Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

50 articles found

Early Design Drawing

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 »

1941

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 »

630_it-follows

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 »

chappie

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 »

590_lazarus

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 »

630_httm2

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 »

Studios_inside_web_2

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 »

630_fifty-shades

What to See This Weekend: 2/13/15

Fifty Shades of Grey What's it about? A literature student (Dakota Johnson) and a wealthy businessman (Jamie Dornan) have an unusual sexual relationship. Who the devil made it? Director Sam Taylor-Johnson (right) was an accomplished visual artist before she became a … more »

630_cronies

Sundance 2015 Film Review: Cronies

I don't want to talk about race. Doing so would limit the discussion around Cronies, the Spike Lee-produced entry at Sundance 2015, to a debate about stereotypes, racism and culture. To be fair, all these elements are baked into the … more »

plantec-filmmaking-collage

So You Want to Make a Movie

This is the first in a series of blog entries on cleverly creating cinema—starting with the screenplay. Is This Script Worth Filming? Yeah yeah, your script is brilliant. But is it? If you wrote it, it could be pure grade-A … more »