FilmmakerIQ.com https://filmmakeriq.com Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:05:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://filmmakeriq.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cropped-IQHead-32x32.png FilmmakerIQ.com https://filmmakeriq.com 32 32 Film Jobs – A New Series! https://filmmakeriq.com/2018/02/film-jobs-new-series/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2018/02/film-jobs-new-series/#respond Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:24:15 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=105063 Announcing our brand new show FIlm Jobs – where we sit down with industry professionals and talk about how they got where they are and how you can get your foot in the door of the motion picture industry. In this episode we talk to veteran Hollywood Editor Lawrence Jordan ACE who has cut over […]

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Winter is the New Summer Movie Season https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/12/winter-new-summer-movie-season/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/12/winter-new-summer-movie-season/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:45:41 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=103901 Forget Summer. Seriously… it’s easy to bash the “Hollywood industry” during the long drawn out months of the summer blockbuster season – The blogosphere is heavy with article after article about the so-called “death of Hollywood” (because of a few percent decline in B.O.) – The internet is clogged with a new industry of fandomism […]

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What’s the Best Camera? https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/12/whats-best-camera/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/12/whats-best-camera/#comments Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:13:40 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=103889 I tackle the common question in my attempt at creating a driving confessional:

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How I Decided to Buy My New Camera https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/11/decided-buy-new-camera/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/11/decided-buy-new-camera/#respond Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:31:52 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=103329 The one question we, as well as every photo/video related site, get is “What Camera Should I Buy?” I’ve spent a lot of time figuring out how to answer that question but maybe the best approach is to walk through how I decided to buy our new camera. Now I knew that I needed to […]

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How To Get a Proper Exposure When Shooting a Solar Eclipse (with Math!) https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/get-proper-exposure-shooting-solar-eclipse-math/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/get-proper-exposure-shooting-solar-eclipse-math/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:32:00 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102511 As the Solar Eclipse approaches, I figured this would be chance to flex some of the ideas I’ve been working on for a upcoming course on Exposure. Instead of an Exposure triangle, I will be looking at exposure as a path where each step gives us some control over how the image is exposed. So […]

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Eggs & Bacon: Crazy Movie Credits Edition https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/eggs-bacon-crazy-movie-credits-edition/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/eggs-bacon-crazy-movie-credits-edition/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:59:29 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102426 Here are some easter eggs and other fun things you may have missed in these movie credits. Also make sure to check out our course: “Who’s Who in the Movie Credits” In the “South Park Movie” Saddam Hussein is credited as himself. In the end credits of “Airplane! 2” they added a “worst boy”. “The […]

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The Surprising Things You Can Learn By Watching Films Upside Down https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/the-surprising-things-you-can-learn-by-watching-films-upside-down/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/the-surprising-things-you-can-learn-by-watching-films-upside-down/#comments Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:47 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102383 It was one of those nights where try as you might, you couldn’t keep yourself off the floor. Using some awkward gymnastics, I managed to drape myself over a sofa arm and found myself looking at the television with my chin skywards. Goodfellas was on, and watching the film upside down lead to a whole […]

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No Great Movie is Made in 48 Hours https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/no-great-movie-is-made-in-48-hours/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/no-great-movie-is-made-in-48-hours/#comments Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:09 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102357 I think every filmmaker at some point gets sucked into the 48 Hour Film Project. If you’re unfamiliar, here’s the jist of it: filmmakers pay an entrance fee and gather a cast and crew together for a weekend shoot. On Friday evening, they are given a genre, a line of dialogue, a character and a […]

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Filmmaker Quotes: Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton & Jim Jarmusch https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/filmmaker-quotes-orson-welles-francis-ford-coppola-steven-spielberg-george-lucas-tim-burton-jim-jarmusch/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/filmmaker-quotes-orson-welles-francis-ford-coppola-steven-spielberg-george-lucas-tim-burton-jim-jarmusch/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:00:12 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102361 Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Orson Welles, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Tim Burton and Jim Jarmusch. The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. Orson Welles I don’t think there’s any artist of any value who doesn’t doubt what they’re doing. Francis Ford Coppola You shouldn’t dream your film, […]

