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Following: Christopher Nolan Breaks Down his Debut Film Process

Here is a treat for Christopher Nolan fans – a 26 minute interview with Vice for The Criterion Collection, where Nolan discusses how he made his 16mm debut Following, in his spare time, over the course of a year. Bear in mind Nolan never went to film school, instead absorbing everything he knew from the […]

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Notes From The Frontline: 1979 Rolling Stone Interview With Apocalypse Now Director Francis Ford Coppola

It’s incredible to think how Apocalypse Now started out in the minds of  George Lucas, John Milius and Francis Ford Coppola as a cheap, verite, band on the run type feature. Sound designer Walter Murch recalled Coppola’s exhausted feelings after directing The Godfather PtII: “Why do films always have to be this way for me? Why do I […]

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Exclusive “Interview” with Harry Shearer

I’m heavily involved in the originaltrilogy.com forums, famous for spawning Jamie Benning and Adywan, among other things. There are usually very interesting discussions about the making of the original films going on there. I noticed a new thread about the voice dubbing done on A New Hope, one of which surprised me: The Death Star […]

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star wars begins: the filmumentary strikes back

A long time ago, in a Galaxy far, far away, it was rumoured there was forgotten Star Wars production footage, missing scenes and all manner of behind the scenes goodies that Lucasfilm would have us believe was unavailable. They didn’t count on Jamie Benning… NOTE: This is an amended form of my interview that first appeared last […]

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Interview: The Flop House Podcast

There are many funny bad-movie podcasts out there. Many set themselves a task of deconstructing the movie and discussing it in a great deal of depth. There are very long discussions around the craft of film and how such movies can be improved and what they would do in the filmmakers’s shoes. Some barely offer […]

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Last Exit to Nowhere interview

T shirts these days seem to be getting more obscure and vague by the day. You often see people walking around with an arty picture of a city, with the name of the city written underneath – just in case you didn’t know what the city was. This is where T shirts can often go […]

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Christopher McQuarrie Gets Verbal On The Usual Suspects

Below is  a brilliant in depth interview with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie on his break out Sundance success, The Usual Suspects. If you still haven’t seen it, spoilers abound! Christopher McQuarrie was born in 1968 in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, where he attended high school with director Bryan Singer. He spent his first year out of […]

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BTTF’s De Lorean: Hot Shit Time Machine

There are many iconic modes of transport in the movies, but few as memorable and out there as the Back To The Future series’ DeLorean time machine (although possibly not as out there as original idea, a refrigerator – dropped in case kids emulating their hero got stuck inside). Created by Doc Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), […]

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Vintage article By Douglas Trumbull on creating Special Effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey

Below is a vintage article from American Cinematographer by Douglas Trumbull on creating the visual effects for 2001 A Space odyssey.   Do it right – then do it better – then do it all over again. “2001: A Space Odyssey” was an extremely complex and difficult film to make, and naturally there are many interesting […]

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Do Or Do Not. There Is No Try – Yoda Puppeteering Documentary

After the success of his Return Of The Jedi Filmumentary short (has he coined a unique term for these shorter form docs yet?) “Slimy Piece Of Worm-Ridden Filth” on the puppeteering of Jabba The Hutt, Jamie Benning has turned his attention to Yoda. Dave Barclay was chief puppeteer on Jabba The Hutt. He was 19 […]

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