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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: The Sound of 'Gravity,' Rebel Directors on iTunes and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire October 9, 2013 at 11:06AM

The sound of "Gravity," transmedia filmmaking, rebel directors on iTunes and more tech news for filmmakers and film fans.
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1. Rebel Directors:  The iTunes store lists 12 "Rebel, and Renegade Directors" as part of their "iTunes Essentials: Independent Films." The list, which features directors such as Alex Cox, Michel Gondry and Gus Van Sant, doesn't feature any women. But there are other issues with the list too -- commenters are pointing out that most of the directors on the list are "Hollywood approved," which doesn't exactly qualify them as rebels. See the list here.

2. History of the High Rise: Katerina Cizek's new interactive documentary "A Short History of the Highrise" has debuted on the website for the New York Times.  The new film sucks you in immediately.  "A Short History of the Highrise" works as an interactive and more focused companion piece to Gary Hustwit's "Urbanized," the "Helvetica" director's examination of urban design, but more directly, it's the masterpiece behind Cizek's larger "Highrise" project. Read Bryce Renniger's story on Cizek and "Highrise" here.

3. Tribeca Transmedia: The Tribeca Film Festival has opened submissions for the 13th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, to be held April 16 – 27, 2014. In addition to welcoming submissions for feature-length and short films, Tribeca is also calling for transmissions for their transmedia program, Tribeca Storyscapes. According to Tribeca, the program, which includes an award, "celebrates new trends in digital media and recognizes transmedia creators who employ an innovative, interactive, web-based or multi-platform approach to story creation." Find out more how to apply here.

4. Sound of 'Gravity:' The Dolby Atmos system, which allows filmmakers to "move" specific sounds anywhere in the theater, helped create the fully immersive aural experience of space in "Gravity." Director Alfonso Cuaron and Re-recording Mixer Skip Lievsay talk about the "Gravity" sound team's effort to create a dramatic soundscape to emulate space in this SoundWorks Collection video.

5. Cinexplex: Canadian movie chain Cineplex has started selling "bundle" tickets that combine movie tickets with digital downloads at a later date, according to The Wall Street Journal. "By selling a theatrical ticket and home-video copy simultaneously, studios can consolidate costly marketing campaigns that usually promote the same movie twice, first in theaters and then again for home video," writes The Journal.

Got tech news for filmmakers and film fans? E-mail story ideas and tips to paula@indiewire.com.

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