Official Trailer for Obama Presidency Documentary ‘The Final Year’

The Final Year Trailer

“People need to be the center of our foreign policy thinking.” Magnolia Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for Greg Barker’s new documentary The Final Year, which profiles the last year of Obama’s two-term presidency. The documentary team follows Obama’s foreign policy team as thy coordinate and discuss global politics with the President, attempting to achieve some major goals in the last year (before it all gets undone ugh). This is an outstanding documentary (in many ways) that I recently saw at the IDFA Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, and I kind of loved it. There’s some great editing and music, but it’s also just a refreshing look at extremely passionate, determined, hard-working people who just want to make the world a more peaceful, better, safer, healthier place and gave everything to do that. Don’t skip this. ›››

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5 Ways A Documentary Consultant Helps Get Your Film Sold

Most documentaries that get made will never be seen by more than a handful of people. I know this because as both a documentary consultant and as an occasional film festival selector I see many turkeys. By turkey I mean boring, unstructured and ultimately unwatchable films. The great documentaries that get picked up by top film festivals and ultimately sell have an element of the entertaining, inspiring or visionary to them; the turkeys do not. A documentary consultant helps with their vast experience. You won’t need to make their mistakes!

So what can you do to make a truly great, entertaining documentary that sells? One thing I would highly recommend is to book a consultation with a good documentary consultant. 

How it works is you meet them in person or on Skype and talk about your idea or show them the first cut of your film. The documentary consultant will then give you suggestions about how you can transform your film (or idea for a film) into a better, more inspiring and commercially successful film. You’re basically leap-frogging off their years of creativity and experience as a filmmaker.

Most people who leave consultations with me look as if a huge weight has been lifted from their shoulders and do indeed often go out on to make films that are selected for film festivals or commissioned by major broadcasters.

How a documentary consultant helps you make a documentary that  sells:

1.Check Whether Your Film Has Legs 

The best time to bring in a documentary consultant is before you go out shooting your film. If your idea is great they can encourage you to the next step, however if it isn’t that great they’ll give you ideas about ways to improve it – possibly from an angle you hadn’t thought about. The right structure has to be in place before your film will engage a viewer and so I believe it’s crucial that you really know what your film is and how it will work before you go out to make it – otherwise all those good intentions, lucky breaks, time and cash are wasted.

2. Help You Find The Best Way To Direct It

Once you’ve checked if your film is likely to connect with a paying audience or broadcaster a consultant will then work with you on finding the appropriate way to make it – for instance they might give you suggestions about how to make it more entertaining, or just give you ideas about the over-arching vision of your film, or just give you some thoughts about a possible presenter.

3. If Your Edited Film Isn’t Working You’ll Get Ideas About How To Make It Work. 

Sometimes you’re just too close to your film; sometimes it’s hard to see the wood for the trees. A smart consultant will watch your film, listen to what you want to achieve and then give you suggestions. Though it isn’t ideal to come in after the film is shot there are often ways to completely re-invent the film so that it manages to emotionally speak to the audience. As a consultant it’s a very exciting thing to come up with fixes which transform the film.

4. You’ll Know How To Make Your Next Film Much Better

The experience of working with a great documentary consultant helps a lot. It’s a bit like a little crash-course in directing documentaries. You’ll learn so much from watching a good documentary consultant go to work on your film. Things that would never occur to you may be suggested. You’ll see how by acting on those suggestions your film will suddenly be transformed. What’s more, by using these tried and tested techniques all the films you make in the future will be improved. As one person who got me in to help them said: “I learned more about documentary making over two sessions than I did over my entire filmmaking MA.”

5.  You Only Get One Attempt To Enter Your Film To Festivals Or A Broadcaster

Don’t Blow It!

A documentary consultant helps with a very good idea if your film idea or finished film is up to the grade. So don’t throw (even more) money away entering a sub-standard film to film festivals. Don’t waste that opportunity with a potential broadcaster when a fix could be two or three hours of consultancy away!

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Wednesday, Nov. 22 Filming Locations for Quantico, Bull, Daredevil, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for November 22:  Filming in California TV Series: Unsolved Stars: Michael Harney Location: E 3rd St & Alameda St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 3:00 PM) TV Series: Criminal Minds Stars: Matthew Grey Guler Location: Quixote Studio, Los Angeles Filming in Illinois TV Series: Chicago Fire Stars: Taylor Kineey […]

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Daily Podcast: Assessing The Justice League Aftermath, Box Office, Zack Snyder’s Cut, Reshoots & End Credit Scenes

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On the November 20, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film senior writer Ben Pearson and writer Chris Evangelista for a special episode of the podcast taking a look at the aftermath of Justice League’s opening weekend, its failure at the box office, a fan petition for a Zack Snyder cut, what Joss Whedon’s writing credit means, and Ben Affleck’s future as Batman in the DCEU. At the Water Cooler, we’ll be talking about Las Vegas, David Copperfield, John Carpenter, and traveling. And in the Spoiler Room, we’ll be discussing the changes of the Justice League reshoots and what the end credits scenes mean.

