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Iranian Filmmaker Banned From Filmmaking... Makes Documentary Via His iPhone About His Plight

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A little over a year ago, I asked how long it would be until we had a full, professional quality feature film filmed entirely with smartphones. This one doesn't completely qualify, but it is quite interesting. Ross Pruden points our attention to the story of This Is Not A Film,...
Iranian Filmmaker Banned From Filmmaking... Makes Documentary Via His iPhone About His Plight

Facebook replaces 'brand resource center' with new website and assets

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Facebook has launched Facebookbrand.com to replace its previous brand resource center. The new site is more visual and offers additional guidance about how to use Facebook’s logos and trademarks in print, film, broadcast and online. The social network redesigned its “f” logo earlier this month, but as of last week...
Facebook replaces 'brand resource center' with new website and assets

Indie Game: The Movie: The Worldwide Release: June 12th

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What, you didn't think those games appeared on Xbox Live through some act of magic, did you? No, they're the product of insanely small teams working insanely long hours, at the risk of their well-being, social lives and, in some cases, personal hygiene, in order to bring you a...
Indie Game: The Movie: The Worldwide Release: June 12th

DJ Shadow becomes first artist to get paid by BitTorrent

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Musicians and music industry executives often complain about the money they miss out on when people download music for free. DJ Shadow now has a new twist on that story: The turntablist launched a cooperation with BitTorrent Inc. Tuesday that gets him some revenue every time someone downloads a free...
DJ Shadow becomes first artist to get paid by BitTorrent

Tinypass, Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Paywall Operator, Gets a CEO and Some Cash

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Big month for Tinypass, the little company that helps publishers sell content online. On Jan. 2, blogger Andrew Sullivan announced with much fanfare that he was using Tinypass to power his experiment in self-publishing, a move that generated an enormous amount of attention for the 12-person shop. Now Tinypass has...
Tinypass, Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Paywall Operator, Gets a CEO and Some Cash

Microsoft introduces the Xbox One

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Today at an event at its Redmond headquarters, Microsoft introduced the Xbox One. Microsoft’s don Mattrick took the stage early on to say that the new Xbox “puts you at the center of a new generation of the living room.” The console announcement was preceded by a video that had Xbox team...
Microsoft introduces the Xbox One
How Pixar made Monsters University, its latest technological marvel

India Orders Blackout of Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and More

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According to growing reports from India, subscribers of several large Internet service providers can no longer access The Pirate Bay, KickAssTorrents, BitSnoop and several other BitTorrent sites. In what appears to be a Government-ordered blackout, the websites in question are all being blocked at the ISP level. Interestingly, torrent sites...
India Orders Blackout of Vimeo, The Pirate Bay and More
Moving to digital-first is great, Disney - now go kill DVDs
Filmmaking evolved: Kickstarter films have raised $100M to date

A look back: Seven years of YouTube [video]

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The first video ever uploaded to YouTube recently celebrated its seventh anniversary. The video, called “Me at the zoo,” was uploaded by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at 8:27 pm on April 23rd, 2005. In the video, Karim stands in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo and comments...
A look back: Seven years of YouTube [video]

Reddit Debuts Original YouTube Series

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The new series is based off the popular thread "explain like I'm five." Just in case you need another reason to visit Reddit: The popular online community became the latest site to debut its own original programming on Monday, posting the first three episodes of its new web series...
Reddit Debuts Original YouTube Series

How A Free Movie Made $1 Million In 14 Days

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Sheri Candler points us to a fascinating case study by Peter Broderick, about how the independent documentary film Hungry For Change was able to leverage the use of "free" to make over $1 million in just two weeks. The summary: The release of HUNGRY FOR CHANGE was unprecedented. The film:...
How A Free Movie Made $1 Million In 14 Days
Amazon Studios launches Storyteller tool to automatically create storyboards from scripts
Senate Intelligence Committee drops Zero Dark Thirty probe

Samsung launches Switch Grip QF20 WiFi camcorder, shoot with both guns

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Samsung trotted out a cluster of new video shooters back at CES, including a refresh of its hand-impartial HMX-Q10 movie maker. Now, it looks like sinister filmmakers can finally get their (left) paws on the WiFi enabled QF20. The debut also brings with it mention of a few minor...
Samsung launches Switch Grip QF20 WiFi camcorder, shoot with both guns

Peter Jackson announces a third 'Hobbit' film

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Peter Jackson announces a third 'Hobbit' film: rickwebb: entertainmentweekly: Middle Earth, round three! "It is only at the end of a shoot that you finally get the chance to sit down and have a look at the film you have made. Recently Fran [Walsh], Phil[lippa Boyens] and I did just...
Peter Jackson announces a third 'Hobbit' film

More evidence of Amazon’s ambitions for original TV content

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From Hulu to Netflix, it seems that every online video service is getting into original television these days, and new signs emerged overnight that Amazon.com is no different. Fortune reports that it spotted a LinkedIn profile for an Amazon executive named Joe Lewis, a veteran of 20th Century Fox and...
More evidence of Amazon’s ambitions for original TV content

Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion (DIS)

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Disney announced today it will buy Lucasfilm for $4 billion in cash and stock. George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars franchise and CEO of Lucasfilm, owns 100% of the company.  Even better: A new Star Wars movie, Episode VII, will debut in 2015. Two more movies will launch...
Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion (DIS)

Jenzabar Continues To Try To Censor Criticism Via Trademark Bullying

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Some people continue to insist that intellectual property and censorship are two totally separate issues, but that's ridiculous. Yet another example is in the ongoing case concerning software company Jenzabar, which we've covered before. If you're just picking this up now, one of Jenzabar's founders, Chai Ling, many years ago,...
Jenzabar Continues To Try To Censor Criticism Via Trademark Bullying

Hollywood and “The Cove” Join Forces for Dolphin Awareness PSA [VIDEO]

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Hollywood is coming together to spread the word about the brutal slaughter of dolphins off the coast of Japan. In the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove, these practices are exposed from the perspective of those that are working to put a stop to it.In honor of Earth Day,...
Hollywood and “The Cove” Join Forces for Dolphin Awareness PSA [VIDEO]
Tribeca Film Festival Narrows Down #6SecFilms Submissions To A Short List Of 40 Awesome Vines

Microsoft Just Picked 11 Startups To Build Amazing Apps For Kinect (MSFT)

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Microsoft and TechStars have picked 11 startups out of 500 applicants to participate in Microsoft's Kinect Accelerator program. The accelerator is based in Seattle and will run from April to June. Startups get $20,000, free office space for three months, and other perks.  TechStars will run and fund the...
Microsoft Just Picked 11 Startups To Build Amazing Apps For Kinect (MSFT)
Oatmeal campaign to build a Tesla museum ends with $1.37M raised

What Normal People Really Think Of Kickstarter

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Kickstarter is a crowdfunding website that's popular amongst entrepreneurs and independent musicians, filmmakers, and artists. Basically, you can pitch a project or product on Kickstarter, and anyone can donate money to your campaign. The website has generated an unprecedented amount of funding for some projects, like the Pebble Watch, and even Hollywood...
What Normal People Really Think Of Kickstarter

The Engadget Interview: Wes Craven and Joe Swanberg

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We're here in Austin for SXSW Interactive, but it's impossible to avoid a little bleed over from the film and music portions of the event -- particularly when you get an invited to cover the latest webstreaming news from AMC Networks. The company set up camp in the IFC...
The Engadget Interview: Wes Craven and Joe Swanberg

Amazon hiring execs to make comedy and kids shows, possibly for

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Newly surfaced Amazon.com job postings provide some interesting clues about the company’s push into original programming. An Amazon unit called the People’s Production Company, an extension of its crowd-sourced Amazon Studios initiative, is seeking creative executives to develop half-hour comedy and kids shows “for online and traditional distribution.” As noted...
Amazon hiring execs to make comedy and kids shows, possibly for

Making Movies 20 Years Ago vs. Today: A World Of Difference

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I recently listened to two very (very) different podcasts, but which really highlighted something kind of amazing: it's so much easier to make a movie today. We're talking a completely different world. Of course, most of us knew that already, and it's why we see things like many more movies...
Making Movies 20 Years Ago vs. Today: A World Of Difference

Scott Pilgrim Creators Brace For A Fan Backlash [Scott Pilgrim]

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When the trailer for the live adaptation movie of indie darling comic book Scott Pilgrim went live, it crashed Apple and pushed the first volume into Amazon's top 100 sellers. Now the creator and filmmakers are nervous it's being over-hyped. More »...
Scott Pilgrim Creators Brace For A Fan Backlash [Scott Pilgrim]

Amazon launches Storyteller tool to automate storyboard creation

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Amazon has created a free tool to help writers and filmmakers to quickly create storyboards. Amazon Storyteller will scan a script uploaded to Amazon Studios, and will create a storyboard based off the characters, locations, and props, along with appropriate dialog, without the need to hire an artist to create...
Amazon launches Storyteller tool to automate storyboard creation
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