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The Indie Film That Was Shot Right Under Mickey Mouse’s Nose

January 22, 2013 by Feature Film, Gossip

Steven Zeitchik at the LA times with an excellent piece about Escape From Tomorrow, a film by Randy Moore shot at the Disney theme parks without Disney knowing about it. Moore and company invented some innovative ways to run the set so they wouldn’t get noticed:

To make the movie, Moore wouldn’t print out script pages or shot sequences for the 25 days he was filming on Disney turf, instead keeping all the info on iPhones. This way, when actors and crew were looking down between takes, passersby just thought they were glancing at their messages.

Zeitchik writes that even though the movie was shot guerrilla style, it doesn’t look like it on the screen.

What’s remarkable about all this is that, in watching the film, one doesn’t get the feeling of a guerrilla filmmaking exercise. There are numerous wide shots, and scenes luxuriating in classic Disney images. It looks as if it was made with the full cooperation of the company, which of course it wasn’t.

For me, the best part of this story is that Moore isn’t thumbing his nose at Disney. He’s got nothing against the company at all. He just wanted to make a film.

Oh Get Over It, It’s Just Some Fabulous Fashion Fun

January 21, 2013 by News, Photography

Last week a few people piled on Vogue magazine for their fashion editorial entitled Storm Troupers.

Katherine Goldstein maligned, “Is this what happens when Anna Wintour feels emotion?”.

Jason Kottke decried, “I guess they were going for inappropriate & provocative but hit inappropriate & idiotic instead?” He continued that if American Vogue wants to something provocative then it should follow the tasteful lead of Italian Vogue and photographer Steven Meisel.

I wonder if he realizes that the same editorial/photographer team also used the BP oil disaster in Louisiana as the inspiration for a fashion spread. The piece is oft criticized as a low point in the history of fashion photography.

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More Mesmerizing Instagram Work: Instantáneas

This video came to me with the following note:

Hola les dejo este video que hice con imágenes de instagram que viendo el contenido de su página seguro les puede interesar para publicar.

I stuck it into Google Translate but I think there’s probably a better translation out there. If you speak Spanish, please let us know what Lucas Otero said above. He’s produced a fabulous little video made up of photos from Instagram.

Muchos gracias Lucas. Your video earns a coveted seat in the PCN Screening Room.

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Casting Lindsay Lohan

January 14, 2013 by Actors, Feature Film

A notorious, volatile, substance abusing, high profile actress. A porn star. An aggressive, twitter obsessed novelist cum screenwriter. A veteran Hollywood director in his sixties desperate for a movie. Combine all of the above with a micro budget of $250,000.00 and a rented Porsche.

What could go wrong?

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An Astounding Story of CBS’ Destroying Truth in Journalism

January 14, 2013 by News

Joshua Topolsky for The Verge:

Apparently, executives at CBS learned that the Hopper would win “Best of Show” prior to the announcement. Before the winner was unveiled, CBS Interactive News senior-vice president and General Manager Mark Larkin informed CNET’s staff that the Hopper could not take the top award. The Hopper would have to be removed from consideration, and the editorial team had to re-vote and pick a new winner from the remaining choices.

This just turns my stomach, not because it happened, but because CBS is just so blatant about it. They’ve destroyed the editorial trust that CNET has earned over the years.

iPhoneography with Hipstamatic

January 13, 2013 by iPhoneography

There are a several reasons why I am into mobile photography/iPhoneography. First, I am as technical as I am creative and I love gadgets and new technology. This interest and curiosity is one of the things that keeps me on the cutting edge as a photographer, writer and instructor. Secondly I started my photographic life in the 4th grade with a Kodak box camera that had a cube flash which let me learn framing and composition before having to know about the more technical aspects of photography. Later in my career I shot with medium format film cameras like the Pentax 6×7 which had no Polaroid back and basically mimicked a very large 35mm camera that only captured 10 frames on a 120 roll of film. This camera taught me to pre-visualize and to be judicious with my exposures. I’ve also experimented with toy cameras, messed up lenses, Polaroid transfers and was exposed to Platinum printing by a photographer friend in Dallas who was a retired Chemistry professor.

Add all of those elements together with the fact that I have had back surgery and am no longer interested in wearing a large bulky camera around my neck as I walk around town and the iPhone starts looking like a great tool for me. Especially considering that my first DSLR was a $3000 Canon D30 which had a whopping 3 megapixels that I used to shoot billboards. The micro drive in that camera was 600 megabytes (thats megs not gigs) and it cost around $600. Having a camera phone that fits in my front pants pocket with 8 megapixels and 16+ gigs of storage is pretty amazing.

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