Directors Roundtable Full Interview

Some really good insights about how directors think.

Steve  McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Paul  Greengrass (Captain Phillips), David  O. Russell (American Hustle), Ben  Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Alfonso  Cuaron (Gravity) and Lee  Daniels (The Butler) join THR's Matt Belloni and Stephen Galloway to discuss their movies.

CGI VFX Breakdowns HD: "Gravity Artist Breakdown" - by Prime Focus World

Cool and insightful VFX breakdown for "Gravity" by the talented team at Prime Focus World! In this Artist Breakdown we analyse a scene from 'Gravity' starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Noah Official International Trailer (HD) Russell Crowe, Emma Watson

Interesting take by Darren Aronofsky, "Noah" Official International Trailer (HD) Russell Crowe, Emma Watson

Seth Godin on Failing Until You Succeed

Mandatory must watch entrepreneur's video #inspiring #startup #entrepreneur

Teaser: Startup Grind TLV

The DEGRAF CHANNEL covers the Startup Grind meetup in Tel Aviv, exploring the things which make entrepreneurs successful.

A Wideo Production

Wideo videos is bringing on the action. An easy way to bring video to the screen.

Impressions from DevFest 2013

Shia Hershowitz gives his impressions on the DevFest 2013 at the Google Campus in Tel Aviv, israel, where hundreds of android developers gathered to discuss new ideas and technology.

Behind the Scenes: Crowdfunding

The DEGRAF CHANNEL team discuss the merits of crowdfunding at a recent meetup, behind the scenes, in a bar. Discussing the importance of knowing your audience, having a social media presence, prior to launching a campaign and how regulation may effect fund raising.

Pebble Smartwatch Review (iOS/Android)

Buy Pebble E-Paper Watch for iPhone and Android

The Cinematography of BREAKING BAD (Analysis)


Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors

Russel Brand Audition Tape - Forgetting Sarah Marshall


Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors

Secret Audition Tapes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jnr.


Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors

Coca-Cola Creates Park: Roll Out Happiness


VFX and CG Survival Guide for Producers and Film makers (VFX and CG Survival Guides)

How to get into and survive Film, Advertising and TV post-production - The Alternative Guide

The Visual Effects Arsenal: VFX Solutions for the Independent Filmmaker

GoPro: HERO3+ Black Edition: Smaller, lighter, mightier still.

GoPro, the company known for its HD Hero line of sports cameras that take steady footage in tough conditions, has launched the Hero 3+. The camera is lighter and smaller than its predecessor, and consumes battery at a slower pace.

The Hero 3+ comes in two versions. The more powerful Black Edition is 20% smaller than the Hero 3 and offers a 30% improved battery life. It also has four times faster Wi-Fi speeds, a new lens for sharper video and overall better image quality. A new feature called SuperView provides wider-angle shots.

GoPro HERO3: Black Edition

CGI Animation HD: "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"

The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings - Dark Enhanced Edition -Xbox 360

Check out this fanatastic new trailer for "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt" by the talented team at Platige Image! This is the third game from The Witcher series.For more information about this trailer please visit the links below:

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an upcoming action role-playing video game set in an open world environment. It is currently being developed by CD Projekt RED and officially announced on February 5, 2013.[3] The game will be the third in a series, preceded by The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, based on books of the same name by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Official Witcher Website-

