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Thursday, March 31, 2016

How Did Lens Flares Become So Popular? (J.J. Abrams Didn't Have Anything to Do with It)

If you've watched anything by J.J Abrams surely you are well aware of what a lens flare is.

In fact, the director's love affair with these camera anomalies could make one think that flares were born into a place of great respect and honor among filmmakers — the first one twinkling in the eye of a camera operator as they realized that the world of cinematography would never be the same again. But that's not the case — they were thought of as mistakes. Vox guides us through the history of lens flares, from their humble beginnings to their (ahem) bright future.

Now that lens flares are more ubiquitous in today's films than a wilhelm scream, it's a little difficult to appreciate what they offer in terms of storytelling and style. And even if you're totally sick of seeing them, it is interesting to know that they were kind of a way for indie filmmakers to give a little "f*** you" to the Hollywood studio environment — like, "Your studio walls can't cage me! I'm going outside and not coming in until I smell like freshly cut grass and this entire roll of film is full of lens flares!" (Thanks, Dennis Hopper!)

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A Meshing of Minds: The Similarities Between Maya Deren & David Lynch

When one thinks of avant-garde film, two champions of the genre that come immediately to mind are Maya Deren and David Lynch.

Now, even though Lynch branched out and crossed over into more mainstream filmmaking (if you can really call it that) with films like Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive, it's easy to understand why many believe the director was heavily influenced by the work of one of the most well-known experimental filmmakers of her time, Maya Deren.

Check out the similarities between the work of both directors In this Fandor video essay, edited by Joel Bocko.

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Paul Rudd And Patton Oswalt's NSFW Nerdland Trailer Looks Absurd And Hilarious


Fame is an elusive figment that only the brave and the stupid dare to chase. Though when it comes to Nerdland's Elliot and John, being brave and/or stupid is pretty much a full-time job. Get ready for a raunchy, red band thrill ride as the first trailer for Nerdland is available to watch below! Titmouse Animation Studio, expert purveyors of animated madness and shock value, have teamed up with a talent pool led by Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt, and the resulting film look extremely promising. Nerdland tells the story of Rudd's John and Oswalt's Elliot, two best friends ...
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3 New Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Characters May Have Been Revealed


When it comes to superhero movies, studios like Marvel and DC do everything in their power to keep up the veil of secrecy and prevent news and spoilers from leaking out to the movie going public. Still, despite their best efforts, some information always comes out and rumors hit on a regular basis. Some of them turn out to be true, while other are complete nonsense, but a new one about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is making the rounds, and if true, we may now the identity of three new additions to Marvel's upcoming deep space adventure. Heads up, ...
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The New Mutants May Have Found Its First Three Stars


The future of the main X-Men movies remains murky following X-Men: Apocalypse, but the cinematic universe itself isn’t done with team adventures. One of the spinoffs in development is New Mutants, based on the same-named comic book that featured students from Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters getting their start as mutant superheroes. While New Mutants doesn’t have a release date yet, development is already underway, and the project appears to have already found its first three leads. These castings come from HitFix, who report that the New Mutants lineup will mostly look like the ...
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5 Ways For Superman To Return For Justice League


SPOILER WARNING The following article contains massive spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you have not yet seen the film, and don't wish to learn about key events in the third act, please click away to another one of our wonderful articles! We were only first introduced to Henry Cavill in 2013's Man Of Steel, but following the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he is no longer with us. In order to defeat the villainous Doomsday and stop the monster causing more destruction and carnage, the Kryptonian sacrificed himself to kill the beast, striking ...
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Robin Wright Nabs One Of 3 Key Female Roles In Blade Runner 2


Even though there's been talk of it damn near since the original was released, it took until now for Blade Runner 2 to get rolling right along. It will supposedly begin filming sometime this year, it's got a new star, it's in the hands of a new director, Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard, and fans will finally get a definitive answer to the is-he-or-isn't-he-a-replicant question that has been hotly debated for more than 30 years. And now one more piece of the puzzle has been found as Robin Wright has nabbed one of three new key female roles. ...
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On Set: Mickey Keating’s Psychological Creepfest “DARLING”

