Breathe – Trailer

  Breathe – Trailer
For his directorial debut, Andy Serkis brings to life the inspiring true love story between Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. When Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28, he is confined to a hospital bed and given only a few months to live. With the help of Diana’s twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana dare to escape the hospital ward to seek out a full and passionate life together — raising their young son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients. Written by two-time Academy Award nominated writer William Nicholson, and shot by three-time Academy Award winner Robert Richardson, BREATHE is a heartwarming celebration of love and human possibility.
Directed by: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander

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Proud Mary – Trailer

  Proud Mary – Trailer
Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.
Directed by: Babak Najafi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di?Allo Winston, Danny Glover

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Oculus Unveils Blade Runner VR Experience At Comic Con; Teases New Content

Oculus debuts the first of three upcoming Blade Runner VR titles for Gear VR & Rift along with an immersive new experience in San Diego.

Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner, hits theaters this October and I’m still having trouble believing it’s true. The trailers, while jaw-dropping, won’t be nearly enough to keep me satisfied until the release, something I’m sure many sci-fi nerds can sympathize heavily with.

Thankfully, pop culture mega convention San Diego Comic-Con has finally returned, which means tons of new updates on everything you could possibly care about regarding upcoming movies, TV, games and comics. 

And sure enough, this year’s convention is home to a generous amount of Blade Runner 2049-related reveals including several upcoming Gear VR & Oculus Rift titles as well as an immersive virtual reality experience that blends virtual reality with physical objects.

Developed by Turtle Rock Studios, Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit will put Gear VR users in the seat of the classic “spinner” aircraft and task them with hunting down and “retiring” a rogue replicant. Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit will be available on the Gear VR July 21st followed by two more interactive VR experiences arriving in the coming months for the Gear VR as well as the Rift headset.

The Rick Deckard party doesn’t stop there however. Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con this week, attendees as well as the public will actually have the chance to check out another unique VR experience set within the dystopian universe. The Blade Runner Experience will marry physical objects with virtual reality in a captivating trial set around the stories infamous White Dragon Noodle Bar. Think of it like a much bleaker version of The Void’s Ghostbusters Dimension, with less spooky ghosts and more homicidal bio-robotic androids.

Oculus was quick to point out that this experiences as well as the upcoming Gear VR & Rift content will not just satisfy our cravings with the same old stories, but actually contribute to the overall universe:

“We’ll release two more interactive Blade Runner experiences (available on both Gear VR and Rift) around the film’s premiere in October,” stated Oculus in an official release. “Not only will these experiences give people a taste of this beloved neo-noir universe in a uniquely visceral way, they’ll also expand the overall story for a transmedia encounter like no other.”

Blade Runner 2049: Replicant Pursuit will be available for download on the Gear VR via the Oculus Store. San Diego locals can try out the unique Blade Runner Experience at the San Diego Convention Center July 20th to July 23rd. Badge NOT REQUIRED so why the hell not, right?

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Sharon Omi On Being An Asian American Actress, Starring In ‘Eat With Me,’ And What She Hopes To Do Next – moviepilot.com


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Sharon Omi On Being An Asian American Actress, Starring In ‘Eat With Me,’ And What She Hopes To Do Next
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The accomplished and dynamic Sharon Omi is one actress that keeps on giving. What began as a career in theater became, over more than two decades, an impressive resume that also includes film and television. From portraying ADA Karen Hawley on …


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Watch: How to Pull Off 3 Crazy Simple (and Simply Crazy) Visual Effects

Creating great visual effects doesn’t always have to be difficult and time consuming.

Whenever I see a cool effect in a movie I always assume that it’s too complicated for a VFX noob like me to tackle—and most of the time I’m right on the money, but sometimes I’m dead wrong. While many effects are going to take a lot of time, work, money, and experience to pull off, you’d be surprised at how many you can do with very little know-how or time commitment. In this video from Film Riot, host Ryan Connolly shows you how to create three very cool, very crazy, very simple visual effects using some clever camera tricks and a few tools in post. Check out the tutorial below:

SHORT OF THE DAY: ‘GOOD BUSINESS’ IS GREAT SCI-FI

We typically assume any alien life we come into contact with will be superior to us. This is a logical conclusion since to come in contact would require manned intergalactic travel, which we’ve yet to master, meaning it’ll be up to the other species to find us. We also typically assume that when this superior alien life lands on Earth, it’ll be to pillage our bodies, our planet, or both for resources. After all, in the cosmic scale of things, humans are but grubs to any lifeform that can prowl the universe looking for mudballs to conquer.

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HBO® Invites Asian Pacific American Filmmakers To Explore Themes Of Home With Short Film Competition

HBO invites emerging Asian Pacific American (APA) filmmakers to create works that explore themes of home for its second annual HBO Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition. The contest seeks to address such timely issues as belonging, identity and culture through the lens of the APA experience. Three winning films will be selected to premiere exclusively on HBO (and/or its on-demand, digital and/or social platforms) and awarded cash prizes. For complete rules and guidelines, visit www.hbovisionaries.com. The deadline for entries is November 1, 2017. Join the conversation on social media with hashtag #hbovisionaries.

PBS online film fest features piece on female Chickasaw MMA fighter – Tulsa Native American Times

PBS online film fest features piece on female Chickasaw MMA fighter
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This year’s lineup features films from the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM),Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), National Black Programming Consortium, Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC), POV, and Vision Maker Media, as well as PBS local …


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Watch: Learn the Trick Used By Landscape Photographers to Get Deep Focus

Everything you need to know about hyperfocal distance.

With the advent of DSLRs, shallow focus became all the rage in photographic visuals. However, as John P. Hess from FilmmakerIQ points out in the video below, DP Gregg Toland’s deep focus made Orson Welles’ intricate blocking possible back in the day and, with the emergence of 4K resolution, “getting sharpness and detail may start to become the new, hot style” all over again.

Hyperfocal distance is where everything from half that distance to infinity is acceptably sharp.

Hess goes on to remind us that, after all, “There’s beauty in the details.” So how do you accomplish a beautiful deep focus? According to Hess, it’s not as simple as stopping down the aperture because, at high apertures, your lens will experience diffractions and get blurry. Therefore, you need to employ a trick used by landscape photographers to achieve faraway detail: hyperfocal distance.

Hess defines hyperfocal distance as where everything from half that distance to infinity is acceptably sharp. This very instructive video breaks it all down using an algebraic equation that factors in focal length, F-stop, and the circle of confusion.

Check it out for the math-tastic details:

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Fortunately, you don’t have to do the math yourself. Hess points out that there are several free apps like HyperFocal Pro (showcased in the video) that can determine your hyperfocal distance but also give you the depth of field for any given distance, aperture, and sensor size.

It’s worth watching the video for Hess’s useful level of detail, but here’s the quick-n-dirty breakdown of steps to achieving deep focus with newer (non-vintage) lenses:

  • Turn off auto focus.
  • Pick a point far off in the distance.
  • Set your focus to infinity.
  • Pull focus closer until that far-off point just begins to blur, then walk it back a little bit.

Have more tips for achieving deep focus? Let us know in the comments.
     


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