Flim: A bot that can guess the exact movie you are thinking of (Deccan Herald)

Deccan Herald: Flim: A bot that can guess the exact movie you are thinking of.”Within a year, it already has the world’s largest database of film-related images. Flim’s unique algorithm scans through more than three lakh high-definition images from movies, documentaries, anime, advertising and music videos. Its bot doesn’t just detect broader aspects like colour palette, genre and aspect ratio, but also identify details like dog-walkers, ham sandwiches, red-lipped Asian women, animated metropolises and any other clue.” Three lakh is 300,000. I suspect it’s going to take a lot of experimenting to get a grip on this search engine.

Pro Video Coalition: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets Cooke Archive

Pro Video Coalition: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets Cooke Archive. “Cooke Optics, the award-winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, has transferred the Cooke Archive, an historic collection dating from 1886, and that covers covers development of lens design for photography and film through the 20th century, to a new permanent home at the Margaret Herrick Library, the main repository of research materials of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, located in Beverly Hills, California.”

EurekAlert: Exploring how storytelling tropes cluster in popular films

EurekAlert: Exploring how storytelling tropes cluster in popular films. “An analysis of film tropes–common storytelling elements seen in different movies–explores combinations of tropes that tend to co-occur in films, identifying patterns that could help inform development of new movies. Pablo García-Sánchez and Juan Merelo of the University of Granada, and Antonio Velez-Estevez and Manuel Cobo from the University of Cádiz, Spain present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on March 31, 2021.”

Inside COVID-Safe Movie Theaters: Sanitization Foggers, Plexiglass and New Popcorn Rules (Variety)

Variety: Inside COVID-Safe Movie Theaters: Sanitization Foggers, Plexiglass and New Popcorn Rules. “Imagine a magical weapon straight out of science fiction: a machine of gratifying, cartoonish proportions that unleashes a magic potion eradicating the scourge of the past and bringing families safely together. Except it’s not a Marvel prop, it’s an electrostatic disinfectant sprayer — a goofy but crucial piece of protective equipment that will become a staple for moviegoers in a post-pandemic world.”

Arizona State University: The end? How movie theaters move past the pandemic

Arizona State University: The end? How movie theaters move past the pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic, social unrest and economic turbulence defined 2020. The past year has also changed the entertainment industry dramatically — and perhaps permanently. Has the pandemic led to the disappearance of movie theaters for good? Can storytelling industries adapt and become more representative of diversity and respond to cries for racial and social justice? How will Big Tech’s entrance into streaming impact the industry?”

New York Times: Bollywood, Reeling From the Pandemic, Shifts to Streaming

New York Times: Bollywood, Reeling From the Pandemic, Shifts to Streaming. “‘Coolie No. 1’ is just one of the movies from Bollywood — the shorthand for India’s nearly $2.5 billion Hindi-language film industry — that has shifted toward streaming in a year upended by the pandemic. In all, 28 big-star-led Bollywood features that were headed to theaters went straight to streaming instead, compared with none last year, according to the research firm Forrester.”

Untapped New York: The Real Life Music Venues in Sylvie’s Love Set in 1950s NYC

Untapped New York: The Real Life Music Venues in Sylvie’s Love Set in 1950s NYC. “Set in 1957 Harlem, but filmed in modern-day Los Angeles, the film follows the complicated love story of aspiring television producer Sylvie Parker (Tessa Thompson) and jazz saxophonist Robert Halloway (Nnamdi Asomugha). Historic Los Angeles buildings and soundstage sets were used to recreate two iconic, New York City venues, Blue Morocco, a jazz club in the Bronx, and The Town Hall, a theater in Times Square. Read on to learn more about these two swinging sites, and discover more Sylvie’s Love filming locations here, on a brand new website dedicated solely to TV and movie filming locations from Untapped New York.”

Los Angeles Times: Shaken studios. Empty theaters. What Hollywood lost during the pandemic

Los Angeles Times: Shaken studios. Empty theaters. What Hollywood lost during the pandemic. “The Spanish flu of 1918 helped spur the creation of the Hollywood studio system under moguls such as Paramount Pictures co-founder Adolph Zukor, who took the opportunity to buy up failing theaters. Hollywood is experiencing another massive disruption today as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Titans of the entertainment and media business posted huge losses, with more pain to come. Industry-rattling trends that were expected to play out over multiple years — including the shift of movies from theaters to streaming services — have instead happened over the course of a few months.”

BuzzFeed News: If You’ve Worked In TV Or Film Production During The Pandemic, We Want To Hear From You

BuzzFeed News: If You’ve Worked In TV Or Film Production During The Pandemic, We Want To Hear From You. “Now, as the number of COVID-19 cases rise across the country, states like California are locking down and issuing regional stay-at-home orders, putting additional pressure on studios. If you work in TV or film production, BuzzFeed News would like to speak with you about your experience and how you’ve navigated being on set during the pandemic.”

Deadline: Inside Out, OUTtv Launch ‘Out On Set’ Database Of LGBTQ2 Film Talent

Deadline: Inside Out, OUTtv Launch ‘Out On Set’ Database Of LGBTQ2 Film Talent. “Inside Out has teamed with OUTtv to launch “Out On Set”, an online database of LGBTQ2 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two Spirit) film crew and creative talent within North America. Industry professionals in North America will be able search, post opportunities and message talent within the database.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”