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Your Weekend Viewing: A Single Life

My favorite of last year’s Academy Award-nominated Short Animated films is now available to watch online: What I love about “A Single Life” is the rather profound way it gets at the regret for the passage of time, and how it uses the unique languages of film — montage, music, visuals — to make a Continue reading

Your Weekend Viewing: Rare 1963 interview with West Side Story director Robert Wise

Wise talks about the difficulty choreographer Jerome Robbins faced in creating a vocabulary of dance moves for the (relatively for that time) realistic New York streets. Wise was immensely concerned with the setting. He also talks about the idea of opening the film with epic helicopter shots of the city. They shot on a street Continue reading

Book Review: The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook

The DSLR Filmmaker’s Handbook: Real-World Production Techniques, 2nd Edition Sybex: A Wiley Brand by Barry Andersson MSPR: $49.99 USA/$59.99 CAN I read a lot of filmmaking books for this site. While I love the geeky, detail-oriented books, I’m always also on the lookout for a well-rounded filmmaking book that provides a useful overview of all Continue reading

Your Wednesday Links: Most Over-rated Films

Most of these links come from the @makingthemovie Twitter stream. If you’d like to see them as they come, follow us on Twitter. Reddit: What is the most over-rated film? Cali Sunday: Starlee Kine visits a unique film director’s lab The Film Stage: Toronto International Film Festival review of Zhang Yimou-directed Coming Home PetaPixel: This Continue reading

Your Weekend Viewing: Status Anxiety

I post this video not only because it’s a nice example of using animation to bring voice-over to life, but because it also applies to the life of an independent filmmaker. Any aspiring filmmaker has chosen a life where they value art over the traditional material signs of success. There will be a tiny few Continue reading

A short documentary on Stanley Kubrick’s lenses

This little doc was my favorite part of the touring Stanley Kubrick art exhibit which passed through LA a few years back. After watching it, perhaps you’ll agree with me that it’s a tragedy that these useful lenses, so carefully chosen as tools of filmmaking, are instead touring the world as artifacts behind glass. As Continue reading

Meta: Site Layout Updates

Regular visitors will notice a new look to the site. You may even notice changes day-by-day. The goal is to have a fresh, mobile-friendly layout and to constantly tweak it to make it better. Sorta like editing a film. Right now I’m experimenting with the well-reviewed Hemingway theme. In addition to looking better on phones Continue reading

Movie Reviews: The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything

The Imitation Game The Imitation Game seems unlikely to win Best Picture, but the crackerjack screenplay, by Graham Moore, has a good shot to win Best Adapted Screenplay. It takes the life of mathematician Alan Turing and turns it into an Enigma code that comes together letter by letter, intercutting three time periods. The dialogue, Continue reading

Movie Review: Selma

Selma is about a later chapter in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyewolo). The film opens with Dr. King receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm for his work in ending segregation. But the work of civil rights is not finished. As he later puts it to LBJ (Tom Wilkinson), nothing Continue reading

Your Thursday Links: Sundance/Slamdance Preview

Sundance 2015 starts today. Here’s Vanity Fair’s preview. Here’s Kenneth Turan for the LA Times. We don’t know which film will be next year’s Whiplash or Beasts of the Southern Wild, but there’s a good bet one of them will be a breakout hit. Few people pay attention to the short films in Sundance, but Continue reading

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