Superfan JJ Abrams on Directing “The Force Awakens”

Wired interviews the J.J. Abrams on what it’s like to direct the most anticipated film of the year. WIRED: How are you feeling? It seems like only yesterday you were announced as the director of Episode VII. J.J. ABRAMS: Good! It’s a crazy thing, right? I can’t wait for people to see the movie. We’ve Read MoreRead More

What the Visual Style of J.J. Abrams’s ‘Star Trek’ Films Can Tell Us About ‘The Force Awakens’

Lucas directed the original Star Wars with static cameras like a fable – JJ Abrams may be bringing the look of Star Wars more down home. One of the first sights in the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a massive, collapsed spaceship, gray and imposing like the remains Read MoreRead More

5 Tips For The DP Whose Director Is Also The Lead Actor

Cybel Martin offers 5 tips for the director of photography who is shooting a director who is also the lead actor. 1. Create a Visual Shorthand – if you’ve been following my articles, you know how much I love pre-production and pouring over reference material with my directors. This is even more important if your Read MoreRead More

Dan Gilroy Director/Writer of Nightcrawler – DP/30

His familiar work as a screenwriter goes all the way back to Freejack in 1992. More recently, Reel Steel and The Bourne Legacy. But now he’s put on the writer/director hat with the remarkable Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a true creature of darkness, created by business as usual in L.A. Gilroy spoke to Read MoreRead More

Director Lynn Shelton on “Laggies”

Every January the slopes of Park City, Utah, fill with posh skiers, and the streets, bars, and screening rooms fill with Hollywood’s top actors, producers, and directors. Vanity Fair West Coast senior editor Krista Smith sat down to talk with the stars of the Sundance Film Festival, and learned all about the movies that will Read MoreRead More

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