SXSW 2015 Sessions Every Filmmaker Should Attend

first_imgWeb Influence on the Future of Music DocumentariesLearn from industry experts what the future holds for the music doc genre.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 4:30pmCultural Connections: TV, Digital and the New MainstreamWhat does the future hold for media?Austin Convention Center – Ballroom E5:00pm – 6:00pmFor more information regarding any of these sessions check out the film section on the SXSW website. We’ll see you there.Are you going to SXSW 2015? Let us know what you’ll be attending. Saturday, March 14Hyper-Reality TV and Online Video are a Perfect FitMorgan Spurlock and Dermot McCormack share insights into the future of reality TV online.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD9:30-10:30AMThe Future of Film Criticism: Diversify or DieHow does high-end film criticism fit in with an online audience?Austin Convention Center – 16AB12:30PM-1:30PMHacking Technology for Your Indie FilmNew technologies are ushering in new methods for distribution.InterConenential Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30 – 1:30PMStudio Star Power: How Casting Really WorksLearn how Hollywood casting directors use talent to drive film production.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmCinema Culture: The Power of Communal ExperienceA curios look at how to film world should appeal to millennials.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm-1:25pmWhy the Future of Film Depends on Social MediaIf your film isn’t on social media it’s dead. Find out how to effectively use social media to the filmmaking processAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm-2:15pmThe Link Between Social Media and Box OfficeHow do retweets translate to movie tickets?Austin Convention Center – Room 152:20pm-2:35pm A Conversation with Jeff Nichols and Michael ShannonJeff Nichols and Michael Shannon share how collaboration helped them create “Take Shelter” and “Mud”.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30PM-4:30PMDIY Filmmaking Tips and TechniquesPractical solutions for low budget films.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm-3:45pmA Guide to Live Action 360 VR Filmmaking360 degree footage is helping to make VR filmmaking a reality, here’s a quick overview of how it’s done.InterContentnial Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmIs This Normal? A Look at Success in Indie FilmWhat does success look like in the indie-film community?Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmStory of a Working-Class ScreenwriterLearn what a day in the life of a screenwriter looks like.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50-4:05pm Tuesday, March 163D Printing in the MoviesLearn how Hollywood is using 3D printers to create props and sets.Four Seasons – San Jacinto9:30am – 10:30amHollywood to Silicon Valley: Making a MegahitWhat makes movies successful in the 21st century?Four Seasons – Ballroom AB9:30am – 10:30amThe Future of Concerts on TVConcerts are dwindling in popularity on TV, find out how industry experts are trying to save this genre.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmWho’s Going to Fund Your Web SeriesYou’ve got a great idea now all you need is some money to see it through, so where is that money going to come from?Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmBoyhood Post-Production: 13th Year of a 12 Year MovieHow do you edit a film that has 12 years worth of footage?Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00pm – 3:00pmMaking Art While Entertaining the InternetHow to get mass audiences to enjoy your artistic work online.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B2:00pm – 3:00pmOther People’s Money: Investors and CrowdfundingYou don’t have to choose between investors and crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC2:00pm – 3:00pmSomething from Nothing: The No-Budget WayLearn how to create a film without a big budget.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmIntellectual Property in Film and Interactive MediaWho REALLY owns your work?Austin Convention Center – Room 9ABC3:30pm – 4:30pmOnline Success Without Cat Videos or Crotch HitsThere’s a fine line between giving your audience what they want and losing integrity.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmShorts Filmmaker Meet UpMeet-up with other short filmmakers at the SFA Bar.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA Bar3:30pm – 4:30pm Sunday, March 15The Cast of Community on Moving to DigitalLearn what digital distribution means for the cast of the hit show “community”.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmFor Hollywood, The Future is Not Evenly DistributedLearn how Hollywood creates scarcity in an online world.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 12:45pmTo Window or Not to Window: Film Release StrategiesThere are a lot of different ways to release your film in the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmGoody Guys vs. Bad GuysWhy do audiences love bad guys in movies?Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:50pm – 1:05pmCan A Film Be Banned in the US?Free speech doesn’t mean movies aren’t censored.Austin Convention Center – Room 151:10pm – 1:25pm 10 Lessons From a Decade Behind the Scenes at PixarLearn how experts at Pixar help to create magical stories.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmA Conversation with Sally FieldAcademy Award winner Sally Field shares insights about her 50 year career.