The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Posted by Alyson Forster on Dec 3, 2020 6:46:05 AM

The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Best Film Festivals in LA

Here is a look at some of the top film festivals in the Los Angeles area, and how they have dealt with the new world of social distancing in entertainment.

We'll discuss (in no particular order):



Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Website: https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

For the last 35 years, Film Independent have hosted their Spirit Awards at a beachside in Santa Monica. Each year, the festival “brings together top talent from throughout the world of independent film”. Film Independent members can nominate and vote in categories such as: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more.

The Spirit Awards ceremony features a number of unique honors, including: Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000) and the Robert Altman Award (best ensemble cast).

Like many other festivals, Film Independent postponed their 2021 Spirit Awards by a few months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Front Row Insurance Brokers have collaborated with Film Independent to offer their members preferential pricing on Short-Term Production packages (US).


OUTFEST Los Angeles Virtual 2020

Website: https://outfest.org/

OUTFEST is a non-profit organization originally established in Los Angeles in 1982. OUTFEST considers itself “the only global LGBTQIA+ arts, media, and entertainment organizations whose programs empower artists, communities and filmmakers to transform the world through their stories, while also supporting the entire life-cycle of their career”.

OUTFEST holds an annual weeklong film festival, displaying films in iconic venues such as The Orpheum Theater, Laemmle Music Hall, or the MOCA Grand.

In 2020, OUTFEST hosted its first virtual film festival, “You’re no longer restricted by location or distance, because we’re bringing the festival to your living room, backyard, home office, literally anywhere you are in the United States. So, if you love diverse stories and finding representations of yourself on screen, this festival is for you”.


LA Shorts International Film Festival

Website: https://www.lashortsfest.com/

The LA Shorts International Film Festival is the longest running short film festival in the greater Los Angeles area. This festival features up to 272 films each year from 31 different countries. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, all accredit the festival.


AFIFEST – A Virtual Film Festival Hollywood sign

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Website: https://fest.afi.com/how-to-fest/

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the American Film Institute’s AFIFEST practiced COVID safety and social distancing in 2020 by airing film submissions differently.

Virtual screenings were offered as well as drive-in screenings in multiple locations, including the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. “AFI champions progress in visual storytelling to empower storytellers, inspire story lovers and further the limitless power of the moving image”.


Screamfest presents HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Website: https://screamfestla.com/

America’s largest- and longest-running only horror movie festival – Screamfest – awards the year’s top movies, filmmakers, actors, and screenplay in this genre. In 2020, Screamfest went above and beyond by creating a socially distanced drive-thru haunted house and film screening at various locations between October 6 and 15.

Not only was this event held for members, but also the public free of charge. Drive-in locations were scheduled throughout Los Angeles, including The Regency Theater Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys, and Calamigos Ranch.


The Newport Beach Film Festival

Balboa Pier in Newport BeachSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 256982518 | Shutterstock

Website: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/

2020’s festival ditched the red carpet for complete virtual programming on October 1st through the 11th.

Since 1999, this film festival has been a celebrity favorite due to it being located on the beautiful Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. This film festival features over 350 international, independent and student film screenings over 8 days. The festival has premiered such films as 500 Days of Summer, Crash, and The Illusionist.


NFMLA (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) Film Festival

Website: https://www.newfilmmakersla.com/

Each month at South Park Center, NFMLA presents a red carpet screening of documentaries, shorts and feature films for that month’s subgenre, e.g., Indigenous Cinema, Female Romance, Latino Cinema, Music Videos, and New Media Projects. After each screening, a forum takes place where members can have an open audience discussion about the project.

NFMLA also educates its attendees by inviting industry professionals to discuss and gain insight on distribution, production, acquisition and development.

NFMLA is a non-profit “designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the LA community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant surge of monthly screening events”.

LA Women in FilmFest hosted by WIF (Women in Film)

Website: https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest

The Los Angeles Women in Film Festival champions “female and female identifying filmmakers and storytellers”. This festival only accepts submissions from female directors, writers, majority female crew, and/or any female driven stories of any genre.

Note: Front Row Insurance Brokers has a program with WIFT-US that allows members to receive preferential pricing on Errors & Omissions coverage and production packages.


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The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 23, 2020 8:43:26 AM

The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

The Best Software for FilmmakersShutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1577644270

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best software for filmmakers available on the market now! We’ll look at a mix of backup software, dailies software, colour correction software and standard video editing software in this post.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Hedge / smart software for filmmakers
  2. ShotPut Pro / Imagine Products
  3. Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack
  4. ChronoSync / best backup software for Mac
  5. rsync / command-line utility for backups
  6. DaVinci Resolve / software for filmmakers
  7. HitFilm Express / free video editing / free filmmaking software
  8. Avid Media Composer / best editing software for filmmaking
  9. Final Cut Pro / best editing software for filmmaking
  10. Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects / filmmaking editing software

 

Hedge | smart software for filmmakers

Website: https://hedge.video/

Hedge is a footage backup and archiving solution that is impressively fast. Filmmakers can transfer and backup their video files blazingly fast using this software, available on Mac and Windows.

This company also offers some accompanying software that can be useful to filmmakers, including Foolcat for camera reports and Checkpoint for backup verification.

ShotPut Pro

Website: https://www.imagineproducts.com/product/shotput-pro

ShotPut Pro bills itself as “the industry standard for offloading video, audio and photo files”, available on both Mac and Windows. Filmmakers and editors can make multiple, verified copies from one source using this software.

The company - Imagine Products – also offers some companion software that filmmakers may wish to consider, such as PrimeTranscoder (for file transcoding) and TrueCheck (for file management).

Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack

Website: https://pomfort.com/

Pomfort, a German company, has developed multiple innovative software products, including Livegrade Pro and Silverstack Lab, to simplify digital production workflows.

Livegrade simplifies the on-set color workflow and dailies process, while Silverstack is a dailies software for quickly copying and backing up footage.

These software products can be used along with Pomfort ShotHub, which is a cloud system for data integration and information exchange in film productions.

ChronoSync | backup software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.econtechnologies.com/

ChronoSync is a macOS application for periodic backups, bootable drive clones and folder synchronizations. Thousands of photographers, video editors, filmmakers, musicians and other digital media creators use this software.

ChronoSync can synchronize and backup to just about anything you can connect to your Mac: select cloud services, other Macs, external drives, iPads, iPhones, etc.

