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  1. Art Directors/Production Designers create the environment in which stories live. Their hard work and talent ensures audiences are glued to the milieu of the story. Anjana Rai is one such talented Art Director who creates these beautiful magical sets... #HumansOfDesiShoots
  2. Not many people are aware of the role Colour Graders play in film making. From bringing the work of Cinematographers to life, to adding the nuanced touches for enhancing the narrative, Colour Graders have an immense role to play in the art and craft of film making. Shivesh Katewa is a very experienced and highly talented Colour Grader and works mostly in TV Commercials. #HumansOfDesiShoots
  3. Sundance Screenwriter's Lab is a fantastic program. Please apply. Film Independent's Screenwriting Lab program is good too, but there is a USD 65 application fee if you are not a member of Filmmaker Pro. Nickleodeon Writing program. While in the Program, writers receive hands-on experience writing spec scripts and pitching story ideas in both live action and animated television. They also meet our series creators, story editors and showrunners, as well as work in writers’ rooms, attend pitches, records, show tapings and more. Oh, and they write a lot too, all while being provided a salaried position for up to six months! Bluecat Screenwriters' Program. Accepts features, episodic, and pilot. Screencraft Screenwriting Competitions. Small cash awards and your winning script will be shared with Hollywood and International Producers. Slamdance Screenwriting Competition. Apart from regular awards they also have a mentorship program. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. The 2020 competition is now closed for entries. But try for next year. Showtime Tony Cox Screenplay Competitions recognize emerging writers in four unique categories as the best from the pool of submissions each year. Finalists in each competition are read by prestigious juries, receive top industry recognition, and participate in a Festival focused specifically on screenwriting that includes cash prizes for all competitions and a Mentors Brunch with a prominent screenwriter (past mentors include Noah Baumbach, Oliver Stone, Robert Towne, David O. Russell, and Nancy Meyers). The 2020 Submissions are over, but try next year. A great source for Screenwriting fundings here at Bellingham Film Team. Scriptpalooza has a screenwriting competition here. First prize winner gets USD 10,000 in cash. Genre winners get USD 500 each. Plus your script will be shared with top producers. Scriptpipeline. Winner receives USD 25000 and script gets developed and shown around. Cinequest Screenwriting Competition. Though they do not seem to offer any cash awards but they promise industry exposure. TalNexus Scripted Film Lab. Selected teams get USD 10,000 to make their film, among other benefits. Hubert Bals Fund for Script and Development. Asian Cinema Fund.Offers upto USD 10,000 grant. They also have post production grants. Fonds Sud Cinema has writing grant for TV Co_Production between two countries. --------------- For Documentaries: PSBT India has funds. Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. Alter-Cine Foundation Documentary Film Grant. Every year, the Foundation awards a grant of 10,000 Canadian dollars and a few 5,000 Canadian dollars grants to some filmmakers to assist in the production of a documentary project. The grant is aimed at young filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation'
  4. The Boon of Not Knowing For A Film Actor On A Film Set Most of us actors arrive into the film Industry having done theater. Theater trains us to be through with every beat and every word of the script. In fact it makes us our own editor. On a Film Set the actor has the luxury of not knowing what will come after the scene he is supposed to play on a particular day. Some film directors like Ken Loach never share the film script with their actors to be able to work with the surprise and freshness an actor experiences when situations are thrown at his character in the film, much like real life. Although in a traditional setting Actors are expected to know the script in and out, should have learned each line to the last detail. Preparation for a lot of actors is about how to have all the written text within one's system. Some misleading stories equate an actor's ability to learn lines to his ability as an actor. On the contrary In Tarkovsky's words film as the fragmented medium affords the actor the luxury of not knowing that he or she should use in full measure. The workshop will be about how to go through the script, understand its nuances, work out the inter personal relationships, prepare the character and then throw the script into the sub conscious. it will talk about how to remain open to the moment of the shooting. it leads to fresher performances and more original ones too. Book Here https://www.townscript.com/e/the-boon-of-not-knowing-for-a-film-actor-on-a-film-set-312003 The one hour workshop is conducted by Shardule Bhardwaj, an Acting Graduate of the Film and Television Institute of India. A Zoom Link to the work shop will be sent one hour before the workshop on July 31, 2020.
