Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 80060 [post_author] => 47257 [post_date] => 2017-08-02 15:24:24 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-08-02 19:24:24 [post_content] => Over the last few years, the video essay has become the favored tool of some of the internet's most committed cinephiles. The following YouTube channels offer some of the best film analyses available on the web. If you're a movie buff and a YouTube junkie (a common combination), prepare to blow a few days on these. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FOzD4Sfgag This YouTube channel is run by professional video editor Tony Zhou, who describes it as “dedicated to the analysis of film form. Pictures and sound all the way, baby.” Perhaps it’s partly that industrial expertise that gives his videos on Every Frame a Painting such a clear understanding of the more formal aspects in various film sequences.That invaluable grasp of film mechanics translates easily to anyone uninitiated in the audience, and even enriches the experience (as well as your future experiences with film). His high regard for cinema as a modern art form means every detail accorded is rightful and frequently fascinating. The beauty and ingenuity of cinema is on full display here. While many videos hone in on a particular director as a way to explore a style or narrative technique, some veer over towards offbeat topics.One video used the way Marvel soundtracks have failed to add anything to their movies as a starting point for a discussion of soundtracks in general. Another video focused on Zhou’s hometown, the City of Vancouver. As the third-biggest movie production city in North America, Vancover has masqueraded as dozens of other cities in numerous movies over the last few decades—a reality Zhou explored in this bemused video. From this channel, no quirk or trade secret of the movie industry is safe.Start with: “Edgar Wright - How to Do Visual Comedy," “David Fincher – And the Other Way Is Wrong” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba-CB6wVuvQDoing justice to its name, Lessons From the Screenplay is an educational channel. The mild-voiced creator, Michael, attempts to use each video as an object lesson, exploring and explaining the narrative devices that TV shows like Game of Thrones and films like American Beauty and Gone Girl use to captivate audiences. In each video essay, Michael analyzes some of the most captivating scenes from a film or TV show of his choice, closely reading the script and onscreen action in an effort to break scenes down to their nuts and bolts, eventually doing the same for the dynamics at play in the larger work.He pays earnest attention to detail and refers frequently to books like Robert McKee’s Story and Syd Field’s Screenplay in an attempt to demystify and show aspiring writers and filmmakers (or just interested fans) how the craft of storytelling works on a basic level. In his recent Game of Thrones video, “Game of Thrones—How to Evoke Emotion,” Michael explains how dramatic tension in GoT revolves around what McKee calls “value transitions”—a seesawing between prompts that manipulate the audience’s expectations of pleasure and pain to up the emotional ante of any dramatic presentation, whether it’s an individual set piece like “The Battle of the Bastards,” or that terrifying first scene in Inglorious Bastards or a longer character arc, like the Stark clan’s long march toward the Red Wedding.Michael’s interest in the underlying principles of storytelling and drama—how they can be fine-tuned to great effect, or subverted in fascinating ways—makes this channel a must-watch for any screen-junkie.Start with: “Whiplash vs. Black Swan–The Anatomy of the Obsessed Artist,” “Inglorious Basterds—The Elements of Suspense.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLQJiEpCLQE&t=95sSelf-proclaimed “a college film analysis class minus the lecture halls, essay assignments, and student loan debts,” Now You See It looks at cinema from a variety of angles, often combining insights from different stylistic or cultural perspectives. Rather than focusing the analyses on theme or style, they highlight the ways that the cinematic experience is shaped through carefully considered technical choices normally below your radar during a casual viewing—hence the channel’s title, “Now You See It.” This film-critic-as-forensic investigator approach is surprisingly engaging, as new facets of your favorite films and shows are revealed to you.Some videos explore the ways a storytelling device is employed—all the ways a movie can successfully break the fourth wall, for example—while some take a broad look at cinematic culture. There’s very few film channels on YouTube this comprehensive or snappily edited, or as fun to watch. The creator's wry sense of humor is an added bonus--take this video, for example.Start with: “Movie Geometry – Shaping the Way You Think," “British vs. American Comedy: What’s the Difference?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czw8oIsGqXoDespite its modest viewership, this channel consistently provides quality videos that delve down into the emotional and psychological cores of the works that it features. Creator Daniel Netzel claims to “take notes from Nerdwriter and Lessons From the Screenplay,” and strives to provide the same high caliber of content—and in some ways, his approach combines elements from both. Ultimately, he’s a bit more similar to Nerdwriter than LFTS, as his videos often focus less on the process of storytelling than on the broad themes that these films explore.While his approach is not quite as precise or intellectually daring as his idols’, many of Netzel’s videos are poetic and fascinating tributes to films he regards as masterpieces. To the benefit of his viewers, these films usually prompt Netzel into profound, even moving discussions of how these works of entertainment relate to our own lives. His videos on the existential loneliness and beauty of Her (“Her and the Human Condition”), and on the many ancient metaphysical concepts visualized in The Matrix (“The Matrix—Perennial Philosophy”) are two perfect places to start enjoying this YouTuber’s artful work.Start with: “Her and the Human Condition," “The Matrix—Perennial Philosophy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-mGzVdTVUIThis popular film lovers’ channel is an all-round heavyweight. They put out a lot of content, which means a little bit of sifting is necessary to find the videos most worthy of your time. Many of CineFix’s best videos are their ranking videos, in which they list off a number of scenes, characters, shots, or films that distinguish themselves in terms of storytelling in some way. These videos are often titled pretty hyperbolically (examples include “Best Dialogue of all Time” and “10 Most Emotional Movies of All Time”), but they offer meticulously edited, propulsive, and dynamic analyses of key moments in film. If you’re a movie-lover looking for a quick fix, CineFix has you covered.Start with: “5 Brilliant Moments in Film," “Top 10 Favorite Rule-Breaking Films”
Honorable Mentions: More Than Meets The Lenshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pAcJ0lFu94Probably the most mysterious channel on this list, this YouTuber has only uploaded one video, nine months ago. The video, “Taxi Driver A Study in Masculinity and Existentialism,” is a tightly edited minor masterpiece of concise, searing analysis on one of the most important and disturbing films of the Seventies (an era known for its important disturbing films). Considering the engaging quality and depth of thought evident in the video, it’s strange that the channel has been silent since.Channel Crisswellhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mhwQdV2iYQ&t=14sI’ve already featured the work of Lewis Crisswell in previous articles, but this guy is the end-all, be-all of art film commentators currently on YouTube. Want to know more about that obscure Russian director your friend keeps raving about? A 20-minute reflection on David Lynch sound up your alley? Crisswell’s your guy. [post_title] => 5 Best YouTube Channels for Film and TV Lovers [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 5-best-youtube-channels-for-film-and-tv-lovers [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-08-02 15:26:16 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-08-02 19:26:16 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=80060 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79819 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-07-26 11:42:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-07-26 15:42:20 [post_content] => The internet today is all about relatable content. It’s also imperative to strike a balance between stories that help build an audience and creating high-quality videos or pieces of writing that offer information, a new perspective or engaging analysis.Writer, filmmaker and comedian Ali Vingiano, most known for the short films she made as a video producer for BuzzFeed, does just that, striving to tell the stories that she wants to tell with honesty. “Some are more serious and others are funnier, but my goal is always to be honest and nuanced and to tell the truth about how something feels, or what it's like to live in a specific body,” she said.https://youtu.be/GEhtMHLMAssThese qualities are certainly recognizable in her videos 'When I Saw Him Again' and 'Exes,' the two short films Vingiano is personally most proud of. 