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    What films have had a significant influence on future films and the film industry?
    What films have had a significant influence on future films and the film industry?

    Its basically the history of films and influences. I have this project for Film Studies and im not sure about it.Thanks for the input :) Also: How have these films affected or influenced other films and the film industry?

    • ANSWER:
      THE GODFATHER(triology)
      LORD OF THE RINGS(triology)
      FINAL FANTASY(duology) in term of graphics
      yes they affected the filming industry in term of effects and technology, they were leading pieces of art for their era, they set new bars for the films to come

    What feature films have been filmed with digital video cameras?
    I am a filmmaker and want to make some films to break into the industry. I was wondering if anyone knows of any successful films, independent or mainstream, that have been filmed using digital video cameras as opposed to real film? If so, what cameras specifically?

    Just to clarify, I'm not a film noob, and I know that there is more to filmmaking than just the camera used. However, from experience and expertise, I know that its incredibally hard to be taken seriously without the right equipment. XD

    Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Wikipedia is your dearest friend! Just check the entries on your own as well.

    What are the best Bollywood films for a newcomer to the genre?
    I want to see some Bollywood films, but have idea where to start! I'm fine with subtitles - my main criteria is that they should be classics in the genre, accessible for those with little previous experience of such films, and be easy to get hold of (preferably the kind of thing a public library would have). Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there

      First i would like to say that its very cool of you to try bollywood films even if you are not speaking the same language. I have seen thousands of bollywood films and some are Pretty good. I can also tell a few sites on where you can Get new and old bollywood films.

      You said you would like to start in watching classic Bollywood films i would not reccomend that because Most bollywood Films before the 2000s are not very good and dont reflect reality however there are lots off good films that you can Watch Here are a Few:

      Singh is Kinng
      Rab ne bani de jodi
      Chalte Chalte
      Dilwale Dulhaniya Ley jayen gey
      Munna Bhai
      Heyy Babyy
      Jab We Met
      Kal Ho Naa Ho
      Veer Zaara
      Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
      Dhoom 2
      Don:The Chase begins Again
      Sholay (A Old Time Classic)
      Heyy Babyy
      Ghajini 2008
      U me Aur Hum
      Jodha Akbar (Very Long Movie)
      Dostana (Very Funny)
      Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya?
      Humko Deewana Kar Gaye
      Mangal Pandey
      Munna Bhai 2
      Hera Pheri
      Phir Hera Pheri
      Bhagam Bhaag

      And there are many more.......

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    How are films that are digitally edited transferred to film for theatrical release?
    I know that in the present, a lot of major motion pictures still have many scenes shot on film, then digitally transferred for editing. However, there some major films which use digital cameras exclusively. I also know that most movie theaters still project films using actual analog film, rather than digitally project it, which some theaters are starting to do for certain films. I was wondering how exactly the finished movie is transferred from a digital source to film.

    • ANSWER:
      The device is called a film recorder.

      The recording is the final step in a process called Digital Intermediate (DI):

    How are action films directed at young males?
    Films such as Transformers, The Transporter, Wanted, and The Dark Knight. How do you think they are directed at young males. If you are a young male, why do you like action films and why do they attract you?

    This is for an english research project.

    • ANSWER:
      Good question, fail answer.

      Action films are primarily appealing to young males because such movies are heavily based on what I would call 'gender stereotypes' - specifically, stereotypes for the 'Manly-Man.' The films you've mentioned (Transformers, Transporter, Wanted, Dark Knight)can fall loosely into the following 'Manly-man stereotypes':

      a) The Man and his Machine: The same reason men like fast cars and big guns is the same reason that the first men liked horses and is the same reason why they like movies portraying other men operating fast cars, big guns, and other big machinery. Simply: it's about power, and how men can use tools to affect their environment to their advantage. The bigger/faster/sleeker the tool, the better. In movies like Transformers, this theme is even more potent because it implies that certain skills, and the ability to lead, come naturally and may be accessed spontaneously - no training required. This further convinces young men that they can achieve great things regardless of their current disposition.

      b) The anti-hero: Nobody (but men specifically) likes to conform. Men especially want to 'be their own man'; independent, self-sufficient, and beholden to no-one. The thing with the Transporter is that there's a guy who is completely self-sufficient (the best at what he does), yet unwittingly gets caught-up in something he has tried hard to keep out of. Men want to be independent, but they also still want to be respected by the society that they've kept apart from. So men tend to like the anti-hero who is compelled by his conscience to 'do the right thing.' The anti-hero is a man between worlds, but chooses the 'good side.'

