VICE trails the crew of “Bad Grandpa” – watching them work on the makeup effects of turning Johnny Knoxville into an old man and pranking unsuspecting marks.
Here’s a rare blooper reel of the making of 1977′s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. FYI, The first few clips in this reel are silent.
The Simpsons spoof The Hobbit in the latest couch gag from the “4 Regrettings and A Funeral” episode.
Wish.co.uk dissects the gruesome anatomy of a scary film examining the entrails of horror production.
The Slanted Lens looks at how to create lighting for a horror photo shoot in the woods.
In honor of Halloween we present our lesson on the history and psychology of horror – watch the progression of how horror evolved in film through the years and dive into the psychological mechanisms that draw us to horror films in the first place.
CBS’s Jim Axelrod talks to William Herz, the last surviving member of Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater which terrorized the radio waves with their War of the Worlds Broadcast in 1938
Art of the Title interviews with Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000 about his origins at a small UHF station in Minnesota and the origins of the famous opening title for classic bad-movie-riffing show.
It was an evolution. We were doing all we could to make it as intensely interesting and visual as possible. We used a model railroad aesthetic to realize each iteration — there were actually three versions: the shows at KTMA, and then the first and second season for the Comedy Channel/Comedy Central. Each new version seemed to build off of the previous one in both content and energy. Looking back, I realize that the opening stayed pretty true to the one at KTMA in terms of putting forward the thesis of the show which is basically: movie riffing, robot puppets, goofy characters, and cheap DIY visuals.
We never storyboarded, but there were a few very rough sketches. I collaborated closely with Trace Beaulieu to create the visual elements for MST3K. We would really just make it up as we went along — we would just set about building it. I believe Trace did an actual almost-architectural design for the set which he constructed from the ground up. This was after a few conversations we had about using Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes as a theme. It fit because they used geodesic domes in Douglas Trumbull’s Silent Running, which MST3K is loosely based on. Trace is much more of a craftsman than I and he really stepped up our game. I’m comfortable getting things on their feet and roughing things out, but you need a guy like Trace with a critical eye who can then do the expert execution. Or at least, expert for us.
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Danny Elfman performed selections from the film music he’s written for Tim Burton. In this amateur video he performs Jack’s Lament followed by Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter performing Sally’s Song.
Director Mark Travis discusses his experience kibitzing on some acting workshops.
I have been directing actors for more than 40 years in theater, film and television. And now, ironically, I teach directors all over the world how to direct actors. I use the Travis Technique, a revolutionary technique that I developed over the past 40 years.
And even though I have dedicated a majority of my professional career to the art and craft of directing I have spent very little time actually teaching acting. In fact, I don’t really consider myself an acting coach or teacher -– I’m a director. But recently it has become clear to me that I need to learn a lot more about how actors are trained if I am going to be more effective both as a teacher and as a director.
I’m on a quest. I’m searching for that acting teacher that feels compatible with my style of directing. At first I thought this would be easy — that all I would have to do is identify the masters of the craft, sit in on one of their classes and be prepared to be awed. And, of course, I can read their books.
Not unlike the hero on the Hero’s Journey I’ve discovered that I’ve entered a dark forest full of obstacles, pretenders, fantasies and delusions. Shape-shifters flit from tree to tree. It’s a maze that would challenge any self-respecting Minotaur.
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