Their companion products ChronoAgent (for remote file sharing) and ChronoMonitor (iPhone app for notifications & reporting) can also be useful to filmmakers.

rsync | command-line utility for fast video file transfer

Website: https://rsync.samba.org/

rsync is an open-source command-line utility for Unix systems that provides fast file transfer. rsync is freely available under the GNU General Public License. Using rsync, filmmakers can efficiently transfer and sync their video files between computers, external drives and/or across networked computers.

rsync is a fast and powerful utility that works well not only for one-off media ingests, but also for complicated transfers involving many camera cards and/or hard drives.

rsync can even be automated for reliable, efficient backups. While it is true that the learning curve for a command-line utility is, naturally, going to be steeper than traditional software products that have GUIs, once filmmakers learn the commands necessary to do their work, it becomes straightforward to use.

DaVinci Resolve | colour correction software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/

DaVinci Resolve from Australian firm Blackmagic Design is a robust software product that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one. Initially launched in 2004, this software has been used on major film productions, including Avatar, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Available on Mac, Windows and Linux, Blackmagic Design bills their Resolve software as “the world’s most advanced professional non-linear editor.”

Resolve can be extended with various third-party plug-ins and storage solutions. Resolve keyboards, color panels and audio consoles can be purchased separately.

HitFilm Express | free filmmaking software

Website: https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

HitFilm Express from English company FXhome Limited has a free (“Pay What You Want”) version that is upgradeable to paid versions with more features.

This video editing software has professional-grade VFX features and is ideal for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

Filmmakers can do both 2D and 3D compositing using this software. It comes along with over 400 effects and presets and is available on both Mac and Windows.

Avid Media Composer | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://www.avid.com/media-composer

First launched in 1989 and by now one of the standards in the industry, Media Composer is a film & video editing software application/non-linear editor developed by American firm Avid Technology.

Available on both Mac and Windows operating systems, Media Composer can do both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition, high definition, 2K and 4K editing.

Avid also manufactures video interface hardware that can be used with Media Composer, including Avid Artist I/O for SD–4K capturing, monitoring, and output, and Avid NEXIS for storage.

Final Cut Pro | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933

Most film and video editors will already be well aware of Apple’s Final Cut Pro, which has become a standard in the industry and one of the most widely used editing programs. Although the fully rewritten Final Cut Pro X version released in 2011 faced much criticism, many of its shortcomings have been fixed in updates since then.

Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime-compatible video format. It is a Mac-only video editing software.

Well-known movies that were edited on Final Cut include Zodiac, Napoleon Dynamite, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.

Premiere Pro and After Effects | filmmaking editing software

Website: https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

Last, but not least. Most film and video editors will also already be familiar with Premiere Pro, which is generally considered the main competitor to Final Cut. Adobe claims that it is “the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web.” In addition, full disclosure: Front Row uses Premiere Pro to edit the majority of its videos.

Available on both macOS and Windows operating systems, Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software product first launched in 1991 (as Adobe Premiere).

With an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, filmmakers can also access other great software that works seamlessly with Premiere Pro, including the compositing software After Effects. Notable movies edited on Premiere Pro include Deadpool, Gone Girl, Superman Returns, and Terminator: Dark Fate.

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Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

We also offer Post-Production Studio Insurance in Canada and the US.

 

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The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 16, 2020 7:31:49 AM

The 10 Best Photography Schools in Canada | Top Photography Programs

Best Photography Schools in Canada

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best photography schools in Canada. Of course, there are other good schools and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below photography programs are certainly among the most notable in Canada.

(in no particular order)

We’ll discuss:

 

1. Ryerson Image Arts/Photography Studies

Ryerson Image Arts

Ryerson’s Photography Studies 4-year BFA (bachelor of fine arts) program is a mix of theory and applied work, with a bit more emphasis on the applied. Students will take the standard photography theory courses in the first years of the program, with the final years more focused on the creation of photography work and a senior project.

The program includes courses on the history of photography, visual culture, photography production, and contemporary issues in photography.

Notable alumni include photographers Edward Burtynsky and George Pimentel.

2. OCAD U

OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design) has a respected 4-year photography program, resulting in a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree. Students learn skills from darkroom to digital photography in this program.

OCAD U has some of the best photography facilities in Canada and is one of few schools with both a colour and black & white darkroom.

Students take general art-related courses in their first year, such as sculpture concepts and painting. They progress into the photography-focused courses in subsequent years. In their final year, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio options.

3. Sheridan

Sheridan is one of the most reputable schools in Ontario for photography. Sheridan has positioned their program as a “business-focused professional photography degree program.” It is a 4-year program resulting in an Honours Bachelor of Photography degree.

Courses include Introduction to Studio, Photographic Language, Studio Portraiture, History of Advertising Photography, Photography Professional Business Practices, among others. Students produce a photography portfolio project in their final semester.

Sheridan photography alumni work can be viewed on the GRADWORK website.

4. School of the Photographic Arts (SPAO)

SPAO in Ottawa is not as well known as the aforementioned schools as it was only established in 2005 as an alternative for study in the photographic visual arts, although it has already earned a great reputation among the Canadian photography community.

SPAO offers a two-year photographic arts diploma that covers both analogue and digital photography. There are courses on still life photography, landscape photography, portraiture, projects and presentations, among others. At the end of the program, students take part in one-on-one or small-group critiques with SPAO instructors and visiting professionals.

The school is home to the SPAO Centre Gallery.

5. Emily Carr University

Emily Carr U

Emily Carr U has a world-renowned photo program, mostly because of the fine art photographers who have come out of the program or worked there (e.g., Douglas Coupland, Stan Douglas, Karin Bubas, Jessica Eaton, Ian Wallace, Marian Penner Bancroft, Arni Haraldsson, Scott Connaroe, Stephen Waddell). 

As far as photo schools in Canada go, it’s hard to find one with more heavy-hitters.

The program has courses on theory, writing, drawing, and electives in other media. Students will also do professional practice studies and will have produced a substantial body of work upon graduating.

6. Langara College

Langara College in Vancouver has a professional photography program that is more geared toward commercial photography. The program has hands-on, comprehensive training that provides graduates with the skills to achieve success in a career in the photographic industry.

There are courses on technical photography, studio lighting, publishing, digital imaging, photographic development, the history of photography, and more.

This program confers a two-year diploma.

7. NSCAD U

NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) has a reputation for being a radical art school; there is something to be said for having a reputation that you feel the need to live up to.