      This stereotypes are exceedingly popular with younger males because they still believe themselves to hold the potential to achieve a status comparable to the heroes on the screen. And of course, there is ALWAYS the love interest, because nothing is more attractive to a girl than a powerful, confident man who is able to bend externalities to his will.

      Sorry if I got a little windy. But there's even more that can be said....

    Why do black films rarely have the ideas blacks really want for films?
    For example, as a budding screenwriter, I want to make a film better than "Psycho". Why do black films never seem to be as good as white films? Am I the only black person who feels like, if directors are going to cast all blacks in a film than we should make films that can actually compete with regular Hollywood? Like why make another lame azz black comedy when we make something better than even "Some Like It Hot"?

    • ANSWER:
      Well back in the 80s and 90s there were better black films like Coming to America, Dead Presidents, School Daze Love Jones etc..

      I'm just sick of tyler Perry and his depressing movies.

      I do wish to see an all black cast in something that isn't a cookout, beauty salon or barbershop movie, or isn't a film about some man beating or cheating on a woman.

    How many films do you watch a year in theaters?
    I am in the film industry, so I usually watch 4 to 5 films per month. My sister tells me that that's the number she usually watches PER YEAR.

    • ANSWER:
      I watch about 10 movies per year in the theaters. AND, I only go to midnight opening night releases. It's the only time you're guaranteed to have everyone that's there truly be interested in the movie they're about to watch. Very, very few cell phone distractions, very few toddlers or babies at that time, and you know that most of the people there have something in common with you for liking the same genre of it's easy to strike up conversation about previous films or upcoming films while you're standing in line waiting to get in.
      Good times.

    How does the directors voice get cut out when films are recorded?
    When I am whatching films being made I usually see the director talking to the actors etc while the film is recorded. How does the mic not pick this up?

    • ANSWER:
      When real movies are made on set, the director may talk with the actors before the scene is shot, or during rehearsals; during the actual filming, the director and production crew are usually very quiet.

      Many times, if scenes are being shot on location, or if the film is largely made up of digital effects, the director will talk the cast through the scene as it's being shot, but all the actors' lines, the music, sound effects and background noise are recorded in studios well after the scene is filmed and matched to the action of the film.

    Can you give me some info on different films for film cameras?
    Obviously I've shot thousands of 35 mm films, but I'm really uncertain about the quality of other types of films like de 110, the 125, and the Advantix and APS films...
    I'll appreciate if you explain the niceties and the limitations of these types!

    • ANSWER:
      Get the most expensive Kodak film available.

    What do you think about Disney buying Lucas Films and making a 7th Star Wars film?
    Disney bought Lucas films for a little over billion today and announced there will be another Star Wars film set for release in 2015. What are your thoughts on this move by Disney and Lucas?
    From what I've read thus far, the 7th film will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi.

    • ANSWER:
      Personally, I have mixed feelings. One side of me is like "NOOOOOO!!!!!" The other side thinks that Disney can do a good job. My main source of angst is that I am somewhat of a purest. I am among those that consider the six films to be the "Bible" so to speak and the Expanded Universe the "Apocrypha." As long as the EU doesn't directly conflict with the films it is cool and i enjoy reading some of it. However, Anakin brought balance to the there is not much else to tell.
      On your additional details....if you are getting that info from not trust it. The big question for years is whether this guy is intending his site to be a joke or if he is intentionally misleading people. He gleans info off of other sites and passes it off as his own. He also said that his relationship with Lucas let his reveal what would happen in Episodes 1-3. His posts were way off. But what he does is goes back and edits them to look like he was right.

      @Goat - Lucas did not stop caring about Star Wars. He feels as if why should he do anything more with Star Wars if the fans are simply going to turn on him? And I agree.

      @Kurama4Ever - There would be no reason for him to revisit the original trilogy. He has now completed it. Before he went back, it was not complete.

      Additional Notes:

      After just watching a video with Lucas, the ideas for the next set of movies comes from story treatments that he wrote. That makes me feel a bit better.

    What are some European films about international adoption?
    I'm looking to find some European films about international adoption (that is to say, a film about an adoption a child from another couple) that take place in the early- to mid-20th century. I prefer that the films be in German and take place in a German-speaking country, but the films can really be from anywhere. Can anyone help me out?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I really can't think of any films that deal with international adoption, from Europe or elsewhere. Also, you've asked for information about adoptions that took place from early 1900s to the 1950s, and really international adoption was quite rare in these days, if it occurred at all. The trend to adopt from foreign countries really began following the fall of Saigon in the Vietnam War in the 1970s, and it's since that time that Westerners have been adopting children from abroad, and this is not within your timeframe.

    What's the difference between films in terms of "120" or "35mm"?
    I see all these different film cameras around with different types of film that they can process.
    So what's the difference between all of these types of film? Is 120 better quality that 35mm? and is 110 just slightly lower quality? or does the number have nothing to do with the quality of the film?

    basically, i just want to know the difference between those films.

    • ANSWER:
      It is both size and quality. These are three different size films. 110 is the smallest, then 35mm and then 120.

      The larger the film the better the quality of the photograph though not the film. Larger film simply has more info to work with so you get a better more finely detailed print.

      110 film will be relatively hard to find though it is still made. It is very small and is associated with small point and shoot cameras like a Kodak instamatic. It measures 13x17mm

      35mm film is the most widely available and is used in both point and shoot and SLR cameras. It measure 24mmx36mm.

      120 film is the largest and is used in medium format camera like Hasselblad and Mamiya. This is a roll film and can be used in various aspect ratios. It is 72cm long

    What films contain martial arts and sport?
    I am having a sleep over with 4 people, one friend & myself love jackie chan films, another likes anything and the other 2 love sport. Could anybody tell me a list of films with sport and martial arts. I found a film called kung fu dunk but it is mandarin with subtitles, so please could you tell me a list of english speaking films with kungu and sport. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is a film called Shaolin soccer.It's a chinese film.But I think you can find a dubbed version.You might have watched GOON(2011),not a martial arts movie but, fighting and ice hockey.In addition.......
      1.Fearless(mostly martial arts)
      2.Karate Kid movie series
      3.Best of the Best movie series
      4.Never back down dualogy
      5.Kickboxer movie series

    How long did it usually take to draw hand-drawn films before computer animation was invented?
    How many artists did it usually take to hand-draw a film? Are there still hand-drawn films being made without computer animation today? When was computer animation first created?

    • ANSWER:
      Hand drawn films aren't so common now a days. They usually took average of up to 4-5 years to finish about a 2/3's of the movie. Consider this, one of the latest and popular traditional hand drawn/semi hand drawn film was Disney's/Pixar's "UP". 5 Seconds of animation took about half a week to a week to create without computer animation! And this was with around 5-10 artists all working around the clock!

      Computer animations we're mostly introduced around the late 1960's and early 70's.

    Do I have to ask for permission to quote films in my book?

    I have studied Films and screenplays for the last five years and I have written many film critics and a book of inspiring films stories.... I am planning to publish it but I am concern about asking for permission?

    I will obsviously use full quotation of the film, but I want to use 'script quotes' and also write my critic of the film.

    How does it work?

    Many thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      If you're quoting from a film (or from anything) for the purposes of writing a review or a critique of it, or any other sort of academic purpose (such as, I don't know, a Marxist interpretation of the spaghetti Western genre), you don't need permission for the quotes. Generally, the quote has to be short in relation to the length of the script, and has to be no more than is necessary to support the point you want to make.

      When you say "inspiring film stories", do you mean fiction that's based on a film, or fiction that uses quotes from films? You would need permission for that. Getting permission is likely to involve more time and expense than are worthwhile.

    How can actors make so many films per year?
    Owen Wilson, for example, is making 6 films in 2013. I'm just surprised at how he can learn 6 different scripts and make that many films in one year. It's like learning and filming a film in 2 months. It's seems like they just want to do as many films as they can to get paid instead of really putting their heart and soul into the movie...
    Maybe I'm being stupid, I don't know. Maybe actors are super humans and can learn and perfect scripts quickly.
    Anyone got any other thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Easy: i have near photographic memory for stuff I read/hear. Repetition for you would be key.

      Also I doubt he films 6 in one year but could be. Some small time actors star in B movies and the filming takes only 1 month.

      But if you mean 6 films coming out the same year, then who knows when it filmed??? There is post production and takes up to 2 years to put a movie together when it's done in the can.

    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!!

    What is the best way to find auditions for student films?
    To gain experience, I think it would be great to participate in student films and maybe get a reel to show a perspective agent.

    What is the best way to find students who need actors for their films?

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Great way to get a reel!

      1)If you have any colleges near you that offer film as a major you can start by registering with their casting departments. Call and ask the school what procedures they follow for registering. Usually they keep files of actors. You will, however, most likely be asked to submit a headshot & resume. Some universities even bring actors in at the beginning of each semester to audition.

