The Origins of Auteur Theory | A Filmmaker IQ Lesson!!!

Auteur – it’s a favorite term of cinephiles around the world. But what exactly is Auteur Theory? In this Filmmaker IQ course we peel back pages of time and explore the origins of Auteur Theory from the economically tumultuous adolescence of French Cinema to the culture war waged in the columns of competing American movie critics.

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Andy Yen: Think your email’s private? Think again

Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It’s just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all.


9 Reasons You Look Awful in Photos… And How to Fix Them

Luke Appleby covers 9 common mistakes when shooting people and how to fix them to create more pleasant shots. Of course – if your film calls for it, you could make these mistakes on purpose.


#1: The shooting angle is too low

Generally, the lens should be above your eye level for a more flattering photo 

Either hold the camera little higher (if it’s a selfie), ask the photographer to hold the camera a little higher, find a taller friend to shoot the photo, or bend your knees a little to even the odds. Also, tilt your chin down a little (but not too far) — no one wants to see what’s up your nose.

#2: The focal length is unflattering

Faces look different depending on the focal length of the lens (18mm, 35mm, 200mm etc).

A good range for a natural-looking photo is somewhere between 35mm-85mm, but everyone has a different face. This is why sometimes people think they look great in a mirror but terrible in photos.

To find your best range, have a friend use a camera with a zoom (ideally one with a focal length indicator on the lens) to take multiple shots of you looking at the camera with your face filling the frame each time. Look through them and see which one you like best.

You can usually narrow it down to close, medium, or quite far away. Once you know, ask the photographer to either back off and zoom in or come closer and zoom out so the focal length is within your ideal range.

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What does “The Medium is the Message” Mean?

Is the form that you receive a message as significant as the message itself? Marshall McLuhan argued that throughout history what has been communicated has been less important than the particular medium through which people communicate. The technology that transfers the message changes us and changes society, the individual, the family, work, leisure and more.


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