In a few years, GoPro has managed to move from being the go-to camera for extreme sports to the must-have camera in filmmakers’ kit, and the favorite consumer’s camera for holidays. Small, solid, cheap and now offering up to 4K quality, this little tool has seduced many, but hasn’t turned up on screen as often […]
Antonios Papantoniou delivered a video essay that will make filmmakers’ day: a shot by shot cinematic breakdown of Jaws, Steven Spielberg‘s classic, looking at the type of shots, the camera angles, the camera movements, the duration of shots. Here is what Papntoniou says: ‘Spielberg’s staging and blocking may seem complex, but they are all based on […]
Last year, I contacted Niko Tavernise, the filmmaker behind all the making-ofs for Darren Aronofsky, to ask him if he would consider share the making-of about Black Swan online, which he did, and talk about his experience shooting and editing making-of, which he did below. The interview set-up was informal and frankly unexpected, I asked Niko several questions […]
Spike Jonze and Falling in Love with a Program There is one complaint I have never heard from people who watched HER, by Spike Jonze, and that’s that they didn’t buy the emotional relationship between Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) and Samantha (Scarlett Johansson.) So, how do you create a believable and intimate relationship between a human and […]
Why Do We Keep Setting Up Secret Goals ? Most of us use a change of year to reset our goals, give up some, pick up others, and mostly, carry on for another round of creative madness, between paid jobs and waves of uncertainty. Sometimes it feels great, and sometimes it feels lonely. Especially when you have […]
After hearing both Jim Jarmusch and Paul Thomas Anderson speak so highly of Robby Muller, and how his work as a cinematographer has impacted their work as filmmakers, I felt the desperate need to try find -again- more about Muller. I got more successful this time around with this unexpected video masterclass from Stagehand TV showing Robby Muller […]
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 crime novel, written and directed by Hossein Amini (Drive, […]
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 tips to help you nail that mindset in their videos. […]
Paul Thomas Anderson on the Importance of Keeping Film as an Option and What Might Get Lost with Digital
Last October at the Lincoln Film Center Paul Thomas Anderson showed clips from feature films, TV shows, music videos, documentaries that had an impact on him, and from that point on, a conversation took place, covering his influences and take on storytelling. While we still wait on the New York Film Festival to release the audio recording of the night […]
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 […]
Joe on How Joe Wilson Bypassed the Industry to Tell His Stories Thank YOU for the kind words, Jerry!I'd love to ...
Nathalie on How to Reach Out to Powerful People and Develop a lasting Relationship : 7 Tips great point Lynn. I think the biggest element I got ...
Lynn Reed on How to Reach Out to Powerful People and Develop a lasting Relationship : 7 Tips Great post. Like Joe in the previous comment, I'm particularly ...