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Machines review – astonishing Indian factory documentary

Rahul Jain’s film takes us into the hazardous, punishing heart of the global textile industry<p>Rahul Jain’s astonishing debut feature is a documentary with no voiceover, no text inserts and no musical score. Instead, the dizzying tale of a textile factory in India’s Gujarat region, and the workers …

Textile Industry

Shooting on Film Just Got Much Easier

The celluloid renaissance has led Kodak to open their own labs in major production cities.<p>In 2014, when the last film processing lab in New York City …

What Is Apocalypse Now Really About? An Hour-Long Video Analysis of Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam Masterpiece

The distorted sounds of helicopter blades. The drunken punch that shatters the mirror. The "Ride of the Valkyries" attack. "I love the smell of …

A definitive guide to Paul Thomas Anderson’s work

Paul Thomas Anderson occupies a strange, liminal space in American cinema. As a key figure of Indiewood filmmaking, he operates both inside and outside the mainstream, with his work attracting Oscar nominations and yet retaining aesthetic, formal, and thematic elements keeping him firmly in line …

Why these films by women directors from the 1970s and '80s need to be seen

In a 1980 interview with the director Claudia Weill, the late critic<p>Roger Ebertbemoaned, “It’s simply one of the things we’re going to have to get over, this business of thinking and writing about ‘women directors.’”<p>Recent studies have, of course, shown that men still direct a wildly …

Mystery Science Theater 3000: our 15 favorite moments

Prepare for the show’s annual Thanksgiving marathon with highlights from 10 seasons of bad movies.<p>It’s that time of year again — time for us to be thankful for the return of <i>Mystery Science Theatre 3000</i>and its yearly Thanksgiving marathons.<p>If you were one of the ‘90s cult show’s many fans, you’ve …

TV

Artist Who Lost A Friend Creates A Comic Tribute That’ll Inspire You To Drop Everything And Start Living

Ever feel trapped by life? Ever wanted to quit your job, sell your car, and hit the open road with nothing but what you can carry on your back? Well …

Interested In How Camera Lenses Work? Watch This Easy-to-Understand, 3.5-Minute Video

Lenses are, perhaps, the most important (pardon the pun) element in photography but most photographers probably have no idea how they really work. If …

Stanford Professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free

When it comes to the list of digital imaging pioneers, Marc Levoy is one of those names that belongs right near the top. His work has led to many of …

Digital Photography

17 U.S. Film Festivals That Are Absolutely Worth a Trip

OK, film buffs, here's an aspiration: Travel to a top-notch film festival. Not only is it a chance to see 100 or more of the latest and greatest …

John Lasseter

What is Film and How it Works

Film has been around for well over a century. It’s by far the most used medium in terms of the length of time it has been in use and the sheer volume …

Filmmaking

17 Signs You're Intelligent — Even If It Doesn't Feel Like It

Stupid people tend to overestimate their competence, while smart people tend to sell themselves short. As Shakespeare put it in "As You Like It": …

How Scuba Diving Inspired a Realistic Underwater Video Game

Talking 'Abzû' with game developer Matt Nava (artistic director on 'Journey' and 'Flower').<p>When game developer Matt Nava worked as art director on thatgamecompany’s <i>Journey</i> and <i>Flower</i> titles, he helped deliver some incredibly gorgeous and surreal visuals. The games quickly became known for …

Game Design

Every Filmmaking Form You'll Ever Need in 99 Free Templates

Ease your workload (and your mind) with these free templates for everything from storyboarding to contracts to accounting.<p><i>[Editor's Note: No Film</i> …

Stanley Kubrick ruined my childhood: my mum, the Hollywood publicist

Stanley Kubrick ruined my childhood. And don’t get me started on Elizabeth Taylor or Marianne Faithfull. Of the hundreds of actors, directors and producers my mother worked with as a publicist in the UK and Hollywood, mention of these names still conjures memories of her muttering darkly while …

Jodie Foster

How To Make a Period-Set Feature Film For Just $40K – Watch

“Dinner with the Alchemist” director Kevin Good breaks down how he re-created 1900s New Orleans using vfx.<p>Director Kevin Good ignored some of the …

This Filmmaker Hid A Camera In The Deep Jungle. What He Finds Is Incredible.

When filmmaker Paul Rosolie set up a camera in the deep jungle, he hoped to get a glimpse at a few animals living in their natural habitat. Instead, …

The Feminist Heroines of 1970s Giallo Movies

As the thrilling Italian film genre enjoys a season at the Barbican, AnOther unravels the unexpected feminist threads in Giallo's cult cinematic …

Feminism

How Tragedy Turned ‘Weirdworld’ Into One Of Marvel’s Best Comics In Decades

Despite all of the major events in the post-<i>Secret Wars</i> Marvel Universe – The mutants are dying! Steve Rogers is Captain America again! Two Spider-Men, and one of them is basically Tony Stark! – it’s <i>Weirdworld</i>, the book that has absolutely nothing to do with any of them, that stands out as Marvel’s …

5 ways to jumpstart your career as a filmmaker

1. Find your unique style.<p>BE ORIGINAL. BE WEIRD. Indulge. All the most successful filmmakers are auteurs. They have defined their own style. You’ll …

Breathtaking Landscapes Capture the Diverse Beauty of Oregon

It can be easy to forget how beautiful a place is when you see it everyday, but photographer Jeff Bryant regularly pays homage to the splendor that surrounds him. Using the moniker Exquisite Oregon, he travels throughout the state to capture photos of its breathtaking locales: picturesque …

Photography

While many still view the documentary as the ugly stepsister of the glamorous feature picture, the truth is that non-fiction has played an important …

Rotten Tomatoes

Watch: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Punch-Drunk Love,’ Early Shorts & Comedy Sketches

Watch: 20-Minute Video Essay Explores Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Punch-Drunk Love,' Early Shorts & Comedy Sketches<p>It’s no secret that those around these …

Writing Characters That FASCINATE – The Ultimate PDF Guide

Writing Characters that – crucially – fascinate… riting great, multi-dimensional characters is one of the hardest – and most important – facets to …

Creative Writing

April Is The Animated Steampunk Heroine You’ve Been Waiting For

<i>Avril et le Monde truqué</i> is coming to English-speaking audiences as <i>April and the Extraordinary World</i>, but its literal translation from French is …

Get Inspired By Stanley Kubrick's Rare 'Notes on Filmmaking'

In 1960 Stanley Kubrick was still early in his career, but he already had clear <i></i>thoughts on the art of filmmaking. We can learn from this rare glimpse …

Stanley Kubrick

Insightful Tips & Tricks For Filming In Low Light

Shooting in low light with a camera that provides staggering ISO performance such as the Sony A7S II or the A7R II doesn’t necessarily guarantee that …

Filmmaking

Pixar’s Director of Photography Wows the TED Audience

Geek book of the week: How a writer colonized another planet

Like the great pulp sci-fi writers of yore, Allen Steele loves to colonize other planets. As a modern writer of so-called "hard" science fiction, he …