      2)You can get a subcription to, search under student film in the area where you live and see if anything is listed. I usually see many student films listed there. Follow the instructions for submitting.

      3)Check the site for listings, which is a free search. You will have to register in order to search.

      I hope this helps. Best of luck!

    How are films that are digitally edited transferred to film for theatrical release?
    I know that in the present, a lot of major motion pictures still have many scenes shot on film, then digitally transferred for editing. However, there some major films which use digital cameras exclusively.

    • ANSWER:
      the final cut is saved on the computer and then exported to a reel, im not sure what the machine is called but it re writes the footage much like the same way footage is encoded and burned to a disc. in this case it is written to film

    What are the similarities between the films The Kingdom and The Last King of Scotland?
    I have to do a paper comapring these two films and I cant find any information anywhere trying to compare these two films! Help!

    • ANSWER:
      This might sound to obvious but have you watched the two films? I am sure Blockbuster would have them on hand. You might even find them in your local library.

    What films/movies should you watch if your an aspiring film director?
    I want to be a film director, which movies would be good to watch for a sense of angles and such. Possible genre films as well? And indie XD
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Kubrick is a master of framing and shot composition.
      Scorsese is a great storyteller, there aren't many better.
      Perhaps Kurosawa, he is a brilliant director.
      Definitely watch Solaris and The Mirror, Russian films directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, they are two of the most beautifully shot films I've ever seen.

    What are some good video sources of Acheology Films online?
    I am looking for films I can download and watch about archeology. Any good web sites out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Not that I know of, but BBC Video has alot of good archaeology films.Go to and see some of the films they offer about archaeology, you can order them online.

    How can I learn about how films are made?
    I want to learn more about how films are made (production aspects). There are not many films filmed near where I live so I do not get many opportunities to become an extra on set (only have once). What are some good books or websites that will help me learn all the technical terms?

    • ANSWER:
      well if your in college save up your money and come out to los angeles and transfer to a film school, that’s what im doing except for the whole moving out her cause I live out here already lol. But you can go to, they e-mail you whenever they are going to film a scene and where they are. I haven’t gone out to one because i don't have a car or any means of transportation. If your college has a film program you should take it i mean if you are still in school. but that is pretty much i know for now but you should check on Google for like intern stuff and they can use some runners like coffee fetcher stuff, hey that’s what Steven Spielberg did when he was first starting out. Good luck!

    What are some examples of films that deal with poverty of a culture, and equality of a culture?
    Hi im trying to look for examples of films that focus on poverty, and a film that focuses on requality of a culture/ethincity.

    • ANSWER:
      Try a film named: City of God.

      According to the Internet Movie Database, City of God won forty-eight awards and received other twenty-one nominations.

      City of God (Portuguese: Cidade de Deus) is a 2002 Brazilian crime drama film directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, released in its home country in 2002 and worldwide in 2003. It was adapted by Bráulio Mantovani from the 1997 novel of the same name written by Paulo Lins which are both based on a true story; the war between Knockout Ned and Li'l Zé is based on their real life counterparts. It stars Alexandre Rodrigues, Leandro Firmino da Hora, Jonathan Haagensen, Douglas Silva and Seu Jorge. The tagline is "Fight and you'll never survive..... Run and you'll never escape."

      Most of the actors were, in fact, residents of favelas such as Vidigal and the Cidade de Deus itself.

      The film received four Academy Award nominations in 2004: Best Cinematography (César Charlone), Best Directing (Meirelles), Best Editing (Daniel Rezende) and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Mantovani). Before that, in 2003 it had been chosen to be Brazil's runner for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but it was not nominated to be one of the five finalists.

    How can i tell the difference between 35mm and 6x6 films when i do not have the films?
    As a college project we have to study various classic black and white photographs from books.Part of this task is too distinguise between 35mm films and 6x6. I have no idea how to do this without being able to see the films. I really need some help with this :)

    • ANSWER:
      35mm film is rectangular in shape and measures 24x36mm. 6x6 film is square and measures 6cm x 6cm.

    How does Edward Zwick represent different foreign conflicts in his films?
    I am doing A-level film studies and need help answering this question. The films of Zwicks i am studying are 'Blood Diamond', 'The Last Samurai' and 'Defiance'

    • ANSWER:
      Edward Zwick presents foreign conflicts in those films as meaningful and dreadful tales of disaster and loss. He potrays strong emotions of his own into the films, for example in 'Defiance' it tells the story of a jewish community running and hiding from the German soldiers, this film would of been a bit of a sensitive topic with Zwick as he is Jewish himself.

