One of the most important aspects of realizing your independent feature is determining the right look. How will you capture your images and bring the script to the screen in a meaningful, visual way? Filmmakers and cinematographers must consider many variables: mood of the story, production restrictions, post workflow, etc. Too often these important decisions are determined by the bottom line. However, many filmmakers are able to get the most out of their budgets while still shooting film. Join Michael Cuesta, writer/director of Roadie, producer Karin Chien, cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay, and others to learn how to create beautiful and cost-effective cinematic narratives on film. Sponsored by Kodak. | Read More
There are a million and one ways to tell a story, and twice as many stories to tell. Whether it's a comedy, romance, noir, horror, or sci-fi, the look of a film has a major role in determining and defining the tone. But does the visual style define genre or does genre dictate visual style? The collaboration of directors and cinematographers results in the ability to capture and convey narrative through the use of shadow, darkness, and light. The gasp of fear or a feeling of nostalgia can be achieved by a gel on a lens or the framing of the scene. Join writer/director Lee Isaac Chung(Lucky Life), writer/direct Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), Jon Kilik (producer of Babel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), cinematographers Nancy Schreiberand (Every Day) and Lance Acord (Where the Wild Things Are, Lost in Translation), and other TFF filmmakers and cinematographers in a discussion that proves there is always more than meets the eye. Moderated by Filmmaker Magazine's Brandon Harris.
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Bloomberg's inaugural Business of Entertainment program features two in-depth interviews with top industry CEOs. Hosted by one of the world's leading interviewers, Charlie Rose, the program will kick off with a conversation with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who served as the CEO of HBO and Time Warner's Entertainment and Networks group before ascending to the top role at the company. Mr. Rose then interviews Joe Roth, a legendary Hollywood producer, director, and former head of the Disney and Fox studios. Together, the perspectives of Mr. Bewkes and Mr. Roth, aided by the probing questions of Charlie Rose, promise to paint a fascinating picture of the future of the entertainment business. | Read More
Bloomberg returns with its signature program The Business of Entertainment. This year's discussion, "Going Global: Will Co-Production Save the Film Industry?" focuses on the recent rise of international co-production, exploring the benefits and obstacles of this often complex but rewarding strategy. Hear from major producers, financiers, and other key industry decision-makers. Panelists include co-producer of The Girl and CEO of Bonita Films Tania Zarak, Chairman and CEO of Endgame Entertainment James D. Stern, Chief Operating Officer of FilmNation Entertainment Milan Popelka, and producer and founder of Cine Mosaic Lydia Dean Pilcher. Moderated by Bloomberg News entertainment reporter Michael White. | Read More
As the Internet and other platforms like Hulu, Netflix, Yahoo!, and the New York Times become more commercially viable as distribution outlets for good stories told through film, the opportunities for creating original short-form content have never been bigger, or more lucrative. What do content producers want from original episodic or serial programs, and how do filmmakers who've dipped their toes in short-form storytelling, even as brief as three minutes, feel about the work they've done? Where might it all be headed? Join CINELAN co-founder Morgan Spurlock (Mansome), filmmaker Annie Sundberg (Knuckleball!), Jason Spingarn-Koff of the New York Times Op-Docs series, YouTube's Director of Content Partnerships Laura Lee, and others to discuss the power, art, and business of short-form storytelling. Moderated by Jason Wishnow, Director of Film and Video at TED. | Read More
As cinemas replace 35mm projectors with digital equipment, it literally upends the old-fashioned indie release model. From virtual red carpet premieres and talent Q&As, to releasing indie film series and concerts/events, Cinedigm's digital theatrical distribution allows producers and talent to connect with fans in ways that have never been utilized before. Make sure you fully realize the enormous impact of the global digital cinema conversion on both revenue downstreams and release opportunities. Learn from Cinedigm's experienced team and outside producers how you can benefit from digital theatrical distribution. Panelists include producer Mark Ehrenkranz of the NY Film Critics Series; Jonathan Dern, award-winning producer of live 3-D programming, concerts, and animation; and J. Todd Harris, producer of Bottle Shock, The Kids Are Alright, and Crooked Arrows. Moderated by Michele Martell, COO of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. | Read More
Hosted by The Hollywood Reporter
Writers fought for it, directors want it, and actors are next in line. What is “new media,” and what does it mean for artists and audiences? Join those on the frontlines of this fast-growing industry for a conversation with Gaurav Dhillon (Jaman.com), Rick Cotton (Executive Vice President & General Counsel, NBC Universal) and filmmaker Isabella Rossellini—whose series of short films were created for mobile devices—about what we watch, make, and distribute outside the multiplex. Moderated by Georg Szalai (The Hollywood Reporter). | Read More
Being an indie filmmaker is expensive—emotionally, financially, and legally. Many young artists don't have the tools to create the films they want or to license them for future use. How does one navigate the uncharted legal waters of the internet, blogs, and podcasts? How can a “some rights reserved” approach to copyrighting benefit
filmmakers and film fans alike? Join moderator Paul “DJ Spooky” Miller, Tiffany Shlain (filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards), Eric Steuer (Contributing Editor, Wired; Creative Director, Creative Commons), and Himanshu Singh (USC Gould School of Law) for a discussion about technology, intellectual property, and the future of participatory media. Moderated by Georg Szalai (Hollywood Reporter) | Read More
Hosted by Skillset
With more than 30 short films to his name, self-taught director, writer, and sometime actor Shane Meadows is one of the shining stars of British cinema. A 2008 BAFTA winner for This Is England, Meadows brings a thoroughly unique style to filmmaking. With each of his films—including this year's TFF pick Somers Town—Meadows gives audiences a front-row seat to the lives of disenfranchised youth. In this Tribeca Talks event moderated by film journalist Anthony Kaufman, Meadows and writer Paul Fraser discuss their film and the broader film industry.
This Tribeca Talks Industry panel is hosted by Skillset's Trailblazers program—a showcase for the best and brightest of new British cinema talent. | Read More
Sponsored by Kodak Bringing a story to the screen is no easy feat. First, there is the script, then finding the actors, the money, the crew (what exactly is a grip?)… It really does take a village! But what the audience finally sees on the big screen is really dependent on two key players – the Director and the Cinematographer. These roles are so intricately entwined with each other that no film would look quite the same without their collaboration. Join us for a discussion with these artists including directors Jonathan Levine (The Wackness), Joshua Seftel (War, Inc.) and Aaron Woodley (Tennessee), cinematographer David Greene (Tennessee) and Director of Photography Fred Murphy and learn how this collaboration turns vision into reality. Moderated by American Cinematographer writer John Calhoun. | Read More