USC Viterbi: Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Violence in Movies. “For many in the film industry, seeing your film landed with an NC-17 rating from the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is the kiss of death. With your film no longer accessible to viewers under 17, you are presented with a choice between limited box-office takings or expensive re-editing, or even reshooting, to meet the requirements of a more palatable R rating. But what if there were a more accurate way to determine a film’s likely classification at the script stage, before it moves through the expensive process of production and post-production?”
Loop TT: FilmTT launches digital tools to improve film production. “The Ministry of Trade and Industry, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company Limited (FilmTT), hosted a press conference on Tuesday to launch a series of tools to improve the film production process in Trinidad and Tobago: Moviesite, Production Directory, Production Guide, Locations Database, and an updated website.”
Wired: How AI Will Turn Us All Into Filmmakers. “As platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Snapchat have proved, video has become a dominant mode of communication and public rhetoric. And carrying a high-quality video camera in our pockets means we’re recording more moving pictures than ever before. Ah, but to turn those infinite hours of video into something more complex and polished than, say, an Instagram Story? That’s still hard. Editing tools are more useful now, but video is still more time-consuming and trickier to wrestle with than text or photos.”
No Film School: A Comprehensive Database of Every American Film Festival on the Circuit . “The festival circuit can be a little bit tricky to navigate. Ok, it’s very difficult to navigate. We’re always here trying to make some sense of which may be worth your time, but when it comes down to it, the choice really all comes down to you. Maybe, as much as you’d like for your film to premiere at Sundance, your weird little low budget horror feature might not fit the bill. The most important thing here is not prestige, but to find a festival that is a good match for your specific film.” A couple other resources are mentioned here as well.
Miami Herald: Vermont looks at creating database to help filmmakers. “Vermont state officials say they are working to set up a database to help out-of-state film crews in hiring local crew members for projects.”
Arab News: Saudi national library of film-shooting sites launched. “The General Authority for Culture, represented by the Saudi Film Council, has launched the first national library of film-shooting sites in the Kingdom.”
Hollywood Reporter: Time’s Up Teaming With USC Annenberg Professor to Launch Diverse Critics Database. “As stars and studios continue to call for more diverse film critics, Time’s Up and Annenberg Inclusion Initiative director Dr. Stacy L. Smith are stepping into the fray with a new database of diverse critics and journalists. Called CRITICAL, the forthcoming opt-in database, open to all, aims to connect underrepresented film critics and journalists with publicists, studios, film critics associations and talent. Over 200 critics and journalists have created profiles so far after being contacted by CRITICAL or friends who forwarded CRITICAL’s email about the initiative.”