What a week! The NFL is back. The Supreme Court hearing is contentious. The Toronto Film Festival is in full swing. The great moustachioed one has passed on. But we’re here to keep your head in the game with these links that will make you a better filmmaker, actor, or cinephile. (At least, that’s the idea.)
This Week’s Good Reads (Week of September 3, 2018)
A Massive List of Fall 2018 Grants All Filmmakers Should Know About (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
Browse. Apply. Cash checks.
Vimeo’s New Global Stock Footage Marketplace Aims to Help Brands ‘Make Better Video’ (via Kristina Monllos for AdWeek)
Vimeo has entered the stock footage game.
Academy backpedals on Popular Oscar idea, realizing it needs workshopping (via Devon Maloney for The Verge)
The Oscars will go back to honoring films that are just… good?
How Wigging Is Plaguing Hollywood Stunt Work & Erasing Minorities From The Industry (via Karen Fratti for Bustle)
Hot tip: If you have a female character that requires stunts, try to use a female stuntperson.
Can Virtual Reality Save the Movie Theater? (via Scott Meslow for GQ)
What it was like watching Van Wilder (yes, Van Wilder) on a VR headset.
The Long Road from Pay It Forward to Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Inside Director Mimi Leder’s Return to the Big Screen (via Nicole Sperling for Vanity Fair)
A peek into Mimi Leder’s 18-year stint in movie director jail after her first box office flop.
Movies from our September Movie Picks out this week:
- Bisbee ’17 (4th Row Films)
- Hal (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
- I Am Not a Witch (Film Movement)
- Peppermint (STX Entertainment)
A video worth watching
Shia LaBeouf started an acting school (h/t Complex)
— Shia LaBeouf (@thecampaignbook) September 6, 2018
How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?
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