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11 items from 2011


2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations Announced

29 November 2011 1:10 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards this morning. Anthony Mackie and Kate Beckinsale served as presenters. Nominees for Best Feature include 50/50, Beginners, Drive, Take Shelter, The Artist and The Descendants.

Margin Call was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards recognize the finest artistic achievements across the broad spectrum of independent filmmaking.from emerging talent working on a shoestring budget to established auteurs,” said Film Independent Senior Director Sean Mc Manus. “The 2012 nominees tell their stories in such an authentic way and reflect the inclusive nature of the independent filmmaking community. We are delighted to support them and expand the audience for their work.”

2012 Film Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Best Feature (Award given to the Producer, »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Beginners’ and ‘Tree Of Life’ Split The Honours For Best Feature At The 2011 Gotham Awards

29 November 2011 7:38 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While the reviews for Beginners were almost all positive, very few people have had a chance to see the film. I myself watch over 100 new releases each year and it still took me a few months to catch up on the movie. I finally got around to seeing Beginners this week and called it the most overlooked film of 2011. I guess I can no longer say this. Last night, the Gotham Independent Film Awards surprised everyone with a tie for Best Feature Film with Mike MillsBeginners and Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking the top prize. Who would have ever guessed?

 

Best Feature winners from the past several years include Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, and The Hurt Locker. Hit the jump for the full press release.

via The Collider

Gotham Independent Film Awards™

Winners Announced

New York, NY (November 28, 2011) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), the nation »

- Ricky

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Camera Ready: Four Cinematographers On Their Craft

6 November 2011 1:12 PM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Originally published in our Spring 2008 issue, top flight DPs Andrij Parekh, Tim Orr, Sean Kirby and Ellen Kuras give candid insights on the formats they shoot on.

Here Parekh (pictured above) talks about how shooting on video at times doesn’t speed up a shooting day:

How will your format choice affect the physical production in terms of making it easier or, depending on your choice, more challenging? Are there budgetary ramifications? I find that shooting video actually takes more time, not less, than shooting on film. One has to be extremely particular regarding lighting. The main problem is that what you are looking at on the monitor is what you are going to get, and that seems to create an obsessive perfectionist attitude in both the d.p. and the director, as well as anyone else who is standing by the monitor. I find that shooting video leads to more tweaking and less shooting, »

- Jason Guerrasio

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Week Six At The Edit Center

21 October 2011 8:52 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

On Monday we watch the famous f*ck scene from The Wire. In the past I have seen this scene used as an example of great writing, great directing and great acting. It seems to be a quintessential teaching scene. If you don’t know what I am talking about, you can see it below.

We also watch a sequence from Unzipped, the documentary that follows the fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi (1995, edited by Alan Oxman, cinematography by Ellen Kuras, who went on to shoot a long list of films including Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless mind). Its lyrical look, pacing and creative decisions about color have come to influence the look of many later documentaries. We also have a tech lecture on how to pull a video from YouTube to use in your edit, which can be helpful in any number of ways, especially in the instance of documentaries if »

- Alix Lambert

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Ifp & Film Society Of Lincoln Center Unveil Emerging Visions

13 September 2011 9:25 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The Ifp and the Film Society of Lincoln Center have announced a collaborative program to take place during this year’s New York Film Festival called Emerging Visions.

According to the press release, Emerging Visions will take place Oct. 3 at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center with 25 emerging filmmaking talents attending with a documentary or narrative feature that has been selected from Ifp and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s talent pool. They will be paired with an established director or producer who will mentor them through the current filmmaking landscape, offering guidance and connections to filmmakers on both their current projects and careers. Each filmmaker will receive mentorship and year round support from both organizations through annual memberships and participation in panels and events. The program will also include a live pitching session featuring panelists Christine Vachon (producer, Killer Digital), John Sloss (principal, Cinetic Media), Lucy Stille (agent, »

- Jason Guerrasio

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Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon to Star in Robot & Frank

12 July 2011 2:29 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord, partners in Park Pictures, announced today they have formed a narrative feature company, Park Pictures Features with independent film darling Galt Niederhoffer and award-winning producer Sam Bisbee. Park Pictures Features’ first project will be the family comedy, “Robot & Frank,” starring Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong and Liev Schreiber, as the voice of the Robot. Written by Christopher Ford, the film marks the feature film directorial debut of Park Pictures’ director Jake Schreier. The film is currently shooting in New York. Niederhoffer, Bisbee, Kelman Bisbee and Acord are producing the film. The film is executive produced by White Hat/Tbb. Matt Lloyd is the Director of Photography.