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When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/when-its-time-to-look-beyond-the-dslr/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/when-its-time-to-look-beyond-the-dslr/#comments Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:38 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102033 I started my career before you could capture video on DSLRs. Right out of business school, I started shooting local cable commercials first on a 1/3rd inch chip Sony PD150 at the tail end of the “DV revolution” before graduated to an HDV Sony Z100 and then making my way to full HD 1/2 inch […]

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Announcing the Winner of the BlueFX Template Giveaway https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/announcing-the-winner-of-the-bluefx-template-giveaway/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/announcing-the-winner-of-the-bluefx-template-giveaway/#respond Fri, 04 Aug 2017 00:48:07 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102031 That’s a wrap for the month of July! Our BlueFX contest for the highest point earner is now closed. The top point earner will receive a bundle of all three Logo Supercharger packages (worth a total of $597) from our friends at BlueFx. Congratulations Mathias Rauh– for coming in on top of July 2017 with 461,000 […]

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How Much Zoom is Needed to Fix a Dutch Angle? https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/much-zoom-needed-fix-dutch-angle/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/much-zoom-needed-fix-dutch-angle/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:00:21 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102094 While working on a project for a friend, I shot some footage from the back of a pick up truck. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent 3 hours driving around a town strapped to the bed of a pickup truck trying to compose shots on a tripod while we drove by -but it’s a […]

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The Death of Superman Lives and the Failure of Auteur Theory https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/the-death-of-superman-lives-and-the-failure-of-auteur-theory/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/08/the-death-of-superman-lives-and-the-failure-of-auteur-theory/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:59:11 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102076 I recently watched Jon Schnepp’s detailed documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened. Even if you’re not a fan of comic book movies, this really is a must see documentary if you’re interested in the real process of filmmaking. So here’s the premise. We’re going to give one of DC’s most beloved super heroes to […]

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How a Movie Can Go Wrong (Even When It Had Everything Right) https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/movie-can-go-wrong-even-everything-right/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/movie-can-go-wrong-even-everything-right/#comments Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:00:47 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101885 James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia” is a fictionalized crime noir that launches from one of the most gruesome unsolved murders of old Los Angeles. Ellroy’s book is quintessential noir layered in a dark world of criminals, muscled confessions and crooked cops. No one is innocent in the pursuit of justice for the murder of […]

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Eggs & Bacon: Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption & RoboCop https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-boogie-nights-pulp-fiction-captain-america-silence-of-the-lambs-shawshank-redemption-robocop/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-boogie-nights-pulp-fiction-captain-america-silence-of-the-lambs-shawshank-redemption-robocop/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:57:06 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=102006 Some easter eggs and other little facts from Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption and RoboCop. “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” connection to “Fox Force Five” In “Boogie Nights”, Don Cheadle is extremely dedicated when Luis Guzmán asks him to ‘watch the phone.’ Nick Fury’s tombstone in “Captain America: […]

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The Treachery of Expectations https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/the-treachery-of-expectations/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/the-treachery-of-expectations/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:24 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101931 Let’s start with the first expectation. You read the ominous title and saw the screen grab of Dunkirk, you might be expecting this to be a negative review of Christopher Nolan’s latest epic. Well it’s not. I took in a late screening on Sunday night of opening weekend.  Being that it was the day after […]

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Filmmaker Quotes: Alfred Hitchcock, Harrison Ford, David Lynch, Ava Gardner, RDJ & Emma Watson https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-alfred-hitchcock-harrison-ford-david-lynch-ava-gardner-rdj-emma-watson/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-alfred-hitchcock-harrison-ford-david-lynch-ava-gardner-rdj-emma-watson/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:44:18 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101921 Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Alfred Hitchcock, Harrison Ford, David Lynch, Ava Gardner, Robert Downey Jr. and Emma Watson. Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders. Alfred Hitchcock ‘May the Force be with you’ is charming but it’s not important. What’s important is that you become the […]

