Posts tagged "Hollywood"

"Dark Before Dawn" In Hollywood

"Dark Before Dawn" In Hollywood
Well, technically it was in Beverly Hills, but who is counting, right? It was our Los Angeles premiere and we were darn proud of it! Our little mumblecore film all grown up and lighting up the big screen in LA! Of course we had to take lots of pictures, so have a seat, grab some... Read more »

How To Go To The Academy Awards (Without Making A Movie)

How To Go To The Academy Awards (Without Making A Movie)
Whether you are a filmmaker or not there is just something exciting about the Academy Awards. This is the pinnacle of what Hollywood stands for and who among us can say they have never imagined what it would be like to Be There? Recently I applied to be an extra along the red carpet for... Read more »

From Elgin To Hollywood: The Little Film That Could

From Elgin To Hollywood: The Little Film That Could
This time last year we were in the midst of furiously working to put the finishing touches on our first feature film “Dark Before Dawn” which we finally premiered in February. If you’re a follower of this blog then you already know that “Dark Before Dawn” was shot on a micro-budget that consisted largely of... Read more »
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The American Film Market

The American Film Market
A film market is not the same thing as a film festival. We should start there: a film festival is an event generally open to the public where filmmakers screen their films for audiences with the goal of getting their work reviewed. If the reviews are good then the film might catch the interest of... Read more »

The Golden Age of Films: Just Beginning or Long Over?

  Picture this. You’re sitting in the audience of a silent black-and-white film and the only sound in the whole theatre besides the music is the crunching of popcorn.  Everyone feels riveted by the actors’ facial expressions and gestures.  They laugh at the physical jokes and get move to tears by somber expressions.  You would... Read more »

The Dark Thrill: Movie Theatre Shooting at "The Dark Knight"

I’m not against violent movies. In light of the so called “Batman Massacre” in Aurora, Colorado last night I’m sure this is an unpopular stance at the moment. The thing is, movies- even violent ones- are works of fiction. Make-Believe. We go to them because we want to experience the dark thrill of danger, power,... Read more »
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3 Reasons Chicago Makes Better Films Than Hollywood

Hollywood has made some pretty darn good films in its time, and it makes a lot of them. (Movies, that is, not necessarily good ones.) But Chicago has turned out some pretty good films too: Blues Brothers, Ferris Bueller, Dark Knight… And considering the proportion of Good films made in Chicago to the total number of... Read more »

Paid in Peanuts: Unpaid Internships in the Film Industry Trenches

As I was looking up trivia on IMdB the other day (as I am wont to do) I stumbled upon an article about a pair of formerly-unpaid-interns who were suing the production company of “Black Swan” for minimum wage. (http://www.imdb.com/news/ni16023725/) I should preface my comments by saying that whenever I read “Black Swan” and “lawsuit”... Read more »

All Wrapped Up With Nowhere to Go (But Up!)

Well, the holidays are here again which means that it is time for the fourth annual Blue Damen Pictures “That’s A Wrap” gift wrapping fundraiser! We started the tradition of wrapping gifts at a local mall back in our very first year as a company in order to raise enough money to finish our first... Read more »
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The Last Epic Hero

As the director Sarah R Lotfi says: “It’s not just about being heroic but about being a hero in the mythological sense”. She is, of course, describing her film entitled “The Last Bogatyr” which I recently had the pleasure of seeing at the LA Women’s Film Festival. For those of you who don’t happen to... Read more »