The school’s photography BFA program allows students the opportunity to balance technical and conceptual learning. The school’s photography facilities are excellent for both film-based and digital imaging. There is a darkroom and individual film processing cubicles, as well as a suite of computers available for digital photographic work.

By the final semester, students exhibit at the university gallery or other local venues.

8. AUArts

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) is certainly one of Alberta’s best schools for photography. The program confers a Bachelor of Design in Photography degree.

The program involves a mix of photography-focused and liberal studies courses, along with challenging assignments that will allow students to develop their photography portfolios.

Renowned photographers Mitch Kern and Ann Mansolino sit on the school’s faculty.

9. Concordia

Concordia U

Concordia’s 3 to 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Photography is certainly one of Quebec’s best photography programs. The program covers both analogue and digital photography.

Courses comprise a mix of the theoretical and the practical, with an emphasis placed on the understanding of photography’s sociological and artistic ramifications. Studio Arts electives include Black-and-White Photography, Colour Photography, Large Format Photography, and more.

Notable alumni include photographers Barbara Davidson and JJ Levine.

10. The School of Life

As you’ve likely heard before, there is no better place to hone your photography chops than out there in the “real world”. Excellent photography gear is more accessible than ever, and more intuitive to use. Grab a camera, take thousands of photos, experiment, see what works and trust your instincts…

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The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2020

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 9, 2020 7:35:30 AM

The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2020

The 20 Best Podcasts about FilmmakingSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1433456582 | Shutterstock

Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:

(in no particular order)

  1. Just Shoot It podcast
  2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA's podcast
  3. The Art of Film Funding podcast
  4. Business of Film
  5. Craft Truck Uncut
  6. Filmspotting
  7. The No Film School Podcast
  8. Happier in Hollywood
  9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
  10. Location Sound Podcast
  11. Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers
  12. Film Riot Podcast
  13. Cinematalk (UW-Madison)
  14. Legends of Film Podcast (Nashville Public Library)
  15. Blank Check with Griffin & David
  16. Film Formally
  17. Film Insights
  18. Film Design
  19. The Filmmakers Podcast
  20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

 

1. Just Shoot It

Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCds-oHNIq6AELlltla96fiA

Just Shoot It is a podcast on filmmaking, screenwriting and directing. Each week on the podcast, you can find interviews with directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers and actors, and learn how they became successful, working content creators.

The podcast shares tips and stories of how people in the entertainment industry forced their ways into sustainable careers. The podcast is all about “getting off your butt and making your own videos.”

2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA


Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-set-new-york/id1495901632

The NYPA podcast, Beyond the Set New York, connects listeners with the people, companies and organizations involved with unifying the film and television industry in New York.

The NYPA represents the unified voice of the film, television & commercial production, and post-production industry in NYC.

3. The Art of Film Funding

Link: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/the-art-of-film-funding-podcast/

Carole Dean hosts The Art of Film Funding Podcast, featuring interviews with experts on film funding, film finance, film marketing, and film distribution.

Carole Dean is President and Founder of From the Heart Productions, a 501(c) non-profit which helps indie filmmakers get film funding.

4. Business of Film

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/business-of-film/

As its title suggests, this podcast is dedicated to the business of film, interviewing top industry professionals (producers, distributors, sales companies, agents, managers, financiers and more).

Business of Film is an invaluable podcast for both emerging and established filmmakers. Each episode presents an absolute wealth of insider knowledge.

5. Craft Truck Uncut

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/podcasts/

Craft Truck Uncut features uncut audio from Craft Truck’s interviews with top cinematographers & editors.

Craft Truck is an educational resource hub for entertainment industry professionals, created by film producer Jesse Ikeman.

6. Filmspotting

Link: https://www.filmspotting.net/

Proclaiming itself “the flagship film podcast”, Filmspotting (formerly Cinecast) is a weekly film podcast out of Chicago hosted by film critics Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

The podcast focuses on film analysis and features interviews with film industry players, including directors, writers, actors and producers.

7. The No Film School Podcast

Link: https://nofilmschool.com/tags/podcast

The No Film School Podcast features an eclectic array of interviews with film industry players, including cinematographers, directors, writers, producers and actors.

The No Film School website is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives.

8. Happier in Hollywood

Link: https://happierinhollywood.com/podcast/

Happier in Hollywood is a more writing- and producing-focused podcast, as two Hollywood writer/producers, Liz Craft & Sarah Fain, host it.

This podcast is about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive” in Hollywood.

9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast

Link: https://www.dga.org/Craft/Podcast.aspx

The Director's Cut - A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes stories of the most discussed contemporary movies. Each episode features a new director, interviewed by one of their peers.

Notable episodes include “The Craft of the Director with Ron Howard”, “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson” and “The Irishman with Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee”.

10. Location Sound Podcast

Link: https://locationsoundpodcast.libsyn.com/

The Location Sound Podcast features location sound mixers, boom ops and other industry pros involved in recording sound on-location for feature and independent films, TV commercials, interviews, etc.

Whether you are a seasoned vet or just starting out and interested in sound recording, this podcast is full of great stories and lessons about recording on-location.

11. Directing Magic

Link: http://www.directingmagic.com/

Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers was created to encourage and inspire filmmakers by sharing the wisdom and experience of successful women in film and TV.

This podcast features conversations with established women in the entertainment industry who generously share their insights about succeeding in the business.

12. Film Riot Podcast

Link: https://www.filmriot.com/podcast/

The podcast from Film Riot features plenty of interesting interviews with film industry talent, including writers, directors and cinematographers.

Notable episodes include: “Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror”, “Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget” and “How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors”.

13. Cinematalk

Link: https://cinema.wisc.edu/podcasts

The Cinematalk podcast from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts is entertaining and informative, featuring interviews with directors and others in the film industry.

Notable episodes include: “The Great Silence with Special Guest, Alexander Payne”, “Peter Sellers: Lost and Found” and “Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach”.

14. Legends of Film Podcast

Link: https://library.nashville.org/podcasts/legends-film-podcast

Nashville Public Library’s Legends of Film Podcast features interviews with directors, screenwriters, and actors who share their experiences on notable films. This behind-the-scenes series features “the greats as you have never heard before.”

Notable interviews include: cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, screenwriter Stephen Geller, composer Charles Bernstein and Sara Karloff, daughter of late actor Boris Karloff.