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB3:30pm – 4:30pmHit A Home Run With Content Creation and StreamingHulk Hogan (I kid you not) shares how to create interesting and engaging content.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmcenter_img Heading to Austin for South by Southwest? Check out the 64 can’t-miss sessions for filmmakers or video pros attending SXSW 2015.It’s that time of year again! Since 1987, South by Southwest has showcased the best in music, film, and interactive design, and this year is proving to be no different. Whether you are a filmmaker, screenwriter, or just an interested fan of film, SXSW 2015 will be an amazing opportunity to grow your skills and learn from leaders in the industry.This year, like years past, there will be hundreds of sessions, screenings, and events which is great – though it can certainly be overwhelming. To make the information a little more digestible, we’ve rounded up our favorite SXSW sessions for filmmakers. The list is ordered by date:Friday, March 13An Insiders Guide to SXSW FilmLearn how to maximize your time at SXSW with this helpful first day session.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB2:00-3:00pmA Conversation with Ryan Gosling and Guillermo Del ToroA casual conversation with Guillermo Del Toro and Ryan Gosling, featuring discourse regarding Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River”.Austin Convention Center – Vimeo Theater3:30-4:30pmFilmmaking Cues from Top Sports CinematographersLearn how sports cinematographer bring storytelling to the MLB and NFL.Four Seasons – San Jacinto3:30-4:30PMSuspension of Disbelief in Virtual RealityLearn how VR developers are helping to blur the line between artificial and reality.Hyatt Regency Austin – Zilker Ballroom 45:00-6:00PM Monday, March 16Breaking the Fourth Wall: Audience Participation in the Digital AgeLearn how new technologies are helping to make audiences a part of the filmmaking process.Four Seasons – San Jacinto11:00am – 12:00pmCanon Spotlight: The Cinematography of ComedyComedy masters share how they use modern cameras to help add laughs to their films.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B11:00am – 12:00pmExploring Storytelling in the Digital AgeLearn a few new ways to tell stories in the digital age.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB11:00am – 12:00pmForget Screens: Immersive Content Lives EverywhereLearn how artists are using projection mapping to take video from screens to walls.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD11:00am – 12:00pmHow Potato Salad Killed/Saved CrowdfundingA professional discussion about the future of crowdfunding.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage11:00am – 12:00pmCreating the Shows That We LikeLearn how ‘The Last Man on Earth’ is using unique concepts to make audiences laugh.Austin Convention Center – Room 16AB12:30pm – 1:30pmA Drama Nirvana: How to Create a Multiplatform HitYou don’t have to just get your film in theaters for it to be a success.Four Seasons – San Jacinto12:30pm – 1:30pmFinding A TV Partner in A Digital WorldJust because we’re in the digital age doesn’t mean there aren’t benefits to distributing your docs to broadcasters.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB12:30pm – 1:30pmFor Those About to Lock: The Editing WorkshopLearn how to fix mistakes in the editing bay.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B12:30pm – 1:30pmHow New Technology is Changing War Zone FilmmakingLearn how filmmakers make powerful films in disaster zones using only a camera.Austin Convention Center – Room 1512:30pm – 1:30pmIndependent Directors on Working with ActorsA relationship between director and actor is vital.Austin Convention Center – 17B12:30pm – 1:30pmTool-Kit for Crafting an Interactive DocumentaryA quick guide to interactive web-based storytelling.Austin Convention Center – Austin Suite12:30pm – 1:30pm House of Cards from Page to ScreenScreenwriter Beau Willimon shares how took “House of Cards” from page to screen.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmHow to make a LAIKA Film In 300,000 Camera ClicksLearn how animators from Laika created The Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, and Coraline.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:30pm – 3:45pmInternational Filmmakers Meet UpFilmmakers from around the world meeting together to build relationships and network.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – SFA bar3:30pm – 4:30pmHand-drawn Animation: Magic Between the SheetsLearn how hand drawn animation brings classic animation techniques to the 21st century.Austin Convention Center – Room 153:50pm – 4:05pmPixar’s LAVA: Telling a Story Through SongLearn how Pixar uses music to tell the story in their latest “Lava” short.Austin Convention Center – Room 154:10pm – 4:25pm Art of Amazing: 4K Film from Conception to ViewingLearn how 4KAustin Convention Center – Room 152:00pm – 3:00pmHow Next-Gen Filmmakers are Changing HollywoodLearn how services like YouTube are changing the film landscape.Austin Convention Center – Next Stage2:00pm – 3:00pmSound Designing Authenticity in DocumentaryA discussion about creating believable soundscapes in documentaries.InterContinental Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B2:00pm – 3:00pmDIY Theatrical Distribution for Independent FilmsDistribution services are expensive. Learn