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- Indie Filmmakers Look for Lifeline from Piracy with CASE Actby Stanley B. Gill
This is a typical indie-filmmaker piracy story. Independent filmmakers make a low-budget movie only to be raped by pirates.
- How To Register Your Screenplay with the U.S. Copyright Officeby Stanley B. Gill
A professional screenwriter, or even a novice trying their hand at creating a first screenplay, will want to register the copyright created in their work (a screenplay) with the United States Copyright Office (USCO).
- A Screenwriter’s Tool: OmmWriter For Writing Storyby Stanley B. Gill
If you were ever looking for something other than Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, for your screenwriting development, you should give OmmWriter a workout. #indieproducerlife
- Louisiana Film and TV Tax Credit Programs Near 2015 Revampby Stanley B. Gill
The long Louisiana film and TV tax credit nightmare is nearing an end. State legislature is fixing most of the issues surrounding the tax credits.
- Tax Credits: Realities of Motion Picture Investor Programs in Louisianaby Stanley B. Gill
Louisiana legislators will be hassled for anything from manicuring rights for orphaned crawfish to the diabolical motion picture investor tax credits.
- Edgar Wright Shares His Inspiration and Passion with "The Sparks Bros"by No Film School on June 18, 2021
One of the most dynamic filmmakers working in the industry, Edgar Wright, is making a documentary about the band Sparks. All […]
- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom / The Pursuit of Happyness producer: Todd Black!by [email protected] on December 8, 2020
With Warner Bros. shaking up the distribution model, veteran Producer Todd Black talks about studios and streamers, the […]
- Oscar Predictions 2021: 4 Experts clash over Best Picture , Best Actress and ...by Gold Derby on April 6, 2021
Can any Oscar rival beat 'Nomadland' for Best Picture? Can Carey Mulligan, Viola Davis, Frances McDormand or Andra Day win […]
- Theater Crawl Update: How Five American Art Houses Are Planning Their Post-COVID Comeback
If there’s one thing we can agree on, it’s that folks are not on the same page when it comes to WTF is going on... The post Theater Crawl Update: How Five American Art Houses Are Planning Their Post-COVID Comeback appeared first on […]
- ‘Never Have I Ever’ Season 2 Trailer: Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Series Returns in July
One nerd. Two boyfriends. Mindy Kaling's hit coming-of-age comedy series will be returning to Netflix for Season 2 in July.
- Guest Post: Tips for Filmmakers to Avoid Bad Behavior Post-Pandemic
It may seem like forever since you’ve attended an in-person event, let alone a crowded one. Thankfully, those days are returning soon. And while we’ve... The post Guest Post: Tips for Filmmakers to Avoid Bad Behavior Post-Pandemic […]
- ‘Black Widow’ Might Not Be the MCU’s Only Prequel, According to Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige said that "exploring the past, present, and future of the MCU is certainly in the cards" during a recent press conference.
- Fiscal Spotlight: Three Queer-Focused Films to Support During Pride Month
Welcome to Fiscal Spotlight, a special monthly round up of projects—at all stages of production—working their way through Film Independent’s Fiscal Sponsorship pipeline. *** As Pride celebrations... The post Fiscal Spotlight: Three […]
- Mo Money, No Problems: A Producer’s Guide to Residuals
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article originally ran on our blog in 2018. We’re republishing it here with minor edits. Special thanks to author Su Fang... The post Mo Money, No Problems: A Producer’s Guide to Residuals appeared first […]
- ‘Candyman’ Director Nia DaCosta Discusses Importance of Juneteenth — Watch
"Candyman" director Nia DaCosta noted that the upcoming film has a sort of "bittersweet hope" that is influenced by Juneteenth.
- From the Archives: A Brief History of Film Music
Olajide Paris is an American composer and producer based in the Republic of Georgia, where he produces soundtracks for clients around the world. He’s given... The post From the Archives: A Brief History of Film Music appeared first on […]
- Tribeca Festival Took ‘Film’ Out of Its Name and Captured the Ambiguous State of the Industry
While studio films spoke to the murky nature of the market, the first big in-person festival of the year showcased some promising work.
- From the Archives: Nine Black LGBTQ Creators to Celebrate During Pride Month
NOTE: the below piece originally ran in June of 2020. Special thanks to author Jenn Wilson, Film Independent’s Senior Programmer. *** For this week’s playlist,... The post From the Archives: Nine Black LGBTQ Creators to Celebrate […]
- Rita Moreno Talks ‘West Side Story,’ Pushes Back Against Original Film’s Dark Makeup
Rita Moreno discussed her shock at being told to wear dark makeup in the 1961 "West Side Story" film in a recent interview.
- ICYMI: Storyboard Artist Neil D’Monte on Comics, Creativity and Thinking Visually
NOTE: the following interview originally ran in January of this year. We’re re-posting it here with a special thanks to Mr. D’Monte. *** Film, you may... The post ICYMI: Storyboard Artist Neil D’Monte on Comics, Creativity and […]
- Screen Talk Live: Studios and Indies Face a Daunting Future, but Here Are Some Signs of Hope
At a live event for the 2021 Tribeca Festival, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discussed recent debates about the film industry's future and took questions from the audience.
- Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in June
June is finally here! And while this summer’s post-pandemic movie slate is still a confusing hodgepodge of streaming debuts, top-dollar SVOD rentals and in-theater screenings,... The post Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in June […]
- ‘No Sudden Move’ Review: Don Cheadle and Benicio Del Toro Have a Blast in Soderbergh’s Lighthearted Caper
Despite a puzzling historical backdrop, Soderbergh's lightweight crime-gone-wrong story goes down easy.
- Long Range Box Office Forecast: Marvel Studios’ Black Widow
As the summer box office continues its progressive rebound in North America, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are counting down the days until the franchise's first theatrical release in two years arrives. The post Long Range Box Office Forecast: Marvel Studios’ <em>Black Widow</em> appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Cinema Week Announces Studio Participation From A24, Cloudburst, Disney, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Netflix, Sony Pictures, United Artists, Universal
Cinema Week, a six-day celebration of moviegoing on the big screen from June 22-27, has secured studio participation from the likes of Disney, Universal, Sony Pictures, and Netflix. The initiative, originally announced in April, had already announced only-in-theaters incentives including giveaways and advance screenings. Major exhibition chains including Cinemark and Malco Theatres had also gotten The post Cinema Week Announces Studio Participation From A24, Cloudburst, Disney, IFC Films, Lionsgate, Netflix, Sony Pictures, United Artists, Universal appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Inclusive Programming Head Nikkole Denson-Randolph on AMC Theatres’ First-Ever Juneteenth Series
Yesterday marked the official anointment of Juneteenth—June 19, a day celebrating the emancipation of enslaved peoples in the U.S.—as a national holiday. Long celebrated in Black communities, the holiday—and its lack of official federal recognition—has grown as a topic of conversation in recent years, concurrent with discussions surrounding policing in the U.S.. Following the killing The post Inclusive Programming Head Nikkole Denson-Randolph on AMC Theatres’ First-Ever Juneteenth Series appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Christie Professional Services Appoints Francois Godfrey and Maz Zaeefjou as Directors of Sales & Business Development
Christie has appointed Francois Godfrey and Maz Zaeefjou to its Professional Services team as directors of sales and business development, the company announced today. In their new roles, Godfrey and Zaeefjou will be tasked with securing new business development opportunities and partnerships across the Professional Services portfolio, which will be expanding to cover a wider The post Christie Professional Services Appoints Francois Godfrey and Maz Zaeefjou as Directors of Sales & Business Development appeared first on Boxoffice.
- 21st Annual Golden Trailer Awards to Live Stream July 22 from Greenville, Tennessee
The Golden Trailer Awards, which honors excellence in movie marketing, will live stream its 21st annual awards ceremony from the Niswonger Performing Arts Center (NPAC) in Greenville, Tennessee on July 22, it was announced today. “The show must go on, however with Los Angeles still under Covid restrictions, we set our sights on NPAC, a The post 21st Annual Golden Trailer Awards to Live Stream July 22 from Greenville, Tennessee appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend Box Office Forecast: Will The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard Top the Father’s Day Frame?
As summer box office continues to ramp up during the late-pandemic stages in North America, Lionsgate is betting on its sequel The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard to deliver a supportive debut over Father's Day weekend. The post Weekend Box Office Forecast: Will <em>The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard</em> Top the Father’s Day Frame? appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Motion Technology, Inc. Expands MultiChef™ Product Line with Two New High-Speed Ovens
Motion Technology Inc. (MTI), manufacturer of the AutoFry® and provider of ventless foodservice equipment technology since 1990, has announced the addition of two new products to the MultiChef high-speed oven line. New to the MultiChef line are the MultiChef XS—a small, compact, high-speed oven designed to fit just about anywhere—and the more robust MultiChef XLT, both The post Motion Technology, Inc. Expands MultiChef™ Product Line with Two New High-Speed Ovens appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Christie to Illuminate Toronto’s 2nd Annual Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival
Christie is the projection sponsor for the second annual Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival at Toronto’s Ontario Place, it was announced today, marking its second partnership with the festival. The company will provide a Christie CP4440-RGB pure laser cinema projector with Real|Laser illumination technology to illuminate the festival’s 60×30 foot custom-built screen. Co-hosted by the Italian The post Christie to Illuminate Toronto’s 2nd Annual Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend predictions: Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard favorite to win weekend
The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard looks like it should win the weekend fairly comfortably based on its opening day figures from Wednesday and the track record of action comedies that opened mid-week. Nothing is assured in the topsy-turvy world of 2021, but it would take a steep dive from the newcomer and an unexpectedly strong hold by A Quiet Place: Part II to see a different outcome. Here’s what our model has to say this morning…
- Theater counts: The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard starts out in 3,331 theaters
In the Heights seems likely to be the widest release this weekend as A Quiet Place: Part II loses 123 theaters. We don’t have an official figure from Warner Bros., but the musical should at least keep its 3,456 locations from last time and probably add a few more. This session’s new wide release The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard opened on Wednesday in 3,331 theaters and will keep that count into the weekend. Based on its opening day, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard is a strong favorite to win the weekend, but we’ll have a detailed set of predictions in the morning. For now, here are the official theater counts reported so far.
