Filmmaking 360

Between the Scenes: Choosing Locations

Filmmakers: When choosing a location there are considerations beyond just that individual scene. Here we explore the ways in which locations work together to help the audience keep track of your story. Example from Gus Van Sant’s ‘Gerry’ (2002, THINKFilm, Miramax). Commentary by ‘Between the Scenes’ author Jeffrey Michael Bays.Read More

Why Breaking Box-Office Records Matters to Hollywood More This Year

As the U.S. movie industry gets its swagger back, many believe that making history will send a message to the world Ask a film executive or moviemaker about box office records and they’ll typically react like an awkward baseball slugger. “Shucks,” they’ll mutter. “We’re going to take our best swing and if it happens, it Read MoreRead More

Mad Men Creator Matthew Weiner’s Reassuring Life Advice For the Struggling Artist

In “Getting There: A Book of Mentors”, the lauded creator candidly revewals his years of struggle and his eventual path to success. I remember studying Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Kubla Khan” in high school. According to Coleridge, upon waking from a deep, opium-induced reverie, he recalled a vision and immediately wrote the 54 famous lines. 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

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