what the distribution process looks like for indie-films.Austin Convention Center – Room 17B3:30pm – 4:30pmFilm Finance and Distribution in 2015Learn a few ways to distribute your film in 2015.InterContinetal Stephen F. Austin – Capital Ballroom B3:30pm – 4:30pmShould You Develop Your Film Into a TV Series?TV has come a long way in the last few years with more and more TV series taking filmic approaches to storytelling.Four Seasons Ballroom AB3:30pm – 4:30pmGame of Thrones: Creating Immersive EntertainmentLearn how the filmmakers of Game of Thrones brought their world to life on and off screen.Four Seasons – Ballroom AB5:00pm – 6:00pmInfinity and Beyond: Pixar and 20 Years Since Toy StoryA few things Pixar has learned in their 20+ years of animation.Austin Convention Center – Room 18ABCD5:00pm – 6:00pmlast_img read more

Gunning for Guns

first_imgLast month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged,Last month, the Amritsar Police rushed to the scene of what they believed was the kidnapping of a bank executive. The victim, Pawan Sharma, was allegedly dragged away by unidentified persons in the early hours. The caper was unravelled the same day when it was discovered that Sharma had staged his kidnapping to obtain an arms licence. Recent executive orders from the Union Home Ministry specify gun licences can be handed out only to “persons who may face or perceive grave and imminent threat to their lives”. You could be a coffee planter in Coorg trying to protect your estate from marauding wild boars or a trader in Kanpur worried about the spurt in kidnappings, but you will get a new arms licence only if you can prove an imminent threat to your life, which has to be verified by the police.Chidambaram feels that proliferation of arms is disturbing law and order.The new directives follow a proposal by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to undertake the most radical modification of the Indian Arms Act since it was enacted in 1959. From an obligation to give out an arms licence, it has now become entirely discretionary. If it was earlier only difficult to obtain an arms licence, it will now be virtually impossible for the aam admi to own a gun. The proposed Arms (Amendment) Bill 2010 which has been circulated in Parliament only talks about making police verification mandatory. But the executive orders issued by the Home Ministry to state home secretaries on March 31 push for far stringent restrictions like arms applications only for those able to prove an imminent threat to their lives. This modification in the arms policy has incensed a small but influential group of pro-gun lobbyists, the National Association for Gun Rights India (NAGRI), which has coalesced around senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, and is pushing for a status quo. They are in favour of police verification but argue that the stealthy executive orders are an infringement of personal liberty and creates a new caste system of elite gun owners. A view that is not shared by NGOs like the Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) who support stricter gun laws. Digvijay, who recently took on the home minister for treating the Naxal problem as a law and order issue, has once again crossed swords with him as the chief patron of a lobby that espouses the right to bear arms. The reason may not be too far to see.Gun ownership is an emotive issue, especially in north India where these are flaunted as status symbols and fired at weddings. Districts in Madhya Pradesh have promised to fast-track gun licences as an incentive for vasectomy. Guns are a substitute for a non-existent rule of law: armed villagers in Bihar’s Kaimur district used their licenced rifles to rout a group of Naxals after a 26-hour firefight.advertisement”We are not a healthy democracy. Rules are bent with impunity and politicians twist the law to hand out arms licence to their stooges,” says Prakash Singh, former DGP, Uttar Pradesh, welcoming the modifications. “It is a draconian law which seeks to dilute constitutional privileges of right to life and property. Why should only MPs and Government officials be eligible for licences, why not the common man?” asks BJP MP S.S. Ahluwalia.”The changes are essential. Existing rules are bent with impunity by politicians to hand out arms licences to their stooges.”Prakash Singh, Former DGP, Uttar Pradesh”It is a draconian Bill. Why are only MPs and Government officials eligible for licences, why not the common man?”S.S. Ahluwalia, BJP MP The debate has begun reverberating within the corridors of Parliament. At least a dozen MPs from the Congress and the BJP, including Digvijay, Jaswant Singh, Naveen Jindal and S.S. Ahluwalia, recently met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against the Bill. Manmohan is believed to have shrugged and said that the Home Minister had some persuasive arguments to limit gun licences. The gun lobby says that the tightening of the provisions of the Arms Act of 1959, which made it obligatory for the Government to provide arms licences if the citizens met all the requisite criteria, comes at a time when the home minister has admitted to India having among the lowest police-to-population ratios in the world. The Bill is silent on sports shooters who have brought international fame to the country. “There has to be a different set of rules for sportspersons otherwise the sport will die,” says former Indian shooting ace Moraad Ali Khan and now