Filmmaking 360

The Changing Face of the Music Video and What We Can All Learn From It

Dave Geffen surveys the history and current state of music video production and what barriers and opportunities exist in this changing artform. The music we use in our work, whether for videos or slide shows for stills images, is an integral part of the narrative and story we are trying tell. The genre, artist and Read MoreRead More

Post-Water-Cooler TV: How to Make a TV Drama in the Twitter Age

There’s no denying it, the world of television consumption is not what it was a mere 5 or 10 years ago. The New York Times gathered the folks that steer six of the best dramas on television for their take on creating TV for the Twitter Age. Q. With seismic shifts in viewing habits, audiences Read MoreRead More

Saul Bass – Title Champ

Set to a bebop jazz beat, this documentary brings to life the extraordinary work of graphic designer Saul Bass, whose groundbreaking title sequences for Hitchcock’s films transformed the art of movie titles. Through interviews with directors such as Martin Scorsese and Guillermo del Toro, this film reveals why Bass is still considered the medium’s greatest Read MoreRead More

Famous Dissolves Throughout History

Kevin B. Lee showcases some famous dissolves in his video essay for, what else, The Dissolve. The average moviegoer is more likely to spend time thinking about acting, directing, or plotting than about transitional effects. But these neglected corners of the movies—the ethereal atomic elements, the overlooked nuts and bolts of the machinery—offer the richest Read MoreRead More

Francis Ford Coppola’s Handwritten Casting Notes for The Godfather

This is the hand written list of possible casting choices for Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather. Laurence Olivier as Vito Corleone? Dustin Hoffman as Michael? Those are two of the intriguing options director Francis Ford Coppola was apparently mulling over when he jotted down these notes while preparing to make his classic 1972 film The Godfather. Read MoreRead More

Orson Welles’ Sketch Book

Orson Welles’ Sketch Book is a series of six short television commentaries by Orson Welles for the BBC in 1955. Written and directed by Welles, the 15-minute episodes present the filmmaker’s commentaries on a range of subjects. Welles frequently draws from his own experiences and often illustrates the episodes with his own sketches. Episode 1: Read MoreRead More

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