Albert Finney: A Big Fish

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 01/18/2004 - 16:00

New York

He is one of the greatest British actors of his generation. Over four decades Albert Finney has created a gallery of remarkable characters, in landmark films such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Two for the Road, Charlie Bubbles and Scrooge.

In Hollywood, he won further acclaim for Shoot the Moon, Annie, Miller's Crossing and Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich and Traffic. He has been nominated for 5 Oscars and, at 67, still shows no signs of slowing down.

He now plays the irascible Edward Bloom in the beguiling Big Fish.

Uma Thurman on Paycheck and Kill Bill

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Tue, 01/13/2004 - 16:00

Los Angeles Uma Thurman is reticent on her recent separation from husband Ethan Hawke.

"I think the best way to handle it (media gossip) is to wish everybody well. It's like I've gotten so much out of my career, and my life, who said there's going to be no cost? What's free?" she says philosophically. "It's given me so much, so sure sometimes it's difficult, but I feel that attitude helps me deal with it better than any other attitude."

Moulding the Documentary Story

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/12/2004 - 16:00

Anyone who has sat down to write a proposal for a documentary will know how impossible it can be to imagine the finished work. A documentary often starts as a hunch, a gut-feeling that you are onto a good story, is nursed through the preliminary research period into a treatment, but only begins to take shape once you are well into the thick of it and even then is constantly changing.

Book review: From Reel to Deal - Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 01/05/2004 - 16:00

Dov Simens opens his book with a warning. "After reading this book, there are no excuses! For everything, yes everything, needed to succeed as an independent filmmaker is in these pages."

This wildly extravagant statement is perfectly in keeping with the character of the author and the style of the book. If it inevitably falls short of this claim, it's only because the subject is larger than one paperback of 400 plus pages.

Edit Freely With Virtual Dub

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 12/29/2003 - 16:00

If recent reports are correct then one of the top purchases over the festive season has been digital cameras. While most people probably bought with the intention of simply taking digital photographs, even the budget cameras are now sophisticated enough to allow you to take short, low-res video clips.

Naturally, the video quality and features of a digital camera have nothing on a camcorder, but you are more likely to be carrying your digital camera when an opportunity presents itself.

Ben Affleck Feels Good About Paycheck (and Matt Damon)

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 12/28/2003 - 16:00

Los Angeles. In his latest film, Paycheck, Ben Affleck's character has a chance to change an unsettling future. In reality, Affleck enjoys a laugh at the suggestion of altering the crazy past year he has experienced. This was the year of box office bomb Gigli and feverish media interest in his romance with Jennifer Lopez.

Cher Stuck on Herself

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Fri, 12/26/2003 - 22:31

At 57, Cher is an abundance of energy, dividing her time between a farewell concert tour and promoting her latest movie, the Farrelly Brothers’ Stuck on You.

It’s simply hard to imagine what it must be like being Cher, and this legendary performer isn’t about to give too much away. As we sit in a New York hotel room, Cher laughs at the idea that in Stuck on You she gets to play an exaggerated version of herself, or rather of some kind of image, which she sends up to delightful comic effect.

Video Compression for the Web

Submitted by Robert Alstead on Mon, 12/22/2003 - 16:00

If you want to put video on the web or send clips by email then you are going to have to compress it. Full screen, full-frame video files are simply too big for sharing over the web. To get the best results out of compression you want to start off with clean, clear and straightforward footage. Studio-shot talking-head shots may sound boring but these will work best. At the other end of the spectrum are roaming effects-laden footage epitomised by MTV. So with this in mind here are ten tips for enhancing video that you are distributing over the web.

Mike Newell on Goblet of Fire and Mona Lisa Smile

Submitted by Paul Fischer on Sun, 12/21/2003 - 16:00

LOS ANGELES. Mike Newell is a director whose diversity is apparent. Filmgoers may flock to see his predominantly female starrer Mona Lisa Smile, but many more will descend in droves to see his next film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, due for release in November 2005. The director of such films as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Pushing Tin, has no doubts as to why he chose to go from one cinematic extreme to the other.