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Polls: Settle the debate: Is Avid better than Final Cut Pro?

Polls: Are movies, in general, getting worse?

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The Focal Point: The Future of Media Education, the Death of Textbooks, and Other Minor Matters

I’m gearing up for my annual trek to the University Film and Video Association Conference (UFVA), which runs August 3-6 in Boston at Emerson College, one of the world’s top film programs. Hundreds of film and video professors will be convening to discuss curriculum, screen films, scope out educational resources, and connect. Why I Go…

Steve Skrovan

Interviews: Five Minutes with Comedy Genius Steve Skrovan

We figured Steve Skrovan, the multi-hyphenate producer-actor- writer- director-comedian, would have some insights for our readers, and we certainly were correct on that front.   My favorite movie is… Dr. Strangelove, a funny, biting satire on a big subject that is still relevant 50 years later. The most important quality in a filmmaker is… the ability…

Oscar Poll

Polls: Have You Ever Fantasized About Giving Your Oscar Speech for Best (Picture, Director, Screenwriter, etc.)?


The Focal Point: What Film School Didn’t Teach Me: Making It In the Industry

South by Southwest is loaded with useful panels. I attended one call Hollywood Lessons: What Film School Didn’t Teach Me, featuring recent film school grads who are making a go of it in the film industry. Here is some useful advice from the panelists: John Lang, Jennifer Cochis, Jared Mercier, and Deborah McIntosh. What Film…

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Polls: The movie Star Wars is somewhat overrated

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The Focal Point: Instant (and Extreme) Gratification

Today I’m feeling the same excitement I did when I was eight years old and launched a newspaper called—for some completely unknown reason—The Lifely McPeamont. I conscripted my younger brother to help with some writing, but primarily mundane tasks like photocopying and mailing issues to family members. [Friends, the publishing industry is cut-throat, and just…

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Polls: The Oscars are good indicators of the best movies/actors/crew

Jason Tomaric

Interviews: Psychology: the Fallback Career for Filmmakers?

The best piece of filmmaking advice I have ever received was… “Just Keep Shooting.” Filmmaking is a process that you must practice in order to improve.  When I was younger, I made the mistake of viewing each project as the magnum opus of my career, not realizing that it was only a stepping stone in…

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