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Walking toward the Harlem townhouse serving as the key location of DARLING, your faithful Fango correspondent spots a couple of cops hanging around the front steps. It seems odd that such a small independent shoot would need this kind of security—and then it turns out that the uniformed lawmen are actually executive producer Larry Fessenden […]

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Disney's Live-Action Snow White Movie Will Approach The Story From A Whole New Angle


Fans of Snow White are not going to pleased. Following on from The Huntsman: Winter’s War’s decision to do away with Kristen Stewart’s Snow White entirely in favor that film's supporting players, we’ve now learned that Disney’s own live-action adaptation will instead primarily revolve around Snow White’s sister, Rose Red, instead of the traditional heroine. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has decided to pick up this project after being hugely impressed by a pitch by Evan Daugherty based on Justin Merz’s script. Usually overshadowed ...
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Why Kevin Smith Liked Batman V Superman More On A Second Viewing


Despite the fact that it is already more than halfway to the billion-dollar mark at the global box office, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been subjected to many harsh reviews, from both fans and critics alike. One of these was filmmaker Kevin Smith, a well-known comic book enthusiast who has never been shy of sharing his opinion. After watching the film for the first time, he complained that, despite being gorgeous to look at, it lacked heart. That said, upon a second viewing, his stance softened and he found the heart in the film, though perhaps not where ...
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The Dungeons & Dragons Film Took A Huge Step Forward, Get The Details


Since they have their hands on the rights to one of the most popular fantasy games in pop culture history, it's no surprise to learn that Warner Bros. is currently developing plans for a Dungeons & Dragons film, which they obviously hope will evolve into a franchise. The studio just took a huge step forward, and their vision for this film has become clearer with the revelation that Rob Letterman will direct. We even have an idea of who they want for a leading man.  Tracking Board confirmed that Goosebumps director Rob Letterman has been hired by Warner Bros. to oversee ...
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Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons Is Making The Leap To The Big Screen, Get The Details


Thanks to his role in the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons has become a big star. Though he hasn't exactly been a stranger to the movie theater, his success has primarily been confined to the small screen thus far, and his film roles have largely been limited to sporadic smaller parts. As the eighth season of Big Bang winds down, however, Parsons is making the leap to a leading role on the big screen in a comedy with the amazing name Man-Witch. While it may conjure up images of Sloppy Joes for some of you, Man-Witch ...
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The Influence Boyhood Had Over Everybody Wants Some


Because of its time setting, ensemble cast, and story approach, Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some!! i very clearly functions as a spiritual sequel to the great 1993 indie hit Dazed and Confused, but that isn't the only past work of Linklater's that had a big hand in the writer/director formulating new period comedy. His last movie,Boyhood, also had a very important role to play, as the two films were not only developed practically simultaneously, but the intimacy of the family story made him want to make something a bit broader with his follow-up. I had the wonderful opportunity to ...
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Acer intros $5,000 Predator Z850 projector for HD gaming at 120 inches

Acer has injected a projector into its Predator product line, the Z850. It's capable of up to a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution at 120 inches from as little as 18.5 inches away. This projector is easy to carry and setup, but costs $5,000.

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Trailer, poster, release news: A new “OFFERING” of occult evil

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A new American/Asian horror hybrid is coming in May as Momentum Pictures prepares to make THE OFFERING. Read on for the info, the trailer and poster. Coming to theaters and VOD May 6, THE OFFERING (a.k.a. THE FAITH OF ANNA WATERS) is the English-language debut of Singapore filmmaker Kelvin Tong, whose previous credits include KIDNAPPER […]

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More than music: Tidal is looking to add movie streaming, including original films

Tidal may be known for the star-studded artist coalition that owns the service, but the streamer is looking to expand beyond music. Moving forward, Tidal is looking to stream movies as well, including original content.

