I love that we’re in the golden age of comic book movies and four-quadrant tent poles, but damn it do I miss the days when studios made action movies and thrillers for adults. Not every movie has to be appropriate for little Timmy and Grandma Marjorie, or didn’t you know? That virulent misconception is one of the key factors that is poisoning the genre today. The other reasons are an emphasis on bigger and bigger scale and spectacle at the expense of any real world grounding and credibility and an almost total lack of engrossing character work and thematic potency. We don’t need to be going bigger any more. After dinosaurs, superheroes and giant destructive robots, there’s nowhere left to go in terms of scale. We need to go smaller. We need to be character-driven. We need to have believable worlds and stakes and relatable themes. And for god’s sake, we need to go back to fleshy, earthy aesthetics instead of sterile blue/green/yellow puke color filters.

Cameron Cubbison from this flipping fantastic article Actions Speak Louder: The Highs and Lows of the Genre

Do yourself a favor, go read it.

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cinephiliabeyond:

Dear every filmmaker, read this: an utterly brilliant series of articles by Film School Rejects’ Scott Beggs called 6 Filmmaking Tips From… It’s powerful knowledge — straight from the source.
Martin Scorsese
Alfred Hitchcock
David Fincher
Stanley Kubrick
Billy Wilder
Steven Spielberg
The Coen Brothers
Wes Anderson
Ridley Scott
David Cronenberg
Pixar
Nora Ephron
Aaron Sorkin
Michael Haneke
Christopher Nolan
Jon Jost
John Ford
Charlie Kaufman
Sylvester Stallone
Tony Scott
Frank Darabont
Monty Python
Werner Herzog
Paul Thomas Anderson

Joss Whedon
Rian Johnson
Wes Craven
John Carpenter
Dario Argento
The Wachowskis
Steven Soderbergh
George Lucas
Peter Jackson
Kathryn Bigelow
Quentin Tarantino
Sundance Directors
Harold Lloyd
John McTiernan
Oscar Winning Directors
Ang Lee
Danny Boyle
Harmony Korine
Dennis Hopper
Sam Raimi
Shane Black
Richard Linklater
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Guillermo del Toro
Sam Peckinpah
Akira Kurosawa

Edgar Wright
Wong Kar-Wai
Robert Altman
James Wan
Errol Morris
Ron Howard
Yasujirō Ozu
Kimberly Peirce
Steve McQueen
Andy Warhol
Roger Deakins
David O. Russell
James Gray
Terry Gilliam
Andy Serkis
Rick Baker
Alain Resnais
William Friedkin
Saul Zaentz
Woody Allen’s Manhattan
Abbas Kiarostami
Darren Aronofsky
Lars von Trier
Hayao Miyazaki
Federico Fellini
Sarah Polley
Tommy Wiseau
Brian Koppelman
Spike Lee

cinephiliabeyond:

Dear every filmmaker, read this: an utterly brilliant series of articles by Film School Rejects’ Scott Beggs called 6 Filmmaking Tips From… It’s powerful knowledge — straight from the source.

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I think it’s much easier to go to an honest place and make the kind of movie you want to see yourself. Listen to the audience member in yourself. What is it that you want to see? What is it that you’re not getting? Then go and make that the best film you can. Then, it’s much easier to weed through it, or to refine it, if you find that there are things missing or there are things that might be offensive. But the minute you go backwards from that and you start trying to second-guess what everybody wants or should do, then you’re guaranteeing and ensuring that you’re going to make something that’s inferior.
Oscar-winning writer/director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E)