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Sundance's VR Films Are A Frickin' Emotional Roller Coaster

If this year’s Sundance Film Festival is any indication, virtual reality is about to hit the mainstream. Under a program called “New Frontier”, the festival is promoting eleven independently produced VR films. The finalists have been chosen from hundreds of entries and among them are some short documentaries, horrifying acid trips and even a Reggie Watt music video.


Kodak Reveals A Digital Super 8 Camera That Records On Film… Wait What?!

Screw 360-degree film cameras on drones or Vines on 16-megapixel smartphones. Kodak’s going old school with these little beauties. The design is inspired by the Super 8 fad from half a century ago, and these new cameras that shoot film on, well, actual film.


Why Hollywood Protects Its Sign So Fiercely

Video: Trademark law can be a tricky thing, but people normally have a good idea when they’re illegally using a likeness. Wait, you do know that filming the Hollywood sign without permission can get you sued, right?



This Is How Science Helped Hollywood Make More Realistic Explosions

Everybody knows that embarrassing “nope” moment in the movie theatre when CGI explosions just don’t look real at all. Fortunately, science has helped Hollywood improve things in recent years — and this video shows how.


I Watched Hackers Pull Off A Real Life Ocean's 11 Heist 

The scene was set: a surveillance camera, a safe full of money in a Las Vegas casino, a pair of thieves with lock picking tools and a laptop. I watched in awe as the skinny geeks clipped wires and rewired the feed so that it would loop ad finitum. Basically, they recreated the climax of Ocean’s 11 before my very eyes.


The Best YouTube Channel For Film Nerds

OK, you’re reading Gizmodo, so there’s a good chance you’re a tech nerd. But are you a double-whammy tech and film nerd? If so, scope out CineFix, a YouTube channel brimming with videos about the movie world, from GCI to stunts to DIY 8-bit Hollywood remakes.


James Cameron Wants To See Better Filmmaking Drones

Camera-equipped drones swoop and shoot aerial shots for TV and movies with gorgeous Planet Earth grandeur. Now, director James Cameron’s backing a new contest in New Zealand to find drone designs to make the flying cameras even better-suited to Hollywood.


Basement Lion Is What Makes Los Angeles Great

Hollywood’s very own mountain lion is trapped in a basement right now. It’s a bizarre wildlife vs urbanisation conflict, but it’s also indicative of what makes this city so special: its nature.


All That Is Wrong With Hollywood In One Revealing Infographic

Originality is over in Hollywood, says this new infographic, and its verdict is irrevocable indeed. Based on United States box office records from 1975 to 2014, it counts all the original films which cracked the worldwide box office top 10 and compares it to the growing amount of sequels, reboots and franchises.


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