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How to Be a Good Director, According to an Editor

Julien Chichignoud explains what is good production from an editor’s standpoint. ASSEMBLE YOUR TEAM: Get an Editor I tend to think that my role is important on a film. Regardless of how well you know Final Cut, Avid, Premiere or iMovie, get someone else to edit. After several days on set trying to get the Read MoreRead More

Hitch 20: What Can Modern Filmmakers Learn From Hitchcock Presents – “The Breakdown”

Hitch 20 is a Documentary web series exploring the film techniques of the twenty TV episodes Alfred Hitchcock directed. Ep 2: Hitchcock experiments with a stream of consciousness narration, as a man faces paralysis. A look at the film techniques used in “Breakdown” of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. (Includes some commentary from our own John P. Read MoreRead More

3 Techniques Spike Jonze Used in “Her” To Achieve Suspension of Disbelief

Here are three techniques used by Spike Jonze to create the intimacy between an actor on screen and a voice. #1 – CAMERA PLACEMENT “When Theodore, Joaquin Phoenix character, when he is first ready to boot up the OS 1 system, which is Samantha, they’re showing Joaquin from his right side, and just as the Read MoreRead More

Symmetry in Wes Anderson’s Editing

Max Tohline examines the symmetry in a scene from The Grand Budapest Hotel. The more films Wes Anderson directs, the more tightly structured and precise each aspect of his style becomes. He’s long favored neat centering and symmetry in his compositions (as shown in this oft-viewed Staff Pick supercut: vimeo.com/89302848). Recently on rewatching The Grand Budapest Hotel, Read MoreRead More

Director Paul Thomas Anderson Talks ‘Inherent Vice’

In this week’s VICE Meets, Meredith Danluck sits down for a rare one-on-one interview with director Paul Thomas Anderson to talk about his most recent feature, Inherent Vice. The film is an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel, and first time the author’s work has been set to screen.Read More

Examining Hitchcock’s Television Work: The Hitch 20

Check out this first episode of a documentary web series exploring the film techniques of the twenty TV episodes Alfred Hitchcock directed. Ep 1: During a time when TV was the new thing, iconic film director Alfred Hitchcock creates his own series. In “Revenge” he would experiment with camera styles and themes that he could Read MoreRead More

The Hitchcock Gallery: A Compilation of Hitchcock’s Visual Imagery

This short video-essay examines various themes and techniques Alfred Hitchcock developed throughout his career. Using 40 titles, it includes every feature film Hitchcock made from 1934 right through to his retirement in 1976. Of the several themes on display here (falling, ascending and descending staircases, opening curtains, reading newspapers, poisoning drinks, women’s hairstyles, shoes, train Read MoreRead More

55-Minute Documentary on Alfred Hitchcock: ‘Living Famously’

Check out this in depth look at the master of suspense: Alfred Hitchcock The program shows how, from his earliest childhood in the suburbs of London, Alfred Hitchcock was a precociously sedentary loner. His active imagination helped him gain an apprenticeship in the fledgling British movie business, from where he travelled to Germany to learn Read MoreRead More

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