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Behind Closed Doors with Alfonso Cuarón

BAFTA and Oscar winning filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón sat down with us in early January for a chat about his upbringing in Mexico, his turbulent film school years, his early filmmaking experiences and his flourishing, remarkable career. He revealed to us the secret motivation for his work ethic: he occasionally needs money.Read More

Stanley Kubrick’s Daughter Shares Photos of Herself Growing Up on Her Father’s Film Sets

Open Culture explores the story of Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Vivian – a first hand witness and resource on life with Kubrick who has recently released a number of candid behind the scenes photos of her and her legendary father. Since Vivian Kubrick was in grade school, she worked as a collaborator with her famous filmmaker father. She had Read MoreRead More

Advice on being a Director from Silent Film Director Marshall Neilan

Marshall Neilan, silent film director, gave this interview in a 1925 Edition of Photoplay Magazine How to Be a Motion Picture Director In which Marshall Neilan answers some pertinent questions. Study carefully, buy a megaphone and take the Golden State Limited By Marshall Neilan Q. What are the essential qualifications of a director A. The Read MoreRead More

The Church of Comedy

The director of Wedding Crashers and The Change-Uplearned The Ten Commandments of Directing Comedy through trial and error—not divine inspiration. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF DIRECTING COMEDY 1. “KINDA FUNNY” MEANS IT’S NOT WORKING Laughter is binary: It either happens or it doesn’t. As each joke arrives in the course of a film, the cavernous space of the theater Read MoreRead More

McG’s Six Golden Rules of Moviemaking

Here are six bits of wisdom from Joseph McGinty Nichol, better known as McG, is the writer-director-producer behind some of this generation’s most popular franchises such as Supernatural, The O.C., and Chuck. 1. Make sure the actors know what they are signing up for. At the end of the day, they are the ones in front of Read MoreRead More

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. 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, Read MoreRead More

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