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Free BlueFX After Effects Templates & $597 Bundle Giveaway https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/the-top-fiq-points-earner-this-month-will-win-600-worth-of-professional-templates/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/the-top-fiq-points-earner-this-month-will-win-600-worth-of-professional-templates/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:58:27 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101658 Learning After Effects is a daunting challenge – it’s not quite a Non-Linear Editor, but also not quite Photoshop. In trying to explain or teach After Effects I look back at my own history of learning the program. Once I learned the fundamentals by working through a book – my growth in After Effects came […]

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Behind the Scenes: Fury Road, The Passion of the Christ, The Force Awakens, The Birds, The Wolf of Wall St. & Léon: The Professional https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-the-scenes-fury-road-the-passion-of-the-christ-the-force-awakens-the-birds-the-wolf-of-wall-st-leon-the-professional/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-the-scenes-fury-road-the-passion-of-the-christ-the-force-awakens-the-birds-the-wolf-of-wall-st-leon-the-professional/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:51:08 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101400 Behind the scenes photos from Fury Road, The Passion of the Christ, The Force Awakens, The Birds, The Wolf of Wall St. and Léon: The Professional. Fury Road practical effects Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel having a conversation on set of “The Passion of the Christ” Stormtrooper changing room for “Star Wars: Episode VII – […]

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How Social Pressures Can Shape A Movie Opinion https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/social-pressures-can-shape-movie-opinion/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/social-pressures-can-shape-movie-opinion/#respond Thu, 20 Jul 2017 07:47:12 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101791 In our last course, The History of the Hollywood Musical, I professed as to not have been a big fan of the latest Musical Oscar contender La La Land. I knew my opinion was contentious especially up against such overwhelming high regard for the film. But the point of this post isn’t to explain my […]

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Eggs & Bacon: The Godfather, Jaws, The Departed, Halloween H20, The Big Lebowski & Apocalypto https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-godfather-jaws-departed-halloween-h20-big-lebowski-apocalypto/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-godfather-jaws-departed-halloween-h20-big-lebowski-apocalypto/#respond Wed, 19 Jul 2017 07:05:00 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101378 Some easter eggs and other little facts from The Godfather, Jaws, The Departed, Halloween H20, The Big Lebowski and Apocalypto. Whenever oranges appear in “The Godfather”, they foreshadow death or a near death involving the Corleone family. However it was not intentional in the first film. Director Steven Spielberg named the shark in “Jaws” Bruce […]

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In the Near Future Every Student Will Be Required to Make a Film https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/in-the-near-future-every-student-will-be-required-to-make-a-film/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/in-the-near-future-every-student-will-be-required-to-make-a-film/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:36:40 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101671 When you were in school did you have to turn in an essay even though you never intended to be a full time writer? Did you have to produce a drawing as some form of homework assignment even though you would never be a full time artist? How about give a speech? Well we may […]

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Top 7 Spontaneous Musical Numbers in Non-Musicals https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/top-7-spontaneous-musical-numbers-in-non-musicals/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/top-7-spontaneous-musical-numbers-in-non-musicals/#respond Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:08:33 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101631 This list was hard to define. There are lots of great musical numbers in non-musicals, such as “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, “My Rifle Pony in Me” from Rio Bravo, etc., it goes on forever. There are also great dance numbers in non-musicals such as “Putting on the Ritz” from Young Frankenstein to “Time […]

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Filmmaker Quotes: Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Quentin Tarantino, Audrey Hepburn, David Cronenberg & Lauren Bacall https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-morgan-freeman-anna-kendrick-quentin-tarantino-audrey-hepburn-david-cronenberg-lauren-bacall/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-morgan-freeman-anna-kendrick-quentin-tarantino-audrey-hepburn-david-cronenberg-lauren-bacall/#respond Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:36:11 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101638 Some inspiring and thought provoking quotes from Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Quentin Tarantino, Audrey Hepburn, David Cronenberg and Lauren Bacall. You measure yourself by the people who measure themselves by you. Morgan Freeman Being well adjusted is probably fucking overrated. Anna Kendrick When people ask me if I went to film school I tell them, […]

