• Steadicam “Impossible Shots” Demo Video

      Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is the first public look at a demo reel entitled 30 Impossible Shots, created by the inventor of the Steadicam, Garrett Brown. Garrett, who had been making films and shorts for Sesame Street back in 1974, created the Steadycam for use then, but soon realised it had potentially wider, […]

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  • Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

          Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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  • If Adventure Has A Name…

      Here’s a nice tribute to one of cinema’s greatest heroes, Indiana Jones, eminent archaeologist, academic, and adventurer by Clara Darko. Good news for Crystal Skull haters (hey, it has its moments!) – this video was edited before that film’s release, so only clips from the first three films feature. Take a look below, and […]

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  • Reappreciation Society: Let Me In

    Any work of art should stand or fall on it’s own merits or faults, not be forever held in the shadow of its forerunner. When Charlton Heston’s Ben Hur was released in 1955, did audiences say “Yeah, but I preferred the version where they didn’t talk so much…” That said, Director and co-writer Matt Reeves […]

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  • The Great unmade? Star Trek Phase II

    Once syndication had established there was a massive interest in Star Trek, after blinkered scheduling had driven the original run into a Network Black Hole , Gene Rodenberry was determined to resurrect his cast of future Utopian interplanetary explorers on screen, big or small. Initial scripts morphed into the curious case of the lost series, Star Trek […]

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  • Interstellar Soundtrack and Sound Effects Featurette

    Unusually, director Christopher Nolan withheld the release of the score for Interstellar until two weeks after the release of his new film, believing the emotional impact is best married to the full, cinematic experience. And that includes the “experiential” sound mix, that has garnered such a debate about audibility and clarity of dialogue. “I’ve always […]

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  • Unscene Is Believing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    As an adjunct to our regular “Scene Is Believing” slot, I’d like to start examining scenes that didn’t make the final cut, whether they be at script stage, or completed shots. To begin, let’s look at Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what became known as “The pig head sequence”. According to SFX supervisor Ken Ralston, the film […]

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  • The Monuments Men Infographic

    George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is now available on home release Blu Ray and DVD. Struggling to get out of the handsome straightjacket is an interesting story about the squad of art historian experts (actually some 300 in reality, scattered over various fronts) who set out during the waning days of WWII to recover stolen […]

    George Clooney;Matt Damon;John Goodman;Bob Balaban
  • Our Robocop Remake

    Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels (including Channel 101) 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional)  from Los Angeles and New York split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and remade the movie themselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. This is obviously made by big […]

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  • Review: Dunkirk

    British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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Steadicam “Impossible Shots” Demo Video

  Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is the first public look at a demo reel entitled 30 Impossible Shots, created by the inventor of the Steadicam, Garrett Brown. Garrett, who had been making films and shorts for Sesame Street back in 1974, created the Steadycam for use then, but soon realised it had potentially wider, […]

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Thinking In Circles – Interpreting The Star Wars Saga Through Ring Composition

      Even the most casual glance at the Star Wars prequels (and indeed, even within the original trilogy) will reveal recurring motifs. But have you really noticed the true depth of synchronicity with regard to narrative structure, plot points, themes and so on, that thread throughout all six (so far) films? Mike Klimo […]

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raiders horse_chase_film

If Adventure Has A Name…

  Here’s a nice tribute to one of cinema’s greatest heroes, Indiana Jones, eminent archaeologist, academic, and adventurer by Clara Darko. Good news for Crystal Skull haters (hey, it has its moments!) – this video was edited before that film’s release, so only clips from the first three films feature. Take a look below, and […]

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let me in

Reappreciation Society: Let Me In

Any work of art should stand or fall on it’s own merits or faults, not be forever held in the shadow of its forerunner. When Charlton Heston’s Ben Hur was released in 1955, did audiences say “Yeah, but I preferred the version where they didn’t talk so much…” That said, Director and co-writer Matt Reeves […]

Off
star trek phase2-enterprise-2

The Great unmade? Star Trek Phase II

Once syndication had established there was a massive interest in Star Trek, after blinkered scheduling had driven the original run into a Network Black Hole , Gene Rodenberry was determined to resurrect his cast of future Utopian interplanetary explorers on screen, big or small. Initial scripts morphed into the curious case of the lost series, Star Trek […]

Off
interstellar endurance

Interstellar Soundtrack and Sound Effects Featurette

Unusually, director Christopher Nolan withheld the release of the score for Interstellar until two weeks after the release of his new film, believing the emotional impact is best married to the full, cinematic experience. And that includes the “experiential” sound mix, that has garnered such a debate about audibility and clarity of dialogue. “I’ve always […]

roger rabbit Pig Head office

Unscene Is Believing: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

As an adjunct to our regular “Scene Is Believing” slot, I’d like to start examining scenes that didn’t make the final cut, whether they be at script stage, or completed shots. To begin, let’s look at Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and what became known as “The pig head sequence”. According to SFX supervisor Ken Ralston, the film […]

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George Clooney;Matt Damon;John Goodman;Bob Balaban

The Monuments Men Infographic

George Clooney’s The Monuments Men is now available on home release Blu Ray and DVD. Struggling to get out of the handsome straightjacket is an interesting story about the squad of art historian experts (actually some 300 in reality, scattered over various fronts) who set out during the waning days of WWII to recover stolen […]

Off
3026180-inline-i-4-the-robocop-remake-before-the-remake

Our Robocop Remake

Our RoboCop Remake is a crowd-sourced film project based on the 1987 Paul Verhoeven classic. Connected through various filmmaking channels (including Channel 101) 50 filmmakers (amateur and professional)  from Los Angeles and New York split the original RoboCop into individual pieces and remade the movie themselves. Not necessarily a shot-for-shot remake, but a scene-for-scene retelling. This is obviously made by big […]

Off
dunkirk moonstone

Review: Dunkirk

British war cinema is preoccupied it seems with defeat – the stumbling block of the Arnhem campaign in A Bridge Too Far, the sinking of Noel Coward’s destroyer from In Which We Serve, and innumerable plucky POW features, not to  mention the late critic Barry Norman’s father Leslie Norman’s take on the daddy of them all, […]

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