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What Former Superman Dean Cain Thought Of Batman V Superman


Although it seems like we’re inundated with superhero stories in Hollywood these days, there are only a handful of people who can claim that they’ve worn the Superman suit in a piece of entertainment. Henry Cavill’s currently rocking the blue and red pajamas for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and one former Superman has weighed in with a (mostly) positive review.   This story will contain spoilers for Batman v Superman. You have been warned! For five years, starting in 1993, Dean Cain played Clark Kent and his costumed alter ego in the television ...
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Lex Luthor's Company Is Going Through A Dramatic Change Following Batman V Superman


Warning: major spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are ahead! Lex Luthor has a long history of running his own massive corporation in both the comics and other media stories, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was no exception. Originally an oil and machinery company, Lex redirected LexCorp Industries’ focus to technology, and the result was it becoming the "premiere digital industrial company." However, following Lex’s incarceration at the end of the most recent DCEU installment, LexCorp has announced that it’s temporarily suspending its global operations. The company delivered this ...
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Awesome Harry Potter Video Breaks Down The Insane Cost Of Going To Hogwarts


Anyone who has watched just a second from the Harry Potter franchise has dreamt about going to Hogwarts. How could you not? It has moving staircases, talking paintings, while your attendance at this institution confirms that you're a burgeoning wizard, too. But, if it actually existed, how much how would it cost to attend Hogwarts? Well, a group of die-hard Harry Potter fans have figured it out. Kudos to the team over at Fandango for creating such a spell-binding video. So, how much would it actually cost to attend Hogwarts? Well, firstly don't forget that JK Rowling previously revealed all ...
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Stream to Scream: “HE NEVER DIED”

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There’s something effortlessly refreshing about films that confidently reside in their own universe. By offering characters with established history, rapport, and relationships, watching their stories unfold has an immersive quality that more grounded, gritty fare just cannot capture. Therefore, when something like HE NEVER DIED comes around and offers up a supernatural horror comedy that […]

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For $5, This Incredible Little Vintage Lens Really Packs a Punch

How good can a $5 Russian lens from the 1950s be? Turns out, pretty great.

Mathieu Stern, the connoisseur of weird cheap lenses, is here to tell you just how great the Lomo T43 40mm f/4 vintage manual lens can be. It comes from the Lomo Smena 8mm camera (which you can find all over eBay for around $10 to $25).

Though the lens alone can be found for as little as $5, don't let its affordability fool you. This thing is powerful and can capture some stunning images. Check out Stern's review of this lens below and see for yourself:

Here are a few of the shots Stern took with the Lomo T43. (You can check out all of his samples here.) Click on each image for higher resolution:

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Ghostbusters Video For The New Proton Pack Has An Interesting Nod To The Original Films


Merchandise tie-ins with movies are nothing new. There will always be products that companies try to sell us by relating it to a popular film. Sony, however, takes this idea to new heights by promoting their new Ghostbusters movie with a fake merchandise tie-in of their own. Apparently, Sony has developed an actual Proton Pack and they would like to sell it to you. You can check out their fake ad below, but as you do so, listen carefully for the names of the scientists who helped "Sony" develop the device. Did you catch that? Dr. Jillian Holtzmann is the ...
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Why It Took So Long For Barbershop 3 To Be Made


Rather than instantly being excited when Barbershop 3 was announced, most moviegoers were instead surprised. Not only were 2002's Barbershop and 2004's Barbershop 2: Back In Business hardly box office smashes, neither was the Queen Latifah led 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop. But one man who has been tirelessly working for over a decade to get another Barbershop film made is producer Robert Teitel. And he's now explained why it took so long. Robert Teitel talked about why it's taken so long for Barbershop: The Next Cut to make it to the big screen when I visited the set of the upcoming comedy last ...
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Netflix readies new period drama as first original series from Spain

Netflix is getting ready to start filming its first original series from Spain, a 1920s period drama that will hail from the directing and producing team behind popular Spanish series Velvet and Gran Hotel

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The One Big Change Suicide Squad Is Apparently Spending Millions To Make


Last year's footage of Suicide Squad from San Diego Comic-Con painted the movie as an action-packed, yet gloomy affair. Then January's first official trailer did a complete 180 with fun moments and quips being dropped left and right while Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" played. Well, it turns out that said trailer might have featured every one of Suicide Squad's jokes, but now Warner Bros isn't sparing any expense to ensure the August blockbuster resembles its latter preview more. Thanks to the positive response to the most recent Suicide Squad trailer, Birth.Movies.Death has heard that Suicide Squad is currently in the ...
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Some X-Men Characters May Appear In The New Mutants Spinoff Movie


When X-Men: Apocalypse hits screens this summer it will mark the end of the second trilogy of films based around the mutant superhero team. While Fox has several X-Men related properties in various stages of development for new movies, they are all based on solo characters or spinoff groups. We don't know anything about when we'll be seeing anybody from the main team again. Now, it looks like we may see some of them sooner than we thought, in the planned New Mutants film. The New Mutants is currently the last film in the slate of announced X-Men films. It ...
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The Dreadful Ten: Top 10 Most Anticipated Events at Texas Frightmare Weekend 2016!