15. Blank Check with Griffin & David

Link: https://audioboom.com/channel/Blank-Check

Blank Check with Griffin & David is a film podcast following the career output of directors who have had some success and are then offered a figurative “blank check” to pursue their passion projects. Most episodes focus on a single movie from the director's filmography.

Movies discussed include: various Star Wars films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Starship Troopers, Edward Scissorhands, Mad Max, and others.

16. Film Formally

Link: http://sadhillmedia.com/filmformally

Film Formally is a podcast that “dives into the deep end of film.” In each episode, Canadian filmmakers Will Ross & Devan Scott (Sad Hill Media) get specific and analyze one filmmaking technique.

Past episodes include: discussions of concert films, sound design, independent movie post-production and videography.

17. Film Insights

Link: https://www.instagram.com/film_insights/

The Film Insights Podcast interviews passionate filmmakers, delivering great stories, exploring the ins and outs of the creative process, and provides fresh insight and memorable anecdotes from the world of filmmaking.
–Hosted by filmmaker Eden Ocean.

18. Film Design

Link: https://filmdesignpodcast.podbean.com

The Film Design Podcast takes the unique angle of focusing on production design, set decoration and art direction. The podcast is hosted by Max Lincoln, a UK-based production designer.

Past episodes include interviews with notable production designers and art directors, including Nicholas Foley, Dalia Gellert, Noam Piper, and many others.

19. The Filmmakers Podcast

Link: https://thefilmmakerspodcast.com/

The Filmmakers Podcast is another UK-based podcast about how to make films, from studio movies to micro budget productions.

Past episodes have included interviews with famous talent in the film industry, including Julie Delpy, Agnieszka Holland, John Badham, and Timothy Spall.

20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

Link: https://www.fgipodcast.com/

The Filmmaker’s Guide to the Industry (FGI) is a podcast from the US featuring in-depth interviews and insider knowledge about the business of the entertainment industry.

Past episodes include interviews with American film producers Randy Greenberg, Cat Sullivan, Tony Armer, and Tyler Martinolich, among others.

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  • Online Short-Term Film Insurance (Canada): provides coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of shooting, with no minimum premium. The coverage is available online 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. Quotes are free and take 2 minutes.
  • Online DigiGear Insurance (Canada): custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone.

US-based filmmakers can view Front Row’s US policies here.

Contact Front Row to get a quote for your feature, TV series, documentary, commercial, and more.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 51 staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience serving the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Offices in: NY, Nashville, LA, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

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Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

Posted by Alex Kolodkin on Nov 2, 2020 7:06:18 AM

Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

SAFE SETS INTERNATIONALSource: https://practicesafesets.co/

Guest blog post by Set Scouter / Safe Sets International

In this crazy, ever-changing COVID-19 world, productions continue to blossom throughout the challenges of the pandemic because of the persistence and ingenuity of the creative spirit. Safe Sets International is proud to be a part of the process that enables this industry to push forward.

Founded by Alex Kolodkin, Founder & CEO of Set Scouter – North America’s largest online location scouting platform – as a response to the confusion within the industry of how to move forward. “There wasn’t a centralized and standardized resource for the community. I gathered medical experts, industry leaders, and teamed up with some of the biggest companies in production to advocate for safety on set.” – Kolodkin

Developed as a free resource focused on the safety and survival of the film and video production industry, they have emerged as the world’s most trusted COVID-19 educator for the production industry. Safe Sets provides a resource of global guidelines along with a free certificate program, verified by medical and industry partners, to increase production safety measures globally.

Practice Safe Sets by Safe Sets International

After launching in July 2020, Safe Sets International spread organically and globally through the industry – tens of thousands of certificates completed in 74 countries within the first week – demonstrating the considerable need for this resource.

Safe Sets International was established as a collaborative partnership that encourages the industry to practice safe sets by advocating for health and safety in production through education, collaboration, and action. The team consists of industry leaders and medical professionals brought together to meet the demands of the production community in this complex time.

Safe Set’s purpose

  • Collect resources and guidelines to promote health and safety on set.
  • Collaborate openly with industry leaders and members for guidance and insights.
  • Educate to standardize knowledge across the industry.
  • Explore new technologies to help creators adopt safer production practices.

The website provides a collaborative production guideline hub, sourcing and welcoming global resources, along with a free course on basic COVID-19 safety and best practices, developed with industry and medical experts. The course provides everyone a base level of knowledge which can be supplemented with any government, association, or trade specific requirements.

“As businesses and film sets face various pandemic-related production challenges, it is important to remain smart and vigilant to help protect ourselves and prevent transmission to vulnerable populations,” says Dr. Jaime Hope, Attending Physician of Emergency Medicine at Beaumont Health, one of the busiest Level 1 Trauma Tertiary Care Centers in the US. “Safe Sets uses evidence-based best practices to minimize risk to everyone involved. This is an industry-leading set of guidelines that doctors and scientists are proud to support.”

“It’s more important than ever to ensure we create the safest production environments possible to protect everyone in our industry,” says Kolodkin. “COVID-19 has shaken the industry to its core and forced us to reimagine what it means to be on set, and that will continue to evolve as we recover.”

Safe Sets International Course Offerings

Safe Sets provides a FREE Level A certificate designed to communicate the most current health and safety information relevant to our community of filmmakers, producers, crew, and industry professionals. The course is currently available in English, Spanish, and French.

A Level B certificate launched in October 2020, containing supplementary education on how to stay safe on set. It’s recommended for those in production leadership, on health/safety teams, and/or those assuming the role of a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.

In their nature of set safety, Safe Sets created masks to allow individuals to highlight their departments. The proceeds from the masks allow Safe Sets to continue to offer the free COVID-19 production education, with a portion donated to charity.

Don’t forget to practice safe sets!

 

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The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 26, 2020 7:27:59 AM

The 10 Best Photo Editing Apps / Best Photography Editor Apps

Best Photo Editing Apps: mobile app picSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1399145969 | Shutterstock

Let’s review the ten best apps for photo editing available on the market now.

(in no particular order) We’ll discuss:

  1. Polish / Photo Editor Pro
  2. Snapseed
  3. VSCO
  4. Photofox
  5. ON1 Photo RAW
  6. DxO PhotoLab and ONE
  7. GIMP
  8. darktable
  9. RawTherapee
  10. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Spark

 

1. Polish / best photo editing apps for Android / best photography apps for Android

Polish / Photo Editor Pro is a great photo editor app that has excellent reviews on the Google Play store. The app offers stylish effects, filters, borders, grids and draw tools. With the app, you can post your edited photos directly to Instagram, Facebook and other social media. The app is also available on iOS.

