Why Alfonso Cuaron Doesn’t Think Going to Film School Is Necessary Today and What He Got the Most Out Of It

About a month ago, BAFTA LA uploaded what is probably one of my favorite talk with a filmmaker, presently Alfonso Cuaron.  Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron belongs to the group of filmmakers who defeated the odds, coming from a middle-class family that had no ties with cinema, in a country  ...

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Why You Should NOT Shoot 4K if You’re an Indie Filmmaker

NAB might be behind us but the frenzy for the latest camera never seems to stop. Technical performances always make eyes shine, and with the equipment's price going down, there is a real temptation for indie filmmaker to listen to the 4k mermaid's song. Listening to the Post-Production Panel fr ...

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Nebraska Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael on The Best Piece of Advice He Received and How it Helped Him

Greek cinematographer Phedon Papamichael,who's been Alexander Payne's collaborator since Sideways (2004), talks in the video below about the full process him and Payne went through to create Nebraska's visual. Nebraska, a road trip across four states in America taken by a father and son that ...

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The Art of Shooting B-Roll: Where to Start to Make Sure You’ll Get What You Need

If you ever had to shoot a video for a client, whether  a documentary or a more corporate one, there is one thing you probably quickly realized: B-Roll is key and getting good to great B-Roll is as important is it can be tricky. You need to stay alert and take quick decisions, and the bes ...

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Watch ‘Life After Pi’, a Raw Look at the VFX in Hollywood Through Rhythm & Hues’ Journey

You probably all remember the green screen movement that took over twitter last year, right after Rhythm & Hues, the VFX company that pretty much made Life of Pi went on winning an Oscar 11 days after filing for bankruptcy. Everybody was in a bit of a shock: weren't VFX the thing going on ...

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Sustaining the 4K Gaze: Godfrey Reggio Uses Technology to Reveal and Simplify

I rarely mention technology as a 'selling point' on mentorless and when I do, it is either because I feel it might have an impact on our industry in the long run or, like today, because I believe technology is used to tell a story that can only be told that way. The first films that come to m ...

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Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank, The Angel’s Share, Philomena) on Why He Still Makes Short Films

As you probably know from my Alien List, I am an Andrea Arnold fan. So every once in a while, I check to see if there is an in-depth interview with her, and every once in a while, I get frustrated because the answer is 'no', of course. The good news is that her cinematographer since day 1, ...

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Steven Soderbergh on The Best Way to Learn How to Make Films (and the Art of Writing Footnotes)

If you remember, Steven Soderbergh retired from making feature films sometimes last year, and since then, he's never been more present on all fronts. The filmmaker also has launched a website, Extension 765, presented as a one-of-a-kind marketplace for Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh uses Exten ...

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5 Things Gary King Likes to Do During Post-Production (Weekly Series) – Part 5

In this Weekly Series Part 5, Gary King tackles the mysterious world of Post-Production, where many movies get lost or saved. If you want to catch up on the previous installments before diving into Part 5, you can read Part 1: Dreaming vs. Doing,  Part 2: Films Beget Films, Part 3: 5 Thi ...

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Freelance? Creative? Jonny Elwyn’s ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative’ Might Just Be for You

Last week, freelance editor Jonny Elwyn asked me if I would consider reviewing his ebook, 'How to Be a Freelance Creative' to which I said that I would love to, but it will be a fair review. Understand: if it's bad, I will either say it or won't write about it. Well, let's end the suspens ...

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