Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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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 »

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Opening: Chappie, Unfinished Business, and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

This week, see robots old and new, check out a highly inessential Vince Vaughn comedy, or revisit the excellent ensemble cast of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in the Second Best sequel. Chappie What's it about? A Robocop-style mechanized police force is tasked … more »

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Opening: Corpses, Con Artists, and the New Cronenberg

This week, see Will Smith co-star with The Wolf of Wall Street's Margot Robbie in a romantic comedy/caper film, check out Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's latest, or watch Christopher Walken do a song and dance in a musical shot by the … more »

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What to See This Weekend: 2/20/15

This week's offerings include a sequel nobody really expected, an inspirational true story from Kevin Costner and Walt Disney Pictures, a Best Foreign Film Oscar nominee, and a little-seen alternate version of a 1980s classic. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 … more »

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Casting Your Low-Budget Movie

There are several parts to the casting process. Putting out a cattle call is probably not for you on your first film. You don't really know what you'll get. You're better off identifying your principal actors in a more focused way. … more »