Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Canon's new C100 announced

Canon has released information on their new EOS C100 video camera. Priced at $8K, this little brother to the C300 will be released in late fall 2012.

Quick take:

• Full HD (1920x1080)
• 24 Mbps, 4:2:0
• Uncompressed to external recorder
• 8.3MP, Super 35 sensor (like C300)
• Built in ND filters
• Ergonomics: small & robust
• XLR inputs (x2)

Director/DP and HDSLR guru, Vincent Laforet, gives his analysis HERE.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kickstarter works: An intro to Paul Schrader

JB, producer Mike Kernan, and Paul Schrader
< Thanks to a kick ass Kickstarter award, I had a brief conversation with Paul Schrader last night.  I'm a huge fan of his writing ("Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "American Gigolo), and directing ("Light Sleeper," "Auto Focus," "Affliction").  He had just wrapped production on "The Canyons," written by Bret Easton Ellis, and starring Lindsay Lohan.  He really enjoyed raising the production funds through Kickstarter, and mentioned "The Canyons" was "Taxi Driver" meets "The Hills."  I was a little intimidated meeting an artistic hero of mine, but he was so cool, that it made everything zen.  Being such a fan of his Frankenstein monster, TRAVIS BICKLE, I felt like Roy Batty meeting Tyrell in a huge golden pyramid.  Thanks for it all, Paul.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Filmmaker Magazine case study: Alternative Distribution Routes

© Land of Missing Parts Prods./ Argot Pictures

< Filmmaker Magazine has published an excellent case study article on the alternative routes some indie films take to make it into the eyeballs of an audience.  These are real world films with struggling filmmakers at the helm, who've had different degrees of success in the indie distribution game.  If you think getting into Sundance is the end zone, wait until you see the long list of deliverables from a distributor.  If it feels like you need to spend more Kickstarter money just to "get it out there," you're correct. And remember, these are the success stories that didn't hit the home run.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Indie Pioneer Jon Jost's 6 Tips For DIY Filmmaking

Jon Jost
Our friends at Film School Rejects have posted a list of six DIY filmmaking tips from indie filmmaking pioneer Jon Jost.  Mr. Jost was the first filmmaker I ever saw that held his camera with one hand, and a microphone with the other.  It opened my mind to the possibilities of DIY filmmaking.

I particularly like #4 on the list ("Get Out Of The Movie Theater"), which means you need to live a life before you can comment on it.  Back in the day, I attended a Tarantino video release signing for "Reservoir Dogs," at the now famous Manhattan Beach video store, where he worked before making movies.  During a brief Q&A, I asked Quentin if he'd ever fired a weapon before making the movie.  He just stared at me, then quickly transitioned to his experiences in Amsterdam, while writing his new screenplay "Pulp Fiction."  Point is, you don't need to rob a bank to make a great bank robber movie, but you do need flesh and blood, human experiences to create three dimensional characters and plot.  Artists can't abstract from nothing, so live your life, THEN pick up the camera.  If you have to hold your own microphone, so be it.