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  • The Thought... a crowdsourced feature

    tags: feature

    This is the first stage of an open call for participation in this project, an crowd-sourced feature, off and on the network. 

    There is a longer presentation of the idea in the video above, and text below, including descripton of support materials....

    i.e sections of the feature, script, storyboards, all @

    but simply put:

    This is a remake [actually, two remakes] of a film that has already been shot twice with the same script. 

    1: chose a 4 minute section to remake, in English + [another language] or [another language] + [yet another language]... you will make it twice, just like in the early sound movies, one language, then another.  By whatever means. In the version about, two languages at once. Of course, if you wish, the other language can be invisible... just indicate it.

    2: complete by any means [actors or not, camera or not; change the sex of the characters, etc]. but you should have the original dialogue [you can google translate] and the same number of shots, of roughly the same length. You can add dialogue or asides. Do it quickly. Do it rough if you wish. No more than an hour per minute, I would think, and less if you want! Let's get this done, and quick. If that happens, there will be a second. More rules later, this is a preliminary description.

    3: edit/upload. I will frame and compile the feature. If you need help editing, let me know.... there are good online services as well. 

    4. Everything is on a very broad cc: license, including the footage if you wish to add that. You can distribute the feature. I will screen and internet distribute [freely, of course]. For me, this is a Silent Sound Film, a Telepathic Film made by the Manchu Edison Film Corporation. You don't have to agree with that, of course.

    ParisFilmCrew, a group of professionals/amateurs, actors/filmmakers, that I organize here in Paris, is providing a physical backbone for this, but everywhere is everywhere, that is the point as usual. So please join! Amateurs, non-filmmakers, etc, are welcome, of course. As are professionals. Etc.


    Support materials below

    I've made a "book" with the 15 sections of the feature we're going to do....

    [when you get to an individual page, the navigation to the next page is at bottom]

    The top page has a playlist of sections, and each page has

    1: a section of the film, embedded

    2: a link to a gallery of stills for that section, one per shot [no representation of actor blocking or camera movement]

    3: the script for that section.... the timing isn't relative, but absolute, the place of that line in the full-length feature [its a fansub]

    Sign up for a section here:



    And here is a reiteration of what is in the intro video above....

    Here's the project , which has a good dose of both history, and the absurd. Back at the beginning of sound, in France and the States, movies were often produced in multiple versions at once... they'd build the sets, and shoot in as many languages as there were releases, day and night. This was apparently a good part of the work that went through the old studios in Joinville, back in the early 30s. So, we're doing to do that, but with a conceptual twist.

    I'm chosing a later movie [from the 60s] that was made twice, in English, with the nearly the same script. We're going to remake it a 3rd and a 4th time, in English and in French [the later in Be Kind Rewind style, using google translate]. The method is simple, and, if you wish, rough. The movie will be broken up into segments, which will provide us with the script and preset storyboard for perhaps 30 short films. You chose the section that you want, and make it. And anything goes. You can change the sex of the actors, use drawings, photos, or stock footage, you can change the language, for instance producing in Urdu with subtitles. You don't necessarily have to use actors, you can star in all the roles yourself, or use puppets, or just drawings. It should all take place in Paris. And it should be done in English, and then in French [two different short movies]. The only thing is that you have to respect is the format... remake the scene you have chosen, same number of shots, same dialogue [though asides are welcome],  etc .With imagination, you can probably make something that stands on its own.

    Let me emphasize that you Do Not have to work with a Filmmaker if you are Actors, and you do not have to use Actors if you are Filmmaker. Use a cellphone. Use an Alexa. Use online archives. Use a pencil.  

    My recommendation for production time is a maximum of one hour per minute, which can include travel time! Go over if you want, but this is to make it doable. If you do not know how to edit, well, there are simple online edit tools, or I will edit it for you, as long as you follow some simple guidelines.

    All footage, and all finished works, as well as the final compilation work, will be licensed under a Creative Commons reuse, attribution license. All production footage will go online, freely downloadable, as well as our derived works. Films will be screened as completed at the meetup, and we will join them all together to make the feature. The ParisFilmCrew physical meetup will be the backbone of the project. However, I am going to do an international call for participation, and I will encourage you to pass that along. If this works, there will be other films, and collaboration with other groups.

    The movie I've chosen is on, at 

    "Zontar The Thing From Venus" is a word for word remake of Roger Corman's "It Conquered The World" . I haven't cut this up yet, or done other preparation…. This is link is to get a quick idea. Working title for the remake is  "The Thought", a sort of horror film name.

    In the tradition of too many logos at the beginning of a movie, I propose the follow production structure. Since this is CC [Creative Commons], you are welcome to do what you want under your own structure, but this is first naming.  Films will be produced by ParisFilmCrew or the Manchu Edison Film Corporation. The latter is an imaginary film studio that I have been using for a long project that I have in progress.


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  • Audio for Judith Merian's presentation, 10-18-12

    tags: audio

    The audio for Judith's excellent presentation is below, the mp3 player at bottom of the page.... my apologies once again for the background noise, that busy-ness was not expected.

    If you'd like to check out her springtime presentations:

    thanks once again, Judith!

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    tags: equipment

    Here's a repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com :

    The second piece of camera support equipment that I built was a type of Figg Rig, or is that Fig Rig? The design is named after its' apparent originator, Mike Figgis [ ], director of the famous quad-screen ensemble film "Timecode". I once actually saw Figgis do a live remix of that film here in Paris. Much better than Peter Greenaway's later attempt. 

