Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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Legendary Jerry Lewis Debacle The Day the Clown Cried May Yet Screen

Film buffs agree—Jerry Lewis's 1972 Holocaust film The Day the Clown Cried may be the worst film ever made. That's a qualified "may be," though, since nobody has actually seen the film. That's why it fascinates, all these years later—its reputation … more »

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Grab your Audience on a Microbudget: Posters, Trailers, and Opening Titles

For a microbudget film, your poster and trailer will be your main selling tools. A professional look is important for credibility and a good flow is necessary to keep people watching. After studying hundreds of trailers and talking with people … more »

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Read the Network’s Notes to Soderbergh on The Knick

When it comes to sharing insight on creative technique, director/editor/cinematographer Steven Soderbergh is way out ahead of the pack. He's also got some chutzpah. Last year, he converted Raiders of the Lost Ark to a black-and-white silent film to emphasize Spielberg's … more »

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Watch Raw Footage of Tom Cruise’s M:I 5 Airplane Stunt

Need to shoot your hero hanging off the side of an airplane for your next film? You'll be shooting that one in front of a green screen. Unless, of course, your hero is Tom Cruise and your film happens to … more »

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Five Great Scores from James Horner … Before He Made It Big

Composer James Horner, who died yesterday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, was well known as the man behind some of the most famous music in contemporary cinema. A 10-time Oscar nominee, he took home two Academy Awards in … more »

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Awesome Sound Design on a Tight Budget, Part 1

It's been said over and over again that film is a visual medium. Please don't buy that crap. Film is a gestalt medium wherein the whole is much more than the sum of the parts. A gestalt is an entity … more »

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Watch Video of Furious 7’s 2nd-Unit Heroes Free-Falling over Arizona

If you thought your last shoot was hairy, spare a moment to consider the camera operators who captured a key action sequence in freefall for Furious 7. On Furious 7, which opens in U.S. theaters tonight, the idea during production was … more »

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Seven Production-Design Tips for Low-Budget Filmmakers

Among the most neglected key elements in low-budget films are production design and art direction. That's a problem because production design impacts all aspects of your project. It is the detailed blueprint you follow to make your vision come alive. … more »

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Opening: Insurgent, The Gunman, and Those Danged Zombeavers

This week, another YA franchise sequel opens, Pierre Morel aims to do for Sean Penn what he did for Liam Neeson, and zombie rodents are in very limited release. Insurgent What's it about? "Divergent" protagonist Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) continues to … more »

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Opening: a Remade Cinderella, Tough-Guy Liam Neeson, and a Very Scary Movie

This week, Disney reboots another classic, Liam Neeson takes on another action role, and a coming-of-age horror movie looks at teen sex. Cinderella What's it about? Cinderella, forever kind in the face of cruelty from her unloving family, including stepmother Cate … more »