government observer (shooting).advertisementChidambaram has trained his guns on the Arms Act ostensibly because he believes State Governments may be issuing arms licences liberally. “Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district has just 500 gun licences whereas Gurgaon, which is the size of just one of its tehsils, has over 10,000 arms licences,” says a district magistrate in Haryana, welcoming the modifications. The Bill mentions the proliferation of arms and ammunition disrupting social order and “proliferation of arms, whether licenced or illegal, vitiating the law and order situation, and holding of sophisticated arms by the conflicting parties directly contributes towards lethality of violent acts”.The arms lobby says the Bill is fundamentally flawed and the Home Ministry has not conducted any research to prove any of these conclusions. “The new Act violates the basic principle of the citizen’s right to self-defence. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures say that licenced firearms are used in less than 2 per cent of all murders,” says Rahoul Rai, president, NAGRI. The grouping also takes exception to licenced owners being lumped with those holding illicit arms. There are no estimates as to the total number of licenced and unlicenced firearms in the country (the executive orders seek to establish a central database of legal arms) but then India is a haven for illicit arms, particularly the North and North-east. CAFI estimates say that since 1990, security forces in Jammu and Kashmir and the North-eastern states have seized over 40,000 illicit firearms.The Bill is among a series of Government moves since the introduction of the Arms Act that makes it progressively difficult for citizens to obtain arms. This, when you can still purchase an AK-47 in Kashmir for Rs 10,000. Gun owners say the new law will only encourage corruption. “A majority of crimes are committed using illegal arms. Criminals and anti-national elements do not bother to apply for arms licences,” says Abhijeet Singh of NAGRI. “Instead of cracking down on the underground arms market, the Home Ministry is going after soft targets-the licenced owners,” he adds. The last round has not been fired yet.CONCEALED ARMSThe Home Ministry’s executive orders are far stricter than the BillARMS ACT 1959ARMS (AMENDMENT) BILL 2010MORE POWER TO LICENSING AUTHORITYPolice verification optional. Section 13 (2A) says that the licensing authority can grant a licence if the police does not submit its verification on time.TIGHTENING OF POLICE VERIFICATIONSection 13 (2A) being deleted. Police verification mandatory.ARMS LICENCES FOR NON-PROHIBITED BORE (NPB) WEAPONS CAN BE GIVENProhibited Bores are used only by police and military. The Government shall give arms licenses for NPB under Section 13 for protection, sport or bonafide crop protection.EXECUTIVE ORDERS, MARCH 31, 2010ARMS LICENCES ONLY IN EXCEPTIONAL CASES LIKE THREATTO LIFEApplications only from persons who may face or perceive grave or imminent threat to their lives, for which the licensing authorities will obtain from the police an assessment of the threat faced by the personQUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONDifferent numbers of cartridges issued by various states.QUANTITY OF AMMUNITIONOnly 50 cartridges per year. Licencees have to prove where they used ammo.ALL-INDIA LICENCECurrently handled by local licensing authority and state home departmentsALL-INDIA LICENCEAIL only for sitting Union Ministers/MPs, military, paramilitary, officers of all-India services, sports persons. All others to be directly approved by the Union Home Ministry.advertisementlast_img read more

Bench keeps Alab PH fresh for next game

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a big win for us,” said Alapag, whose team is now at 3-0 (win-loss) with a game against the tough Singapore Slingers on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palami gives Etheridge a pass: He has to secure Cardiff position, too SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I felt like tonight was a great early season test for us considering we started a bit behind from the other teams and Formosa’s been off and running from the start,” said Alapag.But the battle of two of the top teams in the current Asean Basketball League season eventually ended in an 86-72 rout as Renaldo Balkman fired 19 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, while PJ Ramos added 16 points for the Philippine club, which got significant contributions from its bench, particularly from Pao Javelona’s 11 points built around two treys.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I think our bench played great tonight,” Alapag said. “Their energy, you know, Pao (Javelona), Josh (Urbiztondo) came in and hit shots, Brandon (Rosser) and Lo (Domingo) were great grabbing rebounds just with their energy, and I think they bought our starters enough time to finish the game.”And it bought the team’s top guns added rest minutes as Alab tries to end the year with a victory. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLThe last thing San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag wanted—especially with just a day’s break sandwiched between two tough outings—was to get dragged into a dogfight in the first of those two matches.But that was what Alab got for three and a half periods from the Formosa Dreamers Friday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more