The Art and Power of the Opening Shot: an excellent video essay on SHAME

Opening shots are rarely deal breakers, they can make History, but you're unlikely to stop watching a film right after an opening shot, just like you're unlikely to stop reading a script after the first line. And yet, an opening shot sets the tone and plants seeds in the back of the audie ...

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How to Pick the Right Focal Lens

Although this video is primarily intended for photographers, if you are an indie filmmaker who just got your hands on a DSLR and are trying to familiarize yourself with your camera and its lenses, I believe there is some good insight to get from Steve Perry's tutorial. Whether or not you're ...

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In NYC? Join a FREE (Space Limited!) 2 days Filmmaking Workshop with Philip Bloom

This is a unique opportunity: 25 filmmakers in NYC will have a chance to attend a  free two days workshop with renown filmmaker Philip Bloom, shoot on a Sony a7s in 4k -each filmmaker will have access to a camera (!) and work on editing the footage gathered during the first day.Below ar ...

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5 Things Cinematographers Can Do to Make the Editor Happier

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 ...

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Watch the Making-Of of Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien

Film school renegade Alfonso Cuaron has been picking his projects over the years based on one of two criteria: either because he wants to tell a particular story, or because there is no more money in his bank account and he has to make a film. (Check his BAFTA conversation, probably one ...

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The Evolution of Spy-Cam Filmmaking and the Leveling Out in Capturing Breathtaking Images

From the moment the camera became portable, the range of stories and the technical ambition attached to telling them visually have kept expanding, but up until a few years ago, some images could only be captured by professionals with access to very expensive equipments. And then came the HD, ...

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The Intertwined Evolution of Dance Sequences and Film Technology

Video essays are spreading  fast and exploring more and more aspects of filmmaking and film history. This latest video, from writer, director and videomaker Nar Williams, for Yahoo Movie, explores the intertwined evolution of dance sequences and film technology in less than six minutes.D ...

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A Peak Behind-the-Scenes as Charlie Chaplin Directs City Lights

  Charlie Chaplin needs no introduction, but this clip, shared by The Criterion Collection, showing the master at work on City Lights with audio commentary is a great window on the process of a multi-faceted artist who always wear many hats on his productions. Despite City Lights be ...

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The In Focus Series from BAFTA Guru Is Gold and It’s a Must-Watch

BAFTA Guru hasn't ceased to please and surprise us. Its latest series titled "In Focus" is composed of short videos (under 8 minutes) focusing on one specific aspect of filmmaking: acting, hair and make-up, screenwriting, VFX or editing.Each video is sharply edited, cross cutting interv ...

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Follow a Young PTA During the Making of Magnolia in Documentary ‘That Moment’

one of the most touching moment: PTA impersonating PSH on set circa minute 21Who hasn't want to brain pick Paul Thomas Anderson after watching his films, and especially Magnolia, his third film and, to this date, one of the most creative screenplay and feature narrative I've seen in the las ...

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