'When I Saw Him Again' depicts a woman who continues to run into the man who raped her in college. She eventually sees him with another woman, his fiance, at which point she decides to confront the couple.'Exes,' while equally as impactful, is a bit more lighthearted. In the short and sweet video, exes run into each other at a mutual friend's birthday party. Transforming from awkward "hello's" into an even more awkward sexual rekindling, there are subtitles throughout the video revealing what the words they're saying really mean. The short film essentially captures what plenty of us have experienced with those ex-partners we just can't seem to quit in a funny, relatable way.https://vimeo.com/110063145While Vingiano herself acts in many of her projects, she says writing and directing are her passions. "I could give up producing, acting, or editing and be happy and fine, but if I couldn't write or direct I'm not sure what I would do," she said. "I guess I'd just audition for other people's scripts all day and be very sad and frustrated."Her passion for telling stories about real people and situations in an authentic manner is paying off. Recently on Twitter, Vingiano announced that after four years she is moving on from BuzzFeed, where she has produced a large portion of her videos.[embed]https://twitter.com/alivingiano/status/887063721259880448[/embed]She also said that she's just getting started and hopes to create bigger and better work. Oh, and she also wants to live a little more like Rihanna — killing it career-wise and spending more time on boats. We caught up with Vingiano to chat about her work and the future (this interview has been edited slightly for grammar and flow).Hey Ali, let's start with some background. I'm wondering if video production always your goal or if you've ever planned on doing anything else? I actually studied Political Science in undergrad, and minored in Film & Media Studies. After that I went to the Columbia Publishing Course at the Columbia Journalism School. I always loved film and screenwriting, and thought I would do documentaries film or some sort of political filmmaking. When I graduated college I started taking classes UCB and got into comedy, and delved into that completely. It opened my eyes to the realm of possibility for what I could do with my talents and interests. I looked at people like Nora Ephron, who was a journalist before becoming a screenwriter, as a role model for the path I thought I'd take. But with the internet and video-making I've definitely carved out a different path for myself, and I'm very happy to be on it!Tell me about your BuzzFeed work. How much control did you have over the production in terms of writing, shooting, lighting, editing, etc? I write, direct, edit and produce almost all of my videos at BuzzFeed. I'll occasionally shoot them as well. You learn so much working at BuzzFeed, and I'm grateful that now if I go direct a feature, I'll understand how long it will take to set up lights for any scene, what the gaffers will need from me, and have the language to speak to all of the crew members about their work. Knowing how to shoot, light, act, and edit has absolutely made me a better director and writer.https://youtu.be/C-auflI5GykDid you have experience with that beforehand and did you face a learning curve when you started with BuzzFeed? I had experience writing, directing, producing and editing both from college and the independent projects I did on my own before BuzzFeed. There was a learning curve with operating cameras and lighting, as well as using programs like After Effects and Photoshop.How was your overall experience at BuzzFeed? What's drawn your to start working as a freelancer? BuzzFeed taught me a ton and I'm really proud of the work I did there. I do appreciate the creative freedom and ownership over your work that comes with freelancing.In the videos you’ve done you’ve addressed both lighthearted topics and more heavy ones like rape and abusive relationships. What drives you to explore such a wide range of topics? I just tell the stories I want to tell. Some are more serious and others are funnier, but my goal is always to be honest and nuanced and to tell the truth about how something feels, or what it's like to live in a specific body. I'm mostly drawn to dark comedy, but I'd never want to limit myself. I love making comedy, and I also love making drama.https://youtu.be/diCrx1EmNqAYou act in a lot of your videos. Can you tell me how that came about? When I was a kid being an actress was my dream! I didn't think of it as a real possibility, but I always went to theater camp and auditioned for all the musicals at my high school. (I couldn't sing though, I was always in the chorus.) In college I played Alice in a production of 'Closer,' and it was the first time I seriously considered the prospect of performing. It's such a good play and such a good role.Then when I started taking UCB classes in 2013, I was really inspired by seeing people like Iliana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson writing for themselves in the Broad City web series, and seeing the way other people in the community were casting themselves in sketch videos and making stuff with friends. Everything seemed accessible. So I started making shorts and sketch videos with friends, and casting myself in some of them (those videos then went viral and put me on course to get the BuzzFeed job.) At this point, I act in videos half out of convenience, and half because I enjoy it and think I'm pretty okay at it.What would you say is your favorite part of the whole video production process?Writing and directing. I could give up producing, acting, or editing and be happy and fine, but if I couldn't write or direct I'm not sure what I would do. I guess I'd just audition for other people's scripts all day and be very sad and frustrated.Do you have an ultimate career goal?My career goal is to have the freedom and creative control to make things I like with access to the resources I need. And also to own a boat. Or at least spend more time on boats. Have you seen Rihanna's Instagram? She's always traveling and hanging out on boats and totally killing it, and I think that the ultimate goal is to live life more like Rihanna.For sure. Thanks, Ali. [post_title] => Filmmaker Ali Vingiano on Life After BuzzFeed and Authentic Storytelling [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => filmmaker-ali-vingiano-on-life-after-buzzfeed-and-authentic-storytelling [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/110063145 [post_modified] => 2017-07-26 13:52:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-07-26 17:52:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79819 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79225 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-06-28 09:09:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-28 13:09:32 [post_content] => Capturing a story worth telling in a relatively short video isn't an easy task, but when done right it can have significant impact. These short films document everything from personal hardships to bizarre museums, and they do so in a way that makes them worth watching. Here are eight profound documentary-style short films on Vimeo.1. Made In Iowa [embed]https://vimeo.com/221891656[/embed]"Made In Iowa" is one of Vimeo's staff picks right now, and for good reason. The documentary-style short film captures life in a small Iowa town called Webster City. After the factory in town that employed most of its residents closed down, hard times ensued. Rock bottom, however, was the local movie theater closing down. This 12-minute video depicts the people of Webster City pulling together to preserve the theater and ultimately rebuild their town's economy. This heartfelt short film encapsulates small-town life in a unique, intimate way.