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In the years since the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors has laid dormant, the world of fan conventions has evolved into an entirely different beast. Yet among the Comic-Cons and Walker-Stalker’s of the world, few horror conventions have earned the esteemed reputation of Texas Frightmare Weekend, now in their 11th year as the Southwest’s Premiere Horror […]

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Batman V Superman May Have A Lot Of Box Office Staying Power, Here's The Latest


While Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s opening weekend was impressive, even based on high expectations, it wasn’t unexpected. Simply putting the names Superman and Batman in your movie title is going to bring in a couple hundred million dollars. The real question was going to be, after that amazing opening, how well would the movie hold up in its second weekend, after word of mouth about the film’s actual quality began to spread. The answer looks to be, quite well actually. While critics have been nearly universal in their unkind assessment of Batman ...
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Kanye’s Tidal-exclusive The Life of Pablo may catch second wave on Spotify, Apple Music

Kanye West's latest record The Life of Pablo may finally hit streaming services besides Jay Z's Tidal, expected to launch on Spotify, Apple Music, and Rhapsody beginning this Friday.

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“MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM” (Book Review)

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Though we are steeped deep in gloriously gonzo unorthodoxy for more than 100 pages before the musclebound 20something self-described practitioner of “puke and rebuke” de-demonization turns up in Grady Hendrix’s MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM, it is nonetheless hilarious just how absurdly far from the Father Merrin tree the character falls. In Hendrix’s evocative, subversive, fun […]

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The Part Of Avatar 2 James Cameron's Currently Working On


While the majority of news we've seen regarding Avatar 2 over the last few years has been about a new delay every now and then, it now looks like the film may actually be moving forward. While writer and director James Cameron won't say much about what is coming out of the work he's doing, he has confirmed that work is being done on a specific aspect, and that's a start. James Cameron was in Los Angeles showing support for an independent film out of New Zealand called The Dark Horse. While there, the Associated Press asked him about what was ...
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How Darren Aronofsky Takes Us Down His Rabbit Hole (NSFW)

When it comes to Aronofsky, it's all about the sexy spirals and scary symmetry.

Watching a Darren Aronofsky movie can make you feel like a lab rat scurrying around a maze for some of that sweet, sweet cheese. First, we intensely search for meaning; then we take a minute to stare blankly at a wall; and finally we frantically return to navigating our nightmarish labyrinth. It is, more often than not, a frightening and dizzying experience.

So, how much of this feeling can be attributed to the dark thematic matter in Aronofsky's movies, and how much of it can be attributed to composition?

A video essay from STUDIO LITTLE illustrates the way in which camera movement, blocking, framing, and even the shape of objects collectively contribute to the jarring nature of Aronofsky's films.

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What Happened To Robin Pre-Batman V Superman?


After fighting crime in Gotham City for 20 years, the DCEU’s Batman has endured more pain and tragedy than most people have felt in a lifetime. One of the best examples of this in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is when Bruce Wayne is in the Batcave and he gazes at a display case near his own Batsuit containing a Robin costume with the words, "HA HA HA The Joke’s On You, Batman" painted across the chest. There’s no dialogue in this scene, but we can easily see that years earlier, the ...
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Amazon Prime without a yearly commitment is now a reality if you’re a Sprint customer

Are you one of those people who are annoyed with the annual fee for Amazon Prime? Sprint customers now have the option to purchase Amazon Prime on a monthly basis without an annual commitment.

