Category Archives: Creativity

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Shane Hurlbut, ASC, on Why the Canon C500 Is His Go-to Camera

Thanks to his aggressive, you-are-there camerawork on Act of Valor and Need for Speed — as well as his frequent posts on the educational Hurlblog — Shane Hurlbut, ASC, has quickly become known as a pioneer in innovative digital cinematography. … more »

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Wildlife Documentary Tips from the Heart of Gator and Croc Country

This Sunday, Nat Geo Wild airs Florida Untamed, the latest installment in its Destination Wild series. Produced by Miami's 2C Media, the special consists of two separate parts: "Gator Country," which looks at young alligators in the Florida wetlands, and … more »

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Under the Skin’s Scarlett Johansson Hits the Streets with the One-cam

Under the Skin, a science-fiction arthouse film that just crossed the $1 million mark at the U.S. box-office, is being sold as a spooky erotic thriller featuring Scarlett Johansson as a sexy alien invader on the loose in Scotland. That's … more »

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ILM VFX Supervisor Russell Earl on Building a Career

In high school shop class where most kids build cutting boards, bookshelves, and little wooden boxes, Russell Earl built a Queen Anne highboy, a Queen Anne lowboy, and a serpentine-front desk. Today, Earl is a visual effects supervisor at Industrial … more »

Spanish Director Julio del Alamo on Creating Commercials that Breathe

Spanish commercial director Julio del Alamo, who recently signed with Accomplice Media for representation here in the U.S., says he is always aiming to convey the universal in his spots, a reflection of the globalized world in which we now … more »

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How They Did It: Divergent’s Mirror Room Sequence (and More)

Do you call a film with more than 1000 visual effects a visual-effects film? Probably not, if you don’t notice the effects. That's the case with director Neil Burger’s Divergent. “It’s a big visual-effects film, but it’s not VFX-driven,” says … more »

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Inhabiting Wes Anderson’s World of Color in The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a welcome respite after this long winter: the film's eternal spring pinks and yellows explode on the screen like an overstuffed bag of cake icing. Yet inside this treasure box—with the detailed and … more »

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Elastic Director Patrick Clair on True Detective’s Title Sequence

In HBO's breakout winter hit, True Detective, helmed episode-to-episode by film director Cary Joji Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) and novelist/screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto, metaphysics, metafiction and true crime become strange yet cozy bedfellows. With the season hurtling toward its end this … more »

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DP Charles Papert on Pepsi Max’s Latest Hidden Camera Prank

Last May, Pepsi Max (tagline: "a zero-calorie cola in disguise") released a video online that purported to show an unsuspecting car salesman being taken for a wild ride by star NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon in fake facial hair and old-age … more »

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Ghost Town Media on Making Linkin Park’s “A Light That Never Comes”

Ghost Town Media collaborated with Linkin Park on an unconventional CG video that combines 3D scans of all of the band members with a massive CG cityscape. Cinema 4D maker Maxon and writer Meleah Maynard took us behind the scenes of … more »