Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Alpha Channel Line Up

Hello Everyone! Below are all the accepted entries for the Fall 2013 Alpha Channel!

There are NO tickets this quarter. Show up early. We will start at 6pm.

Glenn McBride "Flip Off" and "Traffic Cops Trailer"
Jonathan Bedard "The Graveyard Kids - Stay Young" and "Nature Valley Commercial"
Lou Alzamoria "Audiometry - Sandbox"
Julie Manso "Reggie's Dance"
Tyrrice Taylor "Master Rose - Rose Wen" and "Zara Commerical"
Matthew Thompson "Amorpropre - Swimsuit collection"
Christian Noriega "Yeniel - Memorias"
Giovanni Lozada "Twinkie Commercial"

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Video Copilot!!!!

Do you want to have cool optical flares in your films like J.J. Abrams or huge explosion like Michael Bay then check out these cool products by Video Copilot. They also have free templates,  free presets,  and great tutorials to learn how to give your work a top quality Hollywood look!!! 

     Video Copilot Products

Roundtable: 6 Top Directors on Fighting With Studios, Firing Actors and Quitting Film School

Great article in this month's " The Hollywood Reporter" as directors Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuaron and Lee Daniels gives a great interview about filmmaking, their experience in film school and the business. A must read!!! Enjoy

Thursday, November 14, 2013

One Minute Films

It's possible to follow the three act structure in 60 seconds. Contests and commercials have proven that a story can be told in even shorter lengths. Check out the article by FSR below that highlights ten one minute shorts. These shorts are inspiring and telling to one's craft.

Film Minute - Web Contest
Filmschoolrejects - 10 One Minute Short Films

Monday, November 11, 2013


For all you comic book movie fans, Captain America, is back on the big screen in the action packed sequel, titled "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
The movie stars Chris Evans (Captain America) , Samuel L. Jackson ( Nick Fury) , Anthony Mackie (Falcon),  Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and legendary actor  Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) The film opens April 4, 2014. Check out the trailer!!!

Contracts are important!

We as film student who are going to film school to become directors get very excited easily when it comes to making our movie and we should be. It's our passion. It's the reason why we are attending film school in the first place.  We write the script, we have actors come in for auditions, we get our fellow classmates to become our crew, we scout for locations and get the equipment we need to shoot the film. But there one thing that sometimes get's lost in the excitement of making the movie and that's living up to our obilgations as directors. When we are directing our films no matter what size the project is we are held to certain standard and must meet that standard. Many student directors at the last minute decide to drop out the project leaving everyone in limbo, not returning actors calls or not informing the crew on what they are filming that day on set. You never want to have a repuation where your cast and crew drop out of your project due to your behaivor on set. And you never want to drag into court because of it.

Allegedly, Director Lynne Ramsay, is being taken to court
for breaking her contract for the film "Jane Gota Gun". One of the reasons she is being taken to court is not having proper contracts on set. She was paid $750,000 to rewrite the screenplay and direct, but on the day shooting , she was nowhere to be found. Number of big name actors have drop out the project since then, allegedly due to her behavior on set. Ramsay, is also being taken to court for proper safety control for handling weapons on set, when pointing the prop  gun at the camera,  the camera crew before first taking proper safety procedures and coming to work drunk, allegedly.

So, film student directors stay professional at all times on your set, have the right contracts and paper on your set right,  treat
your actors with care and  crew with respect! P.S.  - ALSO COME TO  YOUR SET SOBER:)

failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions.” - See more at:
failed to adhere to proper safety protocol for handling weapons on set, when she pointed a prop gun directly at a camera and, in turn, at the camera crew before first taking proper precautions.” - See more at:

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Halloween Happenings in NYC

Film Forum - Manhattan
Nosferatu with LIVE PIANO!!!! Nov 4th ***

Museum of the Moving Image - Queens
Two screenings -
Halloween on October 25th
Man of Tai Chi on October 31st

Edward Gorey Halloween Ball - Manhattan
October 26th - $25 - $30 if you order tickets in advance

Blackout Haunted House - Manhattan
Haunted House in the DARK! Several dates at a variety of prices. Check out the link.

