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What do you consider a quintessential New York movie? Woody Allen’s Manhattan? Scorsese’s Taxi Driver? For 2014, it could be Stand Clear of the Closing Doors – a unique film that follows an autistic boy as he gets lost on the New York Subway. Not only does it feature Hurricane Sandy (which hit during production), but half of subway-riding New York are cast as extras on this film set. In the interview below, Director Sam Fleischner sat down with No Film School to talk about anything from the rewards of working with an actor with Asperger’s to filming underground with Sony-F3s and a covert crew. More »

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ScorseseCountless filmmakers set their stories and tripods down in New York to make their movies, but when I think about the filmmakers whose work encapsulates the unique heart and spirit of the city, two come immediately to mind: Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese. The object of Robert Kolodny’s affection, and the one for which he honors in a beautiful video tribute, is Queens-native Scorsese, whose entire career could be seen as a love relationship with the city played out on celluloid. In his three-minute video, Kolodny whisks us through New York, letting us peer through the eyes of the great director through his most celebrated work. More »

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cleantechnica led street lighting lights lamps sodium vapor mercury clean green la los angelesAfter Michael Mann set out to direct Collateral, the story’s setting moved from New York to Los Angeles. This decision was in part motivated by the unique visual presence of the city — especially the way it looked at night. Mann shot a majority of the film in HD (this was 2004), feeling the format better captured the city’s night lighting. Even the film’s protagonist taxi needed a custom coat to pick up different sheens depending on the type of artificial lighting the cab passed beneath. That city, at least as it appears in Collateral and countless other films, will never be the same again. L.A. has made a vast change-over to LED street lights, with New York City not far behind. Read on for why Hollywood will never look the same again — on film or otherwise. More »

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ifp independent film week deadline 2013 cropThe good news is that deadlines for IFP’s Independent Film Week programs Spotlight on Docs and No Borders International Co-Production Market were extended. The bad news is, that deadline is Friday, May 24th! If you are thinking of burning your rough assembly to DVD or printing out that screenplay just in time, IFP Producer and Programs Manager and Co-Programming extraordinaire Rose Vincelli Gustine was kind enough to give NFS a few thoughts on the program. (Spoiler alert: I went last year, and I loved it.) More »

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I’m as captivated by striking portrayals of urban nightscapes as anyone, ranging back to the existing-light-only Nocturne, to the aerial ghost-eye-views of FIREFLY. There’s just something breathtaking about seeing the biggest centers of life and activity during the desolate, slumbering hours. Filmmaker Colby Moore has added another quieting noct-urban document to the list. City In The World lays some high dynamic range RED EPIC sights on the city that never quite gets to sleep. Check out some of New York City’s dark side below, plus some details from Colby about his non-HDRx workflow. More »

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Urban historian Steven Duncan and videographer Andrew Wonder journey into the tunnels underneath New York City in the fascinating and aptly-named Undercity, a 30-minute short shot on a Canon 5D in the city’s subway tunnels, sewers, and abandoned subway stations (and on the Williamsburg bridge). Undercity is a highlight of recent DSLR projects, as the small size and low-light capability of these cameras enable this video to be made at all (most of the filming seen here is illegal). The short also includes interviews with the people you might not encounter during a visit to the city: residents of the tunnels themselves. Highly recommended. More »