Jonah Hill puts the teeth in The Wolf of Wall Street DP/30

Jonah Hill blew up in a hurry, with 3 Judd Apatow productions hitting screens in 2007. But then Cyrus changed things for him. And then he got an Oscar nomination for Moneyball. And this year, he got his second nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street. He just turned 30 and for a very funny guy, is very serious about his work. He talked to David Poland about the whole shooting match.

Illusion of Space Flight | Shanks FX

To create a spaceship flying through the space, the effects wizards of yesteryear used simple techniques of keeping the model spaceship still, and having the camera move in towards the objects. This would give the illusion that the ship was moving.

Watch as Shanks FX try these techniques with the spaceships in his collection!!!


The History of Cutting – The Soviet Theory of Montage

Building on the works of D.W. Griffith and the development of “continuity editing” in early film history, Soviet silent filmmakers would pioneer new innovative ideas about editing that moved film from an extension of theater into a mature and powerful artistic medium.

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Catch up on the beginning of film editing history with:

The History of Cutting – The Birth of Cinema and Continuity Editing

We are currently retooling our course system – this lesson will be part of a FilmmakerIQ course with a full write up and quiz in the near future. Stay tuned ;)

Create Your Own HDR Day to Night Timelapse

Stefan Surmabojov shows you how to create a cool looking HDR day to night time-lapse. Starting with the needed equipment for the shoot, he’ll also cover the settings of the camera and the intervalometer. Finally, he’ll go to the post-processing stage where all the magic will happen.

Tutorial Via CGI Tuts+


Louis C.K.’s Motivating Anxiety

Louis C.K. recently released his first film “Tomorrow Night” – his first feature length film shot in 1998. Andrew Marantz profiles the popular comedian and how this film fits insides C.K’s biography.

Louis CK

More than most comedians, Louis C.K. resists the impulse to please. He has acquired a lot of new fans in the past few years, but it’s hard to imagine that “Tomorrow Night”—an avant-garde black-and-white film C.K. wrote and directed in 1997 and distributed last week—is what they want from him. In interviews publicizing its release, he called it “a relic,” “pretty weird,” and “hard to watch.” He told David Letterman, “It’s not for everybody. That would be the tag line: ‘It’s not for everybody.’ ” The film offers a few pleasures: Steve Carell’s trying-to-suppress-a-laugh face, which is the best in the business; J. B. Smoove’s charisma and Wanda Sykes’s disdain, both of which would later become integral to “Curb Your Enthusiasm”; Rick Shapiro wearing terrible drag; a cartoonish seductress named Lola Vagina. (C.K. has always gotten a lot of mileage out of the word “vagina.”) But, on the whole, it is ponderous, rarely funny, and, indeed, hard to watch. This seems to be part of the point.

Louis C.K. grew up in Newton, an affluent suburb of Boston. His father was a Harvard-trained economist. As a teen-ager, C.K. worked at a photo-developing store and a public-access TV station, where he learned the technical process of filmmaking. His admissions interview with N.Y.U.’s film school seemed to go well; but, in a fit of Joycean paralysis, he left the application blank. “I couldn’t fill out the thing,” C.K. later told the writer Jonah Weiner. “It made me want to vomit.” Instead, he took a series of gruelling jobs—as an auto mechanic, a cook at a KFC, and, eventually, a standup comic, which offered less job security but also, as it turned out, more opportunities for career advancement.

The New Yorker | Read the Full Article

Check out Louis CK’s film on his site.

Private Snafu: The World War II Propaganda Cartoons Created by Dr. Seuss, Frank Capra & Mel Blanc

Check out this fascinating bit of World War II history in the American Cartoons that brought out a lot of 1940s animators such as Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng.

Private Snafu was the U.S. Army’s worst soldier. He was sloppy, lazy and prone to shooting off his mouth to Nazi agents. And he was hugely popular with his fellow GIs.

Private Snafu was, of course, an animated cartoon character designed for the military recruits. He was an adorable dolt who sounded like Bugs Bunny and looked a bit like Elmer Fudd. And in every episode, he taught soldiers what not to do, from blabbing about troop movements to not taking malaria medication.

The idea for the series reportedly came from Frank Capra — the Oscar-winning director of It’s a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and, during WWII, the chairman of the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit. He wanted to create a cartoon series for new recruits, many of whom were young, unworldly and in some cases illiterate. Capra gave Disney first shot at developing the idea but Warner Bros’ Leon Schlesinger, a man who was as famous for his hard-driving business acumen as he was for wearing excessive cologne, offered a bid that was 2/3rds below that of Disney.

The talent behind this series was impressive, featuring a veritable who’s who of non-Disney animating talent, including Chuck Jones, Bob Clampett, and Friz Freleng. Snafu was voiced by Mel Blanc, who famously did Bunny Bugs, Daffy Duck and later Marvin the Martian. And one of the main writers was none other than Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel.

Open Culture | Read the Full Article

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