- Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
Photoplay Films director Tom Noakes has made the semi-finals of the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl competition with his irreverent "Finger Cleaner" spot, making him one of two Australian entries to crash the annual Super Bowl competition.
It's the first year the create-your-own ad contest has been open to global entries and Noakes’ spot has already gone viral with more than one million hits on YouTube, making it the most viewed in the competition so far. It has been consistently placed as one of the highest-rated entries of the 5,000 plus submitted to the Doritos microsite. (All semi-finalists can be viewed on www.doritos.com)
Online for just over one week, the ad’s far-flung global popularity is testament to its international reach. Photoplay Films producer Belinda Dean puts its success down to More
- Friday, Dec. 6, 2013
New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising, now in its 57th, year announced the first round of the 2014 Executive Jury appointments. For the fourth year in a row, NYF will assemble a “dream team” of elite worldwide chief creative officers. They will all meet together on one panel in New York City April 25th - 29th to select the World’s Best Advertising across all mediums.
“This year’s Executive Jury once again brings together the most innovative leaders in advertising that are responsible for the world’s most ground-breaking and highly awarded campaigns," said Michael O’Rourke, president, New York Festivals. As members of the Executive Jury, they join together to evaluate work across all competitions and categories, allowing them to curate a body of work that represents that year in advertising. These prominent creatives raise the bar by providing entrants the opportunity to have their work evaluated by More
- Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013
While shooting in Boston, David O. Russell found his film "American Hustle" caught up in the Boston Marathon bombing.
When the city was essentially shut down for the manhunt for suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev in April, the production - which had been shooting in the area - had to be stopped for a day. The experience, Russell says, was felt closely by the filmmaking crew and actors.
"It was hanging over us the whole time," Russell said in a recent interview.
"You just end up feeling the emotion and the strength of the community around you," said the director. "It just makes you more human, really, because you end up having a very human connection with, literally, everyone around you. I mean, everyone, strangers on the street. Everybody was moved and pulled together by that tragedy."
Russell, a New York native, has become increasingly identified with Massachusetts. A graduate of Amherst College More
- Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013
Hawaii officials said Wednesday they are investigating whether any state regulations were broken during the filming of the History channel's television show "American Jungle."
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement that an episode that aired Nov. 17 showed hunters at night, but hunting at night is illegal on both public and private land.
Maps used on the show also demark areas under the department's jurisdiction, even though the state denied a request by the production crew for a permit to film on state forest lands, the department said.
A spokeswoman for History owner A&E Television Networks LLC said the company would have no comment.
The History channel website says "American Jungle" depicts rival clans using knives and spears to hunt feral bulls, wild boars, goats and rams in "the island paradise of Hawaii." The clans are battling for hunting trails More
- Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee, who plans to make a movie in the Philippines, said Thursday that independent Asian filmmakers have a better chance these days of finding audiences around the world.
The Taiwan-born director of "Brokeback Mountain" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is in the country as a guest of Taiwan's de facto embassy, which honored him with a special screening of "Life of Pi."
Lee told a forum with filmmakers and media that he was inspired by how the world received the movie. He said 85 percent of the film's income came from outside of America, which used to be the market leader. The movie took four years to make, cost around $130 million and earned Lee his second Academy Award for best director.
"I think that's good news for all of us," he said. "You have a chance to make it and find your audience."
He said for Asian filmmakers who want to make mainstream More
- Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
President Barack Obama will visit the home of "Shrek" next week to deliver remarks on the economy.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the president will stop next Tuesday at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, just north of Los Angeles. Earnest won't provide details but he says the U.S. movie and TV industry is creating thousands of jobs around the country.
The studio's animated hits include "Shrek," ''Madagascar," ''Kung Fu Panda" and their sequels.
DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is a big supporter of Obama and Democratic Party causes. Last year he gave $2 million to the group supporting Obama's re-election. During an August trip to California, the president and Katzenberg dined in Obama's Los Angeles hotel room.
- Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
Video Equipment Rentals (VER) and Fletcher Chicago, Inc. have reached an agreement to bring Fletcher's 16mm, 35mm and digital camera rental division into VER's cinema division, forming a new entity. This collaboration combines the strengths of VER's extensive inventory, comprehensive engineering and international reach along with Fletcher's film experience, knowledgeable staff and their respect for the craft of cinematography.
"The nature of modern motion picture production requires an ever changing variety of equipment and the ability to scale up to meet the needs of an often complicated and demanding production environment," stated Tom Fletcher of Fletcher Camera. "VER's extensive inventory, engineering prowess and presence in every incentive-driven production center means that we can now more fully serve the DP's and AC's artistic and technical needs alongside the financial and business needs of producers. My entire staff is excited to More
- Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
A collection of public broadcast recordings from radio and television dating to the 1950s will be preserved at the Library of Congress.
Under a project funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, 40,000 hours of content is being digitized for long-term preservation and will become the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. It will be housed at the library's National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, Va.
The project being announced Thursday will make the recordings available to the public through both the library and WGBH in Boston.
The recordings include interviews with John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey when they were presidential candidates. There's also a commentary by George Lucas on his first "Star Wars" movies.
Curator Alan Gevinson says the collection includes an impressive collection of local and regional history.
- Friday, Nov. 15, 2013
The European Union's state aid chief says he wants to expand the scope of EU film subsidies to cover all stages of a production from story idea to cinema projector.
EU Commisioner Joaquin Almunia also said Thursday production powerhouses like France and Italy will have more say in defining what will be covered by the movie subsidies which are exempt from normal economic rules because they are considered cultural products intrinsically linked to the identities of the 28 member states.
The United States has frequently criticized the European movie industry because of lavish state subsidies of about 3 billion euros ($4 billion) a year.
The EU is insistent that the movie industry stay out of the current trans-Atlantic trade negotiations with the United States, despite Washington's objections.