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Inside Don Jon with Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Location Manager Peter Wulff

DonJon SMThe new romcom Don Jon is unlike any other comedy you’ll see this year. The multi-talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt not only stars in the movie but serves as its writer and director. The up-tempo comedy centers around Gordon-Levitt as Don Jon, a young man is addicted to pornography. He soon meets Barbara (played by Scarlett Johansson), a young woman who is addicted to romance movies, and their addictions and preconceived views create a big obstacle in their budding romance. Don Jon also features Julianne Moore and Tony Danza, and the movie was shot all around Los Angeles, with additional scenes in New Jersey and New York. The entire production was shot with film stock at the director’s request to give it a rich, film look.  

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Top Ten Filming Locations Worldwide

Counselor-SMAs filmmakers prepare to visually tell their stories, they first travel to a variety of locations to study landscapes, infrastructure (which includes soundstages, production space and crewmembers) and travel-to-lodging logistics. While these are all key components for a successful production, the biggest factor is always the budget. A production’s financial concerns are the reason why film commissions and government agencies work very hard to expand the development and growth of any given territory.

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Inside the Interstellar Beauty of Gravity

GravityThe new Warner Bros. film Gravity is unlike any sci-fi movie ever created. It will take audiences on an intense, wild ride with its luminous cinematography, long single takes, and strong Oscar-worthy performances. Directed by Oscar-nominee Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men) and shot by Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC (Children of Men, The Tree of Life), the film features three stars: Academy Award-winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and unparalleled visual effects spearheaded by Visual Effects Supervisor Timothy Webber (Avatar) that show spectacular illustrations of Earth and the dark beauty of outer space. The film recently opened at the Venice International Film Festival and has been talk of the galaxy ever since.

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L.A. Location Filming Rises

los-angeles-city-at-night-2A sharp increase in feature film production helped boost location filming in Los Angeles during the third quarter.

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A Vancouver Fairytale

Vancouver 1A few fantasy/fairytale productions have found a home in Vancouver, Canada, as the ABC hit show “Once Upon a Time” and its “Alice in Wonderland” spinoff “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” will both film in the same studio. The two shows’ executive producers, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, report that Vancouver’s diverse city makes it ideal for film and TV production. Both programs are adventures that get a variety of enchanted forest looks, thanks to the B.C. landscape.

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IBC News: AJA TruZoom Extracts ROI from 4K Cameras

aja-corvid-truzoom-mlb-networkFor live sports events, avid fans always want to get up close and personal to watch select plays. Well, AJA Video Systems has a new tool to make that dream a reality, at least for technical directors. AJA TruZoom software enables users of AJA Corvid Ultra to extract highly detailed region-of-interest (ROI) from 4K video. In the analog days, this would be the high-tech equivalent of electronically creating a picture-perfect artificial close-up by using an optical printer to enlarge select portions of the frame. 

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Roger Corman Eyes China

Corman Top 10 originalLegendary Producer/Director Roger Corman is eyeing China as a locale for more indie filmmaking. He has already produced two feature films in China, and has access to several small, independent studios in its cities. “[These studios] were much less expensive than using a major Shanghai studio,” reports Corman, whose positive experience has prompted plans for a third film. Corman and Producer Julie Corman are also launching their new subscription-based “Corman’s Drive-In” channel on YouTube. “We’ll release cult classics and some modern titles and screen the best pictures from six decades,” says the filmmaker. These selections will be handpicked from their vault of more than 400 films. “Roger has always been on the cutting-edge,” says Julie Corman, “and now he’s paving the way for independent filmmakers by testing a new distribution platform.”

 
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Hollywood’s Summer Box Office was Boffo, Despite Big Flops

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The biggest Labor Day moviegoing weekend of all time, estimated at $150 million, capped a record box office summer.

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House of Cards: On Location with Patrick Burn

20HOUSE2 SPAN-articleLargeThe glossy and rich Washington, D.C., locations of Netflix’s “House of Cards” can be found all over Baltimore, thanks to series location manager Patrick Burn.

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Production Crews Embrace New Technology

Crees Erik WebsiteSophisticated film audiences and the industry’s adoption of digital workflows have directors seeking new and exciting ways to tell their stories. While many see the learning curve of the digital movement as an obstacle, others are accepting the challenge to reinvent themselves while creating new possibilities. 

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