Nighthawk Cinema - Brooklyn
Two screenings - October 31st
Phantom of the Opera and Night of Dismemberment

Videology - Brooklyn
Halloween Movie Marathon! October 31st

Film Society of Lincoln Center - Manhattan
Scary Movie 7 - A week of scary movies from Oct 31st to Nov 6th

Sunshine Cinema - Manhattan
Midnight Screenings - Buffy the Vampire Slayer Oct 26th and John Carpender's The Thing Nov 1 & 2

Cage Announcement

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Breaking Bad Finale Screening

Friday, September 13, 2013

Alpha Channel SU13 Line Up!

Below is the list for the Alpha Channel Line Up for Summer 2013! There will be no tickets this quarter. Just show up to the Producer's Club at 358 West 44th Street NY, NY 10036 at 6pm. Please show up on time! 

"The Marina Music Video" Geroni J.   
"Ebola" Julie Manso  
"Julie Manso Reel" Julie Manso  
"Radiant Element" Matthew Thompson 
"Say It With Ya Chest" Nyjee Evans 
"Snicker Commercial" Leeden Anderson 
"Digital Bolex" Andre Murrugarra
"Red Harvest" Joseph Eisenstein

Friday, August 30, 2013

Days Off !!!!

The building is closed for Labor Day Sept 2nd 2013
Classes are cancelled on Thursday Sept 5th 2013 - Building and Cage are open!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Alpha Channel Poster Has Arrived!

Check out the Alpha Channel poster listed to the side. Submissions are due September 10th on the faculty drive by 9pm. Please remember to fill out the submission form and upload a full res version of your submission.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fund Your Peers!

Funding takes an important role as you guys are planning for your thesis production. Social networking has made micro-funding easier than ever! I encourage all young filmmakers to take advantage of these platforms. The best method for funding is to create relationships with fellow film bloggers and critics. Engage in comments and networking on film sites. Once you are a consistent presences, you can utilize these sites to help advertise your campaign.

Two DFM students have projects up for funding! Please donate to Mi'Kele Long's Frenemies and Glenn McBride's Traffic Cops. Click on the links below to check out their projects and donate a dollar or two.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Who Decides A Film's Success?

We have all come to the understanding that if a  $20 million budgeted film, like The Conjuring, earns $110 million in the box office it was a success. We also understand that if a $250 million budgeted film, *cough* Lone Ranger *cough cough,* earns $87 million in the box office, something went wrong.

  These numbers make me wonder if big studios will ever realize how powerful word-of-mouth can be. Films like Jack the Giant Slayer, White House Down, and After Earth overwhelmed us with marketing. Channing Tatum and the Smith duo could be seen all over the city (billboards, subway walls, bus, etc.) for about a months time, so, we all knew these films were going to release yet many of us decided to skip them. Why is that? Quite frankly, I have not heard a good thing about any of these films, so why spend the $13.

  Opening weekend box office results are the defining factor for whether a film gathers a profit. The marketing department of a film is responsible for getting viewers, but the film itself needs to be interesting enough to spread good word-of-mouth. The Heat started with a $39 million opening weekend, but, thanks to the constant praise from fans, it has been consistently in the top 10 for the last six weeks and has earned $150 million (more than a $100 million profit.)

  People don't search for the films that cost the most money to make, we want to see something that makes us laugh, makes us cry, or makes us want to spread the word. Good story needs to stand as a higher priority for these studios than explosions, sex appeal, and remakes if they plan on reaping any sort of profit. In the end, we're a complicated audience that doesn't want to see the same thing twice.We decide the success of a film and our word is final.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Speculations on the Hollywood Implosion

Kickstarter, Indie Go-Go, I-Tunes, Netflix, Hulu, Google, Roku, Piracy, VOD, You Tube, Mobile Phones, Tablets

This is a list of factors Hollywood executives use to blame for the collapse of traditional economic systems in producer-run studios. Since the spring of 2012, we have reported on inventive ways young filmmakers (and old) have been using the power of the democratic internet to fund, produce, distribute, and market their projects. Our coverage has noticed a trend of critically respected filmmakers voicing their opinions on the issue. In general, directors are disappointed in the investments of Hollywood studios. The year 2015 will see 29 $100 + financed films as sequels and remakes. Predictions assume if a handful of these films do not earn back their budget, a major Hollywood studio will financially collapse. In reality, the US government will NOT label this business as "too big to fail".

