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EEK! Today’s terrifying lineup of horror movie questionnaires (click for parts one, two and three) comes to its conclusion with filmmaker Brian Netto, who wrote and directed the 2013 horror film Delivery and who just wrapped production on the feature film Shut In, directed by his producing partner Adam Schindler. Netto and Schindler are the founders of film collective Type AB. What was the first...
Film Independent 10/31/14
BOO! Our Halloween blog spooktacular (click for parts one and two) continues with filmmaker Dallas Hallam, whose next project, Ribbons, will be what he describes as “a super-crazy, hard-R, (eye)balls-to-the-wall slice of Hitchcockian horror.” Yikes—sign us up! Here’s what Hallam had to say about his favorite horror flicks: What was the first horror film that scared the pants off you? I can...
Film Independent 10/31/14
Muahahahaha! We’re back with the second installment of our Halloween scary movie questionnaire—(click for part one)—this time with writer/producer Ramon Isao, co-writer of ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction. Isao is currently in post-production on his latest project, Dead Body, the trailer of which can be found here and the Kickstarter funding its completion here. What was the first horror film...
Film Independent 10/31/14
Last night at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, Paul Schrader had a conversation with Marc Schiller, as part of the latter’s Future State of Entertainment Speaker Series. Perhaps more than any other director of his generation, Schrader seems to have embraced the democratic technologies available to today’s filmmakers, between crowdsourcing on The Canyons and his recent intent to...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/31/14
Happy Halloween! In honor of the spookiest day of the year, we spoke to some indie horror directors to ask them about their favorite scary movie moments. We’ll be posting their responses all day, and first up is Leigh Janiak, whose debut horror feature Honeymoon is available now on iTunes and Amazon. What was the first horror film that scared the pants off you? Psycho! I remember I was having a...
Film Independent 10/31/14
It’s Halloween and you know what that means: less than two shopping months before Christmas! On the heels of summer’s David Fincher-helmed ads encouraging you to “dress normal,” we now have four Sofia Coppola-directed spots tied to the holiday season. The theme is that you don’t have to “get” your family, girlfriend or other significant players in your...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/31/14
In honor of the Criterion release of The Complete Jacques Tati, David Cairns looks at the building blocks of the auteur’s visual gags in PlayTime, his finely choreographed exploration of technology and the modern era. In particular, Cairns examines Tati’s use of reflections and mirror images, as well as the illusion of space, which all play into the rigidity of the film’s...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/30/14
On November 9, 1984, Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street opened in American theaters and changed the movie industry forever. Serving as a bridge between the primal ferocity of Craven’s earlier work (Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes) and the visually expressive professionalism of his later films (The Serpent and the Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, Red Eye), Elm...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/30/14
Recently announced as a European Capital of Culture for 2016, the picturesque western Polish city of Wroclaw (actually pronounced Vrotz-wav, thus rendering the title pun sadly unworkable) welcomed an extremely distinguished guest for its fifth annual American Film Festival: none other than flying POTUS Barack Obama. Well, it seemed so for a moment, but appearances can be deceptive. A closer look...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/30/14
Life Partners When: November 6 Where: iTunes/VOD Director: Susanna Fogel Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs Why We’re Excited: Susanna Fogel’s lighthearted feature film debut may seem like just another gal-pal/rom-com at first glance, but there’s a dynamic that makes it a bit more fresh and unique. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, chronicles the relationship...
Film Independent 10/30/14
John Wick‘s primary premise is lots of well-crafted action delivered by veteran stuntpeople-turned-directors finally given free rein to make sure their work is optimally served. Co-directors David Leith and Chad Stahelski deliver on this front: it doesn’t take much time before retired hitman Wick (Keanu Reeves) is sufficiently angered to leave his New Jersey pad, head into NYC (more...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/30/14
“The term ‘deranged sociopath’ gets thrown around a lot by the media these days,” Arsenio Hall said in 1989 when introducing Jason Voorhees on his show, “but it really applies to my next guest.” This was the year of Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, and a peak-of-his-popularity Jason came out to a nice round of applause. Then he sat down and sat...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/29/14
Next week the American Film Market (AFM) begins in Santa Monica, California, running from  November 5 – 12. AFM is one of the four largest film markets held annually around the world. The others are the European Film Market (EFM), held simultaneously with the Berlin International Film Festival; the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market and the Marché du Film, which takes place...
Film Independent 10/29/14
“How do you show character choice,” wonders Tony Zhou in this abridged version of his popular “Every Frame a Painting” essay series. Void of melodramatic “there’s no turning back” declarations, Zhou points towards Snowpiercer as a film that is constantly conveying its protagonists’ decision making process through right and left camera looks. Just as...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/29/14
Here’s a clip from A.J. Edwards’ feature debut, The Better Angels, which opens November 7th. Edwards has been part of the Terrence Malick team since 2005, when he was an editorial intern on The New World and camera operator for the making of, and critics haven’t been slow to pick up on his mentor’s voice inflecting his feature debut. The Better Angels focuses on Abraham...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/29/14
“Lenses are extremely delicate and have to be handled carefully, just like they are alive,” a Fuji factory worker says in this video from the company that will walk you through the entire process of making XF series lenses. All the steps are briefly touched upon, from mold pressing to coating, lens barrel processing, surface finishing, assembling, measuring, engraving, and finally...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/29/14
The nice thing about Gregg Araki’s movies is that he genuinely believes that teen horniness is not a crime: not for him Larry Clark’s pseudo-alarmed prurience or a Lifetime movie’s worth of dire consequences trailing teen sexuality. White Bird in a Blizzard‘s narrator/not-quite-heroine Kat Connors (Shaleine Woodley) is in the midst of an inexplicably celibate stretch in a...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/28/14
Jill Soloway delivered on her promise at the start of her keynote at this past weekend’s Film Independent Forum to give a talk that would be “inspirey and motivatey”—partly because she did that thing most great speakers do: she was brutally honest about the rock-bottom moments of doubt, failure and humiliation that preceded her celebrated status today. It was also partly due to the kernels of...
Film Independent 10/28/14
Premiering at DOC NYC is Monsieur Le President,” a film by New York-based visual artist, photographer and filmmaker Victoria Campbell. Check out the trailer above and the DOC NYC description below: Volunteering in Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, Victoria Campbell encounters Gaston, a charming voodoo priest who shows leadership during the emergency, and...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/28/14
“Stop motion interpolation!” is the call on a Change.org petition urging TV manufacturers to disable the default “smooth motion” setting on new televisions. As the petition explains, “Motion Interpolation was an effect that was created to reduce motion blur on HDTVs but a very unfortunate side effect of using this function is that is takes something shot at 24 fps or...
Filmmaker Magazine, editor Scott MacCaulay 10/28/14