2. The Residue of a Relationship [embed]https://vimeo.com/169711169[/embed]Breakups, at this point, are kind of a tired topic. While relevant to most people's lives at one point or another, they've been beaten to death in the art world. It really takes a fresh approach and a new perspective to create something based on heartbreak, but "The Residue of a Relationship" does just that.
3. In the Hollow [embed]https://vimeo.com/186351925[/embed]"In the Hollow" recounts the murder of Rebecca Wight while hiking the Appalachian Trail with her girlfriend Claudia Brenner. The film uses a typical crime-show style that intertwines a re-enactment of the crime with the victim giving a detailed story of what happened. Although sometimes the style can come off cheesy and forced, "In the Hollow" does it well. Brenner revisits the site where mountain-man Stephen Roy Carr shot her and killed her girlfriend, which adds a raw emotional aspect to the film.
4. Inside the Museum of Failure [embed]https://vimeo.com/220999602[/embed]NBC Left Field produced this short film that features the Museum of Failure in Sweden and its curator, Samuel West. The short film shows a variety of failed innovations, and West discusses how important he thinks it is to highlight and acknowledge failure.
5. Home Movies [embed]https://vimeo.com/206350366[/embed]"Home Movies" is an extremely powerful one-minute short film that showcases different gay men in a home movie format. Although very short, the film captures a wide range of emotions and attitudes toward homosexuality. It entices the audience to empathize with not only the characters in the video but the gay community in general.
6. Home Movies [embed]https://vimeo.com/221173263[/embed]Leo and Laura are two 90-year-olds who have been married for 69 years. They spent their young years traveling the world together, but in old age they aren't physically able to anymore. Through VR they get to, in a sense, revisit the places they traveled to years ago. The film is, in the words of one of the Vimeo commenters, "delicate and genuine."
7. Shaving for Beginners [embed]https://vimeo.com/221364437[/embed]Of all of the short films on this list, this one has an unimaginable ability to tap into the audience's tear ducts. Ty Moore's experiences in the Marines and his family's trials and tribulations led to the significance he places on the act of shaving. The film's approach to telling this family's story is beautiful and heart wrenching.
8. The Legacy of Paranoid Thrillers [embed]https://vimeo.com/220848490[/embed]While more dry and informative than the other documentaries featured, this short film is just as engaging and unexpectedly interesting. Travis Lee Ratcliff, the filmmaker, explores the parallels between the political climate and paranoid/conspiracy thrillers. The film points out how pervasive paranoia is throughout the U.S. regarding government and how those attitudes are reflected through movies. [post_title] => 8 Profound Documentary-Style Short Films on Vimeo [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 8-profound-documentary-style-short-films-on-vimeo [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/220848490 [post_modified] => 2017-06-25 15:23:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-25 19:23:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79225 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 79184 [post_author] => 47258 [post_date] => 2017-06-20 21:08:32 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-06-21 01:08:32 [post_content] => If you have always been a big fan of animation movies, the name Hayao Miyazaki shouldn't sound unfamiliar to you. Ponyo, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle are only some of his renowned work. Spirited Away, in particular, was ranked by The NY Times as top 2 out of 25 Best Films in the 21st Century. Miyazaki never fails to work his magic in each of his films. A film director, producer, and an impressive storyteller himself might actually have a unique recipe to create his films. In a video by Film Thoughts, the creator analyzed the recurring themes and patterns in Miyazaki's movies. Below are 5 main takeaways from the video that filmmakers should take note of, [caption id="attachment_79211" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via YouTube[/caption]
1. Young Protagonist Most of Miyazaki’s films star female leads, such as Chihiro in Spirited Away, Kiki in Kiki’s Delivery Service, Sophie in Howl’s Moving Castle. They are the protagonists that tell the stories. We watch and understand the stories from her perspective. You might not realize but the female lead faces some sort of obstacles and struggles in each of the movies. Miyazaki’s use of young female protagonist evokes our empathy and we are further drawn to the film.
2. Sidekick The video points out Haku in Spirited Away and Jiji in Kiki’s Delivery Service are support characters that are always there for the protagonists while the sidekick is either a male or animal. A sidekick offers us another perspective in following the story.[caption id="attachment_79214" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via YouTube[/caption]
3. Love Romance is always involved in Miyazaki’s films. As the video pointed out, the puppy love between Chihiro and Haku in Spirited Away, is filled with confusion and innocence. The video refers it as “implicit chemistry” that is not really accounted for in the film.
4. Old and Powerful Characters Miyazaki uses one or older characters in most of his films, such as Yubaba in Spirited Away. The video explains that Miyazaki wants to emphasize the importance of the older generation. For instance, Yubaba’s twin, Zeniba is an old and wise character who helps Chihiro in Spirited Away.[caption id="attachment_79215" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via YouTube[/caption]
5. Beautiful Scenery Miyazaki paints nature sceneries in most of his films and as the video points out, “Each of his films feels like it exists in its own world.” He blurs the lines between reality and dream and that’s how he drew us in the films.
