Interview

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 3

 
Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 3, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 2

 
Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 2, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

SlamNation - Saul Williams Interview: Part 1

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Part 1, Saul Williams on the influence of hip hop on poetry.
 


These series of poignant moments with Saul Williams were captured by our dear friend Gabrielle Bouliane, poet and filmmaker, who recently lost her battle with cancer.  Originally intended as DVD extras for SlamNation, we offer them now as a tribute to the talent of both Gabrielle and Saul.
 

SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

BLAST! - Mark Devlin on The Colbert Report

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Could we have ever guessed at the start of this project that it would culminate with my astrophysicist brother appearing on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report? My science adventure movie, BLAST! was very popular internationally. It screened on television all across Europe, Japan, Canada, even had a weekend of global broadcasts that reached 120 countries on BBC World News.

But the United States is the toughest market for independent filmmakers and BLAST! received a lot of resistance from both film festivals and broadcasters in the U.S. – even though the movie was a suspenseful story by an American filmmaker about an American scientist. Was it because of too much science? Too little science? Too much religious discussion? No “Voice-of-God” narrator? Too personal – breaking convention by examining scientist’s family sacrifices? Who knows? But the traditional gatekeepers kept BLAST! from a national broadcast in the U.S.

BLAST! - BBC Weekend World

Posted by Paul Devlin:

One of the amazing things about the shoestring movies made by independent filmmakers, is the disproportionally vast reach and impact they can have.

BBC World News is available in over 120 countries. Impossible to collect ratings information but based on surveys, they claim an overall viewership of 70 million per week across the planet.

After BBC World started acquiring independent films from BBC's Storyville strand, both Power Trip and BLAST! had what amounts to GLOBAL broadcasts on the channel, 4 screenings over a weekend.

When they also invited me to do this interview for the news program Weekend World I jumped at the chance to reach that many people.

BLAST! DVD
BLAST! Trailer

BLAST! On Screen/In Person Tour

BLAST! has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts, through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation for a two-week tour in April, as part of the On Screen/In Person Touring Film Program.

Director Paul Devlin with be appearing with the film on the following dates. Come join us! (You can also buy the DVD here).  

Check out the video interview above from Erie, listen to this podcast from the Program, and check out more interviews here!

Follow Paul's tour on the On Screen In Person blog!

Rehoboth Beach Film Society
Movies at the Midway, 29 Midway Shopping Center
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Friday April 20th, 7:00pm
Join the event on Facebook
Read Paul's recap on the On Screen/In Person blog!

 

Health and the City

Posted by Rina Svet:

Part of a larger project on the subject of health literacy, this little video was shot back in the summer of 2008 when I was just learning how to use that huge and heavy professional camera!  We spent a hot summer's day walking around Times Square to see just how people felt about their doctors, their relationship with their doctors, and what they knew about health care in general.  The result is this fairly amusing and somewhat enlightening clip!

New York Comic Con AMV Tour!

Posted by Rina Svet:

According to Wikipedia, an AMV is "a music video consisting of clips from one or more animations set to an audio track (often songs or movie/show trailer audio); the term usually refers to fan-made unofficial videos."  But an AMV is so much more than that simple definition.

I made my first AMV a long time ago. It was a sad little thing with terrible quality and editing  - made in Widows Movie Maker when I had just turned 16. If you were to show me this video today and ask me to claim it, I would deny its ownership totally and completely, but that badly edited little video was the beginning of everything for me.   Jumping forward seven years, I took my camera to New York Comic Con last weekend where I shot a little exposé about their AMV contest.  The room was jam-packed with only standing room left and I could barely navigate through it with my gear. The AMV contest is popular to say the least.

The AMV community, known collectively as “the .Org” is large and rich and fascinating. It's full of gifted editors of all ages, races, religions and nationalities who are striving to make a name for themselves; to achieve something; to always improve; to tell a story.  In short, editors who love to edit.  The lifetimes of their videos are filled with contests and big screens. With large audiences and fans. And their shelves are lined with trophies - proofs of their winnings.

The process of making an AMV is long and painstaking and the results are as different as the editors who create them. There are AMVs specializing in effects or 3D animation. There are videos centered on storytelling.  Videos that are dramas or comedies or action adventure pieces. There are videos that are terrible and videos that are so amazing it's hard to believe they weren't made by a pro. And the outlets for these videos are endless.  The screenings at conventions are only the tip of the iceberg.

As AMVs took me along the path to editing and filmmaking seven years ago, they are still bringing hundreds of young editors into this movement today.

Check out some of these great AMVs below!

Max Vanderwolf in Last Man Standing & Naked Sun

Posted by Paul Devlin:

I met my good friend Max Vanderwolf at University and made this music video of his band Naked Sun when we were both living in New York in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s. I’m proud of this piece, shot on Super-8 film, because it captures the flamboyant, edgy East Village that I remember so well, but which no longer exists.



And the second part shows Max still at it, making great music with his latest band, Last Man Standing.

CBS Behind the Scenes

Posted by Paul Devlin

Visit CBSSports.com

Alongside making independent films, my other career is with CBS Sports.  I work as a video editor, mostly weekends, in the Broadcast Center in New York City on the studio shows – NFL Today, Road to the Final Four and others. Of course, I do a lot of work on non-linear edit systems (Avid, Final Cut Pro), especially for my movies, but my primary role at CBS is old-school, on-line, tape-to-tape, linear editing.  

For those of you who know what that means, it may seem hard to believe. Most people assume that style of editing is ancient history. It used to be the norm, though – big, expensive suites that looked like the bridge of the Enterprise in Star Trek and cost up to $500/hour for agency work. This was before video editing migrated to PCs and laptops, collapsing the post-production industry as we knew it at the time.   

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