  5. Continuing with our series #HumansOfDesiShoots, we present Divay Puri and Shiraz Chand the inventors of Balarka Arm. Have used their fantastic gear and loved it. A remote operated stabilised head mounted on a vehicle. Great for action shots.
  6. Though not needed a lot, but I recently had to export an SD PAL Video from a ProRes 422 HD Master. Some channels in India still play SD. I use Apple Compressor for format conversions. MPEGStreamClip was discontinued many many years ago (I think it was last updated in 2012) and doesn't run on macOS Catalina any more. Apple's Compressor is very fast and very powerful and inexpensive. Here is what you need to do. 1. First create new Settings 2. In the New Settings Dialogue Box Pop Up select Quicktime Movie and save it as PAL SD. 3. In the Settings Video Tab on the right hand side save the following: - Frame Size : 720 X 576 - Pixel Aspect Ratio: Default for frame size (which comes to 0.9375) - Frame rate: 25 - Field Order: Top First - Color Space: Rec. 601 (PAL) - 360 Metadata : Leave it at Automatic - Codec: Apple ProRes 422HQ (unless you want some other codec) 4. Now this is critical. HD Video has an aspect ratio of 16:9 while SD is 4:3. So to make the HD Video work you need to add letterbox. - Come to the settings called Cropping and padding - In Cropping, select : 16:9 1.78:1 - In Padding seting select : Preserve Source Aspect Ratio 5. And lastly, I generally go to the Quality Panel - Resize Filter : Anti Alised (Best). This provides the sharpest results without jagged edges around graphics. - Retiming quality: Good (Frame Blending) Export your video to these settings. I always recommend playing back your video on a regular TV set. Convert this ProRes Video into a best quality MP4 and play back on a TV to check aspect ratio, sharpness, colours etc.
  7. Mind The gap - Structuring Your Story Structuring your Story is a screenwriting workshop by Pubali Chaudhury. The focus is Structure and not Character or Scene Design or Elements of Story for your feature film script. Pubali Chaudhuri has made a career of her childhood games - making up stories in her head and playing teacher. She has written Rock On & Kai Po Che and has taught screenwriting at the FTII. A one hour online only Zoom Video workshop, will be followed with a 15 minutes Q&A. Book here: https://www.townscript.com/e/mind-the-gap-structuriung-your-story-204303 An email with meeting ID and password will be sent to all those who enroll about an hour before the Zoom meeting. Meanwhile please download Zoom and get familiar with it.
  8. The Wild Goose Lake This neo-noir about a gang leader and a prostitute on the run serves up one bloody, neon-lit visual tour de force after another.
  9. The Vast of Night : Amazon Prime In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, a young, winsome switchboard operator Fay (Sierra McCormick) and charismatic radio DJ Everett (Jake Horowitz) discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. Dropped phone calls, AM radio signals, secret reels of tape forgotten in a library, switchboards, crossed patchlines and an anonymous phone call lead Fay and Everett on a scavenger hunt toward the unknown.
  10. Vitalina Varela Portuguese director Pedro Costa has continually returned in his films to the Fontainhas neighborhood, a shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon that’s home to largely immigrant communities. Not merely a chronicler of the poor and dispossessed, Costa renders onscreen characters that exist somewhere between real and fictional, the living and the dead. His latest, a film of deeply concentrated beauty, stars nonprofessional actor Vitalina Varela in a truly remarkable performance. Reprising and expanding upon her haunted supporting role from Costa’s Horse Money (NYFF52), she plays a Cape Verdean woman who has come to Fontainhas for her husband’s funeral after being separated from him for decades due to economic circumstance, and despite her alienation begins to establish a new life there. The grief of the present and the ghosts of the past commingle in Costa’s ravishing chiaroscuro compositions, a film of shadow and whisper that might be the director’s most visually extraordinary work. A Grasshopper Film release. An NYFF57 selection.
