How to Kill the Internet Overnight

Here at MBFilms, we don’t like to get involved in political issues – that’s not our job. We won’t be crying when Facebook makes another layout change, or we are faced with another Fail Whale on Twitter. Sure these things annoy us, but we’re not here to discuss that. We are however here to spread the important news relating to film, music, and video games, among other creative media. This is why when I found out about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) I was in mixed emotion. From the name itself it appears to help us people who own...

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Final Cut Pro Timecode Breaks

This post is mainly for users of Final Cut, and people who need to import footage via a miniDV tape. Digital cameras do not have this issue. Following on from my previous post on how to make Final Cut Proxy files sometimes the hardest part of editing in Final Cut isn’t actually the editing itself. When importing footage from a miniDV tape you have a high chance of hitting an error screen (below) due to having a timecode break in the tape. But what is a Timecode Break? This question is a very common question when a user gets the...

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Final Cut Pro Proxies

So in Australia, we can get some pretty nasty summer days that you just want to edit sitting in a pool or freezer. But until they make waterproof harddrives, and laptops, I guess we’re all stuck to editing at our usual workstation. Now where we work, there aren’t any delivery cafés that could deliver my cold drink to my desk, nor is there the benefit of not having to turn the computer on and hear a billion buzzing fans. It’s days like this that I want to take my editing to a café down the street and edit remotely. By...

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Ten Things We Love About Natalie

As a bright way to start the New Year, and at the risk of sounding like something of a fanboy, I must confess openly and unashamedly that I love Natalie Portman. So does Mark. We love her ability and what she represents as an actor. Getting the opportunity to direct her one-day would be a dream come true for us (it’s not outside the realm of possibility). This article is supposed to be a ‘profile’ of Ms. Portman, but really, if you want to know her biography, or a list of the films she has appeared in you can go...

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Design v3

We rolled out a new design today, and we’re quite excited about it! Some people think that our last one was quite recent but it was actually last year when we released version 2! We know right?! Time flies! But that seems to be the average time between versions for us so keep keen. Current [v3] Old [v2] Features and Advancements Some new features are that of quite significance! We monitored the activity of users, and where they went often (and where they didn’t go or participate). From this we noticed the Forum, and our Live Chat sections were going...

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The Continuing Story of my Man-Crush on Robert Elswit, ASC

Part Three: Films that Changed My Life This instalment of ‘FTCML’ is a little different to the previous two. I’m jumping forward a bit – quite a bit, actually – to rectify an impression I fear I may be making. See, you don’t have to be a child for a film to change your life. Sure, early exposure to certain films set my mind on a particular path. Childhood impressions do tend to be more profound, that’s true. However, even as an adult certain films have managed to get under my much less impressionable skin. P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be...

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“I Don’t Know If You Should Be Watching That…”

Part Two: The Films that Changed My Life It’s pretty much accepted that 1982′s Poltergeist was a Spielberg film despite the official directing credit going to Tobe Hooper. Google the words ‘Spielberg’, ‘fingerprints’ and the name of the film and you’ll soon get an idea of the consensus. With its focus on familial bonds (particularly the parent/child relationship), the disruption to domestic life, and numerous stylistic flourishes that feel very ‘Spielbergian’, Poltergeist has sparked numerous debates over its authorship. I watched Poltergeist on VHS in the lounge room of my mother’s hairdresser. Mum would travel out to a farmhouse not...

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Dark Rooms, Dark Hearts, and Dark Films

Part One: The Films that Changed my Life One film above any other made a profound impression on me as a kid. It was 1987 and I was twelve years old. I watched it on VHS with a bunch of other kids in a dark room on a twenty-two inch TV at the small Christian primary school I attended as a youngster. It was night time. Our parents were holding a big, annual PTA meeting in the Assembly Room way down the other end of the school. They put us in the school’s AV Room with a video of Honey,...

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Audience Expectation

I was listening to the radio today as I was coming home and the station I was listening to were discussing when has a film disappointed you from the trailer or synopsis. This issue was raised because a viewer in America was disappointed by the film Drive (starring Ryan Gosling) because it “wasn’t anything like The Fast and the Furious“. Now Matt and I went to the Australian premier of Drive a couple of months back and we weren’t expecting much from it either except a guy who drives cars. Now we went to the premier without any real knowledge...

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