Teaser Trailer Credits

Director: Tomek Bagiński
Executive Producer: Marcin Kobylecki, Jarosław Sawko, Piotr Sikora
Producer: Marta Staniszewska 
CG Supervisor: Grzegorz Kukuś
Art Director: Maciej Jackiewicz 
Production Coordinator: Monika Paćkowska, Karolina Czabaj 
Lead Rendering Artist: Stanisław Marek
Lead Shading Artist: Wojciech Idzi
Lead Compositing Artist: Maciej Jackiewicz
Lead Character TD: Michał Krupa
Lead Simulation TD: Sobisz Łukasz
Lead Face TD: Bartosz Opatowiecki 
Environment Artist: Marcin Stępień, Michał Firek, Robert Kudera 
Concept Art: Damian Bajowski, Artur Sadłos 
Animation: Sebastian Kalemba, Anna Płocica, Tycjan Bartuś, Firlit Arkadiusz
Character modeler: Tomasz Wróbel, Artur Owśnicki, Tomasz Stefański, Klaudiusz Wesołowski, Tomasz Stryjewski 
Character TD: Kamil Hepner, Mateusz Popławski 
Texture Artist: Tomasz Zaborek, Bartłomiej Walendziak, Maciej Bugajski
Rendering: Wojciech Idzi, Grzegorz Kukuś, Mariusz Samson, Daniel Schmid Leal 
Layout Artist: Michał Kaleniecki, Dominik Wawrzyniak, Bartłomiej Kik 
Simulation TD: Marek Sulęcki, Maciej Benczarski, Burie Sophie 
FX TD: Piotr Suchodolski, Bartosz Grzybowski, Carlos Acevedo 
Logo Sequence: Artur Szymczak, Arkadiusz Leszko 
Additional Arttist: Marcin Jakubowski, Piotr Arendzikowski, Błażej Andrzejewski, Łukasz Burnet, Mateusz Gamroth
RnD: Adam Wierzchowski, Jakub Pietrzak
CTO: Tomasz Kruszona
IT: Jakub Dąbrowski, Piotr Getka, Łukasz Olewniczak, Tomasz Zając
DI support: Piotr Janisiewicz, Maciej Niemirski, Mariusz Seliga, Łukasz Szulc, Michał Własiuk, Maciej Żak 
Music: Adam Skorupa
Sound Design and Mix: Kuba Pietrzak (Box Postproduction)
Actor: Marianna Januszewicz, Grzegorz Kowalczyk, Robert Sikorski, Grzegorz Stelmaszewski
Mocap Performer/Stunt: Mariusz Dzięcioł, Sławomir Kurek, Maciej Kwiatkowski 
Mocap Performer/Actor: Juliusz Dzienkiewicz, Marek Serafin, Joanna Federowicz-Żurawska
Casting: Maciej Nawrotkiewicz 
3D Scanning Session: Lee Perry Smith (IR-Entertainment Ltd.) 
Mocap session: Alvernia Studios
Photo Session: Jakub Sapija (Metaluna)

How I Prepare As An Actor For A Film Shoot

How I Prepare As An Actor For A Film Shoot by Bill Oberst Jr. #filmmaking #acting #casting #film

Christina Bianco Diva Impressions 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' (as Adele & more!)

Christina Bianco Diva Impressions 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' (as Adele & more!)

#talent #acting #singing #casting #impersonation 

See Liam Hemsworth in Paranoia. Go to

Jimmy Kimmel Live - The third part of Jimmy's interview with Liam Hemsworth

Jimmy Kimmel Live's YouTube channel features clips and recaps of every episode from the late night TV show on ABC.

Subscribe for clips from the monologue, the interviews, and musical performances every day of the week. Watch your
favorites parts again, or catch-up on any episodes you may have missed.

#movies #interview #official #trailer #paranoia

Amber Heard Interview - Paranoia

Amber Heard Interview - Paranoia 

An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

Director: Robert Luketic

Writers: Joseph Finder (novel), Jason Dean Hall (screenplay)

Stars: Amber Heard, Harrison Ford, Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman

In theaters: August 16, 2013

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival: Writer's Block ‪#‎commercial‬ ‪#‎ads‬ ‪#‎funny‬ ‪#‎creative‬

Anthony Weiner mocks British ITV reporter

Weiner mocks reporter, scolds staff as cameras roll at campaign event 8th August 2013

Recommended: How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age

#interview #nyc #election #mayor #pr #marketing - "Lovelace" - Amanda Seyfried Interview ( Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.

 Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

 Writer: Andy Bellin Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple

#film #official #trailer #amanda #seyfried

7 Tips For Film Producers From Walter White

Love him or hate him, Walter White is one of the most complex characters on television right now. Not only has his arc on Breaking Bad been absolutely captivating, but also seeing both his successes and failures can teach young producers some essentials of the business. Here are the lessons I have learned from Walter White. READ MORE

#inspiration #filmmaking #tips #film #producer

Elysium Movie Review. Beyond The Trailer host Grace Randolph gives you her own review aka reaction to Elysium, the new sci-fi blockbuster from Neill Blomkamp starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley!

 #movie #review #film #GraceRandolf

CGI VFX Demo HD: "3D Tiger Test" by Human Ark Animation Studio

CGI VFX Demo HD: "3D Tiger Test" by Human Ark Animation Studio #animation #CGI #VFX

Check out this short test of a Fully animated CG tiger by the talented team at Human Ark Animation Studio! For more information about this video please visit the links below:

Official Website -
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Music Track - STRAUSS JOHANN-DIE FLEDERMAUS Couplet Act II- 615 Music


VFX Supervisor: Kamil Polak 
Animation Supervisor: Wojtek Wawszczyk 
Model and texture: Michael Kwolek 
R'n'D fur, light, render: Andrzej Majewski 
Rig: David Bunio 
Animation: David Bunio, Wojtek Jakubowski 
Composition: Agata Wacławiak - Paczkowska

The Lifeguard - Clip #1 (HD) Kristen Bell

Leigh (Kristen Bell) is almost 30, and living a seemingly perfect life in New York. But when her career and love life both come crashing down, she flees to her suburban hometown and regresses right back into teenage life and behavior. She moves into her old room with her parents, hangs around with friends who never left town, and reclaims her high school job as a condo-complex lifeguard. But as Leigh enjoys shirking adult life and responsibilities and enters into an illicit affair, she begins a chain reaction that affects those closest to her. With an all-star cast that also includes Martin Starr ("Party Down," "Knocked Up"), Mamie Gummer ("Side Effects") and Oscar nominee Amy Madigan, it's a journey that's both hilarious and heartfelt. Presented by Screen Media Films & Focus World, the alternative distribution of Focus Features.

