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24Apr, 18

Confidence from Your Writing

Writing - authentically and affectingly -- is the major challenge any and all storytellers face. And most of the time your confidence is on life support because the struggle is real. Filmmaker Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) recently said 7 out of 10 hours of writing is garbage; but you need to put in the 10-hours of chair time to get those three hours of gold. Writing kicks you in the teeth because each word challenges you -- "did you really mean to put me next?" And yet sitting around [...]

8Mar, 18

How Criterion Collection Resurrects Films for Home Video

Physical 35mm film is a wonderful medium for image capture, image display, and image storage (far better than digital storage, which is subject to hard drive failure). However, 35mm films look AMAZING in the first three to ten runs of the projection print (some say only the first time, but come on!), and then it begins to degrade as the film print is run through the projectors over and over and over again (probably 100 runs is the useful life, right? Or is it less?). The scratches and other damage (particularly [...]

23Jan, 18

Queens of Cinema T-shirts

As new voices continue to show us new and exciting stories in the cinema and TV landscape, we want to raise awareness of the Black female directors who are making noise, making new things, and all around elevating the entertainment landscape. So we can up with the QUEENS OF CINEMA T-shirt to celebrate Amma Assante,¬†Ava DuVernay, Darnell Martin, Dee Rees, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Kasi Lemmons, Julie Dash, and Victoria Mahoney.¬†Available in the store.    

20Jan, 18

As You Like It – Opening Monologue

We're working on a new anthology project.   Here's a sneak peek at one of the videos https://youtu.be/ltQkfBND6BE Shakespeare's sacred texts are gold mines for actors to test their skills and for directors to work on their technique. Of course, you have to have more than a passing understanding of the text to figure out how to encourage and tweak and adjust the performance. This opening monologue from AS YOU LIKE was exciting to add a bit a urbanization to it.

5Jan, 18

The Magic Lantern – David Lean, part IV of a series

Dir: David Lean DoP: Freddie Young As the flame burns down the match inching closer to T.E. Lawrence's fingertips, we are drawn into Lawrence's mental state, his sphere, his "yearning." And then... There's the marvelous and powerful cut, which Lean is such a master at, to the desert sun rising. David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia is one of the all-time impressive works the medium has produced. Epic scale and David Lean are practically redundancies when you talking about sweeping cinema that is still most personal and compelling. And it [...]

3Dec, 17

The Magic Lantern – Federico Fellini, Part I of a series

This is the first in a series discussing some of cinema most potent single images. It’s sort of an anathema to boil a film down to a single image, nonetheless the power of one frame as it sears our minds and lingers in our conscious and subconscious thoughts when we recall the experience of seeing a particular movie is part of what makes movies so compelling and riveting. First up is an image from Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2. Fellini and his flights of fancy dove deep into humanity’s soul with a [...]


Stanley Kubrick’s SPARTACUS

This big sprawling Hollywood sword & sandal epic is rarely discussed in Kubrick’s canon (I don’t even think he was able to get his signature one-point perspective into this film). Hired by Kirk Douglas to fill in for a fired director, this is a unique film in Kubrick’s work because it gave him the freedom bring his singular vision to the screen. The previous film (the awesome PATHS OF GLORY) was a small little film that was critically acclaimed, but would he have been able to do LOLITA or DR. STRANGELOVE without SPARTACUS? Hard to say? He was going to do ONE EYED JACKS with Brando, too.

This is one of the four films that propelled me to into wanting to be a filmmaker because of its epic story that had some fantastic intimate moments to it (especialy the restored bathing scene between Laurence Olivier and Tony Curtis).