Lohud: Which films got tax breaks? Check the first national database . “How much in public tax breaks has gone to films and television shows across the nation? The USA Today Network in New York spent months canvassing all 34 states that have film-incentive programs, finding that they allocate $1.3 billion breaks to productions. Of the states with programs — and about 10 have dropped them in recent years because of concerns about their economic value — 29 states responded to our requests for how much each film and show received over the past five years.”
University of Washington-Seattle: Hooray for Hollywood? New tool reveals gender bias in movie scripts. “If, as Oscar Wilde once said, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” then the art of film has a lot to answer for when it comes to the perpetuation of gender stereotypes. Thanks to researchers in the Allen School’s Natural Language Processing research group, we now have a way to measure the sometimes subtle biases in how men and women are portrayed on the big screen — and increase our understanding of how language shapes our perception of gender roles…. [Yejin] Choi and her colleagues created an online database that enables researchers and members of the public to explore their findings for hundreds of popular films.”
New-to-me, from The Daily Bruin: Alumnus’ site helps filmmakers of all creeds find shoot locations. “Wrapal is an online platform that connects filmmakers searching for film locations with property owners willing to rent their properties to filmmakers. There are more than 1,300 residential, commercial and industrial properties in Los Angeles and about 215 properties in New York City listed on Wrapal, Tan said.”
Now available: a database of female Canadian filmmakers. “The professional development initiative Women in the Directors Chair (WIDC) launched today (May 23) an online directory of Canadian women directors who have attended WIDC programs since starting in 1997.” The amount of information available varies a lot, from nothing to a picture to a decent biography.
PRNewswire: CinemaStock.com Launches Stock Footage Library for Filmmakers (PRESS RELEASE). “CinemaStock.com is proud to announce the launch of its stock footage platform offering low-cost subscription-based HD and 5K footage for independent filmmakers, YouTube video producers, music video producers and video marketers…. All footage features individual actors and characters is model-released and available for use by filmmakers without a need for further licensing fees. Outside/street/scenery footage may feature public and pedestrians and is marked and intended for editorial use.”
Berkeley News: C.V. Starr East Asian Library acquires massive and rare Chinese film studies collection. “Paul Fonoroff has two rules when it comes to collecting. ‘You have to be passionate about it,’ he deadpans. ‘And it has to be something that no one else is interested in.’ That maxim helped the Cleveland native amass over 70,000 movie posters, periodicals, photos, lobby cards, theater flyers and other movie ephemera while he lived in Beijing and Hong Kong. Fonoroff’s massive collection — which is the largest of its kind in North America and rivals what can be found at film archives in Asia — was recently acquired by UC Berkeley’s C.V. Starr East Asian Library, opening an enormous cache to researchers and the public.”
Now available: a database of African films. From the About page: “The African Film Database is a new platform, developed by the Africa in Motion Film Festival, providing anyone with an interest in African cinema with the ability to search through a catalogue of over 1,500 films. Since the inception of the festival in 2006 Africa in Motion has collated submissions and information on films, now presented in this database which we believe is one of the most extensive collections of African films.”