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Survey of Talent Agency Executives (Unshockingly) Predicts Growth in Social Media, Viral Video and Foreign Production

The multi-service talent and production support agency Talent Partners yesterday released the findings of a survey of 50 senior executives at top agencies, and the results are intriguing, if not in any way unexpected.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 27, 2014 12:32 PM
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Watch: Sundance Video on Unsung Heros of Indie Filmmaking - The Producers

Watch Sundance's video on The Creative Producer: The Unsung Hero of Indie Filmmaking, featuring the likes of Lynette Howell ("Half Nelson," "Blue Valentine") talking about the joys and struggles of the profession...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2013 2:53 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski Talks 'Lincoln'

The stripped-down, theatrical approach to "Lincoln" allowed Janusz Kaminski to light with an intimacy and ambiguity that's unique in his celebrated collaboration with Steven Spielberg (he's photographed every one of the director's live-action movies since "Schindler's List," for which he won his first Oscar).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 23, 2013 2:35 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Claudio Miranda Talks 'Life of Pi'

"Life of Pi" was like two journeys in one for cinematographer Claudio Miranda: an opportunity to expand the 3-D experience beyond what he achieved on "Tron Legacy," and to convey a soft golden hour magical feel that surpasses the otherworldly "Benjamin Button." The result certainly sets "Life of Pi" apart from the other best picture Oscar nominees: it's the "2001: A Space Odyssey" of 3-D movies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 18, 2013 2:29 PM
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Register Now for FEST Training Ground 2013, Filmmaker and Film Enthusiasts' Workshop Convention in Portugal

Registration is open for FEST Training Ground 2013 in Espinho, Portugal, a weeklong convention for filmmakers and film enthusiasts from all over the world, featuring workshops and master classes guided by industry experts.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 8, 2013 3:15 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Lois Burwell Talks 'Lincoln' Makeup

For makeup designer Lois Burwell, it wasn't merely enough to help Daniel Day-Lewis become Abraham Lincoln. She needed to reveal his decline during the waning months of his life in "Lincoln." We needed to see the stress on his face...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 7, 2013 1:52 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Robert Richardson Unchains 'Django'

Nearly lost in all the controversy surrounding the pop cultural deconstruction of slavery in Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," is what a liberating experience it was for the director and his fellow filmmakers. For Tarantino, it was a chance to improvise more than usual, but for cinematographer Robert Richardson...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 31, 2012 1:54 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Dennis Gassner Talks 'Skyfall'

One of the great pleasures of doing a Bond movie for Dennis Gassner is that he gets to be 007 before Daniel Craig. On "Quantum of Solace," his first, the Oscar-winning production designer ("Bugsy") created a pattern language based on the actor's blue eyes and craggy face. But on "Skyfall," he went further in shaping the world of Bond...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 28, 2012 2:31 PM
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Ted Hope Names the Really Bad Things in Indie Film 2012

Ted Hope sees that there is a a lot wrong with our culture and that it has a damaging effect on the filmmaking business. He lays out the 24 Really Bad Things In The Indie Film Biz 2012.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 3:16 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Sound Designer Paul Ottosson Talks 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Sound designer/re-recording mixer Paul Ottosson creates the year's most complex and disturbing soundscape with "Zero Dark Thirty," easily surpassing his work on "The Hurt Locker," which earned him two Oscars. Indeed, his strategy of maximizing audience identification with the obsessive CIA officer, Maya, played by Jessica Chastain, brilliantly complements the narrative thrust of the acclaimed, if controversial, fact-based thriller about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 26, 2012 3:00 PM
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