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The Duplass Effect: Our favorite Mumblecore moments

Please imagine the following statement accompanied by an awkward, Mumblecore-style ditty played on a small keyboard or ukelele – the Duplass Brothers …

The 30 best films of 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, it’s time once again to reflect on the films that have left the biggest impression on us over the past 12 months. As …

Comic Books

Daniel Day-Lewis Performances Ranked, Least to Greatest

“Imagine That Nobody Is Going to Help You”: Jim Cummings on Making Unignorable Films

In Jim Cummings’ breakout one-take short film, <i>Thunder Road</i>, a heroically unselfconscious police officer (played by Cummings) takes the stage at his …

AFM 2017: The buzz titles from the UK | Features | Screen

Source: Metro Films<p>‘Zoo’<p><b>Rocket Science</b> will be talking to buyers about Los Angeles-set crime-thriller <b>Destroyer</b>. Nicole Kidman is set to star as an …

15 great shorts from a shorts programmer | BFI NETWORK

Being asked to compile a list of some of the short films which have left a lasting impression on me in my work as a programmer is an arduous yet …

21 World-Renowned Cinematographers Share the Shots that Heavily Influenced Their Work

All of us who are aspiring filmmakers have a list of films that inspire us. Maybe we've even got one film, or one specific shot, that singularly …

The Technology That Will Make It Impossible for You to Believe What You See

With these techniques, it’s difficult to discern between videos of real people and computerized impostors that can be programmed to say anything.<p>The president was seething.<p>His problem was with the press, yes, but also with the technology they used. Electronic media had changed everything. People …

Artificial Intelligence

Researchers find 'culture of nepotism' in British film industry

Report shows striking lack of diversity and ‘significant obstacles’ for outsiders looking to break into industry<p>Nepotism, word-of-mouth employment practices and the widespread use of unpaid work experience have created a “pandemic lack of inclusion” in the British film industry, a report backed by …

Film (UK)

RED's Hydrogen One patent drawings reveal how it's really a camera pretending to be a phone

We haven't touched it, and we're not even sure how it'll work, but RED's Hydrogen One phone is so mysterious that even its patent filing drawings are …

The best films of 2017 so far

Film,Culture,Alejandro Jodorowsky,Elle,Free Fire,Ben Wheatley,Get Out,Graduation,Park Chan-wook,La La Land,Damien Chazelle,The Lego Batman Movie,Lion,Logan,Manchester by the Sea,Kenneth Lonergan,Moonlight,Barry Jenkins,Aki Kaurismäki,Personal Shopper,Olivier Assayas,Terence Davies,T2 …

La La Land

How Spielberg Creates Tension

We don’t often acknowledge it, but the director is a master of suspense.<p>Though it’s not often the first thing we think of when we think of the …

Super-dark short film was shot entirely in 'Grand Theft Auto V' and is way too real

I'm all for criticizing our world view and cultural trends in 2017, but this guy takes it way too far.<p>If this short film by Matt MacDonald starts off …

The UK's secret 20% tax relief for short films

Short films have long been a vital part of the journey of new filmmakers, allowing them to learn new skills, meet like-minded collaborators and …

Is Branded Content the Future of Commercial Filmmaking?

Give your clients the results they need with this latest trend in video production.

Visually Satisfying Project Shares the Color Palettes of Iconic Film Scenes

Twitter account Cinema Palettes takes screenshots from classic films and translates them to ten-part color palettes. Though based on a momentary still, each spectrum of shades seems to encapsulate its movie's overall mood: the somber, otherworldly blues of <i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part …

Proof of Concept: Exploring a Cinematic Composition from Start to Finish

Jordan Critz’s latest EP is the evolution of an idea, from start to finish. He started with a concept, an exploration of darkness, light, and how our …

Camera Angles: Over The Shoulder or Single Shot?

Camera angles can affect the tone of your film. Learn how to use this to your advantage.

Framing

Why ‘King Arthur’ Flopped: You Can’t Make a $300 Million Movie Without Women, and Three More Reasons

Where was Lady Guinevere? That was one of the reasons that Warner Bros. and director Guy Ritchie earned just $15 million at the box office this …

Box Office

How to Promote Your Film on Social Media Without Being Annoying

Here are some rules for how to make your audience into your film's best advocates with social media.<p>Film festival DOC NYC's Pro Marketing Boot Camp, …

1990s short films from 10 incredible directors

We’ve been fixating on the 1990s of late, ploughing a hefty number of viewing hours into devising a 100-film rundown of great films made during that …

Watch the Gareth Edwards SXSW Keynote Speech

While the bulk of the <b>Gareth Edwards</b>-related headlines to come out of SXSW have to do with the upcoming <b>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</b> Blu-ray and DVD …

How I Got My Feature Film On Amazon Prime and How Much I have Made

<b>By Tom Kerevan</b> <i><br>In 2014 Tom Kerevan wrote and produced his first feature Tear Me Apart with director Alex Lightman and DOP Ern Herrmann. Made for</i> …

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The Art of Getting Started

The hardest part of making a film isn’t the grueling days, the logistical Rubik’s Cube, or the 10,000 problems that arise over the course of …

La La Land

At The End of the Cul-de-sac

In the world of modern short filmmaking, few have defined the form as much Paul Trillo. To call his films “unique” would be an understatement. His …

Drones

How DP Toby Oliver 'Represented Consciousness' to Shoot 'Get Out'

'Get Out' cinematographer Tony Oliver was faced with a challenging, genre-bending film. Here's how he tackled it.<p><i>Get Out</i> is the latest in a long line …

The End of Independent Film As We Know It?

Indie filmmakers are seeing the world of filmmaking change around them from how you learn the craft of storytelling to how films are funded, …

Independent Film

Hitchcock’s Rope applies a fake single take to a (basically) real crime

<i>Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: The recent</i> Foxcatcher <i>has us thinking back</i> …

Crime