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Archive for March 2005

Miramax bought by Disney

Disney and the Weinstein Brothers finally came to an agreement to axe the two brothers out of the picture. They’re getting around $100 million and they will be turning right around to open another company. The new company will be a media company rather than just a straight up film studio.

Why am I writing about this? Well, I was listening to NPR and heard about this whole legal battle between the Weinsteins and Disney. Here comes the interesting part: Miramax used to be an indie film company. Yeah. Shocked the crap out of me, too. Anyhow, don’t forget to buy your tickets to Sin City!

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Written by Sterling

March 31, 2005 at 10:14 am

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Japanese horror is the new beef

It looks like the newest recipe for success is Japanese inspired horror flicks. Not only are horror films inexpensive to make, but �You don�t need stars or flashy effects. It�s a good genre for experimentation, such as trying out a new director.”

Why Japanese horror?

�There is a whole other aesthetic to Japanese horror that is different than anything you see in the world,� [Joe Drake, President of Mandate Pictures] said.

�It just naturally creates suspense. It�s a feeling of isolation. For a non-Japanese audience, there is something about that, that is incredibly new and fresh.�

Read more here.

Written by Sterling

March 24, 2005 at 3:48 pm

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Project Greenlight update

http://projectgreenlight.liveplanet.com/pgl3/director/top10.jsp

The screenplay and directors have been chosen. Looks like Feast is the screenplay winner, it looks like fun little monster movie. Here’s a link to the script.

John Gulager won the director contest. I strongly suggest checking out his submission. Great lighting and camera work, very “different”. Though, I think the choice may have been a mistake, he’s a very odd character. Directors need more then vision, they need to work with a team of people to create that vision. I don’t know it Gulager is up for the job. With that I also understand that the editing might be suspect. Sometimes they make people look a lot different then they really are just to add to the drama.

They also keep saying crap like “if we don’t make money this year, we can never do this again.” I wonder about that. They get a whole season for PGL for what? a million or two? They’ve got no actors to pay, no scripts to write. Seems like PGL is a cheep show to produce. Sure they haven’t made any money on the movies, but do they really need to?

Let’s do the math? Let’s assume 30K for a 30 second ad (I have NO idea what this really would be, so I’m assuming a lot), 3 minutes a break (or 6 30 second spots), 3 breaks a show, 13 shows.

$30,000 x 6 spots x 3 breaks x 13 shows = $7,020,000

Plus any product placement (although, I haven’t seem any yet). I realize this is not a huge sum for a TV show, but it’s not chump change either. If the spots are $40,000 the number goes to over 9 million. My guess is that as long as Ben and Matt, stay with the project, it will continue. I don’t need the guilt trip to go see the movie when it’s done. Thanks anyway.

Written by Dan

March 22, 2005 at 10:33 am

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Techno Video Update

The techno video Dan and I have been working on has veered in a different direction. We’re aiming for a little more of a dance video feel. We’ll be getting some great studio experience, actually, since we have free access to a photography studio for the shoot. It’s a huge white room with infinity walls! Anyhow, we took some test footage this past weekend to get used to the lighting and to play with some special effects we have in mind. Without further adieu, here’s a little snippet of fun.

Written by Sterling

March 22, 2005 at 10:09 am

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Early film makers go all the way

Anyone who makes low budget movies is familiar with the term “suffering for your art.” This incredible excerpt from the memoirs of actress Lillian Gish provides some insight into the painstaking process of making movies back in the day. Gish’s memoirs detail the shooting of the 1920’s film Way Down East by director E.W. Griffith. Personally, I think this was a great way to save cash on expensive studio shoots. Just make sure you bring the hot cocoa!

Written by Sterling

March 22, 2005 at 9:58 am

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Star Wars goes Indie

A friend sent me a link to an interesting indie film project based on Star Wars. This film is a non-profit indie film based on the Star Wars universe. Everyone who is working on it is volunteer and the whole movie will be available for free download from the site once it’s complete. This looks like a fun project. Oh, yeah, it’s called Star Wars Revelations.

Written by Sterling

March 15, 2005 at 9:37 am

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New Project

What!? Another new project?! Yup, another new project.

We’re doing a documentary on D&D and our friends that play it with us. We think these people are interesting, why wouldn’t everyone else? It may be a while before we’ve got footage, so check back later.

Written by Dan

March 7, 2005 at 8:37 am

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