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Sell short online and on phone

Digital Distribution Filter: It seems that the video on the internet can be put in two groups - the DIY (low production value) and the "produced" (iTunes, etc.) content. I'm pretty sure DIY content producers don't make any $, whereis "produced" content always needs to recoup. What kind of deals do iTunes or AtomFilms make for independently "produced" short film content, e.g. how much of that $1.99 does Apple keep? [more inside]
posted by andrewyakovlev on Aug 18, 2006 - 1 answer

How can I find what test audiences "ruin"?

I'm fascinated by changes instigated by movie/tv test audiences. Any good way to find more (or confirm internet rumors)? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Aug 14, 2006 - 16 answers

Please recommend great non-fiction books & documentary films

What non-fiction books or documentary films explore a subculture or lifestyle as effectively as Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver's Style Wars and Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels? [more inside]
posted by njm on Jul 26, 2006 - 42 answers

How Do I Show Movies?

Is there anyway to get commercial exhibition rights for scheduled public performances for movie prints you own? Of course, there's... [more inside]
posted by baylink on Jul 19, 2006 - 10 answers

How can I use the Internet to promote an interactive film and arts site?

There are a lot of buzzwords being bandied about regarding the 'viral' 'grassroots' ways that 'Internet 2.0' can be used to 'create a groundswell' through 'guerilla marketing'. What? What do these buzzwords actually mean? After getting vague advice like 'use MySpace' by people with marketing degrees who don't use the internet to market anything, I am interested in cutting through the crap by hearing from real people with actual experience in these matters. How can the Internet be used to promote a site with interactive stuff, games and short film... and little-to-no budget for marketing?
posted by Elle Vator on Jul 7, 2006 - 14 answers

russian drawings from films

I found this page of Russian illustrations from films via Kottke this morning, and am curious if anyone can help identify the films. Some are obvious (The Terminator, Spiderman, LOTR, The Matrix) others less so...
posted by jonson on Jul 5, 2006 - 21 answers

Black and white films made since 1970

Please help me find black and white (or predominantly black and white) films MADE SINCE 1970 for an ongoing art project. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Apr 13, 2006 - 39 answers

Concert films help please!

Movies wanted to show before gigs. [more inside]
posted by djstig on Apr 10, 2006 - 31 answers

Films set in Paris?

Good movies set in Paris? [more inside]
posted by louigi on Mar 20, 2006 - 43 answers

Big-budget films

How could the film "Brazil" have been made with only $15 million? Was that amount of money thought of as exorbitant at the time of its production (1984)? [more inside]
posted by jimmy on Mar 15, 2006 - 16 answers


I am looking for movies with only a few main characters and little to no secondary characters. The main characters talk alot about philosophy, or politics or love or something, anything interesting really. (more inside). This type of movie often takes place in a deserted locale for much of the film... a few people get lost on a camping trip, or stranded on an island, or they share a jail cell together.. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown on Feb 9, 2006 - 81 answers

Projecting my ignorance

About those yellow, circular on-screen indicators that flash quickly to tell a film projectionist when to switch reels... [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Nov 17, 2005 - 19 answers

Hotel Rwanda and other movies

I loved Hotel Rwanda. What particularly hooked me was the film's unflinching realism in showing civilization as it is slowly being encroached and oppressed by large-scale terrorism which casts a shadow of uncertainty and danger on even the most mundane routines of daily life -- a sort of real-life Night of the Living Dead. Other similar films are Salvador, Missing and The Killing Fields. I also enjoyed the recent The Constant Gardener. What else will I like? [more inside]
posted by gentle on Nov 15, 2005 - 30 answers

Making-of documentaries

Does anyone know of any good articles or essays regarding 'making of' documentaries or non-fiction films about filmmaking? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Oct 29, 2005 - 14 answers

