13 items from 2011
Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired a sci-fi/action script called Rise, penned by first time screenwriter David Karlak, who teamed up with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw). Details on the project are being kept hush-hush, but Roy Lee (Old Boy) and Underground, along with Lawrence Grey (The Apocalypse) will produce the project.
[Source] Deadline »
- Jason Moore
Normally I wouldn't cover this project without more info, but three of the names involved have a strong genre presence. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. Pictures has bought an untitled action/sci-fi pitch created by David Karlak, marking the scribe's first studio sale. Roy Lee (The Ring, Godzilla, 7500) and Underground will team to produce the project, the details of which are under wraps. Karlak, who has gained buzz around town thanks to his short film "The Candidate", is repped by Paradigm, Underground and attorney Dave Feldman. Writing partners Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan - known for Feast I-iii, Saw IV-VI and Piranha 3Dd - teamed with Karlak to write the pitch. »
Deadline just released the Viewfinder List, the entertainment industry survey in which studio executives, producers and creatives vote for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. We’ve posted articles about these films throughout the year, but for anyone who may have missed them, I’ve embedded the top 5 below. Here is the website for the full list: http://www.viewfinderframes.com/category/viewfinder-list-2011/
24 Votes: Portal by Dan Trachtenberg (Short)
17 Votes: The Boy In The Bubble by Kealan O’Rourke (Short)
Rosa from Jesús Orellana on Vimeo.
 Last year saw the debut of The Viewfinder List , which aims to do for aspiring filmmakers what The Black List does for screenwriters. Compiled from a poll of "studio executives, producers, and creatives," The Viewfinder List reflects the most-liked shorts, commercials, and/or music videos of the year. The inaugural list in 2010 included such up-and-comers as Patrick Jean, whose Pixels is due out in 2013, 47 Ronin director Carl Erik Rinsch, and, um, Alejandro González Iñárritu. This year's list has Dan Trachtenberg's Portal: No Escape on top, along with a few other videos you may recognize if you've been paying attention to /Film for the past year. Or even if you haven't -- that adorable Super Bowl Volkswagen ad with the little Darth Vader kid also made the cut, as did Chris Marrs Piliero's video for The Black Keys. Check out the full 2011 Viewfinder List -- with video! -- after the jump. »
- Angie Han
Exclusive: Here’s the new Viewfinder List, the entertainment industry survey which polls studio executives, producers and creatives for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. Much like The Black List, the Viewfinder List recognizes short form video content and the up and coming helmers responsible for it. Several helmers on last year’s list got feature jobs; how will this year’s helmers fare? The list was created by Jeff Schroeder (Brillstein Entertainment Partners), Aaron Schmidt (Langley Park Pictures) and Patrick Chu (The Montecito Picture Company). Here is the website for the full list: http://www.viewfinderframes.com/category/viewfinder-list-2011/ 24 Votes: Portal by Dan Trachtenberg (Short) Agents: Harley Copen, Emile Gladstone, Marc Helwig, George Ruiz / ICM. Managers: Ben Rowe / Oasis 17 Votes: Bubble Boy by Kealan O’Rourke (Short) Agents: Chris Smith Trevor Astbury / Paradigm; Manager: Jairo Alvarado / 3 Arts 13 Votes: Rosa by Jesus Orellana (Short) Agent: Bryan Besser »
- MIKE FLEMING
Though Fantastic Fest still has three days left packed with movies, the best of the best have been revealed. Monday night, the awards for the best films, actors, writers and directors of the festival were announced in several different categories. Some of the winners are films I've already reviewed and loved. The Audience Award went to A Boy and His Samurai by Yoshihiro Nakamura , the Amd Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition winner was Bullhead directed by Michael R. Roskam (review coming soon) and You're Next by Adam Wingard  swept nearly all the horror awards. Read all the winners after the jump. Audience Award (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter) A Boy And His Samurai (Yoshihiro Nakamura) Runners Up: You're Next, Juan Of The Dead Amd & Dell "Next Wave" Spotlight Competition Best Picture - Bullhead Best Director - Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead) Best Screenplay - Josh MacDonald (The Corridor) Best Actor - »
- Germain Lussier
Well, after five days of rigorous screenings, and countless sleepless nights, the festival’s 70+ films and shorts have been narrowed down to but a select few which have been chosen as winners for this year’s Fantastic Fest Awards!
