mountainous terrain, to get a hand up on the terrorist threat. The film ended up winning Alex the Edward R. Murrow Journalism Award. Congrats Alex!

Amy SternAmy Stern | THE LADY WHO MISSED HER TRAIN   Amy Stern directs a thought provoking documentary, The Lady Who Missed Her Train, on a woman who missed her Metro North train into the city on September 11th because of a dispute over a cup of coffee. This dispute ended up saving her life, because had she made her train she would have wound up a victim of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks. We’re taken back to the coffee shop, the Scarsdale train platform where she was left waiting and we have a one on one talking head style interview with her as she reflects back on that fateful day.

Jennifer GarganoJennifer Gargano | 8:46   I first became aware of Jennifer Gargano‘s film 8:46 at the 2012 Manhattan Film Festival, which I also participated in as a filmmaker. Unfortunately, for circumstances beyond my control, I had missed the screening there but was ecstatic when I found out it had also been programmed at NewFilmmakers for the 9/11 Program. The movie explores the daily life of various “regular” people the day before the terrorist attacks and a few of them on the day of. It includes a recreation of the events of September 11th from various points of view and is a fitting tribute to the people who’s lives were changed, or lost, on 9/11.

Check out the featurette with filmmaker interviews and clips from their films right here:

Direct link URL: http://youtu.be/21D1QiBtk08

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Future of Film Keynote Speakers: KEVIN SMITH & RALPH GARMAN

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FUTURE OF FILM

Kevin Smith | Luigi NoviFilmmaker Kevin Smith will join with Ralph Garman for the Future of Film Summit‘s Keynote discussion.  This is followed by what I presume to be a very popular discussion for the convention: SCORING THE GREENLIGHT: WHAT ARE THE LATEST SOURCES FOR FINANCING & PRODUCTION PARTNERS? The Summit’s Website writes: “Good ideas are only as strong as their financial champions, and a diverse crop of investors worldwide are becoming critical to studio pipelines. Traditional lending has not come back from pre Great Recessionary levels, yet equity investors, soft funding, debt financing and more can be had for the right project. Who are today’s critical financial partners who can help nail down a film’s greenlight? What types of projects are winning backing? Top studio business chiefs, finance and legal leaders will identify the new money flow for film“.

For those interested, here is the full program:

8:00 to 9:00 Registration / Check-In / Morning Networking

9:00 to 9:15 Opening Remarks

9:15 to 9:30 Research and Case Studies

9:15: “BitTorrent as a Marketing & Distribution Tool: How BitTorrent is Creating Value for the Film Industry”
Presented by: Matt Mason, Executive Director of Marketing, BitTorrent

9:30: Case Studies/Research

9:45 to 10:15 Keynote Conversation with Tom Bernard, Co-President and Co-Founder, Sony Pictures Classics

10:15 to 11:00 State of the Film Industry
The increasingly digital-savvy and global movie fan is creating immense choice in the how studios manage film slates – creating a rainbow of strategies in development, finance, production, marketing, distribution and more. How are studios, production companies and financial partners creating business growth within this industry, considering the film community’s to nurture worldwide franchises that win over fans for years across theatrical and other platforms? As audiences are splintered across increasing screens and entertainment choice themselves, how is our industry working to boost their movie appetite? Studio leaders will debate what it means to be successful in film now and into the future.
Moderated by: Steve Gaydos, Executive Editor, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Tucker Tooley, 
President, Relativity Media
David Shaheen, Managing Director & Head, Entertainment Industries Group, JP Morgan Chase
Jeff Small, COO, DreamWorks Studios
Jeffrey Godsick, President, Consumer Products, 20th Century Fox

11:00 to 11:15 Networking Break

Track A: 11:15 to 12:00 Facts on Pacts SuperSession-  What is the Future of Studio Production Deals?
The studio production deal can coveted by the corporate exec and creative alike – studios gain first dibs on product from their in-house producers, and producers enjoy the luxury of developing with staffs, offices and other on-the-lot resources. Post Great Recession, the numbers of production deals have been on the rise, but what does this mean for studio film pipelines? What is the latest criteria for producers to score these deals and accomplish their filmmaking goals? Producers and their studio partners will explore the state of their relationships and what this means for enhancing overall film business.
Moderated by: Dave McNary, Reporter, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Chris Bender and JC Spink, Co-Founders of BenderSpink (The Ring franchise)
Dana Brunetti, President, Trigger Street Productions (The Social Network and Captain Phillips)
Paul Green, COO, Anonymous Content
Jason Blum, Founder & CEO, Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious)