Ideas for a glass tabletop project

I have finished building a dining table and want to use an all glass tabletop instead of wood top. The idea is that the glass top would rest on four leg supports. Originally I was thinking of getting grey tinted glass with countersunk holes that sits on dowel pins. Turns out it is almost a custom job and the cost is coming out to be too much for 0.5 inch glass. If I go with 3/8 inch glass then apparently they do not make grey tinted version of those. So here are my questions - What are good ways to prevent a glass top from sliding around when it is resting on four flat contact points which may be 1 to 2 inch in diameter. Special transparent glue ? or sticky pads ? I am looking for a clean look. The other question is what is a good way to get the tinted glass effect. I was thinking of may be using grey colored films. Not sure if that is the best way. If you think that is a good way i would appreciate some pointers to good sources of such films. Thanks
posted by flyby22 on Jul 15, 2005 - 23 answers

local upcoming movie release dates

Anyone know of a site that offers LOCAL release dates for upcoming films? [more inside]
posted by jimmy on Jul 5, 2005 - 4 answers

Hitchcock films

Which films by Alfred Hitchcock are his best?
posted by jimmy on Apr 23, 2005 - 38 answers

Does anybody recognize this series of classroom movies?

I'm trying to figure out the name of this one series of classroom movies that I remember from when I was a kid. They all begin with this guy singing a song that goes like, "I am the storyteller, and my story must be told," and then he goes on for a bit, talking about what names he is known as among different cultures, and he ends with "and in America, I'm John." They were all short films, probably 30-60 minutes in length, and usually fairytales or cautionary tales. I'd imagine that they were made in the 1970s or early 1980s, and they were on actual filmstock, not VHS or anything. I think they were all narrarated, and I am not sure if the actors themselves had any dialog. I remember enjoying these movies a lot when I was in elementary school, and would love to find out more about them. [more inside]
posted by afroblanca on Apr 17, 2005 - 6 answers

Film locations in LA

Does anyone have any good resources for movies currently being shot in LA, including daily locations? Am going to be in LA for a day or two with a film-fiend friend. This gives an idea of what's being shot now but exact locations are no longer available. Is there somewhere to find out up to date locations?
posted by humuhumu on Apr 5, 2005 - 6 answers

Happiness in a Box Short Film Title?

Years ago on atomfilms.com, I watched a little movie that I'd like to find again online. I think it was claymation. It depicted a depressed factory worker who invented some physical, manufacturable form of Happiness. He was happy with his invention for a time, sharing it with friends, but eventually started his own factory making his new Happiness to become rich, at which point he became depressed again. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Mar 1, 2005 - 7 answers

When did films start putting credits at the end?

Ever notice how films from a few decades back (say, the early 70s and before) have all the credits before the film starts? And that newer films put all the credits at the end, except for maybe the title and the stars? When did that switch over start, who started it, and why? Obviously it looks better at the end cause we can all leave the theatre, but why was the decision suddenly made to switch it?
posted by about_time on Feb 24, 2005 - 26 answers

I need some cheesy newsreel music for my mockumentary

I'm making a documentary/mockumentry in old newsreel style, and I'm looking for old cheeseball educational film/newsreel music to use as a background soundtrack. Hints? Links? Free would be nice...Cheap OK.
posted by cccorlew on Feb 12, 2005 - 7 answers

Find That Flick!

Help us Find That Flick! It's a scary movie from the 1970s that may in fact have been a TV pilot for a show called "Ghost Story." (Open the creaking door, come inside...) [more inside]
posted by GaelFC on Jan 31, 2005 - 5 answers

books and\or films about the rise of Nazism and fascism

I'm looking for books and\or films about the rise of Nazism and fascism. [+] [more inside]
posted by sanko on Jan 23, 2005 - 29 answers

In movies and tv, why does a phone go to dial tone after someone hangs up?

