Stories to Watch #1: Bram Schouw

After many weeks in the waiting I am finally launching Stories to Watch, a section that will be solely dedicated to sharing videos from any genre that I found interesting as a storyteller and would like to share in a more permanent way than the social media way.This is my small way to m ...

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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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How Steven Soderbergh Solves a Filmmaking Problem on Set

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 duri ...

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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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Xavier Dolan’s Masterclass: the 3 Questions He Learned to Ask Himself While Filming

Beating any other filmmakers at being productive, challenging and successful, french Canadian 25 years- Xavier Dolan, who won Cannes Jury Prize with his fifth feature film, Mommy, gave a 2h Masterclass at the Forum des Images last week in Paris.Dolan lives and breathes filmmaking -as hi ...

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Steven Soderbergh on the Three Major Turning Points in His Career

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 ret ...

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Discover More than 20 Examples from ‘HER’ by Spike Jonze, in How Did They Write It Extension #3

American filmmaker Spike Jonze is one of the few who's managed the golden transition from music videos to features, making a name for himself in both fields and beyond. An element that makes Jonze particularly interesting in my eyes is that unlike Gondry, Anderson or even, arguably, Finche ...

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What Does David Fincher Not Do? The 4 Things that Set Him Apart

Oh boy, this is a good week… First Darren Aronofsky's masterclass and now Tony Zhou's new video essay on none else that David Fincher, another of my favorite filmmakers, right on time to accompany the release of Gone Girl. Fincher has been out and about giving out interviews and masterclas ...

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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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J.J. Abrams on The Best Advice He’s Received and What He Learned Really Early On

 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 an ...

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