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The Bizarre Effect Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Having On Parents


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has had a major impact on the world, this is not a secret. When you make the third-highest grossing movie ever, you can't help but impact the culture in some way. However, the Star Wars franchise looks to be having some long-lasting repercussions on the culture in an unexpected way. Parents are naming their newborns after the characters. According to a blog post from Babycenter.com, several names associated with Star Wars have shot up the list of popular baby names. While several of them are the names of new characters from Star Wars: The ...
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FANGORIA Podcast Network: “THE GIRLS IN THE BACK ROW” Ask “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?”

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In some horror films, the line between life imitating art and vice versa is a definitively thin one, especially once you go back to the era of silver screen scare fare. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that the final installment of their “March Madness” series sees THE GIRLS IN THE BACK […]

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Here's Why Blocking is Essential—And How to Use it to Visually Tell Your Story

Blocking is much more important than you might think.

Blocking in cinema is the use of movement and proportion of people and objects within the frame's space. The term comes from theater, but in movies, the camera can travel through cinematic space, making blocking a powerful tool. In this video essay, Evan Puschak (Nerdwriter) breaks down a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, and, as you can see, blocking shapes the scene dramatically.

As Puschak demonstrates, blocking gives subtext to a seemingly innocuous scene. Early in the film, Jimmy Stewart's character visits an old friend; while their encounter begins with Stewart controlling the space as he walks around freely and asks questions, the power radius slowly begins to shift and Stewart becomes the one who is controlled. Also of note: in the film, the camera is a sort of proxy character; its movement in the cinematic space is just as important as a character's, sometimes even more so.

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Final Fantasy Is Getting Its Own Movie, Here's What We Know


The Final Fantasy series of video games is one of the most popular franchises in the medium, and the next game is the series, Final Fantasy XV is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Last night, at a special event put on by publisher Square Enix, they revealed more than just new details on the game, but also a movie that will take place in the same world. Check out the trailer for Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. We have to say the movie certainly looks impressive. While the trailer certainly relies more on visuals than explanation, the visuals ...
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What Darkseid Could Be Looking For In The Justice League Movie


The following is a combination of rumor, interpretation, and analysis that, if accurate, could be spoilers for the upcoming Justice League movies. If you want to be sure not to give anything away, look away While the powers that be are still remaining officially mum when it comes to where the DCEU is going following Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the conventional wisdom, and all evidence that we do have, continues to point toward Darkseid as the main antagonist in the Justice League movies. Now the man who will direct the villain, whoever he is, has begun to leave ...
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Update: FANGORIA #345 printing soon, #346 being readied for next month

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The issues that have delayed FANGORIA #345 are finally being resolved, and as we work to get the mag to our extremely patient readers, we’re also busy getting the next edition ready for next month. Fango #345 is about to print and will ship to subscribers shortly; our apologies go out to all our fans, […]

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Exclusive clip: A caged Kitty from “THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS”

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Wes Craven’s last horrific work (as executive producer) arrives tomorrow as THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS hits select theaters and VOD. We’ve got an exclusive clip of a creepy moment of captivity after the jump. Released by Vertical Entertainment, THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS was directed by Nick Simon (who discusses the movie here) from […]

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Fluance ventures into new territory with its new line of Hi-Fi turntables

Fluance is known for its speakers of all varieties, but now its trying something new with the introduction of the company's first line of Hi-Fi turntables, perfect for jumping in on the resurgence of the vinyl record.

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Day-and-date movie streaming platform Screening Room will be shown at CinemaCon

Day-and-date movie streaming service Screening Room will be in attendance next month at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, hoping to gain new partners, and hoping to woo them with its technology, as it did with director Brett Ratner.

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A Batman V Superman Co-Writer Once Dismissed The Idea, But Was He Right?


One of the reasons that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had one of the biggest opening weekends in history is because it's a setup that fans have wanted to see for years. However, at the studio level, interest has not always been high. Back in 2005, the project was very nearly made, but eventually scrapped, in favor of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. At the time, writer David S. Goyer said that Batman vs Superman was a story to do when you run out of ideas. So what does it mean that he co-wrote Batman v Superman now? The answer may ...
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Meet the Subway Impostor Whose Story You Couldn't Make Up if You Tried

This story is truly stranger than fiction.

