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, Fincher, his body of work relies on a signature style that […]
Over a year ago, I was working on a screenplay and found myself stuck. I was trying to write a scene I could clearly see in my head but couldn’t put into words so I picked up a recently popular spec script for inspiration. Without failing, I found the tools I needed to move forward with […]
Last week, freelance editor Jonny Elwyn asked me if I would consider reviewing his ebook, ‘How to Be a Freelance Creative‘ to which I said that I would love to, but it will be a fair review. Understand: if it’s bad, I will either say it or won’t write about it. Well, let’s end the suspense […]
Avoiding bad clients is one hard problem to solve, but keeping good clients is not an easy task either. When you work as a freelance filmmaker/cinematographer/editor, you usually first take the first contracts you can get, no matter the pay and/or the client, and you learn with time, trial and errors, what you should repeat […]
Working with Wong Kar Wai: DoP Philippe Le Sourd Describes the Experience of Shooting The Grandmaster.
Wong Kar Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, is finally coming out this week in the U.S. with a shorter and “more linear” cut. If you’ve seen my Alien List you know that the film made it to my top; it is a feast for the senses, I have no other way to put it (I watched the […]
The Hobbit wrapped an hour ago and, to end his second trilogy ‘s on-set experience with a boom, Peter Jackson spent his last shooting day updating his Facebook Page with content and pictures. Jackson has been one of the early creative adopters of Social Media, proving throughout last year with the numerous Hobbit Videos and […]
If you are a filmmaker making a living (or trying to make a living) out of your craft, get excited, this article is going to give you a massive amount of tools and information to tackle every jobs with a fresh perspective as a storyteller, all the while being as technically prepared as you can […]
‘The Eagleman Stag‘ is a beautiful, ambitious and complex stop-motion animation by Mikey Please that won 24 awards (including a BAFTA) and got into many more festivals worldwide. When I wrote about it about a year ago, I also shared a short timelapse sequence, a behind-the-scenes before the ‘real behind the scenes.’ Usually, when people announce […]
Into The Wild, a film directed by Sean Penn, who also wrote the script based on Jon Krakauer’s book, is one of those films that stays a long time with you. Visually stunning, it tells the internal and external journey of Christopher McCandless who went on leaving behind everything he owned and everyone he knew to cross […]
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