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HWP Hosts Miami Jewish Film Festival Annual Stars Party by Tim Nuttall

Last week, Aaron Wolf hopped over to the East coast to join the Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF) for their 20th annual Stars Party. It was a celebratory evening of fun, film and friends at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. As the special guest of honor, Wolf presented an exclusive preview of Restoring Tomorrow and spoke after the screening.

Wolf will return to Miami in January when the film screens at MJFF, one of the largest Jewish film festivals in the country.

HWP's Wolf Featured in USA Today by Tim Nuttall

As a student with dyslexia and ADHD, Wolf recalls the struggles he faced inside and outside of the classroom.  By overcoming obstacles, Wolf has been able to shine a special spotlight on this topic and raise awareness for a community that needs to be recognized.

“Once people conquer the things they struggle with, or collaborate with those who have strength they don’t, the sky is the limit for what they can accomplish.”

Find the full article here.

HollyWolf Takes HollyShorts by Tim Nuttall

In a night filled with celebrities, cutting-edge filmmaking and the red carpet, the 10th annual HollyShorts independent film festival welcomed Howling Wolf Productions back for the second year in a row. The festival again called the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre home and HWP had a blast attending again this year. However, we were disappointed to see there was in fact, no Chinese food, just a theatre - but that’s okay too. As soon as the Wolf arrived, he got the chance to give numerous interviews on the red carpet about the latest HWP movie, The Walk, starring Peter RiegertSawyer Barth, and our very own, Aaron Wolf

Last year, HWP premiered Guest House, a comedic short starring Michael GrossHeather Lind, and Mark Gessner. This year, The Walk, based on an anecdote written by Rabbi David Wolpe that inspired Aaron to turn it into a film, takes center stage. It’s also inspired by walks Aaron took with his grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf. 

We also got a chance to check out some of the other films at the festival and they were fantastic! The Pink Helmet Posse, which tells the story of three little girl skateboarders, melted our hearts. While the CG-animated short The Looking Planet, wowed us with its visual scope and the stop-motion film Dogoonauts: Enemy Line made us laugh like crazy. It’s such a great opportunity to see what other filmmakers have created and it’s so inspiring. 

There were some familiar faces in the audience like Luke Wilson (Old School), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (SeinfeldVeep). It’s such an honor to be showing films in the same festival with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. After the screening, we stopped by the after party at The Roosevelt Hotel. With a drink in hand, we schmoozed the night away with other filmmakers, sponsors, friends and family. We want to congratulate all the winners from this year’s HSFF 2014 and we look forward to going back next year! For more information on HollyShorts click here.

5 Apps HWP Can’t Live Without by Tim Nuttall

Let’s be honest, since the invention of “apps”, life has become more accessible and at times technologically effortless. From up to the minute user--updated GPS (to get you to that set call on time), to editing a movie on the go and adding studio-like visual effects, almost all aspects of the entertainment industry are now at our fingertips. We all have our “go-to” apps and we are no exception. Here are 5 Filmmaking Apps HWP can’t live without... 

                                                              1. Waze (Free)

Let’s say you have to get to a shoot or casting but live in an area where traffic is absurd (like LA or NY). Then Waze is the “avoid traffic” app for you. With constant user updates, this application tells you the best routes to avoid traffic. It also alerts you when there are police nearby or if there is a red-light camera ahead. Users can provide pictures and update the traffic status themselves to earn points with your traffic avatar (who ever thought playing in traffic would be so much fun?!) Among other things, Waze will also tell you where the nearest inexpensive gas station is located. With this app, you will never be late for an appointment again. The best part? It’s free! Waze is available on iOS and Android. Feel free to check out the website here


     2. Artemis ($29.99)

Artemis isn’t just a character from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelpha (if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you should). It’s also a viewfinder app for directors and cinematographers, which allow them to visualize what a potential shot could look like using the smart phone's camera. Artemis has plenty of features and can be helpful when location scouting, allowing the user to create on-location storyboards. It also includes a custom camera feature that can match any professional camera system's specifications and even match-up to your chosen lens set. Pretty cool right? The system requires iOS 6.0 to work. For more information on Artemis, check out their website here.


3. iMovie ($4.99)

Are your homemade movies uncut, long, and boring? (Like this sentence) iMovie is a video editing software sold by Apple, original for home use and now for your iPhone. While we prefer other software (Final Cut 7, Premiere Pro) for our more advanced editing, back in the day we started with iMovie. With a newly revamped interface, the layout and structure is user friendly and aesthetically pleasing. A sidebar feature includes a gallery of photos, videos and projects that make it easy to navigate. iMovie also provides classy themes and a plethora of audio tools to revamp your production tracks. Now you can edit and deliver on the go! (I always did want to cut a film while waiting at the DMV…) For more information on de-boring your home videos, visit the Apple App Store.


