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See It Now: Emerging Filmmakers Direct Maggie Gyllenhaal Shorts

Short of the Week   Friday August 26, 2016

The Jameson First Shot competition has given emerging filmmakers the chance to create branded content with big-name actors like Kevin Spacey, Willem Defoe and Uma Thurman. The fifth annual edition of the competition brings in actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who stars in three separate short films by directors Cameron Thrower, Kat Wood and Jason Perini. See them all at Short of the Week. Each of the films was produced by Spacey’s Trigger Street Productions company, using mostly the same crew. As a result, notes It’s Nice That, the distinctive voices of the writer/directors are put front and center.   Read the full Story >>

Insight: "Shorter Is Better," says Sundance Programmer

FILMMAKER   Friday August 26, 2016

Short films continue to be crucial for the development and discovery of emerging storytellers in the internet era, and festivals are receiving more and more short film submissions. That makes standing out from the pack increasingly important and difficult, notes Filmmaker. At this month’s Sundance NEXT Fest in Los Angeles, Sundance festival Senior Short Film Programmer Mike Plante conducted a master class offering tips on how to use festivals as tools for success. His advice: shorter is better.   Read the full Story >>

Documentary Showcase: Where Cars Fly in Texas

The New York Times   Friday August 26, 2016

Odessa, Texas is known for oil production, a Stonehenge replica, high school football, and the famous Tejano Super Car Show. “I am attracted to characters who express themselves in extreme ways,” writes Ben Steinbauer, whose short film about the car show, Slow to Show, is featured in the NY Times’s OpDoc series. Focusing on some of the world’s most talented low riders, the film, notes Steinbauer, examines how the people at the car show “pushed their own boundaries of expression.”   Read the full Story >>

Drone News: Hatch Art from the PowerEgg

TechCrunch   Friday August 26, 2016

Drones come in a bewildering variety of form factors, from the pocket-sized multi-rotor drones made by CyPhy Works to fixed-wing models from Parrot. Now, notes TechCrunch, there’s an ovoid-shaped drone — the PowerEgg  from Beijing-based PowerVision, which hatches four arms with rotors, making it a uniquely foldable drone.  There’s also a 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal setup that allows the PowerEgg to shoot 360-degree panoramic images. Pre-order for $1,288 and get a $200 PowerEgg backpack for free.   Read the full Story >>

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