In movies and on TV, why does a phone go to dial tone after someone hangs up? Is there a phone system somewhere that really does that?
posted by stopgap on Jan 16, 2005 - 22 answers

Japanese Subtitles

SubtitlesFilter: I'm an admirer of the films of Theo Angelopoulos, but his films have always been hard to get hold of. Recently, I managed to acquire a complete set of DVDs, having bought the things as soon as I saw them. The only problem is, they're subtitled in Japanese. I've tried searching for english subtitles on the internet, but to no avail. Short of learning to speak Greek or read Japanese, is there anything else I could do?
posted by Jongo on Jan 14, 2005 - 2 answers

WWII Movies

WWIIMovieFilter: I was talking to my grandfather, who was a paratrooper who particpated in the Normandy invasion, about war movies. He mentioned how unrealistic he found movies like Saving Private Ryan and that he had only ever seen one movie that he found truly illustrated the realities of his experience. [MI] [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge on Dec 4, 2004 - 9 answers

What are some good movies for a halloween party?

HalloweenFilter: What are some good movies for a halloween party? Scary, Silly, you name it.
posted by hughbot on Oct 31, 2004 - 17 answers

The Color of Money

AskMovieSpoilerFilter - So a while ago I was watching the excellent "The Color of Money" and I can't figure out exactly why the Tom Cruise character was so pissed at the Paul Newman character at the very end. [spoiler] Did Fast Eddie throw his match because he had been payed off to do so? Presumably simply resigning a match would arouse suspicions if that were the case. Or did he do it to avoid playing Tom Cruise in a tournament? I can't find a precis anywhere on the net that goes into that level of detail...
posted by sfz on Oct 26, 2004 - 7 answers

Looking for a "Sky Captain" related short film

When I read about the movie Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, I found that Kerry Conran, the creator of the movie, had gotten Gwyneth Paltrow to agree to be cast based on a short film he'd made to sell the concept. Does anyone have a link to the original short online?
posted by alumshubby on Oct 10, 2004 - 4 answers

fancy menu system for a movie night

I'm organising a regular movie evening and was wanting a fancy menu system that would look like this... [more inside]
posted by holloway on Sep 27, 2004 - 5 answers

What to include in a movie-clip library for parties?

Best scenes ever from films? A caveat inside ... [more inside]
posted by kmel on Sep 21, 2004 - 57 answers

WWII Movies

War Movies: I'm looking for any good movies about World War II, specifically to do with civilian life (rather than military actions.) I've seen Au Revoir Les Enfants and The Diary of Anne Frank - can you suggest any others you've enjoyed?
posted by different on Sep 16, 2004 - 35 answers

What elements of cultural anxiety do the Aliens films represent?

My sister once took a film course where she learned that each film in the Alien trilogy (not including the 4th one) is supposed to represent some kind of cultural anxiety. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Sep 10, 2004 - 22 answers

Is there a website compiling framegrabs of computer screens in feature films?

Is there a website compiling framegrabs of computer screens in feature films? In other words, a photo gallery including Jeff Goldblum's Mac virus from Independence Day, Matthew Broderick's terminal in Wargames, the 3D filesystem in Jurassic Park, Scotty's "transparent aluminum" GUI in Star Trek IV, and so on.

I find it hard to believe this doesn't exist on the Internet. (If it doesn't, then I'm going to start it right away.)
posted by waxpancake on Aug 31, 2004 - 19 answers

What to see at the Toronto Film Festival

Selecting things to see at the Toronto Film Fest. Here's a list of films playing at TIFF. International MeFites and film nuts: have you seen/heard anything about any of them/the directors? What should a TIFF-goer see or avoid? If you're going to the Fest, what are you seeing? Got extra tickets you want to sell? Looking for ones to buy? Lets use the thread to maximize the event. {more} [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Aug 28, 2004 - 14 answers

Looking For a "Split Second"

Rutger Hauer + Big Guns + Kim Cattrall Topless = Split Second, a 1992 Sci-Fi flick that is selling for too much money on Amazon. I need this flick on DVD, not VHS, and I need it for a price less than $30. I am aware that this may well be impossible, but I've exhausted all other resources. Help me, Aski-Meta Filtari; you're my only hope.
posted by Potloaf on Jul 28, 2004 - 14 answers

Spoiler wanring! I have a question about the movie Jules et Jim

I just finished watching Jules et Jim. I really liked it, but I have a slightly spoilerish question which I will ask inside. [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Jul 22, 2004 - 15 answers

1950s Adventure Movie

Does anyone remember a movie from about the 1950s (not sure, but it was black and white) that was an Indiana Jones type adventure film (but of course it was made before the Indy movies) with the following final scene:
The hero and heroine are escaping with the treasure in a hot air balloon...[MI] [more inside]
posted by nprigoda on Jul 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Does anyone know why all of Woody Allen's films have been released on dvd in mono?