6. Aviation Miyazaki incorporates a lot of movements in his films to help with the flow of the story. Taking the example in Spirited Away, Haku finally transforms into a white dragon and remembers his true identity. [post_title] => 6 Powerful Takeaways From Hayao Miyazaki's Movies For Filmmakers and Creators [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 6-powerful-takeaways-from-hayao-miyazakis-movies-for-filmmakers-and-creators [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-06-20 15:17:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-06-20 19:17:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=79184 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78815 [post_author] => 47254 [post_date] => 2017-05-31 13:03:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-31 17:03:54 [post_content] => David Firth, the creator of the viral series "Salad Fingers," has veered away from scratching rusty spoons to meticulously applying a cure-all cream in his new animated film, "Cream." Released in partnership with Flying Lotus on the musician's Brainfeeder Films, it will surely have you shaking in your skin."The time has come for CREAM - the latest product that will fix your life," reads the video description by Firth. "This is the story of Dr. Bellifer, a scientific genius, who after years of smashing particles together, reveals his revolutionary new product: a cream with the power to fix all of the world’s problems."[caption id="attachment_78825" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Screengrab via YouTube[/caption]CREAM, after a six year process, has the power to alter molecular structure to fix everything from general ugliness to broken limbs to death. But CREAM fixes more than just human's physical appearances—it can alter the human mind to go from dull to brainiac with just a simple injection. Everything—even technology—can be fixed with just a dab of CREAM.The 12-minute film reveals something terrifying to today's audience. With such a simple, generic name, the animated CREAM resonates to products on today's market. New technology wants to be your singular product to easily streamline your life in one simple step. Products such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, for example, make it easy to listen to music, control the temperature of your home, and answer life's seemingly pressing questions.[caption id="attachment_78818" align="aligncenter" width="1708"] Screengrab via YouTube[/caption]With the high demand of these "do-it-all" products, companies may eventually run out stock and are scrambling to meet market demands. CREAM comes across this same issue, in which the company runs dry of the invincible raw material. Customers soon discover the fix-all cream was only a quick, temporary fix when it becomes linked to death, AIDs, cancer, and even terrorism.Perhaps a bit extreme, the products we use and rely on hold the same reign of terror. Ever leave your phone in an Uber? Well, if you have, you know that the loss of your device results in all hell breaking loose as the safety of our precious information is threatened.[caption id="attachment_78826" align="aligncenter" width="1710"] Screengrab via YouTube[/caption]Speaking of Uber, the mastermind behind CREAM, Dr. Bellifer, is eventually arrested for charges of "rape, resisting arrest, tampering with science, upsetting people, causing a panic and wasting time." This draws ties to modern innovation leaders such as Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who has had several sexual assault allegations against him.Even Thinx CEO Miki Agrawal, who loves a taboo workplace making "period panties," now has the stain of dehumanizing her workers down to simple nicknames, such as "children," as well as sexual assault.After flaws in products or allegations against creators come to light, the leaders and their companies are put under the microscope. Uber CEO Kalanick had to resign from Trump's business advisory council to keep up business and veer away from his relations with Trump, but still customers will not dismiss his sexual assault allegations."Cream," although an entertaining short video, reminds us of the shortcomings of fast paced technology and the makers behind it. By using certain bits of technology, we show a series of support for its creator, hence why "Cream" warns us to be aware of all parts of the product aside from its physical properties. [post_title] => 'Salad Fingers' Creator Releases Disturbing Short Film That Will Make You Question Your Life [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => salad-fingers-creator-releases-disturbing-short-film-that-will-make-you-question-your-life [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-05-31 13:03:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-31 17:03:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78815 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78600 [post_author] => 47253 [post_date] => 2017-05-23 14:20:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-23 18:20:06 [post_content] => Many of us lead busy lives and free time isn't always abundant. With so much content to watch, read or listen to, sifting through the internet to find something intelligent you can consume—that won't take hours from your day—is a struggle. So to aid you in your never-ending quest for entertainment, here are are 12 captivating short films on Vimeo that are totally worth your time.
1. The Brain Hack - Short Film (Joe White) [embed]https://vimeo.com/118342272[/embed]This short film explores spirituality through the lens of two students. The students create a way to induce visions of God, however, they end up finding themselves hunted by a deadly religious sect. If you're looking for an intense 20 minutes, this inventive short film is for you.
2. Standby (Charlotte Regan) [embed]https://vimeo.com/207630463[/embed]This short captures the developing relationship between two police partners, Gary and Jenny, from the dashboard of their cop car. The short film is emotional and engaging but offers a comedic undertone as the audience observes the two officers juxtaposed by the criminals they have occupy their backseat.
3. Alison (Jessica Rose) [embed]https://vimeo.com/213100067[/embed]"Alison" is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. This short film directed by David Lester documents one night in this couple's life and manages to perfectly capture the ups and downs of a long-term relationship. If you're a crier, this one will do it for sure.4. A Reasonable Request (Andrew Laurich)[embed]https://vimeo.com/130730908[/embed]This bizarre short film is absolutely full of dry, crude humor. If done wrong, this concept could have crashed and burned, but the filmmakers nailed it here. This father-son relationship is fleshed out in just 8 minutes in the strangest, most engaging way.
5. DONALD AND JESS (PaulBriganti) [embed]https://vimeo.com/103495686[/embed]This short film tells the story of a plumber and the customer he ends up falling for. A simple concept is executed with natural dialogue and captivating character development.
6. You Lose (Jesse Vogelaar) [embed]https://vimeo.com/183599925[/embed]"You Lose" hilariously captures the "the circle game." Dramatic drumming in the background and a variety of different people all participating in this random, somewhat pointless game make for a unique, comedic short film.
7. Bug Man (Iqbal Ahmed) [embed]https://vimeo.com/187823706[/embed]This documentary-style short film encapsulates the life of a man who has always felt like an outsider. While coping with his insecurities, he pursued his passion: bugs. Now, he makes art by putting paint on the feet of his insects and setting them on a canvas.
8. Haze (Chloe Domont) [embed]https://vimeo.com/110306502[/embed]This short film is full of ambiguity that draws the audience in and creates a sense of curiosity about the two characters' relationship and the origins of it. After a girl wakes up with a guy she doesn't know in her bed, "Haze" touches on heavy topics like consent and drunken one night stands without making the film feel like a story that's been done too many times.
9. DOGWALKER (Kim Sherman) [embed]https://vimeo.com/206111509[/embed]"DOGWALKER" tells the story of a dog walker who has just found one of the dogs she walks, Bernie, dead. With dark moments and weirdly lighthearted ones, this short film captures the adventure of the dog walker in her attempt to tell the dog's owner and to move Bernie.
10. BACKSTROKE (Robbie Barclay) [embed]https://vimeo.com/213754792[/embed]This 11 minute short film tells the story of two teens that steal a car with the intentions of escaping to Florida until they find a gun in the glove compartment and things get weird.
