Don’t miss your chance to win G-Technology drives or €5,000!

Just a reminder to all the aspiring and professional filmmakers in France, Germany and UK, that this is your last chance to enter G-Technology’s Driven Creativity Competition You could win €5,000, G-Technology drives and see your work showcased at a cool gallery in London! Entry is free and simple, closing on October 8, 2010. G-Technology’s […]

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Learn from the best: Exclusive interviews with expert filmmakers

Interview with Director, Charles Haine The award-winning Film Director, Charles Haine, takes multi-tasking to a new level. As well as co-founding the LA based digital post-production company – Dirty Robber – he is also a regular on the independent film festival circuit. Key projects include his award-winning short film Oblivion, Nebraska which landed its star, […]

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Paris Fermeture Annuelle

By Ana Clara Soares, ÉCU Writer Traditionally, spending the month of August in Paris is believed to be quite dreadful. When one by one all of your favorite boulangeries and restaurants, and even the Cinemathèque for that matter, start to close down for vacation (all announcing that they’ll be reopening in unusually long 20 days), […]

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Interview with filmmakers, Benjamin and Christopher Blaine

This month we’ve been chatting to brothers, Ben and Chris Blaine – two self-taught filmmakers who have learnt their craft by mistakes, flukes and a lot of hard work. They own the production company Charlie Productions and their impressive portfolio of films include the BAFTA shortlisted Russell Square and award-winning Hallo Panda. The pair is […]

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Paris: City of Lights…Camera, Action.

Paris is a wonderfully photogenic city- boasting some of the World’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, stunning architecture and a certain “je ne sais quoi” charm.  So it’s no wonder that thousands of films are shot here every year from big-budget, star-studded monoliths to zero-budget indie films. So, as an independent filmmaker, how do you get […]

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July Newsletter

Scott’s Festival Update SCOTT A PARTI SURFIN’… Il sera de retour en août. G-Tech Corner Êtes-vous dejà inscrit à la compétition de G-Technology, ‘Driven Creativity Competition’? Les cinéastes en herbe et les professionnels de l’industrie peuvent avoir leur travail unique reconnu et récompensé en s’ inscrivant à la compétition “Driven Creativity” de G-Technology. L’inscription est simple […]

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Interview with independent Film Producer Preston Clay Reed

As part of G-Technology’s ongoing support for the ECU community, we’ll be bringing you regular exclusive interviews from filmmakers and producers in the field, sharing top hints and tips. Let’s kick off with Preston Clay Reed – an independent film producer and member of the bi-coastal, American based production company, Fretboard Pictures LLC. His film […]

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ÉCU’s Secret Tip #4: If you’ve got it, flaunt it!

By Claire Leonard Once your script is written or even your film made, the party over, and the hangover cleared you need to set about the task of getting your film seen and, hopefully, loved.  Yes, there is Cannes, but there is so much more to the French film festival scene than those 10 days […]

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Life in a Day. One World, 24 Hours, 6 Billion Perspectives.

An Historic Cinematic Experiment On Saturday 24th July, filmmakers all over the World are invited to capture a glimpse of the World through their eyes.  The most “compelling and distinctive” footage will be edited together into an experimental documentary film directed by Ridley Scott and Kevin MacDonald. The project is called “Life in a Day” […]

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Secret Tip #3: Pitch to lots of Producers

By Claire Leonard Okay, so we’d all like to be a lone maverick filmmaker, like Shane Carruth: writer, director, producer, actor and musical composer of the brilliant $7000-budget movie Primer which went on to win Sundance in 2004.But in reality your creative flair for scriptwriting and even direction will go miles further once you have […]

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Secret Tips Part 2: The Best Things in Life are Free.

Even if you are enviably multi-talented, with numerous strings to your filmmaking bow, you are still likely to need to enlist the help of others in your project. Whether you want to find quality actors for key roles, or assemble technical crew, there are ways and means of tapping into a wealth of talent – […]

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La Creme de la Creme. A Smorgasbord of Tasty Cinematic Treats.

By Claire Leonard ‘Les Nuits en Or’ is, to my mind, an unmissable event in the European cinematic calendar.   It offers a sumptuous feast of short film treasures from around the globe, handpicked by the people at César. Every year in May and June, it travels throughout Europe, before climaxing in Paris. This year the […]

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MPS Live Action Short Film Program at SVA

The one-year degree program in which students earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) features an intensive studio-based approach to short, narrative film production. Led by industry professionals, the program emphasizes the creative, critical and technical skills essential to the working filmmaker in today’s marketplace. The program is chaired by award-winning television and film director […]

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ÉCU Secret Tips: For Independent Filmmaking in France

By Claire Leonard Secret Tip Number 1 of 5: It’s a cliché I know, but there’s something about Paris that makes it a veritable cauldron of bubbling creative juices.  Talk to just about anyone from barmen to bankers and soon enough you’ll discover their second life as artist, musician, writer, poet, dancer or photographer.  Which […]

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ÉCU partnership with Naperville Independent Film Festival

ÉCU is happy to announce our new partnership with Naperville Independent Film Festival The mission of the Naperville Independent Film Festival is to promote, encourage, and inspire local and international filmmakers, future filmmakers, and those passionate about the film industry, while encouraging cultural tourism and film industry development in and around Naperville, Illinois.

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G-Technology by Hitachi launches Driven Creativity Awards

Aspiring and professional filmmakers can have their unique work recognised and rewarded by entering G-Technology’s Driven Creativity competition With a grand prize of €5,000 up for grabs, online entry is available through the G-Technology website. The competition celebrates creativity across not only the film sector but in music and photography too. Entrants will be rewarded […]

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HDSLR Cameras: The Latest Hot Trend

By Rhiannon Hobbins, Festival Manager I was in serious post-festival daze when I first watched G-Technology’s “Faces of the Festival” film. And I’ve got to admit that I was truly impressed. Sure, it brought back great memories from the festival. But the image quality was amazing and I was intrigued to learn that they filmed […]

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Scott’s June Festival Update

With a lot of Europe preparing itself for a nice long summer break we seem to have stepped up a gear and had an incredibly busy month here at ÉCU this month – and the cool thing is that there appears to be no end in sight as we head down various roads and avenues […]

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