David Schonauer

Screening Room: A Vision of Tyranny at the RNC

Vimeo   Friday July 29, 2016

Brooklyn filmmaker Grant Slater’s short video Sic Semper Tyrannis  is an unsettling view of the recent Republican National Convention — a political vision crafted, he notes at Vimeo, “with a healthy suspicion for those who promise a way to fix all your problems without specifying the means.” Slater draws his inspiration from an essay  by political commentator Andrew Sullivan written earlier this year, as Donald Trump marched toward the Republican presidential nomination: Quoting Socrates, Sullivan noted that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.” Slater’s slow-motion pans and focus on political symbols capture what Sullivan calls the “dystopian election campaign” of 2016.   Read the full Story >>

Honor Roll: Filmmaker's 25 New Faces of 2016

FILMMAKER   Friday July 29, 2016

Filmmaker magazine has released its annual round-up of important emerging filmmakers — a list that often points to new trends in the industry. Among the new talent singled out for 2016: Fine-art and editorial photographer Katy Grannan, whose first feature documentary, The Nine, is a portrait of marginalized people in the California Central Valley city of Modesto. Filmmaker says the film “acknowledges the poverty and suffering suffusing their lives while allowing their individual stories to unfold both unpredictably and unburdened by the often imposing tropes of much character-based documentary filmmaking.”   Read the full Story >>

The Video Essay: Jason Bourne and the Evolution of Movie Fights

Vimeo   Friday July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne is back is a new movie, once again taking on teams of shadowy assassins in his own inimitable style. And that style has changed over the years, along with action and fight scenes in general, notes  NoFilmSchool. To show this evolution, video essayist Kevin B. Lee has juxtaposed fight scenes from three previous Bourne films: The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum. You’ll see how much on-screen violence has changed in a short time.   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Shooting Cinematic iPhone Footage with Filmic Pro

CINEMA 5D   Friday July 29, 2016

Filmic Pro  is a video camera app aimed at pro mobile-video creators who want manual control over their smartphone camera. The app, which was used to create Tangerine, an award-winning 2015 feature film shot with an iPhone, lets you finely control parameters, set up custom presets and max out the video recording bitrate, notes Cinema 5D, which explains how to create cinematic footage with it.   Read the full Story >>

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