August 4, 2015
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New California Production Incentives Should Spur More Jobs in an Already Busy Hollywood

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New California Production Incentives Should Spur More Jobs in an Already Busy Hollywood

Production in Hollywood has been hopping for over a year, even before the newly enlarged California film tax incentives program kicked in on July 1. And expectations are that things will get much busier in coming months. “We ran out of people to dispatch during the latest pilot season,” said Steve Dayan, Secretary-Treasurer of... »

Filmmaker Mel Rodriguez Broadcasts In Stereo

July 2015 | By
Filmmaker Mel Rodriguez Broadcasts <em>In Stereo</em>

For his first feature as director, filmmaker Mel Rodriguez III made a bold decision: he was going to film his low-budget outing, a modern twist on the romantic comedy, on the streets of New York City. Citing the movies of Woody Allen and Noah... »

HBO and its Game of Thrones Top the Primetime Emmy Nominations

July 2015 | By
HBO and its <em>Game of Thrones</em> Top the Primetime Emmy Nominations

As in years past, HBO shows dominated the 67th Primetime Emmy nominations, announced this morning, in both overall nods and in below-the-line categories, led by fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. The premium cable service got 126 total nominations, and over 40 in what... »

ASC Master Class Gives Cinematographers Intensive Hands-On Training

July 2015 | By
ASC Master Class Gives Cinematographers Intensive Hands-On Training

Training in the commercial arts is a notoriously difficult thing to evaluate. In a field where the success of results are – at least in a purely artistic sense... »

Guilds Offer Up Below-the-Line Panels at Comic-Con

July 2015 | By
Guilds Offer Up Below-the-Line Panels at Comic-Con

If Sundance and Toronto are known for launching most of the films that will ultimately compete for awards in the fall, San Diego’s Comic-Con has become invaluable for rolling... »

Emmy Watch: Editor Michael O’Halloran, Outlander

June 2015 | By
Emmy Watch: Editor Michael O’Halloran, <em>Outlander</em>

Back in 2009 when Battlestar Galactica was wrapping up its successful series run, executive producer Ron Moore's wife, Terry Dresbach, and his producing partner Meryl Davis began talking about... »

Emmy Watch: Outlander Production Designer Jon Gary Steele Recreates 18th-Century Scotland

June 2015 | By
Emmy Watch: <em>Outlander</em> Production Designer Jon Gary Steele Recreates 18<sup>th</sup>-Century Scotland

“This is the first big period thing I’ve really ever done,” said Jon Gary Steele, the production designer for Outlander. “It’s awesome and it’s fun.” And also quite a... »

Louisiana Joins Other States in Cutting Back Film Tax Incentives

June 2015 | By
Louisiana Joins Other States in Cutting Back Film Tax Incentives

What had been a tsunami wave of more and more states enacting substantial tax credits to entice film and television shoots from Hollywood not only seems to have crested... »

Emmy Watch: Supervising Sound Editor Benjamin Cook, Black Sails

June 2015 | By
Emmy Watch: Supervising Sound Editor Benjamin Cook, <em>Black Sails</em>

If you are looking for a challenge, look no further than the sound department's job on the crew of Starz's Black Sails. Shot completely on land in South Africa,... »

Joe Dante Unearths His Past Works in Burying The Ex

June 2015 | By
Joe Dante Unearths His Past Works in <em>Burying The Ex</em>

With certainty, the hallmark of any Joe Dante film is an exploration of the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres, but always with an oddly comedic slant. In Burying the... »

LAFF: Opening Doors for Female Directors

June 2015 | By
LAFF: Opening Doors for Female Directors

Doors may finally be opening for female directors. Despite the pathetic percentage of women directing projects for the studios and networks – an issue currently being challenged by the... »

So Five Minutes Ago…

June 2015 | By
So Five Minutes Ago…

Let's start with a fact: a Sony F35 recently sold on eBay for around one-fortieth of its 2008 release value, which is a depreciation rate only a tax accountant... »

 
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