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Sahib, Biwi, Ghulam in colour

Outlook magazine revealed recently that Guru Dutt’s son Arun Dutt has decided to go the Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur way and colourise the classic Sahib, Biwi aur Ghulam.

Guru Dutt’s films have always been appreciated for their stunning use of light and as a result the news of colourisation has invited mostly negative comments from the likes of V.K Murthy – Guru Dutt’s cinematographer and also filmmakers like M.S Sathyu and Govind Nihlani.

Click here to read the entire article by Outlook‘s Sugata Srinivasaraju.

April 6, 2010   No Comments  

Subramanyapuram:The Arrival of Extreme Cinema in Tamil

subramanyapuramWith the advent of Paruthiveeran (2007) and Subramanyapuram (2008), there have been renewed hopes of optimism among members of the discerning lovers of Tamil cinema that all has not been lost and departures from the mainstream narrative practices are not only a possibility, but can also be sure winners at the box office. Both Paruthiveeran (Dir.Ameer) and Subramanyapuram (Dir.Sasikumar) have also been labelled as exemplars of violent narratives. [Read more →]

April 19, 2009   3 Comments  

Screen Research Website

According to Dr Luke McKernan, founder of Screen Research, the website is “designed to be an online centre for anyone interested in the study of the moving image. It is aimed at researchers, lecturers, students, archivists, curators, educationalists, information specialists, scholars of the new media – anyone with a serious interest in screen history and screen practice today. It has news about upcoming conferences, festivals, and publications; [Read more →]

January 26, 2009   1 Comment  

IMDB/Amazon offers free movies

According to this release from Amazon.com, IMDB will be offering popular films as well as provide space for other filmmakers and companies to use it to showcase their films:

users can now watch over 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes for free on IMDb.com.

IMDb is also opening its platform to filmmakers and rights owners worldwide, and changing the landscape for filmmakers by allowing them to reach the over 57 million movie and TV lovers who visit IMDb each month. To learn more about getting your content onto IMDb, please visit http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?uploadyourfilm.

September 17, 2008   No Comments  

Cottage Star Wars: The future of cinema?

A father, daughter, and son star in their own Star Wars. Great tribute. Enjoy!

September 15, 2008   No Comments  

Simulacra: The next level?

Image Metrics, a California-based animation company has come up with a modelling technology that allows a face to be recognised in its minutest detail and converted to animation.  The technology, unlike earlier motion, capture works “without markers, make-up, specialised stages, or sets“. The results are stunning. For example, watch Emily: [Read more →]

August 19, 2008   No Comments  

The world’s searching for us… really?

Following on some previous observations on Indian cinema abroad (for example, the revenues earned by Hindi films in UK, read here, or how much newspapers in the Western world report on Bollywood, read here, or the “popularity” of Bollywood in Africa, read here) Kuhu Tanvir commented that Bollywood was reportedly quite popular in Africa. Now, I don’t question the fact that Hindi films are screened in parts of Africa, thanks [Read more →]

August 16, 2008   2 Comments  

factualTV: Online documentary films

factualTV (http://factualtv.com) is a new online documentary screening and sales service that gives visitors free access to many factual videos and documentaries. These categorised videos and fairly high quality videos (web streaming quality) are free to view online (requires a simple registration) and can be downloaded for a small charge, and as their website states “sometimes free”. The list of films on factualTV’s website is not eye-popping (they [Read more →]

August 14, 2008   No Comments  

NGO-in-a-box video toolkit

Via mediamentor.ca and Frederick Noronha

Kino, a free video editing software for linux

Kino, a free video editing software for linux

The Audio/Video edition of NGO-in-a-Box is a toolkit that lowers the entry-level for NGOs, non-profits and media activists wanting to use audio and video for social change. It is a collection of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools, documentation and tutorials that introduce you to the world of FOSS and the low-cost technology that is transforming the balance of forces in the realm of media production. [Read more →]

December 4, 2007   1 Comment  

Arrival of modern gadgets has helped villagers produce short films

From The Hindu

Read story here:

ERODE: In a few years from now if one were to write the people’s history of Tamil Nadu today, what he or she would look for as source may not be just documents and newspapers.

The historian to-be would prefer compact disks as the best source, for in villages spread across the State people have started recording events and issues concerning them through short and documentary films. [Read more →]

August 15, 2007   No Comments