Auteurs and independent artists agree the current system of film finance is an unfortunate result of the economy and expansion of inexpensive distribution outlets. Producers are regurgitating a formula, created by the Star Wars franchise, to bet on big audiences during the summer months. In my opinion, film producers and executives are not being attentive to content distribution and audience participation. Why did we see big budget movies in the summer? Because school is out, our favorite TV stations are recycling reruns. There was nothing else to see. Remember fifteen years ago when there was that one big film that everyone had to see that summer? Now there are 13 big films. Soon to be 29. Our pockets are not that big to accommodate so much expensive content. Our viewing habits are changing. The finance model of studios are not adjusting. has published an opinion editorial that lists the major consequences of this speculation and how it will happen. Please click on the link below and read the article. From my observations, I don't think this satirical article is far from the truth. We'll keep covering this issue as it develops on our laptops and desktops. 

Friday, August 2, 2013

Spike Lee's Exploitation?

The Kickstarter Exploitation continues with a new pitch. Our good old friend Spike Lee has taken to the crowdfunding site in hopes to pay for his newest project, whatever it might be. Something that has to do with vampires, I guess. I'm not going to discuss whether his pitch is worthy of $1.25 million or not, that's for you to decide ( the video is below.) I'm more concerned about the welfare of this once brilliant storyteller. What happened, Spike?

   His pitch basically states, "Hey, I'm Spike Lee, you know, the guy who made all those movies you've loved (way back when.) Give me some money and I can make another one." This might have caught my eye after The 25th Hour, but his track record is not what it was back in 2002. Maybe this isn't really about "The Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint"; maybe this is about a man confused about his current status in the movie industry. Does he want to know just how many people still support him? We're currently at 2,733 people.

If you wish to support, click here.

Monday, July 29, 2013

One Minute Scare

Too often, I experience student frustration over the limitation to tell a complete story in ten minutes or less. The struggle is to consolidate ideas. Novice writers find the task so daunting they ignore advice from their peers and suffer in production. This short by Jason Eisner takes advantage of constraints. In 60 seconds, he uses three act structure and effective genre tactics to create an interesting film. Check it out and be inspired!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

'Fruitvale Station' Review - ★★★★

Oscar Grant was shot and killed by a police officer on the train platform of Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California on New Year's Day of 2009. He was a father, son, boyfriend, ex-convict, drug dealer, and a man of color. Fruitvale Station is an account of the last 24 hours of this man's life.

      27 year old writer/director Ryan Coogler makes his debut film about something he knows very closely. He and Oscar were both the same age and grew up in the Bay Area, under similar conditions. A critic or two have made claim that Coogler has taken this real life victim and painted a falsely positive picture of him. They do not understand that Oscar is not being glorified, gut he's being taken out of his post-death public persona and placed into a relatable reality. Coogler did his best to tell this story accurately through research of Oscar's cellphone messages and personal testimonies from people who were with him on his last day.

       The little things in Oscar's day, like reluctantly stopping for gas, make us relate to him, but nothing compares to the realism of actor Michael B. Jordan's portrayal of our protagonist. He can be the stubborn but loving son, the untrustworthy boyfriend, the playful father, and the terrifying thug all within a moments notice. His depth does not allow Oscar to be bound by any one label or stereotype. The film is a testament to the problems with that result from stereotyping.

       Yes, a policeman was the one to pull the trigger on Oscar, but the preconceived notion that a young colored man in an all black baggy t-shirt is dangerous, that is what killed him. Oscar was not perfect, no one is arguing that. He had made bad decisions and had had moments of true terrorization in his life, but those moments should not define his life. We all make mistakes, ones that can hurt the people around us. What we see in Fruitvale Station is a man trying his best to do the right thing. You can't ask for more than that. ★★★★

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Summer Studios

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

'Much Ado About Nothing' Review - ★★★☆

Joss Whedon takes a step outside of the Marvel's the Avengers spotlight for a moment to adapt Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The cast – comprised of Whedon regulars from shows Dollhouse and Firefly and films Cabin in the Woods and The Avengers – gives witty, cute, and passionate performances in a Shakespearean tongue that is spoken so quickly that, at times, it can be hard to translate.