One user’s review (Ross Peters) on the Play store: “I've tried a few photo editor apps, and this one is very competent, and allows the ability to do basic layering of additional photos with transparency, a basic need for me that's seemingly hard to find on Android.”

2. Snapseed / best photography filter apps

Certainly one of the best photo editing apps is Snapseed, which is available for FREE on both iOS and Android. With this app, users can easily edit their photos using swiping gestures. The app has many features, including 29 tools and filters.

The app has excellent reviews on the Google Play store, including this one from user Javi: “Reliable and functional, delivers great effects without destroying originals. HDR Scape and Selective adjust are two of my favorites.”

The iOS reviews are also great for this app, including this one from user Paul: “[This app’s] ability to select areas for retouching is uncannily accurate; its Structure feature beats anything Photoshop can do; and its Ambience tool provides a wonderful combination of brightness, shadow opening, warmth, and even incredible highlight protection all at once.”

3. VSCO / best photography apps for iphone / best filmic filter app / best photography filter apps

VSCO is a photography mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app has a bunch of nice filmic emulation filters, and some editing tools.

The app includes multiple popular presets for free. From quiet and muted to vibrant and saturated, each preset produces a unique look. Additional presets can be purchased within the app.

4. Photofox / best photography apps for iPhone

Photofox is (at time of this writing) only available on iOS/Apple devices, but it has excellent reviews on the App Store, including this one from user Nick: “This app is the absolute best for creating and editing photos, no other app does it better. It helped me make some REALLY impressive pictures I never would’ve thought I could make without this app.”

Features include double exposures, advanced editing, glitch art, adding text, drawing, painting on images, and adding cool effects. Surreal backgrounds and effects can be added to a photo in a single tap, for example. The basic app is available for free (with in-app purchases).

5. ON1 Photo RAW / best photography app for computer and mobile

ON1 Photo RAW is one of the rare photo editing apps that is available on computers (Mac and Windows) AND mobile devices (iOS and Android). It is billed as “THE professional-grade photo organizer, raw processor, layered editor, and effects app.”

The app allows photographers to adjust myriad photo elements, including Exposure, Contrast, Shadows, Mid-tones, Highlights, and more. The companion product, ON1 Photo RAW 360, allows seamless cloud syncing of photos and editing between computers and mobile devices.

6. DxO PhotoLab and DxO ONE

PhotoLab from the French photography company, DxO, is an image processing app available on Windows and macOS. They also have the DxO ONE app for the App Store and Google Play.

The PhotoLab app (includes free trial) has some powerful AI and deep learning technology to be able to enhance the overall look and feel of your photos, especially photos with noise. The app’s “ClearView Plus” feature reduces haze, enabling quick restoration of the natural radiance of photos.

The DxO ONE app is available for free and is meant to be used with the DxO ONE cameras [Amazon Affiliate Link] that connect to iPhones and iPads. This app includes various features for the DxO ONE camera, including Shoot in Auto mode, scene modes for Sport, Portrait, Landscape and Night photography, and a “Selfie mode”.

7. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

GIMP has been around since 1996 and is still going strong! The app is a free, open-source raster graphics editor used for retouching and photo editing, free-form drawing, transcoding between image file formats, and other tasks.

GIMP’s interface has perhaps a bit of a steeper learning curve than a mainstream product like Photoshop, but the designers have made improvements to its UI in recent years to make it more streamlined and less cluttered.

Features include photo manipulation, colour management, original artwork creation, graphic design elements, and the app even offers extensibility via integration with various programming languages.

8. darktable / best open source photo editing app

darktable is a powerful open source photography workflow application and raw developer. Features include non-destructive photo editing, GPU accelerated image processing, professional colour management, and more.

The app has a bit of a learning curve, though. It can be installed on a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Linux, Ubuntu and Debian. This app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

9. RawTherapee / best photo processing app

RawTherapee is a free and open-source app for processing photos. The app has photo editing functions specifically for non-destructive editing of raw photos and is primarily focused on improving a photographer's workflow by facilitating the handling of large numbers of images.

RawTherapee is available on Windows, macOS and Linux at the time of this writing. As with darktable, this app is designed to be used on computers, not mobile devices.

Features include a 32-bit (floating point) processing engine, best-in-class demosaicing (reconstructing a full colour image from incomplete colour samples), hot/dead pixel correction, and the compositing of raw photo files with automatic ghost masking.

10. Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Spark

Yes, we have saved the most obvious ones for last! Everyone reading this has likely already heard of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom [Amazon Affiliate Links], but they deserve mentioning in any “best photography apps” article. They work seamlessly together – you can use Photoshop for the initial image work, and then take it into Lightroom for any additional image organization and manipulation.

Unlike Photoshop, Lightroom's edits are always non-destructive by keeping the original image and the edits applied to it saved separately.

Some readers potentially haven’t yet heard about Adobe Spark, however. Spark is an integrated suite of digital media apps for mobile and web, comprising Spark Page, Spark Post, and Spark Video. Access to Spark is included in an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Photo Editing Accessories for your Laptop | Photo Editing Laptop Accessories

If you’re doing photo editing, don’t forget about these important accessories:

Having an external monitor is generally better than having just the laptop screen, so consider getting a nice 4K resolution monitor to complement your laptop (you’ll want a monitor that is colour accurate. Computer speed and high performance don’t matter so much if your colours are off!) A good one to consider is the ViewSonic VX2776-4K-MHD 4K Frameless IPS Monitor. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

An external hard drive and/or subscription to a cloud storage service such as Dropbox would be advisable because even if you have a large hard drive on the laptop, you will likely be surprised at how quickly that drive can fill up. A well-reviewed external HD to consider is the KwiltGo Personal Cloud Storage Device. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Note: ~8GB of RAM can be a bit tight if you're using both Photoshop and Lightroom, plus other software like a web browser, so if you’ll be using a lot of software simultaneously, always opt for more RAM.

Get Photography Insurance | Photography Equipment Insurance | Front Row Photography | Photographer Insurance

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

Note: Cellular phones are not covered under this policy, either as equipment or office equipment, regardless of whether they are used as part of your photography practice. Coverage for your cellular phone may be available through other insurance or product warranties.

