Filmmaking 360

Understanding the Narrative of “The Wolf of Wall Street”

David Bordwell breaks down the Narrative of “The Wolf of Wall Street” based on narration, plot structure, and story world. At many points in The Wolf of Wall Street, we hear the voice of Jordan Belfort chronicling his exploits in building up a rapacious investment company. A few times he even addresses the camera. What’s he doing? Read MoreRead More

As Indies Explode, an Appeal for Sanity

Are there too many Indie films hitting the market? Manohla Dargis explains why flooding theaters isn’t good for filmmakers or filmgoers. On Jan. 16, some 7,000 entertainment industry professionals and journalists will converge on Park City, Utah, hoping for a miracle. Distributors will push past exhibitors who will hustle past programmers, agents and critics, all of Read MoreRead More

How to Set a Living Room on Fire with VFX in 4K

How do you set a room ablaze without really setting it ablaze or using CGI? Director Brendan Bellomo and DP Greg Wilson discuss their compositing techniques in shooting a promo for the Phantom Flex 4K Nothing in the room above is actually on fire. Nor is there any CGI. Nor was there a big budget Read MoreRead More

The Fake Reinvention of American Hustle

Andrew Lapin looks at David O. Russell’s career and dissects the theme of “reinvention” in the light of his last three films: The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, and American Hustle. At a Washington, D.C. pre-release screening of American Hustle in December, writer-director David O. Russell told the crowd that he considers the movie to be the final leg of his Read MoreRead More

Alfred Hitchcock’s unseen Holocaust documentary to be screened

It’s a little known fact that the great director made a film about the Nazi death camps – but, horrified by the footage he saw, the documentary was never shown. Now it is to be released. The British Army Film Unit cameramen who shot the liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 used to joke Read MoreRead More

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