Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Indie Team Behind "The Unidentified" on this week's Double Down Film Show!

On the next Double Down Film Show we’ll be breaking down an indie film case-study with writer/director, Kevan Tucker, and Producer/Editor, Tim O’Neill, the creative team behind the independent film, The Unidentified.

Although a narrative film, The Unidentified was completed for $130,000, partially-improvised and shot amongst real-life events including a massive anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. After winning multiple awards at festivals across the country including Best Breakout Performance, Best New Director and Best Feature. The film is slated to premiere on PBS this weekend.

  • What was the most pivotal thing to raising the money?

  • How do you get your crew invested in your film?

  • How do gather and keep project momentum?

  • What should you rely on beyond festivals for distribution?

  • How has the indie film marketing evolved in recent years?

  • Why is it important to show up at your festival screenings?

Break out your indie notebooks as we answer all these questions and many more on the next episode of the Double Down Film Show. We don’t just talk about making films, we talk about making careers in filmmaking. Listen and learn every Wednesday night.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Ghetto Physics Exposes the REAL Pimps and Hoes of the World

Peep this intriguing trailer for the new film, Ghetto Physics from producer/writer/director team William Arntz and E. Raymond Brown who also did the film, What the Bleep Do We Know. It looks like an insightful examination of the games people play on a grand scale from an urban perspective. The tag line is "Who are the real pimps and real hoes?".

I have long been a political news junkie, not because I give much of a damn about any Democrat vs. Republican issue anymore (I think it's all a sucker's game), but because I'm thoroughly fascinated by the level of "pimp game" that's put down in politics. It is a sheer high stakes chess game of moves and counter moves by men (and women) with HUGE balls.

For one example among many, I personally abhor Sarah Palin's politics and think she's unfit for national office, but am nevertheless a BIG fan of Sarah Palin's ultra-tight "pimp game".

I realize some people don't understand how you can not like someone, but still admire them, somehow. Coincidentally, I feel the same way about John Gotti, Don King and George W. Bush to name a few. It's just that I have a healthy respect for "the game"... an awe of certain players' mastery of the real rules that govern the world from the ghetto streets straight up to the White House. I agree with this doc's ghetto thesis that there are "pimps and hoes" at every level in the world.

And I think Sarah Palin is a master "pimp" (i.e. exploiter) in the BIG picture that so many people are overlooking... Understand this, her end game was never public office. It was always power and money. It's evident in her every action and result. Since losing her bid for national office and being put through the wringer by the media (rightfully so I think most of the time), how many people have taken notice that:
  • she is now commanding higher speaking fees than ever
  • has become a defacto leader in the Tea Party Movement
  • signed multi-million dollar reality tv and book deals
  • and has more power to sway national politics than ever before
...All while so many people hate her and the media has been non-stop skewering her...That's called "game".

We may not like it, but she played everyone like a fiddle. Right or wrong, she's played by the rules of the pimp game, pimped the Republican party, the national media, all her followers and reaped huge rewards and greater power all along the way. That's true Ghetto Physics. - No matter what messed up situation you're in, you find a way to exploit it to your advantage. And she's playing in an arena with many of the best pimps in the world - fellow politicians and political figures.

An episode of The Boondocks featuring caricatures of Al Sharpton and Ann Coulter backstage at a talk show sums up my point exactly. (See video below.) I've grown to realize that emotionally investing in us vs. them politics is a suckers game on both sides, because so few of the politicians are even invested in their causes themselves...they are invested in power and money. Period.

So I say kudos to Ghetto Physics for exposing the real pimp game on a grand scale. And that's all I have to say about that...

Boondocks Clip:
Why I Think Politics is a Suckers Game

(WARNING: Offensive Language)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

WORKZ: NYU Future Music Moguls Promo

This is the first of a series of 6 promos we're creating for NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts (aka "ReMu"). It's the first official project I've co-directed through Pete Chatmon's new media and advertising company, Double 7 Boutique.

The clients wanted a hip MTV-esque spot that would highlight the program and appeal to high school students and I think we nailed it. Our editor, Giga Shane, did an incredible job of translating the concept and beefing things up with some hot graphics.

This was one of those projects that I really enjoyed putting together, because it's such a great program that I'm honored to help put the word out about it. It's brand-new, free, innovative and the kids we interviewed seemed to really appreciate and benefit from their partcipation in this program. If I were in H.S. and inclined toward music, I'd be all over it!

You can get more info on the program here: Future Music Moguls

Agency: Double 7 Boutique
Directors/Producers: Anthony Q. Artis, Pete Chatmon
Camera: Benjamin Ahr Harrison, Tristan Nash
Editor: Giga Shane, Boat Safety Films

Monday, September 27, 2010

Veteran Hollywood DP - Julio Macat on This Week's Double Down Film Show!

On the next Double Down Film Show we’ll discuss building a career in cinematography with veteran Hollywood Director of Photography, Julio Macat.

Julio is the man behind the images of some of the most popular comedy movies of the last decade including Home Alone, Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor, Wedding Crashers, and more.

· What previous job gave him a lot of confidence as a young DP?

· How can you best learn the language of lighting?

· How did he survive his first big job as a DP?

· What should you shoot on your first reel?

· What type of people succeed as DP’s?

Tune in and soak up some filmmaking wisdom and insight as a veteran studio image-maker shares his best no-nonsense tips and career advice only on The Double Down Film Show. Listen and learn and we’ll help you earn!

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