3 Techniques Spike Jonze Used in HER to Achieve Suspension of Disbelief

 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 b ...

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By mentorless| 3 Comments | Acting and Actors, Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Editing and Editors, Personal Buzz
In 2015, We Don’t Have Any Reason to Stay Isolated While We Create #ourcreativeboat

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. Espec ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Acting and Actors, Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Film Scoring and Composers, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers
Legendary Cinematographer Robby Muller at Work in Unusual and Fascinating Masterclass

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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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By mentorless| 2 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Films and TV Show, Interviews, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers
The Key Advice Steve Lawes (Sherlock BBC) Has Received on His First Day as a DoP on Set

 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 fro ...

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By mentorless| 2 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Personal Buzz
Reed Morano Urges You to Sign this Petition If You Care About Films at All

Cinematographer Reed Morano (Frozen River, Kill Your Darlings, Looking) just launched a petition asking for TV manufacturers to turn off the Motion Interpolation defect setting, that takes the cinematic look out of any image and makes it look like soap opera shot on a cheap video ca ...

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By mentorless| 3 Comments | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Personal Buzz
Behind the Scene: Watch Roman Polanski Direct an Ambitious Outdoor Scene in 1971

If you've ever wondered how big scenes were made pre-digital, CGI and green screen era, this behind-the-scenes from 1971 following Roman Polanski as he shoots Macbeth will not only answer your question but  might also (friendly warning) trigger a wave of nostalgia for a time where filmmakin ...

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By mentorless| No Comment | Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Making Of
Brace Yourself: Here is a 1h30 Masterclass with Darren Aronofsky

 This was long overdue, but it finally happened, and just like for Steve McQueen, we have to thank a museum for programming a masterclass with Daren Aronofsky and for sharing it with the world. So thank you, New Museum.Like Christopher Nolan, Aronofsky launched his career with ...

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By mentorless| 3 Comments | Acting and Actors, Cinematography and Cinematographers, Directing and Directors, Film Scoring and Composers, Interviews, Personal Buzz, Writing and Writers