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The Beshdel Test

Swedish cinemas are to rate films according to their representation of gender, with the aim of drawing attention to the problem of how females are portrayed in mainstream films.

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What’s the Beshdel test?

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Posted: November 6, 2013

Illegal treatment of women in Hollywood?

If the approach to women was common in other industries it would be grounds for legal action according to The Independent in a great article on women in Hollywood.


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Posted: May 27, 2013

Trailers deconstructed

The New York Times has an amazing interactive feature that allows you to scan through a selection of trailers and see which parts of the actual film have been used. As with anything involving a graph, it’s well worth a look.

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And if you want to consider the Oscar chances of your favourite, The Guardian has a guide to potential winners.

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Posted: February 24, 2013

Does the medium matter?

Just as people argue about the merits or otherwise of e-books, those with an interest in film are often drawn into discussions about the industry shift from ‘film’ – celluloid – to capture footage to digital. Keanu Reeves, promoting his documentary ‘Side by Side‘, writes a short but insight blog post about film vs. digital on the Guardian’s website.

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Posted: February 14, 2013

The bigger the better?

Quentin Tarantino didn’t get an Oscar nomination because his producer – Harvey Weinstein – didn’t send out DVDs? The article about it suggests the film should be see big-screen for the proper effect, but in an age of portable, on-demand film experiences, is that an issue?

There’s also lots more in the article about film promotion generally.


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Posted: January 31, 2013

An offer you can’t refuse

The National Film and Television School, in association with the BFI, has created the Talent Campus, and if you’re 16-19 you should be doing all you can to apply. As they say:

The BFI Film Academy Talent Campus delivered by the NFTS is the first ever national residential of its kind. With places for 54 young people aged 16-19 making short films under the tuition of industry experts, it’s a really exciting opportunity!

What are you waiting for?

Talent Campus

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