11. Clouds (Diego Maclean) [embed]https://vimeo.com/152477009[/embed]This animated short shows a man who draws what he observes in the clouds, gives it to three men, and they throw what was observed off a cliff into the water below. The story gets complicated when his wife appears in the clouds.
12. A Sense of Wonder (Mathieu Le Lay) [embed]https://vimeo.com/214092083[/embed]"A Sense of Wonder," while less narrative than the other films on this list, is a beautiful depiction of the trip a group of men take through beautiful mountains. [post_title] => 12 Captivating Short Films to Binge-Watch on Vimeo [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 12-captivating-short-films-to-binge-watch-on-vimeo [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/214092083 https://vimeo.com/152477009 [post_modified] => 2017-05-23 16:46:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-23 20:46:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78600 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78295 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-05-02 14:01:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-02 18:01:46 [post_content] => Sometimes picking up your camera and getting out to shoot is solely a matter of inspiration, which isn't always easy to find. This is why we've put together a roundup of some of the most insightful photography documentaries to guide you in the right creative direction. Here are 31 inspiring and motivational photo docs every photographer must watch.
1) Arctic Swell - Surfing the Ends of the Earth (Chris Burkard) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBJyo0tgLnw
2) Climbing Ice-The Iceland Trifecta (Tim Kemple) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79s5BD0301o
3) Join a Wildlife Photographer on the Hunt for the Perfect Shot (Michel d’Oultremont) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClpanvK2bII
4) David Yarrow Reveals his Photography Secrets - Learn Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcVRe9X5Prs&feature=youtu.be
4) Tales By Light, Netflix Documentary Series https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmegZSlJX0M
5) The Many Lives of William Klein (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnN9LMvjM7Y
6) Everybody Street (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdeR9lhIngM
7) Frame By Frame (2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dkvb4_ZlQ
8) Entering New Worlds Through Photography, VICE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj32koPVwFs
9) Imagine-The Colourful Mr. Eggleston https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jZ_HkaTXh8
10) The Mysteries - In Pursuit Of The Perfect Shot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWtIYJvqpu0
11) Cindy Sherman - Nobody's Here But Me (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXKNuWtXZ_U
12) Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film 2002 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvt1ImIKi0U
13) Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqa2y2j3OCk
14) The Salt of the Earth (2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OivMlWXtWpY
15) Finding Vivian Maier (2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqajTVkjnjQ
16) Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqtyUkGSS14
17) McCullin Brothers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VWjo5XUIfw
18) Genius of Photography https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqAXYH23sk
19) Bill Cunningham New York https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Je_jxIPl5Y
20) Zimbelism https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5D_JuemfJUA
21) Underfire: The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro (HBO Documentary Films) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7-bLESOeg
22) Silver & Light https://vimeo.com/39578584
23) Eclipse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edlJ2_924tU
24) Edward Weston: The Photographer (1948) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sF8K1NfHnM
25) The Decisive Moment (1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyhMqDfmG9o
26) Pictures from a Revolution (1991) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2FJobEw_p4
27) Naked States (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-t2Pnnz-30
28) Tierney Gearon: The Mother Project (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hR_MtknOSY
29) Waste Land (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNlwh8vT2NU
30) Smash His Camera (2010) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuU0mn6xsW0
31) The LOMO Camera: Shoot From The Hip (2004) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiAsvYgyqUThink we missed any motivational photography documentaries? Let us know in the comments. If you want to check out more docs, here's a link to a massive Reddit thread.[Featured Image: Flickr/via Creative Commons] [post_title] => 31 Inspiring Photography Documentaries Every Photographer Must Watch [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 31-inspiring-photography-documentaries-every-photographer-must-watch [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/39578584 [post_modified] => 2017-05-02 14:01:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-02 18:01:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78295 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 5 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78276 [post_author] => 47251 [post_date] => 2017-05-01 14:32:04 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-05-01 18:32:04 [post_content] => NASA began accepting entrants last month for it’s CineSpace Short Film Competition to illustrate how the study of space has increased our understanding of the universe and the potential betterment of humanity through space travel. The competition is open to public submission and entrants are encouraged to use NASA’s ever increasing catalog of interstellar imagery to create a unique short video up to 10 minutes in length on the subject of their choosing. Anyone interested in competing can submit a video of their own creation by July 31 to be eligible for the $10,000 grand prize. There are additional prizes for second place, third place, as well as categories like “Future Space Travel,” so it’s not a winner take all scenario.https://youtu.be/3bxRpZ6uP2k?list=PLTXQuaxXBKKzSMJ-u5bQsYtRgtJaSara2Those with access to animation software or visual effects may appear to have a leg up in the competition, but NASA has shown in the past that it’s more important to have an angle or a story than it is to blow them away with lights and sounds. Last year’s winner was a black and white film shot with a handheld camera and uses minimal special effects to tell a compelling story about a boy and his passion for space. Films are only eligible if they are composed of at least 10 percent NASA imagery so make sure you pull from the public gallery if you want to make a submission.Anyone looking for motivation can check out previous winners online and get an idea of what NASA and head judge Richard Linklater are looking for in a video. The general tone of the videos is pretty far-flung but the ones that perform best share a common undertone of wonder and ambition. Anyone with a camera and access to NASA’s database is welcome to submit a video, so, as the saying goes “Reach for the Stars.” [post_title] => Enter NASA's 'CineSpace' Contest by Creating a Short Film With Their Footage [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => enter-nasas-cinespace-contest-by-creating-a-short-film-with-their-footage [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/193417233 [post_modified] => 2017-05-01 14:32:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-05-01 18:32:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78276 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78003 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-24 16:35:34 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-24 20:35:34 [post_content] => "Let me tell you something young bull, ain't no one chose to live out here." Director Ricky Staub's gripping, real film "The Cage," a Filmsupply Original, tells the story of survival in the streets of Philadelphia, following one boy as he finds himself stuck in a cycle of betrayal, anger, violence and death, and his struggle to break free from it. The performances in this film are genuine, emotional and Staub's story is one many audience members can connect with. There is one thing, however, that