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ScreencraftIf you’re interested in getting some exposure in TV writing, you might want to look into ScreenCraft’s Pilot Launch TV Script Contest. They are now accepting submissions for hour, half hour, webisode and non-traditional comedy and drama series pilots, which will be judged by executives, screenwriters, and consultants from NBC, HBO, and Funny or Die (just to name a few). The early deadline is coming up, so find out how to enter before time runs out. More »

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RonHowardDirectingAt the Tribeca film festival, movies weren’t the only thing on offer. From Thelma Schoonmaker breaking down the editing process behind Raging Bull to The Wire’s David Simon on big data’s possible effects on storytelling, the festival had far more than just films, including a discussion between newscaster Brian Williams and legendary filmmaker Ron Howard. Howard shared his opinions on many topics, and  thanks to Indiewire, we’re able to find out exactly what those were! Continue on to check a few important takeaways from Howard’s panel. More »

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Episodic_1VOD platforms are beginning to change everything about the creation and consumption of TV shows and movies, with one of the big changes being the sheer amount of media audiences are wanting to consume in a single binge. “TV” shows are making out like bandits, attracting more and more filmmakers to work in the world of “television”, and the Sundance Institute wants to lend a hand to them with their newly announced Episodic Story Lab, which will teach writers how to develop stories and characters that grow and develop over the course of a series. More »

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Polaroid 4kWith Netflix now streaming in 4K and Amazon releasing their original series in it, along with a plethora of UHD monitors finding their market, it looks as though 4K adoption is steadily on the incline. Maybe another indication of this is that a very unlikely contender in the 4K TV market has made themselves known. In a departure from their expertise in film and instant photography, Polaroid announced their very own UHD TV, which is one of the most inexpensive sets yet and is large enough to appeal to most consumers. Continue on for more info. More »

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Netflix 4KThe timetable for TVs adopting 4K has been up for debate since the 4K’s adoption rates began to rise themselves. Some look at the lagging success of 3D TVs as an indicator that not all consumers treat new technologies equally. However, with more and more TVs offering 4K, it might signify that in-home 4K viewing will become the norm. In fact, the fast-becoming in-home media viewing standard, Netflix, has started testing several 4K videos and even has plans to start offering 4K content as early as next year. More »

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Breaking BadAs I write this, there’s no doubt that a large number of you are sitting in your living rooms, bedrooms, or tucked quietly inside the bathroom at work watching the final episode of Breaking BadThe show has been captivating audiences and inspiring filmmakers and screenwriters for 5 seasons, and as we say goodbye to Walter White, let’s also take a look at one aspect of the show that made it one of the most important shows to watch and study: the writing — the process of taking a simple high school chemistry teacher and turning him into a deadly meth dealer. More »

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Home-TheaterThe term “home theater” has become a little bit archaic now with the advent of VOD platforms that allow you to watch films on computers and mobile devices, but still, the ability to watch films at home was a development that changed the world of cinema forever. In yet another excellent lesson, Filmmaker IQ brings us an exhaustive look inside the history of life before the home theater, the technology that made it possible, as well as the effects it has on our culture today. More »

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LostWhen you sit down to watch a film or TV show, do you ever wonder what the original pitch was, and how much it differs from what you’re watching on-screen? One of the biggest shows of the last decade, Lost, could have been quite different from what it eventually became according to a leaked series guide for the show, detailing the writers’ early plans. Considering the fact that it was drafted to get the show picked up by ABC, it’s safe to say the process of writing a show and selling a show is pretty different, so check out the original document to not only see how much the pitched show and aired show differ, but also get an idea of what such a document contains (in case you needed an example.) More »

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Game of Thrones_vfx dragonsOne of the biggest draws of HBO’s hit show Game of Thrones is its ability to transport its viewers into another world. One way that the show’s creators, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, manage to do that is by enlisting talented VFX artists to transform Northern Ireland (as well as its other filming locations) into Westeros and Essos, as well as cleverly animating imaginary creatures, like Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons. Focusing on conceptualizing their idea, this short video from fxguide and WIRED reveals how VFX company Pixomondo brought the dragons on Game of Thrones to life. More »

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HDMI_2_0_bannerThe HDMI spec has been steadily updated since its inception, with the last major update, version 1.4, giving us 4K support for the first time over one cable. While that is useful for many applications, with more and more productions and live broadcasts eventually going to 4K (some even to 60fps), it’s a major step for the spec. Read on for some of the other updates in the brand new 2.0 specification. More »

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Writers Guild WestFilm is dead (good thing we shoot digitally now). Theatrical distribution is a pipe dream (good thing we have new distribution outlets). And less and less screenwriters get paid to write movies for the big screen (good thing we have television). As aspiring screenwriters looking at the evolving landscape of storytelling on the screen, we should ask ourselves, “What exactly are we aspiring to do?” Maybe the answer should be: Write for television. Based on the earnings numbers for writers in the WGAW 2012 annual report, that looks like the answer for many professional screenwriters already. More »

