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Lars Von Trier: Cinema’s Dancer in the Dark

Nelson Carvajal and Arielle Bernstein tango with Lars Von Trier In my writing group, a friend describes the way that, when you edit a piece of writing, you should look for hot spots, places where the strength of emotion is so great that heat radiates outwards. These are the places that jolt the heart, that Read MoreRead More

Motivated Camera Movement of Breaking Bad

Editor Vashi Nedomansky analysis a shot from the final episode of Breaking Bad which includes a pivotal reveal. In the final episode of BREAKING BAD…there are two shots in a pivotal scene that are perfect examples of how to use camera movement to amplify the narrative and surprise the audience. With one simple pan and Read MoreRead More

Behind Closed Doors with Alfonso Cuarón

BAFTA and Oscar winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón sat down with us in early January for a chat about his upbringing in Mexico, his turbulent film school years, his early filmmaking experiences and his flourishing, remarkable career. He revealed to us the secret motivation for his work ethic: he occasionally needs money.Read More

The Church of Comedy

The director of Wedding Crashers and The Change-Uplearned The Ten Commandments of Directing Comedy through trial and error—not divine inspiration. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DIRECTING COMEDY 1. “KINDA FUNNY” MEANS IT’S NOT WORKING Laughter is binary: It either happens or it doesn’t. As each joke arrives in the course of a film, the cavernous space of the theater Read MoreRead More

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