Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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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 »

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RedRay Ships as Affordable 4K Hits Store Shelves

It's been a big week for 4K, with the network-based RedRay Professional 4K Cinema Player shipping from Red Digital Cinema and more of Sony's new Ultra HD TV sets showing up in the real world. Red's Jarred Land took to … more »

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What Upstream Color Says About the Future of Indie Filmmaking

This isn't a movie-review blog, but I'd nonetheless like to urge everyone reading to go out and see Upstream Color if you're in New York this weekend, and to catch it when you can if you're not. That's not just … more »

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Unused “Ridley-grams” from Alien

If you read Barbara Robertson's most recent interview with Prometheus VFX supervisor Richard Stammers, you know about the "Ridley-grams" that director Ridley Scott would use to communicate his visual ideas with the film's crew. He’s an incredibly visual director. He’s … more »

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Shooting Zero Dark Thirty: 10 Tidbits from the Trenches

With awards season running at full throttle, much ink has been spilled about the political implications of Zero Dark Thirty. The controversy has nearly overshadowed director Kathryn Bigelow's pulse-quickening achievement in translating the boots-on-the-ground details of the CIA's long-running manhunt … more »

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A Long, Wide Look at Eastwood’s Craft

Clint Eastwood has directed 32 films to date and starred in countless others, but he rarely talks about his filmmaking process. Fans of his films, however, know more than a few things about his technique, from his use of wide … more »