How John Cassavetes Uses Space & Expert Camera Work to Make You Feel Seduced What can space, or the lack thereof, communicate to your audience? If you're a master of camerawork like John Cassavetes it can say a whole hell of a lot. In this video essay, Fandor's Kevin B. Lee examines spacial relationships in the director's first feature film Shadows (1959), revealing how the indie icon uses space to establish the emotional states of two characters. One of the great takeaways from the video is this idea of what I'll call "behavioral shots", and the one used as an example from Shadows is, according to Lee, a seduction. It's easy to recognize a character acting seductively, but how do you recognize or construct a shot that is doing the same? The two subjects are in the shot together for a moment, then the woman walks away and stands alone within the frame for a time until the man enters. Essentially, Cassavetes treats the camera as a body, or more precisely, an extension of the man's body.
The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values. At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from $100,000 budgets to $8M budgets with the average project settling around $1M. This is a guest post by Matthew Helderman of Buffalo8 and BondIt. We’ve seen budgets shrink, projects come & go and expectations shattered or met with disappointment during the process. Through our experiences we’ve gathered and built a manifesto for the do’s & don’ts of making low budget projects. Some are obvious, others are elements we picked up after handfuls of wrong turns. We’ve even written a full 50 page eBook on the subject that has provided insight for the indie community (linked here). All in all — we broke it down into three key successful elements: Overhead — figuring out the right equity, debt, pre-sales structure will make or break any project. Once you’ve found a story & script you’re excited about — make sure that it has been written for your budget. Market
5 Hitchcock Techniques You Might Want to Be Using in Your Films Your audience isn’t obligated to watch your film! So before you finalize that script, shot list, or edit, do everything you can to make it easy for them to keep watching. It’s common for beginners to get caught up in metaphors, character psychology, and symbolism -- those things that high school English teachers beat into us. Yes, intellectual complexity makes for a good story -- and good art. With Hitchcock, his primary goal was to make things as easy for the audience as possible to understand. At Hitch20, we’ve been studying Hitchcock’s 20 works of television, and here are some techniques that have come to the forefront in our research. Storyteller Presence Some jokes only work when told by a certain comedian. Hitchcock did this by crafting his own brand as a recognizable director -- through his cameos, his TV introductions, and his clever manipulation of the press. Keeping Secrets Once you realize this next trick, you’ll start seeing it in some of your favorite films. Dramatic space
Rooftop Filmmakers' Fund | Short Film Grants | Info | Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Rooftop Films sets aside $1 from every ticket sold and every submission fee received and gives it to alumni filmmakers in the form of grants for their film productions. Only filmmakers who have screened a movie at Rooftop Films' festival are eligible for grants. We also grant additional cash in partnership with The Adrienne Shelly Foundation, and production, equipment, and educational services courtesy of our partner Downtown Community Television. In the fall of 2015 round we have three grants for artists making short films (under 50 minutes). If you are an eligible filmmaker and plan on applying, please RSVP as soon as possible by clicking on this link and filling out a simple form. About the grants: How to Apply: Frequently Asked Questions Who is eligible to apply? I was the producer or writer on a film that screened at Rooftop. I am Rooftop alumni director and I am the producer but not the director for an upcoming film. I do not know when my upcoming film will be completed. Good luck!
About — Film Lab Creative We are a full service production company that can take your project from the ground level of its development, all the way to its polished finish. Formerly under the umbrella of 31Films, which was founded in 2002, we have grown and launched Film Lab Creative as its own venture in early 2012. Our collection of directors, cinematographers, editors and animators are all storytellers at heart, and we are passionate about every aspect of our art forms. That’s also how we best serve our clients – by staying true to ourselves and keeping their best interest in mind for every detail of their production. Whether you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for your entire project or just need to source specific roles for production, from big-budget set production to run-and-gun small scale shoots, we can provide the craftsmen for the job.
A Massive List of Upcoming Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About It seems like every week a grant deadline flies by, and you find yourself looking forlornly at the expired application for free money, mumbling "coulda been a contender." To give everyone more time to work on your films and scripts -- and a little less time researching how to fund them -- scroll through the list below to find relevant opportunities for your narrative films, documentaries, and screenplays with upcoming deadlines. It's hard enough to find grants, let alone decipher which ones might be relevant to your current project. The following grants, labs, and pitch opportunities are organized by deadline from February to May. (If you're looking for grants due June to September, check out our new summer grants post here.) Documentary In the documentary world, grant money tends to be earmarked for films that address important issues of our time, but granting agencies have an array of ideas about what those are! Southern Documentary Fund In-the-Works Program Deadline: Feb 17 Narrative
TWDP 011: Director Christian Schultz from Music Bed - Bridging the Gap Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe to the Podcast: In this episode of The Wandering DP Podcast we chat with director Christian Schultz from Music Bed about what it takes to put together a Vimeo Staff Pick, how he gets projects done with a small team, and how he managed to brdige the taste/talent gap with his filmmaking. What You’ll Hear in this Episode: We chat to Christian about how he got started in the film industry, his background in music, and how today’s tools are allowing filmmakers around the world to travel lighter and produce higher quality content then ever before. Inspiration Corner This week’s Inspiration Corner is a great Behind the Scenes video put out by Variety on the making of Birdman shot by none other than Emmanuel Lubezki, aka Chivo. The video shows the challenges the post production team faced with the unique shooting style and how they managed to pull it all together by working closely with all the departments. Style Uncovered Capturing Better Images:
Film Grant - The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists The film award consists of a grant of $5000 to a U.S. filmmaker 35 or under at the time of application for the production of a short film that will be shown as a private screening with the filmmaker in attendance at the annual Davey Foundation Film Showcase at the Tower Theatre in Salt Lake City in December of the grant year. Congratulations to the recipient of the 2014 Davey Foundation Film Grant: Ben Kegan. Ben is a New York-based filmmaker, currently studying in the MFA Film program at Columbia University. His script, “The First Men,” is the culmination of Ben’s and producer- student Chandra Silver’s work in the MFA Film program at Columbia University. An adaptation of Stacey Richter’s Pushcart Prize-winning short story, “The First Men” is a dark comedy about a mother, a daughter, a student, and a day at the mall. This year’s panel was Dustin Guy Defa, Ashly Burch, Patrick Waldrop, Kenny Riches, Brooke Wilkinson, and Pat Fugit. Thank you to all the applicants!