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Lost Kubrick-The unfinished films of Stanley Kubrick

Narrated by Malcolm McDowell, this short documentary examines the films Stanley Kubrick developed but didn’t live long enough to make. Features interviews given by Kubrick’s longtime producer Jan Harlan, Jack Nicholson,Sydney Pollack etc. Through interviews and abundant archival materials, this documentary examines these “lost” films in depth to discover what drew Kubrick to these projects, the work he did to prepare them for production, and why they ultimately were abandoned. Some of the unfinished project discussed here are “Napoleon” , “The Aryan Papers” and also “A.I” (which we know finally made by Steven Spielberg).

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“Muscle Memory without Emotion”: The Rise of the Action DP

Lawrence Ribeiro talks about the life of shooting action and the trends, styles and personalities of the action world.

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Shifts in technology and global film production over the last several years have greatly impacted action films. Technology like the Canon 5D changed the game. More affordable and smaller HD cameras, as well as cheaper editing systems, have enabled many stunt performers and cinematographers to collaborate on and innovate new images together. This in turn has created a recent hybrid in action movies — the action DP, someone who specializes in shooting action, with a background in cinematography and stunts or action of some sort.

I came to shooting action through my own personal background. For me, it was a love of being on the edge, where the adrenaline kept pushing me into more extreme situations. High-speed chases, conflict areas, heli-logging — these are situations where there are no second takes, and it’s not the world of make-believe.

A lot of stunt performers and coordinators are ex-Olympians, national and world champions, and some come with an edge, some come with discipline. These are folks who can perform under duress, and have also learned to play to the camera. Sometimes there’s a fine line between being a top stunt performer and getting on a funniest home video. Prep, ability, background, and experience make the difference; herein lies the culture of stunts and the action world.

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10 Time Management Tips for Busy Screenwriters

Jason McKinnon offers ten tips for busy writers to keep up with their daily writing.

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Below you’ll find 10 simple techniques I’ve used to keep up with my screenwriting. I’ll settle into a new routine that includes time for my screenplay eventually. Until then, I consider myself extremely lucky to be blessed with such a beautiful baby girl. Life has certainly changed and I believe my screenwriting will evolve greatly as a result.

1. It’s Okay To Be busy!

If you wake up in the morning with an insurmountable list of errands, shifts, appointments & other responsibilities to look forward to then accept it. It happens! Why frustrate yourself needlessly? Rushing to sneak in a writing session will not yield meaningful results if your mind is elsewhere. There will always be days when you’re forced to put your latest draft on hold. If you haven’t written much over a long period it may be time to reorganize your schedule but a single day here and there? Relax! Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

2. Mobile

If you only write at home on your computer with a cup of coffee warmed to a specific temperature with the keyboard tilted at a specific angle to allow for maximum wrist control at precisely 37 minutes after sunrise…… (Deep breath)

You’re screwed if life becomes too busy for those conditions to be met. So expand your creative universe. Mobile solutions do not necessarily mean technology. Apps, laptops, smartphones & tablets are valuable screenwriting tools but a pocket sized notepad can be a busy screenwriter’s best friend.

That’s not to say that technological advances should be ignored. With today’s connected screenwriting apps, you can bring your screenplay with you wherever you go. With a couple taps and swipes, you can perfect that nagging line of dialogue or finish a scene in a waiting room at the dentist. Whatever it takes to free yourself and maximize your time. You’d be surprised how gratifying it is to tweak your screenplay while you wait for a slow cashier in a grocery store. It may not seem like much but it’s better than skipping the day entirely.

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The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels

It was the change that no-one saw coming: the idea that we could take a book, a painting or a song and send it through cables and wires and even thin air to the other end of the world – and it would be identical on the other side. But this idea underpins everything about the Information Age we live in.

How did we make such a mind bending transition into the digital world? And how does it work? It turns out it’s all based on a concept that is surprisingly beautiful in its simplicity. This short video essay explores what that idea is and tells you about the man who figured it all out.

Computers are everywhere and control almost every aspect of our lives. In the next 6 minutes you’ll find out how they really work.

The Man who Turned Paper into Pixels

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