Shared from No Film School: How HBO Went from a Scrappy Cable Network to Changing TV Forever

It sure ain’t the days when your standard broadcast networks are offering the winning programs anymore. Big winners for Emmy Awards last night included Veep and Game of Thrones, plus The People vs. OJ Simpson, Key & Peele, and Last Week Tonight, among others. These are at least on cable networks, and mostly only available Read More …

Point Shoot ‘n’ Eat – 105 – Travel Eats from Seattle & Monterey

Hear all about two recent culinary minivaca trips in Seattle and Monterey, see foodie pics from Yelp and Instagram, plus other random deets from the perspective of Garett Thomas, SF Indie Filmmaker. See full vlog at link below: http://directorG.com/point-shoot-n-eat

Decade Ago: Cannery Row Doc (2006)

Just back from a trip to Monterey, revisiting my college town, I felt a necessity to post this video in the blog next. “Cannery Row Documentary” — which I don’t have a full copy of, by the way — was an observational project created for our Documentary TAT class at CSUMB. I learned upon this Read More …

Character Animator, Test Scene Dos

To further prepare for creating our next project, Penny Pincher, I ran another test on Character Animator last night. This one involved more personalized graphics from a template including individualized colorization of face, eyes, hair, eyebrows, hands and shirt, plus different shapes and an added facial mole. Rendering so far spits out all individual PNG Read More …

Lipstick on a Pig? Actually… (2008)

There are more than a few parallels my 2008 political short about Sarah Palin, “Lipstick on a Pig? Actually…” are relevant again. First off, it’s presidential election season again. The new candidate that I support happens to be female, emphasizing that gender had nothing to do with it. Thirdly, among the countless reasons why not Read More …

Shared from Vulture: Why Latino Movie Stars Have Never Been More Necessary

This article paints a great picture of the difference between “above the line” and “below the line” filmmakers, and how one group seems to finally have been allowed to enter, and the other, barely a step. I’m referring, of course, to Latino actors, specifically in lead roles. The first two “recent” films that ring a Read More …

Gulf Coast Civic Works Project (2007)

During the current ongoing flooding crisis in Louisiana, it’s all too reminiscent of what occurred one decade ago with Hurricane Katrina. During that disaster, we participated in a poverty-under-the-stars co-university event between CSU Monterey and San Jose State, with a PSA generation goal of creating 100,000 jobs for the victimized residents of New Orleans. Learn Read More …

Shared from Vox: Rio Olympics 2016: 6 winners and 5 losers from a scrappy but impressive opening ceremony

Did you happen to hear who was behind last night’s comparatively meager budgeted-yet-still fantastic production for the Rio Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games? It was Filmmakers Fernando Meirelles and Daniela Thomas! The former is an Academy Award nominee for such works as City of God, while Thomas has helped direct such works as Read More …

Shared from Mubi: Edgar Wright’s 1000 Favorite Movies

Have you ever seen “Hot Fuzz”? “Shawn of the Dead”? “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”…? If not, you’re already missing out on some of the greatest films to hit the scene in recent cinema, thanks to filmmaker Edgar Wright. He almost always collaborates with fellow writer and actor Simon Pegg. Long story short, Mr. Wright Read More …

Shared from IndieWire: What Is The Best Short Film Ever Made? — Critics Survey

E-Columnist David Ehrlich wrote a column with a question answered by a handful of film critics. Here it is: “This past weekend saw the release of ‘Lights Out,’ which is based on a horrifying short film. Shorts can have tremendous value, though even the best of them tend to fly under the radar. What is Read More …