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Analyzing Alfred Hitchcock Presents “Back for Christmas”

Back for Christmas is the quintessential Hitchcock story shown on his TV series Alfred Hitchcock presents. Filmmaker and Author Jeffrey Michael Bays analyzes this episode with the help of our own John P. Hess in this installment of The Hitch20!Read More

J.J. Abrams Talks STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS and That New Lightsaber

J.J. Abrams Talks Star Wars on the red carpet at the Visual Effects Society Awards – discussing his the Light Saber and how his use of CGI is the opposite of George Lucas’. When you’re the director of the most anticipated film of the year—and, quite possibly, one of the most anticipated in recent memory—you’re Read MoreRead More

What Can Modern Filmmakers Learn from Hitchcock Presents: “The Pelham Compendium”

Documentary web series exploring the film techniques of the twenty TV episodes Alfred Hitchcock directed. Ep 3: Through the cinematic interrelationship between actor and audience, Hitchcock builds anxiety in his rare attempt at science-fiction. A look at the film techniques used in “The Case of Mr. Pelham” of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.  Read More

Hyperrealism, Mumblecore, & “Togetherness” – VICE Meets the Duplass Brothers

Filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass have made a big name for themselves with the endearing hyperrealism of their mumblecore films. The brothers have now delved into the world of TV with their series Togetherness, which follows the tribulations of thirtysomethings trying to make sense of their adult lives.Read More

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

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