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International Film Festival Rotterdam| IFFR.2014

 

When you think of film festivals in the winter, what comes to mind? Berlin? Sundance? What about Rotterdam? Every year thousands of people gather in Rotterdam, Netherlands to discover, and support, some of the newest faces and talent in the industry. Films range from studio big film budget movies to art house low film budget cinema.  It’s a great place to see quality films from all over the globe, as well as make deals. In fact, Rotterdam is an ideal event for talented individuals to find the finances they need to reach a larger market. So make a detour on your way to Berlin, and check out the largest admission-charging event in the Netherlands.

 

When: January 22nd to February 2nd (the 43rd edition)

 

Registration: Entering a film is going to cost you this year, but it’s only $34 for a short film (under 60 minutes) or $60 to enter a feature film (over 60 minutes). Check out the official entry page for more details, http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/professionals/news-2013-2014/film-entry-submissions-now-open/

 

Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands. The festival will take place at fifteen different locations throughout the city. Luckily, Google maps and IFFR have teamed up to make this helpful map, which can be found here, http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en/service-information/where-/locations-and-venues/

 

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Tiger friends: Can’t get enough of the IFFR? Become a tiger friend for only fifty euros a year and reap the benefits; including a ten percent discount on any merchandise (online or at the festival).

 

CineMart: This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to find finance for their projects. According to the website, 35 projects are launched a year. This will take place the 26th to the 27th.  CineMart also includes an awards ceremony.

 

What Else? In addition to all the screenings, festivalgoers will have plenty to do. For example, plenty of parties, talk shows, and music acts will fill their time.

 

 

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Toronto International Film Festival 2013 | Film Budget Inc. | filmbudget.com

 Compiled by:   FilmBudget.com  – the global leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services for the motion picture industry. By Jack Binder

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Toronto International Film Festival | TIFF 2013

As any good Indie/Holllywood filmmaker should know, the Toronto International Film Festival is an incredibly important event in the world of cinema. As the summer blockbusters wind down, TIFF works as a solid launching pad for fall release, big budget and independent alike. If successful, good press garnered at TIFF vitalizes a film’s momentum into awards season. Here’s a preview/guide to TIFF 2013.

 

When: Sept. 5th– 13th  2013 (Thursday through following Friday)

Registration: Visit TIFF’s official website to learn more about specific passes (Industry Pass, Conference Pass, etc.). Early Bird registration ends June 12.

Where: Toronto, Ontario Canada.

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For a great interactive map of the ten venues, check out the Locations tab on the TIFF website.

Don’t go in unprepared! Here’s a great list of 51 Hot Spots come September:

http://www.torontolife.com/51-must-know-tiff-hotspots/

 

Programmes: From mainstream movies such as Looper (Director: Rian Johnson) to independent/art cinema, Laurence Anyways (Director: Xavier Dolan), 2012 saw some incredible films. With just announced film Visitors by renowned Koyaanisqatsi director Godfrey Reggio, featuring a score by Philip Glass, 2013 promises to be no different. Also, notable directors and actors such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Ryan Gosling have new projects in production; it should be interesting to see what is ready in time for the festival.

How are they chosen? This year, the eighteen programmers that chose the films represent six continents.

Awards: Last year ten films received awards, including Silver Linings Playbook (Directed by David O. Russell) that won BlackBerry People’s Choice Award.

17 Progammes: Seventeen different programmes will make up the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Read: http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming/programmes to see the other nine programmes.

Can’t stand the wait? Luckily, TIFF offers year round events and screenings. If you find yourself in Toronto before September, make sure you allow some time to see a film from their summer series A Century of Chinese Cinema with many films including a special introduction. In addition, many other films are released or screened through tiff. all summer long.

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CAA Agent Reveals Netflix Film Budget for Television Series, Scripted Shows Budgets

In a UCLA Symposium on entertainment law a CAA literary agent revealed the programming costs for Netfilx, the movie and television streaming service, on original series.  He stated that the film budget for the their shows had the lowest cost at $3.8 million and that ‘House of Cards’ started at $4.5 million per episode before EP David Fincher escalated it above the figure.

The agent advised that the reason they pay such large amounts is that they acquire tv worldwide rights for four years.  He went on to cite the television budget levels for other networks and advised XBox was getting into the game as well as Amazon.

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What Was the Film Budget for the Golden Globes Best Picture Nominees?

