1. Best Filmmaking Tools at CES: The CES expo floor officially opened for business yesterday with every company touting their product as “revolutionary” and “game-changing.” Ginormous HD TVs fill the Las Vegas Convention Center, alongside smart cars, 3D printers and every sort of wearable tech imaginable. But if you’re looking for the latest and greatest gear for filmmakers at this year’s CES, look no further. We’ve got a list of 7 must-have gear for filmmakers we discovered at CES 2014. Check it out here.
2. More CES News: Sony Computer Entertainment announced a new cloud-based TV service launching in the U.S. this year, which will combine live TV with VOD. Sony also announced Playstation Now, a new streaming game service, which will “introduce the world of Playstation to non-console owners via smartphones, tablets and other devices,” according to Andrew House, the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. “For first time ever, you can play blockbuster PS3 titles on a mobile phone.”
3. Hulu Originals: Hulu announced its 2014 slate of original programming today, including a supernatural comedy starring Tyler Labine (“Reaper”), a reality TV satire starring Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”) and the U.S. premiere of the original Scandinavian version of “The Bridge,” which was adapted into an American series by FX in 2013. Read Alison Willmore’s report here.
4. Film Festivals and Social Media: Robert Koehler writes about how film festivals may be on the verge of a social media revolution in terms of using social media to spread the word to make the world — or at least their communities — that a festival is going on. The new tools that festivals are trying out, and witnessing being used by their audiences, include Tumblr, Snapchat and Vine. Read Koehler’s report here.
5. Sundance Film Festival App: Getting jazzed for this year’s Sundance Film Festival? Get prepped with the new Sundance Film Festival 2014 app in the iTunes store, which will help you plan which films to see and when to see them. Check it out here.