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6:00 PM on 05.30.2014

Why technology shouldn't resurrect the dead

When an actor signs on to commit to a particular film, they don't anticipate that they'll be dead before the contract is up. Hollywood stars are people too, and the grim reaper waits for no one. When an actor passes on, that'...

Jonathan Wray

2:00 PM on 12.23.2013

First trailer for Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp

When I posted the teasers a few days ago, I wondered why Transcendence hadn't been on my radar until then. It promised a neat film about a man who bonds with a super intelligence and goes all Skynet on everyone. But with the...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 04.10.2013

Avatar sequels will have underwater performance capture

You know how the first Avatar was just Dances With Wolves but with blue folks? Avatar 2 (and eventually 3 because money) will be more like another Costner film, Waterworld. In one of those decisions brought on by "hey we...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 02.19.2013

Iron Man editor develops iPad editing app

Dan Lebental, editor of the Iron Man series, apparently misses touching real film while he is editing. So he has been developing an application for the iPad called TouchEdit which will bring us a step back closer to the simpl...

Logan Otremba

1:00 PM on 02.06.2013

Flix for Short: The Future

The Future, a short animated film by Alex Goddard, simply asks "want to see the future"? It's an extremely brisk, mesmerizing, almost cutesy, but it's damn great. Essentially everything hovers. I want that Hover Nose.  [via Alex Goddard]

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 10.11.2012

Flix for Short: True Skin

True Skin, brought to you by Stephan Zlotescu and production company N1ON, is sort of a mix of Deux Ex: Human Revolution and a natural progression of the philosophy behind Gattaca. This awesome short film takes pla...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 08.30.2012

New Apple patent could keep you from theater texting

As I said before, people who text or use their phones in theaters are jerks. I didn't just pay like a billion dollars just to hear about your grandmother's arthritis. Thankfully, that may all change.  Apple had a patent ...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.22.2012

Glasses-free 3D movies may come sooner than you think

Do you hate those horrible 3D glasses you need to watch movies in theaters? Of course you do. You're human. They're especially heinous for anyone who tries to wear regular glasses underneath. Have you ever gotten a seat in a ...

Jenika Katz

Martin Scorsese abandons film for digital photo
Martin Scorsese abandons film for digital
by Matthew Razak

We're at it at last. The final death throws of the physical medium known as film. With every passing day another nail is hammered into celluloid's coffin as the steady whir of a theater projector in the back of the theater fades from our auditory memory. Today's nail comes from film proponent and one of the greatest directors ever, Martin Scorsese.

Thelma Schoomaker, Scorsese's long-time editor let the bomb drop to Empire after confirming that the director's next film, The Wolf of Wall Street, would be digital at the Edinburgh Film Festival. "It would appear that we've lost the battle ... I think Marty just feels it's unfortunately over, and there's been no bigger champion of film than him."

Scorsese has always been an advocate of film history and the physical film itself, but it's hard to argue with results after his all digital Hugo netted him an Oscar and simply blew away pretty much everyone with its visual style. Maybe next time you're in an old theater you'll wander to the back and see Scorsese sitting there listening to the projector spin, a single tear rolling down his cheek.

[via Empire]

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Film vs. Digital: Why everyone loses photo
Film vs. Digital: Why everyone loses
by Maxwell Roahrig

If you follow me outside of Flixist, you no doubt saw an article I linked to yesterday from LA Weekly. The article detailed the decline of widespread industry use of 35mm film and forcing digital into the lives of flimmakers everywhere. At six pages, it's lengthy, but I suggest everyone to read it. Now, I've gone on record many times with my opinion (film, digital, it all rules!) on this matter, but I never really branched out to hear what other directors had to say.

For the most part, it's what I expected. But after reading the article in full, it became clear that the ramifications of this digital transition affect everyone.

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How The Hunger Games reveals the flaws in the IMAX Experience photo
How The Hunger Games reveals the flaws in the IMAX Experience
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

On Tuesday, I went to see The Hunger Games with my younger sister. Because the IMAX Theater near our house has a special price on Tuesdays, we elected to see it that way. And why not? If you’re going to go for a theater experience, it may as well be the biggest, best one you can find, right? Going in, the answer seemed obvious. Coming out, I wasn’t so sure.

There is no question that films shot in IMAX should always be seen in IMAX if at all possible, but films like The Hunger Games, which are meant to be shown in theaters a third to a quarter of the size, should be looked at on a case by case basis. Not every one of them will benefit from the larger screens, and some of them will be hurt by it.

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8:00 PM on 02.28.2012

Prometheus viral marketing set to kick off at TED 2023

I don't watch TED talks as much as I'd like to. Sometimes they run a bit long, and I have many things to do and not enough time to do them. Sometimes, though, they're short enough that I can watch them during my snack break....

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 11.15.2011

Doug Trumbull thinks 48fps is for babies, shoots at 120

Much earlier in the year, we brought you news that director Doug Trumbull would be joining the likes of James Cameron and Peter Jackson into the new era of shooting at 48 frames per second (or perhaps even 60). As it turns ou...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

9:00 AM on 11.08.2011

Martin Scorsese predicts holograms, lightsabers

I'm in the school of thought that 3D won't go too much further. Sure, I think it'll enjoy some popularity for a while longer, and I don't think it'll entirely disappear, but in most cases, it's just a gimmick to throw a few e...

Jenika Katz