makes Staub's film unique: all the actors portraying these characters have no prior training in acting.We caught up with Staub to talk about his overall vision for his piece and why he decided to have non-actors play in his film.Hey Ricky, thanks for taking the time to speak with me. First off, what inspired you to create this film? I lived in the neighborhood where we filmed "The Cage" for a little over five years, it's where I started my company. I've always wanted to tell a story there, so I was really inspired by a lot of the people in the film; the actors are friends of mine. The story itself was derived from the stories I had heard or I had seen or witnessed. One of my close friends in the neighborhood, a basketball coach named Andre, would tell me stories about what kids went through just to be a part of the team in the neighborhood. Whether it was the violence or the drugs or the home life, there were so many hurdles they had to get over just to play basketball.Why did you choose to work with non-actors? I wanted a raw portrait of the way I viewed both the good and the bad of this story, and I felt like an A-list actor, worth tons of money, would be needed to pull off the performances I imagined. I knew it would be really hard to capture the essence of North Philly, but I had a gut feeling that I could get the right type of people in my life to convey these performances. I didn't want anything that felt false.[caption id="attachment_78189" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]Do you prefer working with non-actors? If I could work with an A-list actor that would be great (laughs). It depends on what type of non actor, what type of trained actor, and the level of training they have. I think when it comes to non-actors, if you can work with someone who closely identifies with the type of character they're playing, I think that's a better fit at times.With "The Cage," not everyone was playing their exact selves, but they knew they could closely relate to that type of person. The gentleman that plays the father who's in jail actually spent 11 and a half years at the prison that we shot at. It wasn't hard for me to teleport him to this time, space and moment, and say 'this is what it feels like to talk to your son.' He was able to identify the nuances of what that would be like.How did you get these non-actors to adjust to being in a film and being on a film set? I just kept telling them to be honest and listen to each other, to not try to do anything, just be. I think typically it's hard for actors and non-actors to not be aware of the fact that there is a camera and all these lights, so I just kept equating to that we were just playing pretend. The other thing I did was not cut a lot. So once we got everything set up and we were rolling, we would just go and keep doing take after take. It would get to the point where we would get to a rhythm where I felt we forgot the camera was present. I also tried to limit the presence of people on set as much as I could, but they did a lot of exceptional work in general. I think a lot of them were naturally talented.[caption id="attachment_78190" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]When I was watching the film, I noticed a lot of scenes required a lot of emotion and authenticity. Can you tell me about how you were able to channel those emotions? What works for me, which I recognized when I decided to go this direction, is that I was going to have to act with them to give them the sense of comfort-ability. I think a lot of what acting is is overcoming your insecurities of feeling stupid, because you're basically playing pretend. You're taking chances and you're screaming, pretending to be arrested or pretending to shoot each other. The more I stayed in it with them, giving them the image of intensity, I felt like it really brought their guard down. Basically, they saw that I was making a fool of myself which kind of invited everyone into it. It makes me cringe when I watch the behind the scenes... oh my god I'm so intense. But I really think my biggest take anyway was that it invited everyone to be that intense as well.https://vimeo.com/205217816What has the response been like for the film?It's been overwhelmingly positive. Not that it surprised me necessarily, but I never put out a personal film or story, so it was a little uncomfortable to process because I was scared of how it would be received. The most affirming and exciting part of it is that I told a story that was near and dear to my heart, but a lot of the surprise to people is that I'm not a black filmmaker, I'm white. Some people have asked me why I'm telling a story that's inherently a black story and I say two things: I don't necessarily know if you have to be black to tell a black story or white to tell a white story, but I also wrote a story out of affection and love for people and a place. I think the thing that's been most evident to people is how apparent that is. To me, it's a celebration of painting something I was familiar with, so there's this honesty to it that a lot of people I have picked up on.I feel affirmed by a lot of the community of North Philly who feel really proud of the piece. Andre, who is a friend of mine, said something really profound; he said a lot of people's binoculars into the hood are typically shows like "The Wire," which usually just show the negative side of this culture. He said what "The Cage" did really well was that it was very edifying and didn't shy away from anything, but also showed what's powerful and beautiful about living here. I really did want to make a film that gave people a lens into how I saw this neighborhood and people.Can you tell more about some of the initial challenges you faced when casting non-actors?One of the largest challenges is you don't have a conventional way of going about casting it. I didn't work with a casting director, put out a casting call, and have them all come to an audition. I thought about how maybe a casting director could help me round up people once I exhausted my list of close friends, but I realized that for non-actors it wouldn't be right to bring them into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable cold room with lights and a camera with strange dudes sitting behind a table who say your name and slating. What I did was work with one of our producers, and some of the other talent I cast, to help me make connections with people within their circle who they thought would be a good fit. Then I would go either to their house, sit on the stoop, or meet them wherever they were and read with them on the street. I would explain the story to them, give them a taste of what it was, and basically role play right there. I was always conscious of making the actors, my friends, feel comfortable first because that would give me their most authentic performance.The woman who plays Zeke's mom, her name is Iesha in real life, was my neighbor when I lived there. She and I had actually gone through some hard stuff when we were neighbors, and I had seen her in some really desperate places. So I knew when I had seen her in a similar type of moment, it was very much me recalling that for her. It was obviously pretty challenging, but I think because we had a safe space as friends, it allowed me push her to that level and to those thoughts. Those are some barriers that don't traditionally exist when you work with paid actors, who have gone to college for this or have studied for this for years.