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EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS and the myth of authenticity

Film Historian David Bordwell dives really deep into the the crossroads of Egyptian history and entertainment in Exodus: Gods and Kings. One has to sympathize with filmmakers tackling a tale set in ancient Egypt. Its history just goes on and on. The date for the unification of Egypt under a single ruler and the invention of Read MoreRead More

Major Character Types – “Protagonist”

Michael Tabb outlines the role of the hero of a story – the Protagonist. Whenever agents, producers and executives are asked what they are looking for (regardless of genre or budgetary scope preferences), the answer always includes the phrase “character-driven.” Everything else changes with trends and taste. Therefore, since the one constant everyone is always Read MoreRead More

5 Tips on Making Your Next Doc a Success

Chris McGuinness shares 5 tips for better documentary filmmaking Documentary films are becoming more and more popular.  From Feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are plenty opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in Read MoreRead 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

Is It Possible To Shoot High End Video With A $600 Point & Shoot?

If you don’t know the answer to that question – you haven’t been on the internet very long. Of course you can – David Geffin pulls some amazing samples of great work done on relatively inexpensive gear. If you’d asked me this question last week, I would have said no. What a difference a few Read MoreRead More

Writing Unforgettable Dialogue: Advice from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter William Monahan

What’s the secret to unforgettable dialogue? You got to get inside the character’s minds. When it comes to writing good dialogue the bottom line is this: it’s harder than it sounds. So, how do you get good enough to have Jack Nicholson quote things that were once just a thought in your head? Below is a rundown 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

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