CNET: Oscars 2020: Explore nominees, streaming options in new Google search hub. “The 2020 Oscars ceremony is this Sunday, and Google wants to be your hub for all things red carpet-related. On Wednesday, the search giant shared a blog post with several ways its Search and Assistant features can help you keep up with all the awards.”
Devdiscourse: Satyajit Ray’s film manuscripts digitised. “The National Digital Library of India (NDLI) on Friday launched digitized versions of filmmaker Satyajit Ray’s film manuscripts, IIT-Kharagpur said in a statement. Besides, digitised news reports of Bengali dailies ‘Jugantar’ and ‘Amrita Bazar Patrika’ on freedom struggle and socio-political developments of the pre-Independence era have also been launched, the statement said.”
SHOOT Publicity Wire (PRESS RELEASE): American Society of Cinematographers Appoints Terry McCarthy as CEO. “McCarthy [said] that there will be special events throughout the year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of American Cinematographer. ‘This magazine continues to have iconic status, and by the end of this year we will have every one of its 1,200 issues available in a searchable online database – a real treasure trove of 100 years of cinematography!'”
Reddit: I’ve created The Poster Database – A movie and tv show poster website containing over 35,000 high-quality posters. “The Poster Database is a custom-built platform for all posters lovers worldwide! We’re currently focusing on media items like Collections, Movies, and Shows but we have some rich plans for the future to expand even further and maybe throw some other goodies along the way 😉 With the launch back in August 2019, we’ve had amazing support from various communities help contribute to the site and bring us to where we are today with over 35K uploaded posters growing!!”
Bustle: Meet The Women Who Pioneered The Film Industry. “Created by film scholar Jane Gaines in 1993, Columbia University’s Women Film Pioneers Project (WFPP) is now an online database dedicated to documenting the contributions women made to the silent film era beyond acting. Today, the database has over 280 profiles of women who worked across six continents in roles ranging from accountants and agents to screenwriters, editors, producers, art directors, camera operators, casting directors, composers, cinematographers, costume designers, and even animal trainers and stunt performers. There are 117 profiles of female directors alone.”
Center for the Study of Public Domain: Public Domain Day 2020. “On January 1, 2020, works from 1924 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee. These works include George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, silent films by Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and books such as Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, and A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young. These works were supposed to go into the public domain in 2000, after being copyrighted for 75 years. But before this could happen, Congress hit a 20-year pause button and extended their copyright term to 95 years.” So much goodness. Harold Lloyd, a silent film stuntster like Buster Keaton, is not known enough. Check out this scene from the iconic film Safety Last. Filmed almost a century ago and still had me on the edge of my seat.
The Parthenon: New website provides platform for West Virginia filmmakers. “Vandalia TV may look like many other streaming services, except for one big difference: Every film on the website was created by a West Virginia filmmaker.”