Must Watch: Ursula K. Le Guin Inspiring Call to Storytellers

Whether you know Le Guin or not, if you are in the 'business' of telling stories I urge you to watch this short video.During her acceptance speech after receiving the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Science-Fiction and Fantasy writer ...

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Editor Alan E. Bell (Catching Fire, (500) Days of Summer) on Keeping Up With New Technics and Advancing Your Career

In one of the most interesting and fluid interview I've recently listened to with an editor, Alan E. Bell, who is behind (500) Days of Summer, the Amazing Spider-Man, Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the two Mockingjay's talks about his workflow, his collaboration with filmmaker Francis Lawren ...

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The Two Faces of January Making-Of Is a Unique Experience in Witnessing Acting and Feature Filmmaking

This is probably one of the most unexpected and exciting making-of I've seen, and if you're only going to read this one sentence, I'll make it crystal clear: I think every filmmaker and every actor should watch it.'The Two Faces of January' is an adaptation from Patricia Highsmith crim ...

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Composer Jeff Beal on Working With David Fincher to Create House of Cards Title Theme

If you have watched House of Cards you've probably noticed its (Emmy nominated) main title sequence that sets the mood and runs into different sub-themes during the whole Show. In a podcast with Song Exploder, composer Jeff Beal talks about how he got the job and worked with David Fincher not ...

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Indie Filmmakers: Can We Help Each Other Daring Greatly?

Indie Filmmakers: Can We Help Each Other Daring Greatly? Today is a change-of-plan day, instead of posting the article I had prepared, I've opted for a personal blog post/call to action to you, my fellow filmmakers, storymakers and storylovers. I'm not sure if it's the best day to post this; T ...

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Why Xavier Dolan Doesn’t Stop Rolling to Give Actors Notes

After the first installment of Xavier Dolan's masterclass that focused on the three questions he asks himself while filming, this installment focuses on Dolan's preferred method to work with actors. As you might recall, Dolan is an actor himself -he actually started as an actor- and knows o ...

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7 Tips to Shoot Like an Editor

After the five things cinematographers can do to make their editor happier, and the art of shooting B-Roll, another way to ensure that the transition between production and post-production is as smooth as possible is to think like an editor while you shoot. DSLR Video Shooter gives out 7 ...

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By mentorless| 1 Comment | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Personal Buzz
Capturing Super Heros in Flemish Paintings, the Surprising Universe of Sasha Goldberger

Expanding on our collection of articles about Art and movies (see full list below), meet French photographer Sasha Goldberger and his  photo series paying homage to both Super Heroes and Flemish Painting in an uncanny mashup that turns out to be very pleasing for the eye....

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Whale Creator Marco North on Working Way Outside the Box

This is the first part in a series of guest posts by filmmaker Marco North who created, wrote and shot Whale, a sci-fi episodic narrative with a different take on the 'webseries' genre.  I offered Marco to share with us his experience on his journey to make and release Whale : WHALE – ...

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John Cleese on the Two Elements You Need to Empower Your Creativity

How to fight procrastination and nurture creativity are two ongoing topics and will remain so as long as we -humans on planet Earth- breathe and want to make something that didn't exist before. Everybody has their own techniques, developed over time, after trials and errors, and it's alway ...

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By mentorless| 5 Comments | Acting and Actors, Directing and Directors, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers