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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.
- 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 goldderby / 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 […]
- ICYMI: Catching Up with Our March Directors Close-Up Panels
Hard to believe, but the 2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards are (gulp!) two weeks away–Thursday, April 22, airing LIVE on at 10:00 pm ET / 7:00... The post ICYMI: Catching Up with Our March Directors Close-Up Panels appeared first on […]
- Detail Oriented: Sound Design and the Aural Art of ‘Nomadland’ (Part Two of Two)
In Part One of our two-part interview with the Nomadland sound design team, Sergio Diaz and Zach Seivers talked about the benefits of director Chloé... The post Detail Oriented: Sound Design and the Aural Art of ‘Nomadland’ (Part Two […]
- Detail Oriented: Creating the Graceful Soundscapes of ‘Nomadland’ (Part One of Two)
Continuing to rack up numerous wins and nominations across awards season, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is entering the home stretch now with both the Film Independent... The post Detail Oriented: Creating the Graceful Soundscapes of […]
- BAFTA Film Winners: Best Film Goes to ‘Nomadland,’ Frances McDormand Wins Best Actress
The British Film Academy honored the best movies of the year on Sunday night, with "Nomadland" dominating the evening.
- Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in April
With ballots to predicts and nominees to catch up with before the April 22 awards ceremony, it would seem–on the surface, at least–that the 2021... The post Don’t-Miss Indies: What to Watch in April appeared first on Film Independent.
- Directors Close-Up: International Feature Noms Explore Worlds Seen and Unseen
According to Google Maps, a flight from São Paulo to The Ivory Coast takes somewhere around 12 hours. The Ivory Coast to Sarajevo is another... The post Directors Close-Up: International Feature Noms Explore Worlds Seen and Unseen […]
- Elon Musk’s Business Partner Claims Brain-Implant Startup Could Build Real-Life ‘Jurassic Park’
Neuralink's Max Hodak said "15 years of breeding and engineering" could bring "super exotic novel species" on the level of Steven Spielberg's movie.
- From the Archives: An Interview with Music Video Director Yoonha Park
Note: the below post originally ran in October of last year. We’re re-running it here with minor edits to the original text. Enjoy! *** Back... The post From the Archives: An Interview with Music Video Director Yoonha Park appeared first […]
- Directors Close-Up: First-Time Feature Filmmakers Discuss Their Directorial Debuts
Like skydiving or audibly passing gas in front of a future spouse, you never forget your first time directing a feature film. After all, nothing... The post Directors Close-Up: First-Time Feature Filmmakers Discuss Their Directorial Debuts […]
- ‘SNL’ Spoofs ‘Ammonite’ and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ with ‘Lesbian Period Drama’ Sketch — Watch
Carey Mulligan and the "Saturday Night Live" crew poked fun at prestige period dramas featuring lesbian relationships.
- Real Cool: Meet Our 2021 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellows
To wrap up our unofficial “Doc Week” here on the Fi blog (check out our Directors Close-Up recaps of this year’s Best Documentary Feature and... The post Real Cool: Meet Our 2021 Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellows appeared […]
- WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Godzilla vs. Kong Easily Retains No. 1 Spot w/ $13.38M, Crosses $350M Global; Voyagers Stumbles w/ $1.35M
After injecting new life into the domestic box office last weekend with a pandemic-era record $31.6 million three-day and $48.1 million five-day, Warner Bros.’ Godzilla vs. Kong easily battled to the top of the heap once again with an estimated $13.38 million from 3,084 locations. That sophomore dip of 58% is largely in line with The post WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> Easily Retains No. 1 Spot w/ $13.38M, Crosses $350M Global; <em>Voyagers</em> Stumbles w/ $1.35M appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Reading International Revenues Drop 72% In 2020
In an earnings call webcast held this week, Reading International confirmed a 72 percent drop in year-on-year revenue in 2020, with the bulk of the drop coming from the cinema portion of the company’s business. Still, with the bulk of theaters now open across the three countries in which Reading operates—Australia, New Zealand, and the The post Reading International Revenues Drop 72% In 2020 appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Paramount Moves Back Top Gun: Maverick, Mission: Impossible 7; Announces New Star Trek Movie, Bee Gees Biopic
Paramount announced a slew of release date changes and new titles on Friday afternoon. Tom Cruise’s action sequel Top Gun: Maverick moves back from July 2 to November 19. Cruise’s fellow action sequel pair Mission: Impossible 7 moves back from November 19, 2021 to May 27, 2022, while Mission: Impossible 8 moves back from November 4, 2022 The post Paramount Moves Back <em>Top Gun: Maverick</em>, <em>Mission: Impossible 7</em>; Announces New <em>Star Trek</em> Movie, Bee Gees Biopic appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Cinionic and Qube Announce 300 Laser Projection Upgrades to Cinemas Across India and South Asia
Cinema technology companies Cinionic and Qube announced a multi-year partnership this week, pledging to install 300 laser light upgrade kits to cinemas in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Using the latest in laser projection technology to offer higher picture quality with lower energy costs, Cinionic’s Laser Upgrade converts existing existing Barco xenon Series 2 The post Cinionic and Qube Announce 300 Laser Projection Upgrades to Cinemas Across India and South Asia appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Survey: U.K. Audiences Eager to Return to the Big Screen
Cinema First, the industry body charged with promotion of U.K. cinemagoing, has released the findings of a survey on audience willingness to return to the movies—providing some hopeful statistics in the weeks running up to the reopening of indoor movie theaters in the U.K. Carried out by research agency MetrixLab and commissioned by the Film The post Survey: U.K. Audiences Eager to Return to the Big Screen appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Jonas Software Acquires Omniterm Data Technology Ltd.
