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7 Reasons Why You Should Watch Independent Films

Independent films have been a hard-hitting force that has shaken Hollywood to its core. It’s an incredible subsection of cinema that is often overlooked. However, in recent years indie films have gained notoriety.

Indie films resemble an authentic culture in our society with its undaunted raw quality, which dares us to be accepting of the most poignant events, opposes dominant societal structures, and becomes the voice of the unheard groups.

1. It Creates More Job Opportunities.watch-independent-films-creates-jobs

Seventy percent (70%) of the films being produced yearly are independent films. It creates more job opportunities worldwide than the major leagues in film production. Therefore, the more we support independent films, the more likely we help the industry create jobs for everyone.

The industry is larger than most people think. There’s an entire organization dedicated to independent films. Take a look at IFP.org, The Independent Filmmaker Project. They bring together skilled artists and the necessary resources to make their dreams become a reality on screen.

2. It Fills in a Gap.

Independent films fill in the gaps that most big-budgeted movie lack on. It is not afraid to venture on more diverse, more relatable, more realistic events that leave you speechless and bewildered. It is what it is and it is always relevant. Watch independent films, not just because it is not an everyday thing, but because it is an experience all on its own.

3. Lack of Budget Means a Need for Creativity…

… Thus making watching indie films more digestible. It doesn’t exclusively focus on the spectacle, it isn’t glamorous, and it stays true to its form. Although don’t be surprised if they blow you away because a majority of independent films are fantastic works of arts. The issue is the lack of distribution to the general public.

There’s satisfaction in the case that the less money you have to make a film, the more you become innovative. That’s when filmmakers are inspired to push beyond their limits.

Some most loved low-budgeted independent films of all time are Juno, Lost in Translation, Requiem for a Dream, The Usual Suspects, have achieved a status that most commercial film can only hope to reach.

4. It Celebrates Freedom.

watch-independent-films-creativityUnrestrained artistry has the ability to produce the greatest works of all time.
And its freedom comes in three aspects.

First is the filmmaker’s ability to make a creative decision without going through all red tapes that a director with big fat paycheck goes through. Second is that independent films are free to show its audience the truth because it doesn’t answer to any film production mogul. Third is that the audience is free to filter, interpret and celebrate its beauty without being dictated by how to accept it.

5. It is a Resilient Subculture.

Films made outside a Hollywood studio are unfazed by the lack of a budget. They illustrate the most daring ideas, they document unspeakable societal issues, and they linger around issues that invite censorship and discrimination. Watching independent films is a form of activism for certain films.

It allows you to become more aware of issues. You see the incredible journeys others have gone through or are currently going through. Watching independent films really is an eye-opening experience.

6. It is Vital in Today’s Cultural Globalization.

watch-independent-films-globalizationIndependent filmmaking is the basis of our current problematic cultural standards because it is able to expose stark realities and speak directly to its stakeholders.

The rest of the obscured world can be known nowadays through a filmmaker’s lens. Contemporary indie films from Iran, Turkey, France, Korea, Japan etc., have been widely recognized around the globe proving that there has been a dramatic cultural shift towards setting film standards across all culture.

7. It Forces Us to Think Differently.

We live vicariously through films. We find that our musings, stories, and desires are mirrored in films and yet it is able to show us the other side.

Indie films can intellectually or nonchalantly present conflicts, issues, even mundane day-to-day things that we often take for granted. It shines a light that we can’t look away from. By watching an independent film, you’ll break away from your routine and it’ll truly make you think and laugh.

Half the world is lusting over breaking cultural barriers. Independent films are slowly chipping their away into the mainstream public. There rise in independent films is due to the demand. They are being celebrated more and more and are winning incredible awards at independent film festivals all throughout the world.

What’s your favorite indie film? Why did you choose to see it over a more mainstream film? What was your take-a-away from the film? Chime in below!

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What Do Video Production Companies Do?

To get a person’s attention for roughly five minutes is a massive feat these days. We surround ourselves with technology which overloads our sensory signals by pushing new information constantly. With the high and fast turnover of information on the Internet and the sheer volume of films being produced on a daily basis, it’s easy for important videos to be overlooked, or in some unfortunate cases, ignored. Especially, when that certain video lacks the ‘viral’ quality.

Thus,  video production companies have become more in-demand than ever. When most people think of a video production company they think of Hollywood and A-list celebrities. However, there’s a variety of video production companies that focus on many other things.

