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Sony Seeks 3D Film Content Competition

Sony is running a competition for budding 3D filmmakers (closing date: 9 July 2010). The winning entries will be used on its in-store demo Blu-ray disc and given to purchasers of its new line of Sony BRAVIA 3D TVs.

It's Hurt Locker's Night At the Oscars

The Hurt Locker was expected to fare well at the Oscars, but even the team behind the Afghanistan-set feature looked like they never dreamed of doing quite as well as this. In the end, they took six Oscars, including the big two - Best Picture and Best Director, for Kathryn Bigelow (as I predicted in my Oscars preview).

Hurt Locker: 6, Avatar: 2

If the BAFTAs are any indication of how the Oscars will go then it looks like it will be Kathyrn Bigelow's night.

Adobe Premiere Elements 8 and Photoshop Elements 8 Review

The latest versions of entry level editors Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements are meant to be smart. But it turns out they can also be pretty slow.

Storyville at Vancouver Film and Television Forum

After hearing Peter Dekom's provocative keynote speech at the Vancouver Film and Television Forum (they dropped the word "Trade" from the Forum's title this year, I notice), I missed most of the Film Day and Wednesday's Television themed day. But I was back for the full day of the Storyville panels and events.

Vancouver Film and Television Forum 2009: Storyville Pitching Session

Following the Vancouver Film and Television Forum's Storyville morning session, with the introductions to the panel of commissing editors, we had the pitching session in the afternoon. What a contrast to the last pitching session that I saw at the VIFF Trade Forum.

Filmmaking Universe Is Hyperaccelerating

For Peter Dekom, a dry-humoured, Hollywood entertainment lawyer, the single most important factor right now in human development is the speed at which our world is changing.

Dekom, who gave the Vancouver Film and Television Forum keynote talk on Tuesday morning, likes to refer to this "diabolical change" as hyperacceleration.

Review: Adobe Production Premium CS4

There's been big changes in video since Adobe announced the release, two years ago, of Creative Suite 3 (CS3). Even in the months since Adobe released its moving-image editing suite Production Premium CS4, things have moved along apace in videoland. High resolution video has become ubiquitous across the web, from Old Media newspaper web sites to bedroom vloggers.

What does 2009 hold?

Few years that started with everyone feeling as apparently miserable as we do now. But for a moment let's forget the gloom and doom, the stock market crashes, the housing debacle, the horrendous unemployment figures. After all, most independent filmmakers have been here before, when the times were supposed to be good. It's part of the job description.

Adobe Premiere Elements 7 and Photoshop Elements 7 Review

A review of the latest version of the consumer video-photo editing software bundle.

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