    For more, go to:

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  • Basic Equipment: A Handstrap

    tags: equipment



    Here's a repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com, about the simplest camera support system: a handstrap

    Something simple: the first accessory that I bought for my camera: a handstrap. I hated the red/black CANON neckstrap.... a Come Get Me sign, and anyway I don't like neckstraps.

    We got off the Bolt Bus, that cheap [$15 USD] Boston->New York Bus, and walked across the street to B&H PhotoVideo. Must be the biggest photo store in the world.

    My girlfriend had never seen a store completely staffed by Orthodox Jews.  Apparently everyone is Satmar... Hungarian Hassidim who don't believe in a secular Israel.  Oddly, Rabbi Teitelbaum's exit [he was the head of the sect] from the Holocaust was in fact paid by Zionists... he participated in the famous group ransomed in 1944 known as "Noah's Ark"....quote:

    "In June 1944, Teitelbaum became one of a group of some 1,685 people whose release from Hungary was negotiated with Adolf Eichmann by the Zionist leader Rudolf Kastner, who had negotiated the escape of a small group of people who were mostly Zionists but also included a number of prominent rabbis and wealthy Jews who, it is claimed, paid an exorbitant fee to be on the rescue train, nicknamed "Noah's ark". Teitelbaum and his wife were passengers on the Kastner train bound for Switzerland, which was re-routed toBergen-Belsen for six months before being allowed to continue to the Swiss border as originally planned."

    Anyway, a wrist strap.

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  • Basic Equipment: DIY: pvc shoulder rig [repost]

    tags: equipment, DIY

    A repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com:

    Here is a DIY rig I built last year, and at the post you can find more photos, a how-to video, and a video shot with the rig....


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  • from Alexander: music video

    tags: video

    here's a video by Alexander JE Bradley, sorry for the delay in posting...

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  • Production Insurance, Paris

    tags: production, insurance

    Some time ago I made some noise about how the Maison du Film Court couldn't give a proper answer to the question: Where do I get production insurance for an independent film in Paris?

    Voila, a message that came in a couple weeks ago [I've been away]... you have to be a member of MFC, but on the other hand, their reduction may be minimal, so you could contact the company directly... in any case, here is the message from MFC:

    Un nouveau partenaire de la MFC pour assurer vos tournages

    Nous avons le plaisir de vous annoncer que la Maison du film court bénéficie d'un nouveau partenaire Assurance pour couvrir les risques encourus lors de vos tournages. Le tarif préférentiel que ce partenaire propose est réservé uniquement aux adhérents de la MFC, sur présentation de leur carte à jour de leur cotisation.

    Voici une première proposition tarifaire, cette offre est susceptible d'être révisée à la baisse en fonction du nombre de souscripteurs intéressés :

    - budget tournage inférieur à 1000EUR : 250EURTTC la prime d'assurance.

    - budget tournage entre 1000EUR et 50 000EUR : 270EURTTC, la prime d'assurance.

    - budget tournage entre 50 000EUR et 75 000EUR : 300EUR TTC, la prime d'assurance.

    Pour les sociétés de production adhérentes à la MFC, un tarif préférentiel est également envisageable à l'année, au cas par cas, en fonction du nombre de tournages assurés, du chiffre d'affaires et des budgets des films. Pour bénéficier de cette offre uniquement réservé aux adhérents de la MFC, et en savoir plus sur les conditions du contrat proposé, contacter directement :

    Cécile HUGON VERLINDE ABG Assurances

    13 rue Jean Moulin F-69300 CALUIRE Tél: 04 72 27 00 36 Fax: 04 78 23 49 59

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  • Judith Merians presentation: video version

    tags: presentation

    Here is the video version of Judith Merian's presentation for ParisFilmCrew.

    The audio version is in the previous post... please note that this video version is a bit more chopped, and also doesn't include the "Art of the Meeting" section, which is really worth hearing. So try both video and audio!

    Again, the document that Judith refers to in the talk is here [16 types of film finance]:

    And again, thanks  to Judith for her time and effort. 


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  • Judith Merians presentation: audio version

    tags: presentation

    Here, after some delay, is the audio version of Judith Merian's presentation for ParisFilmCrew at the beginning of May. 

    The document that Judith refers to in the talk is here [16 types of film finance]:

    The second part of the talk is "The Art of the Meeting". Great stuff!

    Thanks again to Judith for her time and effort. 

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  • repost: RGB-D: DSLR + Kinect

    tags: 3d

    Here's a repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com:

    on a software system linking DSLR and Kinect output to get a rough depth map of a video scene, create a 3d object representing that depth, and then mapping the video onto the object... to get what that means, read the post, and view below:


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    tags: software

    here's another repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com:

    A little narrative about: free software to find out which files are clogging your drive.... and what to do when your external audio recorder runs out of batteries, and you can't find the file in progress on your SD card... a common problem with Zoom recorders. All the recovery software described is freeware.

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  • repost: LIghtworks software

    tags: edit, software

    Here's a repost from Telepathic-Movie.Com, about the new free version of the Lightworks edit software [Windows]... there is also a pro version for $60 a year. The software has been a big player in the feature edit market for about 20 years... take a good look.


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