Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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Godzilla

10 Film Facts: Godzilla

  After doing monster box-office over its opening weekend, Godzilla looks set to usher in a whole new series of creature features as Warner Bros. greenlights the first sequel. Here's a look at some of the filmmaking techniques that helped … more »

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The Quotable Gordon Willis, ASC (and Friends)

Cinematographer Gordon Willis, ASC, was nicknamed the "Prince of Darkness" by fellow director of photography Conrad Hall, who marveled at his braveness in committing shadowy, underexposed images to celluloid — a stylistic choice that flew in the face of decades … more »

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Rikaroo: Getting Your Film Seen by the Right People

Being a film maker today is both easy and incredibly difficult. Because of the casual, affordable access to technology, way too many people are making films today. The accumulation of crap has outpaced good work by a wide margin. It … more »

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10 Film Facts: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    Did you know The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was shot on film? Did you catch the stunt that the team borrowed from Buster Keaton? And what was up with that post-credits sequence, anyway? Reading the film's production notes and … more »

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Telling Stories with Stock Footage

Stock footage, like many opportunities, is what you make of it. Some clips might seem odd or unusable, but when you need a short clip to set a scene or to fill a gap, you'll be really grateful that a … more »

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Headed for Sundance? Don’t Miss Boyhood, Linklater’s 12-Year Production

The Sundance Film Festival dropped a bit of a last-minute bombshell this morning with news that Richard Linklater's latest film, Boyhood, will premiere at the Eccles Theatre on Sunday, January 19 and then screen there again first thing Monday morning. … more »

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VES Life Achievement Honoree John Dykstra in His Own Words

  Special-effects and VFX artist John Dykstra has been named the latest winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Visual Effects Society, an honor that will be officially bestowed in a February 12, 2014, ceremony at the Beverly Hilton … more »

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Watch Clips from Eight Oscar-Shortlisted Docs

Get a head start on Oscar season by taking a look at trailers and clips from the eight films shortlisted for this year's Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. A total of 40 shorts were eligible, and the Academy's documentary … more »

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The U.S. Will Have 1 Million 4K TVs by 2015. Is That a Lot?

The Consumer Electronics Association grabbed some headlines last week when it released new projections showing U.S. shipments of Ultra HD TV sets (UHDTVs) reaching 57,000 units in the U.S. last month — the first month for which CEA provided tracking … more »

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Lost Orson Welles Film Too Much Johnson Is Found in Italy

Hey, scholars and archivists — don't despair! If Too Much Johnson can be discovered resting in a warehouse in Pordenone, Italy, there must still be some hope for other legendary lost films. Film buffs will immediately recognize the distinctively titled Too … more »