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Oscar Ballot Guide -­ Animation Character Design -­ Variety Artisans

What goes into designing an animated character you’ll love watching for an hour and a half — and remember forever. We hear from three of this year’s contenders, Albert Lozano from Pixar, Nick Bruno and Scott Carroll from Blue Sky, and character sculptor Carol Koch of “Anomalisa,” along with David Vandervoort of Laika (“Paranorman,” “The Read MoreRead More

Film Set Safety 101

Who is responsible for safety? Andrew Spieler (Assistant Director for RJ:The Show) and RocketJump director/co-creator Matthew Arnold sit down to have a real discussion about safety on set. They cover the precautions and safety measures taken for the large-scale stunts in the new action-packed short, Truck Flipper vs Bus Puncher, but also explain how placing Read MoreRead More

It’s A Wonderful Life: Individual vs. Community

Nerdwriter1 takes a look at the thematic currents of Individual and Community in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” If you’d like to learn how “It’s a Wonderful Life” became a cultural icon – and the copyright battle that surrounds it, check out our film on the Curious Copyright Case of “It’s a Wonderful Life” And Read MoreRead More

Quentin Tarantino’s Visual References

It is a well known fact that Quentin Tarantino is a self-proclaimed cinephile. But the writer/director’s love for cinema is most obviously expressed through his own films. In addition to showing his characters spending a great deal of time discussing cinema, Tarantino’s films are jam-packed with homages and visual references to the movies that have Read MoreRead More

An Analysis The T-Rex Attack in “Jurassic Park” (1993)

Jonathan Foster analyzes the first T-Rex attack in “Jurassic Park” (1993), but frame the discussion around the following quote from Steven Soderbergh: “I was studying the work of certain directors that I felt knew how to lay things out. I was watching Fincher. I was watching McTiernan. And I was watching Spielberg stuff. Those three guys, Read MoreRead More

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