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The Dialectics of Humor: Russian Silent Comedy

Join ‘The Party’ or join the party? On the lighter side of early Soviet cinema. Let’s face it, Soviet silent cinema isn’t renowned for its sense of humor. And that’s a shame. Most of us were introduced to the silent era of Russian film through the dialectic exercises of Sergei Eisenstein, who combined the intellectual and Read MoreRead More

Watch Astronauts Suspend a GoPro in a Bubble of Water

During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size of Read MoreRead More

7 Things to Consider Before Launching Your Web Series

Brian Rodda presents seven principles to consider before offering up your first video to the Internet Gods. 1. Who is your audience? Simple? Yes. Redundant? Perhaps. Tantamount to the success of your series? Absolutely. In developing any good series, a creative vision must give itself structure to set itself free. Creating a strong intention for whom Read MoreRead More

Girls on Film: 4 female filmmakers who pioneered horror movies

Despite popular misconceptions, women have been on the cutting edge of the genre since its earliest days If you’re looking for a good new horror movie, there are plenty of directors whose works fit the bill. Leigh Janiak kicked things off last month with a limited release of her film Honeymoon. “Twisted Twins” Jen and Read MoreRead More

How to Build a Fictional World – TED-Ed

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, Read MoreRead More

5 Huge Mistakes You’ll Make in the Film and TV Business (and How to Avoid Them)

Dean and Tyler Silvers break down five big mistakes every filmmaker makes going into the business. Your Cast is Ordinary Audiences aren’t always sure about things like sound, lighting, and other filmmaking essentials, but everyone thinks they know actors. And we mean everyone — from my cab driver this afternoon, to my niece’s 7th grade Read MoreRead More

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