It’s rare that a film combines the various elements of narratology in a manner that inspires excitement and anticipation to the degree that RZA’s upcoming masterpiece, “The Man with the Iron Fists” has. Like any exemplary narrative, some of the most important elements – characters, setting, conflict and a masterfully spun plot – truly shine in this upcoming movie, but also included are several intangible elements that can’t simply be explained by narrative theory alone. When Aristotle first fo... [Read more]
You might think you've peeked the scene
You haven't, the real one's far too mean
The watered down one, the one you know
Was made up centuries ago
It may just sound all whack and corny
Yes, it's awful, blasted boring
Twisted fiction, sick addiction
Well, gather 'round, children, zip it, listen!
- Nicki Minaj
As Lindsay and her mother Dina Lohan sped away from Manhattan’s Electric Room in the back seat of their SUV, one can only imagine the conversation that ensued. Early reports sug... [Read more]
Interviews are the bread and butter of your documentary film. Whether you’re interviewing the President of the United States or your grandmother, your ability to provide lucid, insightful questions and direction to your subject is essential to the success of your documentary. If your documentary doesn’t have a focus, chances are you’re line of questioning won’t either. Be sure to know what the objective of the interview is and what you expect to get out of it before you shine a li... [Read more]
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“It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect for the first time in public, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Whether we must attribute this to the malignity of matter or to the total depravity of inanimate things, whether the exciting cause is hurry, worry, or what not, the fact remains.” - Nevil Maskelyne, Stage Magician
Most if not all film productions manifes... [Read more]
Welcome to The Mechanics of Documentary Filmmaking. This four part series will cover the basics of bringing your non-fiction tale to the screen including File Management, Trouble Shooting, Audio/Visual Technique and the Interview Process. As a medium for storytelling, the documentary provides a unique format for meshing the art of cinema with real life in a way that bends the rules of non-fiction to make room for aesthetics and poetic license. The first part in the serie... [Read more]
Sadly, Marvin Hamlisch passed away Monday night. And if you don't know who he is, you have probably seen (or, more likely, heard) something from his extensive list of life accomplishments. With a career spanning a half a century, including theatre, live music performance, film, and television, and touching the lives of millions, he will be missed. Read up below on just some of this man's many notable achievements.
(1) He wrote music for some serious Broadway hits. Ever heard of a little show ca... [Read more]
The 7 Coolest Boozing Setups from Film and TV
The glamor and glitz of TV and film ain't what it used to be. We'll never return to those heady days of leaded gasoline, sharing an in-flight cigarette with Boeing 707 "air hostesses", cufflinks and cool boozing. Well, maybe not the cufflinks and the in-flight cigarettes, but booze is stylish, despite the current message to the contrary from our Puritan Overlords. But they used to do booze a lot better than they do today. Ahh, when men were men. No... [Read more]
Dark Shadows, the most recent offering by the dynamic duo of Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp (or a terrific trio if you include Helena Bonham Carter, who has collaborated with them on projects such as Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 2007 film version of the musical Sweeney Todd, and Alice in Wonderland), is in many ways what one would expect. It has a decidedly dark aesthetic, a supernatural storyline, and enough twisted humor to qualify it as a comedy/horror hybrid... [Read more]
Always interesting, sometimes revelatory director Paul Thomas Anderson is one of a rare breed of writer-directors in the game today who qualifies as a true Auteur with little regard for mass market demographics when it comes to articulating his singular vision on the screen. An oddity in the studio system, Anderson’s storylines resemble intricately layered Venn diagrams that flaunt convention and aren’t easily summed up in a single tagline.
An expert craftsman, his first four films Hard Eight ... [Read more]
Summer’s almost here and that means that Hollywood’s stable of Summer Movie Blockbusters is about to invade your commercial airspace. Aside from the screwball comedies, sequels and reboots that we’re accustomed to, from the whimsy of Men in Black 3 to the crowd-pleasing super hero ensemble vehicle The Avengers, there are five capital “F” Films that break the mold of the usual Hollywood fare. As clichéd as they may sound on paper—a sequel, a prequel and a reboot among them—these Films feature t... [Read more]