Lars Von Trier: Cinema’s Dancer in the Dark

Nelson Carvajal and Arielle Bernstein tango with Lars Von Trier In my writing group, a friend describes the way that, when you edit a piece of writing, you should look for hot spots, places where the strength of emotion is so great that heat radiates outwards. These are the places that jolt the heart, that Read MoreRead More

Motivated Camera Movement of Breaking Bad

Editor Vashi Nedomansky analysis a shot from the final episode of Breaking Bad which includes a pivotal reveal. In the final episode of BREAKING BAD…there are two shots in a pivotal scene that are perfect examples of how to use camera movement to amplify the narrative and surprise the audience. With one simple pan and Read MoreRead More

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

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