Miniature models were used extensively for the original Star Wars (as well as the prequel trilogy). Check out this massive collection and the incredible amount of detail that went into the production:
Check out this half hour documentary of Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”
Ethan Levinskas explores the body of work from director Darren Aronofsky.
Committing oneself to an ideal is a respectable goal. However, the protagonists of Darren Aronofsky’s films would benefit from keeping everything in moderation. As an emerging auteur, Aronofsky is still fairly young, but over the past two decades, he has proven himself as a director with consistent vision and mettle.
His stories are warning tales of obsession, of how becoming addicted to a goal can enslave a person just as easily as it can help them attain what they want. This makes Aronofsky’s films very American in their criticism of our capitalist dreams.
Although the films themselves are not political, Aronofsky takes direct influence from Hubert Selby, Jr., the author who wrote Requiem for a Dream, who describes the “American Dream,” as amorphous and unattainable. In empathizing with characters whose goals consume them, Aronofsky’s tales become relatable to the American working class.
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Ryan Gielen shares some low budget tips for directing with little space or money.Gielen
Over the past few years I’ve contributed articles focused on my experience independently promoting and distributing my previous two features, The Graduates and Turtle Hill, Brooklyn. But before an indie filmmaker can distribute their film, they have to shoot it, and one of the biggest challenges on features of any size is the cost of creativity — the demands of production can make it extremely challenging to take the time to visually articulate moments, scenes, sequences and themes the way you dreamed up in pre-production.
On my most recent feature, Drinking Games, we faced this challenge constantly — we made the suspense-filled drama for under $100,000 in twelve days, on location inside a real dormitory. My cinematographer Andrew “Tank” Rivara had to light tiny rooms for the RED, while the budget and the clock were working against us from the beginning! While touring the film at various colleges and film schools prior to our digital release, the audience reaction was incredibly positive, and two big questions kept popping up:
Given the challenges we faced, the questions we received, and our success (I admit, I’m biased) in making the film work, I decided to put together a series of five to ten-minute videos focusing on the scenes that best highlighted our use of the limited tools we did have — a jib, a dolly, the RED, good lenses and creativity — to help those who may face the same challenges.
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When it comes to crowd funding, it’s not about what your film is about, but why.
Filmmakers, you’ve been lied to. Film school has taught you to pitch the WHAT about your project — WHAT is the story, WHAT is the cast, WHAT are the target group for the film etc — but the WHAT is not the most important element when it comes to crowdfunding. The WHY is! You see it comes down to your likability on camera. ‘But I’m cool and I’m a great filmmaker’ I hear you say. While that’s good for you, that’s not why people want to engage with your crowdfunding campaign.
More people will support something that is important to them, something that matters to them. Whether you are doing a drama, a comedy, a sci-fi project, or a documentary on environmental changes, more people will support you if you tell them WHY it matters that you make the film and therefore WHY it matters to them. You have to smitten your audience and become an ambassador for your own film.
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Late night shopping may never be the same again after you watch IKEA’s homage to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic,
t’s a simple enough question. But the answer is more complicated than you’d would ever expect. From the Far North to the Jersey Shore, we take a look at “reality” on film and TV, and how someone can be famous just by being famous.
It’s the cult classic that inspired several re-makes, re-dos and sequels, but we’re pretty sure even you midnight-screening superfans out there didn’t know all 7 of these groovy tidbits about the original Evil Dead!
In it’s 26th season, the Simpson’s Treehouse of Terror pays tribute to the cinematic master Stanley Kubrick.
Norman Lear tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric that Carroll O’Connor, the actor who played Archie Bunker, was not a fan of a scene that ended up being one of Lear’s favorite moments from “All in the Family”.
You’ve seen us tackle the X-Men Trilogy — now it’s time for us to take on the prequel-sequel that made the worst X-Men movie irrelevant and the worst Wolverine movie into a bad dream: X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Language. Easy for humans to understand (most of the time), but not so easy for computers. This is a short film about speech recognition, language understanding, neural nets, and using our voices to communicate with the technology around us.