    Can you recommend some films about photography or photographers?
    If you know some films that are connected to photography, kindly list the titles.
    Independent and foreign films are much more appreciated. :)


    • ANSWER:
      I was taught the basics of photography a few years ago by one of my dad's friend. He works as a professional photographer for Elle magazine and occasional writer and critic for Aperture magazine. As a way of explaining the art of photography to me, he said we would be watching an "introduction" and he perceived that I would more thoroughly understand it through films since I was young and very eager and a bit impatient to learn. There were two "introduction" movies and one "final" movie:

      Baraka ~ The movie has no conventional plot but it's anchored by a riveting stream of images shot over 14 months in 6 continents and 24 countries. Baraka is an ancient Sufi word which can be translated, in part, as "a blessing" and I think it fits it perfectly, it is a gift for anyone whom wants to be inspired. ~

      Days of Heaven ~ The director of the movie (Terence Malick) shot the movie back in 1978, exclusively at certain "magic hours". The movie tells a story about a love triangle in the early 20th century, it unites a great cast and two great cinematographers. Here's a quote that I think describes it better than I ever could by one of the cinematographers of the movie Nestor Almendros:

      "Magic hour is a euphemism, because it's not an hour but around 25 minutes at the most. It is the moment when the sun sets and after the sun sets and before it is night, the sky has light but there is no actual sun. The light is very soft and there is something magic about it. It limited us to around twenty minutes a day but it did pay on the screen. It gave some kind of magic look, a beauty and romanticism."

      Winged Migration ~ It is also known The Traveling Birds. It's a beautiful documentary that shows the long and distinct journeys birds make during migration. It was shot over a four-year time period through the seven continents. It's simply wonderfully imaginary. The filmmakers give you a sense of perceived personality through each bird. You simply have to watch it.

      My dad recently bought these two films; Visions of Light (1992) and Dreams (1990) which he told me are both very inspiring films with great visuals and still imagination. One is a documentary about films, while the other is a paradox, as I call it.

    What are the best films about film making?
    I wish to start making short low budget films as soon as I graduate.
    I want to know what are some Essential books to buy?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd recommend you see Richard Linklater's 'Slacker' and pick up one of the Guerilla Filmmaker's handbooks. Try Youtube for practical advice.

      Also, William Goldman's 'Adventures in the Screentrade' is great at expounding the screenwriter's craft. 'The Conversations' by Michael Ondaatje and Walter Murch is a fantastic book about film and sound editing. Both books are about and by established figures in the trade but aim high I say!

    What are some decent Unauthorized Biographical films?
    For my film studies course we need to watch two Unauthorized Biographical films. I have already seen Citizen Kane, and I need another one in order to complete my assignment. I don't want to watch any about punk bands and those are the only ones I am able to find online. Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      W - About the life of Bush.

      The Last King of Scotland - Really interesting. About a corrupt dictator whose names doesn't come to me at this time.

      A Beautiful Mind - You've probably seen this but it's about the life of troubled mathematician John Nash

      I stumbled upon this also looking for a film for my class. Hope this helped!

    What are so classic films I should view for final year high school media studies?
    I need to view a lot of films by my end of year exam. Can someone give me a list of some films from 1930's up until present

    • ANSWER:
      For the 1930's:

      "The Thin Man" (1934)
      "Libeled Lady" (1936)
      "Red Dust" (1932)

      For the 1940's:

      "Double Indemnity" (1944)
      "The Lady Eve" (1941)
      "Rebecca" (1940)

      For the 1950's:

      "Night of the Hunter" (1955)
      "Sunset Boulevard" (1950)
      "North by Northwest" (1959)

      The Hitchcock films are great. You should check those out, if you haven't. Pre-code (1929-1934) films are fun. Film noirs are enjoyable. My personal knowledge really only covers films previous to 1955. So, unfortunately I can't help you much after that. But, there are a lot of great films I am sure others will list. If you need some earlier than 1930, I could help you. "The Unknown" (1927), "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924), "The Patsy" (1928), "Lady of the Night" (1925), "Sunrise" (1927), etc.

    What good films are there for teenagers?
    my fave films are kidulthood thirteen this is england and kids (1995)

    any recommendations of films i may like with that whole kind of theme?

    or any films u jus bascially enjoyed?

