By Srikanth Kanchinadham. Posted on August 05, 2015
Everything a filmmaker needs to know, curated from around the world.
From The World Of Film Festivals
The 18th edition of Croatia’s Motovun Film Festival ended on July 29 with the main award, Propeller of Motovun, going to the French-Belgian film The Wakhan Front directed by Clément Cogitore. The psychological thriller is about a French captain assigned on a control and surveillance mission in a remote valley on the Afghan-Pakistan border, whose troops start mysteriously disappearing.
A documentary on the Jain practice of santhara, where a person takes a vow of abstinence and starves to death, has won a Special Jury award at the recently concluded Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival 2015. The 25-minute film has been written, directed and edited by Mumbai-based journalist-filmmaker Shekhar Hattangadi. The film, Santhara, focuses on the conflict between a traditional religious practice and modern laws by exploring the spiritual, ethical, sociological and medico-legal aspects of santhara.
Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced that Alec Baldwin and Randy Mastro have been elected as Co-Chairmen of the HIFF Board of Directors. Alec Baldwin is an American actor, producer & comedian and has played prominent roles in The Departed, and The Aviator.
Fresh From The Field
Sanjeev Gupta's Q has been felicitated with the 18th Gollapudi Srinivas National Award for the Best Debut film. Q was selected from 27 nominations from across the country in several languages, including Hindi, Malayalam, Marathi, Bengali, Telugu and Kannada.
The Path of Zarathustra is all set to release under the PVR Director’s Rare banner on 4th September 2015. Directed by Oorvazi Irani, the movie touches upon the theme of Parsi community and their ancient faith - Zoroastraianism, founded by the first their Prophet, Zarathustra.
Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic The Program to be included among the Gala Screenings at the Zurich Film Festival.
One For The Eye
The first trailer for Fox's Deadpool has been unleashed on the world, showing Ryan Reynolds go from being a handsome leading man to being a psychopathic unstoppable killing machine who just loves to joke.
Watch the trailer of the French Social Dramedy La Vie en Grand. The film was selected for the International Critics Week at Cannes 2015. Directed by Mathieu Vadepied, the film is the story of kids - children of immigrants who are trying to break free of the social stigma that comes with being perceived as 'outsiders'.
Do watch the trailer of Stonewall, directed by Roland Emmerich. The director has has made a career out of large scale destruction in mega-blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012. Stonewall centers around Danny Winters (Irvine), a fictional young man caught up in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
The Filmmaking Kit
Have a look at this video essay which shows how Akira Kurosawa combined camera movement and composition to narrate his stories.
Every filmmaker wants to better their craft. Do have a look at this to know how stock footage can help you become a better filmmaker.
Editing is a giant task and these ten editing tips will help you to get organised and most importantly help you to minimize your mistakes during editing.
Straight From The Pen
2001: A Space Odyssey - The ultimate trip began with a story called The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke. It took flight when Stanley Kubrick asked Clarke to write a novel of space exploration upon which the acclaimed director would base a movie. The result was one of the most extraordinary films of all time.
Read this interview with Irrfan Khan in which he discusses his desires to do a comedy film.
Some directors do not need an introduction and Steven Spielberg is surely one of them. Have a look at the beauty of filmmaking by this veteran.