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Old school: Julia Marchese and 35mm

Old school: Julia Marchese and 35mm

There's something so wonderfully atmospheric about 35mm cinema. To hear the roll of a projector, to see the marks on the film. To see films in the manner they were meant to be shown. Not on DVD, not on Blu-Ray, or even VHS. On 35mm. So to hear that Out of Print, a documentary about 35mm film and the dangers of an...

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A Sense of Dredd – Review

A Sense of Dredd – Review

Dredd is the sort of film that appears crude and shallow on the surface. But the deeper you look, the better it gets. In a post-apocalyptic future, several American states have combined into a giant metropolis called Mega City One. There are 800 million desperate citizens and criminals fighting to survive...

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Talking frame-rate with THX’s Kevin Wines

Talking frame-rate with THX’s Kevin Wines

Recently, I spoke to Kevin Wines, THX's Director of Image Technology, about the recent push towards higher frame rates in film with the 48FPS shooting of The Hobbit.The frame rate in a film is the number of images in sequence that pass before your eyes within a single second. The default for cinema, currently, is...

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The Out of Print documentary travels to the UK

The Out of Print documentary travels to the UK

Out of Print, a new documentary being made about revival cinemas, the survival of 35mm prints in the digital age, and the New Beverly Cinema, a moviehouse in LA owned by one Quentin Tarentino, is coming to the UK to film a segment. The creator of the documentary, Julia Marchese, works at the New Beverly. After...

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Uncharted film adaptation loses its director, gains writers

Uncharted film adaptation loses its director, gains writers

Keen on seeing the Uncharted film? You may be waiting a little longer, as the director's quit the project. Ah, Uncharted. One of the best videogame franchises ever to grace the industry, seamlessly merging incredible action setpieces with comedy, drama, thrills and chills, and a lot of gun play. Starring...

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Indie Stream: YouTube and independent filmmaking

Indie Stream: YouTube and independent filmmaking

For those who wish to immerse themselves in the world of filmmaking, but without the trappings and limitations of the many studios who produce films that are often, at best, cookie-cutter "safe" products meant for mass consumption, there aren't many places left to go. Or rather, this was the case, before...

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Screenwriter Chris Leavitt joins World of Warcraft movie

Screenwriter Chris Leavitt joins World of Warcraft movie

The ongoing film adaptation of popular online game World of Warcraft has nabbed a new screenwriter in the form of Chris Leavitt. Leavitt, who is known for writing Blood Diamond, K-Pax and The Express amongst others, has signed on to help develop a film that could be said to be taking a little too long....

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Drew Goddard interested in Daredevil reboot

Drew Goddard interested in Daredevil reboot

Wondering what was going to happen to the Daredevil reboot that's been in the works for some time? Don't worry - Drew Goddard might be handling things. The talented director of Cabin in the Woods recently visited Fox for a chat about the reboot, and it turns out that the guy's a massive Daredevil fan, as he...

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Kyle Newman working on Chewie

Kyle Newman working on Chewie

Curious about what went on behind the Chewbacca mask in Star Wars? Filmmaker Kyle Newman is intent on bringing the story of actor Peter Mayhew to cinemas. Kyle Newman has something of a Star Wars filmmaker pedigree, despite not actually making the saga himself. Director on Fanboys, the film about a group of...

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Insanity beckons: Prometheus is getting a sequel

Insanity beckons: Prometheus is getting a sequel

In what appears to be a complete abandonment of common sense, Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox are making a sequel to Prometheus, the confused, flawed prequel to Alien. Y'know, there comes a time in your life when you must step back from the brink and remind yourself of this well-known...

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