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Photos from the Filmmaker IQ Nation https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/photos-from-the-iq-nation/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/photos-from-the-iq-nation/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:29:56 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100283 It really warms our hearts to see fans take to our content – here are a few images sent to us from classrooms around the world: Submitted by Petr also from Panske Prague, Czech Republic: Panská Film High School. From Christoffer also from the Panská Film High School. Submitted by Sourabh Raghunath from K. R. Narayanan […]

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Behind the Scenes: The Shining, Goodfellas, Edward Scissorhands, Empire Strikes Back & Indiana Jones https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-shining-goodfellas-edward-scissorhands-empire-strikes-back-indiana-jones/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-shining-goodfellas-edward-scissorhands-empire-strikes-back-indiana-jones/#respond Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:22:29 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101390 Behind the scenes photos from The Shining, Goodfellas, Edward Scissorhands, Empire Strikes Back, The Great Gatsby & Indiana Jones. Jack Nicholson goofing around on the set of “The Shining” Robert DeNiro & Joe Pesci filming the Billy Batts bar beating scene from “Goodfellas” Tim Burton filming Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder on the set of […]

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Why the Movie Theater Still Matters https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/movie-theater-still-matters/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/movie-theater-still-matters/#comments Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:00:31 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101329 I’ll be honest – I always liked Blade Runner but I never thought it was a great movie. To me it was just okay, a somewhat muddy film that never felt like it delivered on its sci-fi promises. That was until I saw it on the big screen. Blade Runner was released the year I was […]

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Eggs & Bacon: Django Unchained, LOTR, Jurassic World, Watchmen, Iron Man & Toy Story https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-django-unchained-lotr-jurassic-world-watchmen-iron-man-toy-story/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-django-unchained-lotr-jurassic-world-watchmen-iron-man-toy-story/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 14:47:49 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101353 Some little details you may have missed in your favorite films. In Django Unchained, a man asks Django what is his name is and how it is spelled. “The D is silent”, the man responds “I know”. This man is Franco Nero, the original Django from the original 1966 film. All 3 Peter Jackson cameo […]

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Who Was First To Think of The Dolly Zoom? Who Gives a Shit. https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/whos-first-think-dolly-zoom-gives-shit/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/whos-first-think-dolly-zoom-gives-shit/#respond Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:55:11 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101276 Having spent some considerable time writing on filmmaking history, I often come across the “Who was the first” question. Although chronology in history is, of course, important – a blind obsession over who was first without understanding context reduces history into nothing more than a series of trivial factoids – and that does little to […]

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Filmmaker Quotes: Scorsese, del Toro, Disney, Capra, Godard & Woody Allen https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-scorsese-del-toro-disney-capra-godard-woody-allen/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/filmmaker-quotes-scorsese-del-toro-disney-capra-godard-woody-allen/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:02:19 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101337 A collection of inspiring and thought provoking quotes from great filmmakers of the past and present. Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out. Martin Scorsese The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you’re not a traveler. You’re a fucking tourist. Guillermo del […]

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Behind The Scenes: The Force Awakens, The Departed, Aliens, Harry Potter, Elf, Raiders of the Lost Ark & Forrest Gump https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-force-awakens-departed-aliens-harry-potter-elf-raiders-lost-ark-forrest-gump/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-force-awakens-departed-aliens-harry-potter-elf-raiders-lost-ark-forrest-gump/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 17:26:58 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101317 A collection of behind-the-scenes photos from The Force Awakens, The Departed, Aliens, Harry Potter, Elf, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Forrest Gump. Andy Serkis in his motion capture rig to play Supreme Leader Snoke in “The Force Awakens” The Departed: Scorsese’s 180 degree dolly set-up for a scene with Matt Damon in a phone […]

