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.”
WRVO: Film professionals hope new database will bring more movies to central NY. “A non-profit group is rolling out a set of resources it hopes will make it easier for film companies to shoot a movie in central New York. CNY Film Professionals is creating a new database on its website that movie makers can use to find any of the 50-500 people, on average, needed to staff a movie set. Elias Gwinn is president of the organization and said it fills a gap that’s kept the movie industry from taking off.”
New York Times: A Beginner’s Guide to Taking Great Video on Your Phone. “Not long ago, a filmmaker wouldn’t dream of shooting a movie on a phone because the quality was so inferior to what you could capture on pricier devices. But that’s changing. Consider this: The most recent project from the renowned American film director Steven Soderbergh, ‘Unsane,’ was shot entirely on an iPhone. Today, there are lots of reasons everyone from pro photographers to amateur shutterbugs are using phones to shoot video projects.”