Filmmaking

Shane Abbess: Method Director and Rattlesnake

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I got to know Shane Abbess in 2009, when we started collaborating on my graphic novel series, The Hunter. Anyone who's ever read anything about Hollywood will know the movie business demands that people earn their stripes.

How Passion Can Ruin A Filmmaker's Career

Elliott Grove | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

I started Raindance in 1992 when many of the filmmakers submitting to this year's film festival were still in nappies.There is a consistent theme amongst the approximately 100,000 filmmakers who have submitted films to Raindance since then: Passion.

UnderWire: Supporting Women Filmmakers

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

On Tuesday 11 November, the fifth UnderWire Festival will open at The Yard in Hackney Wick, founded by Gemma Mitchell and myself in 2010 with the aim to foreground female filmmaking talent... Unique to UnderWire, films selected for this award are of women's stories and feature female characters at their core.

How Porn Can Help Your Film

Elliott Grove | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Elliott Grove

Many of the advancements in filmmaking and distribution techniques have had their birth courtesy of the porn industry. Filmmakers can improve their techniques, and their financial returns by looking at the lessons learned by their colleagues in the sex industry.

So You Want to Be a Storyboard Artist?

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Storyboard artists are currently being "screwed" in Hollywood... In the ebb and flow of the storyboard process it can be hard to keep track of how much the storyboard artist is fulfilling the director's vision, and how much he or she is originating ideas.

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

A New Era of Film Technology

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

I have no doubt we'll soon see lightweight gimbals marketed at consumers who are tired of shaky footage of their holidays or the kids' sports day. When that day comes, people will be able to have high quality, smooth movement to go with their HD cameras.

ADCAN - the Cannes-tidote to Commercials Awards

Brydon Gerus | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK
Brydon Gerus

So, once again the lions have returned home in their prides from this year's largest advertising awards festival in France, the Cannes Lions - an event which, in the advertising industry translates to: line your stomachs, update your LinkedIn profile pics and don't forget your sunscreen.

A Bright Future for Film

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Film is dead. Long live television. That's the bleak assessment of dozens of articles on film-making in the last couple of years. The truth is, there's never been a more exciting time to be a filmmaker.

The Case of the Incredible Disappearing Princess

Pat Higgins | Posted 13.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I watched a trailer for a movie I didn't recognise at the weekend. It was for an animated movie about a daring, unstoppable thief having a series of misadventures. Right at the end of the trailer, we glimpsed the female character who would presumably be his love interest. It was for Disney's Tangled.

How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

Stop the BBFC Killing Independent Film

Pat Higgins | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

In fact, this change of BBFC policy would probably be unnoticed by everybody except small independent distributors and the filmmakers whose films are distributed by them. Filmmakers like me.

The Audacious Challenge of '50 Kisses'

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

One afternoon 2 years ago, I wrote 2 pages of script. Next week I'll be walking up a red carpet, in a pretty sensational (borrowed) dress to the World Premiere of a film those 2 pages have become part of.

The Day I Got My Kit Off for a Pop Video

Hugh Carswell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Carswell

When we came to think about making the video for the single 'Take Hold', which is all about that incredible feeling of liberation, I wanted to try to capture a bit of that spirit - and the idea was born that we should feature some swimming, in particular, some underwater swimming.

Goodbye, Blockbuster

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Back in the early 90s, I was a person who wanted to make movies. People who wanted to make movies tended to go and work in video stores whilst waiting for that elusive big break to come. Not one to buck the trend, I worked in Blockbuster.

The Inside Scoop on Every Film Project in Hollywood

Daniel Johnson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

Everybody in LA is excited about their next project. It's a passion project. Lots of great people are interested in getting involved and some stars are attached, dependent on another draft.

'You Have To Dream Don't You?'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Matthews | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It is the sixth form college with creativity running through its corridors. Nestled among roaming Surrey countryside and described as a ‘Utopia for ...

Winning Film Prize Opened Doors For Young Student Filmmaker

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As entries start rolling in for this year's Hurtwood Prize for Young Filmmakers, HuffPost caught up with one of the winning contestants from 2012, Jos...

Eat My Shorts

Mark Buchanan | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Buchanan

Shorts are a brilliant way of finding your voice in the competitive world of film. The genre allows you to hone your skills and can function as a stepping stone in your career as a director, writer, cinematographer, or any of the other disciplines.

EXCLUSIVE: Hudson Taylor Work With Young Filmmakers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Having started their pop career by posting to YouTube, it's no surprise that up and coming Irish duo have lent their support to this year's Hurtwood P...

Fancy Making A Pop Movie?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

For the second year, the Hurtwood Prize is offering young filmmakers the chance to shoot music videos but with an added incentive - working with up an...

The Scott Expedition

Temujin Doran | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Temujin Doran

I'm the videographer attached to the Scott Expedition - the first attempt in over 100 years to complete Captain Scott's ill-fated last journey; to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Why Buying Sex Is an Act of Violence

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

If prostitution rates are to be brought down, and women made safer, the laws around prostitution must be changed. Even the "punters" themselves confessed during interviews for research conducted by Eaves that the most effective deterrents for them would be being added to the sex offender register, publicly identified, or time in prison.

Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

Pat Higgins | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.

Is Crowdfunding the Way Forward for Indie Films?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

"I put up on my blog that I had written a movie script titled LUCIA, and was looking for investors," remarks Pawan. "I gave the audience the option to put in little chunks of money in the project, the idea was to make a good movie which was purely an artist's work and was free of market pressures. I was able to raise 51lakhs (£ 55,584) in just 27 days."