Get up to a $20,000 Production Fund Grant For Your Short Film

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Making a film is challenging, exciting, frustrating, and incredibly rewarding. It is also a risky and expensive investment, so money will always be a bit of an issue, however. While a lot of films are either financed by finding investors or out of the filmmaker's … [Read more...]

Editing 101: The Art of Cutting – Where to Start

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) You've heard the old saying that a film is written three times: First as a screenplay, then during production, and again when it's been edited. It's easy to find tons of information on how to write a screenplay or direct a film (I should know, I've written a lot on … [Read more...]

Screenwriting 101: Top 10 No-Budget Screenwriting Techniques

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By Julian Grant (doddleNEWS) Here are my Top 10 Tips for your DIY Cinema Screenwriting success. 1. REVERSE ENGINEER EVERYTHING. START WITH WHAT YOU HAVE AT HAND BEFORE YOU START WRITING. Start by working backwards. Make a list of all the things in your life you have than can be used to make an … [Read more...]

A Geek’s Reaction to the Final Fantastic Beasts Trailer

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) I've never been the biggest fan of the Harry Potter series, although I do find a lot to like about it, especially in terms of world building. The novels themselves are extremely repetitive, which means I have yet to be able to marathon the films, as they kind of … [Read more...]

Producer Says Captain Marvel Director Announcement Coming Soon

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Marvel Studios have consistently made one good movie after another for the past eight years. Even the lesser films, like The Incredible Hulk and Thor: The Dark World are still enjoyable movies in their own right — they just tend to be not as good when compared … [Read more...]

Short Film Script Contest Offers $20,000 Production Grant

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Update: Just a reminder the early bird deadline is October 12, 2016. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Recently, we reported on a grant that would give a filmmaker $7,000 to write and direct a feature film. But what if you don't have a full length screenplay in development, but have a concept … [Read more...]

Filmmakers: Apply For A $7,000 Feature Film Grant

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Update: The final deadline is tomorrow September 30, 2016! Submit today here. By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) The cost of filmmaking has been seriously decreasing for independent filmmakers for years, but there are still those with no money to make a film whatsoever. So what's a filmmaker with … [Read more...]

ARRI Finalizes SXT 4K Camera Upgrades

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) ARRI has announced that it has finally completed development of their new SXT Camera platform design, and are now ready to begin scheduling upgrades of ALEXA cameras bought during the last two years. … [Read more...]

TV Review: Ash Vs. Evil Dead – Season 2, Ep 1: “Home”

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Evil Dead is one of my favorite cult film series of all time, so I'm ecstatic that it's being continued on television on Starz, who the show be as crude and bloody as it needs to be. Season one of Ash Vs. Evil Dead was fantastic, and the wait for season two has … [Read more...]

Jon Favreau Developing The Lion King Live-Action Remake

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Over the last few years, Disney has been remaking many of their classic animated films into live-action ones. It has been working out incredibly well for them, but I haven't been a huge Disney cartoon watcher growing up — with the exception of the Pixar films — … [Read more...]

Canon Shows Off Mammoth 8K Camera Prototype At Photokina 2016

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Canon brought an 8K prototype Cinema EOS camera to Photokina last week, and it's huge. But that's what might be expected from a prototype. Let's take a look at the details. … [Read more...]

Sound 101: Six Sound Tips To Record Better Audio Now

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By Julian Grant (doddleNEWS) Good sound matters. It beats good picture when shooting a dialogue heavy scene or film. Unless you have access to post dubbing stages for ADR (automated dialogue replacement) - you will be stuck with what you shot LIVE on the floor. In order to up your content game, … [Read more...]

Luke Evans Says Dracula Untold 2 May Be in the Cards

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) Universal doesn't have a roster of superheroes from which to launch a shared universe, but it does have a roster of classic monsters. When Marvel proved you could make a mountain of money by making a shared univers, it was only a matter of time before other studios … [Read more...]

When Is Ben Affleck’s Batman Film Coming Out? Maybe Sooner Than You Thought

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. haven't actually been off to a great start with their DC shared universe outings. While the three films that currently compose the DC Extended Universe have been successful at the box-office, the critics haven't been particularly … [Read more...]

Filmmaking 101: Protecting Your Content From Copyright Infringement

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Last year, we ran a story about Sony going after a content creator on YouTube who had licensed his 4K video to them for a music video made me think that we really needed a Filmmaking 101 segment on how to make sure your content is protected online. What do you do … [Read more...]

Benedict Cumberbatch: Doctor Strange Is In Avengers: Infinity War

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By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS) One of the weirder, if not weirdest, properties Marvel Studios is bringing to the screen is Doctor Strange. The film will star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role as a neurosurgeon who loses the use of his hands, and goes on a quest to find someway of healing … [Read more...]