Park Features’ next projects are the directorial debut of Lance Acord, and a new project from British director, Ringan Ledwidge. The company will also produce the adaptations of Sam Lipsyte’s best-selling novel, »

- Allan Ford

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The artists' artist: cinematographers

30 June 2011 1:48 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Leading lensers choose their favourite living cinematographer

Barry Ackroyd on Chris Menges

The documentaries Menges shot of the opium trade in Burma [in 1963 and 1972] were amazing. When he directed a documentary in Harlem about the end route of the drug trade, he was following this young girl who was selling drugs on the street. The shot took him into a brownstone and there was no light, but the camera kept running. He was shooting nothing, and that was a miraculous image in my mind.

It's something I have tried to reproduce: in The Hurt Locker, there is a scene where it is written that they disappear into absolute darkness. Not a "cinematic darkness", an actual darkness. If you can make an image that is nothing, but is more powerful than something, that's something to strive towards.

Seeing his work on Kes, and the link he had with Ken Loach made me think I could achieve something, »

- Emine Saner

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Jason Solomons's Trailer Trash

12 March 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Sky Movies celebrating all things female? Now what could've triggered that...

Blue Sky thinking

Sky Movies has taken a sudden interest in films by women. A new season appeared on its schedules last week, focusing on films celebrating everything female, from "iconic actresses to glass ceiling-smashing directors". It included the films Nine to Five, Erin Brockovich and Thelma & Louise, and showcased directors including Jane Campion and Penny Marshall. Trash was even invited on to a panel to decide on the best female director (Kathryn Bigelow); UK female film exec (Christine Langan, BBC Films); female in crew (Ellen Kuras, cinematographer); female writer (Jane Goldman, Kick-Ass) and one to watch (Emma Stone, star of Easy A). Sky also part-sponsored the launch last week of the Birds Eye View film festival at London's BFI Southbank. The interest is, of course, very welcome and coincided with International Women's Day. However, could there perhaps be an ulterior motive? »

- Jason Solomons

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"Inception's" Wally Pfister Tops American Society of Cinematographers Awards!

16 February 2011 10:35 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wally Pfister, the brilliant cinematographer of Christopher Nolan's "Inception" won big at the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Award in the feature film competition.

Pfister, receiving his first Asc Award, beat Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), Danny Cohen ("The King's Speech"), Jeff Cronenweth ("The Social Network"), and Roger Deakins ("True Grit"). All of the nominees are also Oscar-nominated this year.

Jonathan Freeman took home the Outstanding Achievement Award in the Television Episodic Series/Pilot Category for his work on the "Boardwalk Empire" episode entitled "Home."

Steven Windon claimed the top honor in the Television Movie/Miniseries for the "Okinawa" episode of "The Pacific."

Here's the rest of the press release from the Asc:

Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks presented the Board of Governors Award to the Julia Roberts in recognition of her tremendous body of work and contributions to the art of filmmaking. Roberts earned an Academy »

- Manny

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Framed: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

27 January 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

One could easily describe 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's' narrative in the traditional sense, but to uncoil the story in such a way diminishes the movie's power. Michel Gondry's film is about love -- plain and simple -- and what it's like to be sick and hysterical and consumed by it. Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) are like creatures plucked out of Plato's 'Phaedrus,' which is ostensibly about the madness of love, the guiding of the soul, and notions of beauty amongst other things. Writer Charlie Kaufman tackles the lovers' bittersweet tale with these themes, while inserting ideas about memory, identity, and subjectivity into the mix. Gondry and cinematographer Ellen Kuras manage to embrace these emotional and intellectual realms, »

- Alison Nastasi

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Framed: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

27 January 2011 1:30 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Columns, Cinematical

Welcome to Framed, a column at Cinematical that runs every Thursday and celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time.

One could easily describe 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind's' narrative in the traditional sense, but to uncoil the story in such a way diminishes the movie's power. Michel Gondry's film is about love -- plain and simple -- and what it's like to be sick and hysterical and consumed by it. Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet) are like creatures plucked out of Plato's 'Phaedrus,' which is ostensibly about the madness of love, the guiding of the soul, and notions of beauty amongst other things. Writer Charlie Kaufman tackles the lovers' bittersweet tale with these themes, while inserting ideas about memory, identity, and subjectivity into the mix. Gondry and cinematographer Ellen Kuras manage to embrace these emotional and intellectual realms, »

- Alison Nastasi

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