Monday, February 16, 2009

Welcome to the Footage Firm

Well, we've got a great new sponsor for our filmmaker prize packages. They are giving us their royalty-free stock footage DVDs to pass along to our winning filmmakers. In addition to the DVDs they sell, they have launched a new website: where video editors can download stock footage clips from around the world absolutely free. Here's the info Joel at Footage Firm sent me on the site. provides completely free stock footage from around the world that can be downloaded instantly and incorporated into any type of video editing project (commercial use is okay!). There are absolutely no fees-just register for free and start downloading an unlimited amount of footage!
This is a great deal, folks. Check it out.

Friday, February 06, 2009

J.J. Abrams' Mystery Box

Browsing the TED archives, I came across this video of J.J. Abrams talking about his love of mystery. Along the way, there are some fantastic lessons about story and narrative, as well as a powerful challenge to filmmakers near the end. Watch it here.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Susan Emshwiller - A Winning Broad!

Susan Emshwiller, an alumna of Broad Humor Film Festival whose film, "In the Land of Milk and Money" opened the very first festival, has just won an award from the Environmental Defense Action Fund for her film, "Cap It." We all give her a huge cheer for her work.