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Game of Thrones Season 6: Anatomy of A Scene: The Battle of Winterfell (YouTube video) – An incredibly high technical level of filmmaking was on display in the last episode, including a blended continuous shot that was reminiscent of The Revenant. Needless to say, do not watch until you’ve caught up, because SPOILERS.
NYTimes: Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created? – If anything, Hulu is getting worse with the departure of the Criterion/Janus library and the defection of the CW. HBO’s streaming has proved to be complementary rather than a threat. This article is correct in seeing Amazon as Netflix’s biggest rival.
Amazon has the deep pockets, but it should be investing those dollars on better streaming reliability, cleaner UI (with smarter recommendations) and quality content. You don’t have to click very deep on Amazon to hit miles of garbage movies and shows no one has heard of. The Amazon strategy seems to be to bid all other competitors out of business, but only on schlock. Then have the real content people want to see still have rental fees. In an age where Netflix has proven how young consumers want to consume, that model is incoherent.
AskReddit: What movie cliché drives you crazy? – “I have a bad feeling about this.”
2001: A Picasso Odyssey – Kottke comments on another cool AI-based video.
The Scene: $200 Million Movie Budget: What Everyone Earns (embedded video) – Not sure the source for this. Some parts not accurate.
VUCAVU: Nestor – A feature film made entirely by one person. This is the only acceptable use for the “A Film By” credit.
YOUR WEEKLY WISDOM:
“If you want to make movies you need to think on a micro-micro level and figure out how to make them for nothing with people who really care about your movie and really want to make it.” — Anton Yelchin
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