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News: Oscar Cinematography compilations

There was a fantastic compilation of best film moments shown at the Oscars in the late 1980's or so. I had thought it was an ASC or ISC production. As I recall it was set to music and both opened and closed with short segments from Citizen Kane, then proceeded to several hundred other short items more or less grouped by topic (falls, laughter, kisses, etc). It had a title something like Precious Moments or Precious Images or something like that about 5-6 minutes long and really excellent. If ...

News: 'Nirvana' Short Film

Charles Bukowski's Nirvana revolves around a young man traveling to an undetermined destination, questioning his purpose in the world. Along the young man's aimless journey, he encounters a moment in time at a charming diner. In just that moment something is awakened inside of him, but even with a sense of purpose, sadness follows. "Nirvana" is a melancholy postcard from memories long past.

News: Can bad lawyer commercials turn out any good?

More than often, lawyer commercials tend to be the butt of many jokes. Fact is many lawyer commercials are just plain awful. Is it because the style is heavily commercialized? Is it because the end product is what the client wants? Or is it a combination of two factors-- the client does not know what s/he wants and the producer is afraid to explore possibilities outside of the "parameters" (for fear of being sued)? What if someone had balls to explore the possibilities?

News: Create a video for legendary rock band Senser, and win Magic Bullet Looks!

Legendary rap-rock-electronica crossover pioneers Senser celebrate the release of their slamming new single, “2, 3, Clear” with a video competition open to all budding video creators! The winning entry will receive great exposure on many top music websites and TV, and the winner will receive a copy of the awesome Magic Bullet Looks plug-in set worth $400, plus some sexy Senser merchandise.

News: Battle of the Shaky Cam

Responding to the inexplicably rampant use of faux-documentary techniques in "Battle: Los Angeles", Matt Zoller Seitz of Salon eloquently and hilariously lambastes the "played-out" fad of the shaky cam. Here are just a few nuggets:

David Fincher: The Musical

An original musical composition created by cutting together existing sounds from within David Fincher's films. There is NO outside audio, sound effects, or music. David Fincher is an Academy Award nominated director.

Rodarte - Spring '11 (DP: Matthew Lloyd)

Todd Cole directed this beautifully shot (DP Matthew Lloyd) and art directed preview of the Rodarte Spring '11 line. The visual execution of this ostensibly simple concept is flawless; there are no extraneous colors whatsoever. Clarity of vision and preproduction certainly paid off.

News: Life in a Day Teaser #1

From youtube: In December, we announced that “Life in a Day,” a documentary film directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald, produced by Ridley Scott, and filmed on July 24, 2010 by thousands of YouTube users around the world, was finished—and would have its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 27.

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