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Tips for Making Your Own Film from Sam Weston

Sam Weston, creator of The Swordswoman on The Fantasy Network

The Fantasy Network recently chatted with Sam Weston, creator of the short film The Swordswoman during the 48-Hour Film Project. He shared some excellent tips for those who want to get started making their own indie films. We want to share these ideas with the indie creators in our audience, especially those who are just starting out on their filmmaking ...

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Filming on a Deadline: The Making of The Swordswoman

The Swordswoman by Sam Weston, interview on The Fantasy Network News

If making a film in 48 hours sounds intimidating, crazy, and exhilarating fun, you’re right — about all of it. And it just may be the excuse you need to create a film that explores the story you’ve always wanted to tell. That’s what inspires filmmaker Sam Weston, who made his entertaining short film The Swordswoman for the 48-Hour Film ...

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Review: “The Narrow Road” illustrated novel

Shortly after his conversion to Christianity, C.S. Lewis sat down to write a Christian allegory in the style of John Bunyan’s famous work The Pilgrim’s Progress. In this seminal work, which has been hailed as one of the most influential texts of Christian writing in the English language, pilgrim Christian travels from the dark lands to “the Celestial City.” Lewis ...

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The Way of the Warrior: Jason David Frank’s Disciplines for Success (Part 1)

A young man walked into an acting agency. Confident and competitive, he’d already proven himself as a successful entrepreneur owning his very own karate school. Now he chased another dream. An agent told him he’d be happy to represent him. There was just one problem: the aspiring actor’s hair. “I had a ponytail … I had long hair,” he recalled ...

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The Talking Dead: Exclusive Interviews with Barbara and Johnny from Game-Changing Zombie Classic “Night of the Living Dead”

    Two of the cast members from “Night of the Living Dead” attended the “Mad Monster Party 2017” event. Judith O’Dea, who played the role of Barbara and will reprise that role in the upcoming “Night of the Living Dead: Genesis,” draws her fans into relaxed conversation with her winsome smile and polished speech. Russ Streiner, who both produced ...

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Hitchhiking to Arrakis: Exclusive Interview with Hollywood Effects Designer Bill Bryan

  With his grandfatherly beard and relaxed disposition, Bill Bryan could be anyone you’d meet on a park bench. But you wouldn’t imagine that he’s the designer of effects for some well-known movies such as “The Village,” worked as the puppeteer behind the killer doll Chucky in “Child’s Play,” and wore the suit of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in “Ghostbusters.” ...

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Lego Assembles New “The Lego Batman Movie” Content and Inspires Fans to “Build Something Batman”

 “The Lego Batman Movie” swooped  into theaters everywhere, but there’s more content for Bat-fans to enjoy after the credits. Lego posted a series of online mini-movies that connect characters from “The Lego Batman Movie” to related Lego products. Each video tells a brief story about each Lego set related to the movie, often ending with a twist representing the creativity ...

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“The Lego Batman Movie” Builds Witty Commentary on Superheroes

When Batman showed up as a mini-figure in “The Lego Movie” three years ago, he was easily “the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person” in the movie. Now he returns to the Lego universe in “The Lego Batman Movie” and delivers a performance so metal that even Ozzy Osbourne will would have second thoughts about biting him. “The ...

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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter)

By Dom Nardi “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first Harry Potter movie not based directly on one of J.K. Rowling’s novels (although she did write the script).* The movie takes place in New York City in 1926, over 70 years before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts. Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), an eccentric wizard/zoologist, accidentally releases ...

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