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US Authorities Will Let Hollywood Use Commercial Drones To Shoot Movies

The US Federal Aviation Administration just granted its approval for six film and TV production companies to use drones on set. This is just the second time the agency’s approved the use of commercial UAVs, it’s no surprise Hollywood was first in line.


Why Scientists Dig Trenches To Find Hidden Fault Lines In Cities

Thanks to our asphalt-giddy behaviour, we’ve all but paved over the fault lines that zigzag through some of our riskiest seismic zones. A new video shows how a team of geologists and engineers in Los Angeles have been digging a hole to find the exact location of a fault which could prove to be especially destructive.


This Is How Hollywood Wants The Government To Fight Piracy In Australia

Crikey got hold of a response paper from Hollywood studios to the government’s proposed crackdown on copyright infringement. It’s not exactly a surprising paper, except that it’s surprisingly aggressive.


How Hollywood Figured Out A Way To Make Texting In Movies Look Less Dumb

Typing on screens is, as we know, pretty boring to watch. But Hollywood has lately gotten a lot smarter about depicting this ubiquitous technology on screen. A radically new film convention, what we might call the “beyond screen text message,” is emerging right before our eyes.


A Brief History Of Hollywood And How It Adapts

Video: From patent trolls to online media, this potted history of Hollywood tells a tale of adaptation, profiteering and survival in the face of relentless threats — social, legal, financial and technological. Fascinating stuff.


Hollywood, Sex, And You & Me: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Why Honolulu police can have illegal sex in the name of law enforcement, how one L.A. neighbourhood has chosen to destroy America, and who might actually be responsible for destroying the planet (spoiler: it’s us). It’s a rather depressing What’s Ruining Our Cities!


Inside The Special Effects That Made Gravity Look So Great

Gravity was a stunning piece of cinema, brought to life by some beautiful special effects. In this video show-and-tell, VFX company Framestore reveals how it achieved some of the most breathtaking scenes.


Why Hollywood Hacking Is So Hilariously Horrible

The hacking scenes in House of Cards are wildly unrealistic. They’re everything from infuriating to hilarious, but they are definitely not surprising. It turns out that this long tradition of portraying hacking horribly, horribly wrong in TV and film is often intentional.


The Ugly Behind-The-Scenes History Of Video Game Movies

Few Hollywood announcements are treated with such fierce-yet-wounded anticipation as video game adaptations. Full of incredible artistry, instantly-recognisable characters and an increasingly-mature approach to storytelling, you’d be forgiven for thinking gaming is a medium particularly well suited for making the jump to the silver screen. But history tells another story.


How LED Streetlights Will Change Cinema (And Make Cities Look Awesome)

The announcement last year that Los Angeles would be replacing its high-pressure sodium streetlights — known for their distinctive yellow hue — with new, blue-tinted LEDs might have a profound effect on at least one local industry. All of those LEDs, with their new urban colour scheme, will dramatically change how the city appears on camera, thus giving Los Angeles a brand new look in the age of digital filmmaking. As Dave Kendricken writes for No Film School, “Hollywood will never look the same.”


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