Track B 11:15 to 12:00 The Social Marketing Revolution – What’s Working Among Fast Multiplying Apps and Services?
Films now require social media strategies built into their campaigns – but what activity is actually working the best in driving film revenues? As 5.3 billion people worldwide have smartphones as their constant companions, how is advancing mobile technology impacting the social campaign? Should you release your trailer on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or something else? Will there ever be working templates for social media marketing success? Top film digital marketers and their technology service partners will explore how social media can reliably be used to drive box office success
Moderated by: Josh Dickey, Film Editor, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Danielle Strle, Director of Product and Partnerships, Tumblr
Elias Plishner, SVP, Worldwide Digital Media, Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing & Distribution, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Danielle DePalma, SVP, Digital Marketing, Lionsgate
Andrew Stachler, VP, Interactive, Warner Bros. Pictures

Track A 12:00 to 12:45 China and the Emerging Market Opportunity:  What is Success in this Fast-Growing Global Film Business?
With eased quotas and better revenue-sharing terms, China and has become an exciting partner for the overall film industry. Growing economies in Russia, Brazil, India and elsewhere also are opening doors for growth. To ease cultural distinctions between U.S. and other countries, there are increasing numbers of firms whose primary focus is connecting the larger film community to such international co-production and distribution opportunities. But what partnerships are succeeding? How are we expanding U.S. content to Chinese, Latin American, Indian audiences, as well as helping non-U.S. companies find new revenue streams with Hollywood film companies? Pioneers in U.S. and emerging market filmmaking collaboration will explore how to strike meaningful relationships.
Moderated by: Peter Caranicas, Deputy Editor, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Chris Fenton, President, DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group & GM, DMG North America
Peter Shiao, CEO, Orb Media Group
William Yuan, Chairman, Affinity Media Capital / Fortress Hill
Jim Stern, CEO, Endgame Entertainment
Eric Mika, CEO, Magic Storm Entertainment (joint venture between Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment and Ricco Capital Limited)

Track B 12:00 to 12:45 Trendsetters of the New Platforms
Original online video has exploded of late, featuring high-quality cast and production values. With these new opportunities for driving entertainment revenues, who is succeeding with original programming? What are the creative and monetary goals for the talent and Web site executive chiefs? How do these new content players fit into the overall entertainment landscape – are they complementary or competitive to studio product? Top Web creators and new media chiefs will explore the burgeoning new world of online originals.
Moderated by: Andrew Wallenstein, TV Editor, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Alex Barkaloff, US/EMEA Head of Tom Hanks’ “Electric City” (Reliance/Playtone)
Brian Robbins, Creator, Awesomeness TV for YouTube/Executive Producer Smallville
Michael Gallagher, Co-Founder & Creative Executive, Maker Studios/Creator of Totally Sketch Web series
Lydia Antonini, Executive Producer Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Marc Lieberman, Head, Business Development, The Onion

12:45 to 1:45 Lunch

1:45 to 2:30 Keynote Conversation with Director-Writer Kevin Smith and KROQ radio’s Ralph Garman

2:30 to 3:15 Scoring the Greenlight: What are the Latest Sources for Financing and Production Partners?
Good ideas are only as strong as their financial champions, and a diverse crop of investors worldwide are becoming critical to studio pipelines. Traditional lending has not come back from pre Great Recessionary levels, yet equity investors, soft funding, debt financing and more can be had for the right project. Who are today’s critical financial partners who can help nail down a film’s greenlight? What types of projects are winning backing? Top studio business chiefs, finance and legal leaders will identify the new money flow for film.
Moderated by:  Rachel Abrams, Reporter, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Matthew Erramouspe, Partner,  O’Melveny Meyers, Century City
Brian Stearns, Co-Head Entertainment Industries, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Brian Oliver, President, Cross Creek Pictures
Scott Parish, COO/CFO, Alcon Entertainment
Milan Popelka, COO, FilmNation Entertainment

