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How does a short make money?

I'm wondering about the business end of short films. How do they make money? A no-budget, 5-minute short is one thing, but many shorts have high production values, location shoots, CGI, etc., which can come to a substantial amount. For example the Academy Awards for Best Short nominees all seem to be (I didn't see em) at least (stab in the dark here) $10,000 and way up. Unlike features (even really crappy ones), shorts aren't shown in theaters or on video and I've never really seen them outside a shorts festival. Are the producers of these taking a loss? Is it merely a kind of marketing for a director/production company and a loss is the norm?
posted by zardoz on Apr 26, 2007 - 9 answers

IMAX movies limited to 2 hours?

Are IMAX movies still limited to 120 minutes / two hours? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration on Apr 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Why do movie posters always look hand-drawn? And how do they do it?

Movie posters normally carry images that look hand-drawn. Even 'real' landscapes, or people, are frequently represented in this style. Why do studios do this? And are these images really drawn by hand, or are they just photoshopped photos? [more inside]
posted by scrm on Apr 25, 2007 - 9 answers

Chase Me! With Fred Samson as: Mr. Big!

What are some of the coolest 60's -70s heist/action/crime movie previews (or current retro previews) or opening introductory movie or t.v. montages? [more inside]
posted by Smedleyman on Apr 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Feed my travel habit while I'm stuck at home.

I'm looking for quality information about medicine, life in Third World countries, Doctors Without Borders and similar organizations, travel, expat experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by snoogles on Apr 22, 2007 - 8 answers

Russian film recommendations

Russian film recommendations [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Apr 18, 2007 - 33 answers

A person who sets music to moving picture is called a ______.

What's the person called whose job it is to select appropriate music for movies/television shows/etc? How does one go about landing a job doing this? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome on Apr 16, 2007 - 17 answers

Assault by Emmy

MovieFilter: I'm sure I've seen at least one film where a character was assaulted with an Emmy award. Help me with a bet, please? [more inside]
posted by maryh on Apr 15, 2007 - 9 answers

What's Chow Yun Fat doing?

What fighting style is Chow Yun Fat using in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Apr 14, 2007 - 4 answers

Funny biking movie?

I'm looking for the name of a movie that I was told about a long time ago by someone. [more inside]
posted by CliffDiving44 on Apr 10, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me figure out the title of this movie!

Help me find this movie I saw as a kid. It is about a scary reality game that is filmed by a powerful media company where people play for life and death. There is a hockey scene with a chainsaw and I think it was made in the eighties or early nineties. [more inside]
posted by names are hard on Apr 8, 2007 - 14 answers

In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"?

In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"? [more inside]
posted by paperfingers on Apr 5, 2007 - 24 answers

Mission Statements in Film

Mission Statements in Film: I'm working on a presentation about the importance of having clear objectives, and am interested in relevant video clips. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Mar 28, 2007 - 23 answers

Software to grab DVD scenes

Is there software that will let me convert a scene from a DVD? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Mar 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Corporate and white collar crime in films or TV

What are some films or television shows/episodes about corporate or white-collar crime? Bonus if you have a videoclip.
posted by catburger on Mar 20, 2007 - 20 answers

Casino Royale

I have a question about the ending of Casino Royale, the most recent James Bond flick. Spoiler inside! [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Mar 20, 2007 - 16 answers

Need a celebration of male sexuality!

I'm looking for a show about men behaving badly. I am NOT by any means looking for the actual sitcom by that name! Clarification after the flip. [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 on Mar 18, 2007 - 26 answers

Are treasure maps real?

Has an ancient document ever led to an archaeological discovery? [more inside]
posted by bugloaf on Mar 15, 2007 - 22 answers

Doubly awesome

comedyfilter: So, a question about double acts . [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Mar 14, 2007 - 23 answers

The real Shortbus

The Shortbus club in the movie by the same name... is there actually something like that in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Baldons on Mar 14, 2007 - 8 answers

What movies/tv shows/commercials/etc. have scenes or shots of Times Square?

What movies/tv shows/commercials/etc. have scenes or shots of Times Square? [more inside]
posted by rooftop secrets on Mar 13, 2007 - 25 answers

Studio logo openings?

Popped in a DVD, the Paramount thing with the circle of stars around the mountain starts in with that sweet drumroll and that martial music that means the movie is starting. Wife turns to me and says, "That music?" [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Help me find a short that was shown on IFC a few years ago

Help me find a short that was shown on IFC a few years ago. The short consisted of a framing narrative with a film expert describing efforts to reconstruct a mysterious silent movie from film fragments that had been discovered with no indication of their proper order. [more inside]
posted by bovious on Mar 8, 2007 - 8 answers

I need suggestions for Math Movies

(Stereotype-flouting) Math Movie Suggestions Needed for a pi-day celebration. I'm looking for movies that don't portray mathematicians as schizophrenic or otherwise deranged. [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides on Mar 7, 2007 - 30 answers

Trenches of WW1 in film?

What films (preferably in Netflix's catalog) do a good job of depicting the misery and scale of the trenches of World War One? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Mar 5, 2007 - 31 answers

Bad things happen, yes. But people should still be happy, right?

I'd like to find books or movies about feeling happiness while living in a world with plenty of injustice, sorrow, evil, and corruption. [more inside]
posted by beatrice on Mar 3, 2007 - 27 answers

Help Me Remember the Horror!

Help me remember the titles!!!!!!! When I was a kid (early- 1970's) there was a Saturday afternoon program in Philadelphia called "Creature Double-Feature." They played wonderful horror movies including two movies I'd like to find. [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p on Feb 28, 2007 - 10 answers

Pretty sure it wasn't Pilgrim's Progress ...

