Friday, September 26, 2014

Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers Now Receiving Applications


My friend, Elle Schneider works for this company and is probably behind this fabulous idea. Support your women in filmmaking! The gender bias in filmmaking is embarrassing (as is the racial one) . Props to Digital Bolex for taking a step to do something about it!




Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers Now Receiving Applications
Reprinted from Indiewire By Inkoo Kang 

Cinematography is one of the film industry's least equal fields. In the last five years, women accounted for just 3% of all cinematographers among the 250 top-grossing films.

In what might be the only current effort from a film tech company to address gender disparity behind the camera by offering female-specific grants, the Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers is now accepting applications.

To read the full story, click HERE.

To go directly to the Digital Bolex grant page, click HERE.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FA Seminar Series: Oct. 18th - Demystifying Camera Technology

Canon and Samy's Camera Present The Filmmakers Alliance Seminar Series:

Demystifying Camera Technology

with Alex Buono


Saturday, October 18th
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Canon Hollywood Professional Technology And Support Center
6060 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

YOU MUST RSVP HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-camera-technology-tickets-13272421169

Noted cinematographer/lecturer Alex Buono (SNL, Bigger Stronger Faster) presents a seminar geared toward a general, non-technical filmmaker audience to help us better understand how to make the right camera choice for our projects and best utilize the technologies available to us.  Subjects covered include:

• bit depth

• color subsampling

• compression codecs

• dynamic range

• dual-pixel focus assist

• image sensors & debayering

• 4K versus 2K

• 4K workflow

If you're terrified by or ignorant (or both) of any of these terms, this is the seminar for you. All of the info will be presented to you in a way even your grandmother can understand (assuming your grandmother is not the former Larry, now Lana, Wachowski). Give yourself the gift of deeper insight into arguably the single most important tool in succcessfully developing and executing your film's visual strategy.

The day's schedule:
11:00 a.m. - Doors open (networking, refreshments)
12:00-12:15 - An overview of Canon in cinema with Tim Smith
12:15-1:15 - Alex Buono Demystifies camera technology
1:15-1:30 - Q&A
1:30-2:00 - Networking, Wrap-up

All attendies receive a $50 gift card from Samy's Camera to be disbursed at the end of the seminar.

YOU MUST RSVP HERE:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/demystifying-camera-technology-tickets-13272421169

IMPORTANT NOTE: Attendance is free, but space MUST be reserved in advance!! In fact, due to LA's notorious RSVP attrition, we've intentionally opened up more seats than are available, so seating can ONLY be guaranteed to the first 75 who arrive - even if you RSVP'd.

Parking is on street, but there should be plenty of it!

See you all there!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Win An Executive Pass To AFM 2014!



THIS MONTH’S COMPETITION:

September's Filmmakers Alliance competition is dedicated to the American Film Market.

Win An Executive Pass to AFM 2014!

Here's what the pass gets you:

  • Access to Show Floor & Screenings
  • Tickets to the AFM Conference Series
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the Loews Hotel
  • One year membership to AFM365™, the AFM's Online Community
  • Access to the AFM Filmmakers Lounge at Le Merigot Hotel
  • Access to the Industry Conversations Series (until full)
  • Invitation to an AFM Orientation with AFM Managing Director


Here's how you win:

1. Simply post a single-paragraph essay of why you MUST be at the AFM this year on the Facebook Competition Page. No longer than 100 words (but shorter is always better) - NO EXCEPTION.

2. Include the following hashtags #FilmmakersAlliance, #AFM in your post (does not count against your 100 words). 

3. Generate likes for your post.

4. The top ten posts with the most likes by Midnight, October 10th, 2014, will then go to a judging committee and the best essay among them WINS!!

Simple as that. So, the sooner you start, the better.


NOTE: YOU MUST BE A BONA FIDE MEMBER OF THE FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE TO PARTICIPATE (Facebook "membership" does not count)! If you aren't a member yet, sign up HERE!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Win A Screenwriter's Package!!














July's Filmmakers Alliance competition is dedicated to SCREENWRITING.

