After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news.
But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news, he also spoke directly to Mark Zuckerberg it.
In the article, titled «Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug,» writer Farhad Manjoo investigated Facebook’s efforts to adapt to and fix the problem of fake news on social media. While interviewing Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for the story, Manjoo asked if he had spoken to Obama about the former president’s complaints. And according to the New York Times Magazine, «Zuckerberg paused for several seconds, nearly to the point of awkwardness, before answering that he had.» Read more…
«The most mysterious man in Gotham City wasn’t in a mask and cape.» Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Batman & Bill, which will premiere exclusively on Hulu starting early May. The documentary «unmasks» one of the greatest secrets in the comic industry — that Batman wasn’t created by Bob Kane alone, it was primarily Bill Finger who created the iconic superhero. This seems like a fascinating doc with plenty to offer for comic book fans, including inside stories and excellent art from the early days of Batman. It’s cool to see a doc like this that actually looks worth watching on Hulu. They’ve been collecting some of their own original docs recently, including a James Bond one called Becoming Bond. Take a look. ›››
Everyone thinks Bob Kane is the sole creator of Batman. What the new documentary Batman and Bill presupposes is, maybe he’s not.
Even though Bob Kane is frequently and historically associated with the creation of Batman, the more educated comic book fans now know that many of the signature elements of Batman’s long comic book history were created by another man named Bill Finger. But why is his name not nearly as synonymous with the creation of The Dark Knight? A new documentary explores why Finger was omitted from Batman’s history and only just recently started getting the credit that he’s due.
Watch the Batman and Bill trailer below.
As the trailer explains, though Bob Kane had the initial idea to create a superhero who was quite the opposite of DC Comics’ Big Blue Boy Scout known as Superman, all of the signature traits of Batman’s comic book adventures came from Bill Finger. Not only did Finger create Batman’s trademark design and draw his stories, he was responsible for creating some key pieces of The Caped Crusader’s mythology. Robin, The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Commissioner Gordon, Gotham City and much more were all added into Batman’s universe by Bill Finger.
Thankfully, since 2015, Bill Finger has started receiving prominent credit for his pivotal contributions to the creation of Batman, even appearing in the credits for Gotham and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and presumably anything associated with Batman from here on out.
But how does a man who is so integral to the creation of one of the most revered superheroes of all time get shoved to the side and almost forgotten by comic book history? That’s the story that Batman and Bill is setting out to tell, inspired by author Marc Tyler Nobleman‘s endeavor to make sure Bill Finger got credit for his work, which he chronicled in the book Bill The Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman.
In addition to Nobleman, plenty of comic book historians, artists, Batman experts (like comic writer and filmmaker Kevin Smith) and more appear in the documentary to talk about this tragic tale of ignorance in the creation of Batman that went on for far too long.
Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to seek justice for Bill Finger, a struggling writer who was the key figure in creating the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.
Batman and Bill will be available to watch on Hulu on May 6.
The best video editor is the one you have—and we all have smartphone apps.
Making films on a smartphone is no longer entirely considered to be a humongous joke that only dummy filmmaker-wannabes like to tell. Plenty of filmmakers today use footage shot on smartphones in their films, even some, like Sean Baker, shoot the entire thing on one. But what about the other side of production? What about editing? Can you cut together a decent video using an app? In this video, Darious Britt shows us that, yes, you can. See how easy and effective it can be to edit your videos on a smartphone.
The apps Britt uses in the video are PowerDirector, VideoShow and WeVideo. Of the three, PowerDirector is more highly regarded; some even call it Android’s answer to iMovie. For iPhone users, you’ve got a lot of different options, including, of course, iMovie, as well as LumaFusion, which is pretty impressive because of its multi-track capabilities. (Though it’s a bit on the expensive side at $ 20.)
How does director Spike Jonze use imagery to communicate a deep sense of loneliness in his work?
Loneliness is a universal emotion. Every person on Earth has felt it at one point in their lives—the dead weight, the echoing pang, the electric skin that fires every time it’s touched. Because it’s such a huge part of the human experience, filmmakers have been making films about loneliness since the beginning of cinema, but one director that really stands out in his filmic exploration of it is Spike Jonze.
His lonely characters are some of the most memorable: Craig and Lotte Schwartz from Being John Malkovich, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, and, of course, Theodore from Her. But how does Jonze reproduce this very intense, very common experience cinematically? In this video essay from Studio Binder, we get to see three ways he uses cinematography to do it.
Though it’s not very comprehensive, the list of Jonze’s techniques that are mentioned in the video is a great place to start.
The 180-degree rule is a basic but incredibly important filmmaking concept to understand
When we walk into a room, our brain perceives it three-dimensionally, seamlessly stitching our visual perceptions together. This means that when you’re attempting to render a three-dimensional space in two dimensions, such as on a movie screen, you must pay careful attention to the way in which the audience will perceive the space subconsciously. To avoid this disorienting of your audience and visually fracturing of your narrative, you must follow the most important rule in cinematography: the 180-degree rule.
A new video essay from Wolfcrow shows how to properly adhere to—or break—the 180-degree rule, depending on your intentions with the scene. (Of course, the 180-degree rule is only relevant if there are cuts in the scene; for single-shot scenes, it doesn’t apply.) The video covers how to shoot with the 180-degree rule, which bisects the set, for one-person, two-person, three-person, and four-or-more-person shots. It also details some great tips for action scenes and eye line-matching.
Your favorite bunch of a-holes will return, and so will their faithful captain.
Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 writer and director James Gunn has confirmed he’ll be back to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which has not yet announced a release date.
Gunn dropped the announcement on his Facebook page, explaining that he’d only come to the decision after a lot of thought. «I needed to know it was, in my heart, what I truly felt called to do,» he wrote. «I have never made choices in my career based on anything other than passion and love for the stories and characters, and I didn’t want to start now.» Read more…
The Phantom 4K Flex is a production-ready camera that allows for ultra high-speed footage.
While Kitsplit is a whole new type of rental company, allowing end users to cross-shop between a variety of owner operator and rental company vendors all in one easy interface, it still wants to take care of a lot of the tasks of traditional rental companies. One of those major tasks is training renters.
Kitsplit did this for the first time last weekend, hosting a workshop for the 4K Phantom Flex ultra slow motion camera with filmmaker Tore Knows. No Film School attended the event, which you can watch in its entirety below. Below are a few key takeaways.
1. Shooting Phantom is a whole different workflow
With most cameras, you hit record and keep rolling until you hit stop. The Phantom is different: since it shoots such high frame rates (up to 1000fps in 4K, and up to 2000fps in HD mode), you would burn too much data doing that. Instead, you «arm» the camera, at which point it starts filling the 64GB onboard RAM with footage; then, you «trigger» the camera after the moment you want to capture.
«I need you to survive the night.» Annapurna has unveiled the first official trailer for the newest film from Kathryn Bigelow, titled simply Detroit, profiling the story of the infamous Detroit riot of 1967. The film features an ensemble cast of characters to tell the story of why so many citizens decided to rise up, and how the riot expanded so quickly to become so massive that the President had to send in federal troops to get things under control. The huge cast includes John Boyega, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, Ben O’Toole, Hannah Murray, Anthony Mackie, Jacob Latimore, Algee Smith, Joseph David-Jones, Kaitlyn Dever, Jason Mitchell, John Krasinski, Jeremy Strong, and Laz Alonso. This looks like an intense, riveting, honest portrayal of what happened back then and I’m certainly looking forward to watching this. ›››