Track B 2:30 to 3:15 The New Distribution Formula – What is the Best When,  Where and How?
As studios look to minimize risk as well as to broaden films’ reach worldwide across windows, there is no standard operating procedure with film distribution. Increasingly films are launched internationally or on VOD platforms prior to a U.S. theatrical premiere – and in some cases virtually simultaneously across these different avenues. Studio distribution chiefs and their partners will analyze how they are deciding the best way to deliver their films to today’s audiences, and maximize revenue across windows.
Moderated by: Andrew Stewart, Reporter, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
Tom Quinn, Co-President, RADiUS-TWC
Jason Janego, Co-President, RADiUS-TWC
Jamie McCabe, EVP, VOD and Digital HD, Worldwide, Twentieth Century Fox
Todd Green, GM, Tribeca Film
Rob Sussman, EVP, Business Operations, Development and Strategy, EPIX
Daniel Solnicki, Head of Worldwide Franchise Development, DreamWorks Animation

Track A 3:15 to 4:00 The Art of Storytelling  – The New Idea Vs. The Known Brand – What’s Working?
Major studios are finding it increasingly profitable to focus on known entities, such as adapting literary successes, re-inventing past box office and TV hits, or introducing new franchise installments. But entirely new concepts can be great business as well, such as this summer’s Ted or Magic Mike. What is important in connecting with audiences with projects for ongoing film business growth? Top screenwriters, producers, and studio production leaders will debate what is working best in storytelling.
Moderated by: Peter Debruge, Senior Film Critic, Variety
Confirmed Speakers:
John August, Screenwriter (Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Big Fish)
Reid Carolin, Producer & Writer (Magic Mike)
Ron Yerxa, Partner, Bona Fide Productions (Little Miss Sunshine, Ruby Sparks)
Darin Friedman, Partner, Management 360 & Founder, Film 360
Bennett Schneir, Head, Hasbro Films

Track B 3:15 to 4:00 Monetizing Film and Video Content in a Digital Age
This panel of film, online video and payments experts will give you a glimpse into the future of monetization and provide many good examples of what payment models will and can work for the film industry going forward. From mobile wallets, to subscription services, advertising and rewards, it’s a brave new world there as consumers demand convenience and immediacy. So, what are the biggest challenges and opportunities for getting paid for film and video content in a digital age?
Moderated by: Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire, Inc.
Confirmed Speakers:
Randall Cox, President, RogueLife & RogueDigital, Relativity Media
John Penney, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Starz Media

4:00 to 4:15 Networking Break

4:15 – 5:00  The Film Producer Supersession
Honorees from ‘Producers to Watch 2012’ feature will share their stories in building and breaking through with their movie projects.

Lynn Hendee, President, Chartoff Productions/Producer (Ender’s Game)
Toby Halbrooks, Producer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
James Johnston, Producer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

5:00 Networking Reception

About the FUTURE OF FILM:

Produced by Digital Media Wire and Variety, this high level event brings together an exclusive group of industry thought-leaders to discuss the current state of the industry, and how film and transmedia deals will be struck in the coming years.

This is a unique opportunity for creatives, producers, buyers and film financiers to hear about and discuss current issues relevant to the film industry from top studio executives as well as independents.

From changes in production financing to new opportunities offered by digital distribution, this event bring experts from all areas of the entertainment industry together to provide insight in a relaxed, yet exclusive atmosphere.

Keynotes and panel discussions are followed by audience Q&A, providing unrivaled access to top Hollywood execs and talent. We encourage frank discussion as well as deal-making during a networking lunch, plenty of networking breaks as well as a networking reception at the end of the day.

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Filmmaker Profile: BJ Barretta

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BJ BarrettaBJ talked with us in Washington Square Park – NYC to discuss his film SURVIVING DEATH which will screen with us at the PHILIP K DICK FILM FESTIVAL at IndieScreen on December 8th. 8:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Filmmaker Profiles are produced by Eric Norcross for film festivals around the globe. For more information, visit his website: http://www.FilmAnthropology.com

For more information please visit the Philip K. Dick Film Festival website at:
http://www.thephilipkdickfilmfestival.com/

And connect with us on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/ThePhilipKDickFilmFestival

Soul… consciousness… what happens when we die? Is exploring the afterlife the purview of science, faith, or reality TV? Do we have the ability to know what lies beyond? The capacity to understand? And should we even dare?This award winning documentary by BJ Barretta explores objectively both sides of the debate providing insights into a possible solution. The viewer however needs to reach his own conclusion about the outcome.Insightful and entertaining.

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/TsAak6e86Qg

Turn Your Computer Into A Production Company

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Celtx Graphic - Courtesy of CELTXGuest Blogger: Lamont Jack Pearley

FILMMAKING TUTORIALS: Turn your home computer into a production and post-production suite.