      This comedy leans heavily on Benedick (Alexis Denisof), a man who vows never to marry, and Dogberry (Nathan Fillion), a slightly dimwitted constable of the Watch and “an ass,” who both light up the screen. The inevitable drama of Shakespearean writing is depicted through Claudio (Fran Kranz), who, love-stricken and gullible, shames his love, Hero (Jillian Morgese), in the belief that she has been unfaithful. Kranz is sweet and provoking as an ignorant romantic.

      Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing is all you could ask for in a modernized Shakespearean adaptation. The setting, wardrobe, and American accents are what separate this film from Shakespeare’s original creation, but none of which take away from the story’s comic splendor. The Bard would be proud. ★★★☆

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sundance Short Workshop Week 1!

Brooklyn Academy of Music -  BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Sunday, July 14, 2013

$150  -

Recognizing the important role shorts have in cinema, storytelling, and culture, Sundance Institute presents ShortsLab: NYC to help empower the next generation of artists. Filmmakers are invited to participate in this full day seminar of Sundance-organized screenings and panel discussions to offer firsthand insight and access into the world of story development, production, and exhibition of narrative short-form storytelling. This all-day (10am-6pm plus reception) educational workshop includes short film screenings and panels on enhancing story and dialogue, collaborating with essential crew, working with actors and going from short to feature. Programmers from the Sundance Film Festival will be on hand to explain our process in finding short films and navigating the festival world at large. At all panels, Q&A with the audience is encouraged.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Alumni News : NHL Editing by Dan Arena

Alumni Dan Arena has been working as a freelance editor for the NHL since the beginning of the year. He has sent us a clip that he cut together for NHL's site. Congrats Danny! Thanks for the update!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Summer Break!

Have a relaxing break everyone! A few notes about our whereabouts -
* Freddy and the cage workers will be here during break for inventory.
* I will be here all break, but not here during week 1 and week 2. I'll post updates on the blog.
* Check back we will post reviews and industry updates as the weeks move along.
* Classes begin July 8th!!!!
- Eve

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


You can get your free tickets to this quarter's Alpha Channel just by clicking the link below.

   This years Alpha Channel features:
        Common Theory
        Obsequey (The Death of Art)
        The Piano Teacher

Monday, June 3, 2013

Alumni News : "The Bubble" Available!

We have reported that alumni Phil Swift has completed his feature documentary on Celebration, Florida. The film is available now on for 4.99! Check it out and enjoy.

Alumni News : Kickstart "Eye Five" !!!!!

Alumni Jesse Dillon (Where Socks Go) is working tirelessly to fund his next project. His previous film headlined the most attended screening we have had in Alpha Channel history! Please help him create his next project by donating to his kickstarter account. Every dollar counts! Hurry - the project is over in four days!!! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Edit Workshop Screenings

Blurring the Lines Between Post and Production

Masterminds Behind "The Johnny Cash Project," Sting's "Appumentary," Arcade Fire's "The Wilderness Downtown"
 and "Hotel 626" Discuss the Art of Digital Media

Wilderness Downtown

Please join

Evan Schechtman 
("The Johnny Cash Project," Sting's "Appumentary")

B-Reel's  Patrick Ehrlund 
("Hotel 626," "Asylum 626," "The Wilderness Downtown") &
 Oscar Tillman 
("Hotel 626," "Asylum 626")

as they screen their work and discuss groundbreaking interactive media projects with moderator Gordon Burkell, founder of

More information and available discounts below.
Johnny Cash - Ain't No Grave [Official HD] - The Johnny Cash Project
The Johnny Cash Project

Please join us for a full-day celebration of the evolving and complex art of film editing!

Discuss landmark New York classics

Explore ground-breaking interactive media

Experience the magic of feature sound design

See the vital role of the VFX artist

Deconstruct key scenes from fiction and documentary favorites


Saturday June 8, 2013 10am-9pm | Florence Gould Hall 
French Institute, 55 East 59th Street NY, NY
$89 Admission | $69 Admission for Members of the 
Following Partner Organizations:

MoPictive | PostChat | Post Magazine | MEWshop Alumni
SFCutters I AOTG 


GROUP DISCOUNTS - $59 Admission for organizations 
registering FIVE or more attendees (a savings of 
at least $150!); contact us to save on group registration.