Darius McCollum’s story is one of numbers: He’s been imprisoned over 30 times since the age of 15 for a total of 23 years behind bars. And filmmaker Adam Irving exchanged over 100 letters with him before starting to film his life story.

Irving’s film Off the Rails is one of those truly stranger-than-fiction documentaries, mostly due to the unusual nature of its subject’s crimes: McCollum is notorious for impersonating New York City bus drivers and subway conductors, commandeering their vehicles, and driving their routes.

Irving is not nearly the first, nor the only storyteller to take a stab at telling McCollum’s bizarre tale. No less than 27 documentary makers approached McCollum prior to Irving’s outreach, and Julia Roberts is slated to star as McCollum’s attorney in a fictional screen adaptation being produced by The Gotham Group. But Off the Rails is the first time this story has been successfully presented on screen.

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DTS:X arrives for Yamaha receivers thanks to a new firmware update

Over the summer Yamaha announced six new models in its Aventage line of A/V receivers, with support for DTS:X promised to come later for three of them. Now that firmware update has finally arrived.

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Exclusive Q&A: Director Nick Simon talks Craven, Killers & “THE GIRL IN THE PHOTOGRAPHS”

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Last year, the horror world lost one of its most beloved icons: filmmaker Wes Craven, the man behind such chilling classics as THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, SCREAM and more. Not only was Craven a fantastic artist in his own right, but he was an incredibly generous man in […]

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The Power Rangers Movie Has Added An Important Supporting Character


With a new generation of Power Rangers comes a new generation of villains and teammates for audiences of all ages to get acquainted with. In the case of Dacre Montgomery's Jason Scott / Red Ranger, we'll not only get to know him personally during his quest to become one of Earth's greatest heroes, but we'll also get to know the father that helps keep him grounded. THR reported the casting of David Denman, best known for his role as Roy on the U.S. version of The Office, as Sam Scott – Jason's father. In his official character description, Sam is described ...
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How Score Can be Used to Laugh With (But Not At) Your Characters [PODCAST]

Director Alex Lehmann learned a lot from his composer about how to use music in his film, but he also gained some knowledge about working together: "You can squash amazing collaborations just by being afraid."

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No Film School sat down with Lehman and composer Crystal Grooms Mangano at SXSW 2016 to talk about their collaboration on the soundtrack of Lehman's feature documentary Asperger's Are Us. The film, picked up by Netflix after the SXSW screenings, follows a group of friends who deal with their own Asperger's through stand-up comedy. In our podcast, the pair humorously and candidly describe their collaborative process, how a composer can elevate your film with music, and how to walk the fine line between laughing with the main characters and not at them. And we get to listen to a few pieces from the film's original soundtrack, too!

I had heard what they were using for the temp[orary soundtrack], so I knew what they were liking and leaning to initially…but eventually I turned off the temp and just tried to capture the energy of the troupe.

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Deadpool Almost Had An Extremely Meta End Credits Sequence


As if Deadpool wasn't enough of a smart-assed shot to the arm of superhero films, there was one more step that could have sent the whole damned enterprise over the top. It turns out that the film-makers behind this year's runaway box office smash wanted to do something rather unique with their end credits sequence: they wanted to make their own Honest Trailer. The Art of the Title caught up with Deadpool director Tim Miller and asked him about the other end credits sequence ideas that eventually lead to the mischieviously hand drawn credits. Miller confirmed that those credits weren't ...
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My Rode Reel 2016 BTS - A Legend in my own mind

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My Rode Reel 2016 - A Legend in my own mind

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Reduce the Noise: Basic Tips for Shooting in Low Light

Shooting in low light situations can leave you with a grainy, muddy image that is probably best left off of your timeline. But even though it can be tricky, there are ways to make your footage look a whole lot better.

Simon Cade of DSLRguide offers some basic solutions when shooting in low light — ones that don't require you to buy a whole new expensive camera that can handle the lack of available light.

If you're a beginner, especially one who doesn't have access to light kits or professional cameras with plenty of latitude, these tips are directed at you.

Use a wide aperture

The standard metaphor to understand how an aperture works is a faucet: the more you open up your faucet (aperture) the more water (light) comes out. Essentially, the wider your aperture the more light hits your sensor. So, if you know you're going to be shooting in low light situations, try to use a lens with the lowest aperture you can get your hands on and then open that baby up.