4. Cinefy (Free)

What is an action movie without visual effects? VFX enhance a movie’s dramatic experience and take it to another level. Cinefy is extremely user friendly and will walk you through each step as you customize your flick. According to their website “ci•ne•fy (sin-a-fie) means, "To take a personal video, an enhance it, with Hollywood-caliber effects". Now that summer blockbusters are in full swing, this app makes you want to bring out your inner Michael Bay. With over 100 believable VFX to choose from (dinosaurs, alien attacks, lightening strikes, and explosions), Cinefy provides you with your own personal FX studio straight from your smart phone. With a timeline based interface, Cinefy makes it easy for you to just drop in clips,, quickly add music from your iTunes library , add animation, and share on social networks like YouTube, and Vimeo instantly. With Cinefy you can get your Spielberg on in no time. Learn more about Cinefy here


5. mRelease ($9.99)

When making a film, it's essential to have all your legal documents in order (Because no one can afford to play with the law). With mRelease, you can access actor and location releases instantly! (In this case, being barely legal can get you into trouble) Need that last crew release signed for your second assistant cameraperson? Have him or her sign right on the app! We all know in this industry that time is everything and mRelease allows important information to be gathered quickly and all in one place. For more information on mRelease click here

So you see you amateur Wes Anderson’s and Christopher Nolan’s; apps have a way of making (a filmmaking) life easier. With any or all of these apps, you can not only shoot, edit, add special effects and produce, you can instantly share them with your family, friends and fans. At least your mom will be a fan, and that counts for something right? (And once your mom’s a fan, the skies the limit.) Have you used any of these apps? Has Waze helped you get to that important meeting early? Tell us about it on our Facebook page

Restoring Tomorrow Is Almost Today by Tim Nuttall

Restoring Tomorrow, HWP’s latest feature film endeavor, nears its first complete edit! Howling Wolf Productions couldn’t be more excited to debut this historical yet compelling documentary in several months. The doc’s star, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish institution in Los Angeles, went through an incredible restoration in 2012 and 2013.

Restoring Tomorrow is not only an exciting glimpse into the rebirth of the famous Wilshire Boulevard Temple and its magnificent restoration, but also explores how Los Angeles' past, the growth of Hollywood and its Jewish community go hand-in-hand in their evolution. 

The film was written and directed by our own Aaron Wolf. It is no surprise that Aaron took special interest in this project. His grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, was a highly respected Rabbi at the Temple and a huge inspiration to Aaron. Something incredible to mention; did you know, WBT was founded when Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States?
 

For more information and updates on Restoring Tomorrow, please visit the website. Also, follow us on our FB page: https://www.facebook.com/howlingwolfprod.

Tin Wolf: The 2014 Golf Comedy Classic by Tim Nuttall

Ladies and Gentleman, may we present, the winner of the 2104 Golf Comedy Classic Aaaarrrooon Wolfffff! Yes people, The Wolf took home the ‘ship for the Wolf Pack this past weekend in Palm Springs, California. This week’s blog post is inspired by golf cinema and dedicated to my Dad who loves the game. Yes, it’s a real genre, and we will take you through HWP’s top five golf classics. Birdies, Eagles, Mulligans, Oh My!

 

1. Caddyshack (1980)

Some of the greatest comedic actors star in the movie Caddyshack. The late Harold Ramis directed this 1980’s film featuring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, and Bill Murray. It was actually Ramis’s first feature film. Caddyshack tells the story of an upscale golf club where wealthy members go to golf and party. This movie is an all time classic and there are so many great memorable quotes. “What brings you to this nape of the woods, neck of the wape ...Stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball." We highly recommend you watching this movie because it’s so unforrreeegetable. Plus, watching Bill Murray try and go after that gopher never gets old. (Freeze GOPHER)!

 

2. Happy Gilmore (1996)

Happy Gilmore (1996) tells the story of a not so successful hockey player (Adam Sandler) who uses his hidden talent for golf to save his grandmothers house. When we think of 90’s Adam Sandler, HG comes to mind. You have to like Sandler to be able to understand the humor and appreciate it. Many great scenes come to mind like the fight between Happy and Bob Barker and seeing Sandler and Ben Stiller act together. Although the film was a commercial success, the critics gave it a rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes. Still, many people (including us) love watching Happy Gilmore to this day and consider it a Sandler classic. 

 

3. Tin Cup (1996)

What happens when you mix romance, Kevin Costner and golf? You get the 1996 feature, Tin Cup. Alongside Costner, this movie stars Rene Russo, Don Johnson, and Cheech Marin. Roy 'Tin cup' McAvoy (Costner) is an old golf pro who owns a driving range in Texas. Roy tries to win the heart of an old golf partner’s girlfriend (Russo) by joining the US Open. We love this movie; it’s a perfect mixture of romance, comedy, and sports. For some reason, my Dad loves this movie and I can remember watching it with him. He was a huge Costner fan, huge. Costner and golf - my Dad was set.  

 

4. Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

Matt Damon, Will Smith, and Charlize Theron star in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), directed by Robert Redford and based on the 1995 book that shares the same title. Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon) plays an army veteran who becomes deeply distraught when his entire company gets killed at war. Although he earns a Medal of Honor, Junuh returns to Savannah Georgia where he was first an up-and-coming golfer and competes in a golf match hosted by his former love. The film received mixed reviews for its controversial tone. Well, you know what they say, different strokes for different folks (Golf Joke). Time Magazine referred to it as one of the most “embarrassing” films of recent years because of the way it portrayed African Americans. Although this film received mixed reviews, we love its heart- warming touch. It’s definitely not our favorite golf movie, but worth watching.

 

5. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

This biographical sports film is based on the life of golf legend Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf). Ouimet comes from a working class family and golf in those days was strictly played by only the wealthy and affluent. Ouimet took a job (against his father’s wishes) as a caddy at the local country club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet always grew up interested in golf and it was his natural talent that secured his spot as the first amateur in the U.S. Open. The chemistry between the cast is infectious, and the filmmakers did an excellent job capturing the early 1900’s. I would say this movie is on “par” with all the other golf classics.

 

HWP is proud of The Tin Wolf for taking home the win this year at the GCC. He came to Palm Springs just a wolf in sheep’s clothing and left as the Legend of Howling Wolf. If you would like to see some of the Wolf’s golf bloopers, click here.