Gabe Moura looks at how reaction shots are used to advanced the story.
CBS Almanac recounts a short history of one of film’s earliest fathers.
And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: October 19, 1862, 152 years ago today . . . the debut of a future film-making pioneer.
For that was the day Auguste Lumiere was born in a small town in France.
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The Serpentine Dance was one of the first things captured by Edison’s film cameras – but what was the Serpentine Dance?
Who? The serpentine dance emerged during the late nineteenth century. It evolved from the skirt dance, a form of early burlesque in which moving figures were swathed in light fabric and optical shadows to create a fluid sequence of shapes. Pioneered by Loïe Fuller, it was created in reaction to the popular can-can dances of the time, and is one of the early examples of live stage and cinematic performance. By the turn of the century, it had become a globally famous spectacle, which saw dancers perform in cages with lions, on stilts or on horseback. They became celebrities and in turn fashion icons, known for their billowing yards of silk and voluminous costumes.
What? The serpentine dance is described in Marketa Uhlirova’s new book, Birds of Paradise: Costume as a Cinematic Spectacle. Led by a rich catalogue of images, it studies the mystery and simple magic of the early dance and its consequential effect on fashion. Alongside Loïe Fuller, American dancer Estrella Sylvia is credited with popularising the dance genre in London with her enchanting acrobatic movements and wafting fabric.
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Peter Labuza says film noir is best described as a “mode,” and in this video essay describes how this mode responds to classical Hollywood melodrama and continues to pervade today’s movies.
See Joaquin Phoenix how the other characters do, as Her becomes a sad tale of a mad man in love with nobody.
Ryan Connolly of Film Riot spends 45 minutes chatting with popular DP Shane Hurlbut
How do two movies which share the similar themes compare when it comes to execution? Entertainment Lawyer Christopher Schiller explores how two movies can share ideas and be different.
Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity on the surface doesn’t always play out the same. As test subjects, we’ll look at two films who could have been elevator pitched with the same theme and are currently playing the festival circuit side by side but are radically different in execution and marketability. This isn’t a comparison between the films. Both of these films are strong examples of how to do things right with the choices they’ve made and the paths the stories dictated. What this article will attempt is to give examples of how you need more than a cursory understanding of what your film is, even from the very beginning, to properly handle the choices and understand the opportunities that are truly viable for your individual finished piece.
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Doing freebies is a part of life in the filmmaking world - Bobby Marko offers 4 tips of how to ask for help when money is scarce.
We’ve all been there! The all too familiar passion projects, short films, documentaries, even feature films. And when we create these projects we know in order to pull them off, we have to invite others to get the vision, to hopefully be as passionate about the project as we are, all in order to utilize their skill for either very low compensation or none at all. So who do you invite, inspire and convince others to join your team when money is scarce or no existent? How do you ask the people you know who are very talented to become part of your project knowing they will most likely not see a dime? Here are four things to remember when asking for free work.
1. BE HONEST
This first point is probably the best point to make because it makes all the other points relevant and easier to follow. It goes without saying, you should be up-front and honest with the people you are asking. If there’s no budget to pay crew for your passion project, tell them right away and be honest. Whether it’s no budget or only $50 a day, let them know up front. Do not promise that they will be paid once you have a successful crowd funding campaign or that a rich relative will most likely come through. Those are not guaranteed statements. It’s ok to let them know you are seeking funding and if there is money left over everything else, then some compensation could be made. But if you do not have the funds ready to spend, it’s best to let them know from the very first conversation that there will be no compensation.
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“Get motivated!” and “stay positive!” are common bits of self-help advice. But have we gone too far in our penchant for positivity? Leaning on research (including a story about Mount Everest climbers), reporter and author Oliver Burkeman shares the counterintuitive insight of how abandoning goals and allowing some negativity in can actually be helpful.
“Theres a real benefit to find ways to loosen our grip as goal driven people. When you look at successful entrepreneurs…you find they don’t follow this stereotype.” We should instead remain ready to adapt where we are heading and embrace uncertainty.
The Onion’s movie critic Peter K. Rosenthal reviews ‘Gone Girl’ in this week’s Film Standard.
It’s been 15 years since Tyler Durden laid out the rules of Fight Club. Now relive the classic movie about violence, mayhem, and… littering?
He’s Batman. He’s Johnny Blaze. He’s Beetlejuice. He’s Johnny Dangerously. And now, at 63, he may have the role of a lifetime as Riggan Thompson in Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman. He spoke to David Poland about his work and the film for 20 minutes.