How Steven Soderbergh Solves a Filmmaking Problem on Set

Something that is rarely talked about is the moment you get stuck on set, unhappy with the camera placement you initially picked, knowing there is a best way to film a scene but unable to come up with a solution. Filmmakers often talk about either the amount of preparation they have put duri ...

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Netflix CCO, Ted Sarandos, on Disrupting Traditional Film Distribution

It seems far the time when Netflix tried to introduce Qwikster and started sinking full speed. Three years after, Netflix has won Emmys with its original content shows House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, has projects on the line with A-List creatives, and has recently announced ori ...

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Behind the Scene: Watch Roman Polanski Direct an Ambitious Outdoor Scene in 1971

If you've ever wondered how big scenes were made pre-digital, CGI and green screen era, this behind-the-scenes from 1971 following Roman Polanski as he shoots Macbeth will not only answer your question but  might also (friendly warning) trigger a wave of nostalgia for a time where filmmakin ...

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Better Promote Your Work By Understanding How Content Breaks on Platforms

Content is King, but Distribution is Queen. You've been hearing it everywhere lately and that's because we have entered this new era where numerous marketing tools are free, and producing content has never been easier, but the noise level is getting thicker every day and breaking through it ...

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Xavier Dolan’s Masterclass: the 3 Questions He Learned to Ask Himself While Filming

Beating any other filmmakers at being productive, challenging and successful, french Canadian 25 years- Xavier Dolan, who won Cannes Jury Prize with his fifth feature film, Mommy, gave a 2h Masterclass at the Forum des Images last week in Paris.Dolan lives and breathes filmmaking -as hi ...

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Steven Soderbergh on the Three Major Turning Points in His Career

Steven Soderbergh has a career like no-one else, past and present, because of the amount of work he has produced in the last 30 yeas, and because of the variety of genres and formats he has tackled, from ultra indie to blockbusters, from experimental to TV shows.Since announcing his ret ...

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What Type of Writer Are You? Use Zadie Smith’s Help to Find Out

British novelist Zadie Smith hasn't had your typical career. Smith made her way to public consciousness almost two decades ago now when her yet-to-be finished first novel, White Teeth, was put to auction and publishers fought to obtain the rights to publish it. Sounds like an absurd Sunday ...

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Watch the Making-Of of Leon The Professional, Luc Besson’s Classic Thriller

If you don't already know it, Leon: the Professional (1994), is a twenty years old thriller made by French director Luc Besson, starring French actor Jean Reno alongside a very young Natalie Portman in a performance that will reveal her to an international audience and Gary Oldman.The pitc ...

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Discover More than 20 Examples from ‘HER’ by Spike Jonze, in How Did They Write It Extension #3

 American filmmaker Spike Jonze is one of the few who's managed the golden transition from music videos to features, making a name for himself in both fields and beyond. An element that makes Jonze particularly interesting in my eyes is that unlike Gondry, Anderson or even, arguab ...

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“Pain is Temporary, Film is Forever”: Leonardo DiCaprio on Learning the Ropes & Scorsese’s Best Advice

It took this hour long conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio at SAG for me to realize that a) I had never really heard the man behind the actor talking at length about his career and craft and b) that I have been following his work since Growing Pains (!) and, without realizing it, have pret ...

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