The month's prize is a Screenwriter's Package including the following :

* A ONE HOUR SCREENWRITING CONSULTATION WITH SEAN HOOD

* A copy of FINAL DRAFT 9 (the latest version of Final Draft - $249 value).

* A copy of DRAMATICA story development software ($269 value)

* A professionally organized TABLE READ of your completed script utilizing top-notch actors.


Here's how you win:

1. Simply post a single-paragraph synopsis of your feature film idea on the Facebook competition page. No longer than 100 words (but shorter is always better) - NO EXCEPTION.

2. Include at least one or all of the following hashtags #FilmmakersAlliance, #GenreHacks, #FinalDraft and #Dramatica in your post (does not count against your 100 words). 

3. Generate likes for your post.

4. The top ten posts with the most likes by Midnight, August 15th, 2014, will then go to a judging committee and the best synopsis among them WINS!! 
(Additional information/material may be requested prior to committee's final decision)

Simple as that. So, the sooner you start, the better.

NOTE: YOU MUST BE A BONA FIDE MEMBER OF THE FILMMAKERS ALLIANCE TO PARTICIPATE (Facebook "membership" does not count)! If you aren't a member yet, sign up HERE


MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL: 

- Get $80 off the full copy of Final Draft and $31 off the upgrade (32% off both products). 

- Also, get Dramatica Story Expert, Dramatica Pro, or Movie Magic Screenwriter for $99 (up to $150 savings per product).


Discount code is available for all products on the FA's community page. Offers good until close of competition: August 15th.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sundance's NEXT FEST Line-up Announced!


Check it out here!

http://www.sundance.org/next/line-up/

New Zooppa Brand Competitions!

We’re excited to share a few fun filmmaking opportunities with the members of the Filmmakers Alliance.
Zooppa is an online platform that connects brands with creative users. The way it works is, brands post their creative briefs on the Zooppa site for Zooppa members, at which point they may enter as many videos as they would like to win cash prizes and represent huge brands in online and broadcast advertisements. Ultimately, Zooppa is an online crowd-sourcing platform where brands turn to for refreshing and relevant user generate content. Signing up for the Zooppa community is 100% free and allows you access to all of our campaigns at any given time. This is a cool way to exercise your filmmaking skills and boost your portfolios!

As a fellow filmmaking community, Zooppa would like to share with the Filmmakers Alliance a few campaigns going on right now. Here they are!
Fun and Flavor with Lindsay Olives
Produce the next film advertisement for Lindsay Olives by submitting a video to the “Fun and Flavor with Lindsay Olives” Campaign!”
Lindsay has been bringing joy to people’s lives for over 100 years and is a staple in the American kitchen. The thing about olives is -- you either LOVE them or you don’t.
Lindsay’s California Black Ripe Olives is looking for 15 second or 30 second videos showcasing their product. Use your imagination to create an entertaining and humorous scene! To participate in this project, pledge now and receive $25 in product coupons that you can use in your film. Head to the brief to learn more!
Submitting a video is easy! Simply sign up for free at www.zooppa.com and upload your video.
Stats: The contest closes on July 14th at 4:00 PM PDT with $15,000 in total awards. The grand prize winner will receive $10,000.
Help Create a Brighter Future for Our Children
Project Sunlight is a growing movement of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably.
Faced with an increasingly apathetic an unengaged world, Unilever wants to stress the need for a positive outlook and willingness to act. Together, and through small actions everyday, we can begin to achieve the unprecedented possibilities of our world. The purpose of this campaign is to inspire others to join Unilever in making sustainable and informed decisions each day.
Through a compelling video (up to 90 seconds) or a series of 3 prints, show us an uplifting piece that inspires our society, especially parents, to create a brighter future for our children. Check out the contest brief on Zooppa’s website to learn more!
Your piece should be heartfelt and informative that ignites social change and a positive discussion surrounding how children will have a better, brighter future.
To participate in this campaign go to www.zooppa.com to create an account and begin submitting your work.
Stats: The contest closes on July 28th at 4pm PST with $70,000 in total awards. The grand prize winner will receive $20,000.