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BABY DRIVER – STUDY IN PRE-PRODUCTION PRECISION

At the DGA screening of Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER, Christopher Nolan (of BATMAN and INCEPTION fame) handled the exceptionally smart Q&A with the near-manic Wright. Nolan’s questions discussed the project’s genesis (some 20 years in the making) and the complex pre-production process, which was told with a certain amount of joie de vivre! Wright, […]

By | 2017-11-29T11:59:35+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Film, Technique|0 Comments

WHAT INSPIRES YOU – Part 12 featuring Ben Wheatley

It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled across these funny forays into the Criterion Collection‘s backroom. I’m not sure how the Criterion content editors select who they do (just like who can guess the criteria for films that get the “Criterion treatment.”

In this latest installment of the on-going seies, UK director Ben Wheatley gets […]

By | 2017-10-30T11:12:57+00:00 May 14th, 2017|Film, Inspiration, Technique|0 Comments

Hearing Your Draft Read Aloud

One of the things that weigh on screenwriters is the number of people who actually read your material. Unless it’s getting made, perhaps 30 people TOPS will read the work you’ve spent countless hours on. Such is the vagaries and frustrating aspects of the business.

What is doubly irksome is a screenplay isn’t a work that […]

By | 2017-10-30T11:12:58+00:00 March 5th, 2017|Film, Screenwriting, Technique|0 Comments

Color’s Power and Potential

What makes color have an impact in cinema?

How it’s used.

Why it’s used.

What subtextual value the filmmaker assigns to a given color.

What specific color palette is used.

Filmmaker’s Color Tools

In cinema, color comes in two forms – light and production design (which includes costumes, hair, make-up, props, and set design); top-of-their game filmmakers utilize both to fit the characters […]

By | 2017-11-29T12:04:25+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Technique|0 Comments

Birthing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

When you watch a film that you absolutely fall in love with five minutes in, and you know it’s going to change the way you appreciate “movies” from then on out, when you sense in your gut that “movies” will become “cinema”, and you are destined to become a “cinephile” and to sacrifice a typical […]

By | 2017-10-30T11:12:59+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Technique|0 Comments

Large-Format Cameras and Lenses

The other day my brother Alex and I were talking about large-format cinema cameras and what makes that acquisition format special, considering that the Oscar-winning film THE REVENANT used the Alexa 65, and just prior to that DP Robert Elswitt, ASC photographed the underwater vault sequence in MISSON: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION with the same […]

By | 2017-10-30T11:12:59+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Film, Technique|0 Comments