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  • SERENA – Film Review
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    by Michael Chasin   Before anything—we must care. For without caring about the hero(es), being emotionally invested—there’s really no reason to watch. Such is the issue with Serena—featuring A-Lister’s Bradley Cooper as George Pemberton and Jennifer Lawrence as Serena, his new wife—and business partner. Mr. Cooper is a northern entrepreneur who is now in the […]

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    Remember us? Last year we were Greenstorming Film Festival. We are back in 2015, we want to show your film at our Green Motions Film Festival! Renewable energy, the energy transition or climate change – are these related to your film? Then let us take part in the story! Until September 30, 2015 you can submit your film […]

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    Welcome at JIFF 2016, We invite you to join & connect with the film industry at the JIFF, Film Market, Co-Production and Screenplay Festival, Workshops/Seminars/Debates & Conferences from January 2-6, 2016 in Jaipur, India. Jaipur is growing as NEW FILM CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. The Merchant is a great place to pitch your project or […]

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    by Michael Chasin   Great paintings, although static, are enjoyed hour after hour, year after year. Why? Each viewing is an opportunity to change focus—from brush strokes to colors to composition or to allegory—yielding revised meaning—and appreciation—of the work. Great films can also be so appreciated—as after the first viewing, with the narrative known, focus […]

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    Even though Alex Murphy returned to Philippines, IAFT Antwerp Acting Program keeps on rolling! Last week we had an amazing show organized by our students: Niels Sommers, Emilio Murrieta, Mireille Van der Laan and Jasper Box.  6 scenes from the worldwide known films. Here are some photos from the show: “Closer” performed by Gor and Soraya “Dinner […]

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    IAFT alumni continues to gain recognition in the world of filmmaking! It gives us great please to congratulate IAFT alumni Alec Figuracion, Akie Yano, Christian Paolo Lat, Remton Zuasola, and TM Malones who just had their films featured at this year’s Cinema Rehiyon Film Festival. In recognition of this event and to continue to support […]

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    by Michael Chasin     Movies, by their nature, are about spectacular visuals—including rich, vibrant colors. Nevertheless, filming in black & white—can be a powerful storytelling technique. Black & white is often used to enhance a period piece’s feel of being “of that time.” The Artist (2011) could not have been made in anything but […]

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    by Russell Marleau   IAFT/LA screenwriting mentor   HEADHUNTERS In a new ongoing feature on the IAFT Blog, we feature a film currently streaming on Netflix that you’ve probably never heard of, but it’s worth checking out. Our inaugural movie is the 2011 Norwegian-Swedish action thriller, Headhunters. Yes you’ll have to read along (unless you’re […]

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    by Michael Chasin Many beginning directors, writers, and actors try to kickstart their careers—by making a feature. And they often do so without even thinking about—the commercial marketplace. Their passion piece, they believe—will all on its own—garner distribution. But should there not be distribution—that ninety-minute feature may ultimately yield nothing more—than another thirty seconds—to their […]

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    by Michael Chasin   The elevator doors slide open—and Spielberg strides in. You have thirty seconds—to dazzle him with your brilliant idea. You do—and are invited in for a formal pitch meeting. Now what? Pitching—beyond the elevator—is, like it or not—a required skill for a filmmaker. And like any other skill, it should be learned […]

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