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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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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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Studios and Stages: Breaking Ground Worldwide

Studios and stages have always been a key element for film and TV production, and an explosion of new facilities have recently sprawled up across the globe like the finale of a July 4th fireworks show. P3 takes a look at some of the top studios and stages making a mark on production and what they are offering today’s filmmakers.

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New Visual Effects/Post Hub Debuts in Buffalo

Buffalo SMNew York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that a new postproduction, visual effects and animation company will be established at the landmark Tri-Main Center in Buffalo. According to a statement by the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development, the facility is expected to create 150 new visual effects and other post jobs within five years, and will pave the way for a new postproduction and visual effects industry in Western New York. 

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Staying Ahead of the Curve with Digital Workflows

CineGear SMToday’s digital technology and 4K workflows are creating opportunities for directors, cinematographers and editors to be more imaginative while embracing the challenge of learning new techniques. Established filmmakers know the advantages of using film stock, and they’ve developed great methods for this light-sensitive emulsion over the decades. With the wave of digital content still in its infancy, industry experts are continually meeting to discuss the future of film and TV production.

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Managing the Futuristic Locations of Elysium

Elysium 2 smallWithout a doubt, one of this summer’s most anticipated films is the sci-fi action drama Elysium, starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and shot by Cinematographer Trent Opaloch, the futuristic film takes place in 2154, where the very wealthy live on Elysium, a high-tech utopian metropolis located in Earth’s orbit. While Elysium’s privileged inhabitants are free from crime, war, poverty, hunger and disease, the have-nots struggle to live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Damon plays Max De Costa, a car-thief-turned-factory-worker on Earth. When an industrial accident leaves him with cancer, he has only five days to get to Elysium to be cured. With the help of a powerful exoskeleton and a few companions, De Costa accepts a dangerous mission that will pit him against Elysium’s Secretary (Foster) and her secret police, led by the violent Kruger (Sharlto Copley).

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Grown Ups Sequel Revisits Massachusetts

GrownUps 2Hollywood big-kid Adam Sandler’s new comedy Grown Ups 2 will grab the attention of anyone who loved the pro golfing hijinks in the hit Happy Gilmore. A sequel to the 2010 release Grown Ups, the film recast the same great ensemble, featuring Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Salma Hayek. Taking place three years after the first film, the story finds Lenny Feder (Sandler) and his family back in the small town where he and his friends grew up, and the grown-ups must learn lessons from their kids on the last day of school. Written by Adam Sandler, Fred Wolf and Tim Herlihy, the film was directed by Sandler’s longtime collaborator Dennis Dugan and produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures and Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.

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Lion Ark: Inside the Great Animal Rescue

LionArkPhoto 4 SMAll over the world, animal rescue groups are well aware that unpredictable situations often come with the ultimate goal of protecting the lives living creatures. Animal Defenders International (ADI) gave the term “animal rescue” a whole new meaning in the new documentary Lion Ark. Produced by ADI Films and directed by ADI VP Tim Phillips, the film documents the group’s infiltration of the South American circus industry to rescue 25 lions from circuses traveling across Bolivia. 

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The Lone Ranger Spotlights Southwest Locations

LoneRanger 2Disney Studios recently released The Lone Ranger, an action-packed, summer popcorn movie starring Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. It’s a nostalgic yet innovative American Western for a new generation — this definitely ain’t your grandpappy’s Lone Ranger. Made with a reported budget of $225 million, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Gore Verbinski deserve credit for putting most of the big bucks up on the screen. Their efforts also showcase Southwest locations as grand as those in old John Ford westerns. Filming took place over seven months on location in four Southwestern states: New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and California. Some scenes were shot at Albuquerque Studios, and the crew spent three weeks in the tiny mountain town of Creede, Colorado, known for its silver-mining boom. The shoot continued at the Colorado River in Moab, Utah, before moving on to Navajo Nation locations and Santa Fe.

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