Why Props Matter by Rishi Kaneria is an excellent short about all the different ways that inanimate objects enrich the story being told. Try removing these props from the scenes they’re in, and you’ll rapidly discover how integral they are.
This grainy image from The Blair Witch Project is unremarkable on its own. But contextualized within the film’s carefully-crafted mythology and nerve-jangling buildup, this simple shot was a terrifying way to end the film. (I absolutely screamed my head off the first time I saw it.)
Mad Max: Fury Road has earned considerable acclaim since its release, and over on his blog, commentator and editor Vashi Nedomansky highlights how George Miller and his team composed the film to make the most visual sense.
In just over five minutes, Jacob T. Swinney's film contrasts the opening and closing shots of 55 films, from The Tree of Life to The Usual Suspects. Some are quite abstract. But the number you will be able to ID (especially if you've watched a lot of indie/art-house movies in recent years) may surprise you.
Tom Scott's back, this time giving us a lesson about the history of green screen, and how you did it when all you had to work with was film or video.
There are many reasons why Birdman is so good. But one the ones that's harder to explain is the way the movie is shot and edited to look like a single long take. Variety talked to the film's digital colorist, Steve Scott, about how they achieve this effect.
Why on Earth did Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Traffic director Steven Soderbergh decide to turn the colorful pulp of Raiders of the Lost Ark into a silent black-and-white film? Because it turns out Raiders is still remarkably compelling stripped down and has a lot to teach us about filmmaking.
Yesterday, we brought you a list of screenwriting tricks and tropes we never need to see again. And afterwards, people tweeted some stuff that we're incredibly embarrassed we missed. Here are more overused gimmicks that really do need to go away.
Ever think that you could make a flick craptacular enough to light up the Syfy Channel? Starting Friday, they're letting online users collectively create a movie, from concept to the next Dinoshark.
You have a brilliant script for a short science-fiction film that'll blow the doors right off of the internet. You've even managed to find enough people with the expertise to help you get this thing off the ground. Now what?
There are world-class filmmakers who work in SF. One — James Cameron — might even win the first Oscar given to a scifi picture. But here are a handful others who could do amazing things in the genre.
If you're in the U.K. and have always wanted to make a scifi movie in two days with a bunch of your pals, it's time to test your fast-movie fu. Scifi film geekfest Sci-Fi London is launching its "48 Hour Film Challenge" on April 5th at the Apollo West End. Entrants will be given a randomly-generated film title, some…
The upcoming Michael Gondry comedy starring Jack Back and Mos Def Be Kind Rewind features no-budget recreations of films like Back to the Future, 2001: A Space Odyssey, RoboCop, and Ghostbusters. In fact, their RoboCop looks better than the original film did. Jack Black really nails Peter Weller's robo-monotone. That…
The Sundance Film Festival enters its 27th year in January, and the organizers just announced the lineup of films for this year. They include only two vaguely science fictional films: The Broken and Timecrimes. This is part of a trend: Sundance tends to shun science fiction films in general, despite the fact that…