“It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish even on my worst enemies…” Abramorama has premiered the official trailer for a documentary titled Intent to Destroy, an examination of the Armenian Genocide and the history of denial by the Turkish government. This seems like one of the most definitive docs examining this historically tragic event, telling not only the history behind it and how it happened, but the ways various governments attempted to cover up and downplay the depressing truth of it all. The doc even examines how this “laid the groundwork for the genocides that followed.” Filmmaker Joe Berlinger also visits the set of Terry George’s The Promise, a feature film starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale set during the Armenian Genocide, discussing how hard it is to make a film about this. This looks powerful, and sad, but important. ›››
“So you lied to me about everything?” Blue Fox Entertainment has debuted the first official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled The Truth About Lies, made by writer/director Phil Allocco. This quirky comedy is about a guy who starts coming up with a series of lies in order to impress a girl. Fairly simple premise. Fran Kranz stars and Gilby Smalls, and the girl he falls for is played by Odette Annable, who you’ll recognize from Cloverfield or The Unborn. The cast includes Colleen Camp, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Chris Diamantopoulos, Oakes Fegley, and Laura Kightlinger. This doesn’t look that unique, almost like every other quirky indie romantic comedy. And I’m pretty sure he’s going to get the girl in the end, too. ›››
A heist-style drama about genius high school students and their task to pull off the ultimate, cheating scam on behalf of dozens of wealthy peers doesn’t quite sound like the nail-biter Bad Genius ends up pulling off, but here we are. The Thai film we do get, which is directed by the very talented Nattawut Poonpiriya, not only brings with it a whip-smart screenplay, it’s an incredibly intense caper loaded with crackling dialogue and impressive performances that ranks up there with recent, instant classics like Moneyball and The Social Network. Poonpiriya keeps your attention from beginning to end and ends up delivering one of the tautest thrillers (without really being a thriller) to come along in some time. ›››
Understanding the benefits and challenges that come with working with non-actors.
As no-budget filmmakers, chances are we’re not going to be working with Hollywood actors at the peak of their stardom. Actually, in each and every of your films your cast might actually be made up entirely of non-actors, or actors who have little to no professional experience, and that’s not a bad thing. People hear terms like “inexperienced” and “untrained” and immediately think “bad performance,” but non-professional actors actually bring something very special to the cinematic table, and because they do, you as a director need to bring a very special set of skills in order to direct them. In this video from Film Riot, director Ricky Staub (The Cage), offers up some great insight on what that skillset entails.
Whether they’re seasoned pros or bright-eyed first-timers, directing actors is a tough undertaking. There’s a lot of emotional and technical work that goes on between the director and actors in order to prepare for a great performance; if your actor is unfamiliar with this process, it could prove to be a little more challenging.
It’s clear that writer-director Darren Aronofsky is trying to say something with his new work, and that he wants to get people talking about that something. The problem is that no one quite seems able to agree on what that something is.
Ask 10 people who’ve just seen this movie what they think it’s “really” about, and you might get half a dozen different explanations. I know, because I did just that after seeing mother! for the first time at TIFF. Read more…
Trying to nail down your shooting schedule? Here are some things to consider so that your plans don’t have a negative effect on your production.
Set life is absolute pandemonium on its own, but add some poor planning and confusion into the mix and you’ve got a real nightmare on your hands. To have a clear and concise plan for every day of production, filmmakers create shooting schedules—but if you’ve never really made one before it’s difficult to know how to draw one up so that it saves you time, money, and frustration down the road. In this video, StudioBinder lists five tips that will help you organize your shoots to make your production cheaper, more dynamic, and easier for your cast and crew to manage.
There are a lot of things to consider when putting your shooting schedule together, but the five mentioned in the video will really get you thinking about what a well-planned schedule looks like.
Which Marvel shows will be coming to New York Comic-Con? Why is ABC already worried about Inhumans? Why did Cate Blanchett decide to take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok? How did Batman: The Animated Series change the way we think about superhero adaptations? What can we expect from Harley Quinn Day this month? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
The Justice League teaser poster gets a LEGO makeover with the minifigure versions of the DC Comics superheroes.