In order to analyze the film budget level of this years’s awards contenders FilmBudget.com takes a look at this years Golden Globes nominees for Best Motion Picture.  Utilizing data from imdb.com we look at the cost of the film productions leading to the respected awards.

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes are often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards Oscar winners.  With ‘Argo’ winning this year while overlooked by the Academy this clearly distorts that perennial qualification for the nominees.

 

The film budget for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards film productions in the Best Motion Picture category:

 

‘Argo’  $44.5 million

 

‘Lincoln’  $65 million

 

‘Zero Dark Thirty’   $20 million

 

‘Life of Pi’   $120 million

 

‘Django Unchained’   $100 million

‘Pacific Rim’ Trailer Released Guillermo del Toro Sci-Fi Movie | Film Budget by FilmBudget.com

Director Guillermo del Toro helmed ‘Pacific Rim’ released its first official trailer for the movie.   Previously only sneak teasers were distributed providing a glimpse of the concept of the action adventure film.  ‘Pacific Rim’ has a reported film budget of $150 million.

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The film stars Bill Pullman, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Rinko  Kikuchi and Charlie Day.   The release date is set for July 12, 2013 in 2D and 3D.

 

 

 

 

 

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FilmBudget.com | Worldwide Movie Budget Expert | The Location Manager

 

 

Producer Jack Binder, filmbudget.com founder, takes a look at the role of the location manager and its impact on the production and the movie budget for motion pictures and television programming.

 

The Location Manager is an extremely critical crew member on a feature film and television show production.  As a lead member and department head the location manager has a great deal of responsibility to the project that he or she is engaged upon.  Generally the location manager is hired and brought on at a very early stage in the preparation of a movie or tv program in order to assist the producer and director at the earliest point in time.

 

The responsibilities of the locations department, for which the manager is the Department Head,  HOD or Head of Department (as referred to in international productions) include working with the producer and director to determine what is required in terms of location filming.  Through meetings with the director, producer(s) and their staff they determine what the script calls for in terms of shooting locations (the places where the filming will occur, or the Set) and with the producer for the movie budget impact the choices will present.

 

Overall responsibilities of the location manager include the following:

 

-determine location requirements

-advise on locales which may be beneficial for setting, film tax credits and natural vistas

-research suggested locations to film the movie

-provide initial options for creative discussion with director

-determination of size of the location department crew members

-analyze costs for preliminary reporting to producer on potential location expenses

-obtain feedback from the director to focus creative vision on the setting for the movie

-confer with producer to ensure locations site rental fees adhere to the overall film budget of the production

-continue research and building location shooting photo library and database

-preliminary contact with location owners to determine possibility of filming at the site as required

-further meetings and presentations with director based on preliminary consultation

-selection of best choices from presented option by director

-obtaining permissions from chosen locations

-reporting to the producer on determined costs for site hire

-secondary contact with location owners to verify costs, any potential scheduling conflicts

-securing of locations (the pencil) temporary hold

-confirmation with the producer and the director

-proceeding to contract for location with the production company

-manage the scheduling of the location in coordination with the First Assistant Director

-manage the preparation of the location with all department heads

-allowance for time and space for the set decoration department

-alllowance for time and space for the grip and lighting departments requirements

-consultation with the Director of Photography for specific needs of camera and lighting for the movie

-consultation with Production Sound Mixer regarding impediments to recording quality audio and dialogue

-oversee the shooting of the production

-load in of crew

-liase with owner(s)

-accomodate neighbors, local businesses

-parking requirements for cast, crew and support vehicles

-lunch room set-up for the catering and diningn of the film crew

-utilization of on-site facilities:  restrooms, support rooms (make-up & hair, production office, etc.)

 Once armed with a directive and knowledge of the needs of the screenplay and the vision of the director, the location manager begins sourcing options for the spots to create the movie setting.  Using their own database and liaising with their colleagues options are compiled.  Through careful review of photographs, videos and online databases as well, places are ranked by favorability and detailed by the area which they are situated in.  By combining these factors with the requirements of the production, suitable places to film are narrowed down.

 

Following a preliminary collating of location photos for presentation to the above the line crew members the location manager will schedule a meeting with the producer and director for review of the options available.  These important sessions yield valuable information for the location manager to narrow down the creative vision of the director.  Likewise they will meet with the producer to ensure that the choices being presented comply with the overall film budget for the movie.  Additionally, the producer will advise if the selections presented fit into the departmental budget for locations.

 

Armed with the creative vision, the film budget parameters and available scope of the locations department budget, the location manager continues to source site for filming and potential crew members to support their responsibilities.

