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3 search sites that don't track you like Google does

When you need to get information or find something online, chances are you go to Google. But while Google is great at Web searches, it’s hardly stellar when it comes to privacy. It saves your search history, scans your Gmail, tracks your location, keeps everything you say to “OK Google,” and a lot …

Privacy

Iranians quietly question their government's role in Syria and beyond

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's decision to sign the Vienna nuclear agreement has opened up a wide discussion on formerly taboo topics. For the first time in years some Iranian intellectuals — both reformists and conservatives — are cautiously raising questions about Iran's foreign policy.<p>Some are …

Middle East

Nichols’ 6 Modes of Documentary Might Expand Your Storytelling Strategies

Documentaries are supposed to be <i>true</i>. But as filmmakers, we know that our films -- true or not -- are constructs. Are there rules we should follow to …

Director's Take: What I Got from Film School

In these days of online tutorials and behind-the-scenes videos, does film school offer added value? The truth is - film school still provides …

Videography

50 Industry Insiders Share Their Filmmaking Secrets

I’m descending into the LondonSWF submissions rabbithole for another year, so I’m turning over the blog to you Bang2writers, headed up by the lovely …

Science Fiction

Septemberg: Celebrating Our Greatest Living Filmmaker

I was recently at a party where I met a filmmaker I really admire. We chatted for a bit and then he pulled out his phone and showed me something that …

A Mesmerizing Quentin Tarantino Cinematography Supercut

If you’re an observant love of cinema, aside from likely knowing each and every film directed by <b>Quentin Tarantino</b>, you know that it’s fairly easily …

How Satya Revolutionised Hindi Cinema

In the year 1997, one of Hindi cinema’s all time greats ventured into the ‘urbane’ territory. His characters were finally refined, colloquial …

This Might Be the Easiest Stool DIY Ever

A couple weeks ago I ran into a shoe store in the Mission that had cinder block stools all around the space. The tops of the cinder blocks were covered in speckled rug padding, and my mind immediately went to DIY project (obvs)! The ones in the shop were very cool, but to add Brit + Co flair we …

Crafting

The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

Public Speaking

Scorsese's 12 favorite films

Busy director Martin Scorsese is making headlines with the announcement that <i>Gangs of New York</i> is being developed into a TV series. As we continue to …

Exposing the great 'poverty reduction' lie | US & Canada

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and - most importantly - the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The …

Amazing Translucent Concrete Opens a New World of Design Ideas

• 1 |<br>• Designer: Albert Abutov<br>• Photographer: Jam Ersozlu<p>The first project is a restoration of a hotel. By using FIBROTRANS concrete, designer Albert …

Architecture

Watch These 5 Murder Mysteries While You Wait for True Detective

With T-minus three days until season 2 of HBO’s crime anthology <i>True Detective</i> premieres, the hype has never been higher.<p><i>True Detective</i> was a runaway …

TV

How Matt LeBlanc & ‘Episodes’ Got Us One More Season of ‘Friends’

How Matt LeBlanc & 'Episodes' Got Us One More Season of 'Friends'<p>When “Episodes” began, the very meta Showtime comedy leaned heavily on its …

TV

The "House Of Cards" Showrunner Answers Every Burning Question You Have About Season 3

Executive producer and showrunner Beau Willimon reveals the meaning behind this season's most talked-about moments. Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS for Season 3!<p><b>Season 3, Episode 1: "Chapter 27"</b><p>"First of all, one of the big questions at the end of Season 2 was: Is Doug [Michael Kelly] alive? And for some …

The 15 Best Documentaries About Making a Film

The blood, sweat, and tears that go into creating a film are not often publicized around its release, but for some features we eventually get a peek …

Apple Showcases Final Cut Pro X Usage in Production of Hollywood Film 'Focus'

Just a few days before the release of the Hollywood romantic comedy film <i>Focus</i>, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, Apple has provided a behind-the-scenes look at how Final Cut Pro X was used to produce the movie. The feature page provides an in-depth profile of how Final Cut Pro X was used for …

Filmmaking

16 TV shows to check out on your snow day

Northeast-based readers: It is with great concern for your well being that we hope you are reading the following list of blizzard binge …

Why watching TV crime dramas is good for your brain

To stay healthy, the human brain needs to be kept active, and suspense-filled small screen thrillers provides a taxing mental workout<p>On a cold January night, the prospect of ditching your resolution to get fit - or read the complete works of Tolstoy - and putting your feet up in front of a good TV …

Soderbergh Is Just Like Us; Here's Everything the Director Watched Last Year

By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | January 7, 2015 | Comments ()<p>By Cindy Davis | Celebrity | January 7, 2015 |<p>Semi-retired (for now) film director Steven …

Here’s What ‘American Sniper’ Says About America

Here's What 'American Sniper' Says About America<p>Clint Eastwood’s latest film “American Sniper” says a lot about America – there are hints of …

Staten Island

Why Your Screenplay Needs A Rewrite

Walt Hickey found a way to quantify the most common problems facing screenwriters:<p>The Black List offers aspiring screenwriters the chance to have …

Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

He is one of the few directors who can walk into a Hollywood studio with an idea and come out with $200m. So will Nolan’s latest epic, Interstellar, reinforce his reputation asthe auteur who thinks big?<p>In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – …

Your brain on movies: Why films make us cry, flinch and cheer

If you’ve ever wept, giggled or grieved inside a movie theater, you know: Some of our most intense emotional experiences come when we’re watching a film.<p>“Given that all you’re perceiving are the vibrations of some speakers and a succession of still digital images on a screen – why do we take that …

Top Five Scene Pacing Tips: How to Pace the Scene

Whether you are writing a commercial or independent film and regardless of the genre, a successful screenplay requires good scene pacing. An …

Director's Check List Number 2

How often should you read your script? 9 times, as the books recommend? Actually, most of us just read the script ONCE.<p>1: Read the script.<p>Take notes …

Cinematographer Eric Kress Crafts Light For A Scene In This Video Workshop

Eric Kress, an accomplished cinematographer whose credits include "The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo," (2009) recently led a lighting class at Gokinema, …

Sweden

Six Minutes Of Madness – Most Incredible One Shot Scene Ever? (NSFW/Spoiler)

Please - do yourself a favor. Stop whatever you’re doing and go and watch the scene from True Detective I’ve linked in this article <i>right now</i>. It is …

Infographic shows the most common problems in screenplays

Infographics