- The Sparks Brothers trailer
Documentary directed by Edgar Wright opens June 18… Full movie details
- Weekend estimates: A Quiet Place: Part II has the edge in four-way race
We won’t know for sure until final numbers are reported on Monday, but it looks as though A Quiet Place: Part II will move back to the top of the box office chart this weekend, fractionally edging out In the Heights. The difference in their respective Sunday-morning projections is just $245,000 though, with Quiet Place expected to earn $11.65 million and In the Heights $11.405 million, which is within the margin of error (particularly considering box office is harder to predict for the studios at the moment as market conditions are changing so much). In fact, Peter Rabbit 2 (projected to earn $10.4 million) and The Conjuring 3 (projected for $10.02 million) are technically still in the running for the win, although that would be a big surprise given they’re over a million dollars back on today’s tracking. However things shake out, there’s a good chance we’ll have four films earn over $10 million at the box office this weekend, which would be a new pandemic-era high if the numbers hold. The less good news is that In the Heights didn’t hit, well, the heights that were hoped for going into the weekend. It did come very close to what our model expected though.
- Weekend predictions: Summertime gets into full swing
It’s beginning to feel like Summer in movie theaters as a combination of a musical, two kids movies, a family movie, and two horror films will make up the top six and fill up movie theaters this weekend. After three films topped $10 million at the box office last weekend, we could see four films manage the feat this time around, and In the Heights is expected to top $20 million by the trackers (although, as I’ll discuss in a moment, our model isn’t as bullish). The new releases should be enough to keep the total market flat or possibly slightly growing.
- Theater Counts: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway and In the Heights hop into theaters this weekend
Two wide releases arrive in theaters this weekend to challenge the horror films that have dominated the box office charts the past two weeks. After stellar openings for A Quiet Place: Part II two weeks ago, and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It last week, the films opening wide this week couldn't be more of a contrast. The long awaited Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway makes its entrance after a series of release date changes. The sequel from Sony Pictures will open in 3,346 theaters. The original Peter Rabbit earned just north of $347 million worldwide back in 2018. Getting a jump on the weekend is Warner Bros’, In The Heights as it opens today, Thursday. The musical, directed by John M. Chu and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will open in an estimated 3,400 theaters while also being available to stream on HBO Max. Early reports have the film tracking around $20 million in its opening weekend.
- The Hitman’s Bodyguard’s Wife trailer
Action comedy starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek opens in theaters on June 16. Full movie details… The world’s most lethal odd couple—bodyguard Michael Bryce and hitman Darius Kincaid—are back on another life-threatening mission. Still unlicensed and under scrutiny, Bryce is forced into action by Darius’s even more volatile wife, the infamous international con artist Sonia Kincaid. As Bryce is driven over the edge by his two most dangerous protectees, the trio get in over their heads in a global plot and soon find that they are all that stand between Europe and a vengeful and powerful madman. Joining in the fun and deadly mayhem is Morgan Freeman as… well, you’ll have to see.
- Weekend estimates: The Conjuring’s $24-million opening may be the best evidence yet that box office is recovering
Going into this weekend, it looked as though The Conjuring would have an uphill battle to top the weekend chart. The last film in the The Conjuring franchise, Annabelle Comes Home, opened with $20.3 million in the halcyon days of June, 2019, and it’s been five years since The Conjuring 2 made $40.4 million on opening weekend. With some theaters still closed in North America and a big chunk of the traditional theater-going audience yet to return, our model predicted it would earn somewhere in the region of $10 million to $15 million this weekend. Even with a steep decline, A Quiet Place: Part II was favored to retain its crown. The studios’ weekend projections, released this morning, tell a different story—one that’s very encouraging for box office watchers.