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Eggs & Bacon: Blade Runner, Memento, Inception, The Matrix, Groundhog Day & The Rocky Horror Picture Show https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-blade-runner-memento-inception-the-matrix-groundhog-day-the-rocky-horror-picture-show/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-blade-runner-memento-inception-the-matrix-groundhog-day-the-rocky-horror-picture-show/#respond Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:31:10 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101362 Wakey wakey, more eggs and bakey! Here are some more easter eggs and other little savory items you may have missed from your favorite films. In “Blade Runner” the ‘snake scale’ shown magnified under an electron microscope was actually a marijuana bud. Marla Singer from “Fight Club” and Teddy from “Memento” have the same phone […]

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Behind the Scenes of Walt Disney’s “Peter Pan” (1953) https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-walt-disneys-peter-pan-1953/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/behind-scenes-walt-disneys-peter-pan-1953/#respond Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:08:04 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101284 Behind the scenes photos of voice actors serving as visual reference models for Walt Disney’s 14th animated masterpiece, “Peter Pan” (1953). Kathryn Beaumont as “Wendy Darling”, Paul Collins as “John Darling”, a Mickey Mouse doll as “Michael Darling”, Heather Angel as “Mrs. Darling”, and a sack of clothes with a plunger strapped to a metal […]

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Eggs & Bacon: TDK, Pulp Fiction, Home Alone, Back to the Future, Fight Club https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-tdk-pulp-fiction-home-alone-back-to-the-future-fight-club-t2/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/eggs-bacon-tdk-pulp-fiction-home-alone-back-to-the-future-fight-club-t2/#comments Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:55:30 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101193 Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey! In this new series we will serve up some “easter eggs” and other little savory items you may have missed from your favorite films. Heath Ledger’s Joker from “The Dark Knight” wears a mask similar to the one worn by Cesar Romero’s Joker in his introductory appearance in the 1960’s […]

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Jack Nicholson on Following Your Impulse https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/jack-nicholson-following-impulse/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/jack-nicholson-following-impulse/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:00:02 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101168 “If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain’t – take two!” Jack Nicholson

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Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” will have the Widest 70mm Release in 25 Years https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/christopher-nolans-dunkirk-will-widest-70mm-release-25-years/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/christopher-nolans-dunkirk-will-widest-70mm-release-25-years/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 09:23:21 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=101162 Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk is being projected on 70mm film in 125 theaters. That makes it the widest 70mm release in 25 years. Here is an infographic comparing both the film and digital formats. “Dunkirk” opens in theaters nationwide July 21. Here’s a rundown of every theater screening the movie on 70mm. ALABAMA IMAX […]

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Happy 9th Birthday Filmmaker IQ! https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/happy-9th-birthday-filmmaker-iq/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/happy-9th-birthday-filmmaker-iq/#comments Tue, 04 Jul 2017 08:00:30 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100963 And so now we come nine complete years with Filmmaker IQ. It is hard to wrap my mind about that figure “9 years” but what might be more frightening is realizing that soon it will be 10 and then 11 and so on. The future looks so slow to get here but the past can’t […]

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The Effects of a Polarizing Filter https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/effects-polarizing-filter/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/effects-polarizing-filter/#respond Sun, 02 Jul 2017 14:24:28 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100977 Christopher Frost offers a quick guide on the effects of polarizing filters.

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Ultra-Thin Camera Creates Images Without Lenses https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/ultra-thin-camera-creates-images-without-lenses/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/07/ultra-thin-camera-creates-images-without-lenses/#respond Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:32:21 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100967 Caltech engineers have developed a type of camera that doesn’t require any lenses. They are replacing curved glass with something that does the same job computationally – an ultra-thin optical phased array. Traditional cameras—even those on the thinnest of cell phones—cannot be truly flat due to their optics: lenses that require a certain shape and […]

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Never Ask for Artistic Permission https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/never-ask-artistic-permission/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/never-ask-artistic-permission/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:08:43 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=96375 Nothing makes me cringe more when I see a question on a forum asking permission. “Is it okay to push the greens in my color grade?” “Is it okay to shoot shutter speed other than the 180?” Imagine if Alfred Hitchcock asked, “Is it okay to kill off my lead actress in the first act?” […]