    • ANSWER:
      Films that I enjoyed;

      Babysitter Wanted
      Benjamin Button
      The Duchess
      The Clique
      The women
      The Other Boleyn Girl
      The Boy in the striped pyjamas
      Yes Man
      Full Of it
      Sex Drive
      18-Year-Old Virgin
      He's Just Not That Into You
      Confessions of a Shopaholic
      17 Again
      Night At The Museum
      Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
      Forgetting Sarah Marshall
      Zack And Miri Make A Porno
      Step Brothers
      Meet Dave
      Pineapple Express
      Be Kind Rewind
      You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
      Notting Hill
      Music and Lyrics

    How can you find auditions for mainstream feature length films?
    I'm trying to find auditions for fim acting and I'm just found a lot of casting calls for short student films and commercials and the like. How can you find more mainstream film studio auditions?

    • ANSWER:
      If by "mainstream" you mean "studio" feature films, you're going to have to have a combination of things going on for you.

      1. You need to be in a major market (Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Toronto, London). That's where the feature films are cast, even if they shoot elsewhere.

      2. You need to have an agent pitching you to get meetings with the top casting directors, who cast those big films. We (casting directors) have far too many submissions coming at us to do our job without an agent or manager helping us filter out the most talented folks we need to see (vs. those who are just hoping to be famous).

      3. Until you have an agent, and until you're in a major market, you need to build up your own credits in indie films, student films, and community theatre plays. These things will help you get on the radar of casting directors and agents (see above) which will help you get closer on the studio projects, assuming that's what you're looking to accomplish.

      4. If you want an idea of what's casting, tends to have most of the listings--including network TV and studio feature films--but you have to remember that MOST of the projects you're hoping to have access to are ones that will ONLY be put in front of agents (see above, again), as we don't NEED to see submissions from actors who simply aren't ready to be working at that level yet.

      (Note: This doesn't mean there's not work out there for everyone, just that we have a filtering process in place to help us do our job better. For example, I get over 3000 submissions per role sometimes on INDIE films! I can only imagine what the STUDIO film casting directors receive!!)

      (Also note: If you're ready to be on the radar of studio film casting directors, you already know your agent or manager is hustling for you; you're already showcasing for top casting directors; you're doing networking events and getting in front of top CDs. And many actors find a way to get on our radar just by producing their own work and putting it up on You NEVER know!! A *big* part of our job is finding NEW talent. So, be "out there" so we can see you. And keep doing good work.)

      Hope this helps!

    What films can be developed in 1 hour photo stands?
    I have a few different films that need to be developed. My photography decided to not use a darkroom so now i have a mix of films and some 1 hour photo booths say that they cannot develop my film. I was wonder why can they not? what films can they not?
    i have the following films needing to be developed: 125PX, Ilford Oanf PLus 50, 100TMAX, 100 Acros, 400TX, and 400TMAX. All are black and white.

    • ANSWER:
      One Hour labs traditionally ONLY use C-41 chemistry in the processing of color print films. As I'm sure you already know, the films you have listed are all B&W films and require an entirely different chemistry (to get the best results.) If you're feeling lucky, you can always try to develop them yourself with some good old "D-76" or "Microdol-X" (both from KODAK (a.k.a. the GREAT YELLOW FATHER.) To save yourself much time, anguish, and $$$, simply go to a photography store and have them send it off, or you could use Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc. and let them send it off. It may take 3-4 days, but what-the-heck, at least it will be right when you get them back. Also, for a couple of extra bucks, I'm sure they would scan your negs for you and burn them to a CD for your future use.


    What are the generic conventions of Biography films?
    I have to look at a genre for my Media coursework, and I decided to do Biography films. But I am not sure what the generic conventions are, as unlike other genres all the films are so different. So if anyone knows any, even if it is just one, I would really like to know.

    • ANSWER:
      As in biographic or autobiographic documentary or as in a feature film?

      A biographic documentary should set out to be as unbiased as possible. There should be no flowery language. It should set out to tell the truth. Pictures should bot be forgetten.

      An autobiographical documentary can whatever you want but there should be something. Someone sitting on there couch for 2 hours may lead towards boring.

      Feature films should be as truthful and unbiased as possible. Not everything may be included but the successful ones (Schindlers List, A Kings Speech) show faulty people.

    What do you think about fans getting obsessed with films and stars in these films?
    Do you think people are getting too obsessed with films like Twilight and Harry Potter? Is there any films you are obsessed with, if there is why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Personally I think it's really unhealthy. Our celebrity obsessed culture is leading to all sorts of unhealthy lifestyle choices especially in children as more and more young girls are obsessed with self image and dieting. As well as our children now see 'being a celebrity' as a career choice. We need to reintroduce normalcy to our youngsters and give them real aspirations to do great things in the future.

