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Cinematography Symposium

Started by Cheri Isabella Sep 5, 2012.

film workshops

Started by Pacific New Media May 18, 2011.


Started by Martin Troy Mar 28, 2011.

Filmmaker Magazine Blogs

“A Poor African-American Woman in the Jim Crow South”: Maggie Greenwald |Sophie and the Rising Sun

Sophie and the Rising Sun In every film, there is the story that you knew you were telling, the story the audience perceives. But there is always some other story, a secret story. It might be the result of your hidden motivations for making the film, or, instead, the result of themes that only became clear to you after you made the movie. It might be something very personal, or it might be a story you didn’t even know you were telling. What is your film’s secret story? As the screenwriter as well as director of Sophie and the Rising Run, I didn’t believe there […]

Embracing the Sublime and the Idiotic: 5 Questions with the Filmmakers of “Friends with Benefits”

Fort Buchanan When it comes to both geography and genre, the loose collective of American filmmakers made up of Gabriel Abrantes, Alexander Carver, Benjamin Crotty, and Daniel Schmidt favor radical destabilization. Their films are hard to categorize. They’re set in an array of countries, including France, Djibouti, Iraq, Puerto Rico, and underneath the US-Mexico border, and they’re not quite family drama, not quite political farce, and not quite science-fiction, though they borrow elements from each. The scenarios in their films often interrogate post-9/11 geopolitics and the legacy of colonization, but at the same time, the filmmakers approach these subjects with an absurd […]

“Flop”: The Conclusion of Short Film Winner Jim Cummings’ Sundance Video Diary

Cummings “You won a trophy in a bowling alley — get it together!” Thunder Road short film award-winning director Jim Cummings deals with sudden success in this final installment of his video diary series from the Sundance Film Festival. There are parties and drugs, bad behavior in the snow, nods to Kanye and Birdman, and much more. Check it out above.

Watch: What Does Oscar Nominated Cinematography Look Like in 2015?

IMG_1345 Kevin B. Lee has been considering the candidates in the major Oscar categories. In this video essay, he  breaks down the styles of the five candidates (The Hateful Eight, Sicario, The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road, Carol). The sound’s off as Lee narrates, but he also recommends watching the video silently to focus more on the cinematography. Pressed for time? You can read his essay here.

Watch: The Revenant by Tarkovsky

IMG_1337 Is Andrei Tarkovsky a dominant influence for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant? Misha Petrick makes the case in this split-screen video, with The Revenant on the left and a broad swath of Tarkovsky’s films for comparison on the right.

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Comment by Michael Rivero on June 24, 2011 at 6:07am

am a talk-show radio host.


Trust me; it's no big deal!



Comment by Tiffany Au on June 23, 2011 at 8:54pm
Hi everyone!

PLEASE VOTE For me, Tiffany Au, fellow Hawaii actress, for a contest I entered called So You Think You Can Host? to be a radio host.  

Voting begins today and ends on June 30, 2011.  I found this opportunity on HAN and really appreciate your support.  

Thank you for your generosity. 

Listen to my 10 minute submission here:

Vote here:

Thank you!

Comment by Hawaii Film Industry on May 1, 2011 at 9:41am

Motion Graphics Designer/Editorial Assistant 


We are looking for a talented, self-motivated designer experienced in motion graphics and animation. Individual will be working independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment. The candidate will have a clear understanding of design principles as well as technical prowess, and be willing to take ownership of projects and execute independently. Candidate must have the ability to manage several projects concurrently, sometimes working with minimal direction. 


In addition, candidate will be expected to perform Editorial Assistant responsibilities for animation. Duties will include: daily upkeep of cuts coming from the animation and lighting shot departments, updates to the asset tracking system via proprietary tools, and upload of cuts for review by clients. 



• Prior or current experience at a design studio, post production house, or broadcast television station is preferred. 

• Minimum 3 years of experience with motion graphics, typography, design, and 2D/3D animation 

• Minimum 3 years of experience working in a team project based environment 

• Must have knowledge/experience in After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere 

• Requires strong organizational and communication skills 

• Proficient in a Mac and PC environment 

• A design or art degree or equivalent industry experience is required 

• Experience with digital or print design is a plus: please include samples of work in this area if you have experience. 


Interested candidates please respond to, as well as, to the craigslist email at top of posting. 

Comment by Nelson Pires on April 27, 2011 at 5:38am

@Duane -n- William keep the ideas flowing. Not to many filmmakers think about the finance aspects of a film project. 


Investors are another option. I'm currently talking to some now who are interested in my film.


Another way to keep cost down and what a lot of HI filmmakers do is trade off services. You help me with my film and in return I help you.


Even if we only make one feature a year at least we are staying productive...

