Posts tagged Cinema
Posts tagged Cinema
Each day until Christmas there will be a review of a film from around the world and a global inspired popcorn recipe on Celluloid And Leftovers.
Interesting thread on screenwriting camera directions and directing from the page.
This video is a pretty mind-blowing rundown of 40 years of cinema, from 1912-1952. Stumbled onto it on a Vimeo group. Thought the readers of this blog would probably love it. Parts of this variously make me grin, and get emotional. But that’s what the movies are all about, right? —James, from UK
There are exceptions, but for me, music makes cinema. Here’s a video exploring how several legendary directors use music in their films. This is a short episode of Auteur Theories, that doesn’t go too far into depth with any of them, but offers a brief survey. The lack of Tarantino may be disturbing to some, but I couldn’t find a place for him in this video. I might make a short of the same length exploring Tarantino’s amazing musical predilections alone. That said, my favorite musical moment in cinema is not featured in this video. It is the opening minutes of Terrance Malick’s The New World. —Auteur Theories: Of Song and Cinema
- “Wheel of Fortune” by Kay Starr LA Confidential (ALL of the music, really)
- “500 Miles” in Benny & Joon
- “White Rabbit” Jefferson Airplane from Sopranos S01xE07 (Watch)
- “Angel” by Massive Attack from Burn Notice S07E07
Akira Kurosawa on the set of Seven Samurai (1954)
In this landscape, is a tiny niche all a filmmaker needs?
Roger Ebert on cinema.
The late Roger Ebert makes a case for cinema and its distinction between real life. If you listen to a lot of commentaries like me, you’ll surely at some point will come across bits and pieces like this particular one. All of the greatest filmmakers and cinema critics know this and will back what Ebert is saying here. This is one of those truly important concepts a filmmaker must sooner or later realize if he or she wants to make films which engage an audience. This is another reason to love Ebert as one of the most important film critics to have lived. —filmschoolthrucommentaries
"There should always be mystery."
How To Be Prolific: Guidelines For Getting It Done From Joss Whedon
By: Ari Karpel
Whedon sat down with Co.Create to lay out how he manages to juggle so many projects. His secret? Identifying concrete steps, friends, and tough love.
In other words, get specific. When I asked Whedon to share some tips for being prolific, he had one question: “So do you want to go macro or micro?” I chose micro. Here’s what he said: “Micro is about the moment and it’s about having an idea, or having writer’s block and just trying to get through those moments. For me, it boils down to specificity, knowing exactly what I’m trying to accomplish, because if I have three projects, it’s ‘Oh, maybe I’ll work on S.H.I.E.L.D. or maybe I’ll work on this or this.’ You know, it’s so easy to just get nothing done, but you’ve got to rock a little David Allen out to be able to get things done and break your list down into next actions…”
REWARD YOURSELF EARLY AND OFTEN.
“I have a reward system. I am the monkey with the pellet and it’s so bad that I write almost everything in restaurants or cafes [so] that when I have an idea, I go and get chocolate.” He doesn’t wait to flesh out the idea and then reward himself, he rewards himself simply for having the idea. “I’ll write it down and then get some chocolate. I have the idea, I get my pellet … I mean I’m terrible.” I don’t put that on the list because that’s not advice. That’s something I’m seeking help for. It’s a vice and it’s different than advice.”
"The last piece of advice on that level is fill the tanks, fill the tanks, fill the tanks. Constantly watch things and things you don’t [normally watch]. Step outside your viewing zone, your reading zone. It’s all fodder but if you only take from one thing then it’ll show."
To have that flow of creativity within a friendship so that it feels like it’s spiraling upward and not just circling. It’s not just like, ‘And we meet and we play fantasy football, and then one day we’re old.’
"This comes from Kai, my wife, who produced the film. She [quotes from] Rio Grande: ‘Get it done, Johnny Reb.’ It’s like, don’t make excuses. There aren’t any anymore. If you’re talking about it, you should be doing it and she doesn’t like to see talent go fallow. She doesn’t like to see people repeat themselves. She likes people to get it done, purely out of love of the person and then joy for the product itself. And that’s the thing: I talked about Much Ado for 10 years and it was Kai who finally said, ‘What if instead of talking about it … ’ and I went, ‘What?’