A piece of HD footage shot in 1993 as test footage for the Japanese market has resurfaced on the internet. The effect is a little head-spinning: a recognizably of-another-time New York City, captured with the HD clarity of the present.by Filmmaker Staff on Apr 26, 2016
by Scott Macaulay on Jan 24, 2011
From a screenplay by Leslie Dixon, Neil Burger takes us on a pharmaceutical-fueled joyride through a conspiratorially intelligent New York business world in Limitless. By Scott Macaulay PLUS: Leslie Dixon on nurturing your inner Tarantino.
“I wanted to be a dancer,” says Fred Astaire, wheezing out a tune on a harmonica with his gangly frame draped casually over a medical couch. “Till I was psychologized.” Astaire plays doctor—a shrink, of all things—in Mark Sandrich’s Carefree (1953), a little-known screwball comedy gem as antic and goofy as Howard Hawks’ Bringing Up Baby (1938) with dance. And what dance! Accompanied by an Irving Berlin score, Astaire and Rogers are at the top of their game in the tale of a therapist (Astaire) who must find the root of the commitment phobia that plagues his new patient (Rogers). […]by Livia Bloom on Sep 1, 2010
I got a kick out of Bette Gordon’s blog post “Remembering the Past, Segueing into the Future” over at Truly Free Film. Gordon remembers the 1983 premiere of her feature Variety, for which she and producer Renee Shafransky rented the now-demolished and condo-ized Variety cinema, a porn house, on 3rd Avenue and 13th St. I attended that premiere and one of my memories was of the woman who sat next to pulling out her New York Times and placing it underneath her as she sat down. So, of course, I laughed when I read this: In the 80’s, there was […]by Scott Macaulay on Apr 10, 2010
Tne NYC production community, which, for the purposes of pitching projects and raising money, has gotten used to automatically knocking off 15% from its production budgets may have to revise its spreadsheet calculators. Articles in The New York Times and Gothamist both reference an upsetting development: the New York City tax credit program for film has been a victim of its own success. The $50 million allocated by the legislature for four years of the program has run out in only 13 months and, for now, producers aren’t guaranteed it will be renewed. (It is due to come up for […]by Scott Macaulay on Mar 15, 2006
I’m sure I’m not the only New York producer trying to figure out what the NYC transit strike means to an already down-to-the-wire Sundance feature post schedule. Fortunately, the project I’m working on is picture-locked and all elements are to the appropriate vendors. My worry is with the vendors and their employees, hoping that the strike doesn’t slow them down. I started my day today by calling our neg cutter. Fortunately, she was on the job and had left her outside-of-NYC home at 4:00 a.m. so as not to get nailed by the driving restrictions. My morning meeting at the […]by Scott Macaulay on Dec 20, 2005