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 always precious when someone as creative and productive as John Cleese […]
Following J.J. Abrams, Phedon Papamichael and Leonardo DiCaprio, cinematographer Steve Lawes, the man behind the lens on hit TV Show Sherlock, talks about a key advice he received on his very first day on set as a cinematographer, and that had a major impact on his work mindset from that point on: “When I did […]
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 during pre-production, or working organically […]
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 retirement from film (not TV, film), Soderbergh […]
J.J. Abrams, one of the men who revolutionized network TV and has directed many of the recent blockbusters that feeds our summers, is always generous with his knowledge and great to listen to. In yet another BAFTA Guru video, Abrams answers a question that should be mandatory to any good interview with creatives: What’s the […]
Anybody successfully working in the arduous art of filmmaking will confirm it: it’s a collaborative process. And yet, because so many people are involved at very different stages, effective communication can sometimes be tricky. Two of the most important position in the filmmaking crew are the cinematographer and the editor, but unless a conscious choice is made, […]
Self-taught professional photographer Chase Jarvis did a morning Q&A over Coffee where he answered one question that concerns all of us: How do you take time for yourself? Even though we all have 24h in a day, today more than ever it seems that the difference between two good artists is their ability to maximize what they can […]
Whether you’ve learned it from reading articles and listening to audio commentaries, or you’ve discovered it in the trenches making your own films, you probably know by now that not only two filmmakers never work the same, but working on two films is not the same either. Each director has its own quirks, beliefs and nuggets of wisdom that […]
If you don’t know him yet, then you should probably learn his name. Canadian filmmaker/prodigy Xavier Dolan, who wrote, directed and acted in his first feature film ‘J’ai Tué Ma Mère‘ (I Killed My Mother) that won three awards at the Director’s Fortnight program of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, when he was 19, just co-won with Jean-Luc Godard […]
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