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Film Math: When Is 2k Greater Than 4k?

A cinematographer with all the money in the world and three months to shoot a movie would have a gear list that’s fully organized and checked off. …

Ben Affleck Is Really Good At DVD Commentary

This clip is clearly old, considering it comes from the DVD commentary for <i>Armageddon</i>, but it seems to be making the rounds anew this week and honestly, I hadn’t seen it before. It makes a strong case that Ben Affleck should do all DVD commentaries. In it, Affleck describes a scene from 1998’s</i> …

Ben Affleck

These Are the Only 4 Films That Actually Needed to Be in 3D

Clash Of The Titans isn't one of them.<p>There are only 4 movies that need to be in 3D.<p>There are plenty of other films that look better in 3D or are enhanced by 3D or are fun to see in 3D. If you like 3D, that's great. But there are only four that <i>need</i> to be in 3D.<p>And we're talking about proper, modern …

Martin Scorsese

LG shows off its latest UltraWide monitor with a little help from DevinSuperTramp

<i>This post is brought to you by LG Electronics.</i><p>Even if you’ve never heard of DevinSuperTramp, it’s a good bet your eyeballs have engaged one of his gorgeous videos of people at play.<p>Whether it’s parkour in the Shire, boogie boarding off wet rocks, parasailing, base jumping or squirrel suiting, you …

Gear & Gadgets

How to Light a Basketball Court For the Big Game

<i>Editor’s note, we contacted Patrick to ask for permission to share an image or two. We will update if he responds.</i><p>If you know anything about …

Take a Look at the Secret World of Movie Sound Effects

When a bird swoops by a character’s head in a movie, it certainly seems like you’re hearing a real winged creature flying by, but what you’re really …

‘Imagining Zootopia’: Watch a 45-Minute Documentary Chronicling the Making of Disney’s Animated Hit

Disney’s <b>Zootopia</b> is already one of the most successful films of the year. The film has raked in over $786 million worldwide and it’s one of the best …

Animation

25 things we learned about the making of 'Batman v Superman'

Tech Insider went through two making-of books, "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — The Art of the Film" and "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — Tech Manual" to learn about the making of the suits, the filming locations, the gadgets, and more.<p>Keep reading to see what went into making the …

Comic Books

How the horror short 'Lights Out' went from 3-minute film to Hollywood feature

A simple premise and a three-minute minimum rocketed short director David F. Sandberg to Internet fame when his horror short "Lights Out" went viral. The quick flick landed on many folks' radar, including bankable horror movie veteran<p>James Wan. And now that scary short shall become a frightening …

Vera Farmiga

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p>• Watch the Guardian’s documentaries<p><b>Joshua Oppenheimer</b><p><b>The Texan director’s feature</b> …

Why the new iPad Pro has such a good camera

You might have noticed that the new iPad Pro has a high-performance 12-megapixel camera that can record 4K video.<p>Sure, you can use it to take photos and videos of your family vacation, but that’s not what it’s for.<p>It’s for capturing super-sharp, high-res photos and videos and working with them on …

IPad Air

What a 25-Year-Old Taiwanese Film Can Teach Us About the Immigration Debate 

Whichever side of America’s immigration debate you’re on, you’re likely making the same assumptions: Immigrants <i>want</i> to come here, they want to stay …

Akira Kurosawa

A Loving Video Tribute Highlights Women’s Contributions to the Art of Film Editing

The premise for the video essay “A Cut Above: 10 Women Who Epitomize the Art of Film Editing” isn’t new: Film historians have long recognized women’s …

Symphonies of steel and stone: silent cinema and the city

By capturing 1920s New York – and all the glamour, danger and alienation it contained – Paul Strand set the foundations for a skyscraping subgenre<p>Some of the greatest silent films had no actors and no story. Many of the very first films fall into this category: the short films we call …

The 5 Most Stylish Films of All Time, Ever*

<i>By Justin Fenner for GQ.</i><p>courtesy of Warner Bros.<p>To call menswear designer Alexander Olch a film buff would be a gross understatement. Olch, perhaps best known for his neckties, once told GQ that he doesn't own a television. "I watch everything via projector," he said.<p>In fact, he's so dedicated to …

10 Movies That Secretly Hid Spoilers Inside the Movie Themselves

It’s always a nice wink at an unknowing audience when a movie reveals a huge spoiler during the movie itself. It’s harmless fun that most people …

Early lead: 9 Super Bowl teasers better than the movies they advertised

This Sunday, as the Panthers take on the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium, the major Hollywood movie studios will be engaged in their own very public …

RANKED: The 10 worst movies to win the best picture Oscar — and what should have won

But the Academy voters don't always get it right. Tucked away in the 89 years of Oscar ceremonies are best picture winners that quickly vanish from the zeitgeist, never to be heard from again. That's often because they weren't as good as originally thought.<p>Here we look back on the 10 most …

Adrien Brody

Oscar winner behind 'Birdman' filming daunted by one long shot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki was finishing the complex filming of “Gravity” when director Alejandro G. Inarritu approached him with a daunting proposal: To film “Birdman” in a way that makes the movie appear to be one continuous shot.<p>In an interview with Reuters, Lubezki …

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

The 24 Most Important Special Effects Movies Ever Made

The release of "Avatar" five years ago this month (on December 18, 2009) once again put the lie to Jean-Luc Godard's adage that cinema is truth 24 times a second. In fact, all of cinema is a lie, a series of tricks that fool the eye, starting with the illusion of motion that comes from flashing 24 …

A lazy deliveryman becomes an alien destroyer in short animation 'JohnnyExpress'

Delivering a package sounds like a pretty straightforward task. But for an interplanetary delivery service in a universe filled with strange creatures, that simple task could quickly become a lot more complicated. Animation studio Alfred Imageworks released a short film called <i>JohnnyExpress</i> …

Watch Documentary 'Cinematographer Style,' A Great Exploration of Film Technique – /Film

Here’s a feature-length documentary on the art of cinematography — one of many such films, but this particular one does feature the participation of …

The Art of Director Wes Anderson's Symmetry

Spider-Man 3 recap: is this Hollywood's biggest ever mistake?

On Sunday at 6:25pm, Channel 5 is screening the third of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films. With two fantastic Spidey films in the bag, they couldn't mess this one up... could they?<p>• Peter Bradshaw's review of Spider-Man 3 • Hadley Freeman meets Kirsten Dunst<p>"Why would I want to push you away? I love …

Marvel Superheroes in film - in pictures

With the upcoming releases of Thor 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America 2 there's never been a better time to be a superhero in Hollywood. Here is a history of Marvel at the movies

Watch Spielberg, Lucas, and Scorsese Discuss the Future of Movies in the '90s

Have You Ever Been To – Poster Illustration by Federica Bonfanti

Have You Ever Been To.<p>Federica Bonfanti is a graphic designer and illustrator who creates beautiful artworks, typography, and branding projects. This …

Graphic Design

Geometric Pattern in Illustrator

Last weekend I was playing in Illustrator trying to create a simple wallpaper to use on my phone and tablet. I love geometric patterns, but I hadn't …

When Perfect Isn’t Perfect or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blur

Quite a few years ago I took a solo trip down to Key West, FL. It was the first time I had gone on a vacation by myself, and since I was free of the …