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IMDb goes indie!

Whether it’s headline news or not, I still found it very exciting that IMDb.com has a new “Independent Film at IMDb” section of their website. For as long as I can remember, you could sort of navigate through the trailers section of the site to find a slim selection labeled “indie”. Hmm, does this mean that indie’s finally gone mainstream? Probably not, but we’re getting there. Props to IMDb for seeing that independent film deserves its own page once and for all. There’s not that much of a difference from the homepage, but I did like how they have a top trailers list put together by the editors of the site (many festival favorites), a specific independent-film news column and updates on films added to Amazon Instant.

To my fellow Indies, I humbly ask that you take a look at the new subpage of the movie database we all know and love. Tell everyone you LIKE the page via Facebook  and tweet the links that catch your eye. IMDb has 2 million plus fans on Facebook, but Independent Film at IMDb only has a little over 1,000 likes. Who knows what could be next if we voice our opinion? I’m liking the sound of “Indie Movie Database”. How about you?

Check it out today: Independent Film at IMDb

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The Other Awards Show

In my household, the big award show nights were the Grammys, Premios Juventud (Latin music awards), Latin Grammy’s, the Emmy’s, the Golden Globes, and of course the Academy Awards. More recently than I care to admit, I’ve learned about other award shows like the BAFTA’s (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Film Awards, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. There’s no surprise, then, that there are countless other awards that honor specific elements of film and television.

Held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites in Los Angeles yesterday, the Golden Reel Awards honored the best in sound editing. Presented by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), this award show celebrated achievements in dialogue and ADR (additional dialogue recording), effects and foley (sounds created for use in film), and music.

If you look at a movie’s IMDB page and notice the various positions on a film set, you’ll see that for films like “Chicago” or any musical, really, the sound department list is pretty extensive. To put it plainly, there are those that record sound on set, those that record sound in a studio, and those that mix the sounds in an editing bay. I’ll spare you the details of how sound design works for film, but if you’re interested, you can always Google film sound design. Dominick Tavella visited my college last year to talk about the art of sound. He showed us clips from Chicago, for which he won an Academy Award for best sound design in 2003, and Black Swan.

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