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Finding Dory Revealed Its Full Cast Of Characters, Here's What We Know


On June 17th, audiences far and wide will be able to reunite with Dory, Marlin, and Nemo in Disney / Pixar's summer offering for 2017, Finding Dory. Up until now, we've had a vague idea of who would be co-starring alongside the returning characters and cast-members that Andrew Stanton's sequel has attracted. Now, thanks to a huge announcement made by the folks at Disney, we've got the full list of characters, both old and new, who will be a part of Dory's journey of self discovery! Prepare to swim along, as we bring you the cast of Finding Dory. First, we'll start ...
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Darkseid In Justice League: What We Know About The Potential Villain


SPOILER WARNING: The following feature contains spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. If you have not yet seen the film, and don't wish to have any key details or moments ruined through description, you may want to click away to another one of our wonder articles. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice laid a great deal of groundwork in regards to the future heroes of the DC Cinematic Universe, but it also did its part to showcase some serious villainy. Of course, Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor played a central role, and there's some history between The Joker and ...
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My Rode Reel 2016

Well I finally got around to shooting some footage and the behind-the-scenes for this years My Rode Reel 2016.Will be editing both the behind the scenes and the main footage over the next few days. It's Horror oriented that's about all I will say for now. It's somewhat comedic at least I hope it is if it's not I apologize. Luckily it's not overly long so even if it's not as good as I hope it shouldn't put anyone into a coma. So if you haven't started yours yet what are you waiting for Rode is very very generous to the Indy filmmaking community with this contest which is in its third year. If you decide to enter good luck break a leg and may the force be with you. We shot this years entry using 4K cameras for both the main footage and for the behind the scenes the main footage we shot with the Panasonic G7 and the behind the scenes shot with the Panasonic LX 100 with that gorgeous Leica lens.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 Storyboard Reveals A Hint About Star-Lord's Dad


We're well over a year from the movie's release—it's still filming now—but that's not going to stop us from getting excited about every last piece of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. As he has done countless times over the course of development and production of this movie and the 2014 original, director James Gunn took to social media to share a tease with fans. His latest is an image of a storyboard that appears to offer some hint about Star-Lord's father, we're just not exactly sure what the hint actually is. Check it out for yourself below.   (function(d, ...
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Is Ben Affleck Trying To Make A Solo Batman Movie Happen?


Audience got their first taste of Ben Affleck's Batman this past weekend with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the actor's journey as the Caped Crusader is just beginning. After making a minor appearance this August in Suicide Squad, Affleck is confirmed to co-lead 2017's Justice League: Part One and 2019's Justice League: Part Two. On top of those, there's also the Batman solo movie reportedly being worked on. Warner Bros has yet to officially order or schedule it, but to help make it become a reality, Affleck is writing his own Batman script. Endeavor co-CEO Patrick Whitesell told ...
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Watch out, Netflix: Fullscreen’s $5/month video service is coming in April

Fullscreen is targeting millennials with its forthcoming subscription video-on-demand service. The service will offer both licensed and original content at the appealing cost of $5 per month.

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Batman V Superman Made An Insane Amount Of Money In Its First Five Days


If you pay attention to the weekly box office reports—and even if you don't, you probably still heard about this—then you know that Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while divisive amongst fans and critics, made all of the money during its initial weekend run. Though there was a sharp drop-off from Friday to Sunday, it continued to roll right along as the workweek kicked off, and it has made an insane amount of money in just five days. According to EW, the sprawling, superhero-on-superhero throw down has surpassed the $500 million mark globally in just five ...
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One Change Wonder Woman Should Make From Batman v Superman, According To Hans Zimmer


Wonder Woman getting her own solo film is a big deal. It's true that she's not the first female superhero to get the feature treatment, with Supergirl, Elektra and Catwoman preceding her, but the character has a key place in pop culture history, and has long been seen as a feminist icon (despite being fictional). Director Patty Jenkins will be at the helm of the movie, with Gal Gadot in the starring role... but one thing that composer Hans Zimmer wants to see is more women involved in the creation of the blockbuster's music. The Oscar winner broached this subject ...
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