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Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

By Beth Feather, posted 8 October 2012

Known as the Montreal Festival of New Cinema and New Media (FCMM) until 2004, this independent film festival has gone through years of change and development. Forty years of change that is, as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema as it is called today.

How To Move from Photography to Cinematography

By Xavier Burgin, posted 14 September 2012

During my time as an undergraduate in college, I used my skills as a photographer to garner extra revenue whenever possible. This revenue would flow back into my main area of expertise and passion, film. The skill set of a photographer is quite invaluable on a film set. A creative eye for positioning, shot placement, lighting, lenses, and filters is essential when creating the atmosphere of a film, yet there must be something more within an individual than just the superb skill set of a photographer.

Recommended Read: 'My Indecision is Final' by Jake Eberts

By Benjamin Craig, posted 10 September 2012

Jake Eberts, who passed away last week at the age of 71 from complications related to a rare eye cancer, was a legendary and prolific British producer, responsible for a string of successful movies over a period of 30 years. He leaves behind an body of work including Oscar-winners such as Ghandi, The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire, Driving Miss Daisy, and Dances With Wolves, and in later years Chicken Run, James and the Giant Peach, and March of the Penguins. And unusually for a producer, Eberts was widely regarded by all who worked with him right up until the last.

GreenlightMyMovie Wants to Get Your Work In Front of Hollywood

By Benjamin Craig, posted 31 August 2012

Launched recently Greenlightmymovie.com has joined a space which has previously been known mainly as a mausoleum of ideas to use the web as a kind of dating service for indie filmmakers and Hollywood execs. While a few stragglers remain in the space, notably Studio Beyond and Trigger Street, the concept has felt tired for several years now. But there are several reasons which make us want to Givegreenlightmymovie.com the benefit of the doubt and suggest filmmakers with good ideas give it a whirl.

Tom Cruise Wants to Help You Make Movies With Your Mobile

By Benjamin Craig, posted 1 August 2012

Smart phones have had the capability to record video for over a decade now, but recent years have seen an exponential increase in the quality of the cameras and the resolution at which they can record. Unsurprisingly, more than a few filmmakers have cottoned on to the fact it has been possible to make films with mobile phones and tablets for some time now.

Start-up Riftlabs Preps 'KICK', a Revolutionary Video/Photo Light

By Benjamin Craig, posted 20 July 2012

The Kick is a video & photo light like nothing you have ever seen. Some say it is revolutionary. Nofilmschool.com thinks it might be "the future of lighting"!

COMPETITION: 'Imagination Series' with Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, Tribeca Film Festival, and Bombay Sapphire

By Benjamin Craig, posted 5 July 2012

Iconic gin brand Bombay Sapphire has launched the 'Imagination Series' in association with the Tribeca Film Festival, a global film competition offering budding filmmakers the chance to make their own short film with imagination at its heart.

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