Winning a Fantastic Fest award not only means your work has a better shot of surviving past the festival, but it also means that you as a filmmaker, are to be faced with a somewhat serious decision. Just because you’ve won an award, doesn’t necessarily mean you get to keep it. A time honored festival tradition dictates that possession of the award is ultimately dependent on your ability to chug a beer from said award, and for big winners like Simon Barrett who penned story for the film You’re Next (winner of 4 awards), this means quite a few pints! So be sure to keep an eye out for »
- Ty Cooper
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “You’re Next,” Adam Wingard’s horror thriller about a family terrorized my masked intruders, on the Best Picture award at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which hosted thousands of genre-film fans in Austin, Texas.
Both “Next” and “Hope” played the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month before stopping in Austin. “Next” practically swept the Horror category at the festival, grabbing Director for Wingard, Best Screenplay for Simon Barrett, and Best Actress for Sharni Vinson. Sean Harris, meanwhile, earned Best Actor for “A Lonely Place To Die.”
A full list of winners is below:
Audience Award (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
Runners Up: You’re Next, »
- Sean O'Connell
With Fantastic Fest 2011 winding down, the event has announced its award winners! What was the best in show? Who took home top honors? Read on for all of the juicy details!
From the Press Release
Fantastic Fest is excited to announce this year's Fantastic Fest Award winners. Fantastic Fest 2011 brought us a time travelling samurai, a supernatural hallway in the woods, a deadly family reunion, and rampaging Cuban zombies. Picking favorites from this year's line up was a formidable task to say the least, but our esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best and most visionary films of the festival.
The juries were comprised of some of the most esteemed filmmakers, critics, festival directors and show biz people in the industry. Their thoughtful deliberations provided the following acknowledgments of cinematic excellence in all things Fantastic.
The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, »
- Uncle Creepy
While Emmett and I will spend the next few days catching up on posting our reviews from Fantastic Fest, tonight Alamo Drafthouse owner and Fantastic Fest Creative Director Tim League announced the 2011 Fantastic Award winners. It’s great to see Adam Wingard’s You’re Next take home best film and best director in the category of horror as well as Milocrorze: A Love Story (a move that made my list of best film of the year so far) take home best feature in the category of Fantastic.
Read on for the press release:
Fantastic Fest is excited to announce this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners. Fantastic Fest 2011 brought us a time travelling samurai, a supernatural hallway in the woods, a deadly family reunion, and rampaging Cuban zombies. Picking favorites from this year’s line up was a formidable task to say the least, but our esteemed team of »
Acquired by Lionsgate and pulled from all but one of its screenings at the festival, the crowd-pleasing horror-comedy "You're Next" still killed at the Fantastic Fest 2011 Awards. The story of a couple trapped in a remote house by crazed animal-mask-wearing killers won four awards: Best Horror Feature, Best Director (Adam Wingard), Best Screenplay (Simon Barrett), and Best Actress (Sharni Vinson). Unofficially, it also won my award for Best Defacement of the Alamo Drafthouse. Look for this one from Lionsgate, probably sometime late in 2012.
The other big winner of the night was "Bullhead," which made a huge splash in the Amd & Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition devoted to emerging filmmakers. The dark character study of a steroid-taking Mafia enforcer won Best Picture, Best Director (Michael R. Roskam), and Best Actor (Matthias Schoenaerts). According to IMDb, the film does not yet have a Us distributor.
Choosing the winners in any of the categories couldn't be easy. »
- Matt Singer
The complete list of short films screening at Fantastic Fest has been announced. Unfortunatly as with most short films, there isn’t too much known about many of these. I know Infernal Nuns recieved a lot of praise from various blogs after it screened at Fantasia and Cop Hard is based on the popular web series, but apart from that, I’m pretty much in the dark. What I do know is that sometimes the short films are more rewarding than some features. Remember folks, some of these directors may go on to do some very big things in the near future, so try and check them out. Here is the press release.
Austin, TX-Wednesday, August 24th, 2011- Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the short film lineup for the seventh edition of Fantastic Fest, happening September 22-29 in Austin, Texas. Fantastic Fest loves its short films – they provide a »
Anybody can tell a good tale, spin a quality yarn so to speak, if given an hour and a half. But to accomplish that same feat in 15 minutes or so, now that's doing something. And Fantastic Fest has announced the lineup of 50 films doing just that for this year's program.
The Fantastic Fest shorts will be presented during the festival, which runs September 22-29 in Austin, Texas. With running times as long as thirty minutes and a short as two, and coming from over a dozen countries, the films look as diverse as they will be entertaining. Take a gander at the huge list complied below, and for those of you lucky enough to be in the great state of Texas during the fest, we envy you.
Fantastic Fest 2011 Shorts
All Men Are Called Robert (2011)
Director: Marc-Henri Boulier, France, 6 minutes
A naked, terribly bruised man is running through the woods. »
- Doctor Gash
13 items from 2011
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