What Does a Video Production Company Do?

video-production-companiesA video production company services can vary from a convention-center documentation, commercial production, live webcasting/streaming, AVR production for hotels, weddings, and other corporate events. Video production companies are mainly focused on one type of work, may it be commercials, or corporate videos, to filming movies in Hollywood.

Video Production for Small & Corporate Businesses

Purpose: Viral Marketing, B2B/ B2C video presentation, Product Launches, Commercials

Boutique video production companies have a process and team in place that is driven to align your marketing requirements and expectations whether it be for promotional material to attract customers or investors. Most video production companies focus on producing eye-catching videos and distributing them to target audiences. For example, Lemonlight Media, specialized in Chicago video production, also has their headquarters in Los Angeles. They create videos that capture the essence of your business in various styles of video formatting, thus helping you attract your target demographic.

When brands feel like their marketing effort has hit a wall, video production companies can help you figure out the best strategy that can lead to new ideas and more refined marketing perspectives. They make sure that the story is authentic and visually compelling from concepts to post-production and sometimes, online promotion.

Video production companies centered on services for corporate businesses know that story is key at ALL times and still is able to work around budget limitations. They also stay up-to-date on all trends across the industry to help their clients reach their targeted demographic.

Video Production for Events

Purpose: Weddings, parties, conferences, roadshows

video-production-company-small-businessHiring video production companies and a key photographer is now a mainstay in any event’s checklist.

Event videos are the perfect tools to magnify the impact of your event. It can help you reach an audience beyond those who can attend. May it be a wedding or a corporate retreat, these events will be perfectly captured by your video production company.

Video production companies that specialize in intimate events, parties and conferences aim to provide you the perfect memorabilia, compelling multimedia and motion loops.

They help create/enhance a magical atmosphere in a wedding event; ensure that roadshows run flawlessly and with continuity when you’re on the road, assist in creating the perfect atmosphere at a conference.

Video Production for Live Streaming/ Recording/ Webcasts

Purpose: For branding & marketing

An established video production company is already guaranteed to have a team that works together as a well-oiled machine.

Video requirements for live streaming can be hectic and demand experienced production specialists because you only have one chance to get everything right. While they’re at it, their video engineers make sure that your videos are encoded to be streamed flawlessly to any chosen platforms like Livestream, Ustream, Twitch, Google Hangouts, Youtube, etc.

From single-camera web chats to high-profile multi-camera shows, video production teams specializing in live streaming have the expertise and equipment to bring ideas to life.

Video Production for TV & Film

video-production-company-los-angelesPurpose: For TV series & Films

This is a whole new universe of video production that caters to the large scale of cinematography requirements. Film production companies offer full-featured studio services that normally include, CGI renderings, animation, visual effects, live action filming, production fixers, post-productions etc.

They are more up-to-date with technology than production companies specializing in small-scale events and more likely to have a more advanced skill in filmmaking and cinematography.

 

Do you have a job in the video production industry? If so, what do you do? What has been your experience with the video production field? Where are you based off? What has been your most memorable experience on the job?

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Top Five Greatest Movies of All Time

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With much anticipation, below are our top five picks. We think these are incredible films that deserve a second and third viewing. Although let’s be real, there are movies we have all probably watched more than 10 times. We scrutinized through many movies before reaching the final five. Choosing the top 5 movies of all time is a hard task. However, with the help of a few sources we narrowed it down to these 5.

The Top 5 Films

5) Apocalypse Now (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Main actors: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Sam Bottoms

Coppola’s massive man-on-mission masterpiece set in Vietnam in 1970 starred by Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando, has remarkably portrayed a streamlined film aesthetic. This sensational film dazzles the audience with light and noise with its stark thrill of combat and the devastating conflict that befits a horrific ‘apocalyptic end’.

4) The Godfather (1972)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Genre: Gangster, melodrama
Main actors: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan

This Oscar-winning Mafia epic starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino plays havoc with the emotions as it depicts life’s simple pleasures to violent murders by shotgun machine gun, garrote, etc. The Godfather is about an empire run from a dark, suburban Tudor palace where people’s lives are woeful and the people who run it are a paradoxical representation of inhumane murderers.

3) Vertigo (1958)

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Main actors: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes

Up until present day, this Hitchcock masterpiece has academics and psychoanalysts running for clues, leaving no stones unturned to flawlessly interpret the film’s meaning.

Described by Hitchcock as “boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets girl again, boy loses girl again”, Scottie (James Stewart), a detective who developed vertigo after watching a colleague fall to his death, met a girl named Madeleine (Kim Novak) who was possessed by a suicidal 18th-century aristocrat. He was unable to save her because of his vertigo. He later went on to meet another girl who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine and so he forcibly transforms this woman into Madeleine.

