Film Incentives and Watching State Finances

Incentive are a key component of Film and TV Financing packages these days.  These vital elements come in many varieties:  States like California (okay), Georgia (the best).   Countries like Canada – More »

South Africa Welcomes 19th Century Bruce Lee Project

Bruce Lee was consumed with a passion project about the Chinese Tongs (basically the mafia) in 19th Century San Francisco.  The Tong Wars were vicious and gave us the term ‘hatchet man’. More »

WGA and AMPTP Make Deal and Avert Strike

Up to the actual May 2nd deadline to call a strike, the WGA and AMPTP made a deal on numerous points to avoid a potentially disastrous strike to Hollywood’s film and media More »

International Productions Finance Model & “Lion”

International Productions are at the forefront of the Film Finance Model because many countries offer a number of attributes which make for a positive finance model in today’s highly competitive film production More »

Media Math: Shooting in Eastern Europe is Much Cheaper

Poland Increases Production Plans by the Polish government to introduce a 25 percent cash rebate for domestic and international features, documentaries and high-end television dramas this year will bring Eastern Europe’s biggest More »


Category Archives: Study The Greats

French New Wave Changed Cinema – FilmmakingWithaCalculator!

The Techniques associated with French New Wave Filmmaking were improvisation, low cost equipment, shots which defied conventional tracking shot systems, i.e., handheld as well as the minimal setup time to achieve a

My Comedy Director List

When thinking “Comedy”, you should have a list of directors and writers in your various genres.   Here is my list of directors whose work I watch, analyze and remember. Charlie Chaplin:

Masters of Action Episode 03: Director John Woo Part II

This episode explores in great detail some of director John Woo's signature trademarks that are utilized in all action movies today. The films featuring in this episode are specific to his work

Masters of Action Episode 02: Director John Woo Part 1

Before Zack Snyder and Michael Bay were associated with Slow Motion and Explosions, there was John Woo, the undisputed master of Slow Motion, Pyrotechnics, and Thrills. Before making his American debut with

Masters of Action Episode 01: Director John McTiernan

Before Michael Bay was famous for Explosions & Chases, Before J.J. Abrams was famous for Lens Flares, there was John McTiernan. This video is an extensive profile and tribute to his body

Steven Spielberg On Storyboarding (1978)

Steven Spielberg came to AFI in 1978 for a seminar with AFI Fellows. In this clip he talks about how he approaches storyboarding. Interestingly enough, the young man asking the question is

Top 10 Alfred Hitchcock Movies

He was the Master of Suspense. Join as we count down our picks for the top 10 Alfred Hitchcock movies. Special thanks to our users jwiking62, Shakib Ahmed, Norris Vaughn, mezipe64, Tyler

Every Hitchcock Cameo Ever

After much hunting and diligent editing, here is every Hitchcock cameo ever spotted from his beginning in silent cinema to his graphic horror in the 70s. If you can't spot him in

Reservoir Dogs: Stolen or Homage? – Frame By Frame

Get 10% off Loot Crate! with Code: FRAME ►► Frame By Frame: Martin Scorsese's Madness ►► Film Theory: Breaking Bad Ending's HIDDEN Truth ► Today Kyle takes a look through Quentin Tarantino's

A Method to Martin Scorsese’s MADNESS – Frame By Frame

SUBSCRIBE & join the Film Theorists! ►► Frame by Frame: Crimson Peak ►► Film Theory: Seinfeld's DEADLY Envelopes ► Today Kyle is talking about the man, the myth, the Martin Scorsese! –

Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy

The filmmaker touches on topics ranging from violence in films to the preservation of classic movies. If you liked this video, please consider subscribing to Edutopia's YouTube Channel:

Editing Techniques in the films of Scorsese

Editing techniques in the films of Martin Scorsese, featuring examples from Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, The Departed and more…

Study Kurosawa For Emotional Script Integrity

Screenwriting Creates Master Emotions In essence, the screenwriter’s job is to create plot, emotions and characters on the page.   The directors job is to translate the script to the screen.  Note

Learning Icons: Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Murder

Learning From Icons: Characters in Alfred Hitchcock Films

Hitch (as he was called by friends) also brought an array of impressive and complex characters to life in his many films. While he had a well-known penchant for leggy blondes (and

Study the Greats: Suspense and Style Master Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock was the "The Master of Suspense" that made for himself a recognisable directorial style.You should be conversant in his great films like ”Vertigo”, ”The Birds”, ”Rear Window”, ”Psycho” and one

Learning From Icons: Hitchcock Tricks in “Foreign Correspondent”

Foreign Correspondent (a.k.a. Imposter and Personal History) is a 1940 American spy thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It tells the story of an American reporter who tries to expose enemy spies

Learning From Icons: The Economy of Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock, one of the greatest directors of the 20th Century, was a thrifty man.  He was known to shoot a minimal amount of film.     Hitchcock

Old Hollywood Tricks: Practice Page

“At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores et quas molestias excepturi sint occaecati cupiditate non provident, similique sunt in culpa

A Famous Old Hollywood Icon – Akira Kurosawa

The great Akira Kurosawa created the modern Samurai film with techniques that were dramatic, visual and filled with tension.   Kurosawa did many films with Toshiro Mifune who became an iconic Japanese