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Oz Magazine - November / December 2016

November 7, 2016

When fans think Hollywood can’t do it right, they do it themselves.

In this generation of online media, fan films and fan series have been on the rise: independent filmmakers tackle stories from existing sci-fi, fantasy, and comic book properties, adapting the mythos into their own media. Fan films are by no means a new concept, with the earliest instance dating back to the 1920s (Anderson ‘O...

November 7, 2016

Georgia is the number three production center in the country.

With this growth comes a building boom in terms of facilities, along with a population explosion of both young filmmakers and the support staff required to make a vision become a reality. The hope is that the next Spielberg or Scorsese is currently in a Georgia school waiting for his or her shot at creating a magic movie.

Georgia has been th...

The Association of Film Commissioners International’s Cineposium 2016 brought 110 representatives from 22 countries—including Argentina, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and Uganda—and 25 states to Atlanta for the 40th annual conference between September 22-24.

This year's event was hosted by Oz Publishing, Inc. and Barnes & Thornburg, LLP. The three-day “Building Your Business” focused conf...

November 2, 2016

This is my 20th year as a member of an international film union best known as IATSE, which is an acronym for a four-mile long run-on sentence describing what its members do and the incredibly specific places where they do them.

It’s my theory that nobody actually knows all the words in the actual title of the organization and instead just make up something, hoping that nobody calls them out on their b...

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November 8, 2016

October 7-9 —The Multicultural Sci-Fi Organization hosted the first annual Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival this year, sponsored by HBO, IMAX, Georgia Tech, The CG Brothers, and more.

This year’s festival kicked off with a special Westworld mixer and episode screening, hosted by HBO at Atlanta’s SCADShow, followed by a discussion panel on the show, its morality, and the concept of robotics in the his...

November 8, 2016

October 21-22 — The inaugural Way Down Film Festival debuted as the first high-profile film festival in Columbus, showcasing over 30 short films on the main stage of the historic Springer Opera House, with filmmaker Q&As following each screening.

Events included the VIP Sunset Champagne Reception, Morning Filmmaker Coffee Hour, network after parties, and a closing night awards ceremony gala.

Founded by...

November 7, 2016

October 7-9 — The 9th annual Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival convened October 7-9, featuring over 30 films, educational workshops, awards, celebrity panels, a red carpet screening, and more.

This year Rich Peluso, Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films (a division of Sony Pictures), delivered the keynote address on the genesis and impact of faith-based filmmaking and its future in the industry. Fea...

November 7, 2016

October 12 — The horror-comedy feature film SLAW, a loose parody of the SAW film franchise, had its world premiere to a packed house on Wednesday October 12 at the Studio Movie Grill in Duluth, Georgia.

The film follows two “foodie” brothers who kidnap anyone who ruins their dining experience, forcing them to all “play a game.” These games include a healthy helping of “Mama’s World Famous Coleslaw” (“i...

November 7, 2016

September 24 — ARRI Rental hosted Fujinon Day on September 24.

William Wages (ASC) and ARRI Rental Atlanta technicians Radames Gonzalez and Mike Sippel took attendees through a day workshop in lens evaluation, exploring the different characteristics that can impact production, from flare to bokeh to pin cushioning and more, using a constant rotation of Fujinon Premiere Series and Cario Series lenses f...

November 7, 2016

October 5-7 — The All 3 Coasts Film Lounge convened at Joystick Gamebar this year during the A3C Festival, giving attendees a home base to mingle and network during downtime in the convention.

Hosted by the Atlanta Film Society, Joystick provided a locale for Happy Hours, an 8-Bit Comedy Night on Wednesday, the Music Video Director’s Showcase, Throwback Television Marathon, and a screening of House Pa...

November 7, 2016

October 18 — In celebration of National Animation Month, the monthly film networking event Eat, Drink, & B-Indie invited local animation organizations to pitch their roles in Atlanta animation and make themselves available to working animators and non-animators.

Filmmakers looking for an animator to assist in the production of a film, music video or web series found in EDBI a great place to make those...

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