1. Why Crowdfunding Now Sets the Trends: Kickstarter has popularized crowdfunding, and its 20 most significant projects told important lessons for fans and creators alike. On the film front, "'Veronica Mars' is the latest proof that cancelled TV shows with a fervent fanbase can find a new life – something that goes beyond crowdfunding, as Amazon's deal to revive discarded BBC crime drama Ripper Street showed. And the "Veronica Mars" movie is also part of a wider movement breaking down the barriers between cinematic and digital releases for films." Read more at The Guardian.
2. Indiewire Asks Tribeca Filmmakers What Cameras They Used: While we asked for some personal anecdotes from their shooting experiences, we also wanted to know what camera or cameras these directors used to make their films. It's clear that the ARRI Alexa dominates the list with RED Epic and Canon C300 also proving to be popular. Quite a few of the filmmakers used GoPro to capture at least some of the shots. Read more here.
3. The New Hidden-Camera Movies: Matt Singer writes about a recent handful of films that have techniques in common with reality TV, but say more about what's real. "[Johnny] Knoxville and [Sacha Baron] Cohen’s fearless antics made for amusing viewing, but they approached their narratives as more of a necessity than an opportunity to break new storytelling ground. But their massive financial success paved the way for a series of hidden-camera movies that used Cohen and Knoxville’s technical creativity to blend reality and fiction in far more interesting ways." Read more at The Dissolve.
4. Netflix and Vodafone In Talks for European Streaming Deal: The two internet giants are in early talks to provide Internet-video service to mobile subscribers. Vodafone would include access to the streaming-video service as part of a premium-content package. The deal would further Netflix's plans to expand into Europe this year, including expected launches in France and Germany in spring. Read more at Variety.
5. Wally Pfister Talks Analog vs. Digital in 'Transcendence': "The technology discussion is very relevant," Pfister suggests. "I have documents I can't read now. I recently went into my pre-production folder for 'Memento,' which is 1999, and I found my old shot list and equipment list. And I double-clicked it and it was all gibberish. So trying to find software that is current that can translate these documents that were created on AppleWorks [is a problem]. It's the same with film. And this is where I think technology fails us. I can still put my 1968 copy of 'Sgt. Pepper's' on my turntable and listen to it anytime I want. However, I can't open up that file." Read more at Thompson on Hollywood.