 

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And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona

Posted by Sandi Cooper on Oct 8, 2020 7:05:47 AM

And… Action! Testing in the Time of Corona | SetTest

SetTest logo: calm, kind, safeSource: http://settest.ca/

Guest blog post by SetTest

SetTest has secured private laboratory capacity for COVID testing, available now (October 2020), and is scaling to increase over the next ninety days. Clients are rushing to reserve access to this Health Canada-approved, accredited testing capability that is impervious to the fluctuations of public health and provides reliable turnaround times.

When many sets across Canada heard “Cut!” for the last time on Friday the 13th of March 2020, there was no sense of how long it would last or how things would change. Tens of thousands of motion picture industry professionals across the country stayed home for months, with no choice but to watch, rather than create, countless hours of content. But these are creative problem-solvers, and immediately they began to develop guidelines and create solutions to get people safely back to work.

When it was determined that frequent testing for COVID was going to be required, it was clear that the industry would need partners who understand the medical system as well as motion picture production and its idiosyncrasies. Dr. Sam Gutman and Sandi Richter Cooper undertook to bridge the gap between medicine and industry.

Enter SetTest.

The SetTest Background:

Dr. Sam Gutman, an ER physician and founder of Rockdoc Consulting, has provided concierge medical services to the industry for over 25 years. He and his staff have been providing complex logistics expertise and medical services for live production across Canada and around the world.

With live events and mass gatherings on pause during the pandemic, Rockdoc has pivoted, deploying its extensive infrastructure, resources and staff to meet the needs of motion picture production. Together with Sandi Richter Cooper, the immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, they have been working with productions to navigate the new COVID safety and testing requirements, providing the needed interface between production and medicine.

This SetTest team has decades of motion picture industry experience and they know what it takes to keep production on schedule. Their staff has a proven and trusted track record of reliability and responsiveness to provide the standard of film-friendly service and flexibility that the industry demands.

Since cameras started rolling again, the SetTest team has provided COVID services and administered thousands of tests for cast and crew on more than 40 film, television and commercial productions in BC and Ontario. With a scientific eye, the team stays informed as medical solutions emerge and adapts to continue to meet the industry’s evolving needs.

The SetTest Process:

At a studio, hotel, residence, office or location, Set Test deploys qualified, production-savvy professionals for onsite collection of specimens using bilateral nasal swabs that are transported to an accredited laboratory facility that uses Health Canada-approved polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology.

Test results are reported to the production as soon as they’re available, within 24-72 hours. Reporting is timely, secure and PIPEDA-compliant (comparable to HIPAA-compliant in the US). Our team covers all aspects of general healthcare needs for the motion picture industry, including flu shots, and a full range of specialized COVID services. Custom packages are created for each production with pricing based on each project’s unique requirements.

With the currently approved and available PCR testing, there had been a bottleneck at the lab, as the entire industry had been dependent on a single accredited lab for processing. With reasonable priority on public health demands, and a sudden massive need from productions, coordination and turnaround time at the lab became unpredictable. To meet the moment, the SetTest team created near-term and long-term end-to-end independent solutions that are now being deployed.

“And…  Action!”

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About the SetTest Team:

Dr. Sam Gutman, Chief Medical Officer of Rockdoc, is Canada’s most experienced Medical Director for mass gatherings, events and entertainment, and has designed and operated the medical and emergency programs for large-scale music festivals, concerts and mass gatherings, including Ironman and the Olympic Games. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with affiliates across Canada, Rockdoc has decades of experience providing urgent and continuing healthcare and helping clients effectively navigate public and private healthcare systems.

SetTest founder Sandi Richter Cooper, immediate-past BC Film Commissioner, with decades of physical production experience, collaborates to support the motion picture industry. BC, Canada’s largest production center, has the experience, infrastructure, talent, locations and collaborative community necessary to face new industry challenges as they evolve.

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How to protect your camera in snow | protect your camera in cold weather

Posted by Grant Patten on Oct 1, 2020 8:19:39 AM

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOW | PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN COLD WEATHER

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN SNOWSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 551251480, Shutterstock

It’s true – most modern photography equipment is generally durable enough to withstand snowy conditions, but there are still some best practices that you’ll want to keep in mind when handling your photography gear in snow and cold weather conditions. Let’s review those in this post.

Tips to protect your camera in snow / tips to protect your camera in cold weather

Try to avoid changing lenses outdoors, as that could trap condensation in the camera/lens for an extended period. If you must do so, be very careful!

Also, try to avoid breathing on your camera’s LCD screen. The moisture from your breath could freeze the screen and it can be a pain to get the ice off. If you think breathing on the LCD cannot be avoided, it wouldn’t hurt to have some de-icer spray in your camera bag, such as the CRC Ice-Off Windshield Spray De-Icer [Amazon Link] (yes, it can work on LCD screens, too!)

You may also experience LCD screen playback issues in cold temperatures. Consider disengaging the automatic playback of images while shooting.

Your batteries will drain faster in the cold. Look into getting a spare battery and an external battery pack handle/battery grip, such as the Sony Vertical Grip for Sony Alpha cameras [Amazon Link]. The grip provides some good moisture resistance.

Keep extra batteries in your jacket or pant pockets to keep them warm with body heat.

Break a hand warmer pack [Amazon Link] to keep your batteries warm. You could wrap a hand warmer around the section of the camera that contains the batteries (usually the handgrip for DSLRs).

Get a water resistant hard case for your memory cards, such as the AmazonBasics Water Resistant Memory Card Carrying Case [Amazon Link]. A water resistant phone case would also be an option for holding the memory cards, such as the JOTO Universal Waterproof Pouch [Amazon Link].

Use a lens hood to prevent snow from touching the lens. The Kiwifotos 50mm Reversible Lens Hood seems to have mostly positive reviews on Amazon. The FOTGA Bayonet Mount Lens Hood is also well reviewed. [Amazon Link]

Use a camera rain cover / rain sleeve; these are generally inexpensive. Some well-known brands include Zacro, OP/TECH and Movo [Amazon Links]. You can find waterproof camera cases, lens hoods and custom rain covers.

Get the right gloves for shooting in cold weather. The Under Armour Men's Armour Liner 2.0 [Amazon Link] gloves are thin enough to operate a camera while wearing them. The FanVince Touch Screen Gloves Windproof in Cold Weather [Amazon Link] would also work well for snow photography.

OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg CoverYou can get insulating sleeves or pipe insulation for the legs of your tripod, such as the OP/TECH USA Tripod Sleeves Tripod Leg Covers [Amazon Link]. Alternatively, use a carbon fiber tripod to prevent ice burn, such as the Neewer Carbon Fiber 66 inches/168 centimeters Camera Tripod [Amazon Link].

Include some silica gel desiccant [Amazon Link] in your camera bag to absorb residual moisture and any water from melted snow.

Make sure you get the snow off your camera and lens(es) before you bring them back inside. You do not want snow melting and having water get in your lens/body.

Acclimatize your camera! | Bringing your camera from outdoors to indoors (& vice versa)

Avoid rapid changes in temperature; limit the number of transitions from cold to warm, and vice versa.

When you must transition your camera from a cold to warm area, acclimatize the camera:

  1. Put your camera and lens back into the camera case
  2. Then put the camera case into a bag (any plastic bag that fits the case will do)
  3. Then go inside and leave the camera alone for a while in the case/bag until all reach room temperature. Following this process will minimize the chance that moisture will condense on the camera’s cold surfaces if brought too quickly into a warm room

If you cannot cover the camera case with a plastic bag, a simple towel can suffice. When you are finished shooting outside, wipe off the outside of the camera, the camera case and any other gear to remove any excess moisture.

Additional tip: turn the lens barrel to wipe off any moisture that may have gone under the outer barrel during times when the lens was retracted.

Best cameras for snow photography / blizzard-ready cameras

As a rule, do not use mechanical film cameras in the cold. These cameras are more susceptible to breaking, especially older ones. Always favour weather sealed cameras. Weather sealing a camera refers to having rubber gaskets in the seams to keep water from the camera’s internals. However, if the lens doesn't have weather sealing also, water can still enter into the camera through the lens mount. Therefore, make sure to keep the lens mount dry.

Many cameras are already weather sealed, but don’t assume that your camera is necessarily weather sealed just because it’s a new model. Be sure to check with the camera manufacturer to verify.

The Pentax K-70 Black [Amazon Link] is fully weather sealed and has largely positive reviews on Amazon. This camera is built specifically for outdoor shooting. Another solid, less expensive option from this brand is the Pentax K-30 Weather-Sealed 16 MP CMOS Digital SLR [Amazon Link], which is also weather sealed and built for shooting outdoors.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III [Amazon Link] is rugged and durable; this camera can withstand water and snow spray with ease. The larger form factor also makes it easier to handle while wearing gloves.

The Sony RX0 II [Amazon Link] is tiny, but tough. You can easily stuff it inside a jacket pocket and keep your hands tucked away from the cold when not in use.

The Sony Alpha a6100 Mirrorless Digital Camera [Amazon Link] would be good for snow photography as it is more compact than traditional DSLRs and Sony claims that it has “the world’s fastest auto-focus”.

The Canon PowerShot G9X Mk II [Amazon Link] would be a good compact point-and-shoot option for snow photography. It is ultra slim and lightweight, so stuffing it inside a jacket pocket and pulling it out again for snow pictures would be quick and easy.

Finally, consider using a polarizing filter to cut down on glare from the snow, such as the Gobe 58mm Circular Polarizing (CPL) Lens Filter. [Amazon Link]

Some Snow Photographs | Snow Photography | Snow Photographer

Snow photography tip: Set your camera to overexpose by 1 1/3 to two stops. This will ensure that the snow actually looks white, not grey!

Maybe one of these nice snow pictures can help inspire you to do some snow photography of your own:

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina

Mocănița steam train from Bucovina (Romania) travel in wintertime.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1022616715

Siberian Tiger running in snow

Siberian Tiger running in snow. Beautiful, dynamic and powerful photo of this majestic animal. Set in environment typical for this amazing animal. Birches and meadows.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 574476025

After the light snow in early spring

After the light snow in early spring.

Shutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1253253541

Get Photography Insurance | Photography Equipment Insurance | Front Row Photography | Photographer Insurance

Following these tips will, hopefully, allow you to avoid snow-related damage to your photography gear. However, just in case something like that does happen, you will want to have photography insurance in place to help cover the cost of repair/replacement.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

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Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Best Filmmaker Instagrammers

Posted by Alyson Forster on Sep 17, 2020 6:24:21 AM

Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Filmmaker Instagrammers

Need some inspiration, filmmakers? Check out Front Row Insurance’s round-up of the top 10 filmmakers on Instagram who you should consider following!

In no particular order:

1. @jonfavreau https://www.instagram.com/jonfavreau

Jon Favreau is an actor, director, and writer. The Lion King, The Mandalorian, and The Avengers franchise are just some of the projects this filmmaker has worked on over the last decade, but many still remember him primarily as that guy from Swingers. He is a social media favorite for his behind-the-scenes posts, including the original concept art and post-production shots of The Mandalorian, from Disney+.

2. @cinematogr https://www.instagram.com/cinematogr/

A social media handle just for cinematography? Yes, please! @cinematogr focuses on DPs (Directors of Photography), set decorators, costume designers, visual engineers and other key technical personnel in modern day filmmaking. Some posts feature behind-the-scenes from films such as Jojo Rabbit (2019) and The Hunt (2020).

3. @filmindependent https://www.instagram.com/filmindependent/

Film Independent is a non-profit organization supporting indie films. They offer screenings, educational programs, and more informative content geared toward new filmmakers.

They are most well known for their Film Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984.

4. @artdepartmental https://www.instagram.com/artdepartmental/

@artdepartmental explores behind-the-scenes expertise on production design. According to their website, “What you see in your favorite film or television show was most likely not found like that. This is the work of the production designer and their team. Every single set, location, colour, pattern, texture, graphic, or piece of practical lighting you see on screen is carefully designed and selected to enhance the plot, character arc, and overall tone”.

 
 
 
 
 
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This week marks the 20th anniversary since the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It's one of my all-time favourite films. In the Mood For Love (2000) Director: Wong Kar-Wai Production Designer + Costume Designer: William Chang Suk-ping Art Director: Lim Chung Man DOP: Christopher Doyle, Kwan Pung-Leung, and Mark Lee Pung-bin Designed by: "William Chang Suk-ping who is best known as Wong Kar-wai's frequent collaborator - as art director, costume designer and editor. China's master of ambience created the look of Maggie Cheung Man-yuk, in figure-hugging vintage cheongsam and high hair, negotiating the mournful distance between her character's Hong Kong tenement and the neighborhood food stall for the 2000 Wong opus, #IntheMoodforLove.

