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Shooting with Alexa

Despite the name of our website, there are many things to be learned in film school, and director Addison Mehr chose an especially interesting project for his NYU thesis film. Fort Apache is the story of small town escape, adapted from a popular short story by Alan Heathcock. Click through to watch the film and get Addison’s perspective on film school, reaching out to an established author, casting and finding stories that resonate. More »

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Menthol Trailer Festival Laurels

In this series of posts, I’m going to test, prod, and explore the process of releasing my first feature film almost entirely online, with no money or nepotism. As some of you know, I’ve been regularly writing about distribution on No Film School in recent months with the intention of one day putting what I’ve learned to use. That day has come with the imminent release of my narrative feature Menthol – and what better place than here to have the discussion as the process evolves? Read on for Part 1, in which I discuss decisions in cutting and releasing the all-important trailer. More »

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The CrewWith the sixth instalment of The Fast and the Furious franchise racking up a dizzying $788K+ worldwide gross earlier this year and an epidemic of sick days befalling the globe upon the release of Grand Theft Auto V, it’s clear that fast cars (and Vin Diesel) have somewhat of a large, content hungry fan base. Not being a gearhead myself, it’s a part of entertainment culture that’s largely passed me by — that is until The Andys and Unit Image’s adrenaline pumping trailer for Ubisoft’s The Crew slammed into my eyeballs at full speed and had me itching to jump behind the wheel. Strap in and ride shotgun after the jump. More »

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AMATEUR MANCHILD court PR stillMy Q&A about MANCHILD (and its prequel short AMATEUR) just went live on my favorite sports/movie website, Grantland (if you like it, please click “Recommend”at the bottom of their article!). Grantland is ESPN’s in-depth, long-form journalism spin-off that features movies alongside sports coverage, which made it my #1 target for AMATEUR. Most sports websites, however, are accustomed to posting a quick highlight clip or an animated .gif. Thus, to spread the short to other sports sites, we’re doing a couple of things: one, releasing the short on YouTube, and two, cutting a 15-second teaser that (hopefully) whets the appetite. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again (with a different strategy). Here’s the new teaser: More »

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Director Micael Preysler had a unique set of circumstances for making his debut feature film, going from the creation of a simple teaser to the now nearly completed film. Hurricane Sandy proved to be a challenging obstacle, hitting the film’s 16 day shoot right in the middle, destroying key locations and making transportation impossible. Read on to get the full scoop, see how they rose to the challenges, and watch the new theatrical trailer for Lily & Kat: More »

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In between their 9-5 jobs, filmmakers Ryan C. Glover and Krista Dzialoszynski have been working diligently on their feature film debut Hills Green, and after several years are proud to say it’s finally complete. It’s a story about two friends’ escape to the country to discover what their relationship is made of, and is brought to life with the power of real-life nostalgia. The duo is now set for the film’s Canadian premiere at the ReelHeART International Film Festival on June 24th in Toronto. Hit the jump for the trailer and our interview with the first-time feature filmmakers: More »

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Advertising and the movie business go hand in hand, and a huge piece of that puzzle is the music accompanying film trailers. But have you ever wondered how movie trailers get their epic scores, even though none of that music typically finds itself in the film? That’s where the movie trailer composer comes in. Michael Coleman over at SoundWorks Collection is consistently producing excellent behind the scenes videos related to sound professionals in the film and TV industries, and today we’ve got another fantastic piece with composer Yoav Goren, who writes music specifically for trailers. More »

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There are plenty of “Best Of 2012″ lists floating around right now, but most of them focus on the bigger films, plus a few independent and foreign movies mixed in. I watch my fair share of Hollywood fare (it’s hard to avoid it), but I tend to gravitate toward the lesser-known and off-the-beaten-path films that may seem few and far between, but are often staring you right in the face — assuming you know where to look. Kevin B. Lee, who runs the Indiewire Press Play blog, and is a contributor to Keyframe Daily, a blog on fandor, put together a video essay featuring his 12 best of the year (with a tie thrown in for good measure). There’s a good chance you haven’t seen all of them, or even some of them, so it’s a great list for those looking beyond the mainstream. More »

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We are reaching the end of 2012, and it’s been another interesting year of movies. There are still quite a few I haven’t seen myself that I would like to before the year is over, but if you’ve been wondering what you might have missed so far this year, there is a terrific mashup that has been making the rounds that takes clips from the trailers of films from 2012 edited together in a way that actually provides some extended meaning. Check out the video below: More »

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Pitch reels. Sizzle reels. Mood/tone films. Multimedia lookbooks. Whichever name you prefer, these pitching tools are becoming more prevalent. Recently, we posted about Joe Carnahan’s sizzle reel for Daredevil that inevitably was not the chosen vision. And of course, our own Ryan Koo shared his lookbook for Manchild here on NFS. Now, thanks to Slashfilm, we get another example of a pitch reel for a major studio project, The Hunger Games, from filmmaker Kevin Tancharoen (Fame (2009), Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series) with a substantially darker tone than Gary Ross’ finished film. More »

