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Artistic Outputs: Filmmakers and Production Designers on Using Generative AI

Gray, concrete brutalist structures are illuminated by a ray of white light emanating from above.Griffin Frazen's brutalist buildings, image from Midjourney

Via Zoom, Natou Fall shares her screen with me, allowing me to look at the hundreds of images she’s created using text prompts in the generative AI program Midjourney. The image resulting from the prompt above is an eerie one…  Read more

By Dec 15, 2022

Seeing Eye to Eye: Color Correction Styles Across Today’s Film Restorations

Hurlements en faveur de Sade (Eclair restoration)

Going to the cinema to see a 4K restoration or buying a Blu-ray of a beloved classic from a boutique publisher, one is never quite sure what one will get, colorwise. Frequently, a distinctly tinted veil seems to have fallen…  Read more

By Dec 15, 2022

The 24 Features of 2022 Shot on 35mm

Image by Carolyn Funk

The main poster for Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans displays its characters within the frames on three strips of celluloid: young Steven Spielberg stand-in Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) holding a 16mm camera, mom Mitzi (Michelle Williams) dancing in car headlights, etc.…  Read more

By Dec 15, 2022

Self-Service Distribution: Director Lisa Hurwitz on Distributing Her Documentary, The Automat

Courtesy of Philadelphia Department of RecordsCourtesy of Philadelphia Department of Records

Back in the fall of 2021, still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had come to terms with the apparent fate of my film, The Automat, about the Horn & Hardart automats that operated in the United States…  Read more

By Oct 11, 2022

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