Category Archives: Films and Filmmakers

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Five Personal Filmmaking Tips from Laurie Anderson

One of the most distinctive films on the festival circuit this year was Heart of a Dog, a 75-minute documentary in which performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson remembers the life and death of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. The film … more »


Surviving Your Directorial Debut

​I've been working on this piece for a while. It turns out a lot of people go into film production thinking it's going to be a piece of cake, or feeling they know what they're up against. For a first … more »


Wes Craven, 1939-2015

Genre film lost one of its icons over the weekend with the passing of Wes Craven at the age of 76. Craven didn't limit himself to horror — he directed Meryl Streep in the inspirational Music of the Heart and … more »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »