Short Films Online Budget

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is a good website to buy cheap wallpaper?
    I need to buy wallpaper at the absolute cheapest price possible. I am on a very strict budget for a short film so the more I can save, the better. Also, any other suggestions/stores or anything where I could find cheap wallpaper versus going online? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a paint supply or even a Home Depot, and ask to look at discontinued, or damaged rolls. Also Family Dollar sells wall-paper, how cheap is cheap...lol

  2. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      BUDGET:Go to party city they have lots of horror things but probably not in stores go online and go to the Halloween section, most things don't cost to much
      CAMERA CREW:You could get a classmate or friend who is a tech geek or likes to take pictures, maybe ask the class nerd. But it's really not that hard you just get a camera(if you don't have one barrow a friends) and point and shoot.
      SCHOOL AT NIGHT:well seems easy enough most janitors are there at night from the television shows I've seen, go in the hallways turn on the lights or bring flash lights and point them where you wanna shoot it's good being in the dark for horror so get a flash light And point in not IN the scean but Maybe close to the camera, so it shows enough light to shoot good quality or maybe turn on school lights there must be lamps or somthing...
      ACTORS:classmates are good, mabye even family! Chose people how there character seems; if the main character is easily scared get a friend whose like that, or if the main character is brave get someone like that.

  3. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, you are facing a lot of the same problems that big budget movies face, so don't be too worried. This will take a lot of work, you'll have to be patient, and keep in mind that you might have to improvise on the fly.

      Alright, with the budget you'll have to prioritize. Since you probably won't be paying cast or crew what you want your budget to focus on is production design. You'll have to try and figure out how much it will cost to make your movie before you even shoot a single second. First, price check all the things like props (since this is a horror you'll be looking at stuff like stage blood and stage knives, etc.) costumes. This might cost a lot, or a little, it will depend on some things. If your actors can provide their own costumes, that they don't mind getting dirty (even ruined) it will be cheaper. Also, stage blood can get expensive, if you want you can make batches of your own (there are plenty of recipes online that can give you specifics). As for any other props, it will depend on where and in what condition you buy them in, but props can be fairly cheap.

      Sorry to stay on the budget, but budget is very important, I would suggest investing in some kind of light kit (there are expensive ones, but you could put one together yourself using a work light from a hardware store and then getting some light gels). I'm guessingyou're most likely using a camcorder so look into getting a couple of extra tapes/SD cards in case something happens to the one in the camera or it gets full. And finally, this is one of the most important parts of budget making for movies is, you will want to have extra funds available just in case something goes out of control.

      Onto the camera crew. A camera crew can simply be made of 2 or 3 people, and you may include yourself as one of these people;
      -a camera operator, someone who knows the camera fairly well and can do minor troubleshooting in case something isn't working properly.
      -a 1st AC who takes care of the memory card/tape when it is filled and has another at the ready, they also will watch the camera when the camera operator is away (bathroom, food, stuff like that)
      -(optional) if you decide to invest in lights a gaffer is a good person to have, they move the lights around, make sure that the lights have power, and they put gels on them.

      Now for locations; this may not be as tricky as you think. Granted it may take a bit of working the system, but it can be very educational. First, talk to the school you want to shoot at, specifically, talking to the principal is a good place to start. This will be a time to pitch your movie, you are trying to sell this to the location. Because this is a horror/suspense, it might be good to downplay the horror and focus on the more suspense aspect of the script.
      Even, then the principal might ask that you go through another person (the school board, the janitorial office, somebody), don't get discouraged, keep on going and if necessary make the same pitch you made to the principal. Now the thing about shooting at night will be tricky to sell. You could try that just to see, however, it is probably not going to happen. In that case, suggest shooting during the day when no classes are taking place (if that's the case, remember that extra money in the budget? You can use that to buy this stuff called duvetyne and gaffer tape. Then you can tape the duvetyne over windows and stuff to make it look like it is night in the school).
      And if the school doesn't go for it then you can maybe try a local community college or see if you can get permission to film at a place that looks like a school and then you can edit footage together to appear as if you are shooting at some school.

      I hope that helps; movie making is hard work, but it can be the most rewarding experience you have. Good luck and I have attached some URL's to some of the film supplies I was talking about:

      Duvetyne:

      http://www.filmtools.com/duv54rolx50y.html

      Gaffer Tape

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/GAFFERS-TAPE-GAFF-TAPE-1-X-60YD-BLACK-OR-WHITE-/200666121877?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb8a20695

      Gels (I recommend only getting Blues and Oranges, specifically CTO Full and CTB full)
      CTO Full

      http://search.filmtools.com/search?keywords=CTO+full&catalog=cinemasupplies&go.x=0&go.y=0

      CTB Full

      http://www.filmtools.com/31-lee-s201.html

  4. QUESTION:
    How can I visit Chicago on a semi-limited budget?
    Do you have tips for a traveler on a budget? I'm going to be going to Chicago in July, and want to know some ways to save some money. We are spending most of money on a nice hotel downtown, so are looking to save on our entertainment and food, but still be comfortable and have a nice time.

    • ANSWER:
      Chicago in July is the place to be. You are going to be dizzy from all of the free or inexpensive options.

      First, take all of Manonthestreet1's advice. Then read this:

      Be prepared to walk! For example, walking from the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier down to the Museum Campus (basically, one end of downtown to another) will log a few miles on your sneakers. Get a CTA visitor pass before you go (but allow 2 weeks for delivery) to get unlimited rides on buses and 'L' trains while you're in town. A 5-day pass is only .

      For a breathtaking view, head to the Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock Building. It's only one floor below the observation deck, but it's much less crowded and you can relax up there at a private table for the cost of just one drink.

      Also, the city has a tremendous number of outdoor festivals, the most famous and largest of which is the Taste of Chicago (June 29-July 8 in Grant Park). Most locals (like me) avoid this because of the crowds and the expensive food tickets. Admission is free, however, and crowds are lighter on week days during lunch time.

      A better bet would be the neighborhood festivals which have great live music. My favorite is the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival (July 14-15) at Welles Park which is just a few blocks from the Western stop on the Brown Line 'L'. The neighborhood festivals charge suggested donations of about , but they can't legally force you to pay to walk on a public street.

      Chicago's world class museums are another good option, but they can be expensive. The Art Institute of Chicago is free on Thursday and Friday evenings in the summer from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As someone else mentioned, the Lincoln Park Zoo is always free as well. Unfortunately, all the museums on the Museum Campus (the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium) have no free or discounted days in July. If you are a true museum buff and plan to cram several museums into your visit (I would be exhausted), consider the CityPass, which gets you admission to the Adler, the Shedd, the Field, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Hancock Observatory. It's about and lasts 9 days from first use. Keep in mind that special exhibits and attractions may cost extra.

      Beaches in the City of Chicago are always free and a great way to spend a summer day. If you do make it to the Museum Campus, 12th Street Beach (just a short walk south of the Adler Planetarium) is relatively secluded and not crowded for a Chicago beach. Pack a picnic lunch and a book or a Frisbee, and you're set.

      You absolutely cannot miss Millennium Park, which has free outdoor concerts and performances all summer long. (Check their website for details in a month or two.) Make sure to take pictures with the "Bean" or Cloud Gate sculpture, and get your feet wet in the whimsical Crown Fountain.

      Another great free downtown experience is Summer Dance, a free dance lesson and concert series right in Grant Park downtown. Learn the dance for an hour, then dance what you've learned to a great live band. Each night offers a different style of dance and music. Their schedule is also not yet online.

      Starting at the end of July, the city presents the Outdoor Film Festival, which shows free movies in Grant Park on Tuesday nights at dusk. Another great picnic opportunity, people start staking out their spots as early as 4 p.m. The 2007 schedule has not been announced, but check the city of Chicago website soon for details.

      In addition the Chicago Park District hosts free Movies and Concerts in the Parks all summer long in neighborhoods all over town. Check their website for details as your visit approaches.

      If you have a laptop with wireless capabilities, bring it with you and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at all 79 Chicago Public Library locations. You don't even need a library card! That way you can look things up on the fly while on your visit.

      For cheap food, I highly recommend the book "The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats". This book offers up a bunch of great places with real character where you can grab a hearty lunch for real cheap. You can get it used on Amazon for .50 plus shipping.

      Enjoy your visit to what I think is the greatest city in the summer time!

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I make a short movie?
    I am 13 and i really wont to make a short film i have a camera but i don't know what to do next! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      How to Make a Short Film with No Budget (and Questionable Talent)

      Let’s suppose a few things. First, you want to make short films (or want to read an article about the process). Let us further assume that you are in your teens or early twenties and more than a little lacking in money to spend on this new endeavor. Finally, we assume that you have at least a halfway respectable computer and, more importantly, a digital camcorder (possibly purchased as a graduation or Christmas present).

      As long as you have the camcorder, you can make and—yes—even “edit” a film. The computer enables you to actually do something with your creation, which probably means putting it online. It is also necessary for real editing, the benefits of which will soon be revealed............

      More here.......... http://luceo.net/advice/design/film.html

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I be a good director?
    So, I've wanted to be a director for movies and stuff all my life. I have a bunch of ideas for films and even short films. How do I direct a movie with just a Flip Camera and a computer?

    • ANSWER:
      In a way I sort of agree with Pointles, there are no rules when it comes to producing a film or video. Every director has their own method. In a working world (when you get paid for it) the idea is to finish on time and under budget. Efficiency. So the key ingredients for any director are organization and management. That being said, there are SOME rules involved IF you want to produce a watchable, coherant and entertaining production. In either case keep practicing, make your videos how you want them, Eventually you will find your style. The main thing is get it done and move on to your next project.

      The web page below has online articles more focused on careers, but does have articles for home video makers as well with tips and hints.

      TV Film & Video Careers

      http://www.whatnots.cc/ac_articles.html

      Hope this helps, and good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the most simple to use digital video camera and editing softwear?
    My younger brother is autistic, but high functioning. He's becoming very interested in making films and film making. What would be a good place for him to start?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Eric:

      For starting out, try one of the free (for short projects) online video & slideshow edit sites like OneTrueMedia.com which is very user-friendly and needs no software installation. See my short "features" demo here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fUUAisJGA

      And YouTube has a simple online editor function (again, browser-based, so no installation needed).

      As for a camera/camcorder, one of the "pocket model" point-and-shoot camcorders that don't have a lot of menus and dials would be best. They tend to have a "one button upload" feature, which makes using an online editor even easier. Even though recently discontinued (still available in some places), the Kodak PlaySport and PlayTouch line of pocket camcorders are rugged, water-resistant, and a good example of a simple to use video recorder.

      A visit to a local pawn shop is a good way to try some "hands on" tests of affordable camcorders, and save some money (and find good discontinued models like the Kodaks).

      Shy away from models with hinged-screens or other easily breakable parts. The ones that resemble an iPod tend to be the simplest.

      Many famous YouTubers started out with (and still use) a webcam & their laptop for making videos. Webcams are pretty hard to "break" and not expensive, compared to a separate camcorder. (- can buy a decent webcam, but not a good camcorder.)

      You're a better judge of your brother's motor skills and responsibility-level regarding handling & use of an electronic gadget. Budget your purchase accordingly.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.
       

  8. QUESTION:
    What microphone or microphones should I get for recording dialogue for a short video?
    I have a budget of 250 dollars

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Chris:

      You have a fairly realistic budget for a good mike or two. From some of your other Y!A Q&A's, I get the impression you'll be shooting dramatic "film style" dialog scenes, and not sit-down interviews (where you could get away with two AudioTechnica or Sony lavalier mikes).

      Those two brands also sell the most-affordable boom-mount or on-camera "shotgun" style mikes, from the Sony ECM-CG50, with hot-shoe mount & mini-plug cable included @ 0, and the AudioTechnica AT875 in the same price range, to the other AT800/8000-series and Sony ECM-673 & ECM-VG1 at the top of your price range. [See B+H Photo's website, sorted by price: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Brand_Sony&ci=8533&Ns=p_PRICE_2%7C0&N=4291086008+4291606550+4291215468 ]

      There are a lot of buying guides online, to help you decide on what to look for in a good boom or shotgun mike. B+H PhotoVideo has a good one on shotgun mikes with excellent illustrations: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/audio/buying-guides/shotgun-microphones

      As far as side-by-side reviews of features to look for using specific models, here's another excellent B+H article from their "In Depth" series, reviewing a half-dozen good boom-mike dialog microphones: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/indepth/audio/hands-reviews/interior-dialog-boompole-microphone-roundup Although these mikes are higher than your price range, they exhibit the characteristics you should shop for in a more-economic model.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.
       

  9. QUESTION:
    What is a good miniDV camcorder (for under 0) to make short films with?
    I want an inexpensive dv camera to start making some shorts with to get experience in shooting, editing, sound, etc. to eventually buy a better camera and shoot an indie feature. I've done lots of internet research but there's seemingly a million choices. Any help/direction would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I gave this answer a few days ago to a similar question:

      I make a significant portion of my income as a videographer and am certified as an A/V tech. I have produced quite a bit of low-budget commercial video so I am qualified to answer your question.

      If you want to use an inexpensive camera to produce the highest possible quality programs, then you must be able to separate the fact from the fiction. There are a lot of facts to know but the most important one is this:

      If the intended audience thinks your production looks and sounds good then it is, in fact, a good production no matter what equipment you used to make it. The audience has the final say on what is acceptable to watch and what they will be willing to pay you to make.

      Of course you always want to do your best work and have something to be proud of so you should strive constantly to improve your equipment and techniques. But budgets are a reality of life and being able to manage one is an extremely valuable skill. Being able to make the most with the least can be a form of art in my opinion.

      With these things in mind, you will be pleased to know that DV cam resolution specs mean virtually nothing in the practical world. Manufacturers do publish this info but for the most part it is useless to look it up because nearly all NTSC consumer DV cams shoot and record at basically the same resolution. So these things are really not an issue, especially in the price range under 0.

      What will matter to you is certain other factors which determine how versatile your camera will be for the intended purpose (making movies). The more versatile the camera the more creative you can be and the less your work will be limited by your equipment.

      Here are some factors to consider.

      1. Manual Controls - You need to be able to turn off the consumer-friendly automatic features and have manual control over as many picture parameters as possible with white balance, focus, and exposure being a minimum.

      2. Lens and Filters - A longer built-in optical zoom lens (15X or greater) can make shooting much easier in many situations. And an accessory wide angle lens is invaluable for certain indoor shots. Your camera should accept standard external filters. Neutral density and polarizing filters come in very handy.

      3. External Jacks - Headphone and microphone jacks are a must. S-Video and audio in & out jacks can be handy. Digital recording using the IEEE1394 / FireWire / iLink port as an input as well as an output are needed to be able to use the camera to save your edited master from a computer onto a DV tape. You could save your master to DVD but will lose a considerable amount of video quality by doing so.

      4. External Control Port - You will benefit greatly by having a camera with a wired remote port such as the LANC jack used on many Sony and Canon cameras. This will allow you to attach a wired remote for zoom, etc. so you do not shake the camera unnecessarily while trying to operate the on-camera controls.

      These are the four most important factors to consider in my opinion. However, if I only had 0 to spend for this camera I would spend no more than about 0-400 for a used camera on eBay which met my criteria. I would then spend the balance on several inexpensive but invaluable accessories such as:

      1. Stabilizing - It is impractical to hand-hold the camera for all shots (especially if you are in them) so a decent fluid-head tripod is a no-brainer. Making smooth motions while carrying the camera is much easier with the use of a counterweight mounting system similiar to Steadicam. You can purchase plans online to build your own DV cam stabilizer for just a few bucks.

      2. Power - Batteries never run down except when you most need them. A second charged battery can save you lots of time and money or even save the day. A small power inverter for the car so that the regular AC adapter can be used to power the camera or charge the battery while you are not near AC is cheap insurance as well. The power inverter will be about the same price as a special 12V DC adapter cord for a camera and is much more versatile.

      3. Wired Remote Control - A wired remote with zoom and recording control is worth a mint. Fortunately they no longer cost a mint.

      4. Lens accessories - Wide angle lens, ND filters, and a polarizing filter are the minimum. Special effects filters are pretty cheap too and work great for certain projects.

      5. Audio accessories - Comfortable closed-back headphones, a shotgun microphone on a boom, and a mini audio mixer are essentials. Lavalier mics are quite useful as well.

      6. Lighting - You need to think in terms of indoor and outdoor lighting. AC halogen lighting for indoors is a requirement for quality video. A separate battery-powered halogen light can be helpful as well. Outside you will find bounce cards and scrims (or the homemade equivalents) helpful.

      Here are the factors which to me seem to make the biggest difference in how "professional" a production appears to me:

      1. Stable pictures are the sign of a pro. The camera should normally be transparent to the audience. They should easily be able to forget that they are looking at the world through the lens of a camera. Shaking the picture, fast zooms, and improper framing of the subjects are usually just ways to spoil the pleasant illusion of reality for the audience. You shoud think of the camera as a window that you are holding for someone to look through, not at. Make sure if you do any of the listed maneuvers you are doing them on purpose and for a needed effect.

      2. Proper lighting is the factor which will make the biggest difference between your video looking like it was mede by a pro or a rank amateur. An inexpensive DV cam can shoot very good video in the correct lighting, but even the best camera will look pretty bad under the wrong lighting.

      3. Audio quality is another quick way to separate the pros from the wannabes. Inconsistent or low volume, background noises interfering with the dialog or mood, and camera handling noise are all dead giveaways that someone did not know what they were doing. Fortunately these are pretty easy to prevent if you know what you are doing while the camera is on. Unfortunately, they can be extremely difficult or even impossible to correct after the fact.

      With all of this said, I will make a camera recommendation. In my opinion some of the best digital camcorders ever made that can be purchased as used in this price range are the Sony Digital8 models CCD-TRV120, CCD-TRV320, and CCD-TRV520. These are very inexpensive now and accessories are widely available at low cost on eBay and elsewhere. They meet all of the requirements I cited above but do record the DV format onto an 8mm tape, which is not normally a disadvantage. Another DV cam which might be considered is the Panasonic PV-GS65 which has 3 CCD's but does only have a 10X optical zoom.

      You may email me if you have specific questions about what I have told you.

      Good luck!
      WK

  10. QUESTION:
    How to get better at film?
    How to get better at film?
    I am in my early teens and am VERY interested in short films. I am extremely artistic and just loves art! Anyway, my problem is I just started fooling around with a video camera and I have realized I may suck at it... What can I do to get better? I am really determined and need any tips I can get! even camera brands and what not... PLEASE PLEASE HELP! thnx in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, to be honest, camera brand isn't really important when starting out. Don't worry about "sucking at it", so to speak. Remember that you're starting out, and it takes practice. Don't compare your short films to stuff that Hollywood pumps out. They're using 0,000 cameras, a team of crew members to get the lighting and set dressing right, then follows it with thousands (if not millions) of dollars worth of post production editing, from color correction to sound mixing.

      Focus more on how you film the story. Take some of your favorite directors and watch their movies with the commentary on. Often you'll gain insight in how they approach scenes and shots that may help you learn. Join some film groups online, ask questions, and watch other independent filmmakers works. Read some books on filmmaking. There are some good books out there that explain details such as setting up the right shot to match your vision, how to choose the best lighting, identifying sound issues, and so on.

      Lastly, have fun. Enjoy the artistic nature and creativity of it. Your passion will be reflected in the film.

      For camera brands, if you really want more on that, it kinda depends on budget. Really you can use any ordinary video camera. Getting more serious, I would look at some of the mini DV cameras, like the Canon XL2. It costs a few grand, but it's a great camera to work with. Honestly, though, it's all about the artist. Cameras and lights are just tools. Beauty comes from the artists, from your actors to the director to the writer.

      Hope this helped.

  11. QUESTION:
    What's a good camera for an ametuer Film Maker?
    I'm just a college student getting into the film, I have no experience in film making. But I can and will write and include a couple of friends as actors. I was just wondering what is a good camera to make some short videos or films? I'm on a tight budget, money is an issue here since I'm in college. It would be nice if u can add a list of cameras, equipment: lights, editing softwares, microphones and tripods etc. Thanks!! :D

    • ANSWER:
      I am a still photographer who knows a little bit about video and do not know what type of budget you are on but I will list some links below for you to check out and you can piece together what will work for you.

      Below, if you click on the first link, it is a search page for camcorders, I filtered for flash memory based camcorders. You can scroll the list and see there is a range of prices and brands. I think have a camcorder where you can shoot and then plug the memory card into your computer and start editing has some real merit to it. I would want a decent camcorder that uses SDHC cards, these cards can be affordable and big storage (4GB card about and 8GB cards about , 16GB card cost about ).

      Ok, another option that could be intriguing is a DSLR with video ability. In particular, the Pentax K-x 12MP DSLR with HD video ability. The next 3 links (2nd, 3rd & 4th links) are related to this Pentax, 1 link to the Pentax website page on this camera and the other 2 to online review and one has a youtube link to see some video from it.

      You may have an option already for editing, but I am a Mac user and have used iMovie some and that is the way I would get started to make my movies and later would move up to Final Cut software if needed. (want to know more about iMovie then just go to apple.com)

      For lighting, I would use natural as much as possible, and use relectors to reflect light where needed and you can use large white boards (poster board, foamcore) to reflect and it is cheap. You can buy some cheap clamp lights if money is tight until you have the money for real video lights. I provided another B&H Photo link that brings you to the lighting page and you can see what looks helpful and affordable.

      Also added 2 more vendor links that you can check out (adorama and buydig).

      Hope this helps some.

      Take care.

      Mark

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I shoot a movie scene with a shootout?
    Me and my friends are making a movie, and there is a scene where there is a shootout between many characters. I want to know how to show things getting shot when the characters miss, and also how to get the effect of someone getting shot.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on several factors: What is your budget, what type of surface are your "misses" hitting, and what type of effect for the bullet wounds?

      Budget: Depending on the amount of money you want to spend, you can find several fx dealers online that specialize in prop/fx equipment. Do take note that you're not going to find pyro stuff, or extremely realistic stuff (that's where you hire a professional fx technician which I'm guessing your film isn't aiming to that level). But for a little bit of money, you can get safety glass (bottles, jars, ect.) to break and the like.

      Surface: Are the bullets hitting dirt, concrete, steel, ect? This will, to some extent, determine your approach. You can add spark ricochets and smoke ricochet effects in post using Adobe After Effects or a similar program. For sand/dirt strikes, a friend and I developed a very cheap and easy practical approach:

      get a long length of small plastic tubing, at least 5ft long. Bury the tube with one end being set for the strike point, positioning it for the right angle (do you want the hit cloud to go straight up, to one side, ect.?). Be sure to pack a small amount of dirt/dust/debris in and over this end. Then, during the scene at the appropriate time, someone gives a quick, hard blow on the other end of the tube. Takes a little timing and you usually can't do this shooting a wide shot, but it works and can be done over and over until you're satisfied.

      Bullet wounds: Again, this comes under some budget restrictions and desired effect. If you're looking for the explosive-type wounds where the hits "pop" on the victim (giving a small blood spray, holes in clothes) you will more than likely need a professional for this. If you just need blood flowing, soaking through a shirt type wound, you can find blood packs and inexpensive fx packs online, even ways to create your own blood using Karo syrup and red dye. Costume shops should carry wound/scar makeup kits, and with the help of a decent makeup artist, you can really make them look like realistic wounds. You can also add bullet hits in post using the After Effects program, though getting it to look real might take some work.

      Lastly, a lot will come down to your actors. How well they "sell" the hits. Watch a few films on YouTube and you will see a big difference between a lousy acted hit (be it a punch, a gun shot, or whatever) and a well acted hit. Your actors being able to portray being hit will really help make the effect real. Spending a ton of money on props and fx will be a waste if your actors look like the short bus clown brigade.

      Hope this helps.

      *edit - use some ingenuity. There are lots of creative ways to work fx, you just have to look at what's around you: Small fishing twine can be used to trigger/release items falling off walls and shelves, for example. If you are able to drill holes in the wall of a location, you can use the tube bullet effect described earlier to make bullet hits in the wall (use black tubing, make sure the wall looks old/deteriorated so it hides the strike point, use makeup/chalk to blend strike point with wall surface, and so on). Creativity is part of filmmaking and figuring out creative ways to address these issues can be a fun and exciting part of your film.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a shop in Phoenix, AZ where they collect vintage cameras?
    I tried looking online but everything i found was either for a company to buy cameras or a place to take photographs... I appreciate your help.

    • ANSWER:
      If you can't find anything in the YellowPages, my best advice is to locate other local film photographers and ask them. Often old camera shops are businesses run out of personal interest with a low budget and they don't advertise much and are hole-in-the-wall type establishments. They may open and shut down in short periods of time also.

      Another thing you can do is simply hit all the local antique stores, thrift stores, flea markets, pawn shops and yard sales you can find. Finding vintage cameras is a bit of a hunt!

      Here is a bit of a buyer's guide that I wrote up:

      http://www.johnnymartyr.com/buyers-guide.php

      And remember, don't just collect them, USE THEM!!!

      MANUAL AND METAL! FILM FOREVER!

  14. QUESTION:
    How do I pursue my acting career successfully?
    I want to gain experience so I can create a resume, What route would be best to start and get expousure?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, some of this depends on your age and your location. But, in general, your first step should be getting training. Whether it is from a school or private coach, you need to know the basics. While acting in plays is always good to keep your craft up, knowing the technique behind acting is vital.

      Headshots. Got to have them. Right now, in Los Angeles, that means color headshots. Get a professional, not your best friend.

      If you are anywhere outside of Los Angeles, New York, or Chicago, find the nearest big city and look for agenies and production companies. These are the people that will help you find productions to start your resume. Not only will you build your resume, you will get needed exposure to the business of acting. In general it will be much easier to get resume building work in smaller markets so get it if you can.

      When you have the opportunity, and when you feel you are ready, move to L.A. or New York. Start sending out headshots to agents and do some extra work. Not glamorous, but once again, it will give you a glimpse into the process. Continue your training, get an acting coach, attend acting classes. Above all, be proactive about your carreer. Know what it is you want, know what your deficencies are and fix them. Nobody will be looking out for you, so you have to look out for yourself.

      Do work in student films and low-budget shorts. No pay, but it should give you something for your reel. USC, UCLA, and other colleges around L.A. have film schools and are always looking for actors.

      Sign up with L.A. Casting (www.lacasting.com), Now Casting (www.nowcasting.com), and/or Actor's Access (www.showfax.com). You will have to pay a fee, and all you will see for the most part is non-union and student films, some non-union commercials, but it is a great place to submit for work online.

      My final piece of advice would be to stay away from model or actor "searches". They are usually scams. Don't EVER pay an agent or manager up front. Agents take a percentage that is dictated by the union when you GET work, not beforehand.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the best video camera each one of these companies have to offer: Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Canon, Aipteck?
    I am particularly interested in picture quality (nothing else). Especially the pixel count and perhaps the speed at which it records which will affect the quality when it is put into slow motion.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you can rule out Aiptek... they only make low-quality toy camcorders.

      Pixel count isn't that important for video in camcorders, because there are only a few options, and they're tied to the standards. Standard definition camcorders record at 720x480 (NTSC) or 720x576 (PAL), regardless of the size of the sensor in pixels (many consumer camcorders have many pixels, to improve color and give you a better digital still camera function). HD camcorders recorder at either 1280x720, 1440x1080, or 1920x1080 (the latter only on tapeless camcorders).

      Very few camcorders have any sort of slow motion mode. You get slow motion when you shoot at one rate (in frames per second) and replay that slower.. but if you replay much below 24 fps, the video will look jerky. So faster fps = better slo-mo. And you will find, in the few cameras that do slo-mo at a consumer price, the pixel count does start to drop.

      Some pro models offer full video at 60fps, which lest you do 1/2 rate slo-mo at full video quality, as long as your flash cards hold out. But unless you're thinking of spending 00 or more, this is not for you.

      But don't fret... 60fps is starting to enter the consumer world. One such option is the Sanyo Xacti 1010. This is an HD camcorder that records in MPEG-4 on flash. It's not the absolute best quality around, but it's decent. And it can record at 720p (1280x720) at a full 60fps. This is under 0 online.

      To go beyond that on a consumer budget, there are a few weird choices. Sony offers a very short burst high-speed mode on some of their camcorders. They call this "Smooth Slow" recording mode, and it can go to 120fps-200fps, depending on the camera model. This is supported in both pro/prosumer (HVR-V1, HVR-Z7, others) and consumer (HDR-CX7, HDR-HC3, others) models. This is always at a much lower resolution, good for YouTube but little else. And you're limited to bursts of about 3 seconds real-time.

      Another interesting option isn't a camcorder at all, but Casio's new digital still camera, the Exlim Pro EX-F1 (about 00) http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/. Most digital still cameras these days have a video mode, but it's usually at best standard-def at 30fps, maybe a tad better. But the EX-F1 has several high-frame rate video modes. It can actually shoot near SD-quality (512 × 384) at 300 fps, 432×192 at 600 fps, or 336×96 at 1200 fps.. it also does standard High-def. And this is continuous, up to memory or file limits, not just short bursts. If you're really serious about high-speed filming on a consumer budget, this is your best bet.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is a Canon XL1s Still worth it?
    I am starting to get serious with my filmmaking but am on a serious budget. I found some nice Canon XL1s for 800 bucks. My prime goals are to make short films and comedy sketch's and putting them online. I know the XL1s is an old camera but is it good for my needs?

    • ANSWER:
      The Canon Xl1s is not worth it it is old and uses tape and is not HD. when you use tape you have to import it in real time which is slow. You can get a much newer camera used for about the same price and it will last longer. usually on old mini dv cams the tape drives are not good because they are only rated for so many hours and with a bad tape drive/head its just an 800 dollar pile of nothing.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is the average height for a lolita girl?
    I think like 5'2? or is that too tall? or short? idk...
    ...what? me and 2 friends are cosplaying as lolitas for a con...we're in 8th grade and i wanna know if our height is lolita-ish
    lolitas in ANIMES not in real life. for gods sake how simple is it to just say a number!! idc about the other stuff i care about my question.
    i didn't say that u can't if ur too tall or short i was just WONDERING

    • ANSWER:
      lol.

      I'm sorry to laugh about this situation and I don't mean to make fun of you, but there are no lolita specific things like height, weight, measurements, music and hair style. I've run into a lot of new lolitas asking about these sort of things, and I don't know where the assumption comes from that we're all alike or that there are specific rules that constitute a person as a "true lolita" (then again, if someone tries to tell newbies about these myths and misconceptions, I'll bust a cap at those people for lying).

      Lolitas around the world come from different places around the world, come in all shapes and sizes (heck, one of lolita friends is 5'2" and the other is 5'8" while I'm in the middle at 5'5"), are young and old (I can tell you that most lolitas who are active in the egl community, range from 18-22 years old), and well, we like to do our own thing while being united at the fact that we love the frilly clothes.

      By the way, lolita fashion is kinda out there, but it's not cosplay. Cosplaying means that you are intentionally dressing up as a character from a film, (graphic) novel, show, etc. . Lolita, however, is mainly just clothes, and the people who wear them are, hopefully, being themselves. Since you're pretty new to the fashion, let me give you a few sources to help you and your friend get started and understand what is and what isn't lolita:

      http://lolita-handbook.livejournal.com/

      http://www.lolitafashion.org/

      http://fyeahlolita.blogspot.com/p/what-is-lolita.html

      Out of the articles mentioned and for new comers, I highly recommend reading:
      - How to avoid being an Ita
      - Lolita glossery
      -Gothic Lolita starter coordinates (keep in mind that there are other styles than Gothic)
      - Bodyline for Beginners

      Places to buy (and not to buy from):
      You probably have realized by now that putting together an outfit takes a lot more effort than just throwing on a dress, and this is true to why lolita is known to be expensive (aside of the quality matter, shipping when shopping online, and sometimes items are overpriced when sold brand new). In the second link I gave you should include a brand and shopping list, and well as advice on how to shop on a budget. It's not quite complete or updated. La Dauphine and In the Starlight are not running anymore, but you can still find ITS items in the egl_comm_sales.

      If you're ready to take the plunge to buy overseas and use auction sites, a shopping service that a lot of egl members are using is JaponicaMarket.com. I have not had the chance to use it myself, but apparently, it's reliable, fast, and doesn't charge much for service. I believe that it can also be used for shopping at Japanese stores that do not offer overseas shipping/an English site for Western customers.

      Another place to buy on a budget while getting a bang for your buck (quality wise) are the taobao shops. Many of these stores have a physical shop in China and in spite of the Western fear of poor quality for everything made in China, the taobao shops generally make lolita items with high quality and unique designs.

      This should include reviews and shopping services

      http://community.livejournal.com/egl/15204857.html

      Where to avoid:

      http://community.livejournal.com/egl/14484905.html

      (includes "lolitashow.com)

      http://community.livejournal.com/egl/11376960.html

      Going back to the height issue....in spite of the recent movement of Japanese brands catering to the Western market, often times, they do make items that don't fit most people from America or Europe, and are better for most East Asian figures. Whenever you're shopping online, what you really want to do is get an accurate measurement of your body. Have you and your friend create accounts for myshape.com, and go through the measurement guide which you can keep to use when you order lolita clothing (remember that skirts sit at your waist, not your hips, and should be around knee length!).

      A sizing guide to Japanese brands

      http://community.livejournal.com/egl/4469979.html

      http://community.livejournal.com/egl/7486605.html

  18. QUESTION:
    How to choose a camera?
    Could someone explain I me hat I should look for in a camera?

    I would like a camera that captures fine detail, can take hd quality photographs, able to zoom in closely without becoming out of focus, takes pictures instantly ect.

    Also I would like to know what to look for in a camera for filming hd videos, close zoom, macro is great, amazing quality and perphaps comes with a light adjuster (don't knw the name).

    What else makes a good camera?
    What are the basics of buy a camera?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd have to write a book to answer your questions. In short, if you are willing to spend about 0, get a Nikon D3100. There is no mystery to cameras. Quite simply, at certain price points they are very similar. It's the person that takes the picture that matters. Decide on a budget and I would say to pick between Nikon and Canon, your personal preference, and you will have a nice camera. I personally think that Nikon is making better cameras right now but if I had to shoot a Canon it would make little difference to me.

      A 0 or so DSLR will do everything you want. Now you need to learn a little bit about photography so that you can do what ou want to do. Just because the camera is capable of doing it does not mean you will be able to do it without knowledge. Take workshops, online classes, read books, whatever it takes to learn so that you can create nice pictures.

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I go to auditions to be in a movie?
    I've always been such a keen actress and my drama teacher is shocked by my capability so I'm thinking of perhaps taking my drama to the next level. I'm 13 years old and I just wondered where I might be able to audition for a lead role in a movie. Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      well, "dancer" gave the short answer....to audition for a lead, supporting, or dayplayer role in a SAG, big/bigger budget tv show, film, commercial you DO need an agent to get you an audition.

      in order to be desirable to an agent, you need to be employable. the more training and experience you have, the better. keep training with your drama teacher...also, look online or in your local paper for auditions for community theater. if you live near a college or community college that has a film department, you may have opportunities to audition for speaking roles in indie/student projects. they pay very little, or usually, nothing, but you get training, experience, and credit for your resume/footage for your reel.

  20. QUESTION:
    I'm in the process of writing my own script, what steps should I take once I'm done with it?
    I'm a HUGE movie fan, and I've taken classes to learn the basics of screenwriting. Not to brag or anything, but I have faith in my ability to cook up a pretty decent story and script. What should I do to get in contact with studios once I've finished it? What are the next steps I should take?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Blade Runner,

      I'm part of a small independent Production Company in Montréal, Québec... We normally write our own stuff then produce them... short films, low budget (2 - 5k)... if you're looking for that kind of experience, you can try and build your team.. you can go to film schools and post your Synopsis and say you're looking for a film crew... If you guys get along, you can continue working with each other...

      If you're looking to sell your Script,

      The first this you need to do after completing your Screen Play is a "PITCH" of your script... A pitch is a document on every detail of your movie.. character description, movie synopsis, setting, locations, budget (roughly how much it would cost to produce), etc... it's a lot of work but should NOT be taken lightly, 'cuz if you have a great script but can't communicate your ideas, it's going to sound like crap and the producers are going to pass on your story.. search online how to write a pitch, it's the most important step, no jokes.. if your idea doesn't make it past this first step, it's going to stay on your desk...

      Study the production companies too.. like don't go to PIXAR with your horror movie... And aim for smaller production companies, like miramax... Independent companies are a good way to go too... If your Screen Play is really good, it doesn't matter if Steven Speilberg isn't Directing it...

      there's a difference between a Pitch for a short story or a full length feature... make sure you're doing the right one... here's a site that explains how to write a pitch, but my advice is to look at many different sites to write the ULTIMATE PITCH!!!!

      http://complicationsensue.blogspot.com/2…

      I learned how from the book "The Screenwriter's Bible" by David Trottier... it shows you how to write and sell a movie... and the book cost me like 10$.. a MUST for any screen writer!

      http://www.amazon.com/Screenwriters-Bibl…

      Hope this helps!

  21. QUESTION:
    what video camera should i buy?
    I want to get a new high definition video camera, but i don't know where to start looking. I want one that has a high fps, and that has a large storage capacity. How much would this cost? where can i get it?

    • ANSWER:
      why do u want it?to shoot documantary,short film,long films,video clip etc?how much is ur budget?
      there are so many great choices out there...if u want a bestt cam with around 2000-3000$ price,get Sony VG-20
      for around 5000-8000$,Sony NEX-FS100,Sony PMW-EX1 and Panasonic AF101 is the best choice
      for a 8000-10000$ PMW-Sony EX3 is the best
      if u want a great and i mean great Cam,its Panasonic HPX500 wich is about 13000$
      for 2k and up cams u should buy SI-2K or RED scarlet with are about 17000 $
      u can buy em online just google em and go to their official site(depending what state or region u are in)

  22. QUESTION:
    Where to buy high fps cam corders?
    I've heard you need high fps to do slow-motion videos. Where exactly can i purchase these camcorders or video recorders? What fps would be needed to do ones like on youtube?

    • ANSWER:
      This depends on the kind of slow motion you want.

      To get smooth video, you need playback at ideally 24-30fps. That means, if your slow motion is twice realtime, you need to shoot at 60fps, then play back at 30fps. If you're really after some super slo-mo stuff, you may be shooting many times faster.

      Obviously, there's some give and take. Some of the YouTube videos, specifically, dial it down to 15fps... the video is jerkier, but some folks will do this in order to longer YouTube videos up at the same quality (due to the 100MB upload limit).

      Also, how long is your video? If you're shooting many minutes or hours worth at high speed, you used to need a pro-class camcorder, and that still might yield the best video up to 60fps. An example is the Panasonic HVX-200, a superb camera, but beyond most consumer budgets (just over ,000), and overkill by far if YouTube is your goal. See here:

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/558723-REG/Panasonic_AGHVX200A_AG_HVX200A_P2HD_Camcorder.html

      (B&H is a reliable place to buy "online" if you can't find it locally, and a good place to compare prices)

      But don't fret... 60fps is starting to enter the consumer world. Like the Panny above, don't look for alternate frame rates on tape-based camcorders, but flash-based in particular offers other options. One such option is the Sanyo Xacti 1010. This is an HD camcorder that records in MPEG-4 on flash. It's not the absolute best quality around, but it's decent. And it can record at 720p (1280x720) at a full 60fps. This is under 0 online.

      To go beyond that on a consumer budget, there are a few weird choices. Sony offers a very short burst high-speed mode on some of their camcorders. They call this "Smooth Slow" recording mode, and it can go to 120fps-200fps, depending on the camera model. This is supported in both pro/prosumer (HVR-V1, HVR-Z7, others) and consumer (HDR-CX7, HDR-HC3, others) models. This is always at a much lower resolution, good for YouTube but little else. And you're limited to bursts of about 3 seconds real-time.

      Another interesting option isn't a camcorder at all, but Casio's new digital still camera, the Exlim Pro EX-F1 (about 00) http://www.exilim.com/intl/ex_f1/. Most digital still cameras these days have a video mode, but it's usually at best standard-def at 30fps, maybe a tad better. But the EX-F1 has several high-frame rate video modes. It can actually shoot near SD-quality (512 × 384) at 300 fps, 432×192 at 600 fps, or 336×96 at 1200 fps.. it also does standard High-def. And this is continuous, up to memory or file limits, not just short bursts. If you're really serious about high-speed filming on a consumer budget, this is your best bet.

  23. QUESTION:
    What do you think about the show Buffy?
    I am looking for a new show to watch and I've never watched not even one episode of Buffy before, what do you think is it a good show??
    And if you could also please give a rating out of 10 that would be great thanks! :)

    • ANSWER:
      11 out of 10.
      Very few shows can stand up to BtVS. It was/is amazing. A show that broke all the rules and made new ones. It changed the world, had a phenomenal effect on the gay and lesbian culture. It was a show designed for everyone. Women and girls loved the 'Girl Power' aspect. Seeing the strong self confident woman be the hero for a change and men loved to watch a tiny blonde in short skirts do martial arts.
      BtVS was studied by university students. It's been dissected, analysed and written about.

      This is from Wikipedia...
      "The debut of Buffy (1997–2003)
      eventually led to the publication
      of a number of books and
      hundreds of articles examining the themes of the show from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including sociology,
      psychology, philosophy, theology
      and women's studies. Since January 2001 Slayage: The Online
      Journal of Buffy Studies has published essays on the topic quarterly, and it continues to do so. Fighting the Forces: What's at Stake in Buffy the Vampire
      Slayer was published in 2002, and since then many more Buffy books have been published by academic book publishers with more books planned for release before the end of
      2006. There have
      also been a number of
      international conferences on the topic. College courses across the globe are devoted to the show, and secondary schools in
      Australia and New Zealand also provide Buffy classes. The topic can even be undertaken as part of a Master's degree in Cult Film & TV at Brunel University in
      London"

      I love BtVS I started watching it at 11 it was fresh and funny kicked evils ass and David Boreanaz kept taking his shirt off. I watched it again properly when I was about 16 for pretty much the same reasons but I understood a little more of the hidden adult humour. Then I watched it all again early last year aged 22 and saw it in a completely different light.

      So worth watching. It's dramatic, funny, well acted and rather addictive. Just don't let the first season put you off. It was the weakest and done on a budget of what I can only guess was about a tenner.

  24. QUESTION:
    i want to be a actor in indian film industry?pls help me?
    i want to persue my career in acting i want to be a actor in indian film industry,pls help me,how can i achieve this dream?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you in India?
      Have you ever acted?
      Can you dance?

      These are three biggies. If you're Indian but not in India, the only way for you to break in is to move. If you are Caucasian, don't expect to be reading for the hero role. Dancing is always a huge factor in Bollywood films, so it's crucial you have some ability. Singing not so much, they loop a lot of the singing with 'playback singers' (Lata Mangeshkar is the most famous, as you'd probably know).

      Now...universal rules: Source an agent. Find out which actors the agents represent and what kind of work they send them up for. Do NOT pay an agent when you sign up. Any agent who has a joining fee is not reputable. Real agents make their money by getting you work, not by charging you money to be on their books. They might use the excuse that they need to do your photo portfolio, or put you on an online audition network...so...you do that first. It'll cost a little, but it's not that expensive. All you need for a headshot is an 8 x 10 black & white photo.

      Other than that, you need to be active...writers write, painters paint, musicians play, actors act. So even if it doesn't pay at first, get yourself onstage doing theatre or in unpaid student films...or even low budget deferred payment short films.

      The only thing left to do is be lucky. Talent can only get you so far. And remember, work is more important than fame.

  25. QUESTION:
    What should i put in my luggage?
    I'm going on a 4 day school trip to Ottawa, and i have four days left to pack. My mind is completely blank right now. What should I bring?

    • ANSWER:
      Check the weather report for the time you are going. I think this week coming is supposed to be quite warm, but take a sweater or light jacket just in case.

      Comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, comfortable clothes - you will be inside and out with lots of touring. I would expect you are going to see Parliament Hill and museums?

      Take your camera / film / spare batteries / memory card - whatever you need to make sure you get lots of pictures.

      Take pocket money for meals and souvenirs. Did your teacher give you a list of things to pack or what you are doing or a suggested budget? If not, ask in school tomorrow for that.

      Also, depending on where you are starting from, it could be a long bus ride - it's about 5 hrs from Toronto for example. So take something for the bus - books, snacks, computer game - whatever will help you to pass the time.

      And, of course, make sure you bring enough clothes - at least 4 complete outfits and mix it up with jeans / shorts / long-sleeved / short-sleeved / etc depending on what the weather looks like. Check the weather online Sunday afternoon before you go.

      Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, journal...

      And have fun! Ottawa's a great city and you'll have a fantastic time!

  26. QUESTION:
    what is a 35mm Camera with manual override?
    The photography course that I'll soon be attending requires me to bring my own "35mm camera with manual override". I'm not sure what they mean by that. I suppose it must be a film camera(not a digital one). Could you please explain what it means and suggest a 35mm camera to buy?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      Manual override refers to the ability to switch from an automatic exposure mode to a manual exposure mode.

      Automatic exposure modes would include the camera's full automatic mode (the camera sets both aperture and shutter speed), program mode, scene modes, aperture preferred (you set the aperture, the camea sets the shutter speed), and shutter speed preferred (you set the shutter speed, the camera sets the aperture).

      Manual exposure mode means that you set both the aperture and shutter speed.

      You may want to check with the instructor as to whether or not 35mm camera means a film camera; these days, digital SLRs can do just about everything a 35mm film camera could do and more. However, many instructors do want their students to learn with film first, so most likely you'll have to pick up a film camera.

      You can easily find plenty of used 35mm film SLRs on places like eBay and Craigslist. Very few new 35mm SLRs are made these days. A good used store online is http://www.keh.com but it'll be more expensive than eBay (and far less risky).

      My thoughts:
      If you want new, look for a Nikon FM10 for a full manual focus and manual exposure camera. For a new autofocus 35mm, the Canon Rebel K2 may still be found (maybe) at some stores, but it's in short supply.

      If you want used, the Pentax K1000 is the basic student manual focus camera. However, I prefer the smaller Pentax MX, as it gives you a bit more information in the viewfinder.

      However, I really think a used autofocus 35mm SLR with manual exposure capabilities is the way to go. You can turn off autofocusing if you need to. I would highly recommend the Nikon N80--fantastic camera and far better built than the more common Canon Rebel lineup. Plus, Nikon AF lenses will fit Nikon and Fujifilm digital SLRs, for future compatibility. I cannot recommend the Pentax autofocus 35mm SLRs--owning both Nikon AF and Pentax AF film cameras, there's no comparison, the Nikons are better. Higher end Canons are good too, but the low-end Canon Rebel lineup is pretty plasticky, and not my choice.

      If your budget can afford it, look for a used Nikon F100. This is a pro-level 35mm SLR often found for much less than it's original selling price (like a quarter of its original price). However, I think you'll find the N80 to be better suited for you, as it has a built-in pop up flash, which isn't found on the pro cameras.

      Finally, lenses: for film, the basic 28-80mm lens is okay. However, for about 5, a 50mm f/1.8 lens is a superb choice for sharpness and the ability to shoot in all lighting condition, as well as for its flexibility in aperture selection.

      Hope this helps.

  27. QUESTION:
    Tips to not be scammed by photographers on wedding day?
    I have heard a few nightmare stories of people being ripped off with their wedding photos & have seen some myself that are way to dodgy for the price paid.
    Any ideas on questions to ask the potential photographer to get the best possible results? Any tips on how to get them to lower costs?
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, as a model who has run into several "photographers" who really should be honest and call themselves "picture takers"...

      My personal advice (learned from mistakes, mostly):

      1) Ask to see a set of pictures, unedited, from someone else's event. The photographer should be able to show you a contact sheet of how the images turned out before editing which will give you a GOOD idea of the consistency of their photographic quality.

      To me, this is very important. If I'm going to pay someone "good money" for images, I am going to make SURE that they don't have just the 10 best images from the past 10 YEARS on their portfolio (or that they aren't using someone elses images- which also happens)!!

      The black tux and white of a wedding gown are difficult for exposure, so take that into account when looking at "raw" images.

      If it is a new photographer who doesn't necessarily have wedding references, try looking them up on onemodelplace.com or modelmayhem and see if you can find them (many do TFP with models to get images in their portfolio- and then you can contact the models on their OMP page).

      Remember that references are often faked. They could have shot a wedding for their sister :-)

      Prints are often overpriced. Look up basic wholesale costs on backprint.com or online (even walmart.com) and come with those numbers when you meet.

      For a wedding, I would go with a photographer who shoots film, even if he also shoots digital or will shoot digital for your wedding.
      The reason for this is that photographers who learned on film ("old school") often have usually mastered the basics MUCH better than those who began with digital. Film is harder to fake and someone who learned by spending hundreds of dollars on bad negatives... well, I think it would make for a shorter learning curve and a higher percentage of good images!

      Student photographers who have gotten a BA degree in photography have film courses as requirements, so if you can't find an "old school" photog... consider someone with the investment and knowledge of a degree behind them (from an accredited university- not some questionable online course).

      Also, equippment. They should atleast have the professional lighting!! It's cheap to rent, and if someone can't invest in atleast a rental for good portable lighting... or if they don't know how to USE lighting (light meter, etc)... then I would run :)

      I know, this sounds tough on photographers... but there are way too many people out there calling themselves photographers and it is SO hard to tell with digital media and editing.

      As far as the pricing, come armed with a budget.
      Give them your "lowball" budget first and negotiate up from there.
      Don't sign anything until you've talked to a few other photographers. Ask photographers you meet with about eachother (it's worth a try, though I don't know how chatty they would be knowing you're planning a wedding- as a glamour model, photogs are usually protective enough to warn me away from scammers).

      Also, ask them about other photographers.... if a student is unobtrusive and doesn't get in the way or use flashes, can they also photograph the event? If so, finding a student to do your wedding for their portfolio and the experience would be a great way to get extra images for cheap/free :-)

      That's all I can think of at the moment.
      Hope this helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    Good site for renting and watching movies online?
    Besides zune and netflix.

    • ANSWER:
      Indie Movies Online is free (and legal): http://www.indiemoviesonline.com/

      You won't find blockbusters on there though, only smaller-budget and independent films. If you like horror, there's a great Dario Argento film called Sleepless on there (he famously directed Suspiria). There are also lots of older films, some classics and some not so great, but it's fun experimenting with new fillms and directors.

      I also enjoyed a creepy David Cronenberg short film called The Lie Chair.

  29. QUESTION:
    I will be in NYC for vacation at the end of Jul. Any advice on where to go what to visit and what to pack?

    • ANSWER:
      NYC has so much to do. I've lived in NYC my whole life, and here are some of the highlights:

      -- Central Park. You can walk around, go to the zoo, pack a picnic, rent a rowboat, or do so much more! It's especially great in the summer, and it can be romantic. Here's a link: http://www.centralparknyc.org/

      -- When you visit Times Sq., I would go at night, as that is when it's the most remarkable.

      -- Ripleys: Believe it or Not, and Madame Tussuads wax museum are both great attractions in the Times Sq. area.

      -- NYC has great shopping. I would recommend 5th avenue, Macy's (the largest store in the world), Manhattan Mall, South Street Seaport, the century 21 in Tribeca, and Soho for shopping.

      -- Boat tours are abundant in the NYC harbor, and they can be a great way to tour the city.

      -- You can kayak on the Hudson River, and then lounge on the grass in Battery Park City.

      -- NYC is a concert hot spot. Check and see if any of your favorite music artists are playing. If so, you may be able to get tickets.

      -- China town is a great place to go. There's stores, food, and lots of Chinese culture. In small stores you can bargain with the sellers to get cheaper prices.

      -- The World Financial Center and The New York Stock Exchange are in NYC. The World Financial Center also has an amazing winter garden with palm trees and white hot coco.

      -- Ground Zero, and the World Trade Center 1 construction site is downtown. It's sad and has lots of historical value, but i wouldn't recommend it if you're short on time, because it's basically a construction site.

      -- The Empire State Building and Top Of The Rock are both skyscrapers that offer amazing views of the city. If you do visit, buy tickets online, so you don't have to wait in line as long, and they can also be cheaper.

      -- You can visit one of the city's many zoos and botanical gardens.

      -- The Statue of Liberty is a great attraction. Now you can go up to the crown. I would buy tickets in advance for this as well, because it's a very popular attraction.

      -- You could visit Coney Island and ride the Cyclone, and the other Luna Park rides, and then go for a walk on the boardwalk and a dip in the ocean.

      -- You could rent a bike, and bike aorund the city. There's a great bike path along the west side highway.

      -- There are multitude of museums in NYC. Besides Ripleys: Believe it or Not, and Madame Tussuad's Wax Museum, I would also recommend The American Museum of Natural History, MOMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The New Museum, The Tenement Museum, and The Intrepid Air and Space Museum. If you are older then 18, there is also the Museum of S E X.

      -- You guys could walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, have lunch at Grimaldi's Pizza, and come back.

      -- Broadway plays, while expensive, are really good, and I would definitely see one or two if you have the budget. Billy Elliot, West Side Story, and Wicked are really good. The Book of Mormon, and Warhorse won a lot of Tony awards this year as well.

      -- The Highline Park in NYC is amazing! You get to walk on an abandoned subway track turned natural sanctuary. It's free too :).

      -- Some great restaurants are:
      Il Corallo trattoria in Soho
      Pop burger, near the Hudson River
      Ox Cart in Brooklyn
      Joe's Pizza on Bleecker
      Philio's Fro Yo on Bleecker.

      Pack:
      -- Sunscreen (It gets HOT in July.)
      -- A camera, and extra film (You'll definitely want to take loads of pictures)
      -- You should go to MTA.info and print out a free subway/ bus map if you plan on using public transportation.
      -- Pocket money (Bring extra money, because things can get expensive)
      -- Credit Card-- lots of businesses such as hotels, and restaurants may only accept credit cards.
      -- I.D.-- It can never hurt to have an ID, and you may need it to do things like go to the statue of liberty.
      Have fun in NYC :)

  30. QUESTION:
    Why is the UK behind in Animation?
    One thing I could never understand is why Britain has never capitalized on the animation market as the US, Japan, and Canada has done. Other then Aardman it seems like it lags behind, even in the comic book industry. Some of the best british comic book writers like Alan Moore, Mark Millar, and Neil Gaiman are working for American comic companies. It's odd that a country that has done extremely well with the Film and Music Industry doesn't seem to follow up with animation.

    Just looking for an interesting answer.

    • ANSWER:
      The UK animation industry is now only worth a vanishingly-small £120m, at a time when Screen Digest says the world animation industry is worth £70 billion a year. Animation production in the UK has fallen by 83% in six years. Three-quarters of the UK’s animators have either already moved abroad or are considering shifting overseas. Some of the reasons are:

      * a lack of taxpayer-funded support and/or serious training incentives via government. This was the case during the long failure of the Labour years, but has been continued under the current government. Film still gets huge subsidies (most of which was wasted, under Labour), but animation gets almost nothing.

      * the consistent cutting of production capability by TV producers (e.g.: BBC Animation Unit closed; S4C animation closed; Channel 4 animation dept. closed; C4 budget for short animations cut by £500,000)

      * the almost complete sidelining of animation by official UK film agencies

      * the complete lack of interest in funding animation at the Arts Council

      * the lack of accredited university courses (Skillset can currently only find six B.A. animation courses in the whole of the UK that are worthy of being accredited)

      * the low status and poor conditions often accorded to visiting lecturers at UK universities, together with increasing management intolerance of creative quirkyness and preference for a "safe pair of hands" whose "face fits" when recruiting full-time lecturers

      * the general public distain for courses in "creative subjects" in schools, coupled with the generally poor manner in which creativity is taught in schools

      * a general lack of understanding of the career potential of the creative industries, especially outside London among careers advisors and jobcentres - which can derail a demoralised young talented person in the regions into undemanding and non-creative work

      * siphoning of young talent into the videogames industry, where it is often burned out by overwork within five years

      * the opening up of a great many less time-consuming ways to be creative / make money - many of them online - which naturally draws talent away from the industry

  31. QUESTION:
    I'm really good at movie filming, web designing and movie editing?
    How can I make a few bucks doing these things?

    • ANSWER:
      You could start your own 'video content' website, filming subjects that interest you. Or making quirky low-budget recordings, with a bit of fun, or obscure story lines. You could get some students to act in them for free.

      Well they are inevitably going to be low-budget, but you could make them 'arty', or 'different', or comical, etc. Or short stories, 3 minute stories, 15 mins etc I'm sure you could find loads of talented student writers to do some free work. (Always think 'freebie' lol!)

      And you could slowly build an online stock of these, and you could even use this website as some sort of 'portfolio' for other work. You probably won't make much money from it from the beginning, and loads of your stuff may even appear on other free online video sharing sites, so instead of getting upset about people using your stuff illegally, you could use it to your benefit and place a url for your website at the end of the clip, or at the bottom of the clips while they are running, so that way, you're benefiting from free advertising.

      And this could lead to some well paid work in the future. So basically, think of your website as a portfolio first, and this will minimise frustrations when it doesn't make money right away.

      Good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    Can I get a job as a film director if...?
    I am an undergraduate at Syracuse University and majoring Tv/Radio/Film, and Religious Studies. Is it possible to go to the film industry and get a job as a film director? Or do I need to wait until Grad school?

    • ANSWER:
      You have to understand that there are no "jobs" per se for film directors. You'll never see "film director wanted" in the classified ads of a newspaper or online. Certainly film directors are hired sometimes, but really, how it works (as mentioned) is you spend many years working your way up the ladder and proving yourself by directing low or no budget films.

      Generally speaking, THIS is the genesis of a film director:

      1) Maybe, maybe not graduate from film school.

      2) Shoot/direct/make a bunch of short films and try to get them into film festivals.

      2) Make a first feature length film based on a great script with either your own money or money from investors based on your success with short films and your winning personality.

      3) Promote your first film and try to get it into upper level film festivals and ultimately into the hands of a distributor.

      4) Make another feature length film with ideally a larger budget than your first film and go through the same cycle as in number 3.

      5) Repeat step 4 as many times as it takes until you are considered a "film director" and you can easily get financing for films.

  33. QUESTION:
    If i had moved had to LA, America (from Australia) for an acting career.....?
    With all experience and education all done in Australia, how would this be an advantage or disadvantage.

    For example if i had done this all in Australia:
    - 25 years old, Male.
    - 3 commercials
    - 2 major guest spots on Neighbours or Home & Away
    - 4 Short film [leading role]
    - 4 Year course in dramatic art
    - Legit agency

    Would all this time/effort be a waste if i wanted to have a serious acting career in LA?

    Much thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an LA Actor giving you the REAL DEAL!

      You're already ahead of people starting out in LA.

      Here are some tips to help you on your acting journey:

      1.EDUCATE YOURSELF FIRST!

      READ (check Samuel French, libraries, and bookstores):

      *=If you're on a budget

      Acting business:
      *Acting is Everything: Gold Edition-Judy Kerr
      *How to Be a Working Actor-Mari Lyn Henry and Lynne Rogers
      *Self Management for Actors-Bonnie Gillespie
      -How to Get Arrested-J. Wallach Michael and Paul Thurwachter
      *An Agent Tells All-Tony Martinez
      -One Less Bitter Actor: The Actor's Survival Guide-Markus Flanagan
      -So You Want to Be in Showbusiness?- Steve R. Stevens
      -Acting Truths and Lies (purchased at www.info4actors.com)

      Acting:
      *Book the Job-Doug Warhit
      *Intent to Live-Larry Moss
      -Acting for the Camera-Tony Barr
      -Acting in Film-Michael Caine
      -Acting Class: Take a Seat-Milton Katselas

      Method Acting:
      *Art of Acting-Stella Adler
      *Sanford Meisner on Acting-Sanford Meisner
      *A Dream of Passion-Lee Strasberg
      -Actor's Art and Craft-William Esper
      -The Power of the Actor-Ivanna Chubbuck
      -No Acting Please-Eric Morris
      -Respect for Acting-Uta Hagen
      -Challenge to the Actor-Uta Hagen
      -You Can Act!-D.W. Brown
      -Strasberg’s Method-Lorrie Hull

      Comedy
      -8 Characters of Comedy-Scott Sedita
      -The Sitcom Career Book-Mary Lou Belli

      Improv
      -Anything by Viola Spolin
      -Steve Book on Acting: Improv

      Auditioning/Cold Reading:
      *How to Get the Part Without Falling Apart-Margie Haber
      *Audition-Michael Shurtleff
      -Secrets to Successful Cold Readings-Glenn Alterman

      2.GET TRAINING!

      Regardless of how "talented" you might be, you NEED training, PERIOD!

      Best schools in LA:
      Cold Reading/Auditioning
      -Margie Haber
      -Brian Reise
      -Amy Lyndon

      Commercials
      -Hey, I Saw Your Commercial!
      -Chris Game
      -Stuart K. Robinson
      -Stuart Stone
      -Killian McHugh
      -Francine Selkirk-Akerman
      -Carolyne Barry

      Improv (All four are great)
      -Groundlings
      -Second City
      -Upright Citizens Brigade
      -Improv Olympic

      Scene Study/Acting (It varies. Some schools are not for everyone. Chubbuck, Eric Morris, and Howard Fine are not for people who aren't fans of Strasberg or Uta Hagen (ie. affective memory and substitution.) Playhouse West, Joanne Baron/DW Brown, and Acting Corps are more Meisner oriented. Try to audit these places and make sure if they're for you or not.

      -Doug Warhit
      -Kimberly Jentzen
      -Beverly Hills Playhouse
      -Howard Fine
      -Stella Adler
      -Ivanna Chubbuck
      -Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown
      -Tom Todoroff
      -Playhouse West
      -Aaron Speiser
      -Acting Corps
      -Eric Morris

      Comedy:
      -Scott Sedita
      -Lesly Kahn

      3. Get GREAT headshots

      Here's is a good place to start:

      http://bbs.backstage.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8011031/m/110106342

      4. Build Your Resume and Reel Doing Student films and Indie Films. Also do plays to build your acting experience.

      Sample Resume:

      http://i707.photobucket.com/albums/ww80/ELDORADO59/scan0002.jpg

      How to make an ACTING resume:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091011203729AAkQetj

      The ONLY LEGIT Online sites that you can find jobs on your own through:
      ALL SITES NOT LISTED BELOW ARE QUESTIONABLE!

      -ActorsAccess.com
      -LACasting.com
      -Nowcasting.com
      -Backstage.com

      Free but proceed with caution:
      -Castingcallsearch.com
      -Mandy.com
      -Craigslist

      5. Get an Agent

      To get an agent, you need to get GREAT headshots, a good resume, and training from the best. These are enough to get you a commercial agent at least. Getting a GOOD theatrical agent (Film/tv) takes longer. Most good theatrical agents won’t see you unless you’re SAG, have a polished resume, and a demo reel. Commercial agents are more lenient about that. What the best Commercial agents want to see on your resume are good commercial classes, improv, and cold reading.

      You can get an agent multiple ways. Here are a few common ways:
      -Mail in an unsealed manilla envelope with a CONCISE coverletter and headshot with the resume stapled on the back. If you have a demoreel include that too.
      -Attend a showcase and impress them. By showcase I do not mean scammy conventions like IMTA, IPOP, Proscout, or Best New Talent. I mean legit ones like at Actor Connection, Reel pros, Network Studios, etc.
      -Get a referral from a friend who is with the agency that you’re interested in

      DON’T
      -Email them unless they tell you to. IT’S UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Call unless they tell you to. ALSO UNPROFESSIONAL!
      -Walk in and ask for a meeting. UNPROFESSIONAL THREE!
      -Sign with them if they ask for upfront money, make you take new photos with THEIR photographer, or take THEIR classes. Agent’s ONLY make money when you do. Agents usually make 10% on film/tv and commercials and 20% on commercial print.

      Here are some agencies that are more open to taking developing actors:
      Top Youth Agencies:
      CESD
      Osbrink
      Coast to Coast
      Abrams
      Daniel Hoff
      Amsel, Eisenstadt, and Frazier
      Savage

      Top Commercial Agencies(*=definite winners):
      KSR *-Alicia Ruskin
      Abrams *- Mark Measures
      CESD *- David Ziff or Adrienne Berg
      Diverse *- Wendy Morrison
      Coast to Coast * -Hugh Leon
      Daniel Hoff * - Daniel Hoff
      Commercial Talent * - Neil Kreppel
      Commercials Unlimited - Richard Reiner
      Innovative Artists * - Marcia Hurwitz or Cher Van Amburg
      Independent Artists- Jenine Leigh or Laura Fogelman
      Bobby Ball-Mike O'Dell
      Flick Commercials- Tina Kiratsoulis
      DPM - Daniel P. Mulheran
      DDO - Marlene Sutton
      Venture IAB - Noel Palm
      Sutton, Barth, Venari * -Pam Sparks
      Arlene Thornton and Associates - Tracy Mapes
      Pantheon * -Patricia Dawson or Pierre Gatling
      Beverly Hecht -Teresa Valente-Dahlquist
      Don Buchwald and Associates *- Kristy Dax
      M. Greene and associates - Jim Lighte
      AKA * - Doug Ely
      Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier -Gloria Hinojosa
      Brady, Brannon, and Rich * - Judy Rich or Pat and David Brady
      Brass Artists - Jack Ianacci
      Aqua - John Kolinofsky
      Special Artists Agency - Alexandra Gucovsky
      Amatruda, Benson, and Assoc. -Kimberly Gola
      Angel City - Gwen Davis
      BiCoastal - Greta Hanley
      Clear Talent Group - Tim O'Brien
      Lemon Lime - Robin Harrington or Chaim Magnum
      LA Talent - Pam Loar or Mike Casey
      LW1 - Sean Robinson
      Mavrick - Brad Diffley
      Momentum - Garry Purdy
      NTA*- Nancy Luciano

      Up and Comer Commercial Agencies:
      -Talentworks (Emily Hope from ACME is here)
      -House of Representatives (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)
      -Sovereign (Top theatrical agency that now has a commercial department)- Annalisa Babich
      -Hollywood Select Talent-Mike Sutton of Baron Entertainment is there.

      Theatrical Agents (Minus the Big 4 (William Morris, UTA, ICM, CAA) and the B Agencies(Gersh, APA, Paradigm, Innovative) who do NOT take beginners) :
      Buchwald
      Abrams
      David Shapira and Associates
      Diverse
      Domain
      The Glick Agency
      GVA
      IFA
      Kazarian Spencer (KSR)
      Metropolitan
      Michael Greene and Associates
      Pakula King
      Peter Strain
      SMS Talent
      Sovereign
      Stone Manners
      SDB Partners
      Talentworks
      AEF
      AKA
      Chasin
      Coast to Coast
      Daniel Hoff
      Defining Artists
      Gage Group
      Geddes
      Hervey Grimes
      Henderson Hogan
      House of Representatives
      Osbrink
      Pantheon
      Privilege

  34. QUESTION:
    Best film-based SLR camera for starting out?
    Hi, i'm starting a photography class soon and need to purchase a film-based SLR camera. I have had a look and to be honest i'm not sure where to start, my budget is around £600 as I would like to keep using the camera for a while after my course.

    • ANSWER:
      See if you can find a good used camera and save some money. I like the Nikon SLR cameras. You want a good "old school" camera where you will have to do manual focus with basic controls then look for these Nikon models: FM, FM2,FM2n, FM10, FE, and FE2. You can do internet searches and find info on all of these, below the 1st link is to a review of the FM2n.

      I added a 2nd link to photo.net. It is a website that has a large online photo coummunity with much information that includes discussion forums that you may find of assistance.

      Then either get a 50mm lens (sometimes refered to as a standard lenss) or a good quality short zoom lens.

      Feel free to contact me if you think I can be of help.

      Mark

      marksablow.com

  35. QUESTION:
    Can I screw a 3x Zoom Multiplier(Point&Shoot) into the end Filter Ring of Nikkor DX lens with same mm threads?
    I have been thinking about an upgrade from a Point and Shoot to a D-SLR for over a year now mainly because my Kodak 5MP is 6 years old now, has an adapter to use Kodak's Wide Angle lens which blocks the flash and I have no focus control.

    I really haven't considered any other brands like Canon or Fujifilm, Pentax because I had been set on a Nikon. Specifically the D80. I finally decide after reading countless reviews and the like that I am going to be getting a D80, I have already ordered an 8GB SDHC 150X with 20Mb/s write speed card for my camera.

    I had originally thought I was going to get the kit from Best Buy which was the D80 with an Extra Battery, a Case, and an 18 - 135mm and a 70 - 300mm. The latter lens alone is 7(on sale which is normally 0). The body only comes in at 0 and finally the 18 - 135 at 0

    That brings the separate total to 67 and 30 without the sale price on the 70 - 300mm lens respectively. Basically this means that in their kit price of 1767 they are giving you 0 for the battery and case.

    I thought this was an OK deal but I began looking at the kit and I knew absolutely nothing about the lenses from the mm to what they catch in the viewfinder (SLR means what you see is what you get) or anything. I did research to find out what I need to know and I looked at a few friends cameras and set their lenses manually to the same mm specs and took some pictures that I normally would take with my old camera and wow, that gave me a reality check. I now know that I definitely don't want the ranges of lenses that come in that kit.

    I start thinking about the information I have at hand and my budget of around 00, taking into consideration that I mainly use Wide Angles for landscape type shots, I realize that 18mm just is not going to cut it on the low end. I learned that 35mm and below is considered wide but the wide angle on my Kodak must be a Semi-Fish-Eye to Super Wide Angle type. I need a much lower mm to be the width I need at the short distance I am shooting from. Generally the closer to 0 degrees you get the faster the width goes wider so from 18 - 12 is a huge difference which is equivalent to say 70 - 120mm at medium focal length.

    I start looking for wide angle Nikon lenses and come across the Nikkor 12 - 24mm which is perfect for what I am wanting (108 degree viewing angle at 12mm) but holy cow this lens is 99. I am on a bit of a budget so... If I have absolutely got to have this lens I do need one more I think well I and going to use the telephoto a lot too so the logical choice is the 70 - 300mm. So were talking 0 00 0 = 00 without a bag or spare battery and I realize that the most used mm spec is 35mm(SLR is Film or 35mm) give or take 15mm so we are talking a 20 - 50mm lens. OK Nikon has a 17 - 55mm but it is another 0 or I could get the 18 - 135mm for 0 with extra zoom but a plastic mounting ring rather than metal.

    So this bumps me into the 00 range which is double mu budget. So then I talk to a photographer who suggests non OEM lenses so online at a review of the 12 - 24mm Nikkor and several comparable models and I decide to get the 10 - 20mm Sigma Wide Angle that supports the AF-S functionality of the Nikon D-SLR so AF works (Meaning that the Auto Focus and Silent Wave Motor or Sigma's version of it are driven by the AF function of the D80) and this one is significantly cheaper at around 0 pairing that with a more expensive 18 - 200mm for around 0 and I'm more in the ball park with 00, it is a better option to spend more on that lense with VR (Vibration Reduction) and have one less lens so the 18 - 135 and 70 - 200 are not split into two lenses which would increase price about 0 and I would be switching all the time.

    With these two lenses paired I have all the ranges I want except for the upper telephoto topping out at 200mm. This gets me thinking about something, all the lenses have threads for external filters and the lens hood snaps over but is also the same mm measurement. Why can I not buy a 3x multiplier and screw into the end of the 18 - 200mm making it into a 54 - 600mm lens?

    That is the question I am asking you guys...can i do that. The screw in lens is made for the lower end cameras such as point and shoot but if the threads are the same and nothing comes out of the end of the lens which I know it will not because the filters could not be installed otherwise. Can't I use that just for long telephoto which is usually pretty specific of a shot such as a bird or something. There is the possibility that the WYSIWYG will view the outside diameter of the 3X lens showing a ring and black corners on the final picture which is can be easily cropped out anyway.

    What do you guys think? the 3x multiplier is 0 verses 00 for a 80 - 500mm lens.The only problem I could see as a possibility would be the filters screwing on the outside versus the 3x screwing on internally.

    • ANSWER:
      Screwing a "3X multiplier" onto the front of your lens is a bad idea. The resultant loss of quality will make you quickly realize you wasted your money. Its like putting used tires on your new car.

      If you want to extend the zoom range of your DSLR lens you will need a Nikon teleconverter. They come in 3 multipliers: 1.4X, 1.7X and 2X.

      Just multiply the focal lengths of your zoom lenses: your 18-200 becomes a 36-400 with the 2X.

      As in all things, however, there are no solutions, only trade-offs. The increase you gain in focal length with the teleconverter comes with an increase in your effective f-stop. So your 18-200mm f3.5/5.6 zoom not only becomes a 36-400mm it also performs like an f7.0/11.2 lens. Yes, you lose 2 full stops with a 2X teleconverter. However, this isn't as much of a problem as you might think. How can I say that? Easy. I know the old "Sunny 16 Rule". It states: "On a sunny day, set your aperture to f16 and your shutter speed to 1/ISO." In other words, if we're using ISO 400 on a sunny day we can shoot at f16 (f8 with your 2X teleconverter) at a shutter speed of 1/400. Since your lens has VR you'll be able to go even slower.

      Buy the 18-200mm zoom with VR and a Nikon 2X teleconverter.

      If you want to spend your money wisely, buy a thin/slim mount 72mm Haze/UV filter and a thin/slim mount 72mm circular polarizer. Choose from Heliopan, B+W, Singh-Ray, Tiffen or Hoya. You want a thin/slim mount to avoid vignetting at 18mm. The Haze/UV filter will protect the front element of your lens and remove haze seen in scenic pictures. The polarizer will darken a blue sky, enhance colors, and remove glare/reflections from water, glass, snow, sand and painted metal - but not polished metal.

      Buy a lens cleaning cloth like the ones offered by Nikon or PhotoSilk or Pentax. In 37 years I've never used a liquid lens cleaner.

  36. QUESTION:
    Trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico in May?
    I am planning a family trip to San Juan, PR in mid-May.
    How's weather there around that time?
    Some say May is a hurricane season, so try to avoid it.
    Some say it doesn't start until June.
    I need an advice from someone with experience! =)

    Any tips on travel to PR are appreciated.

    If May isn't really the best time for San Juan, do you have any place to suggest for a family trip in May? I'm thinking about 3nights4days long and leaving from Washington DC.

    Thanks again! =)

    • ANSWER:
      As others have said here, you should be Ok in may with regards to Hurricanes and even in the main season, direct hits are not that common.

      As for temps. hot with the chnace of rain (but usually it will be a short burst of heavy rain and then the sun will be back out).

      As for things to do:

      Consider renting a car, just bear in mind that driving is a little crazy, just keep your eyes on all your mirrors and you'll be fine. It's better than relying on organized trips in my opinion

      Places to see.
      Old San Juan - easily spend a few hours walking around here. It's a little hilly so maybe jump on the free trolley bus to El Morro (the fort) and work your way back down through the city. Plenty of places to eat and drink for all budgets. Try Breakfast at La Bombonera (one of the oldest establishments in the city)

      El Yunque (rainforest) plus spend the afternoon at Luquillo Beach

      Check out one of the grand hotels on a weekend evening and try your hand (feet) at some latin dancing.

      Ponce on the South coast for more Puerto Rican architecture

      Arecibo Observatory. The James Bond movie Golden Eye and also the Jodie Foster movie Contact were filmed there.

      There is also this: Las Cabezas de San Juan Nature Reserve (Tel:787-722-5882). I have not been, but I would like to (it sounds a cool place to visit). You can have an escorted tour through the reserve on an electric trolley, but you have to book in advance.

      Pnce in the south is also worth considering

      Try the local food stands and just enjoy everything that the island has to offer.

      Also check the online guides frommers.com, roughguide.com and visitthecoqui.wordpress.com

  37. QUESTION:
    how to enter a film festival?
    how do i enter a film festival, does it cost anything?
    also, me and a parter are currently writing around a 90 page horror script, for a low budget horror film. top enter film festivals is there a limit to how long it has to be, since i am doing a low budget film, im making it around between 1 hour and 30 mins.
    or do you think i should go with just an hour one? idk

    • ANSWER:
      Most film festivals have an entry fee for submissions. The fee varies with the festival. A lot of festivals use Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com) for entries - it's free to register for a filmmaker's account and you can enter mutiple festivals fairly easily and pay the entry fees online. So far as the length goes, ther eis no limit to how long it can be, but if you are making a 90 minute film it better be pretty darn exciting for the entire 90 minutes! I used to jury a film festival and for a feature film, after 15 minutes we would vote on whether or not it was worth our time to watch the rest of it; but most short films we would watch the whole thing. An hour long film is actually an awkward length - some festivals consider a short film anything less than 30 minutes and a feature anything over 70, so a 60 minute film doesn't fit either category.

  38. QUESTION:
    Best HD Camcorder for documentaries/short budget films?
    Hiya, long story short I'm a budding journalist and ready to shoot a documentary; probs just for online atm but we'll see how it goes. I want the doc to be of a good quality but as I'm a student I cant spend megabucks. Can anyone advise what camcorders are good? Don't wanna spend more than 600 quid.

    Also what softwares are good for editing films?

    thanks for your time

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Professional-HVR-A1U-Definition-Camcorder/dp/B000ENON1A

      Adobe Premiere pro is good for editing

  39. QUESTION:
    Anime movie making online software?
    Hi I'm into film-making and developing stories. But I'm having a problem :( I don't have any actors so im kinda stuck I wanna post video on youtube and facebook. So i just decide start off with anime instead as a basic. I'm on a tight budget so does anyone know any anime software where I can make anime short films or any online for free??? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You mean like video editing software like Adobe After Effects?

  40. QUESTION:
    Need ideas for a short film please?
    Okay so I'm launching my new channel on YouTube but I want to launch it with a Short Film to gain some popularity. I need something simple that can be done with a relatively low budget (simple expenses for props as I have a camera, stabilizer, tripod etc...). I enjoy shooting action scenes but I need a good story line. I am open to doing Fan Films but please search online first before suggesting them as Left 4 Dead and others have already been done. Please also do not include Minecraft as I'm actually planning on doing that later on once I have more resources and access to actors. Thanks!
    Im 15 btw. And I realize that like the guy in the comments said you are giving ME, YOUR ideas not knowing how much experience or skill I have, I realize that its hard to trust some random guy on the internet but heres a quick run down, I picked up my first camera when I was 8 and started making videos, since then i've improved my skills and done some product videos and even some TV ads for my dad who's a website designer. I've now taken a bigger interest in doing larger projects for actual money such as this, so there's my story and if you don't feel like giving your idea that's okay just anything would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Start by making a list of locations available to you. Then make of list of people who would be willing to act in your movie. Think about what could happen at those locations.

  41. QUESTION:
    What camera would I need?
    Hi, I am looking for a camcorder/handycam which will go up to 1080p. It will really help if the camera has an input for a microphone (This can be an input for an XLR cable). All I'm interested in doing is some high quality filming as I use after effects quite a lot and like making my own short movies. So in a nutshell, I am looking for a hd camera with good audio input and a relatively cheap price.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Daniel:

      From one of your earlier Q&A's, I see you are around 15, so that gives a better idea of what "relatively cheap" might mean to you. (A real figure in pounds-sterling or Euros might be better.)

      And it always helps us to know that you are in the UK when recommending camcorders, since this is a worldwide forum & TV standards vary from region to region. (You would want a PAL TV and UK-mains voltage model with the correct plug.)

      You aren't going to find any models with XLR inputs for under £1000, so you'll probably have to settle for using XLR-to-3.5mm mini plug adapter cables (or an XLR audio mixer with a 3.5mm cable). I didn't see ANY "prosumer" camcorders on Argos UK's website under £2000 (the Sony NEX-VG10E for £2269).

      The Canon Legria HV40 has been one of the best quality (HDV format on tape, for low-compression high-quality HD footage) consumer-priced models, but they are becoming hard to find in the UK. (You can get one from B+H Photo in NYC, but it runs about £100 more than the US Vixia model -- the Vixia HV40 is around 0 USD and the Legria HV40 is 0 USD.) Canon USA actually sells the Vixia HV40 on their website (refurbished) for 9 USD, but none of the UK models seem to be available on a similar deal.

      If you don't mind buying used, or shopping online for obscure left-overs of older models, the Canon Legria HV20 and HV30 have the same HDV quality footage and external mic inputs as the HV40 (including 24p cinema mode).

      Feel free to post an Additional Details update to your Question with a budget figure, and you'll get better suggestions as to models you can afford.

      hope this helps,
      --Dennis C.
       

  42. QUESTION:
    How can i get more Short Films Online?
    You should try watching more short films. Perhaps the inventory of well-known short films these days is limited to the Pixar shorts before their features, and whatever the Academy decides to nominate at Oscar time. And perhaps the perceived quality of the “short film” type is diluted by all the terrible student films and demo reels made by people who, rightfully, will never have access to the budget of a feature-length film.

    But the short film has a long and distinguished pedigree. Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd were equally well-known for their shorts as for their features. Because of the lengthy process of animation, most of our greatest animators are known primarily for short films. And, I would argue, there are many famous feature filmmakers who seem better suited to the short subject format.

    www.shortfilmsin.com

    • ANSWER:
      Agreed, I watch a lot of short films on IFC

  43. QUESTION:
    Acting school for children?
    Hello,
    My daughter have appeared on 11 low-budget short films and now she wants to take an acting class in order to get an agency(big one like WMA or CAA). What is the best acting class for children with low tuition in the NYC area ?
    P.S : The kind which teaches us not only acting skills but also how to do good at auditions and appear naturally in front of the camera.

    • ANSWER:
      Asian girl,

      I think I answered a question of yours the other day, you really need to back off the WMA and CAA idea or you'll just be disappointed. They will not sign your daughter until she does something big or you know someone important, period. You don't want them to anyway because having them as your agent means nothing if they won't work for her. She needs momentum and without big credits she doesn't have that.

      Now, about your classes, you're not going to find the best studio for cheap in NY. That's another pip dream. It takes little more than a search to find several classes and as big as NY is it's best for you to search to find what's closest to you. Tuition is going to be big there, that's just the way it is so do one class at a time if that's all you can afford. Start with technique or scene study class, switch to an on camera, then an audition class when you can. You just do what you can when you can. I could barely afford my classes, I started working in the office and doing anything I could to get my classes, it was a trade. Make it work if it's that important to you.

      Make a list of questions, call every studio you can find and ask them about scholarships or making any type of arrangements to pay or trade services.

      http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=NY+acting+class+kids

      http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=NY+acting+studio

      http://www.goodsearch.com/Search.aspx?Keywords=NY+acting+studio+kids

      Vary the words in your search to suit your needs and call to ask questions. Check up on their business using BBB, ripoffreport.com, etc. Search their name and the word scam online to see if there's anything else you should know before spending your money there, do your research.

      good luck,
      Marianne

  44. QUESTION:
    If they cost the same, what's better?
    my question is this: If any given AF 35mm SLR and digital AF SLR cost the same, and you consider every single feature and specification on both cameras, which one would generally be better?
    My budget is kind of tight, so a camera that isn't too pricety (600-700 bucks) so I can still buy wide angle and a good telephoto lens. I want it to be able to do things that a point and shooter can't, but also be able to do things that a digital camera can't (very long exposures and whatnot). I don't really travel much, except to tourist traps with my family, because I like to find great shots in common things (plus I can already find extrordinary things near where I live-like my friends backyard. His dad earns a store specializing in birds, and they have a huge backyard with trees, a river and a field with at least two dozen feeders.)

    • ANSWER:
      If you know how to really use the equipment in terms of getting the exposure right and you are pretty sure of your composition skills, it's a toss up in terms of the camera and a matter of personal preference.

      If you travel a lot and visit exotic and remote places, I go digital. The film quality can't be guarranteed in places like the Far East, India, Pacific Islands, etc. The digital gives consistent and reliable results.

      If you do things like take long back pack trips (over a week or two), like I used to like to do, I go with film because I don't want to carry an extra battery or some sort of jury rigged solar recharging setup.

      For initial cost, the film camera is the best. You don't have to invest in software and maybe an upgrade to a computer system, or the purchase of a new one.

      If you shoot a lot, digital is less expensive over time in terms of not using consumable film. Also, it is much more flexible so you won't have to invest in filters to do color correction, produce golden sunset pictures, etc. You'll also never run into the situation where your film is the wrong type for the lighting. Even though the basics of photography don't change, the digital way of accomplishing many of those basics is different and that makes the learning curve steeper and longer. Digital is more convenient - it's not easier.

      Vance

      Addendum:

      Given the added information, I do have a specific recommendation that should be around your budget if you shop smart.

      Canon's EOS 350D is a full featured digital camera that will do just about anything you want. It can and does produce professional level images the equivalent of the Canon 20D and is outstanding in its low noise at the higher ISO speeds. ISO 1600 is very usable. It has RAW and JPEG image files available. You can get that with a kit lens for around 0.00 USD or less online with some smart shopping.

      The kit lens would be the 17-55 mm zoom. It's not a great lens, but it is very acceptable. In 35 mm terms, this covers a range from 28 mm (wide angle) to 88 mm (short telephoto).

      You mention birds and for that you'll want a telephoto. You're description of what you'll shoot also shows that anything may be a subject for you. Way cool, you should have a macro for nice close-ups. The Tamron 70-300 mm zoom lens is a good sharp lens with nice contrast. You should be able to pick one up for around 0.00 USD.

      The wide angle of the kit lens will be good for landscapes, group shots of your friends and some pretty fine shots using the distortion of wide angle for creative stuff.

      The macro will get you in close and the images are sharp. The world looks very different this way. You'll be able to take close-ups of flowers, insects, or anything else you want with good quality.

      Tamron 70-300 zoom images:

      Macro Spider:

      http://picasaweb.google.com/Vance.Lear/CrossSpider/photo?authkey=0VpGvvAH-dc#5091065966582511202

      Teleshot @ 200 mm:

      http://picasaweb.google.com/Vance.Lear/TamronTeleShot/photo?authkey=to_x-lnlJdg#5104271895733226978

      Dance performance/handheld ISO 1600:

      http://picasaweb.google.com/Vance.Lear/To20DGroup?authkey=UK8Z4YYwlUs

      Kit lens, 18 mm @ 20 sec exposure:

      http://picasaweb.google.com/Vance.Lear/KitLens18Mm/photo?authkey=iKOh8AZXF5A#5104273832763477506

      The camera used for the images above is a 20D, which is a working camera for me. The 350D and the 20D are virtually identical in terms of image quality.

      The lenses used are the two I am recommending.

      If you want to do better, start thinking in terms of a LOT more money. The 350D also uses the same lenses as the the high end Canon's so if you upgrade the body, lenses can still be used.

      Tried to put together an equivalent Nikon system, but really couldn't.

      A film system will be cheaper, but I think there would be a lot of practical drawbacks for you.

      There's my thoughts, my reasons (the images) and your budget. Opinions vary.

      Vance

  45. QUESTION:
    Help Me Get My First Short Film Made!?
    About Me

    Hey everyone, I am an 18 year old filmmaker from London, I have just purchased my first camera and written a short film. As many of you film makers out there can probably relate to, the first film is the scariest. I have what i think is a solid storyline but am currently working on 0 budget, which has made this very difficult to pull off.

    About The Project

    The project i am working is titled 'Coming To Terms' and is about an atheist teenage boy who dies, when he dies he goes to 'Limbo' and there he meets Satan himself. Whilst there he has a conversation with Satan about why he doesn't deserve to go to hell. even though he never believed in God whilst alive. I am a christian and this story is very meaningful for me. I have alot of friends about the age of the character who do not believe in God and although i respect their decision, i want to make them question what would happen when the die. This is a thought provoking film that hopefully will let them see that god is the right way to go.

    any contributions to helping me make this film would be widely appreciated and thanked greatly. Mainly the money will go to helping me get lighting equipment to boost the production quality of this film and paying for such items such as the space to film, the actors wage, and any expenses made out whilst the filming is being taken place.

    This is my first film, although not my first filming experience and i would really appreciate all the help to get started as i can.

    :)

    What I Need & What You Get

    I am asking for 0 or £310.00(roughly) to get this project off the ground.

    £200 of this will be going to getting the space to film, we need a wide open pain with no buildings around it, these are rare to come by around London.

    The £70 will go into paying the actors/film crew for their time and effort

    The other £40 will go into publishing and promoting this film online. I want as many people to see this film and take in its message as possible.

    Now to what YOU get for your generous help!

    Every contribution no matter how big or small will receive a special thanks in the credits of the short film. I will try my hardest to personally thank everyone aswell.

    Contributions over £50 will receive a special producer credit in the film and a hard copy if wanted of the film on DVD format.

    If i do not reach my entire goal, not to worry, money is flexible to stretch and balance depending on how much help I receive!.

    The Impact

    This film could potentially impact ALOT of people if its pulled off how i hope it will be. The film aims to make people question their religious views and see that if they do not believe. they are not safe.

    I WANT TO MAKE CLEAR I AM NOT FORCING MY VIEWS UPON ANYONE

    This story dosnt mention Christianity or any religion. It simply promotes a forgiving god. i do not wish to feel like I'm shoving my views down anyones throats.

    Other Ways You Can Help

    If you cannot personally donate, i thank you anyway for taking the time to read this campaign. If you could forward this to anyone and everyone who you think may be interested in helping me, please do!

    I cannot put in words how much any help would be gratefully accepted.

    Thank you again.

    Here is the link where you can safely donate to the cause and read the films script if you so wish.

    http://www.indiegogo.com/ComingToTerms?a=1251713

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but I'm no expert of such things as movie/film making, maybe you can join some professional group such as forum or things like that.
      Good luck.

  46. QUESTION:
    steps to creating an short film? please help!?
    im making a movie with some friends, mainly for fun because were bored this summer. were taking it pretty seriously though, we wanna make it look good! are we on the right path to making it good, staying organized and all?

    we have our plot
    we made our roles
    looked for materials
    were trying to plan our budget
    weve found locations for shooting
    we also know how to edit our shots and do effects

    are we missing anything? any tips on how to keep a low budget movie with fair quality? any help at all would be great :)

    • ANSWER:
      Organization is one key. You seem to be on the right track. If you want it to look good, make sure to do a little research on filmmaking in general - cinematography, lighting, and so forth. Read a few books or look up filmmaking tips online. Framing a scene correctly can do wonders for capturing a great looking film.

      Sound is also something you must take into consideration, an aspect many new/indie filmmakers overlook. Bad audio can ruin a great film. I'd recommend either having an experience sound person or making sure you have good audio during filming - make sure your locations aren't near busy streets, using a windsock on your boom mike to help muffle wind noise, using a boom mike instead of the in-camera mike if at all possible, use lavs (small microphones that are attached to the clothes of the actors) when possible, ect.

      For keeping it low budget but good quality, the key is getting everything you can for as little as you can. Don't be afraid to barter, ask for discounts, ask for donations, call in favors, and so on. Sometimes a local business might donate a little something for publicity or just to be nice. Maybe a local pizza place will give you free or discounted pizzas for a crew meal, or a local clothing store will give you a few shirts or wardrobe pieces. Ask anyone you think would help, and even the ones who you don't think will. What's the worst that can happen, they say "no"? If they say no, thank them politely for their time and move on. Let the "no"s roll off your back and you'll get those coveted yes'.

      Most of all, have fun. Shooting with friends can be tough sometimes as some might treat it like just another afternoon game. It can be difficult sometimes if your friends aren't into it. Be as professional as you can, of course, but enjoy it. It'll show in your film if your heart, as well as your actors and crew, are into it.

  47. QUESTION:
    Need Ideas FAST?
    I'm making a movie this summer, and i have people who are willing to act and my techies and such. It's going to be a student film type thing and i really need a plot, a story, and possibly even a screen play for a drama, one that can easily be done on a low budget, please someone help me out and earn two points and possibly even ten
    I don't have that much money and can't have some elaborate set either, i have woods, parks, cities, plenty of location, plenty of people to act, film length doesn't matter there's no limit

    • ANSWER:
      DR_KWALLACE: I CAN'T REPLY TO YOUR EMAIL BECAUSE YOUR "EMAIL ADDRESS HAS NOT BEEN CONFIRMED"

      I've got a possible idea for a screenplay, but if you don't like that, here are a couple of titles I made up on the spot that might inspire you or give you at least a couple of ideas:

      Not Endorsed By Oprah
      Slower Than Godot
      Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
      Give A Care

      Before I introduce my idea, which is fresh and I'm sure has plenty of plot holes, I know someone who has a short, short-story that you may like. Read it and see if you like it, and I'll ask her if you want to make it into a film. It's called "A Single Word," and can be read here: http://www.fictionpress.com/read.php?storyid=1970940

      My idea:

      Title: Writing Emily

      Colton Callahan (I suck at male names -- feel free to change to your preference) is unemployed. He wishes. In reality, Colton is thirty-five (age is also flux -- feel free to change) and works at the only McDonald's in his small, New England town (state suggestible). On his small salary he can barely afford his rundown apartment and computer, with his deadbeat older brother lounging on the couch all day long and using Colton's well-earned money for only God-knows-what. Colton is too weak-hearted to kick his brother out or request a promotion, or ask for any of the other things he really deserves. On the few nights he has off, Colton writes -- rather badly, but he still writes.
      One morning, he wakes up to see a red-headed (hair color can also change) girl, about 21 years old, standing next to his bed, staring at him. She asks him, "Where do you keep the cereal?" or some equally mundane question. Colton is shocked that this young woman is in his apartment or bedroom -- and then he remembers that he lives with his brother. What other explanation could there be than a one-night stand? When he tells the girl that there will probably be a box in the cabinet in the kitchen, he walks up to his brother who is just leaving the shower with a towel wrapped around himself and asks about the girl. Colton's brother seems surprised, but a look comes over his face that just screams "window of opportunity!" He rushes into the kitchen, Colton right behind him.
      "There's no girl here," he says, or something similar. Colton, looking very confused, stares at the red-headed girl sitting at his counter, eating a bowl of Honey-Nut Cheerios. His brother is staring at the same place, but seems to stare right through the red-head. His brother glares at Colton and leaves the room, heading off to grab the clothes that he had just worn and put them back on.
      Colton glares at the girl and asks her why she and his brother are doing this. She looks up at him, brow furrowed, Cheerios being munched, and says, with a full mouth, "What are you talking about?" Colton starts telling her off, but then his brother enters the room, stares at Colton for a while, and grunts, "Get checked out..."

      Basically, Colton has snapped after all of the stress and unappreciation -- he's become schizophrenic, and has invented someone who won't mistreat him. The girl says her name is Emily, and basically follows Colton everywhere. She eventually starts telling him all of these great stories from her "life," and he gets the idea to write it. What he writes ends up being a hit, and he's famous (if it'd be too difficult to make him look nationwide famous-ish, it'd be possible to give him a pseudonym and put him in an online community where he publishes his writing, like Fictionpress.com). He's on a roll, and he becomes more sure of himself, and gets a promotion, kicks his brother out, gets a better apartment -- but one day he wakes up, and Emily isn't there. She's not in his bedroom sitting on the floor, she's not watching his television, and she's not sleeping in the bed he bought her. He suddenly has to figure out how to function without his illusions/delusions, and he has to figure out that he's a great writer even without Emily being right in front of him, and that, in fact, he IS Emily.
      I think we might have to mix in a love interest to help him realize all of that. You'd have to decide though.

      I know it's not the best, but...I like to write...

  48. QUESTION:
    how to be a successful film director by the time im 25?
    im 16

    • ANSWER:
      - Be related to someone in the industry who can help you.

      - Make a controversial low budget short film or feature and put it online or get it into a festival where it will be seen and talked about.

      - Study the career trajectories of other people who achieved notoriety and success at a young age as filmmakers.

      - Get into a program where you can get mentoring or funding for your work, or go to one of the film schools that are known for being networking hives (NYU, USC, UCLA)

  49. QUESTION:
    Best equipment for short film?
    I'm in the process of beginning to write, shoot, and edit a short film for a local student film festival. Because it is a student film festival, obviously no one's submissions will be high tech, but all I have at the moment is a short tripod, iMovie, and a JVC Everio camera.

    I've read that lighting and sound are often overlooked by first-time directors, so for as little money as possible, what equipment would I absolutely need to make the sound and lighting worth watching in my film? Really, it'd be great if someone could tell me about any basic equipment that I'd really need for this to make it look good.

    Thanks :)

    P.S. If some of this stuff isn't too expensive then I'll probably just buy it (I would like to buy a camera lens attachment, for instance), but other stuff I'd probably rent if possible. I live in Rockland County, NY, could anyone tell me if there are places that do this nearby? My online searches didn't come up with much.

    • ANSWER:
      Your current equipment will be great for shooting the film. You do not need a bunch of fancy stuff. You can make a very respectable film on a low budget these days.

      These students are doing it on the cheep.

      http://www.sfett.com

      you can find tons of information through that site.

      When I shot my first movie we had one camera one boom mic and some small lights. You can even use clamp lights like you get from home depot or lowes. You might want to see if you can find some red, yellow and blue gels. If you dont know what that is, they are basically colored plastic sheets. You hang them in front of your lights and it gives you a blue light, basically. Then you would have one or two blue and one or two regular or open. This will give you cool lighting effects for cheap. Dramatic is cool, just use what you have and make sure it shows up good on camera.

      Sound
      Sound is more important than lighting, in this case. No one will watch a movie if the sound sucks. So get some kind of mic. I would suggest a boom. You can capture tons of good sound with just one boom mic. This might cost you a few hundred dollars but it will be worth it. If you end up not catching a certain line or sound, dont freak you can always capture the line afterward and put it in. But you will want to make sure to capture the ambiance sound from each location this will be background noise. If you get that you can always fade in lines.

      Oh yeah call B&H photo and video and tell them what you are doing and your budget and they will hook you up. They are in NY but its in the City. They are really great with returns so if something stinks just return it.

      You can find them by doing a google or I have links to them on my website

      http://www.TysonJamesPhotography.com

      Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    short stories or scrips for a film?
    hey, im 17 now, i plan to go to film school which ive looked into etc
    i was wondering about scrips, just small ones nothing outstanding just something solid that i can turn into a simple creative short film. I've heard using small scrips from online is illegal even if i am just doing making the film to show universities my film making/directing skills with no money gained what so ever.This is pretty lame if it is true, however if it is is their any sites where i can read a script and purchase it for a small amount of money, not a lot of course just a real small amount, under £10 or etc. It's just i would really like to start practicing making writing into film and this would be a great way to do it. Simple story lines, short, solid and not too difficult for a low budget director to make. Thanks a lot links to sites on where I could get scripts or even read them would be great, also if anyone has an email that they themselves would be willing to send me a script it would be brilliant experience to talk to a script writer, thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      hi i am an aspiring screenwriter. personally if you want to go into film i think you need to learn how to write your own screenplays or make up your own stories. usually screenplays that are sold online are longer and from writers who would like to think their screenplays are worth more than 20 bucks. i would be happy to write you a simple screenplay for free. email me if you want to get more details.


short films online budget

Short Films Animation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where can i find the 2010 oscar nominees in short films/animation part?
    Im looking for the list of 82nd (2010) academy award nominees in short films/animation part. where can i find this list? and if it doesn't release yet when can i find the nominees list?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Nominees for the 2010 Academy Awards will be announced February 2, 2010. (Oscars are March 7, 2010, not in February) Since the criteria for short films is that they must have a three day paid admission run in Los Angeles with at least 2 showings a day or have won a major film festival award by September 30, 2009 you can see that it would be impossible to have any kind of a list by now.

      Check back at the Oscar site on 2/2/2010 for the list of nominees:

      http://www.oscars.org

  2. QUESTION:
    How and is it possible to make a 3D Animation short films using 3ds max software?
    Is it possible to make 3D Animation short films using 3ds max 2009 software with a good quality with below system configurations.

    i3 Processor, 2GB RAM, 320 HDD, 512 MB nVidia Graphics Card, 64 BIT system.

    I checked in Autodesk website the above configuration is OK. But other website are telling you want add some ram for good rendering. I just want how the rendering quality is for my system.

    • ANSWER:
      The rendering will be sort of slow but it is doable. It sounds like you have the first system i had for 3ds max 2009 lol. Although you meet the minimum req, i would suggest that you look into getting at least 4GB of ram. If you ever wish to play with particles, you will quickly learn that 2GB is simply not enough. 4GB is simply not enough but at least you'll be able to up the particle count so much more than with 2GB. Another suggestion for rendering these animations would be to use default scanline or a very fast renderer like either Final Render (regular object rendering) or Krakatoa (for particle rendering) over Mental Ray. Vray can be a good renderer also but the higher the quality, the slower it gets. Mental ray is a great renderer but can be EXTRA slow with very high quality renders and a slow system. Another tip is to render to image formats rather than video. It's so much faster. You can put the sequences together in AE very quickly and have you results sooner.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the best editing software out there?
    I'm a film student, and I'm looking for an editing software that has good plenty of effects or plugin effects available.
    I usually make short films and animations.

    I've heard that Avid and Final cut is pretty good.
    But how about adobe after effects, or adobe premiere? Are those mainly good for doing/editing animation?
    And among all those named, which editing software is the best in your opinion and why?

    Thanks for any help out there!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were a film student, you would know that Avid is the best editing software today. Several years ago, Final Cut Pro was giving them a run for their money, but that has all changed in recent years.

      Adobe Premier is a toy and shouldn't be bothered with unless you're just looking to play around at home to learn.

      After Effects is an effects software and is very cumbersome to edit in. Although, it might be a good idea to include it your repertoire to fill out your skill set.

  4. QUESTION:
    Looking for a movie of a done in a certain style of animation?
    For those of you who've watched the first Kill Bill the animation where it explain's O-Ren Ishii's background? I'm looking for any movies, short films and animations where it uses that style of quickly drawn animation that uses the same style of art.

    • ANSWER:
      this might help:
      Kazuto Nakazawa (中澤 一登, Nakazawa Kazuto?, born March 4, 1968) is a Japanese character designer and director of numerous anime series and video games. His directorial work includes Parasite Dolls, the anime sequence in Kill Bill volume 1, and the Moondrive segment of Genius Party Beyond. He has designed characters for many anime, such as Ashita no Nadja and Samurai Champloo, for which he also served as animation director. In addition to his work with anime, he designed the characters of Tales of Legendia and was the animation director of Devil Kings. Throughout his career, he has worked also as an animator, providing key animations to anime such as The Animatrix's "Kid's Story" and "A Detective Story". He has made two appearances at anime conventions in the United States: at Otakon in 1999 and 2006. He also animated the Joe Hahn-directed music video for the Linkin Park song "Breaking the Habit."

  5. QUESTION:
    Looking for the name of this clay animation short series featuring garden creatures in England?
    Fabulously funny short films done in clay animation, same style as Wallace and Gromit... These are done as a series of interviews with various animals residing in a homestead in the English Countryside. I'm trying to find the name of the series or creators.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it might be Creature Comforts. It's made by Aardman, same people as Wallace and Gromit.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creature_Comforts

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the most popular style for animated short films?
    I was thinking about making a short animated film for a short film festival but i'm not sure whether i should go with a Simpsons type 2D toon boom style animation or a 3D style in Maya. Which style is more popular and would give me a higher chance at getting into a festival?

    • ANSWER:
      The animation style doesn't really matter, it's more about having a good story and interesting characters. Think about South Park for example, their animation style is unusual but simple - their original cartoon was made with paper figures and stop motion animation (now with computers obviously but in the same style) yet it's been one of the most successful animated shows ever. Having an usual or non-conformist animation style may actually work in your favour, as it will give people a memorable visual impression of your work.

  7. QUESTION:
    What is a good computer animation program for someone just starting out?
    I really want to purchase software that will allow me to make animated short films. I don't have animation experience, I'm not extremely computer savvy, and I don't have much money. Does anybody know of a good-quality, easy-to-use, reasonably priced animation program? My computer is a Dell laptop Inspiron E1405, if that's a factor. Thanks so much for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      A good one to use is Flash Animator :) (Adobe is best)
      Simple and fun to use, it has made many famous videos such as Charlie the Unicorn! <3

  8. QUESTION:
    Anybody know of a free traditional or 3D animation program for mac?
    I have already tried to download Pencil and it tells me there is no such file. I want to make short films in either anime style animation or in 3D where I control almost everything. For now I use iMovie for real films and Xtranormal for 3D short films, but these are very limited.

    Please tell me what the top 10 best ones would be. Preferably Free.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      StudioMicro had released Anime Studio 5 for free earlier this summer. It's a 2D animation program that's fairly intuitive to use.

      ToonBoom released a free learner's edition of their Digital Studio Pro. This program is meant for 2D animation and is great if you're already familiar with animating traditionally (with paper, pencils, pegs & cells).

      Blender is a free 3D modelling and animation program. However, you should be warned that all 3D programs usually have a fairly steep learning curve.

      These are the only free full-feature animation programs that I know of. There are plenty of simplistic GIF animation software for free online. However, they don't offer nearly as much customization as the ones listed above do.

      If you can afford it, one of the most popular animation software is Adobe Flash. It's great for both animation and creating interactive websites or games.

  9. QUESTION:
    What would be a good schedule for making a 5-minute CG animated short film?
    When I made my first short film, I was very disorganized and did not know what I was doing. Now that I might do another short film, I want to plan it all out like other animators. How many months should I spend on each step of the CG animation process if the film is 5 minutes?

    • ANSWER:
      My boyfriend and I just created a 4 minute animated film in two months. This was a really tight deadline but we got it done and it looks great. I woudl suggest giving yourself a shorter deadline than you think you need so you feel like it's urgent to finish.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you analyze a short film?
    For my English final, we have to analyze the Pixar short 'Boundin'. I have no clue where to start analyzing a short film. Is there anything in particular you do to analyze a short film? Help!!
    I'm pretty positive the style of analyzing he wants us to do is the style you'd use when analyzing a poem. So I have to use a form of poetry analysis for a Pixar short.

    • ANSWER:
      What is the theme , what are the highlights of the plot and character(s) , are the voices natural or seem contrived , how does the animation and background add to the plot , atmosphere and character development , what/which character(s) are germane to the plot and theme , what are the symbolisms and what theme(s) are reiterated .

      edit: that's odd. There isn't any dialog really in that short film if I recall. You could analyze the way the theme was represented in the animation. The techniques used.

      If you're still unsure, ask your teacher about it. He'll like that you're interested and he surely will explain to you what he wants exactly.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is there any good short film websites with free download?
    I really want to get into short film, but all the programs i found you have to pay for. Are there any other websites which i could use (simple website- 3d animations, don't take up too much space, good for short films such as 'the piano' or, 'the alarm.'

    • ANSWER:

      http://tubeplus.me

  12. QUESTION:
    What is the Easiest to Learn 3D Animation Program?
    I need an easy-to-learn 3D animation program that can create decent 3D short films, just as a hobby. Anim8tor animations seem a little too unrefined due to the simplicity of the program. I need a short learning curve as well.
    Here are some possible candidates:
    Anim8tor
    Blender
    Lightwave 3D
    Maya
    Swift3D"?"
    Google Sketchup "???"

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      i use google sketchup and blender. because they're both free, but both amazing.

      for learning sketchup start here-http://sketchup.google.com/training/videos/new_to_gsu.html

      for learning blender start here-http://www.totallyblended.com/Tutorials/ (start with the tutorial at the bottom of the page)

  13. QUESTION:
    What type of modeling clay is used for stop-motion animation? And what type of clay is used for scultping?
    I was curious of the two, I want to make small figurings (maybe 6 or so inches high, not movable) first and then work to make a stop motion animation short film. Whatis the best type of clay for both?

    • ANSWER:
      I think they must use a non-hardening cla for stop-motion animation. But I know a lot more about sculpting. I have a BFA & my emphasis was sculpture. So if you are looking to do small figurines, there is a number of "clays" you can use. If you are looking to have them bronzed or casted in some way, I'd recommend Roma or a Plasticine clay, these are oil based clay that will never harden, you can easily work them into what you need. However if you are looking for a less professional method & less expensive & time consuming, I would TOTALLY RECOMMEND using "Sculpey" or a polymer oven bake clay (There are several kinds, but Sculpey is my favorite). You can make whatever you'd like in the colors they offer or paint them after they are baked & cooled. I have used Sculpey in my professional artwork & I love it. It is very pliable & you can even carve into it with a dremel after it's hardened too. It's easy to use, non-toxic & bakes in the oven. You can find this at art supply & craft stores like Michael's & Jo-Ann Fabrics. Or on line at Dick-Blicks. "Paper Clay" that air dries is also another option for you.

      If you want to end up doing stop animation with these figurines, though, then I'd suggest using Sculpey, but not baking them so you can move & adjust the figures freely. Polymer clay will not harden but since it's more of a craft clay it will in time get dryer & even brittle.

      Hope this helps.

  14. QUESTION:
    What program does Disney use for its 2D animated features?
    I'm not talking about 3D, just 2D.

    I was wondering whether they use ToonBoom or something of the sort, because I am seriously considering buying a program that Disney uses for the creation of my own short film for the animation program I'm in.

    As mentioned, I'm only interested in the 2D animation software - such as that used for Princess and the Frog (as a more recent example).

    • ANSWER:
      the princess and the frog DOES use ToonBoom, along with the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie (my childhood is coming back :-) ). Anyway, I do not no what the older movies like Alice in wonderland or Cinderella used to use, but i'm certain the they now use to ToonBoom. Good luck with the short film!!!!

  15. QUESTION:
    Where is a good site to view animation shorts?
    I am interested in animation short films done by students or anyone else who just likes to do this type of work. But I can't seem to find a site that has a collection for viewing.

    It can be any animation style, 3D, traditional, flash.. you name it I like it.

    Any websites you know of?

    • ANSWER:
      Here..

      http://www.bestflashanimationsite.com

      http://www.miniclip.com

      http://www.myanimelist.net

  16. QUESTION:
    How do you write a short story for cartoon and animation?
    Hi, I am trying to create a short animation film, roughly about 2-5 minutes. I need some help on creating the story as this is where I lack any creativity.

    I am thinking of sticking to one character rather than two since developing two characters would probably take much longer. But if the plot is good which requires two characters, then I'll make two.

    -Characters I was thinking of is a teen boy or girl.
    -Now I need to figure out the theme, their goal, an obstacle, and how they can overcome that obstacle to get to their goal. For the theme I was sort of thinking to start of with a sad beginning and conclude with a happy or satisfying ending.
    It's the in-between, or plot, which I can't come up with.

    What is a good format to follow? Start with characters first? Start with a setting or theme?

    Any advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Try asking on the comic forum. They have REALLY knowledgeable people there since nobody was able to answer you here.

  17. QUESTION:
    what are the best programs to use to add toon animations to a video?
    i have ideas of short films i want to create but i want to be able to add interactive animations to the video. for example. lets say i had a scene of myself sleeping and i wanted a bunch of zzzs to come out of my mouth, which program would be best for something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Best program is Adobe After Effects. You can do SOOOOOO much with this program. It is a industry standard for visual effects which is exaclty what you need. Its used in many commercials and movies. I own it and use it in every movie i make. There are tons of tutorials on things you can do with this program on the internet and im sure if you search youtube "text animation in after effects" you'll find something you can use.

      Its kinda hard to get used to at first but once you do the possiblilties are endless.
      Videocopilot.net has basic tutorial as well as advanced ones too!

      if you go to academicsuperstore.com you can find a cheap student version of Adobe After Effects CS4. (0-0) however im sure if you search youtube you'll find a video showing how to get it for free.

      Good luck with your video and message me if you need help.

  18. QUESTION:
    Are there any animated short films of a gothic style?
    Along the lines of Tim Burton's stuff, and the short film of 9.
    It can be any kind of animation (stop motion, flash...)
    Apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and fantasy shorts are good as well.

    • ANSWER:
      You might like "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello".

  19. QUESTION:
    What was the name of the animated film about an old gardener in a dystopian world?
    I remember coming across a french short animation on VHS about an old man who was the last human on the earth. There used to be a video on youtube, but I can't seem to find links anywhere.

    The story had a strong environmental message, and ran for about 15 minutes.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe "The Man Who Planted Trees"? I don't think he was the last human on earth but it does take place in an abandoned area.
      There is an English version on youtube but it's hard to hear the narrator..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk4CdF-BpBg

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this children's film company that produces animated shorts?
    I know this is vague, but I remember when I was little watching these animated short films that weren't made by any large company. I always sorted them in my memory with the Rankin Bass films. I don't remember much, but I remember the logo being painted out in primary colors and that is was an acronym. I distinctly remember it starting with an "F" and I think there could have been an "I" or "L", possibly an "E." It was also all lowercase. Does anyone have any ideas?

    The animation was cheap quality compared to companies like Disney.

    • ANSWER:
      Family Home Entertainment

      http://images.bcdb.com/pictures/other/logo/fhe.jpg

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Home_Entertainment

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I copyright all original content current and future on my website?
    I have a website I will be updating a few times a week with original animations and short films along with concept art for the animations and other kinds of media. How can I copyright everything on my site so that the copyright info I have on the bottom of every page "All original content (C) 2008 (My Name)" actually means something? Will my logo, site name, all content be copyrighted?

    • ANSWER:
      The material on your website is automatically protected by copyright once it is "fixed".

      The copyright notice (i.e., the circled c symbol) is actually not necessary for copyright protection. However, the copyright notice makes others aware of your copyright, effectively preventing a defense of innocent infringement,

      For more information on copyright notice, consult the link below.

      http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#noc

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I create my own short animations?
    I'd like to start making my own short animations with sound, similar to the short flash films found online. I'm just an amature looking to have a little fun and mess around for a few hours from time to time. What programs would I need? Can I get them free? Can I turn them into a .wmv to play on my computer? How about putting them in a format to be played on a DVD player? Thanks much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked myself this very same question this morning. Guess I'll sit tight and see what kind of answers you get.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the best college for computer animation?
    I really want to make animated videos. Like cgi short films that are 10-15 minutes long. What is the best college for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Best? Falcon NW Mach V. but that is an upwards of ,000. If by best you mean "affordable" I would recommend a Macbook Pro. if you still cannot afford, just go look on HP or DELL for something.

  24. QUESTION:
    Disney channel short animations with foxes in it?
    It may have been Disney channel that came out with these short film. And it would be played on a commercial break. It was an animated short-series that had foxes in it, who loved sardines. What is the name?

    • ANSWER:
      Not sure about Disney or sardines but I'm going to throw out Pablo the Little Red Fox
      Ep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URH5Y_mwoM

  25. QUESTION:
    is a Mac desktop or laptop good for editing my animations and short films?
    and if so of any, which type should i buy and with what film & animation making programs ( professional programs )

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for one man to produce an animated film within months?
    I've started on an animated short film, but I'm the only artist I know. I just have to really get on it, because I know the animation process takes time, which leads me to another question... how does an animated series keep coming with so many episodes in so little time? I'm an aspiring animator/filmmaker, and I really want to learn this stuff, so please, no dumb answers.

    • ANSWER:
      If you concentrate on the story and keep the characters and background simple then you should be able to make a short animation by yourself. You can add complexity with each new movie, but starting out simple is the best strategy for success.

  27. QUESTION:
    How easy is it to make a short animated film?
    How long would it take to make a short, simple, animation. Maybe a comedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Not that easy.
      First, you're looking at 30 fps (frames per second). Even if you double-frame each drawing, that's still 15 drawings per second of your film.
      If you want to have a character talking, you must first record your audio, and then mark out your frames, so that your character's mouth movements match each second of the sounds being made in the audio, so that that animation appears to say the lines with the same timing as the audio.
      You have to create backgrounds. Refine the drawings (and color them, if you want color), and put it all together. Depending on what you're doing and how proficiently you are doing it, it can take a few days or a few weeks. That's for a simple one, and very very short one.
      There are always shortcuts. It really depends on what type of film you are wanting to make and how much you want it to flow. A popular shortcut is to have the character be part of the background, and only animate the mouth. This way, you don't draw your character 15 times, just the lip-sync.

      This is, of course, assuming you are talking about 2-D.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I make an animated short?
    I want to make some short films based on the Goddess Girl books. I don't know what program to use though!

    • ANSWER:
      What medium are you wanting to animate with? There are programs key for each type. Windows Movie Maker or IMovie (whether you use pc or mac) can suffice fine for an amateur animation. Other programs, such as Dragonframe (for stopmotion) and the like, are higher dollar but very particular in the editing process.

  29. QUESTION:
    How to create own movie with animation software?
    Hi
    I want to create my own movie, without using real actor but pc software where i can animate realistic looking models for a mini short film I want to do. Something not too hard to use but something that is capable of really impressive results.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How to create impressive animations quickly?
    Quick but beautiful animation techniques?

    Hi all! I am interested in creating a short animated film but realise that creating animation can be extremely time consuming if you draw out each and every single frame of the piece. Does anyone know of any beautiful but faster techniques to create animations? - maybe a combination of real film and animation? perhaps there is software that can fill the 'in between' frames of different positions? How would you go about it? Would love to hear your ideas. Please also give links to examples and extra information if possible! Cheers!

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Which countries where animation is very popular media besides Japan and South Korea ?
    I remember Russia have amazing short animation films but they still do it?

    Are there other countries where animation is very popular media ?
    besides America.
    I don't think animation in American isn't popular. Majority don't watch animation shows nor movies.

    • ANSWER:
      If american animation wasn't popular, then how is disney popular in other countries? I would say French and Canada, are the next popular media (but some think it's american because it shows up in America using the english language).

  32. QUESTION:
    What is a great rotoscope animation software?
    I make short films, but i wanna make one that has the cartoon look like the Charles Schwab commercials.. I just need a really good software that animates it for me.. Thanks..

    • ANSWER:
      Somebody from the software section could help you with that.

  33. QUESTION:
    Is there any software I can use to animate my own films?
    I prefer 2D animations for short films, but please no video editing stuff, I only want to make 2-minutes movies that look hand-drawn.
    I prefer not to first draw every frame and then scan it, simply because it's too much work and the quality won't be good.
    Also, please din't give me software that only puts together or edits pictures!
    Thanks in advance :-)

    • ANSWER:
      try this

      http://www.makeagif.com/

      http://plasticanimationpaper.dk/

      http://goanimate.com/

      .

  34. QUESTION:
    What is a good computer software program that creates animation for a short film?
    I'm hoping for animation similar to what was used in I Met The Walrus...obviously I know I won't be able to do the same type of animation but I just mean that I want something that won't look too computerized.

    • ANSWER:
      u can go with this link put your query like computer software program that creates animation for a short film
      /technologysearchengine.org/
      and search for refine your search use different actegory

  35. QUESTION:
    how much do I need to know to make a flash movie in Adobe Flash?
    I want to start animating flash movies starting from absolute scratch. Ultimately I want to produce short films such as salad fingers (as well as electronically composing the music for my projects) and I need to know where to start.

    I have Adobe Flash CS5 installed, now what?

    • ANSWER:
      Check out Youtube for all the tutorials you'll need to get going with animating your project in Adobe Flash. Just type the word tutorial after what it is you wish to learn about and you'll find something.

      As for the music portion of the animation, I would suggest getting a program call Fruity Loops. I'm currently using FL9 and you can do amazing things with this music software. Check it out on Youtube as well (just type FL9 tutorial and you'll see what I mean)

  36. QUESTION:
    How does the computer language Python apply to blender 3d (particularly making animated movies)?
    I was hoping to dive into making an animated short film as a little summer project. And i heard i should learn python to do so. Any advice for learning blender/python is appreciated as I am doing this by myself with no experience. Cheers!

    • ANSWER:
      Python is rarely used in the animation part of blender.
      Usually python is used in the game engine for advanced features...
      (Wherever you heard it from may have misunderstood?)

  37. QUESTION:
    Who made the short film Logorama?
    I only heard about this short animation film from the Academy Awards ceremony and saw it on YouTube, but I don't know who really made and how they all got the idea. R.S.V.P.,anyone.

    • ANSWER:
      "Logorama is a 17-minute animated film written and directed by H5/ François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy and Ludovic Houplain, and produced by Autour de Minuit."

  38. QUESTION:
    The design process in animation and short films - Whats the best way to get started and to present your ideas?
    So for uni i'm making a short animated film. I have a few ideas but i feel like i have nothing to work from. I like creating sketchbooks with ideas in so that i can portray my ideas in the work checks we have for uni, i think i need to do things like storyboards and mood boards but i was wondering if anyone else had a specific useful way of working?

    It feels like im the only animator on the planet sometimes...!!

    • ANSWER:
      You start off with a storyline and character list.
      You design your characters- poses, facial expressions, dimensions, colors, erc.
      From there, you create your storyboards and script that show the movement of the animation.
      Then you design backgrounds and start they keyframes of your animation.
      Animate, scan in, put together.

      That's how I do it. Hope it helps.

  39. QUESTION:
    where can i find the Walt Disney Animation Collection for free?
    can someone can tell me where can i download it for free, but not the movies i mean the shorts films like the three little pigs, etc....it will be for my 1year old boy.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you should give a try to this site for your query.The site is http://www.moviesjudge.com .If you don't feel easy then just use the search feature there.Hope this will help you to some extent!!

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some good animation programs?
    Hello, I'm interested in making short films as a hobby of mine during the summer and I wanted to know what are some of the best animation programs to use? I'm interested in both hand drawn or 3D animation, any advice would be helpful!

    • ANSWER:
      monkeyjam (freeware for stop motion, works with jpegs ) - http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam/index.html

      A list of free gif animation tools:

      http://graphicssoft.about.com/od/gifanimationsoftware/GIF_Animation_Software_for_Windows_and_Macintosh.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    What music would be good for this?
    I am planning to make a short film for a project i have to do at school and I need to find some music that can be playing in the background for the duration of the film. I already have a couple of ideas of using some music that a friend suggested from World of Warcraft.
    Does anyone have any suggestions that would fit, I'm looking for something that has a wintery feel as the film is an animation about a polar bear. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      "Winter" Joshua Radin

      "River Flows in you" Yiruma

      "Violet Hill" Coldplay

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBeAP8EZ9Lc

      "Naval" Yann Tiersen

  42. QUESTION:
    How can i take or make a video of my still frame animation using a video camera and a digital camera?
    i am experimenting with still frame animation...i have made one short film on still frame animation..but if i wanted to actually use a video camera and a digital to make still frame how would i go about doing this??

    you can see my still frame animation
    here----->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1V7N_xYXo8
    it is called happy smoke detector!!!
    hope you enjoy and can give me some tips!!
    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      What you're doing seems to be fine. What exactly do you want to know? You can use either a video camera, webcam or digital camera to do stop motion. A camcorder or webcam would be the easiest to use, since they are easily recognized by frame-grabber stop motion software. Digital cameras have a sh itload of problems when it comes to stop motion. They can be overcome, but you need to be aware of them.

      You should check out this site:

      http://www.stopmotionaniamtion.com

      it's a message board frequented by stop motion animators who help eachother out. They even have a handbook section with general info on a bunch of topics.

      http://www.stopmotionanimation.com/handbook/

      If you're looking for a program to compile your still photos into a movie, give Monkeyjam a try. It's free.

      http://www.giantscreamingrobotmonkeys.com/monkeyjam

      Here are some resources on the basic principles of animation. These principles are just as important in stop motion as they are in 2D animation.

      http://www.idleworm.com/how/index.shtml

      http://www.awn.com/tooninstitute/lessonplan/lesson.htm

      http://www.animationarena.com/principles-of-animation.html

      http://www.animationmeat.com/notes/notes.html

      Let me know if you need more help or info.

  43. QUESTION:
    How can I create an animation cartoon?
    I want to do a short animation film , but I don't know where to start

    • ANSWER:
      if you only have microsoft paint and windows movie maker then you draw a pic then make it go frame by frame and then put it together on WMM so it looks like its moving. if you don know how to frame by frame it to make it move,then you may wanna look up a tutorial on YouTube. it takes a few days (or a whole day of work) but in the end it looks nice :D

  44. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this animated short?
    I am looking for a short animated film about a boy who is afraid of his violent father. The animation is Norwegian, I think (or from somewhere in Northern Europe). I can't remember the name of this short.
    Does it ring a bell to anyone?

    • ANSWER:
      'Sinna mann' (Angry man) by Anita Killi.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can you give me a list of film festivals for students in high school or under?
    I'm 13 and i've been making films for a long time now. My films are very advanced, and I've been entering many small film festivals but I want a big step. Can you give me a list of film festivals I can enter that can be at least an hour long? NO SHORT FILM FESTIVALS! Please, I'm tired of staying the same place! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Moondance International Film Festival http://www.moondancefilmfestival.com
      They have many categories including the Dolphin Award: Dolphin Award
      Young people 18 years of age or younger, male or female. Moondance accepts submissions for this award in the genres of short narrative, documentary, multi-media, music videos, or animation video film, as well as short screenplays, short stories or short stageplays.

  46. QUESTION:
    How old are the members of the Furious Five in the movie Kung fu Panda?
    I have been curious since I saw the direct to DvD short film.

    • ANSWER:
      Their ages are never specified. And you can't really tell any of the characters ages by looking at them.

      There is also no timeline in which Po who is telling their stories is given.

      Lots of people will tell you it takes place 20 years prior to the movie, the only problem with this is that it puts characters like Viper and Crane in there mid to late thirty's.

      And as a rule of animation if it isn't mentioned its not impotent.

  47. QUESTION:
    How old are the members of the Furious Five in the movie Kung fu Panda?
    I have been curious since I saw the direct to DvD short film.

    • ANSWER:
      Their ages are never specified. And you can't really tell any of the characters ages by looking at them.

      There is also no timeline in which Po who is telling their stories is given.

      Lots of people will tell you it takes place 20 years prior to the movie, the only problem with this is that it puts characters like Viper and Crane in there mid to late thirty's.

      And as a rule of animation if it isn't mentioned its not impotent.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is the short film of the new "9" movie a spoiler of the entire story?
    I'm extremely excited about the movie. As much as I would hate to wait until 9-9-09 to get more of the movie than just the trailers, I would hate to watch the movie and know the basic plot and ending.

    Can someone, who has watched the short film by Shane Acker, tell me if they believe it spoils the story?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think it spoils the story. It's a lot different.

      In the original short film (made in 2005), there is no dialogue and the only beanbag guy is "9". He fights a mechanized beast. The story is actually very well-told visually, conveying all sorts of information without words.

      From what I've seen in the trailers, the movie took the basic idea of the short (beanbag guys in a post-apocalyptic world) and expanded upon it, adding all sorts of characters and mythology. The movie will probably have a lot of adventures and, I *guess*, the main character will be "9".

      The short film is just a snapshot of 9's life. Basically he outsmarts one bad guy and avenges his old mentor. Just a quick 10-minute story. I don't even know if the "9" from the short is the same character as the "9" in the feature film. They might've just copied the name and the look.

      I wasn't interested in seeing the movie. Even with Tim Burton's involvement. It looked like something that should've been a video game. But when I learned about the original short I checked it out and it was very good. Definitely worth a watch, especially for animation fans. I still don't know if I want to see the movie, but I doubt the short spoils anything. It might just give you a taste of what it's all about.

      The short is available on YouTube, if you're interested.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to Write An Oscar Winning Screenplay?
    I have just finished writing an outline for an animated short film. I am about to start writing a screenplay for the animation. So, what makes a screenplay great? What criteria does a screenplay has to have for it to be good enough to win awards, such as an Oscar?

    • ANSWER:
      They're no one answer. If people knew, every person who wanted would have won an Oscar.

      The best you can do is learn the screenplays, including their structure, how they flow, their loglines, etc. Also, what's the latest trends - I'm not sure where short animated films stand in the award arena.

      Just learn learn learn, practice practice, rewrite a million times.

      If you want a professional's opinion on the weaknesses and strength of your screenplay, including the structure, the characters, format, what will make it better and so on... they've got services that do that (it's called coverage). They are expensive though, so you must know which to choose so that you don't pay just anyone. It's worth it though, not only for that one screenplay, but also for future works. At least for the first screenplay/s. It will help you get the right direction.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the best software for 2D animation?
    I plan on making a short film and it's very action oriented. I'm very big with camera angles as well, I don't mind paying up to around 0.

    • ANSWER:


short films animation

Short Films African American

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What movies best portray the representation of race?
    I have a paper to write and i need to know a current film that represents race (African-American,Latino...etc). I am looking for films that consist of the "typical black" or the "short-fat latino" things to that nature. I would appreciate a film that consists of a lot of stereo types and the representations of race.

    • ANSWER:
      Brief but to the point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWQFcPEuRJY

  2. QUESTION:
    Kid-friendly movies about injustice that aren't about African-American civil rights?
    I'm student teaching 6th grade right now and I came in partway into a long unit about "injustice", which I am supposed to keep planning. They've spent a few weeks on African-American civil rights, which is of course important and relevant, however, I'd like to use some other forms of such injustice that has gone on or is going on around the world.

    Are there any kid-friendly movies, short films, or even documentaries that I could show about anything from the Irish troubles to apartheid South Africa?

    • ANSWER:
      Norma Rae- about the labor movement Vendetta( 1999 tv movie)- about the lynching of Italians in New Orleans

  3. QUESTION:
    Any idea where I can find a classic (short) film that has white people portraying african americans?
    Need to find a video that has a white person doused in make up trying to be an African American.

    • ANSWER:
      Othello did that but it's not a short film.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059555/

  4. QUESTION:
    Compare black buffoon characters that you have seen in film or television and compare them to white characters?
    Compare black buffoon characters that you have seen in film or television and compare them to white characters that are also used for comedic affect. Is there a difference in how you view black caricatures versus white caricatures?

    This question is for my african american history class and I don't know how to answer it. Any suggestions? What do you think? Is there really a distinction between who the characters are portrayed?

    • ANSWER:
      Well for myself the "black buffoon" in movies in the past were the worst because the character was always literally made to be dumb, couldn't speak properly and could do the simplest tasks. However in modern movies were the "white buffoon" is the fall guy and he can be dumb but it's made with a sort of charm. He can have any job even if he's bad at it, he can go out with any "pretty" girl even if he's obnoxious and he will have slang people will understand him. In short the "white buffoon" is a human being with faults but the "black buffoon" of past times was not a proper human being but child-like, simple, ridiculous and a clown. You can watch old movies, even movies from the 60s and 70s and see for yourself, make notes, and compare the later movies with the "white buffoon" and you'll see these conclusions yourself and others.

  5. QUESTION:
    What can be done to create better understanding of modern Native Americans?
    Almost daily on the Internet and often in real life, I read and hear fallacies and stereotypes about Native American peoples. What can be done to help non-Native Americans understand how Native Americans live, how they want to be perceived, how they can be better respected and their culture protected instead of appropriated?

    This isn't a guilt-mongering question. Nobody can travel back and undo past wrongs. But we live together now, and we can make today and tomorrow better.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, it's a little bit late to undo the heinous appropriation -- theft -- of our lands and centuries of attempts to force us to assimilate our cultures with that of white america.

      There are plenty of books written by Indians about Indians, so I can only hope people with genuine concerns will read the right books and articles. For current events and news relative to American Indians, subscribe to authentic native newspapers: News from Indian Country and the Cherokee Phoenix are only a couple ... there are a number that are considered "legitimate" by Indians and others that aren't.

      Many non-Indians mistake celebrity "Indians" as representative of our peoples. It's sad to say that some of these celebrity Indians -- real native men once powerful leaders in the American Indian Movement -- now resort to wearing clip-on braids, and not just for theatrical roles.

      Many Euro-Americans waste money by attending sham "powwows" thrown by non-Indians for the sake of making money from non-Indians who attend to watch bastardized versions of sacred Native dances and by buying illegal non-Indian-made arts and crafts. Even worse, every day there are thousands of illegitimate items hawked on eBay as "Native-made."

      There also are beautifully filmed movies -- major box office hits! --that continue the stereotyping of native peoples and their indigenous cultures. "Dances with Wolves" is but one example. It was a beautiful film, but when Kevin Costner, the white soldier-hero, fell in love out on the Plains, didn't anyone (other than real Indians) question why the "Indian woman" he fell for was written in the script as a white woman raised by Indians?) Most films that have attempted to accurately depict contemporary Indians and their culture, never seem make it to theaters across the land. The stories are often not as pretty as non-Indians want to pay ":good money" to see.

      American Indians in the US live in big cities, small towns, and on farms. Many of us still live -- in the quiet desperation of poverty -- on reservations, such as Pine Ridge and Rosebud, SD. In Canada, our First Nations people live much the same way.

      To better understand the day to day lives of reservation Indians, take a month to visit those rezes, or spend a few days deep in the Cherokee Nation around Tahlequah, OK, or read up on what's still going on with the "resolved" issue of forced relocation at Big Mountain (Navajo-Hopi land dispute created during the Reagan Administration, 30 years ago): http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com. I think most Euro-Americans would be stunned by the level of poverty and inadequate living conditions of Indians whose families have been on reserves for 200 years.

      You've asked a question that's been asked by others for hundreds of years. It's much the same as if the question were asked about African-Americans. The answers are never short and sweet, and they often tend to make many Euro-Americans uncomfortable, if not totally defensive.

      You're right that past wrongs can't be undone. Let's hope that the future is kinder than the past to our native peoples.

  6. QUESTION:
    The best flat iron to use on course hair?
    I have thick African American hair but its short because I just got it cut. So I would like to know whats the best kind flat iron to for my hair.
    Please leave links if you have them. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      As a stylist, I have used a lot of flat irons/hair straighteners, including Sedu, Hai, Infrashine, Chi, Paul Mitchell, Solia, Big Sexy, Andis, Babyliss Ghd, T3, Kenta etc. You should get a Professional hair straightener, they style much better and faster, and most importantly, they protect your hair.

      In terms of performance:

      The best ones are: Sedu, Kenta, Solia, Infrashine, Ghd. These are top of the line professional brands

      Above average: Chi, Hai, Paul Mitchell,

      Average: T3, Big Sexy, Andis, Babyliss

      Below Average: Conair, Vidal Sassoon, Revlon, Bed Head etc. These are cheap consumer brands that you will find in drugstore. If you care about your hair, do NOT buy them.

      === Flat Iron Hair Straighteners FAQ ======

      Q: What size should I choose?

      A: For most people, 1", 1-1/4" or 1.5" are all good choices. If you have very thick, coarse, long or ethic hair, bigger size (1.5" or 2") will save you some time. If you have thin, fine hair, get a smaller one (1" or 3/4").

      Q: What temperature should I should on my hair?

      A: Based on my expereince, 380F is the average temperature to use. If you hair is thick and coarse, bump it up a bit, if you hair is fine or overprocessed, start it at somewhere 300F, and try it. If the setting does not work well for you, increase a bit until you get a setting that works well for you but does not burn your hair. Trial and error.

      === Helpful Flat Iron Instruction Video ====

      How to Curl Hair With Straightener

      http://www.folica.com/info/curl-hair-flat-iron.htm

      http://videojug.com/film/how-to-curl-hair-with-straighteners-2

      How to Use a Flat Iron

      How to Add Volume to Your Hair:

      How to Create Sexy Waves with a Flat Iron

      How to Flip your Hair:

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I retain what I learn from everyday things to school?
    do have good short term memory and Im a young University Student.
    But U feel like I can't retreive my (long term) knowledge, when I wan't to.or if i do I'm not very sure of it anymore
    I know there are memory tequniques but it's not practical for everything.
    But my strength isn memory is visulaization/imagination..that how I retreive info a lot of the times

    Some give me some guidance and help.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What I do is to apply things that I am learning. I don't just think about school stuff when I'm in class. For instance, if I'm learning about economics, it's interesting to look in the business section of the paper or things like that. Now I'm in education, and if I learn a new technique for helping students learn a subject I'll try it the next day in class and see how I like it. When I was learning about African American theater I took time to watch movies of the plays outside of class. A lot of times I really enjoyed the films and could relate the storyline to other films I liked. If you're constantly working with the information it is a lot easier to remember.

  8. QUESTION:
    I'm looking for a short video about african-americans?
    I'm doing a presentation about that topic and I was thinking about showing a short documentation or a short film (about 5-15 minutes). One which has something to do with african-americans :)
    If any of you has an idea, then please tell me! :D

    • ANSWER:
      Ew why?!?

  9. QUESTION:
    Who were some of the best 1930s African American character actors?
    The roles African Americans could get in the movies were limited in the 1930s- but there were some actors that appeared in many films, but usually in demeaning roles though, as cooks or maids...

    What were the names of some of these African american actors ...One African American actor I've seen in a Three Stooges short and some other films...
    What are some of the very talented, but largly unknown African american actors of the '30s?

    Butterfly mcQueen?

    • ANSWER:
      Eartha Kitt
      Pearl Bailey
      Lena Horne
      Dorothy Dandridge

  10. QUESTION:
    Why are most of the Ducks in Disney cartoons and comics white?
    Most of the Ducks (funny animal ducks, that is) in Disney cartoons were based on white pekin ducks - white farm ducks. But why are most of the Ducks in Disney cartoons (theatrical cartoons and shorts, tv shows and comics) white? Did anyone else ever notice that? Isn't that like a form of subliminal racism?
    But you all are forgetting, they use white paint when they ink and paint these characters in cartoons.

    • ANSWER:
      So your real question is whether Disney was racist or not, am i right?
      There have been many discussions about it and I personally do not know if it was or not. But let's look a little back:
      Take for example King Louie from Jungle Book which was performed by Louis Prima.
      Quote: "The characterization of King Louie HAS Been frequently cited example of racial stereotyping as year in Disney films. However, in HIS 2004 book The Gospel According to Disney, Mark Pinsky asserts That a child in the current environment (as opposed to in the late 1960s) would not discern Any racial dimension to the portray. Pinsky Also relates Orlando sentence's film critic Jay Bogar's Assertion That "the Primates Could Be Perceived as Representing African Americans in a time of turmoil, But [That Bogar] saw no Racism in the portray. "(Pinsky offers neither a citation for this quotation cloud Assertion.)"
      End quote
      Were very many pictures that were considered racist and that was just an example.
      You want more? The Crows from Dumbo, Sebastian and his song "Under the Sea", the blackfishes, "the duke of soul", and even Uncle Remus who when the movie had its world premiere in 1946 in Atlanta, James Baskett, the actor who played Remus, was not allowed to attend.
      So you see? There have been many discussions about it and even if Disney was racist or not, his films have delighted millions of children and adults alike, white or black, and few were those who complained about the so-called racist sublimated messages. If you really want to look for the needle in the haystack, you can find many forums on this and I suggest you go there. If not, enjoy Disney movies like me and everyone else and stop being such a racist....

  11. QUESTION:
    why african americans becoming influenced so easily by television?
    I see a rapper grabs himself on TV while singing,the next thing you know all black men when walking or dancing grab themselves or like walking cool that was in fashion many years ago.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not just African Americans, it's all Americans who are influenced by what ever they watch on television or in films. Sadly their are quite a large percentage of Americans who naively believe what they see on television is true or fact.

      Like with the 2012 garbage they are constantly showing only on American television and no where else in the world.

      Also their are many Americans who are global armchair critics, thinking they know all about the world from what they seen on a television set. Even though they never owned a passport or foreign traveled outside the United States.

      Over seas we find it a odd how, short lived 20 years ago fad fashions as Goth, Punk and Emo most are parents wore in the 80's, is popular in the USA in 2009. So are Rave party's which died in the early 90's globally, are now popular their country.

      I believe many young American men who get influenced by a rap artist, is due to the lack of social male bonding. Being raised by a single female parent and having only female teachers, with no male role models in their lives. So they model themselves on male role models they see on television.

  12. QUESTION:
    Which is the least racist country in Europe?
    My dad insists on sending me to Europe to study Film,and am kinda freaking out-being African and all.So which country in Europe is my best option?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm an asian living in Auckland, New Zealand. There are MANY africans, asians, south americans, arabs, russians etc etc living here, there are sooo many races of all kinds here that people here are used to it, but I have no clue for other smaller towns. Sure there are a few racist people here and there, (NOT ALOT), but since there are waaaay more minorities here than racist people, they can't really do anything about it. Hate crimes here are very low. There are lots of domestic crimes etc on the news but only 1-2 hate crimes per year.

      In my opinion, from what I read on the internet it is not wise to go to eastern country, especially East Germany, there are many far right groups there. It is safer in countries like England and West Germany. As long as you are in a large population area (eg. cities), don't worry, you will be fine. In my place, it is safe to go out alone, I always take a short walk every night to my nearest convenient store, the chances of people robbing you are slim, but I always carry or something so I can give it to the robber and he will run away and instead of attacking me, just to be safe. I don't know about Europe though.

      My best option is England or France, there are many africans there, but go to France ONLY if you know how to speak French, or else they will find it impolite that you are going to live there without knowing their language. But this is my opinion, it may not be the best but I think it is.

  13. QUESTION:
    Was it Forest Gumps ignorance that made him so successful?
    Because if you've seen the film he is practiccaly clueless and his friend Jenny is so much more aware and she is quite a screw up. So is the phrase ' What you dont know cant hurt you ' True?

    Yeah sorry it was two questions :P.

    • ANSWER:
      You are asking about Forrest Gump as a character (played by Tom Hanks) in
      the film rather than in the novel by Winston Groom, which has some differences.

      I have to say that Forrest Gump appeals to the common anti-intellectual nature
      of American popular culture. Many Americans like to celebrate the notion that
      serendipity (being in the right place at the right time) is more important than
      developing one's mind for one's success in life (usually measured in money).
      Reviewing the film for the 'New York Times', Janet Maslin wrote that Forrest Gump
      is a 'hollow man' who is 'self-congratulatory in his blissful ignorance, warmly
      embraced as the embodiment of absolutely nothing'--an American Everyman?

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forrest_gump

      Admirers of 'Forrest Gump' may also admire Chance (played by Peter Sellers),
      the hero of the film 'Being There', which was based on a novel by Jerzy Kosinski.
      Chance is an extremely ignorant simple-minded man, who's essentially a blank slate upon which other people can project their quickly conceived fantasies of him without encountering any disagreement by him. And thus he becomes perceived by some influential Americans as their most appealing US Presidential candidate.

      Here's what Louise, an African American maid, said of Chance, a white American:
      "It's for sure a white man's world in America. I raised that boy since he was the size
      of a piss ant, and I'll tell you he never learned to read nor write. No, Sir, has no
      brains at all. Stuffed with rice pudding between the ears. Short-changed by the
      Lord and dumb as a jackass. Yes, Sir, all you got to be is white in America to get
      whatever you want. Gobbledegoop!"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Being_there

      Perhaps someday someone like Forrest Gump or Chance will be elected President
      of the United States, and many Americans will be proud of his or her 'brilliance'.

      P.S. @ms.sophisticate (sic)

      At the risk of appearing to dignify your offensive personal attack against me with any response at all, I shall point out some of the nonsense in your rant. As a general comment, I say that your prejudices, stupidity, and lack of literacy are showing.

      My comments on what you wrote are enclosed in brackets [ ] :

      You wrote: "When individuals [ Who, me allegedly? ] base their opinions of the entire modern nation [ Your American ethnocentricity is showing; the USA is not the only 'entire modern nation'. ] on a satirical novel about unreality of American media culture (Being There) and a drama-comedy about history of USA through the eyes of exceptionally charming retard (Forrest Gump) [ Not everyone agrees with your opinion that Forrest Gump was 'exceptionally charming.' ] both written at least 25 to 30 years ago [ Not true: the novel 'Forrest Gump' was published 24 years ago in 1986. ], it makes them look decidedly ignorant and quite proud of that unfortunate fact no matter where they come from."

      Without any more 'evidence' than your prejudices, you apparently have accused of me basing all of what I think of the United States on the novels or films of 'Being There' and 'Forrest Gump', denouncing me for allegedly being 'decidely ignorant'. On the contrary, it is you who are ignorant as well as extremely presumptuous because you cannot know (ESP?) everything that I have heard, read, or experienced about the United States or Americans, which is vastly more than two novels or films. Given that some American academics respect my knowledge and have been interested in my criticisms of the United States, particularly of US history, your belief that I must be extremely ignorant of the United States is nothing more than your fantasy of me.

      You wrote: "American people are as human as every other representative of human race, which means different. [ Your sentence is awkward. ] Some are as ignorant as you seem to be [ More 'proof' by name-calling. ], and others are brilliant, successful in every meaning of the word and open minded enough not to assume that they know a lot about the things and the people they never had taken the time to learn anything about in the first place."

      Again, you have implicitly accused me of being extremely ignorant and misinformed about the United States and Americans and of making hardly any effort to improve myself about it. You have no 'evidence' beyond your prejudices to support your accusation. How could you possibly know all that I have heard, read, or experienced of the United States and Americans? Your arrogant presumption is very offensive.

      You wrote: "Now, if you were truly paying attention to what you were spewing out at ALL Americans..."

      Your lack of literacy is showing. If you could read, you might have noticed that I wrote of 'many Americans' (who are anti-intellectual), not of 'all Americans'. 'Many' is not a synonym for 'all'. I did not write 'all Americans' in my answer, though you seem keen to put those words into my mouth. Also, some Americans who write in GWS (such as Juditha) evidently respect what I write, though they don't necessarily agree with it, and, unlike you apparently, don't regard me as guilty of always attacking all Americans. Please note that I quoted what Janet Maslin, an American film reviewer, wrote in criticizing Forrest Gump--would you also like to denounce her as 'anti-American'?

      While I strongly disapprove of what George W Bush did as the US President, unlike you apparently (based on your comments), I don't believe that it's fair or accurate to compare him to Forrest Gump or Chance. After all, George W Bush did earn a MBA from the Harvard Business School, which would not have admitted Forrest Gump or Chance. And George W Bush did impress enough Americans to be elected twice (albeit one election was disputed) as the US President.

      The general point of my answer is that American popular culture has a common anti-intellectual nature, and Forrest Gump appeals to it. Indeed, most of my American friends concur that American popular culture has a common anti-intellectual nature, which tends to displease them. For some reason, however, ms.sophisticate (sic), who's apparently a proud American, seems to have become vexed enough at what I wrote to make an unwarranted offensive personal attack against me. I did *not* write that all Americans are anti-intellectual or that all Americans are of low intelligence or that all Americans are like Forrest Gump or that all Americans like Forrest Gump. Indeed, I made no statements at all about 'all Americans', though ms.sophisticate seems intent on convincing other people that her fantasy of me must be true.

      I have to say that ms.sophisticate (sic) has unintentionally corroborated the common international stereotype that Americans are extremely ignorant, arrogant, and offensively intolerant of any perceived criticisms of the United States. For the record,
      I believe that stereotype is substantially true of many, though not of all, Americans.

  14. QUESTION:
    How did the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame wind up in Cleveland?
    And who sits on the committee that picks the inductees?

    • ANSWER:
      Cleveland's place in rock and roll history almost entirely stems from Alan Freed. Freed not only coined the term "rock and roll" while hosting a radio show in Cleveland broadcasting African American rhythm & blues music, he also is credited with holding the first rock concert ever in Cleveland's Arena (since demolished). Arguably, rock and roll formally was born in Cleveland in the summer of 1951.

      http://www.history-of-rock.com/

      http://www.alanfreed.com/biography.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Freed

      When the founders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation were searching for a physical home for the HOF, Cleveland won a national poll conducted by USA Today, largely through the vociferous support of Cleveland rock & roll fans. Although Cleveland's willingness to raise the funds (over 0 million in 2009 dollars) necessary to build and support the HOF and Museum largely tipped the decision Cleveland's way, without the Cleveland public's strong enthusiasm for the project, the substantial public funds needed for the project would not have been available.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Roll_Hall_of_Fame

      Freed's short career in Cleveland not only provided the historical context that justified locating the museum in Cleveland, Freed established Cleveland as a hotbed of rock & roll and other noted disc jockeys such as Bill Randle continued to fuel the flames even after Freed left Cleveland for New York City in 1954. Freed ignited Cleveland's love affair with rock and roll that resulted in the Cleveland public's enthusiasm for the Rock and Roll HOF and Museum project!

      At the time the HOF and Museum decision was being made, the importance of Cleveland in establishing Elvis Presley as the King also was cited. Presley's first northern concert took place at Brooklyn High School in Cleveland, where the first known concert film footage of Elvis was made.

      http://books.google.com/books?id=LBCZvsVKomwC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA16&dq=Elvis+Presley+Randle+Brooklyn&source=bl&ots=flYxbiPIkQ&sig=HihVmbf-enjVQvUP__laFJVeeBc&hl=en&ei=TFgjSr8zi84yteX1rAk&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4#PPA15,M1

      Cleveland disc jockey Bill Randle not only arranged the Brooklyn High School Presley appearance, he also arranged Elvis' first national TV appearance:

      http://www.elvispresleynews.com/BillRandle.html

      http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/earlyelviscleveland.htm

      It should be noted that Cleveland even before Freed's arrival was the home of many noted night clubs, both African American rhythm & blues and jazz clubs and clubs featuring white performers.

      http://www.cleveland.oh.us/wmv_news/jazz123.htm

      http://www.cleveland.oh.us/wmv_news/jazz93.htm

      Also, as the home of the world-class Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland possessed a general musical sophistication well beyond that of most cities, and many civic leaders actually viewed the HOF as reinforcing and celebrating the city's history and musical tradition.

      Cleveland already was one of the great American ethnic melting pots when its massive industrial base attracted a large population of African Americans from a relatively impoverished South in the 20th century.

      Even earlier, northeast Ohio was a hotbed of the abolitionist movement. John Brown spent his youth in the Cleveland area and abolitionist U.S. President James Garfield was raised and lived just east of Cleveland. Northeast Ohio was a major terminus of the underground railroad. Oberlin College in 1835 became the first American college to regularly admit African Americans, and, as also the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution, it boasts of graduating the first African American woman college graduate.

      The Oberlin Conservatory of Music was founded in 1865 and is America's oldest continuously operating music conservatory.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberlin_Conservatory_of_Music

      With its diverse ethnic roots breeding an environment of relative tolerance (despite pronounced segregation), substantial African American population, strong musical cultural base, and decidedly liberal traditions, Cleveland was a waiting tinderbox for the rock & roll revolution.

      In reality, Clevelanders rocked earlier, harder and more than those in other contending cities, and they knew it.

      All things considered, the Rock and Roll HOF and Museum rightfully has found a beloved home in Cleveland.

      ####

      See the first two links in Sources for explanations of the induction process and for links to the current nominating committee.

  15. QUESTION:
    What were josephine baker's major accomplishments?
    Im doing a project on her and I really need to know.

    • ANSWER:
      Josephine Baker was an African American dancer, actress and singer, sometimes known as "the Black Venus". She became a French citizen in 1937.

      Born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Eddie Carson and Carrie McDonald, she entered vaudeville as a teen, gradually heading toward New York City during the Harlem Renaissance, performing at the Plantation Club.

      On October 2, 1925, she opened in Paris at the Théâtre Champs-Elysées, where she became an instant success for her erotic dancing and appearing practically naked on stage. After a successful tour of Europe, she returned to France, where she starred at the Folies Bergère, setting the standard for her future acts. Already a star, she performed in a skirt made only of bananas, often accompanied by her pet leopard, Chiquita, adorned with a diamond collar. The leopard frequently escaped into the orchestra pit, where it terrorized the musicians, adding yet another element of excitement to the show. In a short while, she was the most successful American entertainer appearing in France, whereas in the U.S., she would have suffered from the racial prejudices common to the era. Writer Ernest Hemingway called her "the most sensational woman anyone ever saw." In addition to being a musical star, Baker also starred in several successful films, among them Zouzou (1934) and Princesse Tamtam (1935).

      Upon marrying her manager, Giuseppe Pepito Abatino, a Sicilian stonemason who passed himself off successfully as a Sicilian count, Baker transformed her stage and public persona into a sophisticated cultural figure (the marriage was reportedly a publicity stunt and not legally binding). At this time she also scored her greatest song hit J'ai deux amours (1931) and she became a source of inspiration for contemporary painters and sculptors alike.

      She was so well-known and popular, that even the Nazis, who occupied France during World War II were hesitant to touch her. In turn, this allowed Baker to show her loyalty to her adopted country by participating in the underground. According to an apocryphal story, Hermann Göring himself invited her to dinner one evening, already suspecting her of involvement in the Underground. Realizing that the wine he forced her to drink was poisoned, she managed to excuse herself and escaped from the chalet through a laundry chute. After the war, Baker was awarded the Croix de Guerre for her underground activity.

      Yet despite her popularity in France, she was never really able to obtain the same reputation at home. Upon a visit to the United States in 1936, she starred in a failed show with the Ziegfeld Follies; her personal life similarly suffered, and she went through six marriages, some legal, some not.

      Though based in France, she supported the American Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s, and protested racism in her own unique way, adopting twelve multi-ethnic orphans, which she called her "Rainbow Tribe." For some time she lived with all of her children and an enormous staff in a castle in France. (Baker had only one child of her own, stillborn in 1941, an incident that precipitated an emergency hysterectomy). On tours of the United States, she refused to perform in segregated nightclubs, and her insistence on mixed audiences helped to integrate shows in Las Vegas. Nevertheless, her career was on a downturn and she was near bankruptcy until she was bailed out and given an apartment by her close friend, Princess Grace of Monaco, another expatriate American entertainer living in Europe.

      On April 8, 1975, her fortunes seemed to be turning to the better when she was the star of a retrospective show in Paris, Joséphine, celebrating her fifty years in the theater. The show opened to rave reviews, but Baker never benefited from it. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage less than a week later, and the show was cancelled.

      Josephine Baker went through six wedding ceremonies: foundry worker Willie Wells (1919, divorced), Pullman porter William Howard Baker (1921, divorced), Giuseppe Pepito Abatino (1926, publicity stunt, not legally binding), French sugar magnate Jean Lion (1937-1940, divorced), French orchestra leader Jo Bouillon (1947, separated 1957, eventually divorced), and American artist Robert Brady (1928-1986, married 1973, also not legally binding, separated 1974).

      Baker wrote several autobiographies, each containing a different story about her family and career.

      She became the first American woman to receive French military honors at her funeral, which was held at L'Église de la Madeleine. She was interred at the Cimetière de Monaco. Link to photo gallery: http://silent-movies.com/Ladies/PBaker.html

  16. QUESTION:
    What should I write about Langston Hughes?
    What should I write? My teacher wants me to write a PERSUASIVE story about Langston Hughes telling why other people should nominate him to be the person of the year. Plus I have to write a second paragraph which must have SOLUTIONS. Please help!! I have researched every where, but I still do not know what to do!

    • ANSWER:
      James Mercer Langston Hughes, best known as Langston Hughes, (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist. Hughes is known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance.

      Hughes, like many black writers and artists of his time, was drawn to the promise of Communism as an alternative to a segregated America. Many of his lesser-known political writings have been collected in two volumes published by the University of Missouri Press and reflect his attraction to Communism. An example is the poem "A New Song".

      In 1932, Hughes became part of a group of blacks who went to the Soviet Union to make a film depicting the plight of African Americans in the United States. The film was never made, but Hughes was given the opportunity to travel extensively through the Soviet Union and to the Soviet-controlled regions in Central Asia, the latter parts usually closed to Westerners. In Turkmenistan, Hughes met and befriended the Hungarian polymath Arthur Koestler. Hughes also managed to travel to China and Japan before returning to the States.

      http://www.umsystem.edu/upress/hughes.htm

      http://www.poets.org/lhugh

      http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/publications_siyc_spring2006.html

  17. QUESTION:
    How old was Dorothy Dandridge when she dropped out of High School?
    please help i really need to know...
    i can't to seem to find it

    i know its in the 1930's but idk how old she was?

    so please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Early life and career

      Dandridge was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Cyril Dandridge, a cabinetmaker and minister and Ruby Dandridge (née Butler), an aspiring entertainer. Dandridge's parents separated shortly before her birth.Ruby Dandridge soon created an act for her two young daughters, Vivian and Dorothy, under the name of "The Wonder Children." The daughters toured the Southern United States for five years while Ruby worked and performed in Cleveland. During this time, (they toured non-stop and rarely attended school)<--------

      With the start of the Great Depression, work dried up, as it did for many of the Chitlin' circuit performers. Ruby Dandridge moved to Hollywood, where she found steady work playing domestics in small parts on radio and film. "The Wonder Kids" were renamed "The Dandridge Sisters" and booked into such venues as the Cotton Club and The Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. Dandridge's first on-screen appearance was a bit part in a 1935 Our Gang short.In 1937 she appeared in the Marx Brothers feature A Day at the Races.

      In 1940, Dandridge played a murderer in the race film Four Shall Die. All of her early parts were stereotypical African-American roles, but her singing ability and presence brought her popularity in nightclubs around the country. During this period, she starred in several "soundies", film clips designed to be displayed on juke boxes, including "Paper Doll" by the Mills Brothers, "Cow Cow Boogie", "Jig in the Jungle", "Mr. & Mrs. Carpenter's Rent Party. SEIRYKLAV

  18. QUESTION:
    What happens with the money sent to Africa from charities like Comic relief and children in need?
    What actually happens with the money? I always see adverts for World Vision and other charities like that. Are they actually getting the money or do the bandits get it all?

    • ANSWER:
      Well it is like this Bazza.
      First of all there is all the expenses incurred in this country... like office supplies stationary marketing, offices rent, travel expenses Legitimate Ceo's expenses,(meals , hotel bills rent girls etc)
      Then we get to the third world where all these poor little black starving children are dying,, first of all we have to pay legal fees and taxes to the government who rightly enough have to cover additional costs incurred by all these interfering bastards who keep trying to interfere in their power balance by trying to feed the poor for free when they are charging the earth for grain and rice.Then we have to pay all the lawyers and the Bank who change the currency from British/American/etc to African.
      They then have to pay off all the gangsters and business men down the line to allow he film crews to take pictures of the last dying breath of a starving child.
      To cut a long story short the poor people get about 0.000025 per cent of the takings but be happy because of your donation you have managed to keep some of the richest men in the world topped up with Champagne which is good for the worlds economy

  19. QUESTION:
    What books refer to the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill in them?
    Any authors who continuously refer to this nursery rhyme?
    Anything other than nursery rhyme collections? Like maybe Harry Potter or Wuthering Heights?

    • ANSWER:
      Jack and Jill may have one of the following meanings.

      "Jack and Jill" (song) is a nursery rhyme.
      "Jack and Jill" (Raydio song) is a song by Raydio released in 1978.
      Jack and Jill: The True Story is a short film starring Efin R. Schu and Aliza Ruth based on the rhyme.
      Jack and Jill (dance) is a format of dance competitions.
      Jack and Jill (magazine) is a children's magazine.
      Jack and Jill (comic) was a British comic that ran from 1885-1887 and from 1954-1985.
      Jack and Jill (television series) which ran from 1999 to 2001.
      Jack and Jill Ice Cream which sells ice cream from trucks on the east coast of the United States.
      Jack and Jill (novel) is a book by author James Patterson.
      Jack and Jill (organization) is a social club for prominent African-Americans and their families.

  20. QUESTION:
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    Would actor's access be a good place to start?

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  21. QUESTION:
    Do Argentines know their ethnic ancestry?
    I am an American of German, Irish and Korean descent.
    Of course, many of us(Americans) do not know our ancestry entirely but still we know at least a part of our ancestry.
    I am just curious how things are going in Argentina.

    Do Argentines generally know their ethnic ancestry?
    If they do, who are Argentine people's major ancestries?
    If you are Argentine, do you personally know your heritage?
    My dear Argentine fellows, so what is your ethnic ancestry? Please list them.

    • ANSWER:
      I think many of us are aware of our ancestry. It's particularly easy for the many (such as myself) who are descendants from immigrants who came here a relatively short time ago, so that we got to know our European-born great-grandparents or grandparents.

      There have been several "waves" of immigration: Europeans (mostly Italians and Spaniards, Germans, British, etc.. and all the people from different Eastern Europe countries who were collectively known as "Russians") before, during and after each World War; more recently, we've received many Korean, and some Chinese and Japanese immigrants, as well as some people from Eastern Europe's war-impoverished countries. Really recently, I've been seeing people who are obviously African, but I don't know from which country/countries.
      Also, there's always been a steady migratory exchange with the rest of South America, of course.

      So, for the major ancestries, I'd say Spain, Italy, and our neighboring countries are the best represented countries.

      And for your last question, yes I do. I'm the result (LOL) of a weird mixture of Welsh, Scottish, Basques, Italians, and Spanish people. I've visited some of my European relatives too :-)

      *****************
      EDIT: BTW, this is not directly related to your question, but if you're interested in the typical story of immigrants to Argentina, I strongly recomend the miniseries called "Vientos de Agua" (Winds of Water). It was a Spanish-Argentine coproduction filmed some years ago and it's a fantastic introduction to some of the major events in our recent history. It's on IMDB if you're interested :-)

  22. QUESTION:
    Which College Should I Go To For Film Editing?
    I'm looking for a school that has a bachelor's degree
    I want to be a film editor and I don't know which college to go to. I live in California.

    • ANSWER:
      California State University - Long Beach
      Bachelor degree
      Film / Electronic Arts
      Film/Electronic Media

      -Degree Requirements-

      Students are admitted to this option by virtue of meeting the Admission Requirements and Supplemental Screening listed above.

      Requirements:

      I. Major Screening Course - subtotal (3 units)

      1. FEA 299 Media Aesthetics (should be taken in their sophomore year)

      II. Media Studies Core - subtotal (9 units)

      1. FEA 300 History of Broadcasting (3)
      2. FEA 302 Classical Film Theory (3)
      3. FEA 314 Theatrical Film Symposium (3) (for students who entered the FEA major prior to Fall 2008) or FEA 205 Film History (3) (for students who are entering the major in Fall 2008 or after)

      III. Media Practice Core (choose two courses from one track, for 6 units total) - subtotal (6 units)

      1. Post-Production
      1. FEA 307 Audio Production
      2. FEA 320 Sound Design
      3. FEA 415 Media Editing
      4. FEA 416 Advanced Media Editing
      2. Management
      1. FEA 327 Production Management
      2. FEA 376 Media Sales/Distribution (F)
      3. Writing
      1. FEA 303 Film and Electronic Media Writing
      2. FEA 304 Writing the Short Script
      3. 404 Writing the Feature Script (prerequisite FEA 303 or 304 with "B" or better)
      4. 408 Writing the Screen Adaptation (prerequisite FEA 303 or 304 with "B" or better or ENGL 405 or 407 with "B" or better)

      IV. Culture and Media (choose three) - subtotal (9 units)

      1. FEA 310 Media and Culture
      2. FEA 317/W/ST 316 Women in U.S. Film
      3. FEA 318I/ENGL 318I Theory of Fiction and Film
      4. FEA 380 Documentary History and Theory (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      5. FEA 394 American Film Genres (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      6. FEA 412 American TV and African-Americans
      7. FEA 486I Alternative Media

      V. International Media (choose three) - subtotal (9 units)

      1. FEA 392A European Cinema (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      2. FEA 392B European Cinema (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      3. FEA 392C Latin American Cinema (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      4. FEA 392D Japanese Cinema (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      5. No more than one from:
      * FEA 454/ITAL 454 Italian Cinema
      * FEA 456/FREN 456 French Cinema
      * RUSS 428 Russian Cinema
      * SPAN 428 Spanish Cinema

      VI. Electives - subtotal (12 units)

      This requirement can be met with a sequence of elective courses in FEA (see CSULB Catalog for additional FEA courses not listed here and for full course descriptions). With prior advisor approval, certain non-FEA courses may be counted toward this requirement.

      VII. Senior Theory Course (choose one) - subtotal (3 units)

      1. FEA 401 Contemporary Film Theory (prerequisite FEA 300 and 302)
      2. FEA 402 Television Critical Theory (prerequisite FEA 300 or 310)

      TOTAL UNITS TO COMPLETE THE OPTION: 51 units

  23. QUESTION:
    I am 13 years of age and I would like to start an acting or commercial career in NYC???
    um i really wanna act in NYC...and i would hope if someone knows any audition in the big apple? Please help? I LOVE TO ACT ALOT!!
    by the way...IM 13!

    • ANSWER:
      [[[[[[OH MAN I ASSUMED YOU WERE A GIRL! DANG]]]]]]

      Do you live there? There's lots of things going on! There's a horror movie, non-union, so it's not a big one or anything. But I don't know if they want kids - but you can call and ask! Paul at 718-984-1591 or 917-912-1810. Paul Pastore is the casting director. You get an hour [for principle role though i think] but you could mention to him that extras of all ages are always needed :] lol

      part of the movie "And now both Jesse and Lizzie become trapped as “demonstration models” for a school that specializes in the training of potential serial killers."

      Submission address (barefoot photos a plus): Paul J.J. Pastore, P.O. Box 1727, New York, NY 10274. Please be sure to include a head shot along with your resume and contact information.

      ----
      *billy*

      Casting PeepHole, a short film. Shawn Parham, prod.; Tracey Moore, dir. Shoots late Aug. 2008 in Brooklyn, NY. Seeking—Marcus: 27-30, Caucasian, has an overbearing girlfriend; Lucy: 11-12, precocious, chubby; Billy: 10-12; Simone: 25-28, African-American; Joy: 25-30, African-American, cop; Brian: 25-30, Caucasian, cop; Dennis: 8-10, African-American, smart; Mr. Carter: 50-55; Ariel: 25-27, African-American. Producer plans to apply for SAG Ultra-Low Budget Film Agreement. To apply to this casting please send a jpeg Head Shot and resume along with a contact number, and in the subject line put PEEPHOLE to
      peephole@blackspiritfilms.com

      ----

      Casting Torture Chamber, a 35mm independent horror feature film about 13-year-old Jimmy Morgan, who is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcized by any priest. One year after his own brother, Father Mark Morgan, nearly died in the attempt, Jimmy is back with a vengeance—and an army of horribly burned children who follow his every murderous desire. The town of Smithville trembles in fear as Jimmy and his deadly young followers attack and abduct its residents—innocent and guilty alike—dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its catacombs. Those who discover the terrible secret behind the disappearances and deaths don’t live long enough to tell it. The teacher, the doctor, the detective, even Jimmy’s own brother and mother, will all confront their fates in the Torture Chamber. Seeking—Dr. Edwards: early 60s, detective-type, bearded, LEAD; ******Jimmy Morgan: 13, menacing, doll-like, blue eyes, Freddy Krueger/Michael Myers-type role involving prosthetics, LEAD;****** *******Andy: 14, boy-next-door type, terrorized, must be comfortable working with a dog and spiders, LEAD;****** Heather: 12, dark-haired, frail, doe-like, LEAD; Father Morgan: mid-20s, Catholic priest, exorcist, balding, nervous brown eyes, big hands, LEAD;****** Ken: 13, outgoing, blond, heavy-set, drug addict.******

      Send pix & résumés to Dante Tomaselli Casting Dept., 532 La Guardia Place #189, NYC 10012. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/torturechamberthemovie. Pay provided. Producer plans to apply for SAG Low Budget Film Agreement.

  24. QUESTION:
    Artistic styles or movements of the early 20th century?
    Discuss at least three of the artistic styles or movements of the early 20th century and explain how those movements and the artists associated with them reflected new attitudes, philosophies, and social and political transformations.

    • ANSWER:
      Cubism was a 20th century avant-garde art movement, pioneered by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, that revolutionized European painting and sculpture, and inspired related movements in music and literature. The first branch of cubism, known as Analytic Cubism, was both radical and influential as a short but highly significant art movement between 1907 and 1911 in France. In its second phase, Synthetic Cubism, the movement spread and remained vital until around 1919, when the Surrealist movement gained popularity.

      During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the European cultural elite were discovering African, Micronesian and Native American art for the first time. Artists such as Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso were intrigued and inspired by the stark power and simplicity of styles of those foreign cultures. Around 1906, Picasso met Matisse through Gertrude Stein, at a time when both artists had recently acquired an interest in primitivism, Iberian sculpture, African art and African tribal masks. They became friendly rivals and competed with each other throughout their careers, perhaps leading to Picasso entering a new period in his work by 1907, marked by the influence of Greek, Iberian and African art. Picasso's paintings of 1907 have been characterized as Protocubism, as notably seen in Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, the antecedent of Cubism.

      'Expressionism' was a cultural movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the start of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world under an utterly subjective perspective, violently distorting it to obtain an emotional effect and vividly transmit personal moods and ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express the meaning of "being alive" and emotional experience rather than physical reality.

      Expressionism emerged as an 'avant-garde movement' in poetry and painting before the First World War; in the Weimar years was being appreciated by a mass audience, having its popularity peak in Berlin, during the 1920s.

      Expressionism is exhibited in many art forms, including: painting, literature, theatre, dance, film, architecture and music. The term often implies emotional angst. In a general sense, painters such as Matthias Grünewald and El Greco can be called expressionist, though in practice, the term is applied mainly to 20th century works.

      The Expressionist stress on the individual perspective was also a reaction to positivism and other artistic movements such as naturalism and impressionism.

      Dada or Dadaism is a cultural movement that began in Zürich, Switzerland, during World War I and peaked from 1916 to 1922. The movement primarily involved visual arts, literature—poetry, art manifestoes, art theory—theatre, and graphic design, and concentrated its anti-war politics through a rejection of the prevailing standards in art through anti-art cultural works. Its purpose was to ridicule what its participants considered to be the meaninglessness of the modern world. In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchistic in nature.

      Many Dadaists believed that the 'reason' and 'logic' of bourgeois capitalist society had led people into war. They expressed their rejection of that ideology in artistic expression that appeared to reject logic and embrace chaos and irrationality. For example, George Grosz later recalled that his Dadaist art was intended as a protest "against this world of mutual destruction."

      According to its proponents, Dada was not art, it was "anti-art". Everything for which art stood, Dada represented the opposite. Where art was concerned with traditional aesthetics, Dada ignored aesthetics. If art was to appeal to sensibilities, Dada was intended to offend. Through their rejection of traditional culture and aesthetics, the Dadaists hoped to destroy traditional culture and aesthetics.

  25. QUESTION:
    Famous women in history that were the first to do something?
    (ex. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to attempt to fly a plane around the world) You can't use Amelia Earhart

    • ANSWER:
      1587
      Virginia Dare is the first person born in America to English parents (Roanoke Island, Virginia).

      1650
      Anne Bradstreet's book of poems, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, is published in England, making her the first published American woman writer.

      1707
      Henrietta Johnston begins to work as a portrait artist in Charles Town (now Charleston), South Carolina, making her the first known professional woman artist in America.

      1766
      Mary Katherine Goddard and her widowed mother become publishers of the Providence Gazette newspaper and the annual West's Almanack, making her the first woman publisher in America. In 1775, Goddard became the first woman postmaster in the country (in Baltimore), and in 1777 she became the first printer to offer copies of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers' names. In 1789 Goddard opened a Baltimore bookstore, probably the first woman in America to do so.

      1767
      Anne Catherine Hoof Green takes over her late husband's printing and newspaper business, becoming the first American woman to run a print shop. The following year she is named the official printer for the colony of Maryland.

      1790
      Mother Bernardina Matthews establishes a Carmelite convent near Port Tobacco, Maryland, the first community of Roman Catholic nuns in the Thirteen Colonies. (The Ursuline convent established in New Orleans in 1727 was still in French territory.)

      1792
      Suzanne Vaillande appears in The Bird Catcher, in New York, the first ballet presented in the U.S. She was also probably the first woman to work as a choreographer and set designer in the United States.

      1795
      Anne Parrish establishes, in Philadelphia, the House of Industry, the first charitable organization for women in America.

      1809
      Mary Kies becomes the first woman to receive a patent, for a method of weaving straw with silk.

      Elizabeth Ann Seton establishes the first American community of the Sisters of Charity, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 1975 she became the first native-born American to be made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

      1849
      Elizabeth Blackwell receives her M.D. degree from the Medical Institution of Geneva, N.Y., becoming the first woman in the U.S. with a medical degree.

      1853
      Antoinette Blackwell becomes the first American woman to be ordained a minister in a recognized denomination (Congregational).

      1864
      Rebecca Lee Crumpler becomes the first black woman to receive an M.D. degree. She graduated from the New England Female Medical College.

      1866
      Lucy Hobbs becomes the first woman to graduate from dental school, the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.

      1869
      Arabella Mansfield is granted admission to practice law in Iowa, making her the first woman lawyer. A year later, Ada H. Kepley, of Illinois, graduates from the Union College of Law in Chicago. She is the first woman lawyer to graduate from a law school.

      1872
      Victoria Claflin Woodhull becomes the first woman presidential candidate in the United States when she is nominated by the National Radical Reformers.

      1873
      Ellen Swallow Richards, the first woman to be admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earns her B.S. degree. She becomes the first female professional chemist in the U.S.

      1879
      Belva Ann Lockwood becomes the first woman admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Mary Baker Eddy establishes the Church of Christ, Scientist, becoming the first woman to found a major religion, Christian Science.

      1885
      Sarah E. Goode becomes the first African-American woman to receive a patent, for a bed that folded up into a cabinet. Goode, who owned a furniture store in Chicago, intended the bed to be used in apartments.

      1887
      Susanna Medora Salter becomes the first woman elected mayor of an American town, in Argonia, Kansas.

      1896
      Alice Guy Blaché, the first American woman film director, shoots the first of her more than 300 films, a short feature called La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy).

      1897
      H.H.A. Beach's "Gaelic Symphony" is the first symphony by a woman performed in the United States, and possibly the world.

      1901
      On October 24, 1901, Annie Edson Taylor, a schoolteacher from Michigan, becomes the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.

      1914
      Mary Davenport-Engberg is the first woman to conduct a symphony orchestra, in Bellingham, Washington.

      1916
      Jeannette Rankin, of Montana, is the first woman to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

      1921
      American novelist Edith Wharton becomes the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She wins the award for her novel The Age of Innocence.

      1922
      Rebecca Felton, of Georgia, is appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill a temporary vacancy. The first woman senator, she serves for only two days.

      1925
      Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to serve as governor of a state, in Wyoming. In the fall of 1924

      NOTE: More in the link provided below.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need help comparing the movie All the King's Men to historical facts.?
    I need to write a page about it, but so far I've only found enough information for half a page. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Although based, loosely, on the political career of Huey Long....Governor of the state of Louisiana from 1928-32...it is a fictional film....therefore not based on true accuracy.....
      Long created the motto; "Every man is a king"....he advocated 'redistribution of wealth'....
      At the height of his political career he was assassinated in Sept. 1935...it is still unknown whether he was killed by accident, by his body guard, who thought there was an attempt being made on his life, or whether the assassin succeeded.....[he had a 'split lip', which suggested that he had been in a short fight...but the man who was accused of shooting him was killed by Long's bodyguards in a 'firestorm' of bullets.....Long had already accused some legislators of planning his assassination]...
      He was quite popular with the ordinary people, especially of Louisiana, and was fighting the U.S. government in an attempt to help their quality of life....
      There was an attempt to impeach him during his governorship, by the Oil industry...whom he wanted to tax.....[his political enemies stated that he had rigged the state politics so that he was actually a "virtual dictator of the state"....he was not liked by the 'old monied families' of Louisiana, as he wished to tax them..[ most were descendants of slave owners and resented the fact that they now had to pay their 'tenant farmers'..which they usually treated very much as slaves]..he also backed the new Social Security program, as well as the building and repairing of roads...[at this time many roads, all over the U.S. were usually either mud or gravel and in very poor condition]
      He ran for Senator in 1931 and won. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1932-35 and was a fiery orator and a backer of FDR for President...although he had his own ambitions of become the President of the U.S....
      His opponents or 'anti-Long' people, usually the more wealthy, but others not...did not agree with his views on allowing African Americans to vote.....
      [there are many opinions about this complicated politician....... some of his ideas and opinions were very modern....... he left a great deal of 'legacy' [read url].......
      He was succeeded by his brother, Earl Long, [jokingly called "Uncle Earl", due to all of his relatives that had been appointed to state jobs...]
      isis1037@yahoo.com

  27. QUESTION:
    What are American students studying in grade 9?
    What are American(or better, Massachusetts) students studying in grade 9? And Please tell me every subjects. (English,math,physics......) Because I'm goning to study in US. (in MA). And the school name is "Cushing Academy School" (Grade9-12)

    • ANSWER:
      Well I live in Minnesota, US but they teach almost the same thing...

      The main things you'll be learning is...

      Social Studies
      Science
      Language Arts
      Health and Safety
      Mathematics

      Social -

      Basic human communities
      Community, state, and national government
      Political parties and elections
      Comparative cultures and religions
      African American, Hispanic, and other ethnic studies
      Urban studies
      Women in our history
      Conservation, including human conservation
      Resource management
      Elementary economics
      Labor and management
      Taxation
      Foundations of American democracy
      U. S. Constitution
      Rights and responsibilities of good citizenship
      United Nations
      World geography
      Advanced map and globe skills

      Science -

      Earth's history
      Earth science
      Ecology and environment
      Weather and climate
      Air and air pressure
      Air masses and fronts
      Water and its uses
      Erosion
      Air and water pollution
      Heats and fuels
      Electricity and electronics
      Solar and nuclear energy
      Nature and uses of light
      Simple and complex machines
      Atomic structure
      Chemistry of matter
      Molecular theory
      Nature and use of chemicals
      Metals and plastics
      Space and astronomy
      Space travel
      Nature and causes of disease

      Luanguage Arts (English) -

      Evaluating material for accuracy
      Reading the newspaper
      Analyzing propaganda
      Advertising
      Drama and film
      Analyzing poetry
      Dramatic poetry
      Using poetry anthologies
      Novel and short story
      Folklore and myths
      Structure of a play
      Parable and allegory
      Interpretation of literature
      Listening skills
      Effective discussion techniques and questioning skills
      Preparing a speech
      Public speaking and debate
      The unabridged dictionary
      Vocabulary
      Foreign words used in English
      Grammar
      Fundamentals of composition
      Report writing
      Extended reference skills
      Special indexes

      Math -

      General Mathematics

      Ratio and proportion
      Basic concepts of statistics
      Mathematical vocabulary
      Direct and indirect measurement
      Banks and banking
      Investment
      Budgeting
      Insurance
      Taxation
      Graphs and tables
      Informal geometry
      Elementary algebra
      Customary and metric measurement

      Algebra 1

      Absolute value
      Sets and their relationships
      Properties of polynomial forms
      Equations
      Signed numbers
      Fundamental operations
      Equations of the first degree
      Ratio, proportion, variation
      Relations and functions
      Special products and factoring
      Fractions and fractional equations
      Square roots
      Radicals
      Quadratic equations
      Elements of probability

      In math (I don't know if this may apply in Mass. ) but there are around 3 main courses....1 is regular, another 1 is HP or AP (High Proformenced, Advanced Placement) and the other one is a slower Math, but this requires you to take another year of math.

      This may seem ALOT but they are very short due to they have to sqeeze all of these things into about 7 months (Including Days off)...Good Luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Im 30 years old female . i will travel to new york this summer.What is the best things to do in there?

    • ANSWER:
      Top 10 To Do:
      Times Square: It has it all. You can find first class lodging, all varieties of dining, entertainment, as well as tours of all parts of the city, shopping and nightlife in this exciting, vibrant and historic landmark in New York City.
      Top of the Rock: The view itself is unique and astonishing. Unobstructed for 360 degrees from the 70th floor, the breathtaking landscape stretches for miles in every direction.
      Rockefeller Center: Having been built to meet the needs of the people, it has been a favorite spot for both New Yorkers and tourists.
      Central Park: This 843-acre oasis offers a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life. A stroll along the Mall, a rowboat ride on the Lake, or a game of softball are just a taste of what you'll find in Central Park.
      Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York City's grand museum! Journeying through the art of mankind can be a overwhelming yet joyous experience.
      South Street Seaport: Along the bumpy cobblestone streets toward Pier 17 you'll find restaurants and shops galore, but this is also a historic district and a living museum.
      Rose Center for Earth & Space: The brand new, state-of-the-art center will take you to from the inner workings of our planet to the outer limits of the galaxy.
      Staten Island Ferry: It is run by the City of New York for one pragmatic reason: To transport Staten Islanders to and from Manhattan. Yet, the 5 mile, 25 minute ride also provides a majestic view of New York Harbor and a no-hassle, even romantic, boat ride, for free! One guide book calls it "One of the worlds greatest (and shortest) water voyages."
      Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park: The country's largest urban zoo. Exhibits include: Tiger Mountain, JungleWorld, Himalayan Highlands, World of Birds, African Plains, Wild Asia, Baboon Reserve, and the 6.5 acre Congo Gorilla Forest.
      Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum: Perched on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Intrepid, a fighter jet looks ready to take off! The monstrous aircraft carrier now houses the largest museum devoted to the armed forces and the space program.

      Top 5 Things To See:
      Empire State Building: "The Cathedral of the Skies," as it has been called, identifies NYC more than any other feature in this landmark filled city.
      Statue of Liberty: Next to the flag, it's America's most famous symbol for freedom. Standing 151 feet above New York Harbor since 1886, the ferry brings you to her feet on Liberty Island.
      Ground Zero: It's a name and place we are all familiar with just as we are the events that took place on September 11, 2001 - a day that will forever be remembered in the hearts of all Americans.
      United Nations: Behind the 191 waving flags representing the member countries stands the buildings of United Nations who attempts to maintain peace, protect human rights and promote development throughout the world.
      Brooklyn Bridge: Ranks as one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century and remains one of New York's most popular and well known landmarks.
      5 Great Evening Entertainment Options:
      Broadway Shows: Going to the theater is one of the most popular events for New York City tourists. Favorites include: The Lion King, Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and many more.
      Dinner Cruise: Indulge in outstanding cuisine, attentive service, music and dancing. Stroll along the spacious decks while enjoying the ever changing views of the most dazzling skyline, and the majestic Statue of Liberty.
      VOX: Showcasing American composers, produced by New York City Opera. Presented by the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University
      Studio Mezmor: One of New York's biggest dance clubs opens its doors to bands, artists and designers.
      Loews Lincoln Square and IMAX Theater: A posh, eight-story IMAX theatre is the centerpiece of this Upper West Side multiplex cinema. The IMAX theatre offers several different films, both 3D and not.
      5 Great Restaurants:
      Ruth's Chris Steak House: Whether it's a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business luncheon, or a private party, they can accommodate your needs. The Manhattan steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
      DB Bistro Moderne: In Daniel Boulud's hands, the humble hamburger is transformed into the ultimate luxury item. The somewhat infamous DB Burger is stuffed with truffle-and-foie gras-laced short ribs, and is accompanied by pommes frites on the side.
      Katz's Delicatessen: A must for those who are gluttons for thick and juicy pastrami sandwiches, crispy fries. It is the oldest deli in New York, and the only one where the pastrami and corned beef are still hand-cut.
      Beppe: One of New York's best Italian restaurants since it opened in 2001—serves chef Cesare Casella's luscious Tuscan fare.
      River Café: Dining on this comfortably lounge-lit floating barge, simply decorated to defer to the obvious visual splendor, with a beautiful playing pianist.

      If your going consider learning how to use the subway....

      http://www.mta.nyc.ny.us/nyct/maps/subma...

      Your going to have a blast!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. QUESTION:
    History: Why was dancing(swing dancing) so important in the 1930's?
    For my history class?

    • ANSWER:
      The question doesn't really seem to make sense. How can a luxury activity, like dancing, be truly important? I suppose you could make some argument that it was 1) the depression and 2) people needed something to lift their spirits that didn't cost a lot money . . . but dancing is something that's always made someone happy, regardless of it's time period.

      A better question would be "What is the significance of the popularity of swing dancing in the 1930s?"

      For that I would say the following:

      First off, swing dancing and jazz music was a fusion of European (white) and African (black) forms of dancing and music, that even today is considered the first popular American cultural movement in dance and music. Even today, both Swing Dancing and Jazz Music have strong ties with American culture and history.

      Secondly, it was the depression, and people had little money to spend, so the cost of a nickle to go to a ballroom and dance with people to a live band, was an attractive idea (more bang for your buck as it were). This was before TV, and radios weren't affordable to everyone until the later part of the 1930's.

      I guess these are some of the social implications you can make regarding swing dancing.

      Now, if you want to know about the history of swing dancing, you need to learn about THE LINDY HOP!!!

      Lindy Hop developed out of Partner Charleston in the late 1920's in Harlem. The dance grew in popularity with swing music giants like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, etc.

      The most amazing place to go in Harlem in the 1930s was The Savoy Ballroom, also known as "The Home of Happy Feet", where the best swing dancers would rub elbows with celebrities that would come and watch them dance. A bouncer at the club ended up putting a swing dance troupe together which were called by many different names but are now generally referred to as "Whitey's Lindy Hoppers". The performed at many public locations like Fairs, the Cotton Club, and eventually appeared in movies.

      A dancer by the name of Dean Collins, learned the Lindy Hop at the Savoy, and at the age of 17, moved to Hollywood to make a name for himself. He brought lindy hop to the west coast and was featured in more movies than any swing dancer of the era. He was also influential in bringing the dance more broadly to whites.

      Significant Dancers of the Day:

      "Shorty" George Snowden, credited with giving Lindy Hop it's name and possibly creating it.

      Franky Manning, credited with creating aerials in swing dancing, and one of the most influential persons for the reappearance of swing dancing in the 80s and 90s.

      Dean Collins, credited with bringing Lindy Hop to the west coast, and adapting his style of dance to be in a slot that eventually lead to the creation of "west coast swing" the official state dance of California.

      Movies you can watch featuring lindy hop:

      After Seben (1929) - First movie featuring early Lindy Hop
      Day at the Races (1937) - First movie featuring Whitey's Lindy Hoppers
      Buck Privates (1941) - Abbot and Costello Movie, featuring Dean Collins
      Hellzapoppin' (1941) - Considered the greatest swing routine ever captured on film (WATCH THIS ON YOUTUBE)
      Groovie Movie (1944) - A short about swing/jitterbug/lindy hop.
      Don't Knock the Rock (1956) - Rock n' Roll era movie featuring Lindy Hoppers, including Dean Collins

      Suggested Books:

      Frankie Manning's Autobiography, "Ambasador of the Lindy Hop", available on Amazon.

      I hope that helps!

  30. QUESTION:
    african american presidents on film?
    I don't remember how many are they, but i think that there are some films where there is an afro-american US president. Can you help me remember which are does films?

    • ANSWER:
      1.) Sammy Davis, Jr., in Rufus Jones for President (1933 short film)
      2.) James Earl Jones in The Man (1972)
      3.) Tom Lister, Jr. in The Fifth Element (1997)
      4.) Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact (1998)
      5.) Chris Rock in Head of State (2003)
      6.) Terry Crews in Idiocracy (2006)

      There were also two African American presidents on TV's 24 (played by Dennis Haysbert and D.B. Woodside)

  31. QUESTION:
    What exactly is the meaning of "Who Dat"? How did it get started?

    • ANSWER:

      http://askville.amazon.com/recorded-Dat-chant-1983-original-NFL-single/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=65678139

      The chant of "Who Dat?" originated in minstrel shows and vaudeville acts of the late 1800s and early 1900s, and was then taken up by jazz and big band performers in the 1920s and 30s.

      The first reference to "Who Dat?" can be found in the 19th Century. A featured song in E.E. Rice's "Summer Nights" is the song "Who Dat Say Chicken In dis Crowd", with lyrics by poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.[1] A common tag line in the days of Negro minstrel shows was: "Who dat?" answered by "Who dat say who dat?" Many different blackfaced gags played off that opening. Vaudeville performer Mantan Moreland was known for the routine.[1] Another example is "Swing Wedding," a rarely shown 1930s Harmon-Ising cartoon musical, which caricatured Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Ethel Waters, and the Mills Brothers as frogs in a swamp performing minstrel show jokes and jazz tunes. The frogs repeatedly used the phrase "who dat?"

      In the swing era, "who dat" chants back and forth between the band and the band leader or between the audience and the band were extemporaneous. That is, there was no one specific set of words except for the two magic ones.

      "Who Dat?" Lyrics from 1937:

      Who dat up there who’s dat down there
      Who dat up there who dat well down there
      Who’s dat up there, sayin’ who’s dat down there
      When I see you up there well who’s dat down there

      Who dat inside who’s dat outside
      Who’s dat inside who dat well outside
      Who’s dat inside, singin’ who’s dat outside
      When I see up there well who’s dat out there

      Button up your lip there big boy
      Stop answerin’ back
      Give you a tip there big boy
      Announce yourself jack

      Who dat up there who’s dat down there
      Who dat up there who dat, well down there
      Who’s dat up there, singin’ who’s dat down there
      When I see you up there you bum
      Well who’s dat down there

      Who dat

      Staged minstrel skits had frightened black people saying "who dat" when they encountered a ghost, or someone imitating a ghost. Then, the "who dat"..."who dat say who dat"...skit would play itself out. This skit was done frequently in short reels from the 1930s - 1950s and in some early TV shows too. Even the Marx Brothers had a "who dat" routine, which they included in their film A Day at the Races.[1] Often, a ghost was called a "who dat." An animated character, now banished to the archives as being racist, MGM's Bosko had such an encounter in a toon called "Lil Ol Bosko in Bagdad" in 1938.

      "Who Dat?" became a familiar joke with soldiers during World War II.

      Back in WWII, US fighter squadron pilots would often fly under radio silence. But things get lonely up there in the cockpit, so after a while there'd be a crackle of static as someone keyed his mike. Then a disembodied voice would reply, "Who dat?" An answer would come, "Who dat say who dat?" And another, "Who dat say who dat say who dat?" After a few rounds of this, the squadron commander would grab his microphone and yell, "Cut it out, you guys!" A few moments of silence. Then... "Who dat?"[cite this quote]

      [edit] The "Who Dat?" cheer

      "Who Dat" became part of a chant for fans cheering on their favorite team. It has been debated exactly where it started, but some claim it began with Southern University fans either in the late 1960s or early 1970s and went "Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Jags" - Southern University being nicknamed the Jaguars.[2] Another claim is that around the same time it began at St. Augustine High School, a historically African-American all boys Catholic high school in New Orleans, and then spread to the New Orleans Public Schools. Another claim is that the cheer originated at Patterson High School in Patterson, Louisiana (home of Saints running back Dalton Hilliard).[1] In the late 70's fans at Louisiana State University picked up on the cheer. By 1983, the New Orleans Saints organization officially adopted it during the tenure of coach Bum Phillips, and Aaron Neville (along with local musicians Sal and Steve Monistere and Carlo Nuccio) recorded a version of "When the Saints Go Marching In" that incorporated the chant (performed by a group of Saints players) that became a major local hit, due in part to the support of sportscaster Ron Swoboda and the fact that Saints fans had been using the chant already.[1]

      In 1981, the Cincinnati Bengals fans and players had started with their similar "Who Dey" cheer.[3] It was also adopted by wrestling fans of the Junkyard Dog, who wrestled locally in the Mid South Wrestling area in the early to mid 1980s

  32. QUESTION:
    Different hair styles for school?
    I have short black hair. I usually wear it half up half down or in a pony tail.
    I want to look REALLY cute and i want side bangs or spiral curl. I have african american hair so if you know how to make spiral curls with rollers that will be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      I have african american hair too. Side bangs look great on anyone. It's not hard to make spiral curls with rollers.

      http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-use-rollers

      Please answer mine? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AqsmI5VtcGBtnWPEl4JV6mPsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090909145407AAEgVDf

  33. QUESTION:
    why is new york city called the big apple?

    • ANSWER:
      Ok I found this article and it's a bit long but it has a lot of info.

      Why Is New York City Called "The Big Apple"?
      "When and how did New York City come to be called "The Big
      Apple'?"

      There are actually several answers (nothing about New York
      City is simple, after all). All are explained below, with the last
      word going, appropriately enough, to SNYCH’s own Joe Zito,
      one of this burg’s finest purveyors of high-quality urban history.
      A veteran both of New York City’s inimitable press corps and its
      police department, Joe—happily for us—is able to provide
      authoritative first-hand testimony on this topic. Read on!

      Various accounts have traced the “Big Apple” expression to
      Depression-Era sidewalk apple vendors, a Harlem night
      club, and a popular 1930s dance known as the “Big Apple.”
      One fanciful version even links the name with a notorious
      19th-century procuress!

      In fact, it was the jazz musicians of the 1930s and ‘40s who put
      the phrase into more or less general circulation. If a jazzman
      circa 1940 told you he had a gig in the “Big Apple,” you knew
      he had an engagement to play in the most coveted venue of all, Manhattan, where the audience was the biggest, hippest, and most appreciative in the country.

      The older generation of jazzmen specifically credit Fletcher
      Henderson, one of the greatest of the early Big Band leaders
      and arrangers, with popularizing it, but such things are probably impossible to document. Be that as it may, the ultimate source actually was not the jazz world, but the racetrack.

      As Damon Runyon (among many others) cheerfully pointed out, New York in those days offered a betting man a lot of places to go broke. There were no fewer than four major tracks nearby, and it required no fewer than three racing journals to cover such a lively scene—The Daily Racing Form (which still survives on newsstands today) and The Running Horse and
      The New York Morning Telegraph (which do not)—and the
      ultimate credit for marrying New York to its durable catchphrase
      goes to columnist John J. FitzGerald, who wrote for the
      Telegraph for over 20 years.

      Joe Zito, who joined the paper as a young man some 70-plus
      years ago, recently reminisced about Jack FitzGerald and his
      times.

      In FitzGerald’s honor (and due largely to the strenuous efforts
      of attorney-etymologist Barry Popick, who, like the columnist,
      had migrated to NYC from upstate New York) a street sign
      reading “Big Apple Corner” was installed at Broadway and
      West 54th Street in 1997, near the hotel where FitzGerald died
      in poverty in 1963—although a location near the old Telegraph
      office might arguably have been a happier spot for it.

      Despite its turf-related origins, by the 1930s and ’40s, the
      phrase had become firmly linked to the city’s jazz scene. “Big
      Apple” was the name both of a popular night club at West 135th
      Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem and a jitterbug-style
      group dance that originated in the South, became a huge
      phenomenon at Harlem’s great Savoy Ballroom and rapidly
      spread across the country. (Neat cultural footnote: the great
      African-American cinema pioneer Oscar Micheaux liked to
      use the Big Apple as a venue for occasional screenings of his
      latest feature film or documentary.)

      A film short called The Big Apple came out in 1938, with an all-
      Black cast featuring Herbert “Whitey” White’s Lindy Hoppers,
      Harlem’s top ballroom dancers in the Swing Era. In a book
      published the same year, bandleader Cab Calloway used the
      phrase "Big Apple" to mean "the big town, the main stem,
      Harlem." Anyone who loved the city would have readily agreed
      with Jack FitzGerald: “There's only one Big Apple. That's New
      York."

      The term had grown stale and was in fact generally forgotten by
      the 1970s. Then Charles Gillett, head of the New York
      Convention & Visitors Bureau, got the idea of reviving it.
      The agency was desperately trying to attract tourists to the
      town Mayor John Lindsay had dubbed “Fun City,” but which
      had become better-known for its blackouts, strikes, street crime
      and occasional riots. What could be a more wholesome symbol of renewal than a plump red apple?

      The city's industrial-strength “I ♥ NY” campaign was launched
      toward the end of the Lindsay administration in 1971, complete
      with a cheerful Big Apple logo in innumerable forms (lapel pins,
      buttons, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets, shopping bags, ashtrays, ties, tie tacks, “Big Apple” T-shirts, etc.).

      Apparently Gillett was on to something, because at this writing,
      over 35 years later, the campaign he launched—it won him a
      Tourism Achievement award in 1994, by the way—is still going strong.

  34. QUESTION:
    Any really good movies to recommend?
    i don't really mind what genre film it is just any really good movies that liked to recommend thanks

    • ANSWER:
      sure. i hadn't had time to sort them out, but you can check them on imdb.com first.
      you have everything from drama, trip leaders, action, animation, action and documentary. but they;re good. no tear jerkers or anything.
      enjoy

      bibliotheque pascal - surrealist hungarian/romanian movie
      leon - movie about a hitman that adopts a girl who wants to avenge her family
      buffalo 66 - vincent gallo as a damaged ex-convict who tries to impress his fucked-up family
      the green mile - after stephen king's book, best movie after a book.
      aineh (jafar panahi) - if you feel like going political - a movie about the women condition in islam
      black swan - you've probably seen this one - a ballet dancer loses her mind
      idioterne - lars von trier movie - dogma 95, about a gang of people who try to find the "inner idiot" and end up doing some fucked up things
      dogville - lars von trier - with nicole kidman. a parallel to jesus crucifiction, if he were a woman in the us.
      idiocracy - a comedy that will convince you to have lots of children if your iq is higher than 80
      the gods must be crazy I and II -comedy - the modern world seen trough the eyes of an african indigen
      life during wartime - very atypical comedy about american family
      grease - classic musical with olivia newton john and john travolta
      catch me if you can - a mastermind criminal who can fake anything
      thelma and louise - road movie about two women who end up being chased by the police after killing a rapist
      goa, last hippie standing - documentary on goa
      no impact man - documentary about the reality show - a man tries to live totally eco-friendly in the middle of new york
      american psycho - a serial killer from the high life of america
      henry, portrait of a serial killer - another serial killer from the scums of america
      a scanner darkly - sci-fi animation about a narcotics officer who does drugs
      blade runner - sci-fi
      grindhouse - quentin tarantino. a crazy stunt man who thinks he's deathproof tries to kill several women
      ed wood - the life of ed wood,the worse movie director ever.
      munich
      the island
      the city of the lost children
      a very long engagement
      blow
      der undergang
      adaptation
      schizopolis - a man has two personalities and his wife cheats on him with his second personality.
      synecdoche new york
      que hace yo para merecer esto
      oldboy
      hotel rwanda
      jackie brown
      grudge
      cruel intentions
      delicatessen
      true grit
      the faculty - all the cliches gathered in the same movie, to a point where nothing is cliche anymore. roberto rodriguez.
      planet terror - r. rodriguez
      red - oscar, this year
      the kids are allright
      angels in america - 6 part series about gay people in america
      summer palace - chinese banned movie
      reconstruction
      changelling
      doubt
      frozen river
      kafka
      mirror mask
      waking life
      rumba - a great french comedy about a one legged dancer married to a man who has lost his short-term memory. the perfect experimental movie
      elephant's dream
      moloch
      the big lebowsky
      asphalt tango - romanian movie
      easy rider
      edward scissorhands
      fear and loathing in las vegas
      ciudad de deus
      kill bill
      once upon a time in mexico
      bang bang you're dead
      quills
      full metal jacket
      memento
      million dollar baby
      amores perros
      american history x
      la mala education
      road to perdition
      the limits of control
      wall-e
      max and mary
      harvie krumpet
      up
      boogie nights
      despicable me
      double indemnity
      his girl friday
      megamind
      milk
      mr and ms smith
      pan's labyrinth
      pirate radio
      red
      spirited away
      strings
      tangled
      the virgin suicides
      visitor
      good night and good luck
      hysterical blindness
      night on earth
      little otik
      noises off - comedy
      les invasions barbares
      medalia de onoare - romanian movie
      twelve monkeys
      train de vie - french co-production about the jewish people during ww2. goran bregovic soundtrack
      the fall
      leon

  35. QUESTION:
    I need two novels and a third source preferably a film which have a related themes?
    preferably a modern movie with a theme at grade 11-12 level
    its for a report

    • ANSWER:
      Dystopian futures with totalitarian governments and limited education.
      1984 by Orwell (novel or film)
      Fahrenheit 451 by Bradbury (novel)
      Harrison Bergeron by Vonnegut (short story or film)

      African American Biographies. Bildungsromans.
      Black Boy by Wright (novel)
      Go Tell it on the Mountain by Baldwin (novel or film)
      I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Angelou (novel or film)

  36. QUESTION:
    why is new york city called the big apple?????

    • ANSWER:
      Various accounts have traced the “Big Apple” expression to
      Depression-Era sidewalk apple vendors, a Harlem night
      club, and a popular 1930s dance known as the “Big Apple.”
      One fanciful version even links the name with a notorious
      19th-century procuress!

      In fact, it was the jazz musicians of the 1930s and ‘40s who put
      the phrase into more or less general circulation. If a jazzman
      circa 1940 told you he had a gig in the “Big Apple,” you knew
      he had an engagement to play in the most coveted venue of all,
      Manhattan, where the audience was the biggest, hippest, and
      most appreciative in the country.

      The older generation of jazzmen specifically credit Fletcher
      Henderson, one of the greatest of the early Big Band leaders
      and arrangers, with popularizing it, but such things are probably
      impossible to document. Be that as it may, the ultimate source
      actually was not the jazz world, but the racetrack.

      As Damon Runyon (among many others) cheerfully pointed out,
      New York in those days offered a betting man a lot of places to
      go broke. There were no fewer than four major tracks nearby,
      and it required no fewer than three racing journals to cover
      such a lively scene—The Daily Racing Form (which still
      survives on newsstands today) and The Running Horse and
      The New York Morning Telegraph (which do not)—and the
      ultimate credit for marrying New York to its durable catchphrase
      goes to columnist John J. FitzGerald, who wrote for the
      Telegraph for over 20 years.

      In FitzGerald’s honor (and due largely to the strenuous efforts
      of attorney-etymologist Barry Popick, who, like the columnist,
      had migrated to NYC from upstate New York) a street sign
      reading “Big Apple Corner” was installed at Broadway and
      West 54th Street in 1997, near the hotel where FitzGerald died
      in poverty in 1963—although a location near the old Telegraph
      office might arguably have been a happier spot for it.

      Despite its turf-related origins, by the 1930s and ’40s, the
      phrase had become firmly linked to the city’s jazz scene. “Big
      Apple” was the name both of a popular night club at West 135th
      Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem and a jitterbug-style
      group dance that originated in the South, became a huge
      phenomenon at Harlem’s great Savoy Ballroom and rapidly
      spread across the country. (Neat cultural footnote: the great
      African-American cinema pioneer Oscar Micheaux liked to
      use the Big Apple as a venue for occasional screenings of his
      latest feature film or documentary.)

      A film short called The Big Apple came out in 1938, with an all-
      Black cast featuring Herbert “Whitey” White’s Lindy Hoppers,
      Harlem’s top ballroom dancers in the Swing Era. In a book
      published the same year, bandleader Cab Calloway used the
      phrase "Big Apple" to mean "the big town, the main stem,
      Harlem." Anyone who loved the city would have readily agreed
      with Jack FitzGerald: “There's only one Big Apple. That's New
      York."

      The term had grown stale and was in fact generally forgotten by
      the 1970s. Then Charles Gillett, head of the New York
      Convention & Visitors Bureau, got the idea of reviving it.
      The agency was desperately trying to attract tourists to the
      town Mayor John Lindsay had dubbed “Fun City,” but which
      had become better-known for its blackouts, strikes, street crime
      and occasional riots. What could be a more wholesome symbol
      of renewal than a plump red apple?

      The city's industrial-strength “I ♥ NY” campaign was launched
      toward the end of the Lindsay administration in 1971, complete
      with a cheerful Big Apple logo in innumerable forms (lapel pins,
      buttons, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets, shopping bags,
      ashtrays, ties, tie tacks, “Big Apple” T-shirts, etc.).

      Apparently Gillett was on to something, because at this writing,
      over 35 years later, the campaign he launched—it won him a
      Tourism Achievement award in 1994, by the way—is still going
      strong.

  37. QUESTION:
    Has anyone not famous used Wen? Is it really that good?
    I just saw the commercial for Wen, this revolutionary hair care system on TVGuide. It had a lot of celebrity endorsements, and the creator and Alyssa Milano claimed the commercial was without smoke and mirrors, and really showed real stylists washing women's hair just once with Wen. The difference was amazing, pretty persuasive.
    But, I'm ALWAYS suspicious of commercials... So I wanna know, who's tried it, and is it REALLY that good?

    • ANSWER:
      Infomercials are just like making a short film, they have producers, directors, extras, actors and they are all GETTING PAID. They're scripted short films. Cher have stopped making informercials because she's tired of de-frauding her fans! Same reason why PROACTIVE are endorsed by celebrities, too, their goal is to be #1 in the country if you CALL NOW you even get FREE SHIPPING.

      You've heard of WEN right? Uses about 26 squirts, that's like half the bottle, so you can buy more. Another money making propaganda.

      My DIL uses that, but it looked like she used Samy found at Rite-Aid or Walgreens and I've seen result of Samy also. . . or I wouldn't be recommending products here, since I don't get credits for doing that.

      Example from one from a YAHOO responder: "Just a warning: I got wen hair care last year, since my hair is frizzy and poofy naturally.
      IT DID NOTHING. I followed all the instructions for about 3 weeks, and it had no effect. Your hair may be different, but I just thought I'd warn you."

      If I bottle all my tips & suggestions and charge people each, would people buy it? Of course not! I'm a nobody, but you get them all FREE ON YA HAIR.

      The hair industry is a billion dollar business, they sell products that cleans & condition the hair. They also sell products that damage and causes hair loss. They also DO NOT give money back guarantee for damaged hair or hair loss due to 'abuse'. Mechanical, chemical, or thermal styling. Hair straighteners and relaxers top the hair products pose the greatest risks. Hair relaxers, related products marketed heavily to African-American women, are dangerous because they may contain powerful chemicals such as lye, a toxic substance also used in drain cleaners.

      When you wash your hair with one of those nutrient-rich shampoos, most of the nutrients and active ingredients in the product don’t actually end up in your hair, they wind up down the drain… along with all the money you spent on the shampoo. It is HOW you use to style your hair or what styling tools that damage the hair, and what chemicals you're adding to the hair, not the shampoo.

  38. QUESTION:
    I need to write a paper. A problem in the world, and the solution/views. Help me get a thesis!!!?
    I did my draft on racism, she didn't approve the topic because it wasn't a problem and solution layout, i just wrote about racism. a lot of it. So now I need to make a thesis, FAST, on what problems exist within racism (i need to be specific) and the solution. I need as many ideas as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Problems with racism? what type of race are you talking about?

      White racism or black racism?

      White Racism is if you are black and:
      -You are allowed to pass the SAT’s with a lower score.
      -You are allowed to say Ni**er and Cracker without getting in trouble.
      -Your school has the Ebony club, Minority Student Union, African Americans Unite, Spanish Club, and Asian club but can’t have a ‘white’ club due to racism.
      -You have BET and Black Stars and the black movie awards on TV but white people can’t have a network or award show just for whites.
      -You have a Black History Month and complain that it is the shortest month of the year
      -You are allowed welfare with fewer questions asked.

      solution: allow some white only things too

      Black Racism is when you are black and:
      -You are not allowed to get a better job because your name is Lakeisha or Latisha or jerome and jobs don't like hiring with those names.
      -You are type casted as the bad guy or poor guy in films and shows
      -You get arrested just because you are black
      - people have misconceptions that you are dirty or worthless because of your skin color

      solution: require jobs to look at the qualifications and not the name by using some sort of identifying number that corresponds with your real name ( like driver license or ss#) therefore they hire for skill and not for 'name'

  39. QUESTION:
    How Many African American Oscar winners have there been?
    Never actually thought about it. Does anyone know?

    • ANSWER:
      List of black Academy Award winners and nominees
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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      The following is a list of persons of African descent who have been winners and nominees of Academy Awards from 1929 to the present.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Best Supporting Actress
      2 Best Supporting Actor
      3 Best Actress
      4 Best Actor
      5 Honorary Award
      6 Best Director
      7 Best Picture
      8 Best Documentary, Feature
      9 Best Short Film, Live Action
      10 Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
      11 Best Screenplay Adaptation
      12 Best Original Song
      13 Best Music Score
      14 Best Costume Design
      15 Best Film Editing
      16 Best Sound
      17 Best Sound Effects Editing
      18 Best Cinematography

      [edit] Best Supporting Actress
      1939: Hattie McDaniel, Gone with the Wind (winner)
      1948: Ethel Waters, Pinky
      1959: Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life
      1967: Beah Richards, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
      1983: Alfre Woodard, Cross Creek
      1985: Margaret Avery, The Color Purple
      1985: Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple
      1990: Whoopi Goldberg, Ghost (winner)
      1996: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Secrets and Lies
      2002: Queen Latifah, Chicago
      2004: Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda
      2006: Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

      [edit] Best Supporting Actor
      1969: Rupert Crosse, The Reivers
      1981: Howard E. Rollins Jr., Ragtime
      1982: Louis Gossett Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman (winner)
      1984: Adolph Caesar, A Soldier's Story
      1987: Morgan Freeman, Street Smart
      1987: Denzel Washington, Cry Freedom
      1989: Denzel Washington, Glory (winner)
      1992: Jaye Davidson, The Crying Game
      1994: Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction
      1996: Cuba Gooding Jr., Jerry Maguire (winner)
      1999: Michael Clarke Duncan, The Green Mile
      2003: Djimon Hounsou, In America
      2004: Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby (winner)
      2004: Jamie Foxx, Collateral
      2006: Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
      2006: Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

      [edit] Best Actress
      1954: Dorothy Dandridge, Carmen Jones
      1972: Diana Ross, Lady Sings the Blues
      1972: Cicely Tyson, Sounder
      1974: Diahann Carroll, Claudine
      1985: Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple
      1993: Angela Bassett, What's Love Got to Do with It
      2001: Halle Berry, Monster's Ball (winner)

      [edit] Best Actor
      1958: Sidney Poitier, The Defiant Ones
      1963: Sidney Poitier, Lilies of the Field (winner)
      1970: James Earl Jones, The Great White Hope
      1972: Paul Winfield, Sounder
      1986: Dexter Gordon, 'Round Midnight
      1989: Morgan Freeman, Driving Miss Daisy
      1992: Denzel Washington, Malcolm X
      1993: Laurence Fishburne, What's Love Got to Do with It
      1994: Morgan Freeman, The Shawshank Redemption
      1999: Denzel Washington, Hurricane
      2001: Denzel Washington, Training Day (winner)
      2001: Will Smith, Ali
      2004: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda
      2004: Jamie Foxx, Ray (winner)
      2005: Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
      2006: Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
      2006: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

      [edit] Honorary Award
      1948: James Baskett, for his characterization of Uncle Remus in Song of the South
      1995: Quincy Jones, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
      2002: Sidney Poitier

      [edit] Best Director
      1991: John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood

      [edit] Best Picture
      1985: Quincy Jones (producer), The Color Purple

      [edit] Best Documentary, Feature
      1997: Spike Lee (director) and Samuel D. Pollard (Producer), 4 Little Girls
      2004: Karolyn Ali (producer), Tupac: Resurrection

      [edit] Best Short Film, Live Action
      1991: David Massey, Last Breeze of Summer
      1995: Dianne Houston, Tuesday Morning Ride

      [edit] Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
      1972: Suzanne De Passe, Lady Sings the Blues
      1989: Spike Lee, Do the Right Thing
      1991: John Singleton, Boyz n the Hood

      [edit] Best Screenplay Adaptation
      1972: Lonne Elder III, Sounder
      1984: Charles Fuller, A Soldier's Story

      [edit] Best Original Song
      1967: Quincy Jones and Bob Russell, Banning
      1968: Quincy Jones and Bob Russell, For Love of Ivy
      1971: Isaac Hayes, Shaft (winner)
      1981: Lionel Richie, Endless Love
      1983: Irene Cara, Flashdance (winner)
      1984: Stevie Wonder, The Woman in Red (winner)
      1984: Ray Parker Jr., Ghostbusters
      1985: Lionel Richie, White Nights (winner)
      1985: Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie, The Color Purple
      1987: Jonas Gwangwa, Cry Freedom
      1988: Lamont Dozier, Buster
      1993: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Janet Jackson, Poetic Justice
      1994: James Ingram, Beethoven's 2nd
      1995: James Ingram, Junior
      2005: Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul Beauregard, Hustle & Flow (winner)
      2006: Siedah Garrett, Dreamgirls

      [edit] Best Music Score
      1961: Duke Ellington, Paris Blues
      1967: Quincy Jones, In Cold Blood
      1971: Isaac Hayes, Shaft
      1978: Quincy Jones, The Wiz
      1984: Prince, Purple Rain (winner)
      1985: Quincy Jones, [et al.], The Color Purple
      1986: Herbie Hancock, 'Round Midnight (winner)
      1987: Jonas Gwangwa, Cry Freedom

      [edit] Best Costume Design
      1992: Ruth E. Carter, Malcolm X
      1997: Ruth E. Carter, Amistad
      2004: Sharen Davis, Ray
      2006: Sharen Davis, Dreamgirls

      [edit] Best Film Editing
      1969: Hugh A. Robertson, Midnight Cowboy

      [edit] Best Sound
      1978: Willie D. Burton, The Buddy Holly Story
      1980: Willie D. Burton, Altered States
      1983: Willie D. Burton, Wargames
      1988: Willie D. Burton, Bird (winner)
      1989: Russell Williams II, Glory (winner)
      1990: Russell Williams II, Dances With Wolves (winner)
      1994: Willie D. Burton, The Shawshank Redemption
      1999: Willie D. Burton, The Green Mile
      2006: Willie D. Burton, Dreamgirls

      [edit] Best Sound Effects Editing
      1992: Lee Lemont, Under Siege
      1993: Lee Lemont, The Fugitive
      1994: Lee Lemont, Clear and Present Danger

      [edit] Best Cinematography
      1998: Remi Adefarasin, Elizabeth
      Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_black_Academy_Award_winners_and_nominees"

  40. QUESTION:
    AFRICAN AMERICAN PEOPLE AND MIXED RACE PEOPLE PLEASE LOOOK AT THIS QUESTION?

    OK SO before you watch the video, think, Is it true that in most rap and hip hop videos that mixed and lightskinned girls are favors?. Watch the video and tell me what you see. Also watch the short documentary after amd think

    • ANSWER:
      i can't watch the video because my internet is starting to slow down, but i think that it is true with reason.

      soulja boy had non-mixed/light skinned women in his vids but he isn't much at all so yeah & t-pain had some dark african american women in his film clip 'take ya shirt off'.. but i think it's just what the artist/rapper is into, you know? like we all are attracted to certain people, we all have preferences so it's sort of understandable that they would use girls they are attracted to.

      I think it is all so very important for african american women to not take offense to these artists using mixed women in their clips because really, who wants a man who's going to treat you like or refer to you as a whore from the gutter or degrade you using filthy language? that's not to say mixed women are whores & that, i'm mixed but even still they are not worth your time!

  41. QUESTION:
    What are some good hairstyles?
    IN the 9th grade i started doing curl and my hair just been putting headbands and such(my hair is short and i don't want to do the same hairstyles again)My hair doesn't really grow due to being anemic, so i wanted to do something that promote hair growth and still look good, My friends wear weave and say it grows their hair.so i wanted to ask which hairstyles is better-
    1-beach waves with weaves or curly weave or straight weave
    2-or box braids
    and will it damage my hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Your friends ARE TELLING YOU, hair weaves GROWS THEIR HAIR? First time I heard of that one!

      HAIR WEAVES & BRAIDS: Some hairstyles, including tight braids and weaves, may increase the risk of developing an irreversible form of scarring hair loss, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology.
      Seen predominately in African-American women, this type of hair loss, central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia, centers on the vertex (crown) of the scalp and spreads peripherally.
      “Any style that causes too much tension and traction on the hair, such as braiding with artificial hair weaved in, can possibly lead to scarring hair loss,” says study author Angela Kyei, MD, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
      In the study, 326 African-American women answered questionnaires about their hair-grooming methods, health status, and other demographic information. Dermatologists then performed a scalp examination to grade hair loss.
      Nearly 60% of the women showed signs of advanced central hair loss with scarring. The women were also more likely to have type 2 diabetes and bacterial scalp infections, and sport hair styles associated with traction, including braids and weaves, the study showed.
      “But hair loss is permanent, meaning that we can inject steroids or creams but it won't bring your hair back, so it’s very important to seek help with dermatologists early on,” she says.

      One example who just got a weave:
      "okay , i got it done exactly a week ago . it was ripple deep curls . now , it's A MESS . no curls at ALL . and then i have school tomorrow , how can i fix it and make the curls come back ?"

      'Whip My Hair' Singer Willow Smith Shaves Head
      The 11-year-old daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith can no longer whip her hair back and forth.

      Watch: Natural Hair Versus Relaxed Hair Debate Discussed On The Dr. Drew Life Changers Show
      Google: "Why Viola Davis Ditched the Wig at the Oscars"
      If you want longer healthy hair, you can. Watch "Eve's Bayou" 1997 film, many of the women there wore their own hair, set in 1962, before relaxers were in style.

      Amber Rose is another example, who used to wear WEAVED styles now she's a bald but beautiful model.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is New York called the Big Apple?

    • ANSWER:
      Why Is New York City Called "The Big Apple"?

      "When and how did New York City come to be called "The Big
      Apple'?"

      This is by far the most frequently asked question—and the
      most hotly debated—to reach our New York History Hotline.

      There are actually several answers (nothing about New York
      City is simple, after all). All are explained below, with the last
      word going, appropriately enough, to SNYCH’s own Joe Zito,
      one of this burg’s finest purveyors of high-quality urban history.
      A veteran both of New York City’s inimitable press corps and its
      police department, Joe—happily for us—is able to provide
      authoritative first-hand testimony on this topic. Read on!

      Various accounts have traced the “Big Apple” expression to
      Depression-Era sidewalk apple vendors, a Harlem night
      club, and a popular 1930s dance known as the “Big Apple.”
      One fanciful version even links the name with a notorious
      19th-century procuress!

      In fact, it was the jazz musicians of the 1930s and ‘40s who put
      the phrase into more or less general circulation. If a jazzman
      circa 1940 told you he had a gig in the “Big Apple,” you knew
      he had an engagement to play in the most coveted venue of all,
      Manhattan, where the audience was the biggest, hippest, and
      most appreciative in the country.

      The older generation of jazzmen specifically credit Fletcher
      Henderson, one of the greatest of the early Big Band leaders
      and arrangers, with popularizing it, but such things are probably
      impossible to document. Be that as it may, the ultimate source
      actually was not the jazz world, but the racetrack.

      As Damon Runyon (among many others) cheerfully pointed out,
      New York in those days offered a betting man a lot of places to
      go broke. There were no fewer than four major tracks nearby,
      and it required no fewer than three racing journals to cover
      such a lively scene—The Daily Racing Form (which still
      survives on newsstands today) and The Running Horse and
      The New York Morning Telegraph (which do not)—and the
      ultimate credit for marrying New York to its durable catchphrase
      goes to columnist John J. FitzGerald, who wrote for the
      Telegraph for over 20 years.

      Joe Zito, who joined the paper as a young man some 70-plus
      years ago, recently reminisced about Jack FitzGerald and his
      times.

      In FitzGerald’s honor (and due largely to the strenuous efforts
      of attorney-etymologist Barry Popick, who, like the columnist,
      had migrated to NYC from upstate New York) a street sign
      reading “Big Apple Corner” was installed at Broadway and
      West 54th Street in 1997, near the hotel where FitzGerald died
      in poverty in 1963—although a location near the old Telegraph
      office might arguably have been a happier spot for it.

      Despite its turf-related origins, by the 1930s and ’40s, the
      phrase had become firmly linked to the city’s jazz scene. “Big
      Apple” was the name both of a popular night club at West 135th
      Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem and a jitterbug-style
      group dance that originated in the South, became a huge
      phenomenon at Harlem’s great Savoy Ballroom and rapidly
      spread across the country. (Neat cultural footnote: the great
      African-American cinema pioneer Oscar Micheaux liked to
      use the Big Apple as a venue for occasional screenings of his
      latest feature film or documentary.)

      A film short called The Big Apple came out in 1938, with an all-
      Black cast featuring Herbert “Whitey” White’s Lindy Hoppers,
      Harlem’s top ballroom dancers in the Swing Era. In a book
      published the same year, bandleader Cab Calloway used the
      phrase "Big Apple" to mean "the big town, the main stem,
      Harlem." Anyone who loved the city would have readily agreed
      with Jack FitzGerald: “There's only one Big Apple. That's New
      York."

      The term had grown stale and was in fact generally forgotten by
      the 1970s. Then Charles Gillett, head of the New York
      Convention & Visitors Bureau, got the idea of reviving it.
      The agency was desperately trying to attract tourists to the
      town Mayor John Lindsay had dubbed “Fun City,” but which
      had become better-known for its blackouts, strikes, street crime
      and occasional riots. What could be a more wholesome symbol
      of renewal than a plump red apple?

      The city's industrial-strength “I ♥ NY” campaign was launched
      toward the end of the Lindsay administration in 1971, complete
      with a cheerful Big Apple logo in innumerable forms (lapel pins,
      buttons, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets, shopping bags,
      ashtrays, ties, tie tacks, “Big Apple” T-shirts, etc.).

      Apparently Gillett was on to something, because at this writing,
      over 35 years later, the campaign he launched—it won him a
      Tourism Achievement award in 1994, by the way—is still going
      strong.

  43. QUESTION:
    Do you know any acting coaches, acting managers, or even legit directors and small short films?
    Hello, im fourteen, turning fifteen pretty soon, and live in NY. I love acting and anyone who knows me knows this is something I will not give up on. I don't expect a one shot hollywood thing, short films and small scripts wouldn't bother me. I just want something to start my career. If you or someone else knows anyone who needs a 14 year old african american female to play a role in a small film or anything of the sort, please let me know. It will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance (:

    • ANSWER:
      Hello i am around the same age as you and am also trying to get a role in acting as well.altho i have been told it is very hard to do. i have spent three years trying to get in just at least one short film and yet... nothing.... i am here to wish you luck and hope you get into somthing!
      ~Angie

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArVyWygiwVw0l4d6B2zJXgXsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090307070407AA4f73v

  44. QUESTION:
    Little Rascals..... Can anyone remember Farina? Was Farina a boy or a girl?
    I think --a boy, but my boyfriend seems to think -- a girl! I don't remember any reference to the gender. I thought it was a good question to pose here. Thanks! Niki

    • ANSWER:
      Male actors played this role according to this article.

      Our Gang, also known as The Little Rascals or Hal Roach's Rascals, was a long-lived series of American comedy short films about a troupe of poor neighborhood children and the adventures they had together. Created by comedy producer Hal Roach, Our Gang was produced at the Roach studio starting in 1922 as a silent short subject series. Roach changed distributors from Pathé to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1927, went to sound in 1929, and continued production until 1938, when he sold the series to MGM. MGM continued producing the comedies until 1944. A total of 220 shorts and one feature film, General Spanky, were eventually produced, featuring over forty-one child actors. In the mid-1950s, the 80 Roach-produced shorts with sound were syndicated for television under the title The Little Rascals, as MGM retained the rights to the Our Gang trademark.

      The series, one of the best-known and most successful in cinema history, is noted for showing children behaving in a relatively natural way. While child actors are often groomed to imitate adult acting styles, steal scenes, or deliver "cute" performances, Hal Roach and original director Robert F. McGowan worked to film the unaffected, raw nuances apparent in regular kids. Our Gang also notably put boys, girls, whites, and blacks together in a group as equals, something that "broke new ground," according to film historian Leonard Maltin. Such a thing had never been done before in cinema, but was commonplace after the success of Our Gang.

      Unlike many other motion pictures featuring children that are based in fantasy, producer/creator Hal Roach rooted Our Gang in real life: the majority of the kids were poor, and the gang was often put at odds with snobbish rich kids, officious adults and parents, and other such adversaries. The series was notable in that the gang included both African-Americans and females in leading parts at a time when discrimination against both groups was commonplace.

      [edit]
      Directorial approach
      Senior director Robert F. McGowan helmed most of the Our Gang shorts until 1933, assisted by his nephew Anthony Mack. He worked hard to develop a style that allowed the kids to be as natural as possible, downplaying the importance of the filmmaking equipment. Scripts were written for the shorts by the Hal Roach comedy writing staff, which included at various times Leo McCarey, Frank Capra, Walter Lantz, and Frank Tashlin, among others. The kids, some of them too young to read, very rarely saw the scripts; instead McGowan would explain the scene to be filmed to each kid right before it was shot, directing the children using a megaphone and encouraging improvisation. Of course, when sound came in at the end of the decade, McGowan was forced to modify his approach slightly, but scripts were not adhered to until McGowan left the series. Later Our Gang directors such as Gus Meins and Gordon Douglas used a more streamlined approach to McGowan's methods, in order to meet the demands of the increasingly sophisticated movie industry of the mid to late 1930s. Douglas in particular was forced to streamline his films, as he directed Our Gang after Roach was forced to halve the running times of the shorts from two reels (20 minutes) to one reel (10 minutes).

      Pete the Pup, in a scene from 1931's Fly My Kite.[edit]
      Finding kid talent
      As the children grew too old to be in the series, they were replaced by new kids, usually from the Los Angeles area. Eventually, Our Gang talent scouting was done using large-scale national contests, where thousands of kids (often at the behest of their parents) tried out for one open role. Norman "Chubby" Chaney (who replaced Joe Cobb), Matthew "Stymie" Beard (who replaced Allen "Farina" Hoskins), and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (who replaced Stymie) all won major contests to become members of the gang. Even when there was not a massive talent search going on, the Roach studio was bombarded by requests from parents who were certain their children were perfect for the series. Two of these children included future child stars Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple, neither of whom made it into the gang.

      [edit]
      African Americans in Our Gang
      The Our Gang series is notable for being one of the first times in movie history that African-Americans and Caucasians were portrayed as equals, though a number of people, including members of the African-American community, do not look favorably upon the characters of the black children today [1]. The four black child actors who held main-character roles in the series were Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Matthew "Stymie" Beard (whose trademark oversized derby hat was a gift from fellow comedian Stan Laurel), and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas. Ernie Morrison was, in fact, the first black actor signed to a long-term contract in Hollywood history [2], and was the first major black star in Hollywood history as well [3].

      The Black children in Our Gang often epitomized the early Hollywood black stereotype of a "Negro", as well as that of the pickaninny [4]. These characters provided comic relief by speaking a mangled form of English, and by frequently being so frightened that either their hair stood on end, or they turned white with fear (a special effect created with negative film exposure techniques). The Black children's fathers were perpetually mentioned as being in and out of jail, and the children themselves habitually ate watermelon and fried chicken in the shorts. Comedian Eddie Murphy controversially parodied Buckwheat and the stereotypical aspects of his character in a series of skits for Saturday Night Live.

      In their adult years, Ernie Morrison, Matthew Beard, and Billie Thomas became some of Our Gang's staunchest defenders, maintaining that its integrated cast and innocent story lines were far from racist. They explained that the white children's characters in the series were similarly stereotyped: the "freckled kid," the "fat kid," the "pretty blond girl," and the "mischievous toddler." "We were just a group of kids who were having fun," Stymie Beard recalled [5]. Ernie Morrison stated that "when it came to race, Hal Roach was color-blind" [6]. Other minorities, including Asian Americans (Sing Joy, Allen Tong, and Edward Zoo Hoo) and Italian Americans (Mickey Gubitosi), were also depicted in the series, with varying levels of stereotyping.

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      History
      (from left to right) Jackie Condon, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Jack Davis, Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, and Joe Cobb in the 1923 short July Days.[edit]
      Early years
      According to Roach, the idea for Our Gang came to him in 1921, when he was auditioning a child actress to appear in one of his films. The girl was, in his opinion, overly made up and overly rehearsed, and Roach patiently waited for the audition to be over. After the girl and her mother left the office, Roach looked out of his window to a lumberyard across the street, where he saw a group of children having an argument. The children had all taken sticks from the lumberyard to play with, but the smallest kid had taken the biggest stick, and the others were trying to force him to give it to the biggest kid. After realizing that he had been watching the kids bicker for 15 minutes, Roach thought a short film series about kids just being themselves might be a success [7].

      Under the supervision of Charley Chase, work began on the first two-reel shorts in the new "kids-and-pets" series, which was to be called Hal Roach's Rascals, later that year. Director Fred Newmeyer helmed the first version of the pilot film, entitled Our Gang, but Roach scrapped Newmeyer's work and had former fireman Robert F. McGowan re-shoot the short. Roach tested it at various theaters around Hollywood. The attendees were very receptive, and the press clamored for "lots more of those 'Our Gang' comedies." The colloquial usage of the term Our Gang led to its becoming the series' second (yet more popular) official title, with the title cards reading "Our Gang Comedies: Hal Roach presents His Rascals in..." The series was officially called both Our Gang and Hal Roach's Rascals until 1932, when Our Gang became the sole title of the series.

      The first cast of Our Gang kids was recruited primarily from children recommended to Roach by studio employees, including photographer Gene Kornman's daughter Mary Kornman, their friends' son Mickey Daniels, Roach child actor Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, and family friends Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Jack Davis, Jackie Condon, and Joe Cobb. Most of the early shorts were shot outdoors and on location, and also featured a menagerie of comic animal characters, such as Dinah the Mule.

      Roach's distributor Pathé released One Terrible Day, the fourth short to be produced for the series, as the first Our Gang short on September 10, 1922; the pilot Our Gang was not released until November 5. The Our Gang series was a success from the start, with the kids' naturalism, the funny animal actors, and McGowan's direction making a successful combination. The shorts did well at the box office, and by the end of the decade the Our Gang kids were pictured on numerous product endorsements.

      The biggest Our Gang stars in this period were Sunshine Sammy, around whom the series was structured; Mickey Daniels; Mary Kornman; and little Farina, who eventually became both the most popular member of the 1920s gang[8] and the most popular African-American child star of the 1920s[9]. Mickey and Mary were also very popular, and were often paired together in both Our Gang and a later teenaged version of the series called The Boy Friends, which Roach produced from 1930 to 1932. Other early Our Gang kids were Eugene "Pineapple" Jackson, Scooter Lowry, and Andy Samuel.

      Farina, Mary Ann Jackson, and Joe Cobb in the 1928 short Old Gray Hoss.[edit]
      Changing distributors
      After Sammy, Mickey, and Mary left the series in the mid-1920s, the Our Gang series entered a transitional period. McGowan was often sick and unable to work on the series, leaving nephew Robert A. McGowan (credited as Anthony Mack) to direct many of the shorts from this period. The Mack-directed shorts are considered to be among the lesser entries in the series.[10] New faces included Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins, Harry Spear, Jean Darling, and Mary Ann Jackson, while stalwart Farina served as the series' anchor.

      Also at this time, the Our Gang kids acquired an American Pit Bull Terrier with a ring around his eye; originally named "Pansy", the dog soon became known as Pete the Pup, the most famous Our Gang pet. During this period, Hal Roach ended his distribution arrangement with the Pathé company, instead releasing future products through newly formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGM released its first Our Gang comedy in September 1927. The move to MGM offered Roach larger budgets, and the chance to have his films packaged with MGM features to the giant Loews Theatres chain.

      Some of the shorts around this time, particularly Spook Spoofing (1928, one of only two three-reelers in the Our Gang canon) contained extended scenes of the gang tormenting and teasing Farina, scenes which helped spur the claims of racism which many other shorts did not warrant. These shorts marked the departure of Jackie Condon, who had been with the group from the beginning of the series.

      Jackie Cooper in the 1930 short When the Wind Blows.[edit]
      The sound era
      Starting in 1928, Our Gang comedies were distributed with phonographic discs that contained synchronized music-and-sound-effect tracks for the shorts. In spring 1929, the Roach sound stages were converted for sound recording, and Our Gang made its "all-talking" debut in April 1929 with the three-reel Small Talk. It took a year for McGowan and the gang to fully adjust to talking pictures, during which time they lost Joe, Jean, and Harry, and added Norman "Chubby" Chaney, Dorothy DeBorba, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, Donald Haines, and Jackie Cooper. Jackie proved to be the personality the series had been missing since Mickey left, and he was featured in three 1930/1931 Our Gang shorts, Teacher's Pet, School's Out, and Love Business.These three shorts explored Jackie's crush on the new schoolteacher Miss Crabtree, played by June Marlowe. Jackie soon won the lead role in Paramount's feature film Skippy, and Roach sold his contract to MGM in 1931.

      Beginning with 1930's When the Wind Blows, background music scores were added to the soundtracks of most of the Our Gang films. The music, largely composed by studio musical director Marvin Hatley and part-time Roach staffer Leroy Shield, became a recognizable trademark of Our Gang, Laurel and Hardy, and the other Roach series and films. Shield's jazz-influenced scores, which made their debut with 1930's Pups is Pups, are particularly associated with Our Gang. Teacher's Pet marked the first appearance of the now-popular Our Gang theme song, "Good Old Days", composed by Leroy Shield and featuring a notable saxophone solo. Shield and Hatley's scores would support Our Gang's on-screen action regularly through 1934, after which series entries with background scores became less frequent.

      The gang races rich-kid Jerry Tucker in their makeshift fire engine in the 1934 short Hi'-Neighbor![edit]
      Transition
      Jackie Cooper left Our Gang in early 1931 at the cusp of another major shift in the lineup, as Farina, Chubby, and Mary Ann all departed a few months afterward. Our Gang entered another transitional period, similar to that of the mid-1920s. Stymie, Wheezer, and Dorothy carried the series during this period, aided by veteran child actors Dickie Moore and Kendall "Breezy Brisbane" McComas. Unlike the mid-20s period, McGowan was able to sustain the quality of the series, with the help of the kids and the Roach writing staff.

      New Roach discovery George "Spanky" McFarland joined the gang in 1931 at the age of three and, excepting a brief hiatus during the summer of 1938, remained an Our Gang kid for the next eleven years. At first appearing as the tag-along toddler of the group, and later finding an accomplice in Scotty Beckett in 1934, Spanky quickly became Our Gang's biggest child star. He won parts in a number of outside features, appeared in many of the now-numerous Our Gang product endorsements and spin-off merchandise items, and popularized the expressions "Okey-dokey!" and "Okey-doke!" [11]

      In late 1933, Robert McGowan, worn out from the stress of working on the kids' comedies, left the series and the Roach studio, going over to direct features at Paramount. German-born Gus Meins assumed McGowan's role starting with Hi'-Neighbor! in 1934, working with assistant director Gordon Douglas and alternating directorial duties with Fred Newmeyer.

      Wally Albright and Jackie Lynn Taylor joined the gang at this time; as did Billie Thomas, who within a few months of joining would begin playing the character of Stymie's sister "Buckwheat" (even though Thomas was a male). The Buckwheat character became a male in 1935 after Stymie left the series. The same year, Carl Switzer and his brother Harold joined the gang after impressing Roach with an impromptu performance at the studio commissary, the Our Gang Cafe, which was open to the public. While Harold would eventually be relegated to the role of a background player, Carl, nicknamed "Alfalfa", became Scotty Beckett's replacement as Spanky's sidekick. Darla Hood and Eugene "Porky" Lee also joined the gang in 1935.

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      The final Roach years
      Our Gang was hugely successful during the 1920s and the early 1930s. However, by 1934, movie theater owners were increasingly dropping two-reel (twenty minute) comedies like Our Gang and the Laurel and Hardy series from their bills, and running double feature programs instead. Although the Laurel and Hardy series was discontinued in mid-1935 (and Laurel and Hardy moved into feature films full-time), MGM head Louis B. Mayer urged Hal Roach to continue making the Our Gang shorts. Roach agreed, and began producing Our Gang comedies as one-reel shorts (ten-minutes in length instead of twenty). The first one-reel Our Gang short, Bored of Education, won the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short Subject (One Reel) in 1936. Bored of Education also marked the directorial debut of former assistant director Gordon Douglas.

      Spanky, Darla, and Alfalfa in the "Club Spanky" dream sequence from the 1937 short Our Gang Follies of 1938Also in 1936, the first (and only) full-length feature film starring the Our Gang kids was released, entitled General Spanky. Directed by Douglas and Fred Newmeyer, it starred Spanky, Buckwheat, and Alfalfa in a sentimental, Shirley Temple-esque story set during the Civil War. The film focused more on its adult leads (Phillip Holmes and Rosina Lawrence) than the kids, and was a box office disappointment.

      Tommy Bond, an off-and-on member of the gang since 1932, returned to the series as the neighborhood bully Butch, beginning with the 1937 short Glove Taps. Glove Taps also featured the first appearance of Darwood Kaye as the bookish Waldo. In later shorts, both Butch and Waldo would become Alfalfa's main rivals in his pursuit of Darla's affections.

      Roach produced one last two-reel Our Gang short, the lavish Our Gang Follies of 1938, in 1937 as a parody of MGM's Broadway Melody of 1938. In Follies of 1938, Alfalfa, who aspires to be an opera singer, falls asleep and dreams that his old pal Spanky has become the rich owner of a swanky Broadway nightclub, where Darla and Buckwheat perform and make "hundreds and thousands of dollars."

      Most casual fans of Our Gang remember the 1936–1938 shorts the best, especially the "He-Man Woman Haters Club" from Hearts are Thumps and Mail and Female (both 1937), the Laurel and Hardy-ish interaction between Alfalfa and Spanky, Alfalfa and Darla's on-again-off-again romance, and the comic team of Porky and Buckwheat.

      As the profit margins continued to decline due to double features [12], Roach could no longer afford to produce the series, and sold the entire Our Gang unit (including the rights to the name, the Our Gang film backlog from 1927 to 1938, and the contracts for the actors, writers, and director Douglas) to MGM in May 1938.

      The cover to Our Gang Comics #1. Cartoon versions of (l to r) Robert Blake (aka Mickey Gubitosi), Janet Burston, Spanky, Billy "Froggy" Laughlin, and Buckwheat appeared in the comic series, which also featured animated MGM stars Tom and Jerry and Barney Bear.[edit]
      The MGM era
      The MGM-produced Our Gang shorts were not as well-received as the Roach-produced shorts had been, due to both MGM's inexperience with the brand of slapstick comedy Our Gang was famous for and MGM's insistence on keeping Alfalfa, Spanky, and Buckwheat in the series until they were in their early teens. After a frustrated Gordon Douglas left MGM to return to Roach after completing only two films, MGM began using Our Gang as a training ground for future feature directors; George Sidney, Edward Cahn, Herbert Glazer, and Cy Endfield all worked on Our Gang before moving on to features. Nearly all of the 52 MGM-produced Our Gangs were written by Hal Law and former junior director Robert A. McGowan (Anthony Mack). McGowan was credited for these shorts as "Robert McGowan"; as a result, moviegoers have been confused for decades about whether this Robert McGowan and the senior director of the same name back at Roach were two separate people or not.

      The Our Gang films produced by MGM are considered by many Our Gang historians, and even the Our Gang kids themselves, to be lesser films than the Roach entries. [13] The kids' performances are considered to exhibit a "cutesy" style of child acting that was the antithesis of the original gang. [14]. Porky was replaced in 1939 by Mickey Gubitosi, later better known by the stage name of Robert Blake. Butch, Waldo, and Alfalfa all left the series in 1940, and Billy "Froggy" Laughlin (with his Popeye-esque trick voice) and Janet Burston were added to the cast. By the end of 1941, Darla had also departed from the series, and Spanky followed her within a year. Buckwheat remained in the cast until the end of the series as the only holdover from the Roach era.

      The series dropped in financial success after 1939 [15], and when six of the thirteen shorts released between 1942 and 1943 sustained losses rather than turning profits [16], MGM discontinued Our Gang, releasing the final short, Dancing Romeo on April 29, 1944.

      Since 1937, Our Gang had been featured as a licensed comic strip in the UK comic The Dandy, drawn by Dudley D. Watkins. Starting in 1942, MGM licensed Our Gang to Dell Comics for the publication of Our Gang Comics, featuring the gang, Barney Bear, and Tom and Jerry. The strips in The Dandy ended three years after the demise of the Our Gang shorts, in 1947. Our Gang Comics outlasted the series by five years, finally changing its name to Tom and Jerry Comics in 1949. In 2006, Fantagraphics Books began issuing a series of volumes reprinting the Our Gang stories, most of which were written and drawn by Pogo creator Walt Kelly.

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      Post-history (The Little Rascals)
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      The Little Rascals television package
      When Hal Roach sold Our Gang to MGM, he had retained the option to buy back the rights to the Our Gang trademark, provided he did not produce any more kids' comedies in the Our Gang vein. In the mid-1940s, he decided that he wanted to create a new film property in the Our Gang mold, and forfeited his right to buy back the Our Gang name in order to produce two Cinecolor featurettes, Curley and Who Killed Doc Robbin. Neither film was critically or financially successful, and Roach instead turned his plans toward re-releasing the original Our Gang comedies.

      The DVD cover for the 1994 feature film version of The Little Rascals.In 1949, MGM allowed Roach to buy back the rights to the 1927–1938 Our Gang shorts, while retaining the rights to both the Our Gang films it produced and General Spanky. As per the terms agreed during the sale, Roach was required to remove the MGM Lion studio logo and all instances of the names or logos "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer," "Loews Incorporated," and Our Gang from the reissued film prints. Using a modified version of the series' original name, Roach packaged the 80 sound Our Gang shorts as The Little Rascals, and had Monogram Pictures distribute the shorts, first to theaters starting in 1951, and then to television in 1955.

      Under its new name, The Little Rascals enjoyed renewed popularity on television, and new Little Rascals comic books, toys, and other licensed merchandise was made available for purchase. Seeing the potential of the property, MGM began distributing their Our Gang shorts to television in 1956, and as a result, the two separate packages of Our Gang films competed with each other in syndication for three decades.

      The television rights for the original silent Pathé Our Gang comedies were sold to National Telepix and other distributors, who distributed the films under titles such as The Mischief Makers and Those Loveable Scallawags with Their Gangs.

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      King World's acquisition and edits
      The television rights to The Little Rascals were sold to Interstate TV in the late 1950s. In 1964, they were sold again to a then-new distributor named King World Entertainment, and the success of The Little Rascals paved the way for King World to become one of the biggest television syndicators in the world; distributing, along with the Rascals, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. In 1971, because of controversy over their presumably racist content, as well as other content deemed to be in bad taste, King World made significant edits to its Little Rascals TV prints. Many of the series entries were trimmed by two to four minutes, while several others (among them Spanky, Bargain Day, The Pinch Singer, Mush & Milk, and Three Smart Guys) were cut down to nearly half of their original length.

      At the same time, eight Little Rascals shorts were removed from the King World television package altogether. Lazy Days (1929), Moan & Groan, Inc. (1929), the Stepin Fetchit-guest-starred A Tough Winter (1930), Little Daddy (1931), A Lad An' A Lamp (1933), The Kid From Borneo (1933), and Little Sinner (1935) were all deleted from the syndication package because of perceived racism, while Big Ears (1931) was deleted for dealing with the subject of divorce. The early talkie Railroadin (1929) was never part of the television package, not because of potentially offensive content, but because its sound tracks (recorded on phonographic records) could not be found and were considered lost.

      When King World repackaged The Little Rascals in the early 2000s, the seventy-one films in the King World package were re-edited, restoring many of the edits made in 1971 and the original Our Gang title cards. These new television prints made their debut on the American Movie Classics cable network in 2001.

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      New Little Rascals productions
      In 1977, Norman Lear tried to revive the Rascals franchise, taping three pilot episodes of the The Little Rascals. The pilots were not bought, but the pilots were notable for giving an early start to Gary Coleman.

      1979 brought The Little Rascals Christmas Special, an animated holiday special based on the gang and featuring voice work from Matthew "Stymie" Beard and Darla Hood. Hanna-Barbera brought the animated gang back from 1982 to 1984 in a series of Little Rascals television cartoons for ABC Saturday Mornings. Many producers, including Our Gang alumnus Jackie Cooper, made pilots for new Our Gang TV shows, but none of them ever went into production.

      In 1994, Amblin Entertainment and Universal Pictures released The Little Rascals, a feature film based upon the series and featuring interpretations of classic Our Gang shorts, including Hearts are Thumps, Rushin' Ballet, and Hi'-Neighbor! The film, directed by Penelope Spheeris, starred Travis Tedford as Spanky, Bug Hall as Alfalfa, and Ross Bagley as Buckwheat; and featured cameos by the Olsen twins, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks, Reba McEntire, Donald Trump, and Raven-Symoné. The Little Rascals was a moderate success for Universal, bringing in ,764,950 at the box office [17]

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      Legacy and influence
      The characters in this series became well-known cultural icons, and could often be identified solely by their first names. The characters of Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla, and Froggy were especially well-known; though like many child actors they were subsequently typecast and had trouble outgrowing their Our Gang images.

      The kids' work in the series went largely unrewarded in later years, although Spanky received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame posthumously in 1994. Neither he nor any of the other Our Gang kids ever got any residuals or royalties from reruns of the shorts or licensed products with their likenesses. The only remittances they received were their weekly salaries during their time in the gang, which ranged from a week for newcomers to 0 or more a week for stars like Farina, Spanky, and Alfalfa [18].

      One notable exception is Jackie Cooper, who was later nominated for an Oscar and had a full career as an adult actor; among other roles his best known character is probably Perry White in the Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve. Robert Blake also went on to success as an adult in cinema (In Cold Blood) and more notably in television (Baretta). In 2002, Blake was arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakely. He was acquitted of his charges on March 16, 2005.

      The 1930 Our Gang short Pups is Pups was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2004.

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      Imitators and frauds
      Due to the popularity of Our Gang, a number of imitation kid comedy short film series were created by competing studios. Among the most notable of these are The Kiddie Troupers, featuring future comedian Eddie Bracken, Baby Burlesks, featuring Shirley Temple, the Buster Brown comedies (from which Our Gang received Pete the Pup and Gus Meins), and Our Gang's most successful competitor, the Toonerville Trolley-based Mickey McGuire series starring Mickey Rooney. Some less notable imitations series include The McDougall Alley Gang (Bray Productions, 1927-1928), "The Us Bunch" and "Our Kids".

      In later years, a large number of adults falsely claimed to have been members of the popular group. A long list of people, including persons famous in other capacities such as Nanette Fabray and Eddie Bracken, have all claimed to be or have been publicly called former Our Gang kids [19]. Bracken's official biography was once altered to state that he appeared in Our Gang instead of The Kiddie Troupers, although he himself had no knowledge of the change. There are many other persons who have falsely claimed to have been Our Gang kids such as Spanky, Alfalfa, Froggy, and often other characters that never existed.

      Among the most notable Our Gang impostors is Jack Bothwell, who claimed to have portrayed a nonexistent character named "Freckles", and went so far as to appear on the game show To Tell The Truth in 1957 perpetuating this fraud. Another is Bill English, a grocery store employee who appeared on the October 5, 1990, episode of the ABC investigative television newsmagazine 20/20 claiming to have been Buckwheat. Following the broadcast, Spanky McFarland informed the media of the truth, and in December, William Thomas, Jr., the son of the actual actor who played Buckwheat, filed a lawsuit against ABC for negligence.

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      Persons and entities named after Our Gang
      A number of other groups, companies, and entities have been inspired by or named after Our Gang. For example, the folk-rock group Spanky and Our Gang was named in honor of the troupe, but had no other connection with it. In addition, there are a number of (unauthorized) Little Rascals and Our Gang restaurants and day care centers in various locations throughout the United States.

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      Home video releases and rights to the films
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      16 mm, VHS, and DVD releases
      For more details on this topic, see Our Gang filmography.
      From the 1960s to the 1980s, copies of all eighty Hal Roach Little Rascals talkies, and a handful of the silents, were available on 16 mm film through Blackhawk Films. The only edits made to the films were the replacements of the original Our Gang title cards with Little Rascals titles. Like the other Little Rascals distributors, Blackhawk was required to use custom title cards in place of the originals, and the conversion of Railroadin', whose soundtrack could not be found, into a silent. In the early 1980s, Blackhawk made two-thirds of the Little Rascals shorts available by catalog on VHS home video. Blackhawk Films was acquired in 1983 by Republic Pictures, who repackaged about thirty Little Rascals shorts in various VHS compilations for sale in retail stores in 1984.

      Cabin Fever Entertainment acquired the Little Rascals home video rights from Republic in 1993, and between 1994 and 1995 issued all eighty Roach talkies in a twenty-two volume Little Rascals VHS tape set. Each volume, hosted by film historian Leonard Maltin, featured four digitally restored and uncut shorts, complete with their original Our Gang title cards. In 1998, Cabin Fever shut down and sold the Little Rascals home video rights to Hallmark Entertainment, who reisssued the first ten volumes of the Cabin Fever VHS set, and released two Little Rascals DVD compilations. A third DVD, entitled Little Rascals Collectors' Series Volume III, was issued on November 15, 2005, and includes ten sound shorts.

      Meanwhile, MGM had released several non-comprehensive VHS tapes of its shorts, as well as the feature General Spanky. There are many other unofficial Our Gang and Little Rascals home video collections available from several other distributors, comprised of shorts (both silent and sound) which have fallen into the public domain.

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      Status of ownership
      Currently, the rights to the Our Gang/Little Rascals shorts are scattered. Hallmark Entertainment holds the theatrical and home video rights to the Roach-produced Our Gang shorts, which it acquired after absorbing Hal Roach Studios, Roach's estate, and Cabin Fever Entertainment in the late 1990s. King World continues to hold the rights to the Little Rascals trademark and the Little Rascals television package; it offers both original black-and-white and colorized prints for syndication. King World's Little Rascals package was recently featured as exclusive programming (in the United States) for the American Movie Classics network from August 2001 to December 2003, with Frankie Muniz as the host.

      The MGM-produced Our Gang shorts, General Spanky, and the rights to the Our Gang name have been owned by Turner Entertainment (today a subsidiary of Time Warner) since 1986. Turner made a deal with King World in the early 1990s to jointly market the Little Rascals and Our Gang films and properties, instead of competing with one another. The MGM Our Gangs now appear regularly on the AmericanLife TV Network, and periodically on the Turner Classic Movies cable network.

      The widely-circulated rumor that entertainer Bill Cosby bought up the rights to Our Gang to keep the racial stereotypes off of television is false. Cosby has never owned any rights to the series at any time [20].

      Spanky disguises himself as an adult (standing on Alfalfa's shoulders) in a scene from 1935's Teacher's Beau.[edit]
      Our Gang kids, pets, and personnel
      For a detailed listing of the Our Gang kids, recurring adult actors, directors, and writers, please see Our Gang personnel.

      The following is a listing of the best-known child actors in the Our Gang comedies. They are grouped by the era during which they joined the gang:

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      Roach silent period
      Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison (1922–1924)
      Mickey Daniels (1922–1926)
      Mary Kornman (1922–1926)
      Jackie Condon (1922–1928)
      Allen "Farina" Hoskins (1922–1931)
      Joe Cobb (1922–1929)
      Jay R. Smith (1926–1929)
      Jean Darling (1926–1929)
      Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins (1926–1933)
      Mary Ann Jackson (1927–1931)
      Pete the Pup (1927–1938)
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      Roach talkie period
      Norman "Chubby" Chaney (1929–1931)
      Jackie Cooper (1929–1931)
      Dorothy DeBorba (1930–1933)
      Matthew "Stymie" Beard (1930–1935)
      Shirley Jean Rickert (1931)
      George "Spanky" McFarland (1932–1942)
      Tommy Bond (1932–1934 as Tommy, 1937–1940 as "Butch")
      Scotty Beckett (1934–1935)
      Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas (1934–1944)
      Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer (1935–1940)
      Darla Hood (1935–1941)
      Eugene "Porky" Lee (1935–1939)
      Darwood "Waldo" Kaye (1937–1940)
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      MGM period
      Mickey Gubitosi (Robert Blake) (1939–1944)
      Billy "Froggy" Laughlin (1940–1944)
      Janet Burston (1940–1944)
      The poster for 1933's The Kid From Borneo. The film features an African "wild man" and, while available on home video, has not been part of the King World Little Rascals television package since 1971.[edit]
      Notable Our Gang comedies
      For a complete Our Gang filmography, see Our Gang filmography.

      The following is a listing of selected Our Gang comedies, considered by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann (in their book The Little Rascals: The Life and Times of Our Gang) to be among the best and most important in the series.

      1923: The Champeen and Derby Day
      1924: High Society
      1925: Your Own Back Yard and One Wild Ride
      1929: Cat, Dog & Co. and Small Talk
      1930: The First Seven Years, Pups Is Pups, Teacher's Pet, and School's Out
      1931: Love Business, Little Daddy, Fly My Kite, and Dogs Is Dogs
      1932: Readin' and Writin', The Pooch, Hook And Ladder, Free Wheeling, and Birthday Blues
      1933: The Kid From Borneo, Mush and Milk, and Bedtime Worries
      1934: Hi' Neighbor! and Mama's Little Pirate
      1935: Beginner's Luck and Our Gang Follies Of 1936
      1936: Divot Diggers, Bored of Education, and General Spanky
      1937: Reunion In Rhythm, Glove Taps, Hearts Are Thumps, Rushin' Ballet, Night 'N' Gales, Mail And Female, and Our Gang Follies Of 1938
      1938: Three Men in a Tub and Hide and Shriek
      1939: Alfalfa's Aunt and Cousin Wilbur
      1940: Goin' Fishin' and Kiddie Kure
      1942: Going To Press

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    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    What can you do if you get in an argument and tell her something that you might regret?
    My girlfriend and I get in fights a lot about the silliest things. This last week she said that I was fat and lazy because I work part-time at a hamburger hut. But I always tell her that I can't work full-time because I am trying to write a screenplay for a new comedy. I think that if I pitch it to one of the major film studios it could make me famous!

    Anyway, long-story short she is an African American and I called her the N***** word, the Whor* word, and told her that I never loved her and that I just kept her around for the sex.

    She's acting really immature about it and moved in with her brother. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      No offense, but she's not acting "immature" at all. You have some serious apologizing to do and she was smart to move out for a while, if nothing else than to give you both time apart.

      What you can do is apologize and mean it. Write her a letter perhaps, or send flowers. You know your girlfriend better than anyone here, so you know what she likes best. You might want to actually tell her that you didn't mean what you said, the "told her that I never loved her and that I just kept her around for the sex."

      You really, *really* have a lot to apologize for. Start doing it, but with everything you said, than calling her "immature about it" because she removed herself from what she was told was a bad situation, don't expect this to be easy.

  47. QUESTION:
    Do I have a chance at Harvard?
    Hello, I am an African-American female who is interested in taking chance of applying at Harvard. My high school ranking is #35 out of #295. I didn't do so hot in 9th grade and the first semester of 10th. During the second semester of 10th I got all A's as by junior year I was taking 4 AP's and 2 Honors. I got all A's during junior year. By 12th I took all AP's. From second semester of 10th grade -12th grade I've retained a 4.0 GPA. I got a 2324 on my SAT's and a 35 on my ACT's. extracurriculars I've participated in were: 4-H, student body president, finances, forensics, statistics. I've been in plays and even short films if that makes a difference. I have been in orchestra all 4 years of high school and even competed in senior districts. Athletics include: swim team and softball team. Lastly, I've contributed to 90+hours of community service. I'm devistated to know if I've ruined my chances because of when I was younger. I went through much grief during those times because my father had went to jail for 60+ years and I had to move across the country.
    Our SAT scores our different in my high school we get 4 digits. But it would be 2300 sorry to confuse

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    American racism in films and tv?
    Can you guys find for me, Racism depicted in american films/sitcoms/comedies? even if its a short scene, or what someone even says i'd actually rather that actually and i mean anything, doesn't have to be directly be racist, even subliminally racist.
    African american racism is one I'm really looking for but any latino/asian/african will do too thanks

    • ANSWER:
      American history X
      Crash
      Malcom X
      Do the right thing
      Jungle Fever
      25th Hour

      Hope this helps

  49. QUESTION:
    why do they call new york city the big apple?

    • ANSWER:
      Various accounts have traced the “Big Apple” expression to
      Depression-Era sidewalk apple vendors, a Harlem night
      club, and a popular 1930s dance known as the “Big Apple.”
      One fanciful version even links the name with a notorious
      19th-century procuress!
      In fact, it was the jazz musicians of the 1930s and ‘40s who put
      the phrase into more or less general circulation. If a jazzman
      circa 1940 told you he had a gig in the “Big Apple,” you knew
      he had an engagement to play in the most coveted venue of all,
      Manhattan, where the audience was the biggest, hippest, and
      most appreciative in the country.

      The older generation of jazzmen specifically credit Fletcher
      Henderson, one of the greatest of the early Big Band leaders
      and arrangers, with popularizing it, but such things are probably
      impossible to document. Be that as it may, the ultimate source
      actually was not the jazz world, but the racetrack.

      As Damon Runyon (among many others) cheerfully pointed out,
      New York in those days offered a betting man a lot of places to
      go broke. There were no fewer than four major tracks nearby,
      and it required no fewer than three racing journals to cover
      such a lively scene—The Daily Racing Form (which still
      survives on newsstands today) and The Running Horse and
      The New York Morning Telegraph (which do not)—and the
      ultimate credit for marrying New York to its durable catchphrase
      goes to columnist John J. FitzGerald, who wrote for the
      Telegraph for over 20 years.

      Joe Zito, who joined the paper as a young man some 70-plus
      years ago, recently reminisced about Jack FitzGerald and his
      times.

      In FitzGerald’s honor (and due largely to the strenuous efforts
      of attorney-etymologist Barry Popick, who, like the columnist,
      had migrated to NYC from upstate New York) a street sign
      reading “Big Apple Corner” was installed at Broadway and
      West 54th Street in 1997, near the hotel where FitzGerald died
      in poverty in 1963—although a location near the old Telegraph
      office might arguably have been a happier spot for it.

      Despite its turf-related origins, by the 1930s and ’40s, the
      phrase had become firmly linked to the city’s jazz scene. “Big
      Apple” was the name both of a popular night club at West 135th
      Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem and a jitterbug-style
      group dance that originated in the South, became a huge
      phenomenon at Harlem’s great Savoy Ballroom and rapidly
      spread across the country. (Neat cultural footnote: the great
      African-American cinema pioneer Oscar Micheaux liked to
      use the Big Apple as a venue for occasional screenings of his
      latest feature film or documentary.)

      A film short called The Big Apple came out in 1938, with an all-
      Black cast featuring Herbert “Whitey” White’s Lindy Hoppers,
      Harlem’s top ballroom dancers in the Swing Era. In a book
      published the same year, bandleader Cab Calloway used the
      phrase "Big Apple" to mean "the big town, the main stem,
      Harlem." Anyone who loved the city would have readily agreed
      with Jack FitzGerald: “There's only one Big Apple. That's New
      York."

      The term had grown stale and was in fact generally forgotten by
      the 1970s. Then Charles Gillett, head of the New York
      Convention & Visitors Bureau, got the idea of reviving it.
      The agency was desperately trying to attract tourists to the
      town Mayor John Lindsay had dubbed “Fun City,” but which
      had become better-known for its blackouts, strikes, street crime
      and occasional riots. What could be a more wholesome symbol
      of renewal than a plump red apple?

  50. QUESTION:
    Cartoon/Animation Ideas For Student Film "Series"?
    Alright, so my major is animation. I'm guessing anyone who's interested in animation knows that coming up with a plot for a student film isn't even close to being easy. I'm also trying to come up with a plot for a student "series"...so I have to plot out a long drawn out idea, not just a short film idea.

    The process is really fun...but it's a tad bit difficult, because my plot line needs to be based around a series that "tween" girls can relate to. The project is based around conflict and solution.

    Conflict: In this day in time if a girl is too interested in athletics, cars, and less feminine activities she is considered a lesbian. But if a girl is absolutely boy crazy, in love with the color pink, make-up, shopping, nail polish, sleepovers, gossiping, and spends most of her time dreaming about her future wedding, it is declared by feminine activists that she is living the "stereotypical life of an American girl".

    Solution: How can you build up the foundations of a successful animated series aimed towards the female tween audience..without it being too girly?

    I've gotten my inspiration from the following cartoons:
    Totally Spies
    Proud Family
    Winx Club
    Avatar:The Last Airbender
    The Replacements
    and My Life as a Teenage Robot

    Mainly I've chosen Totally Spies, because I've yet to find a girly show that isn't based around the characters being "spies", fairies, witches, super heroes, trollz, or just someone with some type of mystical super powers. &&The reason I've chosen The Proud Family is because it deals with typical tween stuff; your parents always telling you no and grounding you, having arguments with your best friend over something obnoxious then forgiving each other, falling for the popular guys at school... that they won't even have a chance with unless they're a cheerleader, and of course cell phones...and shopping!

    The only difference between the two series is that Totally Spies is a group of over the top teenage spies living in Malibu and Proud Family is about an African American Family.

    I pretty much want to hear about great ideas that people have always wanted to be added into their favorite girly animated series...the ideas that animators never took the time to write it in...and then wondered why the show was eventually cancelled...because know one could relate to it:(

    My plot right now consists of a tween girl who of course doesn't really stick out at school, has an over protective mother, her parents just got divorced a couple of months before school started, and she eventually finds out that she's a mermaid(inspired by The Tales of Emily Windsnap). In most girly shows, the main character is usually surrounded by an entourage or "posse" of friends, and she usually falls for the bad boy, the boy that her parent's can't stand, or like I previously said...the boy that she doesn't have a chance with, let alone anything in common with. My twist is: that over time she meets another girl and they become best friends...I haven't decided if the best friend will be daring(to the point of always getting them in trouble) or really quiet and scary(to the point of being like Chucky from The Rugrats). She also falls for her best guy friend, who is absolutely the opposite of a jerk(let's just say if you looked up the word chivalry in the dictionary his face would be pictured right next to it:) ...Hopefully the theory that every girl wants a bad boy, won't totally ruin this idea!

    Anyways, any ideas or inputs added to mine would be seriously appreciated. Also any completely new inspirations would be appreciated as well...let's be honest I don't really know if tweens these days would sit and watch a cartoon about a girl who finds out that she's a mermaid, they would probably change the channel...if I'm wrong?? Please let me know!

    Lots of Thank You's, seriously!
    :)

    • ANSWER:
      You got the story line part spot on.. Now, get it connected with the animation.


short films african american

Short Films On Youtube

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when you are watching a short film?

    Youtube, Vimeo, Console marketplace like xbox, or other that i did not mention.

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. I have made my choice to market it for free but where? If you could please spare a few minutes if you watch short films online, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely youtube. I love shortfilms! :)

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any good short films on Youtube?
    Are there any good short films on Youtube? I prefer a clean love story. And are there any good black short films (with black actors and actresses)?

    • ANSWER:
      The Zeitgeist is on Youtube. It's a great movie and it educates at the same time. A good black movie? That's a weird question. Watch Sexy and the City. There's enough black in there.

  3. QUESTION:
    What is the short film about the heroin addict pregant couple?
    I saw this short film on youtube once, its about the life of this guy and his pregnant girlfriend who ends up dying and all throughout the film she compares things to california saying, "its warm just like california" and she says it again as she is put in the incinerator after she is dead. It was a really good film, i wish i could remember the name!

    • ANSWER:
      You'll find the film you're looking for below in the following link. It's called Try and it's kind of a music video for a Smashing Pumpkins. It's very depressing though so... good luck.

  4. QUESTION:
    What's the best digital video camera to use to shoot films for YouTube?
    I'm about to produce a series of short films for YouTube, and wondering which digital video camera is best for this kind of project.

    • ANSWER:
      any of the canons are good

      my suggestion
      go to yahoo shopping
      digital cameras
      digital camera GUIDE
      be sure to check titles on the left side
      the guide should answer your questions

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there any movies/short films on youtube about racism for children?
    I am looking for a short film/movie what is on youtube for children aged between 4-10 ( around primary school aged)
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure, because I don't have access to YouTube at the moment (I'm at school)
      but I'm sure you will find some if you go to youtube.com and search for "racism for children"

      Hope this helps!

  6. QUESTION:
    What is a short film on youtube about a love story?
    My boyfriend's been having a rough time lately, and I want to cheer him up by showing him a short film about a love story, particularly teenage, from YouTube. Does anyone know of one?

    • ANSWER:

      Here's a nice one. It's called To Claire; from Sonny.

  7. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  8. QUESTION:
    How to come up film ideas that aren't so ambitious?
    I always think of good ideas for movies that would be good feature films. How do I come up with ideas for films that would be good short films for Youtube?

    • ANSWER:
      Because simple stupid Michael Bay movies like transformers make a billion dollars. Why reinvent the wheel.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the best short films on youtube you have seen?
    Please put more than one. Also, tell me if you know the title to this short film: it has an animated father and daughter on a train and its kind of creepy. I saw it a long time ago and forgot the title.

    • ANSWER:
      Mmm me parece que fue la de blackhawk down, aunque tambien puede ser la de save private ryan.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is the best video camera for a beginner?
    I'm completely inexperienced, so I pretty much know nothing about formats or any thing else related.
    BUT I want to start making short films for Youtube and all.
    My budget is 500- 1000.
    I really can't imagine myself making a "movie" with a FlipMino, (which I currently have, and I don't like it), or a gigantic video camera. So, I need help.
    What do you think? What is the best video camera for an extremely inexperienced beginner like myself?

    • ANSWER:
      find video camera's at

      www.redtube.com

  11. QUESTION:
    What constitutes copyright infringement on Youtube?
    I want to upload my short film to Youtube. It's amateur and is not associated with anyone or anything. However, it contains a few video clips and sound clips from certain movies in a franchise as my characters have a movie marathon of these films. Am I allowed to show scenes even if it's just a few seconds long? If not, am I at least allowed to play an audio clip of the scene while the character watches it without my video being taken down by the film studio?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    What are some tips for making a short film?
    My whole life I always wanted to be a director. I always make videos with my friends and there not little crappy ones you see on YouTube, there pretty good. But anyways, I never no what to do with these short films, but now I'm in a film class in high school and we need to make a short film. I just need some tips for making an A+ material short film. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Apart from having to make a short film for a class, before you put in the effort to make a film, ask yourself what you hope to achieve with that particular project.

      As an aspiring filmmaker, your body of work will be used as your calling card to attract financiers or an agent when you are ready to make larger projects on a professional level. So it is important that you take the time to make everything you do as excellent as it can be within the parameters you have to work within at any given time.

      What this means for you right now is that you write a script that doesn't push the limits of what you are capable of achieving. For instance, you likely don't have the budget for a million warriors coming over the hills of Ireland, so you wouldn't bother writing a story that needs that. Instead, think about the resources you DO have available and then think of a story that is within your reach. What will likely happen is that because you don't have access to a lot of "production value" type elements, like amazing locations or special effects, you'll be forced to concentrate on CHARACTERS. And the key to all great movies is that the characters come across as real for the audience. In time, your access to resources will grow, so those extras will be there if you need them, but even the biggest movies with lots of fancy FX still need solid characters at the core.

      It's one thing to write a great script with great characters, but you are making a movie from it. So, you'll need great Actors who can bring your words to life. Skip your friends and move on to the drama department in your school. Better yet, go to the Theater Department at the local University and audition Actors there. Look for a local Theater group that may have older talent who are all interested in doing more work. If your script is good enough and you can convince those people that you have the skills to make the movie look as professional as possible, then before you know it, you'll have a cast and crew who are all enthusiastic about making a movie...your movie.

      Look below for some links to resources that will help you as you sit down to write and begin thinking about production of the film itself. If you have enough time, I urge you to also volunteer your time on other productions near you... University projects if possible, but if not, then look for local production companies. Offer to carry cases or get coffee and explain that you are interested in learning how actual professionals really shoot their projects. The experience will be invaluable as you take those lessons and apply them to your own work.

      If you have any additional questions, email me directly at brian@whatireallywanttodo.com

      Good luck!

      Brian Dzyak
      Cameraman/Author
      IATSE Local 600, SOC

      http://www.whatireallywanttodo.com

  13. QUESTION:
    What constitutes copyright infringement on Youtube?
    I want to upload my short film to Youtube. It's amateur and is not associated with anyone or anything. However, it contains a few video clips and sound clips from the Twilight movies as it shows various characters reacting to certain scenes from the films. Am I allowed to show scenes even if it's just a few seconds long? If not, am I at least allowed to play an audio clip of the scene while the character watches it?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      To the extent that you're incorporating clips from a copyrighted Twilight movie, then you are certainly infringing on copyright. Just because the clip is only a few seconds doesn't change the fact that your film is infringing. That's a myth of copyright law and is flat out wrong.

      Because Youtube allows others, like yourself, to upload such potentially infringing videos, Youtube can also be liable. In order to avoid liability, Youtube will remove a video if a copyright owner makes a claim that the video is infringing.

      n short, if the copyright owner of the Twilight content sees your clip and tells Youtube to remove it, then Youtube most likely will remove it. If the copyright owner of the Twilight content does not see your video or just doesn't care to make a request to have the video removed, then your video will likely stay on Youtube. It's usually as simple as that.

  14. QUESTION:
    Can I apply for Youtube Content ID if my video is not legally copyrighted?
    I have several short films on my Youtube accounts which include a close friend who is a frontrunner on "The X Factor" (USA) and I want to apply for content ID on youtube but I have not gotten the video copyrighted. Will I get denied?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    How can i advertise my youtube account?
    In September im going to start making Vlogs and Short films on my youtube channel but i need some ideas on how to get popular. I want to take this seriously so im getting a proper camcorder for Christmas. But with past experiences i have never been able to get popular. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      One of the problems Youtube face these days is that ever since they were taken over by Google, all this stuff that used to get people known easily has been lost, like featured videos on the homepage etc. etc. Many reasons.

      But be unique in your style of creativity, like editing, camera use and be yourself. Make lots of friends on Youtube, and maybe collaborate with eachother. If you're seen on someones video who has more subscribers than you, chances are some of their subs will 'rub off on you'. I would avoid sending people personal messages on Youtube saying "come watch my video" because everyone gets lots of that, and its pretty much always regarded as spam and shows a bit of desperation.

      You could do some stuff outside Youtube aswell, like put your Youtube channel on your forum signatures. Or use it as your website on profiles such as Deviantart or Facebook or whatever else you use.

  16. QUESTION:
    What is the best software for making short films and stuff for youtube?
    I was just wondering because i set up an account but the software i use is SOOOOOOOOOO complex! I want to make short films and vlogs etc but what software should i use?

    • ANSWER:
      sony vegas movie studio is really easy to use

  17. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch short films online?
    I just asked a Oscar question on who will win Best Short Documentary. I presumed that I could watch short films on Youtube but so far could only c the trailers for two short films. Would I guess that I need 2 view a short film online on some particular website like Lulu or Megaupload or something the same way as regular films & TV shows?

    • ANSWER:
      I too am having the same problem. I cannot even find them on some of the not reputable sites! And the shorts and documentaries are looking particularly interesting this year!

      Karthick thanks, I tried it but it doesnt have the short films for the oscars do you have any other sites or am I doing something wrong?

  18. QUESTION:
    What would you like to see in a short film?
    My friends and I are going to start filming short films once I get my new video camera and we have some ideas and screenplays written. But my question is, what would you guys like to see in a short film? What would interest you? We're planning to post these on youtube so it would be nice you guys had some opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      romantic scene of course!

  19. QUESTION:
    How could i get my short films viewed?
    So ive made a few short films and im going to put them on youtube but i want someone like a acting agent or someone to few them but how?

    • ANSWER:
      You could put them on your acting reel. But only do that if they include some of your best acting and are a good quality production. (http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/professional-tips/what-should-be-on-every-actors-demo-reel/ ) You can also post it on places like iFilm then include a link to it on your actor's webpage.

      It won't be the case where an agent sees a short film and thinks "Hey, I want that actor." Agents are too busy to be going around checking out short films on YouTube or other places (even viral videos). And if you send them a DVD or e-mail them a video file, it'll just get tossed in the trash. The idea that someone can do a couple of projects and get "discovered" is extremely rare.

      But once you build your resume up enough and make contacts in the industry and can get the attention of an agent - you can them direct the agent to your demo reel or to your actor webpage or to the website where it's posted so that they can see you in action. Or if you're submitting directly to a casting director (for another film - probably a short/independent/student film) you could give them a link to your other short films so they can also see you in action.

  20. QUESTION:
    What external microphone is the best for the Canon HV40?
    It needs to be a shotgun microphone. I will be using it to film short films on Youtube. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I use the Rode Video Mic for my videos. Picks up great audio & is very reasonably priced. http://www.amazon.com/Rode-VideoMic-Directional-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B0007U9SOC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344309112&sr=8-1&keywords=rode+video+mic

  21. QUESTION:
    What would I classify an online short film/ awareness video as on my acting resume?
    I just finished a video that will be broadcasted across youtube and different websites that is a short film and an awareness video. What would I classify this under (film, commercial, etc) Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can classify it as a "short film" or you can also call it an "industrial video." IMDB.com has many registered short films. You can also try to get your project up on there for more exposure.

  22. QUESTION:
    Good quality camera for short films and music?
    Im looking forward to start making short films on youtube similar to WongfuProductions. I also want to start making music as well. I just dont know what kind of camera to use. It needs to be pretty high quality, and clear sound, and maybe i can go up to 300 dollars at the most? Any reccomendations?
    Thanks :)
    Um, thats 3000 dollars....Yeah I cant afford that.
    Under 300 please c:

    • ANSWER:
      Canon 5d Marc II

  23. QUESTION:
    What filming equipment would I need to make a short film?
    I would like to make some short films and need to buy equipment for them. However, I'm not sure what I'm going to need. The films will be fairly simple but need to look professional - Please help!!

    Is there any special lighting equipment and sound equipment that I might need? Also any editing equipment I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Music Dude,

      The best and only advice you can rely on is this: do your research, watch short films online from reputable locations (YouTube Screening Room, Sundance Film Festival, Funny or Die.com, etc.), check out short film programs at local film festivals and see if you find a Director of Photography's work that you admire and believe is capable of making your film look like you want it to.

      Then start searching locally for a Director of Photography (DP) in your area who *has their own equipment* that could match the look you love.

      When making a short you want to have the best DP who owns the highest quality equipment and is in full agreement with the kind of film you have in mind.

      With a solid script, great casting, a professional editor and a clear vision of what you want - you cannot fail.

      All my best,
      Roberta Munroe
      Author -- How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer

      http://www.RobertaMunroe.com

  24. QUESTION:
    What type of Camera would be good to record amateur movies, music videos, etc.?
    Basically what kind of device (camera, slr,camcorder etc) one thats up to date with HD and all that good stuff. Short films for school/youtube and good sound as well. Forums online get too crazy and I know alot has to do with preference but I would just like some suggestions on the types of devices I should be looking for.

    • ANSWER:
      HD camcorders interpolate the video, which means of every 25 frames of video, 4 or 5 frames are taken by the lens assembly; the other frames in between these are filled in by the camcorder inner circuitry, thus giving you not true video. It looks like this -one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, from front to back of the video. Near impossible to edit, even when you have the Multi port processor computer with the big 1GB Graphics card and a Sound card that is required to edit, view, watch and work with the files these camcorders produce.

      Consumer level HD camcorders have 4 problems. 1) Blurry, fuzzy, out of focus areas closely around people in videos taken by consumer level HD camcorders. 2) Any movement, even a wave or lifting an arm, while in front of a recording consumer level HD camcorder, results in screen ghosts and artifacts being left on the video track, following the movement. Makes for bad video, sports videos are unwatchable. 3) These Consumer level HD camcorders all have a habit of the transferred to computer files are something you need to convert, thus losing your HD quality, to work with your editing software. 4) Mandatory maximum record times - 1 hour, 30 minutes, 8 minutes, 3 minutes – four different times advertised as maximum record time for some consumer level HD camcorders. No event I have ever been to is that short. Either take multiple camcorders or pack up with out getting the end of the event on video.

      MiniDV is currently the most popular format for consumer digital camcorders. MiniDV camcorders are typically more affordable than their HDD and DVD counterparts. Each MiniDV tape will typically hold an hour of footage at normal recording speed and quality. MiniDV tapes are available for purchase at not only electronic and camera stores, but also at drugs stores and grocery stores, making them easy to find while your on vacation. There are literally hundreds of MiniDV camcorders available; both in standard and high-definition. And add the fact that to get a HD camcorder that could produce better video quality footage, one would have to spend in excess of 00 for that camcorder that could produce higher quality video.

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part1_camcorder_choices.htm

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part2_connect_camcorder.htm

      http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hv40#Overview

  25. QUESTION:
    Is youtube a good way to start a acting career?
    Hello I want to become a teenage actor. I know you need to get an agent etc. but i was wondering. Should i make youtube short films with my new HD camera i got. Im a really good editor with sony vegas pro 11 and i know special effects. Will that impress a agent?

    • ANSWER:
      You can do it. I think that it could be a good exercise for your acting. But what you really need to do is to go to auditions and take acting class. Maybe find monologues you like and perform them on youtube to get some feedback.

  26. QUESTION:
    how to put a war tank or a war airplane in a video ?
    I've seen allot of short films on youtube that include tanks and airplanes, but their not real, they use softwares and stuff !
    i need a name of a software to use (appreciate if everything would be in a low budget, or Free)
    and how the tank or the plane fits the video !

    • ANSWER:
      Try "Blender"

      It's free.

      http://www.blender.org

  27. QUESTION:
    can i get some ideas for my funny short ninja movie for youtube?
    I am making a short ninja film on youtube but i need some ideas... like what should his mission be?

    • ANSWER:
      send them on a mission in a castle or forrest or something cool

  28. QUESTION:
    what type of shotgun mic should i get for my camcorder?
    im trying to find a mic for like short films for youtube. it needs to be around . ive been looking at the audio technica 6550 and the audio technica 55, but im not sure what the difference is between those mics... so any suggestions? i will go up on the price if needed. and the camcorder i have is a canon vixia hf m300.

    • ANSWER:
      You really want to look more at the rode video mic or the sennheiser mke400 (or used mke300d if you can find one)

      I'm generally against camera top mics in any case, they still pick up handling and motor noise (even shotgun mics with a hyper cardiod pattern have a small lobe of pick up right behind the mic) and advocate micing off camera close to the source.

      The rode ntg-2 with an XLR cable, stand and breakout box such as a beachtek DXA-2 is really the best way to go.

      Even the best mic on camera is still going to pick up any sound occuring between your subject and your camera and beyond your subject.

      As one sound guy I work with put it: Buy the best mic you can afford and put it as close to your source as possible. There you are, qualified as a sound guy. It holds true.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I make a good short film?
    I want to start making short films on youtube but I'm not sure how. I have a video camera and an editing thingy. However the only person I can get to "act"/film/edit would be me and me alone -_- Any idea how I could do this? Also any ideas to START a flim would be nice and greatly apreciated :)
    btw: I use Movie Maker and have no idea how to use a blue/green screen

    • ANSWER:
      lol I know how you feel i want to make one also. Well i think you should start out with an idea or message you want to get across to a viewer. Make a script from that idea and remember their doesn't have to be talking in it (personally i think the most impacting ones are were an actor is able to send a message with no words) And depending on what kind of effects you want to do you might need the use of After effects or Nuke so basically a digital compositor. also you might need the use of a green or blue screen. if you need some help with some compositing or editing e-mail me at jordon.a.g@hotmail.ca also a tripod might be of some help even if you take 2 still shots on it they can be connected depending on the shot and make it look like someone is ccontrollingthe camera.

      hope this helps

      Edit You don't really need to know how to use a green or blue screen it is used in certain situations to place an actor in an enviroment that you don't have accses to and depending on the visual effects you want something like a green screen can be important. think of a movie as a picture and say you have several pictures and there is a picture of you and a friend background and maybe a buch of differant picsd of other things and you want to cut out your picture and place it on the background picture in any place you want. so your basically keying (cutting) out everything and changing anything you want. but in a computer its a bit more difficult since depending on the footage you shot there might be 29.97 frames or pictures per second and to go through them all and cut out the thing you want can take a long time (so think of it this way if you have a piture of you taken in rapid succsetion you would havve to cut out all thoes pitures of you and every picture will be differant) a green or blue screen is a much faster way to do all that work. Since Green and blue arn't natural colors of a skin tone the color can be selected and erased out without erasing a part of you unless you wear one of thoes colors. The program i use is adobe after effects and there is a plugin called kelight that i use and it makes everything a lot easier trust me.

      But i wouldn't focus on this stuff until you know what you want your short to be about and what you want it to look like. Movie maker can't do any thing complicated so if you want somesthing simple it could work but personally i love after effects i will use it no matter what since i find it easier to use but it does take some time to get used to it. But like i said before e-mail me if you have any questions and just as a note if you are going to contact me its all lower case and its periods between my name then the "a and g" and my name Jordon is spelt with an O at the end other wise i might not get your e-mail.
      hope this helps it might seem a bit discouraging but its not that bad.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a good video camera for making short films?
    I'm looking for a video camera to record in 720p so I can make short films. I plan on adding special effects so it must have clear quality, and my budget is 0 or less. What do you recommend?

    • ANSWER:
      you might consider JVC Everio GZ-HM200 Dual SD High-Def Camcorder
      # Dual SD card slot for dual memory continuous recording
      # 1920x1080 Full HD recording
      # 20x optical zoom with Konica Minolta HD lens
      # Laser-touch operation with sub-trigger and zoom; one-touch upload to YouTube

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OMH1JQ?ie=UTF8&tag=bestdeals-y-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001OMH1JQ

      Panasonic HDCTM15 16GB Full HD Camcorder

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039SNYU8?ie=UTF8&tag=bestdeals-y-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0039SNYU8

  31. QUESTION:
    Want to get in to HD Video editing , Where should i start ?
    I want to start a new hobby learning and getting in to HD Video editing , Making short films for Youtube HD and Editing sound , Where would be the best place to start apart from looking on forums and reading ?

    I will be using a Pc to do most of my work on using Vista 64bit , What are the best programs i can use that will give me everything i need ?

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I would recommend looking for a P/T class you can take at a local film school. You would get way better support in the learning department there. Plus you would get access to a variety of gear to test out before making any financial commitments.

      If you are going to venture out on your own, then I recommend either Adobe Premiere Pro or Sony Vegas for the PC. They are probably the better consume grade options out there. They aren't super cheap, but are attainable. I think Vegas is in around 0 and Premiere Pro is likely around the same on its own for about 00 you can get the whole video production bundle from Adobe (which will add DVD authoring and web development options too).

      Adobe Premiere Pro has a better community out there. So I would kind of lean to that over Vegas myself if you can afford it. Vegas has a user base for sure, but not as big and strong as Adobe's. Plus the new Adobe software bundles give you a lot of bang for your buck. And lately they've really been on top of the ball with new releases for new codecs and the like.

      Also, you need to be able to get the HD footage in the first place, so you need to figure out how its going to get to you. If its going to be coming in on tapes, then you'll need a deck to digitize the footage (minimum expect to pay about ,500 for a cheap HD deck if its like HDV, if its a more professional format, the price goes way up).

      But if the files are being delivered to you digitally (in any manner), then just LOTS of hard drive space. And honestly, to work well with HD, I would want to possibly invest in a striped RAID setup, or at least an eSATA external drive (like what Seagate and Western Digital sell all over the place).

      As for books, go to Amazon and look for a book with decent reviews for your software. I would start there. If you want to expand and get into editing theory (so how to do it better, not just learn the software) look for "In the Blink of an Eye" by Walter Murch.

  32. QUESTION:
    Trying to find a similar film channel on YouTube?
    I love watching content on YouTube like FreddyW tobuscus corridordigital and nigahiga. Are there any other channels out there like FreddyW and corridor digital that make short films on YouTube?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Can I use interview footage from YouTube in a short film trailer and possibly a short film?
    I am making a short film about John Wayne Gacy and I am using real interview footage from some news channel I found on YouTube. I want to use it in a short film. Can I legally do this? I KNOW I can if I was to post it on YouTube, and that was all, but can I use it if I was to enter this film into a film festival? Please answer! and thanks! -mark

    • ANSWER:
      You would need some kind of licenses fees to enter it into a contest period. But to just to it on youtube, I am sure you do, but who really is going to watch it? Ya know.

  34. QUESTION:
    Where can I post my short films for peer review?
    Had to do some short films for college and the professor wants me to post them for peer review/collaboration... Any good sites out there other than youtube?

    • ANSWER:

      http://lafango.com/film

      Where only those who make the content, can post it. And you can post a gig worth of video -- much longer than you tube!

  35. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  36. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to take a short story and make it a short film?
    Can you take a short story and make a film out of it, and only put it on Youtube.?

    I am not looking to make money off of someone's work without permission, I just like having fun making movies (movies that last maybe 5 minutes). And there are some stories I have read that I would have fun making into short films. I would not be making money off of it, just posting it on Youtube.

    Is that illegal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there.
      It is illegal, if the story is in copyright (less than 75 years old).
      You can use older stories. If you REALLY want a modern story, change the names and a couple of details to make the story your own, you will be fine.
      Good luck, Steve.

  37. QUESTION:
    How can i get a video on youtube lots of views?
    Me and my mates made a short film for youtube, its a horror

    How can i get it well viewed and more subscribers for the channel?

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    what is the youtube site for short films?
    I can't remember what it was, but there was a site that youtube had that was for more professional short films but i just can't think of it! does anyone know what it is?

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    What programme can i use to make a short film/slideshow?
    I have a few short film clips and photos i would like to put together into a abstract project along with music. It would probably be 1.5 to 3 minutes long. Do you know of any simple, free programmes i could download for this? I have windows vista. Just something that lets me cut quickly between the clips and maybe layer them??

    Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      Watch my Part 2!

      I've made these YouTube videos to answer questions just like yours.

      Please check them out:

      How to YouTube - Part 1

      How to YouTube (Movie Maker) - Part 2

      Movie Maker Tips:

      Movie Maker Titles & Credits:

  40. QUESTION:
    What does it take to become a Director?
    I'm 13 and in the future i really want to become a director, but i have some questions like these: How many years of school does it take? Are there certain classes i have to take in High School and College to become a director? And finally, I want to start make short films for youtube as a start. What are some programs i can use for editing, and what not? I have a Macbook OS X. Thank you for your time!

    • ANSWER:
      Films you practice as soon as anyone will accept them or your parents support your application.
      As a young person you are being the camera person as well as director, prop guy, janitor, etc.
      Eventually you will have to learn to read scripts and communicate about them in detail (or how to work improvisationally with actors who don't think exactly as you do.) and talk to producers and the other crafts people who make up the team of making a major movie.
      It certainly helps if you go through a film program in college to make contacts, practice in a less risky environment, learn from others, and try your hand. If your high school has any kind of drama, film, video, or photography, I would encourage you to take that. Actors come from various training programs and you will eventually have to learn about them, but you should also have some acting or stage managing experience under your belt.

  41. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. If you could spare a few minutes if you watch short films online and or by short films and if so how much are you willing to pay?

    • ANSWER:
      or £5
      home, couch, youtube

  42. QUESTION:
    what other short films on youtube will you recomend to me?
    I've already watched Validation, Signs, Spin, Snap, Rent-a-person, our time is up...I CANT REMEMBER THE OTHER TITLES. do you know any short films that you would like me to watch? thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Simple to answer that simple question or any different type of question you feel is of in urgent reply all you have to do is visit

      Www.WtfClips.Org

      There you will fully be informed with an answer that will truly make you understand concepts simple. This will restrain you from ever asking any questions every again because you will be entertained for years to come. WtfClips offers updated photoes, videos and games daily. Incomparable to any other website. Www.WtfClips.Org, Where it leaves you speechless.

  43. QUESTION:
    Can I use a film score in my independent short film?
    I'm directing a short film, and I want to use a piece of music composed by Shigeru Umebayashi. Now, this film isn't in contention for anything, and will only be posted on youtube. Will I be violating any copyright laws?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is a violation to upload (publish for electronic reproduction) copyrighted works without a license or statutory exemption. Almost NOTHING on YouTube qualifies for the "fair use" defense, so that probably won't work if you're sued for infringement.

      All of Shigeru Umebayashi's works since 1989 are copyrighted (in the USA) from the moment he composed them (and earlier in many countries), and you would also have to get a license from the producer of any specific recording of a performance that you wanted to use, according to who owns the rights of that recording. His first compositions started in the 1980s, so their copyright (if any) could not possibly have lapsed yet (they last for 95 years from publication, or for his personal work, 70 years after he dies, which won't be for quite some time).

      Licenses may be available from ASCAP, BMI or SESAC.

      If the license is worth over ,000 USD and you publish (upload) without one, that would also be a federal crime in addition to being sued for damages.

  44. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short film Devilwood?
    Does anyone know where I can see the movie Devilwood online. I am pretty sure it is a short film, about 11 minutes long or so. I found a trailer on youtube, and it looks really good, but now I can't find it anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry i just looked online for an hour and i can't find it i will keep trying though

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I upload a short film?
    I need to find a free video hosting web site that will upload my short film which I created which is 3GB in size and 40 minutes. Youtube obviously won't do it.

    I am a amateur director.

    I want a site that doesn't put a dumb watermark on the movie either. Thank you!

    Best Answer counts!

    • ANSWER:
      youtube.com

  46. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this Disney short film?
    What's the name of the Disney short film about the old-fashioned couple that goes on a world expo. They get there by horse and carriage, and go home super modern in a nice sports car. While there they dance with robots, get make-overs, and lots of other things.

    And also, is the film on youtube?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey

      I had the same problem couldnt find the name and video of it
      But I finally did.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0Gs9l8g2LE

      "All's Fair at the Fair" It was at the end of the movie "UVA Gold Peter Pan"

  47. QUESTION:
    What song should I use for this short film?
    I have to make a short film for school about "teenage substance abuse". It's a fictional movie where a guy overdoses and I need a song that either sounds really sad, or has lyrics slightly relevant to the topic.

    • ANSWER:
      Hurt - Johnny Cash (Nine Inch Nails)

  48. QUESTION:
    Music in a youtube short film?
    I am planning on making a short film to upload on youtube and wanted to use music in it.can legally do that?

    • ANSWER:
      yes and no...

      do not use anything from Warner Media Group.

      You have to get permission from the artist before hand.

      If you use a big name artist, do not sell your video for profit.

      The safest thing to do is to produce your own music, or get a friend who is talented do it for you.

      You are allowed to use your own stuff.

  49. QUESTION:
    Can you shoot a legitimate short film with a Canon EOS 60D?
    I own one, I use it for pictures, I see good looking videos with the EOS 60D on youtube, but I want to shoot a 40-50 min, professional looking short film on mine. Do you have any advice about the limitations of the camera?

    • ANSWER:
      Theres been alot of short films done with worse. Lol. I would recommend using a shotgun mic and boom pole to capture audio, and make sure you get some light reflectors for fill light if shooting outside.

  50. QUESTION:
    what is the best video editing software for begginners?
    i am looking to start a short film channel on youtube. i want explosions and gun fire so what is the best software to get considering im a beginner.

    • ANSWER:
      You dont want a video editing software you want a composting software otherwise your gunfire and explosions will look like crap. i suggest hitfilm 2 standard.

      hitfilm.com


short films on youtube

Short Films Online Film Festivals

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to use song in short film?
    I'm creating a short film and I already purchased the song on itunes "Puff the Magic Dragon". I am making two versions one with the song to put it on youtube and without to submit it on online film festivals. Is there any way that I can use a portion of the song and have it be legal.

    • ANSWER:
      Did he dies?

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the newest short films?
    Are the short films that are presented in film festivals like sundance or the world wide short film festival, online for us to see or are they only to be viewed in person at the festival?

    Or do you guys know of any site that shows short films? Not fan-made but actual short films that have been shown on these festivals etc...?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site:
      www.watch-full-movies.org

  3. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film?
    Hi,

    I recently made a short film that got selected for the World Film Festival of Montreal and now I upoladed it to youtube and vimeo and dailymotion but it doesn't get enough views. I was wondering if there were any free short film festivals online or somewhere else that I could just send a link to and "promote" it?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You could try www.iziggus.com they offer some pretty cool packages and they show some great video examples.

      Hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  6. QUESTION:
    What filming equipment would I need to make a short film?
    I would like to make some short films and need to buy equipment for them. However, I'm not sure what I'm going to need. The films will be fairly simple but need to look professional - Please help!!

    Is there any special lighting equipment and sound equipment that I might need? Also any editing equipment I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Music Dude,

      The best and only advice you can rely on is this: do your research, watch short films online from reputable locations (YouTube Screening Room, Sundance Film Festival, Funny or Die.com, etc.), check out short film programs at local film festivals and see if you find a Director of Photography's work that you admire and believe is capable of making your film look like you want it to.

      Then start searching locally for a Director of Photography (DP) in your area who *has their own equipment* that could match the look you love.

      When making a short you want to have the best DP who owns the highest quality equipment and is in full agreement with the kind of film you have in mind.

      With a solid script, great casting, a professional editor and a clear vision of what you want - you cannot fail.

      All my best,
      Roberta Munroe
      Author -- How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer

      http://www.RobertaMunroe.com

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the copyright laws for old time radio shows?
    I am making a short film, and I would like to use clips from old radio shows on the soundtrack. I understand that the "recordings" are in public domain, however scripts may not be.Would I still be allowed to use the recordings in my short film? I do not intend to distribute the film online or sell it. It is simply for film festivals only, non-profit. Could I put the disclaimer: "For Educational Purposes Only"?

    • ANSWER:
      You would need to look into whether or not Fair Use would apply. Fair Use allows you to use material that is copyrighted without having to hassle with getting all the permissions and licenses.

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any short film contests available in Toronto or online?
    I'm looking for any short film contests I can enter online or in Toronto. It doesn't matter if the final deadline for this year has passed, I can enter next year as well.
    So far I've only been able to find The Indie Short Film Competition.
    I don't need many details, just a link to the website would help.

    • ANSWER:
      The Worldwide Short Film Festival is taking place as we speak in Toronto (it's in Toronto every year) and I highly recommend submitting. Even if your film isn't accepted in the festival competition, it'll be available in the festival "marketplace" where industry delegates browse all the submissions and choose films they may want to distribute or purchase.

      Also, if you're a student, many programs include one or two student films, so they won't dismiss you if you're a bit experienced. Just keep in mind that the longer your short is, the more spectacular it has to be for them to justify the time length.

      http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com/

      The National Film Board of Canada also has an annual online short competition:

      http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/cannes/

      I recommend calling or visiting the NFB (it's in Toronto) to get info about submitting.

      And, in Toronto, a smaller film festival:

      The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival

      http://www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com/

      Finally, if you want to find more competitive festivals to submit to, try this directory:

      http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Movies_and_Film/Film_Festivals/Short_Films/?o=a

      It has a lot of great international options.

      As to online contests, not festivals, Filmaka usually has something running open to different nationalities:

      http://www.filmaka.com/

      I think your best bet, though, is to submit to competitive festivals. Even if you don't win, being included in a festival is great exposure.

      good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How can a individual be qualified on IMDb as a independent filmmaker?
    I have shot some short films and produced a few. What will be the qualifications to be on IMDb? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      IMDB is owned by Amazon.com and there are easy and hard ways to get listed. They have approved film festivals that qualify you for listings, but if you use their CreateSpace.com service for selling your videos, and sell them on Amazon.com, this should automatically qualify you for a listing on IMDB. This is why we chose CreateSpace for our video and book sales.

      Check with Amazon.com about selling your products online. This may qualify you without the need for using CreateSpace but I'm not sure of that. CreateSpace also assigns UPC codes to videos, ISBN and EAN-13 numbers to books, all at no charge to you. They create and sell, so you don't have to do the work yourself.

  10. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this short film online?
    I'm trying to find the short film "Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident." It's a nine-minute long film that has been featured in several film screenings. The director is Terence Heuston, and Chris Colfer starred in it. I can't seem to find it anywhere that doesn't make me take a stupid survey where you're required to give out personal information. If anyone could find it online, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      We really appreciate you trying to track down the film. Unfortunately, there are a lot of film festivals that only accept films that are unavailable on-line, so we've been withholding it for the time being. Once we are done with our festival run - probably sometime in the Spring, we will distribute it. If you want to follow the screenings or know when it is going to be available, you can become a "fan" of it on facebook: "Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident" page. We also do periodic updates at "Trebuchetfilms.com"

      Sorry to make it so "top secret" for the time being. Once again, we really appreciate your interest.

      Best,
      Terence

  11. QUESTION:
    How can I start getting paid to write film music?
    I am a film composer and I want to start getting paid to write music for films. I am not talking about like Hollywood type of payment. I'm not sure how to do this though. Anyone have an idea on how someone who lives in a different state than me is able to pay me? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I can recommend a few avenues for you.

      1. Create a website that has your Bio, Resume and links to favourite film composers (and how they inspired you). Then add a number of uncompressed audio formatted midi bridges (samples) of your work. Add anything from simple harmonies, full orchestration, piano, guitar, etc. I hired my last composer based on his website samples alone. Any studio material you have with other musicians is important as well.

      2. Get involved with local filmmakers in their shorts/feature productions. When (and if) they get screened at festivals is where you will meet other indie Producers you might have impressed.

      3. Hang out at local and state film festivals and hand out demo CD/DVD's to Agency Reps and Producers. These kids winning awards at festivals are the ones getting feature funding.

      DO NOT send any completed tracks to Producers online until you have a deal memo (contract) and partial payment. Most Producers will offer you 'deferred salary' which means you will be paid when the film becomes profitable. This means after all negative costs are paid off, investors, etc. Remember, that most indie films do not make any money so 'deferred salary' really means that you are working for free.

      Ps
      I do know a filmmaker that specializes in stock film and sound clips who buys by the piece. When you have your web-site set up (and if your music is any good) I'll send him a link.

  12. QUESTION:
    Need some help with these questions about the Sundance Film Festival?
    I plan on sending an indie film to the 2011 Sundance Film festival in Utah and need to know some details about its procedures and regulations. What is the most films any ONE person can send in? Is the director of the film required to attend the screening? And if so how many tickets do they give you? Is the cast and crew allowed to attend? Also what is the absolute dealine for submitting your film? Please no links to the official Sundance website because I have spent hours searching for these answer there with no luck. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You can submit as many films as you like. You do not need to attend the screening. Anyone is allowed to attend as long as they have tickets.

      The answers are on the website:

      Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2009Sundance Film Festival are:

      August 18, 2008 - EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)

      September5, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE,SHORT FILMS

      September 8, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE, FEATURE FILMS

      All filmmakerapplications must be submitted online and must arrive in the Los Angelesoffice by August 18, 2008 for early consideration and a reducedsubmission fee of .00 for U.S. and international short films or.00 for U.S. and international feature films and documentaries.

  13. QUESTION:
    Which digital camera is best for short film making?
    Hey all,

    I've done two short films and I want to keep doing them but I'm looking for a camera of higher quality to own. As experienced filmmakers, which camera do you recommend I purchase? I've heard of the Canon GL2, etc... but I want ensured quality filmmaking that could stand in, say, a film festival.

    PS: note i prefer cheap and best..min atleast the out put must come good watching in desktops/laptops/youtube

    • ANSWER:
      for cheap and best digital camera visit-http://www.wesprodigital.com/online-shopping_1-deal_139-features_135-/Consumer-Electronics/Digital-Cameras.html

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some online short film festivals?
    What are some online short film festivals? Just any sites would be great. The only one i know of so far is the portable film festival.

    I am also looking for Australian film festivals, such as tropfest.

    • ANSWER:
      Cinequest is probably the premiere online short film fest.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are the local customs in Brest, France?
    And is there any info on why Brest has it's annua Boat festival every four years, and the yearly short film festival?

    Please answer before Tuesday 6 PM Pacific! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya,

      I am from Brittany and I can tell you that we have A lots of sunny day as well.
      The food is good and Bretons have kept their traditions (Celtic traditions).
      Nice Celtic music with Bagpipes and Nice Traditional Dress.

      http://www.bagad-erguearmel.asso.fr/photos.htm

      http://www.micarmor.com/coiffures(10).html?wpid=12575

      http://culturebreizh.online.fr/bretagne.php?lang=fr&pageid=810

      http://www.mairie-brest.fr/

      http://www.brest2008.fr/fr/outils/lexique.php

      Cheerio.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do I get to the Melbourne International Film Festival?
    It is on between the 21st of July and 7th of August 2011 in Melbourne... I looked at the website but are not really sure where to go? Is it downtown or somewhere near St Kilda.

    If you have been before is it worth the experience?

    • ANSWER:
      It is in and around the central business district. St Kilda has its own film festival which is on right now. All of the screening and panel venues are easily accessible once you've made it into the city centre by either tram or train to Flinders Street station (ACMI is just across the road, and the Town Hall is a short walk,) Melbourne Central Station which is close to RMIT, or Parliament station right by the Kino Cinema.

      As for whether or not you should go, take a look at the 'First Peek' programme when it goes online tomorrow and decide for yourself if there is enough to tempt you. Personally, I can usually find enough - particularly in the late night programmes - to keep me happy.

  17. QUESTION:
    If I post my film and video work on my website or YouTube, does that mean I cannot submit them to TV channels?
    At the moment I am currently part of a team putting together a website displaying our portfolio of work. One of them is a short film that has been on the festival circuit and we would like to embed it into our website. However, will this make it difficult to submit to TV channels - do they prefer it if the work hasn't been viewed in any other arena? I am not sure where the best place is to find out.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually putting something online helps - especially if it gets crazy views - like over a million. This will help you when negotiating with a tv channel - since your content has already been 'tested' so to speak and people like it. TV networks typically don't wanna take too many chances and risk losing with ratings since thats directly tied to how much money they make on advertising.

      When you deal with a tV channel typically make a deal where they make u an upfront payment for a season and not one where you make money from the advertising coz you need need to have a sales force who will go out and get advertising biz for you.

      All the best.

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i enter the film industry as a director?
    i know about film schools in mumbai but they are far more expensive!!!i hav created short film of my own and am really wanting to enter this field.pleaz help me.any ans appreciated.thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      some of the best directors of all time, and some great recent ones have not gone to film school, and some others that dropped out early on. With technology these days it is not a necessity. First i would go to the site www.moviemaker.com this site will give you a ton of advice, and if you click on the producing section you can find a list of important sites to know.

      Keep making movies, writing if you can and collaborate with other aspiring filmmakers. go on these blogs, sites and make contacts, look up anything going on in your area, from student film casting, indie filmmakers, studios, anything. Just meet others, and keep working and making your own projects

      PROMOTE them and expose yourself (if you feel they are decent enough, remember that your short or movie is a first impression of you. If you show potential that is good, it doesn't have to be perfect. There are sites where you can post your movies, hell even youtube.com , but there are others where you can do online contests too (you can find links on moviemaker.com

      Also suggest looking up some film festivals too

      Also for a good free resource for filmmaking try

      http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_Making_Manual

      Hope this helps

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short film "Sudden Death!" by Adam Hall online?
    The film is about a disease that causes you to sing and dance before suddenly dropping dead. I saw it at a film festival and I want to show it to my friends via the internet.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry that Sudden Death! isn't online at the moment! If we added the film to any online venue it would negate us from several film festivals. You can purchase the DVD of Sudden Death! on the website for if that helps at all. We promise to get whatever you order in the mail ASAP!

      http://suddendeaththemovie.com/Sudden_Death/Buy%21.html

      So glad you enjoyed the film. Thanks for checking us out!
      Melanie Hall
      Producer - Sudden Death!

  20. QUESTION:
    Does Anyone Now How to Enter a Film in a Film Festival?
    I have some friends in the NYC area who are making some independent short films and that they hope to enter into film festivals. Since this is their first time they need help knowing where to look, which festivals to enter and how to get their film in. It is an American short film in English language. Is there anyone who can offer some advice? Thank you!
    I have some friends in the NYC area who are making some independent short films and that they hope to enter into film festivals. Since this is their first time they need help knowing where to look, which festivals to enter and how to get their film in. It is an American short film in English language. Is there anyone who can offer some advice? Thank you!
    Thank you so much for your time and your great reply. It is really appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to enter your film into festivals is to use the website www.withoutabox.com

      Withoutabox lists all the film festivals not just in the United States but also around the world. You will need to fill in a long application about your film and you can search for festivals that match the criteria of your film. You can also search for festivals that are either really cheap to enter or free. After you apply to the festival through without a box it will give you instructions on how to send your reel to the festival. Some accept online submissions but most ask for you to mail it in.

      The other great thing about it is that there are certain festivals that if you apply to, even if you don't get in, they will give you an imdb.com page for your film and crew and this is a great thing for a filmmaker.

      It's the number one website for filmmakers.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where to find open casting calls online? For indie films to get experience?
    I need a website or a way to keep updated on open casting calls. I know large production companies rarely have them, like true grit, but i need some for indie movies or short films. Please provide a LEGIT website.

    - I also know you do not need experience for some open casting calls
    - Have NO experience, need to start up my resume
    - Looking for work in LA
    - Am young, my parents will help me, I just need information

    • ANSWER:
      Even for indie films they'll expect you to have experience in something - at least a wide variety of stage plays - and to have been to drama school or a good stage school for several years.

      What you say about not needing experience for open calls is technically correct - but as hundreds usually turn up, they check resumes at the door, and turn away anyone who hasn't had many years of training and experience.

      Most actors start out by getting involved in community theatre or putting on plays at festivals and so on, with other drama students in the same situation.
      Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my film published or unpublished according to copyright law?
    I'm submitting my short documentary to the U.S. copyright office and they have different requirements for a published and unpublished film. Under copyright law, the word published is defined as “the distribution of copies of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. Offering to distribute copies to people or businesses for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display constitutes publication.”

    I have submitted my film to several large film festivals this month with the intent to display them to a large audience and therefore publish my film. My film has not been accepted yet to any of the festivals. My film may also be distributed for profit online via a distributor (not me). Do I submit my work for copyright protection as a published or unpublished work? Does the intent to screen and distribute constitute a published work or do I have to submit as unpublished and than resubmit to the copyright office as a published work at a later time?
    Why I'm getting a copyright:
    There's a distributor on board to possibly sell the work as part of a DVD set. The copyright protects both me and the subject of the documentary from anyone altering the work (this is a very real worry due to the subject matter), plus it's a formality in terms of the contract when it comes to royalties (we cannot register the music with ASCAP, long story...). You can't bring a matter to court without copyright papers.
    It was submitted online, so it was only . I'm getting ready to submit best copy of the work, but saw that a published work requires a synopsis while an unpublished work requires a full outline of what you want the copyright to cover. I just want to make it less of a hassle for the gov workers by sending in the correct papers.
    Robert G, that really doesn't answer my question. My acceptance to a film festival is not relevant, the question is about filling out a copyright form correctly in terms of "intent".

    • ANSWER:
      You wrote:

      "I have submitted my film to several large film festivals this month..."

      So YES your work was "published" as defined by the copyright office.

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to become a good screenwriter?
    Screenwriting is the career I would like to pursue, but I have very little knowledge of how to become a good one.

    • ANSWER:
      Watch lots of films of all types. Figure out the style and genre you'd like to write in. Read lots of screenplays both good and bad. Watch films with the screenplays open in front of you and follow along. This will give you a good idea of what made it into the film and what didn't.

      Write, write and write some more and then rewrite until everything is as polished as it can be.

      On average it takes ten screenplays written before you make your first sale.

      Attend as many film festivals as you can. Hang out for the Q&A sessions. Meet the the film makers in the bar and buy them beers. Ask more questions.

      Write short films and get at least a couple of them produced. Enter festivals yourself. This is how you forge relationships. Relationships are what push you ahead.

      Be open to proper criticism of your work. If more than two people comment on something, it's got to go.

      Kill your little darlings. You might think that line is great but that change you made three pages previous make it no longer work, so it's got to go.

      stay away from online critique groups, they'll only make you want to quit writing. Find other writers you can meet face to face if you want to belong to a writer's group.

      I'm a produced screenwriter with feature film and TV credits.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get a screenplay picked up???????
    So I'm learning online how to write a screenplay and I have this really good idea for one and have started the process. What are the odds it gets picked up and how do I go about getting it out there??? I live in a small town in Canada

    • ANSWER:
      Your best chance is to find some people making short movies and work with them to make the movie. Check out colleges for film programs in your province. Or find a friend with a camera. There are screenplay contests and film festivals were you can send your script too.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get into the music they play in the movies?
    I play alto sax and i think the movie music is the coolest music there is, but I have no idea how I can get into the "movie music" business. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to give you a practical straight-forward answer:

      I am a film music composer. Right now there is a film on Berlinale festival which I made music for and it is receiving very good comments.
      I work with various musicians and sometimes I work online with people in different countries. You can contact me at paco.irala at yahoo so I can hear some of your stuff and you might end up working for music scores sooner than you think.

      If you want to compose the music yourself, Well, the best thing is to study hard, see a lot of films and study their music, and then getting in touch with film students to make music for short films and getting experience. That worked for me.

      Best luck to you !

  26. QUESTION:
    As a teen interested in film, who could I sell my film to?
    I am very interested in film making. I want to become a director. I want to make a really good documentary to get my name out there. If I were to make one, who would I sell it to or how would I distribute it?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a few options. Film Festivals are a really good idea. The site https://withoutabox.com/ is a Film festival entry site. It is actually really good.

      Most directors will try to get a distributor after the film festival circuit. But since you're young, there's probably no chance. Selling your film online and/or self-distribution is a great idea. https://www.createspace.com/ is another great site for that. If you make the DVD they will sell it on Amazon (their parent company) and you get a percentage.

      Now I wouldn't sell your first attempt at making a movie. Try just making some short youtube stuff. You don't even have to upload it. Just get the feel of everything. Try interviewing your friends to get some idea's about interviews. And get some books on the subject. My favourite is Film School by Michael W. Dean. It's on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/30-Film-School-Michael-Dean/dp/1598631896/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247455539&sr=8-1

      Another thought would be to put it on iTunes for sale. Maybe make a video podcast about the making of the documentary and put THAT up to get some attention. Put an ad in your local paper. Heck, even spamming people can help. (I didn't say that ;-) )

      Also what is your intended audience? That may give you an idea of where to put your film.

      If you have any more questions e-mail me (from my profile). Please do.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I visit Chicago on a semi-limited budget?
    Do you have tips for a traveler on a budget? I'm going to be going to Chicago in July, and want to know some ways to save some money. We are spending most of money on a nice hotel downtown, so are looking to save on our entertainment and food, but still be comfortable and have a nice time.

    • ANSWER:
      Chicago in July is the place to be. You are going to be dizzy from all of the free or inexpensive options.

      First, take all of Manonthestreet1's advice. Then read this:

      Be prepared to walk! For example, walking from the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier down to the Museum Campus (basically, one end of downtown to another) will log a few miles on your sneakers. Get a CTA visitor pass before you go (but allow 2 weeks for delivery) to get unlimited rides on buses and 'L' trains while you're in town. A 5-day pass is only .

      For a breathtaking view, head to the Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock Building. It's only one floor below the observation deck, but it's much less crowded and you can relax up there at a private table for the cost of just one drink.

      Also, the city has a tremendous number of outdoor festivals, the most famous and largest of which is the Taste of Chicago (June 29-July 8 in Grant Park). Most locals (like me) avoid this because of the crowds and the expensive food tickets. Admission is free, however, and crowds are lighter on week days during lunch time.

      A better bet would be the neighborhood festivals which have great live music. My favorite is the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival (July 14-15) at Welles Park which is just a few blocks from the Western stop on the Brown Line 'L'. The neighborhood festivals charge suggested donations of about , but they can't legally force you to pay to walk on a public street.

      Chicago's world class museums are another good option, but they can be expensive. The Art Institute of Chicago is free on Thursday and Friday evenings in the summer from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As someone else mentioned, the Lincoln Park Zoo is always free as well. Unfortunately, all the museums on the Museum Campus (the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium) have no free or discounted days in July. If you are a true museum buff and plan to cram several museums into your visit (I would be exhausted), consider the CityPass, which gets you admission to the Adler, the Shedd, the Field, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Hancock Observatory. It's about and lasts 9 days from first use. Keep in mind that special exhibits and attractions may cost extra.

      Beaches in the City of Chicago are always free and a great way to spend a summer day. If you do make it to the Museum Campus, 12th Street Beach (just a short walk south of the Adler Planetarium) is relatively secluded and not crowded for a Chicago beach. Pack a picnic lunch and a book or a Frisbee, and you're set.

      You absolutely cannot miss Millennium Park, which has free outdoor concerts and performances all summer long. (Check their website for details in a month or two.) Make sure to take pictures with the "Bean" or Cloud Gate sculpture, and get your feet wet in the whimsical Crown Fountain.

      Another great free downtown experience is Summer Dance, a free dance lesson and concert series right in Grant Park downtown. Learn the dance for an hour, then dance what you've learned to a great live band. Each night offers a different style of dance and music. Their schedule is also not yet online.

      Starting at the end of July, the city presents the Outdoor Film Festival, which shows free movies in Grant Park on Tuesday nights at dusk. Another great picnic opportunity, people start staking out their spots as early as 4 p.m. The 2007 schedule has not been announced, but check the city of Chicago website soon for details.

      In addition the Chicago Park District hosts free Movies and Concerts in the Parks all summer long in neighborhoods all over town. Check their website for details as your visit approaches.

      If you have a laptop with wireless capabilities, bring it with you and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at all 79 Chicago Public Library locations. You don't even need a library card! That way you can look things up on the fly while on your visit.

      For cheap food, I highly recommend the book "The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats". This book offers up a bunch of great places with real character where you can grab a hearty lunch for real cheap. You can get it used on Amazon for .50 plus shipping.

      Enjoy your visit to what I think is the greatest city in the summer time!

  28. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest me any website to learn to speak tamil easily?
    Kindly also suggest me any books which i can order online?

    • ANSWER:
      Tamil Electronic library pages moved to tamilelibrary.org !!!

      Tamil Electronic Library offers information on the following topics:

      # Ref. Sheets on Tamil people, Language, Literature, Culture, . . .
      A Brief Introduction to Tamils' History, Culture and Literature (Prof. Velupillai)
      Tamil Language -History and Features (Prof. M. Varadarajan)
      Tamilnadu's Contribution to Carnatic Music (B.M.Sundaram)
      Kural verses in early Tamil script forms
      thirukural: internet resources & translations in languagues of the world
      Thamizh thaai vaazhthu - Official Prayer Hymn of Tamilnadu
      Symbolic forms of Tamil numerals and fractions
      Kolam - simple ones for beginnersNEW !
      A collection of Tamil names for new born babies (Bala Swaminathan)
      A collection of small Tamil verses for Children
      A List of 64 kinds of arts (aayakalaikal 64)
      archana in Tamil (thamizhil archanaigaL)
      A chronological listing of Rulers of Tamilnadu
      Great Anthologies of Tamil Literature
      Chrono. Listing of Tamil Literature - Part I (....BC - 17th C. AD)
      Chrono. Listing of Tamil Literature - Part II 18th C - 20th C. AD)
      authors of akanaanooru and puranaanooru (compiled by M. Karunanidhi)
      List of Tamil Saints: Alwars and Nayanmars
      A short collection of popular tamil proverbs (in tamil & translit. scripts)
      A short collection of popular tamil folk/country songs (in mylai font format)
      A collection of Tamil Marriage songs
      A glossary of computer-related words in Tamil
      List of Hindu/Tamil Festivals -2001
      A List of Hindu Temples in the USA and Canada
      A List of Hindu Temples in Australia, Singapore & Africa
      A List of Hindu Temples in Europe
      Temples of Tamilnadu - part I
      Temples of Tamilnadu - part II
      Resources for Learning Tamil (books, cassettes, websites)
      List of Tamil Magazines
      A List of Tamil Films of Thirties and Forties
      Chronology of Events related to Tamils in Sri Lanka (1500 -1948)

      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/5180/index.html

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i find Fear(s) of the Dark (french horror animation film)?
    Peur(s) du Noir is the french name and i cant find a torrent of it anywhere. Nor can i find a place to buy it, rent it, watch it, or anything. English subtitles are what i am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't find it anywhere online because it's a series of animated shorts by different directors and has so far only been screening at animation and film festivals. It hasn't been released onto DVD, thus there's no digitized version of the film to rip and upload to the internet yet.

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to be a director/ mabye screen writer, how do i start?

    • ANSWER:
      It first depends on your age level, and what your experience is. But regardless of whether you've graduated with a bachelor in English or Film or whether you only have a high school degree, it's really important to read, read, read. I started out wanting to be a screenwriter and actor. Now, I'm getting better at it, and I actually write short stories, too.

      But step #1: Read. Why? to find out what you really think about important issues that people make films about, to narrow down your style, to know what's been done before so you can be the one to make something new and original, that people will want to see.

      I started about five years ago, and I heard the same thing: read, read, read. It was sort of unsettling, because I've always loved watching movies, but I didn't want to read that much fiction, because I thought it was boring. Still, it's important: get passionately in love with reading books, somehow. You might be able to get by without that love, but it's important to be a reader, if you want to be a writer. You can't put OUT and create unless a lot of information and creativity is coming IN.

      I'd say the second thing would be to watch a lot of films, as well, while you're reading.

      Step 2: watch lots of films.

      Obviously the art of filmmaking is subjective, but these below are some of the filmmakers who are most well respected, who do the art form the most justice. If you only want to make money as a screenwriter/director and if you're not overly concerned with making "good" films, good luck, it's really a crapshoot. However, if you are interested in the art form itself, you should study from the best.

      Great filmmakers who they show at film schools:

      Fellini, Bergman, Hitchcock, Chaplin, Sidney Lumet, Scorcese, Kirosawa, Ozu.

      Filmmakers who would be best to study if you're not that "well-versed" in the filmmaking process yet:

      Scorcese, Woody Allen "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," (for comedic structure, dialogue), Sidney Lumet, and certainly, something that I did was to always watch the Oscar's (although the award shows are a bit cheesy), and watch the films that were nominated for oscars and won Oscar's each year. For instance, this year: Milk, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button.

      Watch these films, ask yourself what you think of them. If you don't like them because 1. they're boring 2. they're depressing.....then maybe you should try to ask yourself if you're thinking outside the box enough.

      I would read movie reviews online as well, too. If a movie critic I respected loved something I wasn't sure about, sometimes I would withold my criticism of the film, merely because I knew that this particular movie critic was more experienced and knowledgable about films than me.

      So that is step 2, the best way to getting yourself acquainted with what you like: Watch movies, watch movies, so you know what's been done.

      Something that is a combination of step one and 2 is not only reading about those films, but also reading about HOW to write the films in the way successful screenwriters/directors do it. I've posted a link below that is a good source/book to learn from. I have learned quite a bit from Christian Blake's advice.

      Third step: I would make as many contacts as you can. If you like the theatre community, if you can act, then that can often be a good way first.
      Or: find a group of friends and make a short film first, with them, and then submit that short film to local festivals in your area.

      The advice I'd give (from experience) on making films with friends: make sure they are dedicated. It's pretty frustrating to have partners that aren't committed to the project, and that is the most upsetting thing about independent films.

      Taking screenwriting classes is also a good way to make contacts, and better your skills. But I'll see if I can link you to Christian Blake's page, he knows what he's talking about in terms of structure.

      I think that'd be a good way to start, after you go with 1. read. 2. watch lots of movies 3. make contacts.

  31. QUESTION:
    Im looking for a short, Spanish film I have seen online. Help?
    I think it may have won an award at Cannes film festival. It is quite inspirational. It is Spanish I believe, and features a blind beggar who is not making any money, when a business man comes and changes his sign to say something like "It's a beautiful day, but I can't see it" I have tried searching but no luck! Where/how can I find this??

    • ANSWER:

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  32. QUESTION:
    Where Are some acting audition for a 13 year old in Michigan?
    I'm an actress an I'm trying to find theater groups and or acting auditions. no scams only legit places please. I'm not very experienced outside of school performances but i have been in theater all my life.PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many sites that allow you to search casting in your area and apply for acting jobs.

      Most of the the projects that actors can apply to themselves are non paying, because they are student or independent films, but not always. There are some paying projects and there are some larger projects on these sites like shorts for festivals, and independent features. (There are many sites with blockbuster feature casting and casting for TV and commercials, but they are usual only open to submissions from agents.)

      Some are free, and some charge an annual fee, below are a few popular ones.

      Mandy.com is free and has casting worldwide.

      http://www.mandy.com/1/cast.cfm?jt=zzz

      Actors Access (of Breakdown Services) is free and has casting in the United States and Canada.

      http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/

      Casting Workbook costs – per year. It has casting in the United States and Canada.

      https://www.castingworkbook.com/

      While you continue your search, if you need any tips or information on acting in the industry, both what to do and what to expect, visit us at acting advice online. We have articles on

      How to Get Started
      Acting for TV and Film
      Actor's Ediquatte,
      Stage Fright,
      Acting Warm Ups,

      Headshots, Acting Resumes, Handling Acting Rejection and more, so visit http://www.actingadviceonline.com, we are dedicated to your professional development. We have industry professionals waiting to answer your questions. Contact us with your personal questions, and we will respond quickly.

      If there is any information that you are looking for that is not on the site, tell us and we will update to your needs!

  33. QUESTION:
    how to send in films and scripts?
    I am an aspiring movie director, i have short films and some scripts written out, how do i get known? do i send them in somewhere? and if so who? it has to all be online, i cant be moving to LA or NY anytime soon.

    • ANSWER:
      We live in the digital age. You do not need to live in NY or LA. First off, make the best movie you can -- try to involve your school, local businesses and as many artistic friends that you can gather, Make sure you DO NOT use any props with corporate names on it (like a coke can). Always use original music (or get permission to use music), use trained actors (or at least audition them) and make the best movie you can. Remember, filmmaking is a cooperative art-form and any film you have made yourself about yourself will be ignored. Get involved with other filmmakers and get experience in every facet of production that you can...the more you know about the process of filmmaking the better a Director you will become.

      When you have made the best film you can, screen it for your family, then your school and any local festivals in your town. You can even make up posters, pop popcorn and screen it at your church or library. If you get a good response I have added a list of film festivals you can send it to. Make DVD copies of your films and try to place it in as many festivals as you can.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is downloading media from utorrent legal?
    Is downloading music, films, tv shows, books and games leagal to download free from utorrent or anywhere else for that matter.

    • ANSWER:
      torrents a way of distributing items over the internet in a easy,automatic and normally fast way.
      it is not illegal to download FREE software and free media via torrents eg. open source software, free games eg. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.
      but if you download ... say ..... COD BLACK OPS then THAT would be piracy and illegal.
      so if you dont want to do any thing illegal stay away from sites like pirate bay

      some free AND LEGAL (not against the law)
      Legaltorrents.com distributed 90 terabytes of Creative Commons-licensed content in the last seven months alone. The site features lots of music downloads, but also has some good video content like the South African TV show Go Open and the Firefly-Documentary Done The Impossible. All the files are centrally seeded, so your downloads will always have a happy ending.

      Public Domain Torrents features hundreds of Torrents from out-of-copyright films in numerous formats. Unfortunately there is no central seeding, so you better stick to the recently posted items.

      Legit Torrents is a new site that aggregates freely available Torrents, including video, games and Linux distributions.

      Bittorrent has taken a beating for its recently launched download store, but the site still offers lots of freely downloadable content as well. Unfortunately the free stuff gets buried under the rentals and sales, which are for some reason deemed more “relevant.”

      SXSW.com features music and video downloads to promote the South by Southwest festival. This year’s film trailers aren’t up yet, but there’s 3 gigabytes of MP3 music to get an idea of what’s gonna go down in Austin this March.

      Speaking of music: Etree is hosting live recordings of bootleg-friendly artists in the lossless FLAC audio format.

      The soon-to-be-relaunched Azureus home base Zudeo offers a mix of music videos, user-generated content, professionally produced movies and short films. Worth a look because of its extensive list of fan films and HD content. All downloads are centrally seeded.

      Torrentfreak is known for its up-to-date coverage of the BitTorrent scene, but the site also operates an own tracker and regularly features legal downloads like the official Bittorrent release of the movie The Corporation.

      Revision3.com is technically not a Torrent site, but the online video network utilizes BitTorrent like few others. Every episode page features a multitude of Torrent links, and you can subscribe to each show with an RSS-Feed including proper Torrent enclosures.

      Finally, no list of legal Torrent platforms would be complete without a Linux ISO site like Linuxtracker.com. Advocates of the free operating system have been using BitTorrent for a long time to spread the latest releases of their preferred distribution. Linuxtracker lists all major flavors of Linux, including video-specific releases like the open source DVR system KnoppMyth and the multimedia production platform 64 Studio.

  35. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how to find out about auditions without an agent?
    right now I don't have an agent, and I would love to know when auditions in my area pop up for tv pilots or extras and such. And another question related to this; when is "pilot season"? like auditions for pilots and things in california? thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Pilot Season is between January and March.

      There are many sites that allow you to search casting in your area and apply for acting jobs.

      Most of the the projects that actors can apply to themselves are non paying, because they are student or independent films, but not always. There are some paying projects and there are some larger projects on these sites like shorts for festivals, and independent features. (There are many sites with blockbuster feature casting and casting for TV and commercials, but they are usual only open to submissions from agents.)

      Some are free, and some charge an annual fee, below are a few popular ones.

      Mandy.com is free and has casting worldwide. (Online Auditions depending on Director)
      Actors Access (of Breakdown Services) is free and has casting in the United States and Canada. (Online Auditions through website)
      Casting Workbook costs – per year. It has casting in the United States and Canada. (Online Auditions through website)

      While you continue your search, if you need any tips or information on acting in the industry, both what to do and what to expect, visit us at acting advice online. We have articles on

      How to Get Started

      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=557

      Acting for TV and Film

      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=166

      Actor's Ediquatte,

      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=182

      Stage Fright,

      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=178

      Acting Warm Ups,

      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=193

      Headshots, Acting Resumes, Handling Acting Rejection and more, so visit actingadviceonline.com, we are dedicated to your professional development. We have industry professionals waiting to answer your questions. Contact us with your personal questions, and we will respond quickly.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any short spanish films?
    No subtitles would be great but if there are some that's fine too. Maybe you might have seen something in a film festival, or saw it online. I just need a short film in spanish, that's about 5 minutes long. Animated, documentary, drama, anything helps. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Check these:

      http://www.youtube.com/group/cortometrajes#p/a/0/2R-r9dD2nN0

      http://www.youtube.com/group/cortometrajes#p/a/1/-CfTb9auFLY

      Hope they help!!

  37. QUESTION:
    How to get into comedy at 14/15 and fast?
    We have our stuff, we have videos, scripts everything we just want to know how to get ther we live in a place where nothing happens because it's so small so the chances of talent shows etc are minimal...we just want to know how to get into comedy from here thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      YouTube. That's how Bieber was discovered. Start sending your videos to Hollywood talent agencies. Go online and search for opportunities in the closest big city to where you live. Get an agent or a manager. They know the business and can help you make it big. Save up enough money to be able to move to LA or New York City. Make a short film and send it to the Sundance Film Festival people in Utah or the Cannes people in France. Join community theatre. You never know who may be at a performance. Join the drama class at your school if there is one. Join an Improv troupe. You could even try auditioning for America's Got Talent as an improv group. Do whatever it takes and never give up on your dreams. :)

  38. QUESTION:
    Do Torrent Sites require paid membership to join or download?
    Do Torrent Sites require paid membership to join or download? Please guide me.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Anita.

    • ANSWER:
      Most Torrent sites do not require any membership or any registration, but some of them require a pad membership.
      A freeware software like Bit Torrent or Free Download Manager is required to download torrents.

      Ten Sites for Free and Legal Torrents
      Bittorrent downloads are either illegal or DRM-infected, right? Wrong. There are plenty of websites out there that offer free and legal Torrent downloads to save bandwidth and make file sharers happy at the same time.

      Granted, sites like The Pirate Bay are still the major source for Bittorrent traffic. But legitimate platforms offer enough video goodies to clog your tubes for days. Here are 10 great places to get started:

      Legaltorrents.com distributed 90 terabytes of Creative Commons-licensed content in the last seven months alone. The site features lots of music downloads, but also has some good video content like the South African TV show Go Open and the Firefly-Documentary Done The Impossible. All the files are centrally seeded, so your downloads will always have a happy ending.

      Public Domain Torrents features hundreds of Torrents from out-of-copyright films in numerous formats. Unfortunately there is no central seeding, so you better stick to the recently posted items.

      Legit Torrents is a new site that aggregates freely available Torrents, including video, games and Linux distributions.

      Bittorrent has taken a beating for its recently launched download store, but the site still offers lots of freely downloadable content as well. Unfortunately the free stuff gets buried under the rentals and sales, which are for some reason deemed more “relevant.”

      SXSW.com features music and video downloads to promote the South by Southwest festival. This year’s film trailers aren’t up yet, but there’s 3 gigabytes of MP3 music to get an idea of what’s gonna go down in Austin this March.

      Speaking of music: Etree is hosting live recordings of bootleg-friendly artists in the lossless FLAC audio format.

      The soon-to-be-relaunched Azureus home base Zudeo offers a mix of music videos, user-generated content, professionally produced movies and short films. Worth a look because of its extensive list of fan films and HD content. All downloads are centrally seeded.

      Torrentfreak is known for its up-to-date coverage of the BitTorrent scene, but the site also operates an own tracker and regularly features legal downloads like the official Bittorrent release of the movie The Corporation.

      Revision3.com is technically not a Torrent site, but the online video network utilizes BitTorrent like few others. Every episode page features a multitude of Torrent links, and you can subscribe to each show with an RSS-Feed including proper Torrent enclosures.

      Finally, no list of legal Torrent platforms would be complete without a Linux ISO site like Linuxtracker.com. Advocates of the free operating system have been using BitTorrent for a long time to spread the latest releases of their preferred distribution. Linuxtracker lists all major flavors of Linux, including video-specific releases like the open source DVR system KnoppMyth and the multimedia production platform 64 Studio.

  39. QUESTION:
    Does Paranormal Activity has 2 different endings?
    i went to see paranormal activity tonight. loved it. went home and wanted to watch the end again online .So i found a website with it on it. however the ending was completely different. WTF?

    • ANSWER:
      It was originally shown at film festivals in 2007/08, and it was re-edited for the current cinema release, now it's about 10 minutes shorter.
      There's an article about it here, I didn't want to type it out as there's spoilers!

      http://www.cinematical.com/2009/10/11/the-breakdown-on-paranormal-activitys-different-versions/

  40. QUESTION:
    Entering film festival in another country/location?
    I just wanted to know about entering multiple entries to different film festivals around the world. I have seen people send films to many major countries where they have film festivals.

    Well, if you submit a film in another country, is it that if your film makes it you should be there for the screening or anything?

    Can anyone also give any advice on entering film festivals around the world, and in general?
    (Short films preferred)

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to be there, but going to a film festival that you have a film in is great for networking with other filmmakers and there may be opportunities to meet distributors etc. Plus they will usually invite you to introduce your film or do a Q&A afterwards. When entering multiple film festivals around the world, pay close attention to the formats they will accept your film in. For example, if they will accept a videotape and it needs to be PAL instead of NTSC, are you prepared to pay the cost for converting and dubbing? Most film festivals will not pay to ship your film, so you need to consider that cost also.

      The best clearing house for film festivals is withoutabox.com. You can see what festivals are taking entries, fill out entry forms and even pay your fees all online. Literally hundreds of festivals use withoutabox.com.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is it like to live in Los Angeles?
    I am an aspiring filmmaker and may consider living near LA at some point in my life to pursue my career, but I have never been west, and have lived on the east coast forever. What would moving to California be like?

    • ANSWER:
      I love LA, had my home here all my life, also traveled all over the world, including a year in Paris, which I loved. But LA is the best. I'm lucky in that we're fine financially and have professions we enjoy, and that can make a huge difference in how you experience LA life. If you don't have money, and you're not finding employment in your field, it can be very stressful, LA is very expensive. (Right now even entry level jobs are extremely hard to find.) If you make the best of your time in LA, it can be really fun. Great weather, cultural events / museums, outdoor activities, lots of activities for filmmakers, good nightlife, people of all kinds.

      Filmmaking is extremely competitive, (as I'm sure you know), it's very hard to find employment, even if you are extremely talented and have great connections who believe in you. It's a very high pressure field. We have great local film programs you've heard of like USC and UCLA, and some great programs you may not have, including CalState LA, Pasadena City College, LACC, Chapman/Dodge and others.

      Even if you have employment in the industry, often you have to go through really low income times or no income due to layoffs. I have a friend who after graduating from a top film program was making a very nice living filming popular commercials, but wanted to do features, so did a few with well known actors, but the movies weren't that well received, made much less yearly than doing commercials. It was very hard not to go back to commercials as they have a family, kids in private school, etc. Eventually they went on to be a top filmmaker, but they were the lucky one in a zillion out of a very talented pool. The best thing may be to get some great film, win festivals, get noticed, and then move out here. Even with wining big festivals, there is no guarantee you'll get a job or a career, but it's a good start.

      Be sure to keep up on what the competition is doing. A few of the many good websites, in case you haven't seen them:

      TriggerStreet http://www.triggerstreet.com
      Short Film Central http://www.shortfilmcentral.com/
      The Smalls http://www.thesmalls.com/
      LA Shorts Fest http://lashortsfest.com/
      Film Independent http://www.FilmIndependent.org/
      New Filmmakers http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/
      Filmmakers Alliance http://www.filmmakersalliance.org
      Filmmaking.net http://www.filmmaking.net/
      Harvard-Westlake Film Festival http://www.hw.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.hw.com/filmfestival You can find some of the films online. Good to see what the younger, extremely talented, competition is up to.

      (Hey, we're twins....... ok, so I'm the older twin....)

      Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to market my online film festival to film students?
    I'm looking to start my own online film festival for Jaman.com and wanted some insight as to how best market to and bring in film students. Where do film students go online? What makes them tick?

    • ANSWER:
      try ovi.com? it's the same site that the young students from around the world are posting their short films from the young lions film festival in cannes france....pretty cool stuff....at the moment they're putting together the best 60-second viral video for MTV Switch, a climate change initiative created by MTV...check it out here: http://www.nseries.com/index.html#l=campaigns,cannes

      it might help for some inspiration and give you insight into what makes them tick....hope it helps....

  43. QUESTION:
    I have made a decent Movie Script and was wonderingg.?
    How would i send it to a director, like a really good one. OR a couple of them?

    Also i wanted to send it to Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, and Overture Films. And all the other movie company's.

    • ANSWER:
      Look at the credits to movies in your genre, find out which producers make movies that are in your movies genre, so you know who to send your screenplay to. You have to give a short 1 or 2 sentence description of your movie that sums up the film quickly. Then you must write a 5-10 page summery of your film that includes everything about your film. Go to film festivals, you may find someone there to pitch your ideas to. Enter Screenwriting contests, often times producers will look at these contest winning scripts for production. Make sure your script is well-formatted. Also if your not planning on directing the film, try not to put very many camera directions in the script. Finally getting your script to a producer: The best way this is done is by hiring an agent to help you find the right producer and sending in a script. Getting an agent: you can find agents around your area by looking in the yellow pages. As well you can find many agents online. Good luck with your film.

      -~TD~-

  44. QUESTION:
    Film animation jobs in Minnesota?
    I'm currently planning on attending college to receive a degree in multimedia/film animation, and possibly also media interaction. I'm trying to see what sort of companies/jobs there are in Minnesota that I would have a chance of being hired into; with these future requirements mentioned. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
    My far fetched future goal is to eventually work for Dreamworks. Anybody know of a good company that would look good on my resume as a starting job that Dreamworks may see as a good thing? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Minnesota is not the place for you if you want to work in animation.

      Los Angeles is the biggest place for budding young animators, and that's where you need to be if you want to work for Dreamworks, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and a million other places. Vancouver (canada) is also a booming animation center. New York is not a bad place to be, either (it's where Blue Sky studios is, the place that brought you Horton and Ice Age). I've also heard tell that Seattle is growing its game-and-animation industry, and might soon be joining the big cities on the map.

      If you want to work from Minnesota, you will probably be stuck doing freelance from afar, never being able to meet your clients face to face. This could cause problems in securing clients (who wants to hire someone they've never met) and if you do secure clients, this could cause problems getting them to pay you. Elance is a good website for animators looking for cheap work. Craigslist is a little shady, but you can find jobs for animators there. Browse Craigslist LA and San Francisco.

      One more option for you might be to get your degree in Minnesota, take a regular desk job to pay your bills, and on nights and weekends, make your own animated shorts. If you spend a year doing a three-minute animated short that looks awesome, you can submit it to film festivals and put it online. If you have a winning entry (or even an entry, period) at a film festival, studios will notice you a lot more.

      Good luck!

  45. QUESTION:
    Where can I submit my short film?
    I am planning on making a short film this summer and I was wondering where in the uk can a amateur film maker put there short film? I am currently 16 years of age and am going to make my first short film... any suggestion of how to submit it to a short film festival?

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know about the UK but see if you can find online Film Festivals,
      chances are one will be around London

  46. QUESTION:
    I know that Cannes film festival has a short film competetion also, and both are open to submissons...?
    If I have film which is 30 minutes in length, is that too long for the short film contest and too short for the main festival?

    • ANSWER:
      Check their online submissions guidelines for what category it's appropriate, and if you meet the actual criteria for submission.

  47. QUESTION:
    Is there any way you can use your acting talent on the internet?

    I guess the answer is "no", but strange things can happen on this medium!

    • ANSWER:
      yes, make a short film and post it on youtube and to online film festivals/comeptitions.

  48. QUESTION:
    I Have A Short Film I Have Created, But I Need A Contest To Put It In.. Any Idea where i can do that?
    ^ Everything above explains my question. i just need a Competition to put my Short Movie in with a prize. ^

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to get info about film festivals that accept short film is www.withoutabox.com. Registration is free and they are the clearing house for many film festival all around the world. They keep you alerted to upcoming deadlines and you can submit your film online in some cases.

  49. QUESTION:
    List of short film festivals area?
    List of short film festivals area?
    Where is short film festival running area.. in 2011 and procedure, and Short film rule's .............

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to get info about film festivals that accept short film is www.withoutabox.com. Registration is free and they are the clearing house for many film festival all around the world. They keep you alerted to upcoming deadlines and you can submit your film online in some cases.

  50. QUESTION:
    how to enter a film festival?
    how do i enter a film festival, does it cost anything?
    also, me and a parter are currently writing around a 90 page horror script, for a low budget horror film. top enter film festivals is there a limit to how long it has to be, since i am doing a low budget film, im making it around between 1 hour and 30 mins.
    or do you think i should go with just an hour one? idk

    • ANSWER:
      Most film festivals have an entry fee for submissions. The fee varies with the festival. A lot of festivals use Withoutabox (www.withoutabox.com) for entries - it's free to register for a filmmaker's account and you can enter mutiple festivals fairly easily and pay the entry fees online. So far as the length goes, ther eis no limit to how long it can be, but if you are making a 90 minute film it better be pretty darn exciting for the entire 90 minutes! I used to jury a film festival and for a feature film, after 15 minutes we would vote on whether or not it was worth our time to watch the rest of it; but most short films we would watch the whole thing. An hour long film is actually an awkward length - some festivals consider a short film anything less than 30 minutes and a feature anything over 70, so a 60 minute film doesn't fit either category.


short films online film festivals

Short Film Texas Casting

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to find casting calls without an agent?
    I'm a teenage girl living in Dallas, Texas, and I'm definitely not a veteran actor. I have, however, taken a few years of specific classes (period acting, scene study, etc) and have participated in a "Teen Scene" company doing Shakespeare. I can't get an agent, so does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could find any sort of casting calls/acting auditions for short film/student film or stage?

    • ANSWER:
      look in your phone book for community theaters. any college near you that has film programs will have
      students making films. look in the classifieds of your newspaper for ind. film auditions.

  2. QUESTION:
    where can i find some houston texas agents for child actors?
    I need a good agentagencie where I can get an agent. Im a child (10-13) And i found an application for a short film. It said i needed a resume, so i could get that, but one of the things on the list was i needed an agent. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to an interesting article about child actors and what is required of them.

      It mentions a casting agency.

      It might point you in the right direction

      http://articles.philly.com/1993-03-18/news/25948905_1_lacy-auditions-parent

  3. QUESTION:
    where can I look up professional auditions for actors in Houston, TX?
    I have moved from New York and know which newspapers and websites to look for them there, but no idea how to research for them here. I need auditions for theater, films, voice overs, dinner theaters, etc, non union. Any help given would be much appreciated as I need to build my resume up in this area. So far all I've been able to find are the scam artists who expect you to pay for an audition or show you the auditions if you get a membership.Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Check the various film commission sites
      Texas Film Commission http://governor.state.tx.us/film/hotline-cast
      Short Film Texas http://www.shortfilmtexas.com/castcrew-calls/
      Houston Film Commission http://www.houstonfilmcommission.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    Can anyone share their personal experience of attending the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, TX?
    Am considering sending my daughter, but it's a huge investment of monies for us? Was it a good experience and worth the money if you attended?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know that particular expo but in general they are a huge waste of money for all but the MOST beautiful and talented people there. The problem is, you are with 500 other aspiring models and actors, and the top agents are all going to be interested in the same 10 people who stand out from the masses. The others are only contacted by expensive photo studios trying to sell portfolios, expensive schools wanting you to pay for their classes, or less than reputable agencies with upfront charges and not a strong client list

      You would be much better off taking your daughter to open calls at agencies like The Campbell Agency or Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas where she will be seen one-on-one by an agent and they'll normally tell you on the spot if she has potential or not. They are not just some of the top modeling agencies in Texas but they are also SAG and AFTRA affiliated for acting, meaning they get the casting breakdowns for film and television productions in your area. And open calls are free to attend.

      Unless you are willing to move your family at short notice to another city if an agent from another city is interested in signing your daughter it's not worth going to an expo. Most agents expect you to move within 3-4 weeks or they won't sign you. If you aren't willing to move, then just go to local agencies on your own which won't cost you anything but gas money and parking

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there any places for acting extras in Houston,Texas?
    I have been through so many fake agencies and im tired of it.If you know of any place please share,because I can't move to Cali but I know some stars stated out from local agencies.I just want to be an extra.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need to go through an agency to be an extra
      The Houston Film Commission lists casting calls on their website http://www.houstonfilmcommission.com/ -then click Production Hotline on the top
      So does the Texas Film Commission http://governor.state.tx.us/film/hotline-cast/
      And Short Film Texas http://www.shortfilmtexas.com/castcrew-calls/

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  12. QUESTION:
    How to become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to become a movie actress?

    • ANSWER:
      While many actresses dream of winning Oscars for their performances in films, becoming a movie star takes years of training and loads of good old-fashioned luck. While some celebrities have meteoric rises to fame, most movie actresses have to work for many years to gain recognition and success

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some of your Hollywood Hottest movies of all times?
    Mine which starts with Unfaithful,How stella got her groove back ,little children ,Closer etc ..... what are yours ?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't agree with the list below. I will list mine first and then what the Film Industry claims ...

      SECONDHAND LIONS: A coming-of-age story about a shy, young boy sent by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his wealthy, eccentric uncles in Texas. Stars Michael Caine and Robert Duvall

      SWEET HOME ALABAMA: A young woman with a white trash background runs away from her husband in Alabama and reinvents herself as a New York socialite. Reese Witherspoon and Patrick Dempsey.

      WHAT WOMEN WANT: After an accident, a chauvenistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking. Mel Gibson (HILARIOUS!!!)

      PRACTICAL MAGIC: Sally and Gillian Owens have always known they were different. Raised by their aunts after their parents' death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but typical--their aunts fed them chocolate cake for breakfast and taught them the uses of practical magic. Nicole Kidman Sandra Bullock.

      THE FAMILY STONE: An uptight, conservative, businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family's annual Christmas celebration and finds that she's a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life. GREAT CAST

      MAD MONEY: Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Stars Diane Keaton, Ted Danson, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah.

      27 DRESSES: After serving as a bridesmaid 27 times, a young woman wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister's side as her sibling marries the man she's secretly in love with.

      THE NOTEBOOK: The movie starts in a nursing home with Duke reading to an older woman, whose memory is slipping from her more and more everyday. Duke reads the story of two lovers who meet in the south at a carnival. Allie was 17. A city girl from money, and Noah was a country boy. The two spend the whole summer together but Allie is forced to move and go to college although she was willing to give it up for Noah.

      10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU: In an updated version of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew, new kid Cameron James is head over heels for popular sophomore Bianca Stratford, but Bianca's overprotective father forbids her to date Cameron unless Bianca's older ill-tempered, rebellious sister Kat dates.

      50 FIRST DATES: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

      A KNIGHT'S TALE: After his master dies, a peasant squire, fueled by his desire for food and glory, creates a new identity for himself as a knight. Heath Ledger

      A LOT LIKE LOVE: On a flight from Los Angeles to New York, Oliver and Emily make a connection, only to decide that they are poorly suited to be together. Over the next seven years, however, they are reunited time and time again, they go from being acquaintances to close friends to ... lovers?

      A PERFECT MURDER: A powerful husband. An unfaithful wife. A jealous lover. All of them have a motive. Each of them has a plan.

      ABOVE SUSPICION: Paralyzed cop takes advantages of the sympathy he attracts to get rid of his wife and her lover.

      ABSOLUTE POWER: A career thief witnesses a horrific crime involving the U.S. President.

      THE ABYSS: A civilian diving team are enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species.

      AFTER THE SUNSET: The story of what happens after a master thief achieves his last big score, when the FBI agent who promised he'd capture him is about to do just that.

      THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT: Comedy-drama about a widowed US president and a lobbyist who fall in love. It's all aboveboard, but "politics is perception" and sparks fly anyway.

      AS GOOD AS IT GETS: A single mother/waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship.

      BEHIND ENEMY LINES: A Navy navigator is shot down over enemy territory and is ruthlessly pursued by a secret police enforcer and the opposing troops. Meanwhile his commanding officer goes against orders in an attempt to rescue him.

      THE BIRDCAGE: A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancé's right-wing moralistic parents. Stars Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, Diane Weist and Hank Azaria.

      BLUE CRUSH: As a hard-core surfer girl prepares for a big competition, she finds herself falling for a football player.

      THE BONE COLLECTOR: Two cops on the trail of a brutal killer. They must see as one, they must act as one, they must think as one, before the next victim falls. Stars Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

      THE BOURNE IDENTITY: A man is picked up by a fishing boat, bullet-riddled and without memory, then races to elude assassins and recover from amnesia. Stars Matt Damon

      The Bourne Supremacy - When Jason Bourne is framed for a botched CIA operation he is forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin to survive. Stars Matt Damon

      The Bourne Ultimatum - Bourne dodges new, superior assassins as he searches for his unknown past while a government agent tries to track him down. Stars Matt Damon.

      BRIDGET JONES DIARY: A British woman is determined to improve herself while she looks for love in a year in which she keeps a personal diary.

      BRIDGET JONES DIARY: THE EDGE OF REASON: The story picks up four weeks after the first film, and already Bridget Jones is becoming uncomfortable in her relationship with Mark Darcy

      BRUCE ALMIGHTY: A guy who complains about God too often is given almighty powers to teach him how difficult it is to run the world. Stars Jim Carey, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston.

      BYE BYE LOVE: Donny, Dave and Vic are best friends. They have everything in common ... ex-wives, new girlfriends, and the kids for the weekend. This is a story about the breakup of the family. In particular, it focuses on the lifestyle of three divorced men. Stars Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid and Paul Reiser.

      CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: A true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. Stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

      CONSPIRACY THEORY: Jerry Fletcher is a man who sees conspiracies everywhere. But if you keep doing that long enough, sooner or later you're going to get one right. Stars Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts.

      COPYCAT: One man is copying the most notorious killers in history one at a time. Together, two women must stop him from killing again. Or they're next. An agoraphobic psychologist (Weaver) and a female detective (Hunter) must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past. Stars Sigounrey Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermont Mulroney.

      THE CRAFT: A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them. Stars Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell.

      DAVE: To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance, is put in his place. Stars Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver.

      THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: A climatologist tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming. He must get to his young son in New York, which is being taken over by a new ice age. Stars Dennis Quaid and Jake Gellynhaal.

      WHITE CHICKS: Two disgraced FBI agents go way undercover in an effort to protect hotel heiresses the Wilson Sisters from a kidnapping plot. Stars Shawn and Marlon Wayans.

      DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE: A divorced father discovers that his 12-year-old son's new stepfather is not what he made himself out to be. Stars Vince Vaughn and John Travolta.

      DOUBLE JEOPARDY: A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him. Stars Tommy Lee Jones, Ashley Judd and Bruce Greenwood.

      THE EDGE: They were fighting over a woman when the plane went down. Now, their only chance for survival is each other. A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued? Stars Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin.

      ENEMY OF THE STATE: A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. Stars Gene Hackman, Will Smith and John Voight.

      ENTRAPMENT: Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Then again, practice makes perfect. Catherine Zeta-Jones works for an insurance agency that sends her to track down and help capture an art thief, played by Sean Connery.

      FLIGHT PLAN: A claustrophobic, Hitchcockian thriller. A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plane. Stars Jodie Foster

      THE FORGOTTEN: Told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover that there's a much bigger enemy at work. Stars Julianne Moore.

      FRENCH KISS: Kate's stuck in a place where anything can happen with a guy who'll make sure that it does. A woman flies to France to confront her straying fiancé, but gets into trouble when the charming crook seated next to her uses her for smuggling. Stars Meg Ryan, Kevin Kline and Timothy Hutton.

      GLADIATOR: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by a corrupt prince, he comes to Rome as a gladi

  15. QUESTION:
    how can i audition for disney channel?
    Where can i go, what do i have to do, help, and thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      SHORT ANSWER: Through your acting agent. More details:

      http://www.bizparentz.org/thebizness/disneyauditioninfo.html

      LONG ANSWER: Disney invests a lot of money in their productions and they trust that investment to trained and experienced professionals, not just anyone off the streets. Most auditions are arranged through talent agents.

      Be careful of scams. Some companies use "Disney Auditions" as bait to get people in and try to convince them to attend their classes, use their website/database, go to their showcase, or whatever (all of which cost big bucks). Most ads you hear on the radio are these type of things. And official open casting call will be listed here: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/opencall/ and as you can see, they're not having any now. And even those are not true open auditions for specific roles - they're more publicity stunts (or a chance to audition local child actors - and those would be arranged through the child's local talent agent).

      Professional acting is a business, so you're interested your parents HAVE to be involved. It involves a lot more than auditions - there are casting directors, talent agents, industry contracts, actor unions, entertainment work permits (required for minors), Coogan trust accounts (also required for minors), and many other things. If you're thinking you can show up at some open audition and get on the Disney channel, you're going to be disappointed. As I mentioned, there are a lot of scams/ripoffs out there so your parents will need to understand how things work in order to make sure people don't take advantage of you and that good decisions are made about your career. They're going to have to be the CEO of your career.

      Generally how it's done is a casting director for Disney will write a "breakdown" (a description of the role they want to cast). Often the breakdown is released to licensed talent agents and managers only. Then talent agents review the breakdowns and submit their clients for the appropriate roles and work to get them auditions.

      And you can't just hire a talent agent. Agents are a paid a percentage of what their clients make. Since they are paid only if their clients are paid, they are picky about who they take on as clients. And they can afford to be picky because there are a lot more people wanting to be actors than there are parts. So your parents would have to work with you to submit yourself to agents to see if they'd be interested in representing you.

      Now if you know the casting director for a Disney show you can try to "self-submit" (which means sending in your professional head shot and acting resume along with a cover letter directly to the casting director without an agent). Then if the casting director is interested, they'll contact you about an audition. But that's a long shot. And if you don't live in LA where filming occurs it's an even longer shot. (You would still need a CA entertainment work permit and a Coogan trust account even if you didn't live in CA in order to legally work as a minor in CA).

      Contrary to popular belief, Disney actors are not plucked from obscurity . Almost exclusively, Disney hires seasoned actors with strong professional resumes. David Henrie (Wizards of Waverly Place), got his first jobs through a SAG agency in Arizona at about age 9. He had a very long resume, including 3 TV series for other networks, before joining Disney. Selena Gomez had small roles on the Barney Show, Walker Texas Ranger, and SpyKidsv3D before auditioning for a Disney project . She endured at least 3 failed series attempts before landing Wizards of Waverly Place in 2006. By that time, she had been working professionally for at least 5 years. So you need to look at this as a long-time journey and not with the idea that you can just be "discovered".

      It'll take a big investment of time, effort and money for you and your parents - with no guarantee of a return on that investment. You might never make it on Disney. So if you're looking for fame, fortune, popularity, attention or things like that, this is not the way to get that. But if you really do have a passion for acting and you want to try for this - then talk to your parents and keep training and doing the research. If you're going to do it - do is smart.

  16. QUESTION:
    can somebody tell me something about jensen ackles?
    Hello i'm Eleonora from italy. in my country we watch Supernatural since one year and i would like to know something about Jensen Ackles, for example where does he live,or where is the supernatural set..or if he has a girlfriend or not. Here in italy there is no information about him. thank you and i apologize for my english!! ciao Ele

    • ANSWER:
      Jensen Ross Ackles (born March 1, 1978) is an American television actor. He is notable for his television roles as Eric Brady in Days of Our Lives, Alec/X5-494 in Dark Angel, and Jason Teague in Smallville. He currently plays Dean Winchester on the CW series Supernatural.

      Jensen was born in Dallas, Texas, to Alan Roger Ackles, an actor, and Donna Joan Shaffer. Ackles has an older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister, Mackenzie, and is of Irish, British and German ancestry. He had planned to study sports medicine at Texas Tech University and become a physical therapist but instead moved to Los Angeles to start his acting career.[1][2][3]

      After modeling on and off since the age of 4, Ackles began to concentrate on an acting career in 1996. He appeared in several guest roles on Mr. Rhodes, Sweet Valley High, and Cybill before joining the cast of the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives as Eric Brady in 1997. He won a 1998 Soap Opera Digest Award for Best Male Newcomer and went on to be nominated three times (in 1998, 1999, and 2000) for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of Our Lives.[4]

      Ackles departed Days of Our Lives in 2000 and went on to appear in the mini-series Blonde about the life of Marilyn Monroe. He also auditioned for the role as the young Clark Kent on Smallville, but it was offered to actor Tom Welling instead.[5] After failing to land the part, he appeared in a guest role on the James Cameron television series Dark Angel on Fox in 2001 as serial killer Ben/X5-493, the "brother" of main character Max/X5-452 (played by Jessica Alba). His character died in the episode, but Ackles returned to the show as a series regular in the second season as Ben's twin, Alec/X5-494. He remained with the show until its cancellation in 2002.

      Ackles worked steadily throughout 2003. He joined the cast of the WB's hit show Dawson's Creek during the final season, playing CJ, Jen Lindley's lover. Afterward, Ackles filmed several episodes of the unaired series Still Life for Fox before it was abruptly dropped. He also had a small role in the 2004 short film The Plight of Clownana. Ackles was the producer's first choice to play Eliza Dushku's love interest on the second season of Tru Calling,[6], Ackles turned down the role, which was then offered to another actor and the character's name was changed to 'Jensen' because the producers of 'Tru Calling' liked Ackles' name. Ackles returned to Vancouver (where Dark Angel was filmed) in 2004 to become a regular on Smallville playing Assistant Football Coach Jason Teague, who was also the newest romantic interest for Lana Lang (played by Kristin Kreuk). He also had a lead role in the 2005 film Devour in which Ackles' father, actor Alan Ackles, also had a role playing the father of Ackles' character, Jake Gray.

      Most recently, Ackles joined the cast of the WB horror/drama series Supernatural in 2005, where he stars as Dean Winchester. Dean teams with his brother Sam (Jared Padalecki) to road trip across the country investigating the paranormal while searching for their missing father John Winchester (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). The second season was picked up by The CW in 2006 for the 2006-2007 television season. The fourth season began broadcast on September 18, 2008.[7]

      In the summer of 2006, Ackles took on the role of Priestly in the independent comedy Ten Inch Hero.[8] The film began hitting the film festival circuit in early 2007 and Ackles received high praise for his comedic timing in the role. The movie is currently waiting to find a distributor for feature film release. He also appeared on stage from June 5-10, 2007 with Lou Diamond Phillips in A Few Good Men at Casa Mañana Theatre in Fort Worth, Texas, as Lt. Daniel Kaffee. Ackles received strong praise for his work in this role, which was also his professional theatre debut.

      Jensen is set to star in the 4th Resident Evil movie. He will be taking up the role as Leon S. Kennedy.

  17. QUESTION:
    What are examples of real grindhouse films i could check out?
    some suggestions please? of grndhouse movies

    • ANSWER:
      Eaten Alive (1977)
      Directed by Tobe Hooper, the amazing cast includes Neville Brand at his nastiest and most repulsive; Mel Ferrer, who seems to have lost his way; William Finley ~~ the Phantom of "Phantom of the Paradise", "The Fury", "Sisters", "The Funhouse" and "Dressed to Kill" (1980); Stuart Whitman;
      Carolyn Jones ~~ Morticia Addams of "The Addams Family" and of the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"; Marilyn Burns ~~ "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (1974) and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation", which co-starred Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger; Robert Englund as a backwoods stud ~~ Yes! Freddy Krueger!; and Kyle Richards of "Return to With Mountain" and "Escape from Witch Mountain".
      IMDB synopsis:
      Judd runs the Starlight Hotel out in some sort of swampy place, and is unfortunately a few slices short of a loaf. He has a crocodile conveniently placed on the other side of the front porch railing. The croc will eat just about anything, as the hapless guests of the hotel find out soon enough. A reformed hooker, an unlucky family, and the father and sister of the hooker all suffer various rates of attrition as Judd tries to implement damage control.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074455/

      This is the type of movie that they try to make but "civilize" too much or never get quite~well~uncomfortable enough. I saw this several nights ago, and it's as repulsive as ever. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing, but it might be what you want.

      Let's see... What else can I suggest? OK. I'm ashamed to admit that I ever watched this:
      Evil Breed: The Legend of Samhain (2003)

      IMDB synopsis:
      Two American tourists on a romantic camping trip are brutally murdered. A few days later, during the ancient festival of Samhain, a group of American university students moves into a beautiful cottage, surrounded by a lush forest and a majestic lake They are here to learn about the rituals of the ancient Druids and other Celtic legends. But in the remains of an abandoned copper mine, lives the ancestors of an incestuous clan of cannibals. Stalked by a hulking, disfigured mutant, the students and their chaperone are in for the most harrowing time of their young lives. And keeping their heads on their necks will become their main concern.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0318040/

      Films in Ireland generally capture the charm of the place and people or focus on The Troubles. Then, there's "Evil Breed". YEESH! YUCK! GAG! If you want something that would have run last on the drive-in bill or in dinky theaters, this would have! Team it up with an original nutty film such as "Last House on the Left". Fortunately, I've never seen that one, but "Evil Breed" does make a bow to that notorious film in a scene I refuse to describe. Actually, "The Cell" referenced that scene, too. I was astonished that "The Cell" was so mainstream.

      Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)
      starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Carol Ohmart (of the original "House on Haunted Hill"), Quinn Redeker, Peter Howe, Beverly Washburn (of "Old Yeller" and other Disney works), Jill Banner, Sid Haig (great character actor, especially villains!), Mantan Moreland
      IMDB synopsis:
      In a dilapidated rural mansion, the last generation of the degenerate, inbred Merrye family lives with the inherited curse of a disease that causes them to mentally regress from the age of 10 or so on as they physically develop. The family chauffeur looks out for them and covers up their indiscretions. Trouble comes when greedy distant relatives and their lawyer arrive to dispossess the family of its home.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058606/

      Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
      IMDB synopsis:
      Three strippers seeking thrills encounter a young couple in the desert. After dispatching the boyfriend, they take the girl hostage and begin scheming on a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert, reputedly hiding a tidy sum of cash. They become houseguests of the old man and try and seduce the sons in an attempt to locate the money, not realizing that the old man has a few sinister intentions of his own.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059170/

      Carnosaur (1993)
      starring Diane Ladd, Raphael Sbarge, Jennifer Runyon, Ned Bellamy, Clint Howard

      IMDB synopsis:
      Dr. Jane Tiptree, a brilliant geneticist who feels that Dinosaurs need never die and with government funding arranges to bring back dinosaurs using chicken eggs (because some moron says dinosaurs are giant chickens). One of her new and improved carnosaurs escapes and runs amok in a small town while his big brother is waiting to be set loose on the city. Unless the truth can be unleashed, it could be a new dawn for dinosaurs driving mammals to extinction.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106521/

      This definitely qualifies as grindhouse because the creators intended to beat "Jurassic Park" to the theaters. The films are a world apart as a result, with Diane Ladd's scientist coming up with a whacko theory of getting rid of human beings. "Carnosaur" shows what "Jurassic Park" doesn't in horrific detail. If you like it, check out "Carnosaur 2", which I think is better. Both have machine against dino, which alludes to "Dinosaurus!", another drive-in film though free of gore.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to get into Hollywood ?
    Like I'm not talking about becoming super famous like brad or Angelina suddenly.. But something like Nina dobrev or new celebrities.
    What does it take like? Live in LA and what?
    Like what looks they prefer ?
    I'm 5'6,fair skin,green eyes and measurements 34-24-31..
    I don't have an agent,where can you hire one? Please in the next 4-5 years I would love to be in the industry :(

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to become a movie actress, here are some tips:

      Hone Your Craft

      Begin your acting training as early as possible in school or community theater programs. Focus on courses that develop your confidence as an actress, such as cold reading, improvisation and movement.

      Attend a four-year or two-year university to obtain a degree in theater or performing arts. Take electives in film or directing or both to help you gain a well-rounded view of the movie industry.

      Study the acting techniques of Sanford Meisner, Constantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler to understand great movie performances.

      Research your favorite actors and their techniques. Mimicking the greats can help you refine your acting method.

      Attend film acting courses in which your instructor records your performance. Reviewing your on-camera work can greatly increase your awareness of both bad and good movie acting habits.

      Increase your movie acting skills by honing your impulses. Ninety percent of acting is reacting, so finding natural reactions to scripted situations will increase your proficiency as an actress.

      Study everything about your character when you audition for a role. To create a total character that is believable and real, you must know who this person is, what she does for a living, her motivations for life and what she wants from the other characters she comes into contact with.

      Landing Movie Roles

      Have professional head shots taken. These glossy 8- by 10-inch pictures should accurately represent what you look like on a great day.

      Move to Los Angeles, New York City or Vancouver to be in the heart of the movie-making industry. Smaller markets like Shreveport, Louisiana; Dallas, Texas; and Miami, Florida, also have budding film industries.

      Get a professional TV or film agent through a referral by another actor or by mailing your head shots to agencies in your area. Your agent can get you auditions with casting directors that you usually cannot land on your own.

      Audition for movie roles that your agent gets for you. If you do not have an agent, you can submit yourself for auditions on acting sites such as LA Casting or Actor's Access.

      Work in short films to gain experience. Even if they are just student films, these projects are excellent foundation work for the rest of your career.

  19. QUESTION:
    How old is the actress/producer Farah White?
    She was in Bandslam, Miss Congeniality, and more (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0924784/) and lives in Dallas, TX

    • ANSWER:
      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Farah White began acting professionally in 1999. She started landing roles in film and commercials almost immediately. She was cast in “Miss Congeniality”, “Serving Sara” and numerous independent films. In addition to acting she has directed and produced several short films for the festival circuit. Farah currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to act and work on the completion of her second screenplay.

      Here is a link to her movies:

      http://imdb.com/name/nm0924784/

  20. QUESTION:
    Movie auditions in Austin Texas?
    Auditions for a movie(no short films or local things) for summit or something like that. Something big(:

    • ANSWER:
      It's going to be difficult to land anything big without an agent and a resume. You might want to start with smaller films. Austin has lots of those.

      I've linked to a sit that lists short film projects in Texas. They have lots of casting calls.

      If you've not had acting lessons, you should consider taking some. Then get some work to list on a resume. Plays, shorts, or even student films are fine. You should not be worried about getting paid right now. You need experience to show off.

      Then get some headshots made. They don't necessarily need to be professional at this point, but they need to be well lit and very clear.

      Then approach one of the legitimate agencies in town, probably either Acclaim or Austin Models & Talent.

  21. QUESTION:
    why do people like horror remakes?
    I mean they suck, if your going to remake a movie it should either be a good idea but poorly directed, or if it bombed at the box office, not movies like 'Halloween' or 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
    'Friday the 13th' & coming up 'Child's Play', why do you like them if you like them if you dont then tell me why you think people go watch them besides revisiting old charatars

    • ANSWER:
      theres a couple of reasons

      1. people are mindless and unaware of older films in the gen y era ...so they do not bother to watch the well thought out originals and dont have a viewing ability for more than the average slasher flick ,with gore but no substance

      2. anyone who hasnt seen the original is usually the one seeing the remake

      3. hollywood have no new ideas ....as they keep hiring the same lame a** people to write bad spoof films [think epic ,disaster , scary movie 3 and 4 - 1 and 2 be an exception as they are wayans brothers films and were good ,unlike their current bomb dance flick]

      **i will add this little note .....halloween ,while remade by the great rob zombie [ i love his films not his remakes]sadly was too much to be considered serious....it was a bad remake ......friday the 13th tried to fit components of 3 films [the first 3 friday the 13th films in the 80s]and fell way shorter than any minor expectations i had for it .......texas chainsaw however didnt ....i was impressed .....the film [in 2004] was pretty enjoyable ...it stuck to most of the original story idea [without the disabled guy ,swapping the hitcher for a female victim] ...and the casting was well picked ......so it was actually a pretty good version in the end ...i was only annoyed by the fact it claimed to have real footage in the cops going into the basement scene and thus made some mindless twits to believe it was a real story [which it really isnt its very very very loosely based on ed gein] ....and the fact they felt it neccessary to change the family of psychos name to hewwitt from sawyer , why ??

      as for the chucky ...no god no dont remake it !!! and i had heard a worse rumour of them remaking freddy without robert englund ...on some sites even having read billy bob thornton was considered to replace him [which means it is gonna be clearly awful !!!!!!]-now they have picked the dude who played roschak in watchmen ...to play freddy [still dont think he will be like englund]

  22. QUESTION:
    Am I off to a good start for being an actress?
    Okay, so I'm an aspiring actress. Yeah. The problem is that I don't know if I'm too late. I read all this stuff about actors who started as soon as they were old enough to talk. I'm an eighth grader, and I only got started my second semester of my sixth grade year. However, I do have quite a bit of experience.
    Education
    -1 semester Theatre Basics
    -2 years Theater Production
    -Short Film Class with _____ Productions in _______, Texas. (Sorry, privacy reasons)
    -2 years of Elementary Choir (Dunno if I should put that. I act and audition for musicals, and 4th and 5th grade choir is the only experience I have for that)

    Theater
    -Alicia in Wonder Tierra/Goat Head, Armadilla/ ___ Middle School
    -Women of Stone/Agatha (lead)/ ____ Middle School
    -Beauty and the Beast (Musical)/Cogsworth/ _____ Middle School
    -Pecos Bill, Slue Foot Sue, and the Wing Dang Doo (musical)/Slue Foot Sue (lead)/ ____ Middle School
    -Not So Grimm Tales/Mother (Supporting)/ ______ Middle School

    Film
    -Student Short Film

    Other:
    -UIL Competition/ Prose/ 2010
    -OAP Competition/ Women of Stone/ 2011
    -Middle School Speech Tournament/ TV Commercial Skit, Pantomime, Prose/ 2011
    -_____ Middle School Talent Showcase/ Vocal/ 2011
    -High School Speech and Debate Tournament/ Duet/ 2011 (This is a long story, but the credit is real. I'm not making it up)

    I also have thirty to forty points in the National Junior Thespian Society, was vice president and president of my school's Drama Club, and have earned several awards for my school including
    -Hon. Ment. All Star Cast OAP Competition 2011
    -Best Actress _MS Theater 2011-2012
    -Junior Thespian of the Year _MS 2011-2012

    In high school, I will be taking theater for all four years, hopefully Theater Production for 10th-12th. I'll also be talking choir all four years, hopefully working myself up the ladder of the three levels of choir.

    Am I off to a good start so far? As soon as I'm old enough to drive, I'll also be doing community theater in the summer.

    • ANSWER:
      You seem to have some pretty good experience so far.
      I wouldn't worry about your age as talent doesn't have an expiration date, if you're good and have the drive to succeed you will be successful.
      The best advice I can give you is to do as many shows as possible with varying theatre companies, they offer the most valuable experience that classes just can't teach.
      Just try your best and never give up, if you want to be successful you will as long as you put the work in. Like I've already said don't worry about your age as many famous actors didn't start till later in life, Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford spring to mind and they were A LOT older than you. When you're going for auditions another thing people look for is life experience so enjoy your life and live it to the fullest, when you're old enough get travelling and explore the world we live in go for it. This is invaluable for an actor, after all you're going to be portraying so many different people that can sometimes be no relation to who you are. I'm not suggesting that you'll meet people similar to these characters in the world, that would be ridiculous, but life experience is a very valuable asset.
      It will be a long hard journey to get where you want to though as you'll struggle financially and mentally as the work takes it toll. However seeing all that work pay off when you finally come to presenting the piece you've worked on these last few months, there can't be a better feeling in this world.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to proffessionally ask if you can send audition tape if you can not make audition?
    I really want to audition for an open casting call by Daddy Restoration which is a new campaign to raise awarness of fatherlessness across the country. They are launching commercials, music videos, short films, ect. The casting call is on a Saturday and the problem is that it is in Austin, texas and I live in Dallas. I am only 14 and my parents aren't going to bring me. The company already knows that I am intersted in auditioning because I e-mailed them headshots and my resume (which they were accepting) and they emailed me back the audition information. I was wondering if there was a way in which I can very professionally e-mail them back and say I can't make the audition but I would like to send in a video audition via e-mail if possible and to request the script from them. it is very important for me to ask this professionally because it is very unlikley that they wouid go through the trouble of sending me a script ect. Also, how can I ask (if they say yes) when they want it by. And how do I let them know that I would be able to be in Austin if they casted me and needed me to film or for a call back? Thanks for your patience with my annoying question! (: lol

    • ANSWER:
      Just by asking the question, you've already put yourself out of the running. The company will have sent audition details to many other people, most of who will probably be able to get to the audition venue - they'll pick one of them. The casting director isn't going to waste time downloading video clips.

      Besides which, if you did get offered a part, you'd have to take a parent along to the filming, and anything else involved with the production. They'd need to sign paperwork on your behalf, as you're under 18.

  24. QUESTION:
    An audition question. PLEASE answer!?
    I really want to audition for an open casting call by Daddy Restoration which is a new campaign to raise awarness of fatherlessness across the country. They are launching commercials, music videos, short films, ect. The casting call is on a Saturday and the problem is that it is in Austin, texas and I live in Dallas. I am only 14 and my parents aren't going to bring me. The company already knows that I am intersted in auditioning because I e-mailed them headshots and my resume (which they were accepting) and they emailed me back the audition information. I was wondering if there was a way in which I can very professionally e-mail them back and say I can't make the audition but I would like to send in a video audition via e-mail if possible and to request the script from them. it is very important for me to ask this professionally because it is very unlikley that they wouid go through the trouble of sending me a script ect. Also, how can I ask (if they say yes) when they want it by. And how do I let them know that I would be able to be in Austin if they casted me and needed me to film or for a call back? Thanks for your patience with my annoying question! (: lol

    • ANSWER:
      To Whom It May Concern:
      Thank you for providing me with the audition information for the Daddy Restoration campaign. Unfortunately, a prior commitment dictates that I will be unable to attend the audition at the scheduled time. I am highly interested in this project, and would like to submit a video audition if at all possible in hopes of further involvement, at which time I will be glad to travel as necessary. It would be extremely helpful if you could provide me with a copy of the script and guidelines for video audition submissions. Thank you for your time and assistance.
      Sincerely,
      [name]

      Though, honestly, what are the odds that your parents will drive you there for the work and stay with you if they won't even go for the audition?

  25. QUESTION:
    What can you tell me about actress Farah White?
    personal details, recent jobs, home, etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Farah White began acting professionally in 1999. She started landing roles in film and commercials almost immediately. She was cast in “Miss Congeniality”, “Serving Sara” and numerous independent films. In addition to acting she has directed and produced several short films for the festival circuit. Farah currently resides in Los Angeles, where she continues to act and work on the completion of her second screenplay.

      Here is a link to her movies:

      http://imdb.com/name/nm0924784/

  26. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a bunch of Jonas Brothers quotes?
    If you already have some you can put them on here Im just making a book of JB and need some qoutes and fun stuff...

    • ANSWER:
      Kevin: Before we go onstage, we say, "Living the dream, baby, living the dream," with our entire band and crew. It really is, every minute we wake up.
      Joe: A girl followed us to the bathroom, and a guy who was there looks at Nick amd me and says, "I hate you, you suck!" We were like , "Sorry, dude." It was really funny. Nick and I were laughing.
      Kevin: I love that we get to travel all the time and not be sitting home doing nothing.
      Joe: I can go onstage and say ridiculous things. I can say funny things onstage and it's not a script.
      Nick: We aren't typical brothers who fight. We realize that it's dumb. We're working together all the time, so what's the point of being angry?
      Nick: Our mom really likes to cook for us whenever we're at home. [Jonas family dinners] are big with us. We've done that our whole life. We talk about normal stuff and about work.

      Joe: It's awesome. It's a lot of laughing and talking. Our house is definitely a loud house. We have a lot of family friends who come in a lot.
      Nick: I think everyday is like a new thing and the whole experience is amazing for us and we are happy that we are living the dream.
      Joe: Moms are sometimes the craziest! I think because they know that they really want to get their daughters to be seen by us or maybe they just want an autograph, but we've seen some moms jump in front of the bus and try to get backstage!
      Joe: It's really cool being on tour with your brothers because you kind of have a different respect for each other. You get on stage every night and you play a concert, and you can't really start arguing and throwing guitars at each other.
      Kevin: (While filming "Camp Rock.") Nick played music on his iPod dock and we had a dance party with the whole cast!
      Kevin: Growing up, we didn't really play pranks on each other, but we put Gak in one of my dad's dress shoes. He was going to work, and it was all [makes squishing noises]. We were never allowed to have Gak, Floam of any of that stuff in the house ever again.
      Nick: When Joe was younger, he would always get really embarrassed by my dad. When we would eat at Johnny Rockets, where they play old-time music, my dad would get up and start singing all the songs. I thought it was awesome. I didn't really care; I would sing with him. But Joe used to get so embarrassed.
      Joe: So here's "That's Just the Way We Roll" right here. Oh you know where it is.
      Nick: (talking to his brothers over the phone) I just cut my hair, all gone, kidding! I cut it shorter. It was getting pretty long. And finally I woke up one morning, and I was like ready to cut it. So we start fresh in the new tour, and premiering the new hair.
      Nick: Joe might be the one to dye is hair a crazy color, maybe even Kevin, but not me.
      Nick: (About the song "A Little Bit Longer) It's about my diabetes. I wrote it while we were filming Camp Rock. We've played it live a couple of times and it's overwhelming!
      Kevin: I think I heard that something like 90 percent of all pop radio stations are playing our songs. This is a testament to our fan base.
      Kevin: Our parents were ministers and they went everywhere. I was born in New Jersey, then we moved to Arizona because my dad wanted to try songwriting. That's where Joe was born, but it didn't work out there, so we moved to Texas, where Nick was born.
      Joe: (about fans) We love hearing stories about how our music has influenced or changed their lives.
      Joe: We've learned that things take time, but we have fun and work hard, and it shows in our music.
      Joe:(on their decision to remain pure until marriage and their purity rings) People are like 'no way, that's impossible'. Our parents asked us if we wanted to and we were like "yeah" so its awesome.
      Kevin: Will someone walk into a store, see our CD there and just walk by it? Or will someone stop and buy it?
      Kevin: We have a blast traveling together. We have our own family bus, so we cause mayhem in every city we go to. We just have a really good time.
      Kevin: My favorite memory ever was the year it snowed so much in New Jersey that we only had three days of school in a week. I built a pretty amazing igloo in my backyard. We filled big, square Tupperware containers with snow, packed them down and flipped them over like bricks.
      Nick: (on the song 'Games') This was actually a song that we wrote with three band memeber, and it's a really good one. In the studio we were recording it, and that whole reggae-ish type Police-feel was in there. The song was really inspired by the bad The Police. We wanted to make that song a little different from the rest of the record. We were listening to a few Police songs and we said, "Let's do it like that." So we recorded it and added that whole reggae vibe to it.
      Nick: We just recorded some demos for the next album and they're cool.
      Joe: Its gonna be the same core as 'Jonas Brothers' sound like "S.O.S", but with a little more dancing and just throwing down the beats down.
      Nick: (about meeting fans) We totally love it. When it does happen, it's a good feeling, kind of reassuring--like we're working, we're doing good.
      Joe: Every fan is special to us. I might not remember names, but I remember their faces and how awesome they are.
      Kevin: It's definitely a cautionary tale in that it tells you to know who your friends are, and who are the people you want to keep close. And at the same time don't let others infulence you in a negative way, because that can happen in anything, honestly. So we are very hard on ourselves and with everything we do; we watch it very wisely. And we have an amazing team with us, amazing people who work with us, and we get to do some amazing things.
      Kevin: There's always something you haven't achieved yet, and our goal is to do as many things possible in our career as we can.
      Nick: The one thing I notice about a fan is when she's really into our show. I like it. Even if she doesn't know all the words to the songs, she's still into it. It's kind of disappointing to see someone in the audience who just stands there. Have a good time even though you don't know the words. It's totally cool.
      Nick: When we play a show, you never have to worry that I can only see one person in the audience. I see everyone.
      Kevin: Our parents are pretty strict, but they're also very trusting. They're all about communication. If we talk to them and let them know where we're going or what we're doing, there's no problem. That's the one simple thing some kids don't do.
      Kevin: One year, my brothers and I built an igloo! It caved in the next day and turned into a dome.
      Nick: There's always a certain point on tour where one person will get sick. And then everyone'll get sick. But we'd never cancel a show.
      Joe: Girls really appreciate table manners. Not only is it important to us to respect a girl, but to respect ourselves. We want to be presented in a way that is not sloppy or anything like that.
      Nick: We really feel that it is important to be a gentleman - that's how we were raised. I find that girls really like when you are like that. I'll open a door for a girl, and she'll be like, "Oh, no one's done that for me in a really long time."
      Nick: I'll be standing at our Meet and Greets playing the air drums, and it actually makes sense in my head what I'm playing. But to everyone else, it just looks like I'm flinging my arms and spazzing out.
      Nick: Abbreviations really frustrate me. Kevin would always say 'Poor' and he meant [the song] 'Poor Unfortunate Souls.' He'd be like, "Let's play Poor." I don't know why it frustrated me, but it does. If we're talking about High School Musical, Kevin will say, "High School," and it's not 'high school,' its High School Musical. It kills me!
      Nick: (about schoolwork) We really have to apply ourselves to focus every day to get a certain amount of work done. If we have a break where we're not recording or anything we'll take advantage of that time and get work done.
      Kevin: Our fans are amazing. they'll drive across the country, stand outside until who knows when. We appreciate everything the fans do.
      Nick: We take the time to meet every single one of them if we can. We love our fans and would be nowhere without them.
      Kevin: Nick is an amazing musician. He’s really focused. He’ll keep your eyes on the prize! Joe will always make you laugh. There isn’t anything that bothers me about either of them.
      Joe: Nick is very good at sports. But his worst quality is his competitiveness. A good thing about Kevin is his sense of style. He really helps us out! But when he drives, he likes to go fast, which can be pretty scary.
      Nick: Joe is that he’s the craziest person I’ve ever met in my life, which is one of the best things about him. He’s also the craziest person I’ve ever met in my life, which is one of the worst things about him. Kevin is really good at guitar. But there’s nothing really bad about Kevin.
      Joe: We talk to fans on MySpace every single day. Sometimes, they use online lingo that we can’t understand, but my Dad’s the best when he reads them to us. He’ll say, “Yo, you guys are hot.” So we do it every day. We like talk to fans and get to know them. It’s just awesome.

      Kevin: (on how their music has changed since the first album) We really feel like we made the album of our dreams, from the drums and the bass to the guitar and the vocals. We picked the songs that we wanted to be on the record. This is an album that we really wanted to make. It’s also exciting for me because this is the fir

  27. QUESTION:
    What ever happened to james dean?

    • ANSWER:
      James Dean is the legendary hero with a legendary story; live fast and die young. For over half a century, he has captured the world with his casual style, unflinching look and rebel attitude. James Dean has defined the essence of cool and without-a-cause for generations. His star continues to shine brighter and brighter.

      James Dean was born February 8, 1931, in Marion, Indiana, to Winton and Mildred Dean. His father, a dental technician, moved the family to Los Angeles when Jimmy was five. He returned to the Midwest after his mother passed away and was raised by his aunt and uncle on their Indiana farm. After graduating from high school, he returned to California where he attended Santa Monica Junior College and UCLA. James Dean began acting with James Whitmore's acting workshop, appeared in occasional television commercials, and played several roles in films and on stage. In the winter of 1951, he took Whitmore's advice and moved to New York to pursue a serious acting career. He appeared in seven television shows, in addition to earning his living as a busboy in the theater district, before he won a small part in a Broadway play entitled See the Jaguar.

      In a letter to his family in Fairmount in 1952, he wrote:
      "I have made great strides in my craft. After months of auditioning, I am very proud to announce that I am a member of the Actors Studio. The greatest school of the theater. It houses great people like Marlon Brando, Julie Harris, Arthur Kennedy, Mildred Dunnock...Very few get into it, and it is absolutely free. It is the best thing that can happen to an actor. I am one of the youngest to belong. If I can keep this up and nothing interferes with my progress, one of these days I might be able to contribute something to the world." [He worked with Arthur Kennedy in "See the Jaguar"; he would later star with Julie Harris in "East of Eden" and Mildred Dunnock in "Padlocks," a 1954 episode of the CBS television program "Danger."] Dean continued his study at the Actors Studio, played short stints in television dramas, and returned to Broadway in "The Immoralist" (1954). This last appearance resulted in a screen test at Warner Brothers for the part of Cal Trask in the screen adaptation John Steinbeck's novel "East of Eden." He then returned to New York where he appeared in four more television dramas. After winning the role of Jim Stark in 1955's "Rebel Without A Cause," he moved to Hollywood. New Porsche

      In February, he visited his family in Fairmount with photographer Dennis Stock before returning to Los Angeles. In March, Jimmy celebrated his Eden success by purchasing his first Porsche and entered the Palm Springs Road Races. He began shooting "Rebel Without A Cause" that same month and Eden opened nationwide in April. In May, he entered the Bakersfield Race and finished shooting Rebel. He entered one more race, in Santa Barbara, before he joined the cast and crew of "Giant" in Marfa, Texas.

      James DeanJames Dean had one of the most spectacularly brief careers of any screen star. In just more than a year, and in only three films, Dean became a widely admired screen personality, a personification of the restless American youth of the mid-50's, and an embodiment of the title of one of his film "Rebel Without A Cause." En route to compete in a race in Salinas, James Dean was killed in a highway accident on September 30, 1955. James Dean was nominated for two Academy Awards, for his performances in "East of Eden" and "Giant." Although he only made three films, they were made in just over one year's time. Joe Hyams, in the James Dean biography "Little Boy Lost," sums up his career:

      ..There is no simple explanation for why he has come to mean so much to so many people today. Perhaps it is because, in his acting, he had the intuitive talent for expressing the hopes and fears that are a part of all young people... In some movie magic way, he managed to dramatize brilliantly the questions every young person in every generation must resolve.

      Never has there ever been, never will there ever be. The one, the only, James Dean.

  28. QUESTION:
    I would like to audition for a movie. I found the site Casting-call.us but It has a checklist on it, and......?
    ...I don't know what to check! here are the options:
    Acting, Modeling, Reality TV (I clicked Acting

    Then I said Vancouver, BC

    then it came up with this:

    Acrobatics/Stunts
    Comedy/Clown
    Commercials
    Episodic TV - Pilots
    Episodic TV - SAG
    Episodic TV - AFTRA
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    Extras

    Feature Film
    SAG
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    which do I check? what is SAG and non- SAG? whats a variety act? someone with experience, please explain!!!

    also is this website a scam? I don't think so, but I want to check!!!
    ALSO i am a 14 year old girl. (but I look about 13) in Western Canada. What is a better site for looking 4 this stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello from Texas, USA. SAG is Screen Actors Guild, and it's the union most actors with speaking roles belong to. I used to be a member of SEG- Screen Extras Guild, which was for extras and background film extras. SEG no longer exists. A Non-SAG person would be an actor or performer not in the union.
      A variety act could be a singer, dancer, comedianne/clown, etc.
      Many of the casting sites are just in it to get your money. They'll want you to get professional photos,management, etc. You don't need a portfolio or composite photo to get work. Just watch your local newspapers, trade magazines and newspapers for when they announce "open auditions" and show up on that day. Have one photo of your head from the front (head shot) that they can keep. That's all you need. Any other questions, you can get me at indianboy_whitehawk@yahoo.com . Have a great day, and God bless. PS I've been in over 20 professional films, as a paid extra, stand-in, and almost stuntman, plus my car appeared with a stunt driver (You get paid for your car's appearance also!).

  29. QUESTION:
    Questions about Bella Thorne?
    1) I know she was dating someone named Garrett in 2011 but as of now (2012) does she have a boyfriend?
    2) Does she dye her hair red?
    3) How did she become famous/ how did she get her role on Disney Channel?

    • ANSWER:
      1) She's single now.
      2) Yup. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2254074/mediaindex?page=3

      http://www.latina.com/entertainment/get-bella-thorne-s-red-hair-color

      (You can see the different types of hair colors she has.)
      3) Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-last episode of October Road (as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters; her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka), and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling).[4] In 2007 Thorne appeared as a young girl plagued by supernatural visions in The Seer.

      In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career. She then appeared in the ten-episode web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she filled the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not.[5]

      In 2010, Thorne joined the cast of HBO's Big Love in its fourth season, replacing Jolean Wejbe in the role of Bill Henrickson's daughter Tancy 'Teeny' Henrickson (though she had actually auditioned for a different role). She also guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max's girlfriend Nancy Lukey.[2] In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic.

      Thorne enjoyed an extensive career as a child model. Since appearing in her first pictorial for a parenting magazine at the age of 6 weeks, Thorne has starred in television ad campaigns for Digital Light Processing, Publix, and KFC, and appearing in print ads for brands including Barbie, ALDO K!DS, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Kaiya Eve Couture, LaSenza Girl, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess?, Target, Justice and Mudd for Kohls. She also modelled for Sears back to school.[2] In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Thorne described her appointment as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments as her big break, but admitted that she has lost much more projects than she has booked and credited the support of her family for helping her get over disappointments.

      Thorne currently co-stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up!, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays CeCe Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight.[6] The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.[7] The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night. (From Wikipedia)

  30. QUESTION:
    Which are the best acting agencies in Texas? Or acting colleges?
    From what agency has actors made it big?
    PLEASE ANSWER ITS IMPORTANT FOR ME, ILL GIVE YOU 100 PTS PLEASE ANSWER ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:

      http://showbizltd.com/_sbl_pages/acting_agents.php

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  31. QUESTION:
    What movies do u want to see this year?
    I wanna see Spider Man 3 and Pirates of the Carribian 3.What about u?

    • ANSWER:
      Transformers
      Director Michael Bay and producer Steven Spielberg adapt the Hasbro toy line in a big budget, special effects-driven epic about a robot war on Earth

      1408
      Stephen King's short story gets adapted for the big screen, teaming John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson together as skeptic writer Cusack stays in a haunted hotel room that's the real thing and he's the latest victim.

      Ratatouille
      Pixar comes back with this story of a rat in a Paris kitchen, that aspires to be a chef.

      Knocked Up
      A party animal's one night stand with a young career woman turns out to be the mistake or blessing of a lifetime.

      Paris je'taime
      Several well known filmmakers provide their own spin on the fabled city in several short films.

      Ocean's Thirteen
      The third and hopefully last of the series has the crew not working together for the money, but to take down a vindictive casino mogul (Al Pacino) who has screwed over one of their own.

      Fido
      Like the epilogue of Shaun of the Dead, zombies have been converted into everyday society employees that deliver your milk, walk your dog and eat your neighbors.

      The Simpsons Movie
      The legendary 1990 cartoon is on the big screen.

      Resident Evil: Extinction
      The survivors of Apocalypse take on a new threat that's far worse than what they've dealt with before.

      Martian Child
      A widower discovers the child he adopts could actually be from the Red Planet.

      American Gangster
      A big budget crime epic and a true story about a special agent (Russell Crowe) who took down a drug kingpin (Denzel Washington) in Ridley Scott's offering
      .
      No Country for Old Men
      The Coen brothers team up with Tommy Lee Jones in this black comedy about a bounty hunter, millions of dollars and a lot of bad people.

      Lions for Lambs
      Robert Redford directs and stars in this political drama as a college professor alongside journalist Meryl Streep and congressman Tom Cruise.

      Sweeney Todd
      Another offering from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, takes the musical to the big screen about a murderous barber and a baker who shares a twisted secret that involves her meat pies.

      National Treasure: Book of Secrets
      Maybe Nicolas Cage can reignited some box office magic in a hopefully good sequel with the original cast members as they try to uncover the secret of John Wilkes Booth's diary and several missing pages.

      Charlie Wilson's War
      Inevitable Oscar contender finds Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams in Mike Nichols' adaptation of the book about Texas congressman Charlie Wilson, the CIA and firearms.

      The Bucket List
      Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two dying men who escape their cancer ward and embark on a cross country road trip with comedy director Rob Reiner.

  32. QUESTION:
    I was wondering about some general info on jake t. austin, selena gomez,and demi lavato?
    i was just wondering if anyone had just some basic info on some of these stars

    • ANSWER:
      Jake T. Austin-

      Born December 3 1994 in New York City

      Enjoys making short films with his friends, and writing.

      Pet peeves are people mocking people with disabilities, and people not being themselves.

      Has a sister Ava, along with two dogs Bogey and Beju
      His favorite music is rock.

      He wants to direct movies when he's older.

      His fantasy vacation is to Italy so he can eat pasta.

      His parents names are Giny and Goey.

      He likes to watch TV.

      His favorite flower is a pansy.

      His favorite sports are snowboarding, surfing, basketball, football, and soccer.

      Selena Gomez

      Born July 22, 1992

      Is from Grand Prairie, Texas.

      Before landing the role of Alex Russo in "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007), Selena wasn't a fan of neither magic or the Harry Potter franchise.

      Is of Mexican descent.

      Her favorite subject is Science.

      Favorite sport is Basketball.

      Her role model and favorite actress is Rachel McAdams.

      While filming that animated movie 'Horton Hears A Who!' she played Steve Carrell's daughter but she never got to meet him.

      She became interested in acting after watching her mom.

      Her favorite band is Paramore.

      Loves to sing 'Rockstar' by Hannah Montana and anything by Paramore.

      She adopted her dog named Chip from an animal shelter.

      She enjoys cheerleading, surfing and skateboarding.

      Discovered by Disney in a nation-wide casting call.

      Demi Lovato

      Born August 22, 1992

      Birth Name: Demitria Devonne Lovato

      Her sister is Dallas Lovato.

      Her mom was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader during the the 1982-83 season, and was a country recording artist.

      She is a skilled pianist, drummer, and guitar player.

      Gets most of her clothes from Forever 21 and most of her shoes from Aldo.

      Has a younger sister named Madison.

      Her favorite band is Paramore and her favorite song by them is Born for this.

      Her best friend is Selena Gomez.

      She's of Hispanic, Iranian and Irish heritage.
      Hope This Helped!

  33. QUESTION:
    How to break into show business?
    HI! I am 13 years old and its my dream to be an actress. I really don't know how to get a start in this business. To be specific I ultimately want to be in movies. I live in DWF of Texas, and if you know of any theaters,studios, or academy's I could become a part of that would really get me discovered that would be very helpful. I also hear alot that you need to get an agent, how do you get an agent? I also know that you need to build your resume, I have done dance for a long time and used to do gymnastics, what else looks good on a resume? And if you cant really answer these questions, and tips for being successful in show business will help :) Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi - the thing is, you don't 'break' in to show business, not do you 'get discovered'.

      You won't be able to get an agent until you've graduated from drama school and built up your resume.
      It's the same basic route for getting into any musical, movie, stage play, TV show - anything.
      And it all depends on whether or not you have a real talent in the first place.

      First you study it at school with all the other subjects.
      Then you get experience at school or in a drama group or in a community theatre.
      Then you get professional training at a good drama school.
      Then you get unpaid or low-paid - work experience to build up a good resume.

      The resume should include -
      The name of the drama school you attended, how long the course was, and when you graduated.
      The details of extra courses you've attended, such as stage combat, accent and voice training, dance grades, singing grades, mime, mask, etc.
      What accents you can do convincingly, what languages you speak.
      A list of stage plays you've performed in, in public, and they should include all types of play - Shakespeare, Greek tragedy, comedy, drama, farce, musicals, period drama, etc. naming where they were performed, and the director's name.
      A list of short films, student films, naming the directors.
      A list of other experience, such as commercials, educational tours, promotional work.

      You will also need -
      A good selection of professionally made headshots.
      A professionally made showreel and voicereel.
      Ideally, your own website, with all the above displayed and with links to your membership of professional organisations.

      Then you send the resume and a headshot to good agents and hope that one will agree to represent you.
      The agent then gets casting info from various producers and passes the details on to you.
      You turn up for the auditions, and compete with the hundreds of others who also turn up.
      One of you gets the job.
      Maybe
      I hope that gives you an idea of what's required - it takes a lot of very hard work, for a very long time, with no guarantee of ever getting a good role in anything. Very few actors even get to make a living at acting - they usually have a second job just to pay the bills. Make sure you have another skill so you can get a part-time or free-lance job!
      Good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Good Modern Horror Movies?
    I want some good horror movies like The Woman in Black and Poltergeist (1,2 and 3).

    Nothing really cheasy. I don't mind haunting movies. Please, just anything you can think of. Maybe a few from 2003 and up. Or before. From 1990 to 2012 would be nice actually.

    So, got any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      the entire Hannibal Lector series, although the first movie, Manhunter, was in the '80s.

      Saw (but the first one is the only really good one)

      28 Days Later

      The Ring, or even better the original Japanese movie, Ringu

      Insidious, enough said

      [REC] is good, MUCH better than the American version, Quarantine

      Cloverfield is kind of fun

      the MOST fun is Grindhouse

      second place for most fun is Drag Me To Hell (which is kind of like Evil Dead) OH YEAH! Army of Darkness was the '90s! Okay, so it isn't exactly horror, but almost kinda/sorta is!

      other fun non-horror movies that pretend to be horror include the latest entries in the Child's Play series, Gremlins 2, and the original movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer

      a really silly but REALLY fun one that is actually a horror movie is The Convent

      House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects are great

      my favorite teen horror movie - Scream

      speaking of Neve Campbell, The Craft is cool

      The Final Destination movies get worse and worse as they go on, but I love the signs and puzzles in them, especially the first two

      Let the Right One In (the American version, Let Me In, is fine but not quite as good)

      not very scary, but technically called a horror movie, The Interview with the Vampire is terrific

      another like it is 1992's Bram Stoker's Dracula

      1994's Mary Shelly's Frankenstein is also worth a watch

      if you can stand the first two really boring Paranormal Activity movies, the third is really good

      Hostel is pretty good, plus Barbara Nedeljakova is crazy hot in it

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake was way better than anything else in the series

      Steven King's The Stand turns into a fantasy movie really quick, but part one of this four part mini-series is great for any horror fan, especially the opening. His shorter horror mini-series, It, is also pretty good, and Tim Curry is perfect in it as Pennywise the clown. His mini-series version of The Shining isn't the classic piece of cinema that the original Stanley Kubrik film is, but it is much more true to King's book. Isn't Pet Semetary great? Yeah, I know, it's from '89.

      not scary at all, but a true classic - Tremors

      an incredibly underrated one from 1990 - Flatliners

      Les Pact des Lupus, The Brotherhood of the Wolf has a good story along with a great cast and cool cinematography

      I remember liking Candyman, but it's been a LONG time

      I could keep going, but I'll give someone else a chance to list some

  35. QUESTION:
    Is the movie paranormal activity reaL?
    I dont know but this is what i read online The unexpected ending of "Paranormal Activity" spiked an Internet search for "Micah Sloat dead" in the days after the film's nationwide release. Both Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston (who played 'themselves') are actors living in California, although their credit lists are short. This is sure to change since the two are now the talk of the horror-indie genre. Katie and Micah were paid just 0 when they were first cast for the low-budget film. Since the nationwide release of "Paranormal Activity," both Micah and Katie have been offered several gigs. Here's a little background on Micah and Katie:

    Katie Featherston

    Katie Featherston had just graduated from Southern Methodist University when she was cast in Oren Peli's super-low budget "Paranormal Activity." According to IMDb, Featherston is originally from Texas. She moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue acting. In an interview with "Backstage" on October 22, 2009, the 27-year-old Featherston said she was waiting tables before ''Paranormal Activity.'' Featherston's next project is reportedly another horror flick titled "Walking Distance."

    Micah Sloat (not dead)

    Micah Sloat was studying music when he was cast in "Paranormal Activity." Sloat, like Featherston, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment in 2005. Sloat told Jenelle Riley of "Backstage" that he worked as a computer programmer "until recently" and said the success of the film has led to auditions. When asked if he was worried about always being though of as the 'guy from Paranormal,' he said, "anything that happens from now until the end of my life is just gravy."

    • ANSWER:
      No it wasn't real, but they did posted some things on it that made it sound real, just like The blair witch Project.
      It was shot with the Shaky camera version, just like The Blair witch,Hannibale Holocaustt,Cloverfield, & Rec to make it look real & good.
      Micah Katie are still alive till this day, they were jusunknownwn actors.
      Think about it, if it was real, why would it be shown as a movie, instead of just keeping it as a docuantary?

  36. QUESTION:
    One of the fake "Millionaire" shows?
    Can anyone tell me the name of the guy who was one of the "joe millioniares" ( I think this was the show???) over in Paris. This guy was quite short, blonde and a real sweetheart and he lived in Texas and at the end he wasn't sure if he was going to get the girl he wanted and they gave him a little ranch house and they bought her to him to the ranch. What was his name and does anyone know whatever happened to him??
    OK thats is where I got confused because there is a place called tv.com and they say he is starring in wicked wicked games.

    • ANSWER:
      Joe Millionaire Season 2:
      David Smith from Texas chose Linda Kazdova

      According to a story in the Calgary Sun Times 11/24/04, "The Next Joe Millionaire David Smith and his girl Linda Kazdova are allegedly still together, although he lives in Texas and she lives in Prague. Perhaps that's why."

      I also found this article: http://zoraandrich.tripod.com/zoranewsarticle-enjoyingtheride.htm

      Febuary 7, 2004

      Bareback rider David Smith, aka reality TV's Joe Millionaire, doesn't mind the spotlight

      By Brett Hoffman

      FORT WORTH - As David Smith was competing at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo last summer, his life began taking faster jumps than any rampaging bronc he would face.

      A Fox network scout approached the tall, muscular, Stetson-wearing Smith at the weekly rodeo and informed him that the network was casting a reality TV show. Suddenly, Smith was in Southern California being interviewed for the prime-time show, The Next Joe Millionaire: An International Affair, a sequel to Joe Millionaire.

      After an elimination process, Smith chose Linda Kazdova, a brunette from the Czech Republic. Kazdova, who received 0,000 from Fox after becoming Smith's top pick, was in California this month trying to expand her modeling career.

      Smith said that he and Kazdova talk regularly but haven't developed a serious romantic relationship.

      Meanwhile, Smith has resumed his rodeo career and owns a 90-acre ranch near Austin that was purchased by Fox. He has also hired publicity managers in California as he tries to move forward in the entertainment industry.

      Jimmy Villarreal, Smith's public-relations manager in Hollywood, said he's working to get Smith small TV and movie roles such as a feature film scene of a cowboy riding a horse or an appearance on a TV comedy like Reba, which features country-western star Reba McEntire.

      you can see the full article here:

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  37. QUESTION:
    has any1 seen this film?
    its called mum and dad
    it came out in 2008 but wasnt in the cinema..
    if you seen it what do you think?
    i thought it was proper disturbing personally, not as bad as i thought it would be though

    • ANSWER:
      Mum & Dad, wears its many influences proudly and mostly gets away with it; largely because the social milieu in which Sheil (director)sets his torture porn-inflected debut draws on some peculiarly British cultural reference points. After the briefest of set-ups we’re planted straight onto the set of the Saw movies, by way of Hostel and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, with a brief detour into Seven territory. Only, Mum & Dad is populated by a soap cast. Living in a Coronation Street house. Next to Heathrow airport.

      Down on her luck Pole, Lena (Olga Fedori), has started work at the airport. Clearly unhappy with her lot and praying that her bog cleaning duties are but a brief pit stop, she politely rebuffs Birdie (Ainsley Howard) and her mute brother Elbie’s (Toby Alexander) invite for a post work drink. But when Lena misses her bus home, the amiable but pilfering Birdie offers her a lift courtesy of ‘Dad’ (Perry Benson) if only she’ll follow her home, a short walk from the airport. Reluctantly, Lena agrees and things quickly become very nasty indeed as she’s subjected to an inversion of Hostel‘s Eastern Europe attack on the West.

      Initially it’s entirely straight and gruelling horror, but soon the sheer surreal absurdity of the situation elicits some hysterical (though incredibly dark) exchanges. This really is the blackest of black comedies. In a wonderful subversion of kitchen sink dramas and soaps, Mum and Dad emerge as the ultimate purveyors of working class family values, but with repulsively warped psycho-sexual tendencies. Sheil cleverly plays on the stock characters (and caricatures) found in so many of the mundane EastEnders-style soaps on British TV, lifting dialogue almost wholesale from these staples, and then taking their disciplinary ideals to gruesome extremes. If you don’t behave yourself, Dad will do an awful lot more than just ground you.

      A wonderfully sickening meal time sees Elbie carrying plastic bags of assorted body parts across the kitchen to dispose of them when the bags split. As blood oozes out, it’s treated as an everyday occurrence, a domestic chore; Elbie is casually chastised and the whole family have a good laugh. Shut your eyes and it could be a scene from EastEnders. There’s plenty of humour elsewhere too. Even in the bleak opening minutes Lena attempts to befriend Elbie with small talk on how his sandwich looks nice – it’s the most insipid petrol station-supplied blandness you could imagine.

      Perry Benson is superb as Dad, perfectly mixing comically banal fatherly chat with outbreaks of extreme violence. Dido Miles’s Mum too is a suitably doting counterpart, making the dynamic between the couple entertaining and strangely believable, warning the kids not to enrage Dad in a sly display of mock empathy.

      There are some problems with Mum & Dad. We never really route for Lena as person, only as the notional heroine. Her back story is of the briefest order, and that’s partly the point - she’s simply one in a string of transient immigrant workers, lost in the shadow of Heathrow’s jets. But this does make the denouement rather hollow, and more than a little underwhelming. The Heathrow setting and multitude of minimum wage workers who spend their days watching people jet off on holiday is fertile ground for the sort of social and cultural commentary that the horror genre can lend itself so well to. That more isn’t made of the situation seems a wasted opportunity. We spend almost the entire film inside the ‘family’ home creating a suitably claustrophobic atmosphere, planes overhead rubbing salt in the wound of someone who’s trapped within walking distance of not just escape from Mum and Dad, but from the whole country. This narrowing of scope would be fine if there was more meat on the bones of the story, but as it is you can’t help but feel slightly cheated at the wafer thin premise.

      The film strives to shock with moments that will induce nervous laughter, but its excesses quickly become amusing and so any scares dry up. Treat it as the twisted black comedy it so often is, however, and there’s much to enjoy, allowing you to forgive its decidedly ‘one trick pony’ execution.

  38. QUESTION:
    are there any castings for acting in tyler tx?
    jus wondering

    • ANSWER:
      Their is a wonderful site called www.southerncastingcall.com, it has all of the open casting calls for Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, etc. I have used it to get Gigs in T.V. Shows & Short films, Hope this Helped -Cody D.V.M.

  39. QUESTION:
    Has anyone seen a good movie lately?
    I'm eagerly awaiting the new movies that come out around Thanksgiving because there doesn't seem to be anything good in the theaters.... or at least there's nothing left to see... Who can recommend a good movie? Maybe even something to rent?

    • ANSWER:
      These are a few of my faves that all should be available for rent:

      1. After Hours (1985) -- "Paul Hackett (Griffin Dunne) embarks on a trip to New York City's SoHo district in hopes of hooking up with a recent acquaintance, the beautiful Marcy Franklin (Rosanna Arquette). But Paul loses all his money, and just to get back home he must endure a night of kooks, psychotics, punks and an angry mob trying to kill him. The supporting cast includes Linda Fiorentino, Teri Garr, John Heard and Catherine O'Hara, with Martin Scorsese directing."

      2. Danny Deckchair (2003) - "Loopy Australian truck driver Danny (Rhys Ifans) hatches a novel way to escape his drab life after a fight with his girlfriend: He ties large helium-filled balloons to his deckchair and floats away into the sky. But a violent thunderstorm sends him hurtling out over the Outback, where he lands (as in the Wizard of Oz) in a small town where no one knows him. Meanwhile, the news media is in a frenzy about Danny's fantastic disappearance. "

      3. Under the Lighthouse Dancing (1997) -- "Six old friends -- Harry (Jack Thompson), Emma (Jacqueline McKenzie), Juliet (Zoe Bertram), Louise (Naomi Watts), David (Aden Gillett) and Garth (Philip Holder) -- spirit away to an island for a short holiday, not knowing that Harry and Emma are about to elope. As they all scramble to make the event memorable, they also learn that Emma's gravely ill, and this romantic adventure may just be her last hurrah."

      4. Beautiful Girls (1996) - "When Timothy Hutton returns to the small town he left behind, erstwhile friends, lovers and the scary thought of settling down swirl around him. A friend's unapproachable cousin (Uma Thurman) and the winsome teenager next door (Natalie Portman) afford differing glimpses of two possible futures. Director Ted Demme's smartly written, slice-of-life film offers a funny look into the male mind."

      5. Flesh + Blood (1985) - "All's fair in love and war in this swoony-but-gritty drama from filmmaker Paul Verhoeven. A band of mercenaries led by Martin (Rutger Hauer) abducts Agnes (Jennifer Jason Leigh), the daughter of the feudal lord who cheats them out of their money. In spite of the other mercenaries' complaints, Martin grows to love Agnes, who's waiting to be saved by her beloved. Co-stars Tom Burlinson and Jack Thompson."

      6. Bubba Ho-Tep (2003) - "Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) is an elderly resident in an East Texas rest home; seems he switched identities with an impersonator years before his "death" and then missed his chance to switch back. The King teams up with Jack (Ossie Davis), a fellow nursing home resident who thinks he's John F. Kennedy, and the two old codgers prepare to battle an evil Egyptian entity that's chosen their long-term care facility as its happy hunting grounds."

      7. Chocolat (2000) - "An iconoclastic single mother (Oscar-nominee Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter move to a village in France and open a chocolate shop -- that's open Sundays -- across the street from a church. At first, Binoche's rich, sensuous desserts scandalize the town, but soon the villagers welcome the newcomers with open arms. Judi Dench, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp co-star in this 2000 Best Picture nominee."

      8. The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) - "A beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic Alexandre Dumas story. Edmond Dantès's (Jim Caviezel) life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) are shattered when his best friend, Fernand (Guy Pearce), deceives him. After spending 13 miserable years in prison, Dantès escapes with the help of a fellow inmate (Richard Harris), cleverly insinuates himself into the French nobility and plots his revenge."

      9. Defending Your Life (1991) - "After Daniel Miller (Albert Brooks) crashes his BMW convertible into a bus, he's transported to "Judgment City," where he meets the love of his life, Julia (Meryl Streep). Unfortunately, Daniel needs to defend his life on Earth before he can ascend to heaven with Julia. He frantically attempts to explain the positive things he's accomplished, but soon realizes that Julia may be too good for him."

      10. Devil In a Blue Dress (1995) - "In this compelling neonoir set in 1948 Los Angeles, war veteran "Easy" Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is looking for work. When a stranger asks him to locate a missing woman, it sounds like a surefire way to snag some quick cash. But Rawlins gets more than he bargained for and soon becomes entangled in a murder mystery."

  40. QUESTION:
    actor of SAHARA film?
    His name is Mathew Mccoughna

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know what you wanted to know about him, but here's some information from IMDB.
      Great movie!! great actor too!!

      Here is a list of all of the movies he is in or working on now:

      Hammer Down (2009) (announced)
      The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2008) (announced)
      Fool's Gold (2008) (filming)
      Surfer Dude (2008) (filming)

      We Are Marshall (2006) .... Jack Lengyel
      Failure to Launch (2006) .... Tripp
      Two for the Money (2005) .... Brandon Lang
      Sahara (2005) .... Dirk Pitt
      ... aka Sahara - Abenteuer in der Wüste (Germany)
      Tiptoes (2003) .... Steven Bedalia
      ... aka Tiny Tiptoes (France)
      How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) .... Ben Barry
      ... aka Wie werde ich ihn los in 10 Tagen (Germany)
      Reign of Fire (2002) .... Denton Van Zan
      Frailty (2001) .... Fenton Meiks
      ... aka Dämonisch (Germany)
      ... aka Frailty - Nessuno è al sicuro (Italy)
      Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001) .... Troy
      ... aka 13 Conversations (USA: short title)
      The Wedding Planner (2001) .... Steve Edison
      ... aka Wedding Planner - verliebt, verlobt, verplant (Germany)
      U-571 (2000) .... Lt. Andrew Tyler, Executive Officer
      ... aka U-571 (France)

      Edtv (1999) .... Ed 'Eddie' Pekurny
      ... aka Ed TV (USA: poster title)
      "King of the Hill" .... Rad Thibodeaux (1 episode, 1999)
      - The Wedding of Bobby Hill (1999) TV Episode (voice) .... Rad Thibodeaux
      Making Sandwiches (1998) .... Bud Hoagie
      The Newton Boys (1998) .... Willis Newton
      The Rebel (1998)
      Amistad (1997) .... Baldwin
      Contact (1997) .... Palmer Joss
      Scorpion Spring (1996) .... El Rojo
      Glory Daze (1996) .... Rental Truck Guy
      Larger Than Life (1996) .... Tip Tucker
      A Time to Kill (1996) .... Jake Tyler Brigance
      Lone Star (1996) .... Buddy Deeds
      Boys on the Side (1995) .... Abe Lincoln, Tucson Police Officer
      ... aka Avec ou sans hommes (France)
      Judgement (1995) .... Deputy Sam Taylor
      Submission (1995) .... Joe
      The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994) .... Vilmer
      ... aka The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (USA: reissue title)
      Angels in the Outfield (1994) .... Ben Williams
      ... aka Angels (UK)
      Dazed and Confused (1993) .... David Wooderson
      My Boyfriend's Back (1993) .... Guy #2
      "Unsolved Mysteries" .... Larry Dickens (1 episode, 1992)
      - Episode dated 2 December 1992 (1992) TV Episode .... Larry Dickens

      and a mini bio:

      Matthew McConaughey

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      Date of Birth
      4 November 1969, Uvalde, Texas, USA

      Birth Name
      Matthew David McConaughey

      Height
      6' (1.83 m)

      Mini Biography
      The youngest son of a gas station owner, who ran an oil pipe supply business and mother - substitute school teacher, Matthew McConaughey was born in Uvalde, Texas, but grew up in Longview, Texas where he graduated from the local High School (1988). Showing little interest in his father's oil business, which his two brothers later joined, Matthew was longing for a change of scenery, and spent a year in Australia, washing dishes and shoveling chicken manure. Back to the States, he attended the University of Texas in Austin, originally wishing to be a lawyer. But, when he discovered an inspirational Og Mandino book "The Greatest Salesman in the World" before one of his final exams, he suddenly knew he had to change his major from law to film. He began his acting career in 1991, appearing in student films and commercials in Texas and directed short films as Chicano Chariots (1992). Once, in his hotel bar in Austin, he met the casting director and producer Don Phillips, who introduced him to director Richard Linklater for his next project. At first, Linklater thought Matthew was too handsome to play the role of a guy chasing high school girls in his coming-of-age drama Dazed and Confused (1993), but cast him after Matthew grew out his hair and mustache. His character was initially in three scenes but the role grew to more than 300 lines as Linklater encouraged him to do some improvisations. In 1995, he starred in The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994), playing a mad bloodthirsty sadistic killer, opposite Renée Zellweger. Shortly thereafter moving to L.A., Matthew became a sensation with his performances in two high-profile 1996 films Lone Star (1996), where he portrayed killing suspected sheriff and in the film adaptation of John Grisham's novel A Time to Kill (1996), where he played an idealistic young lawyer opposite Sandra Bullock and Kevin Spacey. The actor was soon being hailed as one of the industry's hottest young leading man inspiring comparisons to actor Paul Newman. His following performances were Robert Zemeckis' Contact (1997) with Jodie Foster (the film was finished just before the death of the great astronomer and popularizer of space science Carl Sagan) and Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), a fact-based 1839 story about the rebellious African slaves. In 1998, he teamed again with Richard Linklater as one of the bank-robbing brothers in The Newton Boys (1998), set in Matthew's birthplace, Uvalde, Texas. During this time, he also wrote, directed and starred in the 20-minute short The Rebel (1998). Later, in Jonathan Mostow's U-571 (2000), McConaughey portrayed the officer Lt. Tyler in a WW II story of a daring mission of American submariners, trying to capture the Enigma cipher machine. Matthew also took a part in comedies such as The Wedding Planner (2001), opposite Jennifer Lopez and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) in which he co-starred with Kate Hudson. His most interesting role was playing Denton Van Zan, an American warrior and dragons hunter in the futuristic thriller Reign of Fire (2002), where he co-starred with another young actor, Christian Bale.

      IMDb Mini Biography By: Tzvetislav Samardjiev, tzvetislav@abv.bg

      Trivia
      His mother, Kay, is a schoolteacher.

      Lived briefly in Australia following high school and adopted an Australian accent for awhile after returning to the USA.

      Education: University of Texas at Austin (Film)

      Graduated 1988 from Longview High School, Longview, Texas.

      Brother of Rooster McConaughey.

      Arrested in Oct 1999 in Austin, Texas for "resisting transportation" after first being under suspicion for marijuana possession.

      Police responded to a disturbance call at Matthew's home in Austin, Tx. in October. When they arrived, the music was blaring and he was playing bongo drums in the nude. He was with an unknown man and police attempted to arrest him after spotting illegal drugs. He resisted arrest.

      Was the first choice to play the lead in Titanic (1997).

      Travelled around Peru after filming A Time to Kill (1996).

      Voted "Most Handsome" in his Senior year of high school.

      Member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity.

      His favorite sport is golf.

      He owns a 1,600-acre ranch in west Texas, which he purchased for 0,000.

      His father died of a heart attack in August 1992.

      His first professional acting job was in a beer commercial.

      Fan of John Mellencamp's music. Was seen wearing a tee shirt from Mellencamp's "Whenever We Wanted" tour in A Time to Kill (1996).

      Born on the same day as Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs.

      Was on the sidelines of the Texas Longhorns during the 2006 Rose Bowl where the Longhorns beat the USC Trojans 41-38.

      Was accompanied by Penélope Cruz to the Grammy Awards in 2005. The couple met on the set of Sahara (2005).

      Served as the Grand Marshall for the Daytona 500 in Daytona Beach, Florida in February 2005.

      He traveled around the United States for a month in his personal Airsteam trailer promoting his movie Sahara (2005).

      During a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992), Leno surprised him with an old airline training tape he had acted in. McConaughey had no memory of being in the video.

      Is of Irish descent

      Despite being a native Texan, he's a big fan of the Washington Redskins NFL team.

      People Magazine's 2005 Most Sexiest Man Alive

      Turned down a role in The Jackal (1997).

      Was considered for a role in Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997).

      His life motto is "Just Keep Living"

      His brother, Michael McConaughey, aka Rooster, had a son and named him Miller Lyte McConaughey.

      Doesn't wear deodorant or cologne.

      Has three bedrooms in his house and sleeps in all of them in turn.

      Announced that he is auctioning his 1971 Chevy Stingray Corvette on Ebay, and donating all the money to Oprah's Angel Network Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief funds.

      Has worked with such well-known directors as Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Linklater and Jonathan Mostow.

      Is good friends with Lance Armstrong.

      Is good friends with Jake Gyllenhaal.

      Named one of People Magazine's "Hottest Bachelors" in 2006.

      He was considered for the role of Jack in 'Titanic.' He then played Dirk Pitt (in Sahara), who found the Titanic in another adventure.

      He has traveled around Mali in western Africa.

      Personal Quotes
      "Be the lean horse for the long ride. I figure I am in the third round of a 15 round fight." [on career philosophy]

      (On himself) "My best quality is that I'm a big hearted person. I'm resilient, too. My worst quality is selfishness, although everyone is guilty of that to an extent. Everyone should be, I think -- you need to respect yourself."

      "Traveling is a great love of mine. I love South America and Africa. I'm your ultimate backpacker when I'm away. It's just me and my backpack. It's good for getting away from the industry."

      (On how he got started in acting) "I was about 21 when I started. I dropped out of law school to go to film school -- the idea of practicing law for my whole life seemed a little boring. I was doing more directing stuff to start with, until a student mate asked me to be in his film Dazed and Confused. A professional guy named Don Phillips spotted me and the rest is history."

      (On Hollywood) "I love it. It's silly to say that it is a world of false and stupid people. Sure there are witches and swindlers, but you can meet there many creative, talented and generous persons too. Hollywood is a pleasant place, when you are hip to the game and you enjoy it for what it is really."

      Salary
      Sahara (2005),000,000
      The Wedding Planner (2001),000,000
      Amistad (1997),000,000

      Hope this helps with whatever it was you were asking the question about.
      ;o)

      Have a nice day!

  41. QUESTION:
    Is this worth it to do...also how can i raise money?
    I went to this agency and they made me audition and do lines and they liked me but i have no experience with cameras and i didn't know basic terms like "hit the spot" "slate" "copy" so they said I need classes that will just teach me those stuff. But once I get hired I will be getting paid around 10,000-30,000 per commercial.
    However the acting classes are 4 hours every week for 20 weeks and cost 00.
    They want the money paid in full up front.
    Should I do it? My parents are short on money right now. Is there anyway for me (being a 13 years old girl) can raise more money. I have to be 14 to work so I can't get a real job.
    10 points! Thanks!
    oh, it is one on one.

    • ANSWER:
      These are scam schools. I taught for John Robert Powers and Barbazon in Dallas for two years.

      They ask for huge sums of money for you to end up making thousands of dollars. They pay the teachers 20-30 per hour depending on our experience and background.

      Look into the Actors Studio
      Stella Adler Conservatory "This is were I trained for 2 years +"
      Clarence Gilliared who has been a Broadway Actor and on such series as "Matlock" and "Walker Texas Ranger" Teaches The Misner Method in LA, NY, and Texas
      You would want to get a book about the methods before you take a class and understand their formula's.
      Cliff Osmond teaches in your area, is one of the original contract actors from the studio's in Hollywood.
      Ken farmer has a book " Acting is StoryTelling"
      He also has a great book
      "So You Want to be in Commercials" by Ken Farmer and Jeremy Whelan
      Ken also teaches workshops around the country.

      If you want to act in Film. Ken's information is the most user friendly. As you will be exposed to terms and techniques for film. But experience is the best. So extra work, low budget SAG, student films (most of these are without pay, but the characters are usually in your age range)

      Talk to your school drama teacher
      Contact the Aftra/Sag office in your area
      (they will give you the skinny on these types of schools and guide you to reputable teachers and organizations)

      You could contact the Screen Extras Guild and find casting agents who you could work with. Your parent or guardian must be with you.
      Pay ranges from -250 daily.

      Look up the trade mags on line
      Stage
      Hollywood Reported
      Centerstage
      Wired
      etc. too many to remember

      Oh and 10,000 to 30,000 per commercial is what established actors are paid.
      Depending on your venue you will get a day rate as per the markets that the commercial will be shown.
      On local a commercial you can expect to make a flat fee of 500-2,500 dollars. Usually a buy out.
      Commercial print is usually a easy way to get started. Most actors work in this arena as we are not high fashioned looks.

      Good Luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    ??? LOL Read My Funny Event??? Have you Ever Met Someone Famous ?
    I've met someone famous, but not as famous as my friend Hannah. Ok so we all live in St.Louis, MO! So during this year what movie was shot at our airport!!! YEP, " Up in the Air". Ok so my friend has a twin sister and at the time they were going to Texas for a vacation. They were really rushed she told me. She decided they had some time once they went through baggage and she went to go get some iced coffee. Don't worry, the embarrassing part is coming. She gets her coffee and her sister (who for some reason doesn't like iced coffee) is right outside the Starbucks. they begin walking back to their terminal and see they have now 8 minutes. So they begin to pick up the pace or run/walk. Ok before i go on what do you think will happen. She's running with ice coffee, she's talking to her sister (Not paying attention), and their filming " Up in the Air". Ha Ha!! She doesn't pay attention and Guess who she runs into,!!! George Clooney ! Once i heard this i'm like " No way your lying, but her sister stood by her and said it really did happen" she then got a serious look on her face and i knew she wasn't joking, but i begin to laugh anyway. After she runs into him, she accidentally spills half of it on his shirt. How Freaking Embarrassing is that. She was Mortified when she saw who it was. The surprise was he wasn't too mad about it and she just kept replying how sorry she was. He reassured her that it wasn't a big deal and went to wash it out. They talked while walking back to her terminal and her parents were just as shocked and apologized for their daughters actions. He then told them it was all ok and that it was his wake up call for the day. He would say that ! LOL!. I'm still laughing about that Event. Out of all the people to run into you run into this guy. Ha Ha!! Have you ever met anyone famous?

    • ANSWER:
      Met George Clooney hanging out with Mathew McConahey in Austin Texas on 6th street. My sister goes to the same bar as they were at and i was staying with her one weekend and went out.

      their A-Holes in person...

      Met Tommy Lee Jones on 2 different occasions. First time was in 1990. He used to play on a local polo team (lives an hour away), and after a match that year i happen to be walking by him and got to talk to him for a few minutes. Met him again last year at a party my grandmother puts on that he occasionaly goes to.

      In 1982 during Christmas, I was out in California seeing cousins, and we went on the Queen Mary (cruise ship) docked there. While walking around, i stumbled accidently onto the set of "Tales of the Golden Monkey (short lived tv series)". Got to meet the entire cast and was later told (without mentioning it) by a friend that i appeared on the episode being shot.

      in 1987 while attending a private school we got to attend a celebrity rodeo in dallas, and Enos (Sonny Shroyer) from the original Dukes of Hazzards, Wilford Brimley (Cocoon), Bob Eubanks (game show host), and several other lesser remembered celebrities were there.

      So year ive met a few.

  43. QUESTION:
    I want to dance professionally but...please help!?
    I've been dancing since the age of three and a half at a very good studio in my town here in Texas. It seems as though the senior company (typically sophomores through seniors) get better and better each year. Some alummnis who started off where I started and even assisted some of my classes! They include Chris jarosz (sytycd top 10, la viva Elvis tour); Dallas blaag (professional ballet company and now my teacher for contemp.); Lauren and Lydia guerra (*twins* sytycd Vegas, jubilee school and abt ballet school in NY); Chelsea traille ("coco" in the film burlesque, sytycd top 10); tanner richens (in Kelly clarksons 'what doesn't kill you' video, and toured with dance convention and competition LADM).

    Well, I've fallen in love with the uk and found Bird College ( a dance college) and was wondering if you think it'd ever be possible for me to get there. I know you've never seen me, but the people above are now 19-21 and they graduated from school and our studio at 18. I know how few people make it, but do you think it's worth the risk?

    I told my mom about my dream of bird college and my family thinks I should choose a different major, but I can honestly say I don't want to do anything but dance. Idk what do you think? Should I follow my heart and do something I love and really really want; or should I follow my head and choose a stable career for money?

    • ANSWER:
      In order to become a professional dancer you need to be born with the body, facility and musicality that that requires. Then you need the right training. I assume that Dallas Blagg studied at the National Ballet of Canada before entering their company or some other ballet academy and did not come directly from your school into a professional ballet company. When I looked up Tanner Richens I see he trained at Edge in CA after your school and Chris Jarosz studied at SMU for a BFA in dance before having a dance career. Chelsea Traille who also guest teaches at Broadway Dance Center in NYC also trained in NYC and LA after your local school in Texas. What that tells me is that your school may give a good start but not the training required for a professional dance career as these students had to move to other training after your school. They are also very very good looking people. You would be surprised how much that plays into getting work as dancers are cast just as actors are.
      As Bird college is in the UK and their school system is very different than ours, you would have to contact them regarding requirements. Often college in the UK is sort of like the last years of high school is here and they go at 16 for 2 years before entering what they call University or Uni which is what college is here. Some colleges in the UK have both college (in the UK way) as well as University level classes and I think Bird has both. I don't know their acceptance polices for foreign students or your age. Obviously you have to audition as well. This school seems more geared toward performing arts and not just dance. Academics in the UK will expect you to know a lot about their history that we in the USA are not schooled in. This may or may not be a problem, but something you will have to consider as this is also an academic program and you need to get into the school academically as well. There are many colleges in the USA that also have similar courses of study with great reputations for turning out professional dancers and performers too. But even grads from Juilliard and NYU Tisch don't all get work as dancers. There are so few jobs. Only 10% of the best trained dancers get work and only 10% of them can make a living at it. That doesn't hold true for men as there always seems to be work for them as there are a lot less male dancers.

      This is something you will have to figure out yourself as there are no guarantees for a career in dance no matter where you study. Careers are short and injuries can end them quickly. But, if you have the fire in your belly for a dance career along with what else is required along the lines of body, facility and musicality nothing anybody says will stop you. I wish you the best of luck!

  44. QUESTION:
    I like movies like Donnie Darko and Naturel Born Killers?
    What are some other good movies like silence of the lambs and those listed above if some one could give me a like top 20 list or what ever that would be great

    • ANSWER:
      Untraceable: A group of cybercops finds themselves grappling with a megalomaniacal, murderous psychopath who uses the Internet to show off his grisly handiwork, rigging his site so that his remaining captives' fate depends on how many viewers it attracts. Led by FBI Agent Jennifer Marsh (Diane Lane) and working against the clock, can the team apprehend the technologically brilliant killer? Colin Hanks and Mary Beth Hurt also star in this tense thriller.

      Frailty: Director Bill Paxton's gripping thriller has evil at its core -- and a family in the crossfire. FBI agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Booth) is trying to track down "God's Hand," a notorious murderer who's resurfaced years after terrorizing a Texas town. The Meeks family -- Fenton (Levi Kreis), Adam (Matthew McConaughey) and their dad (Paxton) -- gets involved when past and present converge and a long-tormented conscience is assuaged.

      Next: Las Vegas magician Cris Johnson (Nicolas Cage) can see a few minutes into the future, an ability he uses to enhance his shows -- and to win at blackjack. But when a FBI counterterror agent (Julianne Moore) wants his help in thwarting a nuclear attack on Los Angeles, Cris finds his psychic skills put to the ultimate test. Based on Philip K. Dick's short story "The Golden Man," this sci-fi thriller co-stars Jessica Biel and Peter Falk.

      The Perfect Witness: When struggling filmmaker Mickey Gravatski (Wes Bentley) inadvertently records a notorious serial killer (Mark Borkowski) in the middle of a murderous act, he decides to use the footage to blackmail the madman into being the subject of a disturbing new documentary. Directed by Thomas Dunn, this unsettling psychological thriller explores the dark side of the human psyche and the depths to which one man will sink to make his mark.

      Mr. Brooks: Kevin Costner stars in this psychological thriller chronicling the downward spiral of a man (Costner) at war with his own alter ego (William Hurt). Demi Moore co-stars as a sharp-witted police detective whose passion for her job attracts the attention -- and respect -- of the very serial killer she's tracking. The film was penned and helmed by talented writer-director team Bruce A. Evans and Raynold Gideon (Stand by Me).

      The Killing Floor: Successful literary agent David Lamont (Marc Blucas) moves into the expensive penthouse apartment he's dreamed of, but his dream turns into a nightmare when he receives crime scene photos taken in his new home. Soon, he begins receiving videotapes of himself sleeping. Determined to catch his stalker, Lamont focuses all his energy on the effort -- and his life gradually begins to spiral out of control in this tense thriller.

      Helter Skelter Director's Cut: Charles Manson's (Jeremy Davies) infamous story is retold in this film based on District Attorney Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry's best-seller. The film follows runaway teen Linda Kasabian (Clea DuVall), who takes up with Manson and his followers. Manson convinces his group that he's an all-powerful clairvoyant, and they eventually start to murder for him. Once the group is arrested, D.A. Bugliosi (Bruno Kirby) must untangle the bizarre events.

      Zodiac: In the 1960s and '70s, a cryptic killer clad in an executioner's hood stalked the streets of San Francisco and left clues about his crimes in the newspaper. In director David Fincher's chilling recount of the murders, Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal -- flanked by an impressive ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. and Chloe Sevigny -- stars as reporter Robert Graysmith, the man who went on to write the best-selling true crime book Zodiac.

      The Bone Collector: Rookie cop Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie) reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington), formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed from a spinal injury. Their quarry: a grisly serial killer dubbed The Bone Collector, who leaves tantalizing clues based on the grim remains of his crimes. Director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) filmed the flick on location in New York and Montreal.

  45. QUESTION:
    whats a good comedy or action movie or a reallysad movie?

    • ANSWER:
      Big Trouble in Little China
      IMDB synopsis:
      Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) is a tough-talking, wisecracking truck driver whose life on the road takes a sudden supernatural tailspin when his best friend's (Dennis Dun) fiancee is kidnapped. Jack finds himself deep beneath San Francisco's Chinatown, in a murky, creature-filled world ruled by Lo Pan (James Hong), a 2000-year-old magician who mercilessly presides over an empire of spirits. Dodging demons and facing baffling terrors, Jack and his comrades battles his way through this dark domain in a full-throttle ride to rescue not one but two green-eyed girls (Suzee Pai and Kim Cattrell).

      The Man Who Would Be King
      IMDB synopsis:
      This adaptation of the famous short story by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Daniel Dravot and Peachy Carnahan (Sean Connery and Michael Caine), two ex-soldiers in India when it was under British rule. They decide that the country is too small for them, so they head off to Kafiristan in order to become Kings in their own right. Kipling (Christopher Plummer) is seen as a character that was there at the beginning, and at the end of this glorious tale.

      Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
      IMDB synopsis:
      All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman (Joan Plowright) strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer (Rupert Friend).

      She Gets What She Wants
      aka Slap Her... She's French
      IMDB synopsis:
      A French foreign-exchange student (Piper Perabo) comes to a small Texas high school, befriends a classmate (Jane McGregor), and practically takes over her life.
      NOTE: To give any more details might ruin this hilarious parody of those high school girl rivalry movies. This is one of the funniest films I've seen in a long time!

      Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow
      IMDB synopsis:
      After New York City receives a series of attacks from giant flying robots, a reporter (Gwyneth Paltrow) teams up with a pilot (Jude Law) in search of their origin, as well as the reason for the disappearances of famous scientists around the world. The cast also includes Giovanni Ribisi and Angelina Jolie.

      The Truth About Cats & Dogs
      A successful veternarian & radio show host with low self-esteem (Janeane Garofalo) asks her model friend (Uma Thurman) to impersonate her when a handsome man (Ben Chaplin) wants to meet her.

  46. QUESTION:
    College/Future career... HELP.?
    I'm looking for colleges and i saw that some colleges are REALLY expensive in my area. My future plan is to be either in Theatre or a voice actress or a film director/scriptwriter/whatever-is-related-with-film-because-i-love-film-that-much.
    So here's the problem.. Voice actress: I want to work for a company called Funimation (anime) but is alllll the way in Texas and the economy is really bad today and i can't just move all the way over there that easily, i would end up making me AND my parents dead broke.
    As for Theatre and filmmaker... How can someone make money being in theatre arts/being filmmaker??
    Please help here.

    • ANSWER:
      Although it is possible to make a living in the arts, its a difficult path and most do not make a living acting or film making. Many will leave the field because the work when it is available is hard, long and the pay is often low.

      If you are concerned about the cost of going to college than I think your find it nearly impossible to make it in the arts. Working you way through college is much easier.

      The following information is from the source listed below.

      Median hourly wages of actors were .59 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between .81 and .57. Median hourly wages were .48 in performing arts companies and .72 in the motion picture and video industry. Annual wage data for actors were not available because of the wide variation in the number of hours worked by actors and the short-term nature of many jobs, which may last for 1 day or 1 week; it is extremely rare for actors to have guaranteed employment that exceeds 3 to 6 months.

      A joint agreement between the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) guarantees all unionized motion picture and television actors with speaking parts a minimum daily rate of 2 or ,713 for a 5-day week as of June 2009. Actors also receive contributions to their health and pension plans and additional compensation for reruns and foreign telecasts of the productions in which they appear.

      Some well-known actors earn well above the minimum; their salaries are many times the figures cited here, creating the false impression that all actors are highly paid. For example, of the nearly 100,000 SAG members, only about 50 might fall into this category.

      Actors and actress endure long periods of unemployment, intense competition for roles, and frequent rejections in auditions. Formal training through a university or acting conservatory is typical; however, many actors find work on the basis of their experience and talent alone. Because earnings may be erratic, many actoress supplement their incomes by holding jobs in other fields.

      Most aspiring actors participate in high school and college plays, work at college radio or television stations, or perform with local community theater groups. Local and regional theater experience may also help many young actors hone their skills. In television and film, actors and directors typically start in smaller roles or independent movie production companies and then work their way up to larger productions. Actors, regardless of their level of experience, may pursue workshop training through acting conservatories or mentoring by a drama coach.

      Actors need talent and creativity that will enable them to portray different characters. Because competition for parts is fierce, versatility and a wide range of related performance skills, such as singing, dancing, skating, juggling, acrobatics, or miming are especially useful. Actors must have poise, stage presence, the ability to affect an audience, and the ability to follow direction. Modeling experience also may be helpful. Physical appearance, such as having certain features and being the specified size and weight, often is a deciding factor in who gets a particular role.

      Some actors begin as movie extras. To become an extra, one usually must be listed by casting agencies that supply extras to the major movie studios in Hollywood. Applicants are accepted only when the number of people of a particular type on the list—for example, athletic young women, old men, or small children—falls below what is needed. In recent years, only a very small proportion of applicants have succeeded in being listed.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I become an actress?
    I'm serious.
    I am willing to travel.
    My parents know about this.
    Is there a way to become a certified model without taking a course.
    If not where can I take a course?
    What are some good agencies for Child Modeling?
    Also, what are some good agencies in general (e.g. Elite Model Management, Ford Models, Chic Models)
    Any good acting agencies that you had in mind as well (I was thinking GO Talent Management)
    I can only reach modeling agencies in the following places:
    New York, New Jersey, Texas, California, Paris, Milan, London, Australia, the Philippines, Malaysia
    There are some local agencies I know but they are very slow in responding and it takes about a year for them to cast.
    I can act, sing dance, ice skate and model.
    All are major talents and not just extras.
    I also scored 131 on an IQ test 2 years ago and 165 (not so accurate) on an IQ test 4 months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
      Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
      Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
      In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn't work for someone else.

      Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
      Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

      As a Lifestyle, you've decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
      Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

      The website Starnow:

      http://www.starnow.com/curtisfarrell

      Provides opportunities for Actors interested in both of the above and occasional professional opportunities as well.
      For Actors in Australia I recommend against AT2 as it's very similar to Starnow - you get the same types of opportunities, though you have to pay over 0 more per year for them and they discriminate between Actors who do have an Agent and those who don't.

      If you're after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
      What's inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused - (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it's paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
      What's inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what's outside of your control is the work that comes in.
      Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it's not a matter of what you know but who you know.

      When you're ready, here's how to Find and Apply for an Agent:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE

      It's how I got mine.

      Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
      As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
      Acting isn't the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

      The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
      Once you take that step I'm sure you will gain insight as to what you'd like to pursue and what step you'd like next to take.

      All the best :)

  48. QUESTION:
    i know all the basic stuff about Selena Gomez i need stuff that i proply wouldn't know?
    i am only 11 so anwer nicely please

    • ANSWER:
      ok ill make this really easy for u
      Selena Gomez was born on July 22, 1992. For her passions, she enjoys cheer-leading, singing and acting. She's been acting since 2002 in her first TV debut on Barney and Friends as Gianna. Selena is very good friends with her old co-star Demi Lovato (who played Angela). Selena will pursue her acting career and will be in more movies and television shows to come.

      IMDb Mini Biography By: Nicki Wilson

      Trade Mark
      Her big smile

      Trivia
      Best known for playing "Gianna" in Barney.

      Where Are They Now
      (2005) Currently shooting with actress/singer Lalaine in the set of Lizzie McGuire television spin-off Stevie Sanchez for the Disney Channel. She will play Miranda's kid sister Stephanie "Stevie" Sanchez.

      also

      Selena Gomez was born in New York, New York, and raised in Mansfield, Texas. Her first role was on Barney & Friends as Gianna. Selena filmed a pilot as the leading character Stevie in Stevie Sanchez,[citation needed] a spin off of Lizzie McGuire, that was also going to include Miranda Sanchez (LaLaine) from Lizzie McGuire[citation needed] which was not picked up. In July 2007, she appeared in a second-season episode of Hannah Montana as Mikayla, a pop star who is a rival of Hannah Montana.[citation needed] She was in a second episode of Hannah Montana called That's What Friends Are For? which aired on October 19, 2007. Also in 2007, she starred in the second-season of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody as Gwen. Lastly she stars as Alex Russo in the Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place, which premiered on October 12, 2007.[citation needed]

      [edit] Trivia
      Trivia sections are discouraged under Wikipedia guidelines.
      The article could be improved by integrating relevant items and removing inappropriate ones.

      Gomez is very close friends with her old co-star from Barney & Friends, Demi Lovato("As the Bell Rings" Disney Channel Short Series). They have been able to continue their close friendship as they both have shows on the Disney Channel.[citation needed]
      Wizards of Waverly Place was originally called "The Amazing Hannigans", then it was changed to "The Amazing O'Malleys", then it was changed to "Wizards of Waverly Place", then to "Disney Wizards" and now it is back to "Wizards of Waverly Place"[citation needed]
      Gomez enjoys cheerleading, singing and acting.[citation needed]
      The role of Alex Russo was originally offered to Alexa Nikolas but was accepted by Gomez.[citation needed]
      Gomez got the acting bug from her mother, who did local theater in Dallas.[citation needed]
      Gomez was discovered in a nationwide casting call in her hometown of Mansfield, Texas.[citation needed]
      As a child, Gomez watched her actress mom rehearse theater.[citation needed]
      She appeared on radio Disney for the first time on October 26, 2007.[citation needed]
      She went to junior high in Danny Jones Middle School located at Mansfield, Texas in Tarrant County.[citation needed]

      [edit] Filmography

      [edit] Films
      Year Title Role
      2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over Waterpark Girl
      2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Julie
      2008 Horton Hears a Who! (post-production) Mayor's daughter (Voice)
      2008 Another Cinderella Story (post-production) Rumored

      [edit] Television
      Year Title Role Episode(s)
      2002-2005 Barney & Friends Gianna Recurring Role
      2005 Stevie Sanchez Stephanie "Stevie" Sanchez Never aired, Also Known As What's Stevie Thinking?
      2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody Gwen A Midsummer's Nightmare
      2007 Wizards of Waverly Place Alex Russo Lead character
      Hannah Montana Mikayla I Want You to Want Me ... To Go to Florida
      That's What Friends Are For?

      [edit] Music
      "Everything is Not What it Seems" is the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song, performed by Selena Gomez.

  49. QUESTION:
    Thoughts on Bella Thorne?
    (Home work)

    • ANSWER:
      Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-last episode of October Road (as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters; her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka), and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling).[4] In 2007, Thorne appeared as a young girl plagued by supernatural visions in The Seer.
      In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career. She then appeared in the ten-episode web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she filled the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not.[5]
      In 2010, Thorne joined the cast of HBO's Big Love in its fourth season, replacing Jolean Wejbe in the role of Bill Henrickson's daughter Tancy 'Teeny' Henrickson (though she had actually auditioned for a different role). She also guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max's girlfriend Nancy Lukey.[1] In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic.
      Thorne enjoyed an extensive career as a child model. Since appearing in her first pictorial for a parenting magazine at the age of 6 weeks, Thorne has starred in television ad campaigns for Digital Light Processing, Publix, and KFC, and appearing in print ads for brands including Barbie, ALDO K!DS, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Kaiya Eve Couture, LaSenza Girl, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess?, Target, Justice and Mudd for Kohls. She also modelled for Sears back to school.[1] In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Thorne described her appointment as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments as her big break, but candidly admitted that she has lost much more projects than she has booked and credited the support of her family for helping her get over disappointments.
      Thorne currently co-stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up!, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays Cecelia "CeCe" Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight.[6] The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.[7] The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night.[8]
      Personal life

      Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thorne has been living with her family in California since early 2006.[1] Her interests include dancing, playing soccer, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a wolf hybrid, six cats and a turtle.[1] She also admits to being a collector of hardcover books, listening to 80s music, and using YouTube as a research tool for getting into character. Thorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa.[1][5]
      Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007.[5] Thorne disclosed her father's passing in a live interview on the local television talk show "View From The Bay" in December 2008.[5]
      Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade.[5] She is currently being home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse.[5] Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead.[5][8][9] Thorne also talked about her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes.[10][11]
      Filmography

  50. QUESTION:
    Anna Nicole was natuarally big busted wasn't she ?
    She didn't have implants did she ?

    • ANSWER:
      Her boobs were fake. If you watch her movies where she is naked in them you can see that they are fake.

      Skyscraper: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114467/

      To the Limit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114683/

      ############################
      Recently Playboy started photographing almost only natural girls because people are not into fake boobs anymore.
      But for the last 2 decades before that fake boobs were almost a requirement.
      ###############################

      Her life story and plastic surgeries (Up to 2005)

      anna nicole smith Anna Nicole Smith was born Vicki Lynn Hogan on November 28th, 1967, in Houston, Texas. After her father abandoned her and her mother when she was a child, she was raised by her mother and aunt, commuting back and forth to each caretaker.

      At the age of 17, Anna (then Vicki) married Billy Smith, and that same year, they welcomed their son Daniel into the world. Time with Billy was short-lived and young Anna was left to care for her son alone.

      In order to pay the bills, she began working at topless bars in Houston, where she was actually more noticed for her rear than for her breasts (she did not yet have the breasts that she's famous for today). But since she was not as rail-thin as the rest of the dancers, Anna didn't work the coveted hours of topless clubs and was instead scheduled during the afternoon shift.

      Regardless, Anna (who then used several pseudonyms such as Nikki and Robin, before finally sticking to Anna Nicole) was discovered by a photographer, and quickly realized that she could use her body as a career tool. Since her childhood dream was to become the next Marilyn Monroe (her idol), Anna was inspired to make a name for herself.

      anna nicole gets plastic surgery

      After a breast enlargement (Anna insisted on having two implants inserted into each breast) and some cosmetic surgery, Anna was ready for the big time, and ironically, headed in the same direction as Marilyn Monroe. She entered the Play..boy Cover Contest, and appeared on the cover of the magazine at the age of 24. Two years later, Anna was crowned 1993's Play..mate of the Year, which, although is an honor in itself, led Anna to bigger and better things.

      Thanks to her Play..boy appearance, Guess? president Paul Marciano, also responsible for the modeling careers of Eva Herzigova, Josie Maran and Shana Zadrick, saw Anna's potential and cast her as a Guess? model.

      She made her big screen debut in the 1994 slapstick comedy, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, followed by an appearance in The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Tim Robbins.

      anna nicole marries j. howard marshall

      If audiences didn't catch Anna in these films, they surely heard of her questionable marriage to oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II -- 60 years her senior -- on the 27th of June 1994. Anna remained low-profile with her wheelchair-bound husband, until Marshall's death in 1995.

      In 1996, the former Play..mate filed for bankruptcy, after a former female assistant sued her for sexual harassment (she would have had to pay 0,000 US).

      anna nicole inherits 0 million

      Although Marshall had left Anna with an inheritance, his heirs claimed that she could not receive what he left her, accusing her of mistreating him in his last few days and not marrying him for the right reasons. She was not mentioned in any of his wills, but claimed that he offered her half of his money, to speed up her decision to marry him. After a bitter court battle between Anna and Marshall's son, E. Pierce Marshall, Anna was rewarded 0 million in 2000.

      anna nicole does reality tv

      On August 4th, 2002, the E! channel began airing its first season of The Anna Nicole Show. Although Anna had gained a considerable amount of weight, viewers tuned in to watch Anna make a fool of herself week after week.

      Before the second season started, producers of the show demanded that Anna drop some weight before shooting began, and with the help of TrimSpa, a supplement that claims to block fat from entering the body, Anna has trimmed down significantly and reportedly lost 80 pounds.

      Although Anna Nicole now looks great, she no longer has a TV audience: The Anna Nicole Show was canceled in 2004, but we're confident that she'll have other projects on her plate soon enough.


short film texas casting

Short Film Animation Contest

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you turn a novel story into an animated film?
    My name is Daydrian Lewis. I am 21 years old.
    I'm an artist, a writer and a painter.

    I've decided to ask this question because I am very interested in writing and directing my own story and transforming it into an 2D animated film someday. I grew up liking the Western and Japanese styles of animation. Mainly the Japanese. Due to the fact that they have more of a freedom to their animating style.

    Turning a story into an animated film is my long term goal that I must achieve. Besides the novel itself,. I've written the script as well to go with it. Along with the many other concept arts I drew for my characters, places and objects. From what I noticed. Most of the animated films nowadays, are filled with horrible storytelling. Usually, the typical 3D animated films with the repetitive plots. It's been awhile since the last time we've seen a good 2D animated film by Disney or anyone else (Not including the Studio Ghibli ones). This gave me a huge opportunity to show off a new colorful 2D animated film with a well-praised plot, great characters, and gorgeous music. Yes, this seems like a "Hah! Dream on, kid!" or a "Not gonna happen, man."

    Hell, that's not going to stop me.

    What I really want to know is... What are the major steps to reaching that goal? How do you contact a animation studio to take the time to view your story novel/script?

    If J.K Rowling can make it big. Then so can I. Life is too short to give up on those goals. I know I can reach for that same goal too. If you guys can leave me tips or suggestions. I would appreciate it.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Nice to see you're so determined, good luck.

      If you're so sure about your success, you can take an independant route. If you can finance the entire production from your pocket, then it's a piece of cake.

      Getting attention and financial support from major studios is going to be difficult, well I guess you can just contact them with business proposition (it has to look professional) or participate in contests and hope to get noticed.

  2. QUESTION:
    I'm considering going to film school. How should I choose the best one? What types of skills should one have
    before they sign-up? I don't have my own camcorder, nor do I know anyone in 'the business.' How long on average are the scholastic programs? I hear that film schools cost a tremendous amount of money. Is this true? I am a writer, although most of my work is in non-fiction, but I've had some short fiction published in a few local, literary magazines. I'm 47 (hopefully, not too old) and work full time. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The big ones, USC, UCLA and NYU are regular academic programs, and I would say they are highly competitive once you get to a certain point. Cal Arts sounds impressive and yes, is very expensive, as is USC. If you're in state for the others, however, tuition should be doable. But is this the route for you? Maybe, or maybe you're looking for a place that just does film work. Be careful when looking at proprietary schools that can cost BIG bucks and that dish out the loans.

      Age isn't an issue. Deciding on the best course though is. Should you go to school and obtain a degree? What are you looking for? Directing? Producing? Cinematography? Editing? Animation? The Director's Guild has a competitive internship program - those that finish can be employed as Production Assistants I think.

      Do you want to be part of the union or go the independent route? Maybe you can start with some film publications. Check out contests available, volunteer if there's anything local or seek an internship. I would think your writing skills could be an asset.

      I don't have the answer for you - but you need to do some research before you take the plunge. I wanted to do film at one point - still do, but in a much different fashion than I once did. In my undergrad, I made a music video and a silent 16mm film - and I was at a small school that offered radio/TV/film. You can make of it what you want. Good luck to you.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it true that Tom and Jerry was made to celebrate WW2?
    Tom and Jerry was introduced to the USA in 1949, World War 2 ended in 1945.

    • ANSWER:
      No

      William Hanna and Joseph Barbera were both part of the Rudolf Ising unit at MGM's animation studio in late 1930s. Barbera, a storyman and character designer, was paired with Hanna, an experienced director, to start directing films for the Ising unit; the first of which was a cat-and-mouse cartoon called Puss Gets the Boot Completed in late 1939 and released to theatres on February 20, 1940, Puss Gets The Boot centers around Jasper, a grey tabby cat trying to catch Jinx, a cute little mouse, but without breaking anything; Jasper's owner Mammy has threatened to throw Jasper out ("O-W-T, out!") if he breaks one more thing in the house. Naturally, Jinx uses this to his advantage, and begins tossing wine glasses, ceramic plates, tea pots, and any and everything fragile, so that Jasper will get thrown outside. Puss Gets The Boot was previewed and released without fanfare, and Hanna and Barbera went on to direct other (non-cat-and-mouse related) shorts; after all, said many of the MGM staffers, haven't there been enough cat-and-mouse cartoons already? The pessimistic attitude towards Jasper and Jinx changed when the cartoon became a favorite with theatre owners and with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which nominated the film for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons of 1940. Producer Fred Quimby, who ran the MGM animation studio, quickly pulled Hanna and Barbera off of the other one-shot cartoons they were working on, and commissioned a series featuring the cat and mouse. Hanna and Barbera held an intra-studio contest to give the pair a new name; animator John Carr won with his suggestion of "Tom and Jerry." The Tom and Jerry series went into production with "The Midnight Snack" in 1941, and Hanna and Barbera never helmed anything but the cat-and-mouse cartoons for the rest of their tenure at MGM.

      Tom's physical appearance evolved significantly over the years. During the early 1940s, Tom had an excess of detail--shaggy fur, numerous facial wrinkles, and multiple eyebrow markings--all of which were streamlined into a more workable form by the end of the 1940s; Jerry stayed essentially the same throughout the duration of the series. By the mid-1940s, the series had developed a quicker, more energetic (and violent) tone, thanks to inspiration from the work of MGM Animation colleague Tex Avery, who joined the studio in 1942.

      Even though the basic theme of each short is virtually the same, Hanna and Barbera found endless variations on that theme. Barbera's storyboards and rough layouts and designs, combined with Hanna's timing, resulted in the most popular, successful, and highly acclaimed series the MGM animation department ever had. 13 entries in the Tom and Jerry series (excluding Puss Gets The Boot) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons; seven of them went on to win the Academy Award, breaking the Walt Disney studio's winning streak in that category. Tom and Jerry won more Academy Awards than any other character-based theatrical animated series.

      Tom and Jerry remained popular throughout their original theatrical run, even when the budgets began to tighten a little in the 1950s and the pace of the shorts slowed slightly. However, after television became popular in the 1950s, box office revenues decreased for theatrical films, and short subjects. At first, MGM combated this by going to all-CinemaScope production on the series; but after the MGM accountants realized that their re-releases of the older shorts brought in just as much revenue as the new films, the studio executives decided much to the surprise of the staff, to close the animation studio. The MGM animation department was shut down in 1957, and the final of the 115 Hanna and Barbera Tom and Jerry shorts, Tot Watchers, was released on August 1, 1958. Hanna and Barbera started their own television animation studio, Hanna-Barbera Productions, in 1957, which went on to produce such popular shows as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Scooby-Doo.

      Beginning in 1965, the Hanna and Barbera Tom and Jerry films began to appear on television in heavily edited form: the Jones team was required to take the shorts that featured Mammy, rotoscope her out, and replace her with a thin white woman. Lillian Randolph's original voice tracks were replaced with June Foray performing in an Irish accent. Much of the extreme violence in the cartoons was also edited out.

      When shown on television in the United Kingdom (from the late 1960s, usually on the BBC) they were not cut for violence and Mammy was retained. As well as having regular slots, Tom and Jerry served the BBC in another way. When faced with disruption to the schedules (such as those occuring when live broadcasts overrun), the BBC would invariably turn to Tom and Jerry to fill any gaps, confident that it would retain much of an audience that might otherwise channel hop.

  4. QUESTION:
    I want to be a film director when I get older, any tips?
    My dream is to be a film director. I'm a 15 year old sophomore girl and I'm just interested in learning more about the feild and what it takes to become a director. Anyone have any tips or want to tell me anything about the life of a director because that would be amazing!! Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I would say start making short films with your friends and enter them in local film contest. Usually if there is a local arthouse theater near you they might let you play it, the one here has contests every month.
      When you finish high school go to college and get your degree in film. Basically you take your math, reading and stuff and then your film classes like lighting, screenwriting, animation and a bunch of others

  5. QUESTION:
    I am having a Video Production Awards Ceremony?
    we are having a contest in which students from our school can enter into this contest. we have multiple categories already such as mini doc., sports highlights, commercials, music video, short film, mood, day in the life, animation, quick shot, experimental, humorous and trailers. can you guys think of any other categories that we could use for this contest?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.
      I taught TV production in a high school for two years. How about categories like: best editing, best acting, best script, most creative, silliest flub, (I won that myself in college!) most-professional, best director, best camera work, best lighting, best audio and that sort of thing.

      What grade are your students?

      Have fun!
      Lorraine

  6. QUESTION:
    Which field is harder to break into: Film Editing or Screenwriting? Neither?
    I was questioning which field to get into for Film. Screenwriting is what I really want to do, but I also enjoy Film Editing. I would imagine the job outlook for Film Editing would be better. Which field is harder to break into Film Editing or Screenwriting? Neither?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you can learn to edit then you can find lots of work ( commercials, film, television, PSAs, animation, educational, corporate) you'll be able to build a resume and body of work to open doors in full time film editing. A nobody with no experience won't find a job in blockbuster film editing. it doesn't happen.

      Writing the next summer blockbuster isn't going to happen. there's a short list and you aren't on it. Don't feel bad. Good news, with a couple of spec scripts and some original creative writing samples you can start shopping around your work. Enter some contests to get recognition and feedback. There are writing fellowships like Nicholls and Writers on the Verge that will open doors for you. Television writing is the way to go. It's a writers medium. The closest thing you'll have to applying and interviewing for a screenwriting job.

      Verdict: screenwriting is way harder. Good luck

  7. QUESTION:
    Please tell me about online education sites where interesting contests are conducted for kids?

    • ANSWER:
      VeggieTales®: Abe And The Amazing Promise DVD Giveaway
      A chance to win this great new Veggie Tales movie on DVD. Ends February 10, 2009

      Space Buddies Plushie and DVD Giveaway
      You could win Space Buddies on DVD and a Space Buddies plushie! Ends February 3, 2009

      Jump Out Contest
      Submit a jump-rope rhyme of 4 lines or longer, orsubmit a “jump-rope record” consisting of the number of times you were able to jump rope in a row without stopping. Great prizes! Ends May 15, 2009.

      Igor DVD Giveaway
      A chance to win this classic family-fun monster movie with a twist on DVD. Ends January 30, 2009

      SpongeBob SquarePants’ Lost & Found My Prizes Game
      SpongeBob SquarePants needs your help! He’s lost his prizes and it’s up to YOU to find them! Some terrific SpongeBob prizes! Ends February 2009.

      Useless ID and DC Shoes Contest
      DC Shoes and Israel's #1 Rock band Useless ID, have teamed up to give away prizes to their fans with a viral competition. Enjoy throwing DC shoes at the band members' heads without being struck by their guitars!

      Everybody Eats Lunch Contest
      Do you have a lunch time favorite recipe? Send it to MEET ME AT THE CORNER, Virtual Field Trips for Kids, for a chance to win an autographed copy of Everybody Eats Lunch and the chance to see your recipe highlighted in a future MEET ME AT THE CORNER, video podcast. Ends January 31, 2009.

      Freshi Flix Contests
      The next generation filmmaker (kids 18 and under). Current contests involve kids entering video's/short films and storyboards. Various prizes and deadlines.

      NASA Invites Students to Name New Mars Rover
      NASA is looking for the right stuff, or in this case, the right name for the next Mars rover. NASA, in cooperation with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' movie WALL-E from Pixar Animation Studios, will conduct a naming contest for its car-sized Mars Science Laboratory rover that is scheduled for launch in 2009. USA only.

      Milk Rocks
      MilkRocks.com features today’s hottest acts and tomorrow’s rising stars! Also, learn about the benefits of Milk and how it can help lead a healthy lifestyle. New contests every month for some great prizes!

      Tiger Woods Fist Pump Challenge
      Tiger Woods has launched an online contest designed to help young people identify and share their greatest achievements. As part of the Challenge, Tiger is asking young people everywhere to share their very own Fist Pump Moments with the world via www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org. To share their Fist Pump Moment, children are asked, with their parents’ permission, to visit www.tigerwoodsfoundation.org, and submit a video including their name, age, Fist Pump Moment, significance of that experience, and end with a fist pump. Those without video access can post an essay style entry. Video and written entries will be voted on by website visitors with prizes going to the highest ranked submissions. Prizes include iPods, Tiger Woods ’08 EA Video Games, and gift cards.

      Greatness Starts Here Quiz
      Take the exciting educational quiz about the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks. There are 4 family giveaway prizes for those who complete the quiz correctly.

      Nancy Drew: “Clothes the Case” Sweepstakes
      As Nancy Drew is a detective with a unique eye for fashion, WBDD is offering fans a chance to win a ,000 shopping spree at the store of their choice in the “Clothes the Case” sweepstakes. Fans can enter to win the grand prize, learn more about their favorite teenage sleuth and view bonus clips.

      The Crafty Shops Kid Art Contest
      Each month kids enter artwork and compete for prizes. Each entry competes in three consecutive monthly contests.

      The National Vocabulary Championship
      Learn how you can win a k college scholarship. USA only.

      U Go Grl
      Have an idea for the next set of activity cards from U Go Grl? Submit your idea and you could get credit on the actual cards. Also, free stickers available and other contest news!

      Amazing Kids Contests
      Wide selection of contests for kids to enter.

      Arts and Kids
      Submit your art work for a chance to win scholarships.

      Book Adventure
      Reading program to encourage and motivate reading - free books available when you register.

      KidsZone Contests
      Enter to win neat prizes.

      Puppy's of the Month
      Submit videos of your puppy for a chance to win great prizes.

      Sweepstake Advantage - Kids Sweepstakes
      Listing of online sweepstakes for kids!

  8. QUESTION:
    how do i get exposure as a stop-motion animator?
    i'm a serious animation enthusiast and can only think of entering animation festivals and contests as ways of getting recognition in the field of stop-motion animation. also maybe submitting short films to studios like aardman or sites like atom films would be another idea.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have the equipment to pull it off, then you start entering your output

  9. QUESTION:
    library of congress film registry?
    does anyone know the films (and how many) that are in the national film registry that aren't feature films?

    • ANSWER:
      A start date of Dec. '89 and 25 films selected per year means there are currently (as of Oct '08) 475 films in the National Film Registry. 115 (over ¼) of these are not what would commonly be defined as "features", or movies made for distribution in theaters as the main attraction and with a running time of at least 40 minutes. While the selections in the earliest years of the film registry focused on features, gradually the shorts (including animation, newsreels, experimental, amateur) and little-distributed works became familiar.

      According to my own assessment (which may be neglectful or inclusive), the following titles would not be considered "feature films":

      All My Babies (1953) - educational film for midwives
      The Battle of San Pietro (1945) - WWII documentary/training film
      Big Business (1929) - Laurel and Hardy short comedy
      Blacksmith Scene (1893) - early Dickson/Edison Kinetoscope film
      A Bronx Morning (1931) - avant-garde "city symphony" short
      The Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975) - documentary
      Castro Street (1966) - short documentary
      The City (1939) - documentary shown at 1939 World's Fair
      Cologne: From the Diary of Ray and Esther (1939) - amateur short
      Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) - field recording
      Cops (1922) - B. Keaton short comedy
      A Corner in Wheat (1909) - D.W. Griffith propaganda short
      The Curse of Quon Gwon (1916-1917) - never released silent film
      Czechoslovakia 1968 (1968) - documentary short
      Dead Birds (1964) - ethnographic documentary of New Guinea people
      Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1894-5) - first known live-recorded sound film
      Dog Star Man (1964) - series of experimental S. Brakhage films
      Duck Amuck (1953) - Looney Tunes animated short
      Duck and Cover (1951) - educational short film
      Early Abstractions #1-5,7,10 (1939-56) - H. Smith experimental films
      Eaux D'Artifice (1953) - avant-garde K. Anger short film
      Empire (1964) - eight-hour A. Warhol film of Empire State Building
      Evidence of the Film (1913) - silent crime short
      The Exploits of Elaine (1914) - silent serial
      The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) - avant-garde short film
      Fatty's Tintype Tangle (1915) - R. "Fatty" Arbuckle short comedy
      Film Portrait (1970) - J. Hill autobiographical film
      Flash Gordon (1936) - serial
      The Forgotten Frontier (1931) - Frontier Nursing Service documentary
      Fox Movietone News: Jenkins Orphanage Band (1928) - newsreel
      Frank Film (1973) - F. Mouris collage animation
      From Stump to Ship (1930) - logging documentary
      Fuji (1974) - experimental R. Breer short
      Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) - animated short
      Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) - early animated short
      Glimpse of the Garden (1957) - garden footage short
      The Great Train Robbery (1903) - E.S. Porter early western
      H2O (1929) - R. Steiner cinematic tone poem
      High School (1968) - F. Wiseman television documentary
      Hindenburg Disaster Newsreel Footage (1937)
      Hospital (1970) - F. Wiseman television documentary
      The House I Live In (1945) - schmaltzy F. Sinatra short
      The House in the Middle (1954) - paint industry propaganda about nuclear attack
      The Hunters (1957) - R. Gardner anthropological documentary
      The Immigrant (1917) - C. Chaplin short comedy
      In the Street (1948/52) - short Harlem documentary
      Jammin' the Blues (1944) - short film featuring many prominent jazz musicians
      Jam Session (1942) - D. Ellington performs "C Jam Blues"
      Jeffries-Johnson World's Championship Boxing Contest (1910) - fight footage
      Kannapolis, NC (1941) - H.L. Waters documentary films
      The Kiss (1896) - early 45-second "porn" film
      Lady Helen's Escapade (1909) - D.W. Griffith short drama
      Lambchops (1929) - G. Burns and G. Allen short comedy
      The Land Beyond the Sunset (1912) - social welfare short
      Let's All Go to the Lobby (1957) - musical advertising trailer snipe
      The Life and Death of 9413 - A Hollywood Extra (1927) - Florey/Vorkapich experimental short
      Magical Maestro (1952) - animated T. Avery short
      Making of an American (1920) - educational film for immigrants
      Manhatta (1921) - city-inspired Sheeler/Strand documentary short
      March of Time: Inside Nazi Germany - 1938 (1938) - newsreel
      Marian Anderson: The Lincoln Memorial Concert (1939) - documentary concert footage
      Master Hands (1936) - auto plant documentary
      Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913) - A. Guy short comedy
      Meshes of the Afternoon (1943) - M. Deren/A. Hammid experimental film
      Mighty Like a Moose (1926) - C. Chase comedy short
      Modesta (1956) - Puerto Rican short film
      Motion Painting No. 1 (1947) - O. Fischinger experimental animation
      A Movie (1958) - associative found footage experimental film
      Multiple Sidosis (1970) - S. Lavarents overdubbing experimental film
      The Music Box (1932) - Laurel and Hardy short comedy
      Nostalgia (1971) - H. Frampton avant-garde
      OffOn (1968) - film and video looped combination by S. Bartlett
      One Froggy Evening (1956) - Looney Tunes animation short
      Our Day (1938) - amateur home movie
      Pass the Gravy (1928) - comedy short
      Peege (1972) - poignant short drama
      The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936) - government-sponsored Great Plains documentary
      Popeye the Sailor Meets Sinbad the Sailor (1936) - Fleischer animation
      Porky in Wackyland (1938) - Looney Tunes animated short
      Powers of Ten (1978) - Eames short about factors of ten
      President McKinley Inauguration Footage (1901)
      Princess Nicotine; or The Smoke Fairy (1909) - J.S. Blackton tobacco promotional film
      Pull My Daisy (1959) - Beat Generation short film
      Punch Drunks (1934) - Three Stooges comedic short
      Pups is Pups (1930) - Our Gang short comedy
      Republic Steel Strike Riot (1937) - newsreel
      Rip Van Winkle (1896) - early stage recreation
      The River (1937) - Mississippi documentary short
      Rose Hobart (1936) - J. Cornell surrealist film
      San Francisco Earthquake and Fire, April 18, 1906 (1906) - documentary footage
      Serene Velocity (1970) - E. Gehr meditative short
      Sex Life of the Polyp, The (1928) - R. Benchley comedy routine
      Siege (1940) - documentary short
      Snow White (1933) - Fleischer Betty Boop animation
      Steamboat Willie (1928) - Disney Micky Mouse animation
      Star Theatre (1901) - time-lapse demolition footage
      St. Louis Blues (1929) - short film featuring Bessie Smith
      Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse (1940) - suspension bridge documentary footage
      The Tell-Tale Heart (1953) - UPA animated short
      Theodore Case Sound Test: Gus Visser and his Singing Duck (1925) - early sound test
      There It Is (1928) - C. Bowers short film
      Think of Me First as a Person (1960-75) - home movie featuring Down syndrome boy
      Three Little Pigs (1933) - Disney animated short
      Through Navajo Eyes (1966) - seven-film short documentary series
      A Time Out of War (1954) - short war film
      Tin Toy (1988) - early Pixar CGI animation
      To Fly! (1976) - first IMAX film, 27 minutes
      Topaz (1943-5) - illegally made Japanese-American internment camp footage
      Trance and Dance in Bali (1938-9) - short travel documentary
      Tulips Shall Grow (1942) - G. Pal Puppetoon animated short
      Westinghouse Works, 1904 (1904) - manufacturing plant documentary series
      What's Opera, Doc? (1957) - Looney Tunes animated short
      Why Man Creates (1968) - animated philosophical short
      Why We Fight (1943-45) - F. Capra propaganda series
      Zapruder Film (1963) - JFK assassination footage

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there any sites like YouTube?
    I wanna watch this movie, free, online, where?
    (I can't find anything, scenes or whatnot on YT)
    Oh, I know it's illegal.

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a list off a website devoted to it http://www.all-video-sites.com/

      fora.tv, Discourse and Debate in many categories

      photobucket.com, Offers also free photo hosting

      stupidvideos.com, Laugh / some stupid stuff

      video.nationalgeographic.com, High Quality Documentaries

      video.on.nytimes.com, News and Reports / No Upload

      video.yahoo.com, Nice quality / Comedy & Animals etc

      vids.myspace.com, Includes imeem since a while

      www.5min.com, Practical solutions / not limited to 5 Min.

      www.archive.org, Creative Commons Licence

      www.athenaweb.org, The topic is Science / No Upload

      www.atomfilms.com, Funny Stuff / A few Animation

      www.blip.tv, Some Online Shows / No Upload

      www.blogtv.com, Live Webcam Shows and Lifecasts

      www.break.com, Very popular website

      www.clipshack.com, You can search by location

      www.cnettv.com, Product Reviews and Shows

      www.current.com, Some Politics & Journalism

      www.dailymotion.com, This and that

      www.ehow.com, Just learn how to do things

      www.freeetv.com, Watch TV-Channels online

      www.funnyordie.com, Have some fun

      www.gametrailers.com, Only Game Trailers

      www.geobeats.com, Good Travel Guides

      www.grindtv.com, Skate Surf and Bike Sports

      www.heavy.com, Nice Design / Funny Stuff

      www.justin.tv, Another Live Webcam Website

      www.kidzbop.com, Videos Shows & Contests for Kids

      www.liveleak.com, News and Politics / Entertainment

      www.livevideo.com, Live Video Webcams

      www.metacafe.com, Entertainment

      www.revver.com, Videos are reviewed

      www.teachertube.com, Teach the world

      www.toxicjunction.com, Entertainment Videos

      www.veoh.com, More Service with Veoh pro

      www.videojug.com, Life explained on film

      www.youtube.com, most popular video community

      broadbandsports.com

      icyou.com, Good Source for Health Videos

      is.rediff.com, From India

      pitchfork.com/tv/, Music / No Upload

      showmedo.com, Programming Languages

      videos.streetfire.net, Car related videos

      www.3bnexus.com, Business and Markets

      www.4videosharing.com

      www.aajkatv.com, Indian Bollywood & Cricket

      www.activistvideo.org, Political activism

      www.adultswim.com/video/, Comedy

      www.blastro.com, Music in High Quality

      www.bofunk.com, Funny Shocking & Crazy

      www.chinaontv.com, China

      www.clevver.com, Movie Trailers

      www.clipjunkie.com, Funny & Shocking Movies

      www.clipmoon.com

      www.cricketnext.com/videos/, Cricket

      www.disclose.tv, Hidden truth revealed

      www.earthtv.com, World Webcams

      www.ezprezzo.com, Funny Movies

      www.flickr.com/explore/video, Short Videos

      www.flightlevel350.com, Airplanes & Cockpits

      www.flukiest.com

      www.collegehumor.com, Funny Videos

      www.crunchyroll.com, Anime and Drama

      www.dekhona.com

      www.ebaumsworld.com

      www.encyclomedia.com, Video encyclopedia

      www.expotv.com, Product Reviews

      www.funnyordie.com, Funny Videos

      globalbroadcast4kids, For Kids

      www.glumbert.com

      www.hulu.com, TV Movies & Shows

      www.indiavideo.org, India

      www.jujunation.com, African Community

      www.metalvideo.com, Heavy Metal Music

      www.nasdaq.com, Finance News

      www.rofl.to, Funny Clips

      www.scivee.tv, Science

      www.shredordie.com, Skate Surf BMX

      www.snotr.com

      www.stickam.com, Live Webcams

      www.style.com/video/, Fashion / Models

      www.thedrunkest.com, Drunken People

      www.thexvid.com

      www.tubedesi.com

      www.tvtrip.com, Hotel Video Guide

      www.upvideo.com

      www.veryfunnyads.com, Funny Ads

      www.vidilife.com

      www.vidmax.com

      www.wegame.com, Game Clips

      www.yudomagic.com, Street Magic

      www.zapiks.com/_videos_/

  11. QUESTION:
    Getting started in animation?
    My 11 year old son is really into animation. At the moment, he does it with stickmen on the PC but I'd really like to get him the equipment for Christmas to create his own animated short films. Can anyone advise me on what to get, in terms of camera equipment, computer software etc etc, whatever would be needed ??

    • ANSWER:
      I'm 13 and I'm fairly skilled in 2-D digital animation. So animation is kind of an expensive hobby, but it will definitely pay off in online contests and whatnot. Firstly, you should look into a program called Adobe Flash CS4, it costs 700 dollars, but you can get him a 30 day free trial to see if he likes it. I started when I was 11 too and I was able to get a hang of the program fairly quickly. Secondly, purchase him a tablet. A tablet is a pen input device that can hook up to the computer so he can draw right onto the computer, as if it was paper. I would advise a Bamboo tablet from Wacom. And if you do decide to let him try out flash, let him see some tutorials on youtube. The best ones are from a user called "xefpaterson" just put his name in the search bar. Oh yes, and another great thing about flash is once he gets good at animating, he can learn to code games in the same program!

      Good luck to you and your son!

  12. QUESTION:
    Windows or Mac for a student laptop?
    Which of Windows or Mac is a better software for a school or college student? Please explain why.
    Which lasts longer in terms of batteries and recharging?

    • ANSWER:
      PC for the following reasons..
      (battery charging depends some PCs last longer and some shorter) and it depends on how many cells the battery has.. get more cells if you want longer life.

      PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
      Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

      Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

      Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

      A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

      If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

      Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

      I say: NO... for the following reasons...

      QUALITY/PROBLEMS
      Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

      Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

      http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwindling-my-macbook-pro-sob-story/

      http://www.appledefects.com/

      http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/107748-mac-os-leopard-running-slow.html

      http://cybernetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/reliable-laptops.jpg

      Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
      With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
      IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

      VIRUSES
      Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

      http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

      http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/malware_authors_take_aim_at_growing_number_of_1.html

      http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll_have_you_noticed_an_increase_in_malware_viruses_etc_on_your_mac/

      SECURITY
      Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
      Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
      Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html

      http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Irony-in-Mac-OS-X-Getting-Hacked-Before-Vista-SP1-82135.shtml

      PRICE
      A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

      **(LAPTOP)
      Dell Inspiron Laptop Starting Price: 0
      Ending Price: 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [5% slower]
      Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD [Not as good/fine for general use[
      Memory: 3GB DDR2 SDRAM [75% of ram)
      Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (same)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndozm4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=laptop-inspiron-1545

      Cybperpower Notebook Xplorer X5-2900 Starting Price: 5
      Ending Price After upgrades (not including 5% rebate): 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: (upgrade to) 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (+0) [FASTER]
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9600-GT 512MB [MUCH FASTER/BETTER CARD]
      Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM [MORE MEMORY]
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (+) [LARGER HARD DRIVE]

      http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900_Notebook/detail

      Macbook Starting laptop Price: 00
      Ending Price After Upgrades: 00
      13" Screen (SMALLER)
      CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SLOWER)
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9400 256MB
      Memory: (upgrade to) 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (SAME)
      Hard Drive (upgrade to) 320B Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC240LL/A?mco=NjcxMTQ3Ng

      **(DESKTOP)

      PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to 0 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

      PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

      Dell: (0)
      CPU: 2.33 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: 4GB Ram
      HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer
      GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 512MB

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dddwra4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=desktop-inspiron-537s

      The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

      IMac (00)
      CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: (upgrade to) 4GB Ram (SAME)
      HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 320 GB hard Drive (LESS HARD DRIVE)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)
      GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (APPROX SAME BUT LESS MEMORY GAPHICS)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB417LL/A?mco=NDE4Mzg3Ng

      ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
      Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
      1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.
      2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
      3) More business software/games
      4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
      5) Used by businesses.

      ADVANTAGES LINUX :
      1) FREE (most versions are)
      2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
      2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
      3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech

      4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
      5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

      Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
      Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm

      Equivalents to ILife

      http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ilife_for_windows.html

      http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

      FREE Windows Stuff

      http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

      http://www.iobit.com/

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      ANTI-VIRUS
      Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.
      http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

      ANTI-MALWARE
      Windows Defender (FREE)

      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

      Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version.

      http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol

      Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

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  13. QUESTION:
    Do you think I could apply to any of these colleges for film with my grades?
    FSU, CalArts, SUNY-Purchase, University of British Columbia and possibly NYU (I'm out of state for all these colleges) My GPA is 3.3 weighted and only slightly lower- around 3.2- unweighted. I got 700 on SAT reading and 690 on SAT writing, but barely scraped by in math with a 490, which is ten points below the minimum requirement. I'll take in again soon and I should be able to squeeze past 500. I want to apply for film which is why I'm hoping that they'll take other factors into consideration besides my mediocre academics. I have lots of experience in film- I've made two documentaries which won first place consecutively in a state-wide history contest for high school students, a short film which was shown at a festival, I worked as an assistant teaching stop-animation to kids for three weeks, and I've been making monthly film advertisements for a library for two years now. I'm president of the chess club and a former member of astonomy club. I'm in the gifted program if colleges even care about that. I'm also really close to being a chess master and I have won numerous tournaments, if somehow that would help me...
    Any chance???

    • ANSWER:
      It obviously sounds like your planning on majoring for something related to fine arts/filming, so you do seem to have a great chance at getting into these colleges. Art schools are very lenient when it comes to gpa's and SAT scores, but obviously they matter to some extent. What matters the most when it comes to applying to these kinds of schools is your portfolio, and from what you wrote you seem to have quite an impressive portfolio. For example, my friend barely made it out of high school due to his lack of work ethic, but when he applied for Pasadena Art Center and showed them his portfolio they were blown away and accepted him. So I believe your chances are pretty solid.

  14. QUESTION:
    Do you think I could get into Florida State University?
    (I'm out of state) My GPA is 3.3 weighted and only slightly lower- around 3.2- unweighted. I got 700 on SAT reading and 690 on SAT writing, but barely scraped by in math with a 490, which is ten points below the minimum requirement. I'll take in again soon and I should be able to squeeze past 500. I want to apply for film which is why I'm hoping that they'll take other factors into consideration besides my mediocre academics. I have lots of experience in film- I've made two documentaries which won first place consecutively in a state-wide history contest for high school students, a short film which was shown at a festival, I worked as an assistant teaching stop-animation to kids for three weeks, and I've been making monthly film advertisements for a library for two years now. I'm president of the chess club and a former member of astonomy club. I'm in the gifted program if colleges even care about that. I'm also really close to being a chess master and I have won numerous tournaments, if somehow that would help me...
    Any chance???

    • ANSWER:
      Considering your goals and your experience, FSU would be STUPID not to accept you.

      Your GPA is fine: Not exactly brilliant, but it probably doesn't reflect your abilities in film, which seems excellent. Obviously,with your film background, you are probably light years ahead of most people, which they like. And, you are well rounded, something they look for, especially considering your astronomy club membership and your abilities with Chess. Gifted Program probably doesn't mean that much, at least I didn't get that impression. Sure, it works in your favor; however, probably isn't a deciding factor.

      As for your SAT... yeah, you are going to have to raise the math score. When they look at your other scores, they'll realize that your brain is wired differently, and that you aren't stupid. Obviously math isn't your thing. If you can afford it, I would get a tutor: I would aim for getting someone from a small private tutoring company, which is more expensive but they tend to work better than those from a huge agency. Truthfully, I got your scores (700 writing, 630 on reading (still bitter about that - it should be higher!) and 770 on math); but, the math score and the writing are from two different tests. So, obviously, don't worry too much about your other scores, and I'm sure that you can do well enough to scrape 10 points.

      Even if math isn't your thing, you should still scrape by if you get the minimum requirement. Everything else is just great and fantastic, and what colleges and universities are looking for.

      Take comfort that, when you get into college, they will most likely only require you to take a minimum of one math class. After that you are finished! Also, just some advice, sometimes what counts towards the math requirement is questionable. There is a class where I am called Symbolic Logic, which isn't math, but counts towards it. Also, it can be any math class, so maybe you should knock it out in college with the lowest level you can take, and then be done with it forever.

  15. QUESTION:
    What are art and animation courses like?
    I'm an aspiring 13-year-old artist (anime-styled and non-traditional) and I want to know what it's like to take the aforementioned courses, so I can decide if it's worth the trouble or not.

    -What kind of subjects are included, and how difficult are the lessons?

    -What kind of projects do they assign? (Short films? Art galleries?)

    -Do they assign different themes to the projects? If so, are they in general? (Sci-fi, Romance) Are there also "opinionated" themes like pro-Catholicism?

    -Do they force you to adapt "acceptable" styles of drawing?

    -Your opinion on this course. A word of advice for this wee little kid, perhaps? :)

    Thank you.
    I repeated this question because I thought I was being too specific. Sorry.

    • ANSWER:
      I have always drawn anime and am working on starting a webcomic. I can say that your better off developing on your own, while you should learn life drawing and classes would be beneficial in helping develop technical skills to make you art better, you have a bit of maturing to do before you will do well in that situation.(dont worry, we all go through this) Although I do anime as a hobby, I am a theatre major(college) and have to take art and design classes. Animation is something you are going to need to devote yourself to entirely, and chances are you still wont get to do what you want.

      1. Will depend on the class. some will be lengthy color theory, perspective, blending, anatomy, etc.

      2. This depends again on the class and your level, you wont just be thrown into making a short film, if you want a 1 class thing you are not suited for this line of work. It takes time and patience to reach that level.

      3. These classes arent like contests on deviantart, they are trying to get you to expand and mature in your art. Romance or Scifi wont do that. You are looking more like "use a contrasting color scheme" and such.

      4. Yes, if you do not want this, do not choose this path.

      I realize I am guiding you away from school, but at the moment you are better off developing on your own. I have not met a single arts major that hasnt lost a bit of their creativity through having to conform to what the teachers want. Im not saying these things arent beneficial, but when all anyone I have met can really do is copy a photograph..its a problem.

  16. QUESTION:
    Teen Film-making Contest Idea Helpppppp!!!!!!?
    Me and some of my friends who are actors and actresses are entering a teen film-making contest. We Sort of have what we want to do but need a help. Here is what we have so far.

    The Government did something really bad( we need an idea of what they could have done.) US citizens started protesting and attempted to overthrow the government. War started between the government and the people, government decided that they didn't want war so they captured as many US people as they could and took them into custody. Few people remained. A group of kids ended up coming together out of fate and had no choice but to trust each other. They all helped each other survive, and overcome obstacles. With young love, injuries, and just about everything in between they formed great relationships and tried to save their country.

    I need an ending and a main problem and a lot actually! I am open to other ideas and would love any other help I can get. Thanks so much:) Its urgent!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You have the plot.

      Now you need to write a script.

      With the script, you need to break it down into a shooting script.

      The plot is really very complicated so you need to decide how long this video will be before you start writing the script.

      What are the requirements of the group that are hosting the "Teen Film-making contest"

      You really need to base your final video on that. If you know the limitations, then you will be better able to write a viable script

      I did a search for Teen Film-making contests and found a couple

      Here is the criteria for one of them

      "Submissions may be entered in any of ten (10) categories: Fiction, Short Fiction (10 minutes or less), Documentary, Short Documentary (10 minutes or less ), Video Diary, Animation, News Magazine, Visual Arts, Music Video and Public Service Announcement (PSA)"

      Another says this "Entries must be between 4 -10 minutes long, submitted on DVD or USB flash drive"

      Your plot will probably exceed the time limit on this one contest.

      A link to the one you are entering would have been helpful

  17. QUESTION:
    Current Events in Milwaukee?
    What are some current events in milwaukee, WI?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you looking for different festivals and things like that to do? Or are you looking for current events in news in Milwaukee? If you are looking for things to do here are some things that might interest you:

      Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
      September 6, 2007 - September 16, 2007
      Times vary- check the Web site
      www.arts.uwm.edu/lgbtfilm
      Location: Oriental Theatre/UWM Union Theatre
      The city's longest running international film festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by presenting the finest and newest in films and videos by and about the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender community in a screening-packed eleven days of features, documentaries, short films, and presentations by visiting filmmakers. Presented by the Film Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

      2007 Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival
      September 7, 2007 - September 9, 2007
      call for times

      www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com
      Location: Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson
      Phone: 608/868-2505
      Starts Friday with the Wonders of Wool fiber arts classes and Crook & Whistle Stock Dog Trial - 52 fiber workshops and over 120 dogs competing.
      Fleece Show & Sale; Chef Sabi Cooking with Lamb demo; 120 vendors in the Country Store; Make It With Wool fashion design competition; Sheep 101 clinic for beginning shepherds; lambing barn display; Herding 101 classes for herding dogs; hooked rug exhibit; Wool In The Military history exhibit and more! /day, weekend pass.

      Dinosaurs Alive!
      September 7, 2007 - November 21, 2007
      call for times
      www.mpm.edu
      Location: Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater
      Phone: 414/319-4629
      See the earliest creatures of the Triassic Period to the monsters of the Cretaceous in a 'life-sized' IMAX® presentation. Join renowned paleontologists as they discover new fossils and uncover evidence that dinosaur descendants are still among us. Realistic and scientifically-accurate computer-generated animation brings dinosaurs back to life...in a big way!

      Indian Summer Festival
      September 7, 2007 - September 9, 2007
      Fri. 4p.m.-Midnight, Sat. 11a.m.-Midnight, Sun. 11a.m.-10p.m.
      www.indiansummer.org
      Location: Henry Maier Festival Park
      Phone: 414/604-1000
      The largest Native American festival in the United States. Competition Pow-Wow dancing; drum jam; Indian Summer Music Awards; torch lit canoe procession preceding fireworks; American Indian dance troupes; tribal village re-creations; cultural demonstrations; storytellers; lacrosse tournaments; juried fine arts; American Indian traditional and contemporary entertainers; authentic foods; marketplace and fiddle and jig contest.

      Oktoberfest
      September 7, 2007 - September 23, 2007
      Every Weekend: Fri. 5p.m.-Midnight, Sat. 4p.m.-Midnight, Sun. 1-7p.m.
      www.bavarianinnmilw.com
      Location: Heidelberg Park- Glendale
      Phone: 414/462-9147
      The United German Societies invite you to 3 great weekends of fun! Schuhplattler dancers, German beers, delicious food, live German bands, and outdoor Weingarten all add to your enjoyment of this authentic festival. Every Sunday features Packer games on large screen, a Children's Parade and a relaxing Biergarten atmosphere. Just north of Milwaukee in Heidelberg Park behind the Bavarian Inn. on Friday & Saturday, on Sundays.

      The Alps
      September 7, 2007 - November 21, 2007
      Location: Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater
      Phone: 414/319-4629
      Featuring some of the most spectacular giant-screen imagery yet seen, this film celebrates the unsurpassed beauty of The Alps and the indomitable spirit of the people who live there. Viewers will get an unprecedented view complete with a ride on the high-altitude Glacier Express train, stops in enchanting mountain villages, a bungee jump off Verzasca Dam and the rare chance to experience a triumphant ascent of the feared and revered Eiger North Face.

      TosaFest
      September 7, 2007 - September 8, 2007
      Fri. evening, Sat. 11a.m.-11p.m.
      www.tosafest.org
      Location: Village of Wauwatosa
      Phone: 414/899-6449
      An annual event held in the Village of Wauwatosa with festivities that include entertainment on 2 stages, a children's area with games, a wide variety of foods and a "fun run."

      Cedarburg Wine and Harvest Festival
      September 15, 2007 - September 16, 2007
      Sat. 10a.m.-6p.m., Sun.10a.m.-5p.m.
      www.cedarburg.org
      Location: Historic Downtown Cedarburg
      Phone: 800/237-2874
      A two-day festival celebrating the season. Stroll Cedarburg's Downtown Historic District and enjoy the Farmer's Market, art and craft fair, live bands, scarecrow contest and grape stomp contest, apple bobbing, grilled foods and food courts, hay rides, children's activities and a 5K run/walk.

      Global Union World Music Festival
      September 15, 2007 - September 16, 2007
      Noon-7p.m.

      http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/Global-Union.aspx

      Location: Humboldt Park, Oklahoma and Howell Avenues
      Phone: 414/382-6151
      Free outdoor festival of world music and culture.

      Milwaukee International Film Festival
      september 20, 2007 - September 30, 2007
      www.milwaukeefilmfest.org/
      Location: Oriental Theatre, Downer Theatre, Times Cinema, Discovery World, and Milwaukee Art Museum
      Phone: 414/225-9740

      Weissgerber's Gasthaus Oktoberfest
      September 27, 2007 - September 29, 2007
      Thurs. and Fri. 5-10p.m., Sat. 3-10p.m
      www.weissgerbers.com
      Location: Weissgerber's Gasthaus
      Phone: 262/544-4460
      4th Annual Oktoberfest with Waukesha Mayor's official keg-tapping, "Looking Good in Lederhosen" Contest, Dachshund Showcase, Donauschwaben Kinder Dancers, Saturday Spannferkel, German Car Nights, Peggy Mueller on the Button Box, live and recorded German music. Free Admission - Heated Tent

      Oktoberfest

      September 28, 2007 - September 29, 2007
      Fri. and Sat.
      Location: Old World Third Street
      Phone: 414/276-9100

      Civil War Encampment

      October 6, 2007 - October 7, 2007
      10a.m.-4p.m.

      http://www.milwaukeecountyhistsoc.org

      Location: Trimborn Farm Park
      Phone: 414/529-7744
      Our fourth annual Civil War Encampment draws re-enactors from several states who portray life in the Civil War period. Union and Confederate soldiers, sharpshooters, cavalry, medical staff, sutlers, and camp followers will represent famous Civil War figures, cook their meals, sell their goods, demonstrate equipment and weapons, and fight mock skirmishes featuring Civil War weapons and artillery. Special guest actress Pam Welcome as Harriet Tubman on Saturday. Admission for adults; for seniors and students.

      I would go to this site for more, it list all the concerts, theater events, festivals, comedy shows ect... for the city! If you want to find out what is going on this is the place!

      http://milwaukee.org/calendar/

      Good Luck! Hope this helps.

  18. QUESTION:
    Copyrighting an animation?
    I'm planning to work on a short 2D animation. I already know all about free copyrights, but I have lots of questions.

    1) I will add the Copyright sign to every Character Model Sheet, Storyboard Page and Script because I might post them online in a blog. But how much do I need to write? Should I put my name, the Copyright sign and the year?

    2) Because of automatic copyright, will I just be fine with the finished product (the video) or should I add the copyright sign at the beginning of the video itself?

    3) How necessary is it to PAY for a copyright? I'm going to upload it to YouTube when it's finished, and I will submit it to a film contest the next time a film contest comes up in my area. Would you STRONGLY advise me to PAY for a copyright? I'm only a high school student, and I doubt very many people will see it.

    4) If you STRONGLY advise me to pay for a legitimate copyright, how much will it cost me? Will I need to individually pay for every character AND the video itself? Or can I pay for the copyright as a whole, characters and all?

    • ANSWER:
      As soon as you make that animation, it is your "intellectual property" meaning you own it, and no one else can reproduce it or use it in any way without your permission. It is not necessary, although it doesn't hurt to add the copyright notice to everything.

      The only reason you would need to register the copyright and pay the fee is if someone used the animation without your consent and made money off of it or used it commercially, and you were seeking statutory damages from them in federal court. Registering the copyright establishes proof of ownership.

      If you decide to register the copyright, the fee should cover everything assuming it is all in one submission.

  19. QUESTION:
    Help with film, 'Gulliver's Travels'?
    It was made in 1939 and used animation - someone called Sam Parker voiced the character of Gulliver. Does anyone know about/heard of him? What other films may he have been in? Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      he was a radio announcer - here's his short credit list:

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0662603/

      "A radio announcer for most of his career, Sam Parker won the part of Lemuel Gulliver in the Fleischer brother's 1939 feature "Gulliver's Travels" after they abandoned their original idea of having Popeye in the lead role. They instead opted to "rotoscope" an actor (trace over their movements and features - a style invented by Max Fleischer) in order to give a more realistic effect for Gulliver in contrast with their traditional style that was being used to animate the Lilliputians. A radio contest was held to find the lucky actor whose voice and features would be used as Gulliver, so it is ironic that Parker, a radio announcer, won the part."

  20. QUESTION:
    Mac or PC? Which should I get?
    In a short time, I will need to invest in a new computer, preferably a laptop. I have always had a PC, but I have also been urged to switch to mac. We all know macs are more expensive...and I might only be able to afford a regular macbook. So my question to you....
    Mac....or PC

    and why
    I will be using it mostly for email, chat, watching videos, and possibly a game or two (i'm not a big gamer). I also might do some video and photo editing which I KNOW should shout "Mac!" but I've been doing that on a PC for years and have never done it on a Mac.

    • ANSWER:
      I would get a PC for the following..

      PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
      Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

      Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

      Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

      A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

      If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

      Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

      I say: NO... for the following reasons...

      ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
      Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
      1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.
      2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
      3) More business software/games
      4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
      5) Used by businesses.

      ADVANTAGES LINUX :
      1) FREE (most versions are)
      2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
      2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
      3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech

      4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
      5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

      Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
      Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm

      SECURITY
      Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
      Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
      Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html

      http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Irony-in-Mac-OS-X-Getting-Hacked-Before-Vista-SP1-82135.shtml

      VIRUSES
      Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

      http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

      http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/malware_authors_take_aim_at_growing_number_of_1.html

      http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll_have_you_noticed_an_increase_in_malware_viruses_etc_on_your_mac/

      QUALITY/PROBLEMS
      Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

      Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

      http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwindling-my-macbook-pro-sob-story/

      http://www.appledefects.com/

      http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/107748-mac-os-leopard-running-slow.html

      Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
      With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
      IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

      PRICE
      A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

      **(LAPTOP)
      Dell Inspiron Laptop Starting Price: 0
      Ending Price: 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [5% slower]
      Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD [Not as good/fine for general use[
      Memory: 3GB DDR2 SDRAM [75% of ram)
      Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (same)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndozm4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=laptop-inspiron-1545

      Cybperpower Notebook Xplorer X5-2900 Starting Price: 5
      Ending Price After upgrades (not including 5% rebate): 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: (upgrade to) 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (+0) [FASTER]
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9600-GT 512MB [MUCH FASTER/BETTER CARD]
      Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM [MORE MEMORY]
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (+) [LARGER HARD DRIVE]

      http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900_Notebook/detail

      Macbook Starting laptop Price: 00
      Ending Price After Upgrades: 00
      13" Screen (SMALLER)
      CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SLOWER)
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9400 256MB
      Memory: (upgrade to) 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (SAME)
      Hard Drive (upgrade to) 320B Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC240LL/A?mco=NjcxMTQ3Ng

      **(DESKTOP)

      PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to 0 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

      PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

      Dell: (0)
      CPU: 2.4 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: 4GB Ram
      HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer
      GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 256MB

      The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

      IMac (00)
      CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: (upgrade to) 4GB Ram (SAME)
      HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 320 GB hard Drive (LESS HARD DRIVE)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)
      GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (APPROX SAME BUT LESS MEMORY GAPHICS)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB417LL/A?mco=NDE4Mzg3Ng

      Equivalents to ILife

      http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ilife_for_windows.html

      http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

      FREE Windows Stufff

      http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

      http://www.iobit.com/

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      ANTI-VIRUS
      Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.
      http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

      ANTI-MALWARE
      Windows Defender (FREE)

      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

      Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version.

      http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol

      Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

      http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol

      LINUX INFO:

      http://distrowatch.com/

      http://polishlinux.org/

      http://www.desktoplinux.com/

      http://polishlinux.org/

      http://www.ubuntu.com/

      http://www.kubuntu.org/

      http://www.freespire.org/

      http://www.pclinuxos.com/

      http://xwinman.org/gnome.php

      http://xwinman.org/kde.php

      http://www.linuxalt.com/

      http://screencasts.ubuntu.com/

      https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwitchingToUbuntu/FromMacOSX

      https://help.ubuntu.com/community/SwitchingToUbuntu/FromWindows

      http://www.linuxfoundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/

  21. QUESTION:
    What computer should my family buy?
    Okay, so our most recent computer got a really bad virus, because my brother clicked something he shouldn't have by accident, so, long story short, we don't have that computer anymore.

    Now we need to buy a new computer. Of course there are tons of options, but so with so many of them, it makes it hard to choose.

    So, I'm asking, which one would you recommend we buy? One for a good price, of course, and one that would be suitable for the family.

    We threw a bunch of pros and cons of Desktops and laptops - the computer would be at the same desk that I do my home work on, so if we get a laptop I could move it so that I have more room/ However, if we get a desktop, I could easily do my work around it.

    Also, between a mac and a PC. We got a virus on a PC, but even still, they've been really good for us. We also have an iMac, but that version's old, but even still, it's been faithful to us, and there's less chance of us getting a virus on a mac, or so I've heard.

    I've basically been throwing out pros and cons of each, but even still, which one would you guys recommend? A laptop or a desktop? A PC or a mac?

    Thanks :D
    To "Masked":

    Actually, we can't fix this one - it won't even let us move the mouse. We've gotten a virus before, we were able to fix that one, but this one.. it's just unbearable.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay with a PC and try this for fixing your current computer first. (click on each of the videos make sure you start with Part 1)
      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mrizos&view=videos&query=how+to+make+a+bootable (How to make a bootable Windows Repair disk)
      http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=mrizos&view=videos&query=ultimate (how to get rid of even the toughest viruses on Windows with the disk created above) .

      PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
      Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

      Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

      Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

      A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

      If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

      Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

      I say: NO... for the following reasons...

      ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
      Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
      1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.
      2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
      3) More business software/games
      4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
      5) Used by businesses.

      ADVANTAGES LINUX :
      1) FREE (most versions are)
      2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
      2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
      3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech

      4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
      5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

      Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
      Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm

      SECURITY
      Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
      Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
      Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html

      http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Irony-in-Mac-OS-X-Getting-Hacked-Before-Vista-SP1-82135.shtml

      VIRUSES
      Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

      http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

      http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/malware_authors_take_aim_at_growing_number_of_1.html

      http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll_have_you_noticed_an_increase_in_malware_viruses_etc_on_your_mac/

      QUALITY/PROBLEMS
      Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

      Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

      http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwindling-my-macbook-pro-sob-story/

      http://www.appledefects.com/

      http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/107748-mac-os-leopard-running-slow.html

      Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
      With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
      IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

      PRICE
      A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

      **(LAPTOP)
      Dell Inspiron Laptop Starting Price: 0
      Ending Price: 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [5% slower]
      Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD [Not as good/fine for general use[
      Memory: 3GB DDR2 SDRAM [75% of ram)
      Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (same)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndozm4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=laptop-inspiron-1545

      Cybperpower Notebook Xplorer X5-2900 Starting Price: 5
      Ending Price After upgrades (not including 5% rebate): 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: (upgrade to) 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (+0) [FASTER]
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9600-GT 512MB [MUCH FASTER/BETTER CARD]
      Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM [MORE MEMORY]
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (+) [LARGER HARD DRIVE]

      http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900_Notebook/detail

      Macbook Starting laptop Price: 00
      Ending Price After Upgrades: 00
      13" Screen (SMALLER)
      CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SLOWER)
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9400 256MB
      Memory: (upgrade to) 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (SAME)
      Hard Drive (upgrade to) 320B Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC240LL/A?mco=NjcxMTQ3Ng

      **(DESKTOP)

      PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to 0 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

      PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

      Dell: (0)
      CPU: 2.33 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: 4GB Ram
      HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer
      GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 512MB

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dddwra4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=desktop-inspiron-537s

      The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

      IMac (00)
      CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: (upgrade to) 4GB Ram (SAME)
      HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 320 GB hard Drive (LESS HARD DRIVE)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)
      GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (APPROX SAME BUT LESS MEMORY GAPHICS)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB417LL/A?mco=NDE4Mzg3Ng

      Equivalents to ILife

      http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ilife_for_windows.html

      http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

      FREE Windows Stufff

      http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

      http://www.iobit.com/

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      ANTI-VIRUS
      Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.
      http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

      ANTI-MALWARE
      Windows Defender (FREE)

      http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/defender/default.mspx

      Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version.

      http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol

      Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

      http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol

      LINUX INFO:

      http://distrowatch.com/

      http://polishlinux.org/

      http://www.desktoplinux.com/

      http://polishlinux.org/

  22. QUESTION:
    Is mac necessary for music recording/editing?
    I currently run protools on a dell inspiron 9300. It's pretty damn old, new computers are 2-3 times as powerful, but protools still runs. Though with many tracks and alot going on it starts to suck.

    I'm planning to get a new computer...and everyone says go with mac for music, but the price difference is outrageous. A basic macbook pro goes for 1200. A PC with equivalent specs goes for 600. And i'm short on money, too.

    My question is, is there any reason i'd regret getting the PC? Besides the fact that my computer won't look as cool/artsy

    • ANSWER:
      No. There are plenty of options with the PC for music recording/editing.. Also look into Free http://http://www.ubuntustudio.org http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISkTPqhOnco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzT4X8vweaE

      PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
      Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

      Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

      Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

      A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

      If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

      Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

      I say: NO... for the following reasons...

      QUALITY/PROBLEMS
      Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

      Sample of problems: Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

      http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwindling-my-macbook-pro-sob-story/

      http://www.appledefects.com/

      http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/107748-mac-os-leopard-running-slow.html

      http://cybernetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/reliable-laptops.jpg

      Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
      With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
      IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

      VIRUSES
      Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

      http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

      http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/malware_authors_take_aim_at_growing_number_of_1.html

      http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll_have_you_noticed_an_increase_in_malware_viruses_etc_on_your_mac/

      SECURITY
      Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
      Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
      Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html

      http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Irony-in-Mac-OS-X-Getting-Hacked-Before-Vista-SP1-82135.shtml

      PRICE
      A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

      **(LAPTOP)
      Dell Inspiron Laptop Starting Price: 0
      Ending Price: 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo [5% slower]
      Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD [Not as good/fine for general use[
      Memory: 3GB DDR2 SDRAM [75% of ram)
      Hard Drive: 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (same)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dndozm4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=laptop-inspiron-1545

      Cybperpower Notebook Xplorer X5-2900 Starting Price: 5
      Ending Price After upgrades (not including 5% rebate): 0
      15" Screen
      CPU: (upgrade to) 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (+0) [FASTER]
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9600-GT 512MB [MUCH FASTER/BETTER CARD]
      Memory: 4GB DDR2 SDRAM [MORE MEMORY]
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 320GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (+) [LARGER HARD DRIVE]

      http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900_Notebook/detail

      Macbook Starting laptop Price: 00
      Ending Price After Upgrades: 00
      13" Screen (SMALLER)
      CPU: 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SLOWER)
      Graphics: Nvidia GFORCE 9400 256MB
      Memory: (upgrade to) 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (SAME)
      Hard Drive (upgrade to) 320B Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC240LL/A?mco=NjcxMTQ3Ng

      **(DESKTOP)

      PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to 0 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

      PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

      Dell: (0)
      CPU: 2.33 GHZ Dell Inspiron QUAD (4 Processor) CORE
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: 4GB Ram
      HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer
      GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon HD 512MB

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dddwra4&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=desktop-inspiron-537s

      The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

      IMac (00)
      CPU: 2.4 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (SLOWER CPU)
      SCREEN: 20inch Screen
      MEMORY: (upgrade to) 4GB Ram (SAME)
      HARD DRIVE: (upgrade to ) 320 GB hard Drive (LESS HARD DRIVE)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer (1/2 speed)
      GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (APPROX SAME BUT LESS MEMORY GAPHICS)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB417LL/A?mco=NDE4Mzg3Ng

      ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
      Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
      1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.
      2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
      3) More business software/games
      4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
      5) Used by businesses.

      ADVANTAGES LINUX :
      1) FREE (most versions are)
      2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
      2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
      3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech

      4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
      5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

      Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
      Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm

      Equivalents to ILife

      http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ilife_for_windows.html

      http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

      FREE Windows Stuff

      http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

      http://www.iobit.com/

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      ANTI-VIRUS
      Avira Antivir (FREE) for 2009 personal edition is free (there is a paid version) the free version was rated the best by consumer reports 2009.
      http://www.free-av.com/ Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

      ANTI-MALWARE
      Malware Bytes (FREE) Limitation - No Realtime protection on free version.

      http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol

      Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

      http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol

      LINUX INFO:

  23. QUESTION:
    This question will probably get deleted but...?
    I hate mac users who are so defensive. Macs...SUCK!

    1. macs cant play any good video games
    2. macs are meant for people who don't know how to use a computer
    3. The only reason there are no viruses is because hackers are like "**** this, Only like two percent of people who own a computer is rich enough to buy one of these, why waste time making a virus
    4. NO personilization
    5. (going back to 3's point) the firewall isn't any better, a pc will do just as well if your not looking up **** on the internet all the time without any firewall's on.
    6. Mac's are always going to be defensive because they don't want to admit that they bought the mac because they have no self decesion and don't take there pills for A.D.D. because all they bought it for was the shiny apple that lights up when they're simplistic minds finally found the power button (not saying that it''s hard to find).
    7. DONT GET ME WRONG. I don't disrespect all Mac users, I disrespect the ones who believe its soooo much better than pc.
    8. SNOW LEOPARD BARELY WORKS!
    9. Today I was told, (by a mac) "If you haven''t lost thousands of files using a pc, then your to young."

    my response?

    "If you haven't realized that you bought an overpriced computer for the brand name, then your waaay to old."

    10. This whole entire Mac thing is just temporary and is just teaching people to not judge a book by its cover, because when you open it your going to find Steve Jobs saying, we made a single click mouse because it's harder to distinguish left and right, and people would rather slow everything down by running over to the control key (it should just be called, the "you're now owned by apple" key) and then left click. That's conveinent.
    Well, this question will probably be short lived. But whatever, I just neeeeeded to say that.
    And of course, some of my opinions are exxadgerrated.
    to - A Name Goes Right Here-

    1. You pulled THAT out of your *** and YOU know it, you just threw in a few fancy words so people would agree with you.

    2. And I'm pretty much right about the personilization, not much you can do with a mac, don't think I'm retarded, almost everyone I know uses a mac, and I've used them ALOT.

    3. Anything you wanna mod on them is very hard, due to the fact that just like every other apple product, the battery and everything else doesn't come out on purpose, you have to MAKE it come out, voiding your warranty.

    4. I'm entitled to my opinion. But I don't care, because at least you TRIED to put up an argument.

    • ANSWER:
      Try to sound less angry.. And calmly state the facts.. I understand the fustration with those who say "Mac is better" when it is not..

      PC=Variety of specs, options, quality, prices, vendors, support
      Mac=One vendor, limited options, still more expensive. Look below for more information..

      Today, Macs use a subset of PC hardware. Why spend extra to get the same CPU chips, graphics cards and OS X isn't as secure as you think..

      Don't believe the lies that Macs are better than PCs at graphics/animation.. Dreamworks Animation http://www.dreamworksanimation.com/ under studio click on Technology of Animation, an independent film maker I know uses PCs, a graphic artist I used to know uses PCs also.

      A number of PCs can also run OS X (Mac OS) http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=os+x+on+pc&btnG=Google+Search&aq=0&oq=os+x+on+ as well just that Apple makes it illegal in order to get Market share.. The reason why Mac can run native Windows is because it is using a subset of PC hardware,

      If you decide to buy a Mac for running Windows, you will still have to get the same virus/spyware protection, and run into the same issues as a regular PC.

      Now is a Mac worth buying for OS X?

      I say: NO... for the following reasons...

      SECURITY
      Mac OS X was hacked in 2006 less than 30 minutes, and within 2 minutes in a contest in 2008, and within 10 seconds in 2009. In 2008, Linux and Vista were not hacked until another day when restrictions were lowered. Vista was next, and then Linux. In 2009 Windows 7 fell shortly after the Mac but Linux was unscathed.
      Macs are standardized with Cameras, if your Mac gets hacked, the hacker can turn on your camera with more ease.
      Please Note: All OS's have vulnerabilities.

      http://www.zdnet.com.au/news/security/soa/Mac-OS-X-hacked-under-30-minutes/0,130061744,139241748,00.htm

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/27/Gone-in-2-minutes-Mac-gets-hacked-first-in-contest_1.html

      http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/03/19/Researcher_cracks_Mac_in_10_seconds_1.html

      http://news.softpedia.com/news/Microsoft-Finds-Irony-in-Mac-OS-X-Getting-Hacked-Before-Vista-SP1-82135.shtml

      QUALITY/PROBLEMS
      Contrary to belief, Macs are not better quality. Apple also has been changing suppliers to try to "lower the price" and thus lowering quality. Even with the lower prices, Macs still cost more, they spend a higher percent of budget trying to make it look pretty, and marketing.

      Sample of problems: Deleting your Data (Snow Leopard), Overheating Macbooks, OS X- not responding to keyboard, some units with 16bit screens, etc. Apple statistics are misleading since Mac users with problem machines are more likely to go out and buy a new computer than PC users. Apple is lowering prices which means you can expect lower quality than in the past. Apple had switched the manufacturers producing parts. OS X also has problems slowing down.

      http://blogs.zdnet.com/Apple/?p=5006

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-10020263-17.html

      http://www.tuaw.com/2008/08/01/apples-quality-dwindling-my-macbook-pro-sob-story/

      http://www.appledefects.com/

      http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-x-operating-system/107748-mac-os-leopard-running-slow.html

      http://cybernetnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/reliable-laptops.jpg

      Repairs are more expensive than PCs since the IMac, Mac Mini are compact units, and Apple charges a premium for their services. Some repairs can be done by another repair service but the compact design of the computer causes problems.
      With an IMac, if the problem is with the monitor, the whole computer would have to be brought in.
      IMac and Mac mini lack expansion.

      VIRUSES
      Mac OS X has viruses (and significantly on the rise), a friend of mine has a virused Mac. As more users use Macs, more viruses will come out for it. Especially when users think "they are safe".

      http://infosecurity.us/?p=4005

      http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2008/07/malware_authors_take_aim_at_growing_number_of_1.html

      http://www.macsimumnews.com/index.php/archive/poll_have_you_noticed_an_increase_in_malware_viruses_etc_on_your_mac/

      ADVANTAGES WINDOWS :
      Aprox 90% of the market is Windows and most PCs have windows already pre-installed.
      1) Some websites require Internet Explorer, to run IE on Mac you really get ies4osx which is the Windows version of IE running really buggy and illegal if you don't have a legitimate copy of Windows.
      2) Supports more devices (printers and other things you hook into the computer).
      3) More business software/games
      4) Want the dock on OS X (Mac)? google/yahoo rocketdock, objectdoc.
      5) Used by businesses.

      ADVANTAGES LINUX :
      1) FREE (most versions are)
      2) Install software by either 1) Synaptic Package Manager, 2) Add/Remove 3) Opening a .deb or .rpm file (depending on distribution)
      2) Like the Mac OS X effects? go yahoo/google COMPIZ FUSION which can do any cool effect a Mac can do and many ore....

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3gkX9HDfEE (there is no flickering when you use it like on the video, not sure why the person has the flicker)
      3) Mac OS X Doc? google/yahoo Avant Window Navigator.Cairo Dock, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3rf5q_cairo-dock-mac-os-x-leopard-dock-on_tech

      4) It is FASTER/MORE SECURE to surf on the internet
      5) Some Windows programs work with Wnehq/Crossover (also avail on Mac, but why pay $$$)

      Instructions how to download, burn and boot http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/
      Dual Boot Instructions http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed_first.htm

      PRICE
      A similar equipped PC is much cheaper to purchase than Mac. Lets use Dell (but you can compare with another PC Brand if you like)

      **(LAPTOP)
      Dell Inspiron Laptop Price Starting: 0 Ending Opt A: 4 Ending Opt B: 4
      15" Screen (SAME)
      CPU: (upgrade to) 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SAME)
      Graphics: OPT A: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD (WORSE) Benchmark: 1243 http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Graphics-Media-Accelerator-4500MHD-GMA-X4500MHD.9883.0.html
      OPT B: 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD4330 (BETTER) Benchmark: 4969 http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-ATI-Mobility-Radeon-HD-4330.13973.0.html
      Memory: 4GB 1033GHZ DDR3 SDRAM (SAME)
      CD DRIVE: 8X CD/DVD-RW
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)
      Battery Life: (upgrade to) up to 8 hours (BETTER)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=DNDWZA3&s=dhs&fb=1

      Macbook Pro Price Starting: 00 Ending Opt A: 50
      15" Screen (SAME)
      CPU: 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (SAME)
      Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics Benchmark: 3263 http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-9400M-G.11949.0.html
      Memory: 4GB 1033GHZ DDR3 SDRAM (SAME)
      CD DRIVE: 8X CD/DVD-RW
      Hard Drive: (upgrade to) 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm (SAME)
      Battery Life: up to 7 hours (WORSE)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MC118LL/A?mco=MTM3NDcyODk

      **(DESKTOP)

      PLEASE NOTE: I compare Apple Mac's vs Dells best deal. If you really want an all-in one the Dell all-in-one has more ram, wireless keyboard and mouse and equivalent to 0 for free making the Imac still more expensive when you matching specs. Personally I don't think the All-in-Ones are a good choice, and consider them overpriced, lack expandability and repairs both more expensive and require the entire computer.

      PS: Apple knows that they need to make Macintosh look different than PC so all Macs except the Mac Pro will not have a tower option. Apple's low end lacks expandability but it makes the Mac "look different", if Mac had a tower for low-end, more people would realize the similarities between the two.

      Dell XPS8000: (18)
      CPU: I-7 2.8GHZ (SUPERIOR ) RANK 12= http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7+860+%40+2.80GHz
      SCREEN: (Upgrade to) 21.5inch Screen
      MEMORY: 6GB Ram DDR3 Dual Channel 1033GHZ (MORE)
      HARD DRIVE: 640 GB (LARGER, FASTER)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 16x DVD/CD Read/Writer (FASTER)
      GRAPHICS: ATI Radeon 4350HD 512MB (SUPERIOR)

      http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dxdzkv1&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&m_2=SXI7860&mo=2~SXI7860&kc=studio-xps-8000

      The Mac Mini since it has no monitor, keyboard, mouse, very skimpy on options and setup and is not the best deal... The IMac is better price than the Mac Mini.

      IMac (00)
      CPU: 3.06 GHZ DUAL (2 Processor) CORE (MUCH SLOWER) http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=Intel+Core2+Duo+E8435+%40+3.06GHz
      SCREEN: 21.5inch Screen
      MEMORY: 4GB Ram (LESS)
      HARD DRIVE: 500 GB hard Drive (SMALLER, SLOWER)
      OPTICAL DRIVE: 8x DVD Reader/Writer
      GRAPHICS: Nvidia Geforce 9400M (WORSE)

      http://store.apple.com/us/configure/MB950LL/A?mco=MTM3NDc2NDc

      ILife Equivalents

      http://www.jakeludington.com/ask_jake/20070830_ilife_for_windows.html

      http://www.xsellize.com/showthread.php?t=20518

      FREE Windows Stuff

      http://www.comodo.com/products/free_products.html

      http://www.iobit.com/

      http://www.ccleaner.com/

      ANTI-VIRUS
      Avira Antivir (FREE) rated best detection/2009 (Free version=no realtime protection) and here http://www.freewaregenius.com/2009/04/07/the-best-free-antivirus-a-comparison/

      http://www.free-av.com/

      Avast (Free- Click under Free Software and download Avast Home Edition) http://www.avast.com/

      ANTI-MALWARE
      Malware Bytes-(Free version=no realtime protection).

      http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html?tag=mncol

      Super Anti-Spyware (FREE)

      http://download.cnet.com/SuperAntiSpyware-Free-Edition/3000-8022_4-10523889.html?tag=mncol

      LINUX INFO:

      http://distrowatch.com/

      http://polishlinux.org/

      http://www.desktoplinux.com/

  24. QUESTION:
    Biography about Peter Jackson?
    i have to write an essay about Peter Jackson
    heres the promt: tell about his growing up years, what infulences he's had, how he got his start in movie making, his earlier successes, and his recent successes

    i already got how he got into movie making and his past successes
    i just need some ides for the rest

    help please?
    sam p, i already went on that web site and i took all the sentances and put it into my own words.
    ahah but thanks for trying
    anything else?

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go Hope it helps u.

      Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8mm movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends. They were usually short, but they already had the spectacular trademark that would make Jackson famous: impressive special effects, made at a very low cost. For example, for his film "World War Two" which he made as a teenager, he used to simulate a firing gun by punching little holes into the celluloid, so that, once projected, the gun gave the impression of displaying a small fire. Jackson's first step towards the more serious filmmaking came with an entry in a local contest to stimulate amateur and children's film. For this film, he used stop-motion animation to create a monster that ruins a city in the style of Ray Harryhausen. Unfortunately, he didn't win. When Jackson was 22, he embarked on an movie making-adventure that would change his life. This film, Bad Taste (1987), was begun as any other Jackson film, in an amateuristic style, at a low budget and using friends and local people to star in his film. Jackson himself did nearly everything in the movie, he directed, produced, filmed and starred in it, in a number of roles, amongst them that of the hero, "Derek". And everything was filmed on a second-hand, 0 camera. It took Jackson and his friends four years to complete the movie. What had started out as an joke in a group of friends, then became a cult-classic. A friend of Jackson who was working in the movie industry convinced him the film had commercial prospects and arranged for it to be shown at the Cannes film festival, where it won a lot of acclaim, as well as a number of prizes. The movie soon became a hit because of its bizarre humor and overdose of special-effects, some realistic, some hilarious because of their amateuristic look. After the success of Bad Taste (1987), Jackson became recognized as a director and the door to fame and fortune was opened. He gave up his job at a local photographer's shop and became a well-known director of horror-movies, after the success of his first professionally made movie, Braindead (1992).

      IMDb Mini Biography By: T. van der Sluijs

      Spouse
      Fran Walsh (1987 - present) 2 children

      Trade Mark
      His films frequently conclude with a bloodbath, e.g.: the lawnmower with the zombies in Braindead (1992), and the murder of Honora Parker in Heavenly Creatures (1994).

      Frequently set his movies in Wellington, New Zealand.

      Likes to make cameo appearances in his movies: the morgue assistant in Braindead (1992), the homeless man in_Heavenly Creatures (1994)_, the dude in _Frighteners, The (1996/I)_, the drunk in _Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)_, the guy throwing a spear in Helm's Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and the Corsair Leader in _Lord of The Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)_.

      Always writes his scripts with his real-life partner Fran Walsh.

      In his movies, there's frequently a fake documentary: the Christchurch footage in Heavenly Creatures (1994), The Murders & Psychos documentary in _Frighteners, The (1996/I)_, the Colin McKenzie biopic in _Forgotten Silver (1995)_, and _Lord of The Piercing (2002)_ (on_Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)_ region 1 extended edition DVD).

      In his movies, there are always axes: the Whitey Alien's axe in Bad Taste (1987), the explorers' axe in Braindead (1992), the Diello's axe in Heavenly Creatures (1994), the executioner's axe in _Forgotten Silver (1995)_, the Reaper's axe in _Frighteners, The (1996/I)_, Gimli's axe in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001).

      Has an interest in matricide (Derek is "born-again" in the ending of Bad Taste (1987), Sidney kills his wife and mother of his son in Meet the Feebles (1989), Lionel Cosgrove kills his mother in Braindead (1992), Pauline Rieper kills her mother in Heavenly Creatures (1994), Patricia Ann Bradley kills her mother in _The Frighteners (1996/I)_.

      Frequently wears shorts, even in freezing cold weather.

      Frequently casts Andy Serkis.

      Frequently casts Jed Brophy

  25. QUESTION:
    list as many hobbies as u can think of.?

    • ANSWER:
      This is an incomplete list, which may never be able to satisfy certain standards for completeness.
      Revisions and sourced additions are welcome.
      This is a list of hobbies.

      Contents [hide]
      1 Amateur science related
      2 Animal-related
      3 Arts and crafts
      4 Computer-related
      5 Cooking
      6 DIY (Do It Yourself)
      7 Electronics
      8 Film-making
      9 Games
      10 Historical reenactment
      11 Interactive fiction
      12 Internet-based hobbies
      13 Literature
      14 Model (scale model) building
      15 Music
      16 Observation
      17 Outdoor/nature activities
      18 Performing arts
      19 Photography
      20 Sports or other physical activities
      21 Toys of some sophistication
      22 Transportation

      [edit] Amateur science related
      Amateur astronomy
      Amateur microscopy
      Chemical experiments (or kitchen chemistry)
      Fireworks
      Lasers
      Mass-Observation
      Physics demos or experiments
      Robots
      (See also: The Amateur Scientist)

      [edit] Animal-related
      Fancy (animal breeding) (keeping pet or show animals)
      Animal rescue (injured or orphaned wild or domestic animals)
      Bird watching
      Beekeeping
      Dog breeding
      Falconry
      Fishkeeping
      Herpetoculture
      Horses
      Hunting

      [edit] Arts and crafts
      Altar art
      Beading
      Blacksmithing
      Calligraphy
      Collaging
      Cosplay
      Crochet
      Cross-stitch
      Dollhouses
      Doll making
      Drawing
      Embroidery
      Enamels
      Figure painting
      Glassblowing
      Jewellery making
      Knitting
      Leather crafting
      Origami
      Painting
      Figure painting (hobby)
      Tole painting
      Watercolor
      Splatter painting
      Papercraft
      Pottery
      Quilting
      Scrapbooking
      Sculpture
      Sewing
      Soapmaking
      Stained glass
      Stamping
      Warm glass
      Weaving
      Wood carving
      Woodworking
      Watches
      –==Collecting==

      Antiques
      Artwork
      Autographs
      Aviation archaeology
      Banknotes
      Baseball cards
      Beetles
      Books
      Bottles
      Business cards
      Butterflies
      Calendars
      Cameras
      Candlesticks
      Cards
      Conifer cones
      Bottle caps
      Christmas accessories
      Classic videogames
      Clocks
      Coasters
      Coins
      Comic books
      Crystals
      Currency
      Dice
      Die-cast toys
      Dumpster diving
      Enamels
      Feathers
      Fossils
      Found objects
      Fountain pens
      Guns
      Hats
      Jewelry
      Keychains
      Knives (pocket knives, hunting knives, kitchen knives)
      Lunchboxes
      Manga
      Matchcovers and matchboxes ("phillumenism")
      Microchips
      Militaria
      Miniature figures
      Moths
      Newspapers
      Patches
      Photographs
      Postcards
      Posters
      Quotes
      Recordings (Records, CDs, Cassettes)
      Rocks and Minerals
      Scale models
      Salt and pepper shakers
      Shopping lists
      Souvenirs
      Spoons
      Stamps
      Stickers
      Swords
      Teddy bears
      Thimbles
      Trading cards (such as baseball cards)
      Treasure hunting (possibly using metal detectors)
      Watches and Clocks
      Yardsticks

      [edit] Computer-related
      3D computer graphics design
      Animation design
      Computer games
      Computer programming
      Distributed computing projects
      Open source and the free software movement
      Competitive programming - e.g. ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest or TopCoder
      Operating systems, e.g. GNU/Linux
      Image editing (with Adobe Photoshop for example)
      Retrocomputing
      Modding / case modding

      [edit] Cooking
      Baking
      Barbecue (Grilling)
      Beer making
      OpenCola

      [edit] DIY (Do It Yourself)
      Home Repairs
      Interior Design
      Logging Inventing ideas
      Lock picking
      Low-tech
      Spud gun

      [edit] Electronics
      Amateur radio
      CB radio
      Circuit bending
      DIY audio
      Designing and building electronic circuits
      Hardware hacking
      TV and FM DXing
      Home theater

      [edit] Film-making
      Animation
      Short movies

      [edit] Games
      Board games
      Backgammon
      Checkers
      Chess
      Carrom
      Chinese Checkers
      German board games
      Go
      Monopoly
      Pente
      Risk
      Rummikub
      Tournament Scrabble
      Stratego
      Card games
      Bridge
      Cribbage
      Gin rummy
      Poker
      Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games
      Dominoes
      Fantasy sports
      Role-playing games
      Video games
      Wargaming, sometimes with miniatures

      [edit] Historical reenactment
      Ancient reenactment (See also: List of ancient reenactment groups)
      Dark Ages reenactment
      Early Medieval reenactment
      High Medieval reenactment
      Renaissance reenactment
      Jousting
      English Civil War reenactment
      Modern reenactment
      North America Fur Trade reenactments (known as "Rendezvous")
      French and Indian War reenactment
      American Revolutionary War reenactment
      Napoleonic war reenactment
      Franco-Prussian War reenactment
      American Civil War reenactment
      Wild West reenactment
      Cowboy action shooting
      World War II

      [edit] Interactive fiction
      Collaborative fiction
      Gamebook
      Interactive storytelling
      Role-playing game

      [edit] Internet-based hobbies
      Beboing
      Blogging
      BookCrossing
      Currency bill tracking
      Geocaching
      Google whacking
      GPS drawing
      MSN
      MySpace
      Newsgroups
      StumbleUpon
      Trolling
      Wikipedia
      World Wide Web
      Yahoo Answers
      Friendster

      [edit] Literature
      Constructed languages (conlanging)
      Geofiction, including model nations
      Learning foreign languages
      Reading and bibliophilia
      Writing

      [edit] Model (scale model) building
      Live steam models
      Matchstick models
      Military models
      Model aircraft
      Model cars, including radio-controlled cars
      Model commercial vehicles
      Model engineering (Machining)
      Model houses
      Model figures
      Model military vehicles
      Model nations
      Model railways/railroads
      Backyard railroads
      Model rockets
      Model ships
      Model yachting

      [edit] Music
      Musical composition and MIDI composition
      Singing and playing musical instruments
      Songwriting

      [edit] Observation
      Amateur astronomy
      Bird watching
      Geyser gazing
      Horoscopes
      People/crowd watching
      Transportation spotting (see below)

      [edit] Outdoor/nature activities
      Airsoft
      Backpacking
      Birdfeeding, birding, and birdwatching
      Bouldering
      Buildering or urban climbing
      Butterfly watching
      Camping
      Caving
      Canoeing and kayaking
      Fishing
      Gardening (forest gardening, organic gardening, wildlife gardening, bonsai, and permaculture)
      Geocaching
      Ghost Hunting
      Hacky Sack/footbag
      Hiking
      Historical Trekking
      Horse riding
      Hunting
      Kite flying
      Laser skirmish
      Letterboxing
      Mountain climbing
      Paintball
      Rafting
      Rock climbing
      Rockhounding (rock and mineral hunting/collecting)
      Ice Skating
      Plinking
      Sailing
      Sight seeing
      Skiing
      Snowboarding
      Survival Camping
      Stone skipping
      SCUBA diving
      Traveling
      Treasure hunting (possibly with metal detectors)
      Urban Exploration
      Walking

      [edit] Performing arts
      Amateur theater
      Dancing
      Juggling
      Magic tricks
      Singing

      [edit] Photography
      Astrophotography
      Darkroom work (developing and printing photographic film)
      Kite aerial photography

      [edit] Sports or other physical activities
      Aerobics
      Archery
      Badminton
      Baseball, softball, and rounders
      Basketball
      Bowling
      Boxing
      Cheerleading
      Cricket
      Cycling
      Dance
      Flying
      Freshwater and saltwater fishing, including fly fishing
      Fencing/Historical Fencing
      Football
      Football (soccer)
      Free Running
      Gliding
      Golf
      Hanggliding
      Hunting
      Ice skating
      Kitesurfing
      Lacrosse
      Martial arts
      Paintball
      Parkour
      Racquetball
      Ringette
      Rowing
      Running, Jogging
      Sailing
      Shooting rifles, pistols, and shotguns
      Surfing
      Table tennis
      Tae Kwon Do
      Tennis
      Ultimate
      Volleyball
      Weight lifting
      Skating
      Swimming
      Skiing
      Snowboarding
      Yachting
      Yoga

      [edit] Toys of some sophistication
      LEGO, including Brikwars, and Lego Mindstorms
      Radio control toys
      Erector Sets

      [edit] Transportation
      Automobiles:
      Antique cars
      Auto detailing
      Autocross
      Kit cars
      Motorcycles
      Motorsports (auto/motorcycle racing)
      Off-roading
      Rallying
      Trucks
      Enthusiasm
      Railfan
      Roadgeek
      Metrophile
      Gongoozler (people who watch canals in the United Kingdom)
      Transport spotting
      Aircraft spotting
      Bus spotting
      Train spotting

  26. QUESTION:
    lists of hobbies?
    can someone please list some hobbies??

    • ANSWER:
      Amateur astronomy
      Amateur microscopy
      Chemical experiments (or kitchen chemistry)
      Electronics, small scale, of course.
      Fireworks
      Genealogy
      Lasers
      Mass-Observation
      Physics demos or experiments
      Robots

      Animal-related
      Animal Fancy (keeping or breeding animals for pets or show)
      Animal rescue (injured or orphaned wild or domestic animals)
      Bird watching
      Beekeeping
      Dog breeding
      Falconry
      Fishkeeping
      Herpetoculture
      Horses
      Hunting
      Human agility
      Dog training
      Elephant training

      Arts and crafts
      Altar art
      Beading
      Blacksmithing
      Calligraphy
      Collaging
      Cosplay
      Crochet
      Cross-stitch
      Dollhouses
      House making
      Drawing
      Embroidery
      Enamels
      Engraving
      Figure painting
      Glassblowing
      Graffiti
      Henna
      Jewellery making
      Knitting
      Leather crafting
      Origami
      Painting
      Figure painting
      Tole painting
      Watercolor
      Splatter painting
      Papercraft
      Pottery
      Quilting
      Scrapbooking
      Sculpture
      Sewing
      Soapmaking
      Stained glass
      Stamping
      Warm glass
      Weaving
      Wood carving
      Woodworking
      Lifecasting

      Collecting
      Antiques
      Artwork
      Autographs
      Aviation archaeology
      Banknotes
      Baseball cards
      Beetles
      Books
      Bottles
      Business cards
      Butterflies
      Calendars
      Cameras
      Candlesticks
      Cans
      Cards
      Conifer cones
      Bottle caps
      Christmas accessories
      Classic videogames
      Clocks
      Coasters
      Coins
      Comic books
      Crystals
      Currency
      Dice
      Die-cast toys
      Dumpster diving
      Enamels
      Fashion Design
      Feathers
      Fossils
      Found objects
      Fountain pens
      Guns
      Handbags
      Hats
      Jewelry
      Keychains
      Knives (pocket knives, hunting knives, kitchen knives)
      License Plates
      Lunchboxes
      Manga
      Matchcovers and matchboxes
      Microchips
      Militaria
      Miniature figures
      Moths
      Newspapers
      Patches
      Photographs
      Plates
      Postcards
      Posters
      Quotations
      Recordings (Records, CDs, Cassettes)
      Rocks and Minerals
      Scale models
      Salt and pepper shakers
      Shopping lists
      Snow globes
      Souvenirs
      Spoons
      Stamps
      Stickers
      Swords
      Teddy bears
      Thimbles
      Trading cards (such as baseball cards)
      Treasure hunting (possibly using metal detectors)
      Toys
      Watches and Clocks
      Wine
      Yardsticks

      Computer-related
      3D computer graphics design
      Animation design
      Computer games
      Computer programming
      Open source and the free software movement
      Competitive programming - e.g. ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest or TopCoder
      Distributed computing projects
      Image editing (with Adobe Photoshop for example)
      Retrocomputing
      Modding / case modding / Overclocking

      Food
      Baking
      Barbecue (Grilling)
      Homebrewing (beer making)
      OpenCola
      Home Canning
      Cake making / cake decorating
      Wine tasting

      DIY (Do It Yourself)
      Home Repairs
      Interior Design
      Logging Inventing ideas
      Lock picking
      Low-tech
      Spud gun
      Go-Karting
      Refurbishing

      Electronics
      Amateur radio
      CB radio
      Circuit bending
      DIY audio
      Designing and building electronic circuits
      Hardware hacking
      TV and FM DXing
      Home theater

      Film-making
      Animation
      Short movies

      Games
      Board games
      Backgammon
      Checkers
      Chess
      Carrom
      Chinese Checkers
      Clue
      German board games
      Go
      Monopoly
      Pente
      Risk
      Rummikub
      Tournament Scrabble
      Stratego
      Card games
      Bridge
      Cribbage
      Gin rummy
      Hearts
      Poker
      Rook
      Spades
      Trading Card Games/Collectible Card Games
      euchre
      Cue sports
      Dominoes
      Fantasy sports
      Role-playing games
      Sudoku
      Tiddlywinks
      Video games
      Wargaming, sometimes with miniatures

      Gardening
      Bonsai
      Grafting

      Historical reenactment
      Ancient reenactment
      Dark Ages reenactment
      Early Medieval reenactment
      High Medieval reenactment
      Renaissance reenactment
      Jousting
      English Civil War reenactment
      Modern reenactment
      North America Fur Trade reenactments
      French and Indian War reenactment
      American Revolutionary War reenactment
      Napoleonic war reenactment
      Franco-Prussian War reenactment
      American Civil War reenactment
      Wild West reenactment
      Cowboy action shooting
      World War II
      news

      Interactive fiction
      Collaborative fiction
      Gamebook
      Interactive storytelling
      Role-playing game
      Sopranos episode reenactment (Has become increasingly popular in upstate New York.)

      Internet-based hobbies
      Fun with Your friends
      Blogging
      BookCrossing
      Currency bill tracking
      Facebooking
      Geocaching
      Google whacking
      GPS drawing
      IRC
      MUD
      MSN
      MySpace
      Newsgroups
      Random surfing
      StumbleUpon
      Trolling
      Wikipedia
      World Wide Web
      Yahoo Answers
      Friendster
      Mindsay

      Literature
      Constructed languages (conlanging)
      Geofiction, including model nations
      Learning foreign languages
      Reading and bibliophilia
      Penpal
      Writing
      Zines

      Model (scale model) building
      Live steam models
      Matchstick models
      Military models
      Model aircraft
      Model cars, including radio-controlled cars
      Model commercial vehicles
      Model engineering (Machining)
      Model houses
      Model figures
      Model military vehicles
      Model nations
      Model railways/railroads
      Backyard railroads
      Model rockets
      Model yachting

      Music
      Karaoke
      Musical composition and MIDI composition
      Singing and playing musical instruments
      Songwriting
      Listening to music

      Observation
      Amateur astronomy
      Bird watching
      Geyser gazing
      Horoscopes
      People/crowd watching
      Transportation spotting (see below)

      Outdoor/nature activities
      Airsoft
      Backpacking
      Birdfeeding, birding, and birdwatching
      Bouldering
      Buildering or urban climbing
      Butterfly watching
      Camping
      Caving
      Canoeing and kayaking
      Fishing
      Gardening (forest gardening, organic gardening, wildlife gardening, bonsai, and permaculture)
      Geocaching
      Ghost Hunting
      Hacky Sack/footbag
      Hiking
      Historical Trekking
      Horse riding
      Hunting
      Kite flying
      Laser skirmish
      Letterboxing
      Mountain climbing
      Nudism
      Paintball
      Rafting
      Rock climbing
      Rockhounding (rock and mineral hunting/collecting)
      Ice Skating
      Plinking
      Sailing
      SCUBA diving
      Sight seeing
      Skiing
      Skateboarding
      Snorkeling (Snorkelling)
      Snowboarding
      Survival Camping
      Stone skipping
      Traveling
      Treasure hunting (possibly with metal detectors)
      Urban Exploration
      Walking

      Performing arts
      Amateur theater
      Dancing
      Juggling
      Magic tricks
      Singing
      Poetry reading
      Bhangra Dancing

      Photography
      Astrophotography
      Darkroom work (developing and printing photographic film)
      Kite aerial photography

      Sports or other physical activities
      Aerobics
      Archery
      Aviation
      Badminton
      Baseball, softball, and rounders
      Basketball
      Bowling
      Boxing
      Cheerleading
      Cricket
      Cross country
      Cycling
      Dance
      Diving
      Freshwater and saltwater fishing, including fly fishing
      Fencing/Historical Fencing
      Football
      Football (soccer)
      Free Running
      Gliding
      Golf
      Gymnastics
      Hanggliding
      Horseshoes
      Hunting
      Ice skating
      Kitesurfing
      Lacrosse
      Marbles
      Martial arts
      netball
      Paintball
      Parkour
      Racquetball
      Ringette
      Rowing
      Running, Jogging
      Sailing
      Shooting rifles, pistols, and shotguns
      Squash
      Surfing
      Table tennis
      Tae Kwon Do
      Tennis
      Track
      Trampolining
      Unicycling
      Ultimate
      Volleyball
      Walking
      Weight lifting
      Skateboarding
      Skating
      Skiing
      Slacklining
      Snowboarding
      Swimming
      Yachting
      Yoga
      Soccer

      Toys of some sophistication
      LEGO, including Brikwars, and Lego Mindstorms
      Radio control toys
      Erector Setsanding
      cycling

      Transportation
      Automobiles:
      Antique cars
      Auto detailing
      Autocross
      Kit cars
      Motorcycles
      Mopeds
      Scooters
      Motorsports (auto/motorcycle racing)
      Off-roading
      Rallying
      Trucks
      Enthusiasm
      Railfan
      Roadgeek
      Metrophile
      Gongoozler (people who watch canals in the United Kingdom)
      Transport spotting
      Aircraft spotting
      Train spotting

  27. QUESTION:
    I need The background of Peter Jackson,example:level of education,ethnicity,age,ideology and nationality.?
    Peter Jackson ****King Kong****

    • ANSWER:
      Peter Jackson was born as an only child in a small coast-side town in New Zealand in 1961. When a friend of his parents bought him a super 8mm movie camera (because she saw how much he enjoyed taking photos), the then eight-year-old Peter instantly grabbed the thing to start recording his own movies, which he made with his friends. They were usually short, but they already had the spectacular trademark that would make Jackson famous: impressive special effects, made at a very low cost. For example, for his film "World War Two" which he made as a teenager, he used to simulate a firing gun by punching little holes into the celluloid, so that, once projected, the gun gave the impression of displaying a small fire. Jackson's first step towards the more serious filmmaking came with an entry in a local contest to stimulate amateur and children's film. For this film he used stop-motion animation to create a monster that ruins a city in the style of Ray Harryhausen. Unfortunately, he didn't win. When Jackson was 22, he embarked on an movie making-adventure that would change his life. This film, Bad Taste (1987), was begun as any other Jackson film, in an amateuristic style, at a low budget and using friends and local people to star in his film. Jackson himself did nearly everything in the movie, he directed, produced, filmed and starred in it, in a number of roles, amongst them that of the hero, Derek. And everything was filmed on a second-hand, 0 camera. It took Jackson and his friends four years to complete the movie. What had started out as an joke in a group of friends, then became a cult-classic. A friend of Jackson who was working in the movie industry convinced him the film had commercial prospects and arranged for it to be shown at the Cannes film festival, where it won a lot of acclaim, as well as a number of prizes. The movie soon became a hit because of its bizarre humor and overdose of special-effects, some realistic, some hilarious because of their amateuristic look. After the success of Bad Taste, Jackson became recognized as a director and the door to fame and fortune was opened. He gave up his job at a local photographer's shop and became a well-known director of horror-movies, after the success of his first professionally made movie, Braindead (1992).


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Short Films On Drugs And Recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does the Sci-fi genre fit into the history of cinema?
    when was it developed?
    why had it become popular?
    what are some of its characteristics?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know if this is what you want or not:

      Sci-fi Movie History
      All plot summaries are courtesy of user comments at imdb.com, the Stink Zone of movie websites.

      METROPOLIS (1927)

      It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the "thinkers" dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees...

      THINGS TO COME (1936)

      In the year 1936 a global war begins. This war drags out over many decades until most of the people still alive (mostly those born after the war started) do not even know who started it or why. Nothing is being manufactured at all any more and society has broken down into primative localized communities. In 1966 a great plague wipes out most of what people are left but small numbers still survive. One day a strange aircraft lands at one of these communities and its pilot tells of an organisation which is rebuilding civilization and slowly moving across the world re-civilizing these groups of survivors. Great reconstruction takes place over the next few decades and society is once again great and strong. The world's population is now living in underground cities. In the year 2035, on the eve of man's first flight to the moon, a popular uprising against progress (which some people claim has caused the wars of the past) gains support and becomes violent.

      LA JETÉE (1962)

      Earth lies ruined in the aftermath of a nuclear war. The few surviving humans begin researching time travel, in hopes of sending someone back to the pre-war world in search of food, supplies, and hopefully some sort of solution to mankind's imminent demise. The protagonist is a man whose retention of a single, vague childhood memory (that of witnessing a murder on the jetty at Orly airport) is the basis for his being chosen to travel back in time. His journey leads him towards an enigmatic and paradoxical destiny.

      FARENHEIT 451 (1966)

      When fireman of the future Montag comes home from a hard day of book burning, his wife is totally engrossed in a screen that fills a wall of the living room. Here she gets her entertainment and all the information the people in charge want anyone to know. A few days later Montag is intrigued by a woman he sees on the monorail who looks very much like his wife. But this woman's eyes suggest that she has an active mind. She is a subversive, hoarding books. And he learns from her why books are so dangerous they have to be burned. People will want to think for themselves.

      2001 (1968)

      The monoliths have been watching us. They gave us the "evolutionary kick in the pants" we needed to survive at the Dawn of Time. In 1999, we discovered a second monolith on the moon. Now, in the year 2001, the S.S. Discovery and its crew, Captains Dave Bowman and Frank Poole, and their onboard computer, HAL-9000, must discover what alien force is watching us...

      THX 1138 (1971)

      George Lucas adapted this, his first film, from a short he made at University. THX 1138, LUH 3417, and SEN 5241 attempt to escape from a futuristic society located beneath the surface of the Earth. The society has outlawed sex, with drugs used to control the people. THX 1138 stops taking the drugs, and gets LUH 3417 pregnant. They are both thrown in jail where they meet SEN 5241 and start to plan their escape.

      THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971)

      A U.S. Army satellite (Scoop VII) falls to earth near Piedmont, New Mexico. The recovery team experiences difficulties as it becomes clear that the satellite has performed its intended function all too well, and has brought back something from space. A team of scientists is assembled in a high-tech, underground facility to identify and defeat the "enemy" before it is too late.

      SOLARIS (1972)

      This film probes man's thoughts and conscience, as it follows a psychologist who is sent to a space station situated over the mysterious Solaris Ocean. The two other scientists there tell the psychologist of strange occurrences in the station, and the Ocean's eerie ability to materialize their thoughts. After being in the station for a while, the psychologist finds himself becoming very attached to it's alternate reality.

      SLEEPER (1973)

      A clarinet player who also runs a health food store is frozen and brought back in the future by anti-government radicals in order to assist them in their attempts to overthrow an oppressive government. When he goes off on his own, he begins to explore this brave new world that has Orgasmatron booths to replace sex and confessional robots.

      FANTASTIC PLANET (1973)

      This film takes place on a faraway planet where giants rule, and tiny humanoids must fight for their lives and their equality. A metaphor of class struggles.

      STAR WARS (1977)

      Farmboy Luke Skywalker (Hamill)

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a simple scientific explanation for deja vu?

    • ANSWER:
      The simplest answer to your question is no, there is no clear and accepted explanation of Deja vu.

      There are quite a few theories about what causes Deja vu, but research is continuing into this phenomenon. There was a theory put forth around 2001 which postulated that the visual signals being sent to the brain from the two eyes were being processed at different rates giving the impression that something has been "seen before". This theory has been widely rejected and discredited due to the different sorts of deja vu that have been identified and the lack of laboratory evidence to support this theory.

      The current theories in psychology emphasize the processing of short term and long term memory. In essence, there is a mix up in the brain and information stored in short term memory (like what we have just seen or felt) is mistaken for information that is being recovered from long term memory. This gives the person the impression that events have been experienced before (rather than just now).

      Another current theory is related to the way that memory is constructed. Rather than memory being stored like an old film, memory is actually stored as snippets of information and images that are related by associations. When something is remembered, it is actually reconstructed by navigating through the snippets of information and the associations. The brain is constantly looking for patterns to match to existing memory, and sometimes, a situation can trigger the recovery of an existing memory pathway. In the act of reconstructing this memory, the brain may integrate the current elements into the memory, thereby making it seem like the event has already been experienced.

      No explanation is exactly simple, and none of the theories have been demonstrated in a laboratory. It is true that people who are tired or on certain drugs tend to experience deja vu more than other people. None of these "scientific" explanations invalidates some beliefs that deja vu is a message or a precognitive vision of some sort. At the same time, there is nothing scientific to support those beliefs either at this time.

  3. QUESTION:
    When should I stop taking Suboxone?
    My husband is an ex addict, he had ended up getting high about two weeks ago and now he is taking suboxone, I would like to know how long he should take this for? He only got high one time so I feel that a week on suboxone is more than enough, and do you think it is harmful? or a good thing for him to take it whenever he feels the need?

    • ANSWER:
      Suboxone is more a long term treatment drug. It can be used short term, but the benefits are largely from longer term use.

      Why?

      Suboxone is Buprenorphine combined with Naloxone. The buprenorphine is an opiate/opioid just like codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, heroin, fentanyl, hydromorphone, and all the rest. It binds to our opiate receptors and 'fulfills' the need the brain is craving to put it simply.

      The Naloxone is an opiate 'blocker' -- the purpose of this is to keep people who are taking Suboxone from being able to get high. Theoretically if one uses another opiate while on suboxone they won't get the same or any effects from it.. it is a measure of prevention of abuse of other more harmful drugs to the body.

      So, suboxone is prescribed for addicts who can't just 'quit' or perhaps can't go through rehab and quit.. keep relapsing etc. The main benefit is they can take the one pill/film daily and feel 'normal' and get their lives in order without the withdrawals and cravings they have been going through while on other substances.

      The term 'clean' while taking suboxone is relative -- it is sort of like saying I am clean and on methadone treatment.

      I don't take away from anyone who is bettering themselves with suboxone -- it isn't the same 'high'/'euphoria' their drug of choice was and they have elected to take it. With this medication they can , again, get their lives in order and it is a fundamental step in the recovery process.

      Some people may stay on suboxone for years,.. some a few weeks.

      In my opinion it is more advisable for someone who is an I.V. user of drugs to stay ON the suboxone for a lengthy period of time and get support from AA/NA, therapy, and generally allow their brains to process living life out of the 'chase' of finding the next fix, high, etc. Learn to live normally. Later down the road they can begin to taper the suboxone if they truly want to be 'opiate free' and 100% clean of exogenous opiates.

      As for being harmful,.. well , that is relative. Harmful as in toxic -- no. Deadly, no.

      The only downside to suboxone is that it has a long half life,.. meaning when one attempts to withdraw from suboxone it can be quite difficult as the withdrawals can last longer than shorter acting opiates. It is a trade off.

      Further, people need to understand addiction is a disease, it isn't what you consume or necessarily how you consume it. And realize that while on suboxone they are clean in a sense, but technically not clean.. they are still taking an opiate drug thus the brain is not re-regulating the opiate receptors to normal levels.

      The key here is harm reduction. If someone is shooting up heroin, or other opiate drugs they are at risk of contracting Hepatitis, HIV, STD's, infection, collapsed veins, infection, and other deadly disease. Moving to a once daily , legal, Rx like suboxone takes all of that harm out of the equation. Further it takes the real risk of law enforcement catching up with someone out of the equation.

      Your husband needs to follow the doctors advice, and really needs to get tools to deal with addiction -- whether this is AA, NA, private therapy,.. etc it is up to him. But having the tools and mindset on how to live 'clean' takes time and practice. The suboxone can give him that opportunity to prepare himself.

      Take care,

  4. QUESTION:
    how did many of the German civilians live in destroyed cities such as Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Dresden, etc?
    and how many , or which percentage of these civilians in the bigger cities were homeless? where they stayed? WHERE THEY WORKED? HOW THEY EARNED A LIVING? and when , which years did things finally begin to settle down? and which jobs they were offered after?

    how quickly economy improved and which styles of housing were they given? how they paid for these? and what many thought about what had happened and the nazis?

    also, is it true that all were required by the allied forces to see propoganda films? which kinds? for how long and how people reacted to this?

    please explain what you can

    thanks for your answers!

    • ANSWER:
      Too many questions I note. Hey ho.

      With great discomfort is the simple answer.

      The vast majority of the people stayed in the Cities, however many moved to the outskirts if they had friends who weren't completely bombed out (no not drugs lol). Cellars and single rooms were utilised, a whole family would live in one room.

      Remember though that the film footage always shows the worst affected buildings, so you can get the impression that no buildings at all were habitable which wasn't the case. However lots of the population was moving from one place to another in the immediate aftermath of the war and keep in mind the troops were still out in the field.

      Where they worked, there were shortages of everything, so anything that could be turned over to production of goods was.

      The British Army famously restarted production of the VW Beetle and soon handed all the jobs over to the Germans.

      The Bretton Woods agreement (largely influenced by John Maynard Keynes who had written 'The Economic consequences of the peace' in the 1920s, that book that foresaw WW2) ensured that America helped finance the post war recovery. The Marshal plan was a great boost to economic recovery.

      Yes there were educational (propaganda) films to re-educate the Germans, they included footage of Belsen to show what had been perpetrated in their name under the Nazi banner. They also showed how the free press worked and teaching in an unbiased manner.

      There were a number of films set in post war Europe which because they are in black and white are now rarely shown, but 'The Third man' with Orson Welles is always worth a vewing. Although with that being Vienna it wasn't as grim. My Dad was stationed there for a short while and said that it was more comfortable than most places.

      Things started to settle down by the early 50s.

      Bascally the word 'Grim' can just about sum it up.

      Things didn't really get back to normal until the late 50s early 60s.

  5. QUESTION:
    What do you honestly think of my life...? (long)?
    I was born the youngest ( older brother and sister) to parents who had been high school sweethearts and married for 6 years when I was born and my sister who was the oldest was born six months after my parents married ( my mom was pregnant during the wedding) and my older brother was four when I was born. My dad started using meth when I was six months old, and worked a factory job and my mom was a stay at home mom who runned a small daycare. Having three kids and working low paying jobs, they didn't have much money, so since my dad was now using meth, he started to sell it, there was a house where all the members would use meth at in my neighbourhood my dad would go to the house offering meth, needles and make a profit, and basically we got more money then ends meet ( we made ends meet and then some) my mom honestly didn't know what to say or do, it came to the point where there were drugs all over the house, and by the time I was four my dad had a full on addiction to meth and a well know dealing Business. This continued until i was five and a half when my dad's addiction got so bad he was a whole different person the majority of the time, ( all the time) and my mom packed our stuff and went to go live at her mom's and stepfather's with us kids. We lived there for about 6 months, and then three days before my 6th birthday we learned about my father taking his own life, in our house via hanging.. I also forgot to mention my mom's stepfather was abusive, physically, mentally and sexually to all us three kids, and my siblings and i were molested by him daily, and being too afraid to tell by him threats we kept quiet. Three weeks after my dad's death we moved back into our old house, and shortly later my mom explained she was getting nightmares and we moved 4 months later out of the town. My mom met a man and we moved in with him and his 16 and 19 year old sons, the man was nice, but by the time i was seven his sons were molesting me, and I am not sure about my siblings, and even brought friends over to molest me too, and by the time I was nine this was continuing and my mom was engaged to the man, when I was 10 they married and his son's started forcing me to to have intercourse with them. The marriage was short lived and soon we were back on our own again, the next two years went to my mom drinking ALOT and by the time I was twelve my mom was physically abusive, and I had self inflicted wounds all over my body, and had a eating disorder. This all continued until i was fourteen, when I moved into my boyfriends house ( I was in grade 9 he was in grade 12) where the abuse only started again, he would curse at me , beat me, force me to do sexual things, and he even chopped all my hair off to the length of a boys, he impregnated me and then forced to into getting an abortion, slit my wrists, and starved me, by the time I finally got the guts to leave him was two years later, and I estarted dating him at 4'8' and 93 lbs and left at 83pounds.. he was a addict and was addicted to crack cocaine, and with living in his house I soon became addicted ( he had a apartment away from his parents) afters a year old recovery, i walked into high school 5"0( I grew height wise over the two years I was with him) and 117 pounds, I started dating my boyfriend of 6 years and he also had a rough life and was a drug addict as well, and completely understand my ( in high school grade 9-11 he had a heroin addiction) I have some times when I wake up screaming and crying, and have nightmares but he always wraps his arms around me and protects me and whispers how much he loves me and how I am safe with him until i go back to sleep, I have scars all up my body from the previous boyfriend, abuse from my grandparent ( step grandparent) and those two boys, also my mom, and he'll lay with me and run his fingers up them( they are many on my torso, arms, genitals and legs) and I will feel relaxed and calm, we also have a horse farm and I am a olympic level jumper.. so my question is what do you think of my life? was it fair? please don't be offended if i re post this I am looking for several opinions

    • ANSWER:
      Focus on positive thinking. Watch the documentary called _The Secret_ (2006). Here's a description:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_(2006_film)

  6. QUESTION:
    Herinated or Slipped Disc in back?
    Ok on Feb 2, 2007 I was driving with my fiancee when we were t-boned by a drunk driver.

    He went to the hospital and they determined he has 1 herniated disc and 1 disc that is either bulging or completely slipped. We did another MRI last Tuesday. We go for the results today, what should I expect? Is surgery going to be the only thing that can make his pain go away? I am really nervous that is what they are going to suggest.

    • ANSWER:
      Darlin - my injury was in 1994 and it permenantly disabled me. No ...the pain never goes away. It waxes and wanes between horrifying to mildly annoying over time.

      DO get as much Physical therapy as possible.

      DO have surgery if they think they can repair it. (Mine wasn't able to be.)

      DO maintain the exercises learned in physical therapy - FOR LIFE.

      DO keep from gaining to an unhealthy weight. The more weight, the greater the pain. Invest in EXCELLENT walking shoes. I love my "New Balance" and they make a difference in my stamina.

      DO invest in alternative pain relief methods - heat packs, ice packs, dark chocolate, clove tea...

      DO NOT grow dependant on prescription pain killers... (prolonged use of codines cause a vast number of other problems... I'm on my 5th colon surgery... never mind the kidneys and liver probs...)

      DO NOT EVER give up. There are new therapies every single day. It wears on your heart, mind and soul... but it can be dealt with. Find a POSITIVE influence to maintain in your life... faith, music, friends, loved ones, any and all...

      DO make sure the other driver's insurance provides for you... NEVER sign a settlement without a lawyer's advice. If they were uninsured - hit small claims court ASAP... Your state's minimum claim allowance will surely not ever come close to the life long medical bills this will incur.

      Get Police reports, Hospital billing invoices, Doctor's notes, Nurses' notes, copies of the X-ray, CT, MRI, any and all information available. Never let anyone tell you that you can't get them. ...Doctor's retire and radiology only keeps the films for a short time - and you will need this information for the REST OF YOUR LIFE. Start a file NOW.

      My injury was job related - and they forked out nearly a cool million in just my medical bills. (A refrigerator fell off a lift and hit me collapsing my spine.) I have over 400 pages in medical records - and there is always a call to have them yearly.

      Keep the originals of every bit of correspondance with regaurd to the insurance, the police, D.A., doctors... EVERY SCRAP and NEVER toss it. It will ALWAYS become relavant at a later date when you least expect it.

      NEVER do what you've been told to not do... I become frustrated regularly and do too much and WHAM - the pain is rediculous and the recovery time just gets longer and longer...

      GET as many doctor's opinions as you can afford to - but invest in a chiropractor regularly - and one that WORKS on helping you out of pain. There are a lot of quacks in that flock of ducks... but when you find a jewel, you'll know it. Mine helps relieve my pain and got me off of nearly 10 different drugs.

      Finally - Love is patient, love is kind, never jealous, boastful, proud or rude. Love isn't selfish or quick tempered, it keeps no record of wrongs done to them, it is always supportive, loyal, hopeful and trusting. It rejoices in truth, not in evil. Love never fails.
      ...He is your fiance and needs you now more than ever. The pain will make him depressed and angry at times - but this will pass if you are patient and LOVE him.
      ...You are by far his most precious asset right now. Be strong. There will come a day when you need him to be there for you as you are there for him now. Teach him how you want him to be for you - in the way you are there for him now.

      You need each other. Stick around for the precious times.
      I pray you both get relief and peace.


short films on drugs and recovery

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when buying or watching a short film?

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. If you could spare a few minutes if you watch short films online and or by short films and if so how much are you willing to pay?

    • ANSWER:
      or £5
      home, couch, youtube

  2. QUESTION:
    Where do you feel most comfortable watching a short film?
    A question for my media work.
    Where do you feel most comfortable when you are watching a short film?

    Youtube, Vimeo, Console marketplace like xbox, or other that i did not mention.

    Im making a short film as part of my media course work. Part of this is a research phase that requiers me to investigate possible distribution methods. I have made my choice to market it for free but where? If you could please spare a few minutes if you watch short films online, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      definitely youtube. I love shortfilms! :)

  3. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch short films online?
    I just asked a Oscar question on who will win Best Short Documentary. I presumed that I could watch short films on Youtube but so far could only c the trailers for two short films. Would I guess that I need 2 view a short film online on some particular website like Lulu or Megaupload or something the same way as regular films & TV shows?

    • ANSWER:
      I too am having the same problem. I cannot even find them on some of the not reputable sites! And the shorts and documentaries are looking particularly interesting this year!

      Karthick thanks, I tried it but it doesnt have the short films for the oscars do you have any other sites or am I doing something wrong?

  4. QUESTION:
    What is this short film about homosexual brothers who commit suicide?
    In the short film, which I found online, two brothers develop an incestuous relationship. Their parents discover them, they run away and go to a hotel, where they commit suicide by handcuffing themselves underwater in the hotel pool.

    What is the name of this film, and where can I find it online?

    • ANSWER:
      good ending. haha

  5. QUESTION:
    Are there any short film contests available in Toronto or online?
    I'm looking for any short film contests I can enter online or in Toronto. It doesn't matter if the final deadline for this year has passed, I can enter next year as well.
    So far I've only been able to find The Indie Short Film Competition.
    I don't need many details, just a link to the website would help.

    • ANSWER:
      The Worldwide Short Film Festival is taking place as we speak in Toronto (it's in Toronto every year) and I highly recommend submitting. Even if your film isn't accepted in the festival competition, it'll be available in the festival "marketplace" where industry delegates browse all the submissions and choose films they may want to distribute or purchase.

      Also, if you're a student, many programs include one or two student films, so they won't dismiss you if you're a bit experienced. Just keep in mind that the longer your short is, the more spectacular it has to be for them to justify the time length.

      http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com/

      The National Film Board of Canada also has an annual online short competition:

      http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/cannes/

      I recommend calling or visiting the NFB (it's in Toronto) to get info about submitting.

      And, in Toronto, a smaller film festival:

      The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival

      http://www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com/

      Finally, if you want to find more competitive festivals to submit to, try this directory:

      http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Movies_and_Film/Film_Festivals/Short_Films/?o=a

      It has a lot of great international options.

      As to online contests, not festivals, Filmaka usually has something running open to different nationalities:

      http://www.filmaka.com/

      I think your best bet, though, is to submit to competitive festivals. Even if you don't win, being included in a festival is great exposure.

      good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Does anyone rememeber a short film called Pencil Head?
    Some years ago there was this short film online called Pencil Head (not sure if I'm spelling it right) and lots of people said it was kind of scary. I never watched it and blocked it out of my mind until my sister brought it up to me the other day. Does anyone know where I can watch it?

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go...

      http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/774360/

  7. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the newest short films?
    Are the short films that are presented in film festivals like sundance or the world wide short film festival, online for us to see or are they only to be viewed in person at the festival?

    Or do you guys know of any site that shows short films? Not fan-made but actual short films that have been shown on these festivals etc...?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site:
      www.watch-full-movies.org

  8. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this short film online?
    I'm trying to find the short film "Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident." It's a nine-minute long film that has been featured in several film screenings. The director is Terence Heuston, and Chris Colfer starred in it. I can't seem to find it anywhere that doesn't make me take a stupid survey where you're required to give out personal information. If anyone could find it online, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      We really appreciate you trying to track down the film. Unfortunately, there are a lot of film festivals that only accept films that are unavailable on-line, so we've been withholding it for the time being. Once we are done with our festival run - probably sometime in the Spring, we will distribute it. If you want to follow the screenings or know when it is going to be available, you can become a "fan" of it on facebook: "Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident" page. We also do periodic updates at "Trebuchetfilms.com"

      Sorry to make it so "top secret" for the time being. Once again, we really appreciate your interest.

      Best,
      Terence

  9. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film?
    Hi,

    I recently made a short film that got selected for the World Film Festival of Montreal and now I upoladed it to youtube and vimeo and dailymotion but it doesn't get enough views. I was wondering if there were any free short film festivals online or somewhere else that I could just send a link to and "promote" it?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You could try www.iziggus.com they offer some pretty cool packages and they show some great video examples.

      Hope this helps

  10. QUESTION:
    What filming equipment would I need to make a short film?
    I would like to make some short films and need to buy equipment for them. However, I'm not sure what I'm going to need. The films will be fairly simple but need to look professional - Please help!!

    Is there any special lighting equipment and sound equipment that I might need? Also any editing equipment I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Music Dude,

      The best and only advice you can rely on is this: do your research, watch short films online from reputable locations (YouTube Screening Room, Sundance Film Festival, Funny or Die.com, etc.), check out short film programs at local film festivals and see if you find a Director of Photography's work that you admire and believe is capable of making your film look like you want it to.

      Then start searching locally for a Director of Photography (DP) in your area who *has their own equipment* that could match the look you love.

      When making a short you want to have the best DP who owns the highest quality equipment and is in full agreement with the kind of film you have in mind.

      With a solid script, great casting, a professional editor and a clear vision of what you want - you cannot fail.

      All my best,
      Roberta Munroe
      Author -- How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer

      http://www.RobertaMunroe.com

  11. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film through online?
    I made a short film with title "ACTION" & 3 different narration versions wise as INDIAN, INTERNATIONAL & HOLLYWOOD. Today morning, I released (ACTION VERSION 1 - INDIAN)" in youtube.com & facebook.com. Now, I would like to promote it in online aggressively to make it go viral on net is My main Aim inorder to reach maximum Netizens around the globe. what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      open a youtube channel, facebook account and twitter

  12. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film through online?
    I made a short film with title "ACTION" & 3 different narration versions wise as INDIAN, INTERNATIONAL & HOLLYWOOD. Today morning, I released (ACTION VERSION 1 - INDIAN)" in youtube.com & facebook.com. Now, I would like to promote it in online aggressively to make it go viral on net is My main Aim inorder to reach maximum Netizens around the globe. what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      youtube is the best option for promoting.

  13. QUESTION:
    What would I classify an online short film/ awareness video as on my acting resume?
    I just finished a video that will be broadcasted across youtube and different websites that is a short film and an awareness video. What would I classify this under (film, commercial, etc) Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You can classify it as a "short film" or you can also call it an "industrial video." IMDB.com has many registered short films. You can also try to get your project up on there for more exposure.

  14. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I create my own short animations?
    I'd like to start making my own short animations with sound, similar to the short flash films found online. I'm just an amature looking to have a little fun and mess around for a few hours from time to time. What programs would I need? Can I get them free? Can I turn them into a .wmv to play on my computer? How about putting them in a format to be played on a DVD player? Thanks much for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      I asked myself this very same question this morning. Guess I'll sit tight and see what kind of answers you get.

  16. QUESTION:
    How do get involved with short films and student films?
    I would really like to get involved in short films and student film, but I don't know how to go about it. I live in London, and am 20mins away from central london. Does anyone know I can go about getting involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Local colleges are the best way to go. Find some nearby schools that have a focus on film making and submit a headshot and resume to them. Usually those directors are dying for new faces instead of the same old actors from the school. In fact, they're usually grateful enough to provide you a copy of the final product and (if you have enough work) will offer to help you make a reel in lieu of payment.

      Also, look at local audition postings. A lot of times there's a long list of theatre auditions and then a smaller list of local filmmakers looking for small parts in independent films. In America we have Craigslist online which is a free post and there are always a lot of opportunities there. Does London have an equivalent?

      And just for good measure, networking is such an important tool for film! Meet as many film-associated people as you can and meet their friends, then theirs... Schools are the best places to do that. If you're in a position to enroll in a film class (just a freelance class- not college level) you'll meet a lot of people there who are in the class, or even the folks teaching, who will be able to give you more contacts and places to find casting opportunities.

      These are things that worked for me! Best of luck to you!!

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some good public domain stories to adapt to short films?
    I want to shoot a short film and I am looking for a good story that I can use that hasn't already been used or barely used. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      How about The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens? It is very short and quite good. http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/2942/

      There is also The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens; also very short and excellent. http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/2941/

      As far as I know, The Signal-Man was made once a long time ago and The Trial for Murder never.

      If you wanted slightly longer stories which would require more actors, you may be interested in either The Chimes by Charles Dickens (it was made into a silent film in 1914, but that's it) http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/the-chimes/ or The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain by Charles Dickens (which hasn't been made) http://www.online-literature.com/dickens/the-haunted-man/

      You may want to check this site http://www.classicshorts.com/author.html which has some classic short stories. Then you could check http://www.imdb.com/ IMDB to see if it has been made into a movie.

      I hope this helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I take a few seconds of footage from a short film?
    I have a short film that I own and I want to cut some footage from the film and post it online, about 10 seconds worth.
    How do I do that and what do I need?

    • ANSWER:
      just movie maker, or some video editing software. all you would do is import the video into the program, and delete all the stuff you dont want. you are left with that 10 seconds of video.

  20. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short film Devilwood?
    Does anyone know where I can see the movie Devilwood online. I am pretty sure it is a short film, about 11 minutes long or so. I found a trailer on youtube, and it looks really good, but now I can't find it anywhere.

    • ANSWER:
      im sorry i just looked online for an hour and i can't find it i will keep trying though

  21. QUESTION:
    How to make a short film series?
    I have written several stories and would like to put them in short films, how can I accomplish this and where do I begin? Some of the stories are original some of them are fan fiction...

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing you should do is get your hands on the best camera you can. Either buying it, or borrowing it from someone. Use available lighting if you're going for cheap (borrow some work lights and can lights). Shoot outside on a cloudy day (the clouds diffuse the sunlight). Get friends and family to star in it. Get a decent editing program. (Sony Vegas has packages in all price ranges).

      Once you know you have the means to shoot these short films, finesse the scripts. Write them in proper form (celtx is a good program for formatting scripts, and it's free). Cast your actors, and let them have the scripts.

      During shooting, establish the shots. Do combinations of up-close, low angle, high angle, and far away shots. Also do cut sequences jumping from person to person as they talk. Use props and cheap effects. Dolly shots make your pieces look pretty good. You can make a track dolly by yourself, but I won't waste time saying how as there are hundreds of tutorials for them online.

      Once you have the shots, take them into an editing program and cut them together as you'd like. Find music (royalty free if you're going to do anything with these). Then finish them up on DVD. You can make a website for the series, get a fan base on youtube. Etc.

      For any specific questions on how to achieve an effect or anything else film related, you can email me and I'd be more than happy to help.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to use song in short film?
    I'm creating a short film and I already purchased the song on itunes "Puff the Magic Dragon". I am making two versions one with the song to put it on youtube and without to submit it on online film festivals. Is there any way that I can use a portion of the song and have it be legal.

    • ANSWER:
      Did he dies?

  23. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      BUDGET:Go to party city they have lots of horror things but probably not in stores go online and go to the Halloween section, most things don't cost to much
      CAMERA CREW:You could get a classmate or friend who is a tech geek or likes to take pictures, maybe ask the class nerd. But it's really not that hard you just get a camera(if you don't have one barrow a friends) and point and shoot.
      SCHOOL AT NIGHT:well seems easy enough most janitors are there at night from the television shows I've seen, go in the hallways turn on the lights or bring flash lights and point them where you wanna shoot it's good being in the dark for horror so get a flash light And point in not IN the scean but Maybe close to the camera, so it shows enough light to shoot good quality or maybe turn on school lights there must be lamps or somthing...
      ACTORS:classmates are good, mabye even family! Chose people how there character seems; if the main character is easily scared get a friend whose like that, or if the main character is brave get someone like that.

  24. QUESTION:
    I need some help on making a short film?
    I am making a short film. I am only an eighth grader and I have no idea how to make one. It is horror/suspense and I need tips on what to do. I have written the script and everything, I just need to actually put it together now. Like actors(probably classmates), camera crew (I wish), BUDGET, and the worst is, it takes place in a school at night, so how do I do that?! If you could at least answer a few of these questions that would be great. THANKS!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, you are facing a lot of the same problems that big budget movies face, so don't be too worried. This will take a lot of work, you'll have to be patient, and keep in mind that you might have to improvise on the fly.

      Alright, with the budget you'll have to prioritize. Since you probably won't be paying cast or crew what you want your budget to focus on is production design. You'll have to try and figure out how much it will cost to make your movie before you even shoot a single second. First, price check all the things like props (since this is a horror you'll be looking at stuff like stage blood and stage knives, etc.) costumes. This might cost a lot, or a little, it will depend on some things. If your actors can provide their own costumes, that they don't mind getting dirty (even ruined) it will be cheaper. Also, stage blood can get expensive, if you want you can make batches of your own (there are plenty of recipes online that can give you specifics). As for any other props, it will depend on where and in what condition you buy them in, but props can be fairly cheap.

      Sorry to stay on the budget, but budget is very important, I would suggest investing in some kind of light kit (there are expensive ones, but you could put one together yourself using a work light from a hardware store and then getting some light gels). I'm guessingyou're most likely using a camcorder so look into getting a couple of extra tapes/SD cards in case something happens to the one in the camera or it gets full. And finally, this is one of the most important parts of budget making for movies is, you will want to have extra funds available just in case something goes out of control.

      Onto the camera crew. A camera crew can simply be made of 2 or 3 people, and you may include yourself as one of these people;
      -a camera operator, someone who knows the camera fairly well and can do minor troubleshooting in case something isn't working properly.
      -a 1st AC who takes care of the memory card/tape when it is filled and has another at the ready, they also will watch the camera when the camera operator is away (bathroom, food, stuff like that)
      -(optional) if you decide to invest in lights a gaffer is a good person to have, they move the lights around, make sure that the lights have power, and they put gels on them.

      Now for locations; this may not be as tricky as you think. Granted it may take a bit of working the system, but it can be very educational. First, talk to the school you want to shoot at, specifically, talking to the principal is a good place to start. This will be a time to pitch your movie, you are trying to sell this to the location. Because this is a horror/suspense, it might be good to downplay the horror and focus on the more suspense aspect of the script.
      Even, then the principal might ask that you go through another person (the school board, the janitorial office, somebody), don't get discouraged, keep on going and if necessary make the same pitch you made to the principal. Now the thing about shooting at night will be tricky to sell. You could try that just to see, however, it is probably not going to happen. In that case, suggest shooting during the day when no classes are taking place (if that's the case, remember that extra money in the budget? You can use that to buy this stuff called duvetyne and gaffer tape. Then you can tape the duvetyne over windows and stuff to make it look like it is night in the school).
      And if the school doesn't go for it then you can maybe try a local community college or see if you can get permission to film at a place that looks like a school and then you can edit footage together to appear as if you are shooting at some school.

      I hope that helps; movie making is hard work, but it can be the most rewarding experience you have. Good luck and I have attached some URL's to some of the film supplies I was talking about:

      Duvetyne:

      http://www.filmtools.com/duv54rolx50y.html

      Gaffer Tape

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/GAFFERS-TAPE-GAFF-TAPE-1-X-60YD-BLACK-OR-WHITE-/200666121877?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb8a20695

      Gels (I recommend only getting Blues and Oranges, specifically CTO Full and CTB full)
      CTO Full

      http://search.filmtools.com/search?keywords=CTO+full&catalog=cinemasupplies&go.x=0&go.y=0

      CTB Full

      http://www.filmtools.com/31-lee-s201.html

  25. QUESTION:
    Does posting short films online damage or lower your credibility as an aspiring actress or director?
    Today almost everybody can make a short film and post it online. But do people take seriously the actors and directors who make this shorts when trying to make it? Or do they see them like a lot of casting crews see the people who do reality shows, you know like they aren't real actors. You know they look down on them. I just wanted to know what you thought about it.
    I want to make short films too as a hobby but aspire to be a serious actress.

    • ANSWER:
      If you aren't doing anything, no one sees you. If you look at the indie movement over the past 20 years or so, you'll notice that a considerable number of folks started there and are now working in the big leagues.

      As far as being a serious actress, you have to act. You need to take every oppurtunity to practice your craft. Look at every "serious actress" you admire and find out where they began. If you look a the great actresses of stage and screen, you'll find they came from every conceivable background, have done every kind of job and been discovered in just as many different ways. How many of today's serious actress' can trace their livelyhoods to a toothpaste commercial, shampoo commercial, donut shop commercial, off-off-off broadway play, community theather? The screen is full of these ladies, the only thing that have in common is that they worked at their craft and had the passion to make it happen.

      Explore every avenue open to you. The best actresses are those who see and experience the the world, they are great observers.

      I hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    Short film about kid who kills mannequins who turn out to be people.?
    I saw a short film about a year ago online. This kid drives into town, hits a mannequin. The mannequins start freaking him out and threatening him so he kills a family of them with a baseball bat. Then he gets arrested as they turn out to be people. Does anyone know the title or where i could watch this again? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      "Still Life"
      Nathan Evans, a young college student suffering from sleep deprivation, drives along a highway after finals. Stopping in a small town, he discovers the towns people are mannequins. In an attempt to escape his nightmare Nathan runs into a residential, to find a mannequin family.
      Breaking under the pressure, Nathan loses control and smashes the family to pieces. Catching a glimpse of himself in a mirror, Nathan is shocked to discover not everything appears, as it seems. A non-stop thrill ride in the likes of the Twilight Zone, Still Life takes the audience on an adventure ..

      EDIT: I'd watch it here but my computer security system won't allow it unless I agree.

  27. QUESTION:
    Where could I get a replica rifle for a short film in Queensland, Australia?
    I am based in QLD and am in need of a MODERN replica rifle for a short film. I do not have a gun licence, if that makes a difference. The replica does not have to be the same weight or have working parts. Please help me out here guys!

    • ANSWER:
      I am in the USA but a quick internet search disclosed a number of online sources, including:

      http://collectorsarmoury.com.au/

      http://www.replicagunsandordnanceaustralia.com/

      http://www.southerncrossmilitaria.com/firearms-replica-deactivated--antique.html

      Also, be sure that you don't violate the complex regulations re firearms possession.

  28. QUESTION:
    does anyone know a good road safety film online?
    I need a good road safety film online, does anyone have recommendations? It should focus on safe traffic during holidays and shouldn't be too short.
    The one suggested is really good as a road safety video, but if there was something loner, like a short 20-min film that focuses more on general traffic safety during holidays or other peak travel times, I'd be happy!

    • ANSWER:
      One of the best of recent years is this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

  29. QUESTION:
    If I made a online short film Or sketch show, would that be worth it?
    If I made a online short film Or sketch show, would that be worth it and also how would i be best to do It like how would I start off, write the scripts, get the camera , find actors, then film or what, HELP PLEASE and if anyone has ideas for Sketch show tell me and you can maybe help write stuff for it!

    • ANSWER:
      I think it would be worth it! For actors, you could just use some friends and for a sketch, you could do stick people with funny Asian cartoon emotions. This would be funny to put in it, someone could accidentally shoot their friends pet chimp.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is a good begginer video camera for a film student?
    I am trying to make short films, trailers, music videos, pretty much anything, but have no clue what video camera I should purchase or what film editing software. I am a film/broadcasting major but because I am a freshman I have not been able to take any of the film classes, so I am struggling to figure it all out on my own. Any tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of just buying a random camera that random people online suggest, as well as struggling trying to figure things out on your own, I'd suggest simply hanging out around the older video students and offering to help with their projects. You can probably get them to help with yours once you become friends with them and have learned a thing or two from them, all while using school equipment

      It's really great you're hungry to learn and it's really a shame that your school does not allow you to take any production courses in your first year. That's kind of odd from my experience. At any rate, everyone always needs people to help with their projects and video/film is all about networking. So if you spend less tyme trying to do things alone and buying random cameras based on currently unqualified knowledge, and working with people who know a little more and will allow you to be around school-approved equipment, you will learn a ton and make some good friends. You will also be ahead of the game when you do get around to taking your film courses.

      I was in a rush to buy equipment when I was in school too but, what happens is that the technology changes rapidly and you end up with a fairly worthless camera in just a couple years when you could have been using probably nicer equipment for free the whole time. I even continued to use my school's equipment after I graduated and was doing paid work with it (but you're not really supposed to do that!)

      Good luck! Film school is fun but also requires serious work and commitment. Show people you work hard and care, and you'll go farther than you will just being another idiot who bought a cheap camera.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some online film contest websites?
    Besides Poptent, TubeContest, FilmTheNext and Tonga, are their any other short film / viral video / web video contest websites online? Either individual contests or a collection, would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      These are most famous film contest website blender.org and artists dvxuser.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the copyright laws regarding singing a song in a film?
    My friend and I are making a series of short films to put on internet. In one of our shorts, one of the characters hums/partly sings the chorus line of TLC's "Waterfalls" for maybe 15 seconds. Do I need copyright for something like that?

    • ANSWER:
      As per your example above, you will need to acquire one or both of the following special kinds of license from the publisher, rights manager (ASCAP or BMI) and/or copyright owner of the song.

      The first is a Synchronization License. Often called a "Synch License," a Synchronization License involves the use of a recording of musical work in audio-visual form, like an online video.

      As you are "performing" the work yourself, a Dramatic Performance Licenses may also be required (depending on the circumstances). These types of licenses are also called a Dramatic or Grand Rights licenses.

      The following is an EXCELLENT guide for motion picture music agreements:

      http://www.gcglaw.com/resources/filmmaking101/musiclicense.html

      Hope this helps...

  33. QUESTION:
    How Can I Become a Hollywood Film Director?
    I am currently in high school, and my passion is movies. I make short films on You Tube, and I dream of becoming a Hollywood Director. I'm not looking for a free ticket in. I'm willing to work hard for my dream, but are there any certain colleges I should be looking at? Are there any books out there that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      UCLA and New York University are the top two film schools in America. However there are a lot of runner ups. Mostly located in LA, it being the American city for films. Do a couple of searches and ask for information from a lot of films. Be careful of trade schools like Full Sail. They sound really nice, but in the long run they're not very good for getting a job.

      Keep making short films of course, and pick a second favorite thing you like doing in film. The demand for directors is so low and the number of people wishing to be directors is so high that you're likely to spend most of your working life doing something else in film with a very short or late break in directing. So find something else you love to work at in the mean time.

      I had a book called "The Portable Film School" by D.B. Gilles that I found very helpful. Look in Barnes and Nobles or Boarders if you have one. If not, check them out online to find books that sound useful. (Then if you want to buy them for cheap, go to ABE books and type in what you found to buy 'em used.)

      Just make sure you keep building up your portfolio by making bigger and better short films until you get into college. In college you'll make the contacts you need and really kick off. Email me if you have any questions. (toasterphantom@yahoo.com )

  34. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse the full short film?
    Where can I find Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse the full short film? I can see the trailer on youtube and it is about 2 minutes long. But I really want to see the full short film which is stated to be 9 minutes. Can someone please tell me where I can find the film online. Thanks for all the help in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      The apocalypse had to have been the worst movie i have ever seen. The acting, audio, camera work, FX, and plot line was HORRIBLE.

      And Im a christian too.

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I film in/fake a courtroom for a student film?
    I'm working on a short film that I need to make as part of my applications to art colleges and my script contains a courtroom scene. The problem is, I have no idea how I can get a hold of a court room. Any ideas on how to either actually do this or fake it? I've considered green screening it, but I'm having trouble finding the right angles I'd need in online photos of courtrooms.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your local county court and ask them if you can reserve a court room on the weekend, or sometime in the evening. It may cost you a small fee to rent out the room, but usually it is free. I used to do this when I coached my mock trial kids, and never had a problem.

  36. QUESTION:
    What type of Camera would be good to record amateur movies, music videos, etc.?
    Basically what kind of device (camera, slr,camcorder etc) one thats up to date with HD and all that good stuff. Short films for school/youtube and good sound as well. Forums online get too crazy and I know alot has to do with preference but I would just like some suggestions on the types of devices I should be looking for.

    • ANSWER:
      HD camcorders interpolate the video, which means of every 25 frames of video, 4 or 5 frames are taken by the lens assembly; the other frames in between these are filled in by the camcorder inner circuitry, thus giving you not true video. It looks like this -one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, one frame from the lens assembly, 7or 8 from the electronic circuitry, from front to back of the video. Near impossible to edit, even when you have the Multi port processor computer with the big 1GB Graphics card and a Sound card that is required to edit, view, watch and work with the files these camcorders produce.

      Consumer level HD camcorders have 4 problems. 1) Blurry, fuzzy, out of focus areas closely around people in videos taken by consumer level HD camcorders. 2) Any movement, even a wave or lifting an arm, while in front of a recording consumer level HD camcorder, results in screen ghosts and artifacts being left on the video track, following the movement. Makes for bad video, sports videos are unwatchable. 3) These Consumer level HD camcorders all have a habit of the transferred to computer files are something you need to convert, thus losing your HD quality, to work with your editing software. 4) Mandatory maximum record times - 1 hour, 30 minutes, 8 minutes, 3 minutes – four different times advertised as maximum record time for some consumer level HD camcorders. No event I have ever been to is that short. Either take multiple camcorders or pack up with out getting the end of the event on video.

      MiniDV is currently the most popular format for consumer digital camcorders. MiniDV camcorders are typically more affordable than their HDD and DVD counterparts. Each MiniDV tape will typically hold an hour of footage at normal recording speed and quality. MiniDV tapes are available for purchase at not only electronic and camera stores, but also at drugs stores and grocery stores, making them easy to find while your on vacation. There are literally hundreds of MiniDV camcorders available; both in standard and high-definition. And add the fact that to get a HD camcorder that could produce better video quality footage, one would have to spend in excess of 00 for that camcorder that could produce higher quality video.

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part1_camcorder_choices.htm

      http://simplevideoediting.com/learn/part2_connect_camcorder.htm

      http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/camcorders/consumer_camcorders/vixia_hv40#Overview

  37. QUESTION:
    How much should i charge for an online web commercial?
    I have an HD camera, and some experience in marketing, but none in real big production sets. I have a 4 person crew and some lighting equipment and real good sound equipment. Usually I make short films but someone asked me to do a commercial and asked for a quote.

    • ANSWER:
      Really vague what is the client asking for lets start with the length of the spot.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I film in/ fake a courtroom for a student film?
    I'm working on a short film that I need to make as part of my applications to art colleges and my script contains a courtroom scene. The problem is, I have no idea how I can get a hold of a court room. Any ideas on how to either actually do this or fake it? I've considered green screening it, but I'm having trouble finding the right angles I'd need in online photos of courtrooms.

    • ANSWER:
      Contact your local theatre (or sometimes a school will have a good drama unit) and ask if they have any scenery flats or furniture. tell them what it is for and that you need it in order to progress and they may be able to help? Also, go to a courtroom, have a real good look at it and ask yourself if it reminds you of anything else that you may be more easily able to utilise, a church say or a village hall perhaps? Near me in Marlborough is an old Masonic hall that would pass for this so keep your eyes open, think creative and you may find it right under your nose?
      Lastly, does it have to actually `look` like a courtroom in a modern city? Old Eastern block, archaic rural community or Congolese, Arab or South sea island courtroom drama's might have a whole different space to represent? If they have asked you to do this as a `brief` for film school then don't fall into the trap of thinking of the first set of images that come into your head as they, the academic body, might want to see how you cope with thinking `outside the box` perhaps? (unless the brief is very specific) If your local courthouse wont let you film in there then try a local lawyer who might have influence and who might ask you to return the favour when you are famous???
      Stephen Hope this helps

  39. QUESTION:
    How do I get started making 16 mm or 35 mm movies?
    I have a digital video camera which I use to make short films but I hate the pixelated, jagged quality and want to make movies that look more theatrical, like the moving pictures I know and love. I've watched videos on youtube of 16 mm and 35 mm student films and decided that's the look I want to achieve (doesn't necessarily have to be those formats). But how do I get started? Are there any tutorials online?

    • ANSWER:
      You can achieve close to the quality of 16mm / 35mm with the HD cameras like the HVX-200 (It's 00), and adding the right camera lens to it. Record in 24fps. You can then use Final Cut Pro to digitally add the granularity to the image.

      Otherwise, using film cost a lot, and I actually wouldn't know how to get started. Working with a 16mm camera in film school was so much of a pain for me that I decided I never want to do it again.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me a decent online film contest?
    Okay so I have a really big question. See my friend and I just got into Indy film making. We have made a couple of short films and are looking for some Online Film contests to enter. Here is the criteria we are looking for-
    -Free([FAQ-QUESTION]-5), english, and online entry
    -5-20 minutes in duration
    -A Prize. The prize can be monetary, or not. We really just want to get our videos out there.

    • ANSWER:
      eyeka.com

  41. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a film footage(like a render) of a crow?
    I am making a short film and I need crows in it. I was wondering if there is an online source with stock footage.

    • ANSWER:
      Try searching on You Tube for "CGI Crow"

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a good website to buy cheap wallpaper?
    I need to buy wallpaper at the absolute cheapest price possible. I am on a very strict budget for a short film so the more I can save, the better. Also, any other suggestions/stores or anything where I could find cheap wallpaper versus going online? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a paint supply or even a Home Depot, and ask to look at discontinued, or damaged rolls. Also Family Dollar sells wall-paper, how cheap is cheap...lol

  43. QUESTION:
    Where can I find Official Selection with Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper to watch?
    I've been looking around online for a while now and I can't seem to locate it anywhere. It's a 10 minute short film released in 2008. Any help would be very much appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Check out

      http://fhurl.com/c252207

      Im know they have it on there.
      And the quality is great

  44. QUESTION:
    How to hold an open casting call?
    I need some actors for a short film my friends and I are shooting during the summer. We've already gotten some of our friends cast but we need more people.How do I put the word out that we're holding an open casting call? What info do I put? Where can I put it up? How do I audition people?
    Sorry, I live in the US.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are the steps on hosting an Open Call.

      1) Create a list of breakdowns (description of characters that you are still looking for).

      Here is an example:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" - Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Not balding. Dark Hair. Not skinny, not too heavy. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      2) Depends on where you want to host the Open Audition. If you have access to an empty studio, a class room at school, that would be ideal. Otherwise, you can yahoo-search any Dance/Acting studios that's local to the area for rental. Determine the Date(s) and Time that you want to do the Open Audition.

      3) Creating an Open Casting Call Note. On your note, you should include a brief description of your project, the story line, compensation, production dates and production location, and open call date, time, and location. Then after that, you should list the character breakdowns that you are looking for.

      Here is an example:

      Open Casting Call for Short Film “Thanks Mom”

      "Thanks Mom" it is a film that tells the tale of two young filmmakers who make it through all the obstacles of producing an independent film only to face their greatest challenge yet: their mother.

      Filming Duration: July 9 thru July 13
      Filming Location:Chicago, IL
      Compensation: No Pay, but will provide Meal, Credit, and a Copy of the final film.
      Open Audition Date: June 19 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
      Open Audition Location: Champion Dance Studio, 12345 Yahoo Street, 5th Floor, Room 1280, Chicagoo, IL.
      What to Bring:
      Prepare to read sides. Sides will be provided at the location. (if any of these characters have lines, then you can extract those lines from the script onto a seperate piece of paper. These are call 'sides.' Give the actors at least 5 minutes to look them over, and then call them in to perform those lines) If you don't have any sides, you can simple ask the Actor to prepare a 1-2 min. monologue.
      Please bring a copy of your headshot and resume.

      Character Breakdowns:

      "DETECTIVE TOM" Any Ethnicity. Male. 40-50. Skinny. Dark Hair. He is an obsessive, nerdy, borderline-autistic who had his lunch money stolen as a child and is now taking it out on the bank robbers.

      "SUSAN" Caucasian. 20-25. An eccentric young mother who is a bit too overbearing, but loving and caring to her core. Good comic ability a plus.

      4) Depends on where you are located, you can post an Open Casting Call notice online. Mandy.Com and Craigslist.Org are two most popular internet resource for free postings. I would also recommend you to include an email address that you feel comfortable with exposing to the public on your notice. Just incase if any of the actors have questions. They can also email you their headshot and resume, so you will get an idea WHO and how many people are actually coming to the Open Audition.

      5 - A) Setting up the Audition. Arrive at least 30 minutes before the Open Call time. Outside of the room, prepare a 'sign-in' sheet (Name, Name of Role, Telephone Number, and Email Address) - so when the actors arrive, they can sign in. (You will call them into the room to audition in the order of arrival) You can also leave your sides outside, the actors can study them.

      5 - B) Inside of the audition room, like American Idol, the 'judges' should be sitting behind a table. It's ideal that you have 2 - 3 people hosting the casting session. If you are using Sides for the audition, make sure you assign someone in your room to be the 'reader' (the reader will read lines of other characters than the auditioning actor)
      The director should focus on the Actor's performance. (Have a pen and note pad ready to take notes) The coordinator can Film the audition, monitor the session (making sure everything is on time and on schedule), calling people into the room, sending people out of the room after they are done.

      5 - C) After an Actor comes into the Room, here is a typical list of things that will take place.

      a. Director ask the Actor if he/she has any questions about the Sides/Characters.
      b. The Reader will start reading with the Actor. The Coordinator films the process (Optional)
      c. If needed the Director can give adjustments on the Actor's performance. (Example: "That's a good read. Let's try it again, 'Susan' is actually very sad in this scene, because her husband left her for another woman....")
      d. The Director/Coordinator explains the production schedule, location details, and see if there are going to be any schedule conflicts. At the same time, answer any production-related questions that the Actor may have.
      e. Tell the Actor by what day the casting decision will be made. Either the actor will be informed by phone, or by email. (Example: "We will be making the decision by Friday via Email. Thank you for coming.")
      f. The Coordinator walks the Actor out, and call the next Actor into the room.

      5 - D) Bring an envelope to collect Actors' headshot & resumes. (Keep them in file, incase you are planning to cast for any future projects) And make sure that the Actor's contact information are indicated on their resume. If they don't have a resume, make sure their Phone Number and Email address is clearly written on the back of their picture. The purpose of the taping of the audition, is that later, the Director and everyone else who's involved in the production can review their audition, and then make their choices on who to offer the role. If you are not planning to film the audition, make sure the Director take REALLY GOOD notes on each actor's performance. So after you seening 60 people's audition, you can still remember who gave a better audition.

      7) Upon offering the part to the selected actor. You need to provide the full script, wardrobe options, and the day & time for rehearsals or production meeting.

      Final Note: Always be friendly and open minded. You want the actors to do their best at the audition.

  45. QUESTION:
    How much can I expect to make from a film option?
    I've recently been approached via email by a producer from a small production company. He is interested in optioning my script, but asked me to suggest a price we can agree on and I'm not sure what to come back with. It's obviously not a major company so I don't want to request too much. I also don't want to get cheated either. Their website seemed pretty legit and they have quite a few films under their belt, but I'm sure they don't have much money to throw at script options. It's important to note that my script is only for a short film to be used in an anthology and not a feature script. This would definintely effect the amount I would receive.

    • ANSWER:
      It all bundles down to how much you think your worth. How experienced are you, how confident are you with the script?..if you feel your worth more than what they can give you, move on the next buyer. If your just trying to get name out there because your starting out, take anything because getting money at all at that point starting out is rare. Most beginner script writers I know post their stuff for free online (it makes a name for them).

  46. QUESTION:
    Where can I get fake or custom newspapers printed?
    I'm making a short film and want a newspaper with my own articles on it (at least the main article). Where can I get one of these printed, preferably online? I at least need a fake newspaper with the front page of the Titanic sinking.

    • ANSWER:
      Here's a list of newspaper templates you can use:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AmEQWFYAhIwfuEs.pa9eWnvty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20071216200807AApV5kk&show=7#profile-info-E3RTRKZNaa

      You can print them out yourself, or if you want several, try calling a local print shop.

      Good luck with your film!

  47. QUESTION:
    What are the copyright laws for old time radio shows?
    I am making a short film, and I would like to use clips from old radio shows on the soundtrack. I understand that the "recordings" are in public domain, however scripts may not be.Would I still be allowed to use the recordings in my short film? I do not intend to distribute the film online or sell it. It is simply for film festivals only, non-profit. Could I put the disclaimer: "For Educational Purposes Only"?

    • ANSWER:
      You would need to look into whether or not Fair Use would apply. Fair Use allows you to use material that is copyrighted without having to hassle with getting all the permissions and licenses.

  48. QUESTION:
    I want to sell my short films online. Where do I sell?
    I have made a few good short films and it has got quite good reviews, and now I want to sell those films online to make up some revenue.
    Any method of selling is fine, be it online viewing (like YouTube but payable), or it can be direct purchase.
    Please direct me to the proper website(s) and also give me all the protocols, methods, steps & procedure.

    • ANSWER:
      Letmewatchthis.com

  49. QUESTION:
    How do i upload my Short Film ?
    I have a couple of short films that i made as a part of my course in media school. I now want to upload it so that more people can see it. Please recommend a few websites that accept short films or websites where i can upload streaming media. My films are approx. 10 to 15 mins each.

    • ANSWER:
      As they are 10 to 15 mins each, I think their size must be above 100 MB. So storing them on your mail or site is not possible.

      Better to use onling storage...sites like Megaupload and Streamload.

      http://www.streamload.com

      http://www.megaupload.com

      Part of them is free, and that's no use for you as your files are big. Unfortunately, you'll have to shell out a few bucks. :(

      Maybe this Google search helps you...

      http://www.google.co.in/search?hl=en&q=online+storage&meta=

      ...EDIT...

      I just checked Google Video, and its free ! Yes, you can upload big files too. :)

      http://video.google.com

  50. QUESTION:
    If there any way to make a pregnancy test show up positive without being pregnant?
    Ok, so we're filming a short film, and it involves a pregnant girl. And we NEED to show the positive pregnancy test. So is there any possible way to fake it? I don't want to order fake ones online because just buying one from a store is cheaper. So any way I could fake it?

    • ANSWER:
      I've heard mixing sugar and coke together makes pregnancy tests come out positive. YouTube it and see how others do it. If anything, you can take the test apart and mark in lines with a red pen/marker (if you do that, don't actually pee on the test so you can make sure lines are the same color).


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  2. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have an airline delay for weeks?
    I have a friend who is went to texas in mid November. He said that he will be back mid December to help me film a short film, but every time I schedule something and tell him. he says that the airline pushed his flight back a few days. After talking to him a couple more times he gives me the same response. Now he claims that the airline pushed it from December 15th to December 29th. Could this really happen? or is he just trying to avoid filming?

    • ANSWER:
      It is HIGHLY, HIGHLY unlikely they would even push a flight back a few days (let alone weeks) unless he were flying out of some airport in the middle of nowhere on a small single engine plane.

      When people book flights, they book them because they need to be somewhere on a certain day. Imagine if airlines delayed flights a few days just moments before you were going to board the plane. It would be terrible customer service and they would lose a ton of business!

      I am pretty sure your friend just is giving you an excuse to get out of filming your movie. If you really want to bust him in the act, ask him for his flight number so you can monitor the status of his flight! ;)

  3. QUESTION:
    where can i find some houston texas agents for child actors?
    I need a good agentagencie where I can get an agent. Im a child (10-13) And i found an application for a short film. It said i needed a resume, so i could get that, but one of the things on the list was i needed an agent. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to an interesting article about child actors and what is required of them.

      It mentions a casting agency.

      It might point you in the right direction

      http://articles.philly.com/1993-03-18/news/25948905_1_lacy-auditions-parent

  4. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of an Old West film location near Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas?
    I am planning a short film shoot for late July or August and need a location as close as possible to Dallas/Ft Worth. I would be needing the buildings, saloons, etc. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      You're looking for Old Fort Dallas in Ferris.

      Pictures:

      http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/26537#910059_vho92

  5. QUESTION:
    How can I become a porn star or get into the adult film industry?
    I live in San Antonio Texas and I heard couple of companies were hiring but I can't tell which is legit or who to contact.

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry, but that's sick. It's just another form of prostitution, with all the inherent risks.
      I hope you know that most of the work would be incredibly boring, having repeated sex with both sexes, and after a very short time you'd be fed up with the whole thing, have a number of communicable diseases and hate real sex for the rest of your life.
      Don't do it.
      It's a sick industry for sick people - both those who perform in it and those who watch it.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do they judge the Texas Thespian Festival Film-Making IE?
    I am the first one in my troupe to do it and I don't know how they judge it. Do the critics ask you any questions over there, do you have to present your film, do they interview you or is it judged before-hand and then shown to the public? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Check out the info at the bottom of this page:

      http://www.texasthespians.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=50

      It looks like the deadline to enter was November 12, 2010, according to the info on:

      http://www.texasthespians.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=50

      Here's a link to the Critique Sheet used to judge short films:

      http://schooltheatre.org/sites/default/files/critique_sheet_short_film_2011.pdf

  7. QUESTION:
    What's a topic for a documentary that a kid in high school could do?
    Im in film class at my high school and we have to make a short film about anything we want. i have a good story together but im kind of into documentaries at this point in time, however i cant think of a conflict or topic. i would like some ideas for a topic i could do.

    things that may help-
    im a guy
    i play football
    im going to college next year
    i go to public school
    i live in Texas
    my school has super rich kids but also has kids on welfare
    my school is racially equivalent 33% of white black and Hispanic kids

    • ANSWER:
      Write something about bulling kids. That seems to be a hot issue. I know of a family who had a daughter who was adopted from Russia. She is a beautiful girl, cheerleader, but has no friends. (girls mostly) I believe she doesn't get bullied by the boys, it's the girls. Well anyway, it got so bad, the school wouldn't do anything, the parents moved out of the school district. That is getting pretty bad when that happens. She comes from a very reputable family. People need to be treated the same for kids to learn these days.

  8. QUESTION:
    What movies should I watch to be knowledgeable about film?
    I'm an incoming freshman in college and I'm a film major. I love producing videos, but I'm not exactly a movie buff. What movies should I definitely see before i go to school?

    • ANSWER:
      55% of my all time favorites ; )
      _____________
      ACTION:
      _____________
      Eraser
      True Lies
      On Deadly Ground
      Terminator 1 & 2
      Triple x
      Traffic
      Falling down
      Training Day
      Total Recall
      Con Air
      Fight Club
      Rocky 1-4
      Ladder 49
      Point Break
      Bad Boys 1 & 2
      Young Guns 1 & 2
      Blow
      Deep Cover
      Over The Top
      Money talks
      Predator
      Independence day
      Insomnia
      National Treasure
      Natural Born Killers
      The Road House
      Wanted
      Mr.nice guy
      Time cop
      Double team
      _____________
      Fantacy/SuperHero:
      _____________

      Hancock
      (Dark Knight)
      Spiderman 1-3
      Superman 1-3
      Iron man
      Batman 1-4
      I am legend
      Edward Scissorhands
      Spawn
      The crow
      Jurassic Park
      _______________
      Classic Comedy:
      _______________
      Young Frankenstein
      Airplaine
      Throw Mama From The Train
      Short Circuit
      Harry And The Hendersons
      Who Framed Roger Rabbit
      Pee Wees Big Adventure
      Cry Baby
      Tommy boy
      Oceans 11-13
      Weird science
      Encino man
      Trading Places
      _____________
      Comedy/Romance:
      _____________
      Talladega Nights
      Pineapple Express
      Anger Management
      Big Daddy
      The Cable Guy
      Joe Dirt
      Cheech and Chong's
      Bill and Teds-Excellent Adventure
      Bill and Teds-Bogus Journey
      Dude Wheres My Car
      Topic Thunder
      40 Year Old Virgin
      Evan Almighty
      Bruce Almighty
      SpaceBalls
      Encino Man
      Zack and Miri Make a Porno
      Super Troopers
      Walk Hard
      Harold & Kumar 1 & 2
      Half Baked
      Knocked up
      Shallow Hal
      Daddy daycare
      Big Bully
      Dumb & Dumber
      Kingpin
      The nutty professor
      Happy gilmore
      Hitch
      Joes apartment
      Blank man
      Love potion #9
      Stealing Harvard
      Lets go to prison
      Without a paddle
      ________________
      Horror/Zombie:
      ________________
      13 Ghost
      the shining
      Ghost ship
      The Grudge 1 & 2
      Dead Silence
      The exorcist
      Exorcism of Emily rose
      Rest stop
      The Messengers
      Stir of Echoes
      Wrong turn 1& 2
      mirrors
      Devils rejects
      house of 1000 corpse
      Halloween:rob zombie
      Resident Evil
      White noise 2
      The Faculty
      Hostle 1 & 2
      House on Haunted Hill
      Saw 1-5
      1408
      28 days
      28 weeks
      An American werewolf in paris
      Anaconda
      Bats
      Bram Stoker's Dracula
      The Fly
      Sleepwalkers
      Childs play
      Chucky 2-4
      Christine
      Constintine
      Cursed
      Silver Bullet
      Dawn of the Dead
      Day of the Dead
      Night of the living dead(1990)
      Land of the dead
      Night of the living dead 3D
      Disturbia
      Doom
      Final Destination 1-3
      Flowers in the Attic (1987)
      Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
      Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
      Jason X
      Gothika
      Gremlins
      Hollow man
      House of wax
      Jacobs Ladder
      Jaws
      Jeepers creepers 1 & 2
      Lake Placid
      Leprechaun 1-6
      Little shop of horrors
      Misery
      Pet Sematary
      Pitch black
      Poltergeist
      Pulse
      Seven
      Shaun of the dead
      Creepshow
      Silent Hill
      Species
      It
      The Lawnmower man
      Stigmata
      Tales from the hood
      Texas Chainsaw massacre-beginning
      The amityville horror
      The boogeyman(2005)
      The Witches of Eastwick
      Hills have eyes 1 & 2
      The lost boys
      Silence of the lambs
      The sixth sence
      The Nightmare on elm street 1-8
      Tales from the dark side
      _______________
      Comedy/Stoner:
      _______________
      Fear & Loathing
      Grandmas Boy
      Tenacious D
      Dracula: Dead And Loving It
      _______________
      Stand Up:
      _______________
      Eddie Murphy-Delerious
      Eddie Murphy-Raw
      Robin Williams-Live On Broadway
      _______________
      Based On:
      _______________
      Man on the Moon(Jim Carrey)
      Grand Theft Parsons
      Walking Tall
      The Outsiders
      300
      _______________
      Disney/Kids:
      _______________
      Over the Hedge
      Garfeild
      Lion King
      Madagascar
      The Santa Clause
      Angels in the outfeild
      The Sandlot
      _______________
      War/Mobster:
      _______________
      A Bronx Tale
      Scarface
      American History x
      Full metal jacket
      Boys in the hood
      Cotton Club
      The kingdom
      War games
      _______________
      Others:
      _______________
      Big Fish
      Stand by me
      The Majestic
      The Truman Show
      Second Hand Lions
      Jurassic Park
      Ghost

      Mickey and the beanstalk
      Deep Blue Sea
      Blade
      Darkman
      Pay it Forward
      Ghost
      the stand
      The Legend of billy jean
      Walk like a man
      Radio flyer
      Back to the future 1-3
      Paulie
      The swiss family robinsons
      Zathura
      Fly away home
      _______________
      /Suspence:
      _______________
      Dual

      _______________
      Classic tv:
      _______________
      The Simpsons
      Family Guy
      Southpark
      Jackass
      The Tom Green Show
      Bill Nye
      Red Green(KERA13)
      Two & A Half Men
      I Love Lucy
      The Twilight Zone
      Tales From The Crypt
      Riply's Beleive it or not
      Are you afraid of the dark

  9. QUESTION:
    where can I look up professional auditions for actors in Houston, TX?
    I have moved from New York and know which newspapers and websites to look for them there, but no idea how to research for them here. I need auditions for theater, films, voice overs, dinner theaters, etc, non union. Any help given would be much appreciated as I need to build my resume up in this area. So far all I've been able to find are the scam artists who expect you to pay for an audition or show you the auditions if you get a membership.Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Check the various film commission sites
      Texas Film Commission http://governor.state.tx.us/film/hotline-cast
      Short Film Texas http://www.shortfilmtexas.com/castcrew-calls/
      Houston Film Commission http://www.houstonfilmcommission.com/

  10. QUESTION:
    What kids movie was film in bastrop Texas?
    I saw this short movie on tv about kids who rode there bike around woods and into a small town and the kids where talking about bike safety. I think the movie was film around 1996-1997. I may be wrong but does anyone have any info? Oh then a few of the kids got on a
    chopper .

    • ANSWER:
      Several movies were at least partially filmed in Bastrop, including Lovin' Molly (1974), the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Home Fries (1998), Courage Under Fire (1996), and the 2004 remake of The Alamo. Projects not yet released include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane and Fireflies in the Garden, which was filmed in Bastrop in April 2007 starring Willem Dafoe and Julia Roberts. The as-of-yet-unreleased Brad Pitt/Sean Penn film "Tree of Life" was also filmed largely in Bastrop. Recently, the remake of Friday the 13th was also partially filmed in Bastrop.

      "Home Fries" is the only one that meets your timeline.

      Synopsis: A quirky, hard to label picture penned by X-Files scribe Gilligan. Loosely, the story concerns a drive-through employee at a fast food restaurant (Barrymore). She is ordered to be murdered by the... A quirky, hard to label picture penned by X-Files scribe Gilligan. Loosely, the story concerns a drive-through employee at a fast food restaurant (Barrymore). She is ordered to be murdered by the son of the dead man with whom she'd been having an affair. Not so fast, however, for the son, Dorian (Wilson), begins to fall for her. From there, events spiral even further into the land of black comedy.

  11. QUESTION:
    How to become an actress and what to do to be an actress?
    I have been wanting to become an actress for the longest time but I have no Idea how to find out about auditions or anything. I live in houston texas and I was just wondering if anybody has any helpful tips? I want to join acting classes but my family has financial problems so we cant afford them.

    • ANSWER:
      The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
      Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
      Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
      In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn't work for someone else.

      Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
      Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

      As a Lifestyle, you've decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
      Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

      The website Starnow:

      http://www.starnow.com/curtisfarrell

      Provides opportunities for Actors interested in both of the above and occasional professional opportunities as well.
      For Actors in Australia I recommend against AT2 as it's very similar to Starnow - you get the same types of opportunities, though you have to pay over 0 more per year for them and they discriminate between Actors who do have an Agent and those who don't.

      If you're after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
      What's inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused - (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it's paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
      What's inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what's outside of your control is the work that comes in.
      Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it's not a matter of what you know but who you know.

      When you're ready to take a step towards a Career, here's how to Find and Apply for an Agent:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE

      It's how I got mine.

      Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
      As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
      Acting isn't the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

      The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
      Once you take that step I'm sure you will gain insight as to what you'd like to pursue and what step you'd like to take next.

      All the best :)

  12. QUESTION:
    Can pyrotechnicians recreate explosions for movies?
    I need one explosion (small) for a short film I am trying to shoot and have no idea where to go for that?

    Also do I need to take out special licenses or permits with the city for that?

    I live in Dallas TX

    • ANSWER:
      I think North Texas Pyrotechnic Productions, does special effects and fireworks. They are located in the Dallas and Ft. Worth area. Call them at 214.674.1465 or email them at Info@NorthTexasPyro.com to ask if they can actually help with your needs within a reasonable price range.

      Here is their site and they are licensed -> http://www.northtexaspyro.com/Outdoor_Displays.htm

  13. QUESTION:
    Old carnivals in the southern part of the US?
    I am making a short film that has to do with carnivals and fun houses. Do you know where I could find one with a walk in fun house with mirrors and mazes? Not one for only children? Also there needs to be a carousel. Just anywhere in the south. Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Tennessee. Any of those states. It needs to have an old vibe to it. I am mostly looking for the fun house. Thank you tons.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe something like http://www.carnivalmidways.com can point you in the right direction.

  14. QUESTION:
    How to parenthetically cite a website without an author's name?
    In MLA format, how do I parenthetically cite a website that does NOT have page or paragraph numbers OR an author's name? Can you also give a short example like this (Hopkins 23). Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
      You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.
      Unless you must list the website name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like CNN.com or Forbes.com as opposed to writing out http://www.cnn.com or http://www.forbes.com.

      Works with no author
      When a work has no author, use the work's title or a shortened version of the title when citing it in text. (If abbreviating a title, omit initial articles and begin with the word by which it is alphabetized in the Works Cited list.):

      so basically just use the title or a shortened version of the title.
      If the title was "Texas: A Really Big State" just use (Texas).

  15. QUESTION:
    Why are you still refusing to tell that the texas chainsaw massacre was a true story?
    when I watched the texas chainsaw massacre (2003) I'm really convinced that it was real story. When the film begins with a short documentation around the rest area of the hewitt residence you will see the FBI agents that is making their investigation around the rest area and another fact is the death of two investigating officer while doing a walkthrough into the basement of the hewitt house. How can you add up the name of Texas in the film if it was not a true story I think it is a big lie for every people round the world if you trying to refusing the truth behind this movie.

    • ANSWER:
      there was a killing in texas with a chainsaw, however this happened about a month after the original version was relised, thats the closest thing to the movie

      the claim at the beginning is a popular horror movie technique to scare the viewer more, its been done in Chainsaw, Amityville, Blair Witch....

      and there was no investigation of the house...if your refering to the clip at the beginning of the 2003 version, where Leatherface attacks the agents, well thats a staged scene, i mean look at the scene where Leatherface cuts off that guys leg, you think thats real, NO! its editing, the same thing

      the chainsaw massacre is based on two events...
      1) Psycho killer Ed Gein of Plainfield, Wisconsin, he saved bodyparts, made masks, etc etc, however he did not use a chainsaw (probably wouldve been easier for him though, lol) and...
      2) The directer of the original TCM was swarmed by fans in a mall who liked his previous movies, and he looked into a tool store kinda place and saw a chainsaw, the thought that went through his head was "that'd be a good way to clear this crowd" lol, well...you put those two things together, you get the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

  16. QUESTION:
    Best written horror films/thrillers of the last 10 years?
    I need recommendations on well written horror films or suspense films of the last decade or so. English language thrillers preferred.

    • ANSWER:
      This decade has been definitely been the 80's all over again, from fashion to music- even film. There's been a rebirth of independent films and studios like there had been in the 80's. There was also a huge horror movie boom. The sad part is that there's too much commercialism in movie studios today and they are out to collect rather than entertain. The easiest way they achieve this is by remaking movies that studios already own the rights to. A huge percent of the horror movies that have been produced this decade are remakes, from Texas Chainsaw Massacre to The Hills Have Eyes (yes- it's a remake). I was saddened to see that one of my all time favorite horror movies, Black Christmas, was remade and I cringe at the thought of my beloved Evil Dead will be redone as well. Very sad. But there have been a few excellent original films. Best that come to mind are:

      28 Days Later (Directed by Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionare fame)
      Shaun Of The Dead
      Grindhouse

      Wow... That's a short list. They just don't make 'em like they used to...

  17. QUESTION:
    Recommendations for getting into film school?
    What does one recommend for getting accepted into a film school like Full Sail or USC? What stands out on a resume, etc.? Any tips?
    Also, any idea how to go about financial aid?

    • ANSWER:
      Read Film School Confidential first. See the website.
      It gives a hard look at film school as a concept- and it is pessimistic but realistic. It’s a bit outdated, but you can read most of it for free online. Entertaining, even if you don’t agree with it. It does give some pointers on ADMISSIONS.
      Devote all your free time to writing or making short films on whatever camera you can find. Use those films and scripts to apply to USC, NYC, Chapman, Texas, Florida State, whatever. Watch the “Making of” documentary on the “Clerks X” DVD and on other movies as well.
      Be a production assistant on a couple of movies–real movies, not the “deferred pay, looks great on a resume, free meals, to be shot whenever, DV” movies peppering film commission websites–and you’ll learn more than anything they’ll teach you in film school. At least that was my experience. If you want to learn how a set operates, how to communicate with different departments, how to move a crew, then work with the professionals. And when you’re on the set, do what you’re told, don’t try to direct the director and do get to know the rest of the crew- they might recommend you for a job someday.

      What schools look for:
      In the words of Howard Rodman of USC Cinema School:

      "Writing. Good writing. Not necessarily in screenplay format. We’re less interested, at this point, in whether you know what we’re here to teach you, than in whether you can put together a sentence. Tell a story. Create a dimensional character. In short: do you have your very own voice? [P.S. - We know the difference between "its" and "it's," and we actually care.]

      Grades, good enough to pass muster with the larger USC admissions apparatus, and good enough to give us the confidence you’ll be able to execute a demanding program. Four point something GPAs and 1600 SATs (or GREs) are truly lovely, but are not in and of themselves guarantors of anything. We’re looking for writers [see #1 above], but we do need to know you can handle the load.

      Diversity. Folks with life experience. Folks from strange and wonderful places. Folks who’ve had interesting ‘first’ careers before turning to writing. Not just your typical work/study/get ahead/kill types. The New York Times says that a cinema MFA may be the new MBA; but I’m not sure we’d view it that way.

      A good mix. Not all Hummers, not all Priuses."

      Worry about financial aid after you're accepted- that's why they have a Financial Aid Office.

      Check into local resources-- for example in New England: http://www.newenglandfilm.com/

      Hope this helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    I want to start writing a short story or a novel, any ideas?
    i have lots of ideas, mostly want to write a ghost story that takes place in my home town in texas, not a scary one though, more like a love story. similar to ghost and mrs. muir

    • ANSWER:
      The Ghost & Mrs. Muir is one of my favorite b&W films! Why not reverse the characters? Have a guy buy a house near a lighthouse or on a cliff on a remote stretch of a beach so he can write his novel. The ghost is a young woman who flung herself off the cliff when her sea-faring captain's ship was sunk at sea. The guy is getting over a divorce or is newly widowed. The ghost senses his emotional pain & starts visiting him although he's unaware of her @ first. Gradually he becomes aware of her presence & she's revealed.

      Oops, just saw you mention Texas. If it's in a coastal city like Galveston she could have waded into the water & drowned. You could do a little research on the huge huuricane in 1900 that destroyed Galveston. Look for the book Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson that chronicles events. It's non-fiction, but is short & reads like fiction.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can anyone do a synopsis for me on these films?
    I need an extremely short synopsis of the films "Fargo" (1996), "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and "True Grit" (2010).
    Also could you short it to 2-3 sentences. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Jerry works in his father-in-law's car dealership and has gotten himself in financial problems. He tries various schemes to come up with money needed for a reason that is never really explained. It has to be assumed that his huge embezzlement of money from the dealership is about to be discovered by father-in-law. When all else falls through, plans he set in motion earlier for two men to kidnap his wife for ransom to be paid by her wealthy father (who doesn't seem to have the time of day for son-in-law). From the moment of the kidnapping, things go wrong and what was supposed to be a non-violent affair turns bloody with more blood added by the minute. Jerry is upset at the bloodshed, which turns loose a pregnant sheriff from Brainerd, MN who is tenacious in attempting to solve the three murders in her jurisdiction. this is for fargo===

      In rural Texas, welder and hunter Llewelyn Moss discovers the remains of several drug runners who have all killed each other in an exchange gone violently wrong. Rather than report the discovery to the police, Moss decides to simply take the two million dollars present for himself. This puts the psychopathic killer, Anton Chigurh, on his trail as he dispassionately murders nearly every rival, bystander and even employer in his pursuit of his quarry and the money. As Moss desperately attempts to keep one step ahead, the blood from this hunt begins to flow behind him with relentlessly growing intensity as Chigurh closes in. Meanwhile, the laconic Sherrif Ed Tom Bell blithely oversees the investigation even as he struggles to face the sheer enormity of the crimes he is attempting to thwart. for no country for old men

      Following the murder of her father by hired hand Tom Chaney, 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross sets out to capture the killer. To aid her, she hires the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, a man with "true grit," Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn. Mattie insists on accompanying Cogburn, whose drinking, sloth, and generally reprobate character do not augment her faith in him. Against his wishes, she joins him in his trek into the Indian Nations in search of Chaney. They are joined by Texas Ranger LaBoeuf, who wants Chaney for his own purposes. The unlikely trio find danger and surprises on the journey, and each has his or her "grit" tested for true grit

  20. QUESTION:
    Is it illegal to audio/video record a police officer in a public place in Texas?
    And i am not in any way shape or form keeping them from doing their job, just to have evidence if anything occurs or he abuses his/her power's. An officer said it was illegal under the wire tapping law but i know that Wiretapping is the listening-in on telephone, telegraph or teletype or communications. It is usually accomplished by attaching taps and listening or recording equipment to the communications wires. so i figured he was full of it. just need some answers on this.

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer to your question is no.

      Here's a link to the Texas wiretapping law, I can't vouch for how accurate this is.

      http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/texas-recording-law

      During the hysteria following 9/11, some police thought that photography had somehow become regulated by the Patriot Act or their own policies. This was simply not the case.
      In the United States there are no laws that prevent you from taking video and or photographs of the police, or police situations. With that said, there are times when this could be a problem. If you were just a third party at a scene and had nothing to do with what was happening you would be fine.
      However if you were a party to nature of the call then you could be asked to put the camera down. Your getting closer to the scene to let the officers know you were there, and telling them you were filming police brutality most likely lead them to believe that you were a party to the incident. For example you were a driver or passenger in a traffic stop. The camera could be construed as a weapon and the officer would likely make you turn it off and put it down.
      If you are out in public and you see police activity you have every right to videotape or photograph it. This is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Laws to prevent audio taping without consent would be not apply as long as you were clearly visible and were not going to any secret or extreme means to get sound. Some states have enacted wiretapping laws that law enforcement have tried use to prevent video being taken at scenes. I've heard of charges filed against videographers based on these laws but I've yet to actually see one of these cases get to court much less a conviction.
      Most photographers that are arrested in these scenarios are usually being stupid and crossing police lines or willfully harassing the police. If you are out of the way most police officers could not care less and some are even glad to have you.
      When police are in public they have no right of privacy just like everyone else and they also have the right to remain silent should a camera be rolling. I've seldom run into this problem other than requests not to show officers faces who might be working undercover and not shooting dead bodies. I don't shoot bodies anyway, and I always try to comply on the face requests although I'm under no obligation to do so. Sometimes crimes scenes may be expanded to get you further away from a scene or there may be genuine safety issues, if that happens or you're directed to leave because of a safety issue, you should comply and you may be subject to arrest if you do not. However, you can not be excluded from any area that the general public is being allowed in.
      If you are a third party to an incident and are confronted with this situation you best bet is to not cut off the camera and move your finger away from the trigger so you don't accidentally cut it off. Should you be arrested the tape would be your best evidence.

      Good luck and hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I get discovered by an agent?
    I really want to act and I know I have the talent to land a role. I live in Texas so its not so easy. But I know there's other shows filming nearby. Please give me suggestions. Where can I find an real agent ?

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all of the great agents work in or around the Hollywood area. Your best bet is to get an awesome head shot (look on line for dos and don'ts) and gather a resume of all you're work and send it to them. That's the quickest way, but not the most reliable. The best and really only way is to move to the L.A. area and start getting on an agent's short list. You can still be an extra or get small speaking roles if you go to cattle calls in Texas. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Good ways to make money in the summer? ?
    I'm 13, a girl, and I live in Texas. I need the money to buy a flip camera and props for my short films. Anything besides baby-sitting and lemonade stands please.

    • ANSWER:
      lawn mowing, dog walking, gardening for elders, window washing for elders, any elder assistance ie. running errands hope this helps.

  23. QUESTION:
    What is a good age to start getting serious about acting?
    I am 13 and I wants to be an actress. I don't want to be the typical nick or disney star because they end up disappearing eventually. Is 13 a good age to start getting serious? Also, is it a good idea to learn how to do accents? I have an excellent British accent, or so I am told. I am working on Southern accents. Are these good to learn? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It is never too early to be passionate about anything!
      I admire that you are ambitious, and I recommend chasing that dream! Many actors and actresses start early and become very successful!
      Drew Barrymore started at like age 7 or even younger. Lindsay Lohan was very young, among many others who are still at the top!
      I say go for it, and start getting involved with school theater.
      The sky is even short when it comes to the limits of potential!
      Accents are fun, I use them all day at my job. Watch some british films to work on the british accent. its also important to know what part of europe pronounces things differently than the other parts, as well as having a Southern Draw. For example, people from Louisiana sound a sight different than people from Texas, but it will all come in time!
      Good Luck!

  24. QUESTION:
    what are some scary government fact and stories?
    im trying to make a short film like "The Hills Have Eyes" you know how its based on the government droping bombs in New Mexico,
    we'll something like that.

    • ANSWER:
      Snopes has a government legends section...some are pretty scary.
      One (kinda weird) Texas honoring the Boston Strangler. WTF?

      http://www.snopes.com/legal/desalvo.asp

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the best colleges for screenwriting in the United States?
    I want to be a screenwriter and was wondering what the best colleges for that are.

    • ANSWER:
      UCLA, USC and NYU Tisch. Besides being excellent schools, they have lots of connections in the entertainment industry.

      Others would be Chapman University (Orange, CA), Loyola Marymount and Boston University. There are also screenwriting programs at Florida State U, North Carolina School of Arts, University of Miami, University of Texas and elsewhere.

      If you can't get into any of those schools, there are many more opportunities out there. The most important thing is to find a program that works for you, that teaches in the best way for you. There are even good classes through community colleges.

      And there are screenwriting schools out there -- like Writer's Boot Camp in Santa Monica, CA. They have a discussion rather than lecture style of teaching, which works well for a lot of writers.

      In the meantime, I hope you're writing. Don't wait, there are lots of kids out there that are writing scripts from elementary school on. Go to a bookstore and browse through the screenwriting books to see which ones *talk to you*. Here is a start -

      Screenwriting for Teens: The 100 Principles of Screenwriting Every Budding Writer Must Know by Christina Hamlett - Good for teens, and adults.

      Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts by Troy Lanier and Clay Nichols - Best to understand how films are made to help your screenwriting.

      The 101 Habits Of Highly Successful Screenwriters: Insider's Secrets from Hollywood's Top Writers by Karl Iglesias - Inspirational!

      Writing Screenplays That Sell by Michael Hauge - A great book to start with.

      The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script by David Trottier - Another really good guide.

      Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder - Very entertaining and instructional.

      Classics you're going to have to read -

      Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field

      Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434

      Story: Substance, Structure, Style and The Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee

      The Writers Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler

      Good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Can anyone share their personal experience of attending the Model and Talent Expo in Dallas, TX?
    Am considering sending my daughter, but it's a huge investment of monies for us? Was it a good experience and worth the money if you attended?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know that particular expo but in general they are a huge waste of money for all but the MOST beautiful and talented people there. The problem is, you are with 500 other aspiring models and actors, and the top agents are all going to be interested in the same 10 people who stand out from the masses. The others are only contacted by expensive photo studios trying to sell portfolios, expensive schools wanting you to pay for their classes, or less than reputable agencies with upfront charges and not a strong client list

      You would be much better off taking your daughter to open calls at agencies like The Campbell Agency or Kim Dawson Agency in Dallas where she will be seen one-on-one by an agent and they'll normally tell you on the spot if she has potential or not. They are not just some of the top modeling agencies in Texas but they are also SAG and AFTRA affiliated for acting, meaning they get the casting breakdowns for film and television productions in your area. And open calls are free to attend.

      Unless you are willing to move your family at short notice to another city if an agent from another city is interested in signing your daughter it's not worth going to an expo. Most agents expect you to move within 3-4 weeks or they won't sign you. If you aren't willing to move, then just go to local agencies on your own which won't cost you anything but gas money and parking

  27. QUESTION:
    When did the fad of underarm shaving start?
    What is the justification? Armpit smell is not considered bad universally. The idea that it started to fight lice is unsatisfying as well because lice were a universal until very recently and wouldn't explain why men don't shave their pits.

    • ANSWER:
      I had always assumed it was an American thing with the start of sleeveless dresses in the early 20th century. But after finding this information online, it seems to have began long before America.

      Text provided by the website 4to40.com

      http://www.4to40.com/Health/index.asp?id=19

      The recorded history of armpit shaving is a spotty one indeed. The earliest reference we have found was that the ancient Babylonians, more than one thousand years before the birth of Christ, developed depilatories to remove unwanted body hairs.

      Julius Caesar reported that early Britons "had long flowing hairs and shaved every part of their bodies except the head and upper lip", but this quotation may refer only to men. We do know that barbers removed superfluous hair from the eyebrows, nostrils, arms, and legs from male customers around this time.

      The first direct reference to the specific topic at hand is contained in Ovid's Art of Love, written just before the birth of Christ: "Shall I warn you to keep the rank goat out of your armpits? Warn you to keep your legs free of coarse bristling hair?"

      In Chaucer's day (the fourteenth century), the mere sight of any hair was considered erotic. Women were required to wear head coverings; caps were worn indoors and out by woman of all ages.

      These ancient antecedents predict our current duality about body hair on women. On the one hand, underarm hair is considered unsightly and unhygienic, and yet on the other, sexy and natural.

      None of many razor companies or cosmetic historians we contacted could pinpoint when woman first started shaving their armpits. The earliest reports concerned prostitutes during the gold rush days in California. Terri Tongco, among other readers, posited the theory that prostitutes shaved their underarms to prove that they have no body lice, which were rampant in the old West.

      Many older readers able to pinpoint when their mothers and grandmothers started shaving their armpits. Not-so-old historian C.F. "Charley" Eckhardt of Seguin, Texas, is the only person we have found who was actually studied this Frustable:

      My paternal grandmother, born in 1873, and my maternal grandmother, born in 1882, did not shave their armpits. My wife's maternal grandmother (1898), my mother (1914), and my mother-in-law (1921) all did or do.

      Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of the nude human figure in motion and Hillaire Belloc's photographs of New Orleans prostitutes, all taken before or immediately after the turn of the century, show hairy armpits, as do nude photos of prostitutes known to have been taken in El Paso, Texas, prior to 1915. In addition, still photographs taken from pornographic photographs of the "French postcard" variety which are documented as having been made in the United States prior to 1915.

      Theatrical motion pictures released about and after 1915, including Cleopatra (starring Theda Bara), the biblical sequences from D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, and several others, shown shaven armpits. Something, then, happened about 1915 that would cause not merely stars but impressionable teenagers (as my wife's grandfather was) but not necessarily older family woman (like my grandmothers) to start shaving their armpits.

      So what caused these women to start shaving their armpits around 1915? Many readers, including Charley Eckhardt, give the "credit" to Mack Sennett:

      The first moviemaker to show the feminine armpit extensively in non-pornographic films was Mack Sennett, in his Bathing Beauty shorts… Sennett's Bathing Beauties had shaven armpits, and they are the first direct evidence we have of the armpit-shaving phenomemon. Whether or not Mack actually said "That look like hell - have 'em shave' is a moot point, though the statement is completely in character with what we know about Sennett.

      We do know that flappers of the Roaring Twenties adopted the leeveless clothing that seemed o daring in the Sennett shorts.

      We heard from several women who were more concerned about why the custom persists rather than how and when it started. Typical was this letter from Kathy Johnson of Madison, Wisconsin:

      I am one of the apparently few U.S. women who has never shaved her armpits or legs. It never made logical sense to me, so why do it? I've heard the argument that shaving those regions is more sanitary. Then why, I volley back, don't men shave their armpits? Why, in fact, doesn't everyone shave their heads if lack of hair is so sanitary? Stunned silence…

      Several psychologists and feminists have speculated that men like the shaven look because it makes women look prepubescent - young, innocent, and unthreatening. Diana Grunig Catalan of Rangely, Colorado, who subscribes to the prepubescent theory, speculate that "American woman, unlike their European counterparts, were not supposed to do anything with all those men they attracted with their revealing clothing. A childlike, helpless look can be a protection as well as an attraction"

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between East coast and west coast swing ?
    Also.. What is the difference between the Jitter Bug, Boogie Woogie, Lindy Hop then east and west swing ???

    • ANSWER:
      Lindy Hop came first, in the late 1920s and 1930s. The basic is 8-counts.

      East Coast Swing is a swing dance created by ballroom associations in the early 1940s, and was created from a foxtrot variation, but was inspired by Lindy Hop. The basic is 6-counts.

      West Coast Swing is a smooth form of Lindy Hop, that developed in California during the late 1940s and 1950s from the dance techniques of Dean Collins (a Lindy Hopper from the East Coast, who put Lindy in a slot so it could be filmed easily) who was a featured swing dancer in more films than any other dancer of the swing era. West Coast Swing significantly changed in the 1980s and 1990s when dancers started dancing more and more to "pop music" rather than traditional swing, and it is now considered it's own unique dance.

      Jitterbug IS NOT A DANCE!!! The term jitterbug comes from Cab Calloway who wrote the song "Call of the Jitterbug" and did a short film called "Cab Calloway's Jitterbug Party". The term refers to a DANCER not a specific dance, so a Jitterbug can dance Lindy Hop or East Coast Swing. If someone was to say "I dance the Jitterbug" the term can be considered a general term for any swing dance (like the difference between Martial Arts and Karate).

      Boogie Woogie is a piano playing style that originated in Texas and became popular during the swing Era. It became a dance form in Europe after the end of WWII, and is a variation of East Coast Swing, and emphasizes energetic footwork. Today, boogie woogie has began introducing more aspects of Lindy Hop.

      ::::Here's What the Different Dances Look Like::::

      Lindy Hop in 1941:

      Lindy Hop today:

      However, Lindy Hop does not have to be danced fast. It can be danced to medium and slow tempos:

      East Coast Swing as a formal ballroom dance:

      (Outside of the ballroom community, ECS is consider a beginner swing, and is used as a stepping stone for teaching Lindy Hop.)

      The East Coast Swing basic consists of 2 "Triple Steps" and a "Rock Step". Doing 2 "Single Steps" (or "Slow, Slow") and a Rock Step ("Quick, Quick") is just another variation of East Coast Swing and is not a unique dance form.

      West Coast Swing (as you can see, it is not danced to swing music):

      Jitterbug: Check out this funny Short Film from 1944 about the jitterbug

      Even though the narrator calls what they are doing "the Jitterbug" all of the dance steps they are doing are from the Lindy Hop.

      Boogie Woogie footwork with Lindy Hop moves:

      There are other forms of swing dancing than just these.

      For example, there's the Balboa (which focuses on intricate footwork and smooth movements):

      and Collegiate Shag (which has a hopping basic):

      Anyways, I hope that helps!

      To talk about all thing swing dance related, head over to the National Swing Dance Forum:

      http://www.yehoodi.com

  29. QUESTION:
    What are some horror movies that you have seen?
    I am not looking for ones that have just scared you.Just any movies that would fall under the horror category.You do not have to list all the horror movies you have seen.For people like me that would take forever.

    • ANSWER:
      some in my collection...
      Battle Royale (not technically horror, but whatever...it's Japanese)
      Blood Sucking Freaks
      Cabin Fever
      Cannibal Ferox
      Case 39
      Fallen
      Frontier(s) (french film--basically Texas Chainsaw, Hostel, the Descent and The Hills Have Eyes rolled into one)
      Hostel
      28 Days Later
      Texas Chainsaw Massacre
      The Hills Have Eyes
      The Reaping
      The Wicker Man (original)

      Youtube has a decent new zombie series out, but it's only about thirty minutes long so far, about 8 minute episodes each called Bite Me
      I Love Sarah Jane is a ten minute zombie short film on youtube that's pretty good
      The Walking Dead is a great zombie tv series
      Also, this is a pretty entertaining zombie experiment:

      maybe fake, idk.

  30. QUESTION:
    id like to make documentaries or films of some sort?
    id like to make documentaries or films of some sort because i really enjoy doing it. how would i go about majoring in somethign like this, what would be some qualifications for this job? and what schools would be good for someone looking to do this as a career?

    • ANSWER:
      Get into a good school. Preferbly near Hollywood:

      FILM & MEDIA DEPARTMENTS, PROGRAMS AND LABS: AROUND THE WORLD

      Ryerson School of Image Arts, Toronto - (Canada) , Film Studies
      Queen's University - (Canada) Film Studies
      University of Toronto - (Canada), Cinema Studies
      Vancouver Film School, Multimedia Dept.
      University of Waterloo, Ontario - (Canada), Film Studies
      Canadian Film Centre Toronto - (Canada) , Film Studies
      York University film program, Toronto - (Canada) , Film Studies
      University of Victoria, BC - (Canada) , Film Studies
      Victoria Motion Picture School VMP School provides professional education for film industry
      media training centre located on Galiano Island, BC. - (CANADA)
      Columbia Acadamy - Dealing with media/video and broadcast production - BC (canada)
      U. of Copenhagen, Institute for film and media - (Denmark)
      Cinema Studies - at the University of Barcelona - (Spain)
      Septima Ars - film and television school in Madrid, (Spain.)
      National Film School of Denmark
      Silicon Graphics
      Radio and TV Institute - (Finland)
      Department of Journalism, Media and Comm. - Stockholm University- Sweden
      Volda College, Dept. of Media & Journalism - (Norway)
      Australian Film TV & Radio School
      The WWW site for Media Studies @ Edith Cowan University in Perth Western Australia

      The national film and television School - UK
      Sheffield University (UK) Film Unit
      University of Wales, Aberystwyth The Department of Theatre, Film and Television
      CILECT International Liaison Centre of Schools of Cinema and Television is an organization of the world's leading schools of film and television.

      L.O.A.F.S. LIBRARY OF ANNOTATED FILM SCHOOLS not only provides a comprehensive listing of film schools' web sites from around the world, it also offers something that the film schools themselves do not reveal: honest, telling reviews and shared experiences from the film students themselves.
      UK Guide To Student Film Societies
      MSU Turkish Film and TV Institute
      University College of Dublin - Film Courses
      NYU - Department of Film and Television
      The London International Film School.
      FilmAkademie - (Germany)
      Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia - (Italy)
      Asian Academy Of Film & TV

      Film resource, includes film schools - (Argentina)
      Escuela de Cine de Chile - (Chile)
      MEDIA DEPARTMENTS, PROGRAMS AND LABS: U.S.

      Chapman University Department of Film and Television located just 30 miles from Los Angeles--boasts a nonlinear post-production center, a state-of-the-art television studio, and an extensive array of film production gear.

      University of Chicago
      Columbia College - Hollywood Giving instruction in the Cinema, Television and Media Arts to Students and Professionals from Around the World

      Columbia University Bulletin, 1994-95
      Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University a place of encouragement for photographers, writers, filmmakers, scholars of history and literature, teachers, students, and others who struggle to pa rticipate in the lives of individuals and communities and to render these lives in documentary works of artistic, literary, and social value.
      Florida St. University, School of Motion Picture, Television & Recording Arts
      Full Sail One of the top schools of in the fields of digital media, film & video, and audio. In Orlando Florida.

      Youthfilms.com - Great site for shorts
      Interactive Cinema (part of the MIT Media Laboratory) - Cambridge, MA
      The Media Lab at MIT
      Telemedia, Networks, and Systems Group at MIT
      RadioWeb
      University of New Orleans Graduate and undergraduate film production program within the Department of Drama & Communications at the University of New Orleans.
      New York Film Academy
      Univ of North Texas, Dept. of RTVF Information on our BA, MA, MS programs in radio, television, film, KNTU-FM and NTTV (North Texas Television).
      Orange Coast College Film/Video Department information on our program including our class schedules, recent awards, photos, and an overview of what our film/video production program covers.
      Rice University , Dept. of Film/Video/Animation
      NEW MEDIA AT RYERSON Home of the the NEW MEDIA program, geared to artists, educators, designers and communicators interested in using new technologies to explore new possibilities for production and distribution of media materials.
      San Francisco State University, Cinema Department
      CNTV - School of Cinema and Television at USC(U. of Southern California)
      U. of Wisconsin Film Studies
      The Motion Picture Institute of Michigan Film Studies
      The Los Angeles Film School Film Studies
      The University of Utah - Film Division
      The University of Utah Texas - Dept. of Radio-Television-Film
      Media Studies - A new department at the university of maine.
      University of California at Berkley - Film Studies Program.
      North Carolina School of the arts - Filmmaking.
      College of Santa Fe - Moving Image Arts.
      John Hopkins University - Film And Media studies.
      De Anza College - two-year program in film, television production and animation.
      San Diego University - School of film, television communications.
      SITES & SOCIETIES MAINTAINDED AT UNIVERSITIES

      Aberdeen University Cinema Club - Aberdeen, UK

      Media Resources Center at Cal Berkeley Entrypage
      The ERaM (Ethnicity, Racism and the Media) Programme The ERaM Programme, recently established at the University of Bradford, UK, supports two email mailing lists for the discussion and dissemination of any and all news, information, policy statements and research on issues of ethnicity, racism and the media.

      Welcome to BUFS - Bath University Film Society
      Center for Modern Culture & Media (Brown University)
      Edinburgh University Film Society
      H-FILM's Guide to Film/TV Resources (University of Houston)
      Second Look Computing University of Iowa
      Film and Television Gopher at Rice University
      Student Video & Filmmakers' Association (SVFA) supporting the future video and filmmakers of Hawai'i.
      Vanderbilt University
      Utah State University- Multimedia and Distance Learning Services Multimedia and Distance Learning Services- -We provide services in multimedia design, cd-rom development, TV production, graphics design, engineering, instructional design, teleconferencing, satellite uplinks and remote field productions.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is there any horror movies someone could suggest that are good?
    I want to see more movies and I cant find much that seems interesting.
    One of my favorite movies is 30 Days Of Night. I like really freaky movies most of the time but sometimes I think its so fake that its dumb. So I really cold use some suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is just a short list of movies I can think of off the top of my head.
      My name is Molly, and I'm going on my 15th year of being a Horror Movie Addict.
      NOTE: Some of these…ahem, most of these…aren’t suitable for the children.

      When a Stranger Calls (“Have you checked the children?”)
      A teenage babysitter is terrorized in a very large house by an unknown caller.

      The Happening (M. Night at his finest)
      Mark Walberg, Zooey DeChanel
      The eastern seaboard is attacked by a mysterious chemical, which makes the affected suicidal.
      The Devil’s Rejects (creepiest clown award)
      Rob Zombie brings us a homicidal clown, and a brother-sister kill squad.

      The Shining (Jack Nicholson version)
      Jack Nicholson
      A family is invited to keep watch over a spooky hotel, and demons begin to mess with daddy’s mind.

      Psycho (I prefer Vince Vaughn version)
      Vince Vaughn
      A woman seeking shelter at the Bates Motel finds the manager to be a bit bipolar.

      The Exorcist (quite an evil film)
      Linda Blair
      The Devil takes hold over an innocent child, transforming her into a demon.

      Halloween (setting the stage for slashers)
      Jamie Lee Curtis
      Michael Myers returns to his hometown each Halloween to kill off a few more teens.

      Nightmare on Elm Street (he just won't die...)
      Robert Englund
      Freddy is back from Hell and ready to invade some nightmares.

      Friday the 13th (he just won't die either...)
      Jason returns from the dead to take revenge on selfish camp counselors.

      Freddy vs. Jason (will they ever die?!)
      The two aforementioned killers face off to see who can claim more victims.

      30 Days of Night (hands-down best vampire movie)
      In Barrow, AK, the town residents must face off against a month of darkness, bringing with it a pack of bloodthirsty immortals.

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (enter: chainsaw-wielding maniac)
      Jessica Biel
      Vacationing teens find themselves in the middle of nowhere, and ask the wrong family of cannibals for directions.

      28 Days Later (amazing zombies)
      A man wakes up to find that the entire world is nothing but restless zombies.

      I am Legend (introducing: bat-zombie)
      Will Smith
      Will Smith, finds that the cure for cancer has some not-so-pleasant side effects.

      Resident Evil (yes, it's better than the games)
      Charlize Theron
      The T-virus turns a woman into a superhuman, zombie-fighting machine.

      Dawn of the Dead (are you sure you'd hide in a shopping mall?)
      A massive zombie outbreak forces a group of strangers to survive within a deserted mall.

      Quarantine (rabies…it’s not just for raccoons anymore)
      Jennifer Carpenter
      A reporter follows firemen into an apartment building, only to be sealed off by the CDC, as it is home to a vicious infection.

      The Exorcism of Emily Rose (best possession)
      Jennifer Carpenter, Laura Linney
      A young girl is possessed by demons, and a priest is faced with charges of homicide.

      Cloverfield (best monster scene)
      While attending a goodbye party, a group of friends run for their lives from giant monster.

      Signs (aliens aren't nice)
      A family notices strange crop circles in their cornfields, leading to an alien invasion.

      Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (aliens ARE nice)
      After an alien encounter, a man struggles to reconnect with the out-of-towners.

      Pet Semetary (“It’s me, Fluffy!”)
      An ancient burial ground brings the dead back to life, although slightly altered.

      It (or, the reason clowns are scary)
      A group of childhood friends reconnect to fight the evil clown that destroyed their lives.

      Carrie (or, why you don’t tease the quiet kids)
      Sissy Spacek
      A ridiculed student with otherworldly powers seeks revenge on Prom Night.

      The Mist (this film will leave you speechless)
      Shoppers in a grocery store must survive a thick mist, bringing with it creatures from an alternate universe.

      Re-Cycle (Cantonese, with English subtitles)
      A woman writer is trapped in her own mind, a world of the abandoned (and angry) souls.

      Invasion (in an emotionless world…)
      Nicole Kidman
      A woman and her son are up against a world of emotionless masses that want them to “change”.

      The Ring (now TV's are evil)
      Naomi Watts
      An investigator must solve the secret of the videotape that kills whoever watches it.

      Saw (yeah, I saved the best for last)
      Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith
      A cancer patient, “Jigsaw”, creates traps for unappreciative people, to see how much blood they’ll shed to stay alive.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are some good movies that are out for rental?
    Hiya,
    I am looking for a good movie to rent from Blockbuster later on tonight and am unsure on what to get. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Here is just a short list of movies I can think of off the top of my head.
      My name is Molly, and I'm going on my 15th year of being a Horror Movie Addict.
      NOTE: Some of these…ahem, most of these…aren’t suitable for the children.

      When a Stranger Calls (“Have you checked the children?”)
      A teenage babysitter is terrorized in a very large house by an unknown caller.

      The Happening (M. Night at his finest)
      Mark Walberg, Zooey DeChanel
      The eastern seaboard is attacked by a mysterious chemical, which makes the affected suicidal.
      The Devil’s Rejects (creepiest clown award)
      Rob Zombie brings us a homicidal clown, and a brother-sister kill squad.

      The Shining (Jack Nicholson version)
      Jack Nicholson
      A family is invited to keep watch over a spooky hotel, and demons begin to mess with daddy’s mind.

      Psycho (I prefer Vince Vaughn version)
      Vince Vaughn
      A woman seeking shelter at the Bates Motel finds the manager to be a bit bipolar.

      The Exorcist (quite an evil film)
      Linda Blair
      The Devil takes hold over an innocent child, transforming her into a demon.

      Halloween (setting the stage for slashers)
      Jamie Lee Curtis
      Michael Myers returns to his hometown each Halloween to kill off a few more teens.

      Nightmare on Elm Street (he just won't die...)
      Robert Englund
      Freddy is back from Hell and ready to invade some nightmares.

      Friday the 13th (he just won't die either...)
      Jason returns from the dead to take revenge on selfish camp counselors.

      Freddy vs. Jason (will they ever die?!)
      The two aforementioned killers face off to see who can claim more victims.

      30 Days of Night (hands-down best vampire movie)
      In Barrow, AK, the town residents must face off against a month of darkness, bringing with it a pack of bloodthirsty immortals.

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (enter: chainsaw-wielding maniac)
      Jessica Biel
      Vacationing teens find themselves in the middle of nowhere, and ask the wrong family of cannibals for directions.

      28 Days Later (amazing zombies)
      A man wakes up to find that the entire world is nothing but restless zombies.

      I am Legend (introducing: bat-zombie)
      Will Smith
      Will Smith, finds that the cure for cancer has some not-so-pleasant side effects.

      Resident Evil (yes, it's better than the games)
      Charlize Theron
      The T-virus turns a woman into a superhuman, zombie-fighting machine.

      Dawn of the Dead (are you sure you'd hide in a shopping mall?)
      A massive zombie outbreak forces a group of strangers to survive within a deserted mall.

      Quarantine (rabies…it’s not just for raccoons anymore)
      Jennifer Carpenter
      A reporter follows firemen into an apartment building, only to be sealed off by the CDC, as it is home to a vicious infection.

      The Exorcism of Emily Rose (best possession)
      Jennifer Carpenter, Laura Linney
      A young girl is possessed by demons, and a priest is faced with charges of homicide.

      Cloverfield (best monster scene)
      While attending a goodbye party, a group of friends run for their lives from giant monster.

      Signs (aliens aren't nice)
      A family notices strange crop circles in their cornfields, leading to an alien invasion.

      Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (aliens ARE nice)
      After an alien encounter, a man struggles to reconnect with the out-of-towners.

      Pet Semetary (“It’s me, Fluffy!”)
      An ancient burial ground brings the dead back to life, although slightly altered.

      It (or, the reason clowns are scary)
      A group of childhood friends reconnect to fight the evil clown that destroyed their lives.

      Carrie (or, why you don’t tease the quiet kids)
      Sissy Spacek
      A ridiculed student with otherworldly powers seeks revenge on Prom Night.

      The Mist (this film will leave you speechless)
      Shoppers in a grocery store must survive a thick mist, bringing with it creatures from an alternate universe.

      Re-Cycle (Cantonese, with English subtitles)
      A woman writer is trapped in her own mind, a world of the abandoned (and angry) souls.

      Invasion (in an emotionless world…)
      Nicole Kidman
      A woman and her son are up against a world of emotionless masses that want them to “change”.

      The Ring (now TV's are evil)
      Naomi Watts
      An investigator must solve the secret of the videotape that kills whoever watches it.

      Saw (yeah, I saved the best for last)
      Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith
      A cancer patient, “Jigsaw”, creates traps for unappreciative people, to see how much blood they’ll shed to stay alive.

  33. QUESTION:
    What is the history of shaving for women?
    I know this is a random question, but when did women start shaving their legs/underarms and how did they accomplish it without modern day razors?

    I'm just curious!

    • ANSWER:
      "The recorded history of armpit shaving is a spotty one indeed. The earliest reference we have found was that the ancient Babylonians, more than one thousand years before the birth of Christ, developed depilatories to remove unwanted body hairs.

      These ancient antecedents predict our current duality about body hair on women. On the one hand, underarm hair is considered unsightly and unhygienic, and yet on the other, sexy and natural.

      None of many razor companies or cosmetic historians we contacted could pinpoint when woman first started shaving their armpits. The earliest reports concerned prostitutes during the gold rush days in California. Terri Tongco, among other readers, posited the theory that prostitutes shaved their underarms to prove that they have no body lice, which were rampant in the old West.

      Many older readers able to pinpoint when their mothers and grandmothers started shaving their armpits. Not-so-old historian C.F. "Charley" Eckhardt of Seguin, Texas, is the only person we have found who was actually studied this Frustable:

      Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of the nude human figure in motion and Hillaire Belloc's photographs of New Orleans prostitutes, all taken before or immediately after the turn of the century, show hairy armpits, as do nude photos of prostitutes known to have been taken in El Paso, Texas, prior to 1915. In addition, still photographs taken from pornographic photographs of the "French postcard" variety which are documented as having been made in the United States prior to 1915.

      Theatrical motion pictures released about and after 1915, including Cleopatra (starring Theda Bara), the biblical sequences from D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, and several others, shown shaven armpits. Something, then, happened about 1915 that would cause not merely stars but impressionable teenagers (as my wife's grandfather was) but not necessarily older family woman (like my grandmothers) to start shaving their armpits.

      So what caused these women to start shaving their armpits around 1915? Many readers, including Charley Eckhardt, give the "credit" to Mack Sennett:

      The first moviemaker to show the feminine armpit extensively in non-pornographic films was Mack Sennett, in his Bathing Beauty shorts… Sennett's Bathing Beauties had shaven armpits, and they are the first direct evidence we have of the armpit-shaving phenomemon. Whether or not Mack actually said "That look like hell - have 'em shave' is a moot point, though the statement is completely in character with what we know about Sennett.

      We do know that flappers of the Roaring Twenties adopted the leeveless clothing that seemed o daring in the Sennett shorts.

      We heard from several women who were more concerned about why the custom persists rather than how and when it started. Typical was this letter from Kathy Johnson of Madison, Wisconsin:

      I am one of the apparently few U.S. women who has never shaved her armpits or legs. It never made logical sense to me, so why do it? I've heard the argument that shaving those regions is more sanitary. Then why, I volley back, don't men shave their armpits? Why, in fact, doesn't everyone shave their heads if lack of hair is so sanitary? Stunned silence…

      Several psychologists and feminists have speculated that men like the shaven look because it makes women look prepubescent - young, innocent, and unthreatening. Diana Grunig Catalan of Rangely, Colorado, who subscribes to the prepubescent theory, speculate that "American woman, unlike their European counterparts, were not supposed to do anything with all those men they attracted with their revealing clothing. A childlike, helpless look can be a protection as well as an attraction".

      In defense of men, it has been our experience that many women have visceral reactions to the presence or lack of body hair in men. Why does the same woman who like hair on the front of the torso (the chest) not like it on the back? Why is hair on the arms compulsory but excess hair on the hands considered repugnant? Are women, as well as men, afraid to face the animal part of our nature? Hairy questions, indeed."

      As for how they did it?

      Before the advent of razors, hair was sometimes removed using two shells to pull the hair out or using water and a sharp tool.

  34. QUESTION:
    How to become and actress/ model?
    I am a 20 yr old girl living in texas, thinking about moving to california to persue my goals. I want to be a model and actress. Do you think moving would be a good idea since im so young, and how can i start my acting?

    • ANSWER:
      The steps to being an actor are the steps you take.
      Acting is usually one of three things: a Hobby, a Lifestyle and a Career.
      Already because of the three different meanings there are three different paths.
      In short, no path is the same and what worked for one person mightn't work for someone else.

      Anyone can pick Acting up as a Hobby.
      Whether it be picking up a script, grabbing yourself a camera, acting it out, filming it then uploading it to Youtube. Or seeing an audition notice in a local newspaper for an upcoming play, contacting the director, attending the audition and seeing how it goes.

      As a Lifestyle, you've decided that Acting means something more to you long term.
      Therefor it may be in your best interest to get involved with Acting Classes, Acting Schools, become a Member of a Theatre Company to generate more regular Acting Opportunities. Though how you enjoy Acting as part of your Lifestyle is up to you, same as enjoying Exercise as part of your Lifestyle.

      If you're after Acting as a Career there are certain things inside of your control and outside of your control.
      What's inside of your control is keeping yourself ready, centered and focused - (this is usually done by keeping yourself busy with some acting opportunity whether it's paid or not). Having an Agent, representation, networking and looking for work.
      What's inside of your control are the avenues you have to generate work, what's outside of your control is the work that comes in.
      Lucky breaks are also outside of your control. You can do your best to be in the right place at the right time, though sometimes it's not a matter of what you know but who you know.

      When you're ready, here's how to Find and Apply for an Agent:

      http://www.youtube.com/user/Funstuff13613?feature=mhee#p/u/4/0nUBPVIwJTE

      It's how I got mine.

      Answers that give you a bulk ladder in how to become an actor are false.
      As anyone can become an Actor just as anyone can become a cook.
      Acting isn't the same as being famous and Acting means many different things to many different people.

      The best step for you to take, is the step that is available to you.
      Once you take that step I'm sure you will gain insight as to what you'd like to pursue and what step you'd like next to take.

      All the best :)

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there any places for acting extras in Houston,Texas?
    I have been through so many fake agencies and im tired of it.If you know of any place please share,because I can't move to Cali but I know some stars stated out from local agencies.I just want to be an extra.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't need to go through an agency to be an extra
      The Houston Film Commission lists casting calls on their website http://www.houstonfilmcommission.com/ -then click Production Hotline on the top
      So does the Texas Film Commission http://governor.state.tx.us/film/hotline-cast/
      And Short Film Texas http://www.shortfilmtexas.com/castcrew-calls/

  36. QUESTION:
    What are some disturbing horror movies?
    My friends and I do movie nights every week and we need some more creepy films to watch. Preferably something recent, by that I mean anything made in the last 15 years. 2000+ would be great.
    And not movies like Saw or Hostel; we're fans of foreign horror mostly, ha. Our most recent viewings have been Martyrs, Audition, Inside, and High Tension.
    We are considering Irreversible and Taxidermia, so if anyone's seen those a short review on how "disturbing" those are would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Cannibal Holocaust perhaps.
      If you like Audition maybe Battle Royale or Ichi the killer. The latter has the same director though technically not a horror.
      French New Wave there is Frontière(s), a liitle Texas Chainsaw in the executiuon but watchable. Sheitan is also Okay. And like the other poster said Irreversible.
      THe first Saw was okay but Hostel SUCKED! AS far as American horror it only has a shot if it done via Lion's Gate (e.g.May) but they are slipping too.

  37. QUESTION:
    When did women start shaving their armpits and legs, and why?
    I see pictures from the 60's and women didnt shave yet.
    What was going on in the social or historical context of the time, when women began doing this? What was the movemnt or what happened to cause this to become the new standard?
    (ie, akin to use of the pill during the womens liberation movement)
    Why exactly are women looked at as nasty or unattractive if they DONT do this? .... I dont unerstand this! :)

    I KNOW where Sophia Loren is from!!! And I am European myself, and have been there many times-- shaving is normal there too!!

    • ANSWER:
      The recorded history of armpit shaving is a spotty one indeed. The earliest reference we have found was that the ancient Babylonians, more than one thousand years before the birth of Christ, developed depilatories to remove unwanted body hairs.

      Julius Caesar reported that early Britons "had long flowing hairs and shaved every part of their bodies except the head and upper lip", but this quotation may refer only to men. We do know that barbers removed superfluous hair from the eyebrows, nostrils, arms, and legs from male customers around this time.

      The first direct reference to the specific topic at hand is contained in Ovid's Art of Love, written just before the birth of Christ: "Shall I warn you to keep the rank goat out of your armpits? Warn you to keep your legs free of coarse bristling hair?"

      In Chaucer's day (the fourteenth century), the mere sight of any hair was considered erotic. Women were required to wear head coverings; caps were worn indoors and out by woman of all ages.

      These ancient antecedents predict our current duality about body hair on women. On the one hand, underarm hair is considered unsightly and unhygienic, and yet on the other, sexy and natural.

      None of many razor companies or cosmetic historians we contacted could pinpoint when woman first started shaving their armpits. The earliest reports concerned prostitutes during the gold rush days in California. Terri Tongco, among other readers, posited the theory that prostitutes shaved their underarms to prove that they have no body lice, which were rampant in the old West.

      Many older readers able to pinpoint when their mothers and grandmothers started shaving their armpits. Not-so-old historian C.F. "Charley" Eckhardt of Seguin, Texas, is the only person we have found who was actually studied this Frustable:

      My paternal grandmother, born in 1873, and my maternal grandmother, born in 1882, did not shave their armpits. My wife's maternal grandmother (1898), my mother (1914), and my mother-in-law (1921) all did or do.

      Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of the nude human figure in motion and Hillaire Belloc's photographs of New Orleans prostitutes, all taken before or immediately after the turn of the century, show hairy armpits, as do nude photos of prostitutes known to have been taken in El Paso, Texas, prior to 1915. In addition, still photographs taken from pornographic photographs of the "French postcard" variety which are documented as having been made in the United States prior to 1915.

      Theatrical motion pictures released about and after 1915, including Cleopatra (starring Theda Bara), the biblical sequences from D.W. Griffith's Intolerance, and several others, shown shaven armpits. Something, then, happened about 1915 that would cause not merely stars but impressionable teenagers (as my wife's grandfather was) but not necessarily older family woman (like my grandmothers) to start shaving their armpits.

      So what caused these women to start shaving their armpits around 1915? Many readers, including Charley Eckhardt, give the "credit" to Mack Sennett:

      The first moviemaker to show the feminine armpit extensively in non-pornographic films was Mack Sennett, in his Bathing Beauty shorts… Sennett's Bathing Beauties had shaven armpits, and they are the first direct evidence we have of the armpit-shaving phenomemon. Whether or not Mack actually said "That look like hell - have 'em shave' is a moot point, though the statement is completely in character with what we know about Sennett.

      We do know that flappers of the Roaring Twenties adopted the leeveless clothing that seemed o daring in the Sennett shorts.

      We heard from several women who were more concerned about why the custom persists rather than how and when it started. Typical was this letter from Kathy Johnson of Madison, Wisconsin:

      I am one of the apparently few U.S. women who has never shaved her armpits or legs. It never made logical sense to me, so why do it? I've heard the argument that shaving those regions is more sanitary. Then why, I volley back, don't men shave their armpits? Why, in fact, doesn't everyone shave their heads if lack of hair is so sanitary? Stunned silence…

      Several psychologists and feminists have speculated that men like the shaven look because it makes women look prepubescent - young, innocent, and unthreatening. Diana Grunig Catalan of Rangely, Colorado, who subscribes to the prepubescent theory, speculate that "American woman, unlike their European counterparts, were not supposed to do anything with all those men they attracted with their revealing clothing. A childlike, helpless look can be a protection as well as an attraction".

      In defense of men, it has been our experience that many women have visceral reactions to the presence or lack of body hair in men. Why does the same woman who like hair on the front of the torso (the chest) not like it on the back? Why is hair on the arms compulsory but excess hair on the hands considered repugnant? Are women, as well as men, afraid to face the animal part of our nature? Hairy questions, indeed.

  38. QUESTION:
    What type of clothes would we need to move to NE TX?
    We might be moving from WI to TX. I don't want to pack a million clothes for the family, so I thought I would just take what we need.

    • ANSWER:
      I live in Garland, which is next door to Dallas. It is 90º degrees right now at 5:20 PM CDT. I usually wear a short sleeve button up shirt. I wear gray or tan slacks. People in this area pretty dress conservatively. They avoid loud clothing.

      Go to your local library. See if they carry the Dallas Morning News, which is the Dallas newspaper. Look at the ads for clothing. You can also go to www.wfaa.com, or CBS11TV.Com and look at the ads for clothing.

      Our winter highs are usually about 60º and overnight lows of about 34º

      If you've ever watch Walker Texas Ranger, which was filmed in Garland and Dallas, the characters dress in the clothing which is normal for this area.

      Your question is rather vague. If there are specific questions you have about our clothing, click on my avatar, and I'll gladly answer your questions.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do people think the exorcist is scary?
    I watched The Exorcist a week ago and on on all the 10 Scariest movies ever I've seen It was rated the scariest movie of all time, but I think it was not scary at all/ 2hrs and 30mins of my life wasted or in it's shortest form, Crap.

    • ANSWER:
      Try reading the book. Nothing can beat the imagination for the real frights.

      When the movie first came out, my Mom wouldn't let me see it. She was afraid it would scare me or something. So, get this, she let me read the book. Wow! I could barely sleep even with the lights on.

      Later, I saw the movie and about laughed my head off. The scene she crab-crawled down the stairs was just too hilarious. The voices were just too over the top too.

      Why is it not scary to modern teens? You have seen too many of them. From Hellraiser to Texas Chainsaw, there are just too many movies out there. And, with the more modern film techniques the horror seems all too real. You see so much of it and it ceases to terrify anymore.

      Women fainted at the sight of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein, with no blood, and no technicolor. Now, it takes 20 gallons of panchromatic blood and the gory hacksaw deaths of a dozen teens and we don't hardly gasp.

  40. QUESTION:
    Anyone know the name of the Three Stooges film?
    There was a film (short or feature, I'm not sure) that had the Stooges dressed as cowboys and several times they incorporated the phrase "Deep in the Heart of Texas" in their conversation, always proceeded by three claps (as it is in the song). But I can't find it anywhere. I also can't be sure if it was a Curly or Shemp film either.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you will find your answer here...

      http://www.toontracker.com/milwaukee/pops.htm

  41. QUESTION:
    How do you build a solar cell?
    Steps and materials need to start out with.

    • ANSWER:
      (solar cell) is a direct conversion of the sun's electromagnetic radiation to electricity, and is not limited by Carnot cycle efficiency considerations. Photovoltaic (PV) cells employ a solid-state diode structure with a large area on a silicon wafer. The surface layer is very thin and transparent so that light can reach the junction region of the silicon sandwich. In that region the photons are absorbed, releasing charges from their atomic bonds. These charges migrate to the terminals, raising the potential. A single cell has an open circuit the voltage of approximately 0.6-1.0 volts and a short circuit current of a few mA. In order to increase both current and voltage, the individual cells are placed into (solar) arrays where cells may be connected in series to raise the voltage and current output can be raised by parallel connection of cells.

      The solar cell structure consists of two layers of material: one layer is doped with an impurity such as boron to make it negative (n-type), and the other is similarly doped to make it positive. The area where the two layers touch is called the p-n junction. When sunlight penetrates to the p-n junction, positive and negative charges from the two layers cross the junction, creating a flow of electric current. The layers must be extremely thin to ensure light penetration. For silicon cells, these thin layers have been obtained at high cost by slicing an expensive silicon ingot; much of the silicon is lost in saw cuts.

      Other substances, such as cadmium sulfide and gallium arsenide, are also used to make solar cells. Cadmium sulfide, although relatively cheap, has a low efficiency. Gallium arsenide is very efficient but also very costly. Additional methods of producing silicon cells--such as using amorphous, rather than crystalline, silicon--offer considerable promise.

      Amorphous silicon cells, generated on a layer of film 1.5 µ thick and sandwiched between plate glass, have been installed in huge arrays. A California complex, built in 1992, covers five acres and generates 500 kW at a cost of about [FAQ-ANSWER].25 per kilowatt hour. Thin-film cells are half as efficient as crystalline cells, but they cost considerably less to produce. New production methods may increase conversion efficiency to crystal-cell levels.

      Typical efficiencies for solar cells currently run from 10 to 15%; efficiencies of 30% have been achieved, however, and researchers hope eventually to reach as high as 40%. Applications of photovoltaic cells include

      single cells are used in handheld calculators and wristwatches
      multiple-cell arrays are used for remote terrestrial applications--buoys, oil-drilling platforms, and mountaintop microwave repeaters--where the alternative, laying long-distance power lines, would be prohibitively expensive
      satellite-based systems (no night time)
      Presently, photovoltaic is economical at remote, end-of-transmission line locations.

      Solar Cell Power Plant Diagram [Source: Texas Utilities (TU)].

  42. QUESTION:
    What are the names of the songs played in the movie Eme Nakia?
    I know its sparta but thats it.

    • ANSWER:
      In conjunction with the album Threes, Sparta has also released a 16-minute short film entitled "Eme Nakia". The film, the soundtrack for which is performed by Sparta, is about drummer Hajjar's early life, set during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. Hajjar fled at the age of five to the United States, settling in the sprawling west Texas border town of El Paso. When Hajjar was 14, his "Eme" died after a bout with cancer and his father, who had been distant, left the family. His brother, 18 years old at the time, assumed responsibility for the family and raised Hajjar and his sister. The film follows Hajjar's early life story, showing his challenges and ending with him in present day.

      The independent film received good reviews and is available for free with purchase of the Threes album.

      The word "Eme" is Arabic for mother, and "Nakia" was Hajjar's mother's name.

      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      Yeah Yeah Yeahs
      Heads Will Roll
      We were Promised Jetpacks
      Roll Up Your Sleeves

      I do believe those are the ones that I have found.

      I went to:

      musicremedy.com/s/Sparta/videos/Eme_Nakia-7175.html

      musicremedy.com/s/Sparta/videos/Eme_Nakia-7175.html

      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparta_(band)

      www.associatedcontent.com/.../top_ten_songs_by_sparta.html

      I hope this is what you were looking for.

      .
      aa

  43. QUESTION:
    Whats some really scary background music for a witch?
    Im making a short movie and working really hard on it. I really need background music for when the witch attacks! It's renassance time so no insane modern stuff and nothing cheesy. It should only be instrumental (no words) and be relitivly long. Not halloween music, no rap or screamo, something that sounds really evil and mad! Thanks :)
    These were great but i can't find a download for it and i don't have itunes.
    Mediafire and 4share r really good : 3

    • ANSWER:
      I think a lot of modern classical music is totally scary. Threnody to The Victims of Hiroshima by Krzysztof Penderecki is probably the scariest piece of music I've ever heard. Stanly Kubrick used it in The Shining but it would be well worth reusing.

      Kubrick also used a lot of music from Gyorgy Ligeti in The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Eyes Wide Shut that is really creepy. The pieces Lux Aeterna and Atmospheres that he used in 2001 get very ominous sounding.

      Iannis Xenakis' Hibiki Hana Ma also has some creepy sounding moments, the beginning of Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor of Warsaw is great plus it gets a little unsettling when people start shouting in German (maybe your witch could be German?), and around 3:10 George Crumb's Voices of Ancient Children gets a little crazy.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXm0NrP40DI

      If you want to swipe some music written for horror films, Jerry Goldmisth's Ave Satani from The Omen and Bernard Herrmann's shocker music and prelude from Psycho are absolute classics. Plus the music that Tobe Hooper and Wayne Bell made for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is some of the scariest music ever made!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OkFLdPaoZQ

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbJPVjrFJU

      http://www.last.fm/music/Tobe%2BHooper%2B%2526%2BWayne%2BBell/The+Texas+Chainsaw+Massacre (only 30 second samples of each track)

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it legal or illegal to put chrome wrap on car in Texas?
    chrome wrap as well as silver mirror window tint.
    I dont need any answers as to how cool or uncool this would be, just want to know the laws regarding it.
    The only issue I think is the refectivity aspect but im not sure.

    • ANSWER:
      I can't answer about the wrap but I can answer about the tint. Mirror tint is legal in Texas as long as it isn't more than 25% reflective and not darker than 25% visible light transmittance on the front and back doors. you can go as dark as you like on the back window but still have to be no more than 25% reflective. Most mirror window films will fall in that category.
      As for a chrome wrap, it would look cool but wouldn't last long. Chrome vinyl has a very short life and would loose it shine within 6 months in the hot Texas sun.
      There are a few companies out there that can paint your car chrome and if its done right it looks great. Shinny but great.

  45. QUESTION:
    What the name of some old awful movies that are not meant to be funny but are?
    I've seen some old movies that are very awful, that you can tell has a real low budget and is also not meant to be funny, but cuz of how low budget and awful it is. it's very funny to watch, like the movie Robot Monster (1953) Do you know any very low budget and very funny movies?

    • ANSWER:
      Being a horror movie buff, I've come across loooots of low-budget, b-movie horror films that are just freakin' terrible. Some are so bad that it's not even funny xD

      I'm not sure about how old they are (does that really matter?), but some really awful low-budget films include:
      - Ozone (the acting is horrendous)
      - Zombie Chronicles (a very poor attempt at mimicking Creepshow with the short 'horror' stories... atrocious film, awful acting, etc...)
      - Crocodile (original by Tobe Hooper, who funnily enough directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.... shocking that Crocodile is absolutely terrible whilst TCM is brilliant!)
      - Plan 9 From Outer Space (notorious for being universally dubbed 'the worst film in history')

      Just search for old low-budget zombie films and you'll find loads that are hilariously bad.

  46. QUESTION:
    Looking for a job in the multimedia/communications/PublicRelations field. How can I write an objective for it?
    I had my resume analyzed by a person who works for those professional editing resume services and he said I needed an objective because my work work experience was too diverse.

    First off, I studied Broadcast Journalism where I learned all about TV news and radio production. We had an actual newsroom and had newscasts that were broadcasted to the whole university. We also were required to do podcasts and radio newscasts. We also had a separate class where we focused on the multimedia aspect of journalism and were required to do short 3 to 5 min documentary type videos. We shot and edited our own content on Final Cut Pro.

    However, through out college I had several internships that gave me really good experience in the overall communications/media field. I did an internship abroad in the UK at film production company (actually got hands on experience by editing content on final cut pro). An internship at a magazine (editorial experience) (and actually got to publish three articles under my name) and an internship at the headquarters of a public broadcasting company as the public policy intern (research and writing.)

    I also had two part-time jobs while in college. One at a public relations firm (where I did social media and promoted the firm's clients) and one at a non-profit org as the executive assistant to the president and CEO where I got administrative and office experience.

    I attended college on the east coast and decided to move back to my home state (because it is alot cheaper than the easto coast) to pursue a job in the multimedia/communications/PublicRelations field. At first, I really wanted to be a TV reporter. I sent out so many resume reels but was unsuccesful. Crazy because I am fluent in both English and Spanish and have no accent in either language and have been told to have a TV personality but whatever.

    Gave up the reporter thing and decided to focus on communications/multimedia/pr/socialmedia. After 6 months of applying everywhere I was able to find a temporary job at a non-profit as a communications specialist. I get to do press releases, e-mail blasts, handle the org's social media and am particularly responsible for doing videos. I shoot the content and edit it on Adobe Premiere CS5.5.

    But the job is only temporary and I have to find something full-time soon. I went to a private university on the east coast that ranks in the top 100 colleges in the nation (which, yes, I have a lot of student debt) but I don't know if it was a mistake to come back to my home state (texas) to find a job rather than staying on the east coast. I have the desire to go back to the east coast but I want to save money first.

    So if anyone could give me any advice as to how I can tie togehter my work expirience and what I am looking for into one sentence as my objective would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Avoid using an objective statement which doesn't correspond well with the focus of the target job. Many job seekers now leave an objective off their resume or use a profile instead. If you include either, make sure it underscores your interest in the type of work for which you are applying. http://www.resumewritingservicesreviews.net/

  47. QUESTION:
    Anyone have any good pictures of Cooper Spillway/Dam, in Cooper, Texas they could share?
    I want to scout it for a place to film a short movie but I live far away. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try looking on satellite pics on Google Earth.

  48. QUESTION:
    I need a suspenseful song to put into a PSA i'm making for class?
    okay so my public service announcement is about reducing the use of plastic water bottles, and it starts with small clips of people that i filmed drinking out of them. i want to put some semi-suspenseful music because these clips lead to the big interesting part of my PSA, but i don't know what to put. Please no texas chainsaw massacre or Jaws... Thank you!
    This PSA is due by tomorrow so i'm gonna need some suggestions tonight!

    • ANSWER:
      How about the famous theme from tubular bells that was used for The Exorcist?
      The short intro to Cracker's 'Guarded By Monkeys' is cool too.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know if the famous banjo minnow really catches fish?
    Has anybody ever caught walleye with it?

    • ANSWER:
      I was once stuck without a proper lure on a camping trip , (I had forgot my "Soft Plastic's" bag but had all my other normal hard/terminal tackle).

      What to do?

      I sliced up a pair of green Columbia shorts, (and some old blue jeans), into 6-7" strips, soaked the strips in fish attractant and fished it Texas-style, (like any other plastic worm or Jerk bait).

      It WORKED! It caught fish!

      The point? Many things work to catch fish.

      The Banjo will work.

      However, the REAL Question is ,"What other LESS EXPENSIVE, EASILY ATTAINABLE, lures would work as well?"

      Banjo Minnows are a form of lure called a "Jerk Bait". Although, Banjo's have a cool "fish-looking form", (and a convincing commercial), it's the action of the lure that promotes the strike.

      I've seen the infomercial for Banjo. In certain places, during certain times, even a 6" piece of cloth can be the "booyah" lure.

      Do you know WHERE they filmed the Banjo infomercial?

      They filmed on lakes in Canada. Deep-woods, Canadian lakes Pike/Bass will hit a stick if wagged in their face long enough. (I know, I live about 5 hours from Canada!)

      Other issues with the Banjo?

      Once you've used up all the plastic body's they are hard to find and VERY expensive to replace.

      Think about this: Do you believe every commercial that comes on the TV?

      Then why would you believe the Banjo Minnow commercial?

      Here are some other LESS expensive, easier to find soft plastic lures I guarantee will perform EXACTLY the same as the Banjo -

      1. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_71458____SearchResults

      2. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_15667____SearchResults

      3. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_35906__

      4. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Product_10151_-1_10001_61354____SearchResults

      Add a Gamakatsu/Owner/Daiichi 5/0 Wide Gap Offset Hook to any of the above and your in business.

      And business is good.

      Hope this helps clarify why you should NOT buy into infomercial lures?

  50. QUESTION:
    What is a really good horror/suspense movie?
    Thanks.
    =)

    • ANSWER:
      Here is just a short list of movies I can think of off the top of my head.
      My name is Molly, and I'm going on my 15th year of being a Horror Movie Addict.
      NOTE: Some of these…ahem, most of these…aren’t suitable for the children.

      When a Stranger Calls (“Have you checked the children?”)
      A teenage babysitter is terrorized in a very large house by an unknown caller.

      The Happening (M. Night at his finest)
      Mark Walberg, Zooey DeChanel
      The eastern seaboard is attacked by a mysterious chemical, which makes the affected suicidal.
      The Devil’s Rejects (creepiest clown award)
      Rob Zombie brings us a homicidal clown, and a brother-sister kill squad.

      The Shining (Jack Nicholson version)
      Jack Nicholson
      A family is invited to keep watch over a spooky hotel, and demons begin to mess with daddy’s mind.

      Psycho (I prefer Vince Vaughn version)
      Vince Vaughn
      A woman seeking shelter at the Bates Motel finds the manager to be a bit bipolar.

      The Exorcist (quite an evil film)
      Linda Blair
      The Devil takes hold over an innocent child, transforming her into a demon.

      Halloween (setting the stage for slashers)
      Jamie Lee Curtis
      Michael Myers returns to his hometown each Halloween to kill off a few more teens.

      Nightmare on Elm Street (he just won't die...)
      Robert Englund
      Freddy is back from Hell and ready to invade some nightmares.

      Friday the 13th (he just won't die either...)
      Jason returns from the dead to take revenge on selfish camp counselors.

      Freddy vs. Jason (will they ever die?!)
      The two aforementioned killers face off to see who can claim more victims.

      30 Days of Night (hands-down best vampire movie)
      In Barrow, AK, the town residents must face off against a month of darkness, bringing with it a pack of bloodthirsty immortals.

      The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (enter: chainsaw-wielding maniac)
      Jessica Biel
      Vacationing teens find themselves in the middle of nowhere, and ask the wrong family of cannibals for directions.

      28 Days Later (amazing zombies)
      A man wakes up to find that the entire world is nothing but restless zombies.

      I am Legend (introducing: bat-zombie)
      Will Smith
      Will Smith, finds that the cure for cancer has some not-so-pleasant side effects.

      Resident Evil (yes, it's better than the games)
      Charlize Theron
      The T-virus turns a woman into a superhuman, zombie-fighting machine.

      Dawn of the Dead (are you sure you'd hide in a shopping mall?)
      A massive zombie outbreak forces a group of strangers to survive within a deserted mall.

      Quarantine (rabies…it’s not just for raccoons anymore)
      Jennifer Carpenter
      A reporter follows firemen into an apartment building, only to be sealed off by the CDC, as it is home to a vicious infection.

      The Exorcism of Emily Rose (best possession)
      Jennifer Carpenter, Laura Linney
      A young girl is possessed by demons, and a priest is faced with charges of homicide.

      Cloverfield (best monster scene)
      While attending a goodbye party, a group of friends run for their lives from giant monster.

      Signs (aliens aren't nice)
      A family notices strange crop circles in their cornfields, leading to an alien invasion.

      Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind (aliens ARE nice)
      After an alien encounter, a man struggles to reconnect with the out-of-towners.

      Pet Semetary (“It’s me, Fluffy!”)
      An ancient burial ground brings the dead back to life, although slightly altered.

      It (or, the reason clowns are scary)
      A group of childhood friends reconnect to fight the evil clown that destroyed their lives.

      Carrie (or, why you don’t tease the quiet kids)
      Sissy Spacek
      A ridiculed student with otherworldly powers seeks revenge on Prom Night.

      The Mist (this film will leave you speechless)
      Shoppers in a grocery store must survive a thick mist, bringing with it creatures from an alternate universe.

      Re-Cycle (Cantonese, with English subtitles)
      A woman writer is trapped in her own mind, a world of the abandoned (and angry) souls.

      Invasion (in an emotionless world…)
      Nicole Kidman
      A woman and her son are up against a world of emotionless masses that want them to “change”.

      The Ring (now TV's are evil)
      Naomi Watts
      An investigator must solve the secret of the videotape that kills whoever watches it.

      Saw (yeah, I saved the best for last)
      Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith
      A cancer patient, “Jigsaw”, creates traps for unappreciative people, to see how much blood they’ll shed to stay alive.


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