independent feature film

“When you’re directing a music video or a short film, you’re constantly in a state of panic. On a feature film, you get to know the crew and everyone gets to know how to work with each other. You get to try new things each day. I guess it’s much like doing a sprint as opposed to running a marathon. You have to pace yourself. I like the fact that you can get your momentum up and you get into the rhythm of things.”

“Some weeks are harder than others and some days are harder than others, but the further that I got into it, the easier it got. You come to realise that once you shoot something, you can’t go back and fix it. During the first two weeks of shooting, I was thinking, ‘I never want to do this again!’ [Laughs] But it was a good experience overall and I want to make more films.”

–  Nash Edgerton on the difference between shooting a short film and a feature, and reminiscing about shooting his first feature film (“The Square”)

Kodak Opens Film Processing Lab in New York

When Kodak opened the doors to its new film lab in Long Island City in May, their first client was Steven Spielberg with his latest feature The Papers, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Business has been booming ever since, and the successful launch has already necessitated making new hires and acquiring an additional processing machine.

With industry trends indicating a renewed interest in shooting on film, including television, the timing of the opening of the new Kodak lab could not have been better. “Kodak is making it easier and more affordable to shoot film,” said Anne Hubbell, Kodak Vice President of Motion Picture. “The lab has already been a game changer – allowing artists to shoot on their preferred medium and bringing more work to New York State.”

The lab’s latest projects include the independent feature film Mapplethorpe, a biopic of American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and Season 2 of the HBO television comedy series Crashing, executive produced by Judd Apatow, about a New York comic forced to rebuild his life after his wife leaves him.

The Kodak lab is currently prepping for Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The Irishman, which explores the slaying of labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa and features an all-star cast including Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano. Also on the lab’s schedule: A Quiet Place, a thriller written, directed and produced by John Krasinski, who also stars in the film with  his wife, Emily Blunt; and  Succession, an HBO series about a dysfunctional  modern media family dynasty.

Prior to the Kodak lab, there were no facilities in New York with the capacity to process film, forcing some productions either to go to other states or forego their desire to shoot on film and use digital productions. This also adversely impacted business for many post houses in New York.   “Since interest in film is definitely back in a dramatic way, having the Kodak lab in New York is a major contribution to the post-production industry, helping us to capture business that would otherwise go to another state,” said Clark Henderson, Senior Vice President, Theatrical Services of Technicolor-PostWorks New York. “Now, they can do it all here and take advantage of the NYS film tax incentives.”

While the Kodak lab currently focuses strictly on processing 16mm and 35mm color negative, more services are planned—building New York’s strong industry ecosystem and adding even more value to the film production industry in the Empire State.
R'ha - (Feature Film) Bring the sci-fi epic to the screen
R'ha (a.k.a. "Alienz vs Machine") is on the verge of production. Help us fund the original science-fiction epic!

Hey! R’ha is now on Kickstarter. Help us bring it to the screen. Support the project and choose your favorite reward. And don’t forget to share and tell your friends about it. Any help is appreciated and needed.

All the best,

“Everyone else wants Elsa to get a girlfriend, and I want her to stay a loner. Pairing Elsa up with someone at all would go against the “family love is stronger and more important than romantic love” theme, and last time fans begged for a character to get the girl, we ended up with Hunchback of Notre Dame 2, and we all know how that went. Besides, ace people need representation, too. If there’s going to be a Lesbian Disney Princess, let them be in in an independant feature film, not some sequel.”

Simply Sylvio Feature

Ok. Right now there is a Kickstarter for a feature film based on Simply Sylvio, a gorilla who makes vines. I really want this film to get made and I urge you to retumbl and retweet about it even if you don’t have any cash to help fund it. You can see the kickstarter here:

It’s hard to explain just how special Sylvio’s world is. It’s so… fun and good and positive. And deep and sincere. The more you watch the more you can see how beautiful it all is.

At the risk of ruining a moment of personal discovery, I’m going to lead you on a path of Vines to give you a sense of why I Iove Sylvio so much. Here we go:

Sylvio is a gorilla. He goes about his life. You can see his vine account here: 

One of Sylvio’s main interests is doing puppets. His main puppet is a character named Herbert Herples. See Herbert’s vine account here:

I urge you to go back and watch a bunch of those Herbert vines.

Herbert also does puppetry.  He has a puppet named Gary Goblin.

You can see Gary Goblin’s account here:

I urge you to go back to the beginning and watch all the Gary Goblin vines.

Gary Goblin also does puppetry. His puppet is named Betty Beeswax:

Betty Beeswax also has an account, here:

I urge you to go back to the beginning of her vines and watch them.

Betty Beeswax also has a character named Dusty Danny:

Now that you’ve watched all the other videos, it’s time to see Dusty Danny’s vine:

Danny floats forever.

