Menu 

The Dark Knight

How The Dark Knight helped spawn a filmmaking boom in Chicago

Christopher Nolan’s modern classic showcased the city of Chicago. As much as director Nolan—who grew up in Chicago and London—wanted to keep a low profile while he was shooting, there was no hiding The Dark Knight. Christian Bale stood on the edge of the roof of Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower). A huge chase Read MoreRead More

Heath Ledger’s Joker Diary

In this segment from the documentary “Too Young to Die“, Heath Ledger’s Dad goes through his Joker diary which the late actor used to find his character. Translation of the French: “This is the Joker’s diary. In order to inhabit his character, he (Heath) locked himself up in a hotel room for weeks. He would Read MoreRead More

Christopher Nolan on his Batman Trilogy

Director Christopher Nolan talks about his approach to Batman – creating the whole concept of “reboot” and the characters that define his grounded vision of Gotham City. How did you come to Batman Begins, and what appealed to you about rebooting a series that had already been interpreted by Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher? It’s a Read MoreRead More

How ‘Cloud Atlas’ is (a little) like ‘The Dark Knight’

I saw Cloud Atlas on its opening weekend. I don’t think it hit the mark, but it’s an extraordinarily ambitious film in the way it cross cuts 6 stories together into a nearly 3 hour epic feature. Steven Zeitchik compares the ambition to another mold breaking film, Nolan’s The Dark Knight in the way these films return to Read MoreRead More

The Dark Knight Rises – LEAKED Audio of Freeman admitting he doesn’t get Batman

Can’t Christian Bale have a crazy conversation on set without somebody recording it? These “authentic” outtakes from the set of “The Dark Knight Rises” show Bale and costar Morgan Freeman spinning on not understanding the difference Batman and Bruce Wayne to Christian Bale wondering why he wasn’t asked to be in Inception.Read More

Analyzing Action – A Rebuttal to Jim Emerson’s “Dark Knight” Analysis

Jim Emerson’s shot by shot breakdown of Nolan’s action sequence in “The Dark Knight” has sparked serious debate both here and all over the internets. So much so that Joseph Kahn has taken the time to break down each of Emerson’s criticisms and examines them on his blog.Read More

The 1928 Film that Inspired the Joker: “The Man Who Laughs”

The Man Who Laughs is the forgotten silent film masterpiece directed by the German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni. It is slowly being rediscovered as the film that is credited for creating the image that Bob Kane would later use as inspiration for his Joker character from Batman.Read More

30 Movie Title Tutorials for After Effects

It has been awhile since we did an After Effects tutorial roundup. This time we want to focus on titles. Your opening titles maybe the the first impression viewers will have of your film, so you better make them count. Here are 30 Hollywood style After Effects tutorials to help and inspire you. Inception Tron Read MoreRead More

Older Posts