[caption id="attachment_78191" align="aligncenter" width="2500"] Courtesy of Filmsupply[/caption]What was the process like making the film? Walk me through the rest of casting process and the week you were all on set.I did work with a casting director for Zeke who plays the main kid. I worked with her previously on a bunch of commercials, so I felt comfortable asking for a favor, but said I'm looking for a 15 to 17 year old black kid who has to be amazing at basketball, but also amazing at acting. About three minutes later, she wrote back in an e-mail and said 'oh my gosh, this is so bizarre, but I just finished casting a street ball feature and we auditioned thousands of kids across the country. There was one who plays basketball at a school in Brooklyn who was absolutely a natural talent. He didn't get a part in the film, but I held onto him because I was so enamored with his audition.'I was actually on a job in New York in a couple weeks, so I convinced them to drive to my hotel, where I auditioned William in my hotel room. There was a longer version of the scene between him and his mom when they fight at the steps. We were basically screaming at each other in the hotel room, but I was really impressed with how he was able to take direction from me. I mean, talk about intimidating, granted I was a crazy white guy he had never met. But he totally rolled with it and I pretty much knew when he left that I had found my guy.Most of the time I would talk to him about acting on set, it was always in athletic terms, because he's an athlete first. One of the first scenes was that bathroom scene, where he's screaming at his mom on the other side of the door, and we had these blood capsules he had to put in his mouth. He hated the taste and kept telling me he thought he was going to throw up. He said 'I can't do this anymore,' so I asked him if he ever got to tell his coach how to run practices or play the game? He like, 'never,' and I said, 'Well, it's the same deal here, this is my set. If you get it right, I won't make you do it anymore, but you have to give it everything you got.' We always had this relationship where I was constantly pushing him, which he seemed to really respond to.There were a lot of intense scenes, but it was a pretty fun and joyous environment. What was most exciting was everyone in the film felt very connected to the story we were telling. It always spurred conversations of real life stories from the actors, ones that they thought would help educate the scene and changed its dynamic. It's fun to watch it come alive through their voices. [post_title] => How Non-Actors Delivered a Raw Performance in "The Cage,"a Gripping Tribute to North Philly [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-non-actors-delivered-a-raw-performance-in-the-cage-ricky-staubs-gripping-tribute-to-north-philly [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/205217816 [post_modified] => 2017-04-27 14:45:35 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-27 18:45:35 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78003 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77950 [post_author] => 47243 [post_date] => 2017-04-11 10:50:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-11 14:50:00 [post_content] => YouTuber Kai Wong is known for his passion for photography and expansive knowledge of gear and equipment. But now, he can throw in some experience with nature photography, after adventuring into the wild to photograph coyotes feasting on prey.In Nat Geo WILD's newest online series, 'Untamed,' Wong joins host and nature photography enthusiast Filipe DeAndrade, in the April 11 episode 'Untamed Coyotes.' In this episode, DeAndrade shows Wong what wildlife filmmaking is all about with a trip to Bosque del Apache, located in San Antonio, TX. This location is home to one of the most biodiverse population in the U.S., and in this special episode, DeAndrade introduces Wong to the coyote.[caption id="attachment_77958" align="aligncenter" width="849"] YouTube[/caption]In the episode, Wong and DeAndrade camouflage themselves in a tent and photograph thousands of snow geese flying overhead, as the coyote predator hunts on the ground below. Wong even experiences the unfortunate, but natural, predator-prey relationship, as he and DeAndrade watch an injured bird succumb to the coyote.DeAndrade said Wong was a lot of fun to work with on this particular shoot, especially since nature photography isn't something he has tackled before.
"I've always admired his work and thought he might be interested in seeing a different view from behind the lens," DeAndrade said. "He's also a crock pot of a good time. Ultimately, we knew it would be fun."
Since March of this year, DeAndrade has taken audiences on nature shoots involving monkeys vs. gators, dolphins hunting for fish, and so many more fun, exciting episodes. DeAndrade believes we all have a connection with nature, however, we have replaced this connection over time, and he wants to encourage his viewers to "let the wild out." With photography, he wants to capture the beauty of nature and make the audience fall in love with it. By doing so, he believes this love will make people more inclined to protect it.
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"I've been fortunate to document wildlife in many parts of the world with Nat Geo WILD and the truth is that what we have in the U.S. rivals anywhere else," DeAndrade said. "I want to show how amazing our country is and motivate people to get out there and have as much fun as we are." [post_title] => Kai Wong Adventures Into the Wild on Nat Geo Web Series [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => kai-wong-adventures-into-the-wild-on-nat-geo-web-series [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-11 13:31:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-11 17:31:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77950 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77733 [post_author] => 25217 [post_date] => 2017-03-31 13:33:31 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-31 17:33:31 [post_content] => Since he was a kid, YouTube star Casey Neistat has been obsessed with the work of Spike Jonze. In his latest vlog, he brings his hero to his studio for the very first time, a meeting 15 years in the making.The vlog opens with the latest issue of Resource Magazine, featuring our "Relationship Issue" cover story with Casey's wife, Candice. We're then given a nostalgic look at Casey's long-time devotion to Jonze's work, from clips of The Beastie Boys' 1994 music video for 'Sabotage' to a poetic telling of Casey's repeated, increasingly frustrated attempts to capture the filmmaker's throughout his early beginnings, alongside a selection of exclusive family photos and clips from the start of his career."The greatest ambition, the greatest goal, the greatest dream I had at that time was to have my own 'Directors Label' DVD—to be honored the way Spike Jonze had been honored," said Casey of the 2004 Palm Pictures feature on Jonze, one of his biggest inspirations of all time.Casey explains that Jonze was in town for yesterday's Samsung event, "a spotlight on real creators who embody the meaning of Do What You Can't," according to the event invite. He also engraves Jonze's iPhone 7 by hand.Watch the video above!Here are some amazing photos shown in the vlog of Casey as a teenager: Click here to grab a copy of "The Relationship Issue" of Resource Magazine featuring Candice Neistat, in which she opens up about her relationship with Casey and explains how to survive life married to a vlogger. [post_title] => After 15 Years of Angry Letters, Casey Neistat Meets His Hero Spike Jonze [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => after-15-years-of-angry-letters-casey-neistat-meets-his-hero-spike-jones [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-01 15:04:08 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-01 19:04:08 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77733 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77657 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-29 13:08:09 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-29 17:08:09 [post_content] => Get Out director Jordan Peele is on a mission to cultivate black talent.In an interview with Digital Spy, Peele made a cultural call to arms to young African-American filmmakers who have a burning interest in scary movies. Peele, who recently shot to acclaim among film's slash-happy and psychologically tormented, is trying to pay it forward by accepting horror scripts from persons of color.
"For young black horror filmmakers, if you have a script, reach out and I'll try to help it get made," he said in the interview.
Peele cited his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, as the point of contact.
The freshly minted horror director who has already made a name for himself in comedy drew attention to a common argument made by Hollywood, a powerhouse industry that often fails to represent the people whose stories it appropriates. Peele points out that media moguls are often afraid to hand over the reins to black talent—black actors, directors, even black P.O.V.'s—fearful that movies by, for or about African Americans don't do well, especially abroad.
"We haven't encouraged black filmmakers to dream big," Peele said to Digital Spy. "Some stories it's impossible for a white person to tell."
Get Out was filmed with a $5 million budget and has grossed $154.5 million since its release.
