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Dissecting ‘Third Person,’ ‘Crash,’ and the Paul Haggis School of Melodrama

John Lopez dissects some of Paul Haggis’ techniques from his body of work including Third Person, and Crash. If you want to start a knife fight with a film nerd, casually suggest that Crash 100 percent deserved its Best Picture Oscar for its profound examination of contemporary race relations. (Personally, I think Avenue Q did a better Read MoreRead More

Stanley Kubrick Talks Cinema, Chess, ESP, Vietnam & His Cat in Interviews with Michel Ciment (1975-1987)

This is a customised audio file of a five-episode series of interviews from”A voix nue” (a programme from the France Culture radio station), taken from three interviews by Michel Ciment from 1975 to 1987. Cinephiles certainly know the name of Stanley Kubrick, and die-hard cinephiles just as certainly know the name of Michel Ciment, the French Read MoreRead More

Do Film Buffs Make Better Filmmakers?

Martin Scorsese, Quinton Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Jim Jarmusch, Chris Nolan, Michael Haneke, Win Wenders, Jean Luc Godard etc. all film buffs, but does it have anything to do with their success? As pointless of a question it may seem, it is one that has been roaming around several cinephile circuits for a while now and Read MoreRead More

The Long Takes of “Louie”

Forrest Wickman examines some of the long takes peppered throughout the fourth season of one of the best shows on television: “Louie” When the first season of True Detective ended its fourth episode with a roughly six-minute action sequence shot in one long take, fans and critics were wowed. There were whole articles dedicated to Read MoreRead More

12 Invaluable Tips for First-Time Filmmakers

E.L. Katz shares his 12 tips for filmmakers trying to put together their first feature. 1. A good script is a director’s best friend. With little money, time, or experience, it really is doubtful that you’ll be able to pull movie magic out of your ass without a solid screenplay. No matter how fucked up Read MoreRead More

Making a Fight Scene in 5 Easy Bullet Points

Jason Satterlund punches through 5 bullet points to creating cool action fight scenes especially when working with untrained actors. Here’s the Stunt Punching tutorial mention in the video: 1) Assess the actors’ physical abilities. Don’t start designing a scene before you’ve had a chance to meet with your actor, and assess his or her skills. Read MoreRead More

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