 

Locations crew include:

 

First Assistant Location Manager

 

The Assistant Location Manager is the right hand of the department head.  They likewise have extensive experience in sourcing and securing filming sites for productions.

 

Additional First Assistant Location Manager

 

Second Assistant Location Manager

 

Location Scout(s)

 

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FilmBudget.com Producer Jack Binder to Keynote The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Digital Cinema Symposium

FilmBudget.com Founder and feature film Producer Jack Binder will give the Keynote Address at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology – Digital Cinema Symposium.   Binder’s (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’) FilmBudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule production services providing movie budget services for producers and directors worldwide.  The event will take place on Monday, 26 November 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.

Producer Jack Binder will highlight advancements in digital cinema production, capture and acquisition utilizing the current new crop of digital motion picture cameras.  The impact on the movie budget will be discussed as it is impacted by the new technology.

Featuring movie cameras like the Panavision Genesis and the Arri Alexa, Binder will relay the state of the art fim production advancements delivered by these new technologies.  Additionally, the RED Camera, Sony F55 and even the GoPro Hero 3 will be analyzed as movie production tools that filmmakers are using today to create exciting and rich content for the motion picture market.

Binder has been producing feature films and television for twenty-five years for the major studios and independent production companies.  He is the founder of FilmBudget.com through which he creates custom, detailed and accurate film budgets for finance, investors and production companies.

 

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HFR: High Frame Rate Filmmaking & the Future – ‘The Hobbit’ & Peter Jackson – Film Budget

THE MOVE TO HFR (HIGH FRAME RATE)

 

This December, an attempt to revolutionize film exhibition will be made by Peter Jackson and co. with their film “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. The film will be the first of it’s kind, available in a format called HFR 3D.

 

But what is HFR, and why make the move to this format?  What is the effect on the film budget by utilizing this method?

 

HFR stands for High Frame Rate, a somewhat arbitrary name that refers to any frame rate higher than 24 frames per second, which has long been the industry standard for film capture and exhibition. In this case, The Hobbit was captured in 48 frames per second, and the HFR 3D version of the film will allow you to see those extra frames in action.

Shooting at higher frame rates is nothing new. Even most prosumer and many consumer grade cameras can shoot at speeds of 24, 30, or 60fps (if not more), but higher frame rates have never been utilized as an exhibition standard for a major motion picture. The purpose of a higher frame rate is to help reduce the “judder” or “strobing” effect. At 24 fps on a large screen, an object moving quickly across the screen, or a whip pan by the camera can be jarring, because the objects move large distances between each frame. HFR aims to fix this problem by doubling the number of times you see that object in one second, thereby filling in some of the gaps of motion between frames. Is also reduces motion blur, because each image has a shorter exposure time.

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This idea has been utilized for some time now for sports videos, which often shoot at 60 frames per second because of the fast-paced nature of sports. In 3D cinema, this should help with the strain some viewers experience during high action scenes with lots of movement.

But why 48? Why not use even more frames? While shooting at even higher frame rates is possible, and probable for exhibition someday in the future (assuming HFR is received well), 48 seems to be an good transition for now. By shooting at 48fps, a film can easily be converted to the old standard of 24fps by skipping every other frame. This allows studios to release their movies in both formats, appeasing those who oppose the HFR look (some say it looks “too real”, or has a soap opera look to it).

 

Higher frame rates also yield bigger file sizes and can require different technologies for acquisition and projection, meaning greater budget expense. In visual effects, doubling the number of frames can double the amount of work: A shot of Gollum talking to Bilbo now requires camera tracking, rotoscoping, etc. for twice as many frames!  The impact on a film budget can be significant.   Large movie files take more time across the workflow to handle with more man hours to execute the same scene work.  VFX expense for double the amount frames can essentially multiply the costs upward driving up the movie budget and requirement for production film finance.

In addition to “An Unexpected Journey”, HFR 3D will be used for the next two Hobbit films, and James Cameron also plans to use the new format for his upcoming Avatar sequels. “The Hobbit” will be released in 2D, 3D, IMAX, and IMAX 3D at 24fps, and HFR 3D at select theaters December 14th.

 

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American Film Market | AFM 2012

 

As November approaches the international film industry steadfastly prepares for the American Film Market in Los Angeles.

Industry executives, producers, directors look to the AFM for a good jump on global sales of their film productions.

