Making of a PSA: Interviews with Production & Costume Designer Deborah Zawol Smyth and Makeup Artist Jennifer Snowdon

Above: Taliyah Whitaker as the 1980s talk show host getting last-minute touchups from Makeup Artist Jennifer Snowdon on the set of Little Leading Ladies. Photo courtesy of Amanda Lin Costa/Instagram. This is the fourth installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals. NYWIFT member Susan Modaress […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with the DP Bryant Fisher and Gaffer Jerred Sanusi

Above: Director of Photography, Bryant Fisher (behind camera) on set of Little Leading Ladies. Image courtesy of Adorama Rentals.  Welcome to part 3 of this five-part blog series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  Kelly La Rosa of Adorama Rentals interviews Bryant Fisher and Jerred Sanusi, respectively Director of Photography and Gaffer on the Little Leading Ladies video. […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with Casting Director Jessica Daniels

Above: Casting Director Jessica Daniels (right) and her associate Candice Alustiza-Lee (left) at the casting for Little Leading Ladies. Image courtesy of Adorama Rentals. This is the second installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals. NYWIFT member Amanda Lin Costa interviews Casting Director Jessica Daniels about her work […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth

Above: Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth (center) works with the young actors on the set of Little Leading Ladies. Photo courtesy of Gingersnap This is the first installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  Intro: When fellow NYWIFT member Aubrey Smyth shared her idea to create a PSA inspired by […]

Make Your Movie: Regardless

As filmmakers we are, by default, ingrained with a sense of passion for the work we do. Both on-set and off, we push ourselves harder than the average working stiff. It is this passion, I believe, which sets us apart from the rest of society. Bump into a fellow filmmaker at an unassuming location and […]

Photokina 2014 is Over; Check Out This Cool Video Coverage

The 2014 Photokina Show has come and gone but there are tons of videos that let you experience it first hand. Check out this awesome video coverage of one of the biggest photography shows in the world direct from Cologne, Germany.                         Were you […]

Capturing New York’s Nightlife

There’s a growing profession in New York City’s night scene. That is, one of the nightclub/event photographer. (Yes, it’s an actual job that pays. And well, I might add.) If you’re looking to get a start in this side of the photography industry, there are a few sites out there that have some helpful tips […]

Hitchcock Thriller Used to Measure Consciousness

Alfred Hitchcock, our master of suspense, was incredibly good at manipulating his audience—a fact that has now come in handy for neuroscientists. When they screened a Hitchcock thriller for volunteers in a brain scanner, they found that brain activity of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years was astonishingly similar […]

Martin Scorsese Inspires Every Filmmaker With Tisch Commencement Speech

I had the pleasure of watching Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech for the graduates of the Tisch School for the Arts. I believe he speaks to every filmmaker through his inspiring words of encouragement. Here are the highlights of that speech transcribed, in hopes they inspire the filmmaker and artist in you: Any of you, whether you’re […]

Quick Photo Tips: When To Use a Tripod

There are three ways your photo can be blurry: either the focus is wrong, the camera moved, or the subject moved. This article deals with how to avoid camera shake. Most of the time, you can simply hold the camera in your hand. Obviously, this is much quicker, and gives you time to grab a shot of […]