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Joss Whedon’s Commencement Speech: “You are all going to die”

Famed director Joss Whedon delivered a commencement speech on living with duality at Weslayen college on May 26, 2013. Two roads diverged in a wood, and… no. I’m not that lazy. I actually sat through many graduations. When I was siting where you guys were sitting, the speaker was Bill Cosby—funny man Bill Cosby, he Read MoreRead More

Long Term Archiving for your film? Store it in DNA

Perhaps not too far in the distant future you’ll be storing all your home movies in the same four chemicals that store the information on your eye and hair color. Biological systems have been using DNA as an information storage molecule for billions of years. Vast amounts of data can thus be encoded within microscopic Read MoreRead More

10 Steps to Shooting You First DIY Interview

Vimeo video school offers 10 tips to folks just getting started shooting interviews for documentaries. -Do your research! You’ll want to know any information that’s already out there so you can ask questions no one has asked before. Read up about your subject on the Internet and in publications. -Write up a good list of Read MoreRead More

“Apocalypse Now” Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro – Writing with Light

Profile of the cinematographer Vittorio Storaro which traces his career responsible for the photography on films like  ’Apocalypse Now’, `The Conformist’, `Last Tango in Paris’, `The Last Emperor’, `Dick Tracy’ and `The Sheltering Sky’. Via Cinephelia and BeyondRead More

Making the Title Graphics for CBS’s “Elementary”

Art of the Title talks to motion graphics designer Simon Clowes about the Rube-Goldberg device approach to the title sequence for CBS’s Sherlock Holmes re-imagining. And as for Elementary, how did that process begin? I found out about the project late, but it sounded interesting — especially after watching the pilot episode. There had already been a lot Read MoreRead More

On the Set of Arrested Development: New Rules, New Dead Doves

Denise Martin chronicles the behind-the-scenes production of the new Netflix series of Arrested Development. On a late Thursday afternoon in mid-October, Jason Bateman pulled a paper bag out of the freezer on the set of Arrested Development. His character, Michael Bluth, was looking to extract some information from a child and suspected an icy treat would do Read MoreRead More

Filmmakers Need to Trust the Audience

Adam Mars-Jones writes Scarecrow and The King of Marvin Gardens – quirky, unstylised films made in the 60s and 70s that refused to smooth their rough edges. This bravery, Adam Mars-Jones argues, is what film-makers are missing today The label “independent film” doesn’t mean what it once did, and the Sundance festival is part of the reason. The moment aspiring film-makers Read MoreRead More

The Full Oral History of the Making of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”

The Elstree Project started as an oral history project designed to record, preserve and share the memories of people who have worked at the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood. Here is the full story, at 55-minutes in length, and with contributions from nine crew members who worked on the film and Stanley Kubrick’s widow, Christiane.Read More

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