The Making of ‘The Shining’ a Lesson in Creating as We Go I love old making-of because they are so much less controlled than today’s. If you want to realize how media savvy you’ve become just by watching marketed content, watch The Shining‘s making-of. Filmed by Vivian Kubrick, the filmmaker’s daughter, the video captured pretty much all […]
Chazelle on Directing La La Land’s Opening Scene and Why He Considered Taking It Out It’s impossible to watch Damien Chazelle third feature, La La Land and not wonder how the filmmaker shot the opening scene and number, a six minute long sequence that presents itself as a long-take, shot on a freeway ramp with dozens […]
I love stories about creative accidents, especially in filmmaking. It is such a collaborative art, it’s hard enough to get what you want, but when serendipity works your way, you know your story is blessed by the Muses. I always remember the first creative accident that I was told about: the In Cold Blod (1968) […]
“Anybody who’s gone on making a movie at this budget level has gone through this. The hardest thing in the world in this process is when you have the money in place or you have an actor in place, and then it falls appart, and it’s all gone, and you wake up the next morning […]
The Film Log is a weekly video I record to share my journey making my first feature film, In Five Years. In these videos, I share what I learn and discover as I go about all aspects of being a first time indie filmmaker in today’s changing landscape. Find the full Film Log series here, and subscribe to the film’s newsletter While […]
Once again Will McCrabb‘s carefully curated tweets triggered awe and inspiration in me, and I think any filmmaker, or creative for that matter, who has been running a marathon that doesn’t seem to have an ending line will appreciate this touching and enchanting recap of David Lynch long and relentless journey to create his first […]
Although it was made over 15 years ago, The Truman Show is a lo-fi sci-fi made at the cusp of the VFX revolution that has never ceased to be relevant. The exact same story could still be told today, and very little would probably change visually. In the featurette below, dedicated to the VFX of […]
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 […]
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, […]
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