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At the Water Cooler:

  • Peter went to Las Vegas for a weekend trip and sees David Copperfield.
  • Chris saw John Carpenter live
  • Ben has been traveling

In the News:

Feedback: Last week we talked about what Warner Bros needs to do to make the DCEU successful moving forward, and asked for your ideas. Timothy in LA wrote in: “One of the pitfalls of the DC movie universe is that they started too big villain-wise. Man of Steel had Zod who is way too big a threat to start off with. His goal was to terraform the earth and destroy mankind. That’s no different from Steppenwolf. There’s been nothing for DC to build up to. And, worse yet – Darkseid is going to do the same exact thing in the eventual sequel.  If WB wants to improve these movies, they need to find something unique in terms of conflict. Flashpoint is a good start with an alternate timeline.  A rule for these movies: no more aliens taking over the world, or villains threatening the whole of humanity.”

In the Spoiler Room:

You can find more about all the stories we mentioned on today’s show at slashfilm.com. /Film Daily is published every weekday, bringing you the most exciting news from the world of movies and television as well as deeper dives into the great features from slashfilm.com. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (RSS). We’re still very much experimenting with this podcast, please feel free to send your feedback to us at peter@slashfilm.com. Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and spread the word! Thanks to Sam Hume for our logo.

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Monday, Nov. 20 Filming Locations for This is Us, The Walking Dead, SVU, Luke Cage, & more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for November 20:  Filming in California TV Series: Grown-ish Stars: Francia Raisa Location: Disney Studios TV Series: This Is Us Stars: Mandy Moore Location: 2059 E 7th St, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 10:00 PM) TV Series: Criminal Minds Stars: Matthew Grey Guler Location: Quixote Studio, Los Angeles […]

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On Writing

“Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking. The important thing is not to censor them. What they are talking about may not seem to have anything to do with what you as a writer are writing about but it does.”

— August Wilson

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‘Justice League’ Stumbles in Domestic Debut as ‘Wonder’ Delivers Wondrous Results

Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $ 100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate’s Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $ 27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24’s Lady Bird continued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thank…
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Electric scooter folds down into a block you can put under your arm

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The main problem with last-mile transportation options like scooters and bikes is, they’re still really cumbersome to lug around even if they fold down.

Manufacturers are certainly pushing those boundaries. The Cubike is a crowdfunded foldable electric kickscooter that collapses into really small package.

I mean, really small.

It folds into a small package.

It folds into a small package.

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Made by a Shanghai-based spinoff of an industrial electronics firm, the Cubike is a 6.8kg (15 lbs) scooter that is capable of going at 30 km/h (18 mph).

Best of all, the bike folds down into a compact size roughly about an A4 sheet of paper in width. That means it can go into small lockers or get carried around without getting in the way. Read more…

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Horror Spin-Off – First Teaser Trailer for ‘The Strangers: Prey at Night’

The Strangers: Prey at Night Teaser

“Leave us alone!” “But we’ve just started…” Aviron Pictures has launched the first teaser trailer for a new horror spin-off titled The Strangers: Prey at Night. Instead of actually making a sequel to cult horror hit The Strangers (directed by Bryan Bertino in 2008), they went off and decided to make an “inspired by” film. This one follows a family staying in a secluded mobile home park for a night, who are visited by three masked psychopaths. So the same masked weirdos are back, but a different time/place. The cast includes Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, & Lewis Pullman. This really does look creepy with a few very scary moments, just not sure if it will bring anything new to the horror/slasher table. ›››

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Writing Mantra: “The story rules”

The first and last commandment of writing.

I’m a big believer in prep-writing: Generating story concepts, brainstorming, developing characters, research, plotting, outlines.

If the final draft of a script is the tip of the iceberg, all the preparation that goes into the process before we type FADE IN is that huge hunk of floating ice underneath the surface of the water.

And yet…

…if we’re writing and the characters suddenly veer off in a different direction than we’d imagined…

…if a sequence suddenly feels devoid of connection to the plot…

…if we’ve written a fantastic set piece we’d dreamed up, but now it just feels wrong…

We have to be prepared to change because —

The story rules.

At the end of the day, bottom line, and what it’s all about is the story.

Nothing else matters.

We really don’t want to sacrifice this little subplot because it’s just so damn cool, but we discover the story doesn’t need it.

Gone. Because the story rules.

We wrote a character who ventured off the page and they led us into a surprising plot development.

Followed. Because the story rules.

We’ve got a terrific side of dialogue that just sings, but does not work in the context of the scene as it’s evolved.

Silenced. Because the story rules.

We go into the story to find it. And once we immerse ourselves in that story universe and understand what it’s about, that knowledge becomes the final arbiter on what stays in and what goes out.

The story rules: The first and last commandment of writing.

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