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5. @womeninfilmla https://www.instagram.com/womeninfilmla/

Women in Film and Television U.S. (WIFT-US) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women in all aspects of global media. This Instagram is from their LA branch.

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6. @outfest https://www.instagram.com/outfest/

Outfest creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. Outfest is also a non-profit that boasts a festival, annual gala, and a podcast out now, appropriately called The OutCast.

According to their latest article, “Whether these young creatives are a part of LGBTQIA+ community, are women, people of color, or a mixture, their voices are exponentially necessary and so is their art. It is important that we celebrate and draw attention that is necessary in the realm of the art of film”.

7. @learnfilmmaking https://www.instagram.com/learnfilmmaking/ 

Learn filmmaking from the world’s best filmmakers through this platform!

@learnfilmmaking provides resources and advice for filmmakers. Through IG Live, they have over 100 videos on helpful topics, such as set terminology, and even some pointers from famed director Ron Howard.

8. @moviesetmemeofficial https://www.instagram.com/moviesetmemesofficial/

Movie Set Memes can give you a laugh that only a filmmaker can understand.

In addition to some funny memes, they also provide useful tips; like how to protect your gear if you ever have to park your vehicle in a neighborhood with a high crime rate.

9. @filmtourismus https://www.instagram.com/filmtourismus/ 

Andrea David is a blogger, artist, and self-proclaimed “Popculturist”. She travels to film locations all over the world, and artfully uses print-outs of iconic scenes to place them in the exact moment of memorable film scenes. Her work has ben praised by filmmakers and actors alike, including Will Smith, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Willis.

10. @americanfilminstitute https://www.instagram.com/americanfilminstitute/

The American Film Institute (AFI) is located in Los Angeles, California and offers Master’s programs in producing, production design, screenwriting, editing and directing. Their IG page is meant to educate and inspire through fun film facts, interviews with iconic filmmakers, and much more.

Notable AFI alumni: directors David Lynch, Terrence Malick

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10 Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Posted by Grant Patten on Sep 14, 2020 6:52:24 AM

10 Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 documentaries about filmmaking.

(in no particular order):

  1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants
  2. Burden of Dreams
  3. Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate
  4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237
  5. American Movie
  6. The Kid Stays in the Picture
  7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

 

1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants

Lost in La Mancha

Film critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha (2002) [Amazon Link] as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. A follow-up to this documentary, He Dreams of Giants, was released in 2019.

Director Terry Gilliam had a very hard time making his Don Quixote movie, which he started on in 1989 and finally released in 2018 as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. All the trials and tribulations associated with finally getting this movie made are documented in these documentaries, which stand on their own as fascinating documents of the filmmaking process.

 

2. Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams [Amazon Link] is a 1982 "making-of" documentary film, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo.

Filming on location in the jungles of Peru, the crew (unsurprisingly) experienced challenges with the extreme heat and other weather issues. Herzog’s determination to literally have a steamship manually pulled over a steep mountain also proved challenging – but it all makes for amusing viewing.

 

3. Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's Gate

Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's GateDirector Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate has been widely panned as among the worst box-office bombs – and to many, even one of the worst movies of all time, period – but its making-of documentary, on the other hand, Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate [Amazon Link], has been critically acclaimed. This documentary is available as an extra on the Heaven’s Gate DVD (Disc Two - Bonus Features).

The production faced numerous setbacks, including cost overruns, significant retakes, bad press, and rumours of Cimino's allegedly authoritarian directorial style. It’s all on display in this fascinating making-of doc – “warts and all”.

 

4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237

Room 237 DVD

The Making of "The Shining" [Amazon Link] is a 30-minute documentary directed by Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian. Kubrick fans will find this making-of doc particularly fascinating, as it includes footage of Kubrick actually directing on set. It is included as an extra on the regular movie DVD.

Another related documentary is Room 237 [Amazon Link], which is an entertaining and often amusing exposition of the many interpretations of this much-discussed horror film.

 

American Movie DVD5. American Movie

American Movie [Amazon Link] is a humorous document of the 1996–97 making of Coven, an independent horror film directed by American filmmaker Mark Borchardt.

Coven experienced numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, and overall ineptitude from the friends and family Borchardt hired as his production team. However, this often-comical ineptitude is what makes the movie funny and memorable.

 

6. The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture DVDThe Kid Stays in the Picture [Amazon Link] is particularly important for any burgeoning (or established) film producers to watch, as this documentary focuses on the career of one of the most successful producers of all time, Robert Evans (produced Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, and others). All film producers can learn a lot from Evans’ storied career.

This documentary utilizes Evans' narration interspersed mostly with photographs from Evans' life, brief film snippets, and interviews to tell the story of his film producing career.

 

7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS DVDEasy Riders, Raging Bulls [Amazon Link] is a documentary (based on the book by Peter Biskind) on 1970s Hollywood/the “American New Wave”, a period of American cinema known for the production of such films as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist, and The Last Picture Show.

It would make sense to watch this in conjunction with the aforementioned The Kid Stays in the Picture, since Bob Evans produced some of the notable ‘70s-era movies discussed in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, including the masterpiece Chinatown.

 

8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky DVDDirected by Andrei Tarkovsky [Amazon Link] follows this renowned Russian filmmaker as he was working on his final production, The Sacrifice. The documentary can be found on Disc Two of The Sacrifice DVD.

This documentary includes some interesting interviews with Tarkovsky, and examines his meticulous creative process and uncompromising vision. The focus is not so much on Tarkovsky's career, but on the man himself – his thoughts, ideas and personality.

 

9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo DVDElectric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films [Amazon Link] is a funny documentary about Cannon Films, which produced mainly “B movies” from 1967 to 1994.

This production company was known for creating “schlock” films but some cult classics also, including Runaway Train (1985), The Delta Force (1986) and Charles Bronson’s Death Wish series.

Electric Boogaloo pays tribute to this era of “schlock” filmmaking with a nostalgic look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own “B movie” product.

 

10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

The Cutting Edge DVDThe Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing [Amazon Link] focuses on the underappreciated craft of movie editing. Kathy Bates narrates this history of the art of editing, punctuated by dozens of scenes to illustrate the power of editing in heightening reality and making a visceral impact on the viewer.

Notable directors who make appearances in this documentary include James Cameron, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Quentin Tarantino.

 

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US-based filmmakers can view Front Row’s US policies here.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 51 staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience serving the film industry. Front Row is the largest film insurance broker in Canada. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

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