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 his fast and furious filmography can prove- and he is very […]
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 an ingenious ultra low-budget feature film, Pi, and then went on […]
You have to give it to Kevin Smith: nobody does it his way, and that applies to the Masterclass he gave at Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival last July. For those who don’t know who Kevin Smith is: Smith gained instantaneous and International fame during the Golden Era for indie filmmakers with Clerks, his first feature […]
If you are into “TV Shows”, you know who Jenji Kohan is, you know she became a professional writer at 22, was the only female writer in writers rooms for many years, that she was Weeds‘ Showrunner for seven seasons (the show that put Showtime on the map), and that she is behind the current Netflix hit […]
Pedro Almodovar is another master that never went to film school and yet, has graced us with twenty feature films over thirty years, has steadily kept Spain on the filmmaking map and has pushed conventions in genders and genres all the while speaking to a rather broad audience. In this unique lecture, Almodovar chose clips from films […]
Whether you’re familiar or not with Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski and his wonderful Three Colors Trilogy, the short video below should interest you. (And then I hope it will make you want to discover Kieslowski’s work!) Below are three videos, extracts from Dominique Rabourdin‘s Cinema Lessons. Each video focuses on one specific aspect of one of the trilogy’s […]
In a fascinating 1h30 masterclass, VFX pioneer Douglas Trumbull takes us through his whole career. After having worked on a NASA film that Stanley Kubrick saw, Trumbull was recruited to work on 2001: Space Odyssey. Now, if you remember from the 1966 Behind the Scenes, nobody knew what the moon looked like, or any other planet […]
Couple of days ago, the one and only @refocusedmedia directed my attention toward a masterclass with Austrian Filmmaker Michael Haneke held at the Forum des Images, in French. I usually try to avoid translating from French to English, but this masterclass is just too great to be shy and keep it to myself. During more […]
Iconic British filmmaker Ken Loach has developed a very particular talent throughout his 20+ films: capturing performances that ring so true that it always feels like Loach has simply put on a invisible coat and shot real people living their life without asking them permission. If you’ve seen any of his films, you’ll know exactly […]
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