Jonas Software, which operates over 100 independently managed software brands across 30+ vertical markets around the world, has announced the acquisition of Omniterm Data Technology Ltd. Founded in 1978, Omniterm provides mid-to-large size cinema chains with a theater management solution that includes ticket sales, reserved seating, concessions, promotion, loyalty programs, restaurant sales, and business reporting. Since The post Jonas Software Acquires Omniterm Data Technology Ltd. appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Coolidge Corner Theatre’s ‘Science on Screen’ Series Gives Reality a Voice in the Misinformation Age
In 2016, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Massachusetts hosted a screening of Contagion—the prescient Steven Soderbergh thriller about a global pandemic—as part of its long-running Science on Screen series. To highlight the science behind the film, the theater invited Dr. George Church, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, to give a pre-film The post Coolidge Corner Theatre’s ‘Science on Screen’ Series Gives Reality a Voice in the Misinformation Age appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend Box Office Forecast: Godzilla vs. Kong Aims for Pandemic Record Sophomore Frame as Lionsgate Debuts Voyagers
After a pandemic record bow, attention now turns to watching how well Godzilla vs. Kong holds up in its second weekend as the heart of spring approaches. The post Weekend Box Office Forecast: <em>Godzilla vs. Kong</em> Aims for Pandemic Record Sophomore Frame as Lionsgate Debuts <em>Voyagers</em> appeared first on Boxoffice.
- Weekend estimates: Godzilla vs. Kong still number one as Voyagers disappoints
After last weekend’s relatively excellent opening for Godzilla vs. Kong, the theatrical market is treading water this time around, based on the studios’ Sunday morning estimates. GvK itself is performing a little worse than expected, although not terribly considering its coming off the biggest weekend of the pandemic. Voyagers will earn a disappointing $1.35 million opening, and the returning films are something of a mixed bag.
- Weekend predictions: Voyagers won’t trouble Godzilla vs. Kong
There will be no prizes for predicting the winner at the box office this weekend, but the race for second place looks as though it’ll be close, with three returning films—Nobody, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Unholy—and debutant Voyagers all looking like they have a shot. Here’s what our model thinks going into the weekend…
- Theater counts: Godzilla vs. Kong towers above all challengers
Godzilla vs. Kong enters its second full weekend after scoring a remarkable $48m in its first five days of release. That number far exceeded expectations, which were originally in the $20m-$30m range. We expect the monster film to hover close to its 3,064 count from last week, and possibly add a few extra theaters. The only new wide release this week is the debut of Lionsgate’s sci-fi thriller Voyagers, starring Tye Sheridan and Lily-Rose Depp, opening in 1,972 locations. Nobody goes from 2,567 theaters last week to 2,392 this week, while Raya and the Last Dragon dips below the 2,000 theater mark, coming in on 1,941 locations. New this week is Moffie, the early 1980s set drama starring Kai Luke Brummer. The film, being released by IFC Films, opens in 51 theaters.
- Black Widow trailer
MCU action movie starring Scarlett Johansson opens in theaters and as a PVOD release on Disney+ on July 9. Full movie details… Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
- Weekend estimates: Godzilla vs. Kong delivers monster* $32.2-million weekend
Godzilla vs. Kong will earn $32.2 million over the Friday–Sunday weekend, and deliver a $48.5-million 5-day opening, according to Warner Bros.’ Sunday morning projection. The film will earn an additional $3 million in Canada from its PVOD release there, which the studio offered to allow Canadian audiences to see the film while around 80% of the Canadian market remains closed. It’s also showing on HBO Max in the US, but the studio hasn’t offered any numbers on its performance there.
- Weekend predictions: Godzilla vs. Kong could top $30 million this weekend
Godzilla vs. Kong has stormed out the gate over the past two days, at least by pandemic standards. Its $9.6-million opening day was the best single day by a film in the past year, and it didn’t drop by all that much yesterday, posting $6.7 million. That puts it on track for easily the biggest weekend box office for a film since theaters started reopening. Predicting how much it will make is complicated by its unusual release pattern—opening on Wednesday in 2,409 theaters and expanding to 3,064 theaters today—and by the fact that, well, there’s still a pandemic on.
- Theater Counts: A monstrous opening weekend for Godzilla vs. Kong
Godzilla vs. Kong opened on Wednesday in 2,409 theaters to impressive box office numbers as it became the highest-earning film on a single day of the pandemic era with an estimated $9.6m. The previous holder of that title was another Warner Bros. film, Wonder Woman 1984, which took in $7.5m back on Christmas Day. The highly-anticipated monster showdown film expands to 3,064 locations on Friday, which also makes it the widest opening weekend since theaters started reopening. It is projected to earn $20m-$30m in its first five days. As per Warner Bros.’ 2021 release plan, the film is also playing simultaneously on HBO Max for 30 days.
- Our 2021 forecast: how the box office might recover
Warner Bros. reported a $9.6-million opening day for Godzilla vs. Kong this morning, the best single day at the box office since Onward’s opening weekend back in March last year. Coupled with bigger-than-expected debut outings for Tom and Jerry and Nobody, the signs point towards a growing domestic theatrical market as theaters open up, people get vaccinated, and (fingers crossed) the US and Canada emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. I’ll have more to say on Godzilla vs. Kong’s opening in tomorrow’s weekend prediction column, but today I’m pleased to introduce our long-range box office forecast. This extends our weekend prediction model to all films currently on the release schedule through the end of 2021, and also predicts how much each film will make in total. Each month, I’ll provide a monthly snapshot here on The Numbers, and full details will be in our monthly Bankability Report, available by subscription.