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Researchers Use a 480-Camera Dome to More Accurately Capture 3D Motion

Using a dome with 480 cameras researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a new way to create motion capture without those little reflective balls. Traditional 3D motion capture technologies, amazing though they are, are limited. They only give you a small number of data points to work with, and while they seem to capture Read MoreRead More

Nathan Rabin apologizes for coining the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl”

Nathan Rabin created the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” back in 2007… he’s sorry he did. When I coined the term “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” in an essay about the movie “Elizabethtown” in 2007, I never could have imagined how that phrase would explode. Describing the film’s adorably daffy love interest played by Kirsten Dunst, Read MoreRead More

Put on a Happy Face: Corporate Event Planning Video

Corporate video is often times a good way for filmmakers to supplement their income. Here’s some guidelines for creating a Corporate Event Video. Event planners are doing more now than ever before. They are the backbone and visual wizards for corporate events. They allow their imaginations to come to life with eye catching visual displays Read MoreRead More

How When Harry Met Sally Used Physical Spacing to Tell Its Love Story

In a series of slides, see how physical space was used to describe the relationship in When Harry Met Sally. It’s safe to assume that the main theme of When Harry Met Sally is about whether men and women can be friends, since the characters talk about it a bunch. However, on the 25th anniversary of the film’s Read MoreRead More

Understanding Art House: Under The Skin

Film is an innately ambiguous language. Art house films exploit that ambuguity by removing familiar (often hackneyed) elements of story that tell us what to feel. For this reason, art films can be frustrating and difficult to appreciate—but a deeper look can yield deeper rewards. Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin augments its unsettling qualities by doing just Read MoreRead More

THE THING – Storyboard to Film Comparison

The visuals of both the desolate Antarctic and the ever-morphing alien creatures in THE THING were envisioned long before the movie was shot. Extensive storyboards were drawn by artist Michael Ploog so that all the departments of the production were on the same page in their preparation for the shoot. This is nothing new…but the Read MoreRead More

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