What a week, so full of loss. Just some of the things that went bye-bye this week: Gawker, private prisons for the Justice Dept., The Nightly Show, yet another Trump campaign manager, and Ryan Lochte’s credibility. And yet there was still so much to gain this week, especially when it comes to film-related news, stories, and op-eds. We’ve collected some of the highlights to help you get through the weekend.
This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 15, 2016)
‘Perverting the Youth of America’: The Oral History of Teen Classic Jawbreaker (via Mitchell Sunderland for Broadly)
The making-of a post-Heathers/pre-Mean Girls bitchy cult classic.
Better Safe Than Sorry: Nine Basics Moviemakers Should Cover For On-Set Safety (via David Albert Pierce, Esq. for MovieMaker Magazine)
Read this so you don’t die (or get sued).
Production Apps for Independent Filmmakers (via Kathryn Giroux for The Independent)
SmartPhone apps aren’t just for games and dating!
Why Criticism: We Need to Talk About Short Films (via Justine A. Smith for Vague Visages)
A call for critics and film writers to give short films some attention.
In Praise of the Double Feature (via J. Hoberman for The New York Times)
What’s better than watching a movie? Watching two movies!
5 Ways to Get Better Performances from Actors in Short Films (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
How to be achieve maximum performance with a minimal runtime.
Crowdfunding: An Awkward, Instructive Tool for Student Filmmakers (via Russell Goldman for Indiewire)
First-person war stories from film school crowdfunding campaigns.
Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:
- Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus Features)
A video worth watching
The Powder video essay we’ve all been waiting for (via The Talkhouse)
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
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