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Neflix Decides to Raise Prices?!

13 Jul

 Yesterday was a disappointing Tuesday. The popular online video rental company Netflix, released a statement where they discussed the upcoming membership price increase and the new structuring of their service. Unfortunately it was bound to happen. Continue reading

Did Nazi’s Invade Cannes Film Festival?

19 May

  What a strange Wednesday at the Cannes film festival. When you thought the news couldn’t get any more mind blowing, comes possibly the biggest news of the entire festival. Danish film director Lars Von Trier dug himself into a hole deeper than the Chilean miners. Continue reading

Napoleon Dynamite Television Show to Hit FOX in the Fall

18 May

If you and I have anything in common then you’re probably a fan of the 2004 cult comedy hit, Napoleon Dynamite. The feature length film was actually based on a short film created by Jared Hess while attending college. The film was titled Peluca but featured the same characters that appear in Napoleon Dynamite. The short film gained notoriety at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival which in turn led to the production of the feature length version. Continue reading

Rian Johnson’s ‘Looper’ Secures U.S Distribution Deal

15 May

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” Oops, wrong time travel movie. Rian Johnson’s latest film Looper takes on the concept of time travel with some help from Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper blends classic film noir conventions with science fiction to create a world rarely seen in cinema. Continue reading

Rubber, a Film About A Killer Tire?!

23 Feb

Ah, where to begin? Last year Hollywood broke a record for the lowest number of tickets sold, and analysts believe this was due to the amount of low quality films being made. Almost every movie shared weak plots, exploitation of 3D, and outright unoriginal ideas. Moviegoers and industry insiders called for an original film to break the cycle. Luckily however, French director Quentin Dupieux was already finishing production on his latest film Rubber by the end of 2009.  The film was shown at Cannes Critic’s Week and was picked up by Magnet Releases for US distribution despite receiving almost completely negative reviews. Continue reading

MTV’s ‘Skins’ Most Offensive Show Ever?

22 Feb

The popular music oriented channel owned by Viacom, known as MTV, has received consistent backlash over the latest addition to their programming lineup,Skins.’ The series premiered back in January but continues to spark debate among adults and teenagers alike. The MTV version of  ‘Skins’ is an American adaptation of a British series of the same name. The series follows a group of high school students as they become involved in what some are calling “pornographic” situations. Continue reading

Is 3D the Future of Indie Filmmaking?

4 Nov

With the latest influx of 3D films, most notably James Cameron’s Avatar, film enthusiasts and filmmakers alike, have asked themselves the same question “Is 3D filmmaking the future?” I’m not personally a fan of this whole 3D craze but I have to say, 3D is here to stay. Simply, with each passing day the popularity of the 3D market grows rapidly with various companies looking to cash in on this new found market. Most theaters have converted to 3D capable equipment, a large line of HD 3D televisions have been unveiled at the consumer level, and YouTube has announced the ability to view videos from their servers in 3D. What does this mean for the future of low-budget independent filmmaking? It could mean a lot.

The resilience of independent filmmakers is unmatched in any industry. Their ability to adapt to unfavorable situations is uncanny but can they somehow play into the 3D craze? In my opinion I believe they can. Just like any new form of technology, it becomes progressively cheaper as days go on. Aiptek a relatively unknown electronics firm from Taiwan, has released a 3D capable camcorder for about $175. Within the next few years 3D filmmaking will become even more accessible to the lower level of filmmaker.

Although the ability for low budget filmmakers to enter the 3D market is there, I would like to see them stick to the traditional story telling theory. 3D filmmaking is something I see as a gimick to enhance an otherwise weak story. Indpendent films are mostly always about stories that Hollywood fails to adopt and are told from a unique and fresh perspective. Filmmakers may begin to focus on the 3D and let the story suffer. Something else to keep in mind is that most film festivals are not equipped to screen 3D films. It should be interesting to see in the coming months how it all pans out.

Do you think independent filmmakers will adopt 3D as a means to tell their story?

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