Filmmaking 360

Lensing “Oz: The Great and Powerful”

Kevin H. Martin explores the world of Oz as imagined by Sam Raimi and director of photography, Peter Deming, ASC. Roughly ten years after the release of the 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz [shot by Harold Rosson, ASC], and well before that film became a national institution through annual exposure on television, Walt Disney acquired the rights Read MoreRead More

Tips For Critiquing Your Own Photo Concepts And Video

Mike Wilkinson discusses the process of reviewing and critiquing your own work. Whether you shoot video or stills, we’ve all been there. That point at which you lose all objectivity and the ability to discern thoughtful, evocative images that nail the concept on the head, from the ones that are “too artistic,” or simply don’t Read MoreRead More

TED: Why Great Ideas Get Rejected – David Burkus

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity. David Burkus shares the good news that there actually is something we can do about it.Read More

Why There Were 400 Visual Effects Artists Protesting at the Oscars

Christian Brown explains the Visual Effects Artist Protest at the Oscars as the visual effects industry rushes toward the bottom. You have to hand it to the Academy—there’s hardly a higher profile way to draw attention to the plight of the Visual Effects industry in Hollywood than playing the theme from Jaws before cutting off an Oscar-winning VFX Read MoreRead More

Why We Love Beautiful Things

Lance Hosey discusses the science behind why we’re attracted to beautiful things. GREAT design, the management expert Gary Hamel once said, is like Justice Potter Stewart’s famous definition of pornography — you know it when you see it. You want it, too: brain scan studies reveal that the sight of an attractive product can trigger the part Read MoreRead More

Filmmaking Tips From the Disney Masters

Jonathan Cooper details some advice from the animators and filmmaker at Disney Studios. #1. Find a Hook for Your Character - Andreas Deja Use your life experience when making artistic choices Draw on your memories to add depth to characters Always ask: what is this character thinking and why is he thinking that way? #2. Don’t Animate Drawings, Animate Feelings - Read MoreRead More

The Embarrassing Early Films of Oscar-Winning Directors

It’s easy to forget that some of the greats had to start out making the not so great… Francis Ford Coppola Oscar for:The Godfather, Part II (1974) Early efforts:Tonight for Sure (1962), The Bellboy and the Playgirls(1962) The story: Many a struggling young filmmaker has taken advantage of the quick money and relative anonymity of, um, adult entertainment early Read MoreRead More

THR’s Ultimate Insider’s Guide to the Oscars

Everything you wanted to know about tonight’s Oscar’s telecast which you will forget by tomorrow’s cup of of coffee. The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter celebrates all things Academy Awards, from a star-studded 16 page portfolio to the untold story of the infamous Snow White disaster. Plus: a director’s brutally honest voting ballot, how Read MoreRead More

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