$49 Admission for currently enrolled
 college or high school students: 
(must email copy of a valid student ID to


Inside The Cutting Room: Sight, Sound and Story's prestigious guest lineup features Oscar winners and industry visionaries including:
  • Yuval Levy, VFX artist from Gravity World - "The DaVinci Code," "The Adjustment Bureau"
  • Eugene Gearty, MPSE - "The Departed," "Inside Man," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
  • Jerry Greenberg, A.C.E. - "The French Connection," "Apocalypse Now," "Kramer vs. Kramer"
  • Chris Healer, VFX artist from The Molecule - "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Elementary"
  • Alan Heim, A.C.E. - "Network," "All That Jazz," "Lenny"
  • Susan Morse, A.C.E. - "Manhattan," "Arthur," "The Warriors," "Hannah and Her Sisters"
  • Patrick Ehrlund, B-Reel - "Hotel 626," Arcade Fire, "The Wilderness Downtown"
  • Bill Pankow, A.C.E. - "The Untouchables," "Carlito's Way," "Drumline"
  • Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. - "Before Night Falls," "Sex and the City," "The Americans"
  • Evan Schechtman, - "The Johnny Cash Project," Sting "Appumentary"
  • Phil Stockton, MPSE - "Hugo," "Shutter Island," "Brokeback Mountain," "Life of Pi"
  • David Zieff, Editor - "McConkey," "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," "TV Nation," "Chico Mendez," "Voice of the Amazon"
  • Sam Miille, Sound Effects Assistant - "Shutter Island," "Hugo," "Life of Pi"
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Common Theory Trailer

The much anticipated trailer for Dave Future's Common Theory has been released. It is a story of an urban precocious teen with a unique gift for physics and the desire to free himself from his benighted neighborhood starring Niguel Williams, Akim Black, and Letha Rose.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crowdfunding Exploitation

It looks like Ron Howard & Brian Grazer are jumping on the Crowd Funding bandwagon. These two wealthy, well-known television producers are hoping to continue the Friday Night Lights storyline in a film, but with the help of the fans, of course. They will be asking fans to fund (produce) this film and in exchange they will allow fans to pay and watch this film? Genius.

This fan exploitation is dangerous and began with Zach Braff, not Veronica Mars, which was funded by fans because, without the fans, it would not be made. Braff's film, Wish I Was Here, which gained $2 million through Kickstarter, could have easily been funded by a studio or by Braff and his wealthy friends. But, instead, he chose to ask his less affluent, but loyal, fan base for money, because it's easier that way.

Watch both of these videos and form your own opinion:

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Cinematography Workshop!!!

Don't Miss This Saturday's
NYC Advanced Cinematography Workshop
with Peter Stein, ASC, May 18, 1pm-5pm
Learn techniques for achieving flashlight effects for scenes. Participants will light a dramatic night scene at the workshop.
Pre-registration required. Sign up today.

1123 Broadway, Suite 307, Manhattan, New York
Corner of 25th and Broadway
An afternoon of education and networking with Peter Stein, ASC.

Register online now.
Announcing New Door Prize:
All Attendees Will Be Entered in Drawing 
One winner will receive a Steadicam Smoothee with mounts for iPhone 4/4S & Go Pro Hero.

Leveraging the same technology as the $60,000 Hollywood rig systems, Smoothee lets users shoot crisp, smooth, and never shaky footage straight from their iPhone or GoPro camera.

Topics Include:
  • Discussion and Analysis: Flashlight effects are very popular, and can be a very powerful visual device. The workshop will start with the screening of a number of scenes that use flashlight effects. We will discuss the various techniques to achieve this to best advantage.
  • Exercise: Next the workshop attendees will build on all their skills to light a dramatic night scene. An actor will move around the set, using mainly a flashlight as the source for the lighting. Workshop participants will be the crew.
Sign up to attend. 

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