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Ray-Donovan-ShowtimeWe already shared one recent Showtime freebie, the first episode of the 8th season for Dexter. While that show will take a bit of catching up to do if you haven’t been following along, this one won’t (since it’s brand new). You may recognize his voice from many HBO Sports documentaries and NFL Films, but Liev Schreiber is also a talented actor at the helm for the new Showtime series Ray Donovan. If you missed the premiere last night, you can check out the entire first episode below. More »

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Dexter Season 8 PremiereMany have argued that we are in a new “Golden Age” of TV, with some of the more interesting character development happening not on the Silver Screen, but on the small screen. One of the shows often included in this conversation is Showtime’s Dexter, which is now beginning its 8th season tonight. If you’ve been following along, but can’t watch it on television, you can watch the entire first episode of the new season for free embedded below. More »

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sopranosJust as they did in 2006 with their list of the 101 Best Written Screenplays, the Writer’s Guild of America has released their list of the 101 best-written TV series. While many screenwriters aspire to see their vision on the big screen, with cable becoming ever more cinematic every year, the hard and fast division between the two mediums, at least in terms of quality, is fast falling by the wayside. Click below for the top ten on the WGA’s list! More »

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The biggest complaint about Ultra High Definition televisions is that their prices are still astronomical. Right now, if you want to watch 4K content, you don’t have too many choices in your home that won’t have you selling your car or refinancing your home. Things are certainly getting interesting though, especially as Sony just announced some $5,000 4K TVs, and a company from China, Seiki, is shipping a $1,500 4K TV (which has been on sale for as low as $1,200-$1,300). Is it any good though? Read on for some first impressions. More »

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Several recent developments are helping to bring more 4K (or “more-K“) to your television screen than many of us might have anticipated, even a year ago. RED has big ideas for your home theater (pictured left), consumer electronics companies are starting to roll out some screens with very high pixel densities, media mega-vendors YouTube and Netflix will (or already do) support 4K, and to bring just about everything together, H.265 will be dilating streaming efficiency on 1 billion devices near you. 4K will likely find its way to you via the web a lot sooner than it will through your cable subscription — unless, of course, you live in Japan. To reinvigorate the country’s (somehow) floundering consumer electronics economy, its ministry of communications will be making 2014 the year of 4K in Japan. And perhaps beyond, not long after that. More »

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Technology’s progression sometimes moves with consistent momentum, and sometime comes in spurts. For instance, processors of mobile devices regularly decrease in size and price with relation to power — while, at the same time, the speed of your internet connection may not change much at all for several years, and make a great leap whenever it does. Both of these tendencies of advancement seem to inform High Efficiency Video Coding, A.K.A. H.265the successor to that other codec with which we’re all quite familiar (H.264). Improving efficiency by around double, H.265 aims to set the standard for the next decade in video streaming and encoding — and it’s going to ease mobile data congestion and likely make 4K a reality much sooner than many would have anticipated. More »

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Yesterday, Google announced that YouTube was coming to your real tube in a big new way, by way of your Android device and WiFi. Today, RCA has reported something similar, but the opposite — sort of — perhaps looking to get in on today’s lucrative tablet market. Interestingly, in this case, the company has announced an Android tablet that will be capable of wirelessly receiving television channels, for free — but not via WiFi internet access. The device will tap the airwaves in much the same way the ‘bunny ears’ of your parents’ old cable-less TV set did back in the ’50s, but allow you to do so while traveling, up to 100 miles per hour. More »

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We consistently hear that 4K won’t be happening for a long, long time, especially considering plenty of broadcasters only made the switch a few years ago. I’ve been somewhere in the middle in thinking it won’t happen tomorrow, and it will happen sooner than 10 years. Solutions are beginning to show up from RED and Sony for 4K distribution (at least as far as movies are concerned), and of course we’ve had the cameras capable of 4K for quite a while now — with more on the way. Now it looks like the TV landscape could be changing drastically. LG and Samsung, two of the biggest display makers, have been having serious issues with OLED high definition panels, so instead it looks like they may be shifting focus instead to 4K panels. More »

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If you didn’t watch last year’s premiere of FX networks’ American Horror Story, you missed out on some seriously daring television. There was sex (and scandal), there were scares (and some blood-splatter), and there were spirits — though which characters were truly flesh-and-blood and which were a bit more ghostly didn’t become clear until much later  – all in the context of an addicting melodrama. The series (created by Nip/Tuck and Glee masterminds Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk) recently began its second season with some cast-members returning (to play different roles), but the setting has been moved to a darkly-imagined Massachusetts mental institution. One vital piece of the puzzle that is AHS is its look, which is being achieved on 35mm film — especially notable when FX’s own Sons of Anarchy and Justified, for instance, have opted for Alexa and EPIC respectively. Courtesy American Cinematographer, here’s a look at the shooting style of this aggressively original program — and just in time for the show’s Halloween episode premiere! More »