Foreign Sales company’s slates are evaluated and perfected.  Every film budget is prepared, evaluated and revised to meet the cost structure of the current landscape for independent film.

Marketing materials are being created, edited and finalized in preparation for presentation to the global business.

 

What:  American Film Market (AFM)

When:  October 31 – November 7, 2012

Where:  Santa Monica, California

Website:   http://www.americanfilmmarket.com/

Each year the hordes of movie executives descend on the the seaside town of Santa Monica California to make international distribution deals for their film and video productions.  Buyers from around the globe likewise are in full force looking for that next hot product but also the standard fare the makes up their day to day schedule of releases.

 

Distributors look to the AFM to increase their reach in worldwide penetration of markets and deals for their product to be licensed in every territory of the world.  Taking over the many hotels that line the beach, the companies take residence in hotel rooms and suites, fill them with staff, posters, one sheets and televisions to play dvds and hard drive trailers for prospective buyers.  It is truly a selling market, much as any industry sector would provide.

Conferences as well are a stable of the American Film Market with industry leaders, movers and shakers presenting panels and discussions on all aspects of the film business.  Topics include production, distribution, movie budget levels, new media, digital platforms and film tax credits and incentives programs.   Likewise co-production treaties are often explained and detailed by the attending experts.

 

 

Film Finance is always a central theme to the AFM and the Conference Series delivers top finance professionals discussing the current state of film finance, marketing, pitching, film festivals, VOD and streaming of film product.

Central to the AFM on the trade floors at the Loews Hotel are likewise film commissions presence in booths with staffers explaining the various territories film tax incentives regimin.   Locations executives laud their country or state for its natural or urban beauty, film tax credits or film friendly attitude.   As competition has grown for production dollars these events are seen as a critical attendance for these entities to tout their place in the production pipeline.

 

Altogether the AFM represents the fabric of the film finance and distribution world for the independent film community.  International productions are launched bought and sold here.

As the motion picture industry has evolved in the face of the global financial meltdown the importance of AFM has actually grown.   Producers must lower their film budget to meet the challenges of the marketplace and distributors must provide product for their buyers at the right price.

As Studio production has ebbed in this new world, the access to high end talent by indie film producers has increased, leading to a new crop of independent films hitting the screens of the market.

 

Produced By Conference 2012

The Produced By Conference 2012 kicks of this weekend June 8-10 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA

When:  Friday June 8, 2012 Kickoff Pre-Event

Where:   Sony Pictures Entertainment 10202 W. Washington Blvd.  Culvery City, CA 90232    Click here for a Map

Moving over from the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank to the westside lot of Columbia Pictures, Tristar Pictures and all the Sony Pictures Entertainment divisions (the famed MGM studios) the conference has grown to be the largest collection of film producers under one roof.   The weekend boasts the biggest name producers and studio executives.

Last years event attracted 1200 participants  The CES (Consumer Electronics Show) is a major supporter this time out.

Speakers and panelists for the Produced By event, which is put on by the PGA (Producers Guild of America) include:

Produced By Conference 2012

Nina Jacobson (‘Hunger Games’)

Brian Grazer (‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Apollo 13’)

Graham King (‘Hugo’, ‘The Aviator’)

Mark Cuban (Partner ASX TV

Michael Burns (Vice Chairman, Lionsgate)

Michael De Luca (‘Moneyball’)

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

 

Mentor sessions included small groups with such high profile producers, directors and executives as:  Tim Shey (Youtube), Tracy Edmonds, Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds), Michael Shamberg, Jason Katims and many more.

Speakers also include:  Chris Nolan, Emma Thomas, Doug Wick, Shonda Rhimes, Walter Parkes and Chris McGurk

 

Nina Jacobson

 

Emma Thomas

Michael De Luca

Tracey Edmonds

James Cameron @ 2009 Produced By Conference

 

Topics will include the challenges of global film production, growing a new film company, creating tentpole movies, working within your film budget and getting independent films made.   A conversation with Chris Nolan will draw the Batman fans as well as big budget minded producers and directors.   The event is a major networking opportunity to rub elbows and actually have conversations and pitches with the movers and shakers in the film and television industry.

 

Visit the Produced By Conference website

 

Video Highlights from last years Produced By Conference

Produced By Conference video highlights from last year

 

Additional sponsors of the esteemed event include: Entertainment Partners, Quebec Film & Television Council, Raleigh Studios, Cinedigm, Dreamworks, Hulu,Youtube and Kodak.

 

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