Director: Liz W. Garcia

Cast: Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, David Lambert, Joshua Harto, Amy Madigan

Writers: Liz W. Garcia

#trailer #movies #KristenBell

I Give It A Year - Clip #1 (HD) Rose Byrne, Anna Faris

Since they met at a party, ambitious high-flyer Nat (Rose Byrne) and struggling novelist Josh (Rafe Spall) have been deliriously happy despite their differences. Josh is a thinker, Nat's a doer, but the spark between them is undeniable. Their wedding is a dream come true, but no one — family, friends and even the minister who marries them — is convinced that they will last. Josh's ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Anna Faris), and Nat's handsome American client Guy (Simon Baker) could offer attractive alternatives.

Director: Dan Mazer

Cast: Rose Byene, Rafe Spall, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, Jason Flemyng, Tim Key, Olivia Coleman

Writers: Dan Mazer

In theaters: August 9th, 2013

Copyright © 2013 Magnolia Pictures

Kevin Smith’s Seven Golden Rules of Moviemaking

Director, screenwriter, sometimes actor, and all-around major geek Kevin Smith has deep roots in independent moviemaking, filming his first feature, Clerks, in the convenience store he worked at for just over $25,000.

The small indie film soon traveled to Cannes where it won the Filmmaker’s Trophy and was quickly snapped up by Miramax. Needless to say, Smith’s career blew up. He has since written and directed a diverse variety of work, such as Mallrats,Chasing AmyDogmaJay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Zack and Miri. Smith has been a major proponent of independent cinema both advocating for it and participating in the process. The outspoken director shocked the industry in 2011 when he auctioned off his film, Red State, to himself, choosing to self-distribute rather than sell it to a studio. READ MORE

World Champion Kickboxing Champion Adi Rotem Hammers Punches

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How Agents Read Actor Submissions

Want to know what agents are thinking when you submit to them? Secret Agent Man has some insight!

Secret Agent Man

How Agents Read Actor Submissions

Adidas Independent boxing commercial

BAFTA Los Angeles Honoring Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Kingsley at Britannia Awards

BAFTA Los Angeles Honoring Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Kingsley at Britannia Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles will honor Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Kingsley at its Britannia Awards next November. READ MORE...

And While We Were Here - Official Trailer (HD) Kate Bosworth


In the latest round of Dove’s long-running "Real Beauty" campaign, the company leaves a Photoshop Action where photography creatives might find it, in order to sabotage the unrealistic beauty standards they may be supporting.  READ MORE

Why the Moto X Has an Edge on the Competition

Great overview on the Moto X #motox #smartphone #bloomberg #review

How 12 Business Leaders Got to the C-Suite

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg worked for the U.S. Department of Treasury. IBM'sVirginia Rometty was president of her sorority. Virgin's Richard Branson didn't fancy school.
We may not know what it's like to be worth billions of dollars or be chosen asFortune's #1 most powerful businesswoman, but we can certainly learn from these C-suiters' paths to the top — and hey, at least dropping out of college doesn't preclude you from immense success. READ MORE
#entrepreneurship #inspiration #success #csuiters

Elysium - Sharlto Copley Featurette (HD) Matt Damon

Set in the year 2159, where the very wealthy live on a man-made space station while the rest of the population resides on a ruined Earth, a man takes on a mission that could bring equality to the polarized worlds. #film #movies #featurette #mattdamon #action

In theaters: August 9, 2013

Director: Neill Blomkamp

Writer: Neill Blomkamp (screenplay)

Stars: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley

Copyright @ Sony Pictures

The Wrap's Inaugural Innovators List: 12 Who Are Changing Hollywood

Hollywood is changing, and not a moment too soon. With traditional entertainment platforms in upheaval and digital models facing down old-style distribution,TheWrap went on the hunt for the people who are creating new business models, challenging the status quo and digging new paths for content creators.


Nunchaku Guru Tests Skill in a Game of Ping Pong

Image: A nunchaku guru, testing his skills in a game of ping pong in storyboard for short film Rebel With A Cause, written and to be produced and directed by Grant de Graf.

