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VideodromeThis film is not for the faint of heart. Originally titled Network of Blood and Zonekiller, Videodrome (1983) was the meta brain child of writer/director David Cronenberg, and strangely enough, taken from the filmmaker’s own life. The film was rejected by Roger Ebert and viewers at test screenings due to its depictions of sex, violence, and gore, yet is now a celebrated “disturbing techno-surrealist” cult classic. Continue on for an in-depth video of the making of Videodrome, which might be able to answer the film’s own question, “Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome?” More »

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Arrowhead Signal

On a desolate planet a lone mercenary waits stranded, hoping against hope that rescue will come with only his ship’s computer for company, but he soon discovers that he’s not as alone as he initially thought. That’s the basic outline of Australian director Jesse O’Brien’s well received sci-fi short Arrowhead: Signal, but far from the full story of Jesse’s journey along the independent road to completing his debut feature Arrowhead. We talk to Jesse about working outside the tradition production model and the benefits of using a short to build interest in your future feature. More »

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Ed Wood BTSWhen it comes to B-horror/sci-fi flicks, my heart quivers at the thought of watching one. The over the top scenarios, bad acting, and painfully unrealistic special effects put me in a dopamine-induced pleasure coma the likes of which resemble a 2-ton grizzly in the feverish throes of hibernation. Needless to say, the film about the infamous Plan 9 director, Ed Woodis a film I consider worth studying as well as appreciating for the way the cinematography, acting, and subject matter teeter along the uncanny valley — it’s not quite a chintzy, Ed Wood-esque miscreation, but it bears an eerie resemblance to one. In an interview with Gavin Smith, Tim Burton explores the mediocrity Wood reached inadvertently, yet so entertainingly, and describes how inside every burgeoning filmmaker dwells an Ed Wood whose enthusiasm makes up for lack of talent. More »

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Rod SerlingTo many he’s just that eerie, stilted voice of The Twilight Zonebut to others he was an incredibly talented writer and mind behind one of the most popular TV shows of its time — and still today holding its own. Rod Serling was widely celebrated, winning 6 Emmies, the Peabody, 2 Golden Globes, and 2 Writer’s Guild of America awards during his unfortunately short career. Three months prior to his death, Serling gave his final interview in which he talks at length about screenwriting: his process, his motivation, and how he dealt with rejection early on in his career. More »

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randy thom skywalker ranch oscar winner winning sound design designer audio post production interactive technologyMicrosoft has a history of recognizing the importance of elegant design. In January, the creators of the Windows 8 logo announced that they were to redesign NYC’s “notoriously confusing parking signs.” This sensitivity has also extended to sound design in the past, when experimental composer/producer Brian Eno was approached to create the Windows 95 start-up sound,” familiar to many I’m sure. Now, Microsoft’s YouTube channel has posted an interesting little video featuring Oscar-winner Randy Thom (The Incredibles, The Empire Strikes Back), the current Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Ranch, on the importance of the sound design of interactive technology. Simplicity — and, as it turns out, friendliness — are key. More »

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Break Media Prototype CompetitionIf you’ve had a dream of making an action, sci-fi or effects-driven film, but lacked the funding and resources to make it come true, you’re in luck. Break Media and New Regency Productions have teamed up to bring you the Prototype competition, which will award 8 finalists with $20,000 to make and distribute their short films. One of those lucky filmmakers will go on to win a feature film development deal with New Regency. All you need is a short film script and a vision for the feature version. Details on how to submit after the jump. More »