Determine Your Video Duration with This Script Word Count

When looking to develop explainer videos, one of the most common expectations to manage is the duration of the video. Specifically, most businesses and individuals think they can get a lot more information into a short video than is realistically feasible. Read more

‘’Purple Is Her’’ sci-fi film made in 48 hours

An intergalactic poacher hunts an alien species to the brink of extinction whose wounds generate healing crystals for humans. The short film was written, produced and edited within 48 hours as a part of the SCI-FI LONDON film challenge.  The Cambridge based team were given the following criteria to incorporate into the film within 48hrs; Purple Is Her (Title), A map - a character studies the map and marks a location (Prop), including the words 'Very clever, you’re a real asset' (Dialogue). Read more

Film, Friends, Fun; Shadows and Light 2017

Receive £50 discount this May when you attend Shadows & Light which is a two and a half days of presentations, practical workshops and social gatherings taking place in Brighton, UK 14-16 May. It brings together filmmakers so that they can learn from experts speakers, learn from each other and, perhaps most important of all, meet other like-minded filmmakers, helping forge a community of like-minded people. Read more

Officially unofficial 2017 camera rumors.

Expectations are high for camera releases in 2017. Just like in years past, here's a round up of the latest camera rumours that have appeared online. While a lot of last year’s camera rumors came to fruition, it seems a few might have been a bit too optimistic. So, keep in mind, there are no guarantees here — only hopes and dreams. Here are the best rumors for cameras we may see released in 2017. Read more

Shadows & Light Christmas Party and Screening

Shadows and Light is a new, unique event that brings filmmakers together for a lot of learning and a little bit of fun.  Co-founded by Philip Bloom, Shadows and Light responds to the need in the UK and wider Europe for an event that can bring together our growing community of one-man-band filmmakers and small productions companies.
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How Brexit Could Devastate the Film Industry

The UK's secession from the EU will have far-reaching consequences, some of which will inevitably impact the movies. Just a month ago, British filmmaker Ken Loach's Cannes premiere (and Palme d'Or winner) served as a sobering augury. I, Daniel Blakedepicts a United Kingdom beset by poverty, unemployment, and defunct social services.  Its disenfranchised working class—though skilled, capable, and experienced—is unable to maintain the basic rights to life, let alone secure a living wage. The titular character pursues every option available to him, only to find himself caught in the snares of long lines and red tape that appear all but designed to cast him out to the streets. Read more

BBC: My Family, the Enemy

It was a pleasure to be invited by the BBC World Service and talk about ''Finding Family'' documentary.  From the BBC:  Oggi Tomic, Cambridge filmmaker and cameraman, was abandoned by his mother at birth and grew up in orphanages in Bosnia. He ended up in Sarajevo at the height of the siege of the early 1990s. Read more

Golden Island International Film Festival Announces Film Programme Featuring ‘Finding Family’ & ‘Dead Cat’

The Golden Island International Film Festival, in partnership with Creditwest Bank, has revealed the exciting programme for the inaugural festival to be held in Cyprus.

Over the course of 7 days and nights, the festival will screen over 50 features, documentaries and shorts across 5 venues including extended Q & A’s with many guests from the films. The festival will also highlight the cinema of Cyprus with a dedicated strand as well as handing out awards for Best Short Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Newcomer within the Cyprus cinema strand. Read more

10 tips for being a Cinematographer

Anthony Dod Mantle is an award-winning British cinematographer. In 2009 he won an Oscar for best achievement in cinematography for Slumdog Millionaire.  He won a Bafta for the same film and his other credits include Rush, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours and The Last King of Scotland. Read more

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