by Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter
George Lucas echoed Spielberg’s sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.
Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an “implosion” in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next — or even before then — will be price variances at movie theaters, where “you’re gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you’re probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln.” He also said that Lincoln came “this close” to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.
George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.
By Matt Lloyd, BREATHEcast News Reporter
In an unprecedented Kickstarter campaign, Wanderlust Productions and filmmaker Darren Wilson were able not only to secure all of the funds needed to create their next film, HOLY GHOST, but they were successful in fully funding a tour experience and additional marketing opportunities.
Filming is set to begin in July. Over the 45-day campaign, 2,356 backers signed on to Kickstarter to donate funds, raising $357,655, or 178% of their goal.
This locks the film in current Kickstarter history, making HOLY GHOST Experience the #1 funded Christian Film, and the #11 funded film to date on the crowdsourcing site. Read more >>
These are the 12 guideposts from Michael Shurtleff’s “Audition”. If you are into acting at all, these are essential points to consider.
Relationships are the foundation of acting. In order to express how you feel, you need to know what your relationship to the other characters are in order to be successful in the scene. However, it’s not enough to just say “She’s my mother/sister/girlfriend/classmate” or “He’s my brother/father/best friend/coworker” etc., you have to dig deeper and figure out how they make you feel. Do you love that girl because she is the most wonderful person you have ever met or do you hate the person so much it makes you want spit because every time they walk in the room they do something that just drives you crazy?
Guidepost 2: What are you fighting for?
Breaking down a scene into beats and sections is helpful but it doesn’t go deep enough. Instead of using goal, motivation, or any other customary terms, ask yourself “what are you fighting for?” and find a positive motivation. This will serve you in a stronger manner than a negative choice will. Dig deeper into what motivates the character because the actor can’t settle for whatever the character appears to be on the surface. Read more >>
Recently, the San Antonio Christian film festival (SAICFF) culminated with an inspirational award ceremony. With movies such as Return to the Hiding Place, Indescribable, and the Drop Box, the quality of Christian movies continues to improve. We look forward to see what awaits each of these exiting projects and the influence they have on people around the world.
Winner of the film festival, The Drop Box, gave the touching story of Pastor Lee Jong-rak in South Korea who made a drop box for disabled, unwanted children. Maker of The Drop Box, Brian Ivie explained he “went for the grittiest human story possible – a mailbox for babies.” Read more >>
Last weekend Crystal Creek Media’s association feature film project Indescribable was announced as the runner up for the Best Music Score at the 2013 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. The award was presented last Saturday in San Antonio’s Lila Cockrell Theater during the Jubilee Awards ceremony. Read more >>
By Joe Westbury/Christian Index
Jan 17, 2013
Stephen (left) and Alex Kendrick relax for a few moments in the casting studio at Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Ga. The brothers, who serve as the brain trust behind the stream of faith-based movies flowing out of the church, are writing a book and taking a break from movie making. By Joe Westbury/Christian Index ALBANY, Ga. (BP) — For almost a decade Alex and Stephen Kendrick have wooed theatergoers with faith-based films that garnered the attention of Hollywood and were viewed by audiences around the world.
By Penny Carlisi
BRIGHTON, MI – Most people are not excited to be sent to jail, but it was a dream come true for a local film producer, Penny Carlisi of Milford. Last November, her crew went to jail by special invitation and now, one year later, the feature-length movie she produced, “Unexpected Places” is premiering in Brighton. The event begins at 5 p.m. on December 1, 2012 at Brighton Nazarene Church, 7669 Brighton Rd. in Brighton. Tickets are available online in advance for $6.00 at RevealFilmGroup.com or $8.00 at the door. Musical guest, Messenger, will kick off the evening at 5 p.m., followed by the premiere showing of the movie at 6 p.m. The evening will end with a dessert reception at 8 p.m.
Carlisi’s time in jail started innocently enough, when she asked Chaplain Jim Proos if he knew where she could borrow two beaten-up metal bunks for the jail scene. Read more >>
Published October 8, 2012 in The Examiner.
By NATHANIEL DARNELL
What do The Lord of the Rings, Indiana Jones, and a new independent Christian filmBeyond the Mask (currently in production) have in common?
This evening the actor performs his first shoot on the set of the film, which takes place in the tumult of 1770s England and America. In 1981 and 1989 the SAG award-winning actor brought the good-natured Sallah to life inRaiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Last decade he won the hearts of millions with his boisterous performance as Gimli in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Growing up as a city slicker I’d heard the phrase “making hay while the sun shines” and I thought that I had some general idea of what it meant. After all, I had read and reread all the Little House on the Prairie books and, in my opinion, that made me practically an expert on farm life. However, it was on a blisteringly hot summer afternoon as I threw hay bales up onto a flatbed trailer that I fully began to appreciate the sentiment of working in the moment. Read more >>
Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in the Batman series continues to stress the moral messages about man’s self-determination in the compelling, although ultimately hollow, way that Nolan has become famous for over the last decade.
First off, I have to say that even when Christopher Nolan is showing signs of storyteller exhaustion, as he does in The Dark Knight Rises, he still stands out way above the pack. Let’s highlight just a few strong points. Number one, he’s a master of suspense. I’m pretty good at predicting plot-twists in movies, but Nolan is the best by far for throwing me for a loop. His mastery at creating suspense is seen in how he sets up not only false resolutions but also false dangers.
For example, in the recent movie we find Batman caught by police in the middle of Gotham holding a computer that says somebody’s money just got sucked away. Nolan sets up the scene so that the viewer thinks the danger is that Batman’s going to be blamed for the criminals’ theft. But we already saw that before in the last movie, so Nolan surprises us by making the stolen money belong to Bruce Wayne, Batman’s alter ego. Never seen that in a Batman film before. It was one of several brilliant tensions for Nolan to explore because it had not been done before and few would see it coming.
Likewise, at the climax of the film, [Big Spoiler Alert here!] as Batman finally seems to be getting the upper hand of Bane, a dagger comes from the character the audience would least suspect, and we discover that Bane was never the real arch-rival of this film at all. It’s another great example of false danger.
Do some of Nolan’s plot twists seem contrived and hard to believe? Yes, at least a handful of times, but given the huge number of plot twists in the movie (some subtle, some very pronounced) his batting average is pretty good. The brilliance of the good twists almost makes the bad ones forgiveable. Read more >>