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David-Worth

“The expansion of independent film may be the only opportunity people get to see something that has a pair of balls.” Filmmaker and cinematographer David Worth delivered that quote in a must-read interview with Vice some years back, but today, it’s evident that his belief in the grit and ability of indies to lead the whole film industry to greater heights remains stronger than ever. Mentorless was recently given the opportunity by Raindance’s groundbreaking Postgraduate program to sample an actual online class with one of their industry-veteran teachers. The mentor for the session attended was David Worth. Worth is best …
make doc

Sometimes being a “creative” really sucks. But it’s also the best thing to be in the entire world. But did I mention it can suck? Well if you feel like you’re in a rut, then watch this preview, and prepare to be inspired. Today, Musicbed released their feature-length documentary, “Make,” which explores why creatives continue, well, creating. As far as cinematography goes, the documentary is super well done. It’s got that gritty, handheld feel that everyone loves, and the sound design is to die for (wouldn’t expect anything less from a powerhouse like Musicbed). The film doesn’t cover the creative …
cleowongposter

Who is this female action figure that captured the world’s attention? Who is this who inspired, Quentin Tarantino no less, when he created Uma Thurman’s character in the Kill Bill series? An upcoming actress who made waves in the international movie scene? They call her Cleopatra Wong – was both her name and introduction film to the world. Her nationality Singaporean. Her breakout year 1977! Marrie Lee seemed to burst into the film scene from nowhere. She was featured in right-page ads in Variety, playing a sexy Interpol agent in a series of action films known as the Cleopatra Wong …

Christopher Bremble remembers clearly the first piece of advice he received from someone already on the ground in Beijing when he decided to set up Base FX there 10 years ago. Over dinner in the Chinese capital, Bremble’s guest, an industry veteran, tried to keep a straight face as he declared: “It’s still not too late to get out!” Bremble widely ignored that advice. A decade later, the cinema industry in the world’s second-largest economy is unrecognisable, with grosses growing on average by around 48% per year. And Base FX has placed itself at the forefront of the industry’s development …
donnie_yen_the_man

Donnie Yen’s career in the film industry has been one that’s certainly been more interesting than most. Discovered by Yuen Woo Ping, his debut as the lead in 1984’s Drunken Tai Chi for many represents the last movie of the old-school era. Yen’s performance left little doubt that there was a major new talent on the scene, and his ongoing collaborations with Woo Ping produced a steady stream of Hong Kong classics – In the Line of Duty 4, Tiger Cage 2, Once Upon a Time in China 2, and Iron Monkey. It’s no secret that in many of Yen’s …
Stanley-Kubrick

17 years ago today, we lost perhaps the most influential director in cinema, Stanley Kubrick. There’s no shortage of videos and other materials regarding his meticulous process and the effect his work has had on generations of filmmakers, but while he continues to be a source of inspiration for both them and viewers, there’s also room to learn more. On the anniversary of his death, we have a collection of some of the finest resources. Leading off with the crown jewels of today’s post, we have a nearly one-hour conversation with his widow Christiane Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, and his long-time …