Viewster Online Film Fest: Viewster, the video on demand service, has launched their Online Film Festival in March with $100,000 in prize money to the winners. The video on demand service is accepting to submissions to its first online festival for original films with the theme "When Life Gives You Lemons." Headed by indie producer Ted Hope, the jury will select three winners with the best film taking home a $70,000 prize while 2nd and 3rd place splitting the remaining $30,000. Viewster plans on hosting four film festivals. Find out more about how to apply here and submit by February 20, 2014. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2014.
Facebook Video Ads: Starting this week, Facebook is turning out the first series of auto-playing video ads, including a series of ads for Summit Entertainment's "Divergent." "This week, a small number of people will see video ads for the new film 'Divergent' begin playing as they come into view in News Feed on mobile and desktop," Facebook said in a blog post. "Marketers will be able to use this new format to tell their stories to a large number of people on Facebook in a short amount of time -- with high-quality sight, sound and motion."
Visual Effects Society: In collaboration with leading VFX companies, The Visual Effects Society has released a "camera report interchange format" to standardize data fields and specify data transfer formats and create a new free, open source system for providing reliable camera sheets and metadata from production through post-production. "A key ingredient to creating high quality visual effects is the ability to recreate a digital replica of the environment in which the scene was captured; yet, despite the fact that most studios agree on the fundamental data that needs to be captured on set, there has not been a consensus on a standard camera report format to ensure accurate notes," said Jeffrey A. Okun, VES Board Chair. "We're proud that the VES Technology Committee, under the leadership of Rob Bredow and Sam Richards, have successfully attempted to address this critical challenge and develop a much-needed solution." More information, free forms, software and full specs are available at www.camerareport.org.
Cirque du Soleil: "Cirque du Soleil" has launched "A Season of Cirque du Soleil," featuring long-form and episodic content on Hulu and Hulu
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