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The History of the Movie Trailer

Some people consider them the best part of the movie going experience – the Movie Trailer. Take a look at the evolution of the “coming attractions” from simple silent film splices, through the template style of the Golden Age of Hollywood, to the Auteurs of the 60s and finally into the Blockbuster era. In The Read MoreRead More

George Lucas on the Meaning of Life

Maria Popova explores the Star Wars Creator’s thoughts on the life and the universe. Scholars who have studied myth and religion for many years and have connected all of the theories spawned over the ages about life and consciousness and who have taken away the superficial trappings, have come up with the same sensibility. They Read MoreRead More

How 300’s innovations in 2006 became the clichés of 2014

Follow the modern trend of sword and sandal genre that started back with Zack Snyder’s 300 in 2006. When Zack Snyder’s 300 became an unexpected blockbuster in 2007 (after playing one festival in 2006), the success spawned a slew of analyses in the showbiz press, as pundits tried to pinpoint how this particular movie seemingly came Read MoreRead More

7 Tips for Filmmakers From SXSW: Words of Wisdom from Lena Dunham, Dana Brunetti, Casey Neistat, Ted Hope and Jason Blum

Paula Bernstein recounts the advice from the movers and shakers of SXSW. Amazingly, I spent five days at SXSW and didn’t see one movie. But it was far from a waste of time. Sitting in on keynote sessions and panel discussions, I came away with a broad sense of how technological advances and the internet Read MoreRead More

Stanley Kubrick’s Daughter Shares Photos of Herself Growing Up on Her Father’s Film Sets

Open Culture explores the story of Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian – a first hand witness and resource on life with Kubrick who has recently released a number of candid behind the scenes photos of her and her legendary father. Since Vivian Kubrick was in grade school, she worked as a collaborator with her famous filmmaker father. She had Read MoreRead More

Farewell to Abby Singer, Creator Of The “Abby Singer Shot”

Hollywood says farewell to another pioneer – this time to legendary production manager Abby Singer who’s namesake shot goes right before the martini shot. Abby Singer, a veteran production manager and assistant director and aDGA member for more than 60 years, died this morning of cancer and old age at the Motion Picture & Television Country Read MoreRead More

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