I haven't found an explanation for this anywhere. Does anyone know why all of Woody Allen's films have been released on dvd in mono? Is this a creative decision by Allen or something else?
posted by feelinglistless on May 22, 2004 - 2 answers

Seeking reliable websites that sell hard-to-find Japanese, Korean, Hong Kong movies on DVD

I'm looking for high quality, reliable (since they'll end up having my credit card number) English-language sites that sell (and ship internationally) hard-to-find Japanese, Korean, Hong Kong movies on DVD. There are so many sites that seem to do that. What do you recommend? Also, tangentially related: is there an all-English-language version of the very interesting Amazon.co.jp? My Japanese is close to non-existent thanks
posted by matteo on May 13, 2004 - 12 answers

Does anyone know of any good websites to explain what a given film means?

In a moment of boredom I watched Cube 2: Hypercube on SciFi and didn't understand very much of it. Why were they all there? What was the actual point of them being there? What was the necklace all about? Why did they shoot Katie? What was she actually trying to do? My question really is: Does anyone know of any good websites where if you don't understand a film, someone else will tell you what it all meant?
posted by ralawrence on May 10, 2004 - 9 answers

Edward Said on Film

I'm looking for documentary films about Edward Said. Preferably, I want something biographical about him, not films that feature him talking about issues. I'm already aware of several [listed inside] but if anyone can locate others, I'd be very grateful. [more inside]
posted by scarabic on Apr 20, 2004 - 5 answers

Seeking examples of films where new technology is depicted as being positive and beneficial

Can anyone provide some good examples of films where new technology is depicted as being positive and beneficial. Essentially I want films that are the opposite of the "you're messing with things you don't understand - you're trying to play God!" kind. [more inside]
posted by biffa on Apr 6, 2004 - 53 answers

The History of Rock

In the recent movie School of Rock there's a scene where Jack Black's character is standing in front of a blackboard on which he's sketched out a history/taxonomy of rock music. Does anyone know how I'd go about getting a poster of this? [more inside]
posted by namespan on Mar 15, 2004 - 15 answers

Jazz Biopics

Are there good biopics about any of the jazz greats? Or movies focused on the jazz scene? I know there are a ton of documentaries, I'm interested in fictionalized, "shoot the legend" type stuff.
posted by lbergstr on Mar 3, 2004 - 11 answers

2003 US Theatrical release list?

Is there anywhere I can get a list of movies released theatrically in the US for 2003? I want to put together a Top 10 list, but can't remember many movies I saw this year. (Maybe that's a sign...) I know that you can get IMDB to list movies by year, by that lists EVERYTHING, and is much too long a list to wade through.
posted by emptybowl on Jan 27, 2004 - 7 answers

The film Perfect Blue is very confusing

The film Perfect Blue is very confusing. (more inside, with major spoilers) [more inside]
posted by Prospero on Jan 19, 2004 - 10 answers

Movie Cameo Question

This has been bugging me for ages. Does anyone know why Elizabeth Perkins (Tom Hanks girlfriend in 'Big') appears on screen in press room towards the end of Michael Douglas big speech in 'The American President'? Was a whole sub-plot cut from that film or am I missing some other connection?
posted by feelinglistless on Jan 14, 2004 - 4 answers

Movies for Mom

My mother is in her late sixties, and her kids just bought her a DVD player for her most recent birthday. Now she wants to know what movies we'd recommend she'd buy or rent. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by *burp* on Jan 2, 2004 - 23 answers

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