Comment by William Terry on April 10, 2011 at 3:57pm

To my knowledge Han hasn’t got any program going to get independent films financed here in Hawaii.  I was wondering if anyone would be interested in entertaining the idea of “Artist Produced Films.”  Basically films financed by a group effort of a group of artist like we have here at HAN.  The way I figured was we could keep it simple and break the budget of a film into $5 “shares.”  So say a films budget is $15000 then you would need 3000 shares purchased.  You could buy as many shares as you want and when the film is done any gross profit would be distributed equally based on the shares.  So say if the film gets picked up for DVD distribution for $50000 gross profit each share would be worth about $16 bucks.  Not a ton of money but you tripled your money and the more shares you bought the higher the profit to you.  And of course the numbers go up the more profit the film makes like if it makes a million dollar profit (not impossible with a good film) each share would be worth $333 which is 66 times what you put in.


In my mind this idea works best if people only buy one or two shares to reduce individual loss.  If you think about it HAN has over 5000 members, if each member bought one share every other month it would cost them 30 bucks a year and we could raise $150000 a year.  A lot of indi films could be made with that money and only one of them has to make a decent profit to get your initial $30 back.   And worse case scenario none of the films makes a dime and each member only lost $30 and we got some films made.    


Anyways that’s my idea, I have a bunch of ideas on how to collect and organize the money as well as a forum for the film ideas to be placed on for share buyers to choose where they wish to put there funds, but I wanted to see if anyone liked the general idea before I spent more time developing it. 


Please let me know what you think.



Mahalo for your time,



William Terry

Comment by Alvin Kirk Love on March 3, 2011 at 11:11am
I am also looking for people who want to make it in the music business. If you need tracks my partner Terry Zapp Troutman is selling tracks, so you will get the real Zapp & Roger sound not the stuff you hear on the radio today. Let's make something happen this year.
Comment by Alvin Kirk Love on March 3, 2011 at 11:06am

I am looking for writers and producers to help with a movie that is stuck in my head. I am not a writer but if I was the movie would have been out by now.

Comment by Teddy Wells on February 11, 2011 at 1:40pm
Seminar with Cinematographer Ron Garcia and Crew
February 12, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Manoa Campus, Art Auditorium

Come meet the camera crew for Hawaii 5-0!

Director of Photography (DP) Ron Gracia and his 1st and 2nd camera assistants discuss their work.  Topics include the difference between film and digital cameras in the production environment for both television and film.  The pros and cons of shooting with two cameras simultaneously.  The best use of the Canon 5D, Canon 1D MK IV, and the Sony EX3. A discussion of the work flow between film and digital image processing.

Ticket Information:

Event Sponsor:
Pacific New Media, Outreach College and Academy for Creative Media, Manoa Campus

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Comment by Teddy Wells on November 21, 2010 at 5:03pm
Aloha fellow HAN members,

I'm hoping this email finds everyone in good health and spirits. As you all know, we will soon have a new administration in office. This is a great opportunity to show them that we are ready to support the efforts to reinstate the Hawaii film office and encourage films to continue coming to Hawaii. This year the Hawaii film industry has generated a record amount of revenue for the entire state. We really need the film industry to continue growing so ALL Hawaii businesses will remain in business.

Please join us in this grass roots movement to fertilize and activate the Hawaii film industry on Friday, December 17, 2010. We need EVERYONE that makes up the Hawaii film industry to join in as we lobby to keep films coming to Hawaii in order that we are able to move towards having a self sustained film industry providing more and more opportunity for our local filmmakers. We will need volunteers and organizers to help with the efforts of this rally.

If you want to see this industry grow then we need your support! Acting coaches, talent agencies, filmmakers, photographers, actors, casting directors, film festival organizers, props department, teamsters and union members are being called into action. When the time comes that our new administration takes a look at restoring the Hawaii film office, they need to have an idea as to how many people their decisions affect. In order to make a difference, we need to come together in UNITY and agree on this together. Go to the HAN rally event and let us know that you will be there.

We will need help with the following:
1. Sign makers
2. Water and/or juices
3. Transportation/carpool organizers
4. Sponsorship for HAN t-shirts
5. Sponsorship for snacks
6. Lots of smiling faces! :)

If you have an idea as to how we can make this a complete success, we would love to hear from you! Email us
Together we stand, divided we fall!!!
"Either you're in, or you're in the way!"
Comment by cousin isaac on November 6, 2010 at 1:19pm
Hey all,
I Just moved to Honolulu and joined HAN so I'd like to introduce myself in the hopes of landing some paying gigs here. About me:
I've made a few shorts, have the rough draft of a feature length screenplay written, I do design and a web programming and I compose music for sync licensing. If I can be of service in any of those regards, please let me know.


Cousin Isaac

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