This is a small taste of the world of Simply Sylvio. It’s even a small piece of the world of Herbert Herples, who has vine accounts for other characters like his cat Lil’ Katie, his dog Big Baldwin, his plant Milton.

Anyway, I have no affiliation with Sylvio (besides helping to fund it on Kickstarter). I’m just a fan who selfishly wants to spread the word and help get it made. So please consider supporting the Kickstarter so I, and we, can enjoy this film. I think it will be good for us.


Enemy of Man
An independent feature film of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring: 

Macbeth - Sean Bean
Ross - Rupert Grint
Duncan - Charles Dance
Banquo - James D’Arcy
MacDuff - Jason Flemyng
Kern - Neil Maskell

Support this project on Kickstarter

View Bio on Official Site

THEO JAMES [Four] launched his film career as the male lead opposite Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Awakening, the latest installment of Lakeshore/Sony’s successful franchise; and starred last year in Divergent. He is currently in production on the Jim Sheridan period drama The Secret Scripture based in Ireland. James portrays an Irish priest alongside actress Rooney Mara. In 2015, James will also be seen in leading roles in two feature films: the crime mystery London Fields with Johnny Depp and Billy Bob Thornton in England; followed by the independent feature film Franny, starring opposite Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning in Philadelphia.

Additional film credits include portraying the lead villain in the British blockbuster comedy The Inbetweeners Movie, and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.

On the small screen, James played the memorable and pivotal role of Mr. Kemal Pamuk in the first season of the acclaimed series Downton Abbey; recently starred as the title character Detective Walter Clark in the critically acclaimed CBS series Golden Boy opposite Chi McBride; and appeared in the British series Bedlam.

A native of London, James trained at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the UK.

shanimeme  asked:

Is the 2D animation industry on the decline or is it just me? I see less and less traditional animation features these days.....

Hey there shanimeme! Thanks for the message!
If we’re talking about the american feature animation industry alone, then yeah, it’s pretty much dead. The reason why I say this is that the common medium nowadays is CG as a standard for feature films, and if you think about it you’re right, there are no 2D animation features coming out anytime soon. When major studios do dip their feet back at 2d animation, its more of a stylistic choice since the norm of studios is CG. Is the foundation of 2D animation important within the industry? Hell yes.

With 2D animation knowledge, it really helps you in other fields such as story boarding and character design. It helps you understand gesture better, pushing drawings, acting and performance, the list goes on. You can study Milt Kahl, you can study Baxter, Keane, Yoshinari, Miyazaki, Otomo, and within those drawings there’s a lot to be desired.

The possibilities you can do with CG animation are great! It’s already always “On Model”, and it doesn’t require the time of making new drawings for inbetweens! but at the same time there are limits to the medium - the same goes for 2D animation. Thats why in many studios, they utilize the skills of both. Although the films are animated in 3D, there are a lot of 2D graphic choices implemented in the characters to make the characters more appealing. A studio like Disney has done this with Glen Keane overseeing all the CG animation in Tangled. It definitely has the appeal found in 2D animation. Paperman utilized both hand drawn and CG at the same for its animation. 2D animation is important and relevant, but its no longer a common medium choice.

Smaller studios in the US and outside of the US still utilize the potential of 2D animation. In fact, 2D animation is booming within the independent movie making. Other feature film industries outside of the US still work with hand drawn, paper 2D animation. There’s a lot of indie teams kick starting 2D animation projects with its sole purpose of bringing it back, or to “keep it alive”. Surprisingly, there is a lot of support for that.

Should animators in the industry take a stab to learn it? By all means yes, and for many reasons. Sure it pretty much had its run in the mainstream industry, but there’s no doubt that it isn’t forgotten. It’ll come back as a gimmick or a stylistic choice - but whatever it comes back as, itll bring back nostalgia for sure.

If you follow me, you know I’m passionate about Black women in genre films!

SAVAGE SISTAS is an independent feature film with all the elements that horror fans love: crazed serial killers, edge-of-your-seat suspense and bloody retribution. But what really sets this film apart is the main characters: four amazing Black women!

This film is NOT a Blaxploitation parody or a spoof. These characters are not helpless clichés or sassy stereotypes either… they’re smart, resourceful and definitely badass!

Tired of snarky teens, “found footage” and flying sharks? If you want to see something truly different in genre films, please check out our campaign on

We’ve got 29 days to raise all the funds we need… or we get nothing. That’s how Kickstarter works. We’ve put a lot of thought into our rewards and they start as low as $5.

Don’t have five bucks? You can still help us by spreading the word… posting, reblogging, or tweeting. It all helps!

SAVAGE SISTAS: A Horror Film with Four Black Leading Ladies… is exactly the kind of film will never come out of Hollywood!

Thank you for all your support!