Thursday, December 11, 2008

IMDB Policy Change, The Internet Movie Database, is an important resume link for people breaking into the film industry. IMDB used to have a policy that only films shown in select film festivals or distributed through a studio or network could be listed. They have just changed their policy in a way that will benefit new filmmakers.

Does your film have a Title Page on IMDb yet? If not, maybe it should. IMDb wants to help you publicize and promote your movie as soon as its ready for the world, not just after you've won recognition for it. Next time you submit to a Withoutabox Partner Festival, you will be invited by email to create a Title Page on IMDb, the most recognized and trafficked movie site in the world. Submit to a festival by year's end to get in line for your Title Page. Certain submissions are not eligible, but the great majority are. Invitations are sent once the festival receives your submission. In fact, thousands have been sent just in the last couple weeks!

Learn more about this opportunity here.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quizlet - Free Quiz Website

Quizlet is a free website that allows you to create online quizzes. Both students and teachers can use this as a study aid. Check out this quiz on film vocabulary to see how it works.

Browse and use millions of flashcards created by other students and teachers, or create your own.

Create Flashcard Sets

  1. Easily create flashcard sets with as many questions and answers as you want.
  2. Import questions and answers from your computer or other websites (or just type them in directly).
  3. Cut and paste questions from other peoples' flashcard sets to make your own.
  4. Invite friends to share your flashcards via email, Facebook, or MySpace.
  5. One-click lookup of official dictionary definitions, and other users' previous answers.

Teacher Features

  1. Give your students a study tool that's both powerful and fun, encouraging them to learn.
  2. Share study materials online with your classes, or generate photocopy-ready flashcards for in-class distribution.
  3. Host a group where your students can create and discuss study materials for your class.
  4. Notify students by email when you've posted new study materials, and receive messages back from them.
  5. See what other teachers are teaching at your grade level and in your subject area.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Moby Film Music - Free

The musician Moby is offering film music for "independent and non-profit filmmakers, film students, and anyone in need of free music for their independent, non-profit film, video, or short." You need to register to hear the music at You must request a license to use the music.

Moby makes techno, dance, ambient, rock and other types of music. His music has been used in all three Bourne films, Cloverfield, Miami Vice, xXx: State of the Union, The Devil Wears Prada, CSI: NY, The Sorpranos, and lots of other stuff.

See this clip from the Sundance channel where Moby explains the website.

You can see a list of short films that use Moby's film music on this YouTube playlist.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Digital Still Cameras for Video

Digital still cameras have had a video feature for a number of years. Nikon's D90 Digital SLR offers 720p HD resolution. Check out this remarkable example shot on a subway. The camera allows for great shallow depth of field and the use of 35mm lenses. It costs $1300. You can read this review with some test footage. It will be interesting to see how this this converegnce of camera features develops. Perhaps DSLRs in the future will be used for for both video and still work.

Monday, December 1, 2008

MacBreak Studio - Free Tutorials

Mac users will really benefit from the podcast MacBreak Studio. They feature tips and techniques for users of Final Cut Studio. They have had some really excellent episodes. They are short, around eight minutes, which makes them great for showing to a class. They put out a new episode every Friday.

Join Steve Martin, Mark Spencer, Brian Gary, Alex Lindsay and friends as they reveal the ins and outs of video production on the Mac. From 3D to audio, video, and compression, learn from the experts how to add advanced techniques to your production workflow and a professional touch to your video content.