      That said, there is nothing wrong with beinf enthralled in a good film... personally I love True Romance. I might be slightly obsessed... but in the good way, lol.

    What films focus on practice and training?
    I've recently watched ping pong (2002) and watching films like this really gets me fired up for practicing and studying. Are there any other films like this?

    • ANSWER:
      The only other film I know that emphasizes ping pong in any way is Forrest Gump. There is also Balls of Fury, but it's pretty silly.

      Movies that have training, practicing, or not giving up in them are:

      Remember the Titans
      Glory Road
      Meet the Robinsons
      Karate Kid
      The Recruit
      Take the Lead

    What horror film poster best demonstrates the content of the film?
    What horror film shows what the whole film is all about? It can be anything from disturbed horror, to the blood and guts, slasher type films. Any input at all would be greatly appreciated, thanks. -James

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of the original slasher posters were quite good and showed what the film was about.
      Friday the 13th
      Not a slasher but Jaws
      Texas Chainsaw Massacre (this one pretty much shows you flat out what the film will be like)
      The Birds

    What films are shown during the latest film four late night films advert?
    The advert has a tag line of 'expect more' the advert opens with Gerard butler in law abiding citizen the films I'm specifically after are the one of the lift doors opening onto to a man falling to the floor it looks like an anime but not 100% and the film of the Japanese girl smiling while holding a torch under her face please help

    • ANSWER:
      The anime film is 'Paprika' by Satoshi Kon. The clip with the Japanese girl, I think, is Battle Royale.

    What is the difference between an Anime film, and a Hayao Miyazaki animated film?
    I noticed that the film Metropolis is an anime film, but films like spirited away and princess mononoke are listed as just animated films?
    Why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no difference between Anime and Hayao Miyazaki's films. They are both considered Anime. The reason that Miyazaki's films are categorized that way is mainly due to U.S. marketing. Most of Miyazaki's films were bought by the Disney cooperation with the understanding that they would not change the films. Since Disney is trying to market them more toward children they categorize them as animated to stem confusion.

      The only film they released under their Miramax title, Princess Mononoke, is more easily received as Anime. It is geared more toward adults and as such was categorized differently. Overall though rating doesn't really matter when classifying Anime. It is just simply animated films and television shows from that region.

    Which intant camera films are compatible with the transfer technique?
    I want to learn how to do polaroid transfers... I want to know which type of film is compatible with this technique. Does fujifilm also have films that can do this?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually Fuji's FP-100C does work with image transfers - there are a few caveats though. When you peel apart the film after waiting around 10 seconds, you should be in relative darkness. Any light will lead to it not working out quite as well, from what I understand.

      The FP-100C also works with emulsion lifts, just not quite the same as good old Type 669. First less glue tends to come along with the emulsion, so FP-100C is a little more touchy to make sure it's down on what you want it on, and it seems from my experience to not quite work so well when it comes to taking on the texture of what the FP-100C emulsion is laid upon.

      The FP-100C would be your best bet, with Polaroid Type 669 becoming more and more rare.

    What films can you compare step brothers with?
    Im doing an english essay and really dont know what film/films you can compare step brothers with?

    • ANSWER:
      It's a buddy-comedy. Compare it with other buddy-comedy films such as the Pineapple Express, I Love You Man, etc.

      I'd also say it's an awkward comedy, where you almost don't want to laugh because retardation isn't funny. *wink* Elf is similar in that sense... where you're almost embarrased for the characters. Elf and Step Brothers shares a leading actor - which, whilst irrelevant, might give you something to compare in your essay.

    Quick Question: Can anybody tell me how society influences films and vice versa?
    I am curious to know, and besides I have a group project on film. Does Society influence film - how does it? Does film influence society? Why do films get censored?

    • ANSWER:
      Many times it is only one person who has the main idea for a film's film script. That film script is then modified with help from a producer, as it's the producers money that will create and market the actual film.

      There are usually sevral more outside factors to what kind of film is created and what it's massage ultimatley is.

      In the end Soceity influences the people who write the film. And, indeed, the film (which is usually one peson, or few peosons idea), influences society.

      Film is a very powerful tool, and indeed shapes the way people in society think for better or worse.

    What do you think are better american films or British films?
    american films have lots of special effects and stuff but i think British films just have that edge. What do you think ?
    american films are good at action but when it comes to a proper story I think British.

    • ANSWER:
      Because I was born in England, I would have to say British films are the best. Our humour is indescribable. Nobody understands it besides us Brits which makes it that bit special. American films are great too 😀

    How do independent film makers generally find funding?
    Do they just go and ask big companies if they want fund the films?
    What type of company or people do they generally approach to do this kind of thing?
    Do an independent film-maker and an independent animated film-maker do this kind of thing differently?

    • ANSWER:
      Some the ways that fund films are we throw parties for another filmmaker to get them started not much money there yet good eats. Even more in the Chicago area there are a few bars that allow the setting up of the funds to go the film thats brought to the bar.

      Best way is sponsors for films thats kinda how the real films do it latest film we did we set it up with some of the business to film at their sites and they would be in the film. For a few bucks they get a POV Point Of View of their store when the scene starts there. Now to get more we would set the scene to the DVD chapter markers start at the scene of the business. The last part is to show clients that the money that they donate to the film they get top billing for the film when we show it at the theaters or other areas as well.
      Now the what you have to show is that your film will be seen by no less than so many people and that the investment is worth it, it's great for small community files as everyone likes to see themselves in the film as well as the DVDs
      There are other methods as well as there are a few Film Forums that you should join to help get more info as well.

    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 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!

    How can I get into acting in student films?
    I have no real experience acting, but want to see if I can do it, and since I live in reasonable proximity to two major universities with film programs I thought student films would be a nice way to test myself, as well as hopefully help out film students. Any advice on how to start?

    • ANSWER:
      student films may help a little. The way to get experience in acting to find out if you have any ability is to audition for plays at school and in the community. I know you want to be a film actor, but acting is acting, regardless of the medium and it is on stage where you really learn about your ability.

    Do animated films need permission to show real world locations?
    I know live action films have to pay for permits to shoot on real locations. But do animated films need permission to feature drawn recreations of those same locations?

    IE, if I produced an animated film that features drawings of Times Square, do I need New York's film office's permission first, or are you free to "draw" whatever you want without asking first?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you can draw any place you like. I doubt if movies like "independence day" and "Team America" got French permission to show landmarks in Paris being destroyed. It's really unclear exactly who you'd have to ask permission from. Would it be the city, county, state or federal government??

      Filming permission is due to the need to disrupt traffic etc, and have insurance in case of an accident, that sort of thing. It's all about the use of the public space, not the images. e.g. you do not need special permission to use stock footage of new york, so why would you need permission to draw a picture?

      As long as you don't feature any brand-name products / trademarks in your piece, nobody can sue you. See "Bland Name Product" below for something real cartoons do to avoid trademark infringement.

      Pro Tip: make people PAY YOU for their product to appear. That way, you're covered legally, you get to use real-world brands, and you get paid for it.

    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, 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

    What's the difference between Coco Chanel film in English and the one in French?
    I hear the Coco Chanel film is being released in both French and English. Are the films much different?

    • ANSWER:
      Three films about Coco Chanel were made recently and have been released in 2008 and 2009.
      Coco Chanel (2008) is a television film directed by Christian Duguay and written by Ron Hutchinson, Enrico Medioli and Lea Tafuri. It stars Shirley MacLaine as (the older) Coco Chanel, the pioneering French fashion designer. The film was broadcast by Lifetime Television

      The film "Coco avant Channel" is a biopic by Anne Fontaine of Mademoiselle Chanel when she was young and poor before she became the famous couturier and perfume expert. Audrey Tautou is playing the main part.
      Coco Avant Chanel, has been criticised for "ignoring" her affair with the Nazi officer, Hans Gunther von Dincklage. Instead the film focuses on what its director calls the "miserable Balzacian early years of Gabrielle Chanel", nicknamed "Coco" during her failed attempt to launch a singing career. The film sees her move from poverty to high society, from young hat-maker to her first catwalk show, but it stops short of the darker period in her life - her affair with the Nazi officer at Paris's Ritz hotel during the Occupation.
      It also fails to mention that Chanel tried to use the law banning Jews from owning businesses to wrest control of her perfume manufacturing from the Wertheimer family who ran it at that time.

      The movie is the first of two feature films about the fashion house founder to open in 2009 . A second is a rival film about Chanel's love affair with the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky met and loved each other for a few madly passionate seasons before going separate ways to become legends of Western society. Jan Kounen's "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" takes the measure of this affair in a film that is less a dual biopic than a fleeting impression of two 20th century cultural revolutionaries.

    How do movie studios convert analog film into digital video for editing?
    A lot of big budget films are still filmed on 35 mm film, but I know that the post-production process is mostly digital. So how exactly do they convert it.

    • ANSWER:
      They run the film through a scanner that creates the digital file. It's similar to the telecine process but at a much higher resoution.

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