  11. Rewind: Digging through the vast collection of his father’s home videos, a young man reconstructs the unthinkable story of his boyhood and exposes a dark secret passed through generations.
  12. The Cordillera of Dreams : "In Chile, when the sun rises, it had to climb hills, walls and tops before reaching the last stone of the Cordillera. In my country, the Cordillera is everywhere. But for the Chilean citizens, it is an unknown territory. After going North for Nostalgia for the Light and South for The Pearl Button, I now feel ready to shoot this immense spine to explore its mysteries, powerful revelations of Chile’s past and present history." Patricio Guzmán
  13. Capone Once a ruthless businessman and bootlegger who ruled Chicago with an iron fist, Alfonse Capone was the most infamous and feared gangster of American lore. At the age of 47, following nearly a decade of imprisonment, dementia rots Alfonse's mind and his past becomes present. Harrowing memories of his violent and brutal origins melt into his waking life. As he spends his final year surrounded by family with the FBI lying in wait, this ailing patriarch struggles to place the memory of the location of millions of dollars he hid away on his property.
  14. The Invisible Man What you can’t see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss (Us, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale) stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal’s classic monster character. Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Man is written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3. The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (Upgrade, The Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Man is a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.
  15. The Painter And The Thief: Desperate for answers about the theft of her 2 paintings, a Czech artist seeks out and befriends the career criminal who stole them. After inviting her thief to sit for a portrait, the two form an improbable relationship and an inextricable bond that will forever link these lonely souls.
  16. Crip Camp (Look on Netflix): On the heels of Woodstock, a group of teen campers are inspired to join the fight for disability civil rights. This spirited look at grassroots activism is executive produced by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution premiers March 25th.
  17. Beanpole In post-WWII Leningrad, two women, Iya and Masha (astonishing newcomers Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina), intensely bonded after fighting side by side as anti-aircraft gunners, attempt to readjust to a haunted world. As the film begins, Iya, long and slender and towering over everyone—hence the film’s title—works as a nurse in a shell-shocked hospital, presiding over traumatized soldiers. A shocking accident brings them closer and also seals their fates. The 28-year-old Russian director Kantemir Balagov won Un Certain Regard’s Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for this richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war.
  18. Driveways: Kathy (Golden Globe Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight - year - old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye), to Kathy's late sister's house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe, Tony winner and longtime acting legend Brian Dennehy) the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer and with Del's encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home
  19. Young Ahmed Belgium’s acclaimed Dardenne brothers scooped Cannes’ Best Director prize for this provocative but ultimately tender tale of an Islamic teenager who falls under the influence of an extremist. In the latest from two-time Palme d’Or-winning filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (The Unknown Girl, MIFF 2016; Two Days, One Night, MIFF 2014; The Kid With a Bike, MIFF 2011), 13-year-old Ahmed goes from average Muslim high schooler to radicalised extremist when a militant imam plants some deadly ideas in the boy’s head. After attacking his teacher, Ines, Ahmed is dispatched to a youth rehabilitation centre in an effort to quell his ferocious anger. The Dardennes handle this potentially controversial premise with their trademark humanist touch, creating a complex, deeply sympathetic portrait of a teenager at war with himself and the world around him.
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  21. Lost Girls (NetFlix) : When Mari Gilbert's (Academy Award® nominee Amy Ryan) daughter disappears, police inaction drives her own investigation into the gated Long Island community where Shannan was last seen. Her search brings attention to over a dozen murdered sex workers. From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Liz Garbus, LOST GIRLS is inspired by true events.
  22. Bacaurau Bacurau is a wild, genre-blending siege thriller from Kleber Mendonça Filho (Aquarius, Neighbouring Sounds) and Juliano Dornelles. Set in the remote backcountry of Brazil, it follows a tight-knit village community’s bloody and brutal fight for its own survival. With unforgettable turns from Udo Kier and Sonia Braga, this is an audacious, original and spectacularly violent blend of neo-Western, revenge thriller and political allegory. Winner of the Cannes Jury Prize in 2019.
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