The production is an action-drama short film in development, depicting Sally Jackson’s mission, to lead a SWAT team to rescue captives, metaphorically retold by an international authority on energy, who is presenting his case on the use of natural gas, as a substitute to gasoline. ~

Rebel With A Cause is slated to be independently produced. In a growing indie market for movie production, distribution of the film is to be effected through VOD with anticipated theatrical screenings at major film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice and Berlin.

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Rebel With A Cause

Rebel With A Cause is a film, in development, depicting Sally Jackson’s mission, to lead a SWAT team to rescue captives, metaphorically retold by an international authority on energy, who is presenting his case on the use of natural gas, as a substitute to gasoline.

When SWAT commander Sally Jackson is commissioned to lead a team to rescue captives from a werewolf, days before her upcoming marriage, she knows she will need to pull some of the toughest lessons of training from her bag of tricks. But as the drama unfolds, a reporter uncovers a number of events, which will turn this once sleepy hollow, into a media frenzy. This is about two developing stories, with remarkably similar consequences, but vastly different events. One concerns a professor who is on a mission to enlighten his audience of the dangers the economy faces, if we are not freed from the enslavement of the oil barons. Another, focuses on a head-strong SWAT leader, who must execute a dangerous rescue.



Rebel With A Cause

The Colonel approaches SWAT Leader, Sally Jackson for a pending mission. Rebel With A Cause Track the development of this short film: #entertainment #movie #film #indie #festival #health #fitness #storyboard

Storyboard Image: Rebel With A Cause

SWAT Commander, Lieutenant Sally Jackson is commissioned to lead a team to rescue hostages, days before her upcoming marriage, she knows she will need to pull some of the toughest lessons of training from her bag of tricks. 
 #filmmaking #production #screenwriting #indie #movie

What Makes A Hero?

An interesting perspective:


Quentin Tarantino on Whether Movies Promote Violence

Blindman's Bluff: In the Making...

In the making:
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The Case For Not Exiting The Euro

By Grant de Graf

An economic perspective:

Professor Klaus Schwab's arguments for not exiting the Euro was published in the Huffington Post on January 19, 2013 "The Re-emergence of Europe: Why Exiting the Euro is a Bad Idea".

His arguments for not exiting the Euro can be summarized as follows:

  1. Jettisoning the euro altogether and opting for national devaluation may eradicate a country's current account balance in the short term, but it will not lead to longer term growth.
  2. Even though a devalued currency may make exports cheaper and therefore more attractive to foreign buyers, imports would become more expensive and cause a decrease in real incomes.
  3. An overwhelming number of economists, international civil servants and policy-makers argue that a fragmentation of the Eurozone would cause a new depression and massive wealth destruction around the world. 
  4. It would end the period of economic integration that has characterized world politics since the end of the Cold War. The important founding notion of solidarity would be broken. Old rivalries could be reignited. 
  5. There is a high risk of financial chaos, as a country would have to quickly revert to its new currency.
  6. Lack of clarity as to who would set the exchange rate for the new currency. 
  7. High probability of debt default, bank collapse and lack of access to international capital markets.
  8. There is no legal frame work for a member country to re-establish its own currency. 

This is why the arguments are without foundation:
  1. The goal for exiting the euro was never to balance a current account deficit, but rather to provide a country with a viable framework to export its goods at competitive prices and consequently drive up local production and the economy.
  2. The higher cost of imported goods would swing demand towards local production and if anything result in higher levels of disposal income.
  3. Predicting the future is a dangerous game. What is the basis of the estimates which forecast further recession and wealth destruction? Is this scenario a consequence of higher administration costs or lower expected GDP? Clearly, the forecasts are not founded on sound economic principle or pragmatism. 
  4. Economic fragmentation and political rivalry does not have to be the result of a country's exit from the euro. An exit from the euro needs to be effected with deliberation, planning and the full co-operation of the EU,  regarded not as a rogue act of self-interest, but rather as a measure which is beneficial for all parties (which it is).  
  5. The changes necessary to invoke the euro did not result in chaos and pandemonium. Similarly, if a country were to exit the euro, there is no reason to assume that with the correct planning, this would be any different. History provides us with a long record of successful instances, when nations took on new currencies.
  6. There is no more efficient setter of the exchange rate, than the market.
  7. Defaulting on debt and exiting the euro are two different things, with one having nothing to do with the other. In fact, an exit from the euro makes the case for default less likely. The higher prospects for economic recovery (following an exit) make access to capital markets more compelling.
  8. The lack of a legal basis for a country to exist the euro is unfortunate and possibly demonstrates the lack of planning that went into the creation of a single currency union. Irrespective, if exiting the euro is indeed the optimal route for a country and the EU to follow, there's little doubt that European leaders will devise a blueprint which will accommodate such an initiative.
Also posted on Grant de Graf's "Understanding the Credit Crunch" blog.