Saturday, February 12, 2011

Movie News

Location, Location!
The Movie Locations site attempts to document all the locations that appear in movies. The current list includes some classics like North By Northwest as well as more recent titles like The King's Speech. Locations are indexed by Movie, Actor/Director and Location.
MovieLocations: Movie: NorthByNorthwest

Tax Incentives
If you're looking to make a movie, you've probably already checked in to tax breaks, but watch out; many are under threat:
New Mexico is just one of a number of states reviewing their incentive programs. There, the state's newly elected Gov. Susana Martinez has said she wants to cut that state’s popular tax credit from 25 percent to 15 percent.
TheWrap: Budget Crunch! Hollywood Tax Breaks Under Siege by States

Indie Funding
Crowdfunding seems to be getting a lot of attention right now; KickStarter has got a lot of coverage, but there are other sites like IndieGoGo doing the same thing.

Daniel Skubal is the lead editor at Zacuto (he was editor for the company's Emmy winning “The Great Camera Shootout 2010”) and is working on a movie "Your Milkman." He's currently raised $1,700 of the $9,000 goal, though he says he's going to make the movie no matter how much they raise.

Jason Drew at AP-Red interviewed Daniel for a short article: Indie Filmmakers and Funding Site 'IndieGogo' flirt with 'Your Milkman.'
You can read about the movie (and donate) at IndieGoGo: Your Milkman
Finally, follow Daniel's blog to see how the project goes (and learn some other things as well!): Living in Cine: An IndiePendent Study of the Craft

iTunes #1 is online movies in 2011
Apple remained #1 in 2011 for electronic sell through and internet video on demand, though both Microsoft and Sony gained ground and Walmart is going to make a hard charge.
“The future of the online movie business may come down to competitive battle between Apple and Wal-Mart,” Amel [research director, digital media, for IHS] said. “Although Wal-Mart is not on the charts yet, the company soon will become a major player if its current momentum continues. The company already represents a critical source of revenue for the major Hollywood studios because of its massive sales of Blu-ray and DVD movies—and now is expanding this business into the online realm.”
[Curious and unrelated, at the IHS site, Arash Amel is listed as the author of the post, but is also quoted in the article! -Ed]
IHS: Apple iTunes Remains Dominant in U.S. Online Movies in 2010, Despite Competitors’ Inroads

Canon 5D Mark II for Filmmaking
Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux), music producer and film director, and director of the upcoming movie "Rubber" talks about using the Canon 5D Mark II in an audio interview (with clips from the movie)
"I try a few HD cameras, super-expensive HD, and they're good, they're precise, but they don't have the magic."

Interview with Matthew Libatique
Scott Feinberg interviews Matthew Libatique, a cinematographer who has worked with Darren Aronofsky, Jon Favreau, Spike Lee and Joel Schumacher. (It's an audio interview.)

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