Ironically, its plot— as simple as it sounds, can’t ultimately be pinned nor captured to a simplified concept. It is said to be Hitchcock’s supreme and most mysterious piece.

2) Man with a Movie Camera (1929)

Director: Dziga Vertov
Genre: Experimental Film/ Silent Film
Main actors: Mikhail Kaufman

This part cinematic, part documentary experiment film set in 1920s Soviet Union (mainly in Kiev, Moscow, and Odessa) explicitly recorded the modern urban day-to-day events from morning time to nighttime with its representation back to its subjects. There is neither actors nor story but it was packed with energy and teeming with ideas.

This extraordinary silent classic rendered innovative and complex camera shots that excite its viewers as it goes on recording in a dizzying news speed of creation.

1) The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer
Genre: Drama Film/ Indie Film
Main actors: Renée Jeanne Falconetti, Antonin Artaud, André Berley,

Hailed as the most influential film of all time in the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘Essential 100’ list, this drama/ indie film directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer is an indisputable classic of the silent movie age that was based largely on a contemporary transcript of Joan’s trial for heresy that concluded her execution in 1431. Joan of Arc played by French comedy actress Renée Falconetti has delivered the most harrowing screen performances that still haunt film critics up to this day. The carefully framed claustrophobic settings that were closely devoted to his style of keeping its realism and austerity true to itself were the qualities that skyrocketed this film in this list.

 

What are your thoughts?! What’s your take on the movies listed above? What movies do you think should be in the top five positions? Give us your input below!

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Greatest Movies of All Time

Choosing the best movies of all time is no easy feat. Thus, this is a compilation of a variety points of view. The movies on this list, are phenomenal films that have stood the test of time. Below are the first 5 movies. To see which movies made it to the top five positions come back in a few days!

Best Films of All Time

10) Tokyo Story (1953)

Director: Yasujiro Ozu
Genre: Drama
Main actors: Chishû Ryû, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara

Tokyo Story, just like Citizen Kane, has often graced the list of best films of all time as it has influenced many great directors in the last half century for its purity of expression and its approachable and moving quality.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story is one of the cinema’s most profound and moving studies of married love, aging and the relations between parents and children.

9) A Space Odyssey (1968)

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Director: Stanley Kubrick
Genre: Fantasy
Main actors: Douglas Rain, Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood

This 1968 Stanley Kubrick science-fiction classic is an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke novel. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a landmark of non-narrative poetic filmmaking in which the connections were made by images and not a dialog or a plot.

What makes this movie remarkable is its ability to take you on a spiritual journey where it teaches us to break out of the illusion that everyday mundane concerns are what preoccupy us— that surely men did not learn to think and dream only to deaden himself with provincialism and selfishness.

8) Citizen Kane (1941)

Director: Orson Welles
Genre: Drama
Main actors: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Ruth Warrick

The only movie that is a part of almost all greatest movies of all time lists is none other than Citizen Kane. Directed by a highly-acclaimed theatrical genius, Orson Welles, it was the first movie he directed and produced at the age of 25.

Citizen Kane focuses on a series of rough chronological flashbacks of a doomed press baron Charlie Kane’s life story from five different points of view. The story of Kane is a troubled one and that ultimately makes it the most intellectually stimulating and seductive film of all time.

7) 8 ½ (1963)

Director: Federico Fellini
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
Main actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee

Released in 1963, 8 ½ is a movie about filmmaker Guido Anselmi (Marcello Mastroianni) who was feeling the pressure of creating another masterpiece after his latest film became a blockbuster hit. Unfortunately, he was suffering from a massive creative block that led him to go to the mountain resort and recharge. He ended up rediscovering thoughts of his past and reconnecting with himself.

6) Taxi Driver (1976)

Director: Martin Scorsese
Genre: Drama/ Neo-noir
Main actors: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd

It’s a 1976 American vigilante film by Martin Scorsese started by Robert De Niro who played Travis Bickle, an insomniac ex-Marine who works the night shift driving his cab around New York City. It explores the psychological madness within an enigmatic, inarticulate, lonely anti-hero cab driver whose obsession has led him to believe that he was destined to save the world from vandals and criminals and started taking matters into his own hand by planning to assassinate a Presidential candidate and saving a young hooker from her pimp.

 

What are your thoughts? Have you watched any of these movies? If so, which were your favorite? What made it so memorable? Let us know!