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For a while now we’ve all been hearing about the Black Magic Cinema Camera capable of shooting 2.5K RAW. Your typical local movie theater is now running mainstream Hollywood movies that are projected at 2K....

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I’m working on my new indie filmmaking book following up on Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 – $6,000 – Or Less. The first book dealt...

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The 14th annual Sacramento Film & Music Festival gets underway at the Crest Theater. This is a a news story that I photographed, reported and edited for KCRA-3 TV News. A year and a half...

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Saturday afternoon, September 7, 2013 Around 3 o’clock the phone rang. I was in an edit bay at KCRA having just uploaded my story for the 6 o’clock news. It was Laurie Pederson with the...

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Director Billy Wilder Dies

BILLY WILDER: The Directing “King of Cool”

September 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

There are very few writer-directors who became living legends not only for the films they made, but also for being themselves and their storytelling quotability. Steve McQueen has often been dubbed “The King of Cool,”...

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Chris King has a new short film, Happiness, playing in the Sacramento Film & Music Festival at The Crest Theater on Saturday, September 14 at 4 PM. Happiness has already screened at VisionFest in New York...

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A year and a half ago actor-filmmaker Matthew Modine came to Sacramento promoting his new short film Jesus Was A Commie. Just prior to that I had already been put in touch with Matthew to...

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(When you read this (if you read this), imagine the voice of the curmudgeon in the tone of Peter Falk.) “I’m artistic! I need to create! I need to create and share with others!” “Okay....

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Sam Goldwyn Studios 1

Studio, No — Distribution, Yes!

June 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

This is a follow-up to my earlier blog about the Dixon movie studio. In that I mentioned that everywhere that I’ve lived there have been people who have been very vocal about wanting to build...

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Ever since the first inklings of the new American Independent Film Movement started evolving back in the 1980s, everywhere I’ve lived there’s always been somebody getting their names in the press and is discussed as...

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I first discovered Anthony Hontoir shortly after I’d purchased my Éclair Cameflex CM3 35mm movie camera last year. I was Googling for information on the camera and came across Anthony’s website downwoodfilms.com with images of...

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Every now and then a film organization reaches out to me to help spread the word about their film. This one sounds interesting. And it’s from a new website that’s geared to independent filmmakers. This...

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“I calculated that I could make a feature film for about $10,000. By projecting about the amount of film I’d shoot, figuring that I could get actors to work for practically nothing. You know, at...

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A few years ago in 2004 writer-director-cameraman-editor-actor Shane Carruth made a splash at Sundance with his debut film Primer, winning the Grand Jury Prize for his $7,000 Super-16mm sci-fi film. Most filmmakers with that kind...

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Chosin — The Kickstarter project I’ve been posting about for the past few days has reached its goal! As of 5 PM PST this afternoon Brian Iglesias and the Chosin Team have achieved their goal...

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Chosin, the animated film start-up campaign about the Marine battle in the Chosin Valley in the Korean War is getting close to achieving it’s goal of raising $25,000. As of 9 AM on December 20,...

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As regular readers to this site may know, I have a soft spot in my heart for the U.S. Marine Corps. My father, P.F.C. Ward V. Carroll, was a Marine in World War Two and...

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A year ago I posted a series of articles here about Matthew Modine and his Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App, which was receiving funding through Kickstarter. The funds raised far exceeded the amount being...

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