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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari review – Philip French on one of cinema’s first masterpieces

In 1995 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of cinema, its origins in brief films that explored the new medium’s possibilities and especially the contest between reality and fantasy. Now we’re on the eve of marking the centenaries of the masterpieces that elevated cinema to the great …

Learn How Joss Whedon Approaches Story, Writing & Directing in 10 Minutes

Long before Joss Whedon took the helm of <i>The Avengers</i> and steered the Marvel franchise to the second highest box office grossing film of all time, …

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'What Does David Fincher NOT Do?' A Look Inside the Director's Techniques

Filmmaking is just as much about what you <i>don't</i> put into a movie as it is what you do. This is a concept David Fincher used to describe his own …

David Fincher: A Film Title Retrospective

Perhaps no other living director has done as much for the art of the title sequence as David Fincher. The filmmaker’s work inarguably helped …

A Massive List of Grants Part 3: Fall Deadlines Filmmakers Should Know About

Welcome to the Fall Edition of upcoming opportunities for filmmakers! Hopefully this massive list of grants can point you in the right direction for …

The Realities of Producing a $1 Million (and Below) Feature Film

Say hello to shrinking budgets & rising expected production values.<p>At Buffalo 8 Productions, we’ve produced over 30 feature films ranging from …

DVDs and downloads: Fruitvale Station, Devil’s Knot, Omar – and more

When Ryan Coogler’s debut, <b>Fruitvale Station</b> (Spirit Entertainment, 15), split opinion at Sundance last year, the ensuing critical debate proved noisier than the film’s belated UK release. It’s worth seeing for reasons of argument alone, particularly on DVD, which flatters its brightly modest …

Life After Beth review – rotting heroine steals show in sparky rom-zom-com

A sparky addition to the rom-zom-com roll-call that includes such diverse films as Brian Yuzna’s <i>Return of the Living Dead 3</i> and Edgar Wright’s <i>Shaun of the Dead</i>, Jeff Baena’s tale of love after death sees Aubrey Plaza letting rip as the eponymous girl unaware of her own mortality. Stricken with …

The 20 photographs of the week

Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty<p>Policemen try to get a man to let go of a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong …

3 Photographic Special Effects You Can Create Without the Help of Photoshop

What do you think of when you hear the term “special effects”? Your favorite sci-fi movie or a state of the art video game, perhaps. Do you ever …

Dizzying, Vertigo-Inducing Patterns Created With Images Of City Buildings

<b>Berlin-based</b> fine artist Markus Studtmann specializes in creating “architectural illusions”—kaleidoscope-like digital collages that were made with …

'How to Get Away with Murder': Who's really the murderer?

It’s the burning question of the fall season: Who is the actual murderer on ABC’s new hit drama <i>How to Get Away with Murder</i>?<p>On the season premiere, it …

Is Shooting in B&W the Dumbest Thing You Can Do? 'Go Down Death' Director Says Yes & I'd Do It Again!

There are safe films that we enjoy and forget, and then there are risky films that make some filmgoers happy and others quite mad. <i>Go Down Death</i> is …