Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Support Instructors! - Vote for Magritte Moment

"A rather wonderful short film by Ian Fischer, Magritte Moment." - Roger Ebert 
Hey Students!
I am reaching out to you today to support one of our own instructors. Ian Fischer has a film out in the world that is gaining recognition. Help him keep the momentum going by voting on his latest short, "Magritte Moment".
Click on the link : http://www.ovationtv.com/events/filmcontest/ then click on VOTE. Pick the Drama catagory. "Magritte Moment" is the first film on the voting block. Vote before Friday, June 3rd! 
Thank you for your support! - Eve.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Michael Bay and James Cameron Talk 3D: The Full Discussion

Check out this 15 min conversation between Michael Bay ad James Cameron about 3D animation and the financial logistics behind it. Video below...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Criterion wants to help you Kickstart your Film!

Kickstarter has started a film funding revolution. Criterion wants to use their reputation to give those pledge drives a little boost! Today's post on the Criterion Cast is asking for the public's suggestions to post great films on their site in order to help them secure funding. Is your film good enough to suggest to Criterion? Read their post and consider your options
Kick Start Your Film with Criterion!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Autodesk releases 123D, a free 3D modeling application

For any one out there whose looking to get there hands dirty in some 3D animation here goes a pretty cool program to help get you started! To bad it isn't available for Mac but its a start, you could probably get away with some neat motion graphics for titles and stuff.


Alpha Channel and Permissions

Alpha Channel is Thursday June 9th at 6pm in the Beach Street Gallery

Submission for Alpha Channel is due Monday May 30th by 9pm. Submit your data file on the faculty drive under ALPHA CHANNEL SUBMISSIONS folder.

Also, fill out this paperwork AINYC Film Permission if you want your film to be distributed on the Alpha Channel Vimeo Page. Drop off the permission form with Ross William or Eve Okupniak (Office on the 2nd floor)

Cheers! - Eve.

Cannes 2011: Best Director

The directing prize went to Winding Refn, for “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt wheelman for the movies who also works as a getaway driver. I've decided to let you know about this today because of the clip for "Drive", I found on YouTube. Take note to how the director works with the actor (Ryan Gosling as the driver), sound design, and editing to create a riveting chase sequence. Word to the wise: Do not just rely on the images to tell your story. Sound can sometimes work even better :) - Eve.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Registration Update

Closed Classes: DF113 Sec C, DF122 Sec C, DF182 Sec A, DF226 Sec C, VP212 Sec B, DF227 Sec C
Opened Class: VP213

USA Character Short Films

Every chance I get, I love to forward you examples of short films so you can get a sense of how your film can be circulated in the real world. I encourage you to check out this site by the cable network USA. They have an ad campaign that focuses on the network's character driven content. USA has just recently posted a series of eight short films to illustrate how "character" plays a role in their network. Here is the link to their site.
Check them out to see what commercial short films are out there! Cheers, Eve.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vimeo Blogs: Good Advice

Like many of you, I have a Vimeo account. This site has a wealth of great information that caters to the professional video community. One of the perks to having a Vimeo account is having access to their staff blog. A segment on their blog is the Vimeo Video School. Below are two recent posts that I have found helpful in creating projects: How to Assemble a Crew Funding Your Project on Kickstarter
This isn't like you haven't heard this stuff before, it's just nice to be reminded once in a while, maybe get inspired.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Now that Mid Terms are over . . .

Enjoy this video, made by one of my former students. While the industry is different, the message is the same for filmmakers. Have a great weekend!

Visual Effects Guide To Success from Mark Lieberman on Vimeo.

Importance of Safety on Film Sets

A few weeks ago, Emerson College, Boston, reported that a student died accidentally on a student film set. A simple mistake that could have easily been avoided if all members of the crew focused on basic safety precautions. Link to the article and news story is here: http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/27576107/detail.html#ixzz1LzX5eLea
Last year an NYU student was electrocuted on a student shoot. In light of these incidence, I must reiterate the importance of practicing safety on set. Safety should be paramount to all of your other concerns. No one should die to get a shot. For the rest of your career, be safe, keep your crew and cast safe.
To get any advice regarding set safety, please inquire at the cage, inquire with the faculty, inquire with the department chair.
Cheers, Eve.

Lost in the Crowd: Screening this Weekend

About the films:
Dir. Susi Graf, USA, 2009, 61 min.
In the underbelly of New York City, an unfamiliar reality exists right next to daily routines—a disturbing and dangerous sphere where colorful strangers with exotic stories share their adventures. In this parallel world, nothing can be taken for granted, daily survival is a challenge, and life becomes a brutal boot camp. Here, young, (mostly) transgender, homeless runaways continuously chase a big break that is supposedly waiting around the corner.

7th Anniversary Screening Celebration
Sunday, May 15th, 3 - 6 PM

Hosted at the Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park www.cinemarosa.org

Monday, May 9, 2011

How to Get Your Short Film In Front of 37 Million People

Here is yet another avenue to get your short film out to the world and bring yourself exposure! Now DirectTV has a channel where they play short films 40 minutes or less!
Thanks to Nick @ the Cage for bringing this to my attention.

Shorts TV - LINK

SOURCE: indiewire.com

the REEL Meeting : Tomorrow May 10th

Meeting Tomorrow May 10th and Thursday May 12th - Details on the Reel Blog. Click HERE for their Blog.

Happy Mother's Day! from Dave Maxime

You’re watching Landline - Mother’s Day. See the Web's top videos on AOL Video


Friday, May 6, 2011

Registration UPDATE!

Keep checking on the blog this week for open and closed classes!
DF132 Sound Design for Digital Film Sections A (Wed 8:15) and Section D (Thurs 1:15) are closed.
Stay tuned for more updates! - Eve.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art Institute of New York City TFF Crew mentioned on MSNBC!

Click HERE to read the article. Congratulations to everyone who participated this year! Great Job! - Eve.

Monday, May 2, 2011

AI New York and the TFF

As you guys know, Digital Filmmaking/Video Production students collaborate with the Tribeca Kids Access to create short videos that promote the festival. The video above is the red carpet footage from the film The Bang Bang Club. Click HERE to see all of the videos created by our DF and VP students. Thanks to Alumni Len Carter for coordinating the event and sending the link. Enjoy! - Eve.