Detecting deepfakes by looking closely reveals a way to protect against them

Are any of these faces real?
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Deepfake videos are hard for untrained eyes to detect because they can be quite realistic. Whether used as personal weapons of revenge, to manipulate financial markets or to destabilize international relations, videos depicting people doing and saying things they never did or said are a fundamental threat to the longstanding idea that “seeing is believing.” Not anymore. (more…)

Why are there so few women critics?

why are there so few female critics?

Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar (2-R) and executive producers Paolo Vasile (R), Fernando Bovaira (2-L) and Axel Kuschevatzky (L) attend the press conference for ‘Regression’ at the 63rd annual San Sebastian International Film Festival, in San Sebastian, Spain, 18 September 2015. The movie presented in the Official Selection opens the festival running from 18 to 26 September. EPA/JAVIER ETXEZARRETA

When you go to the movies, do you first read the film reviews? Do you ever think about who is writing them?

It’s a question raised periodically by film critics and researchers alike, usually when citing studies such as “Gender at the Movies: Online Film Critics and Criticism” (2013) that show reviewers are predominantly male and, according to “Australian film critics, then and now” (2011), usually over 40 too. (more…)

Explainer: the exciting new genre of the AV film essay

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A still from Mirrors of Bergman, a profoundly moving audio-visual essay.
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During March, the renowned film scholar Adrian Martin and the film critic Cristina Álvarez López are conducting a series of public workshops and lectures on a new and exciting phenomenon of digital film culture: the audio-visual essay. The Conversation (more…)

What’s in a (good) producer’s kit bag?

Producer's kit bag

You may need more than one producer’s kit bag.

Video producers have very different needs than videographers, grips, electricians, and other crew, who also have kit bags.

Producers are devoted to organization and economy. The better organized a producer is, the better he or she can keep a production within budget. If you’re a producer, you need a producer’s kit bag. Or several.

Also, I have found that even the best crew needs some support. That’s why you’ll find everything from work gloves to batteries in the list below. If I don’t need them, perhaps someone on your set will. And the faster a need is met … the less time and money you’ve spent. (more…)

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