For the all around filmmaker, you can turn your personal computer into a production suite, where you can create, write and produce your film and once shot, edit your footage, all with a virtual production office and editing suite.  All you need is a couple of key programs, the will and determination, along with a few trust worthy hard working industry professionals. Letʼs start with a program I hold dear to my heart: Celtx. This program takes the filmmaker, filmmaking team and filmmaking process to the next level because itʼs an all-in-one media pre-production program. Being able to produce documents for any type of visual media: film, tv and even theater.  Celtx is great for the entire production process from script writing to story boarding scenes and sequences, sketch setups, character development, breakdown & tag elements, production scheduling and cast/crew reports. This takes a huge financial strain off of the production because you donʼt have to rent a physical office, but work, inform and interact with your team from anywhere at any time.

As we know, nothing worth having is free, however, I must say with a starting price of $4.99/month for 1 – 5 users, the Celtx Studio screams “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”. This is also very powerful because it saves time and the confusion of emails and phone calls and reduces the need for costly meetings and courier services. You are actually able to give live direction and feedback during project development and perform re-writes and tweaks in a collaborative screenplay in real time.

FCP - Courtesy of Apple!We must also discuss the late and great Final Cut Pro, the full studio suite, which will allow you to edit high quality high definition footage, color grade, audio clean up and sound design and mix/master your project to completion.  Similar to Celtx, Final Cut Pro includes built-in tools that make it easy to work collaboratively, whether youʼre in the same building or on the other side of the world. By sending your video to the iChat theater everyone involved can see the same footage while you view dailies, select shots, and make edits. You can instantly switch the iChat view between clips and sequences as you talk and turn on a time code overlay to help identify specific frames. Again, can we say “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”.

Out of the main two programs you would need to make your computer production studio,  Final Cut Pro would be the most expensive, however, once again we eliminate the cost of courier services and the like. Not to mention you wouldnʼt have to wait 24-72 hours to receive, digitize and make changes

To close out, I would also make sure to own an external drive of at least 2 terabytes and connect that to your computer for any projects youʼre working on.  With all this in place, you now have a production studio all on your computer! Now go “Write it, Shoot it, Work it”!

Written By Lamont Jack Pearley for Film Anthropology

Future of Film Summit 2012

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Industry News:

FILM ANTHROPOLOGY will attend the FUTURE OF FILM SUMMIT in Los Angeles on December 5th.  Some of the topics will include: “What Is The Future of Studio Production Deals?” “Trendsetters of the New Platforms” “What Are the Latest Sources For Financing & Production Partners?” plus a whole lot of others. For those interested in attending, you can register at: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1136105

Film is an ever evolving medium and the film industry occasionally needs to take stock of all the changes.  While Hollywood is always quick to take advantage of any new innovations that can be used to enhance production value, such as 3D, CGI, or, many years ago, sound, they can be slower to embrace new innovations that affect aspects of the industry beyond production.  In the last twenty years there have been massive changes in the way films are financed, marketed, distributed, and more.

Reading memoirs that detail life in the old studio system, they often seem like one of the “days gone by” anecdotes, like how they used to buy hot dogs for a nickel.  It seemed ridiculous, how could just a few studio executives control the lives of so many people?  Why didn’t all those audiences just rent a video?  There’s the never ending question of, if those execs knew how the industry would function today, would they have done things differently?

If, twenty years ago, industry professionals could predict how the internet would affect distribution, might they have altered the distribution model ahead of time or would they have put their resources into fighting the internet like they did?  The Future of Film Summit doesn’t discuss the existential questions of “what if“.  However, they do discuss the possible directions the film industry could head and how to utilize all the new innovations to anticipate the tomorrow.

Leading up to the summit we’ll be posting about their agenda here, so check back frequently or better yet, subscribe!

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Filmmaker Profiles: Christiane Hitzemann & Joe Pera

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Christiane HitzemannIncluded here are two filmmaker profiles for NewFilmmakers New York. These are the last of the profiles to go up for NF in 2012.

The first is Christiane Hitzemann who talks about her film ONE BEDROOM and the second is Joe Pera who takes about his film THE KNIGHTS OF DEATH METAL.  Both movies are extremely well written and entertaining.  I hope to see more of their work in the future.  Enjoy the interviews!

Filmmaker Profile: Christiane Hitzemann

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/Ni189EYKhfI

Filmmaker Profile: Joe Pera

Direct Link URL: http://youtu.be/J6uOOvJSZHI