Monitors and Filmmaking: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wires

Don Starnes shares his opinion on filmmaking on monitors and how the screen obsession has diverged from the mental filmmaking of yesteryear. Viewfinders on cameras have always been an afterthought. Early film cameras didn’t have them at all: the operator simply pointed the lens in the general direction of the action. Later, when rotating mirrored shutters Read MoreRead More

THR Directors Roundtable with McQueen, Greengrass, Russell, Stiller, Cuaron and Daniels

Steve ?McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Paul? Greengrass (Captain Phillips), David? O.?Russell (American Hustle), Ben? Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Alfonso? Cuaron (Gravity) and Lee? Daniels (The Butler) join THR’s Matt Belloni and Stephen Galloway to discuss their movies.Read More

A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera

Cybel Martin implores you to use move the camera – one of the most important elements of developing a personal visual style as a director. I went to a recent screening of “Letter From an Unknown Woman” at MOMA with a friend and fellow Max Ophulsdevotee. As always, I was delighted and swept away by Ophuls’ complex love stories and Read MoreRead More

12 Stanley Kubrick Strategies for Perfecting a Film

Stanley Kubrick’s films and legacy stands in a league in it’s own. Mental Floss’s Meredith Danko looks at 12 ways he worked differently and how these strategies can be used in your productions. 1. ADAPT ANY SOURCE MATERIAL. Kubrick left no stone unturned when it came to genre or source material. He sometimes worked with non-fiction elements Read MoreRead More

How they Shot the Wes Anderson Horror Movie Spoof

DP Alex Buono explains the production process involved in shooting ”The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders” – a spoof that imagines a horror film as directed by Wes Anderson: Let’s start at the beginning. This spot was simply titled, “New Horror Trailer” and when I first glanced at the script on a Wednesday night, I figured Read MoreRead More

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