According to the California state business registry, Monkeypaw Productions is located at: 1925 Century Park East 16th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067
[featured image via Flickr] [post_title] => Director Jordan Peele Wants Black Filmmakers to Send Him Their Horror Scripts [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => director-jordan-peele-wants-black-filmmakers-to-send-him-their-horror-scripts [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-29 13:08:09 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-29 17:08:09 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77657 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 2 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77485 [post_author] => 47246 [post_date] => 2017-03-22 14:43:46 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-22 18:43:46 [post_content] => It was 1969 and Jerry Levitan, like many teens, decided to play hooky.After the 14-year-old rebel heard a rumor that his favorite Beatle, John Lennon, was in town, he knocked on every door at the Toronto King Edward Hotel. Mostly, he found perturbed hotel guests minding their own business, but his boyish persistence eventually led him to the man he'd been looking for. This is how he became known as the boy who interviewed John Lennon for a full 45 minutes, a recording that he sat on for another 40 years.Throughout that time, media outlets, documentarians, and reporters reached out to Levitan, begging for this intimate access to Lennon. Time and time again he refused, eventually going to law school and becoming a children's performer by the name of "Sir Jerry."And yet, it didn't occur to the busy lawyer and part-time actor to create something of Lennon's interview until he met filmmaker Josh Raskin. Raskin was a 25-year-old animator who hadn't done much outside of student films, but Levitan liked his aesthetic—and perhaps he had a soft spot for ambitious young people. He approached Raskin with the idea of using the full-length of the interview for a documentary, but Raskin volleyed another idea back: using Lennon's message of peace for an animated short film. They called it: "I Met The Walrus."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmR0V6s3NKk&t=9sIn many ways, Raskin viewed Levitan's victory in seeking out his childhood hero as a "historical artifact." The full-length interview (of which Raskin and Levitan cut down to just over five minutes) had moments in which Levitan expressed his distaste for drummer George Harrison, as Lennon explained the Vietnam War in a disarming way one might to a child. Raskin asserts this could never have been done by big stations like Fox or CNN.Raskin, Levitan and their team of animators spent a year on the film in a second-floor studio perched above a paint shop. It was entered into film festivals in the Middle East and the Americas, and coveted a Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding New Approaches," making it the category's first internet recipient, alongside a nomination in the 2008 Academy Awards.Levitan, however, was just happy to hear his hero's words again.
"Piss for peace," Lennon said in his interview with the boy. "Whatever you do, just do it for peace."
[via Movieweb / featured image via Wikimedia Commons] [post_title] => How a Teenager's Interview With John Lennon Became an Award-Winning Cartoon [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => how-a-teenagers-interview-with-john-lennon-became-an-award-winning-cartoon [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-22 14:43:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-22 18:43:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77485 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76830 [post_author] => 47247 [post_date] => 2017-03-08 14:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-08 19:00:05 [post_content] => The internet movie database, or IMDb for short, has officially added a new rating to its website: an F-rating.While this may initially sound like a bad thing, it is actually quite the opposite; it's given to films that were written, directed by, and/or primarily feature women. This brings attention to the influence women currently have in filmmaking, but also to show how women are underrepresented in the cinema landscape.U.K's Bath Film Festival Director, Holly Tarquini, started this movement back in 2014. It has since gained a healthy following, popping up in film festivals across the world.When asked about the rating, Holly said to BBC, "It's always exciting when new organisations decide they want to join us in shining a light both on the brilliant work women are doing in film and on how far the film industry lags behind most other industries when it comes to providing equal opportunities to women. But our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on screen are told by and about film's unfairly under-represented half of the population: women."As of now, around 21,800 films have been tagged by IMDb. Popular movies such as 'The Help' (2011), 'Trainwreck' (2015), and 'Wayne's World' (1992) are included in the list, and the F-rating list also includes movies that have not yet been released, like next year's anticipated 'Ocean's Eight.'Click here for the full list of F-rated movies. Happy Women's Day! [post_title] => IMDb Introduces 'F-Rating' to Help You Find Films Created by Women [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => imdb-introduces-f-rating-to-help-you-find-films-created-by-women [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-08 13:31:31 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-08 18:31:31 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=76830 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 76781 [post_author] => 47247 [post_date] => 2017-03-07 16:59:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-03-07 21:59:53 [post_content] => Musicbed has announced the return of its Film Initiative. After an incredible result in 2016, they are currently accepting applications for this year's program, aimed to help bring filmmakers' stories to life while providing them with the resources they need to make great work."All films start with a small seed. An idea. It’s something filmmakers all have in common — they want to turn a thought into something tangible, a place where they can meet someone and share a thought. These ideas change with the season, but there’s always something there. It’s what makes a filmmaker," said a press release for the initiative.https://vimeo.com/179689229Last year, Musicbed received over 7,000 submissions with Patrick Biesman taking the award for Embers & Dust, which examined the work of Orson Welles "War of the Worlds" from 1938. But now the stage is set yet again, and Musicbed is offering over $70,000 in cash, gear and post-production for one creative winner.“All too often, I hear great filmmakers talking about a film they’ve dreamed of for years,” said Daniel McCarthy, founder and CEO of Musicbed, in a press release. “It’s a bummer to think of of all of these stories going untold. With this year’s Musicbed Film Initiative we’re dedicating even more resources to support the passions of filmmakers. We want to see their best work come to life.”Unlike last year's program, there are no specific categories for entries. All genres of film are welcome and submissions can be any length. In addition, anyone over 18 can apply, no matter their location, and you don't need a Musicbed account to make a submission.Judges will review all applications and announce the award recipient on April 7. This year's all-star panel includes:
The application window is currently open until March 24. To apply, you must submit a short synopsis of your idea and upload a PDF of your pitch. This includes anything from scripts to treatments with mood boards. To learn more about the Musicbed Film Initiative, you can visit their website by clicking here. [post_title] => Musicbed's Film Initiative Returns to Turn Your Vision Into Reality [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => musicbeds-film-initiative-returns-to-turn-your-vision-into-reality [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://vimeo.com/179689229 [post_modified] => 2017-03-07 16:59:53 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-07 21:59:53 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=76781 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ))
- Jesse Nickson Lopez, Writer, Stranger Things
- Ian Durkin, Senior Curator at Vimeo
- Tom Davia, Venice Film Festival Programmer & CEO of CINEMAVEN
- Patrick Beismans, Filmmaker and last year's grant recipient
- Nancy Jacobs, President of Batya Communications: A Director's Talent Agency