20 Films Influenced by Edward Hopper’s Painting We all know that filmmakers and cinematographers research for their films, oftentimes looking for references from paintings and photos. Todd Haynes and Sofia Coppola talked about their creative process to create a film’s look, and Vugar Efendi showed a series of filmmakers who stole from painters . In the video below, […]
Christopher Nolan’s Formula to Success Each filmmaker needs to find their style, obsessions, topics, and predilection, and create a formula that allows them to repeat without boring a declination of all these elements. Just like Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan is a filmmaker that you either must adore or hate. While Memento is still my favorite film […]
5 Elements that Lay the Foundation of a Wes Anderson Film In a 10-minute mini-documentary, Paul Waters goes through five elements that are almost always part of a Wes Anderson film and thus have become over the 2 decades the American Filmmaker has been active, part of his signature. Wardrobe Wes Anderson films often take wardrobe […]
How and Why David Fincher Uses so Much CGI When we mention CGI and VFX, we think in-your-face effects from Fantasy films. And yet, we know that even in Game of Thrones these techniques are used beyond the obvious dragon-making and army-multiplying necessity. Through his excellent video essay about how David Fincher’s heavy and yet discrete use of […]
Xavier Dolan’s Composition Style This video by sharonlopezt goes through the filmography of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan who, at age 28, has already directed 7 films and received some of the most prestigious accolades in the world, including the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2016. Dolan got noticed with this very first film ‘J’ai Tué Ma Mère‘ […]
Is your reaction yours, or are you reacting the way you do because you’re mimicking something you saw over and over in movies and on TV? This is a question I’ve been asking myself for over 15 years now, right after I witnessed a friend reacting to his own life the way Dawson from Dawson’s […]
Steven Soderbergh is one of the contemporary filmmaker I’ve written the most about because his take on filmmaking is unique. The way he navigates studios and indie films, going on massive productions and then falling back on films where the credits are essentially him doing everything and taking fake names to make it feel like […]
Whether you know his name or not, you are likely to be familiar with at least one of Brad Bird‘s work: the Iron Giant, Ratatouille and The Incredibles. Pixar is known for it’s quality storytelling and taking what was once seen as “kid animation” to a universal level, and Bird’s work falls right into that category. […]
There was a time, not so long ago, and yet you might be too young to remember it, when Stanley Kubrick was alive. Even if you didn’t know his films, you would know him by name, because of his uncompromising career that led to so many scandals. Or at least that’s how it felt to me […]
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