August 7, 2020
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Damien Chazelle Dabbles with Vertical Cinema Using IPhone

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Damien Chazelle Dabbles with <em>Vertical Cinema</em> Using IPhone

Oscar-winning filmmaker Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) has made a 9-minute all-vertical short film for Apple, dubbed Vertical Cinema,  using the latest line of iPhones. Chazelle is not the first filmmaker to use the iPhone to make movies, as Steven Soderbergh has now made a number of feature films using the consumer tech camera. What makes this short film different is... »

Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary Chuck Berry in New Film

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Jon Brewer Presents the Legendary <em>Chuck Berry</em> in New Film

On May 21st, 1955, a 29-year-old songwriter, singer, and guitarist had his first major recording session at Chess Records in Chicago. Among the tunes that were cut then was “Maybellene,” which became a breakthrough hit for the artist, none other than Chuck Berry. Arguably,... »

Back to Work: TV Production Resumes in Some Cities

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Back to Work: TV Production Resumes in Some Cities

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown quite a lofty wrench into the normal cycle of TV production, as many fall shows that would have been in production from sometime in June haven’t even begun yet. According to a Deadline story, this might change this month... »

Drum Documentary Celebrates Neil Peart

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Drum Documentary Celebrates <em>Neil Peart</em>

In his feature documentary about drums and drummers, Masters of Resonance, director Jeremy Bout, who regularly aims to have his viewers use storytelling to make educated decisions about their... »

SIFF Announces Winners of First Virtual Film Festival

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SIFF Announces Winners of First Virtual Film Festival

Coming from as far away as Västra Götaland, Hanoi, England, Canada, Copenhagen and Uttar Pradesh — the Sonoma International Film Festival’s first SIFF 2.0 Virtual Film Festival concluded yesterday... »

Back to Work: Can Tyler Perry’s Camp Quarantine Be a Gamechanger?

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Back to Work: Can Tyler Perry’s Camp Quarantine Be a Gamechanger?

My name is Edward Douglas, and I’m the new Associate Editor here at Below the Line, so you’ve probably been seeing my name pop up around the site over the... »

Goldcrest Post Plays Key Role in Indie Thriller She Dies Tomorrow

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Goldcrest Post Plays Key Role in Indie Thriller <i>She Dies Tomorrow</i>

Writer/director Amy Seimetz‘s second feature, the psychological thriller She Dies Tomorrow, opened in select drive-ins last Friday, and it will be available digitally On-Demand this coming Friday. Seimetz did the sound... »

Society of Camera Operators Offers Back to Work Zoom Discussion

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Society of Camera Operators Offers Back to Work Zoom Discussion

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) has announced that it will conduct a two-hour Zoom session on Sunday, August 9 at 11AM PT to talk about the “new normal”... »

Dwayne Johnson’s Red Notice Resumes Production with “Quarantined Bubble” Protocols

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Dwayne Johnson’s <em>Red Notice</em> Resumes Production with “Quarantined Bubble” Protocols

Actor and filmmaker Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kept busy over the past weekend, not only heading an investor group buying the XFL football league from his former boss, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon,... »

Oscar-nominated Filmmaker Alan Parker Has Died at 76

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Oscar-nominated Filmmaker Alan Parker Has Died at 76

Sad news has arrived from the British Film Institute that Alan Parker, director of iconic films like Midnight Express, Evita and Bugsy Malone, has succumbed to a long-term illness and died in London... »

Losing Lena Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

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<em>Losing Lena</em> Documentary Examines Landmark Photograph

In November 1972, Lenna Sjööblom was Playboy’s Playmate of the Month, posing for a series of pictures in her first and only nude photo session. Born Lena Söderberg on... »

The Academy Announces Its 2020 Film Scholars Grant Recipients

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The Academy Announces Its 2020 Film Scholars Grant Recipients

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named Racquel Gates and Rebecca Prime as its 2020 Academy Film Scholars. Both Gates’ book project, Hollywood Style and the Invention... »

 
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