Posts Tagged ‘cinema’

“Ghost in the Shell” – Analysis on B.O. Crash

“Ghost in the Shell” strikes me as one of those films whereby an executive thinks he understands the market, grabs some IP and slaps in an actress who is hot – or so the executive thinks – and then believes Box Office magic will result. Delusional thinking in today’s studios is rampant.   The pop…

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WGA Strike Possible in a cash of Old and New Models

  A WGA Strike is a genuine possibility for the Industry, bringing back the difficulties of the 2008 strike.  Many issues were not resolved to the WGA’s satisfaction.  The Media Landscape is shifting so dramatically (pardon the pun) that the three-year negotiation periods of the major unions can no longer account for massive change in…

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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:  A great actor and director, Charlie was the epitome of the Artist in the agent of silent comedy.  “Modern Times”, “The Kid”, “The…

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“The Godfather” – Classic Cinema 45 years Ago

“The Godfather” is one of the most iconic American movies of all time.  This great feature film was the catalyst – The Moment – for me to personally enter the film industry.  Its craft, artistry, pacing, talent and more is legendary.   The film created a craving for sequels, established the Mob Mafia movie and built…

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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 world. Vendor and Labor Rates Differences First, you have – depending on where your production actually occurs – potential lower rates for the…

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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 Bob Mandel, who is now the Dean of the AFI Conservatory. Subscribe to this channel for more exclusive videos from the AFI Archive:…

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Cuts & Transitions 101

Director/Editor Joey Scoma is here to talk to you about something simple: cuts and transitions. Except… there are so many different kinds!! In this video essay, Joey lists and defines the different cuts and transitions available to you as an editor, with examples from classic and modern films. It's up to you to decide when…

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Production Technique – Use Forced Prespective Miniatures

 Forced Perspective Miniatures – A Fine Hollywood Tradition “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 qui officia deserunt mollitia animi, id est laborum et dolorum fuga. Et harum quidem rerum…

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