Help me find yet another vaguely remembered horror movie from the 70s. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Are there Baby Ruths on Dagobah?

Are there Baby Ruths on Dagobah? Does anybody know what the prop guys used for Luke Skywalker's rations during his first dinner with Yoda? I remember it being this brown cylindrical chewy/crunchy thing. And if there is a star wars term for the Rebellion rations, that would be nice to know as well.
posted by activitystory on Feb 23, 2007 - 9 answers

The Reluctant Hero

I'm looking for movies in which the hero is given a second chance, which he or she doesn't want. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink on Feb 22, 2007 - 55 answers

This is not a movie review.

I've seen many movie review sites that host, or link to, images from the movies. Assuming the site didn't get permission, is this legal? What if you're selling ads on the review site, or charging users a premium to view it? Or is there some way of definitively identifying a photo as a publicity still, meant to be used by anyone who isn't diluting the brand? Obviously, this extends beyond movies, to books and other products.
posted by bingo on Feb 19, 2007 - 9 answers

It Slices, It Dices

MovieSceneFilter: Help me remember where I can find this grand ol' guillotine scene. I'm doing it for the kids! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Feb 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Torture in the media?

Help me find examples of torture in movies and on TV. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Feb 17, 2007 - 72 answers

A 1940's movie about three struggling career women?

OldMovieFilter: I'm trying to find a movie I saw a while back. It was from either the 1940's or 1950's. It was about three women trying to make it in a new city... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Feb 9, 2007 - 4 answers

The Most Exciting Library

ChildhoodMemoryFilter... I keep remembering a Laserdisc movie from way back that included a library, the dewey decimal system, and a force field... [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Feb 5, 2007 - 12 answers

Help identify this movie

Please help me figure out the name of this movie... A few weeks ago I rented a DVD and it there was a trailer for a movie. I can't remember the name but I know kind of what it was about. It was about a guy who played music (from what I remember it was mostly piano). And he was kind of crazy from what the trailer revealed. He recorded himself on cassette and there was always some kind of little alien on the cover. I thought it was by Sony Pictures, but I couldn't find it on their website or imdb. Any help would be appreciated. If you've seen this movie, how was it?
posted by bsexton on Jan 26, 2007 - 16 answers

PG Alternatives for R-rated Business Ethics movies

I have several films assigned for a Business Ethics class that I teach including Thank You for Smoking, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and Wall Street. They make for good discussion and a change of pace from lots of tough reading. This semester for the first time I have a student who does not watch rated-R movies. I want to accomodate the student. So I'm looking for movies with themes equivalent or similar to these three movies that are rated below R, and preferably PG or G. Any ideas?
posted by ontic on Jan 22, 2007 - 48 answers

What's the name of that song in the film Scream?

What's the name of the song that's playing in the movie scream when Matthew Lillard's character is chasing people? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead on Jan 17, 2007 - 2 answers

Can't think of this movie?

What movie has a scene where there is a debate on the difference between flan and Creme Brulee? I believe the scene might be in a diner.
posted by rje7 on Jan 17, 2007 - 6 answers

See my movie--check out my eclectic musical taste.

Self conciously hip soundtracks-- how far back does this go? [more inside]
posted by zeraus on Jan 11, 2007 - 27 answers

Formatted movie data availability?

I'm working on a site that requires a movie database. Help me find formatted data! [more inside]
posted by null terminated on Jan 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Why is the CGI in Jurassic Park so good?

Why is the CGI in Jurassic Park so good? Despite being nearly fifteen years old, it's no worse than that in The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, and certainly better than the recent Star Wars movies. [more inside]
posted by caek on Jan 4, 2007 - 29 answers

What short film did my teacher show us repeatedly in 1983?

What short film did my teacher show us repeatedly in 1983? [more inside]
posted by DefendBrooklyn on Jan 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Topical movies?

I am looking for movies about summer camp, movies about people lost at sea, movies about private school, and movies about World War I. Thanks for any suggestions.
posted by hampton on Jan 2, 2007 - 40 answers

help me be DeMille for 60 seconds - for free

Wanted: Decent, small, lightweight, free, safe software for doing very basic editing of Quicktime movies (on a PC, not a Mac).
posted by anastasiav on Jan 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Forgotten heist filter

I saw a British film on TV in the early 80's a group of criminals conspire to be in prison during the big football game in order to break out, print some huge quantity of pound notes in the royal treasury itself, and break back into prison. What was the name? [more inside]
posted by Megafly on Dec 29, 2006 - 4 answers

Ah feel like ahcid

The best films to see while tripping? LSD, HDTV, surround sound, on DVD? Looking for visual effects, chromakey, 3000 miles from home, set controls for the center of the sun, etc. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Dec 29, 2006 - 98 answers

Looking for songs and movies that can teach abusers about relationships

Looking for popular songs and movies that can be used to educate people in the system for abuse related crimes. These examples will be used to facilitate discussions about relationship boundaries, male entitlement, and inappropriate behavior. [more inside]
posted by Alison on Dec 29, 2006 - 45 answers

Don't let me be misunderstood

Please help me find movie scenes that feature miscommunication/ misunderstanding. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Dec 28, 2006 - 36 answers

Why don't fighter planes have backwards pointing guns?

Why don't fighter jets (in real life or in those classic movies) have backwards pointing guns and missiles to shoot down their chasing adversaries in dog-fights? [more inside]
posted by names are hard on Dec 23, 2006 - 33 answers

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