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If you’re expecting to see women tied to train tracks or actors running around making fast jerky movements when you watch a silent film, think again
This incorporates several myths all at once. Silent films can be slippery creatures; silent film history more slippery still. So to avoid some smart aleck showing you up at the cinematheque, it is always best to avoid saying that a film is the first example of this, that or the other. You may have seen Metropolis (1927) described as the first science-fiction film, for example. It’s patent nonsense, as anyone who has seen Georges Méliès’s The Trip to the Moon (1902) can attest. So, was The Trip to the Moon the first science-fiction film? Possibly not. With around 80% of silent films currently missing, possibly lost for ever, even the most diligent archivist can’t guarantee that there isn’t an earlier example of anything. »
- Pamela Hutchinson
Paris -. France is increasingly vying with the U.K. as the leading hub in Europe for animation and visual effects services.
The sector has been one of the prime beneficiaries of France’s Trip tax rebate scheme since its launch in 2009, and the recent rate hike to 30% will further intensify the sector’s growth.
“This is the sector where the Trip scheme has had its biggest impact,” says Olivier René Veillon, executive director of the Paris region Ile de France Film Commission. “We have five-to-six companies that have attained an international level and are able to work on major projects with American companies.”
Since 2009, 26% of the 96 projects approved under Trip have been animation or VFX projects – eight animation features, 11 animation series and six VFX feature film projects – but they rep 48.5% of the total spend under the scheme.
In 2015, the sector was responsible for two-thirds of total spend under Trip »
- Martin Dale
The five-event Paris Images Trade Show (Jan. 28 – Feb. 6) – one of the world’s biggest film production and post-production trade fairs – kicked off Jan. 28 with a three-day Digital Summit, dedicated to cutting-edge digital production and post-production techniques.
“The Digital Summit sends out an important message to the industry in France and abroad,” explains Yann Marchet, general delegate of the Paris Images Digital Summit. “This is a genuine international event. We have a good position in France in this field but we won’t just be talking about French subjects or promoting the domestic industry. We’ve invited people from the U.K. and the U.S. to showcase their skills to the French production industry.”
The Digital Summit is hosted and co-produced by the Centre des Arts in Enghien-les-Bains, a state-funded center specializing in the digital arts, founded in 2004.
The event includes case studies, round tables, a masterclass and career tributes »
- Martin Dale
Fury of the Demon – Most Dangerous Movie of all Time
A legendary filmmaker. A lost movie. A legacy of death. An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with ...
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Hell hath no fury like a... demon scorned? In this round-up, we have a look at the official poster for Fury of the Demon. Also: an I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday poster, a new Alienween trailer, details on the screening of Romero's vampire film, Martin, Frankenstein on Blu-ray / DVD, and Director's Cut.
Fury of the Demon: "An investigation that takes us on the traces of violent riots having taken place throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, caused by a rare, fascinating and dangerous film: Fury of the Demon (La Rage du Démon), attributed to French cineaste Georges Méliès. Through conversations with journalists, filmmakers, historians, experts and psychologists, this documentary pulls back the veil on the most cursed and disturbing movie ever made. From mysteries to mysteries, from questioning to questioning, discover the truth about the lost movie that has been shaking the film world for over a century! »
- Tamika Jones
New Year, new broom. Or rather mop in the case of Jennifer Lawrence, as her latest movie Joy rolls into cinemas. She takes the role of entrepreneurial dynamo Joy (based on Joy Mangano), inventor of a revolutionary cleaning product that carries her to fame on a sea of elbow grease.
It doesn’t sound like something that’ll polish off the competition at the box office, yet one look at the roster of talent involved suggests this isn’t the film you might expect, directed as it is by one of the ultimate left-field helmers, David O Russell.
In Hollywood, the best offerings are usually those with the best ideas, and as innovative personalities are all about snappy concepts they make perfect camera fodder for the moviemaking machine.
So join us on the path to enlightenment as we bring you some of celluloid’s best thinkers from outside the box. »
- Steve Palace
6 items from 2016
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