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Despite going head-to-head with dueling camera announcements, shooters often use Canon and RED cameras side-by-side. It’s not an either-or thing, and exhibit A of this is Tom Lowe’s new timelapse-heavy portrait of the American Southwest, TimeScapes. Shot and edited at 4K, here’s the “low resolution” Vimeo clip, which is stunning nonetheless: More »

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Remember that DSLR-shot feature that won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and was aquired by Paramount for $4 million? Like Crazy, shot on a Hot Rod PL-mount Canon 7D, opens October 28th. Here’s the newly released trailer, starring Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin and Sundance Special Jury Prize winner Felicity Jones: More »

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The trailer for Lucasfilm’s WWII fighter pilot drama Red Tails has been released, and the big budget, Sony F35-shot picture looks… well, not that enthralling, in my opinion. But there’s something of interest for low-budget DSLR shooters: at least five shots in the trailer were shot on a DSLR, according Philip Bloom, who was a second unit DSLR DP and camera operator on the film. Watch the trailer in HD and see if you can tell which shots were shot on DSLRs (specifically, the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, and Canon 1D Mark IV): More »

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I’ve recommended Tim Ferriss’ productivity/outsourcing/time-management book The 4-Hour Workweek here in the past, and Tim has since published a rebel health/fitness book, The 4-Hour Body. The former is more relevant to independent creatives than the latter, but for the new book Tim hired filmmaker Adam Patch to produce a slick video trailer, and the behind-the-scenes post is full of insights for anyone looking to create a promotional video (or any video, for that matter). Comparing the rough cut of the trailer (shot on a Canon 7D and 5D Mark II) with the finished product (color corrected in Magic Bullet Looks) is pretty amazing: More »

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Surf, ski, and snowboard films frequently make use of slow motion to emphasize the effects of gravity (or lack thereof). One could easily think “it’s all been done” when it comes to snowboarders catching air in slow motion. But Brain Farm Cinema’s forthcoming feature The Art of FLIGHT, filmed at snow-dusted locations the world around, should cause even jaded jaws to drop: More »

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Darren Aronofsky, who made his directorial debut in 1998 with the $60k black-and-white Pi (which went on to gross over $3 million at the box office), will be premiering his latest film Black Swan at the Venice Film Festival September 1st. The trailer for the Natalie Portman and Milas Kunis-starrer has hit the internets, and it’s a mysterious one: More »

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Watching the latest trailer for DIY-to-Hollywood filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s Machete, I felt like I was watching a Latino adaptation of the ’70s blaxploitation classic Shaft — albeit an extra bloody one. However, once I put “Robert Rodriguez’s Latin Shaft” into the title of the post, I realized that “Red Band” trailer could take on an entirely different meaning. I’m sticking with the title despite — or because of — this unintentional euphemism, but you can feel secure that the nudity in this NSFW trailer is not supplied by Rodriguez’s Latin Shaft (or for that matter, his Machete). More »

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I’m not sure why this project is holding my attention so. David Fincher and Sony Pictures aren’t exactly DIY filmmaking, so it’s not hugely topical to this site. And on the list of true stories I’d like to see told by Hollywood, the founding of Facebook isn’t on top. But with the official trailer for The Social Network hitting the web today, I can’t help but stay interested in the project. The RED-shot film is loosely based on the book The Accidental Billionaires and the trailer is masterfully cut to a choral version of Radiohead’s Creep by the Scala and Kolacny Brothers. The film itself will be scored by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who says of the film, “it’s really fucking good. And dark!” Trent Reznor is calling a film about Facebook “dark?” Maybe that’s why I’m interested. More »

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I don’t remember where I heard it, but someone mentioned that Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay for The Social Network was the best they’d read in years. Now that I think about it, this was probably an unsubstantiated internet rumor, not from someone I actually know in person! Regardless, this stuck with me, as it’s pretty hard to imagine exactly what a movie about the founding of Facebook would look like. Those rumors about Justin Timberlake playing Mark Zuckerberg (Timberlake is in the film, but Zuckerberg is being played by Jesse Eisenberg) didn’t help. And now the teaser from Sony Pictures reveals very little about the film — other than the fact that they’re taking it very seriously: More »

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What happens when an oversexed Hollywood actor has a daughter? This seems to be the question posed by the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a possible spiritual successor to Lost in Translation. Given LiT is by far my favorite Coppola film — sorry, my favorite Sofia Coppola film — I’m very much looking forward to Somewhere. Here’s the trailer (available in HD if you select 720p): More »