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, arguab ...

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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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Everytime Might Just Be the Friendliest App for Filmmaking Teams to Collect and Share Visuals

You are working on a project and just found the perfect shot on Vimeo or Youtube to explain to your cinematographer what you just found and why you think it can help you. Up until now, to do all that you had three options:- take a screen cap and email explanatory notes along with it - ...

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3 Things Storytellers Can Learn from MacArthur Fellow Alison Bechdel

In case you missed it, the 2014 list of MacArthur Fellows, a.k.a, the genius grant, was announced last week, giving over $600,000 to 21 humans whose work in various areas has helped make the world a better place. And even though there is a filmmaker this year, Joshua Oppenheimer, the person ...

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