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What is Neorealism?

A cinema experiment: what rival visions would emerge if you pitted the director of The Bicycle Thieves against the producer of Gone with the Wind on the same movie material? History can tell us…

A video essay created by filmmaker Kogonada. He tweets at twitter.com/kogonada and tumbles at missingozu.tumblr.com. You can see his recent series on cinema at vimeo.com/kogonada/videos.

“The only great problem of cinema seems to be more and more, with each film, when and why to start a shot and when and why to end it.”
— Jean Luc Godard

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Underwater Fashion Photographer Mallory Morrison

This is an interesting Behind the Scenes produced by [FRAMED]. Learning studio strobes and studio techniques are a challenging and fun process….now imagine adding water. Holding your breath, not being able to communicate to your model, etc. Mallory Morrison started as a dancer and took those artistic skills as a trained photographer and dancer to the water. Today, Mallory takes us underwater to shoot a fashion spread for Live Orange County Magazine.

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Photographer: Mallory Morrison

BTS produced by FRAMED

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The Making of Carla Kosak’s “Don’t Want Your Man” Video Clip

Director Kevin Otterness takes us behind the scenes of Carla Kosak’s “Don’t Want Your Man” music video.

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Title: MAKING OF “Don’t Want Your Man” Music Video
Director: Kevin Otterness
Producer: Brian Tedeschi
Camera: Kim St. Aubin
Production Assistants: Joe Petrick & Jeremy Hawkins
Editor & Colorist: Kevin Otterness
Production Company: posthousepictures.com

You can check out Carla Kosak’s “Don’t Want Your Man” Official Video Clip here.

About Kevin Otterness

Kevin Otterness got his start in the film business at age 7 when his father took him to see “Star Wars” in 1977. Walking out of the theatre, Otterness knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Today, Otterness owns and operates CINEARTISTS and POSTHOUSE PICTURES, two independent production companies. He produces and directs independent films, music video’s and behind-the-scenes documentaries, and his clients have benefited from his artistic camera work and editing talents since 2000.

Prior to branching off on his own, Otterness worked for a local public access station, where he created and produced one of the most successful cable access television shows in the country, “Technical Difficulties Television.” TDTV was a weekly entertainment program known for its high-energy, edgy, MTV-style approach to entertainment news in and around the Chicago area. The show ran for seven years and won several local and national awards.

Throughout his career, Otterness built an impressive resume that earned him recognition for his work as a Director of Photography, his fast paced editing style, and his ability to make small-budget projects look like million-dollar productions.

Director Kevin Otterness sets up the next shot

Director Kevin Otterness sets up the next shot

In December 2010 Kevin Otterness released his music video directorial debut, “Life Without Love,” performed by Dave Sills and produced by Brian Tedeschi. One week later the behind the scenes of “Life Without Love” was released.

Otterness also worked with one of his inspiring directors this year, Michael Bay. Otterness was cast as an FBI agent in the upcoming film TRANSFORMERS 3 “Dark of the Moon,” part of which was filmed in Chicago. He also was cast in Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Contagion” also shot in Chicago.

Though he’s never seen himself as an actor, Otterness believes it helps him as a director understand where his actors are coming from when on set.

In 2011, Otterness released his second music video, “Don’t Want Your Man” performed by Carla Kosak.

Making of Carla Kosak Video Clip

Making of Carla Kosak Video Clip

Otterness also plans on involving other Chicago area filmmakers in some other projects he has coming up this year.

You can follow Kevin Otterness on Twitter: Twitter.com/KevinOtterness

Facebook fan page: Facebook.com/pages/Kevin-Otterness/139381506121411

Kevin Otterness’s Blog: Kevinotterness.wordpress.com

 

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Making Of The Nuit Blanche

I discovered today an amazing short film directed by Arev Manoukian. Nuit Blanche is a short film produced by Spy Films featuring some very cool slow motion 3D effects. Shot in the classic Film Noir style, this film has a wonderfull soundtrack composed by Samuel Bisson. The cinematography was also made by Arev Manoukian and the camera operator was Jay Pavao.
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The film was shot on a green-screen set in Toronto. The two principal actors were shot separately in a four day time and they only met the last day. Each actor was shot as a separate layer so they could place them afterwards wherever they wanted.

Manoukian used a DVCPRO HD camera for the 24 frames-per-second live-action shots and the Photron APX for slow-motion sequences filmed at up to 2,000 frames per second like the slow-motion car crash. They actually broke real glass on set at over 2000 frames per second and added later on post-production 3D glass. This way they could get real reflections from the scene. Finally dirt was added to the pieces of glass to make it more natural.

The Post-Production

The editing was made with Adobe Premiere and for the 3D they used Maya, Mental Ray, 3Ds Max and V-Ray. The compositing was done with After Effects and the matte paintings with Photoshop and mapped in 3D.

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About Arev Manoukian

Raised in Montreal by a family of artists and engineers, Arev Manoukian plays with art and technology to tell stories in ways that challenge his imagination. Ever Meticulous in his work, Arev thrives on being involved in all aspects of filmmaking, from pre-visualizing his concepts, to cinematography and music. He recently turned one of his day dreams into a short film, the stunning hyper-real fantasy Nuit Blanche. The film recently won the Grand Prize at the LG Film Festival in Toronto and the coveted Golden Nica at Prix Ars in Europe. It has been highlighted in magazines such as Wired, Shots Magazine, Motionographer, and Stash Magazine. Nuit Blanche is being screened at the Palm Springs Film Festival and SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles.

The Final Movie

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Directed by: Arev Manoukian
Produced by: Stephanie Swedlove & Arev Manoukian
VFX by: Marc-Andre Gray
Music by: Samuel Bisson
Starring: Michael Coughlan & Megan Lindley
Cinematographer: Arev Manoukian
Casting: Jeff Marshall
Assistant Director: Andrew Cividino
Production Designer: Arev Manoukian & Marc-Andre Gray
Art Director / Costumes – Dan Levy
Camera Operator: Jay Pavao
Camera Assistant: Max Armstrong
Gaffer: Alan Poon
Editor: Arev Manoukian
Compositor / Animator: Marc-Andre Gray
Effects Supervisors: Marc-Andre Gray & Arev Manoukian
Additional Compositing: Arev Manoukian
Matte Painter: Pat Lau
Colourist: Andre Chlebak



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