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Adam Savage Removes Camera Lens Filter with Band Saw! https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/adam-savage-removes-camera-lens-filter-band-saw/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/adam-savage-removes-camera-lens-filter-band-saw/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 16:04:32 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100949 A very Savage way to save a $1,800 lens…

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John Wick 2’s Stunt Coordinator Breaks Down the Opening Car Chase https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/john-wick-2s-stunt-coordinator-breaks-opening-car-chase/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/john-wick-2s-stunt-coordinator-breaks-opening-car-chase/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:49:10 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100945 Darrin Prescott, the stunt coordinator and second unit director, breaks down the opening car chase scene from “John Wick 2.”

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Zero Flux Given https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/zero-flux-given/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/zero-flux-given/#respond Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:23:43 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100941 “The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a trailer out of a car, why not do it with some style?”

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A Lumiere Brother on the Future of Cinema around 1900 https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/lumiere-brother-future-cinema-around-1900/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/lumiere-brother-future-cinema-around-1900/#comments Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:04:58 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=99309 My invention, (the motion picture camera), can be exploited… as a scientific curiosity, but apart from that it has no commercial value whatsoever. Auguste Lumiere

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Sex Thrills! How A Pre-Code Self Censorship Move Turned Out to be a Marketing Ploy https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/sex-thrills-self-censorship-turned-marketing-ploy/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/sex-thrills-self-censorship-turned-marketing-ploy/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:40:04 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100852 The year is 1921. Adolph Zukor is overseeing a growing powerful empire with his company Famous Players-Lasky – a company that we would recognize today by their distribution company: Paramount Pictures. But there are problems on the horizon – a series scandals was rocking a young Hollywood and the “church ladies” and social reformers, having […]

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Location Scouting: Doc Brown’s Mansion and the Toymaker’s House https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/las-living-architecture-doc-browns-mansion-toymakers-house/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/las-living-architecture-doc-browns-mansion-toymakers-house/#respond Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:14:20 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100821 I had a meeting in LA with a friend last Friday in Glendale. Instead of fighting the traffic on the way back home (I live a couple hours out), I decided to stick around and find a few locations I had been writing about. Adjacent to Glendale is a community called Pasadena – famous for […]

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Classic Video Sounds Explained by Experts https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/classic-video-sounds-explained-experts/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/classic-video-sounds-explained-experts/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:04:55 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100747 Four video game sound designers dissect the sound effects of the world’s most recognizable video game sounds. This is a fascinating look at the limitations of early video games and they philosophy and psychology of how these sounds were used to reward the player. Part 1 covers games from 1972-1998: Part 2 covers games from […]

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The Single Biggest Mistake All Filmmakers Make https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/single-biggest-mistake-filmmakers-make/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/single-biggest-mistake-filmmakers-make/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:00:45 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=96390 So you’re here… you’ve clicked on that mildly click-baity title. Some of you may have clicked over with genuine curiosity as to what mistake you as a filmmaker should avoid. Even more of you probably clicked over to reaffirm your beliefs – you’re here to hear about “bad audio” or “bad casting”… The biggest mistake filmmakers […]

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How they pulled off the “Impossible Mirror Shot” in Contact https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/pulled-off-impossible-mirror-shot-contact/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/pulled-off-impossible-mirror-shot-contact/#respond Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:27:57 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=100592 “You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other. ”

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Stanley Kubrick on How Chess Prepares You for Directing https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/stanley-kubrick-chess-prepares-filmmaking/ https://filmmakeriq.com/2017/06/stanley-kubrick-chess-prepares-filmmaking/#comments Tue, 20 Jun 2017 02:23:58 +0000 https://filmmakeriq.com/?p=99676 “Among a great many other things that chess teaches you is to control the initial excitement you feel when you see something that looks good. It trains you to think before grabbing, and to think just as objectively when you’re in trouble. When you’re making a film you have to make most of your decisions […]

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