We all love success stories like Orin Pelli (Paranormal Activity) Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez (Blair Witch Project) and Damian Chazelle (Lala Land). Thier success stories make great motivational reading. But if you met any one of these filmmakers they’d be the first to tell you that their success has a lot to do with the people they surrounded themselves with.
Film is a very young medium, and it’s evolving extremely fast. With a history of just a little over a hundred years, a breakthrough comes every so often that changes everything. First there was the moving image itself (or the illusion thereof). Then there was the cut, which was about giving meaning to two images […]
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“Let’s make it go viral”, said the marketing executive, looking at the coffee stain on his tie. He (it’s most likely a he) had already forgotten whether everyone was talking about -a bundle of videos, an article, a VR short…-, he knew it had to go viral. After all, why not? Viral is the thing […]
Chris Milk is a photographer, director, entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Within (Virtual Reality). Beginning his career in music videos, commercials and photography shortly gaining recognition. Working with names such as Kanye West, Johnny Cash, U2 and others. Milk’s work has since expanded beyond tradition. Experimenting with different formats and mediums storytelling leading into virtual […]
Every movie that has ever been made about artificial intelligence owes a debt of gratitude to one woman: Mary Shelley. When Shelley published Frankenstein in 1818, which is widely regarded to be the first science fiction novel, she effectively invented a genre. The power of science fiction to open up a portal into a parallel universe where […]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is in a holiday spirit. Halloween is over, Bonfire Night is behind us, and it’s time to eat turkey again because it’s Thanksgiving for our friends in the United States. Granted, they have a lot to be not thankful for, but they -and we, the independent filmmakers […]
It’s the middle of the night and an independent filmmaker is typing away on her laptop. That scene works splendidly, and the character that’s in there for that scene only is just off the charts. It’ll be a highlight of the film. Cut to: twenty minutes later. She’s going to bed and thinking, if this […]
After I’d gone to see the stage musical Kinky Boots (for the first of many times) last spring, I realised that I had never seen the film, which is now ten years old. It was a very strange experience. I’d been blasting the cast album for a few days and knew all the songs, and […]
“We’ve been over this, nobody’s looking for a puppeteer in today’s wintery economic climate”, says Craig Schwartz in the opening scene of Charlie Kaufman’s Being John Malkovich. Replace “puppeteer” with what your artistic endeavour is -writer, filmmaker, actor…- and you can probably relate. Making money as an artist is just about the toughest thing there […]
Donald Trump has played trump card after card. His election campaign has been rocked by controversy – filled with shameful and disgusting remarks. As the American presedential election looms ever nearer, there is no denying that Trump has demonstratd an astonishing ability to engage and empower a legion of followers far greater than I suspect […]